To the Eastern traditions and to the Western traditions

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…This appeal calls on the Churches of the East and the West to concentrate on the essential: “We cannot come before Christ, the Lord of history, as divided as we have unfortunately been in the course of the second millennium. These divisions must give way to rapprochement and harmony; the wounds on the path of Christian unity must be healed.”

Going beyond our own frailties, we must turn to him, the one Teacher, sharing in his death so as to purify ourselves from that jealous attachment to feelings and memories, not of the great things God has done for us, but of the human affairs of a past that still weighs heavily on our hearts. May the Spirit clarify our gaze so that together we may reach out to contemporary man who is waiting for the good news. If we make a harmonious, illuminating, life – giving response to the world’s expectations and sufferings, we will truly contribute to a more effective proclamation of the Gospel among the people of our time. – John Paul II

The Legend of the the Flores de Noche Buena

PepitaIn other words the Legend Flowers of the Holy Night or simply The Legend of the Christmas Flowers!

Pepita was a poor Mexican girl, children at her age was ready with Christmas present to Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services in her village chapel. She was so poor to afford a present. Pepita was sad and she walked slowly to the village chapel with her cousin Pedro. Pedro too was sad, but tried to cheer her up. He inspired her by saying ‘Pepita, I am sure, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes’.

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds and made a small bouquet for her little Jesus. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of her offering.

She fought back tears as she entered the small village chapel. As she approached the alter to offer the Christmas gift, she remembered Pedro’s kind words: “Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” She felt her spirit lift as she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene. She became courageous and kept her chin up, her love for little Jesus streamed from her heart, but for the onlookers it was unpleasant scene.

Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes.

From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, for they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.

It may be a legend, but each Christmas we get a chance to meet girls like Pepita, are we reaching out to them? or are we busy with our Christmas parties?
Let us do a miracles… Change that poor little girls weeds into wonderful flowers and make her smile.
Merry Christmas!

9 Common confused statements of Youths about Catholic life

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  1. Mass is a weekly gathering of Christians where they could express their feelings for one another.
  2. ‘Twilight’ is better than The Bible (Teen comment)
  3. It is OK to go for Mass on Monday or Tuesday in order to fulfill the “Sunday” obligation.
  4. I do not fear losing power! But I do not like him gaining power.
  5. Church is an organization founded after the death of Christ by his apostles in order to keep his ideas alive.
  6. Yearly general absolution is better than confession, therefore no need for personal confession.
  7. I prefer sleeping pills than the daily rosary.
  8. Yes, I forgive him. But, I like to poke him on regular basis.
  9. No mentors please! We need someone to rock with us!

Advent Craving!

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Longing for you Lord,
Day and Night in this desert.

Me, hidden in
Palm copse silhouettes,
To hearken,
Alluring strumming Seraphs,
Tuning to their Christo praises
Longing for you Lord.

Frightened nostalgic stars,
Peeping through, bullet holes
Of dark blue sky cried:
“Brainless battles,
Carbon pollution,
Green, blazes in wild,
Cleft continents
Crave for chow”.

Harden hearts
Wax seal ears,
Disbands Love,
Laughs and utters:
“Gloria in excelsis Deo”.

Oh! Seraphs whispers,
The story of sacred child.
Let abreast you Holy,
Cannot cuddle you little child.
Your grace goes beyond my flesh,
Oh! Me, leaping into your infinite soul.

Vanquished by you, Light
Let the dark ebb
And the Heaven land.

I am longing for you Lord,
From the silhouettes of palm copse,
With the weeping stars,
With the burning
Christmas trees
With the carbon breathe
I am longing for you Lord
Waiting for you
Sacred Child!

We are relational beings!

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“Fraternity is an essential human quality, for we are relational beings. A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother; without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace.” – Papa Francis

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE  WORLD DAY OF PEACE Read it full here. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/messages/peace/documents/papa-francesco_20131208_messaggio-xlvii-giornata-mondiale-pace-2014_en.html

Sending Christmas Cards

You can send Christmas Greetings to Papa Francis and Papa Emeritus Benedict. Addresses are as below. 🙂

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If you would like to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, you can use the following addresses to do so!

His Holiness
Pope Francis
Domus Sanctae Marthae
00120 Vatican City-State
Europe

His Holiness
Benedict XVI, Pontiff Emeritus
Monastero Mater Ecclesiae
00120 Vatican City-State
Europe

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