This coming June – 1st (7.30pm GMT), 8th (8pm GMT) and 15th(7.30pm GMT) Fr. Duncan will be introducing us to the theme of the Garden of Mary in this Year of the Father 2011. Here is what you can expect…
This year’s Kentenich Talks in June 2011 are about the “Garden of Mary” Vision – how it came about in Schoenstatt and its meaning for our spiritual lives today. The Garden of Mary is a symbol for a means of evangelisation, where the relationship to God and to each other becomes the platform for faith. It has a horizontal and vertical dimension.
The horizontal dimension is reflected in the symbolism of a garden that is full of every kind of tree, and flower, pathway and river. However, this great diversity does not diminish the unity of the Garden. The significance for living our faith today is that the Church is made up of very different and unique people, each bringing their own originality and talents, but together make up the one Body of Christ. Continue reading “Kentenich Talks – Garden of Mary – June”
It will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking. Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. Continue reading “Change Your Thinking”
God talks to his People
Father Kentenich pointed out that the great conversation in the history of God’s people lies in their Covenant Dialogue with God. The golden thread which runs through the great events of the Bible is the Covenant. Each of the charismatic leaders Noah, Abraham, Moses and David made their Covenant with God and all their dealings with the people of God fall within the context of this Covenant: I will be your God you will be my people. (cf Ex 6:7, Ez 36:28). The Prophets were continually to remind God’s People that they belonged to God and God alone. Hosea tells us:
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.vBut the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them. (Hosea 11)
Continue reading “Our Covenant is a Covenant leading us to God Father”
A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Birmingham as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Jones. Still groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10 , 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver the couple’s new daughter, Emily. At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs. “I don’t think she is going to make it,” he said, as kindly as he could. “There’s only a 10% chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one.” Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Emily would likely face is she survived. She would never walk. She would never talk. She would probably be blind. She would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation and on and on. Continue reading “The Smell of God”
May Day and Pilgrim Mother Rally
Welcome to our May Day this year. Everyone is welcome to this pilgrim day. We want to consider that our deep love of Mary admits us to a School of Life in the Spirit. Blessed John Paul II said at the beginning of his time as Pope that we should not be afraid to open the door for Christ in our hearts and in our homes. This message and invitation was to continue throughout his Papacy and we are invited to enter into this School of Hope. We are holding a Rally for the Pilgrim Mother and invite all those who belong to the Pilgrim Mother Groups to come along to this day of pilgrimage. The Pilgrim Mother Shrines will be re-dedicated and the group coordinators will be commissioned again to bring the image of Our Lady to the homes of many that their homes may become holy places through the living presence in faith of Jesus and Mary: That faith in their family may become alive and that many will be able to bear witness to the goodness of God in their lives. . We look forward to welcoming you to the Shrine on Sunday 15th May starting at 1.30pm. If you want, you are welcome to come early and bring a picnic lunch.
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Many centuries ago, there lived a man by the name of Barnaby. He was a juggler who lived from day to day on the small donations he received. He went from town to town and he would take knives or balls and juggle them. And that is all that he could do. He felt embarrassed over his lack of talent. He almost felt totally useless. People in the town in which he juggled would be involved in their business work. Some would run small little shops. Some were doctors and teachers. And Barnaby would see all these people working every day and be more discouraged with each passing day. Continue reading “Our Lady’s Juggler”
On the 1st May, we celebrate the beatification of Pope John Paul II. As a Schoenstatt Family we would like to celebrate this great day along with the Church. Take a time for prayer and reflcection – and follow some of the links provided here to find out more about this great man….
What is happening in Rome – click here
A tribute in pictures – click here
A dedicated website from the
American Bishops Conference – click here
What is happening in Salford Diocese – click here
And don’t forget to pray…
Prayer for the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
O Blessed Trinity,
we thank You for having graced the Church
with Pope John Paul II and for allowing
the tenderness of Your Fatherly care,
the glory of the cross of Christ,
and the splendor of the Holy Spirit,
to Shine through him.