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October 3rd, 2012

The Year of Faith

The Year of Faith

Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith that runs from October 11th, 2012 to November 24th, 2013.

This move is related to two anniversaries. One is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the other the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is also a major event related to the Year of faith which is the Synod of Bishops on the theme ‘The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian faith.’

Porta Fidei (The Door of Faith)

The Pope has issued an Apostolic Letter proclaiming the Year of faith titled, ‘Porta Fidei’ or ‘The door of faith.’ He uses the ‘door’ as an image of faith. Paul and Barnabas, returning after their missionary journey to different lands, sailed back to Antioch. ‘When they arrived they called the Churches together and related all that God has done with them and how he opened a door of faith to the Gentiles’ (Acts 14:27).

The door ‘is always open for us.’ It welcomes us into a communion with God and offers entry into his Church. There are two essential elements that makes possible the entry through this door namely proclamation of the Word of God and allowing the same word to shaping the heart with its transforming grace. Entering this door is a life long journey that begins with our baptism and continues till death to eternal life.

Know the Faith

The document gives beautiful reflections on the theme of faith. Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him. ‘Standing with the Lord’ would signify understanding the reasons for believing. We must know the contents of faith. Knowing well what exactly is to be believed is essential for giving one’s own assent that is to say for adhering fully with the intellect and will to what the Church proposes.

‘Knowledge of faith opens a door into the fullness of the saving mystery revealed by God.’ Believing means, ‘we accept the whole mystery of faith.’ Both our intellect and will must make its choice to believe only then can we feel comfortable to remain with the Lord.

The acceptance of faith

Focusing on Jesus is essential to lead a life of true Christian faith. Jesus attracts to himself people of every generation. It clearly states that ‘The Year of Faith… is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord the Saviour of the world.’ He is the ‘pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2). The reasons for keeping our gaze fixed on Jesus Christ and contemplating in his Incarnation, death and Resurrection are:

a) In him all the anguish and all the longing of human finds fulfillment
b) Fulfills the joy of love
c) Gives answer to the drama of suffering and pain
d) The power of forgiveness in the face of offense received
e) The victory of life over emptiness of death
f) The examples of faith that has marked the two thousand years of our salvation history are brought to the fullness of light.

The document tells us that By faith, we too live. It is the living recognition of the Lord Jesus. There are people who are born and brought up as Christians but are totally ignorant of the person of Christ. The life, works and message of Christ are alien to them. This year of faith calls every Christian to recognize this Christ ‘present in our lives and in our history.’

St. Augustine is given as one of the bright examples of this journey of faith. The pope tells that ‘his life was a continual search for the beauty of the faith until such thing as his heart could find rest in God.’ His extensive writings still help people to find the right path towards the ‘door of faith.’ This year of faith must turn out to be an occasion during which the entire Church may undertake a renewed outlook on the faith by a deeper study of the Christian Doctrine and delve deeper into the mystery of Christ.

– – – written by Fr. Freddie Pereira SDB

April 29th, 2012

Fourth Anniversary And 3000th Post On TBTG

Fourth Anniversary And 3000th Post

Hi Friends, this is the 3000th post on this website and we also celebrate our fourth anniversary. TBTG was born in April 2008 and the good LORD blessed us in so many ways in all these 4 awesome years. We are really grateful to all of you for supporting us till this day and we are filled with gratitude when we write this 3000th article here on this website.

How We Got Here

You can see our gradual progress from that basic website to what we are now if you look at the following previous anniversary posts.

We started TBTG on April 3rd, 2008 with this post  – – The Prodigal Son turning back to GOD

First Anniversary of TBTG was celebrated in 2009  – – First Anniversary of TBTG

Second Anniversary of TBTG was celebrated in 2010  – – Second Anniversary of TBTG

Third Anniversary of TBTG was celebrated in 2011  – – Third Anniversary of TBTG

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We thank God for all the beautiful response we are getting on this Internet and we ask for your prayers so that we can preach HIS WORD more and more through this most powerful media that is available now. Thank you all once again and God bless.

February 23rd, 2012

Family Lent Calendar

Family Lent Calendar 2012

Family Lent Calendar – Download the above image

Here is the Lent Calendar for 2012. This one starts right from Ash Wednesday till Holy Saturday. The above calendar image is of 1320×1020 dimensions. Click on the image to view it in actual size. Then go ahead and right-click the image and save the lent calendar to your computer. You can print it later at your convenience.

Lent is the liturgical season of forty days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery (Easter Triduum). Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying. – Catechism of the Catholic Church

Family Lent Calendar Explained

February 

22 Feb – Take your family to an Ash Wednesday liturgy and wear the cross of ashes all day.
23 Feb – Tape a drawing of a vase on the fridge and label it, “Lent”. Each day draw a flower in the vase and watch Lent blossom.
24 Feb – Share a meatless family meal. Discuss your Lenten offerings to be sure all are doable and sacrificial.
25 Feb – Choose a family Lenten offering, such as giving up desserts, attending daily Mass, or praying a family Rosary regularly.
26 Feb – After Mass today, explain the Gospel and the homily in terms your children can understand.
27 Feb – Contact Catholic Relief Services (877-HELP-CRS, www.catholicrelief.org) to see how you can help any of their ongoing projects.
28 Feb – Invent a new family prayer you can say together each day.
29 Feb – Take stock of how your Lenten fasts are going, and refresh your commitment to them.

March

01 Mar – Before eating your family meal together, ask each person to say a spontaneous prayer.
02 Mar – Pray for the people in the world who can’t afford to have meat as a regular part of their diets.
03 Mar – Turn off the Television, unplug the computers, and take the phone off the hook for half an hour to pray the family Rosary.
04 Mar – Before Mass today, pick a saint represented in one of the statues in your church and find out more about him or her during the lent.
05 Mar – Collect stuffed animals or soft pillows in good condition and bring them to a local nursing home. Older folks love soft things to hug.
06 Mar – Ask each person to share a game, toy or treat with someone else in your home.
07 Mar – Plan how each of you can show kindness or compassion to someone else tomorrow.
08 Mar – Think of someone you don’t like and say three nice things about him or her.
09 Mar – Figure out how much your family saved by not eating meat today, and put that money in the poor box at church.
10 Mar – At bedtime, say “Let’s turn our hearts to God and think of Him.” Sit in silence for a few minutes.
11 Mar – Light a candle in Church today for someone who passed away or who needs special help.
12 Mar – Ask each family member to write a letter to Jesus thanking Him for his sacrifice on The Cross.
13 Mar – Make cookies and bring them to a nearby nursing home.
14 Mar – Encourage each family member to perform an examination of conscience.
15 Mar – Place a crucifix or picture of Jesus in a central place to keep the focus on Him.
16 Mar – Whenever someone does a good deed, put a jelly bean in a jar. Share the jelly beans at Easter!
17 Mar – Ask each person to make a sacrificial offering, such as doing an extra chore without being asked.
18 Mar – Laetare Sunday – Have a special meal at home or a restaurant to celebrate the half-way point through Lent.
19 Mar – Pick a friend or neighbor and perform an anonymous good deed for him or her.
20 Mar – Encourage all family members to refrain from bickering today.
21 Mar – Say a short prayer before each cross or crucifix in your home.
22 Mar – Make up a box for a needy family or homeless shelter. Put canned goods, clothing, toiletries and gently used toys in it.
23 Mar – Serve pretzels as a remainder that Catholics used to fast from milk, butter, eggs, cheese, cream and meat.
24 Mar – Make simple crosses out of construction paper. Write on them, “He died for me”, and post them around your home.
25 Mar – After Mass, light a candle, and recite the Apostle’s Creed as an affirmation of faith.
26 Mar – Pray for the victims of the earthquake still suffering in Haiti.
27 Mar – Send a card to someone who might need cheering today.
28 Mar – Give up a favorite toy or treat just for today.
29 Mar – Visit someone who is sick and can’t leave home.
30 Mar – Place any final donations in the box you set up. Make a family trip to deliver it to its destination.
31 Mar – Go to Confession or attend a Reconciliation service. Then go out afterwards to celebrate forgiveness.

April

01 Apr – Have a Palm Sunday procession around the house and take turns playing Jesus.
02 Apr – Take a walk outside and look for signs of new life.
03 Apr – Forgive someone who hurt you today.
04 Apr – Get up 15 minutes earlier than usual today and pray as a family.
05 Apr – Wash and dry each other’s feet in commemoration of Jesus washing the feet of His Apostles.
06 Apr – Pray the Stations of the Cross today, and mediate on each one.
07 Apr – Dress a doll in a white garment and talk about the Baptismal vows we renew each year.

Calendar Symbols

The solid fish icon = A day of fasting and abstinence from meat
The plain fish icon = A day of abstinence from meat

We hope this Family Lent Calendar will be useful for all in this lent season as we prepare our best to celebrate Easter.

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