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Posted by 1catholicsalmon on July 19, 2014
“I’m not here to start a career, but because I want to impart a message,” says Sr Cristina – wins 1st place on ‘The Voice’ – Italy
First read about it on the xt3 website:-
Suor Cristina was quick to thank God for her victory and recited an ‘Our Father’ prayer. “I want Jesus to come in here!”
Her finale competitor tried his luck singing ‘Stairway To Heaven’, but there was no getting past Sister Cristina Scuccia’s habit and crucifix. Suor Cristina was quick to thank God for her victory and recited an ‘Our Father’ prayer. “I want Jesus to come in here!” said the 25-year-old, who was dressed in the black shoes and ankle-length black skirt she has worn throughout the competition. “My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs!” said Suor Cristina after winning out against a 28-year-old long-haired hard rocker.
Suor Cristina has won a record contract with Universal but has hinted she doesn’t want a musical career. “I’m not here to start a career, but because I want to impart a message,” she said, adding that she was following Pope Francis’s calls for a Catholic Church that is closer to ordinary people.” The humble nun shot to fame in recent months, with her audition performance of Alicia Keys’s ‘No One in March’ getting more than 50 million views on YouTube.
Suor Cristina has already sung alongside Kylie Minogue and has also received an endorsement from actress Whoopi Goldberg – the star of the 1990s comedy ‘Sister Act’ where she is a singer playing a nun. But Suor Cristina still defined herself as a “humble servant” and ascribed her sudden success to a “thirst for joy” among television viewers.
Quoted article here.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on June 6, 2014
Beautiful teaching from our Papa on Good Counsel. A must-read. (Full article teaching here.)
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
We heard in the Reading of the passage from the Book of Psalms: “the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me” (Ps 16:7). This is another gift of the Holy Spirit: the gift of counsel. We know how important it is in the most delicate moments to be able to count on the advice of people who are wise and who love us. Now, through the gift of counsel, it is God himself, through his spirit, who enlightens our heart so as to make us understand the right way to speak and to behave and the way to follow. But how does this gift work in us?
1. When we receive and welcome him into our heart, the Holy Spirit immediately begins to make us sensitive to his voice and to guide our thoughts, our feelings and our intentions according to the heart of God. At the same time, he leads us more and more to turn our interior gaze to Jesus, as the model of our way of acting and of relating with God the Father and with the brethren. Counsel, then, is the gift through which the Holy Spirit enables our conscience to make a concrete choice in communion with God, according to the logic of Jesus and his Gospel. In this way, the Spirit makes us grow interiorly, he makes us grow positively, he makes us grow in the community and he helps us not to fall prey to self-centredness and one’s own way of seeing things. Thus the Spirit helps us to grow and also to live in community. The essential condition for preserving this gift is prayer. We always return to the same theme: prayer! Yet prayer is so important. To pray with the prayers that we all learned as children, but also to pray in our own words. To ask the Lord: “Lord, help me, give me counsel, what must I do now?”. And through prayer we make space so that the Spirit may come and help us in that moment, that he may counsel us on what we all must do. Prayer! Never forget prayer. Never! No one, no one realizes when we pray on the bus, on the road: we pray in the silence of our heart. Let us take advantage of these moments to pray, pray that the Spirit give us the gift of counsel.
In intimacy with God and in listening to his Word, little by little we put aside our own way of thinking, which is most often dictated by our closures, by our prejudice and by our ambitions, and we learn instead to ask the Lord: what is your desire? What is your will? What pleases you? In this way a deep, almost connatural harmony in the Spirit grows and develops within us and we experience how true the words of Jesus are that are reported in the Gospel of Matthew: “do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak but the spirit of your Father speaking through you” (10:19-20). It is the Spirit who counsels us, but we have to make room for the Spirit, so that he may counsel us. And to give space is to pray, to pray that he come and help us always.
3. As with all of the other gifts of the Spirit, then, counsel too constitutes a treasure for the whole Christian community. The Lord does not only speak to us in the intimacy of the heart; yes, he speaks to us, but not only there; he also speaks to us through the voice and witness of the brethren. It is truly a great gift to be able to meet men and women of faith who, especially in the most complicated and important stages of our lives, help us to bring light to our heart and to recognize the Lord’s will!
I remember once at the Shrine of Luján I was in the confessional, where there was a long queue. There was even a very modern young man, with earrings, tattoos, all these things…. And he came to tell me what was happening to him. It was a big and difficult problem. And he said to me: “I told my mother all this and my mother said to me, go to Our Lady and she will tell you what you must do”. Here is a woman who had the gift of counsel. She did not know how to help her son out of his problem, but she indicated the right road: go to Our Lady and she will tell you. This is the gift of counsel. That humble, simple woman, gave her son the truest counsel. In fact, this young man said to me: “I looked at Our Lady and I felt that I had to do this, this and this…”. I did not have to speak, his mother and the boy himself had already said everything. This is the gift of counsel. You mothers who have this gift, ask it for your children, the gift of giving good counsel to your children is a gift of God.
Dear friends, Psalm 16, which we heard, invites us to pray with these words: “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (vv. 7-8). May the Spirit always pour this certainty into our heart and fill us thus with the consolation of his peace! Always ask for the gift of counsel.
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Posted by 1catholicsalmon on May 14, 2014
Mary Magdalene may have reminisced: -
‘I remember that morning. With other women, my sisters, we went to the tomb. Jesus was not there. We ran to the Upper Room as the angel told us. But my heart was sad. We hadn’t seen him. The desire to see him burnt in my heart.
Then, there in the garden I heard his voice,’ ‘Mary!’ Called by name, I had no further doubts: ‘Master!’I had gone with the oil to anoint the dead and instead I met the Living Lord. And so began a radically new experience, because the Lord takes you out of your narrow sense of security and sends you forth, if you trust His word. It was like getting to know him all over again: he went ahead of us and sometimes we had difficulty in recognising Him in the signs of His presence.
So we learned to seek Him in the Eucharist, in the Word, in the poor, in the community and in the world. Fear gripped us now and then. But His word guided us and His promise resounded in our lives: ‘ I will send you my Spirit…and He will lead you to truth. I will be with you always’.
The Risen Lord alive through the power of the Spirit is the source of my life, my joy and my peace. Every day the Christian community lives in certainty that His love has gone before us: our experience of Him enables us to see His face when we meet Him in daily situations.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on April 20, 2014
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on March 16, 2014
Below is Thomas Merton’s infamous prayer . It speaks of surrendering to God, in every way. I am so moved every time I read these words. I am inspired both by Merton’s honesty and humility (and how much I connect with his words), as well as the graciousness of God that Merton points to. As a worker in God’s vineyard, I think this prayer is good to keep close at hand. This prayer expresses the peace that comes from knowing and trusting in God’s presence in a life with so many unknowns and irresolvable conflicts.
This prayer acknowledges that, despite our human tendency to think we know what life is about and how we can manage it, we really have no clue.
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (Prov 16:9)
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on February 10, 2014
A painter born Marianne Preindlsberger at Graz in the Austrian province of Styria. She settled in England after her marriage to the landscape painter Adrian Scott Stokes (1854–1935) whom she had met in Pont-Aven and was considered one of the leading artists in Victorian England.
I am moved by the serenity of the young woman in the painting and feel a stirring affinity with her as Catholic Christian, as this image reaches out to me from across the centuries. Praying in the stillness of early morning perhaps, by the light of a candle. I too light a candle , read the Bible and say the Rosary at prayer. A Christian doing what Christians have done for 2000 years.
Candlemas is a Christian festival celebrated on 2 February. It marks the end of Epiphany, the Purification of the Virgin Mary and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, when Jesus was recognised by Simeon as the one for whom he has been waiting. (Luke 2:25-40)
The feast celebrates the day on which the infant Jesus was taken by Mary His Mother and St. Joseph to the Temple in Jerusalem where thanks would be offered to God, according to the correct and ancient Jewish custom. When Simeon , ”an upright and devout man”, well advanced in years saw them he knew that this was the Child who was the Messiah for which Israel and the world had been waiting. He took the child in his arms and praised God and declared that this child would be a light to all the world, a light that would enlighten pagans and give honour to the people of Israel from whom he had sprung.
To commemorate what Simeon said , there are special candle services in church – sometimes with a procession into the church beforehand. These candles are blessed, and we can take them home with us where they can be lit again for a family candlelight supper.
…after Candlemas the days start getting longer, and we don’t need artificial light in the evenings.Spring is on the way and we should start enjoying it.
Quoted from ‘A book of Feasts and Seasons’, by Joanna Bogle (available at Amazon)
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on February 2, 2014
A vigil, from the Latin vigilia meaning wakefulness (Greek: pannychis, παννυχίς or agrypnia ἀγρυπνία), is a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching, or an observance. ( Wikipedia)
Keeping vigil has always been a spiritual practice in Catholicism. This is what we are essentially doing by attending any “Vigil” mass, we wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Saviour.
There is also a Biblical reference here that can be included. The Shepherds in Luke’s infancy narratives in his Gospel were keeping watch over their sheep on the nightly vigil. In a sense, we are the same shepherds today and we are entrusted to keep watch over one another. While we wait for God during Advent, it’s also important to note that God also keeps Vigil for us. Many people “come home” at Christmas and find God welcoming them back home once again. We pray that they find our church to be a welcoming place and that we show them the love that God always offers to us. In doing so, we have the opportunity to continually welcome them home each week and pray that they will be part of our community regularly.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on December 26, 2013