#MoralStory: God’s Blessings Come As A Surprise

Once a man asked GOD, “Why you don’t fulfill my wishes if you are everywhere?”

GOD replied, “I am like WiFi, my child. I am available everywhere but you need to connect with me with a Correct Password. And the password is FAITH.”

8 Gifts That Cost Nothing to Share;

1. LISTENING… But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2. AFFECTION… Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3. LAUGHTER… Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

4. A WRITTEN NOTE… It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5. A COMPLIMENT… A simple and sincere, “You look great in red” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.Read More »

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard
beside the Syrian sea
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

3 O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

4 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

5 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!

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#ShortNews: “Wherever you are, invoke the Father”, The Holy Father concluded his cycle of catechesis

Jesus prayed in this way. Sometimes He used expressions that are certainly very distant from the text of the Lord’s Prayer. Think of the initial words of Psalm 22, which Jesus pronounces on the cross: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Mt 27: 46). Can the Heavenly Father abandon His Son? No, certainly not. And yet love for us, sinners, led Jesus to this point: to experiencing God’s abandonment, His distance. But even the anguished cry is still “My God, My God”. In that “my” there is the nucleus of the relationship with the Father, there is the nucleus of faith and prayer.

This is why, starting from this nucleus, a Christian can pray in every situation. He can take on all the prayers of the Bible, of the Psalms in particular; but he can also pray with many expressions that in millennia of history have sprung from the heart of man. And let us never cease to tell the Father of our brothers and sisters in humanity, so that no-one of them, the poor especially, may remain without consolation and portion of love.

At the end of this catechesis, let us repeat that prayer of Jesus: “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children” (Lk 10: 21).

Read the full Pope’s General Audience here; http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/05/22/190522b.html

#ShortNews: Europe should open its doors to refugees, papal almoner says

Since the migrant crisis of 2015, one of the pope’s most emphatic and consistent messages has been the need to welcome refugees, who he believes have been exploited by fear-mongering European nationalists.

“I respectfully suggest,” Francis said, “that you not close your eyes, your hearts or your hands, in accordance with your best tradition, to those who knock at your door.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/05/world/europe/pope-francis-bulgaria.html

#ShortNews: ‘Our God is not a God of revenge,’ shrine rector says a month after Sri Lanka attacks

The world was shocked and outraged to hear about a string of coordinated suicide bomb attacks on 3 churches and 3 hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the holiest day of Christians. The bombings, claimed by the so-called Islamic State, killed more than 250 people and injured some 500.

The priest said they never gave up their faith and continue to pray and celebrate Mass inside the shrine saying, “Our God is not a god of revenge. He is the God of love.”

He recalled the words of Jesus as he was dying on the cross – “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” He said Sri Lanka’s Catholics have the same sentiments, saying they have to show to the world that they are the followers of Jesus who asked his disciples to love one another as He loved them.

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2019-05/sri-lanka-anthony-shrine-colombo-interview-raj.html

#LittlePilgrimage 32. St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hà Nội – Vietnam

Saturday 18th May 2019.

During my recent holiday to Hà Nội, Vietnam, while my buddy trip was having a bowl of warm Phở, I ventured out to the famous St. Joseph’s Cathedral, located on the west side of Hoàn Kiếm Lake.

Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. It is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture, during the expansion in its colonial empire Indochina. It was not until the Christmas Eve of 1990 that the mass was allowed to be celebrated there.

#LittlePilgrimage 32. St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Tòa Tổng Giám mục Hà Nội, 40 – Nhà Chung – Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội – Việt Nam

The exterior of this church was as high as 64,5 meters in length, 20,5 meters in width, 31,5 meters in height. The façade consists of two towers, square in shape with five bells.The twin bell towers with the resemblance to Notre Dame de Paris.The exterior walls made of granite stone slabs, yet is stained with pollution with the pass of time.

Meanwhile the interior was in Gothic style, tall windows with pointed arches. Stained glass windows were produced in France then imported to Vietnam. Typical Roman Catholic church with rib vaulted ceiling like those seen in medieval Europe. Weathered nave with shiny sanctuary made of trimmed wood. And also the statue of Virgin Mary kept in palanquin, to the left of the nave.

It was already 6PM by the time I arrived at the Cathedral and The Mass has just started. I know – the church was open for public and many of them are not Catholics. It was quite irritating and sad to see a lot of tourists hung around during the Mass with their camera shutters, video-tapping, and making noises at the back of the pews while I was sitting down quietly trying to figure out and follow the Mass ceremony that was held in Vietnamese.

For those who wants to attend English Mass, I believe they do have it every Sunday 10:30AM.

Sadly their website only in Vietnamese.

And here is the wiki for this Cathedral; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph’s_Cathedral,_Hanoi