The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Total Commitment To Jesus.

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When men first learned to navigate the seas by using the stars, a whole new world opened up to them. A common saying in those days was, "He who is a slave to the compass, enjoys the freedom of the open sea." We should all make a total commitment to Christ and consult Him on every step we take, let Him be our compass in living our daily lives. Let Him set our course and He will take us to places of freedom and fulfilment we never knew existed. We should all be willing to say, like St Paul; "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."

One night Toscanini, the famous Italian conductor, led the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra in performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was a very difficult piece to conduct. But so majestic was the power of the music that the audience stood for ten minutes of applause at the end of the piece. Toscanini took bows again and again. Then he turned to his orchestra, signalled and they all stood up and bowed to the audience, who continued to clap and cheer without any sign of abating. Finally, Toscanini turned his back on the audience and speaking only to the orchestra he said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I am nothing, you are nothing, but Beethoven is everything."

So surely, we all should be willing to kneel at the feet of Jesus and say, "I am nothing, but you are everything. Here are my gifts, my resources and all my dreams. I lay them at your feet, and give them all to you, holding nothing back.

"In the beauty of a snowflake,falling softly on the land."
"Is the mystery and the miracle of God's great creative hand."

Published Fri 1st Sep 2017 23:01:21
Last Modified on Fri 1st Sep 2017 23:01:21

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