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Faithfulness of God by Florence D’Costa

Yes, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

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October 2, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Faith in God, Faithful, God, God the Father, God's Love, Trust in God, Women, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Trusting in God totally in the midst of trials and tribulations.

It is extremely important for us to trust in God totally and completely with no doubt in our hearts in the midst of trials and tribulations. God is really and truly alive and He is journeying with us.

September 22, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Christ Jesus, Family, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Jesus Christ – Look to Him by Florence D’Costa

July 12, 2017 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, Jesus Christ, Singles, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

The importance to become like Little Children

Daily Readings -29 November, 2016 – Reading 1, Isaiah 11:1-10;   Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17

Gospel, Luke 10:21-24
21 Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do. 22 Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ 23 Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see, 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’

My explanation:
What is God telling us in this gospel passage.  He is saying that he reveals himself to us his children.  When we were baptised, we became his children and that through baptism, he is revealing to us the secrets of His Kingdom.  The more intimate we become with him. the more he will reveal to us.  The question now is, why is he revealing himself to us.  He is doing so because he wants us to love him more and more and then for us to go and share him with others.  We need Jesus Christ to be saved and others also need him, to be saved.  So, while we are on a journey with Christ, it is important to share him with others. He is calling us to remain like little children – He wants us to be simple, humble, kind, loving, sharing, giving.  The day we become proud, we will stop hearing him speak to us because Pride is a Block. When we are like little children, we are closest to His Heart.  So let us throw pride out the window and embrace Humility and become like little children.

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November 29, 2016 Posted by | Agape, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Charity, Christianity, Confidence, Evangelisation, Trust in God, Youth | 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

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

At the Foot of the Cross – Lyrics

Are you feeling burdened or stressed.  Are you worried about something that you cannot solve?  Are you sick with some terminal illness?  Feeling weak and alone?

I have some good news for you. Most importantly it is necessary to forgive all those who have hurt you and to ask forgiveness from those whom you have hurt. Then leave it all at the Foot of the Cross.

Jesus Christ died for you and for me.  Leave your burdens at the Foot of the Cross and believe that you are Loved by God and He will relieve you of your burdens, your sickness and whatever else is keeping you down.

JESUS CHRIST LOVES YOU AND HE DIED FOR YOU.

Jesus Christ said, ‘YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL”.  NOW BE READY TO RECEIVE A FLOOD OF BLESSINGS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1, 2015 Posted by | Blessing, Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Cross, Family, Forgiveness, God's Love, Healing, Jesus Christ, Lent, Miracles, Suffering, Terminal Illness, The Cross, The Sick, Trust in God, Youth | Leave a comment

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

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

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