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The very start of February is marked by the Feast of Candlemas, otherwise called the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. We know how the infant Jesus was entrusted to them to hold for a short time. They responded to this trust in recognition, reverence and awe. Our Lord gives himself to us today in a similar vulnerability and in the hope that we will respond to this trust with an open heart and mind. In this light, I give you now His ten commandments to us for 2019.
1. Prayer is not s ‘spare wheel’ that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a ‘steering Wheel’ that directs the right path throughout our journey.
2. So why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our Future. So look ahead and move on.
3. Friendship is like a book, it takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes year to write.
4. All things in life are temporary. If they’re going well, enjoy them… they will not last forever. If they’re going wrong, don’t worry… they can’t last long either.
5. Old friends are Gold! New friends are Diamond! If you get a diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold.
6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, ’Relax, friend, it’s just a bend, not the end!’
7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities: when God doesn’t solve your problem, He has faith in your abilities.
8. A blind person asked St Antony, ‘Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?’ he replied, ‘Yes, losing you vision!’
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you, blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10. Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles… it takes away today’s peace.
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and leave the rest to God. Amen