The story of Mary Lennox and her cousin Colin is heart-warming and absorbing. The characters change as they live their unusual life in the huge mansion set in the Yorkshire moor. The descriptions are vivid and capture our attention.
Why is the book called the secret garden? Everything happened in this secret garden. It was here that the parents of Mary knew perfect happiness. They loved to go to this garden to enjoy the beauty of nature. Here they felt so free and loving. So when Mary’s mother died so tragically in this garden, everything crashed and the garden was completely sealed up because it became a painful reminder of lost happiness.
It took children like Mary and Dickon to bring back happiness to all those who were lost in loneliness and misfortune. After reading this book, you will feel so happy that you are alive and well. And that each day bring so much adventure and goodness, and even the sadness becomes part of our living in this world.
This book is highly recommended to everyone, young and old. You will never forget this story, it will bring you much happiness and joy.
We know that Advent is the time when we prepare ourselves to welcome the Word of God in person into our world. This Word of God is Jesus, the Son of Mary of Nazareth.
Jesus came as a poor baby in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. At Christmas we celebrate this birth and renew our gratitude and love for this heavenly Child who came to save us from our sin and bring us to his Eternal Father in heaven.
There are three people in Advent who can show us the way to encounter the Child Jesus: Mary, John the Baptist and the prophet Isaiah. The best person has to be Mother Mary, who is Jesus’ own mother. More >>
O Divine Spirit, fill my soul with your light, so that I may love God with all my mind; with fortitude, so that I may love my God with all my strength; fill my spirit with your fire, so that I may love my God with all my heart (BM, 430).
The year 2021 is almost ending. Before I can start thinking of what the future holds for me, I know that I must count my blessings of this year to ensure that I completely account for what life has given me so far.
My heart is brimming with gratitude and joy, for God has given me superabundance of material and spiritual wealth. I know that I also have received my share of sufferings and sorrow. Looking at other people’s lives, I am so conscious that my life of 85 years has been filled with so many blessings and good fortune. Being human, I also feel at times that I have to endure quite a bit of sickness, pains and unfair treatment from others. But I have learnt that life is not a bed of roses. What God has given me is more than what many others have received. Now I can start to count my blessings from the time I was born.
First I was born into a good and Christian family. My parents were not poor or rich. We have everything we needed to live a good and useful life… More >>
“It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me.”
Like St Paul, we write, publish and make use of the mass media to bring the gospel to different parts of the world … >> more