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Paul The Apostle movie

Posted: April 8, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Videos/Audio

Let me first begin by saying I absolutely loved the movie.

There were many powerful scenes in the movie and many powerful statements based on scripture, the word of God. But the biggest takeaway for me apart from love is the only way, is how we all need to belong to a community of Christ.

Even St Paul’s faith and conviction which was always centred on Christ; drew His strength from communion with Christ which extends to His one Body to be found in the community of disciples. The community drew strength and courage from one another’s faith in Jesus. They prayed together, encouraged and took care of one another. Because of this when some were facing death, they walked unafraid to meet their fate for they were strengthened in their belief and hope in the truth of our Lord’s resurrection.

Let us then finish the race together as one community in the Risen Lord as we look forward to eternal life with Him. Amen alleluia!

Let us Adore The Risen Lord

Posted: April 7, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Meditations

Today while we did the reflections for last Sunday’s readings we each brought something to share for a simple meal, while we shared our encounters with the Risen Lord. This reflection piece stuck with me as I recalled how Mary Mag went to share with Peter, then both He and John went to see for themselves…

Isn’t it beautiful to see that a Christian is, by definition, one that belongs to a community that experiences the resurrection together and not as individuals. As Paul proclaims (in the second reading), Christ is truly their life, their center, and it changes the way they relate to each other. They accept each other for who they are with all their strengths and weaknesses. This communion propels them to mission as we hear Peter proclaim boldly in today’s first reading. The resurrection generates a communion among them that transforms them from fearful followers to bold witnesses to the only truth that really matters – Christ is Risen!

Amen alleluia!

The journey towards Easter this year was certainly not what I hoped for. By far in the last five years this has been the dryest one of all. Still I clung on as tightly as I could to His love for me.

In the last three weeks leading up to Easter my reflection was on the denial of St Peter. How easy it was to judge him for his lack of faith when it mattered most. And yet how many times had I denied Jesus in my own words and actions? Hence as far as possible I would call to mind this reflection.

The second reflection that hit me in an all new way and only recently was in Jesus’s washing of his disciples feet. St Peter’s response is another classic, in which he protested that his Lord should not wash his feet. Is my own respond to Jesus any different? When I allow empty pride get in the way of allowing my saviour to cleanse me that I be made worthy of Him? I have no part of Him otherwise! He did not cling to His divinity, instead He humbled himself to go on His knees to wash my feet. To cleanse me of my sins. That very act brought to mind the Sacrament of reconciliation. Why does it matter which priest it is? What did it matter how dirty and dark my sins were? How embarrassing it was for me to confess? How can I allow pride to prevent my saviour from cleansing me? Also in that very act of love for me, by washing my feet he shows me how I am called to lead others to His love. I am called to do so in the very same manner.

While I was mourning the loss of my Spirituality this Lent, my dear Lord was speaking His truth to my heart in a deep profound way. My eyes were opened to His great love for me and you during the Easter Vigil! His Peace perfumed the air. His abundant blessings came down upon us as Holy water was sprinkled and we were renewed in His holiness. His shepherd then let us in a joyful celebration in His love. I praised and thanked Jesus and offered to try my hardest to always stand ready to serve Him in humility. I honestly did not think He would call me so soon, but that very night I was called up to serve Him even though it looked there were more than enough hands and feet on duty. Needless to say I was in awe. Joy filled my heart and it has carried over today.

May the joy of the Risen Lord fill your heart not just for a day or two but for all eternity. Amen

Let me first begin by testifying that the Lord our is God is all merciful, loving and abundantly generous with His gifts. Truly He remembers not our sins when we turn back to Him. This is how my journey towards a deeper relationship with my Lord began about seven plus years ago.

Like many I too struggled with my faith growing up, with little Cathechesis coupled with a desire to live life to the fullest to experience all there is to experience caring little for consequences or restrictions. Only thing that kept me from straying too far was a line from a prayer I somehow always kept in mind throughout the years. It is a petition to our Blessed Mother that said “Mary let me never lose my God.” I have shared my conversion story before, this testimony to God’s love in my life begins after that.

My faith and spirtual growth accelerated as with each passing year I ascended higher and higher up the Lord’s Holy ‘mountain. ‘ The climb up was from easy as it depended heavily on trusting the Lord every step of the way. And it was wrought with challenges, trials and required much personal sacrifice. While I never wanted a leadership position and was more than content to simply serve in any way the Lord wanted me to, I found that it was He that wanted me to take on leadership roles. In obedience I did so, even though I often felt inadequate or ill equipped. It was through Him alone that I became quite good at it, was given many gifts to do as needed and began to see the many fruits. How wonderful it was to witness the change in so many peoples lives simply by being an instrument of His grace.

Then the year of change came, and soon I found myself being shoved off the ‘mountain’ and spiraling down. Needless to say there was great disappointment and uncertainty. What is your plan for me Lord? Why would you allow almost everything we built up for your Kingdom be slowly destroyed? Were we not humble enough in our pursuit? I had so many questions but no answers!

A brother in Christ whom I love and respect did not have any answers for me except to say he was prompted to share that I should read 2 Sirach. I glanced through it and thanked Him. Then a few months later I went for spiritual counselling and my spiritual guide led me to the very same scripture text. This time I paid attention and started reflecting and meditating on the word for me.

The Lord truly was speaking to my heart. He called me his son and that I should cleave to Him. The same word cleave as it appears in Gen 2:24 to be united as One with Him. There will be temptations and trials as I strive to carry my cross to follow Him but He will always be with me. And so while He has spoken to me in so many ways and through so many passages from His living word. 2 Sirach will always hold a special place in my Heart for it has enkindled a fire within me to love and serve Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. Amen

Happy Easter and may the Risen Lord reign in your lives always.

My Easter Candle

Posted: March 31, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

My Easter candle came with a message….. I need to bleed a little more for Him.

Easter 2018

Posted: March 31, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

Truly Blessed Easter celebration. To have celebrated with joy and thankful hearts with the whole Parish! Lifting hands in praise and worship. To have received both the body and blood of Christ and to be given the opportunity to serve Him. Thank You Jesus…