Sunday, 28 May 2017

My Mother and the Catholic Faith

My Mother Mrs Lena D'sa passed away on May 15, 2016 at the age of 77.

She was a virtuous woman in more ways than one. From the age of 7, she taught me the ABC's of the Catholic Faith and how to be a Gentleman to all concerned. She nurtured the Catholic Faith in me to the nth degree.

Between the ages of 10-15, She built up my Catholic Faith and my Prayer Life by teaching me the Rosary and how to say it, she also taught me several other prayers like the 15 Prayers to Saint Bridget of Sweden, Prayers to the Blessed Sacrament, and Prayers to Our Lady under various titles but specially to Our Lady, Help of Christians to whom she had a tender devotion.

All this, helped me to persevere along Life's way when the going got tough.

Between the ages of 15-20, My Mother taught me the most important prayer in my life ---- namely the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the 3.00 Prayer along with the Novena to the Divine Mercy which is to be said from Good Friday onwards for 9 days.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy proved to be "Miraculous" in my life specially when I had to confront various forms of evil both in India and in the United States where I lived for 5 years.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy when said by me from 3.00 - 4.00 in the afternoon gave me much succour and answers to questions in life.

In 1994, a Chinese Catholic Gentleman who was a lay evangelist from Hong Kong came into my life and the life of my Mother spiritually.

He sent us Tons of Printed Literature on the Divine Mercy Devotion to be distributed to Catholics living in Metro Cities all across India.

Since, We live in Bandra West, in Mumbai -- My Mother in 1994 approached me to help her to distribute Divine Mercy Leaflets to Catholics living in Flats in different parts of Bandra.

This I did with my Mother from 1994-1997.

We used to attend Mass in the evening in different churches in Bandra West and later visit Flats of Catholics with Divine Mercy Literature. On a Few Occasions We did it before Mass started.

My Mother greatly believed in one of the promises connected to the Divine Mercy Devotion that is the Lord would protect those who would propagate his Message of Mercy as a "Mother Protects Her Child".

My Mother was surely one of the greatest Human Beings that ever lived.



Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Blessed Sacrament in my Life

The Blessed Sacrament has occupied a "Pivotal" or Important place in my life.

As a Young Boy, Teenager, Young Adult, and Man -- I was transfixed by the Doctrine of "Transubstantiation".

What is really the Doctrine of Transubstantiation ??

It is nothing but the "Spiritual Conversion" of Bread and Wine into the adorable body and adorable blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have to see this with the eyes of faith. No Mortal Man can convince us about this concept. Only God can and God Will.

Transubstantiation is a "Precious Concept" within the confines of the Catholic Church. No other Church is bestowed with this gift in this Pagan World that we live in.

We need to start to lift up our eyes to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He is the "Supreme Deity" for all Christians and specially for Catholics.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is worthy of our worship and praise on this count alone.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is truly "Our Rock" in more ways than one. He is present for you and for me -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

He is constantly calling out to you and to me to spend time with him in this "Heavenly Sacrament".

He is a Prisoner of "Divine Love" in the Sacred Host. He will listen to our every request no matter what it is.

When we come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we should come with all humility forsaking our vain pride in the process.

I have always been touched by the "Real Presence" of Jesus Christ.

I have realized over the course of time that the "Real Presence" comes with the trappings of Real and Absolute Power over Evil and the Evil One in this Pagan World.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Stone rejected by Pompous and Worldly Builders.

But, He is accepted by those with a simple spirit and a simple heart.



 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Divine Mercy in My Life

April 23, 2017 is Divine Mercy Sunday.

From the age of 17 in 1988, I was attracted to the Divine Mercy Image because of the two rays that emanate from it.

One Ray stands for the Sacrament of Baptism and the other Ray stands for the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

The Motto below the Image, Jesus, I trust in You has brought Blessings and Miracles in my Life.

While, I was studying for my Degree in Commercial Studies -- I was harassed no end by Anti-Socials.

I had to endure terrible evil at their hands.

If Today, I am not a Heroin Addict or Cocaine Addict -- It is only because of Jesus Christ The Divine Mercy.

While living in Philadelphia in the United States -- The Divine Mercy actively protected me from Criminals, Robbers, and Drug Dealers.

Jesus Christ is the Divine Mercy present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

He is Your Friend and Brother in more ways than one.

Say the 3.00 Prayer and Divine Mercy Chaplet at least once a week.

It brings great and untold Blessings and Miracles in one's life.

Try It ------- It Works.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Precious Blood and Me

I am deeply indebted to God. He is my reason for living in this turbulent world.

I am completely dependent on the Precious Blood on a moment to moment basis. The Precious Blood sanctifies me in more ways than one specially when I feel that Life is not worth living because of the turbulent nature found among humanity.

Jesus Christ and His Precious Blood is "Indispensable" to Me. The Precious Blood inspires me to live in a state of grace worthy of living.

Simply Put, I cannot live without Jesus Christ and His Precious Blood.

His Precious Blood makes me completely dependent on Jesus Christ.

The Precious Blood is my true liberty in this god forsaken world filled with seductive pleasures of every kind.

Just as One, cannot live without Air Or Water so also I as a Christian Catholic cannot live without Jesus Christ and His Sanctifying Blood.

The World would be a "Poorer" Place without Jesus Christ. The Precious Blood has an aura of indispensable sweetness around it.

The Precious Blood satiates our souls in more ways than one.

This then, is the Precious Blood in more ways than one.




Monday, 10 April 2017

Mother Mary and Me

From the age of 5, Mother Mary has been my Guide and Intercessor through the thick and thin of life.

At the age of 12, when I was suffering from a bad bout of "Whooping Cough" I appealed to Mother Mary to cure me as soon as possible.

In no time, I was miraculously cured of this ailment.

Since, I have a weak back I sometimes find it difficult or impossible to carry heavy parcels.

Mother Mary with her reassuring smile gives me confidence in more ways than one to do the job at hand.

In May 2016, when I lost my Mother -- Mother Mary proved to be my "Consoler" to the nth degree. I realized I had a "Heavenly Mother" to whom I could go to 24-7-365 when my earthly mother was no more.

The Holy Rosary which is my favourite prayer has a "Secret Charm". It simplifies the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Joys, the Sorrows, and the Glories of his Mother Mary and not to forget the Public Ministry of Jesus Christ vis - a -vis his Mother Mary.

It is Mother Mary's View of Jesus Christ, Her Love of Him, and Worship of Him which the Holy Rosary brings before us.

All in All, it must be said that there is no intercessor like Mother Mary.



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Jesus Christ and Me

From a very young age, I was blessed to have a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ.

To me, Jesus Christ is my Divine Redeemer and Brother in more ways than one. His constant caring nature moves me considerably.

What touched me the most about Jesus Christ is his love on the Cross when humanity had abandoned him completely. Here, we see the Man-God who was willing to shed every drop of his Precious Blood for sinful humanity and indifferent humanity. Every soul is a precious soul in the eyes of Jesus Christ.

The Divine Blood of Jesus Christ and salvation through Him saves us from eternal damnation.

Between the ages of 10-14, I was not a very religious person. But, soon after, my relationship with Jesus Christ began to assume a concrete nature. At the age of 17, I was blessed to have a personal encounter with the Risen Christ Jesus when I encountered him in the Divine Mercy at home. It was precisely at this time, that I began to also develop a personal relationship with the Sacramental Jesus Christ. I was amazed that Jesus Christ though he is the Man-God has humbled himself for eternity in the form of the Sacred Host.

The streams of Blood and Water that overflow from the Merciful Heart of Jesus showered me with graces and blessings in more ways than one. I have constantly felt the Hand of the Merciful Jesus Christ on me urging me to go on in life despite all difficulties and obstacles.

The Sacred Host to me, though small in size has vast spiritual benefits. It is precisely in the Sacred Host that Jesus Christ is present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. The Sacred Host, to me has 2 rays constantly coming out of it. These are rays of Love and Mercy. I have been promoting the Divine Mercy, as I believe the Divine Mercy has infinite power to change the world.



 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Jesus Christ and Sister Josefa Menendez

From 1919 to 1923, Jesus Christ showed himself to the Spanish Sister Josefa Menendez and gave her a great message for the world, telling her : "The Soul which eats my flesh possesses God, the Author of Life and so that soul becomes my Heaven.

Nothing can be compared with it in beauty. The Angels, admire this soul and since God is in it they prostrate themselves and adore.

"Your Soul, therefore is my Heaven and each time you receive me in the Eucharist, my grace increases in you and its beauty grows.

Again on March 7th 1923, Jesus Christ appeared to this Sister to show her the feelings He had when he instituted the Blessed Eucharist.

He said to her "My Daughter, I want to make you know what my Heart suffered in the Hour in which not being able to contain the fire which consumed me, I invented this wonder of love, the Holy Eucharist !!

Contemplating all the souls, which would have eaten this Divine Bread I saw all the coldness of so many souls !!

What suffering to my Heart !!

And, yet I remain in the Tabernacle Day and Night waiting for whoever chooses to receive Me !!

The Holy Eucharist is the Invention of Love. It is the Life and Strength of Souls, the remedy for all their weaknesses and the viaticum for their passage to eternity.

Credits and References :

Marian Eucharistic Centres
The Eucharistic Jesus and His Miracles
Pages 50-51
Year 1977
Italy -- Rome

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Eucharistic Adoration

Mother Teresa used to make a Holy Hour everyday in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

All the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity also make a daily Holy Hour as well because they find that through their daily Holy Hour their love for Jesus Christ becomes more loving, their love for each other the more understanding and their love for the poor more compassionate.

Their Holy Hour is their daily Family Prayer where they get together and pray the Holy Rosary before the exposed Blessed Sacrament for the first Half-Hour and during the second half hour they pray in silence.

Their Adoration before Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament has doubled the number of vocations to their community.

In 1963, They were making a weekly holy hour together, but it was not until 1973 when they began their daily Holy Hour that their community started to grow and blossom.

The time we spend with Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that we will spend on earth.

Each moment that we spend with Jesus Christ will deepen our union with Him and make our soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven and will help to bring about an everlasting peace on earth.

When we look at the Crucifix, we understand how much Jesus Christ loved us.

When we look at the Sacred Host, we understand how much Jesus Christ loves us NOW.

Credits and References :

Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament
by Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Roman Numeral Pages 24-25
Year 1997



 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

10 Important Eucharistic Praises meant to lift you up if you are losing your faith

1. Sacramental Jesus Christ, should be the most important person in my life.

2. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ, I put all my trust in you.

3. O Christ, You are my Wealth in this Blessed Sacrament.

4. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ, With all my Heart I love you.

5. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ, Thank You for the Personal Love you have for me in the Blessed Sacrament.

6. Jesus Christ, I thirst for your love in the Blessed Sacrament. You are my Saviour and my God.

7. Eternal is the Merciful Love of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. He is my Faithful Friend.

8. Jesus Christ, How lovely is your dwelling place in the Blessed Sacrament. I place all of my trust in your Sacred Heart.

9. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ, Burning with love for Me, inflame my heart with love for You.

10. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ, Thy kingdom come.

Credits and References :

Come to me in the Blessed Sacrament
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Year 2003

 

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Real Presence in the words of John Chapter 6 Verses 1-59

The Gospel of John Chapter 6 Verses 1-59 is the "Biblical Foundation" for the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Jesus Christ says that "He is the Bread of Life" and that His Flesh is True Food and that His Blood is True Drink.

The Council of Trent in its infinite wisdom totally relied on these passages in John : 6 now known as the "Bread of Life Discourse" when it enunciated the Doctrine of the Real Presence in the 14th Century.

Christ had a plan to be with us in the most humble way forever by being substantially present in the "'Sacred Host" each time we receive Holy Communion.

Christ is present among us -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. This is what is meant by the Real Presence.

The Real Presence is a "Magnificent Gift" given by Christ himself to us -- Mortal Beings.

It is something to be marvelled at. In the Gospel of Saint John Chapter 6 Verses 1-59 we come to understand the Beauty and Meaning of the Holy Eucharist.

Everyone who is a Baptized Catholic Christian must believe this "Infallible Teaching". Everyone should believe that Jesus Christ through his omnipotent presence in the Holy Eucharist loves each one of us in a deep, personal, and unconditional way like no other "Divine Being" is capable of loving us.

We are all "Special" in the eyes of Jesus Christ. His Real Presence is indicative of that.

Jesus Christ wants each one of us to say in His or Her own way -- Jesus, I believe in your love for Me.

Credit and References :

Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament
by Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Pages 98-99
Year 2003

 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

God the True Shepherd and Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd

There is a deep rooted connection between the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 34 Verses 11-16 and the Gospel of John Chapter 10 Verses 1-18.

God is the True Shepherd who is constantly looking out for us -- His Sheep. His Love is an everlasting Love. We are His "Precious Souls" who matter most to Him.

God is an "Authentic Shepherd" who will collect all His Sheep who have been scattered among various countries close and far.

God is a caring shepherd that will feed all his sheep with the Body and Blood of His Son in the Holy Eucharist which is a Sacrament of Grace and Mercy.

God feeds his Sheep with the finest wheat that is available and present in the Holy Eucharist.

God is a Shepherd that makes available good grazing land for his sheep namely the "Sacraments".

In John Chapter 10 Verses 1-18, Jesus Christ openly says that He is the "Good Shepherd". He leads us on the right path to God the Father. He refreshes us on our everlasting journey by filling us with Life Giving Waters of Grace.

Jesus Christ is a "Caring Shepherd" to be distinguished from False Shepherds who come in various disguises to lead precious souls down the garden path to perdition.

Jesus Christ cares for each one of us who are His "Precious Sheep". He is constantly caring for us and goes out looking for stray sheep and lost sheep.

His Desire is to have One Flock and One Shepherd.

Finally, One can say that Jesus Christ the True and Good Shepherd is "Spiritual Medicine" for us who is the ultimate Guardian of Our Souls.

 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Book Of Isaiah -- Chapter 53 Prophecy of the Suffering Christ

This is a Lenten Special.

The Prophet Isaiah was a Counsellor to Kings in Ancient Israel.

He correctly predicts the Suffering, Passion, and Death of the Messiah in Chapter 53.

Various Verses in Chapter 53 recount the Horror that visited Christ who was like an Innocent Lamb to the Shearers ( These are the Barbaric Roman Soldiers).

The Scourging, Whipping, and Crowning of Thorns is correctly predicted by the Prophet Isaiah in verse after verse.

It is evident from a cursory reading of Chapter 53 that Christ was "Predestined" to Die for Sinful Humanity.

Meditations during Lent :

A) The Wound of Rejection :

He was spurned and avoided by Men Isaiah 53: 39

Jesus Christ saw down through the ages how he would be left bitterly alone forsaken by all and sundry.

He realized how he would be rejected by so many and appreciated only by few among his chosen people.

It is widely believed that Jesus Christ sweated Blood in the Garden of Gethsemane brought about by a broken heart caused by betrayal and indifference.

B) The Wound of Misunderstanding :

He was pierced for our offences, crushed for our sins; upon Him was the chastisement that makes us whole by his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4)

Jesus Christ is "Heavenly Wheat" who was subject to Hellish Torment at the hands of his Executioners. He was scourged brutally by the Roman Soldiers and their accomplices.

The Bitter Pain, faced by Jesus Christ is unfathomable when he came face to face with Pilate -- The Governor.

The Shouting Mob preferred a hardened rogue and criminal namely Barrabas as compared to the Person of Our Divine Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Shouting Mob failed to appreciate his Divine Love and failed to recognize Him as the God -- Man.

C) The Wound of Ingratitude :

There was in Him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to Him, spurned and we held him in no esteem. ( Isaiah 53 : 2)

There is not only a Crown of Thorns on the Divine Head of Jesus Christ, but also around his Divine Heart.

Jesus Christ, the Holy Lamb of God is not respected for who he is simply because there is no majesty or kingly appearance about him. His appearance during his Sorrowful Passion is such that Men want to hide their faces from Him.

D) The Wound of Failure : He was counted among the wicked ( Isaiah 53 : 12)

Jesus Christ embraced His Cross because he loved Humanity immensely. Just as a Traveller from the country namely Simeon helped Christ carry his Cross, so also the Divine Saviour aids us in carrying our various crosses.

All trials that we suffer lead us to a complete union with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was a "Unique Person" who drew good out of every evil that was thrust upon him. He was successful in converting Humanity's Failures to a complete good outcome.

E) The Wound of Abandonment :

He was cut off from the Land of the Living ( Isaiah 53 : 8)

Jesus Christ, when he was on the Cross realized that he was completely abandoned specially by sinful humanity.

Nobody wanted him except God the Father. He now commends each one of us to the Eternal Father forever and ever Amen.

Credits and References :

The Sorrowful Mysteries
Pages 286-297
From Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament
By Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
Year 2003


 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Jesus Christ as a Mature Youth in the words of the Prophet Isaiah

Today, I am dealing with Jesus Christ as a Young Man in the words of the Prophet Isaiah.

Chapter 11 of the Book of Isaiah -- Verses 1-5 deal exclusively with the spiritual awakening and maturing of Jesus Christ.

It is in these verses that we learn about the Plan of God the Father, for Jesus Christ.

Herein, lies not only the "Messianic Call" but the acknowledgement by Jesus Christ that not only God is His Father but that He is the only begotten "Son of God".

Here, He has numerous debates with Scripture Scholars and leading Pharisees.

Jesus Christ, begins to discern those who are for God and those who are not.

He clearly discerns Good from Evil.

He accepts Baptism in the River Jordan at the hands of his Beloved Cousin -- John the Baptist.

He also realizes, that he is being persecuted by a large section of Pharisees simply because he calls himself -- The Son of God.

After receiving the "Messianic Call", He goes about preaching the Kingdom of God, curing people of various maladies of Body and Soul, raising the Dead to Life, and chasing out people from the Temple who have made it a "Bazaar" or Market Place of sorts.

Jesus Christ matures fully at this point of time and realizes that some will accept him as the "Messiah" and some will not.

In Chapter 11, Verses 1-5; Jesus Christ is the Messiah -- The Chosen One.

Finally, the Famous Beatitudes on the Mount are delivered by Jesus Christ where he calls on people who worship him to be meek and love one another as a part of the Christian Vocation to Godliness.

Please read Chapter 11 of the Book of Isaiah Verses 1-5 for your spiritual nourishment.