“Remove justice, and what are kingdoms but gangs of criminals on a large scale?… A gang is a group of men… in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. If this villainy… acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues people, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom.” -Saint Augustine
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“No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against him. How much more does it bring to those who turn to him in repentance.” -St. Leo the Great
Philip Ng Chee Tat is, indisputably, the wealthiest man in Singapore. Worth an estimated $8.7 billion, Philip has been the Chief Executive Officer of Far East Organization Centre Pte. Ltd. since 1991 and is a highly accomplished businessman with years spent as a top executive, steering various companies into seasons of vast profits. But it is not money that motivates Phillip to succeed in the business world as he told this young man.
“All of us our broken,” Philip explained. “We all have a missing piece. For me, I discovered that the missing piece was God in Jesus Christ.”
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We must reignite our faith in Christ. We must partake in the celebration of the Eucharist. We must reach out to those who have left. We are the future of the Church.
Join @logoscatholic FREE Bible Study launching soon! They will be using the New American Bible. In efforts to create a free study, so anyone can be a part of it.
How it works is once a week the readings and reflection questions will be posted on their social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram). A calendar of the readings and questions will be available on their website so that anyone can jump in at any time. Conversation for participants will be open on our Facebook page.
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“Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side… whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament.”
—from the writings of St. Augustine, Sermon 3, 2; circa A.D. 410
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“The abuse scandals that have reached the highest levels of the Catholic Church have angered and greatly saddened many of the faithful and good bishops and priests. When I became Catholic nine years ago (picture is from my last trip to Rome!), I knew the history of the Church and the reality that terrible evil and betrayal existed at the highest levels of the Church, dating back to Judas. But Jesus promised that the gates of Hell would not prevail and that He will never abandon His bride. I wrote about this in First Things (link in @lilaroseofficial’s bio) and shared my thoughts about what we can all do to renew the Church and live our faith passionately for Christ.”
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Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
“Beginning with Mary’s unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, centering it on the Person of Christ manifested in His mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing this prayer, two movements usually alternate with one another: the first "magnifies” the Lord for the “great things” He did for His lowly servant and through her for all human beings. The second entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of Jesus, because she now knows the humanity which, in her, the Son of God espoused.“
—from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2675.
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“The belief is that Jesus is made present to his people in word and sacrament, both in the inspired accounts of the evangelists and in the consecrated elements of the Eucharist.” -Scott Hahn
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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Clearly Jesus understood that we would have troubles in this life. He even spoke of the necessity of our taking up our crosses as His followers (Matt 16:24). But He wants to assist us in getting through tough spots with His help and His grace. Life’s worries can turn us all into “control freaks” at times, fretting over problems we can’t seem to “fix” on our own.
Jesus did say at the Last Supper, “In the world you will have affliction. But take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus clearly wished to leave His apostles, and in a larger sense us as well, with both peace and courage. Remember that He always is with us (Matt 28:20).
Prayer, reading scripture, and learning more about our faith through our Catechism and other such resources, can help you tremendously in discerning God’s will for you. So can seeking advice from your parish community, a priest, a support group, or better yet if possible, a spiritual director. There’s no reason to “go it alone” if you don’t have to!
In the end, the important thing is to realize when thinking about your trials, quandaries, or tribulations that “this too shall pass”. May the serenity prayer give you the strength, wisdom, and peace of mind you need to navigate your troubled waters, with God’s help!
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The Church as a loving mother encourages us not to despair of the eternal salvation of those that have taken their own lives…but to pray for them. #Suicide 🙏
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“He who wants to learn true humility should reflect upon the Passion of Jesus.” -St Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
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