Weeping with Jesus

Imagine yourself wearing Hannah’s sandals as you read or hear the scripture reading (1 Samuel 1:1-8). Peninnah is anyone in your life who claims to be a Christian but who behaves sinfully against you and has no remorse and suffers no punishment, month after month, year after year. Meanwhile, you have been a good and faithful worshipper of the Lord, yet your prayers for an end to this trial have been barren. Your Peninnah mocks your purity of faith, arrogantly treats you as inferior, and cares nothing about your sufferings.

Jesus is your Elkanah, your loving spouse. He says to you, “Why do you weep and mourn? Am I not more to you than everything else you wish for?”

He is, but his loving embrace cannot be felt physically, and his compassionate understanding does not end your sorrows. The injustices continue. You wonder why God hasn’t intervened to fulfil his promise of raising the lowly and humbling the arrogant.

In the next verses, we’ll see how God finally answers Hannah’s prayers, but today Hannah doesn’t know that her trial will ever end. After so many years of enduring Peninnah’s abuses and watching her receive great blessings despite her sinfulness, Hannah has good reason to grieve. Her tears are our tears when we need our own life to improve and it doesn’t.Read More »

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Saints Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin

Louis Martin (22 August 1823 – 29 July 1894) and Marie-Azélie “Zélie” Guérin Martin (23 December 1831 – 28 August 1877) were two married Roman Catholic French laypeople and the parents of five Roman Catholic nuns, including Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who was canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church in 1925.

Louis Joseph Aloys Stanislaus Martin was the third of five children of Pierre-François Martin and Marie-Anne-Fanny Boureau. All his siblings died before reaching age 30.

Although Louis intended to become a monk, wishing to enter the Augustinian Great St. Bernard Monastery, he was rejected because he did not succeed at learning Latin. Later he decided to become a watchmaker and studied his craft in Rennes and in Strasbourg.

Azélie-Marie Guérin was born in Gandelain, near Saint-Denis-sur-Sarthon, Orne, France. She was the second daughter of Isidore Guérin and Louise-Jeanne Macé. She had an older sister, Marie-Louise, who became a Visitandine nun, and a younger brother, Isidore, who was a pharmacist. Her maternal family was from the Madré, in the neighbouring department of Mayenne, where her grandfather, Louis Macé, was baptised on 16 March 1778.Read More »

Good Will Always Come Back to You

A 6 yr old boy was in the market with his 4 yr old sister. Suddenly, the boy realised that his sister was lagging behind. He stopped and looked back. His sister was standing in front of a toy shop and was watching something with great interest. The boy went back to her and asked, “Do you want something ?” The sister pointed at the doll. The boy held her hand and like a responsible elder brother, gave that doll to her. The sister was very happy.

The shopkeeper was watching everything and getting amused to see the matured behaviour of the boy. Now the boy came to the counter and asked the shopkeeper, “What is the cost of this doll, Sir!” The shopkeeper was a cool man and had experienced the odds of life. So he asked the boy with a lot of love n affection,” Well, What can you pay?” The boy took out all the shells that he had collected from sea shore, from his pocket and gave them to the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper took the shells and started counting as if he were counting the currency. Then he looked at the boy. The boy asked him worriedly, “Is it less?” The shopkeeper said,” No, no…These are more than the cost. So I will return the remaining.” Saying so, he kept only 4 shells with him and returned the remaining. The boy very happily kept those shells back in his pocket and went away with his sister.Read More »

With One Voice

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1. Take the Word
and go out to ev’ry land:
shine the light of Christ
for all to see!
May the lives of those we touch
sing praise to God above.
Let us sing, we’ll sing:

Refrain: With one voice
we’ll pass the Word along;
with one voice,
bring justice to the world.
And with all the angels
we’ll spread the goodness of God.
With all power and glory
the Word of God shall reign.

2. Take the Word
to our neighborhoods and streets:
shine the light of Christ
for all to see!
May we all set out to live
in peace and harmony.
They will see and sing:

3. Take the Word
to the people in despair:
shine the light of Christ
for all to see!
May our actions and our deeds
bring comfort to their needs.
And they’ll know and sing:

4. Take the Word
to the nations ev’rywhere:
shine the light of Christ
for all to see!
May the witness of our lives
transform the world anew.
And we’ll shine, we’ll shine:

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#ShortNews: Over 50,000 petition for release of Christians jailed in India

Journalist author Anto Akkara, who has been spearheading the campaign in a press statement on July 12, called for more signatures for the release of the seven – six of them illiterates including a mentally challenged.

The seven Christians – Bhaskar Sunamajhi, Bijay Kumar Sanseth, Budhadeb Nayak, Durjo Sunamajhi, Gornath Chalenseth, Munda Badamajhi and Sanathan Badamajhi–have been jailed accused of murdering of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on Aug. 23, 2008.

The murder sparked a six-week long anti-Christian violence, resulting in the death of some 100 Christians. Frenzied groups raided and torched some 300 churches and 6,000 Christian houses.

Read full article: http://india.ucanews.com/news/campaign-for-jailed-christians-achieves-milestone/37717/daily

#ShortNews: Amnesty International backs abortion on demand

A press release on Amnesty’s website describes its new position as calling on States “not just to decriminalize abortion, but to guarantee access to safe and legal abortion in a broad way that fully respects the rights of all women, girls and people who can get pregnant,” an apparent reference to women who identify as men or as transgender.

“We want to make sure we are well placed to fight for the human rights of millions of people whose lives are impacted by how governments criminalize or restrict access to abortion and by the prohibition of drugs,” said Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Law and Policy according to a press release on Amnesty’s website.

Read full article: https://c-fam.org/friday_fax/amnesty-international-backs-abortion-demand/