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The Our Father prayer is a whole rule and way of life.  I have used each petition as sub headings for my own personal rule of life.


Pope Francis (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

At his general audience yesterday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of praying the Our Father at Mass, asking those present if they understood what they are saying when reciting the prayer. Source: CNA.

“How many times there are people who say, ‘Our Father,’ but do not know what they say!” the Pope said.

“Do you feel that when you say ‘Father’, that he is the Father, your Father, the Father of humanity, the Father of Jesus Christ?” he asked. “Do you have a relationship with this Father?”

When we pray this prayer, we are connecting with a loving Father, he continued, explaining that it is the Holy Spirit which gives us this connection with him, the feeling of being God’s child.

Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the part of the Mass called the Rite of Communion, which begins with the recitation of the Our Father, followed by..........read more http://cathnews.com/cathnews/31571-it-s-the-father-of-all-questions

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If you have not much time at your disposal, do not fail to profit by the smallest portions of time which remain to you. We do not need much time in order to love God, to renew ourselves in His Presence, to lift up our hearts towards Him, to worship Him in the depths of our hearts, to offer Him what we do and what we suffer.

- Francois Fenelon

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Still trying to catch up after my break interstate... and limited in mobility but slowly getting there.








Primarily it is about being i.e. the person one is while doing whatever at all one might be doing. 

Circumstances, no matter their nature positive or negative, are all worthy of offering simply because

circumstances are God's Gift to us and we offer His Gifts back to The Giver adorned with our responses as our humble personal gift to Him in praise and thanksgiving



Catholic Catechism

 By his providence God protects and governs all things which he has made, "reaching mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and ordering all things well". For "all are open and laid bare to his eyes", even those things which are yet to come into existence through the free action of creatures. [Vatican Council I, Dei Filius I: DS 3003; cf. Wis 8:1; Heb 4:13]

303 The witness of Scripture is unanimous that the solicitude of divine providence is concrete and immediate; God cares for all, from the least things to the great events of the world and its history. The sacred books powerfully affirm God's absolute sovereignty over the course of events: "Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases." [Ps 115:3] And so it is with Christ, "who opens and no one shall shut, who shuts and no one opens". [Rev 3:7]As the book of Proverbs states: "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established." [Prov 19:21] [269]



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If your faith is steadfast,
rooted and grounded
when trials come your way
in joy you’ll be surrounded.

For in the very midst,
of your worldly care
counting it all for joy
will dispel your despair.

When in Jesus,
you are truly content
you’ll experience joy
that is heaven sent.

For, whether in sickness,
or in perfect health
joy will bring to you
everlasting wealth.

Joy is not an option,
it’s something God gives
to those where His Spirit
securely abides and lives!

By Deborah Ann



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Almighty God,

  at the beginnings of our salvation,

  when Mary conceived your Son and brought him forth in to the world,

  you placed them under Joseph’s watchful care.

May his prayer still help your Church

  to be an equally faithful guardian of your mysteries

  and a sign of Christ to mankind.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

  one God, for ever and ever.


(Closing Prayer, Morning Prayer, Solemnity of St Joseph)


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a8e88f1a9a04cbda7f9fabeac144b904--saint-Great St. Joseph

Great St. Joseph, son of David,
Spouse of Mary undefiled;
Guardian of the Holy Family,
Father of the Holy Child.
God presented thee with blessings,
Glorified thy life obscure;
Made thee guardian of all virgins,
Consolation of the poor.

Ornament of life domestic,
Model for the toiler’s day;
Hope of all the sick and weary,
In the hour of death our stay.
Great protector universal
Of the Church, we thee acclaim.
Hear our prayers, O great St. Joseph,
When we call upon thy name.

Clasped in Jesus’ arms and Mary’s,
When death gently came at last,
Thy pure spirit sweetly sighing,
From its earthly dwelling passed.
Great St. Joseph, by thy passing,
May our death be like to thine.
And with Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
May our souls forever shine.

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124. In what condition was the body of Christ while it lay in the tomb?

Christ underwent a real death and a true burial. However, the power of God preserved his body from corruption.

"Jesus Christ descended into hell; 

on the third day He rose again from the dead."

Further reading: CCC 624-630

125. What is the "hell" into which Jesus descended?

This "hell" was different from the hell of the damned. It was the state of all those, righteous and evil, who died before Christ. With his soul united to his divine Person Jesus went down to the just in hell who were awaiting their Redeemer so they could enter at last into the vision of God. When he had conquered by his death both death and the devil "who has the power of death" (Hebrews 2:14), he freed the just who looked forward to the Redeemer and opened for them the gates of heaven.
Further reading: CCC 632-637

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