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The Greatest Mystery!

I think its no secret that every year,  holds a competition by hiding keys in their Caramilk Chocolate bar. If that key opens their vault, you have access to the Caramilk Mystery. Then you are given the secret in a sealed briefcase to be kept with you for a certain amount of time. If you do not open the briefcase, you win $250,000! But if you open it, you get to know the mystery of how they get the caramel inside. Regardless of the marketing techniques used to increase profits, the mystery of how the caramel inside attracts people and their attention.  
     Today we celebrate the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity. It is a solemnity to honour one of the biggest Mysteries, but most amazing things, that the Catholic Church teaches. The Church believes that their is one God,and somehow three different persons. These names are not just a different ways of looking at the same person, but are separated. In the Gospel Jesus says, " I was sent from my Father" making him differ…

Tuesday Prayer: St Ignatious of Loyola

Take, O Lord,  and receive  My entire liberty,  My Memory,  My Understanding,  and my whole will.  All that I am,  and all that I possess,  You have given it all to me.  To you O Lord,  I return it.  Dispose of it according to your will!  Give me only Your love and Your grace,  with these I will be rich enough and desire nothing more. 

Happy Birthday!

Exactly 50 days ago, we celebrated the Resurrection of Christ from the grave on the night of the Easter Vigil. Today, we celebrate the birth of the early Church, when the gathered apostles and women received the Holy Spirit as they gathered together. John the Baptist foresaw this day, when he proclaimed that, “the one who will come after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Mth 3:11) This proclamation has come true, with the bestowal of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.
For the gathered Apostles, this was a day of transformation. It is a day, when their fears and worries were eliminated and they were filled with courage and assurance. It is a day when these uneducated men, had gained the knowledge and power to work miracles and to speak in any language. Thus through this miracle, the Church is universal; it is catholic. 
A random fact is that today is actually also the day that I got baptised as a small child, 3 months old. At every baptism a child is adopted by God a…

Tuesday Prayer: St Gregory the Great

O God,  Mercy and Forgiveness are Yours by nature and by right.  Though we are bound tightly  by the chains of our sins set us free by the power of  YOUR great mercy

Every Tuesday their will be a new prayer posted. This is part of my new bloging schedule.
Also, you may have noticed a design change in the blog. I thought it needed a little update. :)

The Ascension of the Lord

Today we celebrate the feast of Jesus' Ascension into heaven. It is on this day that the human Christ was raised fully into Heaven to be seated at the right hand of his Father. According to the first reading, the ascension happened forty days after Jesus rose from the dead. So on the fortieth day we remember and celebrate the ascension of  our saviour into the heavenly Kingdom, and thus ending Christ's earthly ministry. 

    Majority of today's Gospel is Jesus instruction and commissioning of the disciples to "proclaim the good news to the whole of creation" (Mk 16:15). With the conclusion of the Gospel, quickly summing up Jesus' ascension and the apostles actions thereafter.In the Gospel, Jesus equips again to his disciples the mission that he stated since the time he rose from the dead: to go into the world and proclaim the good news.Before he leaves he assures his disciples once more what their duty is. 
     In todays First reading, Luke describes hi…

"To abide in Jesus' love...."

As I sat on the bus on my ride home, a little kid climbed onto the bus, scanned the ticket for his mother and skipped to the nearest available seat. As he ran, the child was flapping a butterfly he made with beads around, pretending that it was flying. With a large grin on his face that stretched from ear to ear he shouted in excitement to all the people on the bus " Look! Its a butterfly!" There was no one on that bus that did not have a smile on their face.

     This weekends Gospel is a direct continuation from last weekends gospel. In these Gospels Jesus is saying his discloser to his disciples before he dies and his mission for them. Next weekend we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of Jesus and so it is fitting that we hear these final commissioning words from Jesus, before he leaves.

      In todays Gospel we hear Jesus say the word love nine times. Before Jesus leaves his disciples he leaves them with his final commandment: " Love one another as I have lo…

Being a Healthy Branch

Last Friday at my parish their were 25 students who were joyfully confirmed into the faith by our Archbishop. For the second time this year, I have had the joy of preparing these students so that they may fully understand what it means to be confirmed. In the program we use, each week the kids explore a new symbol of baptism and how it relates to confirmation.  When it came closer to the end of the session the book would guide us (the teachers) to ask questions about living as a disciple of Christ, and how one goes about doing so. After asking the question, " how can we live as a disciple of Jesus?" Many students simply answer, " by helping others." I always challenge them by saying, "How can you help others?"  After asking that question the kids are stuck.

     Todays Gospel is one of my personal favourites because of it's deep burial in beautiful imagery and metaphors. Jesus begins by saying, " I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineg…