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For Those Who Suffer

Do you feel trapped, or lonely?
Are you sad, helpless or frustrated?
Are you held in prison -
whether by depression or addiction, or by fear of the future,
or by a refusal to forgive, or by a secret weakness,
or by shame and embarrassment, 
or by the knowledge of your weakness,
or by the decisions of other people - whether just or unjust -
and by huge brick walls?
Here's some good news. There's real help for you, close by.
You don't have to look very far.
You don't have to wait for a visit.
You don't have to bribe someone.
You don't have to prove you're worthwhile.
Jesus is with you, right near you.
He is here now, today, in your darkness.
If you just whisper to Him, you are heard.

With only a single word or thought or inward glance
you can share your life with Him: all of it.
You can tell Him your burning hopes and your secret fears.
He hears you, every time you call, because He made you. and He knows you; and He loves you right now, just as you are.
You are unique; and He has a plan for you. He offers you
an astonishing new way of life: a free gift.
He wants to see you care-free, happy and holy,
as you make your way 'home' to God the Father, in Heaven,
by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
You can become a 'child of God,' in earthly life,
and then a Saint, in Heaven's glory!
But first, do you know who Jesus is?
Perhaps you already know, love and serve Him.
Perhaps you're in some way 'crucified'
because of your faith in Him. He will reward you.
But perhaps you've never heard it said, loud and clear,
what He wants everyone to hear: that He is God-made-man:
'Son of God' and son of Mary - and a friend of sinners.
He came down from Heaven, longing to save us,
though He didn't live long on earth.
He was mocked and killed by ordinary people like us:
angry, suspicious or hard-hearted, or just hurt and ashamed,
not wanting to be reminded, by Jesus' words and example,
about the beauty and holiness of God
and our need to repent of our sinful behaviour.
But Jesus Christ didn't stay dead.
What evil power could conquer God's own Son?
He came out of the grave to a glorious, everlasting life;
and we can share that life, whatever we've done in the past,
if we're willing to turn to Him, to become His friends.
Jesus is alive right now. Millions of people know Him.
That's why we say: "Here's some good news!
God exists! Jesus is alive; and prayer 'works', because 
it puts you in contact with Heaven!"

Just say: "Jesus! Help me!"
If you believe that He can help you 
it's as if you open a 'door' to let Him in.
You allow Him to act within your life -
to restore what you thought you'd lost: 
hope, love, peace-of-soul, and dignity.
So begin today, this very minute.
"Jesus, help me!" is a wonderful prayer.
"Jesus, I put my trust in you" is another.
Speak from the heart. Tell Him the truth about yourself,
and about your past sins, which He already understands.
By trust and sincerity you allow Jesus
to pour His Spirit's gifts upon you;
but you don't need to pray lengthy and formal prayers.
It's a comfort to know the 'Our Father,' and the 'Hail Mary':
but you can simply say to Jesus, believing that He hears you:
"I can't cope!" or "I'm afraid" - or "I need Your help" -
or even: "I'm a slave to this habit!"
The Lord looks upon us all with tenderness and love;
and He especially admires people who trust Him,
and who come to Him with sorrowful hearts.

Turn to Our Lord to pray, 
morning, noon and night, every day.
Then take another step. Speak to people who know Him.
They can lead you to the sacraments of His Church:
powerful helps by which Jesus can transform you.
With Jesus' power, keep away from temptation.
With Jesus' help, try to do good and to avoid evil:
then things will begin to change.
Either the Cross will be removed from your shoulder
or you'll find that Jesus is your own 'Simon of Cyrene'.
He will take the weight of your Cross, to ease your pain.
He will help you to persevere on life's journey.
It's a 'hard road'; but it leads His friends, eventually,
to the place once promised to the Good Thief:
not to a place of further torment, but to "Paradise, today!"

This meditation is published as a four page laminated prayer card with illustration, called A PRAYER CARD FOR PRISONERS AND THOSE IN DARKNESS, ISBN 1-902960-40-8.
See Publications for further details.

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ELIZABETH WANG – MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

We are sorry to have to share the news that Elizabeth died on Saturday evening, 10th September. 2016 She died peacefully, in her own room at home, with all her immediate family around her bedside. Some of you will have heard that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only three months ago, so the end has come very quickly. It was only six weeks ago that she was on pilgrimage to Lourdes with her family and diocese. In many ways the swiftness has been a mercy, and it’s a consolation for all of us that her suffering is now at an end.

We are especially grateful for these last few days. We have had so much time together as a family – talking, listening, praying – and with the four grandchildren constantly running around. Elizabeth was surrounded by so much love, and she gave us so much love, even in her weakness and vulnerability. She has been looked after by many kind people with such tenderness. She received the last sacraments from Stephen, and we were able to celebrate Mass together in her room just a few hours before she died. She was at peace and longing to meet the Lord.

She will be missed so much, but we are full of such gratitude to God for the gift of her life, and for her faith. She had such a love for Christ, for his Church, and for his Blessed Mother Mary, and this has touched us all.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this illness. Please pray for her and for all those who mourn her now, especially our father Kin. Please pray for the continuing work and mission of Radiant Light, which was so close to her heart. With our best wishes and our prayers for you and your intentions.

Fr Stephen Wang, Chris Wang, Mary Figg

 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

The main FUNERAL SERVICE (a Requiem Mass) is on Thursday 22 September at 11am at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2BY, followed by the burial at Westfield Road Cemetery, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4JT, followed by a reception (venue to be confirmed). Everyone is welcome.

You are also welcome to join us the evening before (Wednesday 21 September) at 7pm at the same church for the RECEPTION OF THE BODY AND VIGIL MASS.

The church is a short walk (8 mins) from Harpenden rail station. For parking: note that after 10.30am you can park on the single yellow lines further up Rothamsted Ave and along Avenue St Nicholas nearby; and there is a public car park on Amenbury Lane 5 mins away.

PRIESTS WISHING TO CONCELEBRATE AT EITHER MASS:

  • Please bring an alb and a purple chasuble (or stole)

 


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