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Posted: June 19, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Meditations

Recollection

Posted: June 11, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Recollection on my Birthday

Recalling in awe and amazement how the Lord has fast tracked my faith life in the last 7 years.

Summary

1. Placed in me a growing desire to learn more after realising I knew so little about Eucharist during my eldest First Holy Communion programme.
2. Called to service as Extraordinary Communion Minister of Holy Communion.
3. Called to journey through LISS.
4. Called to deepen my faith in the Holy Eucharist by facilitating the FHC program.
5. Called to deepen my faith and love for Jesus and the Holy Spirit through the Four Steps Retreat.
6. Called to help facilitate LISS from time to time.
7. Given opportunities to serve as an altar server, doubling up as communion minister.
8. Given opportunities to proclaim the word as a Lector.
9. Give opportunities to be Animator for choir
10. Called to start a neighbourhood group.
11. Called to start a blog
12. Called to start a Facebook page (currently with 12k followers around the globe)
13. Called to facilitate confirmation program for two young adults.
14. Called to deeper discipleship through burning bush, RISS and other such programs.
15. Called to leadership.
16. Called to mentor others into discipleship
17. Called to journey with CPS small Christian community.
18. Neighbour group transforms into small Christian community.
19. Called to share the faith through talks and personal testimonies
20. Guiding those who desire to serve into ministry.
21. Planning and development for the future.

I am indeed grateful, thankful and humble by the many blessings and Graces ourpoured by the Holy Trinity. I Pray that whatever I am called to do will be strictly the Lord’s will for me, and that it may be done in a way pleasing to Him, the Lord my God. Amen


For Reflection…. 

From a short sharing/talk I did today

Testimony To His Love and Mercy

Posted: May 11, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Haven’t been to visit mum and dad for awhile as I have been very busy. But knowing that both of them haven’t been well I decided after lunch that I would go over after work. Called my wife so that she could arrange to pick Hannah up instead. I didn’t call ahead because I wanted to surprise them.

After I left the office I decided to take a bus as I could take bus 47 direct to their home and the bus stop was only about 50 metres away. There were many empty cabs along the way but I didn’t think anything of it. However just 5 metres from the bus stop I flagged down a cab and got in without any thought.

About 8 minutes away, I received a call from mum asking me where I was? I thought Frances had called and informed her that I was coming so I simply said that I was in a cab on my way. She didn’t quite understand as she was totally unaware of my coming, and asked if I could drop by urgently. She informed me that my dad had fallen and his head was bleeding moreover he couldn’t get up. As she was weak and dizzy she couldn’t lift him up either. I said a prayer for them and asked the Holy Spirit to guide me on what needed to be done.

When I reached their home, my dad was in a fetal position clutching his head at the entrance of the gate. I slowly carried him unto to the wheel chair and checked for bleeding. The bleeding was from his right palm due to two minor cuts. Thankfully there was no head injury or swelling but I guess he was clutching his head due to how close he was to the wall. Praise the Lord that other than having the wind knocked out of him both mum and dad were fine. Dressed his wounds had dinner and helped him to bed.

Praise and thank you Jesus for your mercy and love. Amen

Please lift up prayers for mum and dad. Anthony and Patricia….❤❤❤

Inspired 

Posted: May 4, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Today was the first time I gave a talk at a RCIA session. Scripture passage Luke 9:23-24 Praise the Lord for His graces and inspiration. Great opportunity to share the 7 characteristics of the Cross We are called to carry. 

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: May 3, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys


Happy are we who have not yet seen our Lord and still know without a doubt that He is here with us now. At this very moment of prayer and reflection. Through Him we have a deep meaningful relationship with our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit.

Because our deepest desire is to do the Will of the Lord our God, we need only ask in Jesus’s name and it will be granted. Sometimes even more than we had requested for. Truly we have witnessed this many times in our lives serving Him through His people.

Lord come dwell in me always. Amen

St Philip and St James pray for us.

First reading
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, the gospel that you received and in which you are firmly established; because the gospel will save you only if you keep believing exactly what I preached to you – believing anything else will not lead to anything.
Well then, in the first place, I taught you what I had been taught myself, namely that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; and that he was raised to life on the third day, in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared first to Cephas and secondly to the Twelve. Next he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died; then he appeared to James, and then to all the apostles; and last of all he appeared to me too; it was as though I was born when no one expected it.

Gospel
John 14:6-14

Jesus said to Thomas:

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
If you know me, you know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?

‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father, so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.
You must believe me when I say
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.
I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.
Whatever you ask for in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it.’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: April 28, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys


The winds of change will always continue to blow, but will our faith remain steadfast? Many will rise up and challenge what we stand for. They will rock the foundations we have built upon our Lord Jesus Christ and they will fail. For our hope, strength and fortitude comes from the Lord our God.

He our living God will nourish and strengthen us on our journey. He will pour His graces abundantly upon us who desire to serve Him and our brethren in humble servitude. So that we can continue to build His Heavenly Kingdom.

All power and Glory is Yours alone, my Lord, my God. Amen

First reading
Acts 5:34-42

One member of the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee called Gamaliel, who was a doctor of the Law and respected by the whole people, stood up and asked to have the apostles taken outside for a time. Then he addressed the Sanhedrin, ‘Men of Israel, be careful how you deal with these people. There was Theudas who became notorious not so long ago. He claimed to be someone important, and he even collected about four hundred followers; but when he was killed, all his followers scattered and that was the end of them. And then there was Judas the Galilean, at the time of the census, who attracted crowds of supporters; but he got killed too, and all his followers dispersed. What I suggest, therefore, is that you leave these men alone and let them go. If this enterprise, this movement of theirs, is of human origin it will break up of its own accord; but if it does in fact come from God you will not only be unable to destroy them, but you might find yourselves fighting against God.’
His advice was accepted; and they had the apostles called in, gave orders for them to be flogged, warned them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. And so they left the presence of the Sanhedrin glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name.
They preached every day both in the Temple and in private houses, and their proclamation of the Good News of Christ Jesus was never interrupted.

Gospel
John 6:1-15

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee– or of Tiberias– and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.
Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.