Archive for November, 2006

Christ the King

Posted: November 26, 2006 by piusranson in Uncategorized

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. I went for the 6pm mass today. It was celebrated by Fr. Johnson Fernandez and the Homily was by Fr. John Bosco Franklin Pereira. The sound system in the church was not very good today. So some parts of Fr. Bosco’s homily was unclear but still understandable. The homily started off with a story:

There was once a king. This King was in love with a girl, but this girl was a peasant. The King knew it was impossible for him to marry her. At that time, they could only marry people of royalties. Their status gap was too wide. There was only one way out. That is to renounce his kingship so that when he lowered himself to be a peasant, both of them could marry. End of Story.

Well, the above is just a summarised story. It was written by a well known theologian. Then, Fr. Bosco Continued:

The king in the story is Jesus Christ Himself, and the girl in the story is the entire people of God. We, as children of God are called to be Priest, Prophet and King. WE are called to join christ with a Priestly role, a prophetic role and Share his Kingship. We are being called to continue this story of christ, which is occuring now…

Well, if i am not mistaken, when christ lowered himself to be one of us, that term is called Kenosis. It is in one of my post.

In yesterday’s novena. Father tells us, for christmas, it is not about wrapping presents, christmas trees etc. Christmas is NOT Christmas if we don’t put christ in the centre of our lives. YEAH! SO THIS CHRISTMAS ..NO PRESENTS!

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~Joke of The Day~

Posted: November 25, 2006 by piusranson in Uncategorized

Praise the Lord~!

An elderly lady was well-known for her faith and for her boldness in talking about it. She would stand on her front porch and shout “PRAISE THE LORD!”
Next door to her lived an atheist who would get so angry at her proclamations he would shout, “There ain`t no Lord!!”a
Hard times set in on the elderly lady, and she prayed for GOD to send her some assistance. She stood on her porch and shouted “PRAISE THE LORD. GOD I NEED FOOD!! I AM HAVING A HARD TIME. PLEASE LORD, SEND ME SOME GROCERIES!!”
The next morning the lady went out on her porch and noted a large bag of groceries and shouted, “PRAISE THE LORD.”
The neighbor jumped from behind a bush and said, “Aha! I told you there was no Lord. I bought those groceries, God didn`t.”
The lady started jumping up and down and clapping her hands and said, “PRAISE THE LORD. He not only sent me groceries, but He made the devil pay for them. PRAISE THE LORD!”

Pope’s visit to Turkey

Posted: November 24, 2006 by piusranson in Uncategorized

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit to Turkey. He is one that does not shy away from the controversy. During his speech on sept. 12 2006 at his former Regensburg University, He quoted from the 14th century Byzantine emperor. This Emperor criticized the Muslim for spreading faith by sword and also criticized the Prophet Muhammad. When Pope Benedict quoted this, i guess everyone wasn’t sure if he knows what he is talking about. Well, we know that his original intention wasn’t to criticize the Muslim. During Pope John Paul II’ Papacy, he was the first pontiff to visit a mosque in Damascus, Syria.

Pope Benedict’s visit to a largely Muslim will either help to heal the rift between the two major faiths of add fuel to the fire of religious intolerance. The news report that an escaped killer is on the loose to assassinate the Pontiff when he arrive in turkey, yet Pope Benedict XVI wasn’t at all afraid. The Pope even stated that,”Love is stronger than Danger””I am in the Hands of God”. So i guess everyone here should start praying a rosary for the the pope as his visit to turkey is approaching.

The Hail Mary of a Protestant (A true story)

Posted: November 23, 2006 by piusranson in Uncategorized

The Hail Mary of a Protestant
(A true story)

A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companions reciting the prayer “Hail Mary.” He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. “Look, Mommy, what a beautiful prayer,” he said to his mother one day.

“Never again say it,” answered the mother. “It is a superstitious prayer of Catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do.” From that day on the little boy discontinued his daily “Hail Mary” and gave himself more time to reading the Bible instead.

One day, while reading the Gospel, he came across the passage about the Annunciation of the Angel to Our Lady. Full of joy, the little boy ran to his mother and said: “Mommy, I have found the ‘Hail Mary’ in the Bible which says: ‘Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women.’ Why do you call it a superstitious prayer?”

On another occasion he found that beautiful Salutation of St. Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary and the wonderful canticle MAGNIFICAT in which Mary foretold that “the generations would call her blessed.”

He said no more about it to his mother but started to recite the “Hail Mary” every day as before. He felt pleasure in addressing those charming words to the Mother of Jesus, our Savior.

When he was fourteen, he one day heard a discussion on Our Lady among the members of his family. Every one said that Mary was a common woman like any other woman. The boy, after listening to their erroneous reasoning could not bear it any longer, and full of indignation, he interrupted them, saying:

“Mary is not like any other children of Adam, stained with sin. No! The Angel called her FULL OF GRACE AND BLESSED AMONGST WOMEN. Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ and consequently Mother of God. There is no higher dignity to which a creature can be raised. The Gospel says that the generations will proclaim her blessed and you are trying to despise her and look down on her. Your spirit is not the spirit of the Gospel or of the Bible which you proclaim to be the foundation of the Christian religion.”

So deep was the impression which the boy’s talk had made that his mother many times cried out sorrowfully: “Oh my God! I fear that this son of mine will one day join the Catholic religion, the religion of Popes!” And indeed, not very long afterwards, having made a serious study of both Protestantism and Catholicism, the boy found the latter to be the only true religion and embraced it and became one of its most ardent apostles.

Some time after his conversion, he met his married sister who rebuked him and said indignantly: “You little know how much I love my children. Should any one of them desire to become a Catholic, I would sooner pierce his heart with a dagger than allow him to embrace the religion of the Popes!”

Her anger and temper were as furious as those of St. Paul before his conversion. However, she would change her ways, just as St. Paul did on his way to Damascus. It so happened that one of her sons fell dangerously ill and the doctors gave up hope of recovery. Her brother then approached her and spoke to her affectionately, saying:

“My dear sister, you naturally wish to have your child cured. Very well, then, do what I ask you to do. Follow me, let us pray one ‘Hail Mary’ and promise God that, if your son recovers his health, you would seriously study the Catholic doctrine, and should you come to the conclusion that Catholicism is the only true religion, you would embrace it no matter what the sacrifices may be.”

His sister was somewhat reluctant at the beginning, but as she wished for her son’s recovery, she accepted her brother’s proposal and recited the “Hail Mary” together with him. The next day her son was completely cured. The mother fulfilled her promise and she studied the Catholic doctrine. After long preparation she received Baptism together with her whole family, thanking her brother for being an apostle to her.

The story was related during a sermon given by the Rev. Fr. Tuckwell. “Brethren,” he went on and said, “the boy who became a Catholic and converted his sister to Catholicism dedicated his whole life to the service of God. He is the priest who is speaking to you now! What I am I owe to Our Lady. You, too, my dear brethren, be entirely dedicated also to Our Lady and never let a day pass without saying the beautiful prayer, ‘Hail Mary’, and your Rosary. Ask her to enlighten the minds of Protestants who are separated from the true Church of Christ founded on the Rock (Peter) and ‘against whom the gates of hell shall never prevail.'”

Why am I Catholic? It won’t take long looking at t…

Posted: November 17, 2006 by piusranson in Uncategorized

Why am I Catholic?

It won’t take long looking at this video!

Halloween, All Saints, All Souls

Posted: November 3, 2006 by piusranson in Uncategorized

31st October. Guess what? Its All Hallows’ eve, aka Halloween. Well this day is so called All Hallows’ eve because it is the day before All saints’ Day! I am not quite sure if there is catholic tradition behind all hallows’ eve. haha. Ok! All saints’ day. Hmm. Its definitely a day of celebration. Its also a day of obligation. That morning i stayed at home to study. Afternoon also same. Till about 3 plus?. I made my way to ANG mo KIo..den took 72 to Aunty Maria’s house. Cause i was too bored at home. So i went there early. IN the evening, we had dinner. LauTio indeed have a serious face and maybe abit naggy. But i know one thing for sure. He is better than my dad?. Right? Please give your views. Haha. I know my sister sure read one.haha. ok Den we went to St Anne’s Church. Had some prayers and rosary before mass. I think we were the only ones in the columbarium during ALL SAINTS DAY. hahaha went back at night taking 72.

ALL SOULS DAY- 2NOV. Well. Morning .. STUDY! …Afternoon STUDY! Den afterwhich, i go holy trinity. Guess wad?. i went for two consecutive masses. 6.30 and 8pm. You wanna know why? Ok..simple..im bored and hope i can get insights by two priest having two homilies..haha..enuff ler..tired..going to sleep..bye..