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On 12th January 2019, the day began with an hour of Eucharistic Adoration at the Warden and EMHC Day of Recollection (DOR) organized by ONE office. We were filled with peace and joy, at being surrounded by the presence of our Lord. Following this, our shepherd, Father Terence led the session with a recollection of Christmas and the humble circumstances under which our Saviour was born to mankind. Jesus said to his disciples, “Come and see” -John 1:39, This passage was used as the premise the DOR. And when it ended, some of us returned to CSM to serve the sunset EC where we felt connected to God through His Word and the Holy Spirit. It also was the
“Restore to me the gladness of your salvation; uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51: 14 The Monastic Fathers have written extensively about the Noonday devil. It is called the Noonday devil because it comes when we are preparing to take a mid-day break from prayer and from our activity. It also comes when we let our guard down and become complacent - “Oh I have already done so much work. I deserve a break.” The spiritual term for this is Acedia. While generally translated as “Sloth”, a closer translation of the word, would be “Spiritual Apathy” or “Spiritual Weariness”. St. Thomas Aquinas has referenced St. John Damascene in defining this term, and calls it, “Weariness in the
We are all sinners, and we have been wounded in some way or another. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” – Luke 4: 18-19 For those who know me well enough, they would know that I am currently working in a Catholic Charity, a non-profit organisation which works with boys-at-risk in a residential setting. The youth come from varied backgrounds – some presenting with the aftermath of trauma, others on Child Protection Order, some
Faith journaling is a gift for the long haul, to make your faith active. “Journaling is a pathway for joy & a powerful tool in the hands of love.” It could be a habit-based approach to your spiritual growth, to help you focus on what is God saying to you. How should one begin? There is no right or wrong way to start your journal. For a start, you may reflect on the following points and write them down on the first page of your journal: -Why do I want to keep a faith journal? -Have I ever had the slightest experience with Jesus? -Who is Jesus to me? Any other smaller steps towards keeping a Faith Journal?