Pentecost 2019

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Pentecost 2019

Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council in 1962, by proclaiming ,‘‘open the windows and let in the fresh air“. Yes, he hoped and prayed for a New Pentecost to dawn in the Church.

We all need a revival of the Pentecost experience every day of our lives. St. Paul says in his second letter to Timothy: “I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands’’ (1.6). The Holy Spirit is the greatest gift of God which Jesus came to give us. The first mission of Jesus was to forgive us our sins. The angel Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph in a dream and removed his doubt about Virgin Mary’s conception by telling: “do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt.1.21). So the primary mission for which God the Father sent Jesus was to save people from the bondage of sin. He came not only for that, but to teach us how to live as the children of God. But that is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. “What is born of the flesh is flesh and what is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Jn.3.6). That is why Jesus told Nicodemus: “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kindom of God without being born of water and the Spirit” (Jn.3.5). But God is all holy and His Spirit cannot enter into us unless we are sanctified. So Jesus had to accomplish His first task of purifying the humanity through His Passion, Death and Resurrection. God “has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col.1.13).

John the Baptist tells about the second mission of Jesus. He introduced Jesus by saying: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Mt.3.11; Mk.1.8; Lk.3.16; Jn.1.33). Jesus did promise the gift of Holy Spirit to His disciples who would thirst for the Spirit and who would believe in Him (Jn.7.37-39). But the Holy Spirit then made the truth clear for the evangelist: “As yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (Jn.7.39 b). At the last discourse with His disciples Jesus said: “I tell you the truth: it is for your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn.16.7). After His death and Resurrection, Jesus made the truth clear again: “you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts.1.5).

After His Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples who were in a closed room for fear of the Jews. He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn.20.22). Even though Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit, their lives did not change. They were still living in fear and doubt, and wanted to go back to their former trade. (Jn.21.3; Lk.24.13-24). The Holy Spirit was in them, but dormant. They were not led to activate the Holy Spirit in them, to be led by the Holy Spirit, nor did they know how to live in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. After the Sacrament of Baptism, most of us also lead such lives without having a lively, daily communion with the Holy Spirit and hence we lead ‘frozen’ Christian lives. Because of our lack of knowledge of the Word of God (Mk.12.24), we have many misconceptions about the need and the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Before His Ascension, Jesus told the disciples: “I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high” (Lk. 24.49). Jesus knew that it is impossible for them to live what He preached them for 3 years without the help of the Holy Spirit. Through Prophet Ezekiel too, God foretold this truth. “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you…..I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statues and be careful to observe my ordinances” (36,25-27). So with a deep thirst for the Holy Spirit the disciples were praying earnestly for this Power from above. And the promise in Acts. 1.8 was fulfilled in them. They became powerful witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and in the ends of the earth. The Scriptural truth is that it is not enough that we receive the Holy Spirit at the Sacrament of Baptism and we become ‘the temples of the Holy Spirit’ (1Cor.3.16). We have to make the Power of God active in us through our cooperation with the Holy Spirit by our living in fellowship with him, often praying to the indwelling Divine Guest to rekindle His fire within us and ask him to help us always to live by the Spirit, walk by the Spirit, and be led by the Spirit (Gal.5.16, 25).

As we are preparing for the great Feast of Pentecost, let us be convinced that the gift of Anointing of the Holy Spirit is for all (Joel.2.28); for all who thirst for him, who believe in Jesus (Jn.7.37-39), who ask for the Spirit (Lk.11.13), who obey God’s commandments (Jn.14.15, 16; Acts 5.32), and who repent of their sins and be willing to change their lives (Acts.2.37-39; 3.19,20). In the Early Church those who came to faith were simple people, who fulfilled these requirements in their lives, and the Spirit of the Lord guided their lives and they were leading victorious Christian lives even at the face of persecution (Acts 6.8; 7.54-60 – just one example). Let us not ignore, neglect or bypass the Divine Guest within. It is He who will teach us to pray (Rom8.26),  fill us with the Father’s love (Rom.5.5), who will bring us to the filial relationship with God the Father (Rom.8.14-16), who will bring us to greater intimacy with Jesus and help us to surrender our lives to Him (1 Cor.12.3), who will make the Word of God come alive in our lives, who will convict us of our sins (Jn. 16.8), who will make our lives fruitful  (Gal.5.22,23), who will empower us with His gifts and charisms to make us effective instruments  in the kingdom of God (1 Cor.12.4-11), who will help us to accept sufferings with the joy of the Lord (1 Thess.1.6; Phil.4.4). In short, it is only when we are leading a life in the Spirit, without grieving him (Eph.4.30) through our sins, without quenching the fire of the Holy Spirit (1Thess.5.19) though our stubbornness and ‘stiff-neckedness’ (Acts.7.51), the Holy Spirit can fuel our lives with power, ignite our lives with the love, joy and peace of the Lord and help us to be the real catalysts of God’s Kingdom spreading the fragrance of Christ to those around (2 Cor.2.15). It is only Holy Spirit who can change our lukewarm, counter-witnessing Christian lives into lives like effective ‘living stones building up the kingdom of God’ (1 Pet.2.5).

When Prophet Samuel was anointing Saul to be the prince over the people of Israel, he said: “The Spirit of the Lord will come mightily upon you, and you shall prophesy with them and be turned into another man” (1Sam.10.6). Let us really desire for a change of life from what we are to what we ought to be, what God intends and expects of us. Yes, in order to fulfill the dream of God about us, He has given us His own Spirit, Spirit of Christ who will help us to live like Christ. Let us not ‘resist the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 7.51); rather let us cooperate with the Spirit and yield our lives to his working, so that we will become changed persons and will be enabled to live by His word in our pilgrimage here.

Wish all the readers the special Anointing and Empowerment of the forthcoming Feast of Pentecost

Fr.James Mariakumar SVD

Mary Pereira

 

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A SINCERE APOLOGY

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Dear friends,

we apologise you for cancelling our retreats in Europe after 19th august 2019. Since there is a problem of extending our Residential Permit in Germany which expires on 19.08.19, we are not able to take up assignments we had agreed upon. Also my Indian Provincial has told me not to take up new assignments for retreats in Europe as I am aged.

In this context I would like to extent my sincere thanks to all those who have associated with us in our mission in Europe from the year 2000. I and my Retreat team member Miss Mary Pereira owe much to Sr. Margareta Valappila who was instrumental in our mission in Europe. Though there are a lot of dear ones whose cooperation and benevolence made our retreats for the past 20 years a success in different countries, a few need to be thanked very specially. That doesn’t mean others are insignificant……..

We are very grateful to late Countess Feliciatas Piccolomini who had been organizing, translating, helping us to get our Visa/ Residential Permit, providing us accommodation, seeing to our transportation for the past 15 years with the cooperation of her husband Giorg Piccolomini who also has been a great support for us. Thanks to Doblehoff of Sonntagsberg, who welcomed our retreats in his retreat center in Austria for quite a few years and also for arranging Austrian Visa for us during that period. I thank my German, Austrian, Swiss, Slovak and Hungarian SVD Provncials for giving me No-objection Letters and for guiding our ministry; Fr. Buob (who gave official sponsorship to Mary) and Barbara of Hochaltingen; Fr.Martin Ramosar who encouraged our Deliverance Ministry in retreats at his place Reisbach; Fr.Dietrich and Fr. Ludwig of Heroldsbach; Fr.Robert Maria of Waghausel; Fr.Ludwig, Rosevita and Maria Zehetgruber of Gundersdorf, Austria; Hans Schroeder, Sofie and their team; Beatrix of Mirian Verlag; Margaret Bartle; Cornelia; Rafi Francis; Marion Rist; Christina Bucher, Monica and Gabi of Axam; Eugen and Maria Malovecký who were instrumental for our mission in Slovakia, Miriam and Dr.Roman, Alica Prokopova, Lucia Palusova, Ferdinand and Iveta, Josef Macovich, Monika Komova and Marta Pincelova, Ladislav Madzova and Maria Madzova of Slovakia; Kristina Drungyte, Laima and Kristina Jureviciute of Lithuania; Arnaldo Paixao and Claudina of Fatima; Eniko and Peter Rumzauer of Hungary. Also we remember with gratitude Conrad and Wendy who took us first to Lithuania.

With regard to our website, it was the initiative of Eugen Malovecky who opened one for us free of cost and was working on it for quite a long time. Thereafter Branko Rabora of Slovakia offered us a free website and Jozef Danko and Lukas Vaník were willing to help us with it. We are very thankful to them for their selfless service in our ministry, all for the glory of God.

We are equally thankful to all the local organisers of our retreats in different places and translators in different countries and all those who have provided accommodation for us and seen to our transportation (very grateful to Wolfgang who was ever ready for it). Yes, the list of names of all whom we remember as our well wishers continues……We join with St. Paul and say sincerely: “We do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in our prayers” (Eph.1.16), not only those who are enlisted here, but many more who are in our hearts…..

Big thanks to Barbara Larumbe who welcomed us and arranged for our accommodation after the demise of Fella and also translated our retreats in her free time. So also Lucy Pregel who has been associating with our ministry as a translator and took up the organization of our retreats after Fella. Thanks to her husband Hans who cooperated with her and worked as a team with us in our ministry wherever he could come.

We are also grateful to Matthew Perukarote and family of Vienna who have helped us in many ways.

Last but not the least, we thank all the retreatants for their cooperation and acceptance of the message of the Lord, ‘for receiving the Word of God which they heard from us, accepting it not as the word of men but as what it really is, THE WORD OF GOD’ (1 Thess.2.13). We give all glory to God for the fruits we could see in the lives of many—a real life changing effect of God’s Word.

In 1992 and 1993, the Lord gave me a prophetic message through Sr. Elcius of Marian (Nirmala) retreat center, Kulathuvayal, Kerala, that I would be preaching retreats for Europeans in the years to come. The loving Lord fulfilled this message in the Jubilee Year 2000. He did everything to accomplish His Plans through me and Miss Mary Pereira. Please join with us to thank the Lord for all that He did through us.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayers with joy, thanking for your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now” (Phil.1.3).

Father James Mariakumar SVD and Mary Pereira

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Devotion to the Prayer of Rosary

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Devotion to the Prayer of Rosary

Pope Leo XIII experienced in his life-time the power of Rosary as a mighty weapon to fight against the powers of darkness. He started a special devotion for this prayer dedicating the month of October as the month of Rosary.

The Rosary was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year 1214. The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted”. 15 promises were imparted to Saint Dominic for those who devoutly pray the Rosary.

  • Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  • I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  • The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  • The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!
  • The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
  • Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  • Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
  • Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  • I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  • The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
  • You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary
  • All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
  • I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  • All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ.
  • Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

You may read an article on the ‘Weapon of Rosary’ in the page ‘Catechesis’

Mary Pereira

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In tribute to Fella Piccolomini

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God has called home our dear Fella Piccolomini on 17 th August 2018 who was the organizer of our Retreats in Europe for the past eighteen years. Even though she was quite busy with her work of translation, as she was a simultaneous translator to different languages like English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, she always made use of her talent and the opportunity to translate in different places. Based on our retreats she has written small booklets on various topics which are found very useful for people. A voracious reader that she was, she had an in depth knowledge of Church history and
Theology.
In 1999, she accompanied a group of 45 Germans who came to India to attend our retreat in Kerala, brought by Sr. Margareta Valapila, and she was one of the translators. Thereafter she said: “I want my German-speaking people to experience this retreat”. So very enthusiastically she took up the work of organizing our retreats from the hands of Sr. Margareta Valapila, who had organized our retreats for the first three years. She was very patient and compassionate with the counselees who sought our help and was ever ready to sacrifice her time to bring people to the healing love of the Lord.
I can only thank the Lord for the gift of Fella for our ministry in Europe. Her house was a second home for us in Europe. She was seeing to all our travel details, within and outside Germany, booking our tickets and making sure that we are safe and sound. Even though her physical health was deteriorating since few months, she was very alert in her brain and mind and undertook all arrangements of our retreats till the last moment.
May her soul rest in peace and may she intercede for our ministry sitting in the glorious Presence of the Lord.
The funeral of the dear departed will be on the 27th of August at 11 at Sandkirche statt, Schlitz, Grabenberg.

Father James Mariakumar

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I Firmly Confess and Believe

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That “I am the child of God, (1 Jn. 3.1, Jn 1. 12)
 That “I am precious, honored, and loved by God” (Is. 43. 4)
 That “my God loves me with an everlasting love and he continues
his faithfulness to me” (Jer. 31.3)
 That “as a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has
compassion for those who fear him” (Ps.103. 13)
 That “as a mother comforts her child, so will my God comfort me”
(Is. 66.13)
 That “my body is meant for the Lord and the Lord for my body”
(1 Cor.6.13); therefore I am not my own.
 That “my body is the member of the body of Christ” and I am
called for resurrection (1 Cor. 6.14)
 That “I am called to be one spirit with Christ” (1 Cor.6 17)
 That “ I am bought with the Precious Blood of Jesus and I will
glorify God in my body” (1 Cor.6.20)
 That “I am called to set my mind on things above” (Col.3.2)
 That “I am called to have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor.2.16; Phil.
2.5)
 That “my citizenship is in heaven”(Phil. 3.20)
 That “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he
protects those who take refuge in him” (Nahum 1.7)
 That “if I obey God’s voice and keep His covenant, I shall be his
treasured possession. (Ex. 19.5)
 That “my Lord will be a wall of fire all around me” (Zech. 2.5 That “the book of the law shall not depart out of my mouth; I shall
meditate on it day and night, so that I may be careful to act in
accordance with all that is written in it. Then I shall make my way
prosperous, and then I shall be successful” (Josh. 1.8)
 That “In all that I do, I will prosper, because my delight is in the
law of the Lord; I meditate on it day and night” (Ps. 1. 3. 2)
 That “my Lord is a shield around me, my glory, and the one who
lifts up my head” (Ps. 3.3)
 That “when the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues
them from all their troubles” (Ps. 34.17)
 That “if the glory of the Lord is my rear guard, when I call, the
Lord will answer; when I cry for help, he will say, Here I am” (Is.
58. 8,9)
 That “If God is for us, who is against us” (Rom. 8.31)
 That “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone
do to me?” (Heb. 13.6)
 That “all things work together for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8.28).
 That “if my mother and father forsake me, the Lord will take me
up” (Ps.27.10)
 That “the Lord my God teaches me for my own good, and leads
me in the way I should go” (Is. 48.17)
 That “my God will instruct me and teach me the way I should go;
He will counsel me with his eye upon me” (Ps. 32.8)
 That “surely there is a future, and my hope will not be cut off”
(Prov. 23. 18) That “I will not be tested beyond my strength, but with every test
he will also provide the way out that I may be able to endure it” (1
Cor. 10.13)
 That “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing
with the glory about to be revealed to us” (Rom. 8.18)
 That ‘no one and nothing will separate me from the love of Christ’
(Rom. 8.35)
 That "Jesus Christ is my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and
redemption” (1 Cor.1.30)
 That “our pride is in the name of the Lord our God” (Ps.20. 7)
 That “in Jesus Christ every one of God’s promises is a Yes” for
me. (2 Cor.1.20)
 That “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4.13)
 That “I can lie down and sleep; I can wake again, for the Lord
sustains me.” (Ps. 3.5)
 That “I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for You alone,
make me lie down in safety.” (Ps. 4.8)s
 That “My God will fully satisfy every need of mine according to
his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4.19)
 That “my God will strengthen me, he will help me, he will uphold
me with his victorious right hand.” (Is. 41.10)
 That “my Lord has taken away the judgments against me, he has
turned away my enemies.” (Zeph. 3.15)
 That ‘Jesus has disarmed and defeated the powers of darkness
nailing them to the Cross’ (Col. 2.14,15)
 That “the one who is in me is greater than the one who is in the
world” (1 Jn.4.4)

 That “my Lord will strengthen the weak hands and make firm the
feeble knees” (Is. 35.4)
 That “I have no dread of my enemies, for the Lord my God, who
is present with me, is great and awesome God” (Deut. 7.21)
 That “my Lord will cause my enemies to be defeated before me”
(Deut. 28.7)
 That “I do not fear or be dismayed, for it is the Lord who goes
before me. He will be with me; he will not fail me or forsake me”
(Deut. 31.8)
 That “the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and delivers them” (Ps. 34.7)
 That “a thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right
hand, but it will not come near me”(Ps. 91.7)
 That “in the shelter of Your presence you hide me from human
plots, you hold me safe under Your shelter from contentious
tongues” (Ps. 31.20)
 That “no evil shall befall me, no scourge come near my tent,
because I have made the Lord my refuge, the Most High my
dwelling place” (Ps. 91. 10,9)
 That “My God will command his angels to guard me in all my
ways” (Ps.91. 11)
 That “even if I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for
my God is with me and his rod and staff comfort me” (Ps.23.4)
 That “no weapon that is fashioned against me shall prosper” (Is.
54.17)
 That “we trust in the Almighty God, who is able with a single nod
to strike down those who are coming against us” (2 Macc. 8.18)

 That “there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against
Israel” (Num. 23.23)
 That “I am not afraid, I will stand firm, and see the deliverance
that the Lord will accomplish for me today. For the Lord will fight
for me” (Ex. 14.13,14)
 That “the God of peace will shortly crush Satan under my feet”
(Rom. 16.20)
 That “I take the shield of faith to quench all the flaming arrows of
the evil one” (Eph.6.16)
 That “I am born of God and by my faith I have victory that
conquers the world” (1 Jn. 5. 4)
 That “God forgives all my iniquity and heals all my diseases” (Ps.
103.3)
 That “By the wounds of Jesus I am healed” (Is. 53.5; 1 Pet.2.24)
 That “I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the
Lord” (Ps.118. 17)
 That “My God will sprinkle clean water upon me, and cleanse me
from all my uncleanness; He will give me a new heart and put a
new spirit within me” (Ezk. 36.26)
 That “The blood of Jesus cleanses me from all (my) sin” (1 Jn. 1.7)
 That “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will
forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all (our) unrighteousness”
(1 Jn. 1.9)
 That “though my sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as
snow”(Is. 1.18)
 That “my God will again have compassion on me; he will tread my
iniquities under foot. He will cast all my sins into the depths of the
sea” (Micah 7.9)

 That “I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my
strength and my might; he has become my salvation” (Is. 12.2)
 That “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus” (Rom.8.1)
 That “if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation : everything
old has passed away; everything has become new” (2 Cor. 5.17)
 That “what is impossible for me is possible for God” (Lk. 18.27)
 That “I am God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in me” (1
Cor. 3.16)
 That “the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me,
he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to my mortal body
also” (Rom. 8.11)
 That “by the power at work within me, God is able to accomplish
abundantly far more than all I can ask or imagine” (Eph. 3.20)
 That “the Holy Spirit will convict me of my sins” (Jn.16.8)
 That “the Holy spirit will lead me to the fullness of truth” (Jn.
16.13)
 That “the Holy Spirit will teach me everything and remind me of
all that Jesus has said” (Jn. 14.26)
 That ‘the Holy Spirit helps me to understand Divine Mysteries’
(1 Cor.2.11)
 That ‘by the power of the Holy Spirit I can “put to death the deeds
of the body (Rom 8.13)
 That ‘by the power of the Holy Spirit I can accept sufferings
joyfully (Rom 5.3-5; 1 Pet 4.12,13)

Mary Pereira

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(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 Thessalonians, “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). Jesus defeated Satan in the desert by just quoting the

Scriptures with conviction. Against the three temptations, Jesus said:

“It is written” quoting Deut 8.3, 6.16 and 6.13. Yes he used the Sword

of the Spirit, the Word of God (Eph 6.17) ’Rhema’, the spoken Word.

It is not our ‘intellectual 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 (Ro. 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. Let this booklet help you to do that.

The more of God’s word is in my mind and heart, the less chance for

the enemy to deceive me with his lies. So let us read and meditate the

Word of God more and more when there is yet time for it, because

days will come when there will be a ‘famine for God’s word’. “People

shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not

find it” (Amos.8.11, 12).

The Bible scholars have pointed out that there are over 35,500 versus

in the Bible, out of which over 8000 versus are promises of God to us.

Our loving Father has given us these promises to guide us, strengthen

us, and to encourage us in our journey to our Father’s House. We are

in a Covenant relationship with our living God and when we fulfill

the conditions attached to the promises, we will experience that all

these promises are ‘Yes’ in Jesus Christ for me. In other words, when

we live in Christ, all the promises of God will be fulfilled in us.

“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering,

for he who has promised is faithful” (Heb. 10.23)

Mary Pereira

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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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