Saturday, October 20, 2012

Father Ignatius makes a discovery

There are times when a light turns on in your head and you see something clearly for the first time and understand something new you’d never realized before.

Father Ignatius was a studious type of person spending many hours reading the Bible as well as many books on theology, ancient history and similar subjects which would soon send any lesser head spinning widely.

One evening he retired to the room he called “my meditation corner” and after reciting the Rosary he started reading the Bible and cross-referencing certain passages with other books to better understand what God is teaching through His Word.

One passage in particular caught his interest. After Christ’s death and burial, we are told that Mary Magdalene visited the tomb and found the stone rolled away from the entrance. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple and told them what she had seen. Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb. When Simon Peter got in and went inside he noticed the linen wrappings lying there, but the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded and lying to the side.

There it was, in the Gospel of John Chapter 20 Verse 7.

Father Ignatius puzzled about this for a moment or two. He’d read that chapter many times and nothing specific occurred to him. But this time, as if a small voice buzzing in his head, he kept wondering the significance of what he had read.

“Why are we told that the cloth which covered Jesus’ head was folded and lying to the side? What’s so important about that?” Father Ignatius asked himself.

Yet somehow, John thought it important enough to mention it. Why?

Father Ignatius checked the other three Gospels but they did not mention this fact. “But why did John consider it so significant to point it out” he wondered silently.

After hours of searching other books and checking on ancient traditions he came upon something he’d never known before.

In ancient Hebrew tradition the folded napkin was symbolic between the master of the house and his servant.

When the servant set the dinner table he made sure that everything was perfectly set out as the master wished and then he would wait out of sight until the master finished eating.

The servant would not clear the table until the master had finished.

When the master finished his meal he would wipe his fingers and mouth with the napkin and then toss the napkin on the table.

The servant would then clear the table, because in those days a tossed napkin meant “I’ve finished.”

However … and this is the significant bit which Father Ignatius discovered for himself, if the master left the table but neatly folded the napkin and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not touch the table.

Because the folded napkin meant “I’m coming back!”

“He’s coming back …” mumbled Father Ignatius in wonderment.

That’s what John was trying to tell us in his Gospel.

This post was courtesy of TIME FOR REFLECTIONS. All work belongs to Victor S E Moubarak

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bl. Kateri Tekkawitha

The daughter of a Mohawk chieftain, Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656. Both her parents died when she was 6, from smallpox. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle, who became the next chief. Her Aunt Teedah tried to marry her off to many men, but Kateri refused.
She ran away to the Black Robes (priests) and was baptised and received the Blessed Sacrament around the age of 17. She died at the age of 24, on the 17 of April, 1680. Her last words were, “Jesus Christ”.
Kateri was beatified in 1980, and became Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks.  She is the first Native American to become a Blessed. Her feast day is July 14. She is the patroness of the environment and ecology.


Today, Sunday, 21st of October, 2012, this strong woman will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI. After today, she will be known as St. Catherine Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church..

Friday, March 16, 2012

Women of God

This conjures up Strong courageous women, who are willing to Fight for God. It reminds me of the Saints, particularly St Joan of Arc and St Claire of Assisi and Our Lady of course.
So Welcome to this new blog.

As I was googling an image or two to go with this post, I stumbled across an image of Our Lady. Yes she was certainly a strong but gentle women. Another image that came up was Mothere Teresa.

I hope you will enjoy our new blog and journey with us.