Saturday, June 15, 2013

A prayer for fathers

Prayer for dads on this Father’s Day

On this special day for fathers let's pray God that bless all the fathers with good health, peace & happiness.
Those who are lonely be their company Lord
Those who are sick grant them speedy recovery.
Those who are dying give them courage to face death with peace of mind
Those who are neglected by their children console them
Those who are sad bring them happiness
Those who hopeless give them hope                                                                                                                                                                                      Those struggling financially to cater for their family, grant the monetary support                                                                                                                                                                                Those distressed with the problems of their children, help them find the solutions
Soften the hardened hearts of children who are disobedient, rude and disrespectful to their fathers and touch those who are ungrateful
Lord make us the instruments of peace and love for all fathers who need some comfort and solace in their lives
Lord please bless these and all fathers wherever there are and in whatever state they may be as   You alone what they need and deserve.

Happy Father's Day

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Pope surprises students with unscripted Q+A session

Pope Francis revealed that he never wanted to be the Pope, and that he has chosen not to live in the papal apartments for the sake of his mental health, in a candid exchange with students on June 7.

At a meeting with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania, along with their teachers and relatives, the Pope decided to set aside a 5-page prepared address. “It’s a little boring,” he told the students. Instead he asked the students to pose questions. “That way we can talk,” he said.

Asked why he had decided to live in the Vatican guest house, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, rather than in the papal apartments, the Holy Father replied that “it’s a question of personality.” He explained that it was not because the papal apartments are luxurious, and not because he considers himself more virtuous than other pontiffs. “I can’t live alone; do you understand?” he said. “I need to live among people, and if I lived alone—perhaps rather isolated—it wouldn’t be good for me.”

When a young girl asked whether he wanted to be Pope, Francis quickly replied in the negative. “God does not bless a person who wants to be Pope,” he said. “I didn’t want to be Pope.”

In answer to a question about why be became a Jesuit, Pope Francis said that he had originally wanted to be a missionary, and had asked for an assignment to Japan, but was told that because of his health he was better suited for work in his native Argentina. Nevertheless he said that the missionary spirit is at the core of the Jesuit vocation: “going out to announce Jesus Christ and not becomgin too closed within our worlds.”

Another girls asked the Pope if he stayed in touch with his own boyhood friends. He said that he had enjoyed a few visits from old Argentine friends, and heard regularly from others. “I see them, I write to them,” he said. “You can’t live your life without friends.”

An elementary school girl asked if the Pope continued to see his friends from grade school. “But I've only been Pope for two and a half months,” he answered. But he understood her concern and continued “My friends are 14 hours away from here by plane, right? They're far from here, but I want to tell you something, three of them came to find me and greet me and I see them and they write to me and I love them very much. You can't live without friends, that's important.”

A boy asked about lapses of faith, and the Pope encouraged him with the reply: “Always remember this: you must not be afraid of failure or taking a tumble. The art of walking is not about not falling at all but learning to pick yourself up and carry on. If you fall down, get up quickly and go on walking.” 

In responses to other students’ questions the Pope said that the persistence of poverty in today’s world is a scandal, and that Christians have a duty to become involved in political affairs. “Politics is dirty, but the reason it has become dirty is that Christians didn’t get deeply enough involved in the evangelical spirit,” he said. “Working for the common good is a Christian duty.”

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Call for Universal Prayer in unity


Intentions of Pope Francis in universal call for prayer

1-     For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving back joy and serenity.

2.    For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labor. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence.-     Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations, above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners, and those who experience marginalization. That the Church’s prayer and its active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and courage in defending human dignity.

Let us join the holy father and fellow Catholics all over pray that our Church can stand shamelessly in defending truth and also for all those in need of freedom,finance and moral courage to defend their dignity.Let us pray for our nation in our fight against racism,corruption and injustice.May the good triumph over evil.