Today, we are celebrating Palm Sunday – This is when the people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus Christ with shouts of Hosanna!
Yes, I will be STILL and KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOD! Yes, Lord Jesus Christ when our lives are full of turmoils and when we are tossed about with problems, we will be still and in our stillness, we will find you. For in you there is comfort, peace and joy. During this Lenten season help us Lord to look inward and to journey with you and with others who need us. We LOVE YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST! FOR WITHOUT YOU, THERE IS NO LIFE IN US.
I would like to add here that anyone who dabbles with the Occult, gets training to become a witch, keeps crystals and other charms in their homes or wears them on their person believing that it will bring them good luck, bring them healing, good fortune etc. has decided to walk away from God and His Light and to walk into Darkness and the Evil Realm.
I give below a few scripture verses from the Old Testament regarding socery, witchcraft etc.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 NIV. “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”
Ezekiel 13:18, 20 & 21 NIV. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds, and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds. I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power.’ ”
Psalm 103:2-4 NIV. “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”
My advice to all is to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Yes, we are the Children of God. We belong to His Kingdom, so if we are children of the Most High God, we must believe that we will not be in want for anything. Our God is our Fortress, Our rock, Our protection, so WHY DO WE TURN AWAY FROM THE LIGHT AND TURN TOWARDS DARKNESS AND THE OCCULT.
I found the following article very interesting which was posted by The hermeneutic of continuity :
A patron saint for rejecting the occult
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 01:51 PM PST
Si Tiberis ascendit in moenia, si Nilus non ascendit in arva, si caelum stetit, si terra movit, si fames, si lues, statim Christianos ad leonem! adclamatur. Tantos ad unum? (Liber Apologeticus 40.1)
The translation gets the meaning, but not the accelerating punch of the original:
If the Tiber rises too high for the walls, or the Nile too low for the fields, if the heavens do not open, or the earth does, if there is famine, if there is plague, instantly the howl is, “The Christians to the lion!” So many to one?
The venerable Tshimangadzo Samuel Benedict Daswa of South Africa experienced a similarly savage expression of superstitious ignorance. He was a convert to Catholicism, a married man with eight children, a Catholic school headmaster, and an upstanding and socially responsible member of the community conspicuous for his charitable work. You can read more about him at the Benedict Daswa website.
In 1990, after heavy rain and lightning in the Venda area, and while Benedict was away, a traditional healer was brought in to find out who was the witch that was responsible. On his return, Benedict refused to pay a share of the healer’s fee and insisted that lightning happened because of natural causes. For his stand against the occult, Benedict was ambushed on the road a couple of weeks later by a mob who stoned and beat him to death. Before his death, he said “God into your hands receive my spirit.”
Just the other day, Benedict was officially recognised as a martyr, so the way is open for his beatification.
Pray to him for all those involved in the occult, for young people tempted to dabble, for those who sell occult items or promote occult events. When you pass a shop selling crystals, tarot cards, witchcraft accessories and suchlike, quietly pray the prayer to St Michael and the prayer to your Guardian Angel. If you don’t know those prayers, it would be a very good idea to learn them. In the meantime, say three Hail Marys.
Prayer to St Michael
Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayer to your Guardian Angel
O Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side
to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Lovers of Latin may like to know that the Guardian Angel prayer is translated from a Latin prayer that rhymes. Not classical of course, but easy to remember:
qui custos es mei,
me tibi commissum pietate superna;
illumina, custodi, rege, et guberna. Amen.
Lord God, Heavenly Father, in your presence is where we long to be. Never leave us, nor forsake us. We need you Lord. We plead for you to be Our strength and Our Joy. Lord Jesus Christ, we need to be where you are because we love your presence. Come Holy Spirit, Love us and strengthen us, for without you will be lost. Thank you for dying on the cross for each one of your children. Amen!
Yes, Lord, we your people surrender ourselves to you. We surrender all that we have and all that we are. We come to you O Lord in our nothingness and we know and believe Lord that you are our everything and with you all things are possible. We come to you Lord for your Love and Protection. Without You we are nothing. We give you all our plans. If it is your Holy Will, then you help us to accomplish our plans because you are very much in our plan. Whatever, we plan O Lord, we only do it to promote you and to make you known and loved by all. We Love You O Lord with every fibre of our being. Thank Lord Jesus Christ for loving us.
Isn’t it awesome to be a Friend of God! God is the highest power. He is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega and He is calling each one of us today and saying : I AM YOUR FRIEND. So let us rejoice and be glad. Let us say, THANK YOU LORD for being my friend.
I went for Mass this morning and the homily that Fr Martin did give was very interesting. He touched on the subject about concentrating on making others happy. He said, let us not worry too much about making ourselves happy.
So I decided to share this video. I would like to add here that it is important for us always to have a smile that we could share for it does not cost us to SMILE at others. To give someone a smile, give them a kind and encouraging word, an embrace if they need one would definitely not cost us anything. It is FREE TO GIVE and if we could make others happy – Why not! My experience is that when I make others happy, then it surely proves that I am happy and then because I am happy, I could share that happiness with others. We should be there for others and it is important for us to let them know that we will always be there for them.
Another important point – if we are there for others, then you can be sure that they will be there for you and even if they are not or unable to be there for us, it still does not matter. What matters is THAT WE ARE THERE FOR OTHERS and that their happiness MATTERS TO US.
So, let this MISSION be ours today – TO MAKE ANOTHER HUMAN BEING HAPPY. Wow! this makes me happy. When we decide to make others happy, we can be sure that we will not work at MAKING OTHER UNHAPPY!
So, let us go forth and produce HAPPINESS! Wow! Such happiness!
I take the Opportunity of wishing all a Very Happy Australia Day! May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless us all and May Our Country Australia be blessed and blessed and blessed. Today is a Day of Celebrating and Rejoicing and ofcourse praying for our country. Lord Jesus Christ we welcome you into our country and into our midst. Never leave us Lord nor forsake us. Help us to live our lives for you and for our neighbour. Help us to remember that we do have a Lazarus at each of our doors, so please Lord, teach us to share with the poor and the needy. Yes, Lord, we Australians are known for loving and sharing with our neighbours and with the poor and the needy.
Yes, the Joy of the Lord is my Strength. Stay close to Jesus Christ and open your heart to Him and He will fill you with His Peace and Joy. To be filled with the Joy of the Lord, it is important to forgive all those who have hurt us. It is important to forgive and forgive and forgive. Forgiveness paves the way to peace!
It is important to do God’s Holy Will.