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Heart speaks to Heart- Cor ad cor loquitur!

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It's fitting that on the vigil of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the Consistory for the canonisation for Blessed Cardinal John Newman has been set for the 1st of July 2019.  Heart speaks to Heart- Cor ad cor loquitur!This motto of  Cardinal Newman is what comes to my mind and heart for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Usually this is followed the next day by the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary but this year the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul takes precedence. Nowadays it seems that the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been archived back to the time of our grandparents or our parents. I remember in school learning to sing 'Sweet heart of Jesus' with great fervour as taught to us by the Sisters of Mercy. Even now when I hear it, I am still somewhat nostalgic. I doubt somehow that these are the songs which my nieces learnt for their school choir for Mass. I also remember how often we prayed the short prayers to the Sacred Heart in class, in assem…

Trinity Sunday and the WOW factor!

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Explaining the Trinity is not an easy task. I take some consolation in the fact that the great Doctor of the Church St. Augustine of Hippo spent over 30 years working on his treatise De Trinitate [about the Holy Trinity], endeavouring to conceive an intelligible explanation for the mystery of the Trinity.
There is a story told that Augustine was walking by the seashore one day contemplating and trying to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity when he saw a small boy running back and forth from the water to a spot on the seashore. The boy was using a sea shell to carry the water from the ocean and place it into a small hole in the sand.
The Bishop of Hippo approached him and asked, “My boy, what are doing?”
“I am trying to bring all the sea into this hole,” the boy replied with a sweet smile.
“But that is impossible, my dear child, the hole cannot contain all that water” said Augustine.
The boy paused in his work, stood up, looked into the eyes of the Saint, and replied, “It is …

World Day of Prayer for Communications

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Today is World Communications Day! Thinking and praying in a special way for all the members of the Pauline Family to which I belong, called to bring Jesus Master to the world with the most modern and effective means of social communication. All of us use social communication to varying degrees so today is a day to reflect and think how we use these means, what we post, repost, like, tweet, pin, message, snapchat etc. Is it for God's glory? Is it communicating life, truth, beauty, goodness? It is also a day to recall those means of communication which we have for centuries...to talk to each other, be in the presence of one another, to smile, to cry, gestures, facial expressions...this is all a language in its own. Modern technological means can never and should never replace these! Don't get stuck in virtual life...enjoy the beauty of real life!