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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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PRAYER FOR PROTECTION THROUGH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS (REV FR JOSE VETTIYANKAL, VC)













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PRAYER FOR PROTECTION THROUGH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF "JESUS"

Lord Jesus, by faith in your merits, I now take your precious blood and sprinkle it over myself and my family right from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. I claim total and complete protection for my life and my family. Lord Jesus, keep me free today from evil, sin, temptation, satan's attacks and afflictions, fear of darkness, sickness, diseases, doubts, anger, calamities and from all that is not of Thy Kingdom. Fill me Lord Jesus with the gift of your Holy Spirit and grant me the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, understanding and discernment so that I will live today in your glory by doing what is right. I praise you Jesus, I thank you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I adore you Jesus.
Source:  www.nityaradhana.com

(Thanks to Rev Fr Jose Vettiyankal, VC, a blessed priest and provincial of a region in India
who is active in his ministry for Jesus especially in healing ministry and in guidance of
seminarians for priesthood.  Superb prayers for protection and healing!)  New World


STORY: THE CRACKED POT # FORWARDED BY SR ELSIE BABY


STORY: THE CRACKED POT# FORWARDED BY SR. ELSIE BABY


An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. 'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'
The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'
'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.' For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.
SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!
(Thanks to Sr Elsie Baby!  Excellent story).  New World

God’s Love is Conditional on our Obedience to His Word


Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.  Proverbs 11:25-26

I learnt in Bible Study, that God’s love is unconditional and that it will never ever be taken away from us. But God’s blessings are conditional!  We are blessed only when we do something.  I always remember this.  Throughout the Bible the Word of God says, that unless we obey His Word, live a covenanted life with Him, walk in the path He has chosen for us, (and more) we will not be blessed.   God will pour out His goodness in our lives, to the extent we bless others.   Let 2018 be a year of giving for us then it will also be a year of great blessing…

(I totally agree Jane!  God gave us free will but blessings come to those who obey and to those who care for others.  Thanks for the clarification.  God blesses us if we abide in Him; outstanding views).  New World

“I am the Lord, and there is no other,”thus says the Lord: Reflection by Prayer Aid (Jane Pimenta)

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.  I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me, I am the Lord, and there is no other.   Is 45:5-6
There is no other!  End of story.   
Do we find security in our money?  In certain strong people in our life?  In our homes?  In our jobs?  These can become obstacles to having faith in Jesus and turning to Him in all things.   Nothing and No one can stand against our God and we should not put Him in second place to anyone or anything.   Let us tell Him right now “Lord I am going to overcome …………. Because YOU are my God, the only God with power over all that challenges me, I trust in You and you alone, take care of my difficulty”  Amen. (Thanks Jane!  Superb insights).  Cynthia Abegail

THE WILD STORM: REFLECTIONS BY MARIA CASSIA








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THE WILD STORM

Life is not all calm, that's a bare fact! If it is always
cool and breezy, life may not be as exciting as can be.
If you want to live your life to the full, brace yourself
for the wild storm because it is surely coming maybe
not now but tomorrow or the next day.

Just in our ordinary lives, once you meet people that
are cool and calm most of the time. Suddenly, you
were surprised that they may have just lost their
their temperance. That's understandable, for life
is an enigma. Once, our atmosphere is like a cloud
smiling with a nice whim. Suddenly, it's not cumulus
anymore! What? Cumulo-nimbus---no wonder.

It's so dark, with thunder and lightning. Well, it may only
be a mild storm coming. Brace yourself for the wild storm.
If not, we may be carried away by our passion--- of not
waiting for the Lord's answer.

How will we prepare for the wild storm. Once, I was
taken aback, quite sad because I was not prepared that
time. These are some helpful tips to weather the storms
in our life: First, calm down and pray to the Lord. Oh,
remember St. Peter when he tried to walk on the water,
he lost focus on the Lord and he sank! In the same way,
do not lose focus---just adore and worship our Creator,
that's it. Second, always read the Bible, for there are many
lessons there to learn. It is also the sword of the Holy Spirit.
When the Lord speaks, that's it---no questions! Third,
practice a compassionate heart, put yourself in the shoes of
the other. Fourth, love one another---if there is no love,
we fly off the handle. More soon...
Maria Cassia


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A BEAUTIFUL ROMANTIC POEM FORWARDED BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL

A BEAUTIFUL ROMANTIC POEM: BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL BERNARDO

(The following is one of the very beautiful poems, we have come across)New World Editorial Board
Poem

This is a romantic poem for lovers...


The campfire burning by countryside,
Gazing at you near the river wide
Red flames so warm I truly felt,
As my heart incensed not dearth.

Hazel eyes twinkling like stars,
Irises widen as if with bars
Blushing cheeks cannot hide,
With cold hands by the night.

Your ways struck me completely,
Clever mind like Solomon really
With heart so pure I reckoned,
Chivalry I saw through the season.

Now I am beginning to love you,
Stop me now by the bayou,
Could not sleep but think of you,
Can you feel it, my Romeo?

You are far, yet so near,
Why has this happened at rear?
I have to hide it forever,
I may not have you, ever!

*Copyright reserved by the Author

Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

Monday, January 14, 2019

BEHOLD THE CROSS: BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL


At noon, the whole country was covered with darkness,

which lasted for three hours. At three o'clock, Jesus cried

out with a loud shout, "Eloi, Eloi,lema sabachthani?" which

means, "My God, my God, why did you abandon me?"...

With a loud cry, Jesus died. The curtain hanging in the

Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The army

officer who was standing there in front of the cross saw

how Jesus has died. "This man was really the Son of God!"

he said.

Mk 15: 33-39



Reflection

The darkness over the whole land stresses the importance

of this time of salvation of humanity. It also alludes to

Amos 8:9... "The time is coming when I will make the sun

go down at noon and the earth grow dark at daytime, I the

Sovereign Lord has spoken." The story takes place in the

fulfillment of the divine purpose as disclosed in the Old

Testament.



Jesus goes out in extreme agony, "My God, my God, why

have you abandoned me?" This is a very touching moment

of the Crucifixion of Jesus. The most precious blood had

flowed for salvation, as Christians attest and believe.



Mark wrote about the rending of the Temple curtain in two.

This is the veil which covers the Holy of Holies, where God

dwelled from the perspective of the Old Testament. The only

person who can enter this sacred place is the high priest. He

interceded for the nation during the Day of Atonement. The

torn veil is significant because Mark is stressing that now,

all have access to God via the death of Jesus. It is the end of

the Temple cult.



All fall short of the glory of God. The good news is: All have

access to God. Jesus made it possible, but faith and trust in

Him is needed.



Have a Spirit-filled Holy Week!

Cynthia Abegail













"FRUITES" POEM BY ARIANNA ROSE KURIAN- PHILIP


ARIANNA'S NEW POEM "FRUITES" BY ARIANNA ROSE PHILIP






(Arianna's new poem. She is now a little more than 10 years old.  Our respected readers have welcome her poems and short stories with great enthusiasm. We have only corrected the spelling mistakes on the words written.Thank you)
Editorial Board

**THE FRUITES**
POEM
BY
ARIANNA ROSE PHILIP

DELICIOUS FRUITES
SITTING IN THE BOWL
ALL DIFFERENT KINDS
STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES
EVEN PEACHES LOOK SO DELICIOUS

ALL RIPE
I TAKE ONE BY ONE
AND NOW THERE IS NOTHING LEFT OF THEM
BUT A BOWL !!



(Arianna Rose Philip, the youngest brilliant poet
in New World exudes a striking, natural ambience in
her latest poem, The Fruites.
It is interesting to note that Arianna chose logical themes of
nature and everyday encounters of life. This is superb because we can connect with them perfectly.
Arianna could be envisioned to be a great poetess in her own time; she is truly a promising poet, one to reach heights in the field of literature. Outstanding young poetess! Arianna, we love your poems!)
Cynthia Abegail Bernardo


 I liked the innocence and simplicity of the contents of young Ariann's poem Fruities and other poems which you had forwarded. It seems the frame of her mind is brimming with ideas on subjects which she observes around her. It is also evident that she minutely observe things. A bowel full of fruits and an empty bowel without them ! A common thing of everyday life has been depicted meaningfully and beautifully, I send my best wishes and congratulations to Arianna.
by SUDHIR PANAKKAVEETTIL

AS THE WELL RUNS DRY: POEM BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL


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                                                Thanks for the beautiful picture!  New World
  

As the Well Runs Dry

The well by the north in spring overflows,
As crystal, transparent in highs and lows
When the sun shines even on summer day
Or when the moon rises on an eerie night!

One August morn with the dew drizzled,
The well was dry like the desert in the sun
The stones were parched, pitched brown
And the soil not humus,but brittle mound.

The grasses are now yellowish without life,
And algae nowhere on the tree where hearts
Drawn one autumn,emblazoned by arrows!
As the blue letter she wrote turned amber.

Now the well runs dry as the love may wane,
As the brown turtle gazed at the other flower
The bluish turtle with broken heart moves on,
To heal the wounds of a long lost love alone!

Hope the stars will shine and the zeal imbibes
As the water in the well springs and revives
The forlorn love at dawn seeking one dream
And well will flow in style and abundantly!

All rights reserved:  Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

WORSHIP OF NATURE ABOMINABLE! REFLECTION BY MARIA CASSIA

WORSHIP OF NATURE ABOMINABLE!

Scripture attest to grievous errors of our past ancestors.
Recall the scene in Exodus wherein Aaron, brother of
Moses crafted a golden calf and worshiped a non-living
thing. The people danced in revelry and disarray.

When people participate in false worship, consequences
are inevitable. There is no one, no not even the sun or
the moon in all it's beauty could be worshipped. Only
One should be worshiped, the True, Living God.

The worship of false idols is the beginning of fornication
and all evil things. In the first place, it starts with
falsity and error. As the saying goes, "Crime does not
pay."

What are false idols? False idols are not only living and
non-living things. It could be anything or anybody whom
one places his utmost trust and hope. It could be any
form of nature, heavenly bodies, plants or animals. It
could be a family member that one enshrines in his heart
above God.

God is our quest, our hope and The One we must trust in
good times or bad times. Just hang on Him and you will
never regret a moment in your life. One may ask a question,
"I pray but bad things happen sometimes." Have you
remembered Job? The tragedy in his life is beyond compare
but at the end, God rewarded him for his faithfulness.

As children of God, we have also the responsibility to be
faithful to Him and His commandments. Love God, love
your neighbor--- that's not so heavy to follow, isn't it?
Maria Cassia

He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness: Reflection by Jane Pimenta of Prayer Aid

For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Col 1:13-14
Let us keep few words from this scripture vs before us today….”He has rescued us”   (He has rescued me)   If we are upset about something, our plans are upset….someone is rejecting us….. No matter what….we need not give into any negative feeling or entertain any negative thoughts…..because, He has rescued us from that darkness.  No darkness matters, for Jesus has brought us out of ALL kinds of darkness and into His Light.   What will bring us firmly into the light is to keep saying “Jesus I thank you for….”  The mood changes, the thoughts change, and we begin to walk in the light in the same upsetting situation !!(It is really a matter of trusting God no matter what happens!  But it is not only in words but in deeds.  Sometimes, we could be worshipping by lips alone but are not following His decrees.  Thanks God for everything).  Cynthia Abegail for New World.

Unforgiveness blocks peace of mind and hearts: Reflection forwarded by Jane Pimenta of Prayer Aid Group

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus  Phil 4:7

Peace will guard our hearts and minds!
Unforgiveness blocks the peace of Christ!  Believe me it does.  Whatever issue I have personally addressed and felt the benefit of, I share with you. Unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, destructive responses, negative feelings,  are all toxins we try to put into an airtight container and push someplace deep down in our hearts and minds…. But the older we get, the less airtight the container gets!  One day the toxins will begin to come out and spread to every area of our life changing our personality.   Negative feelings cannot be buried, they have to be dealt with – sometimes with forgiveness.  (Jane gave us one of her best reflections today.  Yes, we thought we could get away by not forgiving others!  How could we be so hard-hearted?  The Lord already told us to forgive endlessly.  Superb reflection).  Cynthia Abegail for New World

THE SEED-- GREAT STORY FORWARDED BY JOHN ZACHARIAH

THE SEED- GREAT STORY BY JOHN SACHARIAH
(This great story was forwarded by our famous writer John Sachariah. The story and the moral of the story are superb!!! Thanks -New World)
The Seed StoryA successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors, or his children, he decided to do something different.
He called all the young executives in his company together. 'It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO,' he said. 'I have decided to choose one of you.'
The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. 'I am going to give each one of you a seed today - a very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."
One man, named Henry, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.
Henry kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.
By now, others were talking about their plants, but Henry didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.Six months went by - still nothing in Henry's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed.
Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Henry didn't say anything to his colleagues, however,he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - he so wanted the seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Henry told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.
Henry felt sick at his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.He took his empty pot to the board room.
When Henry arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Henry put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed. A few felt sorry for him!When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.
Henry just tried to hide in the back.
"What great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,' said the CEO.'Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"
All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Henry at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front.
Henry was terrified. He thought, 'The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!'
When Henry got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed.Henry told him the story.The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Henry. He looked at Henry, and then announced to the young executives, 'Here is your next Chief Executive! His name is Henry!

Henry couldn't believe it. Henry couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?
Then the CEO said, 'One year ago, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Henry, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. 'When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Henry was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"

Moral:
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.