Sunday, January 18, 2009

Update

Just thought I'd update my old blog to let the world know that, in November 2008, our adorable baby Joseph was born!
He is wonderful and so delightful!
I am still on maternity leave from doctoring till August 2009.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

EMAIL ADDRESS NEEDED

To the person who left me a comment asking to read my new blog (I won't publish your name for privacy's sake)


I need your email address in order to add you to the permissions list to read the new blog!
I am happy to add you, but am unable to do so if I don't have an email address.

If you leave your email address in the comment box I will not publish it publicly, and will add you t the reader's list for the new blog.


Best wishes

Antonia

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Update

Even though this is no longer my primary blog, I felt I should write to give an update on what's going on in my life at the moment.

I passed all my final exams, and am now a proper medical doctor! yey! Six years of med school are all over!

I am also joyfully pregnant with my first baby, due in November 2008!! Because of the baby's arrival I am taking some time out from hospital doctoring work for a few months.


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God Bless

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

NEW BLOG

Hello!

I have had a number of requests since Easter to read my new blog;
if that was you and you haven't recieved an email from me then it is because I don't have your email address!


I need an email address to send out invites.

I will not publish any email addresses that I am given.

Best wishes,

Antonia
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Friday, March 21, 2008

The way of the Cross












GOOD FRIDAY



Every Good Friday evening Pope Benedict prays the stations of the Cross in the Colosseum in Rome.

The meditations for Good Friday this year have been written by Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Bishop of Hong Kong, and they echo the suffering of the Catholic Church in China and in many other parts of Asia.


The stations aren't the traditional 12 stations (although most are the same), for example the 4th station has been made "Jesus is denied by Peter", while traditionally it is "Jesus meets his blessed mother".

I especially liked the meditation for this 4th station, because it reminds me that we can do nothing good apart from God, and if we want to do good for Him, we can only do it with his help and grace:


"Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you" (Mk 14:31). Peter was sincere when he said this, but he did not know himself, he did not know his own weakness. He was generous, but he had forgotten that he needed the generosity of the Master. He claimed he would die for Jesus, but it was Jesus who was to die for him, to save him.


In making Simon the "rock" on which to build his Church, Christ involved the Apostle in his initiative of salvation.


Peter naively believed that he could give something to the Master, but instead, everything was freely given to him by Christ, including forgiveness after his denial.

Jesus did not withdraw his choice of Peter as the foundation of his
Church. After repenting, Peter was given the capacity to strengthen his
brethren.

The readings and meditations for all the stations can be found here


I also really like the meditation for the 5th station "Jesus is condemned by Pilate", because it reminds me that true freedom comes from doing God's will and what is right, no matter what the consequences. Our world thinks that true freedom is doing what you want, however you want it, but that's not freedome, that's enslavement to your own passions and to the world's pressures.

Pilate appeared powerful, he was in a position to determine the life or death of Jesus. He enjoyed that ironic reference to the "King of the Jews", but in truth he was weak, wretched and servile. He was afraid of the Emperor Tiberius, he was afraid of the people, he was afraid of the chief priests, while nevertheless despising them in his heart. He handed Jesus over to be crucified, knowing that he was innocent.
In his vain attempt to save Jesus, he ended up granting freedom to a dangerous murderer.
To no avail he sought to wash those hands, dripping with innocent blood.
Pilate is the image of all those who wield authority as an instrument of power, having no regard for justice.


Pilate condemining Jesus to death has always been a very meaning event for me, because it has always spoken to me of how awful it is when we choose to do something even though we know it is wrong, because we are too cowardly, for whatever reason, to do what is right.

GOOD FRIDAY: I adore you Oh Holy Cross

I love this prayer, especially important on Good Friday




I adore you Oh Holy Cross, adorned by the Most Sacred Body of my Lord.
I adore you Oh My God, put on the cross for me
I adore you Oh Holy Cross, for love of He who is my Lord.

Amen



"This prayer recited 33 times on Good Friday will release 33 souls from Purgatory. (if recited 50 times on any Friday of the year, 5 souls will be released from Purgatory) "
- St. Bridget (of Sweden), prayer book
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Monday, March 10, 2008

EMAIL ADDRESSES

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Before Our Lord

It is related of St Catherine of Siena, who was also favoured with the visible presence of her Guardian Angel, that once while praying in the church she turned her head slightly to gratify her curiosity.Her Guardian Angel gave her so severe a look for her disrespect in the presence of the Most Holy that for several days St Catherine was inconsolable and performed severe penance in atonement.


wow.

I heard this several weeks ago but I cant stop thinking about it; I am trying to be less distracted when I am in adoration, at Mass or in front of the tabernacle, and more acutely aware that JESUS IS THERE and HE deserves my full attention.

I can't satisfy my curiosity of 'who has just walked into the Church? ' or 'who is making that noise' if it means turning around and losing my focus on HIM, who is truely present in front of me.
My noseyness is not more important than Jesus's presence.



St. Pio ('Padre Pio') wrote a beautiful letter describing how we should compose ourselves inside and outside a Church:

Here is one small section:

Then take holy water and make the sign of the cross carefully and slowly.

As soon as you are before God in the Blessed Sacrament, devoutly genuflect. Once you have found your place, kneel down and render the tribute of your presence and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Confide all your needs to him along with those of others. Speak to him with filial abandonment, give free rein to your heart and give him complete freedom to work in you as he thinks best.

When assisting at Holy Mass and the sacred functions, be very composed when standing up, kneeling down, and sitting, and carry out every religious act with the greatest devotion. Be modest in your glances; don't turn your head here and there to see who enters and leaves. Don't laugh, out of reverence for this holy place and also out of respect for those who are near you. Try not to speak to anybody, except when charity or strict necessity requests this.

If you pray with others, say the words of the prayer distinctly, observe the pauses well and never hurry.

In short, behave in such a way that all present are edified by it and, through you, are urged to glorify and love the heavenly Father.

Read rest here