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How to Stay In The Presence of God 24 x 7

Prayer is having a conversation with God.  When God talks, we listen.  When we talk, God listens.  What do we normally? We talk and talk and talk to God.  Well, what do we talk to God?  Well, I remember how I used to pray a very long while ago.  I would tell God my sob stories and how he was not taking good care of me, meaning THAT HE WAS NOT DOING WHAT I WANTED HIM TO DO FOR ME.  I would go on and on and on and I did not give Him a chance to answer me and when He did speak to me, I could not hear Him because I did not know how to listen.  I could hear when people spoke to me but I was stone deaf when the Holy Spirit would gently whisper to me.  I was so full of myself.  I stood on a little pedestal and I kept on telling God that He being God, He could make me happy by granting me all my desires.

Well, God had other plans.  He definitely did not like my plans.  He did have a blue print that He designed for me from ALL ETERNITY.  Do you think I was happy with His Blue Print?  No way.  Then began my wrestling with God, Night and Day.  My wrestling with God continued for a period of time.  He allowed, struggles and suffering to meet me Head On.  Do you think I was happy?  No way but I knew that God was  my only hope.  I could never leave Him nor Forsake Him.  I GUESS, HIS LOVE FOR ME WAS SO GREAT THAT HE DID NOT LET ME GO  AWAY FROM HIM.  I WAS IN HIS LOVING EMBRACE BUT I WAS STRUGGLING TO COPE BECAUSE NOTHING WAS GOING ACCORDING TO MY PLAN BUT EVERYTHING WAS GONG ACCORDING TO HIS (GOD’S PLAN).

I always had a passionate desire for the WORD OF GOD.  I was wanting to study Scripture for a very long time but the Catholic Church was afraid to allow us to read the Bible, leave alone studying scripture.  The Catholic Church held onto the Sacraments and the Protestants held onto The Bible (the Word of God).  Then like a miracle, one day I heard that the Charismatic Group was having Adoration once a week in Convent, which I attended.  Oh my God, those were such wonderful days.  I enjoyed every moment of it.  I enjoyed BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD FOR ONE WHOLE HOUR once a week.  Then, our group attended a stay in Retreat at a Hill Station.  A very cool and beautiful place.  At this retreat the Word of God was preached and Oh My God, my eyes were opened.  You see, when I was in Grade One I learnt catechism but along the way I had forgotten the Question and Answer that I studied.  Who made you?  God made me.  Why did he make you.  He made me to Know Him, Love Him and Serve Him.  This was not explained to me in Grade One but at this retreat Fr Rebello explained it so well.  And later when I began to study scripture Sr Claude taught us in a very deep way.  While I was in Scripture Class I was definitely in GOD’S PRESENCE and I felt as though I was lifted upto Heaven.  Fr Rebello and Sr Claude taught me the same thing.  How would we get to know God.  Only through Scripture.  Right from the Old Testament to the New Testament we learn that God is Love.  But we Catholics remembered God as a punishing God.  Once we get to know God and that He is Love even in the Old Testament, we begin to fall in Love with Him.  Any human being can fall in love only when we know a person and Scripture teaches us that God is Love and He can be nothing else.  So, when we love Him, we will begin to Serve Him without any questions.

From that day on I stopped wrestling with God and I began to SERVE HIM.  GOD WON and did I lose?  NO, I ALSO WON BECAUSE NOW I KNEW MY GOD, THEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AND FROM THAT DAY ON I BEGAN TO SERVE HIM WITHOUT ANY GRUMBLINGS AND MUMBLINGS.

So, a word of advice to all my readers.  If you are having struggles and sufferings in your life, this is the time to begin wrestling with God.  Never leave Him.  Keep on questioning Him and the Listen, He will answer you through His Word.  In fact He has answered you already through me.  Go for a WORD OF GOD RETREAT and God will talk to you through His Word.  He will answer all your questions and He will remove your all your doubts.

It is very important to get to know your God because when you get to know Him, you will fall in love with Him and then you will serve Him without any questions.

Now that we believe and trust in God a 100 percent, we have already begun to LIVE IN HIS PRESENCE.  My advice to everyone is, no matter what we are doing in our lives.  Whether, we are sleeping, eating, bathing, studying, crying, laughing, playing sport, working or praying etc, we need to be aware that we are in HIS PRESENCE.  HE NEVER LEAVES US.  JESUS CHRIST IS FAITHFUL AND HE IS ALWAYS WITH US, THUS PLACING US INTO HIS PRESENCE but it is very important for us to know that we are in His Presence all the time.  You might ask me, what about the times when I commit grievous sins, I am sure He would leave us.  Yes, when we commit grievous sins, we open the door of our hearts and we send Him out.  Yes, when we commit Mortal or grievous sins, He leaves our heart but never our side.  He stands outside the door of our hearts and He knocks and knocks and knocks.  John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.’ Jesus Christ was born in a stable for love of mankind and then He carried His Cross to Mount Calvary where he suffered and died and let us not forget that on the Third day He arose victoriously from the dead and He lives and reigns and He is seated at the Right Hand of the Father in Heaven where intercedes for us.  The Holy Spirit is with us and through Him we are in God’s presence.

I will now give you a few important points to follow to ensure that we are in His Presence all the time.

1.     Pray in the morning, before and after meals, night prayers, personal prayer and family prayer.  You can also pray The Divine Office.                                                                                                                   2.     Try to go for daily Mass and if that is not possible, atleast for Sunday Mass.                                                                                                           3.      For those who are not able to attend daily Mass, you can atleast read the Catholic readings for the day.  You may go to : http://www.ewtn.com.au/daily-readings.

If you are faithful to God and if you continue to have a conversation with Him.  You talk, God listens, God talks, you listen.  Be true to God in everything that you do and you will REMAIN IN HIS PRESENCE 24 x 7.  If you fall into grievous sin, be sorry, go for Confession and God will enter your heart again.   ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT JESUS CHRIST NEVER LEAVES YOUR SIDE BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU.  IF YOU ARE SUFFERING WITH ANY KIND OF SINFUL ADDICTION, DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE, PRAY AND SEEK HELP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  CATHOLICS ARE ALWAYS READY TO HELP THE BEST WAY THEY CAN.  REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  GOD AND HIS PEOPLE ARE WITH YOU.

IF YOU ARE A CATHOLIC AND HAVE NOT GONE TO CHURCH IN A VERY LONG TIME, THEN, NOW IS THE TIME TO RETURN.  MEET A PRIEST, GO FOR CONFESSION AND MASS, PRAY AND MEET WITH FAITH FILLED CATHOLICS  WHO ARE WAITING TO BEFRIEND YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 30, 2014 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Faithful, Family, Friendship, God, God's Love, Healing, Jesus Christ, Marriage, married couples, Persecution, Prayers, Presence of God, Singles, Solution to problems, Suffering, Testimonies, Trust in God, Youth | 2 Comments

Baptised? So, what is your role as a Catholic?

This question I guess will make each one of us think.  Why have I been created? What is my purpose on this earth?  What is my role in my family, church community, my work place, my neighborhood, state, country and the world at large?  Am I happy being a Catholic? As a Catholic, am I aware that it is important for me to share with the poor. Do I have a great desire to pray and to worship Our Lord Jesus Christ?

Am I ashamed of being Catholic, of making the Sign of the Cross in the presence of non believers. Do I make the Sign of the Cross Quite a few questions will run through our minds.

It is good to have some quiet time and to think.  We are very busy people and we are too busy to give ourselves some quiet time to think about Our Role as a Catholic.

My thoughts on this topic are :
Baptism makes us Children of God.  At baptism, we are born again.  When my mother gave birth to me, I was born in this world.  I left the comfort of my Mother’s womb.  This was my first birth. When I was born into this world, I grew up to know the things of this world.   At baptism I was BORN AGAIN – Born of the Spirit and through the Power of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the Catholic Church, I began to know the things of Heaven.

Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, I began to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.  None of us can say that Jesus Christ is Lord without the Holy Spirit.  Because we are born again, BORN OF THE SPIRIT, we begin to develop a CHARACTER, the character of Our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.  We become people who are ready to forgive and forget.  We begin to develop a deep love for Jesus Christ and a desire to be like Him.

There is one thing that I would like you to remember. None of us are perfect.  There are times when we are challenged or our faith is challenged or when we face difficult times, then we might falter or we begin to question God.

Everyone’s faith journey is different but the devil will constantly try to take us away from Christ Jesus. Situations would arise in our lives when we would begin to question if God really loves us.  But we must remember that troubled times are when God is pruning us or shaping us into the kind of people that He wants us to be.  When we face problems in our marriage, at our work place or wherever, we must not run away from our problems. If you are not able to handle your problems yourself, then seek help.  Go to your nearest church and seek help.  There are priests and Laity who would help you.  No matter what be your problem or problems, NEVER GIVE UP, the people are God  will not abandon you.  ALWAYS SEEK HELP AND YOU WILL FIND HELP.  This is how we get a touch from the Lord and it is very real.  Through that touch, our eyes would be opened.  It is a moment or a period of Grace.

We then would develop a hunger and a thirst to be like Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.  When we do develop this HUNGER AND A THIRST, we begin to seek knowledge.  We read the bible, go for Scripture classes or for Theology study.  We begin to attend retreats, go for Prayer Meetings, we go for Confession as often as possible and for Mass everyday, if possible or at least every Sunday.  We begin to know the Power of the Mass and then we have our eyes on our Goal – Heaven.  There are different phases in life.  We go through various situations that makes us more and more like Jesus Christ.  Once, we get a touch from the Lord or a Look from Him, WE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.

This is when we become EVANGELISERS because we do EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL,  we find this tremendous LOVE, JOY AND PEACE in our hearts which surpasses all understanding.  All we want to do is to CONVEY THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL to all those whom we meet or convey the Joyous message through the Media or even if possible to STAND ON THE ROOF TOP AND PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS.  ONCE WE BECOME EVANGELISERS WITH THIS GREAT DESIRE TO SPREAD THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING, IT IS VERY HARD TO WALK AWAY FROM CHRIST.  So, wherever we go and wherever we are, we as CHILDREN OF GOD can only SPEAK OF JESUS CHRIST AND OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US AND EACH AND EVERY PERSON.

Every time, we see people suffering and having problems, we automatically respond to them and try to assist them or we try to lend a helping hand.  Our Pope Francis is now encouraging us to reach out to the poor and to help them in whatever way we could.

It is important to remember that every morning as soon as we open our eyes, we must begin to pray and thank God for the Gift of a New Day.  A day that would bring us new opportunities to be Another Christ to members of our family, our work place, church community, neighourhood, State, Country and the World at large.

If you want to grow closer to God and to know more about Him,  you can go to the nearest Catholic Church – Go to the office or when you go for Mass, ask those whom you feel can help you to become A TRUE CHILD OF GOD.  THIS WOULD BE A BEGINNING AND THEN THERE IS A LONG ROAD TO KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM THAT WE NEED TO SEEK TO BECOME EFFECTIVE EVANGELISERS AND TRUE CHILDREN OF GOD.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND MASTER 24 x 7.  I WILL EXPLAIN IN MY NEXT POST HOW TO PRAY 24 x 7.

MAY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BLESS ALL MY READERS.

 

 

 

December 30, 2014 Posted by | Baptism/Children of God, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Deliverance, Family, Mass, Presence of God, Youth | Leave a comment