RELIGION & MY LIFE SERIES-THE EUCHARIST-THE REAL PRESENCE

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I write because yesterday amongst friends it was said that praying at home and listening to podcasts is enough for spiritual growth. I think that’s a great way to enhance your spirituality but incomplete, here’s why?

Today as we live in a more secularised society it requires supernatural strength to overcome the many temptations. The eucharist then for me becomes a font of energy to love as Christ loved, the see people as Christ sees them. I believe that receiving the eucharist strengthens me and helps me on a daily basis.

Jesus, at the “Last Supper” on Holy Thursday instituted the mass and the eucharist as a way of connecting to Him and for us to grow in love of Him. So, the more we partake in this mystery, the more we receive the real presence in the eucharist, the more we become like Christ.

Jesus didn’t mean for this to be a once only. He wanted us to continue with the mass and the eucharist long after He was gone, so that we may be strengthened by His body and by His precious blood, His way of passing His saving power.

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Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. . . . Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.          (Jn 6:53-57)

(click below for podcast on the meaning of the real presence)

The presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words. We must remember that the triune God is the creator of all that exists and has the power to do more than we can possibly imagine.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the transformed bread and wine that are the Body and Blood of Christ are not merely symbols because they truly are the Body and Blood of Christ. As St. John Damascene wrote: “The bread and wine are not a foreshadowing of the body and blood of Christ—By no means!—but the actual deified body of the Lord, because the Lord Himself said: ‘This is my body’; not ‘a foreshadowing of my body’ but ‘my body,’ and not ‘a foreshadowing of my blood’ but ‘my blood'” 

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By his Real Presence in the Eucharist Christ fulfils his promise to be with us “always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20). As St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “It is the law of friendship that friends should live together. . . . Christ has not left us without his bodily presence in this our pilgrimage, but he joins us to himself in this sacrament in the reality of his body and blood”Summa Theologiae, III q. 75, a. 1).

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This is what Jesus intended for us as a way of remaining close to Him,  accepting His saving power and salvation, then why wouldn’t I partake in it?

PRAYER

Dear Jesus,                                                                                                                              We praise you and thank-you for your precious gift of your sacrificed body on the cross.  Because you so loved us, You wanted to keep us close to You through the eucharist-your real presence of your precious body and blood. Please help us to believe and partake in this special offering and gift to us. AMEN

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RELIGION AND MY LIFE SERIES:-FRIENDS

I am listening to gregorian chants as I write this, I find them really soothing and in line with my brain waves which makes it conducive to passive thinking.  As you read this you may like to do so as well ( click below)

We all need friends, but I have found that the older I get, the smaller my circle of friends is becoming.

Seven years ago, my husband and I went on a holiday to Europe with three other couples whom we had been friends with for decades and thought we knew well. Before we left for our holidays, we met on numerous occasions over coffee to discuss rules and boundaries so as not to tread on each other’s toes, as we were going to be in close proximity to one another for around six weeks.

What a challenge it was for us going away with them on this trip !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Very early in the trip, it became very clear to us that they were not going to follow the briefing we went through before we left. Our friends showed their true colours. We were happy to let things go and continue on our journey by just being polite and not responding with rebuttals. We calmly and reservedly kept going throughout the trip and tried to maintain a professional and cordial relationship.

The jealousy started coming out in words and action, the backstabbing went on and they avoided us as much as they could because in their eyes, we were not team players.  Our silence and us ignoring them didn’t suit them,  it gave them more ammunition to disgrace us.

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Throughout the six weeks the eyes were rolling, we had to endure smirking, gossip, whispers, secrets, and avoidance tactics. We prayed morning, noon and night throughout all this and God gave us the strength to keep going and not roll up into balls and retaliate or retreat indoors.  We went on excursions with the tour group and joined up with other couples or others would ask us to join in with them.

Truly I tell you, God was with us and kept us focused throughout the whole trip.  We finished the tour and returned home having a feeling and sense of fulfillment and achievement. My husband and I had a wonderful time and visited so many great places throughout Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, the power of prayer brought us real joy and comfort to our hearts everyday.

Upon our return, even though we felt joy from having completed the trip, the bullying didn’t stop, these so called friends poisoned our other friend’s hearts, those who couldn’t come. We were not about to start a tit for tat communication, we decided to allow God do His work.  We felt empty with feelings of loss , but we never gave up!!

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God did not desert us, He had a plan for us, He showed us to let it all go, to forgive and move on. As our faith in God was getting stronger, God was building us up and raising us to another level. God was pruning us to prepare us for bigger and better things.

Feeling quite battered, six months later my husband and I took some prayer healing courses. We got prayer healing for ourselves and by invitation, went on to serve and facilitate healing through prayer for others. Life is great now. I can’t imagine our lives any other way. God has transformed us. I don’t believe this would have followed, if it hadn’t been for that experience and loss.

Nothing phases us because we know that God is working through our lives moment by moment. We do our bit and God does the rest.

We have continued to pray and ask God to lead us. My husband and I have our own ministry, together we run a Men’s Spirituality Group at the local church, I teach children who want to come from local state schools about our faith and  help them receive the sacraments. I also have my own Spirituality blog. I am a carer for my 81 year old mother who lives at the family home by herself and I enjoy doing things for her and doing things together as well.

The children I teach before me, have a great thirst for God and Jesus Christ, they ask me lots of questions, they are attending church services more, they feel stronger in their relationships in mainstream schools and love coming to classes out of their own free will. They are praying more and then go home and tell their parents what they have learnt and then the parents tell me what they have learnt through their children. WOW!!! I SAY!!!!!!And all because we went on that trip seven years ago.

God was pruning us and what seemed a challenging experience to us then, God was planting seeds in us, turning things around so that we could grow and be His instruments. I have never felt happier, more content and fulfilled than I do now.  Everyday I get affirmations from God that I am on the right track. What seems enormous He makes easy. What seems impossible He makes possible. When I give money away, I have more money in my wallet. I don’t take any credit for this because God makes it all happen, we’re just His instruments.

Yesterday, our daughter returned from having attended the COACHELLA 2018 festival in Palm Springs. I can’t deny that we weren’t a little apprehensive. She came back overjoyed that everything went better than she had ever expected. She asked us if we prayed for her, because she felt a spiritual protection over her the whole time. Of course the answer was a resounding YES!!! (  We prayed before, during and after the festival). So make no mistake, God is at work every minute of our lives even though things may seem quiet and that nothing is happening, God is aligning things up and testing you to see how far you are prepared to go.

Our eldest daughter is getting married next year and what others have said about wedding preparations been hard,  I am enjoying immensely and like clockwork, everything is lining up as we want, with ease. NO WORRIES!!

We now have different friends, ones we have met at church. So I say to you, if your friends don’t appreciate or celebrate who you are, if they are the naysayers and blockers in your life, let them go,  forgive them and give them to God.            PRAISE THE LORD!

I’d love to hear about your friends, please write to me. 

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PAUL_ APOSTLE OF CHRIST_ Movie_ Let us all together finish the race

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http://www.paulmovie.com/site/

Saul of Tarsus a pharisee with allegiance to the evil Roman empire was persecuting christians some 30 odd years after Jesus Christ had died, Saul was travelling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to “arrest more Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem” when the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, Jesus asked Saul “Why are you persecuting me?” After three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus. This just magnified the power of Christ and his demands of Saul. He converted and went on to preach the gospel according to Jesus Christ.

Saul whose name became Paul, was beautifully and sensitively portrayed by James Faulkner. Luke Ápostle of Christ during Jesus’ ministry,  was played by Jim Caviezel who was the greek physician and healer who came to Saul to get the last wisdoms from him before his execution from Nero the emperor of Rome.

After Luke and Paul through prayer, heal the jailer _Mauritius’ daughter, there is another conversion from him and his family.

This is an perfect example of directors and writers who remain true to the bible truths referencing to the catholic bible- the first and purest to be written, in giving us a heartfelt movie that captures the spirit of Jesus Christ.

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PAUL FINISHED THE RACE AND KEPT THE FAITH  “He wrote 13 of the New Testament letters and travelled more than 10,000 miles by foot to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I loved this movie and I was moved by Paul’s wisdom, his love of Jesus Christ and his letters that stay true to Christ’s message of LOVE that conquers all evil.

The sad thing is that nothing has changed and christians today all over the world are still being persecuted. Some are physically tortured while others like me, are feeling the squeeze because of the increase in secularism and the beliefs that I have which are not in line with populous views, ie. abortion, marriage, family, euthanasia to name a few.  This movie just gave me hope and faith to keep going and finish the race. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray that more will be converted and be saved.

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WE NEED WARRIORS FOR CHRIST IN THIS FALLEN WORLD_Jim Caviezel thinks so

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If you don’t know that we are living in  a spiritual battle, then you’re kidding yourself! The enemy- Satan,  is having a field day fooling  people, making them believe that he doesn’t exist. Make no mistake about it, he is alive awaiting to ruin the souls of those who are weak, have little or no faith and who don’t live a godly life. “We are a culture in decline, our whole world is entrenched in sin! “ says Jim Caviezel.

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Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”[a

The world as I see it now, is changing at an alarming rate. Society is moving towards a fluid gender, redefining marriage, euthanasia, abortion, lack of freedom of speech, fake media, secularism, drugs, depression and anxiety, crime etc. I know by talking to people and from observation, that we are entrenched in sin!!! The world still needs to be saved.

Here’s the catch!!! When Jesus comes again, it will be His final. There is no salvation beyond death. We all need to wake up and go back, back to the truth, because it’s only the truth through Jesus Christ, that will set us free.

Thank God for Mel Gibson who directed his first religious movie with the “PASSION OF THE CHRIST”and who is now in his final stage of completing the sequel- “THE RESURRECTION.” His first movie “THE PASSION” became the most popular independent movie ever made.

Mel Gibson took a real gamble with the first one, he wasn’t in it for the money because he stood to lose everything,  but for his passion for Christ. The same could be said  for the main actor- Jim Caviezel who plays the role of Christ. If you listen to his testimony, you will hear that he had  a calling , he even has the same initials JC.   Mel Gibson told him in a phone conversation that he may never work in Hollywood again after making the movie, but again for his passion for Christ,  Jim Caviezel went ahead with it. Just listen to his testimonies below!!!!! All I can say is what followers of Christ both of these men are.

Jim sacrificed his health to complete the two movies and not because he had to, but because he wanted to. How many people can boast that they are true followers of Christ and have taken up their crosses willingly for Christ?

You may think that the health issues Jim had to endure during the movies were collateral damage. Not quite! When the enemy knows you are about to change, convert, build, evangelise for the Kingdom of God, be sure that the enemy is going to try and derail, disturb, destroy, mame, kill etc…. however he can, for whatever  will raise and build up the kingdom of God. But Jesus conquered death and ransomed his life for ours. There is power in the name of Jesus Christ. But you have to want it, pray it, live it.

The movie is in its third year of production and it should be coming out this year I would think, during this Easter season which ends with the feast of the Ascension- the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven,  according to Mark 16:19Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2. As it is written in “The Apostles Creed,” Jesus descended into hell, (imagine the battle scenes there) to collect his faithfuls from the Old Testament because prior to Jesus’death and resurrection no-one could enter heaven. Jesus ransomed Himself so that we may have new life with Him.  Hence death and new life comes through Jesus Christ only.

Below are some excerpts, testimonies and interviews so that you can judge for yourself.

Then, if you want to be a follower and not just a fan of Christ, stand up for the truth, be a warrior for Christ, make your life a little uncomfortable,  pray, fast, worship the God who died to know you_ JESUS THE CHRIST!! The alpha and the omega.

ELVIS PRESLEY- A KING OR NOT?

King of rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, soul,  YES HE WAS!!! 

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Below you will find two versions of one of my favorite song from Elvis, “If I could dream” The first is a remix  with Celine Dion and the other, in his leather. Not only was Elvis gifted musically but what a body?????

When fans spread a massive banner that announced his status irrefutably as ‘Elvis is King’ – he paused a song he was singing, looked deep into the room, and with that charming smirk on his face, said ‘there’s only king honey, and he is Jesus Christ’.

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The lyrics below show that he metaphorically expressed how he was looking for a better land and dreamed a warmer sun. Here he was looking for answers that we all aspire to. Knowing the kind of life he had, I’m sure he was used and abused by the people around him. He must have felt trapped, the mountain he faced became too high too climb. I wish he had fought harder and sought more help.

Why am I writing this now you might ask? Because what Elvis went through, we all go through in one form or another, being used and betrayed by people, losing money, greedy friends who take advantage of you, exploitation by employers/work partners, loss of a partner or a marriage, problems with children etc……….               Elvis sings….. “We are lost in a cloud with too much rain.” Beautifully mastered lyrics and sung by such a heavenly voice that God gave him. If Elvis made more of a quest for Jesus, he could have had it all. Happiness, health, harmony, humbleness, hope, honor, and heroism.

So where is the answer to all this?????????????????????  JESUS CHRIST of course!

The answers to all of life’s problems are answered in the New Testament gospels.

song lyrics below                                                                                                                          There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true
oh why
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear

We’re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We’re trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle

And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah

Elvis loved Jesus and even though he died tragically and in a disturbed frame of mind, God, who is all loving, forgiving and merciful would have known his heart and redeemed him.

I wish you all the hope, a peaceful heart and happiness that only Jesus brings.

PRAYER 

Father, 

Please help me to rest in your happiness,
To allow a smile to linger on my lips,
To dwell within a wonderful memory,
To walk back through sunlit places.

Please help me to awake with hope,
To engage with life in all its variety,
To take in the beauty of others joys,
To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.

Please help me to sing with faith,
To carry the truth close in my heart always,
To rejoice at new life and 
To have peace as I age.

Please help me to indulge in love
To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy,
To taste the kindness of friendship,
To feel the warmth of embrace.

Please help me not to miss 
A single drop of heaven,
To catch each moment 
And drink in the great joy of life.

Through Your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Modern Secularism-Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore

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Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore, many seem to think that if you can’t prove it, then it doesn’t exist, that’s what I hear from teenagers these days and that’s what my teacher friends tell me are their experiences at high school.

The science departments in schools seem to have a foothold on this. Well since when have they become the authority on Theism? They are denying thousands of years of intelligence and they justify it by saying that the bible cannot be proven and that it is  corrupt. If that’s their argument, then why read any book, website, newspaper, bulletin or article? Everything we read has a bias, what renders it credible is the source and the proof that comes with the story. Well everything that was prophesied in the Old testament has been realized in the New Testament. Prophets who were chosen by God and who gave their lives for the truth, were all God inspired. Their words came from God. The bible is a living book and should be read as if God were talking to us in the now.

THESE ARE SOME UNDERSTANDINGS THAT ARE VERY CLEAR IN THE BIBLE 

Sin creates an infinite disorder with God. The more dignified the person is that is offended, the more grievous the offence is…..(St. Thomas Aquinas)

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NO ONE CAN BE JUSTIFIED BY HIS OWN WORKS BUT BY GOD ALONE

NO ONE WHO DENIES THE SON HAS THE FATHER

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION

JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:6  “I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”          

The laws  of the western world have been inspired by the bible, if the bible is irrelevant then western society has become irrelevant too.

There is nothing God doesn’t know about man or that He still needs to learn and see about him, because He knows it all. We have been created by God, we have been created in His image, we are wired for God. There are enough testaments of people who weren’t  christian, who lived in non christian countries who have found God.

This is the exact reason why we should have respect for what cannot be explained by science. Faith is the evidence of what cannot be proved. There are dogmas that are mysteries, but that are exactly the true test of our faith.

God owes us nothing, the universe belongs to Him. God knows all our sins and only our truth and belief can justify us in the eyes of God through His Son Jesus. Jesus Christ as our mediator, Jesus Christ who offered Himself for reparation of our sins. Jesus Christ the perfect bridge joining man and God together.   (Scott M. Sullivan).

That’s the mystery of God, He would rather have 1 true believer that 100 unbelievers or robots who think or say ……”Yes that’s nice!” “Or that’s how it was then but it’s different now”.  God doesn’t want fans, He wants commitment, He wants your heart, He wants you to fight for Him, He wants you to believe without condition.

The God inspired bible was not written with an expiry date. God’s realm has no time, He lives in a spirit world where time is of no relevance to God. He knew it then and He knows it now………. the heart of man. After all, He is the all knowing and all loving and it’s for this reason that He gave us His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us.

Jesus’ teachings were not just meant for the time in which He lived but for all times and for all people, the problems our ancestors faced 100 or 1000, 2000 years ago for example, still exist now:- unbelief, jealousy, dishonesty, laziness, theft, murder, coveting another’s property, adultery, greed, lust, drugs and alcohol addictions, vanity  etc…. These all existed then and they still exist now, the difference being that humanity is getting more and more wicked. Why do you ask???????

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I’d like to think that humanity is more educated now, we have access to so much information and getting it is easy via the internet.  We have more money now, our Old Testament ancestors didn’t have all this and the benefit of the wisdom and teaching passed on by Jesus Christ.  We have Jesus and His spirit to guide us and to lead us to the truth, but many of us young and old choose to ignore it.

When our children were growing up, we would watch TV shows together, that brought up certain contentious issues that we could discuss and bring God’s light into the problem. Open conversations are crucial, especially from teenagers’ inquiring minds who need direction, not necessarily from their peers, but a nurturing spirit and an infilling of truth from people who have a deep understanding for our living God and how He is at work in our lives. We still  watch movies now on TV or go to the movies and discuss the lessons and morals in them.

I write this because I have a concern for our youth, I have a concern because I believe some, young and old, do not have a heaven perspective. Some people seem to think that they’re invincible. They have no plan for eternity.

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Make no mistake God is our judge and vindicator….If God is been offended then He sets the standard for justice, it’s not up to me or you, but God.

I’d like to finish by saying that God offers redemption, to all those who open their hearts to Him and believe.

MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE YOU ALL TO THE COMPLETE TRUTH.

 

 

THE ANSWER TO ALL THIS TURMOIL IS ABOVE

I don’t think I’m alone in  saying that there is turmoil in and around us right now! Increase in crime, suicides, unemployment, family abuse, robberies and break ins, carjacking, disrespect for authority and the law, disrespect for democracy, drug abuse, alcohol,  depression, anxiety, bullying, poverty, sexual/verbal abuse, homelessness.. and more. So  this is where progress and our increased freedoms have lead us to? GET ME OUT OF HERE!! Really…… who needs this kind of progress???? I say…… we are going backwards.

I remember a time when life was simpler, easier, less congested, uncomplicated and orderly. Society is too quick to throw out what was good from our past to make way for progress.

The latest IPhones, IPads, cars, holidays, designer attire, isn’t going to fulfill us(it might for a brief moment) I’m talking about something that is lasting, that inner peace that translates into good sleep, good relationships, happy families and a relationship with God.

I hope this video clip will help put things in perspective, that only when things are right with God can we be truly at peace. A heart at rest is a heart at peace. When our will is united with God’s will, then and only then can we have union with Him.

God gave Jesus dominion over this earth, God gave us His Son Jesus to help fight our battles. We need to have a heaven perspective not an earthly one, because the second brings destruction and the first brings us in union with our creator God.

PRAYER

Dear Father God, we thank You for this beautiful world we live in. Please help us to follow your Son Jesus as He will lead us to the absolute truth and through Him, we will be in union with You in heaven. AMEN