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Do Not Worry!

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He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what

you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear.

For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.

Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn,

yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds!

Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan?

If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the

rest?

Notice how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not even

Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown into the oven

tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

As for you, do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not

worry anymore.

All the nations of the world seek for these things, and your Father knows that you

need them.

Instead, seek his kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides.” –— Matthew 6:22-31

Radical questions about the Rosary

Is it true that the Catholic rosary prayers of ‘hail Mary’ and ‘Our Father’ are drawn from the Bible?

Yes The Lord’s prayer is recorded in Lk 11:1-4 and the hail Mary comes from these verses:

Hail Mary full of grace,Lk 1:28
Blessed are you among women,Lk1:42
And blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus,
Holy Mary mother of God,Lk1:43 and Jn 20:27-28
Pray for us sinners,Jas 5:16
Now and at the hour of death.
Amen

So why so much repetition when praying the rosary?Doesn’t the Bible forbid the prayer of repetition as vain?

The rosary contains repetitive prayers mainly because it’s a meditational prayer…the right way to say it is to meditate and participate in the mysteries allotted to each decade as you say the hail Mary’s.
An example is the sorrowful mysteries:agony of our Lord,Scourging him at the pillar,Crowning him with thorns,Jesus carrying his cross,and finally the Crucifixion of our Lord.

But is it really ok to repeat words in prayer?Yes,as long as they’re not vain,meaning just on the lips but detached from the heart.Christ himself repeated the same prayer 3 times during his agony.[Mt 26:44]

The rosary is a journey through the Gospel,highlighting the life of Christ through the eyes of Mary.Mary is the most blessed woman[Lk1:42],she starts off the Gospel right with the Annunciation of Gabriel[Lk1:26],faithfully ushers the Saviour to his cross[Jn19:25-27],and is there present at Pentecost to start off the Church at the coming of our God the Holy Spirit.[Acts1:13-14,2:1]

Why say ‘hail Mary’ more than the Lord’s prayer in the rosary?

The first answer is that No Christians don’t worship Mary and they recognize that she’s only a model of Discipleship whom,by virtue of being the mother of the King according to Davidic kingdom,is highly honored and has a special place as queen-mother of the land right beside the King’s throne.

We only honor her because she’s the mother of our Lord God Jesus Christ who honors her even more as a son, because you can be sure Jesus kept his 4th commandment to ‘honor your parents’ just as he expects us to honor our own.

Besides,what greater praise can there be for an artist apart from taking notice of their finest artwork and stating it plainly?

Mary was conceived without the original sin,holy and full of grace so that as the new Ark of covenant,the Word of God may come and dwell in her by the power of the holy Spirit.Isn’t it just frightening to imagine that God the majestic Creator of the whole universe would come together with man to Father a child?
Yet it really happened,and it happened to the virgin Mary,because she was prepared holy just for her purpose,saved by Jesus from Sin even before her birth and filled with Grace [Rev 12].

Did you know that Mary is talked about as in the first book of the Bible [Gen3:15] and again in the last book [Rev 12 compare Gen 3:15 with Rev12:17]?

Well again,both the Lord’s prayer and ‘hail Mary’ are about the same Lord and ‘immaculate’ Mary happens to be the greatest testimony of his Saving power [Lk 1:41-43 Rev12] just as the Son is the greatest testimony of the Father’s Love [Jn3:16].

The ‘hail Mary’ helps us appreciate Christ more deeply as the blessed fruit that really blesses wherever he dwells,Mary his own birthplace being a perfect example; the other helps us appreciate the Father more deeply as the very source of this blessing,this (daily) bread of life.

But Why do we have to ask Mary and the angels and saints to pray for us?Hasn’t Christ made it possible to reach God directly?

Yes we can reach God directly through Christ the cheif mediator and that’s we always do, but we also know that it pleases God when we pray for each other2:1-3 and moreso the prayer of righteous men is both powerful and effective,Jas 5:16.Who could possibly be more righteous than the spirits of these just men made perfect?Heb12:22-24

Is it also ok to carry my rosary in the pocket instead of wearing it?

Why not!The rosary beads are sacramentals just like the crucifix or medal,you can wear them whichever way you deem appropriate as long as you’re faithful as regards their purpose in your walk with Christ.

My love to you all and may God be with you always.Eph3:14-21

Pope Francis Does it again

A Pope who attracts believers and nonbelievers alike,a pope that first describes himself as a sinner,a Pope who would hug deformed child,who responds to an atheist’s article with humility,who addresses every controversy without fear,

It’s the Pope who decided to reside in a guesthouse because the popal palace is too isolated from people,whom he can’t do without.Some have described him as ‘shaking up the Church without losing it’s principles’.

God has blessed the Church with 266 popes since St Peter,each for his moment and Francis moment seems to be one of simplicity,of healing and renewal.

His vision is a big inclusive Church that’s home for all,a field hospital for all the wounded and a place where all men find love and compassion.

His twitter account has been growing by the millions and He’s ever in the headlines addressing issues of our modern complex world.

Christ for all seems to be his motto,consistently affirming God’s unlimited mercy and I can’t think of a more practical way of reaching out deep into the sea to make a big catch for Christ.

While I can describe his predecessor Pope Benedict as a phenomenal teacher and Pope John Paul II as a skilled physician,Francis comes out as a soldier due to his bare-knuckled approach and if you thought he didn’t influence halting of the US military intervention in Siryia,look into it again.

We do expect that his many candid interviews and responses will also come with equally many misinterpretations and misquotes but hey,
If it’s the cost for building the Church and seeking out the Lord’s lost sheep,so be it.

It’s our prayer that through this servant of the Lord and through the ministry of the clergy and the lay apostolates,the light of Christ will shine forth more brightly to illuminate the whole world,to unite all men in truth to bring everyone back into the loving arms of God.

Here is the latest interview,please read all the 7 parts and share it if you may.

what you should know about Pope Francis latest interview


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How to pray effectively | answered prayers

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Do you pray? Does God answer your prayers? Sometimes it can be very discouraging when you do something and then you feel like nothing is coming out of it.It gets harder and harder the next time you want to do it again because you know how it turned out in the time past.

Well in prayer too, this sort of story is not uncommon to Christians.Those who have had a successful prayer-life will tell you that it wasn’t always so easy especially in the early years of their spiritual journey.

So what then can we do to overcome that feeling of emptiness,of disinterest,of dryness?
Particularly how do we get the fire to pray like the saints did,like the apostles,like Jesus?What can we do to get answered prayers so that we do not have to pray merely to appease our conscience or fulfill our duty as Christians?

Here are the answers from the Word of God Read more…

The afterlife – Purgatory and Heaven

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We are created for love and friendship,for indissoluble union with our loved ones. At the grave of those we love our hearts long deeply for a future reunion.

This cry of nature is no delusion at all.
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How to heal through forgiveness

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Have you met one of those difficult persons who just enjoy hurting others?The arrogant ones who are never apologetic even when it’s clear they are in the wrong?Is there someone who hurt you and now you just hate them even when you don’t want to?Maybe you have a friend who is struggling with unforgiveness?

In life we meet all kinds of people,some end up hurting us in one way or the other and we feel hatred towards them.It could be this someone abused you in various ways,and now you feel resentment towards them.Maybe they broke up with you,they betrayed your trust,perhaps a parent who forced something on you,a teacher who hated you,a friend who let you down,someone who rejected you or made you feel worthless.Can you identify with any of these?

Good.These people have one thing in common that you should know about Read more…

What Pope Francis said on Gays

The media is buzzing once more with news about the words of Pope Francis on homosexuals.The holy Father,in a news conference on his way back from Brazil,made a comment in response to a question a reporter asked on gay celibates.

So what did Francis really say and how different is it from what the Catholic Church and other pontiffs in the past have held?In short,not different at all.He said,”If someone is gay

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