Sunday, 6 August 2017

Transfiguration of Jesus

The Transfiguration of Jesus happened when Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, John, went to a mountain to pray. Jesus was transfigured and became radiant in glory upon a mountain. He began to shine with bright rays of light. The prophets Moses and Elijah appeared next to him and he spoke with them. A voice calling Jesus "Son" from the sky was heard.

Transfiguration of Jesus

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Joachim and Ann were the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Their memorial is on the 26th of July.
There is a thorough description of these special parents on the website Marriage - Unique for a Reason.

Saints Joachim and Ann, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saints Joachim and Ann, parents of Saint Mary. Image: catholic.org

Monday, 17 July 2017

Important Catholic Books: Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence

Mother Angelica died in 2016. She is most famous for founding the Catholic television network EWTN. After a miraculous healing as a young girl, she dedicated her life to God and chose to live as a nun. Though living behind the walls of a monastery, Mother Angelica reached the whole world with the message of Jesus Christ. It was her life mission to bring the joy of the faith into every household and into the hearts of human beings.

The last years of her life she spent in silence, suffering from severe illnesses, which she offered as a sacrifice to God. Her legacy lives on, as EWTN is still broadcasted in peoples homes all over the globe.
My children and I especially enjoy watching a series for children called The Friar

In his Book, Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence, Raymondo Arroyo tells us about the final years of this extraordinary nun. Arroyo is a TV reporter who worked alongside with Mother Angelica for several years. Her story is touching and inspiring. Most of all, it gives hope: there is nothing, that can hinder our love for God.

Mother Angelica - Her Grand Silence
Raymond Arroyo: Mother Angelica, Her Grand Silence. To purchase, click on image.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

St. Maria Goretti

Saint Maria Goretti Prayer

Maria Goretti lived from October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902. She is an Italian virgin-martyr, and one of the youngest canonized saints.

Today, on the 6th of July, is her name day!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Saints Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul

Solemnity of the Saints Peter and Paul: 29th of June.

I love these powerful words of our lord, Jesus Christ:
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.
(Matt: 16:18)

You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
(Matt 16:13-19)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Celebrating First Holy Communion

Our 9 year old son celebrated his First Holy Communion on Sunday a week ago. It was an occasion to get together as a whole family, including guests from Poland. Below are two images with all our 7 children (at last).

The First Communion children were together with their families in the Church pews and wore a red sash, so the congregation would recognise them. Seeing them walking in with rosaries between their folded hands, felt very Catholic. I am grateful for our Parish, which consists of a lively mix of the faithful of all ages and from all over the world.

Receiving Holy Communion, Jesus Christ in the holy Eucharist, for the first time was a very special occasion for our son. He has been attending preparation classes in the parish for over half a year. After Church we enjoyed a savoury meal in town.

















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