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October 23rd, 2011

Mission Sunday

Mission Sunday

This Sunday, on the 23rd of October, we are celebrating the 85th Mission Sunday. Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the last but one Sunday of October. This Sunday is set aside to think about our Mission to the world and is a reminder to us as to who we are and what we have to do.

The mission comes directly from Jesus to his disciples to go out to the whole world and proclaim the gospel to all creation. He told them to go everywhere to preach the word of God, to heal and Baptize people in his name. This Sunday is an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to sacrifice and to give their share as an offering made to God, for the service of the missions of the world.

The theme of this year’s celebration is, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Pope Benedict opened his remarks by emphasizing that the “announcement of the Gospel is destined for everyone.” He added that the Church exists to evangelize. Her activity, in conformity with the word of Christ and under the influence of His grace and charity, becomes fully and truly present in all individuals and all people in order to lead them to faith in Christ. The task of spreading the Gospel, then, has lost none of its urgency today. But the Church cannot “rest easy” at the thought that “there are people who still do not know Christ, who have not yet heard His message of salvation.”

Every year the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions grow – as new dioceses are formed, as new seminaries are opened because of the growing number of young men hearing Christ’s call to follow Him as priests, as areas devastated by war or natural disaster are rebuilt, and as other areas, long suppressed, are opening up to hear the message of Christ and His Church. That is why the involvement and commitment of Catholics from around the world is so urgently needed. Offerings from Catholics in the United States, on World Mission Sunday and throughout the year, are combined with offerings to the Propagation of the Faith worldwide.

As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world”.

Find more on World Mission Sunday

As the Father has sent me, so I send you. Are you ready for the mission?

October 11th, 2011

The Priest : A Prayer On A Sunday Night

Priest prays on Sunday Night

Tonight, Lord, I am alone.
Little by little the sounds
died down in the church.
The people went away,
And I came home,
Alone.

I passed people who were
returning from a walk.
I went by the cinema
that was disgorging its crowd.
I skirted café terraces where tired strollers
were trying to prolong t
he pleasure of a Sunday holiday.
I bumped into youngsters
playing on the footpath,
Youngsters, Lord,
Other people’s youngsters
who will never be my own.

Here I am, Lord,
Alone.
The silence troubles me,
The solitude oppresses me.

Lord, I’m 35 years old,
A body made like others,
ready for work,
A heart meant for love,
But I’ve given you all.
It’s true of course, that you needed it.
I’ve given you all, but it is hard, Lord.
It’s hard to give one’s body;
it would like to give itself to others.
It’s hard to love everyone and to claim no one.
It’s hard to shake a hand
and not want to keep it.
It’s hard to inspire affection,
only to give it to you.
It’s hard to be nothing to oneself
in order to be everything to others.
It’s hard to be like others, among others,
and be an other to them.
It’s hard always to give
without trying to receive.
It’s hard to seek out others
and to be oneself unsought.
It’s hard to be told secrets,
and never be able to share them.
It’s hard to carry others
and never, even for a moment, be carried.
It’s hard to sustain the feeble
and never be able to lean on one
who is strong.

It’s hard to be alone,
Alone before everyone,
Alone before the world,
Alone before suffering,
death,
sin.

Son, you are not alone,
I am with you.
I am you.
For I needed another human vehicle
to continue my Incarnation
and my Redemption.
Out of all eternity, I chose you.
I need you.

I need your hands to continue to bless,
I need your lips to continue to speak,
I need your body to continue to suffer,
I need your heart to continue to love,
I need you to continue to save,
Stay with me.

Here I am Lord,
Here is my body,
my heart,
my soul,
Grant that I may be
big enough to reach the world,
Strong enough to carry it.
Pure enough to embrace it
without wanting to keep it.

Grant that I may be a meeting-place,
but a temporary one,
A road that does not end in itself,
because everything to be gathered there,
everything human, must be led to you.

Lord, tonight, while all is still
and I feel sharply the sting of solitude,
While people devour my soul
and I feel incapable of satisfying their hunger,
While the world presses on my shoulders
with all its weight
of misery and sin,
I repeat to you my “yes”
—not in a burst of laughter, but slowly,
clearly, humbly.

Alone, Lord,
before you,
In the peace of the evening.

– – – written by Fr. Michel Quoist, 1954, France

October 8th, 2011

Looking To Sunday

Looking To Sunday

We would like to introduce a new christian website we came across recently. It is titled ‘Looking To Sunday’. This website contains Reflections and Homilies related to the Sunday scripture readings proclaimed in the Roman Catholic Church during the course of the year.

Website URL : www.lookingtosunday.com

Once there on the Looking To Sunday website, you can use the top horizontal navigation menu which has links to this sunday, past sundays/archive, recorded homilies, signup and about us.

REFLECTIONS – The website contains the weekly reflection sent by email to subscribers of LOOKING TO SUNDAY ®. This short reflection is designed to help readers prepare to hear and to live the Gospel that will be proclaimed at Mass the coming Sunday. In addition, an archive of past reflections is available. To subscribe to this free service, please click on SIGN UP.

HOMILIES – The website also contains audio versions of homilies for Sundays and holy days. Many of these homilies develop the thoughts contained in the weekly email LOOKING TO SUNDAY.

About Looking To Sunday website

Christians are people who look to Sunday. Sunday was the first day of creation, the day on which God created the light that broke the darkness.

Easter Sunday was the day when Jesus, the Light of the World, shattered the darkness of the tomb and rose to life. Pentecost Sunday was the day the Spirit rushed upon the Apostles and drove them beyond their fears to proclaim the Good News. And each Sunday, that same Spirit assembles God’s Church to hear the Word and to share the Bread and Cup of Life.

This website, LOOKING TO SUNDAY, looks to the Sunday readings for hope, encouragement, inspiration, wisdom, and direction. For in those readings, above all in the Gospel, we meet Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth and the Life.

This website contains the weekly reflection sent out by email to all subscribers to LOOKING TO SUNDAY. This short reflection is designed to help the reader prepare to hear and to live the Gospel that will be proclaimed at Mass the coming Sunday. In addition, an archive of past reflections is available.

This website also contains audio versions of past homilies for Sunday and holy days found in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar. By looking to what was preached on past Sundays, we can find hope and inspiration, as well as challenge and motivation to more faithfully live as followers of Jesus Christ.

By looking to what is proclaimed and preached on Sunday we can find the hope, inspiration and strength we need to more faithfully live as followers of Jesus Christ. As Christians, Sunday is our day, and by “looking to Sunday” we grow, little by little, Sunday by Sunday, into those Christians the Lord calls us to be!

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