Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lord Teach us to Pray

we all are prayerful people,
we all believe in the efficacy, in the power and importance of prayer.
that's the reason why we come to Church for we believe that the Holy Eucharist is Prayer itself. In the words of Pope Paul VI: "The Holy Mass is a perfect form of prayer where we can ask for what we need and also give thanks."
Mother Therese ff Calcutta one day was so overwhelmed by the many blessings she received and so it was said that she asked the Lord, what should i do to give thanks? and the Lord told her "go to mass."

we all have our own way of getting in touch with God through our prayers
some are gifted with being able pray spontaneously, others are like the person in the Gospel who could only stay at the back of the temple and beat his breast and say Lord be merciful to me for I am a sinner.
In whatever manner you pray and speak to God be it only asking or giving thanks or all, as long as it is truly a lifting up of ones heart and mind and soul to God it is Prayer and you are praying rightly.

We all have our own experience of prayer and how God answered them.
sometimes it is a yes, and there are times it is a No, specially if it doesn't really help us. God will never give us if it could endanger our souls. That's the reason why I figured until now i never won the lotto. God knows that it will just destroy me.
sometimes the answer to our prayers takes a long time, my sister prayed for 17 years until finally they were blessed with two beautiful children.
but always remember when we pray and ask, it is not us who decides, it is God, in His own time and way. Let us always learn and believe He will answer not according to what and how we want.

In the Gospel Jesus offers to us the Lords prayer
Pope Benedict said it is the best guide for us on how to pray rightly and how our attitudes should be when praying.
when we ask we believe that Gods will be domne not ours.

My dear brothers and sisters
continue believing in the power of praywer
pray from the heart pray sincerely
and pray unceasingly even if at times answers are not experienced right away.

Have you had any troubles lately in receiving mails or emails?
Has no one wrote you or sent you or answered your mails?
someone said try "knee mails"
prayers and messages you send on your kness and God will surely answer them. Amen.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Journey Man

The Journey Man
Jesus is on a journey to Jerusalem (Lk.9:51)..A Tough Journey, for it was a journey through the dessert, a journey to suffering and death, a journey with hostile people never wanting him to enter their towns.
Jesus also appointed seventy-two others and sent them in pairs on a journey, (Lk. 10:1) on a mission to proclaim His good news. He ask them to travel light and to proclaim peace and hope.
Reflection Notes
1. Life is a Journey. whatever we do in life at work, as parents, as students is also a journey. Reaching our goals and aspirations in life is a journey, our relationships is a journey and yes our christian life of following the Lord is a journey.
It has a beginning and an end.
Some are just beginning, others half way and still others are on their last leg of travel in this world
we worry often how far have we reached or how long have we journeyed or how high we have achieved our goals.
Someone said: "It doesn't matter how far or high or long we have journeyed, what matters is HOW MUCH we have LOVED.

2.The Journey may have its joyous and meaningful moments but sometimes it gets interrupted by dark moments, pain and suffering and even death and it pains us. Like Jesus, there will even be some who would reject you and be hostile to you.

Someone shared." Try the Three Letter P's"
a. Perseverance, hold on and never loose faith, fight to the finish. If You fall stand up again and continue. Jesus fell three times and three times He stood up again and continued carrying the cross.
b. Patience. Learn to hold back, to take it easy and learning to be cool when instances would temp us to flare up or to react with anger or hatred. When Jesus was rejected by the some villagers, the apostles flared up right away, demanding: Lord let us pray for fire from heaven to destroy them!. Jesus instead travelled through another village.
Having patience could spare us from lasting conflicts and even hurting others.
c. Prayer. Its our strength and power in times of hardships and dark clouds in Life. With God we believe nothing wrong could ever happen.

3. We are not travelling alone in this world.
It really made sense for Jesus sending his apostles in pairs. I have been travelling lately alone, and I know It would be more fun if I shared it with a company.
In our Journey in Life let us remember that we are not alone. Never take for granted people around us, sometimes we are more charitable to others and people not really close to us but we fail to give quality time to those very near us or in our family.
Do not step on others or use others just for us to reach our goals. It would be very sad if it happens.
4. Stop overs. Like on a journey we experience stop overs, places and people we meet along the way. Thank God for them for their Love and goodness. They help us grow in Life and their Love gives us more inspiration to go on.
In my Journey, I have met so many special persons who guided me and helped me. In Italy, In Rome , In Bologna, in Florida, in New York, in Sangali, in Eicas, in Icas, in tetuan, even my family, all over. I feel sad because often times I fail to get in touch with them But I hope that my sincerest prayers for them will be enough.

5. Travel Light. Our heartaches and anger and sin and other unimportant things we carry in Life can be an added burden. It won't help our journey. Learn to travel Light.

6. Journey with Hope. Travel with Faith. It will surely help us to find meaning, happiness and success in our Journey.

Travel Safely and May we have a HAPPY TRIP.
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"Leaps of Faith"

"LEAPS OF FAITH" Can be a religious movement of a person, an inner movement of belief, of trust on the greatest power of all, The Supreme being..Our Creator and Maker..Our God. They can be resolutions of a person everyday in his life to move forward, to be a better person, and to start a new life. They can be decisions of a person in times of great uncertainties, when he is not sure of what will come or happen and he makes a leap of faith. They can be steps, difficult steps that a person makes on his way to change or to start anew. Or they can simply be a persons resolve to fly, to widen his horizons, to learn more about life and to grow. These are Leaps of faith we make everyday and in great moments of our lives and they are worth considering and reflecting.