Archive for January 1, 2019

In the final moments of 2018 new year’s eve, I asked myself how different was this year? From all the yester-years.

The main thing for me was to recognise and recollect just how blessed I had been from Jan 18 to Dec 18 by God my Heavenly Father. And I saw His gentle, loving hand throughout the year. There were many significant moments of building upon family ties. The strengthening of old familial bonds and development of new ones. I was humbled, renewed and invigorated into service of Him and my brethren. Which led me to the final question for recollection.

Had I been a Blessing to any or many? Have I shared my many Blessings with them? What are the visible fruits that others see? I realised that I could not truly answer this question on my own. I can only pray that I had done enough this year…

What better way to end the new year? Then to welcome Christ Jesus into the new one!

New year’s eve night began with praise and worship. During of which, Frances and I saw just how we were truly loved by God our Father. He took away our pettiness and turned it into loveliness. We worshiped Him together with a close knit family in Christ. We were truly one body in Him! Through his shepherd, Father Terence, God’s love was reawakened and the fire of His great love for us glowed within all our hearts.

Then we saw His face during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus our Lord touched the hearts of many and much healing took place, for some most profoundly. Joy filled our hearts!

The Eucharistic Celebration was simply wonderful! Extra special because we were truly prepared, and in a sense we were pining to receive our Lord Jesus Christ into our very beings. There was no loud countdown needed, as we were gently led into the new year by our Lord Himself! Amen! Alleluia!

After the Eucharistic Celebration, we did not go home but continued to celebrate with our sisters and brothers in Christ. There were great moments of joy and even a little moment of sorrow as we learnt that a couple we had grown to love was going through a tough time. One of their sons Eugene had a relapse of leukaemia. We prayed and embraced them knowing that Christ was with us and will continue to be with them in the months ahead. Do join us in praying for them especially for Eugene. The party ended at about 5am++ we were still very much in awe of God’s presence in the new year of 2019.

After reaching home it was time for a quick shower before rushing off to be in the presence of our Lord once again and with His Blessed mother, our dearest mother too. I had been asked a few months earlier to lead the opening and closing hymn for the recitation of the Holy Rosary which followed after the Eucharistic Celebration. And was eager to honour our Blessed Mother. We sang “Gentle Woman” for the opening and “Praise her with a flower” for the closing hymn. Another wonderful year ahead with our Blessed Mother at our side.

Thank You Lord!

Wonderful Testimony….

Posted: January 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

As I awaken to another quiet morning, I smile and say ‘Good Morning Lord’ and I roll myself out of bed. My knees touch the ground as I kneel down in front of my Lord, to give thanks. To thank Him for another day and another chance to do His Will and to be the best I can be. The cool morning refreshes me, as I bow my head to pray.

Not every morning has been like this though. Not all of my mornings have begun in prayer and thanksgiving. Not all of my mornings have been filled with the peace I feel today. In fact, for at least 20 years of my life, most of my mornings were filled with anger, pain and disappointment. Turn back the clock all those years, and you would have found a man without direction and with an ego and pride the size of this worship hall.

I had a happy childhood, was an altar server when I was younger. I was part of the Boy’s Brigade and excelled in sports while I was in school. Martial arts and soccer were 2 of my loves. However, in secondary school, without proper guidance and a lack of role models in my life, I started hanging out with the wrong crowd. I saw these rebellious kids and the influence they had over others and somehow, that appealed to me. Joining a gang and hanging out with these fellow ‘brothers’ showed me what life could be like. God started to have less and less of a place in my life; that spot was taken up by my new-found ‘friends’.

With these friends came many new experiences. I got sloshed for the first time when I was 16 years old. Being a shy guy who hated speaking in public, alcohol magically melted my fears away and provided me this new-found confidence which was addictive. The more alcohol I drank, the more confident I became. I didn’t care what it was doing to me. Being part of a gang was also about standing by your fellow members and showing others who was boss. The company I mixed around with got me into fights, some of which I started on my own lah. I was in an out-of-control spiral and I didn’t even know it. Education wasn’t something I cared about anymore. My family hardly saw me, as I busied myself with worldly pursuits.

This life that I had chosen for myself had almost got me killed a couple of times. It is honestly by the grace of God that I stand before you today, sharing my story. I had to hit absolute rock bottom; losing my then girlfriend, not doing well at my business, contemplating thoughts of suicide. I could have lost everything then.

But God had other plans for me. At the lowest point of my life, God sent me a sign. A sign that showed me that He knew I was suffering and that He was with me. He gave me a chance that I had not given myself. I just had to surrender to him. For a man who has depended on himself all his life, this was not an easy task. But my way had not worked out for me. What if I gave His way a chance?

It has been about 2 and a half years since I made the decision to lift everything to God. And boy, it hasn’t been easy. There was so much I had to work on. I had to stop depending on myself and learn to depend on Him. And in order to do that, I had to open my heart and be vulnerable. I had to learn the word of God, in order to understand Him better. I surrounded myself with like-minded people, all who were seeking to be better Christians.

What has God done for me in this short time? God has given me a new-found love for my fellow brothers and sisters and has given me a ministry so that I may grow and help others to find God as well. God has given me the mentorship of Father Terence, as I came back to the Church , after so many years of being away. God has given me the love of a woman who is also seeking to be a better Christian, so that we may grow together in holiness. God has given me the opportunity to go back to school and to work on getting my Masters; something I thought I would never get the opportunity to do as I was kicked out from university back in the day. God has given me wonderful gifts to connect with people and the confidence to stand up here and to speak to all of you, guided by His spirit.

So, why, you may ask, do I get down on my knees each and every morning, and give thanks to God?

I give thanks to God as He has given me so much, more than I could have ever imagined for myself. More than I feel I am worthy of receiving.

I give thanks to God for loving me, even before I learnt to love myself. Through my years of not taking care of myself, He was there, taking care of me.

I give thanks to God for entrusting me in a family, who have raised me and loved me and showed me how to be supportive.

I give thanks to God for always being present, for His patience and for sending me people who show me, each and every day, what it means to be a brother-in-Christ.

I give thanks to God for blessing me with communities of love and support, be it my church community and my family with Charmaine.

Most of all, I give thanks to God for giving me an opportunity to be an example. An example of how surrendering to the love of Christ and the Will of God, no matter how late in life, can change your life for the better and enrich you. For allowing me to take my past experiences and making them into a tool for the future.

And for all this, I will continue to praise and thank the Lord, every day.

I urge you my sisters and brothers to start the new year giving thanks every single day to remind us how blessed we are. When we start thanking God for the things we usually take for granted, our perspective changes. We will realize that we would not even exist without the merciful blessings of our Heavenly Father.

Tomorrow marks a brand-new year and incidentally my 41st birthday as well. My wish is for everyone to start each new day of the New Year with prayer. Trust God and everything will be good. He has a plan for all of us. And He loves us.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6

Please say a prayer for Patrick the author of this testimony.


On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How wonderfully and completely loved we are to have Mary, mother of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ as our mother.

For through her, the face of our Lord’s shine most profoundly on us. Through her immaculate heart she guides us to the way of perfection in Him. Through her intercession our hearts, minds and actions are purified and made pleasing to our Lord. She is our mother, do we honour her as we should? Nothing pleases our Blessed Mother more than that we listen to her son’s will for us. And so she is always by our side to help us along the right path.

O Blessed Mother pray for us your children who love you dearly. Amen

First reading

Numbers 6:22-27
They are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them

The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘Say this to Aaron and his sons: “This is how you are to bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”

This is how they are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them.’

Second reading

Galatians 4:4-7
God sent his Son, born of a woman

When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave any more; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.


Luke 2:16-21
The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem and found the baby lying in the manger

The shepherds hurried away to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.
When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception.