Archive for October, 2012


In my many temptations,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus,
In the storms and deep dark seas of life,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus.

Through my sicknesses and pain,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus,
Through my anger and shame,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus.

Through my fears and anguish,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus,
Through my anxieties and confusion,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus.

In moments I feel I am losing faith,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus,
In times of loss and emptiness,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus.

In my joys and in my sorrows,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus,
In my life and in my death,
I will cling to you my sweet Jesus.

Julian Tan
Aka Catholicjules

On the Lord’s Prayer

Posted: October 28, 2012 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Memory Book

From a letter to Proba by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Ep. 130, 11,21-12,22; CSEL 44, 63-64)

We need to use words so that we may remind ourselves to consider carefully what we are asking, not so that we may think we can instruct the Lord or prevail upon him.

Thus, when we say: Hallowed be your name, we are reminding ourselves to desire that his name, which in fact is always holy, should also be considered holy among men. I mean that it should not be held in contempt. But this is a help for men, not for God.

And as for our saying: Your kingdom come, it will surely come whether we will it or not. But we are stirring up our desires for the kingdom so that it can come to us and we can deserve to reign there.

When we say: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, we are asking him to make us obedient so that his will may be done in us as it is done in heaven by his angels.

When we say: Give us this day our daily bread, in saying this day we mean “in this world.” Here we ask for a sufficiency by specifying the most important part of it; that is, we use the word “bread” to stand for everything. Or else we are asking for the sacrament of the faithful, which is necessary in this world, not to gain temporal happiness but to gain the happiness that is everlasting.

When we say: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, we are reminding ourselves of what we must ask and what we must do in order to be worthy in turn to receive.

When we say: Lead us not into temptation, we are reminding ourselves to ask that his help may not depart from us; otherwise we could be seduced and consent to some temptation, or despair and yield to it.

When we say: Deliver us from evil, we are reminding ourselves to reflect on the fact that we do not yet enjoy the state of blessedness in which we shall suffer no evil. This is the final petition contained in the Lord’s Prayer, and it has a wide application. In this petition the Christian can utter his cries of sorrow, in it he can shed his tears, and through it he can begin, continue and conclude his prayer, whatever the distress in which he finds himself. Yes, it was very appropriate that all these truths should be entrusted to us to remember in these very words.

Whatever be the other words we may prefer to say (words which the one praying chooses so that his disposition may become clearer to himself or which he simply adopts so that his disposition may be intensified), we say nothing that is not contained in the Lord’s Prayer, provided of course we are praying in a correct and proper way. But if anyone says something which is incompatible with this prayer of the Gospel, he is praying in the flesh, even if he is not praying sinfully. And yet I do not know how this could be termed anything but sinful, since those who are born again through the Spirit ought to pray only in the Spirit.

October 28th 2012 – Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted: October 27, 2012 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

Seeing the Son of David

Readings:
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126:1-6
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

Today’s Gospel turns on an irony—it is a blind man, Bartimaeus, who becomes the first besides the apostles to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. And His healing is the last miracle Jesus performs before entering the holy city of Jerusalem for His last week on earth.

The scene on the road to Jerusalem evokes the joyful procession prophesied by Jeremiah in today’s First Reading. In Jesus this prophecy is fulfilled. God, through the Messiah, is delivering His people from exile, bringing them back from the ends of the earth, with the blind and lame in their midst.

Jesus, as Bartimaeus proclaims, is the long-awaited Son promised to David (see 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 11:9; Jeremiah 23:5). Upon His triumphal arrival in Jerusalem, all will see that the everlasting kingdom of David has come (see Mark 11:9-10).

As we hear in today’s Epistle, the Son of David was expected to be the Son of God (see Psalm 2:7). He was to be a priest-king like Melchizedek (see Psalm 110:4), who offered bread and wine to God Most High at the dawn of salvation history (see Genesis 14:18-20).

Bartimaeus is a symbol of his people, the captive Zion which we sing of in today’s Psalm. His God has done great things for him. All his life has been sown in tears and weeping. Now, he reaps a new life.

Bartimaeus, too, should be a sign for us. How often Christ passes us by—in the person of the poor, in the distressing guise of a troublesome family member or burdensome associate (see Matthew 25:31-46)—and yet we don’t see Him.

Christ still calls to us through His Church, as Jesus sent His apostles to call Bartimaeus. Yet how often are we found to be listening instead to the voices of the crowd, not hearing the words of His Church.

Today He asks us what He asks Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” Rejoicing, let us ask the same thing of Him—what can we do for all that He has done for us?

Lead Me Home…

Posted: October 25, 2012 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Today’s Gospel Luke 12:49:53

“I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division”

[Personal Reflection]

Do I embrace my Faith in the Gospels abandoning earthly feelings and natural affections? Clinging dearly to my Lord in spite of persecutions, trials and sufferings?

Do I embrace my baptism?

Do I accept that the divine love and charity of our Lord Jesus Christ who came to suffer for us, will often cause division between believers and unbelievers?

If I choose to remain steadfast in my love for Him, in spite of pain, trials and suffering. He, my Lord, my God, my saviour will lead me to the room He has prepared for me in my Father’s house. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Words I Long To Hear From My Lord….

Posted: October 24, 2012 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Well done, good and faithful servant!

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matt 25:21

Today’s Gospel Luke 12:39-48

  • Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds him taking care of the rest of his charges.

Are we taking care of those who have physical and spiritual needs?

Providing for them….?

Feeding them the Word both in word, action and deed?

  • For those that much is given, much is expected.

Are we doing our part in sharing the love and graces we have received with others? Are we giving our all? Or are we merely doing the little we feel we can spare?

Like St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 3:2-12, we too have been made servants of the Gospel by a gift of grace from God so that through the Church, we can show how comprehensive God’s wisdom really is, exactly according to the plan which He had had from all eternity in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us be bold in proclaiming the Good News, so that we will one day hear the words we long to hear……

 

The Light Of The World

Posted: October 23, 2012 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The Light of the World (1853–54) is an allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me”. According to Hunt: “I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject.”[1] The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing “the obstinately shut mind”.

Lk 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”

Personal Reflections

Jesus knocks on our door frequently till one day He will stop. Are we ready to receive Him?

Jesus cannot come into our hearts if we do not open our hearts to Him.  His persistent and pure love for us beckons that we open the door through our own free will.

Blessed are we waiting and ready…….


Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

Cup of Salvation

Readings:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

The sons of Zebedee hardly know what they’re asking in today’s Gospel. They are thinking in terms of how the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors.

But the road to Christ’s kingdom is by way of His cross. To share in His glory, we must be willing to drink the cup that He drinks.

The cup is an Old Testament image for God’s judgment. The wicked would be made to drink this cup in punishment for their sins (see Psalm 75:9; Jeremiah 25:15, 28; Isaiah 51:17). But Jesus has come to drink this cup on behalf of all humanity. He has come to be baptized—which means plunged or immersed—into the sufferings we all deserve for our sins (compare Luke 12:50).

In this He will fulfill the task of Isaiah’s suffering servant, whom we read about in today’s First Reading.

Like Isaiah’s servant, the Son of Man will give His life as an offering for sin, as once Israel’s priests offered sacrifices for the sins of the people (see Leviticus 5:17-19).

Jesus is the heavenly high priest of all humanity, as we hear in today’s Epistle. Israel’s high priests offered the blood of goats and calves in the temple sanctuary. But Jesus entered the heavenly sanctuary with His own blood (see Hebrews 9:12).

And by bearing our guilt and offering His life to do the will of God, Jesus ransomed “the many”—paying the price to redeem humanity from spiritual slavery to sin and death.

He has delivered us from death, as we rejoice in today’s Psalm.

We need to hold fast to our confession of faith, as today’s Epistle exhorts us. We must look upon our trials and sufferings as our portion of the cup He promised to those who believe in Him (see Colossians 1:24). We must remember that we have been baptized into His passion and death (see Romans 6:3).

In confidence, let us approach the altar today, the throne of grace, at which we drink the cup of His saving blood (see Mark 14:23-24).

A Parent’s Perspective

Posted: October 17, 2012 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

I am often overcome with profound sadness when I read about baby or child abuses in the newspapers.  How can parents go overboard or at times behave so cruelly?  Perhaps there was/is no relationship with God in those situations….

I often question my own parenting skills, have I behaved impatiently with my boys? They have from time to time enraged me with their antics, misbehavior, and stubbornness.  Have I gone overboard in disciplining them? They are after all only children…

Lately this scripture passage hit me like never before! Most of us may never be given or take up the opportunity to serve the truly poor and desolate.  But we have been given an opportunity as parents to do likewise for our children. We are in actual fact their guardians for our Father in heaven. How can we abuse this privilege??

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me. Matt 25:35-36

We will all be accountable for our actions or inactions ……..let us all as parents be a little more loving and tolerant.


Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn 

Wisdom and Riches
Readings:
Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30
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The rich young man in today’s Gospel wanted to know what we all want to know—how to live in this life so that we might live forever in the world to come. He sought what today’s Psalm calls “wisdom of heart.”
He learns that the wisdom he seeks is not a program of works to be performed, or behaviors to be avoided. As Jesus tells him, observing the commandments is essential to walking the path of salvation—but it can only get us so far.

The Wisdom of God is not precepts, but a person—Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Wisdom whose Spirit was granted to Solomon in today’s First Reading. Jesus is the Word of God spoken of in today’s Epistle. And Jesus, as He reveals himself to the rich man today, is God.
In Jesus we encounter Wisdom, the living and effective Word of God. As He does with the rich man today, He looks upon each of us with love. That look of love, that loving gaze, is a personal invitation—to give up everything to follow Him.

Nothing is concealed from His gaze, as we hear in the Epistle. In His fiery eyes, the thoughts of our hearts are exposed, and each of us must render an account of our lives (see Revelation 1:14).
We must have the attitude of Solomon, preferring Wisdom to all else, loving Him more than even life itself. This preference, this love, requires a leap of faith. We will be persecuted for this faith, Jesus tells His disciples today. But we must trust in His promise—that all good things will come to us in His company.

What, then, are the “many possessions” that keep us from giving ourselves totally to God? What are we clinging to—material things, comfort zones, relationships? What will it take for us to live fully for Christ’s sake and the sake of the Gospel?

Let us pray for the wisdom to enter into the kingdom of God. With the Psalmist, let us ask Him, “Teach us.”


Luke 11:15–26 (Today’s Gospel)

Extract : “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.”

  •  Jesus unites all of us through His Body, blood, soul and divinity. When we break away through sin, our prideful ways, self centeredness and unwillingness to forgive and love, we stand alone! For a house divided upon itself falls….
  • The finger of God protects and guides us. It dispels the evil forces at work to scatter us away from God’s Kingdom. Let the Holy Spirit work within us to gather others too into the Kingdom of God our Father.
  • If God is with us, who can be against us? Satan has no hold over us. Let us always walk in the light, for if we look and turn back to darkness far greater will our fall be.

For Reflection

Posted: October 10, 2012 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Our Lord’s Prayer

Posted: October 10, 2012 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

A prayer above all prayers….any time we are at a loss of words or experience spiritual dryness, you can rest assured that this prayer will bring us back looking to heaven….Seven petitions three ‘your’ petitions and four ‘our’ petitions to be said slowly and reverently, reflecting on each and every petition.

Luke 10:41-42

Posted: October 9, 2012 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn 

What God Has Joined
Readings:
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 128:1-6
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16
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In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question.
The “lawfulness” of divorce in Israel was never at issue. Moses had long ago allowed it (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4). But Jesus points His enemies back before Moses, to “the beginning,” interpreting the text we hear in today’s First Reading.

Divorce violates the order of creation, He says. Moses permitted it only as a concession to the people’s “hardness of heart”—their inability to live by God’s covenant Law. But Jesus comes to fulfill the Law, to reveal its true meaning and purpose, and to give people the grace to keep God’s commands.

Marriage, He reveals, is a sacrament, a divine, life-giving sign. Through the union of husband and wife, God intended to bestow His blessings on the human family—making it fruitful, multiplying it until it filled the earth (see Genesis 1:28).

That’s why today’s Gospel moves so easily from a debate about marriage to Jesus’ blessing of children. Children are blessings the Father bestows on couples who walk in His ways, as we sing in today’s Psalm.
Marriage also is a sign of God’s new covenant. As today’s Epistle hints, Jesus is the new Adam—made a little lower than the angels, born of a human family (see Romans 5:14; Psalm 8:5-7). The Church is the new Eve, the “woman” born of Christ’s pierced side as He hung in the sleep of death on the cross (see John 19:34; Revelation 12:1-17).

Through the union of Christ and the Church as “one flesh,” God’s plan for the world is fulfilled (see Ephesians 5:21-32). Eve was “mother of all the living” (see Genesis 3:20). And in baptism, we are made sons and daughters of the Church, children of the Father, heirs of the eternal glory He intended for the human family in the beginning.

The challenge for us is to live as children of the kingdom, growing up ever more faithful in our love and devotion to the ways of Christ and the teachings of His Church.

On Today’s Gospel Luke 10:13-16

Posted: October 5, 2012 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Anyone who has aged over the years would realise we are not invincible as we once thought ourselves to be. We are slowly transforming into worm food. Bleak? Yes a little if you are concerned with our physical natures, but what about our souls? Our eternal spirit? Will we or do we have one?

Jesus promises eternal life with Him and all we have to do is follow Him. He reaches out to us in love over and over again. And most have rejected Him and/by His Word over and over again.

Soon time will run out for us and not just by our ages. Why have we not listened? Why are we not listening still? Why have we rejected those He has sent in love? Why do some reject the Catholic Church established by Christ Himself?

St Ambrose :- Our Lord warns us that they will meet with a heavier punishment who have refused to follow the Gospel than those who have chosen to break the law; saying, Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida!

Month Of The Rosary

Posted: October 4, 2012 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

Gentle reminder if you had forgotten…..

I invite you to join the Rosary Confraternity….Click on the image for more information…

While In Adoration…And In Praise & Worship

Posted: October 3, 2012 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

While In Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament….

Cling to me and I will keep you safe. Put your head on my bosom and experience my deep love for you.

 

During a Praise and Worship session…..

To be a child of God is to do my Father’s Will.

Guardian Angels

Posted: October 2, 2012 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.
Amen.

“From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God.”

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336.

Catholicjules Theme For The Year Of Faith….

Posted: October 1, 2012 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys