Homily in MP3 mode file These Christmas Days we wonder at the marvelous light shining on the face of the Infant Jesus - and we get the message that all God wants of us is to share friendship and the love of family bonds. If we accept to receive what God offers; then He is free to give us all that He wants to give. However, if we don't accept to receive his offer; then He can do very little for us. In such a case, we isolate ourselves and are "on our own". This choice is ours not only in a potential relationship with God, but in all our relations.
Brief Communion Reflection - Closing Rites - in MP3 mode file Alice Winifred Marolly obviously enjoyed a close relationship with her God, and this was reflected in how she related to everyone else, beginning with her family. How can we delve more deeply into fully engaging and rich relationships with others and also with God? It begins at every moment with "desire". We are so designed that there emerge within us many desires, but the key desire is to have a relationship with someone... with other human beings... and also with God. As long as we nurture this desire and do something about it; then the other can respond and reciprocate. If I stop desiring; then I shut the gate.
We Give Them Back to You, O Lord
We give them back to You, O Lord who first gave them to us;
yet as You did not lose them in the giving,
so we do not lose them by their return…..
For what is yours is ours also, if we belong to You.
Love is undying, and life is unending,
and the boundary of this mortal life is but a horizon,
and the horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further.
Cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly….
And while You prepare the place for us,
prepare us also for that happy place; that we may be with You,
and with those we love forevermore.
Prayer used by Fr Bede Jarrett, O.P. (22 August 1881 – 17 March 1934)
Written by William Penn (1644 – 1718)