- Nicene Creed
- The Apostle's Creed
- Our Father (Lord's Prayer)
- Hail Mary
- Glory Be
- Psalm 23
- Lord Jesus, You are my Healer and Provider.....
- Powerful prayer in Urgent Need to the Infant JESUS
- Prayer for a Special and Urgent Request
- Prayer to Saint Jude Thaddeus in Desperate and Hopeless situation
- Prayer to St. Expedite - for speedy help in urgent...
- Shoulder wound of Jesus . . ..
- Prayer to the Passions and Wounds of Jesus
- Prayer to Saint Michael
- Psalm 71
- Psalm 91
- Psalm 119 ~ Praise God for giving such splendid laws and instruction for His people to live by
- Help Needed, Lord have Mercy on me
- Contribution 4 Blog
Friday, 16 March 2018
Who can claim authority and power over life and death itself? Jesus not only made such a claim, he showed God's power to heal and restore people to wholeness of life. He also showed the mercy of God by releasing people from their burden of sin and guilt. He even claimed to have the power to raise the dead to life and to execute judgment on all the living and dead. The Jewish authorities were troubled with Jesus' claims and looked for a way to get rid of him. He either had to be a mad man and an imposter or who he claimed to be - God's divine son. Unfortunately, they could not accept Jesus' claim to be the Messiah, the anointed one sent by the Father to redeem his people. They sought to kill him because he claimed an authority and equality with God which they could not accept. They failed to recognize that this was God's answer to the long-awaited prayers of his people: "In a time of favor I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you" (Isaiah 49:8).
A "covenant" to the people
Jesus was sent by the Father as "a covenant to the people" to reconcile them with God and restore to them the promise of paradise and everlasting life. Jesus' words and actions reveal God's mercy and justice. Jesus fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah when he brings healing, restoration, and forgiveness to those who accept his divine message.
The religious authorities charged Jesus as a Sabbath-breaker and a blasphemer. They wanted to kill Jesus because he claimed equality with God - something they thought no mortal could say without blaspheming. Little did they understand that Jesus was both human and divine - the eternal Son with the Father and the human son, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. Jesus answered their charge of breaking the Sabbath law by demonstrating God's purpose for creation and redemption - to save and restore life. God's love and mercy never ceases for a moment. Jesus continues to show the Father's mercy by healing and restoring people, even on the Sabbath day of rest. When the religious leaders charged that Jesus was making himself equal with God, Jesus replied that he was not acting independently of God because his relationship is a close personal Father-Son relationship. He and the Father are united in heart, mind, and will. The mind of Jesus is the mind of God, and the words of Jesus are the words of God.
The unity of love and obedience
Jesus also states that his identity with the Father is based on complete trust and obedience. Jesus always did what his Father wanted him to do. His obedience was not just based on submission, but on love. He obeyed because he loved his Father. The unity between Jesus and the Father is a unity of love - a total giving of oneself for the sake of another. That is why their mutual love for each other is perfect and complete. The Son loves the Father and gives himself in total obedience to the Father's will. The Father loves the Son and shares with him all that he is and has. We are called to submit our lives to God with the same love, trust, and obedience which Jesus demonstrated for his Father.
If we wish to understand how God deals with sin and how he responds to our sinful condition, then we must look to Jesus. Jesus took our sins upon himself and nailed them to the cross. He, who is equal in dignity and stature with the Father, became a servant for our sake to ransom us from slavery to sin. He has the power to forgive us and to restore our relationship with God because he paid the price for our sins.
Jesus offers us abundant, life, peace, and joy
Jesus states that to accept him is life - a life of abundant peace and joy with God. But if we reject him, then we freely choose for death - an endless separation with an all-loving and merciful God. Do you want the abundant life which Jesus offers? Believe in him, the living Word of God, who became a man for our sake and our salvation, and reject whatever is false and contrary to the Gospel - the good news he came to give us.
Lord Jesus, increase my love for you and unite my heart and will with yours, that I may only seek and desire what is pleasing to you.
source: From the desk of Don Schwager,
hosted by Kairos Europe and the Middle East
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
You who make me see everything
and showed me the way
to reach my ideals,
You who gave me the Divine gift
to forgive all the wrong
that was done to me,
and You who are in all
instances in my my life.
I want to Thank You for everything
and confirm with you once more
I never want to be separated from You
no matter how great
the material desire may be.
I want to be with you
and my loved ones
in your perpetual Glory.
< Make request >
** Pray this prayer daily for 3 consecutive days, your prayer will be answered after the third day. In making your request, promise to publish this prayer ( share in writing on the internet this prayer or distribute this prayer to others ).
source: Sherrise (Canada)
Friday, 9 March 2018
I have overlooked or forgotten in past answered request by you in offering you what I promised if my prayer was answered. Please accept my plea for forgiveness and have mercy on me and grant the favour I now ask of you in my urgent and speedy need through the the will of God the Father. Blessed by your grace that comes from God through your speedy, quick and urgent intercession and not forsake me.
St.Expedite, I seek your help for a urgent financial blessing in current depression. I need the sum of money of Ringgit Malaysia MYR 12K which beyond my capability to settle my bank loans back logs, the people I owe and unpaid backlogs of bills. Time is running out and the people involve are chasing me and in the process of taking legal action against me. Full of confident in your urgent and speedy help, I ask your favour and grace of the Lord so that I can overcome this situation. As you always against delay and procrastination, please come to my urgent help. In Jesus name I make this prayer and urgent request. I promise I will honour you and share about you and your devotion to other by my blog and facebook, thank you St.Expedite in advance cause I really know that you will bring the speedy help that I need to me.
My Saint Expedite of urgent and just causes, please intercede for me with Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Succor me in this hour of affliction and despair, my Saint Expedite. You who are a Holy warrior, You who are the Saint of the afflicted, You who are the Saint of the desperate, you who are the Saint of urgent causes, Protect me, Help me, Give me Strength, Courage and Serenity.
Hear my plea. (Clearly express what you want, and ask him to find a way to get it to you.)
My Saint Expedite, help me to prevail through these difficult hours, protect me from all those who want to harm me, respond to my plea with urgency. Bring me back to the state of peace and tranquility, my Saint Expedite. I will be grateful to you for the rest of my life and I will speak your name to all those who have faith.
(Now promise to give Saint Expedite a specific offering when your desire is granted.)
(Say one Our Father, one Holy Mary, and make the sign of the cross.)
Saint Expedite, you lay in rest.
I come to you and ask that this wish be granted.
(Clearly express what you want, and ask him to
find a way to get it to you.)
Expedite now what I ask of you.
Expedite now what I want of you, this very second.
Don’t waste another day.
Grant me what I ask for.
I know your power, I know you because of your work.
I know you can help me.
Do this for me and I will spread your name with love and honor
so that it will be invoked again and again.
Expedite this wish with speed, love, honor, and goodness.
Glory to you, Saint Expedite!
St.Expedite, I seek your help for a urgent financial blessing in current depression. I need the sum of money which beyond my capability to settle my bank loans back logs, the people I owe and unpaid backlogs of bills. Time is running out and the people involve are chasing me and in the process of taking legal action against me. Full of confident in your urgent and speedy help, I ask your favour and grace of the Lord so that I can overcome this situation. As you always against delay and procrastination, please come to my urgent help. In Jesus name I make this prayer and urgent request. I promise I will honour you and share about you and your devotion to other by my blog and facebook, thank you St.Expedite in advance cause I really know that you will bring the speedy help that I need to me.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Where does evil come from and how can we eliminate it from our personal lives? Jesus deals with this issue in response to the religious leaders' concern with ritual defilement (uncleanness) - making oneself unfit to offer acceptable worship and sacrifice to God. The religious leaders were very concerned with avoiding ritual defilement, some no doubt out of reverent fear of God, and others because they wanted to be seen as observant Jews. Jesus points his listeners to the source of true defilement - evil desires which come from inside a person's innermost being. Sin does not just happen from external forces. It first springs from the innermost recesses of our thoughts and intentions, from the secret desires which only the individual mind and heart can conceive.
God gives us his strength to resist sinful thoughts and desires
When Cain became jealous of his brother Abel, God warned him to guard his own heart: "Sin is couching at the door; it's desire is for you, but you must master it" (Genesis 4:7). Cain unfortunately did not take God's warning to heart. He allowed his jealousy to grow into spite and hatred for his brother, and he began to look for an opportunity to eliminate his brother all together. When jealously and other sinful desires come knocking at the door of your heart, how do you respond? Do you entertain them and allow them to overtake you? Fortunately God does not leave us alone in our struggle with hurtful desires and sinful tendencies. He gives us the grace and strength we need to resist and overcome sin when it couches at the door of our heart.
God's word has power to set us free to chose what is good and reject what is wrong
The Lord Jesus wants to set us free from the burden of guilt and from the destructive force of sin and wrong-doing in our personal lives. He wants to purify our hearts and renew our minds so we can freely choose to love and do what is right, good, just, and wise. The Lord Jesus is ready to change and purify our hearts through the grace and help of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Like a physician who probes the wound before treating it, God through his Word and Spirit first brings sin into the light that we may recognize it for what it truly is and call upon his mercy and grace for pardon, healing, and restoration. The Spirit of truth is our Counselor and Helper. His power and grace enables us to choose what is good and to reject what is evil. Do you believe in the power of God's love to heal, change, and transform your heart and mind?
Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and make my heart like yours. Strengthen my heart, mind, and my will that I may freely choose to love what is good and to reject what is evil.
source: From the desk of Don Schwager,
hosted by Kairos Europe and the Middle East
Our second reading today is, perhaps, the highpoint of Christian literature. Paul tells us that the crucified one is the stumbling block, the absurdity for the unbeliever. But to those who are graced, and gifted with faith, this is the power and wisdom of God.
St. Paul always speaks out of his experience. He has known the heights and the depths of life; he has been on top and cast down. But Paul makes no bones about it, time and time again he says Jesus is the source of his strength. He says, "In Him I have strength for everything." Jesus crucified is the power, the wisdom of God: the cross is the source of Paul's strength.
A professor who taught me the New Testament used to say in his private moments, "It is the cross that leads me to say that, were it not for Jesus, I would be an Atheist. Jesus gives me the only God I can believe in, a God of love that is revealed in suffering." Christianity has a very specific understanding of God.
He is not a God of power, throwing thunderbolts into people's lives, He is not a teddy bear God, He is not an unknown God.
As Christians, we believe that the God we find in the Gospel is, above all, a God of love. A love that is revealed in the suffering of the cross. The cross is central to the Gospel and understanding of God. The cross is not an accident in the life of Jesus, it is not that He happened to be in Jerusalem one day, said something out of turn, rubbed some people the wrong way and got nailed to a piece of wood. No, the cross is an essential aspect of Jesus revealing God to us.
The cross plunges deeply into the reality of God, almost like a dagger, and what it reveals about God is awesome. It tells us that our God is not unaffected by our suffering, not unaffected by our way of life, not unaffected by what happens to us. It tells us that our God loves us so much that He was prepared to become one of us. It tells us that in order to reconcile us to Himself, He was willing to undergo the most painful form of death ever devised.
This is the God who embraces our lives in Jesus of Nazareth. And still we hear people say everyday I do not believe in Him, or His cross. Prove to me that God exists.
Believers should never accept that kind of challenge. It is not that we are unable to answer it; we can show that belief in God is reasonable. First of all, if we want to be correct about it, we can say that God does not exist, existence is a human category of thought, and there is no way we can confine or express the reality of God in human categories. God does not exist, apples exist, oranges exist, we exist. God is.
Whenever we speak of God, we are only half right. God defies capture by words, categories or human thought. You will often hear unbelievers say they believe in the human spirit, and the human spirit is a wonderful thing. However, if history teaches us anything, it should teach us that the human spirit, even the educated, cultured, civilized human spirit has often been responsible for some terrible things. To believe only in humanity, humanity without grace, without God, could be a very frustrating experience.
Others say they believe in a God of nature. This belief is appealing, especially as spring is around the corner, one can almost experience God in the freshness that we are beginning to see. It is God's creation, but it is not God. All that comes to life in the spring will die in the fall.
One of the things that Jesus did supremely well, more than anything else, better than anyone else.... He loved. St. John highlights this on the first page of his passion narrative. When Jesus knew that His hour had come to pass out of the world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
Loved them to the utmost limit of love, loved them totally, loved them to death. In the words of St. Paul, "He loved me and gave Himself up for me. Show me a man writhing on a cross in agony and I will be moved to pity, to horror, to disgust. Show me a man writhing on a cross, surrendering His body to crucifixion because He loved me, and I will be drawn to belief. To self‑giving, to love in return."
During this mass we can see in a striking way how the cross and the Eucharist interlock. That breathless moment when time turns back and Calvary comes alive in the words of love ever spoken.... This is My body, which is given up for you. This is My blood, which will be shed for you.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
Happy Women's Day
Celebrated yearly to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. Be empowered, while standing up for the equality and freedom for ladies.
In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. (1 Timothy 3:11)
She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. (Proverbs 31:17)
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. (Proverbs 31:26)
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates. (Proverbs 31:30-31)
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord. (Luke 1:45)
Saint Expedite was a Roman soldier, believed to have lived in the fourth century. He came to know Christianity decided to convert and devote his life Christianity faith. At the time he made that decision the devil appeared before him in the form of a crow and demanded that he delay his decision to convert to the Christian faith until the next day (tomorrow). Saint Expedite refused to delay and firmly stated he would become a Christian today (same day).
Thus image shows Saint Expedite dressed in Roman soldier clothing stepping on a crow. He is killing procrastination. “Hodie” is the Latin word for “today”. The word “Hodie” can be seen on the cross he is holding. “Cras” is the Latin word for “tomorrow”. The word “Cras” can be seen on the banner connected to the crow. Basically this sends out a powerful message; the saint is crushing tomorrow and replacing it with today.
Saint Expedite is patron saint for urgent matters and speedy needs or delivery. He is also the saint for against procrastination and emergencies where immediate solution to a situation is needed. Many have seek his help in seeking job, financial distress and legal issues. The palm branch he holds in one hand is a symbol of martyrdom. Therefore, 14 April marks the feast day for Saint Expedite. Saint Expedite is extremely popular in Brazil. Like Saint Christopher, Saint Valentine and others related saints, Saint Expedite feast has been removed from the official calendar of Roman Catholic saints due to unverifiable death date. Wednesday is most favorable with Saint Expedite.
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate the splendour of true love;
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too may be places
of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability
of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
Can. 1251 and 1253: Days of Fast and Abstinence
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence (unless Ash Wednesday falls on the Lunar New Year day). The Conference rules that those who are unable to observe abstinence from meat on a Friday, may do penance by choosing one of the following or similar ways:
a) By doing some work of mercy and love: to give alms to the poor, visit the sick, house-bound, aged, handicapped person or someone in need;
b) By doing some exercise of piety: attend the Friday Mass, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, read the Scriptures, pray the rosary, the Stations of the Cross;
c) By making some act of mortification: to deprive oneself from some favourite food or drink, smoking, a TV or video show, an unnecessary visit to shopping centers, texting, computer games or internet.
The greatest miracle of the modern era was the rebirth of Israel in 1948 (independence). This year marks the 70th birthday of the modern Jewish state, an event worth celebrating! I A and with amazing heritage in our faith.
Today there are thousands of Jewish people living in towns and villages that the world refuses to recognize as part of Israel. Their “settlements” are in the so-called “West Bank,” which is nothing less than the ancient Bible lands of Judea and Samaria. This land is Israel's, and God has called you and me to take a stand against the plans which would require Israel to give up this land as part of a peace plan.
It is outrageous! And it must stop. Land for peace is a lie. If Israel follows this path, it will only lead to death and destruction. Peace CANNOT come by ripping the Bible lands of Judea and Samaria away from the Jewish people. That would fly in the face of God's prophetic promise concerning the land and bring His judgment on all who support it. We must Save the Bible Lands.
source: Mike Evans @ JerusalemPrayerTeam.org