Prayer to Saint Josephine Bakhita



Saint Josephine Bakhita, as a child you where kidnapped and sold into slavery. You suffered the pain of being forcefully separated form your parents, loved ones and homeland. Now that you  have found peace with God in the heavenly home, we entrust into your care all those who are kidnapped and sold into different forms of slavery in the modern world today. intercede for them and keep them safe from torture and death. Touch and change the heart of all those who exploit innocent people for selfish gain. Give hope and courage  to the parent and loved ones kidnapped persons. Obtain for them the grace to recover their missing ones and spiritual strength in their moment of distress. Through your powerful intercession, may all those who have the responsibility to protect  innocent live be inspired by the spirit of the Gospel f Truth, Love and Justice. Amen. Saint Josephine Bakhita, pray for us to end trade and human trafficking.

( by Father Martin Ichoku )












Thought for the week



The faith we proclaim at Christmas make us see God present in all those situations where we think he is absent. He is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walk through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knock on our doors. Our faith tell us not to be afraid of new forms of relationship, in which none have to feel that there is no room for them on earth. in the Child of Bethlehem, God comes to meet us and make us active sharers in the life around us. He offers himself to us so that we can take him in our arms, lift him and embrace him, and with him the thirsty, the stranger, the naked. the sick, the imprisoned.






Mother of Mercy





Thought for the week



Let us contemplate the person Jesus during his earthly life. In humanity he experienced our joys. He has manifestly known, appreciated and celebrated a whole range of human joys, those simple daily joys within the reach of everyone. The depth of his interior life did not blunt his concrete attitude or his sensitivity. He admires the birds of heaven, the lilies of the field. He extols the joy of the shepherd who recovers his sheep, the joy of those invited to the feast, the joy of a marriage celebration, the joy of the father who embraces his prodigal son, and the joy of a woman who had just brought her child into the world.

(Saint Paul VI, who was canonised on the 7 of October in Rome along with St. Oscar Romero.)




Mission Sunday

MISSION SUNDAYimg119This Sunday is Mission Sunday.Jesus said to his disciples, go out and proclaim the good news to the whole world starting from Jerusalem. We are all called to be missionaries and evangelists to spread the good news of the Gospel.The Eucharist is the source of our life, holiness and salvation. He also said to his disciples unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you will not have life this calls for us to give reverence to the Holy Eucharist.






Prayer to the Holy Spirit




Holy Spirit, speak through me, so all lost souls can plainly see, not my will, but God’s I seek, Your word’s are strong, where mine are weak.

Holy Spirit, teach me love, so those that hate can climb above. I know that love, it is the key, so this I pray, show love through me.

Holy Spirit, help me give, so those without, through You may live. To give to those who are in need, to share my goods but not in greed.

Holy Spirit, make me wise, feed me knowledge, my heart it cries. To understand what I don’t know, please make me wise, so I may grow.

Holy Spirit, help me trust, to lean on You, in times I must. My faith will  will grow each time I do. Please build my trust, my trust in You.

Holy Spirit, take my pride, humble me and be my guide. First comes pride, and then the fall. Let me pride in You, or none at all.

Holy Spirit, make me bold, to spread the news, the scriptures bold. To speak out loud, to those that hear, our God is love, they must not fear.

Holy Spirit, this I pray, fill me up this very day. To have the power, with You be strong, to make things right, where they are wrong.

Holy Spirit, let me shine, with Jesus Christ, this life of mine, that other souls will soon find out, what serving God is all about.



Domine, non sum dignus…




As he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralysed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come” and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this, and he does it.”  ….. ( Mt 8 : 5 – 9 )

We acknowledge the same truth about ourselves, using his very words, every time we are about to receive communion – “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word……”


St Rose of Lima


                                                                          St. ROSE OF LIMA, VIRGIN.


St. Rose of Lima, Virgin. Born of a Spanish family at Lima in Peru in 1586; Rose entered the Third Order of St. Dominic. She lived a life of penance and of contemplation, offering herself for the salvation of Indian people.

(She died in 1617. Her feast day is 23rd of August)



Ffom the apostolic constitution Munificentissmus Deus


                                            BY VENERABLE PIUS XII, POPE

(AAS 42 [1950], 76O-762, 767-769).   Your body is holly and excelling in splendor.

In their homilies and sermons on this feast the holy fathers and the great doctors spoke of the assumption of the Mother of God as something already familiar and accepted by the faithful. They gave it greater clarity in their preaching and used more profound arguments in setting out its nature and meaning. Above all, they brought out more clearly the fact that what is commemorated in this feast is not simply the total absence of corruption from the dead body of the Blessed Virgin Mary but also her triumph over death and her glorification in heaven, after the pattern set by her only Son, Jesus Christ.

Thus Saint John Damascene, preeminent as the great preacher of this truth of tradition, speaks with powerful eloquence when he relates the bodily assumption of the loving Mother of God to her other gifts and privileges; “It was necessary that she who preserved her virginity inviolate in childbirth should also have her body kept free from corruption after death. It was necessary that she who carried the Creator as a child on her breast should dwell in the tabernacles of God. It was necessary that the bride espoused by the Father should make her home in the bridal chambers of heaven. It was necessary that she, who had gazed on her crucified Son and been pierced in the heart by the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in giving him birth, should contemplate him seated with the Father. It was necessary that the Mother of God should share the possessions of her Son, and be venerated by every creature as the Mother and handmaid of God.”

Saint Germanus of Constantinople considered that it was in keeping not only with her divine motherhood but also with unique sanctity of her virginal birth that it was incorrupt and carried up to heaven: “In the words of Scripture, you appear in beauty. Your virginal body is entirely holy, entirely chaste, entirely the house of God, so that for this reason also it is henceforth a stranger to decay; a body changed, because a human body, to a preeminent life of incorruptibility, but still a living body, a body inviolate and sharing in the perfection of life.”

Author early author declares; !Therefore, as the most glorious Mother of Christ, our God and Saviour, the giver of life and immortality, she is enlivened by him to share an eternal incorruptibility of body with him who raised her from the tomb and took her to himself in a way he alone can tell.”

All these reasonings and consideration of the holy Fathers rest on Scripture as their ultimate foundation. scripture portrays the loving Mother of God, almost before our very eyes, as most intimately united with her divine Son and always sharing in his destiny.

Above all, it must be noted that from the second century the holy Fathers present the Virgin Mary as the new Eve, most closely associated with the new Adam, though subject to him in the struggle against the enemy from the nether world. This struggle, as the first promise of a redeemer implies, was to end in perfect victory over sin and death, always linked together in the writings of the Apostle of the Gentiles. Therefore just as the glorious resurrection of Christ was an essential part of this victory and its final trophy, so the struggle shared by the Blessed Virgin and her Son was to end in the glorification of her virginal body, As the same Apostle says: When this mortal body has clothed itself in immortality, then will be fulfilled the word of Scripture: Death is swallowed up in victory.

Hence, the august Mother of God, mysteriously united from all eternity with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her divine motherhood, the wholehearted companion of the divine Redeemer who woncomplete victory over sin and its consequences, gained, at last the supreme crown of her privileges – to be preserved immune from the corruption of the tomb, and, like her Son, when death had been conquered, to be carried up body and soul to the exalted glory of heaven, there to sit in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the ages.