Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pope Francis: Credible Christian Witnessses Wanted

Tribulation Times

October 16, 2013  

(1Pe 3:15-16)  But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you. But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

VATICAN RADIO: Pope: Credible Christian Witnessses Wanted

The importance of credible Christian witness to overcome indifference and religious illiteracy: that was the theme at the heart of Pope Francis’ message on Monday to members of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation. Noting that so many people are indifferent or have grown away from the Church, the Pope said what we need most is credible witnesses, who show the beauty of God’s love through their words and their lives.

VIA Pauline Cole: Update to my Catholic Testimony

I wrote a few years ago in the Catholic Testimony Page and you sent me an email.  Here is an update:

I was talking about a Dr who took me up to the ICU and I thought he had real deep faith I asked The Lord to let me know in some way if what I saw in the Dr was right.  As he was hooking me up to the machines in ICU he was so busy but as he went to leave he held my hand and said to me May your God be with you. It was such a comfort to me.

In October last year I was told that I had bowel cancer it was such a shock I went numb for awhile.  I had a CT scan and a MRI then had an operation on November29th at Base Hospital in New Plymouth. I prayed that if I had to go through this cancer that I have the best Drs and health Professionals looking after me.  I had Dr Fancourt that did the operation it should have taken three hours and it was five hours and he saw a tumour on the liver during the operation. The nurses said he is very good and takes his time during operations I am really pleased that I had him there with me.

I then had six months of chemo and the support was amazing. I had a social worker and in our first meeting I ended up praying together with her I asked her to make an appointment with the Physiologist and he was a Catholic man and helped me through the different stages. Being an ostomate took some getting around but the district nurses were amazing and visited every few days to begin with. After that I had to go to oncology unit the nurses were really great.  It is so important for health professionals to treat patients well especially when they are feeling so vulnerable. I had a time of Drs appointments, CT scans, MRI scans and chemo.

I kept a positive attitude and prayed a lot and put my life in the Lord's hands and thanked him for taking good care of me. After six months of chemo in August this year I went to North Shore Hospital in Auckland and had my liver op and spent 5 days in intensive care.  Then to the ward for two weeks had times of praying with patients during the night also had a Catholic chaplain come and see me and gave me a picture of Our Lady and a pair of rosary beads. It has been an amazing journey and I thank God every day for the way he has supplied my every need it has given me a much deeper faith than I have ever had in my life.

The Lord is not someone who lived 2000 years ago he is here with us in our everyday life. Whatever we are going through Jesus has been there and understands our grief, anger, loneliness. Our God can be a friend we can confide in him how we are feeling.

I could have told you I am a solo mum there are 1000,s of those or I am Catholic there are millions of those. It is only when I tell you how I feel about having faith and being Catholic that you get to know who I really am, and that is all I can give you is me. I think this Quote from the bible says how I feel.

ROMANS 5 1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through Our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access, by faith, into this grace in which we now stand. and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. AMEN



POST YOUR CATHOLIC TESTIMONY TODAY!: 14. Matrona said, 'Many solitaries living in the desert have been lost because they lived like people in the world. It is better to live in a crowd and want to live a solitary life than to live in solitude and be longing all the time for company.'

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