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Bonne lecture en Anglais !
Sharing from Scholastics :
1. Graces of lent:
“ Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (Ga 4,14)
Below is an excerpt from A love letter from God to you. May we be filled up with His living water.
A love letter from God to you
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1)
I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
You whom I have upheld since your birth,and have carried since you were born.
I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16)
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31)
For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life
I have loved them even as I have loved MY SON.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33)
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I have loved you with an everlasting love;I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
Do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown
Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,and because I love you
I tend my flock like a shepherd,I gather the lambs in my arms
and carry them close to my heart;I gently lead those that have young.
I will wipe every tear from your eyes. There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away
you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
I will be a Father to you,and you will be my sons and daughters
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End
Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
Your Dad, Almighty God
Temporarily we have taken online class at home via Zoom (Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems), not going to school until the outbreak is over. We are grateful to have Internet to keep on our study. However, new technologies have not been applied yet to some subjects. No matter what happens, we firmly believe that God is always with us.
Sharing from Phuc Xa community :
Activities during the coronavirus pandemic:
When the pandemic is getting worse, it’s time for us to lay our faith on the Almighty’s power. That’s the reason why we need to pray more as a therapy for the world these days. With a great trust in God, our community pray daily the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 p.m.
As a response to the appeal of Pope Francis, we took turn to adore the Eucharist in 22nd and 23rd of March.
What is left after the pandemic? For our sisters, it’s a colorful garden as a gift from God.
Retreat for members of Associate
In this Lent, members in the Associate retreated in the Chapel of Phuc Xa Community. With the instruction of two sisters, they had time to be with God, prepare their soul for the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Sharing from Kim Son community :
This Lent was very special: people feared of the virus corona. The message from our Pope invited the Christians towards the pascal mystery through “the urgent repentance” and conversion…
It is really cold in Kim Son. Some students still come to study with us. The parish’s catechism activities are still going well.
However, the Covid 19 has affected to our lives. We constantly received emergency, fire – speed reports to adjust and adapt to new situation.
At home, we stopped teaching the extra –class. Then the masses with many people were also suspended. In our community, besides caring for the garden, spending time for sharing together, we pray daily the Chaplet of Divine Mercy everyday, adore the Eucharist to pray for the world, for our Pope, our Congregation and the doctors…