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Bible, Romans #19

Chapter fourteen begins with what seems to be a dispute within the community. It does not seem like a huge problem, but something Paul feels necessary to address. Some people feel the need to fast and others do not. Either way, Paul says we do not pass judgement on each other weather others fast or not. Paul says in verse six, “…whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since He gives thanks to God: while whoever abstains, abstains for the Lord and gives thanks to God”. Some people pray and discern that God is calling them to fasting, and that is good. If not, then give praise to God for the food God gives you, that is why we pray before meals. This applies to any other act of devotion as far as the Church is concerned. Some pray the rosary, others have a devotion to the Sacred Heart, still others spend much time in adoration. There are many ways to express our devotion to Our Lord Jesus. God designed us in many ways, to be different signs of God and different lights to the world. However, God calls us to serve Him so that others can experience His goodness is ultimately a good. Continue reading


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Acts of the Apostles 3

Last week we looked at how the “Kerygma” (the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection) is the reason for conversion. This is how the Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit converted so many people to the faith. We do not need eloquence or some high and lofty programs. All we need is to know the love of God, that He loved us so much, He was willing to come down to us and sacrifice Himself for us. Continue reading


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Pope at Audience: ‘Hope Against Hope’

Hope does not disappoint….Therefore, like Abraham, we are to hope against hope…

Pope Francis stressed this during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as began a new series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope. 

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-at-audience-hope-against-hope/


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Mother of Jesus is Our Mother

8am Mass in St Mary Church

10:30am Mass in St Joseph Church