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Opus Dei Men’s Day of Recollection

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

Just finished attending my first ever men’s day of recollection (held in the evening once a month) and I’m loving it! Loved that there is reconciliation throughout and the whole session ends with Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

It was intellectually heavy in parts but hey that’s the way to grow!

So all in all I highly recommend attending the sessions. Praise the Lord!

*Apparently there’s a women only session held separately.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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God is dwelling in my heart, He and I are one. All His love he gives to me through Christ His Son! And with Jesus in my heart what have I to fear? For He is the Son of God In my heart He’s near. Wonderful, beautiful, encouraging hymn which brings us much joy and hope in just singing it aloud. But what if it was not merely a hymn. What if it were a reality? Such that we would even be able to bring the presence of the Lord our God everywhere we went.

Yes sisters and brothers in Christ this is truly a reality for us who believe, who hear His word, and act to do God our Father’s Will for us as we live out a sacramental life. We bring the presence of our Lord with us wherever we go as we share His love through and in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We teach and share the promises of old brought to fulfillment in the new. How we were dead in our sins and brought to life again through the power of our Risen Lord. We recollect on where we were, where we are now and where we are going through Him who loves us dearly. Yes indeed this is our reality!

However the reality for most is not as promising because they want to be in control of every aspect of their lives. If they mix red and white, pink must be the result! Leaving it to the Lord their God is like a game of chance and they will have nothing of it. In fact praying to Him if at all is pretty much telling Him what to do and how to do it! They might mutter softly under their breath ‘thy will be done’ though the need is for their will to be done! Pity if they don’t snap out of this fantasy world they have built for themselves and deem it the reality of life. What is the treasure they are storing and for whom? When will they realise what it really means when we say we are all created in the image and likeness of God our Heavenly Father and are on a pilgrim journey back to Him. We are NOT of this world even though we live in it.

Lord Jesus remember me as I journey back to Your Kingdom. Amen

First reading

Exodus 40:16-21,34-38 ·
The tabernacle is set up

Moses did exactly as the Lord had directed him. The tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. Moses erected the tabernacle. He fixed the sockets for it, put up its frames, put its crossbars in position, set up its posts. He spread the tent over the tabernacle and on top of this the covering for the tent, as the Lord had directed Moses. He took the Testimony and placed it inside the ark. He set the shafts to the ark and placed the throne of mercy on it. He brought the ark into the tabernacle and put the screening veil in place; thus he screened the ark of the Lord, as the Lord had directed Moses.
The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the cloud that rested on it and because of the glory of the Lord that filled the tabernacle.
At every stage of their journey, whenever the cloud rose from the tabernacle the sons of Israel would resume their march. If the cloud did not rise, they waited and would not march until it did. For the cloud of the Lord rested on the tabernacle by day, and a fire shone within the cloud by night, for all the House of Israel to see. And so it was for every stage of their journey.


Matthew 13:47-53
The fishermen collect the good fish and throw away those that are no use

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
‘Have you understood all this?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’