Archive for April, 2015

Just Some Wise Thoughts…

I Met Money and said, “You Are Just A Piece of Paper.”
Money Smiled and said,“Of Course, But You Haven’t Seen A Dust Bin For Me Yet.”

A Tongue Has No Bones but It Can Break A Heart.
It Can Be A Pillar For Building A Broken Heart!

Tomorrow Will Come Daily But Today Will Come Today Only.
So Finish Your Today’s Work Today Itself And Be Free Tomorrow.

Every Night When We Go To Bed,
We Have No Assurance That we will Get Up Alive the Next Morning,
But Still We Have Plans For The Coming Day.
That’s Hope!

What Is Forgiveness?
It Is the Wonderful Scent that a Flower Gives When Its Being Crushed!

Do You Know Who Is The Sweetest Couple in the World?
SMILE and TEARS…They Meet Rarely.
But When They Meet, The Moment Becomes UNFORGETTABLE.

What is Success?
When Your “SIGNATURE”
Changes to “AUTOGRAPH”
That is SUCCESS!

Richness is NOT Earning, Spending or Saving More,
Richness is when You Need “NO MORE.”

We never get what we want,
We never want what we get,
We never have what we like,
We never like what we have.
And still we live love.
That’s life…

It’s true that we don’t know
What we’ve got until it’s gone,
But it’s also true that we don’t know
What we’ve been missing until it arrives.

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Who Am I

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Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling.
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours.

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are.

Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am Yours, I am Yours.

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#ShortNews : French prime minister: 178 Catholic churches under police protection

After a planned terrorist attack on two French churches was averted, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that “specific protection” is being provided to 178 Catholic places of worship.

CNN reported that the attack was foiled when a 24-year-old Algerian computer science student allegedly murdered a woman and called for an ambulance, attempting to portray himself as a crime victim. A police investigation then uncovered the planned attack, which was linked to persons in Syria.

Le Monde reported that the attack was to have taken place on two Catholic churches in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris.

http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2015/04/23/178-lieux-de-culte-catholique-proteges_4621043_3224.html

#ShortNews : On Earth Day, Pope says ‘see the world through the eyes of God the Creator’

Recognizing the worldwide celebration of Earth Day on April 22 at the close of his regular weekly public audience, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to “see the world through the eyes of God the Creator.”

“The relationship between man and nature must not be governed by greed, manipulation and exploitation,” the Pontiff said; “but rather should preserve the divine harmony between creatures and creation, in the logic of respect and care, to place it at the service of our brothers and for future generations.”

http://visnews-en.blogspot.sg/2015/04/on-earth-day-pope-invites-us-to-see.html

#ShortNews : Nigerian bishop: Rosary will overcome Boko Haram threat

A Nigerian bishop has said that Jesus appeared to him and told him that the Boko Haram terrorist group can be defeated by the Rosary.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri told the Catholic News Agency that he was praying in his chapel when he experienced a vision, in which Jesus handed him a sword that turned into a rosary. “I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation,” he said. “It was clear that with the rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.”

The bishop said that he now feels compelled by the Holy Spirit to spread the message that the Rosary is the key to defeating the terrorist menace that has plagued his diocese in northeastern Nigeria.

Bishop Dashe reports that in the Maiduguri diocese, where Boko Haram has been particularly active, there were about 125,000 Catholics in 2009. That number has dropped to “only 50,000 to 60,000” today, he said, because so many families have fled to escape the threat of violence.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/after-vision-of-christ-nigerian-bishop-says-rosary-will-bring-down-boko-haram-78382/

How many times is seventy times seven?

Peter speaks for each one of us when he says, “How many times am I supposed to forgive the jerk who keeps sinning? After seven times, if he’s still a jerk, what’s the point in forgiving him again?”

“No, not seven times,” Jesus says, “seventy times that much, which, according to the calculator on my Father’s desk in heaven, is infinite.”

We’d rather only forgive people if they “go and sin no more.” But waiting for their repentance is harmful to us. When we choose to pray “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing,” we break the chains of anger that bind us to what they did. We’re no longer a victim of the incident that hurt us. The wounds of our heart and spirit are healed, because we receive directly from Jesus the love that was supposed to come from those who sinned against us.

Forgiveness, like love, is a decision, not a feeling. It begins with an honest prayer: “Father, I don’t want to forgive them, but I choose to forgive them. I ask You to forgive them, too. And please forgive me for holding onto my resentment, anger or bitterness.” Did you realize you’re already praying this whenever you recite the “Our Father.” Jesus taught us to pray, “Father, forgive us as we forgive others.” He did not add, “Unless, of course, they don’t want to stop sinning.”

Who is the person in your life who is hardest to forgive? Most likely, the answer is you. If you cannot forgive yourself, you won’t feel safe forgiving others. How readily do you forgive yourself? As readily as God does? Take this quiz to find out:

Do I ever get angry at myself and take more than a day to feel good about myself again?

Do I try to cover up my blunders with lies or by redirecting the focus off myself?

Do I get defensive when someone indicates that I’m not a perfectly good person?

Do I blame others even when I am responsible?

Do I believe that if people get to know me well enough, they won’t like me anymore?

Do I examine my conscience only rarely?

When I realize I have sinned, do I doubt that God forgives me?

Is this quiz making me feel uncomfortable?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you do not forgive yourself as readily as God forgives you. If you answered yes to most or all of them, you have a major problem with self esteem and need spiritual and/or psychological counseling. You are a great candidate for God’s healing love!

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Saint Paul Miki

st.Paul MikiPaul Miki (パウロ三木; 1562 – February 5, 1597) was the son of a Japanese military leader. He was born at Tounucumada, Japan, was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama, joined the Jesuits in 1580, and became known for his eloquent preaching.

Christianity spread like wildfire in sixteenth-century Japan. By the 1580s, less than forty years after Francis Xavier introduced the faith, the church counted two hundred thousand converts. The growth had proceeded despite the opposition of Buddhist priests and many petty rulers. However, in 1587, Emperor Hideyoshi ordered the banishment of all Catholics, forcing the Jesuit missionaries to operate from hiding. But outright persecution did not break out until late 1596, when Hideyoshi rounded up twenty-six Jesuits, Franciscans, and laypeople and prepared to martyr them.

Paul Miki, a Jesuit and a native of Japan, has become the best known among the martyrs of Japan. Hideyoshi had the left ears of the twenty-six martyrs severed as a sign of disrespect and paraded them through Kyoto. Dressed in his simple black cassock, Paul stood out among them. Most onlookers realized that this noble young man could have worn the samurai’s costume with two swords on his belt. The whole display had the unexpected effect of evoking compassion from the crowd, some of whom later became converts.

The 26 martyrs were then taken to Nagasaki. They were tied to crosses with their necks held in place by iron rings. Beside each was an executioner with his spear ready to strike.

While hanging upon a cross, Paul Miki preached to the people gathered for the execution: “The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.”

At this point, he turned his eyes toward his companions and began to encourage them in their final struggle. The faces of them all shone with great gladness. Another Christian shouted to him that he would soon be in paradise. “Like my Master,” murmured Paul, “I shall die upon the cross. Like him, a lance will pierce my heart so that my blood and my love can flow out upon the land and sanctify it to his name.”

As they awaited death the entire group sang the canticle of Zachary (see Luke 1:67-79). The executioners stood by respectfully until they had intoned the last verse. Then at a given signal they thrust their spears into the victims’ sides. On that day, February 5, 1597, the church of Japan welcomed its first martyrs.

More story about the other 25 victims you can read on next Saturday, 1st May 2015.