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Monday, May 30, 2016

Intelligence is not Everything

There are times that people are given gifts of intelligence and wisdom.  It is a gift that is valuable and something that we have to thank God for.

On the other hand, it could be a gift that could be abused and be boastful about.  For one, a person could become arrogant and look at others with contempt or disdain for stupidity or moronic tendencies.  That is utterly wrong.  When one is truly intelligent, he become more understanding and loving.  He has more empathy for others.  It is not an excuse that one is gifted, then insult other people.  

Knowing God is the beginning of wisdom.  This is not only academic wisdom, but a wisdom to love and care for people, a wisdom to stand for what is right.  It is not a kind of wisdom that puts people down, but a wisdom that elevates people from their downtroddenness.  It is not a wisdom that is puffed up and that presupposes oneself as superior to others.  Let others do it for you!  It is not a wisdom that labels people as morons or good- for-nothing.  

It is not easy to balance our lives on earth.  We have to be loving as a lamb, but wise as a serpent!
At the end of the day, we ask ourselves, "Have I been too mean or have I been gentle and caring in words and deeds?"

Cynthia Abegail


Luneta Park in Manila is one of the most visited places in the
Philippines. It prides itself with many tranquil and lush
gardens with artificial waterfalls and fountains. At night, the
colored lights brighten the milieu and one could see lovers
strolling by the park while others prefer watching the sunset
by the coast of the bay.
Quite a distance from the coast, something stands out in the
surrounds. What else but the grand monument of Dr. Jose
Rizal, the highly respected national hero of the Philippines.
He was born in 1861, learned the alphabet at the age of 2,
graduated with Bachelors degree at age of 16 and finished
his medical degree in Madrid at the age of 23.
Dr. Rizal was a linguist who can speak 20 languages ---
aside from normal dialects. Historians know that he is a born
genius. He is not only a medical doctor but a writer, novelist,
painter, engineer, psychologist, farmer, sculptor and a poet.
Several centuries ago, he was aready considered a revolutionary,
but not by force. He thought that "A pen is mightier than the
sword." Corollary to this, he wrote two novels "Noli Me Tangere"
(in English--Touch Me Not) and El Filibusterismo.
The two novels were satires contra the rule of Spanish colonisers
during that time. Noli Me Tangere has some sense of humor in

the sense that he caricatured some Spanish characters in an
ingenious way. His novels were so influential that it paved the
way for the revolution led by another hero, Andres Bonifacio.
As a consequence of his threat to the government, he was exiled
in Dapitan, a place in the south of the Philippines. While he was
there, he met the love of his life, Josephine Bracken-- of European
Later, he wrote his poem, Ultimo Adios (My Last Farewell). This
poem of about 14 stanzas reflected his great love for his country.
1st stanza of the poem:
Farewell, my dear Fatherland, clime of the sun caressed,
Pearl of the Orient Seas, our Eden lost
I give my life to you, sad and repressed
Were it be more bright, fresh and at its best
I will still give it to you...
Then, he was executed by a firing squad for treason.
Dr. Jose Rizal-- a national hero who embodied the aspirations
of Filipinos' quest for freedom. On December 30, the Philippines
always remember Dr Rizal and other heroes. It is also a fiesta!
C. Abegail

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                                                Thanks to Thomas Koovaloor and

                                Savad Maranchery for this interesting

                                picture in FB.  New World

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Difficult Questions and Amazing Answers!!

Not only our technical knowledge helps, but also the presence of mind and the right answer at right time. Even if u don't know the answer for a question just confuse the questioner
Question and the Answer given by Candidates oh sorry they are IAS Officers now.

Q.How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)

Q.If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all it is already built. (UPSC 23 Rank Opted for IFS)

Q.If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A. Very large hands.(Good one) (UPSC 11 Rank Opted for IPS)

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. It is not a problem, since you will never find! an elephant with one hand. (UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Probs , He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A. It will Wet or Sink as simple as that. (UPSC IAS Rank 2)

Q. What looks like half apple ?
A : The other half. (UPSC - IAS Topper )

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast ?
A : Dinner.

Q. What happened when wheel was invented ?
A : It caused a revolution.

Q. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A : Liquid (UPSC 33Rank )
Interviewer said "I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question. Think well before you make up your mind!" The boy thought for a while and said, "my choice is one really difficult question."
"Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this. "What comes first, Day or Night?"
The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depends on his answer, but he thought for a while and said, "It's the DAY sir!"
"How" the interviewer asked,
"Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!"
He was selected for IIM!

"Technical Skill is the mastery of complexity, while Creativity is the master of presence of mind"
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Sunday, May 29, 2016



Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Ps 27:14
Waiting is a word that is used so often in the Psalms, that its significance may be lost on us. 
At present my husband and I are waiting for an answer from the Lord, on a decision we have to make.  It’s not a difficult decision to make, but we want to be sure that the Lord wants what we want.  Waiting is not easy for us, and I am sure it is not easy for you too.    The Psalmist says in Psalm 127, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain!!…..”     Let us pray for the grace to wait for God to come into our tough times and take us forward for we know that without Him we cannot move ahead.  As each of us waits let us pray for Peace, in the midst of our trials, and let us assured that God is on our side and will never work against us.

(Thanks to Jane Pimenta for the importance of waiting for the Lord, each day all the time. Excellent reflection).  New World

I Love You Lord: Poem by Cynthia Abegail

I Love You Lord

I Love You Lord

As the dawn's light  trickles on the sky

And my eyes barely reminisces a dream

I remembered the Lord, my All in all

My Sustenance, my Provider, my Rock...

For the Lord puts a hedge round me,

He is kind and merciful as I can see,

The Lord never abandon in troubles

At sombre times as when in rubbles.

Why do I love my Lord at all times?

When the sun lost its shine at its peak

When the silver moon is lost in the creek

When the comet shoots its flare O bleak!

He leaves his footprints on the sand today,

He carried me as my heart faltered at bay,

He consoled me when my spirit drained,

He assured me that sometime not in vain!

I hoped and waited on Him day and night,

Tears rolling, sweet sorrow engulfs blight,

Suddenly, a twist of fate blitz with might!

Rain fell on my roof, a shower---a grace!

All rights reserved:  Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

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


Woman taken in adultery: Bible women: Jesus reaches his hand out to the battered woman




The moon shines at night

The sun shines in the day

The sun shines in light

The moon shines in dark

The cloud comes before rain

The rainbow comes in day.

All rights reserved:  Jayan Philip

(Jayan Philip, a new and brilliant young

poet in the tradition of the Kurian and Philip family.  Jayan

is debuting as a poet with this superb piece, The Moon and the Sun.

Congratulations Jayan and hope to see more of your poems).  New Worl

Sweet and Gentle Lady

Immaculate Mother of God, we choose thee this day as the Mistress and Lady of this house.  Guard it dear Mother, from pestilence, fire, lightning and tempest, from schisms and heresies and from malice of enemies.  Protect its inmates, sweet Mary, watch over their going out and their coming and preserve them from sudden death.  Keep from us all sin and harm and pray to God for us that we may live in His service and depart this life in His grace.  Amen



"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

Hyperbole, a figurative speech stimulates the mind

Hyperbole is one of the most misunderstood figures of speech in literature.  It is the art of using words in a somewhat exaggerated form.  Writers, sometimes avoid it, in order to be construed as simple, straightforward and clear.

On the other hand, it is one of the richest figure of speech, even more effective than a plain metaphor.  Its richness could be discovered especially in poetry and short stories.  

When one is telling a story, one would like the reader to exclaim,  "Ah, I get it."  The use of hyperbole will be very useful to clarify the point.  It may be quite exaggerated but the point is one is getting the message across.

Hyperbole is not for the light-hearted!  It is not suited for those people who are so plain and drab.  It makes ones heart flutter. It gives another level of meaning.  In this sense, hyperbole is one of the top figure of speech.  It's not for those who love mystery or enigma--use metaphor.  It is ideal for one who likes a stimulation of the mind, a reckoning, not with a subtle flavour.

Cynthia Abegail