Idioms in Pictures

In the spoken and written English of today, idiom is an established, universal and essential element which, when used with care, ornaments and enriches language. Here are a few Idioms that have been compiled in the book English Composition: Idioms . Since a picture speaks a thousand words, I have added images to this post to better grasp the meaning of each Idiom mentioned.

1.) A1 – Excellent, best; of highest quality; first rate


2.) The Old Adam – the natural, primitive instincts


3.) To do a room – to tidy it up as a housemaid does.


4.) A babel – A confused noise


5.) To send the cap round – to make a collection.



We must confess our sins!


Scripture makes a distinction between two types of sin: mortal sin and venial sin (see 1 Jn 5:16-17). Mortal sin is, as its name implies, the more deadly of the two, for it chokes off God’s life in the soul. Mortal sin kills us spiritually. Mortal sin always involves “grave matter” — the most important things in life. Even nonbelievers will often recognize the gravity of these offences. Thus, for example, murder is a mortal sin, and it is universally recognized as a crime; the same goes for grand theft, perjury, and adultery. Other grave matter, however, can be seen only with the eyes of faith. Thus, for example, it is a mortal sin to miss Mass on a Sunday.

Every time we go to the sacrament of penance, we must confess any and all mortal sins committed since our last confession. We must clearly state the types of mortal sin we’ve committed and the number of times we’ve committed them. If we hold back any mortal sins, then we have not made a valid confession. Indeed, to deliberately withhold confessing a mortal sin is itself a mortal sin. Since a sacrament is an oath before God, such nondisclosure represents a sort of perjury.

We are not strictly required to confess our venial sins — the catechism calls them “everyday faults” — but the Church, the saints, and the mystics have always recommended this (see CCC, 1458).

It’s important to remember, in our confession, that we’re not telling God anything he doesn’t already know. He knows our sins better than we do. He knew Adam’s sin when he invited Adam to confess. He knew Cain’s when he invited Cain to confess. He wants us to confess not for his good, but for ours, because he knows that confession is a necessary step in our process of healing toward holiness.

Confession is necessary, but there are some very limited circumstances in which a priest may dispense with confession and grant absolution anyway. In times of dire emergency, when a number of people are in immediate danger of death — in the heat of battle, or if a plane is about to crash — a priest may pronounce a “general absolution”. Even this requires that penitents must be sorry for their sins, though it dispenses with their need to confess their sins. Even then, the penitent, if he should survive, must go as soon as possible to make an ordinary sacramental confession.

This Excerpt is taken from the book ‘Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession by Scott Hahn. For more information, click me 🙂


Some years ago a popular singer sang a song, “There’s no thing such as love”. Was she right? Some may be tempted to say so. There is so much unkindness, so much deception, cruelty even among those who claim to love each other , also among religious people who claim to love God. It all depends, doesn’t it, on your definition of love. It also depends a lot on your personal, subjective view of love.

Shirley Bassey or the person who composed this song had probably just then been drastically jilted. On the other Jim Reeves, most of whose songs are sad because of his unhappy separation from his wife, never forgot the true meaning of love. It shines through the words, even of his sad songs and especially of his religious songs.

But what is this thing called love? We might well begin by mentioning some of the things which seem like love and and  are often called love but are really not love. Friendship, infatuation and lust. In each of these there is an attraction between two people but though infatuation may lead to love and friendship, neither of these and certainly not lust can be identified with love. For love is essentially selfless and each of the above contains elements of selfishness…. Lust of course is entirely selfish. The friendship between a boy and a girl that normally leads to marriage implies a very strong mutual attraction.

Marriage is a complete and exclusive union of two whole persons—soul, mind, feelings,
affections, and body. Necessarily there will also be pleasure not only in the consummation of this union but even in everything that leads up to it. But if this pleasure on the part of either or both is selfish, in so far as it is selfish, it is not love. And the more selfish it is the less chance there is of the permanence of their union and the success of their marriage.

Love again must be distinguished from emotions. These, especially with young people are associated with love and often but incorrectly identified with it. But emotions are passing things; sometimes they pass very rapidly. I remember when I was going to England on board ship as a young lad,  there was another boy with me who seemed to find a `flame’ every night. When we got to Aden, he bought the largest box of chocolates he could find for his latest ‘flame’ but by evening when he was to present it, happily for us, other three in the group, he had lost interest in her and at night we bought a bottle of champagne to celebrate his freedom and enjoyed the box of chocolates.

I have said and will have to say it again that love is giving, but it is certainly not merely giving and certainly not just giving things. A gift given in an ungracious way is better not given at all. Love begins when we give something of ourselves.

This Excerpt is taken from the book ‘So you want to get married’ by R.H. Lesser. For more information: Click Me 🙂

From unceasing thinking to unceasing prayer

Bread for the Journey

Our minds are always active. We analyse, reflect, daydream or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing”. Sometimes we wish we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings and fears.

Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.

Let’s break our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the centre of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.

This excerpt is taken from the book ‘ Bread for the Journey’ by Henri J.M. Nouwen. For more information: Click Me 🙂

Saint Of The Day: St. Eugene de Mazenod

It's not about how to achieve your dreams, it's about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the dreams will come to you. (1)

Eugene de Mazenod was born on August 1, 1782, at Aix-en-Provence in France. Early in life he experienced the upheaval of the French Revolution. None the less, he entered the seminary, and following ordination he returned to labor in Aix-en-Provence.

That area had suffered greatly during the Revolution and was not really a safe place for a priest. Eugene directed his ministry toward the poorest of the poor. Others joined his labors, and became the nucleus of a religious community, the Missionaries of Provence. Later Eugene was named Bishop of Marseille.

There he built churches, founded parishes, cared for his priests, and developed catechetics for the young. Later he founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and in 1841 the Oblates sailed for missions in five continents. Pius XI said, “the Oblates are the specialists of difficult missions.”

After a life dedicated to spreading the Good News, Eugene died on May 21, 1861. He was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1975. His feast day is May 21.


If We Know These Things, Why Do We Do Them?


We have all kinds of rationalizations for what are ultimately unwise choices: “Calories don’t count on vacation”, or “My dad smoked for years and never got lung cancer.” These rationalizations show the level of denial we are capable of. First Corinthians 6:19-20 asks us: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” Glorifying God in our body means, among other things, keeping it as happy as possible.

Think about your last meal. What would Jesus say about it? Was it healthy, natural food that honored the Holy Spirit in you, or was it highly processed, that is, altered significantly from its natural state or even created in a laboratory? Did you even eat, or were you so busy that you grabbed a soda or another cup of coffee?

Mealtimes, complete with time to chew, reflection on your day so far, and time reorienting yourself to God through a short prayer, feed our souls as well as our bodies. Those times are gifts from God to use and we are invited to treat them as such.

This excerpt is taken from the book “The Life of the Body” by Valerie E. Hess & Lane M. Arnold. Click on the book to find out more




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Mary’s Experience with Angels


In her own life Mary experienced the coming of Angels as messengers from God and helpers on earth. She did so first during the Conception and Infancy of her Son Jesus. At the Annunciation, the Angel Gabriel announces to her that she will be the Mother of the Messiah who will be the Son of God. In the light of the knowledge that Angels were from God, she believes the Angel’s message and consents to become the mother of God’s Son.

She then hears from Joseph of the messages he receives via the Angel of the Lord concerning her mode of conception and, later, the way to outwit the wicked Herod. At the Visitation, Mary meets her cousin Elizabeth who also benefited from an Angelic mission. After the birth of Jesus, shepherds,  alerted by an Angelic choir come to meet the Child and to tell Mary and Joseph what had been told to them about Him. Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart” (Lk 2: 19 f) – including the appearance of the Angels!

Mary was also familiar with Angels by the fact that Jesus alluded to them at various times in his preaching. In addition to having intimate dealings with the Angels (Mt 4:11; Lk 22:43), Mary’s Son mentioned them as real and active beings.

He showed that they watched over human beings and always view the face of His Father (Mt 18:10), which no human can do. Moreover, their life escapes subjection to the flesh (Mt 22:30).

They are at Christ’s service, and He can demand their intervention during the time of His Passion (Mt 26:53). They will also be the executors of the Last Judgement (Mt 13: 39, 49; 24:31), and they always share in the Divine Joy when sinners repent (Lk 15:10). Hence, Mary was well versed on the subject of Angels.

The above post is an Excerpt from the book Dictionary of Mary

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Be Human Be Holy


Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the alter and there remember that your brother has some thing against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.                                                                    Mt. 5:23-24

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.                               -Mt. 6:12

Christ practiced what he preached all his life. So much so that we  can say that the special characteristic of Christ was to forgive unforgivable, as indeed of God. The culmination was in his forgiving those who crucified him (Lk. 23:34).

The Talmud has a touching story. An aged man whom Abraham hospitably received in his tent refused to join him in prayer. Learning that he was a fire worshiper, Abraham drove him from his door.

That night God appeared to Abraham and said, ” I have borne with that man for seventy years; could you have not patiently suffered him one night?”

Excerpt from the book “BE HUMAN BE HOLY”. For more Info: Click Me!