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Monday, January 21, 2019

Feeding of the Five Thousand: Reflection by Cynthia Abegai

“One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good are these for so many?  Jesus said, ‘Have the people recline.  Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.  So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.  When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.’ So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more they can eat.”   (Jn 6: 8-13)


God is awesome!   God makes miracles at the right time!   From five barley loaves, five thousand men were fed not even counting the women and children.

It’s not only about the feeding of these people.  It’s more of the compassion and love of God for the people who are hungry and poor.  During that time, barley loaves are food for the poor.  Imagine the scenario:  Dizzy people so hungry and needing refreshment from the day’s listening to God’s Word.

This miracle shows that God can multiply out of nothing or out of a few pieces of any material thing.  God commands and it happens.  We maybe poor sometimes, but God can restore our loss into something beautiful and wonderful.  God is God!  He can do anything!

Hence, whenever we are in need, bend our knees.  Pray to God with sincere hearts and minds.  God will provide for us, guaranteed, just trust in Him.

We are like children dependent only God’s Providence.  Why not?  Our Heavenly Father is rich in love and in everything!



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







St Anthony of  Padua is an evangelical Doctor of the Church.

He lived during the period of great persecution of Christians.

He had rebuke many heretics and was able to convert through

God's grace, many unbelievers.

Those unbelievers returned to God's fold by witnessing miracles

attributed through his powerful intercession.  One famous miracle

is when he was preaching to heretics and they did not like to listen to

him.  Then, St Anthony preached to the fishes and said, "Why don't

they listen to me?"  According to the story, the fishes all lined up

and stand over the water in an erect position!  The heretics were amazed

and believed in the power of God.

Another miracle story is an occasion where he was challenged by

an atheist and said, "We will place before a hungry horse hay and

the host (body of Jesus) and we will see which one he will like!"

As the story goes, St Anthony raised a host before the hungry horse.

Suddenly, the horse knelt before the host!

Miracles are gifts of God to assist unbelievers to develop faith in Him.

As the saying goes, "For a believer, one miracle is more than enough;

for an unbeliever, many miracles are not even enough."

St Anthony has great faith in God.  Just like Mother Mary and St Joseph,

St Anthony is an exemplary example of a saint who loves God and take

God at His Word.




Worship the Lord with gladness: Psalm 100 by Jane Pimenta of Prayer Aid Group

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.  Psalm 100:2-3
Let us take a few minutes off, from what we are doing and be still and come into the loving Presence of our God.  Let us tell Him what is on our hearts, Let us tell Him what we are hoping He is going to do for us, Let us speak to Him about that particular fear thats driving us crazy….He is before us attentive and waiting for us to share our life with Him…. Enjoy His Presence.  (Here again is our excellent writer Jane.  Reflections about God seems natural for her.  Thanks for this message that we stop for awhile and spend time with our beloved God.  People are so busy but leave worldly things for awhile and praise our Creator!  All to gain, nothing to lose).  Cynthia Abegail in behalf of New World.



(Sr.ELSIE Baby: A friend sent me this story:)

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to survive and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'
'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean , mother?'
Her mother explained that! Each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were
Unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is
The darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in.

Life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.

May we all be coffee!!!!!!Realize Your Inner Magnificence
the ideas of Dr Ruth Garret.  Republished

The East meets the Himalayas: Short Story by Hazel Ruth Ebony

Sarah could not ask for anything more, she was blessed with a beauty like the Sarah in the Old Testament.  The beauty is in her eyes, brownish red not really blue.  As the legend tell of my petite grandmother, nobody that laid his eyes on her is not captivated!  Maybe it’s the purity of her soul or the kindness that exudes in her eyes.

Once I asked grandma, “Please tell me your story!”  She obliged:  At the age of 70, she still has that porcelain complexion and with few wrinkles only.  I was expecting her to tell a sweet story just like the Titanic but instead shared me the story of my grandfather and her affair with a Spanish friar.

“Oh, oh grandma, that’s a bit scandalous, you think?”  Well, I know but why did you do it?”  “Well, my dear grandchild, I have repented of this sin!  I was kind of like Mary Magdalene but the Lord, I know have forgiven me.”  I retorted, “Was he fair-skinned?”  Grandma replied,”Actually he has brownish tan, mabe he has Middle Eastern heritage together with Spanish features.

“But wait Anna, it was only a platonic affair and there is no physical element in it.”  I said,  “Good that you have not crossed the boundaries.  But still, you have been unfaithful to Grandpa.”

I know that I do not have to judge but on second thoughts, I do not think it is the right thing to do.  Now that grandma is dead, I never fail to request Mass for her.  I know deep in my heart that God is full of mercy.  That’s my grandma Sarah, I just love her!





Life came to a point that I have to juggle my new job as well as being a caring mother and a wife at the same time.  The demands of the new job meant that Aiko has to have a temporary boarding in my son's house.

Tears rolled from my eyes but I promise to visit Aiko about five times a week.  The separation seems unbearable but I have to be sensible to be able to cope with the new demands in my life.  She is important to me but sometimes one has to sacrifice for a goal.  At the same time, my duties for God has to be a priority at this time.

I promise her that we will be together again after about six months.  She felt the pain without me, I can feel by the way she pout whenever we meet.  I hugged her so tenderly and I whisphered that I love her!  She seems to say, "Enough is enough, I like you to get me now.  This is the most painful six months that I had.  Now, I am getting excited because this is already the sixth month and I am already getting her in about 7 weeks.

I can feel the reverberating joy in my heart!  This must never happen again.  Yes, her eyes is twinkling now because she feels that we will be together again for good.

Yes folks, I will be a pet attendant again.  I am reviewing the position description and this time, I am more serious.  I will prepare her cosy bed, her warm meals again.  We will walk the park as never before.

Aiko will never miss me again.  Yes folks, I am on a learning pathway about the psychology of pets.  I am never giving up.  In fact, the Masters degree has to wait, my pet needs tender loving care.  Thanks to the Lord for giving us pets, a great delight and company!

All rights reserved:  Cynthia Abegail



WINE IS A MOCKER, strong drink a brawler,

and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

(Prov 20:1)                                                                      

Sunday, January 20, 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.’


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



( Thanks to our very witty Cherian Varghese). New World

We are on the right track but there needs to be a slight extension of the deadline" means "The project is screwed up, we cannot deliver on time." "We had slight differences of opinion" means "We had actually fought" "You should have told me earlier" means "Well even if you told me earlier that would have made hardly any difference!" "We need to find out the real reason" means "Well I will tell you where your fault is" "Well... family is important, your leave is always granted. Just ensure that the work is not affected" means "Well you know..." "We are a team" means "I am not the only one to be blamed" "That's actually a good question" means "I do not know anything about it" "All the Best" means " You are in trouble"

Praise of God the Creator: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“Bless the Lord, my soul!  Lord, my God, you are great indeed! You are clothed with majesty and glory, robe in light as with a cloak.”  (Ps 104: 1-2a)

The greatness of God is incomprehensible!  All stand in awe of Him.  Others may not be aware of His goodness and mercy but it should not stand in the way.  Those who know about His great love, day by day, proclaim to the whole wide world.  Share your joy of finding Jesus!  Do not keep it to yourself.  Just like a balloon waiting to burst, let your hearts overflow with kindness for others.  No more smirking, no more negativity.

Be an example of blooming goodness, try your best to present yourself as a child of God.  Sometimes we fail, but it does not matter.  Stand up again and bend your knees to our Awesome God.  Pray not because you need many things but give praise to Him first early in the morning till night.  And your countenance will be pleasing as the moon and your steps will be like a deer that jumps with glee!

Praise God forever and ever...



It was dawn. Sun's golden rays came through the window and competed with the cool breeze to embrace me. I was going to sleep more but I did not feel wasting the beautiful morning by lazily lying in the bed with day dreaming. After a few moments, I got out of my bed and put my sandals and walked into the garden, adjacent to my house. My long white gown had covered half of my legs and was a perfect match for my black pants, I thought.
The newly blossomed rose and jasmine flowers added beauty to the garden along with many white and yellow tulips. Dews were falling down from the leaves and squirrels were jumping from branches to branches.
The sweet smell of rose and jasmine flowers had spread and covered the entire garden.The red roses were very attractive and I tenderly touched some of them. All of a sudden,I felt an urge to pluck some of them. I did not hesitate, sure enough,I plucked some of them.
Alas! I felt a pain on my fingers and I realized that the thorns of the Rose plants had pierced through my fingers. The blood spread on my gown and suddenly I felt angry. With great annoyance, I threw the flowers on the ground and when I walked, unintentionally my sandals crushed those flowers. I felt a little agitated but I could not do anything at that point and so I continued to walk.
Momentarily I heard a cry and a sob. When I looked back, I knew the Rose plants were crying and sobbing.I was puzzled but did not want to ask them anything. Next day morning was also very beautiful and I visited the garden again. That morning, the garden was decorated with more flowers and more serenity had filled the air. The beauty of the garden and the sweet smell of the flowers made me very happy. I saw a few girls walking ahead of me happily talking.

Their long black hair was adored with red rose flowers. Oh! what a great beauty has been added with those flowers, I thought. I had forgotten the previous day's incident and without any hesitation, my hands stretched to pluck some flowers. All of a sudden I saw some changes in the rose plants. They stopped dancing anymore and started to cry.

I could not realize what was happening. I turned towards them and asked,"what is happening.Why are you crying ?"
They answered: "you are again trying to pluck our flowers, right ?"
 I answered, "Yes. Why, is it a mistake what I am doing ?"
"Surely. You are doing a wrong thing" 
 I asked them in a soft voice. "If I am doing something wrong, what did those girls walking ahead of me do? They plucked many of your flowers and they are on their hair. What about that.?"
The answer surprised me" Yes,they have done a fine job. Wearing the flowers on their hair makes them look more beautiful and so many people could enjoy the beauty of those flowers. surely, people appreciate . What you did was plucking the flowers and throwing them on the road and crushing them with your sandals without any concern of their beauty! The people came after you also crushed them without any mercy !!If you had not plucked them,people would have appreciated their beauty and enjoyed the sweet smell,even if our flowers had a very short life."
 My hands withdrew automatically. At that moment I found a great truth of life. Even if a life is for a short period only, it should be useful and beneficial to others and not to be crushed mercilessly and uselessly.
Written by George Kurian-copy rights with the author.
(Thanks to our Chief Editor, George Kurian for this beautiful and very meaningful short story). New World

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