Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
On Saturday last I popped into the Church briefly to see how it was looking. I hadn't been in for a couple of weeks and was pleasantly surprised at the progress that had been made! Have a look for yourselves...
|I'm guessing that's not a permanent feature lol|
|Panelling looks good with the old varnish stripped|
|Caution! Men at work! ;-)|
|Lady chapel's coming along nicely|
|The doors painted a lighter colour really|
brightens up the main body of the church
|The view from above...|
|Lighting fixtures are starting to go up|
|The infamous cobweb is gone!!|
Friday, 3 August 2012
It is easy to watch the news or read the papers and feel somewhat helpless, what can we here in the UK do? Since we are so far away what aid or assistance can we offer? Prayer is the single most powerful tool at our disposal. It is has more impact than any weapon, is more soothing than any cure and those of Our Lady have the most potency of all. Our Lord always listens to the requests of his Blessed Mother, she who carried him in her womb, raised and nurtured him, who quietly followed him during his ministry. Of all people of earth she was closest to him at all times, so out of love for all the people in Syria who are suffering so greatly please join me in asking her for help.
Dear Mother of Perpetual Help
from the cross Jesus gave you to us for our Mother.
You are the kindest,
the most loving of all mothers.
Look tenderly on us your children
as we now ask you to help us
in all our needs especially this one.
We pray for peace in Syria and for justice its people. We pray that they will be reconciled to one another and live in harmony.
While you were on earth,
dear Mother you willingly shared in the sufferings of your Son.
Strengthened by your faith and confidence in the fatherly love of God
you accepted the mysterious designs of His Will.
We too have our crosses and trials.
Sometimes they almost crush us to the ground.
Dearest Mother, share with us your abundant faith and confidence in God.
Make us aware that God never ceases to love us;
that He answers all our prayers in the way that is best for us.
Strengthen our hearts to carry the cross
in the footsteps of your Divine Son.
Help us to realize that he who shares the cross of Christ
will certainly share His resurrection.
Dearest Mother, as we worry about our own problems
let us not forget the needs of others.
You always love others so much;
help us to do the same.
While praying for our own intentions
and for all the intentions of all here present
at this Novena we earnestly ask you, our Mother,
to help us comfort the sick and the dying,
give hope to the poor and unemployed,
heal the broken-hearted,
lighten the burden of the oppressed,
teach justice to their oppressors
and bring back to God all those who have offended Him.
Dearest Mother, help us to avoid sin
which separates us from our heavenly Father
and from one another.
Full of trust in you,
we place ourselves under the mantle of your maternal protection and confidently hope for your powerful help.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has existed for centuries with it appearing in records from 11th and 12th centuries. It has been extremely popular with saints and one in particular, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, saw visions of Our Lord, conversed with him and was instructed to establish and promote it further. You can read more about the Sacred Heart of Jesus here and St. Margaret Mary here.
In this devotion we commemorate and celebrate our Lord's humanity as well as his divinity. We see vividly in his heart how his great his love is for us and what he was prepared to undergo in order to reconcile us to God. But had Jesus been purely man then this sacrifice would have never sufficed, in his heart, in the various devotions to the Sacred Heart, we see the awesome, spine-tingling mystery of how he was God and man, how his human heart was pierced by a lance on the Cross and in his divinity his heart took on all of our sins and paid the price for them. Why not, today, pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart or the prayer below either in thanksgiving for God's wonderful gift to us or for your own intentions?
O, Sacred Heart of Jesus,
filled with Infinite Love, broken by our ingratitude, and pierced by our sins, yet loving us still, accept the consecration we make to Thee of all that we are and all that we have. Take every faculty of our souls and bodies, only day by day draw us nearer and nearer to Thy Sacred Heart, and there, as we shall hear the lesson, teach us Thy Holy Way. Amen.