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Friday, November 24, 2017

"Ask and it will be given to you" Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

"So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Lk 11: 9-10).

It is one of the Lord's promises!  Ask, but are we persistent in asking the Lord on asking for what we need?  Are we just asking for material things and not for the things that matter in life.

Sometimes, we qualify only material needs as the highest priority in our lives.  On the other hand,  protection, happiness with our family, peace and spiritual growth are more important than those transient things.

Seek the Lord with all your heart and you will see His absolute goodness and mercy.  We may not feel it in an instant, but it will come.  It's a matter of faith!  Believe and God will never fail you.  But it just does not come like magic.  It comes at the most unexpected places and undetermined time.  We may ask why...because God is God!  No one can predict His ways, how can we?  For God's wisdom is beyond understanding.  Seek Him for you may never know, like a good shepherd, God is already seeking you and your soul for many, many years!   Allow Him to find you, even if we are in mud or quagmire, He will raise us up.

How do I know, you may ask!  Because He did it to me!  Praise the Lord forever and ever...In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

Thursday, November 23, 2017





The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men now not wreck his rod
Generations have trodded, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wear man's smudge and share man's smell: the soil.
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod...
O' morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs---
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Gerard Manly Hopkins
Acknowledgement: Ferguson, Salter, Stallwarthy.
The Norton Anthology of Poetry


Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?  If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.  1 Cor 3:16-17 
God dwells in us!  We are in His Presence all the time even when we are not aware of Him.   Each of us is a dwelling place for the Source of Life.   So, then, why should we worry or be afraid of what faces us today?   Nothing is impossible for the Source of Life, God will destroy all evil that comes near us if it tries to destroy us.  Rest assured that God’s love, protection, providence, mercy, is in you and filling you.  Surrender completely to Him and feel the peace only He can give.
(Thanks to Jane Pimenta for this superb reflection about God's Spirit living in us).

Believe, all things are possible for God

"Believe, all things are possible if you believe."  Mk 9:23

Sometimes, we limit our perception, thinking that there are things not possible for God.  For us, we are limited as imperfect creatures of creation.  It is now time for us to reckon the bare truth that all things are possible for God.

When it comes to God, nothing is impossible.  But, one has to believe fully that what he prayed for will be given.  As a testimony, I have many things prayed for fully answered if I totally leave it in the hands of God.  But, when my faith wanes a bit, then the problems seem insurmountable.  

As lovers of God, things become easier if we totally surrender to God's plans for our lives.  At times of great faith, God fight the battles for us.  

It's not easy to do it just by words, but by deeds.  Believe fully just like the patriarch Abraham who offered his son to God without doubt, just like Mother Mary who accepted her role as Mother of Jesus for our salvation, just like all the saints who adored God in absolute awe, just like the Archangels and Angels who stand by on the side of God no matter what.

Let us pray today that God, our Heavenly Father will give us the grace of faith, strong and unwavering at all times, in joy and in sorrow, in good times as well as in moments of trials and tribulations.  Praise God!  Alleluia.  In the Most Holy Name of Jesus.  Amen

Cynthia Abegail



I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp--
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, 'What's the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
God must've made a mistake.

'And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber - give me a clue.'
'Hush, child,' He said,
they're all in shock.
No one thought they'd be seeing you.'


Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a
Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
Every saint has a PAST...
Every sinner has a FUTURE!
Now it's your turn.. Share this poem. Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil...
It has no point!

Gayretta L.V. Beckrum
People don't care how much you know,
until they know how much you care.



All Praise and Glory

At age three, I looked up the sky
One night when the stars are out
Overheard you created the world,
All praise and glory to you, our Lord!

At age seven, I looked by the sea,
It seems infinite the edge I can't see
Soaring waves breathlessly in awe
No doubt about You the, Almighty One!

At age twelve, I looked at the flowers,
Nothing more beautiful than rose and lilies
Faith in you extended beyond the yonder sea,
All honor you deserve I cried with glee!

At age twenty, as my heart flutter,
This love overflows as I remember
Gift of wisdom pervades the lullaby,
Thanks from the heart, my Shaddai!

Now I am older, my love still remains,
Loving others yet You're the domain
Of my being and always the first!
You are the One who quench my thirst!

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LOVE'S COMING (John Shaw Neilson)

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( New World Publication thank Cynthia Abegail for introducing John Shaw Neilson who has contributed a beautiful and meaningful poem for our Publication. Our readers will love such a wonderful poem. Thanks again) New World


Quietly as rosebuds
Talk to a thin air,
Love came so lightly
I knew not that he was there.

Quietly as lovers
Creep at the middle moon,
Softly as players tremble
In the tears of a tune;

Quietly as lilies
Their faint vows declare
Came the shy pilgrim:
I knew not he was there...

Without hail or tempest,
Blue sword or flame,
Love came so lightly
I knew not that he came.

John Shaw Neilson

Source: Mark ' Connor, Australian Poetry.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Wedding at Cana: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana at Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."  And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and me?"  My hour has not yet come."  His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you."...Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water."  And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them, 'Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.  So they took it.  When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where they come from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk.  But you have kept the good wine until now.  Jesus did this, the first of his signs in Galilee and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.  (Jn 2: 1-11)

This is the first signs of Jesus during his ministry on earth.  It is quite obvious that Mother Mary, the mother of Jesus noticed that the couple will be in deep embarrassment when they lose wine, a symbol of abundance in wedding feast.  She saw the need of a miracle which Jesus could do!  

On the other hand, the answer of Jesus seems daunting for her, "My hour has not yet come."  From the flow of the story, Mother Mary was persistent and she knows the heart of her Son, the flesh of her flesh by the union with the Holy Spirit.  "Do whatever he tells you."  In the same way, our children listen to us because they love us.  In the passages, Mother Mary has great faith in Jesus, our Lord.  Although Jesus' hour has not yet come, his mother know in her heart that Jesus cannot refuse her request.  Jesus is in the very midst of the anguish of the couple, Jesus will always help and assist to the rescue of those who face difficulties.

Jesus do miracles not for its own sake but to reveal the glory of His Father.  The changing of water into wine could only be done by "The Alpha and the Omega, The Way, The Truth and the Life, the I AM, the God of our forefathers!

Let us believe in Jesus, sent by Abba Father to rescue all of us from peril and from the pit.  No one knows the time, so let us be vigilant and prepare for that day when the Lord summons us to be with Him and see Him face to face (Book of John).  There, we have a place prepared by the Lord, a mansion in His Father's house.

Cynthia Abegail Bernardo



It was dawn. Sun's golden rays came through the window and competed with the cool breeze to embrace me. I was going to sleep more but I did not feel wasting the beautiful morning by lazily lying in the bed with day dreaming. After a few moments, I got out of my bed and put my sandals and walked into the garden, adjacent to my house. My long white gown had covered half of my legs and was a perfect match for my black pants, I thought.
The newly blossomed rose and jasmine flowers added beauty to the garden along with many white and yellow tulips. Dews were falling down from the leaves and squirrels were jumping from branches to branches.
The sweet smell of rose and jasmine flowers had spread and covered the entire garden.The red roses were very attractive and I tenderly touched some of them. All of a sudden,I felt an urge to pluck some of them. I did not hesitate, sure enough,I plucked some of them.
Alas! I felt a pain on my fingers and I realized that the thorns of the Rose plants had pierced through my fingers. The blood spread on my gown and suddenly I felt angry. With great annoyance, I threw the flowers on the ground and when I walked, unintentionally my sandals crushed those flowers. I felt a little agitated but I could not do anything at that point and so I continued to walk.
Momentarily I heard a cry and a sob. When I looked back, I knew the Rose plants were crying and sobbing.I was puzzled but did not want to ask them anything. Next day morning was also very beautiful and I visited the garden again. That morning, the garden was decorated with more flowers and more serenity had filled the air. The beauty of the garden and the sweet smell of the flowers made me very happy. I saw a few girls walking ahead of me happily talking.

Their long black hair was adored with red rose flowers. Oh! what a great beauty has been added with those flowers, I thought. I had forgotten the previous day's incident and without any hesitation, my hands stretched to pluck some flowers. All of a sudden I saw some changes in the rose plants. They stopped dancing anymore and started to cry.

I could not realize what was happening. I turned towards them and asked,"what is happening.Why are you crying ?"
They answered: "you are again trying to pluck our flowers, right ?"
 I answered, "Yes. Why, is it a mistake what I am doing ?"
"Surely. You are doing a wrong thing" 
 I asked them in a soft voice. "If I am doing something wrong, what did those girls walking ahead of me do? They plucked many of your flowers and they are on their hair. What about that.?"
The answer surprised me" Yes,they have done a fine job. Wearing the flowers on their hair makes them look more beautiful and so many people could enjoy the beauty of those flowers. surely, people appreciate . What you did was plucking the flowers and throwing them on the road and crushing them with your sandals without any concern of their beauty! The people came after you also crushed them without any mercy !!If you had not plucked them,people would have appreciated their beauty and enjoyed the sweet smell,even if our flowers had a very short life."
 My hands withdrew automatically. At that moment I found a great truth of life. Even if a life is for a short period only, it should be useful and beneficial to others and not to be crushed mercilessly and uselessly.
Written by George Kurian-copy rights with the author.
(Thanks to our Chief Editor, George Kurian for this beautiful and very meaningful short story). New World

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


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                            BEAUTIFUL PAINTING


Breathe into me Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy. Attract my Heart Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.
Come Holy Spirit, Replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation. Replace the turbulence within us with a sacred calm. Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence. Replace the fear within us with a strong faith. Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace. Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light. Replace the coldness within us with a loving warmth. Replace the night within us with your light. Replace the winter within us with your spring. Straighten our crookedness, till our emptiness. Duff the edge of our pride, sharpen the edge of our humility. Light the fires of our love, quench the flames of our lust. Let us see ourselves as you see us, that we may see you as you have promised and be fortunate according to your word. "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God". .

Thanks to Rev Fr Jose Vettiyankal for the meaningful prayers to
the Holy Spirit.  Excellent prayers to start our day!)  New World