Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The love of God is in Christ Jesus

Notes of meeting on 16 January 2017

Picture of a woman on her death bed, she was about to breathe her last breath.
On each side of her was Our Blessed Mother holding her hand and St Joseph holding the other.
As she breathed out her last sigh she seemed to sit up and be lifted from the bed she was escorted by Our Mother and St Joseph before Jesus the King.
The woman knew she should be humble and grateful but could only feel this immense joy rise up in her heart, she brimmed with love and the knowledge that her Lord loved her.
There were no boundaries anymore, she ran the Him and was embraced by Him, her heart to His Heart. Her mind conversant with His Mind, all in peace and the utter knowledge of coming home.
Mary says;
" My dear children this is what awaits you at life's close, see how this daughter of God was so in tune with her Lord there was no need for formalities.
My children this is what I wish for all of you, or you are my children, your Mother wishes the best for you. If you try to be good and comply with my requests to pray, praise, fast and do penance and offer p all these for poor souls who have no other person to pray for them I assure you that my Motherly tender Heart will be so grateful for your help that I and St Joseph will be with you even to your last breath on earth.
You will know real Joy, real Peace and real Love. The Love that only comes from knowing my Son Jesus.
Mary your Mother."

Romans 8 v 31 -39
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
‘For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

He saved us

Notes of meeting on 9 January 2018

We ask the blessing of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit at beginning of this New Year and ask them to lead and guide us throughout the year.
We also place ourselves under the mantle of Mary, Mother of God, Theotokos.

Titus 3

Saved in order to do good

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle towards everyone.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.

Lord pour out the light of your Spirit upon us.
Lead us into your truth, your mercy, your love, your peace, joy and hope.
Help us love you and one another and all those we encounter.
Let us be with You lights in the darkness.
May all people and nations be drawn to your Light and Truth and the Salvation that you promise for those who repent and turn to you.
Save us all O Lord.