Friday, 11 March 2016

Jesus satisfies all

Today the world is caught in a huge web of sin. No one is satisfied with what they have.

We all want to become richer, be more successful, have more degrees, be more popular but even after we achieve it we are far from happy. Because we always want something more.

But while nothing seems to satisfy us and we wonder what next, let us fix our gaze on Jesus who is able to satisfy our every need and much more.

“When we hear people talk of riches, honors and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end, and let us then say: 'My God, I wish for You alone and nothing more.'”
(St. Alphonsus Ligouri)

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Trusting in the champion

Imagine being locked up in a den with wild animals. Or being thrown into the fire. Or locked up in prison. The above are famous stories from the bible  in which no one would fault you if you had given up hope.

“Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”  (G.K. Chesterton)

Today your life may be similar to being in the fire. Your problem may be like a dragon. And all hope of a solution seems to be fading away.

Because we trust and hope in humans we get easily disappointed and discouraged.

Today Jesus asks you to trust in Him.

Trust always in your God. He does not lose battles. (St. Jose Maria Escriva)

Thursday, 18 February 2016

A spoonful of honey

Ever so often we say and do things that we regret later. We want things our way and get very impatient. We end up hurting people and sometimes spoiling relationships.

Anger is something that can end up destroying us. Getting angry and impatient often is a sign of the sin of pride.

There is no sin or wrong that gives a man a foretaste of hell in this life as anger and impatience.
--Saint Catherine of Sienna

The virtue that we need to pray for is humility and meekness.  We need to pray for grace to be gentle, patient, humble and kind.

This will bring more people closer to Christ than many preachings with no practice of humility.

”Be as gentle always as possible; and remember that you will catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar. How can anyone be angry with another who fights him with pearls and diamonds?”
--Saint Francis of Sales

Monday, 8 February 2016

A new beginning

In our life very frequently we go through situations where all hope seems lost.

Maybe with our job, finances, relationships, family and so on.

But it is in exactly these situations,  when you feel you've reached the end, where God wants to start a new beginning. It is from where He wants to bring something good, something wonderful.

God created the world from nothing.
And so also He can create something great from your nothingness.

All He asks of you is to give Him a chance to do so. Stop despairing and stop trying so hard on your own.

Cast your burdens onto Him for He cares for you. (1Pet5:7)

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Jesus is counting on you...

Today the church is under severe attack. The various attacks on churches and religious and the utter disrespect of Christians is appalling.

But unfortunately that isn't the only place from where the church is under attack. Top cardinals, bishops and priests choose to twist and abandon the teachings of Christ to suit the "modern times "

It is very much true that the teaching of Christ is difficult. Not all can accept it. ( Jn6:60)

But not accepting it is your personal choice. Leading others to something false is shameful.

Fr. Antonio Couto, a saintly mystic in 1989 said, "A day will come when priests, bishops and perhaps even Cardinals will abandon the teachings of Christ; in that day God will raise up families who will hold fast to the gospel and save the church."

Today  Jesus Christ and the church needs YOU more than ever. To stand up for the truth. To be strong and well read in your faith. And to live and defend that faith.

Dear young friends, Jesus Christ is counting on you! The Church is counting on you! The Pope is counting on you! May Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always accompany you with her tenderness. Go and make disciples of all nations. (Pope Francis WYD 2013)

Monday, 25 January 2016

Why God why?

All too often in our life we are faced with situations that push us to ask the question: Why God Why?

Why did I get this sickness? Why am I or my family suffering so much? Why is nothing going right in life?

It gets worse when we pray daily and yet have unpleasant things happen to us; which makes us question whether we should pray at all.

The book of Wisdom 2:18 says: The righteous man is God’s child, He will help him and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.

On this earth we may never understand the use of trying to lead a holy and blameless life. (Wis2:22)

But for those who cling to the Lord, He will always work things out for their good (Rom8:28)

The purposes of the Lord are too mysterious for us to fathom. But it is for us to cling to Him through every storm in our life so that the glory of God may be revealed in our lives.

Monday, 18 January 2016

A spiceless life

Imagine having rice without salt, tea without sugar or chicken without any spices. The thought itself is horrifying.

Now similarly, imagine living our life without the help of the Holy Spirit. Life would be dull and boring.

Through baptism you have been anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is time to stir up this Spirit so as to bring a great transformation in our lives.

As you begin to change, people around you will notice the change. There will be no need of you even preaching. Your life will radiate the light of Christ to one and all.

Today and daily I ask you to make this prayer:

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.
(Saint Augustine)