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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Unless a wheat grain falls and dies, it remains a single seed: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will be my servant also.  Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.”  (Jn 12:24-26).

This gospel has been a dilemna for us, too.  Sometimes, we are so embroiled in our families, friends and work that we forgot who the priority is!  When we say, we serve the Lord, we should mean it.  Hating the world and it’s glitter does not mean that you leave your family totally.  It only meant that we have to die in ourselves, submit ourselves totally to His will.  Pray for all you need.  Then, be at peace that God is in control.

When one is really grounded in God and he or she prays to God for his needs, it is truly given not in the way that we expect but in God’s way.  

We have to let go of our selfish interests and ambitions.  Let go and let God.  Our life is in His hands!  This is not simple religiosity.  For how can we say that we serve the Lord but we cater to vices like gambling, love of prostitution, greediness, vanity, pride and the like.  It really does not make sense.  “Where the Lord is, there you must be.”  He is there waiting for you:  in the Holy Mass, in His Holy Word, in His Sacraments, in Adoration, among His Angels and saints, In the Church, among the poor, needy and homeless.  If we serve Jesus, we will be honoured by Heavenly Father.  On the other hand, the glory of the Almighty God must be our goal.  

What’s the profit of gaining the whole world and losing our soul?  God first!

Cynthia Abegail





By Arianna Philip         all rights reserved     

Shamrocks are green.

Shamrocks are smooth.

Shamrocks love me and I love them too!


forwarded by Anisha Kurian-Philip, Ph.D.

(Arianna Philip is the brilliant daughter of Anisha Kurian-Philip, Ph.D

and Mr. S. Philip and the grandaughter of our superb novelist of

Over the Hills and Down the Valleys (available at,

George Kurian. As such, Arianna seems to have the talent in poetry

and short story writing.

Arianna continues to delight us with her poems.  Arianna --- a young poetess 

who will carve her own name in the annals of literature.  Congratulations

Arianna!)  New World.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!



Do not worry: Reflection by Prayer Aid

Therefore, do not worry, saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or “What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”  Matthew 6:31-33
God lacks nothing!  He is the Source of all that we need.  Peace, joy, love, financial help, looking for a job?  He has it all….and the good news is, we are His children.   As a child of God we should live with confidence and hope for good things, and for solutions to our challenges.  No what happens to us today, (or does not happen) let us believe that we are in the shadow of God’s love.  Let us do what we need to do in our challenge and let God do what He has to. (Jane, you are gifted with the Holy Spirit.  Thanks for sharing with us your reflections and may our readers be fed with God’s Word.  Excellent!  (Cynthia Abegail for New World).




This novel was published in Malayalam Language of Kerala state,India in July 2011with the title "Malakalum Thazhvarakalum" by the famous publishers NBS,Kottayam.  It can be bought as an e-book or as a hard copy.  Available in

(Please support the novel of our former Chief Editor, George Kurian.  It is an outstanding book about the Nagas).  New World



This is from me to you because you are so Special!

Dream......... ..makes all things possible
Hope..............makes all things work
Love ..............makes all things beautiful
Smile..............makes all above work possible
The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.
Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands... But when you learn to share it , you will realize how big and precious it is!!
And for that you need to smile.
Abraham G

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted: Ps 34, Reflection by Maria Cassia

“I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth, My soul makes its boast in the Lord, let the humble hear and be glad.  O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his Name together...The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their cry.  The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.  When the righteous cries for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. (Ps 34:1-4, 15-18).

As we look at our world, we sometimes wonder why evil people seem to proliferate.  Upon deeper recollection, we will see that they do not.  Murderers can run free for a while but later are caught and punished.  Liars are taken to court, slanderers are sued and tried.  Yes, no one escapes the law.  It may take some time, but wicked people goes to ruin.

The demise of the wicked deeds happens because of God’s justice which is alongside His mercy for the broken-hearted.  The homeless are close to God’s heart.  Jesus was born in a manger in a stable!  The Holy Family feels how it is to be rejected.

How about the depressed people?  God is close to their hearts, that’s why there are social workers to assist them.  When they are oppressed, God is in their midst.  He saves the crushed in spirit. He sends His angels around them and generally good people to assist them.  But, we have to cry for help because the Lord respects our choice.  Doing good is the right choice.  We fail, yet we follow Him.  “Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God and all will be added unto you.”



Read this


John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!'
He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, 'I don't get it!'
'You can't be a positive person all of the time.
How do you do it?'
He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood can choose to be in a bad mood
I choose to be in a good mood.'
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or...I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.
'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested.
'Yes, it is,' he said. 'Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life.'
I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw him about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied, 'If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?'
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
'The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,' he replied. 'Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live.'
'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I asked.
He continued, '...the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action.'
'What did you do?' I asked.
'Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,' said John. 'She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity''
Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.'
He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude....I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' Matthew 6:34.
After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
You have two choices now:
01. Delete this
02. Forward it to the people you care about.
You know the choice I made.


                            UNPARALELLED BEAUTY


Friday, March 16, 2018



( 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





Severe hot conditions make this lake the "saltiest body in the world."  This lake lies in the Danakil Desert, Africa.  Surprisingly, this region once had a wet climate.  The level of the lake before was 80 m above the present level, 10,000 years ago.

pic credit:  www.visual            Thanks!

Lac Assal has a severe high evaporation rate.  This is the reason why almost dry riverbeds form during the hot season.  However, the water rage like torrents during the wet season.  A fascinating place!

Source:  Reader's Digest.  Scenic Wonders of the World.  

Thursday, March 15, 2018



"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 children, 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


We cannot easily climb the Alps but we can see the view. What a beautiful view!

Ref. Boban and Molly Group