Learn From Pope Francis

Adapted from   http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/46933-new-year-resolutions-pope-francis-quotes

Adapted from www.rappler.com

Since his papacy began in March 2013, Pope Francis has become the ‘talk of the world’, starting with being referred to as the ‘world’s parish priest’ to being voted as ‘TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2013’.

During the last ten months, he has also:                                                                                       –       become the most influential world leader on Twitter (July)                                                  –       been determined as the most-talked about person of the year online (by Global Language Monitor’s survey)                                                                                                           –       topped the list of Facebook’s trending topics (December)

In December, the popular Pontiff graced the cover of the New Yorker magazine while Rappler.com summed up what we can learn from the Pope’s most memorable quotes, in the form of 10 New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Don’t gossip
  2. Finish your meals
  3. Make time for others
  4. Choose ‘the more humble’ purchase
  5. Meet the poor ‘in the flesh’
  6. Stop judging others
  7. Befriend those who disagree
  8. Make commitments, such as marriage
  9. Make it a habit to ‘ask the Lord’
  10. Be happy

To start off the New Year, Pope Francis made the headlines as ….”Popular voice in the Capitol? It is the Pope’s”

What do you think Pope Francis has to say about being the center of all this attention?Quite aptly, as noted in an excerpt from cnn.com:

The Vatican welcomed Time’s selection, while making it clear the man so widely recognized for his humility didn’t seek the award and didn’t want its light to shine on him but on the mission of the church.

 “We think that the declaration of the Pope as the man of the year is a positive sign… because it is a very prestigious declaration, given to a man who announces the love of God and the peace for all,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters. “And the Pope does not look for honors, but he is happy if his message — his message of the love of good — is received and understood. And then, in this sense, he can be happy of this declaration.”

May the good Lord continue to bless and guide our Pope Francis. Let us learn to be more like him. Amen.

“…4 Sold-Out Performances at the Sydney Opera House!”

2013 Sum Up

2013 was chock-a-block full of memorable happenings, with thanks to the good Lord for every little blessing which our family and friends received through the last year. May God continue to guide and bless us all through 2014 and beyond.

On the subject of thanks, we wish to express our appreciation for the continued interest in our humble blog. The efficient WordPress team informs us that we received 9,800 views last year, originating from 101 countries worldwide! The viewership is comparable to 4 sold-out performances at the Sydney Opera House which holds 2,700 people at full capacity.

We take this opportunity to wish everyone out there a healthy, happy, successful and prayerful year ahead!  Most of all, we wish and pray for Peace in the world.

God Bless

Garabandal International Magazine: Oct – Dec 2013 Issue

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A note of thanks to all readers out there who have been following our quarterly issue of the Garabandal International magazine. The October-December 2013 issue is now online. Please click here to read it at your leisure.

The contents are as follows:

Notes from the National Director

Cover story: Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Garabandal’s Shocking Revelation

In Memory of Rene Moran

A Personal Experience of Catholic Church Life in China

An Amazing Eucharistic Miracle in Buenos Aires

St. Bridgets’s Vision of Purgatory

A Word from The Holy Father, Pope Francis

My Miraculous Birth

For anyone who is unfamiliar about Garabandal and what it is all about, do click here to visit the website at Garabandal.com

Amen.

Tony

Learn A New Word A Day..

SELFIEIn this day and age where communication is progressing in leaps and bounds, it requires some keeping up with the slew of new words and phrases that are being used so freely by the younger generation and the world in general.

Naturally the Oxford Dictionary has to keep up with the pace and progressively includes new words, one of which came to my attention only today.

Coincidentally, the dictionary announced this word in August 2013, and almost simultaneously, it has gone viral on the social media – because of one well-known personality.

In this instance, the new word and Oxford’s definition is: (click here)
Selfie (Selfy):a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

And the ‘selfie’ that has gone “right up to the top” as described in The Verge online news (click here to read) – is one of a group of teenagers who managed to include Pope Francis in their group selfie during a visit to the Vatican.

More on this ‘historical moment’ in The Telegraph (click here to read).

Well, as they say: Learn something new everyday AND Learn a new word a day,(especially for our generation).

Amen.

Be Thankful For Daily Blessings

Flowers and photo courtesy of Pauline O'Connor

Flowers and photo courtesy of Pauline O’Connor

Today, I received several images of colourful flowers from beautiful gardens overseas. These were sent by two different persons, who wanted to share the visual joy of nature’s gifts. As they were sent almost simultaneously, it made me feeI like I had just experienced ‘showers of blessings’.

I stopped in my tracks for a while…..

Firstly, to admire the delicate and fleeting gifts of nature, which we tend to take for granted.

Secondly, as nature is the creation of the good Lord, then perhaps…it is a reminder from above, to be even more thankful for His constant showering of blessings upon us.

We have to learn to recognize daily gifts from the Lord.  They could come in so very many forms. The good weather. Peace in the country. Good health. Happy families. Sincere friends. Laughter. Good companionship. Daily food and drinks. Nature’s beauty. The list goes on and on.

In return, we have to be grateful and thankful for every little blessing. While some of us easily express thanks in our own prayerful way, some others may stop short right there…..as they are unfamiliar with ‘how to pray’.

Naturally, there are several opinions on how to pray. As long as we are sincerely thankful for little miracles that come our way daily, we can open our heart to God and say “THANK YOU Lord, for …….”.

That, in all its simplicity, is as good as a prayer.

If you find this inspiring, please share it with your friends, as everyone needs to ‘know how to pray’.

Amen.

Remembering Fathers Around the World

Happy Father's Day‘Tis that time of year again, to take a moment from our busy schedules to appreciate the men in our lives who are our mentors, guardians, and fathers. Wherever they may be in this world, we wish them a Happy Father’s Day, and say a prayer for their well-being…

God our Father, We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation. May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for Fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.

Amen

Mom, Mum, Mummy, Mother….

Mother's day card for blogEvery second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is celebrated (in most parts of the world) in honour of ladies who dedicate their lives to their children and families.

As we can never thank mothers enough for their love, let us pray for their well-being and may the good Lord be their guiding light always.

Wishing everyone who plays a motherly role, a very Happy Mother’s Day. Amen.