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When things in life become unbelievably difficult by Florence D’Costa

When things get difficult in our lives, we want to give up.  It could be loss of a job, sickness, when we feel betrayed by government, friends, employers – even when we feel betrayed by God, we must remember that God is carrying us – that whatever bad that is happening in our lives – God never leaves us.  It is important to remember that God is preparing us for something important.  Now, we are in a hopeless situation or situations but let us look further and beyond at the good things that is coming our way.  Does it rain all the time? No, the sun must come out.  Remember when Daniel was thrown into the Den of hungry lions, he was not devoured because he was protected by an angel.  So now that things have gone very sour in Victoria, let us remember that angels are protecting us and that GOD NEVER FAILS.  Let us Catholics and Christians and all people who believe in the power of a loving Creator, believe that God is working and let us wait patiently for Him to show His hand.  We are covered with His Blood and we are His Favoured people.  Let us unite in prayer and in love and wait for God’s loving response.  GOD ALWAYS DOES ANSWER. It is important for us to believe and to have eyes on Him.  Have faith my dear people.  Jesus Christ Never Fails!  We believe is. Living God – in a God of Life and He will breath life into our lives.  Christ died, but He rose again.  We might think there is no hope, but there is. WAIT PATIENTLY WITH FATH, HOPE AND LOVE! FOR MIRACLES TO HAPPEN.

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November 23, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Hopelessness, married couples, The Cross, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Choose Palliative Care – Why Assisted Suicide?

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This image is so beautiful and there is so much beauty in this world.  T0 feel healthy and strong is an awesome feeling.  What happens when a person is terminally ill, how do you think they feel, especially if they are having terrible pain.  Well, we do have palliative care and that is so beautiful.  People are loved and they are made to feel comfortable as they slowly approach death.  Palliative Care enables terminally ill people to die with dignity.  They are made to feel comfortable right to the very end.  Why do some people want assisted suicide?  Why are Governments for assisted suicide instead of continuing with palliative care.

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October 20, 2017 Posted by | Aged Homes, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Elderly, Sick, Suffering, Suicide, Teen suicide, Terminal Illness, The Cross, The Sick, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

God is our shepherd by Florence D’Costa

God is our Shepherd and we Iike sheep have all gone astray, so God laid all our iniquity upon His Son Jesus Christ so that we the sheep would be saved and redeemed. So, let our prayer be ‘ Shepherd me O God beyond my wants, beyond my fears from death into life’.

October 16, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas Carols, Compassion, couples, Cross, Evangelisation, God is our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, married couples, Sacrifice, Scripture, Singles, Songs, The Cross, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Have Faith – Christmas Season – Scripture

This is a season where we are waiting for Baby Jesus to enter our hearts, our homes, our families, our neighbourhood, our parishes, our communities. our state, our country and the entire world.  How can He do that?  When we keep our hearts opened to the Word of God, Listen to Him speak in the silence of our hearts, when we look around and visit the Nativity Scenes, Hear and participate in singing Carols, Go shopping for others to make them happy, Visit the poor and the sick, the homeless, the lonely and more importantly prepare our hearts to receive Him in Holy Communion on Christmas Day. Hence, we are all called to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially if we have not approached the Sacrament for a very, very long time.
So let us prepare our hearts to receive Baby Jesus this Christmas and more importantly, let us make our hearts so beautiful to present it to Baby Jesus as HIS GIFT.
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Luke 1:30-31 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 
Isaiah 52:7-9 7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 8Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the LORD returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. 9 Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 
Luke 2:12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. 
Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people.

 

December 16, 2016 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Christmas, Happiness, Singles, The Cross, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

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Mt 6:33. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.

What does this mean? ◄ Isaiah 64:6 ► “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”.

If we do consider ourselves to be righteous, we definitely cannot compare with God. We are sinful and God is perfect without sin. God created us to be perfect but we are not. So what can we do? We are all called to be perfect – we need to be single eyed – Have our gaze on Jesus Christ.

It is a command of God for us to seek Him first. He is and must be our number One. When He is our Number One,

  • We will love him and follow His Commandments.
  • We will try to please Him in every way, instead of waiting for Him to please us
    in every way.
  • We will be ready to make sacrifices and to put our desires last.
  • We would be eager to study God’s word and to be obedient.
  • We will be ready to walk the straight and narrow path instead of walking the
    broad road.
  • We will live to love Jesus Christ and to follow Him who is our Lord and Master.
  • We will love God First and we will love our neighbour as ourselves.
  • We must die to ourselves and have self control.It is important to live one day at a time – living for Christ Jesus alone. Every day, it is important to pray for grace to live a pure and holy life.

July 27, 2016 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Cross, Evangelisation, God, God's Love, Love for God, The Cross, Youth | Leave a comment

Song for Holy Thursday

 

 

 

March 24, 2016 Posted by | Christ Jesus, Cross, Holy Thursday, Lent, The Cross | Leave a comment

Lent 2016 – The Stations of the Cross

During this Lenten Season, I was not feeling quite well.  What I have discovered is, for one to pray deeply, to get into the presence of God, one needs a lot of energy.  So, when I am feeling a bit weak, I avoid praying the Stations of the Cross.  For me to pray the Stations of the Cross is to go into time.  It is to be present during the actual crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  It is to really and truly be with Jesus as he journeys towards his death.  It is a very emotional experience and when I am feeling a bit weak, I simply cannot pray the Stations of the Cross.

What is prayer?  Prayer is communicating with God.  Is coming into his presence.  So when I pray the Stations of the Cross, I come into his presence, into his suffering and it really exhausts me.

So my dear brothers and sisters, what I am trying to say to you is whenever you pray, whatever be the prayer, go into the PRESENCE OF GOD for it is very real.  If you have enough energy to say a small prayer, then say it as if you were in the PRESENCE OF GOD.  True prayer is being transported into the real PRESENCE OF GOD.  Many people keep rambling on and on.  They just pray with their lips.  God is calling us to pray with our heart and with all our strength.

I am going to pray the Stations of the Cross this Good Friday and I will put all my energy into journeying with Jesus to Calvary.  I know that it will be exhausting but it will be rewarding.  For whenever, I come into the PRESENCE OF GOD which ofcourse is everyday, I receive tremendous blessings.

So my dear brothers and sisters, let us JOURNEY WITH JESUS to CALVARY THIS GOOD FRIDAY.

 

 

March 22, 2016 Posted by | Goof Friday, Jesus Christ, Lent, Prayer, Presence of God, The Cross | Leave a comment

Suffering – Can you Pray?

To those who are sick in hospitals, nursing homes, sick at home and in agonising and excruciating pain.  Is it possible for such people to praise and thank God.  For those who are suffering terrible and excruciating pain, it is highly impossible to be praising God during that time but your love for God is above all others, then your soul is in the Presence of God.  That is what is important.  Loving God all the time even without saying One Word out loud. There is one thing I would like to tell you all.  When you are suffering excruciating pain, and you know that you love God above all else then, I am sure that God is very much aware of how much you love Him and YOU CAN BE SURE THAT YOU ARE IN HIS EMBRACE.  Suffering, Happy, Sad, Laughing, Dancing, Crying, Smiling – whatever you may be doing – if you love God above all else, you can be sure that you will be FOREVER IN HIS EMBRACE and that is the safest place to be at all times.

June 8, 2015 Posted by | Aged Homes, Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Cross, Elderly, Evangelisation, Faithful, Family, God's Love, Happiness, Healing, Holy Spirit, Hospitals, Jesus Christ, Laughter, Love for God, married couples, Miracles, Nursing Homes, Praising God, Prayer, Prayers, Presence of God, Sad, Sick, Smiles, Suffering, Testimonies, The Cross, The Sick, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Mount Calvary

By Florence D’Costa

Every time we make the Stations of the Cross, are we making the journey that Jesus made on that fateful day, when he was condemned by Pilate to die on a cross, 2000 years ago?  Well, Jesus Christ died and he rose again victoriously, 2000 years ago.  He is now seated at the Right hand of God and He is constantly interceding for us.  So, why do we make the Stations of the Cross atleast once week,  during the Lenten Season?

Well, for me, I journey along with Jesus on that fateful day.  I journey along with His Mother Mary.   I journey with her as I can imagine how broken she was to see her only son being condemned, scourged, crowned with thorns, robed as a king and mocked as ‘The King of the Jews” and finally He was crucified and He died between two thieves.  The Son of God, the Son of Mary who was God and Man – who knew no sin, became SIN by carrying the sins of the world on His shoulders.  He suffered and died such a humiliating death on the cross BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU AND ME.  He was prepared to die for us, so that we might LIVE forever with Him in Heaven.

The Old Rugged Cross by Don Meon

What happens as I journey with Jesus and Mother Mary on that fateful day?  I relive the horror of that day.  I look into the eyes of Jesus as He carries his cross.  There is so much of pain in his eyes.  He suffers physical pain, pain of rejection, humiliation, he feels alone as he walks to his death.  Crowds are jeering at him women are crying for Him.  He meets his mother and their eyes meet.  No words pass from their lips but their hearts are wrenched in two.   Which mother on earth has witnessed her innocent son who committed no sin suffer and die such a humiliating death though He was Divine and yet Man.  No mother on earth, only Mother Mary.

On the cross His greatest suffering was when He carried the sins of the world on His shoulders, He cried, MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME.  You see Sin and God cannot be united and hence Jesus felt forsaken by His Father in Heaven.  Then Jesus said besides other things, IT IS FINISHED and He gave up HIS SPIRIT.

WHEN I look at Jesus dying on the cross, I know that after I have journeyed with Jesus and His mother, I cannot be the same person.  I know now that JESUS CHRIST has given me abundant graces to become a better person.  I have learnt to be ready to accept humiliation, suffering, ridicule etc all for the love of Jesus.  JESUS WAS GOD AND MAN AND HE WAS SINLESS AND HE SUFFERED AND DIED FOR THE WHOLE WORLD.  SO I MUST ALSO BE READY TO BE LIKE MY LORD AND MASTER.

Every Christian is persecuted in different ways and we must be ready to face persecution and so journeying with Jesus during His Most terrible Passion and Death is the best way for us to be strengthened TO BE LIKE OUR MASTER – JESUS CHRIST.

So my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ REJOICE AND BE GLAD WHEN YOU ARE PERSECUTED FOR JESUS CHRIST ROSE VICTORIOUSLY FROM THE DEAD AND HE IS NOW SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER.  SO, WE WILL ALSO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE WHEN WE FACE PERSECUTION BUT WE MUST FACE IT WITH LOVE AND FORGIVENESS IN OUR HEARTS TOWARDS OUR PERSECUTORS.

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March 23, 2015 Posted by | Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Cross, God's Love, Good Friday, Jesus Christ, Lent, Love for God, Mercy, Persecution, Solution to problems, Suffering, The Cross, the Mother of Jesus, Youth | 2 Comments

Prayer for Healing of the Family Tree

CATHOLIC PRAYER:

via Prayer for Healing of the Family Tree.

March 3, 2015 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, couples, Faith in God, Family, Jesus Christ, Marriage, married couples, Prayers, The Cross, Youth | Leave a comment