May 8. The group discussed how today there appears to be an increasing number of people who do not believe in life after death. Johan used to say there is just oblivion. The priests shared together, “It became very difficult to minister to the dying with all of us being obliged to stay at home for fear of being infected. And priests can’t even go to the hospital. Helping families understand eternal life and coping with death needs to be done somehow. Maybe that booklet on bereavement should be promoted to help families.” “ Somewhere deep inside us is the hope for everlasting life. This is God’s greatest gift of mercy.”
In my Father’s house are many rooms, I go to prepare a place for you. From John 14:1-6 Pope Francis: The way to prepare for death is to grow in our love for those who walk at our side, until that day when death will be no more. We will thus prepare ourselves to meet once more our loved ones who have died. AL258. Offer a prayer to Our Lady.
May 10. Mothers’ Day. Sunday Easter 5A. A Mother’s Day Reflection. Fr Sylvester first invited all the men to stand up and then repeated the words of the 2nd reading from Peter, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people.“ Then he added, “but these words are not for men, or priests, but for all the baptized. Today in particular we honour mothers who are so often the guiding force behind you men. So let the mothers stand up so that we can acknowledge them,” ‘You are a holy nation, God’s own people.’ We, every member of every family here present, together through our baptism, make up the holy nation, the royal priesthood first in our homes, offering the sacrifices we make in our daily lives. We offer them together with Jesus in the Eucharist, making it a living sacrifice. How deeply do we really understand this,” he asked the people. He left them to think a while before giving a special blessing to all mothers.
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.1 Peter2:9. Pope Francis: With great affection I urge all mothers : keep happy and let nothing rob your of the interior joy of motherhood. Your child deserves your happiness. AL 171. Offer a prayer to Our Lady and a very special blessing to all mothers.
May 11. Make a home! The Parenting group had organized a virtual (stay-at-home) family picnic for Mothers’ Day, each in their own home. Apart from the moms, everyone had been involved, preparing food and some activities that could be done to make the day enjoyable. They had agreed, “No TV and no cellphones.” Anna had made a special poster for her mom adapting the words of Jesus from the gospel, “If a mother loves me, she will keep my word and my Father will love her and we will come to her and make our home with her……..” “And her family” Josie added, “I know that you are our example and pray for us all. Thank you mom.”
If a man loves me he will keep my word and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:21-26. Pope Francis: Love by its very nature indicates something concrete: intentions, attitudes and behaviours that are shown in daily living. FM9. Offer a prayer to Our Lady.
May 12. How many cease-fires and peace treaties are made throughout the world and how long do they last? Even during these last months while the whole world was struggling to contain the coronavirus some countries were still continuing to bomb their enemies. Pope Francis in his Easter message had made a passionate plea for a universal cease-fire in all war zones. That was the topic given to the matrics for their on-line discussion. Paul took it seriously and as a family they helped him prepare. Peace is not merely an absence of conflict but a state of right living and freedom to be oneself. Consider the beatitude, “ Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give it to you. From John 14:27-31 Pope Francis: When we love someone, or we feel loved by them, we can better understand what they are trying to communicate. Fearing the other person as a kind rival is a sign of weakness and needs to be overcome. AL140. Offer a prayer to Our Lady.
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