Dear fellow “ardent travellers and noble company,” as we were so beautifully described by St Theodore the Studite in this morning’s One Minute Reflection, I have to leave you for a while to prepare for my frightening move in 2 weeks time.
Please remember me in your prayers – we all know the huge stresses of moving. I definitely need assistance from on high! I could probably take a lesson from our Blessed Mother when the Holy Family fled. I am sure they packed a little lighter than what I am trying to do. Between our Blessed Mother Mary and St Joseph, all will be well. And perhaps, St Jude, as the Patron of hopeless causes, will add his prayer to theirs!
I will, as always, be keeping you all, in mine.
May our good Lord bless us all and our beloved Mother Mary and St Joseph, constantly intercede for us.
Be our Shelter, Lord, when we are home, our Companion when we are away and our welcome Guest when we return. And at last, receive us into the dwelling place You have prepared for us in Your Father’s house, where You live forever and ever. Amen
… Prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping, through your prayers, to be granted to you …
Your Inbox will shortly be burdened again with my posts.
The new PC is up (not quite organised yet) and I will be back next week.
In the meantime, I send you greetings and prayers for your Lenten journey and thanksgiving for your prayers and for the Donations some have graced me with. Your Donations have greatly assisted me in getting back online.
Holy Mass will be said in Thanksgiving with special mention of Annemarie, Fr Jacques, Beverly and Hugh.
“Prayer is an aspiration of the heart. It is a simple glance directed to Heaven. It is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy.”
St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (1873-1897)
Doctor of the Church
May the Lord always shine His Face upon us all!
In love and gratitude Ana
“O God, grant that whatever good things I have, I may share generously with those who have not and whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those who do.”
I offer today, special Prayers for Laurie who, in her generosity and love, has contributed to the upkeep of this site.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name.”
Dear Laurie, Holy Mass will be said for your Bishop, who is ill, (as requested by Laurie) today, Tuesday 17 December at 18.00 South African time.
I wish you, dear Laurie, a beautiful Christmas. May the Infant Christ bless you abundantly.
May God shine His Face upon you, your loved ones and on your Bishop.
“Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
About, Yes, about – 10 years ago a new Catholic Social Media website was launched in South Africa. The creators and dreamers were in my Parish and I got involved – before long I was part of the leading Team and thus began this little project of mine.
When, after a long slog of around 8 years and many curved balls – mostly financial ones (being in South Africa makes the financial aspects very difficult) – I left and began my own little project here.
I have been known as Anastpaul online, for much longer than the 10 years though – my name is Ana, St Paul is one of my two Confirmation Saints and I have always been very involved with catechesis and evangelisation in some form or another, trusting always in the passion and zeal of St Paul.
I am a ‘cradle’ Catholic, a Dominican Tertiary, brought up in a wholly Catholic home by Spanish and Italian parents (with a bit of Lithuanian Jewish blood too). Rosary twice a week as a family, daily prayer, weekly Confession, Mass every day during Lent, etc etc. We went to a Dominican Convent Private School and Christian Brothers schools , belonged to all available Catholic apostolates and just “Breathed Catholic”.
And so it has been – married a Catholic and our children too “Breath Catholic”, for our blood is Catholic and is graced by the Holy Trinity and our forefathers are the Apostles. Mary is our Holy Mother and our friends are the Saints and Angels.
I live a totally Catholic life, involved in our Parish, running various apostolates there, am an ‘old-fashioned Catholic’ of the Spanish school and am 100% true to the Magisterium, to Pope Francis and to our home in Rome.
I know this much is true – if you ‘Breath Catholic” so too will your children grow up truly Catholic! Amen.