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Inner Peace by Florence D’Costa

It is very easy for us to lose our inner peace. Inner peace is priceless, so let realise this and be happy. It is also important for us to love ourselves, our neighbour and most of all, Love God. Many of us at one time or another, think that God is not helping us enough but my dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, let us allow God to be God and let him be in control of our lives. God is awesome and he is the best person who knows what is best for us and for our souls.

 

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February 20, 2019 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Elderly, Homeless, Hospitals, Inner Peace, Nursing Homes, The Sick, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

GIVE SOMEONE A SMILE TO BRIGHTEN THEIR LIFE AND YOURS AS WELL!

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All these days, I was talking to happy people – to people who have plenty of everything.  Now I am talking to the people who consider themselves less fortunate,  I do have a WORD OF ADVICE for you.

You might think that you do not have something to share but give away free from what you do have.  Give to those who pass you by – give to them a SMILE which is FREE OF COST.  If you are homeless but you know that you are healthy.  All you need is a shower everyday and food.  If you are happy with this, then go around and spread happiness – Give people a SMILE. There are so many wealthy people who are not happy one way or another.  So let those of us who have less, give to others the little that we have.

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February 18, 2019 Posted by | Blessing, Blogs, Catholicism, Celebration, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christ Jesus, Happy, Jesus Christ, Melancholy, Sharing, Singles, Smiles, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Lent beginning 6 March, 2019 by Florence D’Costa

The following post on Lent was posted on March 20, 2018.  This year Lent begins on Wednesday, 06 March, 2019. Many parishes in Melbourne,  Australia and the whole world would be having various Lenten programs.  Lent is a time to be inward looking.  It is a time for our conversion – a time for us to draw closer to Jesus Christ and to become more aware of our inquities.  A time to be able to burn the old self and put on Christ Jesus.  A time to pray and ask God to give us the strength to walk away from temptations and to walk into GRACE.  A period of renewal.  A time to contemplate on God’s Love for us and to meditate on how we can respond to God’s Love and Sacrifice.  To put in a nutshell, to BECOME ANOTHER CHRIST, so that we can then reach out to others and help them come closer to Christ and to evenutally become Christlike.  So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is vital for us to make ourselves available for the Lenten Programs being conducted in our parishes and be open to the workings of the Holy Spirit.

February 10, 2019 Posted by | Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Cross, Jesus Christ, Lent, Lent 2019, Youth | Leave a comment

Tips to lose weight by Florence D’Costa

Given below are some tips to lose weight.  Now, take me for instance, I want to lose weight but I do not think that I could follow all these tips.  So, I suggest that if we made some effort to follow atleast 10 tips from this list, I would say that there is a possibility that we could lose some weight.

I think I would be able to follow a few.   (1)  Drink 5 Cups of Water A Day.   (2)  East More Greens   (3)  Cook with Fat Free Broth   (4)  Eat Whole Grains   (5)  Use Skim Milk   (6)  Take Your Time Eating – I have read in many places that if you took atleast 20 minutes to have a meal, meaning, eat really s;lowly because after 20 minutes, you will feel full and by that time you would have eaten less.  (7)  Use smaller plates  –  If we use small plates. we would put less on our plates and hence eat less.  Be sure not to refill your small plate. Only one serve.   (8)  Exercise – It is very important to every day a little bit of exercise.  For those who can walk and who like walking, walk for about 30 minutes a day.  For those who do not like walking, try to do some sort of exercise for about 5 to 10 minutes daily.  Do not sit for hours watching TV or at a desk.  Always after 30 minutes of sitting, get up and walk for about 2 minutes to help blood to circulate.   (9)  Eat More Seafood and less of Meats.   (10)  Eat More Fiibre.   (11)  Eat more Vegetarian Meals – If you are not able to eat vegetarian Meals, try to include vegetables in your diet.  (12)  Eat Healthy Snacks – It is very important to eat healthy snacks because if we eat fatty snacks, we would fail to lose weight.  (13)  Try to avoid alcohol.

I hope we all lose some weight.

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February 10, 2019 Posted by | Blogs, Exercise, Health, Healthy Eating, Youth | Leave a comment

Five Rules for Better Life

This advice I give to myself and to others – WISE WORDS!

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February 8, 2019 Posted by | Blogs, Happiness, Happy, Healing, Health, Healthy Eating, Laughter, Youth | Leave a comment

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 27: 1, 3, 5, 8b-9abc (Commentary) by Florence D’Costa

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 27: 1, 3, 5, 8b-9abc
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 The psalm of David before he was anointed. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid? 3 If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I be confident. 5 For he hath hidden me in his tabernacle; in the day of evils, he hath protected me in the secret place of his tabernacle. 8 My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek. 9 Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant. Be thou my helper, forsake me not; do not thou despise me, O God my Saviour.

My Views:
I consider this psalm to be so full of faith and so very deep.  David sees God as his light and salvation and he is not afraid.  He also sees God as the protector of his life.  David is not afraid because he believes that God has hidden him in his tabernacle.  Every single verse has such depth and meaning of blinded faith in God.  Well, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, if we also have the faith of David, God will also be our protector.  He will hide us in His tabernacle where no evil can touch or harm us.  In the days where we experience darkness and trouble, God will be our Light.  He would send his angles to protect us from all terrible danger and evil attacks.  It is important to seek God’s face and to be in His Presence 24 x 7.  To keep our gaze on Christ all the time, would save us from all peril and harm.  When we seek God’s  face all the time, God will be so close to us and He will be our Saviour.  When God is our Saviour, for sure, we will have nothing to fear.  My experience is that God;s love for us is so great that He sent His only Son to save us.  So, when we seek Christ with a sincere heart, Christ will come and dwell within us.  He will bring His Father to dwell in us and we will dwell in Him.  So, we will be safe and secure and no harm, evil or sin can ever touch us.  We when we seek God and when we are in His presence, how can any evil come near God or near His Tent.  Harm, evil and sin can come near us only when we walk away from God’s presence.  But if we stay in God’s Presence and in His Light, we will be safe from harm, evil and sin.  Light, happiness, joy, security and God’s protections will be OURS.
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February 7, 2019 Posted by | Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christ's Light, Christianity, Grace, Happiness, Jesus Christ, Presence of God, Trust in God, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Every child is a Gift from God’s hands by Florence D’Costa

Every child is a gift from God – from His hands. We come from God, accomplish our mission on earth and then we go back to God.  Each of us will not and cannot return to God until and unless we accomplish our MISSION on earth.  Have we given this subject some thought.  I guess we should.  God is our Creator.  God has called us to be His Partners.  It is vital for us to co-operate with him.  Each child is a COG is God’s plan.  He has a blue print of what we should do on earth.  God revealed to Jesus Christ that he was the Son of God and that he was to be the suffering messiah when he was baptised by John the Baptist and during the 40 days in the desert.  In like manner when we are baptised, we are told by God that we are on a mission as His child through our parents and God Parents. That is why every Catholic/Christian is called to attend church atleast every Sunday, and for Catholics, sometimes every day if possible.  Well, sadly though, many parents and God Parents are really and truly not enlightened themselves that they are on a MISSION on this earth. We should teach our children that we are on this earth to do God’s Holy Will because he has sent us on a mission.  How many of us think of our mission on earth?  We study catechism in school, we go to church for Mass, listen to sermons and yet many of us grow up thinking only of ourselves and our families.  We go to work, try to make ends meet – stress about paying bills and mortgages etc.  This is only part of the plan.  While we are doing all this, we are to remember that we are Children of God and that our Heavenly Father created us and made us Temples of the Holy Spirit.  When we deeply realise that God is our Father, and that we have to work for Him on this earth, it is only then that we would go about with full zeal to fulfill our mission on earth.

Now, when we look around, we would see God’s people working and doing what they must do to live and at the same time working as God’s children for God’s Kingdom as well.  When we look around we see priests, religious and missionaries who have given their whole lives to Christ and working full time for God’s kingdom on earth.  We then see lay people who work as volunteers and who work part time for God’s kingdom.  So, now, let us sit before the Blessed Sacrament and contemplate. Let us listen to God’s voice and do what we must to bring God’s Kingdom on earth.  Let us mediate on the Our Father and God’s Holy Will, will be revealed to us.   John 13:34-35   34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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February 5, 2019 Posted by | Baptism/Children of God, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Contemplation, Evangelisation, Kingdom of God, Will of God, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Faith in God opens the door to Miracles by Florence D’Costa

Many Catholics and Christians of our day, have less faith, even though the stories in the Bible tell us about the love and power of God.  Many of us doubt in God’s care and mercy.  We think, well God can and has done wonderful things in the bible and I know people who have been very blessed by God but I doubt if God can and will do for me.  Why? Because till date I have not received miracles and wonders like the others have.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I would like to assure you that I did think like that many, many years ago and God proved me wrong.  I have studied scripture and I became aware of how much God loves us all, especially me.  By that I mean God loves me in a personal way and He cares for me in a personal way and He knows my every thought, not to punish me but to help me in this life.  He has and was performing miracles in my life right from the moment I was conceived in my mother’s womb because my parents were so happy to have me and they gave me life. I WAS NOT ABORTED like babies who are aborted and killed these days in their mother’s womb.  My God gave me life, love, happiness, joy, fed me through my parents, clothed me and gave me shelter and protection under my parents’ guidance. My parents and the family, relatives and friends around me loved and cared for me.  I was a happy child.  But when trouble strikes, we immediately say, “God does not love me like he loves others and I do not think he will perform miracles in my life.  Well, my brothers and sisters, we are all miracles and Christ is journeying with us and if we look closely, we will find that he does perform many miracles in our ordinary lives, daily.

But, let us now stop and apologise to our God and continue our days as we recognise the miracles in our lives and thank God for every one of them.  LET US HAVE FAITH IN HIM.

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January 30, 2019 Posted by | Blessing, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Miracles, Youth | Leave a comment

God is my Friend, He calls me Friend!

God is Holy. He is my friend and He loves me. How blessed am I? How blessed are we? God is smiling on each one of us and He has got a lot of blessings in store for each one of us. He is waiting for us to believe, for when we believe and have total faith in God, it is only then that God will be able to pour out all His blessings on each one of us.

When we get down on our knees and pray, we must believe that Christ Jesus is with us and He does have a lot of special blessings for each of us. When we believe, we receive. Christ Jesus said, ‘If you have faith as big as a grain of a mustard see, when you say to the mountain, move, it will move.’ What are the mountains in each of our lives. What is blocking us from being happy and contented. If we have faith, we could say to these mountains or problems in our lives and it will move and go away. But we must trust in Our Friend Jesus Christ who is Our Lord and Saviour.

At the sound of God’s name, Angels will bow because God is great and majestic. So what is stopping us from believing in God’s great majesty. We must believe in God’s greatness and we must also join the angels and bow with them at the sound of God’s name. There is no one like our God and we must sing His praise Him. We must hold onto our God. We must never let Him leave us because of our sin. We must always repent of our sin and approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We must keep our whole selves clean and spotless – our mind, soul and body. If we stay near Our God, He will give us all the grace that we need to be pure and clean.

We must call out to His Holy spirit and His spirit will come and make us new. Christ Jesus is our friend. He calls us His friend. How privileged we are to be friends with a God who created this whole wide world. Who created the stars and the planets – who created mankind – you and me and put within us a soul where He dwells. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit, so as we walk the streets, the shopping Malls, the market places, to our work places, among our communities, let us take Christ Jesus with us. We are walking tabernacles.  He will transform those around us and those whom we meet. We must believe! Only faith can make us new.

Let us sing and be happy that we are friends of God and let us be aware that He calls us friends. My dear friends put on some spiritual music – sing and dance to this music and cry out to the Lord and thank Him for being our friend and for calling us His friends. We will always be His friend, so do not doubt in His love and in His friendship.

When we love someone or when we see our children, we see the greatness of God in them. So we must realise that God loves each one of us and He sees greatness in each one of us. The word of God says that Perfect fear casts out all fear. So my dear people, be strong and believe in Christ Jesus because He is our friend and He believes in us. There is victory in Christ Jesus because He was victorious when He rose from the dead.

I would also like to remind each one of you that we have been anointed at our Baptism and we belong to Him. We have been anointed to do good. We must be a blessing to our families, our neighbours, our parish and all those around us. We must give those whom we meet a smile which would transform their lives. Christ would reach out to those we smile at and He would bless them and bring Joy into their lives.

I would like to end with this statement – GOD IS OUR FRIEND AND HE CALLS US HIS FRIENDS. So, my dear people. Be happy and joyous, for happiness and joy is contagious. Let us be Contagious People for Christ Jesus! God is our friend. God calls us His friends, so let us be friends to those who have no friends! God bless you and May you be a blessing to others!

January 8, 2019 Posted by | Agape, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Family, Friend, Friendship, God, God's Love, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit | Leave a comment

First Reading – 1 Peter 4:7-13 1 June 2018

I personally feel this is a very powerful reading, so please read and meditate on God’s word and I am sure you will surely have a message from God which would encourage you and make you a better person with a purpose in life.

1 June, 2018 – Saint Justin Martyr
First reading 1 Peter 4:7-13 ©
Each of you has received a special grace
Everything will soon come to an end, so, to pray better, keep a calm and sober mind. Above all, never let your love for each other grow insincere, since love covers over many a sin. Welcome each other into your houses without grumbling. Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others. If you are a speaker, speak in words which seem to come from God; if you are a helper, help as though every action was done at God’s orders; so that in everything God may receive the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to him alone belong all glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
My dear people, you must not think it unaccountable that you should be tested by fire. There is nothing extraordinary in what has happened to you. If you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed.
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June 1, 2018 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Evangelisation, Gifts, Grace, Youth | Leave a comment