Showing posts from January, 2008

More on Rwanda

I found this on another blog link - and I hope to get the book to read.
Immaculee Ilibagiza
"Immaculee is a beautiful woman of faith and love. That beauty is equally expressed through the physical features God has blessed her with. I think though that she can decide to appear mediocre in her appearance. But no. She chooses to convey God's beauty, not by adorning herself with jewels, but by the way she carries herself. She definitely exudes grace and more so, the love of God and the joy of being his daughter.
She was the guest speaker at Red Mass at our cathedral here in Honolulu, Our Lady of Peace, yesterday, January 17, which commenced at 9 a.m. when all officials could have easily just have stayed at their offices to do their tasks, and perhaps, aimed to finish the day early. It was a well attended Mass!
Try to get hold of the book by Immaculee Ilibagiza entitled Left to tell. It tells all about the Rwando genocide in 1994 and her terrifying experiences which soon became her st…

Thought for the Week

Catholic Bible School - Thought For The Week
When we dig others out of trouble we find a place to bury our own

Word for Today

I liked this - so have made it my word for today: "Like Christopher Columbus I am on a journey and will make adjustments as I go along."

Policies and Procedures

Having watched 'Sometimes in April' yesterday, a film about the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 where a million people died including both Tutsis and Hutus who were killed indiscriminately, it seemed foreign policy was not quick enough to act as usual because they didn't have a 'vested interest' in the civil war.

"The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 genocide of the hundreds of thousands of ethnicTutsis and moderate Hutu sympathizers in Rwanda and was the largest atrocity during the Rwandan Civil War. This genocide was mostly carried out by two extremist Hutu militia groups, the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi, over the course of about 100 days, from April 6 through mid-July, 1994. At least 500,000 Tutsis and thousands of moderate Hutus died in the genocide.[1] Some estimates put the death toll between 800,000 and 1,000,000.[2]
In the wake of the Rwandan Genocide, the international community, and the United Nations in particular, drew severe criticism for its inaction…


It has been an odd month with nothing getting off the ground in any way yet, as I had one virus the other week and then this week again came down with a different one! So haven't been able to get much of a foothold on my NVQ that I am starting in Business Studies. My husband also hasn't been well and this meant that we couldn't go to a friend's funeral as planned yesterday. He was only 56 and died suddenly. But I was comforted by the fact that I believe he was a Christian when he died, if not a Catholic, as we knew him from before when we went to the evangelical church, before 'coming home'. We are going to have a Mass said for him as we were unable to go and pay our respects. He was a lovely bloke and had a good sense of humour and had a lovely family as well. My middle daughter was not well one day this week but she is fine now and is looking forward to starting college on Monday, thought not without some trepidation at organising herself and a 21 month old o…

Wet and Windy

Well the weather outside is pretty wet and very blustery today - even blew my trusty umbrella which is very strong from the 'horse' shop, inside out, so it is looking a little battered. I feel for those families who live in the flood zones and can't imagine the sort of stress they must be under.

Auntie Joanna has found a new booklet that looks great for my youngestd aughter she says that it is "... a new booklet A Way of Life for Young Catholics, by Father Stephen Wang. At just £1.95p from the CTS, it's really excellent. It has prayers, information, sections on "How to live your Catholic Faith", "Five great saints of the 20th century" "Five saints for young people" "Five ways to find a good Catholic husband or wife", lists of useful books and DVDs and websites...and lots more! It's brand-new." My order is on its way.

I am going to join the Catholic Mothers on line and hopefully this will mean many more bloggers I c…

Latest Post!

I am enjoying reading all the Catholic Blogs on here and it is very encouraging in the faith but my Blog looks a bit bare compared to the variety of information that can be found on other people's blogs - still I am hoping it will develop. To be honest I haven't worked out how to attach all those sites and media clips yet but I will have a go when I have time. I see a lot of you favour the Latin Mass (or Extraordinary form), particularly in America, so it is interesting to see different view points. Worship is a very personal thing isn't it? Even within the local parishes worship varies. I prefer a traditional style Mass but with the English. I enjoy the solmenity of a traditonal Mass and surprisingly, though I come from an evangelical background, the old hymns which set the mood for the seriousness of the Mass. My older sister, who still remembers the Latin Mass, prefers the responses to be in Latin, but I was too young really to remember much of it. We both went…

Christmas and New Year

Well, I have just celebrated a nice family Christmas and New Year with the traditional roast dinner, spent all morning in the kitchen and family games and Baileys over New Year's Eve. Managed to fit in a Mass and a Crib Service and a Christmas Work's party and a Christmas lunch - so not done too bad this year just gone. 2008 - time to make all those new resolutions - learn Italian, study Opera, travel, go deeper into my faith and/or ministry. Not sure where to go with that one. Just celebrated 25 years of Marriage with a service and blessing at the local church. No 'big' celebration yet - was thinking of some tickets to a show in London and maybe a Hotel but hubby is poorly with a chest infection at the moment so didn't think I would inflict him and his wheezing on the general public just yet. Maybe I will just mark the occasion with some jewellry! Postponed a trip to my sister's but rescheduled for the end of the month. Happy New Year to everyone!