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Lent : an exercise in discipline............

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Today , ash wednsesday marks the beginning of Lent. As christians, the pillars of lent are charity, forgiveness and fasting / abstinence. We are encouraged especially during this season to focus on those pillars and also to meditate on Christ's passion. Lent is also the perfect time to form us in the art of discipline.


Very difficutlt indeed when today the world encourages an excess and abandon of your emotions. Do what you feel and the consequences be damned! A life of reckless abandon will lead you down a dark path that will eventually destroy you!

Watch your thoughts. There is a reason an idle mind is the devil's workshop. Do not let your mind wander as it can lead to wicked thoughts that will drive into actions. Watch your words as well. There is a wisdom in silence and thinking before we say things as words cannot be unsaid and can do damage that is difficult to repair.

Watch your eyes. The eyes are a mirror to the soul. Let your eyes be filled with light! If you let your…

Devotion to our king......Jesus in the tabernacle!

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Yesterday, the priest in my local church wanted to remind us of the sanctity of the mass! He started by using the saying "familiarity breeds contempt". This is very true indeed as we tend to take for granted people and situations that are of common occurence to us. We lose the true value of people and certain things which MUST never happen with the mass!


He reminded us of how many people spend days without access to a priest to say mass! Yet, we who have Jesus in our midst everyday are constantly DISTRACTED during mass. We are on our phones, sometimes using mass as an event to socialize with our friends or generally come to mass just to pass the time, or out of obligation when our hearts are not really present!

And oh, he reminded us about how we disrespect Jesus in the blessed sacrament! How many offenses against his sacred heart! We enter the mass as if we are walking into any other place. Jesus, king of kings is truly present in the tabernacle. We owe him all our respect …

Our encounters with suffering......

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The saying goes "misery loves company", which is very true! In our everyday life, we meet suffering in many forms. No matter how much we may want to escape it, human suffering is and always will be part of our lives. We will do well to accept that but the question is, how do we respond to misery when we encounter it? Do we try to ignore it and pretend it doesnt exist?


I was recently reading an article about a cancer survivor and her experience with suffering. While she was struggling with chemotherapy, she looked out the window and observed many people going about their lives, seemingly unconcerned that she was in so much pain! Life must go on true, even in the midst of tragedy but how should we respond when we meet tragedy and sorrow?


We shouldnt feel guilty for being happy if our lives are going well. However we shouldnt ignore people we meet in everyday life who are suffering. We cannot do everything but we can do SOMETHING! A smile, or a word of encouragement goes a long…

To Appreciate and Encourage......

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In Life, we get what we put into it! Be watchful about being negative about people and situations! People are not perfect and there is no perfect life. We need to learn to look for the good in others and in every situation in life.


People more often than not, believe what you tell them and can be influenced by your words. Sometimes its even only one thing that people choose to focus on, one mistake or flaw. If you repetitively tell someone something, they can become that or behave that way!
Just think about how we can influence and bring about a positive change in people's lives ! Think about how we can effect change in the world. A real positive change by making an effort to encourage and appreciate others!

People always say they want to make a difference in this world! Start by simply using your words and actions to encourage and appreciate, offer support to others. Do not give up on people or situations, no matter how difficult they may seem! God bless you all!


Slip of the tongue.....

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Recently, a certain president made very inflammatory statements which he cannot take back. Your reputation is the best thing you have and in my opinion, a good reputation is better than all the money in the world. Once your reputation is gone, you cannot get it back. I know everybody deserves a second chance but we need to watch what we say! Once the words are out, they cannot be taken back!

I have been reflecting on moments in my life when i wanted to say something really horrible to someone close to me and you know what? Am so glad i held my tongue because that would have been a grave mistake and it would have hurt them terribly!


I honestly believe in walking away when you feel extremely angry or upset with someone or a situation. Confrontations usually get out of hand and we end up saying things we shouldnt or things we dont really mean but the damage is done once the words are out and they cant be unspoken. I am not saying dont confront people when the situation demands it. I am s…

RIP

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Rest in Peace....we all want that for the people close to us and any one who has passed on from this life. Its very nice to wish those who have died a peaceful rest but our assumption that they are in a better place and indeed resting is very wrong. It may bring the relatives and friends of those close to them some comfort but we need to be ready to accept the truth!


No matter how many tears are shed for the deceased, they cannot help them if you do not PRAY! We are all sinners and have not kept God's commandments faithfully! Only the pure of heart shall see God! Heaven is a place of purity and goodness where we shall see God as he truly is and possess him fully! Oh , how the thought of being there fills me with hope. But we must remmeber that we can only go there when our souls are pure!

Purgatory exists because of God's mercy. It is a place of purification and suffering. The souls there suffer immensely becuase they long to be joined to their creator but know that they must …

Am i not here.....I who am your mother?

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The above words were spoken by our lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego, a recent convert to christianity in Mexico at a time when south america was steeped in culture of darkness and death (human sacrifice especially among the native tribes of mexico). He was anxious about the message he had been given by our lady and thought of it as too difficult. He was trying to escape when he encountered our lady and she spoke those calming words to him.


We recently celebrated the feast of Mary, mother of God! Mary is the mother of our saviour and the mother of all christendom and the human race. Children need the soothing touch of their mothers especially when experiencing difficulties. It is unfortunate that some people have lost their mothers or been abandoned by them in life.

However when we are faced with challenges and difficulties, the storms of life, we need only remember that we have the most tender of mothers, Mary. She is the undoer of knots and we only need to call out to her and she will…