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The Marvellous Saints

I have always marvelled at the courage, bravery, faithfulness, and dedication St Paul and St Peter had in staying loyal to their missions that Christ left for them to fulfil. Their desire and devotion to the work that Christ left for them. Their extraordinary example of faithfulness and devotion to Christ is defiantly worthy of imitation.

     St Peter has been for me a role model for being able to find God in life. From the very beginning of his new ministry Peter dropped everything and left. He must have seen something special, something captivating within the Lord. Then again in todays Gospel, we hear Peter reply to Jesus question, " You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  To this Jesus replies, " For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my father in heaven"  Peter has been able to see the divinity in Christ, even before it is revealed to the people.

     It is a belief that this story happened after the resurrection of Christ, but was …

Thursday Think About

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Looking Through the Eyes of Our Heart

Last year my family had started a 'Good Thing Jar" for 2013. The 'Good Thing Jar' is a jar that every time something good happens to you throughout the day, you write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then on December 31st you open the jar and remember all the good things that happened to you through out the year. I loved this idea. After seeing it on facebook and sharing it with each other my family got on board with this idea. As the year progressed, I ended up being the only one writing things. (with the exception of my mom who had written a couple of things)

     So at the end of the year I sat down on the living room couch and opened the jar and reminded myself of all the good things that have happened to me throughout the year-that was an amazing day. It was a 'year in review.' Just the perfect thing I needed to begin 2014.

     Today the church celebrates the Corpus Christi (Which literally translates into Body of the Christ) We c…

Thursday Think About

Dear Bus Driver

Dear Bus Driver:

I know you probably will never read this or there is the great possibility that you don't even know that this little sphere of the internet exists. I know you don't know my name, but I know I have seen you drive the bus before.

I know many bus drivers that can be rude or annoyed that people are actually coming on to the bus. And still there are the other bus drivers who ignore the people that come on the bus and others that show that they wish they weren't doing this job.

But you were a different bus driver.

You are a kind one.

One that said, " Good Morning! How are you doing today?" One that gave a smile when I hopped on the bus.

I am not sure if I  looked upset or stressed or what, but that Good morning meant a lot. I had just finished writing a history exam that I do not feel to confident about.

Why do I write to you kind bus driver?

Because that "Good morning, How are you doing?"  put me in a good mood. After conversing with some cla…

God Doesn't like you... He loves you!

I think one of the most overlooked, not though about sayings in the Mass is the greeting that we hear from todays Second Reading, " The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, The love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all" It is full of theological meaning, that St Paul understood as he gave it as a final greeting to the Corinthians. 

      St Paul speaks of the holy trinity and each of their characteristics.  Firstly, St Pauls speaks of the 'Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Christ offers us grace. But what is grace?  The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines it has: "Grace is favour, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life." (CCC 1996)  Therefore, grace is the help, the favour that Christ gives us- that we don't deserve because of our sin. Does not Christ offer us help? That was his mission on earth-to hel…

Happy Birthday!

Today we celebrate the climax of the Easter Season. For the past couple of weeks we have heard Jesus say that he will send an advocate to be with us and today he does. Today, can seem like any other Sunday to some people- but what we don't realise is the great importance of this day.  The disciples ( or Followers) of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, have become Apostles (which literally means, "To be sent") They started the church today. Which means, today is the Church s Birthday! Happy Birthday Church!

     The Holy Spirit brings unity. For the very being of the Holy spirit is formed from the unity, (or love) between God the Father, and God the Son. In the well known event of the coming of the Holy Spirit, which we know as Pentecost, the Holy spirit opens the mouths of the disciples to be able to speak to the different groups of people present in the city of Jerusalem. Now, the followers of Jesus are no longer disciples but rather they have made apostles.  After t…

Making Disciples

If someone were to first read todays Gospel, after reading the rest of Matthew, they would probably find the continuing theme of Jesus being on a mountain. Since the Sermon on the Mount, The Transfiguration and other events took place on a mountain, one could say that Jesus really liked mountains. You could be right in saying that, however, I think Jesus, and Matthew,  both knew and understand the theological significance of the mountain.

      We must keep in mind that each evangelist that wrote the Gospels were all writing to different groups, so they may, at one time, stress different points to connect to the group they were writing to. Matthew was writing his Gospel to evangelize to the Jewish Communities. Every Jew, living in the time of Jesus, did  know the story of Moses freeing the Israelites from the slave-bearing country,Egypt. During there 40 years in the desert, the Israelites stopped at Mount Sinai, and as we all know, this is where God talked to Moses and gave him th…