During this pandemic, the deaf people are more isolated in their own world; they only know what is going on in the world through things visual, like watching TV news and social media, for what is happening locally and globally. There the information interpreted for them has its limits. In our
It was a big occasion for me. But I wasn’t happy. The young man’s father had told me that the wedding was fixed for the school holidays in May.
“But I will be in Suva at that time for my annual retreat and a short holiday. You are supposed to discuss the date with the priest before confirming it.”
I once visited Papua New Guinea and accompanied my friend, a patrol officer on his 1ten days of administrative rounds. He hired men from the village to carry his equipment, but when they got to the second village, they dumped their loads on the outskirts. They were afraid to enter for fear of revenge
Today, dear friends in heaven,
we celebrate your feast.
We celebrate again the feasts
of all the saints we know,
and whom we honor day by day
through the year.
But we also honor today all the saints
in heaven whom we do not know.
Give us the grace to put on the armor of God,
that we may be able to resist on the evil day and,
having done everything, to hold our ground.
Enable us to stand fast clothed with righteousness
as a breastplate, and our feet shod in readiness
for the Gospel of peace.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name, we pray.
O Jesus, You suffered and died for us;
You understand suffering;
Teach me to understand my suffering as You do;
To bear it in union with You;
To offer it with You to atone for my sins
And to bring Your grace to souls in need.
Calm my fears; increase my trust.
May I gladly accept Your holy will
and become more like You in trial.
If it be Your will, restore me to health
so that I may work for Your honor and glory
and the salvation of all men.
I adore You, O Jesus, true God and true Man,
here present in the Holy Eucharist,
humbly kneeling before You and united
in spirit with all the faithful on earth
and all the blessed in heaven.
In deepest gratitude for so great a blessing,
I love You, my Jesus, with my whole heart,
for You are all perfect and all worthy of love.
Give me grace nevermore in any way to offend You,
and grant that I, being refreshed by Your Eucharistic
presence here on earth, may be found worthy
to come to the enjoyment with Mary of Your eternal
St. Jude, glorious Apostle,
faithful servant and friend of Jesus,
the name of the traitor has caused you
to be forgotten by many, but the true Church
invokes you universally as the Patron of things
despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable;
pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations
and the support of Heaven in all my necessities,
tribulations and sufferings, and that I may bless God
with the Elect throughout Eternity.
Something people would be surprised to know about me is that I was a Columban lay missionary for three years in Peru. It was there that I was able to discern my vocation which is to become a counselor.
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.