CHRISTMAS- THE CREATOR IS BORN INTO HIS OWN CREATION

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As Christmas is nearly upon us, one is reminded of why we celebrate this special birth. We celebrate because we are reminded that we need God everyday to help us on our faith journey. Every year, Jesus is born again in our hearts, every year we are reminded that Jesus is there for us, we just have to open our hearts and eyes to receive Him. 

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God has  given Jesus dominion over this world we live in. Jesus is the King of the universe and why? Because God knows how much we need Him. God knows that without Him there can be no salvation. 

I stumbled across this great testimony  from Anthony Hopkins and he understands how we need to trust in God for our lives to have meaning, for healing and restoration. ( click below for more)

ANTHONY HOPKINS

https://aleteia.org/2018/11/05/anthony-hopkins-opens-up-about-faith-alcoholism-and-success/

Anthony Hopkins goes on to say that too many people are protesting and asks how are they so sure of what is out there? We have enough historical evidence, philosophers like St. Thomas Aquinas, St, Augustine, St Thomas More, Henry Newman, Taylor Marshall etc… and the faith of the martyrs to help us understand and believe. I guess that requires us to take a risk, a leap of faith. But what  have we got to lose? Wouldn’t we want to explore all options? 

I would like to wish you all God’s blessing a happy and holy Christmas.

Love receiving comments and positive experiences from you. 

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ADVENT_ a new beginning

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As the church’s year ends and a new one begins, let’s stop and ponder on where we are going for a while.

The beginning of the busy and silly season is upon us, where we get so wrapped up in all the things we have to do and find that we make no time for God. But don’t you find that when you pack everything in, you can’t do things properly the way they deserve to be done?

I understand that we want to do everything and please everyone,  but when one tries to do that we please no-one, not the least -ourselves.

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Life on earth is so short and  the years seem to go faster at each stage of our lives. Why don’t we try to challenge ourselves by spending some quiet time in prayer and reflection and asking ourselves what can we omit, leave out, ignore or say NO to?

If you believe that this life is a test for the next life, then how are you planning to get there?  Do you think on judgement day God will ask us how many times we played sport? Went out with our friends? Took the kids out? Went on holidays? Shopped for pleasure?  Or will He ask us first how much time we spent loving and serving HIM? Not that we can’t have some of these but what can we give up that doesn’t really matter?

We can’t change the past, but we can shape our future.

Some things you can try…..for example:

  • Read the bible
  • Pray more
  • Go to church
  • Alms giving
  • Visit a sick friend
  • Say NO
  • Repent and forgive
  • Speak kind, positive words
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Believe in God’s abundance 
  • Give up something that is not good for you
  • Do something kind for  someone without been asked etc………

So make a list and tick off some of the things you do and keep track of how you have put yourself out to show God that you do love Him.

On the day you enter eternity, how are you going to respond to God’s judgement?

Have a blessed advent season. 
I’d love to read your comments. 

I end with this beautiful advent song from Amy Grant_ Breath of Heaven

LOST CONTACT_PLEASE HELP FIND

Adopted together brother and sister born in Marsicovetere, (Prc Potenza) Italy 

These 2 beautiful children were adopted out when they were 3-7 years of age approx. around the late 1940’s early 50’s, (from Marsicovetere (Prc. Potenza, Basilicata_ Italy). to a family in the US_New York or California. Their biological mother was Antonietta Perilli who died at around 25 years of age and the father was Antonio Distefano. They were adopted into a family we think by the name of Rosa Curcio and Antonio Corless. Bernand Dipierri is a deceased relative who knew them and whom we shared . Their biological aunt who looked after them before they were adopted and cousins would love to make contact. CAN YOU HELP UNITE?

The 2 adopted children left Rome airport with KLM_ Dutch airline
in the late 1940’s early 50’s,see details below.

this photo waas taken 

This is a photo and the 2 adult children who visited their town of birth (Marsicovetere) but the aunt who is living and looking for them is not there because she migrated to Australia in 1966. 

If you have any information please contact me.

All Saints’ Day -1st November, a day of love and hope for a better life ahead

 

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Today I went to mass to celebrate “All Saints’ Day.” We prayed, worshiped and lit candles and asked the saints in heaven to help us and our families.

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At Baptism we all gain the potential to become saints, when we enter heaven we all become saints.

Catholics honour saints not worship them, because they have lived exemplary lives here on earth for a higher cause, that is,  a life of sacrifice, a life of love, caring and sharing, a life of  living according to God’s purpose. Many saints have died for their faith, while some lead exemplary lives to give witness to God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Saints were ordinary people who lead extraordinary lives. Saints have revealed things to us because of their relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Saints are people whom we look up to. Saints are our link between heaven and earth. People pray to saints as intercessors for us, to help us here on earth, to achieve our God given purpose and inherit what God has already set aside for each and everyone of us, if we have faith and believe.

The lives of the saints were not easy, nothing that is worth something is easy. Sacrifice comes in order to gain something bigger than ourselves.

I remember as a child parents would name their children after a saint in order to gain protection for their children from that saint. God elevates the dead to sainthood because of their faith and in order to help us here on earth.

Tomorrow is “All Souls’ Day” a day when we pray for our faithful departed. One might ask why do we have to pray for the dead? The reason is that some may not yet have crossed over or entered heaven, not because they are not worthy, but because they died with traces of sin. None of us are worthy, because we sin daily, it’s only by the grace of God that we are rendered worthy to be in God’s Kingdom.

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In the bible in Maccabees Purgatory is explained and by scholars such as St. Augustine, my protestant friends don’t acknowledge saints. They refer to him as Augustine and quote him to explain and make clear many philosophical arguments.

Halloween is celebrated around this three day festival,  it has become a pagan festival. We should honour the dead and the saints because that is what is pleasing to God.

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HALLOWEEN EXPLAINED click left

purgatory in Maccabees click left

PRAYER

 

 

 

SHOULD MEDIA USE JESUS’ NAME IN VAIN TO ACHIEVE AN OUTCOME????

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When I saw the commercial using the crucifixion of Jesus to promote organ donation, my blood boiled. Here’s why? I’m not against organ donations, people can donate as much as they want, this ad is so wrong that it doesn’t even give me the desire to want to donate my organs. I just don’t see the message but the evil that this ad is portraying.

I know the world has become more secular but there are still millions of people who hold the very name of Jesus dear and precious to their hearts. Jesus cared for us to the point of death, an excruciating death on a cross,  sacrificing himself for our salvation. I don’t know of any other God in any other religion who has given up his life. Jesus is unique, He holds the absolute, objective, moral truth.

I believe the ad about organ donations (see below) used by the media is demonic because it’s a direct attack on Jesus as it’s using deception by appealing to people for something that is good (donating organs) to degrade, belittle, trivialize and blaspheme the crucifixion.

Satan the ruin of souls roams this earth. Satan the one who looks for souls to devour  is alive and active in the world. Satan the master of deception hides behind the truth, masterful at tricking people. Satan will stop at no end, the media in one of them.  Satan uses bible scripture whom He knows well, to twist a little lie making it seem credible and attractive. But make no mistake, blaspheming, sinning by omission or association to not acknowledging Jesus as the Saviour, not defending the righteous one, is a grave sin- a sin punishable by God.

We need to show the media that they are wrong. The media doesn’t care about the truth, the media wants to rewrite the truth.  The media wants to desensitize us to accept their lies. All the media cares about is power and money.

There are millions of other ways to promote the cause, leave what is sacred alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please stop the media from overshadowing a positive and spreading evil about Jesus’ crucifixion.   By you not doing anything about this evil it’s saying that it’s OK, you then become complicit to the mortal sin because the media can have a huge demographic impact on people of little or no faith in Jesus.

(click right) BLASPHEMOUS ORGAN DONATION_ AD AND PETITION( please go into the article write your protest and sign the petition to show Jesus that you follow HIM not the media)

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A Prayer to Guard Your Heart

Lord God, Captain of my heart, Satan knows if I follow Your Greatest Commandment – to love You with all my heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37) – he is powerless over me. Guard my heart, Lord Jesus, so that it beats for You alone. Don’t let me grow complacent toward You or be lured to love anyone or anything more than You. Remove the idols from my heart so that You alone command my allegiance and utmost affections Help me to love and forgive others as You have forgiven me so the enemy can get no foothold through hate or bitterness on my part. Cultivate in my heart Your love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (>1 Corinthians 13:7, NASB). Finally, Lord, set my heart on things above, not on earthly things. Help me to remember that You died for me and my life is now hidden which Christ in God (>Colossians 3:1-2). Increase my longing for heaven so this world holds no power over me.           (courtesy of  http://www.Crosswalk.com )

 

 

‘It’s better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent man be wrongly convicted’

 

I have been following the Judge Kavanagh Confirmation Hearing to the US Supreme High Court on Fox News over a few weeks now and I tell you, it has scared me.  It should scare any man, son, father, grandfather or anyone for that matter. This hearing has shown me that anyone can make accusations esp. against males with sex allegations and the accuser has to be believed even though they cannot corroborate their testimony.

I quote the words of Judge Kavanagh when he gave his speech in order to defend himself……….You ( the senate committee) have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy.” Click right for the report  JUDGE KAVANAGH’S DEFENSE.     “You have sown the whirlwind for decades to come, the whole country will reap the whirlwind. Well it’s here too.

His mother who was also a Supreme Court judge was behind him weeping for her son. It reminded me of Jesus’  crucifixion. I cried too, because I could feel the pain in his voice.

So far it’s been guilty till proven innocent. Well, that doesn’t make any sense because people have different values, standards, cultural background, religion, world views etc. and  all this can impinge on what the truth is. So then what do we go by???? The law and the facts, because these are what guide us and  bind us. It should not be changed to suit, religion, culture, gender or the moment. The standards are what we have in common. The law should be the norm, not what I want, you want, she wants, they want etc?????

I believe that truth above all, the facts and the figures should open the way for truth.

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Words are cheap, if the accused is not known by his boss, co-worker or the court, then what should be entered into the accuser’s testimony?  The truth of course, the truth that stands up in court and is undisputed and that is real because it has been witnessed or corroborated by others.

I have known people who have been wrongly accused and sadly even though they were acquitted, the impression that they were left with was damaging. It can last a lifetime or have detrimental effects personally or for their families. The people I know couldn’t work in that industry, they got other jobs which earned them way  less than before, then their homes were lost because they couldn’t make payments  etc. friends were lost, children were affected, family members took sides and marriages broke up, all because of false accusations.

John 1:17 …..For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Let’s look at the person of Jesus Christ. He was wrongly accused, He spoke the truth but not many people before Him knew what that truth was.  Jesus through his life, death and resurrection showed us the truth. esp.to live out his greatest commandment of all…..” to love one another just as I have loved you and by this they will know that you are my disciples.” 

Well!!!! During the hearing of Judge Kavanagh there was no love there from his accusers. All they were interested in was to plant lies and smears in order to stop  his confirmation to the Supreme High Court. Here is a person who has already had 6 FBI background checks, has served under the Bush administration,  has been a judge for 12 years, who volunteers at his local church, at Harvard Law University and his daughter’s basketball team. So here’s the truth, doesn’t all this corroborated evidence speak the truth????? It does to me, even though I have never met this man.

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GUILTY TILL PROVEN INNOCENT? IS THAT THE PATH WE WANT FOR OURSELVES, OUR SONS & DAUGHTERS?

PRAYER:

Lord,

We lift up to You all those who have rejected the truth of Your Word and who are seeking after the humanistic ways of the world. May the truth of Your Word become a beacon of light to those that are in need of a Saviour, we pray that the lies of the enemy will be exposed.

Your Word is truth – may the truth of Your Word ring in the ears of all who are perishing and bring many perishing people to salvation in Jesus’ name we pray, 
Amen

 

HELLYWOOD AND AWARD NIGHTS

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A TV award winning show was on during the week and the hosts publicly blasphemed the name of Jesus Christ. They said and I quote….” only republicans and ex-crack heads say thank-you to Jesus Christ” this and among other distorted and horrible remarks, were witnessed by a large live audience made up of Hollywood stars who clapped and laughed at all this and witnessed by home viewers covering a large world demography   Click right utube link to award night

I was so offended by this, that they would reduce Jesus Christ who sacrificed his life for our salvation to a joke, something to laugh at and to be used for entertainment. SHAME ON THEM!!!!

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I know who I am and where I am going. One might say that not everybody believes. Sure! God doesn’t force Himself upon anyone and He has given us all a free will. Yes, but an evil, a sin has still be committed and worse, a sin that spans across a wide demography.  God makes it possible for everyone to find Him. At the end, there will be no excuse.  But judgement day will come for all and what will God say? The first thing He will say is ….”what have you done with my Son Jesus Christ who sacrificed his life for you, so that you may be saved?”

We will all have to answer this question and we will all be judged according to the faith and works we have done in Jesus’ name.

So then, wouldn’t one rather be judged by God who is the almighty, all loving all knowing, all forgiving God for all mankind,  rather than be judged by men who are flawed, biased, indiscriminate and judgmental????  In Revelation 21: 27 it says….” nothing imperfect shall enter heaven

Before Jesus, there was no heaven, Jesus made it possible for us to enter into God’s kingdom- Jesus the mediator who makes the impossible possible through His death and resurrection is what we should all aspire to.

We should not be toying with our salvation. Salvation is for eternity!

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PRAYER:

Father in Heaven,

Please help those of little or no faith grow in love and understanding of the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ, who lived and sacrificed His life so that we may be saved. Please make us worthy of the glory of heaven, through Your Son Jesus Christ we pray.  AMEN!