Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient (Sirach 2:4)

A farmer had a beautiful horse that he loved very much. One day the horse ran away and the farmer had no idea about its whereabouts. Some of his neighbors in the evening gathered to sympathize with him over his bad luck. He said, “It is perfect and fine.” The next morning the horse came back with other six sturdy wild horses, and the neighbors spoke highly of his good fortune. He said, “It is perfect and fine.” Incidentally, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his hand. As usual the neighbors flocked to express sympathy for the bad luck. The farmer in his normal tone said, “It is perfect and fine.” A few days later conscription officials came to the village to recruit young men to the army. Due to his disability the farmer’s son was discarded. Again, the neighbors approached the farmer to say how fortunate everything turned out. He said, “It is perfect and fine.”
Whatever happens–Accept it. It is very difficult to accept certain events that happen in our lives. But how soon I am able to bounce back when something happens, is important. If you want to relax, acceptance is the way. Acceptance is the gateway to happiness. Accepting life, as it reveals itself is the only antidote to

The Church is not only for the good, it is for everyone

This is a short prayer that we all can pray during the day many times, ‘Jesus, Jesus,’ simply.

POPE FRANCIS spoke about the two thieves who died on either side of Jesus on the cross, and one who experienced the endless mercy and compassion of Christ during his final moments. Going off the script a few times, he was met with applause by the audience, who truly resonated with his words.
“The Church is not only for the good or for those who seem to think they are good. The Church is for everyone, and it even prefers those who are bad, because the Church is mercy.”

He said the good thief became the Gospel Christian model of one who relies on Jesus. He is a model of the Church that so often calls upon the Lord, asking Him to remember his unfailing love. As such, the sacrifice of the cross is meant for everyone, not only those who are ‘worthy,’ but anyone who accepts God’s grace.

“The same faith this man had is the result of the grace of Christ: his eyes contemplated the crucifixion and the love of God for him, a poor sinner. It’s true. He was a robber and a thief, it’s true. He stole his whole life and was blindfolded until the end of his life, when he was looking at Jesus. This is the good mercy that allowed him to lawfully steal heaven.”

Pope Francis commented that this robber asked about the future promise of Christ, that of spending eternity with Him in paradise. Thus, the thief is a testimony of God’s divine grace and mercy.

“The good thief called him by name, ‘Jesus.’ This is a short prayer that we all can pray during the day many times, ‘Jesus, Jesus,’ simply. Let’s do it all together, come on! ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.’ It is something we can do all day long.”

He ended his catechesis remembering the battered victims in Syria, and reminding the bombers that they too will give an account of their life before God.

Why not start doing things rightly……..

Jesus told his disciples, “There was a rich man whose steward was reported to him for fraudulent service. He summoned the steward and asked him; “what is this I hear about you? I want you to render an account of your service for it is about to be terminated” The steward thought to himself: “What am I to do now? My master will surely dismiss me. I am not strong enough to do hard work, and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I will do; I must make sure that when I am dismissed, there will be some people to welcome me into their house, “So he called his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first who came: “How much do you owe my master?” The reply was “A hundred jars of oil” The steward said, “Here is your bill. Sit down quickly and write there fifty.” To the second he put the same question: “How much do you owe?” The answer was: “A thousand bushels of wheat.” Then he said” “Take your bill and write eighty.” “The master commended the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the people of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light.”
The dishonest steward was commended by Jesus for his astuteness. To be astute in this world is to be cunning, shrewd, clever and smart. It may be a value of the world yet people of light can learn something from the steward’s astuteness. In order to assure himself of a good life after his dismissal, the steward did a lot of undoing in the debts of the people. People who are nearing their end wishes to undo many things that they have done; people who need to be forgiven, sins that need to be confessed, unsettled issues that need closure, personal baggage that needs to be unloaded, relationships that have to be fixed, strayed life that ought to be straightened. We might not have enough time to undo things before our dismissal. Why not start doing things rightly?
–(Claretian Bible Diary)

Do Good to Those who Need it……..

Do Good to Those who Need it……..

Some of my sisters work in Australia. On a reservation, among the Aborigines, there was an elderly man. I can assure you that you have never seen a situation as difficult as that poor old man’s. He was completely ignored by everyone. His home was disordered and dirty. I told him, “Please, let me clean your house, wash your clothes, and make your bed.” He answered, “I’m okay like this. Let it be.” I said again, “You will be still better if you allow me to do it.” He finally agreed. So I was able to clean his house and wash his clothes. I discovered a beautiful lamp, covered with dust. Only God knows how many years had passed since he last lit it. I said to him, “Don’t you light your lamp? Don’t you ever use it?” He answered, “No. No one comes to see me. I have no need to light it. Who would I light it for?” I asked, “Would you light it every night if the sisters came?” He replied, “Of course.” From that day on the sisters committed themselves to visiting him every evening. We cleaned the lamp, and the sisters would light it every evening. Two years passed. I had completely forgotten that man. He sent this message: “Tell my friend that the light she lit in my life continues to shine still.” I thought it was a very small thing. We often neglect small things. –Mother Teresa

Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbour to wait until tomorrow if you can help him now. Don’t plan anything that will hurt your neighbour; he lives beside you, trusting you.
(The Bible, Proverb 3:27).

The Only Thing That Counts………

“…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
(Galatians 5:6, NIV)

So often, it’s easy to get caught up in our to-do lists of life. You might even have a spiritual checklist, so to speak, of all the things you think you need to do in order to please God. And we should have the desire to please Him and follow His commands, but pleasing Him starts with our heart condition.

Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians that only faith, hope and love will last into eternity. The point is that we have to adjust our focus and make sure that we aren’t just going through the motions in our spiritual walk. We can do a lot of “good” things, but if we don’t have love, they won’t matter in eternity. We can have a lot of knowledge, but if we don’t have love, it won’t do us any good. When love is the foundation for everything we do, it’s a different story. Love honors God and opens the door for the life of victory and blessing He has in store!

“Father, thank You for Your blessing and peace on my life. Today, I choose love, knowing that it fuels my faith. I don’t want to go through the motions; I want to love the way You love me. Show me ways to grow in love as I keep my heart and mind fixed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

–Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria

Give a Chance to Change Ways,…….

I did not come to call the righteous but sinners (Mathew 9:13).

As Jesus moved on, he saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom-house, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And Mathew got up and followed him. (The Bible, Mathew 9:9).

It is not easy to leave our comfort zones to follow the Lord. Yet when we look at what happened to Matthew, he immediately got up, left his tax collector’s table and followed Jesus. What was the inspiration of Matthew? Jesus made him feel that unlike other people, he is not judging and putting Matthew inside a box. If we were in the Matthew’s place: a sinner, unworthy of any honour coming from a man named Jesus, we too will be overwhelmed and would realise that though condemned by people, there’s a man who is ready to accept and love us wholeheartedly without any prejudice. We too have our own biases. We put our brothers and sisters inside their own boxes. Let us give each other a chance to change his ways.
–(Claretian Bible Diary)

If God has forgiven us, why can we not forgive?……..

Pope Francis explained how important it is to forgive in order to achieve a merciful heart.

The pope said that all people need to be forgiven at some point. He added that God’s mercy is neglected by condemning the sinner.

“If God has forgiven us, why can we not forgive? Are we bigger than God?”

The pope spoke of two essential things that everyone should do: forgive and give. He invited the pilgrims to live life with love and without criticizing or judging others.

“Mercy is to give, forgiving is to give. Thus the heart grows and grows. But with selfishness and anger the heart becomes small and hardens like a stone. What do you prefer, a heart of stone? If you prefer a heart full of love, be merciful!”

The pope recalled that the World Day of Alzheimer is held to remember and raise awareness about those who suffer with the disease, their families and caretakers.

life of odds

He was a seeker with many unanswered questions-

those which he asked whoever he met,

some of them were satisfactory to him

but most of them were illogical, irrational

and irrelevant to satisfy his quest.

Eventually he asked one question:

“Will I be in the tomb with those questions

to be asked to God in Heaven or Devil in hell?”