Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death – from the “womb to the tomb”. The Theme for this year’s Day for Life is: ‘Use your body for the glory of God.’ (1 Cor 6:20) Our faith celebrates the goodness of the human body (Gen 1:31). It proclaims the marvellous truth that Jesus Christ, ‘the Word’ Himself, ‘was made flesh’ and lived among us (Jn 1:14). Our Christian faith also believes that we are ‘at once body and spirit’ , that our bodies are more than its physical parts. It is through my body that I express myself. It is through my body that I experience the world and others know who I am. It is through my body that I express my love for others and I experience God’s love and the love of others for me. Although I am more than my body, my body is an essential part of who I am. My body is therefore worthy of the utmost care and respect. We respect and care for our bodies not only because they are good in themselves but because they are made holy in our baptism as ‘the temple of the Holy Spirit’ (1 Cor. 6.19) Pope Benedict XVI has urged us to promote what he calls a ‘human ecology’. In recent years we have become aware of the importance of caring for the natural environment. Promoting a ‘human ecology’ means showing even greater care for the human person and the dignity of the body. This invites contemporary society to a serious review of its life-style, which, in many parts of the world, is prone to hedonism and consumerism, regardless of their harmful consequences. This review of our ‘life-style’ challenges the tendency to reduce the person to a commodity, an object to be bought and sold or plundered without reference to our spiritual and moral nature. It frees us from the temptation to judge ourselves against an unrealistic ideal of the ‘perfect body’ or ‘body image’ so often promoted by commercial interests. As Christians therefore we strive forward on the journey of life with confidence that life has a purpose and is always worth living. In striding towards the prize of eternal life we as Christians are strengthened on our way by the most precious food of the Eucharist – our viaticum – a word which means literally, food for the journey. In receiving the Eucharist we are united in the closest way possible to the sufferings of Jesus’ body on the cross and to the wonderful transformation of his body in the glory of the Resurrection. In the Eucharist I am reminded that even when my body is weak or held back by infirmity, it is united to the mystery of Christ’s suffer-ing and can still give glory to God.
Day for Life invites everyone to celebrate the incredible wonder and dignity of their body and ‘to use your body for the glory of God’ (1 Cor 6:19-20).
In that place between wakefulness and sleep, sometimes we wonder, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’ Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. Meanwhile, her mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘ Absolutely mum, I love your cakes.’ ‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her mother offers. ‘Yuck’ says her daughter.. ‘How about a couple of raw eggs?’ ‘No way, mum!’ ‘Would you like some flour then? Or maybe some baking soda?’ ‘Mum, those are all horrible!’ To which the mother replies: ‘Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ‘ God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful! God is loves you unconditionally. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, but He chose your heart.
17-year-old Brian Moore had only a short time to write something for a class. The subject was “What Heaven Was Like”. “I wowed ’em,” he later told his father, Bruce. It’s a killer. It’s the bomb It’s the best thing I ever wrote.” It also was the last. Brian’s parents had forgotten about the essay when a cousin found it while cleaning out the teenager’s locker at Teays Valley High School in Pickaway County. Brian had been dead only hours, but his parents desperately wanted every piece of his life near them, notes from classmates and teachers, and his homework. Only two months before, he had handwritten the essay about encountering Jesus in a file room full of cards detailing every moment of the teen’s life. But it was only after Brian’s death that Beth and Bruce Moore realized that their son had described his view of Heaven. It makes such an impact that people want to share it. “You feel like you are there,” Mr. Moore said. Brian Moore died May 27, 1997, the day after Memorial Day. He was driving home from a friend’s house when his car went off Bulen-Pierce Road in Pickaway County and struck a utility pole. He emerged from the wreck unharmed but stepped on a downed power line and was electrocuted. The Moore ‘s framed a copy of Brian’s essay and hung it among the family portraits in the living room. “I think God used him to make a point. I think we were meant to find it and make something out of it,” Mrs. Moore said of the essay. She and her husband want to share their son’s vision of life after death. “I’m happy for Brian. I know he’s in Heaven. I know I’ll see him.” Here is Brian’s essay entitled: “The Room” – Continue reading “The Room”
Welcome to our next Covenant Mass! Holy Mass will be celebrated on
Wednesday, 18th at 7.30pm, prepared by the St Michael’s Group with Fr. David as Main Celebrant. All are welcome.
The theme coincides well with the event of the day; Marcel, out Volunteer is preparing to return to Germany to take up his studies at university. So this Covenant Mass celebration will also be our Farewell to Marcel. the topic for our Mass in this year of the Shrine is a word of Father Kentenich: “Modern man will always be searching, always on a journey. For those who want to belong completely to God, we will always be pilgrims…” We invite you take part in that journey, your pilgrimage to our eternal Father. Holy Mass will be prepared by the St Michael’s group and will be accompanied from the Music Group from St. Edmund’s, Little Hulton.
Before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes, and he was calling in a clear voice: “Rags! Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!” “Now, this is a wonder,” I thought to myself, for the man stood six-feet-four, and his arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and his eyes flashed intelligence. Could he find no better job than this, to be a ragman in the inner city? I followed him. And I wasn’t disappointed. Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch. She was sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears. Her heart was breaking. The Ragman stopped his cart. “Give me your rag,” he said so gently, “and I’ll give you another.” He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes. She looked up, and he laid across her palm a linen cloth so clean and new that it shined. Then, as he began to pull his cart again, the Ragman did a strange thing: Continue reading “The Ragman”