4 Sunday A: Beatitudes: Blessed are you

Gospel Text: Matthew 5:1-12
Michel DeVerteuil
General comments
On this Sunday the “continuous reading” of St Matthew’s gospel (see last week’s “guidelines”) leads us to the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ long discourse which runs from chapters 5 to 7 and has always been recognised as a summary of all his teaching.

3 Sunday A: Liturgical Prayers

May Christ, the true light of the world,
always brighten and inspire our lives.?
May our faces reflect his warmth and love,?
and may the Lord always be with you. R/ And also with you.

3 Sunday A: The Light of God: Come and Be the Light

Fr. Bill Grimm:

From The Connections:

‘My Monastery Is a Minivan’

When asked our religion, most of us would describe ourselves as “Catholic” or “Christian.”  But we would tend to back away from daring to call ourselves “disciple” or “follower.”  That description rightly belongs to the great heroes of our faith: the apostles and holy men and women of the Gospel, the saints and martyrs, the Francises of Assisi, the Mother Teresas, the Thomas Mertons, the Dorothy Days, the Albert Schweitzers.  Our lives are too ordinary, our professions too worldly to dare imagine that we are doing the work of the Gospel Jesus.

Girl: Don't Give up

2 Year Old Boy Saves his Twin Brother

2 Sunday A: John Baptist: Behold the Lamb of God

World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Gospel reading: John 1:29-34

Michel de Verteuil
General notes
 As happens each year, the lectionary remains with Christmas themes (and with St John’s gospel) for one more week. It is as if the church is still enjoying Christmas and is reluctant to move on to Ordinary Time and St Matthew.

Lizzie Velasquez: 'Ugliest woman' video changed my life for the better


Lizzie Velasquez was born in Austin, Texas, with neonatal progeroid syndrome, a rare genetic disease that affects her heart, eyes and bones, and prevents her from gaining weight. 

The Boat with a Hole

A man was asked to paint a boat.

He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

Lawrence Anthony (SA) and Elephants

Lawrence  Anthony, a legend in  South Africa and author of 3 books, including the bestseller -
"The Elephant  Whisperer".

Fathers and Mothers

One who loves till you close your eyes, is a *Mother*.
One who loves without an expression in the eyes, is a *Father*.

Japanese and Fishing

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish🐠🐟🐠🐟

But the water close to Japan has not held many fish🐠🐟 for decades.

So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

Pope Francis tells bishops to have zero tolerance for clergy sex abuse


Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for “a sin that shames us.”

What's wrong with this Generation

Sheik Khalid come Visting Mama Carmine Mathias

Heart-warming: Bahrain foreign minister visits his nanny, now 93, in Mangaluru

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru
Mangaluru, Dec 28: They say we must never forget those who have helped us or been an important part of our journey of life. They may be our teachers who taught us the alphabet, maids and nannies who looked after us when we were little, a friend who stood by us in our toughest times, or a distant relative whose timely help saved the day.

Who packs YOUR parachute?

Charles Plumb

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane as destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

Epiphany of the Lord A

Story: A husband asked his wife, "Why would God give the wise men a star to guide them?" She replied, "Because God knows men are too proud to ask directions."