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“How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth!” Psalm 8
On the evening of Sunday, 27th August, we were privileged to witness from our inner courtyard a most spectacular sight – the convergence of two planets: Jupiter and Venus. This orbit of celestial bodies around the sun is known as the “Dance of the Planets”. This extraordinary event will next occur in about 24 years’ time.
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized on 4th September, 2016 by Pope Francis in Rome. We rejoice with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters all over the world, and particularly those working in South Africa on this wonderful occasion. Mother Teresa’s life is an inspiration, we all are aware of her great compassion for the sick and the dying, her tireless work on behalf of the poor and rejected, but also her concern for those suffering from spiritual poverty – loneliness and alienation, or from a lack of purpose in life. Mother Teresa’s passion for humanity sprang from her deep passion for and union with God, and her fidelity to her life of prayer, even when experiencing the deep suffering of a dark night of faith which coloured almost fifty years of her life. Here in her own words she speaks about SILENCE ... so necessary in our noisy world to help us find our true centre and meaning.
“We must improve our prayer and, flowing from that, our charity toward others. It can be difficult to pray when we don’t know how, but we can help ourselves through the use of silence. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. This silence takes a lot of sacrifice, but if we really want to pray, we must be ready to take that step now. Without this first step toward silence, we will not be able to reach our goal, which is union with God. We forget that in the silence of the heart God speaks, and from the fullness of the heart we speak. Only when we have heard him in the silence of our hearts, only when we have learned to listen to God in the silence of our hearts, only then can we say: I pray. There is no either/or about prayer and love. We can’t say we have either prayer or love: There is no prayer without love and no love without prayer.
The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.
Let us provide each other an atmosphere of peace and quiet which will facilitate prayer, work, study, and rest.”
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POPE FRANCIS HAS DECLARED A YEAR OF MERCY FROM 8th DECEMBER 2015 UNTIL THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 2016
You can never have too much confidence in God,
who is so powerful and so merciful.
St Therese of Lisieux
Our CD continues to be appreciated and recently reached friends in England. Now available from Amazon and iTunes.
Here are their comments:
“I was given the CD 'Let Nothing Trouble you' and I wanted to say how wonderful it is. I put it on in the morning instead of the news....sets me straight at the start of each day, anchors me in Jesus, my Savior. God bless you all”
“Magnificent. Beautiful. Inspirational, Peaceful. Amazing. Such lovely voices and instrumentation.”