World Charity Day

Is there a charity or cause that you believe in, or love supporting? World Charity Day (5th September) is a day that started in Hungary to commemorate the work of Saint Mother Teresa, and, in 2011, the United Nations made it an International Day where countries, peacemakers, charities, organisations, NGO’s, and ordinary citizens can show love and kindness, and reflect on the charitable work and kindness of others.

World Charity Day is one of the incredible legacies left by Mother Teresa, who’s tireless work helping the poor people of Calcutta. She demonstrated such incredible love to those in need, and is considered to be the greatest humanitarian of the 20th Century.

Ways you can celebrate World Charity Day:

  • Donate to a charity
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Talk about a favourite charity
  • Volunteer
  • Attend a charity event
  • Host a charity event
  • Encourage someone else to do the same!

Let’s show each other more love, kindness and be charitable ❤

Mother Teresa

References:

International Day of Charity – September 5th

International Day of Charity: Making a Difference

God is Present

God is everywhere.

God is in everyone we meet.

God is in everything we find in nature. From the beauty of flowers, to the air that we breathe, God made it all, and is present.

God is in the innocence of a child, and in the joy that children bring to the world.

God is in all the love that we share, and God is always asking us to turn to Him when things go wrong. God will always be in control of the situation.

God can fill empty voids in your life, and bless you abundantly.

God can nourish your soul, and fulfil you in a way that the Earth and people cannot.

Learn to recognise the good in the world and in people, and you will see the face of God.

Personal Missions

Everyone has a unique mission on this planet. 

God has given everyone their own skillset and mission to help advance the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Ask God to use you, and He will use you in ways you cannot even imagine!

Ask God to aid you in your life mission, and to help to do His will on Earth.

No one else has a mission like yours.

Ask God to aid you, and He will be there.

Heartfelt Prayer

From: Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)

Prayer is so powerful. When you pray, you are communicating with the Creator of the Earth, the Universe, and, of course, you!

Sometimes, when I do meditative prayers, I have felt my heart and soul feel more alive as I rest in the arms of my Creator. Every prayer, spoken, unspoken, will be heard and answered. I pray daily to end abortion, and to help make worldly reparations for the sin of mankind.

I also pray against different social issues and injustices that plague our society, such as child abuse, racism, violence, pornography, abortion, for survivors of human rights abuses (some of which are even accepted and embraced, such as abortion).

Imagine all the things that evoke different emotions in you. All the things that make you laugh, cry, angry, despair or in still a sense of hope.

I know that God answers my prayers. This brings me great joy.

God hears my prayers, and He will protect His children through Divine Justice.

Pray daily.

Pray deeply.

Every prayer will be answered. Even if you don’t see the manifestation of that prayer being answered in this life, you will when you enter Heaven ❤

Know that God will protect you, and those you pray for.

Carry Your Cross

“If God exists, then why is there so much suffering in the world?”

A common question I get from people. 

Everyone in life has a cross to carry – that cross being all of our struggles, pains, sorrows and our ‘sufferings’.

Just as Christ bore all of our sins, carried His cross, suffered death and was buried, we too, have a cross to carry.

We must bear our sufferings with courage and joy, and know that God is in charge.

Offer your suffering up to God, and ask Him to use it for His will, and, if you carry your cross, it will carry you all the way to Heaven ❤

World Environment Day

June 5th celebrates World Environment Day – a day where we celebrate the natural environment, and strive to do more to protect our planet. World Environment Day started in 1974 by the United Nations to help recognise the importance of protecting the environment, and taking responsibility to help protect and maintain the natural space around us and for the local people who live in the area too.

Source: Pinterest

As blogged about in Green Habits, I love collecting bottle tops to recycle, and among other things, I also collect glasses, ink jets and bras (that go to Africa to help women in poverty and reduce sexual violence as bras are seen as a status symbol), and I coordinate monthly litter picks on the 3rd weekend of each month with my local Lions club.

If you’re looking for new ways to recycle and do a bit more for the environment check these out below:

Some recycling ideas:

https://www.reusethisbag.com/articles/creative-recycling-projects

https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/

References:

United Nations Environment Program ‘World Environment Day 2022’ Available online at: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/ Accessed on 17/03/2022

UNESCO ‘World Environment Day’ Available online at: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/environmentday Accessed on 17/03/2022

Other:

Top 100 Green Initiatives: https://www.greenmatch.co.uk/blog/2015/02/top-100-green-initiatives

World Hunger Day

May 28th 2022 marks World Hunger Day – a day of reflection on the issue of world hunger and poverty, and how we can do our bit to tackle poverty and hunger.

On a local level, with the increase in bills due to the energy price gap, more people are paying higher bills and not having the money to pay for other necessities, consequently leading to people struggling to feed themselves and their families (1) (2).

You can help people affected by poverty by supporting local food banks and food pantries – no one should go hungry…

However, poverty and hunger is not just a local issue…

Currently, there are 811 million people around the world who are starving and struggling from the lack of food. 14 million children under 5 years old suffer from malnutrition (or severe wasting), and only 25% of these children have access to life saving treatment to help them (3). It is estimated that 25,000 people die every day from starvation, including 10,000 children (4)

The Charity CAFOD has launched a ‘Fix the Food System’ initiative, which is a new campaign to urge the UK government to keep its COP26 promises and support agricultural systems that tackle the climate crisis as well as putting local communities first.

You can support this campaign by following this link: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Fix-the-food-system

CAFOD also run various programs to support individuals in poverty; check it out here: https://cafod.org.uk/donations/picker?_Appeal=3530&defaultuniversaltype=regular – there are some wonderful projects we can all support to help each other, and help our brothers and sisters globally ❤

References

(1) Lora Jones (2022) ‘What is the Energy Cap, and Why are Bills so High?” Available online at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58090533 Accessed on 14/05/2022

(2) Zoe Tidman (2022) ‘Households were ‘Stretched to Brink’ before surging bills, as ONS figures reveal UK pay drop’ Available online at: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bills-increase-cost-living-crisis-b2036240.html Accessed on 14/05/2022

(3) Action Against Hunger (2022) ‘Hunger Fast Facts’ Available online at: https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/world-hunger-facts-statistics Accessed on 14/05/2022

(4) United Nations (2022) ‘Losing 25,000 to Hunger Every Day’ Available online at: https://www.un.org/en/chronicle/article/losing-25000-hunger-every-day#:~:text=Each%20day%2C%2025%2C000%20people%2C%20including%20more%20than%2010%2C000,drive%20another%20100%20million%20into%20poverty%20and%20hunger. Accessed on 14/05/2022

May, the Month of Mother Mary <3

The month of May is dedicated to honouring Our Lady, Mother Mary, the Mother of God ❤

Mary was conceived without original sin, she is the Immaculate Conception.

Mother Mary, who never denies anyone protection when they flee to her, and ask for her powerful intercession when praying.

Mother Mary, the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of Earth, the most powerful woman to have ever lived.

Mother Mary, who said ‘Yes’ to God, and conceived via the Holy Spirit, and carried and bore Jesus in her womb.

Mother Mary, watch over us.

Mother Mary, protect us from evil.

Mother Mary, Pray for us always.

May the month of Our Lady be a special one, honouring her life.

Heaven Hears You

All of Heaven hears your prayers ❤

The quiet prayers.

The loud prayers.

The emotional prayers.

The sorrowful prayers.

The joyful prayers.

The grateful prayers.

The prayers we cannot put into words.

The unspoken prayers ❤

We will see the impact of our prayers when we are in Heaven, as all of Heaven hears our prayers.

No prayer goes unanswered ❤

#OneHailMaryCampaign

On a daily basis, I pray the Rosary. Praying the Rosary is like holding Mother Mary’s hand, and asking her for help when we pray. She is the Mother of God, and a powerful intercessor when we pray, and we can obtain all that we ask for, when we pray the ‘Hail Mary’.

Much like last year, this blog post is another #OneHailMaryCampaign where during Lent (2nd March-16th April 2022) I prayed a Hail Mary for different issues and for different people. When I pray, I ask for the Heavenly help of all the Saints, who can intercede for us when we pray. Their intercession magnifies the power of our prayers, and no prayer goes unanswered.

Info about the #OneHailMaryCampaign can be found here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/OneHailMarycampaign

Day 1: I prayed for Our Ladies’ Intentions. Mother Mary, whatever your intentions are, I pray that they manifest and help save mankind.

Day 2: I prayed the Rosary to End Abortion. This despicable scourge that hurts men, women and children, and should be abolished. Mother Mary, pray for us.

Day 3: I prayed for the Souls in Purgatory. The Souls who can spend hundreds of years being purified by the Holy Fire of God. May He, in His mercy, allow them to enjoy eternal paradise with Him. The prayer of St Gertrude the Great releases 1,000 souls from Purgatory. I pray this as often as possible, as I know that there are thousands of souls in Purgatory who need our prayers. St Gertrude the Great, pray for us!

Day 4: I prayed for the Persecuted Church. Following Jesus’ death, Christians have been persecuted for their faith, and are the most persecuted group in the world. May all the Martyrs in Heaven pray for us!

Day 5: I prayed for an end to wars and conflicts. War destroys whole nations, leaves countries demolished, and ruins the lives of millions of people. I prayed that all wars would end, and that world leaders step up and keep the peace. St Olga of Kiev, St Elizabeth of Hungary and all Saints who were world rulers, pray for us!

Day 6: I prayed for the homeless. My heart sinks whenever I see a homeless man or woman on the street. To have to live constantly exposed to the bitter cold and the elements, whilst often facing hostility and abuse from the public, I prayed that God will continuously empower Homelessness Outreach groups to do more to help the homeless, and get them off the streets. St. Benedict Joseph Labre, pray for us!

Day 7: I prayed for refugees. In the past, I have done work with refugees, and met refugees through different activist groups. Their stories are heart wrenching to say the least, and they are people who have fled violence and unspeakable horrors, and want to live in peace. St Francis Xaviour Cabrini, pray for us.

Day 8: I prayed for those who are hungry. Volunteering at my local foodbank, and being involved in a Food Justice Network opened my eyes to the extent of deprivation and poverty people live in. People going days without food, and not knowing when they will next get money to buy food to support themselves, and, in some cases, their families. I prayed that more organisations do more to extend their reach to feed people who hunger. St Nicholas, pray for us!

Day 9: I prayed for those who are lost. In life, we can all be a bit lost – unsure of what to do next, or what we should do. God has a plan for everyone, we need to turn to God and He will provide direction and support. Turn to God, and He will direct you. St Anthony of Padua, pray for us!

Day 10: I prayed for those who are lonely. Loneliness is a silent killer. Living in loneliness affects mental health and wellbeing, and is a terrible thing to experience. I prayed to God that He will comfort those who are lonely, and enable them to realise that they are never truly alone as God is always there ❤ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

Day 11: I prayed for those struggling with mental health issues. I have struggled with my mental health, and it is not something to be taken lightly. I prayed to God that for all of those who live with mental illness find help and healing, and overcome their illnesses. St Dymphna, pray for us.

Day 12: I prayed for children affected by COVID. The worldwide pandemic has caused so many issues for people. Job losses, homelessness, long-term illness, businesses going bust, and so much more… COVID has caused lots of issues for children and young people, especially messing up their education and mental health. I prayed to God to keep children resilient, and to enable them to stay strong during these uncertain times. St Philomena, St Dominic Savio, pray for us!

Day 13: I prayed for the bereft and heartbroken. Bereavement is a hard cross to carry, yet it is a cross many people bear in their lifetime. I asked God to take away the pain of those who are bereft, and for me to take their sorrow, so every tear I cry, I give back to God to help heal and make reparations where there is sadness. St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pray for us.

Day 14: I prayed for the conversion of sinners and non-believers. As a woman of faith, I cannot imagine life without prayer, and without having God in my life. My life would be empty, I would be lonely, confused and lost without God. The thought of there being people who do not believe in God, and those who sin and do not fear what will come of their actions. I prayed that they will have a miracle in their life and have a supernatural experience where they encounter God ❤ St Paul of Tarsus, pray for us!

Day 15: I prayed for more priests and for more people going into religious vocations. Calling into religious life is an extraordinary calling where you submit yourselves and dedicate your lives to God, and serving others. St John Vianney, pray for us!

Day 16: I prayed for children affected by divorce. Divorce causes so much harm to children, and are deeply affected by it. I pray regularly for children who are affected by divorce, as it causes pain and trauma which the children will have to live with, through no fault of their own. St Helen, St Guntramnus and St Eugene de Mazenod, pray for us!

Day 17: I prayed for children who are abused. Another scourge alongside abortion, slavery and pornography – child abuse! I prayed to God and asked Him to protect His children on Earth! Mother Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

Day 18: I prayed for churches. Churches are a place for people to spend time in prayer, celebrate mass, and receive the sacraments. Churches are places of sanctuary to many people ❤ I prayed for our churches, and that priests create a warm sense of welcome to parishioners, and that the work they do helping the needy in the community continuously thrives. St Peter, pray for us!

Day 19: I prayed for those escaping violent relationships. I have many people who have escaped from violent and abusive relationships. I prayed that God will continuously strengthen domestic abuse survivors, and help them become more resilient, and to live their lives free from fear, and to heal from their traumas. St Rita of Cascia, pray for us!

Day 20: I prayed for torture survivors. Individuals who have suffered cruel and barbaric injustices at the hands of others. I pray that they find healing through the Love of Christ. St Padre Pio, pray for us!

Day 21: I prayed for war veterans. Veterans who have fought for our freedoms, and live with the trauma of seeing unspeakable evils committed by others. St Joan of Arc, pray for us!

Day 22: I prayed for the happiness and health of others. Everyone deserves to be happy, and being happy is so good for our health! May God bless and continuously bring joy into our lives! St Valentine, pray for us!

Day 23: I prayed for the environment, and that we, as stewards of the Earth, take better care of our planet and the wildlife. St Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!

Day 24: I prayed for addicts. To live in a constant state where your body is dependent on getting the next ‘fix’, and continuously poisoning yourself as a way of masking pain, trauma, sadness and despair is a truly devastating experience. I prayed to God that all addicts would get help and support, and be free from all addictions, and be free in Christ. St Maximillian Kolbe, St Mark Ji Tian Xiang, Pray for us!

Day 25: I prayed for parents who have lost children. The pain of losing a child is so deep and causes so much agony for the parents who are left behind. I asked God to take away the pain from parents who struggle with bereavement, and to allow me to help them carry their cross. St Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!

Day 26: I prayed for artists and entertainers, and those who bring joy and happiness in our lives. People whose music we love. People whose performances, dancing and skills mesmerise us and create wonderful experiences for us! St Genesius of Rome, and St Cecila, pray for us!

Day 27: I prayed for the terminally ill. To be bedbound and not knowing when your last day will be must be quite a traumatic thing for anyone to experience, particularly the families of those who are terminally ill. I prayed to God that He empowers everyone who is terminally ill to face life with courage, and to offer everything back up to God. St. Peregrine, pray for us!

Day 28: I prayed for those who face discrimination. I have faced discrimination for being a woman, a Catholic, and an individual with Asperger Syndrome – discrimination is ugly, and manifests in many forms, being both overt, covert, and misconceptions about another person or group of people. I prayed to God to empower and strengthen those who face discrimination, and that we, as a society, learn to embrace diversity and show more love and acceptance to those who are a bit different to us. After all, we are all human, and we all deserve love and compassion ❤ St Thorlac, pray for us!

Day 29: I prayed for organisations that fight for, and uphold human rights. As an individual who has done various activities and campaigns fighting for human rights, we still have a long way to go. St Christopher, pray for us!

Day 30: I prayed for a fairer and a more equal world. Inequalities hurts everyone. In my previous blog: Global Inequalities, different examples of how inequality causes harm to others, created division, and fragments society. St Martin De Porres, pray for us.

Day 31: I prayed for police officers. Having done some work with the police through community work, and having a relative in the police service too, I greatly appreciate what they do for others, and their service to communities in tackling crime and making people feel safe. St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

Day 32: I prayed for victims of slavery. Another scourge on society – to have all freedoms stripped away, and you are treated like nothing more than a commodity. I prayed for organisations fighting modern day slavery, and that victims get the help and healing that they need. St Josephine Bakhita, pray for us!

Day 33: I prayed for nurses and doctors. The heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic! I prayed that God would continuously strengthen and encourage them in all the work they do saving lives and helping so many people! St Camillus de Lellis, pray for us!

Day 34: I prayed for prisoners. I prayed that they repent for their crimes, get the help they need, and learn to reintegrate into their communities, and live their lives free from crime. St Leonard, pray for us!

Day 35: I prayed for those who have no one to pray for them. Prayer brings me such great joy, and to think that there are people who have no one to pray for them saddens my heart. They deserve to be mentioned in prayer, and acknowledged before the Lord. St Jude, pray for us!

Day 36: I prayed for lawyers and judges. People who work in the justice system and administer justice to protect citizens and our communities, and put criminals behind bars. St Catherine of Alexandria (of the Wheel), pray for us!

Day 37: I prayed for those who are sorrowful, and have sorrow in their hearts. Sorrow and sadness are heavy things to carry in your heart, and I prayed to God to heal those who carry this cross. St. Mathurin, pray for us!

Day 38: I prayed for God to use me to do more to help others. God has put me on this planet to do His work, and to help others. I pray that God uses me to fulfil this, and to demonstrate His love to others. St Teresa of Avila, pray for us.

Day 39: I prayed for the faithless, and those with no belief. My Catholic faith is unshakable, and God has given me so much joy in life, that I cannot imagine life without belief. St Monica, pray for us.

Day 40: I prayed that we all grow in faith and love! Everyone is a child of God, and has a soul! I prayed that we all grow to love one another more, and for our faith to increase, and that we grow in peace, love and harmony with each other. May all the Saints in Heaven, pray for us!