#LittlePilgrimage 33. Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, Auckland

Sunday, 11th August 2019.

The day wasn’t went according to our plan; our skydive itinerary was canceled due to bad weather. Both me and my friend weren’t so sure if we must sad because we can’t fly above the Auckland city or must we be happy because apparently God still care about our careless decision – as again! But anyway, we were still stick with our plan to attend 4:30PM Mass at Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, just walking distance from our hotel in Wyndham street.

The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph (usually known as St Patrick’s Cathedral) is a Catholic church in Auckland CBD, situated on the corner of Federal Street and Wyndham St. It is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Auckland and the cathedral of the Bishop of Auckland. It was founded by Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier, the first Catholic bishop in New Zealand.

#LittlePilgrimage 33. Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, 43 Wyndham St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New ZealandRead More »

Never Shrinking Back

“Never did I shrink from telling you what was for your own good…. I take the blame for no one’s conscience, for I have never shrunk from announcing to you God’s design in its entirety” – the words of St. Paul to his spiritual children in Ephesus as he neared the end of his life (from today’s first reading, Acts 20:17-27).

“I have made your name known to those you gave me out of the world…. I entrusted to them the message you entrusted to me.” – the words of Jesus to the Father as he neared the end of his life (from the Gospel reading, John 17:1-11a).

Will you be able to say the same thing at the end of your life?

We live in a very “polite” society. We hide the truth for the sake of being “nice”. In many cultures, being “politically correct” means “if you don’t agree with the trends in our society, you’re bad.” But Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit so that we could be his witnesses to the ends of the earth, sometimes by words, always by the holy way that we live – boldly, visibly, confidently – even if it gets us into trouble. Jesus was not always polite, and he was certainly not politically correct.

Do we really want him to be our Lord and teacher? Do we really want to follow him and imitate him?Read More »

Saint John Eudes

How little we know where God’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, Jean Eudes died at 79 in the next “county” or department. In that time, he was a religious, a parish missionary, founder of two religious communities, and a great promoter of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Jean Eudes was born on 14 November 1601 on a farm close to the village of Ri to Isaac Eudes (born circa 1566) and Martha Corbin; he had four sisters and two brothers, including the historian François Eudes de Mézeray (1610-10 July 1683). He made his First Communion on 26 May 1613 (Pentecost) and at age 14 took a private vow to remain chaste.

Eudes studied under the Jesuits at Caen before he decided to join the Oratorians on 25 March 1623. His masters and models in the spiritual life were Pierre de Bérulle (who welcomed him into the order) and the contemplative and ascetic Charles de Condren. As a student of de Bérulle, he became a member of the French school that promoted a Christocentric approach to spiritual affairs. This was characterized by a strong sense of adoration, plus pursuit of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and of the dimensions of the Holy Spirit. Bishop Jacques Camus de Pontcarré inducted Eudes into the subdiaconate on 21 December 1624.

Jean Eudes joined the religious community of the Oratorians and was ordained a priest at 24. During severe plagues in 1627 and 1631, he volunteered to care for the stricken in his own diocese. Lest he infect his fellow religious, during the plague he lived in a huge cask in the middle of a field.Read More »

#MoralStory: Son’s Graduation Gift

A young man pampered by his rich father always, was going to graduate next week. Few weeks before he saw a very beautiful sports car in a showroom and wanted to get it as graduation gift from his father. He went inside and took details of dealer and car. He gave certain signs to his father so the father would buy exactly just the same car.

Finally graduation day came. His father called him into his study room and ask him to sit. Father got up and brought a small box beautifully wrapped for him. He said to his son how proud he was to have such fine son and how much he loved him.

The young man very happily opened up the box, hoping to see sports car key inside, but what he got was a book. He got very disappointed and angry to see just a book and not keys for his sports car. In anger he raised his voice and said to his father, “I did everything to make you proud, but all you got me just a book??” and stormed out of the house, leaving the gift behind.

Many years passed and the young man never seen his father since the graduation day. The young man became a successful in his career and never to contact his parents anymore until one day he received a telegram about his father has passed away and willed all his possession to him for which he needed to come back home and take care of things left behind by his father.

The young man hated to be back home. When he arrived at his father’s house he went to the study room and remembered the last time he saw his father. There he began to look for things to short.Read More »

I Give Up ~ by Laura Story

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I belong I belong to the maker of earth and seas

Who’s as rich as a King yet so gentle and kind towards me

I am not cared for by a servant hired

But a Shepherd who would leave the ninety-nine

So when I give up, I gain

When I let go of having my own way

When I learn to see my surrender as a brand new start

To know the fullness of my Father’s heart

I will rest I will rest not in worldly security

Not in what I may try to control that’s controlling me

What if faith is simpler than I’ve made it be

Just a simple trusting in Your love for me

So here’s my life to take

Though You’ve heard this prayer a thousand other days

Make this moment more than just empty words

I say; Let it be a start to know the fullness of my Father’s heart

Take my life and let it be Consecrated Lord to Thee

#ShortNews: Is this still the Catholic Church?

“Is this still the Catholic Church?”: This is the reaction of a young Chinese man to the text we publish below today in full translation, concerning the “formation courses” held in Beijing for the priests of the diocese of Mindong (Fujian) who joined the Patriotic Association.  As already reported Mindong – which was to be the “pilot project” for the Sino-Vatican agreement – was given a new ordinary bishop, Msgr.  Zhan Silu (formerly excommunicated, reconciled by the pope) while the underground bishop Msgr.  Guo Xijin agreed to be demoted to auxiliary bishop at the request of the pontiff.  Despite this, he was never officially recognised by  the government because Beijing requires him to formerly adhere to an “independent” Church.

Many priests – mostly from the underground branch – have not agreed to sign.  However, a few dozen have.  From July 21 to 27, the Party, together with Msgr. Zhan Silu organized an “internship” in Beijing for these men, where Party members, professors, and United Front cadres introduced them to the work of priests who have to carry forward socialism, sinicize the Church, love their country first and  then religion, to develop “an independent, autonomous and democratic Church”.

Click this link below to read translation from the Chinese original of the report of those days, drafted by a member of the Patriotic Association of Fujian, Deng Wenlong; http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-Beijing,-the-patriotic-formation-of-Mindong-priests.-Is-this-still-the-Catholic-Church-47750.html