#MoralStory: The Twenty and The One

There was this $20 dollar bill and a $1 dollar bill on the conveyor belt at the down-town Federal Reserve Building. As they were lying there side by side the $1 dollar bill said to the $20 dollar bill, “Hey man, where have you been. I haven’t seen you in a long time ?”

The $20 dollar bill replied, “Man I have been having a ball! I been travelling to distant countries, going to the finest restaurants, to the biggest and best casinos, numerous boutiques, the mall uptown, the mall down-town, the mall across town and even a mall that I just newly built.

“In fact, just this week I’ve been to Europe, a professional NBA game, Rodeo Drive, the all-day retreat spa, the top-notch hair salon and the new casino! I have done it all!!!”

After describing his great travels, the $20 dollar bill asked the $1 dollar bill, “What about you? Where have you been?”

The $1 dollar replied, “Well, I’ve been to the Baptist church, the Methodist church, the Presbyterian church, the Episcopalian church, the Church of God in Christ, the Catholic church, the Mormon church, the church of the Latter Day Saints, the A.M.E. church, the Disciple of Christ church, the…”

“WAIT A MINUTE! WAIT A MINUTE!!” shouted the $20 dollar bill to the $1 dollar bill. “What’s a church?”

When I Speak Your Name in Prayer

I’d like to sit you down and tell you everything’s okay
And have the strength enough to pull you through another day
I’d like to help you to believe that this will be all right
And that you will not have to spend another sleepless night

I’d like to hold your hand and wipe the teardrops from your eyes
And help you just to sort things out while you question why
I’d like to try and lift the load and carry it for you
And truly help you understand just what you’re going through

I’d like to have the words to make this trouble disappear
And give you peace of mind so you won’t shed another tear
I’d like to have the magic touch to take away your pain
And help you see the blue sky just beyond this blinding rain

But sometimes what we say or do just cannot be enough
To ease another’s passage through a trail so dark and rough
There is one thing I know will help much more than I can say
And rest assured that I will do it when I kneel to pray

I will take your name before the Father as I seek His face
And ask Him to enfold you in His arms of warm embrace
There’s no one who can comfort you quite like the Father can
And surely carry you across this dark and frightening span

Although, I dearly care for you and want to help so much
I know that what you really need is in the Father’s touch
So, I will take you to the throne and leave you in His care
I know He will deliver when I speak your name in prayer

Copyright © 2003 Linda Oliver




Trinity Song


Father, in my life I see,
You are God who walks with me.
You hold my life in Your hands.
Close beside You I will stand.
I give all my life to You, help me Father to be true!.

Jesus, in my life I see,
You are God who walks with me.
You hold my life in Your hands.
Close beside You I will stand.
I give all my life to You, help me Jesus to be true!.

Spirit, in my life I see,
You are God who walks with me.
You hold my life in Your hands.
Close beside You I will stand.
I give all my life to You, help me Spirit to be true!.

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#ShortNews: Pope: ‘foolish lie’ to connect Islam with terrorism

“It may be on the lips of many, but that equation is a foolish lie.” This is how Pope Francis defined the equation that many make between Muslims and terrorists. He did so in the extensive interview with the director of the Echo of Bergamo newspaper, published today 24 May 2018, on the occasion of the arrival in the city of the urn with the remains of Saint John XXIII, who thus returns for the first time to his land. The most important role of religions, Bergoglio said, “is that of promoting the culture of encounter, along with the promotion of true education in responsible behavior in caring for creation”.

Francis recalled the “Good Pope”, whom he canonized, defining him as “a man, a saint who did not know the word “enemy “, and added that he was “aware of the Church’s call to serve all men and women and not only Catholics; to defend first and foremost the rights of the human person and not only those of the Catholic Church. aware that the Pope must build bridges…”.

Read Full Story: http://www.lastampa.it/2018/05/24/vaticaninsider/the-terrorismislam-equation-a-foolish-lie-zWlvJbHvh3cCesjklVSxWJ/pagina.html

#ShortNews: Muslims join Catholics in welcoming appointment of new Pakistani cardinal

Muslim politicians and activists have joined Pakistan’s Christian minority to welcome the country’s new cardinal, the archbishop of Karachi, Mgr Joseph Coutts.

In a surprise move in yesterday’s Regina Caeli, Pope Francis announced that he was appointing 14 new cardinals, three of whom from Asia, during the consistory of 29 June.

The pontiff stressed that the places from which the new cardinals come from “express the universality of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth”.

When they heard about the appointment, Pakistani Christians praised the Lord. Pakistan has been without a cardinal since the death in 1994 of its first prince of the Church, Mgr Joseph Cordeiro, who had served as archbishop of Karachi since 1958.

Read More: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Muslims-and-Christians-welcome-with-joy-Joseph-Coutts-as-the-new-cardinal-43945.html

#ShortNews: ‘Become bold witnesses of God’s love in a wounded world,’ Pope tells confirmandi

Dearest brothers and sisters of the diocese of Pontoise!

You are gathered today in the joy of this “Grand Assembly” of Pentecost. Together with you, like the pastor with his flock, there presides my dear brother in the episcopate, Msgr. Stanislas Lalanne, to whom I address a special greeting.

How good it is to see how fifteen thousand Christians pray with hearts willing to receive the Holy Spirit of God! His effective action will bring you abundant fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, benevolence, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-mastery (cf. Gal 5: 22-23).

Today, more than a thousand young people and adults will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. You will thus become bold witnesses of God’s love in a wounded world, especially in the existential peripheries where countless men and women await the Lord’s consolation. May that consolation arrive through you, authentic missionary disciples of Christ; may it reach those who are discouraged along the way, through the tenderness of your words and the caresses of your deeds, and in this way propagate God’s mercy and love, spreading it like the perfume of the holy oil of Confirmation that you will receive today!

May Mary, the Mother of Jesus who gathers us in prayer, help you to receive the Holy Spirit fruitfully in your life. I bless you all with affection. And please, do not forget to pray for me! Thank you.

Taken from: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/05/20/180520e.html

The Holy Trinity Explained

All Christians believe the doctrine of the Trinity. If you do not believe this—that is, if you have come to a settled conclusion that the doctrine of the Trinity is not true—you are not a Christian at all. You are in fact a heretic. Those words may sound harsh, but they represent the judgment of the Christian church across the centuries. What is the Trinity? Christians in every land unite in proclaiming that our God eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Those who deny that truth place themselves outside the pale of Christian orthodoxy.

Having said that, I admit that no one fully understands it. It is a mystery and a paradox. Yet I believe it is true.

This diagram can be used to explain the Trinity’s “One God in Three Persons” nature, as follows:

The Father is God.
The Son (Jesus) is God.
The Holy Spirit is God.
The Father is not the Son.
The Son is not the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not the Father.

We believe in one living and true God who is the Creator of heaven and earth; who is eternal, almighty, unchangeable, infinitely powerful, wise, just and holy.Read More »

Saint Julia of Corsica

Julia (also known as Saint Julia of Carthage or Saint Julia of Nonza) was born of noble aristocratic parents in Carthage (South Africa). Given the high-profile nature of the city, it was also subject to numerous barbarian attacks, and the city’s defenses had crumbled. During one attack by the Vandals, Julia was taken from her family, and sold into slavery. Despite her dire circumstances, she did not complain or feel sorry for herself. Rather, Julia accepted everything as a gift of the Lord, and performed the most humble tasks with wonderful cheerfulness.

Her master, Eusebius, was a pagan who admired so great a virtue in service. When Julia’s duties were done and she was granted the servant’s time off, she spent her spare time either in reading or insisting on praying. She grew pale and thin from fasting despite the threats and blandishments of her master, but her mind, intent on Heaven, fed daily on God’s words.

Eusebius, who was charmed with her fidelity and other virtues, thought proper to take her with him on one of his voyages to Gaul. When he reached the northern part of Corsica, he cast anchor and went ashore to join the pagans of the place in an idolatrous festival. Julia was left at some distance, because she would not be defiled by the superstitious ceremonies, which she openly spurned. Read More »

#MoralStory: Ten Guidelines From God

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. Please, follow these 10 guidelines.

1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all… God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.Read More »