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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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A WONDERFUL STORY: FORWARDED BY DR ANISHA KURIAN - PHILIP

A WONDERFUL STORY

( This is a beautiful story from Dr. Anisha Kurian All of our writers and Editors are eminent, professional and very talented. They have made our Publication very rich in literature and art. Now we have another talented writer and professional to join our team. Anisha has a Phd in Psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania State,USA. This is a heart touching story...really a wonderful one.)First Published on 06/28/09 One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her. Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you. He said, "I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson." Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough !! Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt. As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St . Louis and was only just passing through.. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid. Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, 'And think of me.' He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight. A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger... Then she remembered Bryan. After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin. There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: 'You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.' Under the napkin were four more $100 bills. Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard.... She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, 'Everything's going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.' There is an old saying 'What goes around comes around.' Today I sent you this story, and I'm asking you to pass it on. Let this light shine. Don't delete it, don't return it. Simply, pass this on to a friend. Good friends are like stars....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there. ~GOD BLESS!~

(The author is unknown, but when Dr. Anisha has received this story from her friend she has been kind enough to forward it to us for our respected readers.) New World) Labels: Anisha's Short Story

PRAYER FROM THE HEART by Cynthia Abegail


Lord, as I awake today, I saw again the beauty of your creation.

I realised that I am not alone but you are within me.  For every 

breath that I take is your very Own as I will not be able to 

breathe without your gift of life.

As the darkness passed and the dawn of light follows, I could 

not think of anything else but only of the notion, "How Great 

Thou Art."


I am truly excited on what the day may bring through today.  

There maybe highs, some lows, averages but the most 

important thing that I know is that you are always here beside 

me, assisting me, testing me!  Lord, did I pass the test?  Am I a 

better person now than yesterday?


I am glad that I am more of the publican who said, "I am a 

sinner!  Thanks for being kind to sinners as well...  But Lord,

truly, You are the God I worship and love!  I try also to love my 

brothers and sisters but sometimes, I mean many times I fail!

I rely on your grace, O Lord and I like to cooperate with your 

will for me!  Yours faithfully, your adoring Child☺️

Deuteronomy 6:13: Fear the Lord thy God


"Fear the Lord thy God and serve Him."


We tend to fear a lot of things, fear of height, fear of snakes, fear of spiders, etc but on one hand, there's really nothing to fear except God!  When we serve God, we serve with fear and trembling.  This fear is not the ordinary fear, but fear of a King out of love.


Sometimes, we are in a dilemma!  In everything we do, God takes priority!  I know how difficult it is.  Faced with a thousand of things to do for family, we face a question!  Are we going to do this first or one for our family.  



But why, one will ask?  One has to attend a footy, a drink with a pal, relax in a beach and hundreds of excuses.  Well, fair enough!  But, are we going to miss to attend worship for God?  No, no no!




God created the heavens and the earth and God created man in his image.  It was very clear:  Honour the Sabbath day.  It is a day of worship and for Christians, attending Mass for that matter.




One has six days to labour and to work and only one day to set aside for God!  But, we do not take this literally.  If one is a doctor saving lives on a Sunday, that becomes his form of service for the Lord because he is doing these things for the glory of God.  It is good not to replace God with other idols, revelry, lust for vices especially on a day dedicated for God.  Come, think of it!  All days are of God's and God must be in all our days.





Just a day, can't we think about God, our Creator, our Fortress and Deliverer?  It's time to recollect our moments.



Let us pray:  God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, grant us the grace to use this day for your glory.  That we may feel you, think about you and all of your kindness, goodness and mercy.  That we may love you with all of our heart, mind and soul.  That we may keep your Sabbath holy.  All in the most Holy Name of Jesus.  Amen.


Cynthia Abegail

Build the Kingdom of God and not the spirit of negativity: Reflection by Jane Pimenta of Prayer Aid

 Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your panelled houses, while this house lies in ruins?  Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.  You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.             Haggai 1:3-6
The people of Israel were more interested in rebuilding their own homes than the temple of the Lord.  Therefore the Lord called their attention to their status….”Consider your ways…….bags with holes”
St Paul says that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit – if we continually dwell on the negative things that happen to us, we will never be able to rebuild ourselves and focus on the Lord.  As long as we are harbouring bitterness we can never be truly happy – Let us let go of the past, change our negative attitudes, and focus on the goodness and mercy of Jesus and begin to rebuild the Temple of the Holy Spirit so we can receive all the blessings coming to us. (Beautiful reflection.  It gives us great spiritual food for thought.  Excellent, Jane).  Cynthia Abegail in behalf of New World.

"THOU HAS MADE US FOR THYSELF, O GOD": ST AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO





"Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, our hearts will

never rest till they find rest in Thee."

                                            ST AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

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DELIVERANCE PRAYER ---REV JOSE VETTIYANKAL, VC www.nityaradhana.com)

LAYMAN'S DELIVERANCE PRAYER

I claim protection of the precious blood of Jesus on me and on (persons concerned). In the name of Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, I cast out the evil spirit of (anger, jealousy, hatred, gluttony, alcoholism, pride, watching TV, etc.) from this person. Let the Holy spirit come upon you and transform everything around you. 0 Lord Jesus, send your Holy Spirit upon this person and transform his/her life into your image and likeness and change his/ her problems, difficulties and weak-nessess for his/her favour and for your glory and the greater glory of your Father. Follow this prayer by Free Praise using the gift of tongue or use Alleluia praise.
(Thanks to Rev Fr Jose Vettiyankal for this powerful deliverance prayer from any evil
spirit of bondage.  This could be prayed by any lay person anytime and could be prayed
daily for purification and in the name of Jesus Christ.  A very important prayer!)
New World

VANITY: ARTWORK BY NEETHA THOMAS

"Vanity of vanities, saith
the Preacher...all is vanity"

(Thanks Neetha for this
brilliant work of art).
New World.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength

Reflection by Maria Cassia

“Jesus answered, “The first is, “Hear O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is one, you shall love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”  There is no other commandment greater than these.’



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All of our lives should be based on these pillars of Christianity.  There is a difference between the 1st greatest commandment and the second one.  The first love is one of Worship and Adoration while the second one is filial love.


Still, love God above all!  When one loves God fully and devotedly, the 2nd commandment is easy to follow.  The grace of God being showered on you as you love Him 100 percent, no doubt, no ifs and buts:  you will love your neighbour spontaneously.  Why?  It’s because, only His grace and mercy will provide all the rest that we need.



Relationships are more fruitful if we surrender this area to our Creator.  The grace of unity and friendship with God Almighty binds all with love and blessings as we abide in Him!



This is not a secret but it’s the great truth.  Love the Creator of all things first and foremost.  All things will follow and all will be given unto you.




The others will argue, Love your neighbours first!  No, love God Almighty first.  We love you, God Almighty in your Son Jesus by the grace of Holy Spirit! We love our neighbours too, as You have commanded. Thanks forever and ever.  Amen

COR 13 "A HYMN ABOUT LOVE"


"If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love , I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.  And if I have the gift of prophecy, and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." 1 Cor 13: 1-3

God gives gifts to man for the building of the church community.  On the other hand, all of these gifts will be nullified if we use them just to puff ourselves up and if we do not use it with love for God and for our neighbours.

We must deal with our brethren in compassionate love, understanding and care.  Even if one has the gift of the tongues which is of course a privilege, but if he or she one treats their brethren with contempt and with slander, that amounts to  nothing!

If we have faith so active and alive and join all the activities in the church with so much energy, yet
quarrel with the members of this church, we have done nothing worth of value.  If we give away all of our property and live a life of poverty; if we have followed the vows of obedience and chastity, yet has every unfavourable remarks for all and if we have a caustic tongue which hurts our neighbour's feelings, all of our efforts are in vain.  Better keep quiet, be simple and love God and our neighbours.

To be a true Christian is not easy.  Love is the testing ground of one's status in the eyes of God.  We always remember that we are here on earth not to please all men but foremost to please God.  God's commandment of loving one another is crucial to our relationship with Him.

Cynthia Austero- Bernardo

THE CHICK AND THE EGG: SHORT STORY (E-BOOK) BY ARIANNA ROSE PHILIP

YOUNG ARIANNA'S(NOW about 12 YEARS OLD) E. BOOK/PAPERBACK BY WWW.AMAZON.COM
THE CHICK AND THE EGG (E-BOOK)

Arianna is a sweet, imaginative, and humorous seven year old first grader (now older) who has enjoyed creating stories before she could write. I recall her dictating stories to whoever was sitting closest to her. I believe Arianna's passion for writing stories and poems comes from a combination of her special talents, her grandfather, a writer himself, and from her preschool experience that taught based on a Reggio Emilia approach. Arianna learned early on to observe the simplest of details in nature such as the petals on a flower or the leaves on a tree. Her observations along with her imagination are the source of her poems and stories.

Author:  Arianna Rose Philip,

Book work & reviews executed by:
George Abraham, Prof. Dr. Joy  T Kunjappu, Mr. Sudhir Panikkaveetil, and Ms. Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

(Please support our young, brilliant short story teller and poetess).

Cynthia Abegail  


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“I Thought you Care”. Short Story by Maria Cassia

Reina is my favourite cousin, with ebony hair and hazel brown eyes—a stunning lady.  She has only one downturn; she loves to daydream.   She is bright but easily fall in love.


Once, she ran to me and exclaimed, “I have a new crush.  Oh, he is so adorable, with deep set eyes and light ebony skin.  I exclaimed “again!”  Oh Mary Rose, this is the real thing.”  I eerily responded, “You said that ten times already.”  She chuckled, “I met him somewhere in South Gardens, oh my love!”



Daily, she ranted about this mysterious guy, I became interested to see her crush.  The day after, she introduced to me Ronnie, that guy who loves white shirts and blue pants.  Well, at my age, I could not blame her.  He was definitely oozing with appeal.



She proceeded with her near madness and I just watched her with care.  After 2 months, she ran to me again with tears and she sobbed, “Ronnie liked another girl, a brunette lady with a husky voice.”  I consoled her and said, “You see, you will find your dream man, you just have to pray.  Ronnie may not be the one for you.”



After that, she prayed so hard that her novenas are long but sweet.  Another year passed and guess what, I received an invitation.  She is getting married after Easter.  I would be her Maid-of-honour.




Then, I pondered, I am still single, when will the right man come?  She whisphered to me, “Pray for the help of Mother Mary, you will get your man!  I pinched her coz she seems to know what I was thinking.  We laughed with gusto! 😊


Let your light shine before men: Matt 5:15-16: Reflection by Prayer Aid

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.   Matt 5:15-16

Sharing our lives and our material good with others, can be the lamp that will give light to those around us and make the power of Jesus known to them, those who are suffering, confused, or in any form of darkness.    Those with whom its difficult to get on with… that’s our big challenge.
Let us search our lives today, for the many ways in which God has blessed us, and then let us share our blessings to draw others to Him.  (Thanks Jane!  Superb as usual)

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