• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    Mk 16:15

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation.
    Mk 16:15

  • Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    1 Cor 12:4

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    Jn 1:14

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Col 3:16

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí
    若 1:14

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    1 Kor 12:4

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu

Friday, 31 March 2017 11:03

Lent: A learning to focus on ...

Fr Joseph Reddy Dondeti SVD 150By Fr Joseph Reddy SVD

Lent as a traditional season has always had a positive impact on me, giving blessings in disguise through reconciliation, prayer and fasting. I encountered Lent this year with the same natural and rich instinct brushing aside all the temptations. At times I found it harder than I had thought it would be in a new missionary arena. Many of us try to be somewhat disciplined for Lent and give up something that we really like and what we think needs eliminating. That’s great! Fasting has always been an important tradition of Lent. This year however, I thought we could also consider other things that we could give up, keeping in mind all the Biblical texts that guide and confront us. Perhaps what we ought to be doing in this Lent should be:

Learning to Focus on Trusting in God and to Giving up Worry
– Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Josh 1:9
– Cast your burdens on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous to be moved. Ps 55:22

Gratitude Fr Joseph Lent reflection 350Learning to Focus on Gratitude and Give up Complaining
– Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you in.
1 Thess 5:18
– Do everything without murmuring or arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent. Phil 2:14-15

Learning to Focus on Turning towards Forgiveness and Giving up Bitterness
– Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Eph 4:32
– Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice. Eph 4:31

Learning to Focus on Doing Good over Evil and Giving up hatred
– Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with blessing.
1Pet 3:9
– Whoever says, “I am in the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness.
1Jn 2:9

Learning to Focus on to Being Hopeful and Giving up discouragement
– But those who Hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isa 40:31
– It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deut 31:8

Lily Fr Joseph Reddy reflection croppedLET OUR PRAYER DURING THIS LENT BE ...

May this season of Grace be a roadway to fulfilment in the Risen Lord, as we learn to do the things which the Bible reveals to us! May this learning be enriching and eventful in our life! May our efforts bring us 100 fold blessings in our lives and to our families! May the Risen Lord teach us to abandon whole heartedly our burdens to Him, who bore our sins on the cross! When we are overwhelmed and too weary, too tired and weary to continue, Father God, let us find Joy in the Risen Lord.