‘Mother of Jesus’ Category Archives

8
Jun

POPE BENEDICT VISITS CATHOLIC CROATIA: Working towards a Christian Europe?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Happiness, History, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Truth

Pope Benedict XVI spent last weekend in Croatia.

He made it clear that he favours Croatia entering the European Union.

The Pope sees it as an opportunity for Catholic Croatia to help reverse the drift of Europe towards becoming a dreary flatland of secularism, materialism, relativism and atheism.

And he insists that there can be no absolute separation of religion and political affairs.

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At a prayer vigil attended by 25,000 young people he laboured that very point.

Young friends,” he said, “Do not let yourselves be led astray by enticing promises of easy success . . . putting all your trust in possessions, in material things, while abandoning the search for the Truth that is always greater.”

He reminded those young friends of the words of Saint Paul who wrote to his friends, “Rejoice in the Lord always . . . .”

Reminding them also that Saint Paul wrote those words while in prison — in chains — the Pope proclaimed to those young Croatians that “the Gospel cannot be chained”.

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He kept returning also to the importance of Catholics venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, rightly called “Mother  of God”.

His closing words to the young people were, “I wish to entrust each of you to her, asking her to accompany and protect you and, above all, to help you to encounter the Lord, and in him discover the meaning of life.

“I leave you my blessing, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always!’

“May this joy, the joy of true love, be your strength.

“Amen. Praised be Jesus and Mary!’”

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zagreb, Croatia.

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28
Dec

DID YOU HAVE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS? Better than Ricky Ponting’s? It is not too late, even now.

by Arnold Jago in Happiness, Jesus, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Sacraments, Suffering

We should all be happy about Christmas, the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The fact is that only Jesus can solve the real problems of mankind.

All real problems of men derive from sin (disobedience to God).

Health disorders, material, economic and political troubles – even bad decisions by umpires – all these are only really problems insofar as they affect our spiritual relationship with God.

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That’s why Christmas is a good thing.

Christmas carries the message that there is a remedy for our troubles — the remedy being God’s forgiveness for our sins.

If we continue in unforgiven sin, we are a waste of both time and space – and can expect God to treat us as such.

So the problem of sin is serious.

Fatally serious.

The answer to that problem is NOT for us to make up our minds to do better.

That way we’ll merely discover that we’re incapable of persevering in “doing better” for any length of time — because we’re spiritually broken, and can only be repaired by supernatural means.

The supernatural means being found exclusively in the confessional at a Catholic Church.

We might think it would be nice if there were some other alternative remedy — but there is none.

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Anyway we don’t need an alternative.

God loves us enough to have given us the way back to him that we need.

Do we hate ourselves so much as to not accept his loving gift?

God will forgive because the sacrificial death of the God-made-man, Jesus Christ, was so infinitely meritorious  . . . .

So meritorious that it more than counterbalances all our attempts to make an enemy of God by disobeying him.

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Let us thank God for his plan for our salvation, and for that first Christmas Day when it began to make itself apparent here on earth.

Let us also thank the Blessed Virgin Mary for her part in the birth — and in the Passion and death — of our Saviour.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Co-Redemptrix, Please pray for us..

25
Dec

CHRISTMAS: A time to be thankful and humble.

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Family, God, Mother of Jesus, Multiculturalism, Truth

Last year, various political celebrities commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, escorted leaders, including the Russian president, the French President, the British Prime Minister and the US Secretary of State, through the Brandenburg Gate.

“Today marks a truly happy moment of German and European history,” she said.

Nicely put.

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Then, would you believe, President Barack Obama made a “surprise” video address to the celebrants.

“This anniversary is a reminder that human destiny will be what we make of it,” he announced.

Plus more of the same, like, “Human destiny is what human beings make up.”

From the sublime to the ridiculous.

To learn anything from the Berlin Wall, let’s start by admitting that human destiny is NOT what we make of it.

Human destiny is what God makes of it.

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Christmas is a good reminder of how absolutely we are dependent on God — for our destiny here on earth — and in the hereafter.

Christmas might be a good time to try to get our minds in tune with reality.

Attend church on Christmas Day.

Start making some kind of personal sacrifices.  Go without some luxury — no sugar in your tea, no junk food, anything . . . .

Any sacrifice, even a small one, can help us to become humble as Our Lord was.

God says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit (the humble who rate themselves insignificant) for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  (Saint Matthew’s gospel, chapter 5)

Thank God for his love.

22
Dec

WHY THE CHRISTMAS RETAIL SALES SLUMP? Weather? Interest rates? Global economy? Boredom? Who knows?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, God, Mary, Mother of Jesus

The Australian Retailers’ Association reports that the 2010 pre-Christmas spending got off to a slow start.

Consumers simply have not been spending as much as expected.

Many were carefully seeking out discounted items.

Rainy days have been worst — making shop incomes patchy.

Will this apparent downturn be maintained? Or will there be a last minute catch-up?

Tricky question.

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The important thing to remember about the downturn is that it is not very important.

Christmas does not depend for its meaning on buying and selling consumer items.

What Christmas WOULD be meaningless without is the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Many people seem not to really know much about the Mother of Jesus . . . .

Or what the Church really teaches about her . . . .

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For a start, in the Catholic religion, Mary is NOT worshipped.

That would be absurd. Worshipping a human being would be disobedience to the first of the Ten Commandments, and a mortal sin.

But Catholics do honour Mary – in exactly the same way that God honours her.

Mary is a unique human being – but a human being only. There is no notion of her being a “goddess”.

Mary is called “Mother of God” because the Catholic religion accepts that her son, Jesus Christ, is God.

He is both truly God and truly man.

This concept is not as easy to understand as we might like it to be – but that does not stop it being true.

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Catholics address Mary in certain prayers, asking her to pray/intercede to God on our behalf.

In much the same way that you might ask your own mother to pray for you.

Jesus came to us through Mary at the first Christmas.

He wants us now to come to him through Mary today . . . .

Blessed Virgin Mary . . . No Mary, no Christmas.

18
May

JULIA GILLARD: Prime ministerial prospect, or anti-social menace?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Modern Church, Mother of Jesus, Politics, Women

A Galaxy poll yesterday found only 45 percent of Australians considering Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, the best person to the lead the ALP.

34 percent want Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. to replace him.

A Galaxy spokesman commented, “Julia Gillard is now looming as a credible alternative to lead the party”.

Julia Gillard laughed this off with what she might consider a quotable quip, “There’s more chance of me becoming the full-forward for the Western Bulldogs AFL team . . . .”

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Early this year, federal opposition leader, Tony Abbott, told a women’s magazine that he thought women should not “give away their virginity too lightly”.

Julia Gillard, commented, “These comments will confirm the worst fears of Australian women about Tony Abbott.”

She gave no reason why women should give away their virginity lightly . . . .

But she did expose herself as being too shallow and trendy to be leader of anything.

In a serious world, Julia Gillard would be considered a more appropriate selection as an AFL goal-kicker than as someone responsible for any matters involving conscience or respect for morality.

Australia’s feminist lobby-group “Emily’s List”, whose main interest is promoting abortion, was co-founded by this same J. Gillard, who was also, in her younger days, secretary of far left-wing traitorous organisation, the Socialist Forum.

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Actually it doesn’t matter much who leads political parties.

What DOES matter is who leads the Catholic Church, and how strongly the traditional faith is defended in parish life and parish schools.

The Church — having done itself some appalling bad turns in recent decades — must now work very hard at restoring its credibility . . . .

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Holy Mary, pray for us sinners now . . . .

 

5
Feb

RINGO STARR, EX-BEATLE, FINDS GOD: So let it be for all of us

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, God, Mother of Jesus

Ringo Starr, ex-Beatles drummer, now aged 70, is telling the media he has found God.

 “Religion is now one of the most important aspects in my life. For me, God is in my life. I don’t hide from that. I think the search has been on since the ’60s. I stepped off the path there for many years, and found my way back onto it, thank God.” (Los Angeles Times)

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The Beatles did harm with their promoting of drugs, superficial dabblings in Far Eastern religions etc.

Yet were there not also signs of awareness of God, even early on — most famously, perhaps, in the Paul McCartney song, “Let it be”?

“When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom: let it be . . .”

The person of the Blessed Virgin Mary certainly comes to mind. Paul’s mother’s name was Mary –perhaps he was writing about her? OK, but the person of the Blessed Virgin still comes to mind.

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Saint Luke’s gospel chapter 1: “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph . . . and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel said unto her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women . . . behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus” . . . . and Mary answered: “Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to thy word.”

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Of course, the motives of celebrities discussing their beliefs can always be dismissed as grandstanding.

But let us not judge.

Let us pray for Ringo.

Let us pray for all who seek God.

By God’s mercy may we reach heaven, there to experience what Saint Francis de Sales so beautifully described:

“O beauty of my God, how lovable you are . . .

in heaven we shall need no commandment to love you . . .

our souls will be delivered from distractions, our minds from anxieties . . .

and we shall love God with a perpetual, uninterrupted love.”

There's Ringo at the back with his drum