Wednesday, 19 November 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014 AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

Greetings Everybody. Wishing all of you a Blessed and Holy Christmas 2014. Also, wishing you a Blessed and Holy New Year 2015.

Please Pray for Me and Please pray for Blessings for my "Catholic Blog".

I will resume posting on my blog in January 2015.

A Reflection on the Solemnity of Christmas

Here are my thoughts for Christmas Day :

The Son who is born of Mary is also our God. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father; He is the Word through whom all things have been created.

He is light from light, God from God, consubstantial with the Father.

Jesus Christ is outside of time; he is eternal. As God, he carries within himself the synthesis of all the perfections. By means of Mary, this God makes himself "True Man".

In Mary's virginal womb, there came about his human conception. On Christmas Day, he is born of Mary in a poor and unadorned cave; He is placed in a cold manger; He is adored by his Mother Mary and by his Legal Father Saint Joseph; He is surrounded by the humble presence of shepherds; He is glorified by the heavenly cohort of the angels who sing the hymn of glory to God and of peace to men who have been loved and saved by him.

Let us bow down and adore the Infant Jesus who is born. He is Emmanuel, "He is God with us".

"He is God with us", who makes himself man for our salvation. On Christmas Day, the Savior and the Redeemer is born for all.

The fragility of this "Divine Infant" becomes remedy for all human fragility: his cry is alleviation for all sorrow; his poverty is wealth for all misery; his pain is comfort for all the afflicted; his gentleness is hope for all sinners; his goodness becomes salvation for all who are lost.

"He is God with us" who makes himself redemption and refuge for all humanity. Enter with Mary into the bright cave of his divine love. Allow yourselves to be placed by Mary in the gentle and sweet cradle of his heart which has just begun to beat.

Finally, "He is God with us" because even in his human fragility - Jesus Christ is truly God. Jesus Christ is God, outside of changes of time and history: He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Credits and References:

To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons
1996 Supplement
"God with Us"
Pages 53-54


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Feast of Christ the King - 23rd November 2014

When Pope Pius, the 11th instituted the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 it was to remind us of the tragic illusion of trying to build a new world without Christ.

There was no intention to dictate a particular social system as alone compatible with the Law of Christ. Triumphalism or the pathetic attempts thereat are completely at odds in the celebration of this feast.

Declaration of Faith in Christ and loyalty to his Kingship is never arrogant. That Christ is King by natural right has its source in the doctrine of the Incarnation and the ineffable hypostatic union.

In his encyclical letter Pope Pius, the 11th enumerated the blessings he hoped would accrue to the Church and all human society as a result of the public observation of the feast.

The acknowledgment by the State of  Christ's Kingly rights would be the supreme guarantee for its own authority and for the human rights of its members. The Annual Celebration would remind the nations that not only individuals but rulers and princes are bound to give public honour and obedience to Christ.

It would remind Men of the last judgement when all will be called to render an account.

The Feast of Christ the King this year is a time for thinking about how the common good can be promoted, about securing the rights of men and about limiting or ending injustice to our fellowmen.

Credits :

Don Bosco's Madonna Mumbai
November 1986
Feast of Christ the King
Page 25



THE ABIDING PRESENCE

Father Bernard Vaughan S.J. in one of his retreats told of the advice once given to him by his doctor when he was feeling tired and rundown : "Sit in the Sun. Wrap yourself up well, and just sit in the sun. Nothing will do you more good".

He applied this to the spiritual life by saying : " So I ask you to spend much time basking in the sunshine of the BLESSED SACRAMENT .... This sun bath is a great cure. Rest in the Sun and you will be enriched with his blessings".

This recalls the analogy with the electric powerhouse, suggested by another famous retreat master Father Walter Drum S.J. - he compared the Tabernacle with the electric power house. Over the door, of each might be placed the sign : "Power, Light, and Heat supplied here.

All that we need do is to turn on the switch- just kneel in prayer before the Tabernacle !! ".

Credits: Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
             November 1986
             "The Abiding Presence"
               Page 24


Catholic Classics Unlimited is 1 Year Old

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

Greetings from Mumbai, India. My Catholic Blog is 1 year old. I commenced blogging on the 5th of November 2013, so the 5th of November 2014 makes it a Year now.

Please pray for me and for continuous success for my Blog - "Catholic Classics Unlimited".

I will be constantly updating my Blog with articles and with Links to known and unknown "Catholic Classics" throughout November and December 2014.

I invite all Catholics to my Blog and encourage them to read  many beautiful and magnificent Catholic Classics that are online @ my blog.

Happy Reading.



Louis Pasteur - A Lover of the Holy Rosary

I recently came across an interesting article about a Scientist in 19th Century France who was a great devotee of the Holy Rosary.

The Scientist in question is "Louis Pasteur".

Here is the story.

"Over a Hundred years ago, a University Student found himself seated in a train by the side of a person who seemed to be a well - to - do - peasant. He was praying the Rosary and moving the beads in his fingers.

"Sir, do you still believe in such outdated things ??" asked the student of the old man. "Yes, i do. Do you not ??" asked the Man.

The Student burst out into laughter and said, "I do not believe in such silly things. take my advice. Throw the Rosary out through the window and learn what science has to say about it."

"Science?? I do not understand this Science?? Perhaps you can explain it to me, "the man said humbly with some tears in his eyes.

The Student saw that the man was deeply moved so to avoid further hurting the feelings of the man, he said, "please give me your address and I will send you some literature to help you on the matter".

The Man fumbled in the inside pocket of his coat and gave the boy his visiting card. On glancing at the card, the student bowed his head in shame and became silent. On the card he read: "Louis Pasteur, Director of the Institute of Scientific Research, Paris".

The Title of this article was "He Prayed the Rosary". I found it in a prayerbook called "The Secret of Happiness" published in Denver, Colorado.

Credits and References :

The Secret of Happiness Prayer Book
Denver, Colorado 
 

Catholicism in Myanmar -- One Province says it all

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