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LOVE = THE CROSS

We are in the Season of Lent – It is a time to contemplate LOVE ON THE CROSS.  Today, let us simply sit quietly and look at the Cross. What do we see?  We see Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God and Man, hanging from a tree, INNOCENT AND SINLESS.

We see :

  •          OBEDIENCE,
  •          LOVE,
  •          WILLINGNESS TO GIVE UP HIS LIFE FOR LOVE OF US.
  •           SUFFERING
  •           ONE WHO WAS CONDEMNED BY HIS OWN PEOPLE
  •           HE ONLY DID GOOD FOR HIS PEOPLE
  •           THE BLINDNESS OF THOSE WHO PERSECUTED HIM
  •           GREAT HUMILIATION. HE WAS LAUGHED AND SCORNED AT.
  •            FORGIVENESS –  “FORGIVE THEM FATHER FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO”
  •            THE PLAQUE AT THE TOP OF THE CROSS – “THE KING OF THE JEWS”
  •            HE IS MORE THAN A KING.  HE IS THE KING OF KINGS.
  •            HIS NAIL PIERCED HANDS AND FEET.
  •            WE SEE THE SON OF MAN’S LASHED AND WOUNDED BODY.
  •             LOVE FOR HIS MOTHER WHEN HE GAVE HIS MOTHER TO JOHN.

What is Jesus Christ saying to each one of us from the Cross :

  •              I LOVE YOU.  I WILLINGLY DIED FOR YOU.
  •              I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME IN RETURN AND TO LIVE FOREVER WITH ME IN PARADISE.
  •               IT IS NECESSARY FOR YOU TO CARRY YOUR CROSS EVERYDAY AND FOLLOW ME
  •               EVERY INDIVIDUAL DOES HAVE PROBLEMS AND DIFFICULTIES.
  •               I WILL GIVE YOU GRACE AND I WILL PROTECT YOU.
  •               I WILL CARRY YOU ON MY SHOULDERS WHEN YOU ARE UNABLE TO CARRY ON.                      YOU WILL THEN SEE ONLY ONE SET OF FOOT PRINTS ON THE SAND AND THOSE WOULD BE MINE.
  •                DO NOT BE AFRAID FOR I AM WITH YOU TILL THE END OF TIME.
  •                I HAVE WON THE BATTLE AGAINST EVIL AS I AM ALIVE – I AM THE RESURRECTED LORD.  I HAD TO DIE SO THAT I WOULD RISE VICTORIOUSLY.
  •                I AM A WINNER AND SO ARE YOU.  BUT YOU MUST BE READY TO ACCEPT SUFFERING IN THIS LIFE.
  •                I WILL GIVE YOU A CROWN IN THE NEXT LIFE AND FOR EVERY SUFFERING THERE I WILL PLACE A PRECIOUS STONE IN YOUR CROWN.
  •                IF YOU LOVE ME AND ARE HAPPY TO ACCEPT YOUR SUFFERING AND PAINS, THE JOYS THAT YOU WOULD EXPERIENCE WITH ME IN HEAVEN WILL BE INDESCRIBABLE.
  •                 FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE TEMPTED TO WALK THE BROAD ROAD OF SIN, I APPEAL TO YOU TO TURN AROUND AND COME BACK TO ME.  THE BROAD ROAD LEADS TO HELL AND DAMNATION.
  •                  SUFFERING CLEANSES, PURIFIES AND DRAWS YOU CLOSER AND CLOSER TO ME FOR I AM THE RESURRECTED  LORD.
  •                  AS YOU COME CLOSER AND CLOSER TO ME, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE  LOVE, JOY, PEACE, FORBEARANCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL, PATIENCE, CHARITY, GENEROSITY AND CHASTITY.  I WILL CAUSE  ALL THE FRUITS OF MY HOLY SPIRIT WHICH YOU RECEIVED IN CONFIRMATION TO SURFACE AND BECOME VIBRANT IN YOU.
  •                  MY DEAR PEOPLE, I LOVE YOU.  COME BACK TO ME AND MY FATHER WILL PROTECT YOU UNDER HIS WING.

MY ARMS ARE OUTSTRETCHED WAITING FOR YOU TO COME BACK INTO MY EMBRACE.

MY EMBRACE IS HEAVEN.  MY EMBRACE IS GRACE.  MY EMBRACE IS A HAVEN.  IN MY EMBRACE YOU WILL BE SAFE ON THIS EARTH AND IN THE NEXT.

COME BACK MY PEOPLE – COME TASTE AND SEE!!!!!!

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February 19, 2015 Posted by | Blessing, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Confidence, Contemplation, Deliverance, Evangelisation, Jesus Christ, Lent, Love for God, Meditation, Peace, Persecution, Prayers, Presence of God, Repentance, Solution to problems, Suffering, The Cross, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

Who Am I? by Casting Crown

By Florence D’Costa

Are you feeling downcast, lonely, burdened, let down by your loved ones? Do you feel you are left out in the rain?  Do you feel the sins that you have committed are unforgiveable?  Have you reached out to alcohol and drugs to drown your sorrows? Has alcohol and drugs become your refuge?

I have news for you.  You are not alone.  You are loved by a Saviour.  He journeys with you and He holds you in His arms.  You are not holding Him.  He is holding you.  He is aware of what you are going through.  He is aware of your Past, Present and Future.  He loves you and His name is Jesus Christ.

There is no need to be afraid or ashamed.  Come back to Jesus Christ.  Turn your heart and your eyes towards Him and you will be free once again.

If you are Catholic, Christian or Atheist or of any other religion.  It does not matter.  You are human and you have been created by God.  Go to your nearest Church, talk to a friend, contact your community.  Talk to your family members and ask them to help you.  Seek help.

God is real.  Jesus Christ is real.  Give Him a try.

 

 

 

January 31, 2015 Posted by | Blessing, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Deliverance, Evangelisation, Family, Healing, Jesus Christ, married couples, music, Singles, Songs, Suffering, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Afraid of Persecution?

Are you Baptised and Confirmed in the Catholic Faith/Christian Faith?  Do you have a desire to proclaim the Joy of the Gospel?  Are there hurdles in your path?  Have you come across various types of persecution in your life and has this stopped you dead in your tracks?  Are you afraid or timid and you do not want to proceed any further? Well, don’t you know that you are failing in your duty as a Christian?  We follow Jesus Christ and He died for us.  We are all called to be like our Master.  We are all called to die for Christ, for our faith and for one another.

I will give you a few scripture quotes on persecution :

2 Timothy 3:12  “Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Matthew 5:44. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Acts 14:21-22. “When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

I would like to share something of Stephen’s Martyrdom : Acts 7:54-60; 8:3.

1.   What was Stephen doing that angered the Jewish Leaders.  He was spreading the Word of God, and the number of disciples increased greatly and even many priests accepted the Faith.  Some persons who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called) from Cyrene, Alexandria, and others from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and argued with Stephen but they could not match his wisdom, so they bribed a few men to accuse him stating that he did blaspheme against Moses and against God.  They then stirred the people, the elders and the teachers of the Law and they brought him before the Sanhedrin.  He spoke in wisdom and in truth but they became angry.  V.55 “Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into Heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus at God’s right hand, 56 “Look!” He said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  But they rushed upon him, seized him, took him outside the city and stoned him. 59″As they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

I have noted the following :

1.    Stephen was chosen and he was prayed over by the Apostles.

2.    He was a man full of the Holy Spirit and he was filled with wisdom.

3.    God revealed Himself to him – When he was about to be seized by the angry men, he gazed into Heaven and he was favoured by God, for God revealed Himself to him. Stephen saw the Heavens open and he saw Jesus Christ standing at the right hand of God.  What do you think the mood was in Heaven.  Jesus Christ was sad that Stephen (His man) was about to be stoned and killed.  So God showed Himself to Stephen so that Stephen would sleep happily.  God gave Stephen the grace to speak up for God and for Jesus Christ before the Sanhedrin with NO FEAR.  Stephen had a taste of Heaven before he entered Heaven.  In my earlier article I wrote that it is better to go to Heaven without any limbs rather than for our entire bodies to be thrown into hell.

4.     Stephen had the FAITH that Jesus Christ would receive him when he stands at the Gates of Heaven, when he prayed in verse 59, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

5.    HE FORGAVE THEM just like JESUS CHRIST did, when he said in a loud voice in verse 60, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

6.     When we speak up for Jesus Christ,  we are openly doing battle with Satan and his dark angels and Satan becomes our adversary and he will furiously fight us.

So, when we are for Christ and for His Kingdom, we must bravely admit to our ourselves that WE HAVE OPENLY BEGUN OUR BATTLE AGAINST SATAN AND HIS KINGDOM.

So, my dear Readers, do you think that life would be easy for us.  No, we would have to be constantly vigilant.  We must forgive those who harm us and if we have knowingly or unknowingly harmed any body, we must ask pardon.  Forgiveness is they Key to our own happiness.

NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST, WE MUST STAND READY WITH CHRIST JESUS AND PUT ON THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD.

Ephesians 6:10-18.

10 Finally, be strong in The Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything. To stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteous in place. 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all The Lord’s people.

 

 

January 22, 2015 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Evangelisation, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, Jesus Christ, Love for God, married couples, Persecution, Presence of God, Singles, Suffering, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

Perseverance Builds Character

I would like you to read about “Perseverance Builds Character” by Steve Arterburn and down below are my comments.

Perseverance Builds Character

March 24, 2008 By
Steve Arterburn
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:36 HCSB
As you continue to seek God’s purpose for your life, you will undoubtedly experience your fair share of disappointments, detours, false starts, and failures. When you do, you’re facing one of those inevitable tests of character. Don’t become discouraged: God’s not finished with you yet.
The old saying is as true today as it was when it was first spoken: ‘Life is a marathon, not a sprint.’ That’s why wise travelers (like you) select a traveling companion who never tires and never falters. That partner, of course, is your Heavenly Father.
The next time you find your courage tested to the limit, remember that God is as near as your next breath, and remember that He offers strength and comfort to His children. He is your shield and your strength; He is your protector and your deliverer. Call upon Him in your hour of need and then be comforted. Whatever your challenge, whatever your trouble, God can help you persevere. And that’s precisely what He’ll do if you ask Him.
Perhaps you are in a hurry for God to help you resolve your difficulties. Perhaps you’re anxious to earn the rewards that you feel you’ve already earned from life. Perhaps you’re drumming your fingers, impatiently waiting for God to act. If so, be forewarned: God operates on His own timetable, not yours. Sometimes, God may answer your prayers with silence, and when He does, you must patiently persevere. In times of trouble, you must remain steadfast and trust in the merciful goodness of your Heavenly Father. Whatever your problem, He can manage it. Your job is to keep persevering until He does.
Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer. E. M. Bounds
Just remember, every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there! Barbara Johnson
Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Oswald Chambers Character builder
Are you being tested? Call upon God. God can give you the strength to persevere, and that’s exactly what you should ask Him to do.
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MY VIEWS ON SUFFERING WHICH LEADS TO CHARACTER BUILDING.
Suffering is part and parcel of this life.  We cannot escape suffering.  Suffering is necessary for mankind.  God allows suffering and through suffering He moulds human beings and shapes us into the kind of people that he wants us to be.
Different people suffer differently.
The suffering of the poor is different.  They lack food, clothing, clean drinking water etc and some children are deprived of education.  Those children who have lost their parents are deprived of all those things including Love.  Families that have been affected by Typhoons and Sunami have suffered tremendously and this is the time when the world comes in to play.  Social workers travel to these countries to be there in person to help those in affected areas.  
Some families have lost a few of their loved ones.  Some have lost all their loved ones and are left alone in the world.  Ofcourse this is tremendous suffering.  Our minds are not able to imagine such suffering.  But life has got to go on and this is where God comes in.  God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son to die for each one of us, so that we would have eternal life.  It is beyond my comprehension as to why God had to send His only Son to die for us. He could have found another way of saving us but the Mystery is that God chose to send His Son to die for us.
It is beyond my imagination.  God could have easily said, ‘Sorry, I cannot send my son to die for you and there is no other way, so all of you would have to perish’.  But He did not say so.  Imagine God’s Son dying on the cross, suffering so much humiliation, pain, torment and torture and the greatest suffering was that He allowed His Son, Jesus Christ who knew no sin to become SIN – to carry the sins of the world on His shoulders.  Then, furthermore, for a mother to stand by and see her son suffering and dying on the cross is simply horrific and unimaginable and that is what Mary did when she watched Jesus die on the cross.
Then again, in the bible we have the sufferings of Job.  He lost his entire family and fortunes and even his health.  Think of Abraham who willingly took his only son to be offered as a sacrifice. What suffering he would have gone through, mentally, and yet he was prepared to sacrifice his son because his love for God was tremendous.
Then, what about the suffering of the Israelites when they were slaves in Egypt.  Four hundred years of slavery is a very long time.  I guess we would find a lot of suffering in the bible. 
There is a lot of sin in the world – Horrific sin.  If only we were aware of all the sin in the world,  we would go mad and die.  So, there is suffering and death in the world because of sin.  There are no definite answers for questions regarding suffering.  All we can do is to look at Jesus who is God and Man and who knew no sin and did no evil and yet He died a humiliating death on the Cross between two thieves.  There is no answer but to live life only for God.  We must teach all peoples including children, especially those who live in areas where there is a lot of suffering to FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS CHRIST who is the AUTHOR OF SUFFERING AND YET HE WAS DIVINE.  We are only human and every human being suffers in various ways in this world.  Great sufferings come to the rich as well and all their money cannot alleviate their suffering.
It is important in this life to remember that the earth is our temporary home and that we are on a very dangerous and difficult journey and anything terrible can happen to us at any time.  We are all journeying to Our Goal, HEAVEN.  We came from heaven and we are journeying back to heaven.  So while we are on earth, there would be a lot of perils that we would face but WE MUST HAVE OUR EYES FIXED ON OUR GOAL : HEAVEN.  Each individual would come across different types of situations where they can come across a lot of suffering but the GREATEST SUFFERING THAT PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID IS THE DEATH OF ONE’S SOULJesus Christ in one of His parables mentioned that it is BETTER TO GO TO HEAVEN WITHOUT OUR LIMBS THAN FOR OUR WHOLE BODIES TO BE THROWN INTO HELL.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT OUR BODIES DO NOT MATTER, IT IS OUR SOULS THAT MATTER.  SO WHEN WE GO THROUGH TERRIBLE SUFFERING, WE NEED TO CLING TO THE CROSS & PRAY FOR GRACE TO BE SAVED. 
MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT THE WORLD IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE IN.  WE DO NOT SUFFER ALL THE TIME. GOD HAS GIFTED US THIS WONDERFUL WORLD FOR US TO ENJOY AND BE HAPPY.  SO EVERY HUMAN BEING GOES THROUGH VARIOUS SITUATIONS AND EXPERIENCES IN THEIR LIFE.  WE ARE ALL CALLED TO THINK MORE ABOUT OUR SOULS THAN OUR BODIES.
WHEN WE HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, WE DO EXPERIENCE DEEP DOWN IN OUR HEARTS A PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING.  HENCE IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WILL HELP US IN THIS LIFE.  IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE  PLENTY TO SHARE WITH THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
Life is very complex but God is not a cruel God.  Man does not suffer 24 x 7.  He goes through various types of experiences in his life.  He smiles, laughs, experiences great joy, is exhuberant, enjoys a lot of excitement, cries, falls sick, has a mental break downs etc. etc. but man is not alone for Jesus Christ journeys with Man.
Problems and difficulties do not last forever in a man’s life. God is with us and the GREATEST JOY THAT MAN EXPERIENCES IS WHEN HE IS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.  We are runners in a race and we must be overcomers and keep on running till we reach our Goal : HEAVEN.
 
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE REMINDED ABOUT THE WAY OUR ANCESTORS SUFFERED AND THOSE STORIES ARE IN THE BIBLE.  WE DO HAVE AWESOME STORIES IN THE OLD AND IN THE NEW TESTAMENTS.
WE NEED TO HELP CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE SUFFERING AT AN EARLY AGE TO UNDERSTAND THAT LIFE IS A JOURNEY AND THAT CHRIST WHO IS JOURNEYING WITH THEM WILL GRADUALLY  GIVE THEM THE ANSWERS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR

AND THIS IS CALLED EXPERIENCE. 
I have been thinking about the word EXPERIENCE. What is EXPERIENCE?  Experience is a situation in our lives that has a beginning and after a period of time, journeying in that situation, we learn to live and be OVERCOMERS.                                                                                                                                                                                                     We do need God’s Grace to be an OVERCOMER, so it is vital for us to pray for one another. 1Jn 5

January 19, 2015 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Deliverance, Faith in God, Family, God, God's Love, Healing, Jesus Christ, Marriage, married couples, Overcomer, Poor, Singles, Solution to problems, Suffering, Youth | Leave a comment

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Lord, Deliver Me!

January 30, 2013 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Confidence, couples, Deliverance, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, Friendship, God's Love, Healing, Marriage, married couples, Miracles, Persecution, Presence of God, Solution to problems, Suffering, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Do we as Parents lack understanding – Sometimes – All the time!

I was watching this video and I have been inspired to write.  I think we as parents should teach our children from a very young age about true values in life – about loving Jesus Christ and most of all we should give our children lots and lots of love so that they will not do wrong things to achieve what they would consider as love.  If we bring up our children with Right Values, then, that is what they would cling to especially in difficult times.

 

Watching this video has pained my heart.  There are so many youth out there who do not get the Right Love and Christian values in their homes and when they fall in love with someone,  parents for some reason do not approve of their relationship and they do everything in their power to break up that relationship.  What happened in Romeo and Juliet?  True love was opposed and then calamity to both the Young Ones.  We should as parents even  if we do not approve of our children’s relationships, we should love them, pray for them, encourage them to go to church along with their partner and if that relationship is God’s Holy Will, then we should accept God’s Holy Will. Who are we as parents to destroy the lives of our children.  We should always be there for them – In Good times and in Bad times.  If the partner that they have chosen is not for them, we must pray and pray and God will break up the relationship and they will be free again.  Children should be taught to be Virgins for the partner that they will marry and be with their Spouse for the rest of their lives.  I personally think  parents should not decide who their children should marry because it is the couple that would be living together for the rest of their lives.

I also agree with a priest friend of mine that youth of today sit indoors before their computers and spend most of their time indoors.  Children should be encouraged to have outdoor activities so that when they grow older, they would love to go for picnics with other youth, have dancing sessions in their parish and organise games with the youth and have parishioners and family cheering them as they play their games.  This would foster healthy relationships and in this manner our youth would be able to find good Catholic/Christians partners whom they would marry, have the blessings of parents and friends and Most of all, have the blessings of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

LET US AS PARENTS THINK OF BEST WAYS WE COULD HELP OUR CHILDREN  IN THIS LIFE SO THAT WE AS A FAMILY WE WOULD ONE DAY BE TOGETHER IN HEAVEN WITH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST FOREVER AND EVER! WE MUST PRAY WITH OUR CHILDREN AND FOR OUR CHILDREN!

 

 

 


January 3, 2013 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Family, married couples, Suffering, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

A Testimony of David – “I am not Gay…I am David”

I am Not Gay . . . I am David

by David Prosen

Are people born “gay” or do they choose to be gay?

The answer to both questions is no—although in many passionate debates generated by this topic, we are quick to dismiss objectivity. In reality, these questions provide a smoke screen to a much bigger problem that is pervasive in our society, in religious circles, politics, and clinical settings. The problem I speak of is the idea that homosexuality is an identity.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that every individual must “acknowledge and accept his sexual identity” (no. 2333). This refers to the “physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity” of both genders which are “oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life” (Ibid.). At the most basic level, our identity is rooted in the fact that we are created in the image and likeness of God—”Male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27).

I used to believe I was a “gay” person. I had been attracted to the same gender for as long as I could remember. Because this attraction was present from early on in my life, without my conscious choice, I concluded that I must have been born this way. After all, that’s a logical conclusion . . . right?

The attraction I had to the same gender when I was a little boy was normal and similar to what many boys experience. Boys look for heroes, role models who they respect and want to emulate. For me, the attraction to men started out with normal admiration but then began to take some dysfunctional turns. As a child, I was often made fun of and told by my peers that I wasn’t like them. This made me question what the difference between us was. At this point, shades of covetousness characterized my admiration. I secretly wondered, “If I looked like so-and-so, would I be accepted?”

In puberty, this attraction or admiration became eroticized. The derogative homosexual label was given to me by my peers, and I yielded to their accusations because I truly did have a sexualized same-sex attraction. Eventually, I embraced this label and called myself “gay.”

Although I didn’t freely choose same-sex attractions, I did willfully choose to act upon them. My decision to sin brought me intense pain, loneliness, and—worst of all—separation from God. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explained this reality in a statement that observed, “As in every moral disorder, homosexual activity prevents one’s own fulfillment and happiness by acting contrary to the creative wisdom of God. The Church, in rejecting erroneous opinions regarding homosexuality, does not limit personal freedom and dignity realistically and authentically understood.”[1]

Eventually, in my brokenness, I responded to the Lord’s loving call to forgiveness and healing. He has brought me through the valley of shame and out of the darkness of my past and shined His light of truth upon the many lies I believed about myself—especially the one that claimed that I was a “gay” person.

Defining Terms

By defining myself as a “gay” male, I had taken on a false identity. Any label such as “lesbian,” “bisexual,” or even “homosexual” insinuates a type of person equivalent to male or female. This is simply not true. One is not a same-sex attraction, but instead experiences this attraction.

In his book, Growth into Manhood, Alan Medinger shows that homosexual tendencies and behaviors have been around for thousands of years, but the idea of a homosexual identity only began to evolve about 150 years ago with the emergence of the term “homosexual.”[2]

In a later study, Medinger further demonstrates his findings, revealing a number of untruths that tend to surface when one accepts homosexuality as an identity:

  1. I must have been born this way.
  2. If I was born that way, God made me this way.
  3. If God made me this way, how can there be anything wrong with it?
  4. It’s in my nature and I must be true to my nature.
  5. If it’s my nature, I can’t change.
  6. If I try to change I would be trying to go against my nature and that would be harmful. +Accepting myself as gay feels so good—I feel like a thousand pound load has been lifted off of my back—so it must be okay.
  7. If people can’t accept my being gay, then something is wrong with them.
  8. If people can’t accept my being gay, then they don’t accept me because that’s who I am.[3]

When I read these, I was floored. I believed each and every statement deep down to my core. When I was engaged in this lifestyle, it made perfect sense to go along with what felt natural. However, it was logical only because it appeared to be truth. In reality, lies had to be built upon lies for them to add up to something with the semblance of truth.

I believed I was gay. But I was also certain that I didn’t choose this for myself, and so I believed that God must have made me this way. However, Scripture verses like the following made no sense in light of my feelings: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them” (Lev. 20:13).

How could a God of love create me this way and then condemn me to hell? I began to do what many other Christians struggling with same-sex attraction do and searched for “pro-gay” theologies for explanations. I desperately wanted to be in a loving relationship with the same gender, but at the same time, I had a gnawing feeling in my heart that this was wrong.

Time for Truth

Looking back, I believe that my search for truth and struggle against accepting this lifestyle was ultimately the way in which the Holy Spirit convicted me. Still, this gnawing feeling—that same-sex attraction was not God’s plan for my life—was not easy for me to reconcile with because I believed that my sexuality alone was my identity.

Ignorance of this distinction is dangerous. My false beliefs regarding my identity deterred me from accepting the conviction in my heart from the Holy Spirit. St. Paul acknowledged this very same process, explaining:

Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator . . . God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error (Rom. 1:25-27).

Only after I accepted the truth that acting on homosexual attractions was a sin did I begin to ask for the strength and the grace to carry that cross—and the Lord abundantly poured these upon me. Several years later, He showed me that homosexuality was a false identity that I had embraced. And at this point, my integral healing began as I searched out who I really was. My reflections led me to the discovery that I never truly believed I was a man, and yet I didn’t think I was a woman. In that searching process, I realized that I did not fully identify with either gender.

Through the sacraments—especially the Eucharist—as well as counseling, spiritual healing retreats, and much prayer, Christ revealed to me that I am a man. I have many masculine traits that I was never aware I possessed—such as courage and strength. I can never adequately express the tremendous joy I felt when I began to internally recognize and accept the fact that I am a man, I am masculine, and I do belong in the world of men. At the same time this recognition occurred to me, my attraction to men continued to decrease drastically and my attraction to women increased.

Identity and the Church

At the beginning of this article, I mentioned the discussion over whether persons are born homosexual or if they choose to be. Neither is true because same-sex attraction is an experience—not a type of person. Accepting homosexuality as an identity, which has largely been affirmed in our culture, brings so much confusion. In order for a Christian to justify homosexual behavior, he or she needs to alter and contort Sacred Scripture.

Many individuals from within are trying to force the Catholic Church to change her stance toward homosexuality because it seems like discrimination against those who are just “being themselves.” But it is not discrimination when we identify and seek to correct falsely held beliefs.

The problem has not just effected those dissenting in our Church. There are very good Catholics and even good priests who wrongly assert that people cannot change their sexual orientation. These people may have the best of intentions, but for whatever reason they have bought into the lie that homosexuality is a type of person.

The Church’s response to those suffering with same-sex attraction offers us this perspective:

The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition (CCC, no. 2358).

There is hope for those who have same-sex attraction, and we must not abandon efforts to help others understand the truth. This is not to say that God will “change” His creation, the person, because He did not make them this way or intend for them to experience this attraction. Rather, God can change the person’s way of thinking by revealing the lie that the individual has accepted and assimilated into their sense of self.

Once the lie is exposed, wounds that led to this lie such as abuse, rejection, or lack of affirmation in one’s gender identity can be addressed, healing can begin, and the person’s true identity can emerge. When this healing process begins, the attraction to the opposite sex for many has increased.

Courage, the Catholic support group for those with same-sex attraction, as well as many Christians, refrain from using words such as “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “transgender,” or even “homosexual.” Words can have powerful effects. Because these words are labels which insinuate that homosexuality is an identity, they reinforce untruths and continue to escalate the problems in our society and our Church. As Catholic Christians, I encourage each of us to be careful with our speech and eliminate the use of labels and instead use the words “same-sex attraction” which more accurately describe the experience that these men and women go through.

Heart Knowledge

Earlier, I spoke of the importance of recognizing that I am a man and feeling it internally within my heart. Fr. Larry Richards’ challenging book Be a Man! helped me obtain even deeper healing. Intellectually, I knew that God was my Heavenly Father, but I didn’t really know and believe it with my whole being. And then I read the following passage in Fr. Larry’s book:

When we were baptized, the sky opened up just like it did upon Jesus, and spiritually, God the Father, the Creator of the universe, looked at you and me and said, ‘You are my beloved Son.’ You stopped being a creation and you became a son of the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit.[4]

Talk about the power of words! In Jesus, we are sons and daughters of the Creator of the universe. He truly loves us more than we could ever imagine. This is our true identity; this is who each of us truly is.

Isaiah 43:4 states, “You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. . . .” Fr. Larry brought this verse home to me in a very personal way by explaining:

We must enter into a relationship with God knowing that truth. We must know that our relationship begins where Jesus began, with the knowledge that we are loved by the Father. The God of the universe looks at you and says: ‘I love you!’[5]

This touched me deeply. Before this inner healing took place, I had known with certainty that God loved everyone. But when it came to Him loving me personally, I only knew this intellectually— not in my heart. Fr. Larry helped me to connect this truth from my head to my heart.

I am grateful to God for showing me my true identity in Him. Now, I embrace my masculinity and know that I am a man of God. In Jesus, I know I am a beloved son of God who is uniquely and wondrously created, and whose name is David.

[1] Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Some Considerations Concerning the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons,” July 22, 1992, no. 3.
Holy Spirit Interactive: David Prosen: I am Not Gay
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I would like to comment on the above testimony.  I think that many Catholics and Christians are suffering like the way David Prosen suffered.  I thank God that he delivered David from this lie.  God creates everyone with great love and tenderness and Everyone is very ‘SPECIAL’ TO HIM.

Circumstances in life allow many individuals to believe themselves to be Gay or Lesbian.  This is a lie and I hope that many people who reads David’s testimony will have an eye opener and will seek for help at their nearest Catholic or Christian Church.  Our Lord Jesus Christ will bless all people who are suffering from this notion and will bring them back to full and complete health.   Jesus Christ will give you New Life and you can live in peace and happiness once again. 

There are many people in this world who live to destroy others, though not wilfully.  They do many things without thinking as to what drastic effects it could have on the persons concerned.   I think people who are teased in this manner are very brave and I am sure that when they seek help and they are eventually healed in emotionally, these people could work for the Lord in avery powerful way and they can work in this particular ministry – Guiding and bringing people who think they are Gay or Lesbian back to Christ Jesus and to be normal once again in their thoughts, words and deeds.I can assure people that I will be praying for them.
I give below the following quotes:

1. We cannot do much about our appearance, but we have total control over the kind of person we become.

July 5, 2012 Posted by | Blessing, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Confidence, Faith in God, Family, Gay, God's Love, Happiness, Healing, Jesus Christ, Lesbian, Mass, Miracles, Singles, Suffering, Testimonies, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

St Elizabeth of Portugal – July 4, 2012

St. Elizabeth of Portugal

Feast Day: July 04
Born: 1271 :: Died:1336

Elizabeth was a Spanish princess and the daughter of Constantia and King Pedro III of Aragon. She was named after her great-aunt St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Elizabeth was beautiful and very lovable. She was well brought up and went to Mass every day.When she was just twelve, she married King Denis of Portugal. So she became Queen Elizabeth of Portugal when she was not even a teenager. She was a charming wife and her husband was fond of her at first, but soon he began to cause her great suffering.Though a good ruler, he did not have his wife’s love of prayer and virtue. In fact, his sins of impurity were a disgrace and well-known throughout his kingdom.St. Elizabeth tried to be a loving mother to her children, Prince Alphonso and Princess Constance. She was also generous and loving with the people of Portugal and spent time helping the sick and the poor.Even though her husband was unfaithful, she prayed that God would change his heart. Elizabeth trusted God and refused to become bitter and angry. She strengthened her own prayer life and followed the Franciscan spirituality.A little by little, the king was moved by her patience and good example. He began to live better. He apologized to his wife and showed her greater respect. In his last sickness the queen never left his side, except for Mass. King Denis died on January 6, 1325.He was very sorry for his sins and his death was peaceful. This gentle woman was also a peacemaker between members of her own family and between nations. She rode out into the battlefield and was able to prevent war on two occasions.

After the king died Elizabeth gave her wealth to the poor and joined the lay Franciscan order. There she started the monastery of the Poor Clares, living a life of poverty, performing loving acts of charity and penance. She was a wonderful model of kindness toward the poor.

St. Elizabeth of Portugal died on July 4, 1336 of a fever. After her death, many miracles took place at her tomb.

Reflection: “If you love peace, all will be well.’ St Elizabeth

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July 4, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, God, God's Love, Jesus Christ, married couples, Mass, Miracles, Peace, Politics, Poor, Portugal, Presence of God, Queen of Portugal, Religious, Saints, Singles, Solution to problems, Spain, Suffering, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment