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Intercessory Prayer for Victory by Florence D’Costa

August 4, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Family, God the Father, God's Love, Intercessors, Intercessory, Presence of God, Singles, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Take all your Problems to Jesus Christ for He is Our Friend and Saviour

Do you have something on your mind that is troubling you and are you feeling lost and forsaken or is something happening in your life that you cannot handle.   Be still for awhile and become aware that Jesus Christ, the Son of God is with you.  He loved you so much that He died for you.  He then rose from the dead, is now seated at the right hand of God and He is interceding for you to His Heavenly Father.  Leave your burden at His Feet and trust Him to take care of your problems.

May 17, 2015 Posted by | Catholicism, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Cross, Deliverance, God the Father, God's Love, Jesus Christ, married couples, Surrender, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Ash Wednesday – 2015


Hosea – COME BACK TO ME – Lyrics by John Michael Talbot

By Florence D’Costa

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent which is a 40 day period where we journey with Jesus Christ through His most sorrowful passion and death and ultimately we CELEBRATE EASTER, the Day He rose again in all His glory, when He conquered Sin and Death.

Catholics attend Mass on Ash Wednesday when the priest places ashes on our forehead and says the words :

1.   Repent and follow the Gospel.

2.   Thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.

During Lent, there are three things that we need to do ”

1.    Prayer  –  What is prayer?  Prayer is having a conversation with
with God.  We talk, God listens.  Then God talks and it
important to listen to what God is saying to us.
1 Tessolonians 5:17  “Pray without ceasing”  Does it
mean that we have to pray 24 x 7?  Yes.  Well, how
can we do this?  It means that we need to be in the
Presence of God all the time.  No matter what we are
doing – eating, working, dancing, cooking or sleeping,
we need to be conscious of the Presence of Jesus Christ.
When we are conscious of the Presence of Jesus Christ,
we would try our best to do everything to please Him
and thus we would be walking away from Sin.

2.    Fasting –  We are all called to abstain from eating meat on Ash
Wednesday, on all Fridays during Lent and on Good
Friday.  Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence
or reduction from certain or all food, drink or both for
a period of time.  WHY DO WE FAST DURING LENT?
We combine fasting, praying, contemplating on the
passion of Christ and engage in acts of self-discipline.
When we fast, our bodies become submissive to Our
Spirit.  This is another way of walking away from Sin.
We are also called to fast from our sinful habits.  We
can give up watching TV or watching less hours of TV.
Spend less time on the internet and make some more
sacrifices.  We can share our food with the poor.

3.Almsgiving – We can save some money during Lent and give our
to CARITAS.  This is an organization that helps the
poor and the needy.  I think it is very important for us
to give money to CARITAS this Lent as there are many
displaced Catholics and Christians.  These are the
people who have been driven out of their homes by
terrorists in Syria. They were forced to leave everything
behind and to flee for their lives if they refused to
convert to Islam.  These people are very poor indeed as
they gave up their homes and their life savings for
JESUS CHRIST.

So my dear Catholic and Christian brothers and sisters, let us begin our journey with Jesus Christ, this Lent.  For those of us who were
walking away from Christ, it is time to TURN AROUND AND TO COME BACK TO HIM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 17, 2015 Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Contemplation, Fast, God, God the Father, God's Love, Jesus Christ, Lent, Love for God, married couples, Prayers, Presence of God, Repentance, Singles, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Father’s Love – Lyrics by Gary Valenciana

By Florence D’Costa

Fathers, how present are you for your children?  Your children are gifts from God.  I remember my son was very attached to his father.  His father, my husband worked long hours as he worked for an airline.  But when he came home, he was very present for his children.  Every Saturday he would go to the office to work though Saturday was his off day but sometimes he would take his children with him to his office and they enjoyed every moment of it.

I remember my son, when he came home after school, would dress up like his father.  He would put on his suit, wear a tie and he would also wear a name badge and he would play act as if he was working as a manager at the airport.  I also remember that my husband’s colleagues in the office and at the airport would chat him up and he would feel very confident of himself and proud that he had a father who worked for an airline.

Fathers, your children need you.  Love them and make them feel important.  If you love them when they are young, they will love you when you are old and will be there for you.

My husband loved our daughter very much.  When she was little, he would quite often bring home snacks and gifts for her which made her very happy.  We would then teach her to share with the others.  Now she is a child who loves to share with us and with others.  She loves giving gifts.

Our children are very loving children.  Why? because we loved them from the very beginning.  So, Fathers, when you make yourself available to your children, you build their confidence.  They feel loved and wanted and when they grow older, they will continue to love you and it would also be easy for them to love God Our Father and it would be easy for them to love others and accept them for who they are.

Fathers, play sport with your children.  Get involved with their interests.  Encourage them and help build their talents.  Take them to church.  Pray with them.  Read the Scriptures with them and have discussions based on your readings.  Laugh with them and when they cry, make them laugh.  Build their confidence so that when they come across challenges in their life, they will be able to cope.

My daughter and son are very attached to their father.  My husband till today is very dedicated to his children and he is always there for them when they need him and they are there for him.

Pope Francis has a few things to say Fathers :

Pope: Don’t be an absent father. Your family is counting on you

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The Pope’s weekly catechesis was all about the family, so it was quite fitting that he played a bit with this baby, before starting the audience. He talked about the family unit and the need to raise kids right.
POPE FRANCIS
“In the past, kids were raised under an authoritative rule. In some cases this was very overwhelming. But now, what we see in households is the other extreme.”
He also talked about another serious problem, which is absent fathers. From fathers who are simply not in the picture, to those who spend all their time and energy on work.
POPE FRANCIS
“So young people end up without a path, virtual orphans without someone to trust in. They become orphans of ideals that awaken the heart. Instead, they turn to false idols that steal their hearts.”
There are strong families out there, but these challenges, he explained, cannot be ignored. He also gave some insight into what he will focus on next week.
POPE FRANCIS
“Some of you may say, ‘But Father, you’ve been too harsh and negative. You only focused on absent fathers and the consequences this brings.’ Yes it’s true. I want to underline this point today, because next Wednesday during my catechesis, I will focus on the beauty of fatherhood. That’s why I wanted to start off with this dark chapter, so I can then focus on the light. May God help us understand these situations. Thank you.”
This colorful group, put the finishing touches on the audience. The thousands of people in the audience seemed to enjoy it and so did the Pope.

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Confidence, Family, Fathers, God the Father, Jesus Christ, Youth | Leave a comment