Be true to yourself

Be yourself

Yes, I will try to do that

Easier said than done

Not really, no not at all

Simply calls for sincerity of heart

Is that so?

Yes, if one is  to be relied upon

One has to  be trustworthy

Ah yes, go ahead and try

Be sincere and  be open

Anyhow it is a desire of the heart

to be at one’s best at all times

May you be blessed

Abundantly  and richly

 

 

 

 

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The gift of Joy

I love you Lord!

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I was at the Pentecost Rally today in the Church of St Vincent de Paul, and I had a swell time.

As always, at a Pentecost Rally, there would be an empowerment session to pray for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. We would pray for a deeper walk with the Lord. More love, more power! So all the charismatic groups were present, and their leaders were all ready to intercede for those who would come to them.

I was all ready to go. Praise God! As I waited for my turn, I observed the gift of tongues being given to a lady. She prayed in tongues for the first time, much to her delight. There were, as usual, people who rested in the spirit. Praise God!

Then came my turn, and  I found myself standing before three young adults from the Indonesian Charismatic Group. The leader looked at me and…

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Children Eucharistic Adoration

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The fruit of Fr. Antoine Thomas’ work is bearing fruit as more and more parishes organise monthly Eucharistic Adoration for children. While there used to be some resistance in the beginning, it is now clear that many preconceived ideas about the ability of children to keep still and to be silent have now been greatly reduced. In fact, it is always so edifying to pray with these little ones whom our Lord takes delight in. They can certainly be silent. In a typical session of about an hour, there are at least three moments of total silence and prostration  before the Blessed sacrament. Starting the children young is an advantage, certainly. Praise God!

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

It  happened again yesterday afternoon. We prayed before our sister who was dying of cancer. With faith in the goodness of our loving God, we recited the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and  we were full of trust that it would be as Jesus has promised through the nun in Poland, St Faustina. Our chaplet was followed by the official rite of  final anointing and prayers by a priest. About four hours later, the news came that the lady had passed peacefully from this life to the next. Laid to rest, her soul has been summoned to the eternal reward prepared for her since the foundation of the world. How marvellous!

Years ago, a few of us had been asked by one of our sisters in Christ to go and pray for her. She had been admitted to the hospital for a second operation. This time her chances of recovery were slim but in her state of mind, she had agreed to the operation. Boldly she had taken the risk. At her bed side we knelt and I remember chanting the chaplet three times. The hospital was then also undergoing a bit of renovation. It seemed to me that our voices were struggling to rise above the din. Praise God that He heard our pleas. That night the Lord invited our sister in Christ to return to her eternal reward.

And twenty years ago, on the morning of this very day, 16 April, I had also prayed all alone by the bed side of my dying mother. It was before nine in the morning. I had come as soon as the morning Eucharist had been celebrated. When I had completed my chaplet, I saw my dear mother wave her arm. It was a great gesture to bid me farewell till we meet again. Praise God!

If ever there is a prayer we can all say, it surely has to be as simple as these five words: Jesus, I trust in You!

Simple faith. That is all our Lord asks from us. Total trust. And why not, since He is our God of mercy and compassion.

Jesus, I trust in You!

When the going gets tough

Interestingly this is a familiar phrase – when the going gets tough. So what happens? Persevere, says the optimist. Plod on, says the one who still has the strength to do so. What about us? It all depends on what the issue is, perhaps. I am in the midst of climbing a mountain with a group of young people. The moutain is the faith journey. So many at this time are on the way and they, if I may say so, are going through tough terrain.

I recall my own faith journey and thank God for having brought me thus far. I am still on the way. I am still plodding on. Praise God!

Whenever I recall the time I was struggling, and it was in the initial stage after my conversion, I had to struggle with many issues. Being a neophyte then, I found myself thrown into the deep end of a pool. There was no question of not trying to stay afloat. There was no question of not trying to seek help and yet, that was the hardest part. It seemed easier to just give up.

And I have to confess that that was exactly what I said aloud to a priest. He was unruffled. All he did was to point me to a short passage in scripture and advised me to read and reflect. What were the words of God?

Luke 9:57 – 62 – Hardships of the apostolic calling

What touched me then, and these words are still in my heart today, is verse 62 itself: Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks  back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

I like to give this sharing to my youth group. Plod on. Persevere. It is worth it. Fight the good fight. Seek the grace and it will be given to you. Praise God!

Mary Mother of God

O Mother, we come to you and place our trust in you. Pray for us. Pray for the world.

This night I am filled with a sense of Melancholia. . . not all things are right in this world.

Sad news prevail. Bad forecasts have been given. Unemployment. Health care costs are ridiculously high. Marriages do not last.

Yes, there seems to be just bad news.

But Mother, I am not going to focus on the bad news. I have handed them over to you.

Now my eyes are on your beautiful face. You look at us and you just love us.

You love us in our struggles. You love us in our pain.

You also love us as we run to you, confident that you will intercede for us most powerfully.

Dearest Mother, in a Thanksgiving Mass this night, I  heard about the shepherds who hurried to adore our Lord Jesus.

He is Emmanuel, God with us. So we too desire to run to Him and fix our eyes on Him.

May we have the simplicity and the spontaneity to do so. We hurry, we hasten, we want to see Jesus!

We want to adore the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Abba Father, we cry out to you, confident that you hear us. We run to you, and you open your arms to embrace us.

We are your children. We need your love, your peace, your joy.

Abbe Father, we love you!