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TEN COMMANDMENTS – EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE IN PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION

TEN COMMANDMENTS – EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE IN PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION
  • When did you make your last confession? Was it a good one? Did you conceal a mortal sin? Did you perform your penance?
  • 1st Commandment: Have you since neglected your morning, evening, or meal prayers? Often? Have you said them with wilful distraction? Have you doubted in matters of faith? Were you ashamed to fulfil your religious duties? Have you exposed your faith to danger, for instance, by going to heretical churches, reading heretical books, etc.? Did you deny your religion?
  • 2nd Commandment: Have you taken the name of God in vain? Have you spoken irreverently or mockingly of holy things? Have you cursed yourself or others? Have you sworn falsely, rashly, or in trivial matters? Have you broken your vows?
  • 3rd Commandment: Did you on Sundays or Holy days stay away from Mass wilfully? Did you come too late? How often? Have you done or commanded servile work on such days without necessity? Have you been irreverent in Church?
  • 4th Commandment: (Children): Have you been disobedient towards your parents or disrespectful otherwise? Have you grieved them, neglected to assist them when in need? (Parents): Have you neglected to teach your children their prayers, to send them to church and to a Catholic school? Have you given them scandal by cursing, quarreling, etc., in their presence? Neglected to watch over them: the company they keep, the books they read, etc.?
  • 5th Commandment: Have you struck or wounded others? Did you injure your health by excessive drink, etc.? Did you bear hatred? How long? Did you desire revenge, refuse to forgive? Did you wish others harm? Have you led others into sin? What sins? How many persons? Have you given others bad books to read; shown them bad pictures; taken them to bad places; helped them to steal, etc.?
  • 6th and 9th Commandments: Have you wilfully entertained impure thoughts? desires? How often? Have you recalled with pleasure to mind former sins of impurity? What sins? Did you expose yourself to danger of committing sins of impurity by keeping bad company, reading lewd books, frequenting bad places, dangerous dances, theatres, etc.? Did you wilfully give ear to, or take part in impure conversations, sing immodest songs, boast of immodest actions, etc.? Did you wilfully look at immodest pictures, or cast immodest looks upon yourself or others? Did you sin by immodest touch or action? Was it with yourself or with others? How often? Was it with relatives, perhaps, or with a married person? Did you wilfully desire to commit such sins? Did you lead others to any sins of immodesty?
  • 7th and 10th Commandments: Did you steal? What was it worth? Have you cheated anyone? Have you done or caused damage? To what amount? Did you neglect to make restitution in former cases? Neglect to pay your debts? Retain things found or stolen? Did you have a desire to steal?
  • 8th Commandment: Did you tell lies? Did you make known the hidden faults of your neighbour? Did you, through envy or hatred, tell lies about others? Have you injured them thereby? Have you judged others rashly?
  • Precepts of the Church: Have you gone to confession within the last year? Have you fulfilled your Easter duty by receiving Holy Communion during Easter-time? Did you eat flesh-meat on forbidden days, wilfully? Did you neglect to fast on the days prescribed, without cause? Do you belong to any society forbidden by the Church?
  • The Seven Capital Sins: Have you been proud and thought yourself better than others? Have you been jealous or envious? Have you the habit of drinking to excess? Have you given way to anger?

– From St John’s Sunday Missal, 1952

Please see also: “I would like to have my sins forgiven properly, but I shy away from Jesus in the Sacrament of Confession”, please click here.

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IT IS GOOD FOR US TO HAVE OTHERS KNOW OUR FAULTS AND REBUKE THEM, FOR IT GIVES US GREATER HUMILITY

IT IS GOOD FOR US TO HAVE OTHERS KNOW OUR FAULTS AND REBUKE THEM, FOR IT GIVES US GREATER HUMILITY

Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. (Mt11:29)

HUMILITY

Be not troubled about those who are with you or against you, but take care that God be with you in everything you do.

Keep your conscience clear and God will protect you, for the malice of man cannot harm one whom God wishes to help. If you know how to suffer in silence, you will undoubtedly experience God’s help. He knows when and how to deliver you; therefore place yourself in His hands, for it is a divine prerogative to help men and free them from all distress.

It is often good for us to have others know our faults and rebuke them, for it gives us greater humility. When a man humbles himself because of his faults, he easily placates those about him and readily appeases those who are angry with him.

It is the humble man whom God protects and liberates; it is the humble whom He loves and consoles. To the humble He turns and upon them bestows great grace, that after their humiliation He may raise them up to glory. He reveals His secrets to the humble, and with kind invitation bids them to come to Him. Thus, the humble man enjoys peace in the midst of many vexations, because his trust is in God, not in the world. Hence, you must not think that you have made any progress until you look upon yourself as inferior to others.

– From: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

 

 

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

There is this difference, dearly beloved brethren, between the pleasures of the body and the soul.

Bodily pleasures are greatly desired so long as we do not yet enjoy them, but when they are partaken of to the full our liking for them soon turns to disgust.

Spiritual delights, on the contrary, are a matter of indifference and scorn to us when we do not possess them, but when we begin to experience them then we are filled with desire, and the more we enjoy them, the more we desire them.

In the pleasures of the body desire is delightful, fruition disappointing; in the pleasures of the soul desire is poor, fruition very delightful. The former, when indulged in, soon bring disgust; but the latter we can never have too much.

– From a homily by St Gregory the Great. From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“WE ARE WORRIED AND CONCERNED ABOUT THE KIDNAP OF FR ALEXIS”

“A Jesuit priest from India was kidnapped on Monday as he was leaving a school serving children who had returned to Afghanistan after living as refugees in Iran or Pakistan.

The Rome headquarters of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) confirmed that its Afghanistan country director, Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, ‘was abducted by a group of unidentified men’ as he was leaving a JRS-supported school for returning refugees in Sohadat village, about 15 miles from the city of Herat in western Afghanistan.

‘We are deeply shocked by Prem’s abduction. We are in contact with all the relevant authorities and doing everything possible to ensure his safe and speedy return,’ said Fr Peter Balleis, international director of JRS.

Church officials in India expressed concern for the safety of Fr Prem Kumar, 47, who has worked in Afghanistan since 2011. ‘We are worried and concerned about the kidnap of Fr Alexis,’ Fr Edward Muduvassery, Jesuit provincial for South Asia, told the American Catholic News Service from his office in New Delhi.

Fr Joseph Chinnayan, deputy secretary-general of the Indian Bishops’ Conference appealed to the Indian government to quickly to seek the Jesuit’s release.”
– This article by Cindy Wooden entitled “Jesuit priest kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan” was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue June 6 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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SR RANI MARIA KUNJU VATTALIL – CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND HINDUS WEPT AT HER FUNERAL

SERVANT OF GOD SR RANI MARIA KUNJU VATTALIL

“I was recently reading about an Indian Religious Sister whose 19th anniversary of death [is on 25th February]. Sr Rani Maria Kunju Vattalil was born in 1954 and grew up at Pulluvazhy in central Kerala, India, where she received an excellent education at religious schools. The Vattalil family owned a large plot of land. Rani Maria acted very comfortably with the lower-caste workers on the farm and also with the poor who came to the door begging for food.

SHE DEVOTED HER TIME TO THE CARE OF THE POOR

In 1972 Rani Maria joined the Franciscan Clarist Congregation and, after taking temporary religious vows, she was assigned to the juniorate programme at Aluva in Kerala. Once she became a Religious Sister, Sr Rani Maria devoted her time to the care of the poor.

PRACTICAL HELP

She had gained the enmity of money-lenders by advising the poor not to borrow money from them at exorbitant rates. She taught the poor how to pool their meagre resources and arranged for them to get loans at minimal rates. Sr Rani Maria instructed the poor to form cooperatives and purchase machinery for a flour mill. She also helped the poor to complete complex application forms to receive assistance.

ALL THINGS SHE DID FOR CHRIST AND HIS POOR

For the women, Sr Rani Maria organised programmes of cottage textile industries, good hygiene and home-making. She would also gather the poor into village councils to discuss problems and possible solutions and to spread information about their rights. In addition to helping people to help themselves, Sr Rani Maria organised food and clothing distribution centres and promoted the education of girls and boys. In order to better assess the people’s social need she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology. All these things she did for Christ and His poor. A sister companion wrote, ‘Sr Rani Maria, inspired and infused with the ideals of St Francis, fell in love with the poor, regardless of caste and creed, age and sex, and firmly believed that she encountered the crucified Christ in the suppressed and oppressed of society.’

SET UPON AND STABBED BY HIRED KILLERS

Sr Rani Maria’s death came on 25th February 1995. She left her convent and caught the morning bus from Udainagar to Indore. As the bus passed the Nochembur Mountain forests, a hired killer left his passenger seat and lunged at Sr Rani Maria with a knife. He, and two accomplices, eventually pulled Sr Rani Maria off the bus and continued to stab her. Sr Rani Maria kept shouting aloud, ‘Jesus’ as she died from her wounds. Within three days the landlord who had devised the plan was captured along with the three hired killers.

SHE PROCLAIMED THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION TO THE POOR

Sr Rani Maria’s Funeral Mass was celebrated by 7 Bishops and over 100 priests. Thousands of Christians, Hindus and Muslims lined the 100 route from the Cathedral to her burial place at Udainagar. Poor people wept at the loss of this Sister who had been their servant, spokesperson and spiritual guide. The Bishop of Indore wrote of Sr Rani Maria, ‘she gave her life witnessing for Christ. By shedding her blood, she has become a martyr. She proclaimed the Good News of salvation to the poor.’ In 2007 Sr Rani Maria was officially declared by the Church as a ‘Servant of God’. This means that her life and work are being investigated by the Church and is the first step along the possible route of canonization as a saint.”
– From: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”, February 2014

 
 

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MORE TESTIMONIES AND THANK YOU’S FOR THE DEVOTION OF THE THREE HAIL MARYS

“The devotion of the THREE HAIL MARYS is a very simple and yet most efficacious devotion. Every day, recite Three Hail Marys, adding the invocation: ‘O Mary, my Mother, keep me from mortal sin.’ Many people recite the Three Hail Marys as part of their morning and night prayers. To practise this devotion in time of danger, stress, special need or temptation, is a sure means to obtain Our Lady’s help.

• My heartfelt thanks to Jesus and Mother Mary for the innumerable favours received and the blessings bestowed on my family through faithfully praying the 3 Hail Marys. Thank you Mother Mary for taking care of me during my illness and helping me to recover quickly. Also thanks for helping me to get a job soon. Both my sons are doing well now. Oh, mother, always protect our family from every danger and sickness. (E.D’C, Mumbai)

• I prayed the 3 Hail Marys when my father was in the ICU, I was touched by the wonders worked. I am most grateful. (A., Goa)

• On 4th January I came back home because I had chicken pox. I remained there for four weeks. I prayed the 3 Hail Marys during this time. Mary helped me, providing strength and helping me recover. By the time the four weeks were over I was fit enough to return to the hostel. I am very grateful to Mother Mary for all her goodness. (M.A., Chennai)

• Thank you Mother Mary for all the favours granted and for being with us at the time of pain. (B/A & family)

• My sincere thanks to Mary Help of Christians, Don Bosco and Dominic Savio, through faithfully praying the 3 Hail Marys I received the final settlement from work. I prayed fervently for 2 years and now finally it has come through. Do continue to bless me always and help me to carry out my daily chores and responsibilities. (C.A., Goa)

• My wife and I are grateful to Our Lady for the success in the law exams and for other favours received which we gratefully acknowledge. (Dr O.A. and D.A.)

• I am grateful to Mother Mary; faithfully praying the 3 Hail Marys I received countless blessings for 35 years. I had been saved from many accidents. I always pray the 3 Hail Marys before leaving the house and Mother Mary has guided me in my work. Thank you Mother for granting all my favours. (C.M., Mumbai)

• While travelling by train I was struck on the head by a huge bundle of clothes from the rack above. I am in the habit of praying the 3 Hail Marys while I travel. I remained unharmed and I believe it was the gracious protection of Our Lady. I am most grateful. (M.P., Mumbai).
I These testimonies and “Thank You’s” were published with full names in “Don Bosco’s Madonna” issue September 2013. To support the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna in Matunga – Mumbai – India including seminarians, or to subscribe to the magazine please visit http://www.donboscosmadonna.org (external link) or http://www.dbmshrine.org (external link).

 
 

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SR MARY GLOWREY DECLARED “SERVANT OF GOD”

“Mary Glowrey, the third of nine children was born in 1887 to Edward and Mary in Birregurra, Victoria, Australia. Her grandparents on both sides were Irish. When Mary was thirteen, she won a scholarship to attend school at South Melbourne College. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1910 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery and started work in Melbourne where, in 1926, despite her spiritual humility and reticence, Mary Glowrey was elected as the inaugural President of the Catholic Women’s Social Guild. She worked at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne but her life changed after reading a pamphlet about the plight of children in India.

She migrated to Bangalore, where she joined the Congregation of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and carried out missionary work there until her death. Speaking about her conversion at the time she said ‘It brought me face to face with Christ. My life’s work lay clear before me now. It was to be medical mission work in India.’ She spent the rest of her life working in India, training local women to become nurses and midwives. In time the small dispensary in Guntur grew into St Joseph’s Hospital where Mary, for many years the lone doctor, trained local women to be pharmacists, nurses and midwives to help stem the tide of suffering. Countless patients flocked to see the ‘gentle Sister Doctor’ who often travelled to visit the sick and dying in outlying villages… She also studied and made extensive use of traditional Indian medicines.

FOUNDED THE CATHOLIC HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION IN INDIA

Mary was said to radiate Christ by word and example and she never attempted anything without praying to the Holy Spirit, knowing that with such help all things are possible. Mary founded the Catholic Hospital Association of India in 1943. Her vision was the establishment of a Catholic Medical College in order to train professionals whose medical care would be grounded in an understanding of the absolute inviolability of human life and be placed at the service of life. For the last two years of her life, Mary shouldered the Cross of excruciating physical pain and suffering which she bore with extraordinary courage and patience. She died in Bangalore, India, on May 5th 1957. Her last words were, ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph’ and ‘My Jesus, I love you’. She was declared ‘Servant of God’ (a first step in the process of canonisation) by Most Rev Gali Bali, Bishop of Guntur on 27th March 2013.”
– This article by Sean Ryan was published in “Saint Martin Magazine” issue August 2013. For subscriptions and more information about the Saint Martin Apostolate please visit http://www.stmartin.ie (external link).

 
 

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