10 December 2010

Catholic pick up lines

Which I found here...
I just found them totally hilarious! LOL

1. Confess here often?

2. Did you feel what I felt when we reached into the holy water font at the same time?

3. You've got stunning scapular-brown eyes.

4. I bet I can guess your confirmation name.

5. Let's get out of here. I know a much cozier little Catholic bookstore downtown.

6. You don't like the culture of death either? Wow! We have so much in common!

7. What's a nice girl like you doing at a First Saturday Rosary Cenacle like this?

8. Sorry, but I couldn't help but noticing how cute you look in that ankle-length, shapeless, plaid jumper.

9. Hi there. My buddy and I were wondering if you would settle a dispute we're having. Do you think the word should be pronounced HOMEschooling, or homeSCHOOLing?

10. May I offer you a light for that votive candle?

11. You don't have an accountability partner? Me neither.

12. The Bible says "Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the hungry"; how about dinner?

13. You look so beautiful in that mantilla you wear to Mass

14. Want to go to Adoration with me?

15. I didn't believe in predestination till I met you.

16. Man does not live by bread alone. So how about dinner and a movie?

17. What do you think Paul meant when he said, "Greet everyone with a holy kiss" (1Pet 5:24)?

18. A little bird... the Holy Spirit actually... tells me we should get to know each other a little better.

19. Do you need help carrying your Bible? It looks heavy.

20. What are your plans for tonight? Feel like a Bible study?

21. Hi, this pew taken?

22. My prayers are answered.

23. What's a charismatic like you doing in a mainline place like this?

24. Don't worry, I'm attracted to you purely in a spiritual way.

25. What's your name and number so I can add you to my "prayer" list?

26. Has anyone ever told you, your eyes are like doves and your neck like the tower of David

27. Oh you are cold, Ecclesiastes 4:11.

28. You have the body of Amy Grant and the soul of Mother Teresa.

29. Am I the only one who sees the sign of the beast in the Volkswagon logo?

30. Read any good Bible passages lately?

31. Wow that grey/black ash smudge on your forehead, vaguely resembling a cross, really brings out the tones in your skin.

32. You know Jesus? Hey, me too! (from Brittney Quirk)

33. God told me to come talk to you. (from Brittney Quirk)

34. How about a hug, sister? (from Brittney Quirk)

35. Would you happen to know a Christian man/woman that I could love with all my heart and wait on hand and foot? (from Brittney Quirk)

36. Do you believe in Divine appointment? (from Brittney Quirk)

37. My friend told me to come and meet you, he said that you are a really nice person. I think you know him. Jesus, yeah, that's his name. (from Brittney Quirk)

38. You look like a good vocation (from Stephen Bonnette)

39. I lost my rosary, can I use your fingers? (from David Napoli)

40. Hey ... I don't want to embarass you but your Scapular strap is showing. So ... how long have you been wearing that? We should discuss the Sabatine promises over a 40 hours devotion sometime. (from Robert Klesko)

41. You're so fine, you're divine! (from Thomas F. Varacalli)

42. “It’s Palm Sunday, may I hold your palm?” (from Walker Solis)

43. “A girl like you only comes along once in a Blue Army meeting.” (from Walker Solis)

44. At a charismatic assembly: “Slain here often”? (from Walker Solis)

45. Presenting a rose: “I just may be the answer to your Little Flower novena.” (from Walker Solis)

46. Thumbing a rosary: “How ‘bout joining me for a few decades?” (from Walker Solis)

47. “Me, I prefer a more traditional Mass. I’m a regular Latin lover.” (from Walker Solis)

48. “You look like (an officially approved) apparition!” (from Walker Solis)

49. “You’re a saint! Kiss me, and make me a second-class relic!” (from Walker Solis)

50. “If loving you’s a heresy, consider me anathema!” (from Walker Solis)

51. "Where did you find such an exquisite St. Christopher medal?" (from Jennifer Salame)

52. "Can I hold your hand during the Our Father?"
(from Alyssa Collins)

53. "My Guardian Angel thinks you are cute"
(from Aaron Russell)

54. "Let me get your number; I know this great place to go to on Sunday mornings. They have the best wine!"
(from Chad A. Dubiel)

55. "Wedding and onions always make me cry. Which do you like better: onion rings or wedding rings?" (from Walker Solis)

56. "You must be the eighth wonder of the world because I'm smack dab between seventh heaven and cloud nine right now." (from Walker Solis)

57. "Is that a new perfume or the odor of sanctity?" (from Walker Solis)

58. "So YOU'RE the third secret of Fatima?!" (from Walker Solis)

59. "In the dark void of this world, could you be my luminous mystery?" (from Stephanie Adams)

60. "Dinner. My Place. Tomorrow. Don't argue; it's a feast of obligation." (from Ben Cohen)

61. If I had a bead for every time I though of you, I'd have a joyful mystery. (from John DeLozier)

62. My sacred heart of Jesus statue started beating faster when I saw you! (from Corrie Christiaansen)

63. I love that new Benediction Incense scent on you. (from Alexa Schuele)

64. hey.. do you wanna take the church van for a spin?
(from Corrie Christiaansen )

65. You are like the book of Revelation. You've got me all confused. (from Christa Masson)

5 October 2010

Sr Sturmia has gone home….


A few months after going back to Germany Sr. Sturmia gone homehas passed away. She has gone home. Such a sad day. She will be sorely missed. And to make it all seem real bad one of our parishinors also went home yesterday, but his send off was definitely not as peaceful as I imagine Sr. Sturmia’s to have bee

. He was gunned down, shot in a robbery of his jewellery shop at Northgate shopping mall.

We continue with the why believe series this Wednesday and Fr said he would be touching on why there is evil in the world.. I would like to know why….

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7 June 2010

the war on work

Oh no... for a procrasitnator i seem to have a talent of getting onto websites that will just make me procastinate more!!!! besides that though, Mike Rowe of diry jobs has some interesting insights on the war on work... and now TED is another site I will have problems getting off of... darn!

3 June 2010

Sr Sturmia is gone!!!!

Well not dead but gone home back to germany!!!!

The follwoignis taken form the Herlad... verbatim... I'll miss her so :( now who am I going to write letter abt my girl guides and brownies to??

Monte Cassino: Time to give back

THERESA Makone, Public Works Minister; Joyce Kazembe, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission deputy chairperson; Priscah Mupfumira, former board chairperson, Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe; Josephine Ncube, City of Harare chamber secretary; Dr Felistas Zawaira (medical practitioner); Hilda Wasiya, Mashonaland West Zanu-PF Women’s League executive member and former freedom fighter; Captain Emilia Njovana, first black woman commercial pilot; Grace Muradzikwa, CEO, NicozDiamond Limited; Engineer Susan Gumise; Christine Jackson, member of Zimbabwe’s diplomatic corps, and many more.

They all have one thing in common.

They are representatives of some of the finest professional women produced by Monte Cassino Girls Secondary School in Macheke.

And, all of them including yours truly, were students taught by Sister Sturmia Dent.

We never called them by their last names.

They were simply Sister Sturmia; Praxedes; Yvonne; Rachel or Sister Herbetis.

Some of the Mugabe girls attended Monte Cassino, including the late Auxilia Mugabe, daughter to President Mugabe’s brother.

As one of the thousands of these women, it was gratifying and painful at the same to see one of the nuns who sacrificed so much so that we could have the best education black women could ever have in this country, say goodbye.

Sister Sturmia Dent retired and went back to her native home country — Germany — on Tuesday.

She was one of the school’s longest serving staff members.

Sister Sturmia who also had other responsibilities such as praise and worship and distribution of stationery and textbooks taught this writer’s class.

However, more touching was that some of the nation’s leading professional women — her former students not only gathered at Harare International Airport to say goodbye to her, but that they went the extra mile and had the media record the event.

And, ZTV did a fantastic job, putting this school on the world map, and demonstrating that it has impressive deliverables.

In retrospect, Hildegarde remembers how on September 15 2008, she quietly sang to herself the song sung at Monte Cassino, as signatories to the Global Political Agreement appended their signatures to the document that culminated in the inclusive Government:

Last night I had

The strangest dreams

I never had before

I dreamt there was

A mighty room

And the room was filled with men

The paper

They were signing said

They will never fight again!

The alumna who saw her off included Public Works Minister Theresa Makone; Commissioner Joyce Kazembe; Mrs Priscah Mupfumira; Sister Martina Gwavava and others.

Since its inception, Monte Cassino has been one of the jewels in the nation’s crown producing top-flight women who have demonstrated their competence in every sector of the economy. They are also scattered all over the globe.

Founded in 1902 by a man who is said to have received his inspiration while he was at Monte Cassino, it became one of the first mission schools to provide education to black women.

Over the decades, it has produced women who have occupied various positions in both the public and private sectors.

According to information on one website, the school has flourished over the years, benefiting from the dedication of Precious Blood sisters and the Benedictines.

What does this all mean?

Why would the departure of one nun touch the hearts of her former students to the extent that they left their busy schedules to see her off?

A lot! We were a privileged group, and this departure demonstrates the end of an era, with the old form of missionary now retiring, and giving way to people they trained to take over the reins of power.

People like Kazembe, Mupfumira and Makone represent what this writer could conservatively describe as the first professionals — the burden bearers, for as some of us went to Monte Cassino, and later entered professions previously reserved for males and whites on the basis of the successes these pioneers had achieved academically and professionally.

Educating a girl child was never easy, just as exercising women’s rights and privileges are still an uphill task. Elizabeth Schmidt in her book, "Peasants, Traders and Wives: Shona Women in the History of Zimbabwe, 1870-1939" says: "Missionary education instilled in both boys and girls such values as hard work, discipline, obedience to authority. However, boys alone were taught to be breadwinners, household heads, and figures of authority. Girls, in contrast, learned that it was their duty to stay at home, cooking and cleaning, raising healthy Christian children, and respecting and obeying their husbands . . ."

While some of these values are still noble, Zimbabwean women have realised that they cannot just be stewardesses. They can sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 767 and announce, "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This is Captain Emilia Njovana speaking. We will be flying at an altitude of . . ."

She is not just the first, but she is also now training other commercial pilots, and taking Zimbabwe places, including its women. Managing government ministries; the nation’s electoral systems and being captains of industry and commerce has enriched them, and it might never be known whether the nuns at Monte Cassino had this long-term vision about their girls.

The conditions might not have been rosy when we went to school then, but there was a dedicated and motivated teaching staff who regarded teaching as a vocation.

They sometimes seemed not to realise that they were educating girls against many cultural dictates, and also seemed to be blind to the fact that the only professions open to girls then were teaching and nursing. But they spurred them on.

This was also an education system that relied very heavily on philanthropy. But as missionaries retire, handing over the baton to locals, we realise that the education sector once again needs new ways of funding it.

They saw so much into us and into the future. Later, at St Augustine’s Mission, at the height of the liberation struggle, we had Father Prosser, the school’s principal, giving one simple instruction: "Even if the (Rhodesian) soldiers’ helicopters fly into the examination room, continue writing until you are done."

It bordered on insanity and the impossible, but this was the best encouragement they could give us, given the war conditions where anything was possible, death included.

For them, teaching was a calling. They were women and men whose interest in their products’ achievements was unquestionable. They gave of their time and expertise so generously, without necessarily expecting much, although history has not been very kind about the link between missionaries and the colonial system.

However, in 2010 when the education system is at the crossroads, the above event, capturing the past and present of one of the country’s top-ranked girls’ high schools, can provide answers to current challenges.

Maybe this can make us understand where we are losing the plot. For, we are the generation that benefited so much, but a generation described by a colleague as selfish, and which runs the risk of derailing the country’s education system due to misguided attitudes and priorities.

When the education sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges, this writer asks Monte Cassino’s alumna why it has taken so long for them to give back, not only to Monte Cassino, but to society in general, just like the missionaries did?

We got the best education, and most of it, especially tertiary education paid for by philanthropists. Can we reassure the nation that three decades from now, Zimbabwe’s education system shall continue to produce top-flight women, irrespective of which school they are from? Can this alumna do that with confidence?

When there are economic challenges the first people likely to be deprived of education rights are girl children, and the result is the feminisation of poverty.

As a privileged lot, what steps are we taking to address the problem, and ensure that every Zimbabwean receives quality education at affordable cost?

We were also a fortunate lot that received its education in proper infrastructures, and after independence hundreds of primary and secondary schools were constructed. Universities and colleges too! Why then are we allowing children to be taken out of formal structures and educated in so-called "private colleges" where parents are being ripped off?

As women, why have we also watched as levies and teachers’ incentives become sticking points to the development of the education system? What has our empowerment as women done to address these issues? We are legacies of the likes of Sister Sturmia, but will we also have "generational legacies" celebrated in future years?

Maybe I have been too harsh on us, so much unlike A. B. Facey, an ordinary man, who grew up starved of basics. He was not a man of letters. Through resilience, he had to teach himself to read and write. Orphaned at an early age, the only love he really knew was that of his grandmother. She cared and shared a lot. The bit that he managed to do in terms of education was through his grandmother’s motivation. His was a life of trials and tribulations in early 20th century Australia.

Facey captures his experiences in a classic autobiography, "A Fortunate Life", which is not only an inspiration but is also one of the best exposes of how some people appreciate life and the abundant gifts therein. To some readers, "A Fortunate Life" is a story full of pain and suffering, but Facey was still able to look at it and find a lot of positive things to be thankful about.

This writer has always appreciated the first-class type of education received, and the more than 50 teachers, lecturers and professors who moulded her. But it was Sister Sturmia’s departure that made me realise how fortunate Monte Cassino’s alumna have all been.

We were fortunate to have parents who made so many sacrifices to send us to school.

We were also fortunate to enter an education system, which offered us the few opportunities available then to excel.


28 May 2010

I cannot tell..

to the tune of Londonderyy Air this is one of my favourite hymns :D

I cannot tell why He Whom angels worship,
Should set His love upon the sons of men,
Or why, as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that He was born of Mary
When Bethlehem’s manger was His only home,
And that He lived at Nazareth and laboured,
And so the Saviour, Saviour of the world is come.
I cannot tell how silently He suffered,
As with His peace He graced this place of tears,
Or how His heart upon the cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, He heals the brokenhearted,
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
For yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.
I cannot tell how He will win the nations,
How He will claim His earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations
Of East and West, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see His glory,
And He shall reap the harvest He has sown,
And some glad day His sun shall shine in splendour
When He the Saviour, Saviour of the world is known.
I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
When, at His bidding, every storm is stilled,
Or who can say how great the jubilation
When all the hearts of men with love are filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
And myriad, myriad human voices sing,
And earth to Heaven, and Heaven to earth, will answer:
At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world is King

25 May 2010


Long time ha...?

I was super drained yesterday! I made a testimony at the end of a TOB session, the topic was "Naked without Shame" and to say i was nervous is incorrect, i was in a state.. i was shaking for crying out loud! but the Holy Spirit did His thing and voila! 1st ever real testimony is over... not that I will actually do it again any time soon, too much of me is exposed :D Thank you, thank you LORD!!!

8 March 2010

oh my gosh – technology at it’s best!!

this guy is amazing!!! I mean honestly this be genius! Sixth sense is going to take over the world…

17 February 2010

16 February 2010

Lent is here

… and I just thought to post these links to two great sites

nice Lenten links scroll down

…and these guys are doing guided Ignatian spiritual exercises for the whole of lent

image…and as a family we are going vegetarian :D yay new recipes :D and tomorrow I want to get up to attend Ash Wednesday mass at 6 a.m. that means getting up at about 5 <sigh>, singing with the schola in the evening too… had better go hunt for them tune on Chabanel or here

Went to confession yesterday, got to say it was actually the first difficult one I’ve had. And this post by Father Longenecker kinda said it all, and its true what the first commenter said… sin makes me feel very stupid… like i should know better <sigh>

29 January 2010

7 quick takes Friday


  1. I have succumbed.  Jen host 7 quick takes at Conversion diary and I have read them religiously for so long… figured it was time to start… so here is my first 7 quick takes.
  2. I have the first of 6 exams on Tuesday. I am a procrastinator. Not a good combination
  3. My harp is finally finished and so i have to make a trip to Pretoria to go get it… nearly two hours on the road ugghhh                image
  4. Did i mention that I’m behind with my studies… it’s for my honours degree… why did i ever think i wanted to do post grad? and distance education sucks… i like my lectures!
  5. There is a music workshop in our deanery… i wonder if i should go… i hope it will be proper liturgical music and none of this Hillsong nonsense for mass. retreats and camp? cool, for mass NO!!!
  6. Hoping the first Brownies meeting this term goes well today, little girls running all over the place… a joy when one has studied :D image image
  7. My first 7 quick take is over! Went quick too :D

For more 7 Quick Takes, be sure and stop by Jennifer's Conversion Diary.

27 January 2010

jen again… on what makes abortion acceptable

I love reading Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog, Conversion Diary. She has fascinatingimage insights and now here is an article which makes so much sense… It’s in line  with the recent American Marches for life which took place and on being prolife or prochoice. It can be found here at Inside Catholic .
The part that resonated with me is :
“In every society, there are two critical lists: acceptable conditions for having a baby, and acceptable conditions for having sex. From time immemorial, the one thing that almost every society had in common is that their two lists matched up. It was only with the widespread acceptance of contraception in the middle of the 20th century, creating an upheaval in the public psyche in which sex and babies no longer went hand-in-hand, that the two lists began to diverge. And now, in 21st-century America, they look something like this:
Conditions under which it is acceptable to have sex:
  • If you're in a stable relationship
  • If you feel emotionally ready
  • If you're free of sexually transmitted diseases
  • If you have access to contraception

Conditions under which it is acceptable to have a baby:

  • If you can afford it
  • If you've finished your education
  • If you feel emotionally ready to parent a child
  • If your partner would make a good parent
  • If you're ready for all the lifestyle changes that would be involved with parenthood
As long as those two lists do not match, we will live in a culture where abortion is common and where women are at war with their own bodies.”
It’s so true, abortion has become a form of contraception, a way in which to live out a lifestyle that goes against what nature has ordained. Now she didn’t present what the two lists would have been before, but I though I'd give it a shot…
Conditions under which it is acceptable to have sex:
  • If you are married

Conditions under which it is acceptable to have a baby:

  • If you are married

mmmm is it just me? maybe lets look at marriage conditions then…

Conditions under which it is acceptable to get married:

  • If you're in a stable relationship
  • If you feel emotionally ready
  • If you can afford it
  • If you've finished your education
  • If you feel emotionally ready to parent a child
  • If your partner would make a good parent
  • If you're ready for all the lifestyle changes that would be involved with parenthood

ergo no need for contraception! cool!

15 January 2010

about the harp…

So did i tell you i broke my harp… well it was wobbly on its little plastic platform since the one leg was broken… but had had no issues with it being there… till mid December…. the wind… gale force wind…through an open window blew it over! the horror! the shock! so i actually managed to ignore it till this week because lessons were supposed to start and my teacher bless her soul has found someone to fix it and given me one to resume practise with… did i mention it is a rented harp…? I’m lucky its a clean break on the join between the neck and the shoulder… the glue and wooden fixes came off and the neck itself is not broken :D the darker on is the one i have now from my teacher and the paler one the one going to Pretoria today to be fixed. And ku has begun messing around on it…

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14 January 2010

novena for students

So how’s the studying going you ask? It’s not. Enough said. But that does not stop me asking for some celestial help...
Novena to St. Thomas Aquinas.
found here and here.

St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of students and Catholic schools, I thank God for the gifts of light and knowledge he bestowed on you, which you used to build up the Church in love. I thank God, too, for the wealth and richness of theological teaching you left in your writings. Not only were you a great teacher, you lived a life of virtue and you made holiness the desire of your heart. If I cannot imitate you in the brilliance of your academic pursuits, I can follow you in the hu mility and charity which marked your life. As St. Paul said, charity is the greatest gift, and it is open to all. Pray for me that I might grow in holiness and charity. Pray also for Catholic schools, and for all students. In particular, please obtain the favor I ask during this novena (mention your request). Amen.

First Day
St. Thomas, called by God
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me" (Mt 10:37).
St. Thomas, as a young man you became convinced that God was calling you to religious life. Although your family was opposed to it, you were determined to follow God's call. Even when your brothers kidnapped you and forced you to remain a prisoner in your own house, you did not give up but waited patiently for God's hour. St. Thomas, pray for all young people who are considering their vocation in life. Help them to be open to the call of God. Inspire them to make choices motivated by love for God and an unselfish love for other people. Whatever their state in life, help them to see their chosen path as a call to service. May all married couples, single persons, priests and religious build up the Church through lives of unselfish devotion and love. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Second Day
St. Thomas, lover of purity
"For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness" (1 Thes 4:7).
St. Thomas, you had a great esteem for the virtue of purity. When your family tried to deter you from entering the Dominicans by sending a woman to lead you into sin, you resisted the temptation and deter mined to consecrate your chastity to God forever.
Today we are immersed in a culture that degrades the gift of human sexuality. Human persons are viewed as objects of pleasure and their human dignity is devalued. As a consequence, society tolerates abortion, disregarding human life at the very outset. Children suffer abuse and families are damaged by infidelity.
Pray that our society may once again value the virtue of chastity. Pray that those in the media will work to promote a Christian view of marriage and family life. May the plague of pornography in all its forms be eliminated. May Christian moral standards act as a leaven in society and bring about a greater respect for human life. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Third Day
St. Thomas, example of humility
"All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted" (Mt 23:12).
St. Thomas, when you were a young student some of your classmen called you the "dumb ox." Al though you were more intelligent than all of them, you bore their insults patiently without retaliating. You were endowed with a keen mind but recognized that God is the source of all gifts. You humbly acknowledged your dependence on God, and begged him to enlighten you so that you would act only for his glory.
St. Thomas, pray for me that I too learn to act out of humility and never from the empty desire for esteem in the sight of others. Help me to seek only God's glory and to act with a right intention. May I seek to humble myself now, so that in heaven I will shine like the stars for all eternity. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Fourth Day
St. Thomas, devoted to truth
"But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ" (Eph 4:15).
St. Thomas, you devoted your life to seeking the truth and explaining it to others. You dedicated your mind to God, and used it to probe the Word of God more deeply. Your gifts as a theologian and philosopher make you stand out as one of the greatest doctors of the Church. In your discussions, you made truth your primary aim, while treating respectfully anyone who differed with you.
Obtain for me too a great love of truth. Help me to ponder God's word so as to draw from it the light I need to nourish myself spiritually. Keep me firmly rooted in the truth, and never let me be swayed by false teachings. I pray also for those who are lost in darkness; please bring them into the light of truth. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Fifth Day
St. Thomas, afire with love for the Blessed Sacrament

"So Jesus said to them, 'Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you"' (Jn 6:53).
St. Thomas, you had a great love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and spent many hours in adoration be fore the Blessed Sacrament. You once said that you learned more from prayer before the tabernacle than from many hours of study. The Church owes you a debt of gratitude for the beautiful Eucharistic hymns you wrote at the request of Pope Urban IV, for the newly-established feast of Corpus Christi.
Pray that I too might be inflamed with an ardent love for the Holy Eucharist. Help me to always esteem and reverence this wonderful sacrament. Pray for me that I might always participate devoutly in Mass, receive Holy Communion with great fervor, and often visit Jesus in the tabernacle. Through con tact with the Eucharistic Lord, may my heart overflow with love for God and for my neighbor. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Sixth Day
St. Thomas, filled with charity

"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth" (1 Cor 1 3 :4-6).
St. Thomas, you were noted during your life for the charity you showed to others. During debates at the university, you did not ridicule those who argued with you but treated them with respect and love. You showed consideration for the needs of other people.
Help me also to be more deeply rooted in love of God and neighbor, keeping in mind Jesus' words, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:35). Help me to practice this same charity in a concrete way that does not stop at words, but is shown with sacrifice. May it begin first of all in my family, and then radiate to everyone I meet. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Seventh Day
St. Thomas, defender of the church
"...the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth" (1 Tim 3:15).
St. Thomas, from your youth you learned to love the Church, your spiritual home. In your teaching, you sought to explain and defend the doctrine of the Church, making it known through your writings. You understood that true wisdom means to let oneself be instructed by the Church, for Jesus guaranteed that the Holy Spirit would always be with the Church, to lead it into all truth. At the end of your life you said, "I have taught and written much...according to my faith in Christ and in the holy Roman Church, to whose judgment I submit all my teaching."
Intercede for the Church today, that it might grow stronger and more spiritually fruitful in the world. Raise up holy priests, religious and laity, that they may all be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Bless the pope in his efforts to guide the Church, witnessing to the power of the Gospel to renew the face of the earth. May all theologians work to explore the richness of Catholic teaching so as to show forth its truth and benefit the faithful. Pray for missionaries as they work to spread the Gospel. May the whole Church be renewed by the power of the Spirit to more effectively witness to Christ in the world today. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Eighth Day
St. Thomas, teacher of prayer

"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving" (Col 4:2).
St. Thomas, you knew that prayer is the source of wisdom and you spent long hours in conversation with God. Prayer became your very life. Whenever you pondered over a problem in theology, you turned to prayer to seek God's enlightenment. Now in heaven you see God face to face. Pray for me, too, that I might become a person of profound prayer. Obtain for me the grace that I might always pray with humility, confidence and perseverance. Help me to grow more and more in the spirit of prayer, so that my whole life may become a prayer. May I always seek the face of the living God.(Recite the novena prayer.)
Ninth Day
St. Thomas, patron of students
"For in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind" (1 Cor 1:5).
St. Thomas, God called you to spend most of your life in academic pursuits, first as a student, and then as a professor of theology. In your work as a teacher, you desired to help your students apply what they learned to their lives, in order to grow in holiness. You realized that knowledge is meant to draw people closer to God. In your teaching you sought to communicate the truth, desiring to help your students become better Christians.
Pray for all students. Pray for those who may have difficulty in their studies, as well as for those who can study with ease. Pray that they may all be open to the truth, and always seek to better under stand it. May they grow in knowledge so as to know God better and to be able to serve their brothers and sisters as the Lord desires. St. Thomas, pray especially for theologians, that in their studies and research they may come to a deeper knowledge of revealed doctrine in keeping with the mind of the Church. May their lives reflect the holiness of the Word of God which they seek to more fully under stand. (Recite the novena prayer.)
Prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas
Patron of Students
Wonderful theologian and Doctor of the Church, you learned more from the Crucifix than from books. Combining both sources, you left us the marvelous Summa of theology, broadcasting most glorious enlightenment to all. You always sought for true light and studied for God¹s honor and glory. Help us all to study our religion as well as all other subjects needed for life, without ambition and pride in imitation of you.
From the Roman MissalThomas Aquinas, priest and doctor
God our Father, you made Thomas Aquinas known for his holiness and learning. Help us to grow in wisdom by his teaching, and in holiness by imitating his faith. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

10 January 2010

thin places…

...those places or events in life where the dividing line between the holy and the ordinary is very thin... to the point that the ordinary becomes holy and the holyimage becomes ordinary... I got his definition from Roy Donkin’s blog.  I have been feeling like everywhere around me is a thin place of late, as if the Lord wants me to hear something he is saying and I just need to really listen and it will be so loud and clear there is no way I can mistake what He is saying to me.  I’ve read of thin places… its an Irish thing i believe and I don't want to lose the “thin place “ feel before I hear what God has to say, why I am so aware… what am i supposed to discern Lord?

We have been studying Job at home. YOH! Job was extreme in his faith, he feared the Lord. and the talk makes us so more open and it’s good I love the fellowship… within the family it’s just so rich :D

mmm maybe that’s why the places are so ‘thin’…

8 January 2010

playing catch up….

clip_image002Soooo I have been absent for such a long time and so here I am blogging.. when I am actually supposed to be studying.. did I mention that I have exams in 3 weeks such as Prolog programming which I have not even touched! 6 exams and I have read at most 2 chapters... Any-hoo... A lot has been happening since early December....

Mom came over YAY! she had to get a hysterectomy! NAY! She had fibroids the size of cricket balls which were distorting her abdomen and giving her immense pain and.. it was scary. So I was designated chauffeur... boy am I so glad I have Alto now.. (Alto is my car). Actually clocked 3500km in one month! ouch! The operation went well and made me realise I could get them too as they may be hereditary... please Lord not before my dozen babies or so :D She sailed through and is actually back at home and doing well.. so much energy now, praise the Lord, Jehovah Rapha the Lord our healer. clip_image006

And Del-del was here! With blonde hair… and she’s a clip_image004prefect to boot… She loved lighting all out advent candles! Mom helped us with all our cakes, the icing and all and they came out well if I should say so myself... which I do.



Doug came with his wife Eve! So I finally met my brother’s wife! She is sweet, hopefully can light a fire under that man LOL. Then they all left and Kudzi came. Christmas was laid back, sang for schola, had lunch and vegetated for New years! clip_image020Chiedza was here and we puzzled forever! It’s a 3000 piecer and no end in sight… it’s called ‘Breath of life’ and is a depiction of the Garden of Eden with Adam alone in the center contemplating….
clip_image018Alto got a booboo forgot I was driving manual again... but it's getting better... Thanks St Christopher! And it made me realize I drive too fast…
And I seem to have gotten my cook vibe back :D Did wraps and mixed meat filling the other day; then baked potatoes, rosemary chicken, cheese sauce with sour cream and mixed veggies :Dclip_image021

Cooking is so grand... when I'm not too lazy and definitely healthier for my waistline :D

And so that’s the quick catch up :D

yes and Windows live write works… making putting in pics so much easier LOL

windows live writer…

may just be the thing i have wanted… we will soon know…

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