Thursday, 31 March 2016

3 Articles for Summer 2016

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

I will be posting  3 articles in the Summer 2016.

1) Corpus Christi Sunday 2016 -- A Day Dedicated to the Real Presence.

2)  Saint Maximillian Kolbe -- A Saint for Today.

3)  Saint Bernard of Clairvaux -- A Loyal Son of Mary.

 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

An Important Message for Catholics in India and Catholics Overseas

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary,

I have decided to continue blogging indefinitely till the end of 2017.

I am doing this because Catholics in India and overseas need to know in depth "The Precepts and Teachings" of the Catholic Church in all their glory and majesty.

So, many of our Catholics all over the world do not go beyond the 'surface' of their Catholic Faith. They fail to appreciate the "Personal Love" Jesus Christ has for us in the Blessed Sacrament.

As, a result they join Groups that make them feel welcome on the surface but which do not worship Jesus Christ as he is worshipped in the Catholic Church.

So many Catholics do not appreciate "The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist". It is a "Gift" and "Treasure par excellence".

Note :

The Personal Love that Jesus Christ has for each one of us in the Blessed Sacrament is "Unfathomable".

It is the Objective of my Blog to highlight and glorify the "'Real Presence".

Here is a list of forthcoming articles on my Blog in 2017.

1) 86th Anniversary of the appearance of Jesus Christ to Saint Faustina  February 22, 2017.

2) Good Friday 2017.

3)  Easter 2017 -- The Resurrection.

4) 10 Reasons for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

5) Mother Mary in the Magisterium of the Church.

6)  Feast of the Queenship of Mother Mary, 22nd August 2017.

7)  Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows September 15, 2017.

8)  Becoming an Apostle of Divine Mercy.

Monday, 28 March 2016

The Oasis of the Heart of Jesus Christ June 3, 2016

Introduction :

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is on June 3, 2016.

Whenever, one sees a picture of Jesus Christ one sees a crown of thorns around "His Sacred Heart". Jesus Christ explains that these thorns symbolize the pain of rejection, he experiences in the Blessed Sacrament because of the indifference and ingratitude of souls.

The special delivery message of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to you is : "Behold, this Heart which has loved men so much and yet is loved so little in return. I thirst with such a terrible thirst to be loved by you in the Blessed Sacrament".

The Blessed Sacrament is Jesus Christ, the God-Man Sacred in His Divinity, Sacred in His Humanity. His Heart is the most sensitive of all hearts. The Blessed Sacrament is the "Infinite Desire" of Jesus Christ to be loved and to love.

This desire makes him a "Prisoner of Love" in the Blessed Sacrament. His Heart is a vulnerable heart that is capable of being wounded by man's indifference and capable of being delighted by man's response.

The Heart of Jesus Christ, is not a Heart made of wood or of stone. It is a "Heart of Flesh" like that of Man.

Man's love is meaningful to him, so meaningful that he yearns for it. It is like one who searches for an "Oasis in the Desert", Jesus Christ searches for love in a cold world.

Conclusion :

Is there a relative or loved one you are deeply concerned about ?? Put them into the "Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ".

Be convinced that Jesus Christ will bring them back to his "Sacred Heart".

As, He said, "I will reign in every heart, in every home, and in every country through the all powerful love of my Eucharistic Heart.

Credits and References :

"The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist"
Worthy is the Lamb Newsletter
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Year 1996
Pages 3-6
 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Divine Mercy Sunday 2016 - A Perspective on the Blessed Sacrament April 3, 2016

There is a great connection between Divine Mercy and the Resurrection. Jesus Christ specifically requested that the Feast of Divine Mercy be celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter.

Here we have the culmination and conclusion of salvation history; Divine Mercy which is Eucharistically  connected with Easter Sunday which is the Resurrection. This is because the final act, the greatest act, of God's Mercy will be the manifestation of his glory from the Blessed Sacrament.

Now, he is hidden in the Blessed Sacrament. One Day he will manifest his glory and all nations and all peoples will see it. This will not be "His Second Coming". His second coming will be like the sunrise.

What I mean is the revelation of his Eucharistic Glory will be like the first streaks of dawn.

The light of His glory will be his love and mercy.

These are the two rays Saint Faustina saw radiating from the Blessed Sacrament. The white rays representing His "Divine Love" while the pink rays represent His "Divine Mercy".

These are the rays all humanity will one day see.

As Saul, was converted by "A Light that suddenly flashed around him" (Acts 9:3), so will the whole world be converted by the glorious light coming from the Blessed Sacrament. This is what Saint Peter calls "the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord and everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord." (Acts 2:20).

Archbishop Pearce, is a Holy Catholic Bishop who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. After he retired as Bishop of Suva, Fiji he was asked to translate the Diary of Saint Faustina from Polish to English.

According to Archbishop Pearce, the most outstanding vision of Saint Faustina was before the Blessed Sacrament.

With each Holy Hour, made Rays would emanate from the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ and encircle the entire world. Every Man, Woman, and Child experiences a new effect of  God's Love and Mercy for every "Holy Hour" made.

This is how much Jesus Christ appreciates your Holy Hour !! You so touch the Heart of Jesus Christ by coming to him in the Blessed Sacrament that you touch the "Heart of all Humanity"'.

You win countless graces for many who are far away from God to be converted and come back to the Heart of their God. Your Holy Hour saves souls and brings many people to Heaven who otherwise would have been lost and who would have gone to Hell.

This is called "REPARATION"!! You make up for what is lacking in the members of the "Mystical Body of Christ" by satisfying God's Divine Justice and opening up the floodgates of his Divine Mercy on the whole world.

Jesus Christ wants everyone to be saved and to go to Heaven. He said "When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself. (John 12:32).

In our prayers before Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament we lift up all humanity to his "Merciful Heart" and beg him to have mercy on all.

Conclusion :

A Chapel of "Perpetual Adoration" is a powerhouse of prayer exploding in graces benefiting all mankind. The effect and influence of a single holy hour of prayer is the best for the good of all mankind.

Happy and Holy Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday to one and all.

Credits and References :

1)  "Divine Mercy"
      Could you not watch one hour with me.
      April 1998 Newsletter N0- 6
     By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament

2)  "Come to Me" in the Blessed Sacrament.
      An Excellent Book in more ways than one that consists of 10 Eucharistic Holy Hours.

Articles on Divine Mercy Sunday in PDF Format

http://www.divinemercysunday.com/recent_articles.htm

 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Easter Sunday 2016 - Resurrection Joy March 27, 2016

Christ, rising from the tomb on "Easter Morning", rent the veil of gloom that had shrouded the hearts of his Mother Mary and Disciples, and flooded their souls with ecstatic joy.

This spirit of joy fills the heart of "Mother Church" and all her children as they celebrate a new each Easter the glorious Mystery of Christ's Resurrection.

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice therein !! ALLELUIA !! Such is the glad refrain that runs through the prayers of the liturgy.

The wonderful story of the Resurrection, like that of Christmas never loses its fascination for us. Though the Gospel Narrative is brief, faith supplies the details as we meditate upon the "Paschal Mystery".

"The guards and all the world might know that he has risen indeed. A great earthquake shook the place and an angel from heaven with great ease rolled back the stone that covered the entrance and sat upon it. The sight of this majestic figure filled the guards with such terror that they became as dead men".

"They fled into the city, publishing the wonders they had seen until the chief priests and elders had to silence them with a bribe".

Having entered deeply into the sufferings of Our Saviour by our compassion and our grief at the sight of all the outrages and torments he endured in his Passion; the Church invites us now to rejoice exceedingly in his triumphal rising from the dead, his glorious victory over death and hell, and his entry into everlasting life, forever free from death and suffering.

Do we really possess the proper dispositions to celebrate with gladness the Resurrection of Our Lord ??

Have we really made earnest efforts to die with Him in order to rise again with him ??  Have we put off the 'Old Man' with his evil deeds ??

Saint Paul tells us that "Christ was delivered up to death for our sins, and rose again for our justification". (Romans 4:25)

"If you have risen with Christ, again it is Saint Paul who speaks, seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth."

In his Letter to the Romans, the same Apostle says : "We know that Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more, death shall no longer have dominion over him".

Thus, the thought of our Risen Saviour, victorious over sin and death and hell will fill us with renewed hope and courage.

So, one day we shall share in his glory and in his everlasting "Easter Joy."

Note : Easter Sunday Blessings and Easter Sunday Wishes to all the readers of my Blog as well as to all souls.


Credits and References :

1) "Easter Joy" by Antoine Tetta
    Page 12
    April 2007, Vol -8, N0-12
    Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai

2)  The Gospel According to Saint Matthew
      Chapter 28, Verses 11-15
      Pages 33-34
      "The Resurrection of Jesus"
       The Holy Bible
       The New Revised Standard Version
        Catholic Edition
        Published by Harper Collins
        2012

 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Saint Joseph -- A Guardian to Jesus Christ

Feast of Saint Joseph 19 March 2016

Introduction :

It would be a good idea to take up the subject of guardianship with regard to Saint Joseph's relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Saint Joseph is the "Model Educator" who watches over and accompanies Jesus Christ as he grows in wisdom, age, and grace.

He was not the natural father of Jesus Christ. The Father of Jesus Christ was God, but he was a legal and foster father to him.

Saint Joseph together with Mother Mary "cared" for Jesus Christ with regard to his physical and psychological growth.

He saw to it that Jesus lacked nothing with regard to his healthy development.

Let us never forget that guarding faithfully over the "Holy Child's" life also entailed the Flight to Egypt, the harsh experience of living as refugees -- Saint Joseph was a refugee along with Jesus Christ and Mother Mary so as to escape Herod's murderous threats.

Once, they returned home and settled in Nazareth -- Saint Joseph instructed Jesus in his line of work as a "Carpenter".

This shows us that Saint Joseph was interested in the Life of Jesus Christ from an all round perspective.

Saint Joseph was a "wise man" who instructed the young Jesus Christ to listen attentively to "Sacred Scripture" and he accompanied him every Saturday to the Synagogue in Nazareth, where Jesus Christ could learn and grasp everything about God and his Holy Word.

Conclusion :

The Mission of Saint Joseph is unique and unrepeatable, because Jesus Christ is absolutely unique.

Saint Joseph is the "Model Father" and "Model Educator" as a Guardian to Jesus Christ.

Let us imitate Saint Joseph on his feast day by applying his virtues in our life and to those under our care.

Credits and References :

"The Mission of a Guardian"
By His Holiness Pope Francis
Pages 18-19
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
March 2015
Vol-16, N0-- 11

Note : Please read all about Saint Joseph's Virtues, Titles, and Divine Favors granted to Saint Joseph at these 3 Links.

1. Saint Joseph's Virtues.

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/cts/untitled-442.shtml#_Toc349936107

2. Saint Joseph's Titles

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/cts/untitled-441.shtml#_Toc349936106

3.  Divine Favors granted to Saint Joseph

http://www.ecatholic2000.com/binet/divine.shtml

 

Friday, 11 March 2016

The Angel of Ethiopia

Introduction :

An Ethiopian Boy almost 16 years old could well be on the same level as Saint Dominic Savio -- his contemporary or any of the other well known saints of the Catholic Church.

His name was Gabriel Ghirba.

He was born at Lagamara, Ethiopia in 1843. His Parents were of the Ghirba Tribe, the lowest of all the tribes in the country according to the opinion of people at that time.

His Parents were not Christians, but a local Priest Abba Hailu instructed the unusually intelligent child in the Catholic Faith and gave him the Christian name of Gabriel.

Innocence and Purity :

In September 1855, the Missionary Bishop William Massaia reached Lagamara.

Gabriel opened his heart to him. He was only 12 but the great man of God was surprised and impressed.

After a brief preparation, he received Baptism and Confirmation. Gabriel was happy to finally be a full son of God and a Brother of Jesus Christ in  the Catholic Church.

When Gabriel received Holy Communion for the first time his joy was unbounded.

He was burning with zeal to make Jesus Christ known in the world as the "Crucified Saviour" in the Blessed Sacrament.

He had one burning desire and that was to participate in the "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" and receive "Holy Communion" not only on Sundays but every day if it was possible.

Monsignor Massaia inducted him among his collaborators and sent him as an apostle among the "Kaffas in the Ghera".

Collaborator and Missionary :

In his "preaching", Gabriel proclaimed Jesus Christ and his work of redemption through his passion and death on the cross. He spoke of the "Catholic Christian Life" lived according to the 10 commandments and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Devotion to the Madonna, Imitation of Her, and the Saints.

When he spoke, they listened to him, the little ones and the elders. Many were converted to Jesus Christ not only because of what he said, but more specially because of his example.

Great Light and Strength came to him from the "Holy Eucharist" that he began to receive more frequently. He developed a deep horror for sin that he knew offended God and degraded man.

One day, some people came with a request that he evangelize the people of Afallo. Gabriel immediately instructed the messengers in the Catholic Faith, speaking to them for 24 consecutive hours. After that, he left for Afallo where he began to work miracles.

Union with Jesus Christ :

Indeed, Gabriel was consumed by a love for Jesus Christ. At a certain point, his health began to deteriorate very quickly. Not even, the care and solicitude of Monsignor Massaia had any effect. He passed away in July 1859, at the age of 16.

Conclusion :

At his funeral, even the pagans from several tribes came to pay their homage. By his life and by his words, and finally by his own death he proclaimed that Jesus Christ was the "Only Saviour'. He believed this passionately and preached it fervently.

Credits and References :

"The Dark Angel of Ethiopia"
Gabriel Ghirba by Claudio Russo
Pages 12-14
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
February 2007
Vol--8, N0-10




 

Monday, 7 March 2016

Don Bosco and the Holy Eucharist

Introduction :

Let us consider today what Don Bosco did, specially by his example, to make Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament tenderly loved and duly worshipped.

The Greatest Proof of His Love :

As if Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Calvary were not sufficient to prove his love for us, Jesus Christ on the very night before he died, gave us the Gift of "Himself" in the Eucharist, a gift so stupendous that the great Saint Augustine does not hesitate to declare that :

1) Infinitely wise though God is, He knows nothing greater than the Eucharist.

2) Infinitely powerful though God is He can do nothing more wonderful than the Eucharist.

3) Infinitely rich though God is, He has nothing more precious to give us than the Eucharist.

Our Duties :

Our Duties towards Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament correspond to the 2 monuments of Our Eucharistic Saviour's Love for us : The Tabernacle and the Altar.

The Tabernacle :

Nothing was so edifying as the sight of Don Bosco in prayer before the Tabernacle.

Never a day would pass without his "Eucharistic Visit". "Where can we ever find so understanding and compassionate a friend; he would ask - where find a ear that is never tired of listening to us; where find a voice that never tires of whispering to us those words of consolation most adapted to strengthen and support us ??"

The Altar :

Don Bosco's living faith in the "Real Presence" made him celebrate Mass with devotion that was truly touching. Anyone could see that Don Bosco was intimately convinced of what he so often said : "The Mass is the holiest action in the Priest's day".

How eloquently, how movingly, Don Bosco spoke about the Mass -- the prophecies concerning it in the Old Testament, its institution, its nature, its excellence and value.

Don Bosco would insist on frequent "Holy Communion". Indeed, he was an Apostle of this most salutary practice. Here too his code was clear and explicit.

"Jesus Christ, having instituted this Sacrament for the welfare of our souls, wishes us to receive it often.

Here are the words with which he invites us : "Come to me, all you that labour and are heavily burdened, and I will refresh you".

Who could ever resist this loving invitation of our Divine Saviour ??

The early Catholic Christians went daily to hear the word of God and to receive Holy Communion.

The Blessed Sacrament gave to the Martyrs their strength and endurance. It gave fervour to Virgins and courage to Saints.

How often do we approach the Altar to receive this "Heavenly Food" ??

Conclusion :

Let us ask Don Bosco to obtain for us something of his ardent love for Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Let us give expression to that love by visiting Jesus Christ often in "His Tabernacle of Love" by participating actively and devoutly at the "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" and by receiving Jesus Christ lovingly into our hearts.

Credits and References :

"Don Bosco and the Eucharist"
Pages 24-27
Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
October 1975, N0- 434


 

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