Reflection for the third Sunday of Lent – Year C

by Fr Martin McComark SDB

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Robert Robinson was an English clergyman who lived in the 18th century. Not only was he a gifted pastor and preacher he was also a highly gifted poet and hymn writer. However, after many years in the ministry his faith began to drift. He left the ministry and finished up in France, indulging himself in sin.

One night he was riding in a carriage with a Parisian socialite who had recently been converted to Christ. She was interested in his opinion on some poetry she was reading: Come thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing thy grace, Streams of mercy never failing, Call for hymns of loudest praise. Continue reading “Reflection for the third Sunday of Lent – Year C”

“A vocation lives, it’s real”

by Siyabonga Ndwandwe

I am Kwanda Siyabonga Ndwandwe from Bulandzeni, St Peregrines Parish, where I discovered I had a vocation in Priesthood. I attended my primary at St Peregrines then progressed to Piggs Peak Central High School(PCH).

Through the exposure to the Catholic church, at the tender age of 8 years I first confessed I have a vocation, my parents said. Well, they thought I was joking as always. I saw myself in a chasuble. I imagined myself being present to the troubled and poor, that was as I grew up.

When I got to high school I became ignorant towards this calling due to the influence of friends and that I didn’t want to be the topic of gossip at school. Basically, my former schoolmates were shocked that I chose the seminary over varsity because they thought I was completely diverging from church affairs. Surprisingly I did accept my vocation. Continue reading ““A vocation lives, it’s real””

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent – Year C

By Fr Martin McCormack SDB MA.LPC

Sipho is a prosperous and God-fearing farmer, is praying with his son one night at bedtime. Sipho says to his son, “Let us pray for that poor man who lives down the road, that the good Lord may come to his aid.” His son turns to him and replies, “But, Dad, we don’t need to bother God about that. We can do it ourselves.” prayer and good wishes are not always enough. Love in action is very powerful. Evil prospers when good people do nothing. Each of us here this morning has the power to transfigure the life of another.

I live in a mission where the call for food is never ending. I come out the door some mornings at 6 and people are waiting for help. The usual cry is I am hungry. There are many hungry gogos, two who are blind whom I assist every week. The rawness of their situation makes me wonder about community and Christianity. How can we as a Christian community transfigure the lives of others
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March 2019: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

by Fr. Andrij M. Hlabse

Pope’s Prayer Intention March 2019.

In the Church, God gives the gift to the whole human family of the possibility of being close to Jesus Christ. The Church extends in time and space the mission of Jesus while he walked the earth for our salvation, by offering us the chance to hear his words of forgiveness, be anointed with the oil of his Spirit, and to receive his Body and Blood. By being drawn into the life of the Church, especially the Sacraments, we are enabled to feel close to Jesus, to know his loving presence and action in our lives. Continue reading “March 2019: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities”