(Slovenčina) Príď, Duchu Svätý, naplň naše srdcia a zapáľ nás ohňom svojej lásky

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit

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Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts, enkindle in us, the fire of your love.

Come Holy Spirit, teach me to pray unceasingly (Eph. 6.18)

Come Holy Spirit, give me thirst for the Divine Word.

 Come Holy Spirit, fill me with wisdom and enlighten my mind to understand the Divine Word.

Come Holy Spirit, deepen my faith in God and in His Word.

Come Holy Spirit, convict me of my sins and lead me to repentance where I fail to conform my life according to God’s word.

Come Holy Spirit, renew my mind according to God’s word; let it penetrate my whole being and transform me.

Come Holy Spirit, give me courage and fortitude to live the values of the Kingdom of God, in thought, word and deed.

Come Holy Spirit, give me an intense thirst for a holy life.

Come Holy Spirit, help me to grow in your fruits (Gal.5.22, 23) so that I may become true witness of Christ.

Come Holy Spirit, help me to accept sufferings in the spirit of Christ with joy.

Come Holy Spirit, increase in me the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love

Come Holy Spirit, give me the gifts (Is. 11.2) and the charisms (1 Cor. 12.4-10) to make me and others true disciples of Christ.    

Come Holy Spirit, help me to focus my gaze on heaven while journeying through this pilgrim land.

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Claim the Promises of God

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Jesus says to the believers: “ If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn. 8.31.32).

“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts” (Ps. 85. 8). Quite often many people lead lives burdened with many problems of life. But our loving God has an answer and solution for all the crises we face. He speaks about it in His Word. Jesus pointed out: “Is it not the reason that you are wrong, that you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?” (Mk. 12.24.). Yes, not only that we make mistakes, but also “we are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4.6).

Our Creator God has ‘a plan of welfare about our future’ (Jer. 29.11), but our enemy, the Satan wants to ‘destroy, steal and kill’ us (Jn. 10.10). God is Truth and His Word reveals the Truth about God, about us, about our wellbeing, about our relationship with God,  ourselves and others…But the enemy, ‘who is the father of lies’ (Jn. 8.44) distorts this Truth and injects lies and half truths into the mind of human beings, thereby ruining their lives. As the Holy Spirit reveals: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (Ps. 119. 130). The word of God is powerful to remove all darkness and to break all bondages from our lives. We should believe firmly in God’s word so that it will transform our lives. When St. Paul preached the word of God to the Thessolonians, “they received it not as a human word but what it really is, God’s word” (1 Thess.2. 13)

So it is high time that we become more and more familiar with the Truth of God’s Word, believe in it, and affirm the Truth against all the tactics of the evil one. The Holy Spirit reminds us through St. Paul: “Take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Eph. 6.16). Mother Mary is called ‘blessed’ because “she believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord” (Lk. 1.45). She is our model to ‘treasure God’s word and ponder them in our heart’ (Lk. 2.19). May we invoke her powerful intercession, especially through the weapon of Rosary and also pray to the Holy Spirit, the principal author of all Scriptures (CCC 304) to help us to keep God’s word as ‘a lamp to our feet and a light to our path’ (Ps. 119.105) so that we may not stumble in the darkness of sin, anxiety, fear, doubt, guilt, depression, addictions, unbelief…and all that will ‘steal, destroy and kill’ the blessings of the Lord in our lives.

Once Mother Theresa was at the air port .The Emigration staff was enquiring with each traveler whether he/ she was carrying any weapons. Mother Theresa’s turn came. She was asked very politely by the staff: “Mother, do you have any weapons?”  In all humility she replied: “Yes, I do have”. The staff said a bit furiously: “Take it out”. Mother took out her Bible and Rosary and said: “These are my weapons”.  We have no human enemy but only the powers of darkness (Eph.6.12); and “our weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor.10.4). Since we fail to use our weapons in the right way, we become a prey to the attacks of the enemy.

This small booklet is a humble attempt to expose the Light of God’s Word against the darkness of ignorance and disbelief about God’s Truth, which is the cause of today’s problems. Use God’s Word as a powerful weapon against the onslaughts of Satan. How blessed our lives will be, if we read, believe and live by God’s Word rather than human words and human standards. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making the simple wise; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes” (Ps. 19.7,8).

 It is not our ‘intellecual faith or belief, but belief ‘from our heart’, with conviction. God’s word says that we need to ‘believe with our heart and confess with our mouth’ in order to be saved (Rom. 10.10). Just by memorizing the Word or saying with our lips is not sufficient. We need to believe with our heart, affirm the truth and confess and proclaim with our mouth. Only then God’s Word will have its full effect in us.

(to be continued–‘I firmly confess and believe’–)

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Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary

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Today, the 21st of November the Church celebrates the Feast of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God has chosen her to be the uncorrupted Ark of the dwelling place of His Son, our Saviour Lord Jesus Christ.

Mary sang in her ‘Magnificat’ (Song of Praise’): “Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed” (Lk. 1.48). The Church gives her due respect and honor because God has chosen her and honored her ‘looking with favor on her lowliness’. Let us honor this ‘gentle woman’, ‘Morning Star’, ‘Virgin most pure’, ‘the most beloved of the Holy Spirit. St. Louis de Montfort has said: “When the Holy Spirit finds Mary in a soul, He flies to it”.

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Recognise Christ in you

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The Holy Spirit inspired St. Paul to tell: “God willed to make known to them the riches of the glory of his mysterious plan among the Gentile nations; it is Christ in you, your hope in glory” (Col.1.270

The Spirit of Christ dwells in the heart of everyone who believes in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you and your household will be saved”, St. Paul said to the jailer in Macedonia (Acts 16.31). There is no force of changing the culture, creed or religion. “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart you believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10.9))

The title of one of the books of St. Augustine is this: ‘Love God and do what you like’. But it has a deeper meaning. When we love a person we will want to do only what that person likes. So Jesus said: “If you love me, obey my commandments”(Jn. 14.15). So loving the Lord means obeying the Commandments. “God’s love requires us to keep his commandments”(1 Jn 5.3)

Please listen to the audio ‘Recognise Christ in you’ in the page Media (with Ukranian translation).

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The weapon of Rosary

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We have entered into the month of October in which the Church encourages the faithful to have special devotion to the powerful prayer of Rosary – powerful  because, we are repeating the Word of God and meditating on the various events in the life of Jesus and Mother Mary. Rosary is both vocal prayer and meditation. In many apparitions Mother Mary has encouraged us to pray the Rosary devoutly so that we will have the strength to overcome temptations. In one of her apparitions she said: “Mothers, recite the Rosary. It is such a powerful weapon for saving your children and bringing them all to heaven”.

Once Mother Theresa was at the airport.  Checking for emigration was going on. They were asking the passengers whether they possess any weapons with them. Mother Theresa was in the queue and her turn came. Very politely the staff asked her the same question. She too said politely: “Yes, I have”. The staff said, “Take it out”. She took out her Bible and Rosary and said: “these are my weapons”.

Read further in the page Catechesis

Mary Pereira

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The Feast of our Lady of Sorrows

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It was in the Tradition of the Church to honor our Lady of sorrows. The devotion to the seven sorrows of Our Lady has its roots in the Bible. When baby Jesus was taken to the church by Mother Mary and St. Joseph,  Simeon said to Mother Mary: “This child will be a sign that will be opposed…..and a sword will pierce your own soul also” (Lk. 2. 34,35). As Mary stood at the foot of the Cross of Jesus, the sword of sorrow which Simeon had foretold did really pierce through her heart. The devotion to Our Lady of Seven Sorrows (dolors) was passed on by St. Bridget (1303- 1373). Pope Pius VII, in 1817 extended this Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to the universal Church. In 1913, Pope Pius X fixed the date on September 15. The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by praying seven Hail Mary’s and meditating on her seven sorrows. The following are the seven swords that pierced her heart.

  1. The prophecy of Simeon
  2. The flight into Egypt
  3. The loss of child Jesus in the temple
  4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the way of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion
  6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross
  7. The burial of Jesus.

The Lady of Seven Sorrows is the Patron of Slovakia.

As we honor our Mother with this devotion, let us also make up in our lives whatever is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the good of the Church, which is the Body of Christ (Col.1.24). May all the sufferings of the persecuted Church be united with the sufferings of Jesus and of the sorrows of His Mother in producing fruits of Redemption for many.

Let us pray: ‘Holy Mother, pierce me through in my heart, each wound renew of my Saviour Crucified’.

Mary Pereira

 

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The Triumph of The Cross

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The Church celebrates the Triumph of the Cross on the 14th of September. It is also called the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross by St. Helena.

Cross was a symbol of curse until Jesus died upon the cross. “Christ rescued us from the curse of the Law by becoming cursed himself for our sake, as it is written: There is a curse on everyone who is hanged on a tree” (Gal. 3, 13). Jesus said: “I lay down my life of my own free will” (Jn.10. 18). He willingly gave Himself up for our salvation. “Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed” (Is. 53. 4,5)

‘The cross on which Jesus, the Son of Man, was lifted up has become the symbol of his victory over the power of evil. He made the instrument of humiliation, torture and death the instrument of our redemption’ (The Weekly Missal).  So we proclaim our faith after the Consecration during the Holy Mass: ‘Dying you destroyed our death; rising you restored our life; Lord Jesus, come in glory’

Cross is not a sign of failure but of victory; not a sign of weakness but of strength. In Cross is our salvation. It may be a scandal and folly for unbelievers as St. Paul tells: “The language of the cross remains nonsense for those who are being lost. Yet for us who are being saved, it is the power of God. We proclaim a crucified Messiah…..Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God. In reality, the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” (1 Cor. 1.18, 23-25).

In General Audience, on 29th October 2008 Pope Benedict XVI beautifully brought out ‘The Theology of the Cross’. “Centuries after Paul we see that in history it was the Cross that triumphed and not the wisdom that opposed it. The Crucified One is wisdom, for he truly shows who God is, that is, a force of love which went even as far as the Cross to save men and women. God uses ways and means that seem to us at first sight to be merely weakness. The Crucified One reveals on the one hand man’s frailty and on the other, the true power of God that is the free gift of love: this totally gratuitous love is true wisdom”:

Let us rejoice in the Cross of Christ because the death of Christ on the cross brings us to the glory of the resurrection.

WE ADORE YOU O LORD, AND WE PRAISE YOU BECAUSE BY YOUR HOLY CROSS YOU HAVE REDEEMED THE WHOLE WORLD

Mary Pereira

 

 

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(Slovenčina) Sťatie Jána Krstiteľa

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(Deutsch) Geburt der Seligen Jungfrau Maria

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