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Monday, 28 November 2011

Prepare For the Coming of the Son of God




Hopefully everyone is underway in their routine, preparing them for Christmas.

My preparation consists of no drinking alcohol throughout advent and extra prayer. I have started to read the divine intimacy book that I received from my parents and it is a great book for daily meditations throughout the year. I am also reading another book dedicated to advent and preparing for the birth of Jesus. I want to delve deeper and understand how the prophets felt in the old testament when waiting for the messiah. We are very blessed to live in the day's where we no longer have to wait. The kingdom of God is here and our salvation has been arranged. How would it have felt not to know about Jesus our saviour and just be waiting?

Advent will go very fast as usual and I really want to feel prepared this year. It is a joyous time but I am trying to foster a meditative approach leading up to Christmas so I can appreciate fully the birth of Jesus and all that the nativity means to us.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, build in our hearts a perfect preparation for the birth of our saviour. Let us come close to you and welcome you in to our homes as the guest of honour this Christmas. May this advent be a source of longing for you. Help us to pull you closer to us and set our hearts on fire for all that you have done for us.

In God's Love

SSG

Friday, 25 November 2011

Holy Souls

I usually go for a half an hour's walk on my lunch time and pass the cemetery in Wombwell on the way.

I decided to walk through the cemetery on Monday. On my way round I almost felt that the souls named on the headstone's were crying out for my prayers. This powerful moment has moved me to take action. I plan at least once a week to stop on my walk and pray for one of the souls that are named in this cemetery. I will say a short prayer over the grave and then dedicate the rosary to them on the rest of my walk.

I can really imagine that some of the souls may not have anyone praying for them and this really saddens me. I feel really excited about praying for them and so I have created a book which I will keep with me. The book will have all the names of the people for whom I have prayed. I will place all my fiends and family who have died in this book and, through doing this, I will never forget to pray for them.

Hopefully the Lord will strengthen me to keep doing this regularly and the Holy spirit will be with me in guiding me to undertake this in the right way.

Holy Souls in Purgatory, I am coming to pray for you!!!!!

In God's Love

SSG

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Whitby & Weekend

We share everything in our family, even a cold.

Now I actually like having a cold, which I know will sound strange but it makes me feel festive. Evelyn on the other hand doesn't like her first cold and is a little unsettled but still really good.

Unfortunately we had to miss our friend's babie's baptism's and I was really disappointed. I will say the rosary for them this week and hope that they grow up in God's love and become Saints. They have a good start if their parents are anything to go on.

We came back on Friday after spending a few days in Whitby which were brilliant. I visited St Hilda's church which doesn't seem to have changed since I was around 10. The weather stayed pretty good as well and lot's of amazing childhood memories came flooding into my mind as they always do when I visit Whitby. We are due to visit again in a couple of weeks for my Mum's birthday and I am already looking forward to that.

We visited a good friend Friday night, Father Wade who has been moved to St Bernadette's in Scunthorpe and it was great to see him after so long. He is a very kind man who is an excellent priest. The parishioner's in his parish are very lucky to have him.


In God's Love

SSG

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Weekend

The weekend started in a brilliant way. First on my agenda was a trip to see my spiritual director on Saturday morning. While Barnsley was still sleeping, I was making my way to Bradford to attend Mass, confession and then to see my SD. No better way to start the weekend.

After this I was in a rush to get back to Scunthorpe to play football, which turned out to be a nightmare.

We played against a team who really had no idea how to control their tongues. They are admittedly a better team than we are but they paid the price for a complete lack of discipline. I feel really sorry for the referee who is a really nice and honest gentleman but was told, in many different languages, where to go. He thankfully stood strong and sent the guys off that were swearing at him and threatening him. He told me after that one of the team had put his clothes in the sink and filled it with water and another had threatened to find out where he lived and hunt him down.

Now sometimes I can relate to a bit of passion boiling over in football but this team took it too far and I was ashamed to be playing in that match. Thank fully we won 3-2.

I am going to pray for that referee as he deserves much better treatment and lets hope that the team we were playing against look back on it and regret their actions.

In God's Love

SSG

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Christmas Preparation



Advent is rapidly approaching and I have been trying to find the best way to use advent.

Advent goes so fast and before we know it we have wasted this precious time. As I absolutely love Christmas and get so excited, I often find myself being disappointed when the day comes, which I really shouldn't be. I have to be really careful not to be dragged into the consumer Christmas which seems to grab everybody and suck them in including myself. Christmas is about one thing and prolonging it can make us neglect it as it end's up being out of our lives for only ten months at a time. We shop months in advance and play Christmas song's on the radio in early November.

This advent I am going to do my best to wait, patiently, no matter how much the anticipation builds. I will pray and fast and meditate upon the nativity to try and get a deeper reverence about the mystery of Christ's birth.

Lets try and appreciate this Christmas just as though we have never celebrated it before. Let's also remember to make Jesus our guest at the dinner table and in our homes this Christmas as it is his birthday, not ours.

In God's Love (and getting excited for Christmas as I type)

SSG

Friday, 4 November 2011

SPUC & Youth Group

Last night I attended the Rotherham branch's SPUC group which was excellent. The group just keeps growing and everybody is showing their support by popping out babies left, right and centre. This is the best example of supporting the pro-life cause and its truly amazing to be able to be surrounded by these people once a month (ish). Lets hope the group never stops expanding and that we can help our children to carry on the work that SPUC does when we are no longer able to do it.

Tonight it's the turn of the youth group in Wombwell and I am going to tell the children a little about St Francis. I am sure I will not do his amazing life justice but I will have a go.

In God's Love

SSG