NELSON MANDELA DAY- Islamic New Year
Saul FEARED David all the more and
was his enemy ever after.
was pursued by Saul, but David never returned the enemy status to Saul. No,
David knew our only enemy is anything that opposes the love of God. Saul was
seduced by the world, the flesh and the devil. These are our enemies. Love
brings unity in its truest form. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not three
but one and one in Love. This unity of love is reflected in married life and
the life of the religious.
Nelson Mandela International Day
Nelson Mandela Day seeks to
celebrate the political and social achievements of former South African
President Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who spent three decades in prison for his
political activism, became the first black president of the Republic of South
Africa in 1994. His presidency ended the long-standing apartheid in which
whites ruled over blacks and saw the birth of democracy
and equality among all citizens. He was also active in combatting poverty,
encouraging land reform, expanding health
services, supporting education and setting an example of peace,
anti-racism and human rights
adherence for other nations.
Nelson Mandela International Day was designated by the United Nations and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2009. It is celebrated on Mandela's birthday, July 18th, in an effort to recognize the impact of Mandela's values and his contribution to humanity. Mandela passed away in December of 2013 at the age of 95.
Mandela International Day Facts & Quotes
Mandela has received several awards including the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1993, the Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St. John and the Order
of Merit from the Queen Elizabeth II and the Order of Canada.
Nelson Mandela was born his name was Rolihlalala Mandela, which meant, to pull
a branch off a tree and troublemaker. He was given the name Nelson in school
when he was seven years old.
Mandela was sentenced to life in prison and ended up spending over 27 years in
prison. He was eventually released from prison due to secret talks he had with
the president of South Africa at the time, F.W. de Klerk.
is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and
build. - Nelson Mandela
· We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. – Nelson Mandela
Things to do.
67 minutes of your day to helping others (volunteering, helping mom, cleaning,
etc.). For 67 years, Nelson Mandela fought for humanity and on every July 18th,
Mandela's birthday, the UN and the NMF ask citizens of the world to devote 67
minutes of time to helping others.
one of the movies detailing the life of Nelson Mandela or apartheid. Some
suggestions are Mandela: Long Walk
to Freedom (2013), Invictus
(2009), and Mandela and de Klerk (1997).
someone or an organization that you think serves every day. If you think
they make a positive change in your community, you can nominate those you think
deserve acknowledgement as a Madiba Change Maker by sharing their stories on
social media with the hashtag #Time2Serve.
awareness by using the hashtags #NelsonMandelaInternationalDay, #MandelaDay and
South African history to gain a better understanding of how the apartheid
system came about, what it entailed and learn more about the segregation in the
country. Books such as The History
of South Africa and South African History shed light on the colonial periods
and the beginning of state-run segregation.
John McCain portraits the life of “Nelson Mandela” as a
model for the power of Forgiveness. One can only forgive if they have the
capacity to love. Our study is based on developing our character by starting
with a foundation of love to which we develop a core of strength by being
hopeful, confident, Industrious and so forth. After we have advanced these
traits sufficiently, we need to apply our firm purpose and
work on having an understanding heart. Everything is based on love
and love is the key to understanding the trait of forgiveness.
John says of Nelson Mandela:
He was a prisoner who forgave his jailer, and helped his
countrymen forgive one another. Nelson Mandela believes “no one is born hating
another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his
religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be
taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its
opposite.” Africa has been saved from the ravages of racial hatred is
due, in large part, to Mandela’s noble character, among whose virtues has been
the ability to forgive the wrongs done to him and his people during the
oppression from apartheid. Mandela believes truly that love is the natural
condition of the heart, and that hatred is as much a burden to the hater as it
is to the hated. Mandela tried peaceful means to end apartheid but to no avail
and eventually turned to violence when no other means for saving his country
was within his power. He was eventually captured and jailed for 29 years. At
his trial he conducted his own defense; he argued that an all-white judicial
system could not possibly try black opponents of the system fairly. His
riveting closing statement from the dock has become one of the most celebrated
speeches in modern political oratory: “I have fought against white domination,
and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a
democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with
equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But
if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
As apartheid began to crumble, Mandela was escorted to
meetings with the South African president that would eventually lead to
Mandela’s release and then to a genuine multiracial South African democracy.
Mandela was finally released in 1990 and was inaugurated the first truly
democratically elected South African president.
of St. Ann
Daily Prayer to Saint Ann
glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and
with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my
troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present
intention which I recommend to you in your special care.
Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.
Our Father, . . . Hail Mary . . .
O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at
the hour of my death. Good St. Ann, intercede for me.
From the depths of my heart, good St. Ann, I
offer you my homage this day and ask you to shelter me under the mantle of your
motherly care. You know, good mother, how much I love you, how gladly I serve
you, how happy I am to praise you, how eager I am to call on you in time of
Good St. Ann be pleased to extend your helping
hand in all my wants. Listen to my prayers, for I place my trust in your
gracious bounty. Make all my thoughts and desires worthy and righteous.
Jesus, I thank You for all the graces which in
Your infinite goodness You have lavished upon St. Ann; for having chosen her,
among all women, to be Your grandmother on earth and exalted her in heaven with
such great and miraculous powers. In the name of her merits, I humbly recommend
myself to Your infinite mercy.
St. Camillus de Lellis is today’s saint. This saint was 6’
6” and was born on May 25th and is a man who was a man who found it
difficult to control his passions but after God intervene became a model for
training against impure thoughts. Interestingly my youngest is 6’6” was and was
born on May 25th and he is a wild man too, but his heart loves the
(Islamic New Year)
(1st first month of the Islamic calendar) is the holiest month after Ramadan.
This month is most recommended by Muhammad to fast and worship in.
Islamic method of dating was invented by Umar ibn Al-Khattab, a close friend of
Muhammad. He was the second Islamic Caliph (rulers) and in the year 638
he standardized the many calendars of the Arabian Peninsula.
Islamic calendar is lunar cycle based and contains twelve months that make up a
total of 354.36 days together.
are parallels between this holiday and the day of Ashura. Ashura commemorates what
Muslims believe is Moses crossing the Red Sea to escape the oppressive Pharaoh
on Ashura. Similarly, the Islamic New Year marks Muhammad's crossing the
desert between Mecca and Medina to escape the oppressive Quraish nobles.
For both observances, Muhammad recommended Muslims to fast.
Islamic calendar is abbreviated A.H. or Anno Hegirae in Western languages.
The first date on the Islamic calendar, 1,1 Muharram A.H. corresponds to
July 16, year 622.
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parents traditionally tell their children of Muhammad's escape from Mecca to
Medina on this night.
more about Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina by reading his biography,
The Sealed Nectar
Catechism of the
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION
TWO-I. THE CREEDS
BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
Article 7-"FROM THENCE HE WILL COME AGAlN TO JUDGE THE LIVING
AND THE DEAD"
I. He Will Come Again in Glory
Christ already reigns through
the Church. . .
668 "Christ died and lived
again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the
living." Christ's Ascension into heaven signifies his participation,
in his humanity, in God's power and authority. Jesus Christ is Lord: he
possesses all power in heaven and on earth. He is "far above all rule and
authority and power and dominion", for the Father "has put all things
under his feet." Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history. In him
human history and indeed all creation are "set forth" and
669 As Lord, Christ is also
head of the Church, which is his Body. Taken up to heaven and glorified after
he had thus fully accomplished his mission, Christ dwells on earth in his
Church. the redemption is the source of the authority that Christ, by virtue of
the Holy Spirit, exercises over the Church. "The kingdom of Christ (is)
already present in mystery", "on earth, the seed and the beginning of
670 Since the Ascension God's
plan has entered into its fulfilment. We are already at "the last
hour". "Already the final age of the world is with us, and the
renewal of the world is irrevocably under way; it is even now anticipated in a
certain real way, for the Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity
that is real but imperfect." Christ's kingdom already manifests its
presence through the miraculous signs that attend its proclamation by the
. . . until all things are subjected to him
671 Though already present in
his Church, Christ's reign is nevertheless yet to be fulfilled "with power
and great glory" by the King's return to earth. This reign is still
under attack by the evil powers, even though they have been defeated
definitively by Christ's Passover. Until everything is subject to him,
"until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice
dwells, the pilgrim Church, in her sacraments and institutions, which belong to
this present age, carries the mark of this world which will pass, and she
herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and
await the revelation of the sons of God." That is why Christians
pray, above all in the Eucharist, to hasten Christ's return by saying to
him: Maranatha! "Our Lord, come!"
672 Before his Ascension Christ
affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the
messianic kingdom awaited by Israel which, according to the prophets, was
to bring all men the definitive order of justice, love and
peace. According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit
and of witness, but also a time still marked by "distress" and the
trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles
of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching.
The glorious advent of Christ,
the hope of Israel
673 Since the Ascension
Christ's coming in glory has been imminent, even though "it is not
for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own
authority.". This eschatological coming could be accomplished at any
moment, even if both it and the final trial that will precede it are
674 The glorious Messiah's
coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by
"all Israel", for "a hardening has come upon part of
Israel" in their "unbelief" toward Jesus. St. Peter says to
the Jews of Jerusalem after Pentecost: "Repent therefore, and turn again,
that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the
presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by
the mouth of his holy prophets from of old." St. Paul echoes him:
"For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will
their acceptance mean but life from the dead?" The "full
inclusion" of the Jews in the Messiah's salvation, in the wake of
"the full number of the Gentiles", will enable the People of God
to achieve "the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ", in
which "God may be all in all".
The Church's ultimate trial
675 Before Christ's second
coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of
many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on
earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a
religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the
price of apostasy from the truth. the supreme religious deception is that of
the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of
God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
676 The Antichrist's deception
already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to
realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond
history through the eschatological judgement. the Church has rejected even
modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of
millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse"
political form of a secular messianism.
677 The Church will enter the
glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her
Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then,
not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but
only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his
Bride to come down from heaven. God's triumph over the revolt of evil will
take the form of the Last Judgement after the final cosmic upheaval of this
Days Festival (Key West, Florida)
Can’t make it to Pamplona
this month? Head to Key West instead! Hemingway Days Festival honors the late author, who lived
and worked on the southern coast of the island. The annual event includes its
own "Running of the Bulls" — this one with Ernest Hemingway
lookalikes pushing fake bulls on Key West’s famed Duval Street.
Freedom Ring Day 12 Freedom from Pornography
Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus
Blessed Sacrament Fathers, ST. ANN’S SHRINE, Cleveland, Ohio