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‘The days are coming’, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made…’ Jeremiah 33:14
A promise, kept or broken, is a very important piece in the mosaic of relationships.
It evokes expectation in the heart of the one who receives it, because a promise is grounded in trust.
Trust, hope, expectancy, are the foundation and bedrock of the lives of a pilgrim people. In setting out on our journey to the Kingdom, we commit ourselves to a lifetime Advent, for on the way, we will meet our own hungers and thirst…our own deserts. We will come face-to-face with desire and disappointment. But, with promise in our ‘travel bag’, we have the courage to strain forward toward fulfilment, the Journey’s end.
Jeremiah is a man of promise. He is an instrument of hope and fulfilment. Reluctant to speak the name of the Lord, it was his trust in the promise of God that enabled him to loosen his grasp on self-concern and become the utterance of God.
We too, can trust in the Promise – the faithful love of God. We too, can become prophets and instruments of love, hope and justice in the world. The days are here. The time is now. The promise is fulfilled.
(Commentary is from an unknown source. This reflection was part of an Advent service we attended)
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on December 7, 2014
Set apart, marked, driven out, persecuted…and not one of the Western leaders condemn these atrocities!
Just in case you have come across this sign on social media sites and are not sure what it represents I thought I’d post it tonight in support of Christians in Mosul who are being crucified, murdered, tortured and forced out of Iraq for being Christian.The Pope has spoken out in support of these Christians, seemingly ‘forgotten’ by the Western leaders. Read articles here and here to understand the wider picture of the atrocities unfolding so far from us here in the West.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on July 24, 2014
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on June 22, 2014
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on June 4, 2014
There are Christians who are incarcerated for not denouncing their faith. There are those who are forced to flee their country of birth. There are those who have died and still more are awaiting their death, because they refuse to denounce their faith in Jesus.
We should not only be praying for these fellow brothers and sisters but standing side-by-side voicing our concern about what is going on against our Faith in the world. How do we do this? By writing to the Prime Minister, writing to the representative member of parliament in your constituency and raising awareness amongst Christians about this attack.
This morning I came across this article over at Christian Concern. A very important article about the ‘dangerous new secularism’. It’s real and insidious. We need to take notice and stand up to denounce this trend. I have highlighted words and phrases that stand out as critical. Read this. I would appreciate your comments and thoughts on this article.Christians need to recognise that the ‘new secularism’ is trying to undermine and destroy their faith, a Free Church minister in Scotland has said.
David Robertson, who is also the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, warned about the difference between secularists who are “simply about the separation of church and state” and a “new secularism which is much more militant and dangerous”.
Writing for the website Christian Today, Robertson explained: “The vast majority of the posts on secular message boards are anti-religious.
“The main purpose is to attack religion in general, Christianity in particular and in very particular the Catholic Church and evangelicals.”
He said this attitude “quickly degenerates into personal abuse” if the comments are challenged.
The new secularism appears to come with ‘values’, Robertson argued, such as being pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia and pro-homosexuality.
“Dare any one in public life suggest for example that marriage should be between a man and a woman and they are automatically decried as a homophobic bigot – even (or perhaps especially) if they are homosexual and atheist”, he said.
Robertson commented: “The New Secularists want the complete neuterisation and privatisation of religion. They want only their views and values to be taught and allowed in public life.”
“We need to recognise the new secularism for what it is – an attempt to undermine and destroy Christianity.
“We need to stand against its fundamentalism and we need to stand up for the poor, the young, the disabled and the marginalised (who most need the Good News), by proclaiming the gospel of Christ against the elitism and intolerance of our new fundamentalist atheists”, he said.
The last Census of 2011 found that less than 78,000 people (or 0.14 per cent of the population) identified themselves as secularist, atheist, humanists, agnostics or as a free thinker.
Colin Hart, Director of The Christian Institute, said of atheists: “This tiny group of people lays great claims to have their beliefs at the front and centre of our national life.”
“What the atheists lack in numbers, they certainly make up for in terms of their influence and boldness. They understand that their beliefs are a worldview which they are determined to impose on everyone else”, he added.
Quoted from The Christian Institute
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on May 26, 2014
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on April 20, 2014
Only one Mass is celebrated on Holy Thursday. This special Mass, the Mass of the Lord’s Super takes place in the evening. It is during this Mass that we remember three fundamental mysteries of our Christian Faith.
First, we remember the gift of the Catholic priesthood. Secondly, we remember the gift of the Eucharist. Thirdly, with the Washing of the Feet ceremony, we remember the mandate of the new commandment of love. As a Christian people we are to live our lives with selfless love for all.
At the conclusion of this beautiful Mass, we process solemnly to the Altar of Repose. It is there where the Eucharist remains for our adoration until midnight. We accompany Jesus as he begins his Passion. We pray in reparation for our own personal sins and the sins of the world.
Mass is not offered on this day. Instead, we gather together in our parishes for the Good Friday Solemn Liturgy. This liturgy is comprised of three parts. First, we listen to the Word of God as the Passion is proclaimed. Secondly, we venerate the Cross, the instrument that gained for us our salvation. Thirdly, we receive the Eucharist that was consecrated the night before during the Holy Thursday Mass.
Other moments of prayer can take place during the day such as a directed meditation on the Seven Last Words and the Stations of the Cross.
On this quiet day we accompany the Blessed Virgin Mary as she sorrowfully stood at the tomb of our Lord waiting for the Resurrection. In the evening, we participate in the Easter Vigil, the highlight of the Catholic liturgical year. For us today, Holy Saturday is a time of waiting, of expectation, of longing. For Mary, Mary Magdalene, the Twelve, and Jesus’ other disciples, Holy Saturday was when time stood still. They had no expectation, no longing. They had only confusion and grief, disorientation and loss.
In order to better understand the Easter Vigil, we should focus on four fundamental elements of the Easter Vigil: fire, word, water and bread.
The Easter fire is blessed by the priest celebrant. The Easter candle, representing Christ, is brought into the dark church as the small Easter candles of each parishioner receives the light of Christ. The light of Christ dispels the darkness of sin. We then listen to the chanting of the Easter Proclamation, the Exultet.
“Exultet, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph! Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory flood her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness.”
We then attentively listen to the history of salvation through the seven readings of the Old Testament. These readings lead us to the fulfillment of the Old Testament with the New Testament readings from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans and the Gospel narrative of the Resurrection.
Following the homily, the liturgy of Baptism takes place. The Catechumens are baptized and we renew our baptismal promises. We are sprinkled with the waters of baptism as the joy of Easter begins.
After the liturgy of the Baptism, we then enter into the liturgy of the Eucharist as we normally do during each Mass. The Bread of life fills our souls with the peace that only the Risen Jesus can give us.
Posted by 1catholicsalmon on April 17, 2014