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Thursday, August 25, 2016

"For God loved the world so much,...(Jn 3:16)

"For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. (Jn 3:16)

As in the letter to the Romans, "all fall short of the glory of God.  If God has not sent His Son into the world, we will all perish in totality.  Yet, God's love for us is unconditional, beyond understanding and immense.  Why do we need to beleuve in Jesus?  Why should we not have faith in anything except God's only Begotten Son?  It was very clear:  "Everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.". Therefore, we must now think twice before believing in other gods, whatever it is!  God Almighty in His Majesty and via His Word said,"who believes in Jesus may not die but have eternal life."

Eternal means forever.  A person may live from one year till 100.  My brothers and sisters, we are talking about a long, long time, "eternal."

Hence, our salvation is a serious matter. It is already God saying to us by His Word that we could have eternal life, guaranteed, if we abide and have faith in Lord Jesus.  Whom do you like to believe, other false gods?

For our sake and for the sake of our cjildren, have faith in God's Word, have faith in His Son Jesus, the only Way, the Truth and the life.

Dear Lord, we pray today that whoever reads and contemplate about this truth, will be converted fully and will spread your Word.  We truly believe that this will happen, because for Thee, nothing is impossible.  Through the powerful intercession of Mother Mary, St Joseph, St Michael the Archangel, all of the Angels and Saints.  In the Holy Name of Jesus, Amen

Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

A MESSAGE OF THE LORD IN THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH


pic credit:  www.crosscards.com

GOD AND POSSESSIONS: REFLECTIONS BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL






GOD AND POSSESSIONS

"No one can be a slave of two masters, he will
hate one and love the other. You cannot serve
both God and money.
This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive,
or about the clothes for your body. After all, isn't
life more than food? And isn't the body worth more
than clothes? Look at the birds; they do not plant
seeds, gather a harvest and put it in the barns, yet
your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you
worth more than the birds? Can any of you live longer
by worrying about it?...
Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not worry or
make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even
King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful
as one of these flowers...
Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these things.
Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom
of God and what He requires of you, and He will provide you
with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow;
it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to
the troubles each day brings."
Matthew 6: 24-34
* As human as we are, it is not that easy not to get worried about so
many trials that we face everyday. On the other hand, it is already
God who assures us that seeking the Kingdom is supposed to be thetop priority in our lives.
Let us ask ourselves, will our worries solve the problems we encounter?
Will it add any cubit to the length of our lives? Never! Worries will just
refocus our minds to unnecessary elements. If we genuinely trust God,
then there is really no need to worry. Surrender to Him all of your needs.Tomorrow will take care of itself; focus on the Lord. Abide in Him and He will abide in you!
Cynthia Abegail

HOLY SPIRIT, BIND US TOGETHER




Come, Holy Spirit bind us together in love!
Bind broken hearts with your consolation.
Bind divided families with your solace.
Bind war-torn nations with your peace.
Bind us together in common solidarity
with all humanity.  Amen

IF: POEM (EXCERPT) BY RUDYARD KIPLING FORWARDED BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL

IF If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting, too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise... If you can talk with crowds and walk with virtue, Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds of distance run-- Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son! Rudyard Kipling (A great poet indeed; full of meaning and substance!)

LOVELY DEER FORWARDED BY ABRAHAM G

































JUST LOVELY! WE SEE THE GRACE

OF GOD BY LOOKING AT THESE DEER...

SOBER CREATURES OF GOD!!!

(THANKS ABRAHAM G) NEW WORLD

Labels: Abraham G.

LOVE'S GROWTH (EXCERPT) BY JOHN DONNE FORWARDED BY CYTHIA ABEGAIL

LOVE'S GROWTH

I SCARCE BELIEVE MY LOVE TO BE SO PURE
AS I HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS
BECAUSE IT DOTH ENDURE
VISSICITUDE, AND SEASON, AS THE GRASS;
ME THINKS I LIED ALL WINTER, WHEN I SWORE
MY LOVE WAS INFINITE, IF SPRING MAKE IT MORE.

BUT IF THIS MEDICINE, LOVE WHICH CURES ALL SORROW
WITH MORE, NOT ONLY BE NO QUINTESSENCE,
BUT MIX'D ALL STUFFS, VEXING SOUL, OR SENSE,
AND OF THE SUN HIS ACTIVE VIGOUR BORROW,
LOVE'S NOT SO PURE, AND ABSTRACT AS THEY USE
TO SAY , WHICH HAVE NO MISTRESS BUT THEIR MUSE;
BUT AS ALL ELSE, BEING ELEMENTED TOO,
LOVE SOMETIMES WOULD CONTEMPLATE, SOMETIMES DO...

JOHN DONNE

I PRAISE YOU FOR YOUR WORKS ARE WONDERFUL: REFLECTION BY PRAYER AID


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Ps 139:13-14


 You and I am most certainly imperfect, but we were WONDERFULLY MADE. God made me and you and said “it is good’ Yet we focus more on what is not‘good’ in us rather than what is good. We focus more on the mistakes we make during the day rather than all that we did well. To the extent we are harsh on ourselves, to that extent we are harsh on others, and then this becomes a block between us and God. Today let us decide to affirm ourselves, let us remember God loves us just as we are, so let us accept ourselves too.

(Thanks very much to Jane Pimenta for stressing the need for a positive attitude in life.  On the other hand, we need God's grace to block the negatives in our life although cooperation on our part is important too.  Superb!)  New World

BLESS THE LORD BY CHRISTINA MARIE PAUL FORWARDED BY SR ELSIE BABY

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"
[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

[Chorus]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

[Chorus x2]
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

Jesus, I'll worship Your holy name
Lord, I'll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I'll worship Your holy name
I'll worship Your holy name​


QUOTES BY THOMAS PHILIP RANNI (OUR SENIOR EDITOR

Quotes by Thomas Philip Ranni(Our former Senior Editor Mr. Thomas Philip Ranni has sent us some beautiful quotes which will enrich our souls, no doubt. Thanks :New World)

EACH LIFE AFFECTS ANOTHER'S:
" We may not always realize
that everything we do
Affects not only our lives
but touches others,too

For a little bit of thoughtfulness
that shows some one you care
Creates a ray of sunshine
for both of you to share

Yes , every time you offer
someone a helping hand,
everytime you have
a kind and gentle word to give

You help someone find beauty
in this precious life we live
For happiness brings happiness,
and loving ways bring love
And giving is the treasure
that contentment is made of.
Amanda Bradley


TIME FOR GOD FORWARDED BY JERAMAINE ILAGO

(Something we have to think deeply, Jeramaine , explains through the verses. Thanks)New World

Time for God

We try to keep God on Sunday morning,
maybe Sunday night. We do like to have
Him around sickness and of course at
funerals. However, we don't have time
for Him during work or play. Because
that's the part of our lives we think we
should handle on our own.
May God forgive us for thinking that
there is a time or place where He is
not to be first in our lives.
Without Him, I will be nothing. But
with Christ, he strengthens me.
(Phil 4:13)
adapted Jeramaine Ilago

TEARS OF REPENTANCE: REFLECTION BY MARIA CASSIA

TEARS OF REPENTANCE

It is not surprising that if a person try to lead a good life, he will face
surmounting temptations and trials.  For that person, repeated
occasions for sin is unleashed from the spiritual darkness of abode.
Thus, all fall and sin!  St Paul has reminded us in Eph 6:12-13,
"For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against
the principalities and the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in
this world, the spirits of evil in the heavens. That is why you must take up
all God's armor, or you will not be able to put up any resistance on the evil
day, or stand on the ground even though you exert yourselves to the full."
It is already St Paul reminding us all over again that we are all weak
because we are clothed in flesh.  How could we fight  these powers of
darkness and evil alone with our might?  This is why we have to always repent
whenever we fall into sin.  Confess our sins and come back to the Lord right
away.  Do not tarry and wait for the next day for in a spiritual battle, every
moment counts. 

Remember the sinful woman who came with an alabaster jar to the house of the
Pharisees where Jesus was.  She shed tears of repentance, so sincere that the Lord
forgave her for her trespasses.  The perfume was also a symbol of anointing in
preparation for the Lord's death and burial.  But the point is:  repentance!

The Lord wants us to be pure in heart and soul.  "Be perfect...as your heavenly
Father is perfect."  It is not easy to be perfect in this world bombarded by
some print and medium which corrupts the eye, then the soul.  It is difficult, but
possible by putting on the armor of God.  The armor consists of truth, uprightness,
eagerness to spread the gospel of peace, strong faith in God and of God's kingdom,
salvation through Jesus Christ, son of Heavenly Father and finally the offensive
armor, the Word of God (read the Bible as much as possible even daily to arm
you with the Word made flesh). 

However, all starts with repentance!  Even though one has led a sinful life before,
it is not a full stop for the Lord.  There is always a comma, for the Lord is merciful
even to the most hardened sinner or convict in the world.  That's how God loves us!
The Lord thus says in the Book of Isaiah, "Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord
though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow."  Is 1:18

Additional reference:  G,. Muringoor, Vachalnosavam.

Maria Cassia Austero

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

GOD'S GRANDEUR: BY GERARD MANLY HOPKINS: POEM FORWARDED BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL









GOD'S GRANDEUR

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
(1844-1899)
Acknowledgement: Ferguson, Salter, Stallwarthy.
The Norton Anthology of Poetry

You're my Everything! Poem by Cynthia Abegail

As the sun rises from the east, I remembered You,

My Lord who never fails, my God whom I knew

As the sun sets to the west, I recollected You

My Lord who loves me, my God Who is true!


He gave me children who are so dear to me,

He gave me a beau who is so close as a bee,

He gave me grandchildren, a delight to see,

He gave me friends, supportive and free!




As I ponder in my rose garden, He is my all,

For without Him, I will have nothing at all,

I will be bare as a rock, without love to haul

And empty as a bird's nest or grass less land!




Everything is yours, the sun and the moon,

The seasons of summer, winter and spring,

The ochre flowers of autumn or fall's zing,

The great oceans and desert, the auroras!





I love you not only because You created me,

I love You because You truly nurtured me,

I love you because You brought the best 

You're my all, my everything nothing less!


All rights reserved:  Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

THE BIRDS ARE CHIRPING: REFLECTIONS by MARIA CASSIA


We're there times that your feet seems to fly from the ground.
These are joyful times when life seems kind to you.  One will
say, "Not much though!"  Yes, we do understand that life is not
a bed of tulips.  But it depends upon our attitude.  We can make
the most of the best and the worst!

If one can still appreciate the chirping of the birds, then joy
has not departed that person.  We realise that joy and peace 
could be elusive at times.

These states could be possible through intense prayer.  God is
the source of peace, joy and happiness.  Let us turn to Him
for all our needs.  He will grant us our wishes according to
his will.  Not our will, but Thine Will be done, Oh Lord!

Maria Cassia