St Therese’s Astronaut Visits Vatican

19 07 2009

Colonel Ronald Garan

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 24, 2009 ( The U.S. astronaut who carried relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux into space and put them in orbit around the earth attended Benedict XVI’s general audience today.

On a Discovery shuttle mission one year ago, Colonel Ronald Garan brought the relics given to him by a Carmelite community in New Caney, Texas.

The astronaut had called the women religious before his space flight to ask for prayers, and at that time he told them he could take some small item into space on behalf of the community.

St Therese of Lisieux
The sisters reported that the words of St. Thérèse came to mind: “I have the vocation of an apostle. I would like to travel over the whole earth to preach your name and to plant your glorious cross on infidel soil. But oh, my beloved, one mission would not be enough for me, I would want to preach the Gospel on all five continents simultaneously and even to the most remote isles. I would be a missionary, not for a few years but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages.”

Garan stated that he will be bringing a second relic of the saint to space on his next mission, which is scheduled for March 2011.

The colonel is also the founder of the Manna Energy Foundation that, by using NASA technology and U.N. funding, is implementing a unique system to make potable water in the villages of Rwanda.

The Joy of Being a Priest

16 07 2009

The church should be a community in which people discover God’s delight in them. This is the ministry of priests. This is my life, writes Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

Published in Catholic News on 10 May 2009

LET ME MAKE a confession. As the time for me to be ordained drew near, I began to have terrible doubts as to whether I was called to be a priest. I had become deeply repelled by any hint of priestly superiority. I dreaded the hypocrisy of it, because I knew that I was no better than anyone else. I only accepted ordination in obedience to my Dominican brethren. I could identify with Saint Augustine who wept when he was ordained a priest. The cynics thought that he was weeping because he had not been made a bishop, but in fact it was because he had no desire to be a priest at all.

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Learn about Carmelite Vocations

2 07 2009


Sounds interesting, eh?! This is part of the Triduum (3-day preparation for the celebration of a feast) of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It will take place at the Carmelite Church, Kuching. Take a look at the programme… Young men and women searching for their vocation, take note of the programme on the 15th:

13th July, Mon (7.00pm)

  • Rosary to be followed by Mass
  • Theme: Biblical Foundation of Marian Devotion in Carmel

14th July, Tue (7.00pm)

  • Rosary to be followed by Mass
  • Theme: Development of Marian Character in Carmel

15th July, Wed (7.00pm)

  • Rosary to be followed by Mass
  • Theme: Vocation to Carmel (Friars/Nuns/OCDS)

16th July, Thu (7.00pm)

  • Mass to be followed by the blessing and distributing of the Brown Scapulars