There is no greater love than dying for another, and the sacrifice of the Carmelites of Compiègne proves this amply. Such sacrificial love, which is rarely seen today, is what each one of us is called to as Catholics.
Pope Francis asked, and Macau responded enthusiastically. Hundreds of children from local Catholic schools prayed the Rosary on October 18th as part of a global campaign of prayer for peace and unity promoted by the international foundation, Aid to the Church in Need. The local Portuguese-speaking Catholic community joined the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign for the second year in a row.
A Luso-descendant of Baluchi origin, Meeran Breseeg comments on the strife in his place of origin, being the son of a political asylum seeker, growing up in Scandinavia and finding his home in the Iberian peninsula.
The story of Zacchaeus reminds us of God’s abundant mercy, which sees far more than the human eye and is ever-willing to extend redemption to a repentant, contrite heart.
We all need a “someone” who can understand the fragility and the solitude that lie beneath a superficial positive appearance, a “someone” who can stay at our side when we struggle.
Nestled on the hills of Penha, the Monastery of Our Lady Star of Hope is one of the youngest houses of the order in the Asia region. At present, there are 10 sisters mostly from all over Asia. In relative simplicity, silence, and a life hidden from dominant culture, they balance the practices of prayer, reading and work. Their deep inner lives, distinct daily rhythms, and shared spiritual journey become a continuous prayer of life — to God, for people who ask for their prayers and for the world.
One key question to understand is this: what should I pray for? This is key because God will not give us what we pray for, no matter how long and hard we pray for it, if it is not part of His glorious and perfect will.
To sin against the Holy Spirit is to voluntarily close one’s heart and make it impermeable to the action of grace.
There are different ways of praying: verbal prayers, short and lengthy prayers, reading the Bible, praying the Psalms and so on. Even work and suffering can become prayer and bring us to a close relationship with God and fellow man.
Unless we acknowledge our failings and rely on God to help us, we will never be able to turn our lives around and conquer the adverse life circumstances we once chose for ourselves. In God’s eyes, there is no man who is not redeemable. It is we who need to take the first step toward Him in humility.