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Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Pope John Paul II
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IMITATION OF MARY
In Keeping with the precious custom of the faithful, I desire to address you and to do so with pure lips as far as is possible for me. How I desire with all my heart that all creatures would address you in the same way: “Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus Christ. Amen’’ Such is the Angelic greeting, composed under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and wholly benefitting your dignity and your holiness. It is a prayer poor in words but rich in mysteries. As an utterance it is short, but its content is profound. This prayer is sweeter than honey and more precious than gold. It is to be repeated over and over with all one’s heart, devoutly, and with pure lips, so that from these very few words may flow a broad river of heavenly sweetness. But woe to those who become annoyed with it, who pray without devotion, who do not reflect on its words that are more precious than gold, who do not taste its cups of honey, and who so often recite the Hail Mary without attention and reverence. Sweetest Virgin Mary, preserve me from such serious neglect and lack of attention; forgive me my past indifference. I will be more devout, more fervent and attentive in saying the Hail Mary, wherever I may be. After these reflections, what shall I now ask of you, my dearest Lady? What is better, more useful, and more necessary for me an unworthy sinner, than to find favor with you and your beloved Son? No favor is more precious to me and nothing else more needed by me, than the grace and mercy of God. His grace is enough for me, and I need nothing else, for without grace, of what value should all my efforts be ? But what will be impossible for me if grace attends and aids me? I have many different spirittual defects, but the grace of God is a medicine effective against all the passions. If He deigns to come to my aid, all these defects will be lessened. I am also poor in wisdom and spiritual knowledge, but God’s grace is a supreme teacher and dispenser of heavenly learning. It is able, therefore, to instruct me in everything necessary; it also disuades me from seeking anything beyond what is necessary and from wanting to know what it is not permissible to know. On the other hand, it advises and teaches me to humble myself and be content with it alone. Merciful Virgin Mary, ask this noble and precious grace for me, that I may not desire or seek anything but grace upon grace.
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Hail Mary, Full of Grace!
Tom Zacharia Why should we pray the Rosary? The answer in the case of very many people would be ‘love towards the Mother’. Another would be resolving the problems of daily life. In the last 23 years, that is, since 1988 the Rosary prayer has been to me like an intoxicant. Till 28 February 1988, the day on which the Lord came into my life, I used to pray the Rosary as part of the routine ‘family prayer’, but without knowing neither its importance nor meaning. But since March 1988 when God the Holy Spirit took over the reins of my life, I was changed and my life too accordingly. I became ebriated with prayer such that I could not survive without it. My soul craved for the divine life just as the body spasmodically thirsts for the life-breath. Holy Spirit the Helper aided me to set apart a greater part of the time from dawn to dusk for prayer. It was God the Holy Spirit who taught me to pray. I was not satisfied with even long hours of prayer. My soul felt thirsty even just prior to bedtime. I used to ask God why neither my soul experienced satisfaction nor my mind enjoyed peace. Occasionally I used to get an answer. The Holy
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Spirit used to communicate with me through ‘divine visions’. Often I used to have a divine vision of Holy Mary. It was then immediately followed by a strong prompting from within : ‘Pray to Mother’. While pondering over how to pray to Mother, a strong prompting tells me to pray ‘three Hail Mary’. Just when three ‘Hail Mary’ have been prayed I used to be filled with the ‘living water’ of the Holy Spirit just as the gushing of water from a dam-break. I used to feel an in-filling of the Holy Spirit instantaneously. This has happend several times. It was the Holy Spirit who taught me to love Holy Mary and to pray the Rosary - what it is, how it is to be prayed and its power. O Holy Spirit, I thank you for giving Holy Mary as my mother, my real mother and leading me to an ardent and deep relation with Her. O Holy Spirit, I thank you for teaching me to pray the Rosary. I wish to share with you what the Holy Spirit taught me. The Rosary prayer is said in praise of Holy Mary. They are euologies to Her. That man shall praise Mary is according to God’s plan. Holy Mary when filled with the Holy Spirit said: “From now on all generations will call me blessed’’ (Lk 1:48). Holy Mary is the most blessed of all the women in this world. The Holy Spirit declared through Holy Mary that this would be proclaimed by all generations. This prophesy of the Holy Spirit is being fulfilled through the devotees of Holy Mary. Holy Mary should be praised, for she is the Queen of Heaven. She should be eulogised, for she is the queen of Angels. The 153 beads Rosary that you offer is the golden crown that you adorn the head of Queen Mary. With every prayer of the Rosary the glory of the Queen of Heaven is enhanced, Her power increases and she becomes more active. Hallelujah!

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Mary - Full of Grace
“Hail Mary, full of Grace ! The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus’’ is the foundation prayer in the Rosary. Four words of God constitute this prayer. And these are not ordinary words of God. These are praises showered on Mary by Almighty God the Creator of the heavens and the earth, through His Angel Gabriel and the Holy Spirit. It was the Father in heaven who sent Angel Gabriel to Virgin Mary. And God had specifically told the Angel what is to be said to Her. It was God’s own words that Angel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary. God said to Mary something which He has not said to anyone on the earth: “Hail Mary, Full of grace! The Lord is with you’’ (Luke 1:28). One who is adorned and filled by all the graces, holiness and virtues of God!! God has never addressed anyone on this earth like that. Many a virtuous woman can be found in the Holy Bible who have glorified God. Men and women to whom angels have spoken are also numerous. Yet God has never spoken to anyone like this except to Virgin Mary, for she was unique ! It is due to their ignorance about Virgin Mary that many people have not been able to recognise and accept Her. The misinformation on Virgin Mary that she is an ordinary woman like any other on earth has inhibited them from accepting her. At the very outset I tell you : Mary is not an ordinary woman. For the Son of God to take his birth from a woman born in the lineage of Eve is impossible. To comprehend this, listen to two sections of the Word of God. The Psalmist says : “Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me’’ (Psalm 51:5). This is the lot of every man; becoming a sinner the moment one is conceived in the womb of mother. It is the sin of Adam and Eve which make every one a sinner. Mary too would have been born with this sin if she were an ordinary woman in the lineage of Eve. If she were born with the orginal sin, Jesus Christ, the savior of the world who was born of her too would have that sin. Man does not just perceive the power of sin. It was the devil who deceived Eve to sin. He is the ancient serpent. Words 1-17 in Chapter 3 of Genesis make them clear. Eve became a slave of the devil through her sin; so too was Adam. The devil which is the ancient serpent had dominion over Adam and Eve and all the generations subsequent to them, until Jesus Christ after dying on the cross descended into hell, opened the path of salvation to all the souls imprisond there and resurrected. He destroyed the dominion of the devil with his death on the cross. “.... so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death’’ (Heb 2:14-15). This would not have been possible if Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary were tainted by the sin of Adam. Listen to what Jesus himself said: “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me” (John 14:30). The ruler of this world is the devil. Jesus says clearly that he, the devil, has no power, no claim over Jesus. Because, the devil has claim and power over every one who has sin. This is the
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position of every man. The devil did not have claim over Jesus since Jesus did not have sin in him. Similarly, the devil did not have claim over Virgin Mary since she did not have sin in her.

Virgin Mary did not have sin in her. Why?
Virgin Mary did not have sin in her because she was / is not an ordinary woman. If she is not an ordinary woman, then who is she? Holy Mary was the deputed one, sent from Heaven. There was not a single woman eligible enough to become the mother of the Son of God, the Holiest of Holy. Jesus is the Word of God become flesh. God made his Wisdom become flesh first, in order for his Word to become flesh. Wisdom became flesh on earth as woman. That is Holy Mary. The Books of Sirach, Proverbs, Psalms, Wisdom and Baruch make this clear. It is possible to prove through the word of God that Mary is Wisdom incarnated. That itself would consume several pages. Therefore, it is not attempted here. In sum, Mary the Wisdom of God, incarnated on earth as Immaculate, as Woman. In her womb was conceived the Son of God. Hallelujah! Jesus has promised: “For where two or three
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are gathered in my name, I am there among them’’ (Mt. 18:20). The presence of Jesus would be there when two or three persons pray in the name of Jesus. (1) The Rosary prayer is the channel through which the presence of Holy Mary comes to us. When ‘Hail Mary’ is prayed three times, at that moment the presence of Holy Mary ushers in. If so, every Rosary prayed with devotion occasions the intervention of the Mother in our life. (2) The ‘Hail Mary...’ prayer not only dispels the diabolic forces but also destroys and neutralises their influences. I have experienced several times during my services of the word of God the crumbling down of stumbling blocks, the forces of darkness being destroyed and fire from heaven striking down diabolic forces at the utterance of the prayer, ‘Hail Mary...’; at times I have also seen lightning striking them down like a sword. Several years ago my Lord gave me the grace to conduct a week-long retreat in my parish. On the final day of the retreat, during the service for the ‘anointment of the Holy Spirit’ I prayed laying my hands on the heads of all the participants. I now remember the happening of a miracle after that prayer. A commotion at the rear of the church. A few women were crying aloud. There were many on-lookers hanging around. I went to that scene as and when I was informed. I saw a girl-participant in bondage. Both her hands had become coiled; mouth closed as if dumb and her legs folded as if mutilated, her eyes overflowing with tears. She tried to speak to me the moment she saw me, but was in vain. She couldn’t move. Closing my eyes I prayed for a moment. I saw the diabolic force in her. It was about to jump at me, I felt. That moment I prayed ‘Hail Mary...’ aloud. Like bullets fired from a gun, that diabolic force fled from her in an instant. She started praising God. Her legs got straightened and she stood up. Every one around began praising God in great ecstasy. In fact this incident amazed me a lot. Without saying a binding prayer or commanding in the name of Jesus, that diabolic force fled out at the saying of a ‘Hail Mary....’ I have expereinced the power of ‘Hail Mary...’ on several such occasions. In fact, the Rosary is the greatest of all my prayers. (3) The ‘Hail Mary....’ prayer is the living water from heaven that sanctifies us. With every ‘Hail Mary...’ one gradually gets cleansed of impurities. As the stain of sin is cleansed of, we become sparkling like a white attire. Our eyes become tearful in the heavenly light, both body and soul transform to divine. I esteem my Rosary prayers very much these days. The moment I start praying the Rosary, the room in which I sit begins to get filled with a divine power. With great joy I experience the presence of the Lord. It is inexplicable. ‘Hail Mary....’ prayer is capable of bringing to us a great divine presence, it will sanctify and transform us. Those who pray the Rosary daily shall pray 153 beads in silence. If it is prayed alone (cloistered), the rest can be prayed as and when and where we are. Every Rosary prayer shall be offered as golden crowns to Her. May God bless all of you. Amen. Tom Zacharia, Cheif Editor.
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MY OWN HOLY SPIRIT
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The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Triune God. Being so, how much right is it to say that Holy Spirit is mine own? The term “own” becomes relevant in respect of a person when an object or an individual that he desired becomes his own. God calls man his own people. Since we are God’s own, God calls us so. I say Holy Spirit is my own out of the discernment that he is my own. I have a body of mine own, I have a mind of mine own, I have a soul of mine own. All these are solely mine own. It is I who have to look after what is my own. It is I who have to take care of my body, it is I who have to supply all its needs. Nobody else can do it. Since my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I am responsible for looking after it with tender care. If so, who else will love the Holy Spirit given to me ? God gave me his Holy Spirit out of his trust in me. What was that trust ? God hoped that I would love the Holy Spirit, that I would look after Him with tender care, and would
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allow to act in me freely. God hoped that, just as I loved my body, just as I loved who ever and whatever that were mine own, I would love the Holy Spirit - even over and above all of them. Since the Holy Spirit dwells in me, He is my own. He is the power of God transmitted into me. He comes from the Father, bearing within himself all the perfection, power and holiness of the Father. None else in this world enquires whether the Holy Spirit who dwells in me is fine and happy; it is I who have to do that. God watches whether my Holy Spirit is happy or sad, imprisoned or free. Nobody else can do that. Because of that, my Holy Spirit is one given to me as mine own. Whoever is mine, I have to love. I have to recognise his presence in me. I have to discern whatever that are required for the happiness, growth and empowerment of Him who dwells in me in mystery. I have to discern his desires and his thoughts. St.Paul says, “We have the mind of Christ” (I Cor 2:15). St.Paul possessed the mind of Chirst or what was in the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit who dwelled in St.Paul. When I write today that the Holy Spirit is my own, I do remember that I had not been able to discern the personal relationship between me and the Holy Spirit during the past many years. In the year 1988 God made me a new creation. How great were the miracles that the Holy Spirit performed in me and through me during the fifteen years from 1988 to 2003 !. He intervened powerfully in all the services that I performed since 1989. But I had been unable to discern that the things that God performed in me were in fact the mighty works of the Holy Spirit. I had thought that they
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were all the interventions of Lord Jesus. I had a personal relationship with Jesus, but not so with the Holy Spirit. I knew that the Holy Spirit was with me. I had also prayed for his infilling in me. But beyond that, to create a personal love relationship with him - I had been incapable. It was solely Jesus whom I knew, and so all my prayers were only to Jesus. But Jesus had said very clearly that he would return to the Father, and that after his return, Holy Spirit the Advocate (Helper) would come. “But now I am going to him who sent me” (Jn 16:5). “If I do not go away, the advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (Jn 16:7). Jesus also said that it would be Holy Spirit the Helper who would be in the world for ever. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever” (Jn 14:16). Today, it is the Holy Spirit who is with us, the Holy Spirit sent by the Father in the name of Jesus Chirst. The Holy Spirit dwells in whoever that has received baptism in the name of Jesus or whoever has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord by faith. Each one’s body is the temple of God. Whatever be the caste. and creed, all people are the creation and children of God and so every one’s body is the temple of God. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you” (1 Cor 3:16). God’s Spirit dwells in all men. That Holy Spirit in every one helps him to differentiate good and evil, sin and virtue. Jesus said, “It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless” (Jn 6:63). That which gives life to everyone is the spirit in him/ her.

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“God is spirit” (Jn 4:24). God being spirit, he gave his spirit to man. When God created the first man Adam from the dust of the ground in his own image and likeness and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, it was the spirit of God that entered into that earthen form and gave it life (Gen 2:7). That spirit became Adam’s soul which gave him life. Similarly it has to be understood that when God created Eve, He made a similar earthen form and, taking a part from the life in Adam, put it in that earthen form and gave it life. The Bible details that God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and taking a rib from him God made it into a woman (Gen 2:21, 22). Actually, what God took from Adam was a part from the soul given to Adam. When Genesis 2:22 tells that “God made into a woman” we understand that God made another earthen form and transmitted life into it to create Eve. It was through Adam that the children born of them received their body and soul. The Book of Wisdom says, “I also am mortal, like eveyone else, descendant of the first-formed child of earth; and in the womb of a mother I was moulded into flesh, within the period of ten months, compacted with blood, from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage” (Wis 7:1,2). Everybody obtains life from the seed of a man. God transmitted to Eve the life He gave to Adam. To their children and descendants that life was transmitted through the seed of man. The life that Adam received became his soul; that which Eve received became Eve’s soul; that which Cain received, Cain’s soul; what Abel received, Abel’s soul and what Seth received, Seth’s soul.
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God gave his image and likeness, His power and nature to the first man through His Spirit which was His breath of life. The same image and likeness and life are received by everyone born even today. Colour and shape may vary, but no alteration for the soul. In this context, I am tying another subject with this matter. Life is transmitted through the seed of man. Yet several married men find themselves incapable of transmitting this life. There are many such unfortunate men. Many women are barren. May be the man, may be the woman, who is impotent. A man or woman becomes incapable of giving birth to a child because they do not have the capacity to transmit life. Every seed of man contains the particle of the soul. Since that particle has become

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lifeless, life is not transmitted. Infertility in woman is caused by the lifelessness in the soul transmitted to her when she was formed in the womb. Though she received life, she did not receive the capacity to transmit it. What I write here is solely to be discerned spiritually. Science can find out a physical disability, but searching out a spiritual disability is beyond the reach of science. The only one capable of that is the Holy Spirit. How and why was this lifelessness caused, this inability to transmit life ?

Among the many reasons, two are the most important: one, personal sin; two, sins of ancestors. The sin that one commits against the word of God becomes selfbinding. The sins of ancestors cause binding upon the living. Violation of the first commandment and murder generate disastrous consequences. Sins of such gravity committed by ancestors turn out as curses and bindings of lifelessness upon the living. Beseech for mercy before God for such sinners, for those who died in such sins. Every human being is a temple of God. God chooses some of them and makes them the temples of the Holy Spirit through the seal of baptism. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God” ? (1 Cor 6:19). If all human beings are temples of God, some of them become temples of the Holy Spirit. Temples of the Holy Spirit are those who have been selected to show to the world the light that is Jesus. Holy Spirit dwells in them. This Holy Spirit is a right entitled to all who have received baptism or who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord by faith. Holy Spirit descends into the soul of one and dwells there. Just as one has his own soul, so also he is given his own Holy Spirit. When one’s body dies, the soul departs; or when the soul departs the body dies. Even when one dies, the Holy Spirit does not leave the soul. The Holy Spirit who taught him to live in holiness remains bonded to his soul. But no power of the Holy Spirit will be there in a sinner. The seal of the Holy Spirit received through baptism is never lost also. (to be continued)

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“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. ” (Ps 34:3) My name is Sheeba working in M.I.O.T. Hospital, Chennai. I could participate in the retreat conducted by the Spirit in Jesus ministry at Mayaper Holy Cross Church in 2001. Since then, I experience the divine providence very much and I habitually pray the 153 beads Rosary. Thanks to Jesus and Mother Mary for the many blessings showered on me through the Rosary Prayer. A particular company owed me 50,000 rupees but something was blocking their repayment. I came to Marian Centre, Chennai and prayed intending to testify it when the prayer is answered, for the greater glory of God. On the same day itself I received back the amount. I lift up my heartfelt gratitude to Mother Mary and Holy Spirit. Now I take it a privilege to distribute the magazine, ‘Itho Unn Thai’ to the patients in the hospital where I work. Thousands of thanks for the numberless blessings I received from thy bounty, my Lord. Sheeba, Chennai
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FRUITS WORTHY OF REPENTANCE
Thressiamma A.D. Some years back a woman who had participated in the Spirit in Jesus retreat approached me for a sharing. Within a short time she shared her problems and circumstances with me and then told me that I should share with others what she shared with me so that such an eventuality might not happen in their life. She had obtained visa through agents to go abroad but had to stay at Mumbai for a few days. Thenceforth she was forced to live a defiled life. She had made ready her Visa through loans from others. Reaching abroad she did not receive a job of her liking. Expenses had far exceeded the sources at home and a return to home was unthinkable. Hence she sold herself and amassed wealth, gold and luxuries. But they did not satisfy her mind. Then an occassion became available to come home and participate in a retreat. The class about sin by Bro.Tom Zacharia touched
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her heart deeply. She could undersand the depth of God’s love and mercy. She became determined to atone for her sins and to lead a life glorifying God and was decided to do away with all the sin-stained comforts. Word of God says, “‘Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Mt 21:31). Through the parable of the lost sheep Jesus said, “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance” (Lk 15:7). “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost” (Lk 15: 5,6). We might have experienced God’s love on several occassions, and also might have given up many a sin through charismatic retreats and parish retreats. Was that conversion a sustaining one ? Or was it only a temperory superficial make up ? Why is it that blessings are not received from God? When sins are given up for the sake of God’s love, then the fruits of conversions should come forth. A drunkard might have given up his habit, but if he serves liquor to please others, then no fruits of conversion are yielded. One who used to beat up his wife stops it but starts to be quarrelsome and abusive then what sort of conversion was it? True repentance is revealed through its fruits. However great a sinner one might be, if he confesses his sins before God with a contrite heart and produces fruits of repentance, God’s blessings will begin to flow to him. Micah 7:19 says, “ You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” God will
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show his faithfulness and mercy to such repentance. Psalm 32:1 says “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered”. Every Christian is bound to be holy and truthful in whatever fields of activity he is engaged. God can be pleased only

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“And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phili 4:19). My name is Jenet. My +2(CBSE) board exams were too difficult. Yet with hope I rang up Marian Koodaram trusting in Mother Mary’s powerful intercession. The Lord inclined His ears to my supplications and blessed me with good percentage. I raise up thousands of thanks to Holy Mother and Jesus for being gracious to me. Thank you Jesus, Praise you Jesus and Adore you Jesus! Jenet, Kannur, Kerala

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through holiness in life. God will be shield and shelter to the innocent. Everyone who is ordained by the Lord to various ministries should perform his duties in holiness and faithfulness. Once the trustee of a parish church intentionally took possession of some object of the church for his temporary use. He received the Lord’s scourging. He understood that his own sin was the cause. Realizing the gravity of his act he confessed to the priest with a repentant heart and made atonement, which saved him from God’s wrath. Word of God says, “whoever walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me” (Ps 101:6). There is the instance of another minister who was entrusted with some gold by a wellHoly Queen

intending housewife with instructions to sell it and use part of the amount for charity towards a poor family and return the balance amount to herself. Since the balance amount was not duly returned after weeks and months, she demanded it. Her husband was not inclined towards spending money for charity and so she had required that her husband might not be informed. But since she demanded back the balance amount, that minister became arrogant and asked the husband whether the balance amount was to be returned to him or to his wife. The minister was selfcontent for having paved way for some grave family quarrel. Psalm 101:7 says, “No one who practices deceit shall remain in my house”. Whoever ministers to the word of God should utter his words with the conviction that every word that he speaks should be from God. Therefore ministries and services should be performed with fear of God and dependance on God. Similarly they should be obedient and humble, God desires. The word of God again says that when somebody falls into the nature of telling lies he exhibits the nature of the devil. Equally unfitting for a servant is his exaggerating trivial things, mocking, slandering etc. Psalm 101:7 says, “No one who utters lies shall continue in my presence”. I remember people telling me about some persons that so and so speaks not like a spiritual man but like a worldly man. When God calls and deputes some persons for some special tasks, He endows them with power and authority. If this power
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and authority are to come out, they have to act always united with God. Also, service to God has to be performed with joy and thanksgiving. Since God’s power is holy, those who do service to him also must be holy. Only the righteous in heart can stand firm in the service of the Lord with a joyful heart. When a white cloth becomes stained it loses its goodness. Similarly when the personality of a servant becomes stained he becomes a cause for stumbling, however virtuous he might be and however developed his services might be. “Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough” ? (I Cor 5:6). Therefore all services are to be done complying with the commandments of the Lord. Those who find happiness in the commandments can stand firm at any situation. Some people live obeying the commandments for some period and then hatred and bitterness creep into their hearts and their senseless minds become darkened and they fall into great depths, making a loss of all their blessings

and love of God. Therefore, each child of God must examine himself before God and should repent about the sins committed. When services are done without holiness, that becomes occassion for the devil to attack. Word of God says: “though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down....your deeds shall return on your own head” (Oba 1:4,15). When sin and sinful ways are given up and fruits of repentance are produced, God’s mercy will continue to be poured down. They need not fear anything. Word of the Lord is clear, “He will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.........for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord” (Zep 3:18, 20).

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“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Ps 46:11) My name is Sr. Maria. By the grace of God I obtained a Kannada Rosary book published by ‘Spirit in Jesus’ ministry. Afterwards I started praying the 153 beads Rosary without omission. On the 3rd of August, during a journey from Mysore to Mangalore by bus, as usual I was meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary. The driver of the bus changed hands and handed over the steering to the conductor. Unfortunately a frishtening thing happened. The conductor lost control and the bus was found reaching the brink of a ravine. Overcome with fear my fellow-travellers started yelling. I cried out to Holy Mother, holding the rosary, my soul afire with faith. A divine presence truely invaded there. All on a sudden the bus was found to be under control. We all got saved from a tragic mishap. I hereby testify that the miracle happened surely by the power of the Rosary Prayer. Ave Maria!! Sr. Maria, Udayagiri, Mysore.
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Babitha John MARY AS Co-REDEMPTRIX The four Marian dogmas previously explained form the core of Mariology, but the twentieth century also saw a significant drive to establish a fifth Marian dogma, her title as Co-redemptrix. God’s revelation that his plan of redemption will involve, first and foremost, the collaboration of two persons: the “woman” and her “seed.” This is first revealed in the book of Genesis: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; she will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Gen. 3:15). This passage of Scripture prophetically foreshadows Mary with her divine Son in the promise of victory over the serpent. It reveals God’s will that the “woman” share in the same “enmity” (absolute opposition) between herself and the serpent (Revelation 12) as does her “seed,” Jesus Christ. This great struggle and victory over the serpent foreshadows the divine work of redemption by Jesus Christ, with the Mother of the Redeemer’s intimate collaboration in his saving work. Mary fully cooperated in her role as the Mother of God, giving Jesus flesh and thus participating in his act of redemption. Mary’s role as Co-redemptrix, while unique and highly significant, is completely secondary and subordinate to the work of the one Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and takes absolutely nothing away from her Son’s glory. God chooses to give man a share in his attributes and his works. Since God is infinite, his sharing of himself does not reduce his glory, but rather lets it shine forth more resplendently.
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The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) announces the great work of salvation, and it also discloses the involvement of two persons: the Redeemer and the Mother of the Redeemer. The Virgin is called to give her free and full consent to conceive this child. She is not merely a passive recipient of the message, but she was given an active role, and heaven awaited her free choice. It is precisely by her free consent to collaborate in God’s saving plan that she becomes the Coredemptrix. The prophecy of Simeon to Mary, “and a sword will pierce through your own soul also” (Luke 2:25), affirms Mary’s unique participation in the work of redemption, as it warns her that she will undergo an unspeakable pain that will pierce her soul, for the salvation of mankind. John 19:25 tells us of Jesus’ Mother at the very foot of the cross, persevering with her Son in his worst hour of agony, and therein suffering the death of her Son. Thus in her own suffering too, the Mother of the Redeemer participates in the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ. In God’s mysterious and merciful providence, he willed not only that man would be redeemed by the Blood of Christ, but that man would also be given a share in Jesus’ redemptive mission. As our “goodness” does not make God less good, neither does Mary’s share in God’s redemptive plan take away from Jesus’ unique role as Redeemer. We call Mary the Coredemptrix because her whole life was a sharing in the redemptive mission of her Son, which reached its climax at the foot of the Cross at Calvary. Truly
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at Calvary, the Mother of Jesus becomes, through her suffering with the Redeemer, the Mother of all peoples. MOTHER OF THE CHURCH “She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth (in anguish for delivery)” (Rev 12:2). Since this is seen in heaven, this pain is spiritual. The Greek word here translated ‘in anguish’ can perhaps best be rendered as ‘going through torment or torture’. Her pain is spiritual, by means of which on Calvary, uniting her sufferings to those of the Redeemer, she begot the Mystical Body of Christ. “My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19). Here we can see St. Paul going through spiritual suffering expressed in terms of birth pain. When Mother Mary sees her Beloved son Jesus Christ being rejected by people who continue in sin and those who cannot accept
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salvation gained through her son, she suffers more pain. In (Rev5:6) Christ appears in heaven in the form of a slaughtered lamb. The sufferings of the woman who also appears in heaven in Rev 12:2, stands in relation to the immolation of the celestial Lamb. Thus, in the 12th chapter of Revelation, the reference is not to the childbirth at Bethlehem, but to the words of Christ on the cross: “Here is your Mother” (John 19:27). It shows the spiritual motherhood of Mary and of the compassion with which the Mother of Jesus shares in the sufferings of the immolated Lamb. As with Mary in John 19:25-27 this heavenly personage is repeatedly designated by the word ‘Woman’ (Rev 12:1, 4, 12, 13-17). “Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the

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testimony of Jesus.” (Rev 12:17). Here one peculiarity is specified-the Ancient Serpent makes war with the rest of her (Mary’s) children. Mary’s children are very powerful that Satan fears them since he knows that it is Mary the Woman who will crush his head. Satan fights against her by trying to sweep her away by telling blasphemies against her which comes from his mouth (Rev 12:15); which will be destroyed by the children of Mary. Who are these children of Mary? “But what will they be like, these servants, these slaves, these children of Mary?

They will be ministers of the Lord who, like a flaming fire, will enkindle everywhere the fires of divine love. They will become, in Mary’s powerful hands, like sharp arrows, with which she will transfix her enemies. They will be as the children of Levi, thoroughly purified by the fire of great tribulations and closely joined to God. They will be like thunder-clouds flying through the air at the slightest breath of the Holy Spirit. Attached to nothing, surprised at nothing, troubled at nothing, they will shower down the rain of God’s word and of eternal life. They will thunder against sin, they will storm against the world, they will strike down the devil and his followers and for life and for death, they will pierce through and through with the two-edged sword of God’s word all those against whom they are sent by Almighty God. They will be true apostles of the latter times to whom the Lord of Hosts will give eloquence and strength to work wonders and carry off glorious spoils from his enemies. They will sleep without gold or silver and, more important still, without concern in the midst of other priests, ecclesiastics and clerics. Yet they will have the silver wings of the dove enabling them to go wherever the Holy Spirit calls them, filled as they are with the resolve to seek the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Wherever they preach, they will leave behind them nothing but the gold of love, which is the fulfillment of the whole law. Lastly, we know they will be true disciples of Jesus Christ, imitating his poverty, his humility, his contempt of the world and his love. They will point out the narrow way to God in pure truth according

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“I will thank you for ever, because of what you have done.” (Ps 52:9) My name is Vincent Norona. I am settled in Mangalore. A Kannada Rosary - book published by ‘Spirit in Jesus’ fellowship came into my hand through one of the brothers. Using the same we prayed the Rosary for a good alliance for our daughter. Everything got fixed according to the Lord’s will. Though the date of marriage was nearing, financial requirements were still out of my reach. We contacted the brother from whom we got the Rosary book. He instilled us with courage saying, our Holy Mother is there to arrange everything for us when we pray the Rosary together in faith. As faith would have it, four days before the marriage the Lord lavished us with what we needed and the marriage was solemnised by His supreme providence. Praise to the Lord Almightly! Ave Maria! Vincent Norona, Mangalore.
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to the holy Gospel, and not according to the maxims of the world. Their hearts will not be troubled, nor will they show favour to anyone; they will not spare or heed or fear any man, however powerful he may be. They will have the two-edged sword of the word of God in their mouths and the bloodstained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the crucifix in their right hand and the rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart. The simplicity and self-sacrifice of Jesus will be reflected in their whole behaviour. Such are the great men who are to come. By the will of God Mary is to prepare them to extend his rule over the impious and unbelievers. But when and how will this come about? Only God knows. For our part we must yearn and wait for it in silence and in prayer: “I have waited and waited.” (Treatise in “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” by St. Louis de Montfort) ‘Mother of the Church’ is a title, officially given to Mary during the Second Vatican Council (Sep 1964) by Pope Paul VI. The title was first used by Saint Ambrose of Milan (338 – 397). In 1987, Pope John Paul II repeated this title Mother of the Church in his encyclical Redemptoris Mater , “Mary is present in the Church as the Mother of Christ, and at the same time as that Mother whom Christ, in the mystery of the Redemption, gave to humanity in the person of the Apostle John. Thus, in her new motherhood in the Spirit, Mary embraces each and every one in the Church, and embraces each and every one through the Church. In this sense Mary, Mother of the Church, is also the Church’s model. Indeed,
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as Paul VI hopes and asks, the Church must draw “from the Virgin Mother of God the most authentic form of perfect imitation of Christ.” The Evangelist St Luke mentions the presence of Jesus’ Mother in the first community of Jerusalem (Acts 1:14). In this way he stresses Mary’s maternal role in the Church. She, who is recognized as mother of salvation, life and grace, mother of the saved and mother of the living, is rightly proclaimed Mother of the Church. QUEEN OF HEAVEN “A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her a crown of twelve stars (Rev 12:1)”.

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Mary is indeed exalted in a magnificent manner, which in no way detracts from the Son who rules the nations. “Clothed with the sun”, Mary was really flooded by divine grace and holiness that consecrated her immaculate, from conception and transformed her into the Mother of God. “The moon under her feet” signifies that all things created and passing - symbolized by the moon, which appears and disappears are under the feet of the Queen of the universe. She is crowned with symbols of authority, with ‘a crown of twelve stars’. “On her head a crown of twelve stars” is the symbol of Mary’s reign over the angels (stars), the Chosen People (the “twelve” tribes of Israel of the Old Testament), over the Church (the “twelve” apostles of the New Testament). “Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48). The Catholic Church rightly calls Mary ‘Queen of Heaven, Queen of Angels and Queen of Apostles’, whom God the Father in Heaven had highly exalted. It is the ‘woman’ that is to be identified. The woman is not the sun, moon, and stars herself; the woman is ‘clothed’ with the sun, moon and stars. It is not what the ‘woman’ wears, but identification of the woman herself is more important. As the ‘woman’ she gives birth to the son Jesus, so it is Mary alone. Some gives importance to the symbols which the woman wear and say, according to Genesis 37:9-10 this woman is Israel. This verse explains absolutely nothing about Israel giving birth to Messiah. So we know the woman in Revelation 12 is a Jewish Israelite woman who is Mary who gives birth to Jesus.
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Mary is mother of the Messianic king. Luke 1:32 says of Jesus, “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” The biblical precedent of ancient Israel is that the mother of the king becomes the queen mother. Since Jesus is the heavenly king, of the lineage of David and Solomon, Mary is seen as the queen mother. In 1954, Pope Pius XII officially declared Mary the Queen of Heaven. The papal encyclical ‘Ad Caeli Reginam’, issued by Pope Pius XII states that Mary is called Queen of Heaven because her son, Jesus Christ, is the king of Israel and heavenly king of the universe. The Second Vatican Council in 1964 referred to Mary as Queen of the Universe. Section 59 of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church from

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“I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Ps 34:4). I had prayed to Mother Mary for a good result in my +2 examinations. The Lord graciously blessed me with 89% marks and for the subject which was difficult for me I secured 80 Marks. Mother Mary, I surrender my grateful heart to you for your powerful intercession. Moreover, for further studies Jesus provided me with admission in the same college which I wished for. Ave Maria! Amala Mariya, Wayanad.

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Vatican II, stated: “Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all guilt of original sin, on the completion of her earthly sojourn, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and the conqueror of sin and death.” Many apparitions of Mary have confirmed that the titles given to her by the Catholic Church are true and are enjoyable to God. Some claim that the various appearances of Mary in various parts of the world (eg: Lourdes, Fatima, etc) are really tricks of the devil. They should remember that the appearances of both Elijah and Moses at the time of Transfiguration of
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Jesus were real. Moreover after Jesus was crucified many great things happened. One of the most important things that happened was, “The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”(Matthew 27: 52, 53). If after the resurrection of Jesus many bodies of saints appeared to many people in the holy city, why do people find difficulty in accepting apparitions of Mother Mary and her very important messages of the age?! We should always remember that Mother Mary always wanted God the Father to be glorified and loved more and more by the whole human race.

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Sts Sergius and Bacchus
Sergius and Bacchus were said to have been officers of the Roman army on the Syrian frontier; Sergius being described as commandant of the recruits’ school and Bacchus as his subaltern. They were personal favourites of the Emperor Maximian, until one day when he went into the temple of Jupiter to offer sacrifice he noticed that they did not enter with him. Ordered to take part in the sacrifice, both of them refused and professed their faith in Christ, much to the dismay of the Emperor. They were soon stripped of their arms and ranks and instead paraded through the streets, dressed in women’s clothing. But none of these humiliations and threats could change their hearts. They were then dispatched to Risafe in Mesopotamia, where the governor had them scourged so severely that St. Bacchus died under the lash. His body was thrown out on the highway, where vultures protected it from being attacked by dogs - an incident recorded about several other martyrs. St Sergius was made to walk a long distance wearing shoes with nails thrust through into his feet, and was then beheaded. In 431, Alexander, Metropolitan of Hierapolis, restored and blessed the church over the grave of St Sergius, whose walls in the middle of the sixth century were plated with silver. The church at Risafe was one of the most famous in the East, and Sergius and Bacchus became the heavenly protectors of the Byzantine army, with the two Theodores, Demetrius, Procopius and George.
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SOLE REDEEMER, ONE MEDIATOR AND ONE REDEMPTRIX
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The Lord God said to the serpent “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; she will strike your head and you will strike his heel” (Gen 3:15). The whole history of salvation starts with this ‘first gospel’ or good news - that the one who ruined will himself be crushed. The ruin of the one who caused it is the salvation of those ruined. These verses of salvation of the ruined, though having primacy and importance, seems never to have been cited by the prophets or even by our Lord Jesus Christ. The enmity that is created between ‘your offspring and hers’ is highlighted again and again in the psalms, prophesies and letters of the apostles and eventually becomes crystallized. There are testimonies and revelations about Him which says that He will be the King of Glory (Psalms 24:7), that He will be pierced and derided
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by people (Psalms 22), that He will be Emmanuel born of virgin (Isaiah 7:14), that He will be the Lord’s servant of sufferings (Isaiah 42, 49, 50, 52) and that He will be the Son of Man (Daniel 7:9-14). There are also testimonies and revelations of the prophets about the days of His second coming. All the four gospels are the words of God spoken through Him and of His acts on this earth when He was among us in flesh. Though the mission and ministry of the offspring were so meticulously recorded, the mission of the woman apparently was completely neglected. Why was this good news – that the serpent that deceived and ruined mankind will be crushed by the woman herself – relegated to the anterooms? How came that this verse was discarded in the history of salvation? The first promise of God is that He will create enmity between the ‘woman’ and the serpent and that she will crush his head. It is for the whole of humanity that this promise is made. Therefore everyone has to attain that promise. Can we treat it as an option – whether to attain or not that salvation through the ‘woman’? If we examine Genesis verse 3:15one thing is quite clear. There are two stages in the salvation promised by God. (1) The salvation attained as a result of the enmity between the woman and the serpent (2) salvation attained resultant to the enmity caused between the offspring of the woman and the offspring of the serpent. These are depicted not as a single process but as two distinct processes.

the mother of that offspring. Lord Jesus Christ made it explicitly clear in the beginning and towards the end of His public ministry that the ‘woman’ referred to is His mother Mary. (John 2:4&19:26) It was a revelation about Him also – that He is the offspring of the ‘woman’. The first woman Eve fell prey to the perfidy of satan, ate the fruit and became his slave. So she did not have the strength to crush the head of satan. As it was God who created this enmity it is total enmity. It is an enmity not allowing for any compromise or adjustment. Such total enmity rules out even an iota of sin. It is perfect holiness. If that woman is from the descendants of Eve there will be sin in her. Therefore that ‘woman’ has to be a creation preceding Eve. At the same time she must give birth to an offspring full of enmity to the serpent and therefor she must be born as Eve’s descendant. Was there such a ‘woman’? The Word of the Lord speaks of a ‘woman’ called ‘wisdom’ created by Him. He created her at the beginning of His work as the first of His acts of long ago (Prov 8:22). Sirach 24:3 speaks that she came forth from the mouth of The Most High, which means that Wisdom was born by the Word of the Lord. God the Word could not come to this world through any other ‘woman’ but this one. There was no alternative. Wisdom which is an attribute of God Almighty alone (Wisdom 7:25-26) was born as a creation by the Word of God, penetrating by her pureness while remaining in herself (Wisdom 7:24-27) and made her dwelling in Jacob (Sirach 24:8). Total enmity was created in her against the serpent because wisdom is a breath of the power of God

Who is the Woman?
The answer is given by the offspring of the ‘woman’ herself. It is none other than
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against whom evil does not prevail (Wisdom 7:25,30). This enmity was transferred to her offspring also. An enmity once created can either be resolved through conciliations and compromises, or lead to strife which can culminate in the complete destruction of one party and the ultimate victory of the other. As the enmity created by God was against sin (evil) there is no scope for any compromise. It can end only in the victory of the woman (wisdom) and the crushing of the head of the serpent. like that. Head is the seat of one’s intellect. So crushing the head means crushing the intellect. “He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). In the battle between the intellect (craftiness) of the serpent and the intellect of the woman (wisdom), his perfidious intellect is crushed. His deceitful traps against humanity are destroyed by the magnificient radiant light of wisdom. His kingdom built on traps, falsity, and deceit is destroyed. It is the fruition of the first promise given to humanity

Crushing the head
Crushing the head of a living organism means taking away its life and destroying its existence. But the serpent (satan) is a spirit and it cannot be destroyed
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(2) The salvation that comes through the enmity between the offspring of the ‘woman’ and the offspring of the serpent
“I will put enmity between your offspring and hers”. It is the second promise. The result of this enmity is not stated in this verse. God was revealing it over the ages through the prophets, angels and finally through his only begotten son. The offspring born of the ‘woman’ is Jesus Christ. Then who is the offspring of the serpent? The reference here, it should be noted, is about a single offspring, not about many offsprings. The offspring begets the nature, both good and evil, of its genitor. Sin alone, born of the serpent, has got all the nature of the serpent in its entirety. (Here we may remember what Bro. Tom Zechariah proclaims - that sin is a product of the devil). The enmity of the offspring of the woman is with the offspring of the serpent which is sin. Instruments of sin, its agents, and temptations on the one side and absolution from sin, salvation, and remission of punishments for sin on the other side are parts of this mutual enmity. “The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil”(1 John 3:8). Therefore the salvation that was promised in paradise was thus two-fold: (1) crushing the crafty intellect (head) of the devil through the ‘woman’ and (2) crushing the power of the devil (sin) by her offspring. To crush the intellect (craftiness), opposing intellect is required which is the grace of wisdom. The grace of wisdom was filled in the ‘woman’ (“Hail Mary, full of grace”). In her offspring was the grace of absolution of sins. “From his fullness we have all
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received, grace upon grace” (Jn 1:16). “But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Rom 5:20). Absolution from sins and such salvation is through the grace of Jesus Christ. Salvation from the craftiness of Satan is through the grace of wisdom. Salvation promised by God in paradise was a free gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9), in which absolution from sins is through the offspring of the ‘woman’ and salvation through crushing the head of the serpent is through the ‘woman’. These two have never been interchanged or interwoven – the Only One Redeemer and the Only One Redemptrix. It is to be assertively stated that ‘the woman is the only one redemptrix and her offspring the only one redeemer’.

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Mary is quite often referred to as coredemptrix. It is an epithet given to her in appreciation of her having been part of His work of salvation and for having suffered with Him. But in truth God the Father prepared his plan for salvation, through the ‘woman’ as the only one redemptrix and her offspring as the only one redeemer (both of them being co-redeemers). Therefore if I want to attain that salvation through the woman and her offspring that God the Father has placed before me, I have to make it mine and own it as mine with their assistance. Then only, I will be able to be redeemed from the intellect and power of the devil.

apostles are these verses ever quoted or discussed. As was stated in the beginning of this discourse, was it abandoned? It cannot be so because the word of the Lord says, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isa 55:10-11). The verse in Genesis 3:15, detailing the enmity between the woman and the serpent is no exception. It is the word of the Lord. It has to water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to sower and bread to the eater. It shall accomplish the purpose of the Father successfully. If so, when?

“Short Time”
“But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Rev12:12). The craftiness of satan has had immense influence on humanity. There are so many misconceptions, misunderstandings, and ignorance about the ‘woman’ because of the influence of the devil on human intellect and this period of ignorance is the ‘short time’. When we recognize the anointment and mission of the ‘woman’ and exalt her, this short period will be further shortened. The longer we take to exalt her and acknowledge the salvation through her this short time will be lengthened. The verse in Genesis 3:15 (“I will put enmity between you and the woman. She will crush your head”) was kept

‘HE’ or’ SHE’
In the Greek translation ‘he’ and in the Latin Vulgate ‘she’ are used to translate Genesis 3:15. If we accept it as “he will crush your head” then the necessity or relevance for the enmity that God has put between the ‘woman’ and the serpent does not arise. Nowhere in the prophets nor in the gospels nor in the discourses and letters of the
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closed and sealed till such time that a prophet was raised to proclaim the salvation through the ‘woman’. “Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7) The ripe time has come and the Lord has raised His servants as the prophets. And the Lord has revealed the sealed verses.

Rosary Prayer
When we exalt the’ woman’, we are proclaiming the victory and supremacy of the ‘woman’ and her wisdom over the craftiness of the serpent. Holy Rosary is the most powerful instrument for exalting her. It is not to be considered as a mere intercession prayer to Mary. We are exalting and magnifying the ‘woman’ who is given the power and authority to crush the head of the serpent. It is a proclamation of the salvation arranged by God the Father through the ‘woman’ and through her offspring. The importance of ‘Our Father’ and ‘Glory be’ cannot be belittled. We are glorifying God the Father who planned this salvation. Again we glorify the Son who taught us about this salvation. We are again glorifying the Holy Spirit who completed his works in the Son. We are praising the Holy Trinity. We are magnifying Holy Mary who is filled with the grace of wisdom and her mediation. Hallelujah. Satan knows quite well that Rosary is the sword raised against his head.

The Only One Mediator
“For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human” (1 Timo 2:5) - a verse of discord between different
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Christian denominations. St Paul wrote this epistle towards the end of the first century, during which period devotion to saints, or mediation of Mother Mary and the saints was not in vogue. Therefore it is quite clear that St Paul is not referring to a mediation of this kind. St Paul had examples from the Old Testament with him. The mediation of Moses (Sirach 45:3), of Elijah (Sirach 48:10) and of Phinehas (Sirach 48:10) was well known to him. Prophet Jeremiah says about the mediation of the prophets (Jer 7:16). Ezekiel in Chapter 14:12-20 says that even if Noah, Daniel and Job were to mediate for a land that sinned against the Lord they will not be able to save anybody. When St Paul wrote to Timothy, what he had in mind were Moses and the

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prophets whom the Jews considered mediators in Jehova’s presence. They could not bridge the gap between the Most Holy Lord and the sinful man. They could not make amends or get absolution for the sins of mankind. But Jesus could and He did. Through the absolution of sins he became the sole mediator. He is the one and only one mediator for absolution of my sins. What St Paul means is the mediation for salvation. Nothing else. It was not possible for the prophets and Moses. It is not mediation for intercession prayers. If it were so, neither St. Paul nor any of the apostles would have sought the prayers from others; neither would they have prayed for others. It is sin that distances man from God and hence those who received remission of sins are called upon to be mediators along with Jesus. Those who are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) can be mediators together with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26). As Holy Mary is the wisdom of God and as even the shadow of sin (she is clothed with the sun) never befell her and as she was in total enmity with the serpent, her mediation has a superior position and value. As the Holy Spirit who knows how we ought to pray (Romans 8:26) is singularly pleased with Mary and as the power of The Most High overshadows her (Lk 1:35), the mediation of Mary is not only acceptable but is very powerful before the Lord. If each soul that is ruined is a victory of the intellect (head) of satan, the crushing of the serpent’s head becomes the salvation of each soul. For that to happen, supremacy

over his head (intellect) has to be won for which wisdom is needed. If his craftiness (intelligence) is to be crushed it has to be done by its antithesis which is wisdom that the ‘woman’ alone can be. We know that it is the woman who has to crush the serpent’s head. The identity of that Woman was revealed first through the offspring of the ‘woman’. This truth was again proclaimed by the one who received the anointment of the Spirit that dwelled in the offspring of the ‘woman’ (SPIRIT in JESUS). That the ‘woman’ is wisdom incarnated flesh has also been revealed. The ‘short time’ of ignorance about the ‘woman’ is coming to an end. The sufferings of the woman together with her son’s sufferings and her tears – tears shed for each and every soul – all these are not meant to go waste. God the Father has stored all those tears in bottles (Psalms 56:8). It is time for her tears to be showered as the radiant dew drops of God the Father on the valley of shadows (Isa 26:19). Like rain and snow the word of the Lord waters the earth (souls). It brings forth and sprouts the plants (those anointed with the Spirit in Jesus), gives fruits and makes available seed and food (word and grace) to everyone. It accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent. Hallelujah! O God the Father, bestow on us your grace so that the salvation that you arranged through the ‘woman’ and her offspring is accomplished in us. Mother Mary, we beseech that we may be blessed with the salvation arranged through your power and authority and mediation. Amen.

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not sanctify, that is wrong! It is a contradiction!”

Pope Francis warns faithful not to be ‘rosewater Christians’
CNA/EWTN News.- In his daily homily, Pope Francis focused on the fact that we have been “re-created” in Christ, urging those in attendance to take their faith seriously, rather than committing halfway. “People do not take it seriously! Lukewarm Christians: ‘But, yes, yes, but, no, no.’ Neither here nor there - as our mothers said, ‘rosewater Christians’ - no!” The Holy Father offered his reflections to those present for his Oct. 24 daily Mass in the Saint Martha guesthouse of the Vatican. “We have been re-made in Christ,” urged the Pope at the beginning of his homily, “What Christ has done in us is a recreation: the blood of Christ has re-created.” “If before, the whole of our life: our body, our soul, our habits, were on the road of sin, iniquity; after this re-creation we must make the effort to walk on the path of righteousness, sanctification… holiness.” Pope Francis then reflected on how our parents made an act of faith for us at the moment of our Baptism, stressing that it is our responsibility to make this faith our own, and that to live as Christians “is to bring forth this faith in Christ.” He cautioned that if a person has the attitude that “’I believe in Jesus Christ, but I live the way I want to’ Oh, no, that will
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“If, however, you say, ‘I, even I am a sinner, I am weak,’ and if you go always to the Lord and say: ‘But, Lord, You have the strength, give me faith! You can make me clean,’ (and if) you let yourself be healed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation – yes, even our imperfections are used along the way of sanctification.” Christians, urged the pontiff, have been created “anew” by the Blood of Christ, and are on the path of righteousness, but “we must take it seriously!” In order to take the faith seriously, the Pope stated that we must carry out “simple” works of righteousness, noting that the first act should always be to “worship God.” “God is always first! And then do what Jesus advises us to help others.” “You can do it!” encouraged the Pope, “as did St. Paul and also many Christians.”.

Trees sewn with particles of gold excite Australia’s mining industry
Australian scientists have found tiny specks of gold in eucalyptus trees in the Outback – a discovery that could revolutionise the gold exploration industry. The team, from Australia’s national scientific agency, the CSIRO, found traces of gold in the leaves and branches of gum trees in the remote Kalgoorlie area of Western Australia. They concluded that root systems, searching for moisture during times of drought, suck up water containing the

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precious metal from ore deposits lying up to 30 metres underground. The discovery is unlikely to spark a modern-day gold rush, since the particles are so minute – about one-fifth of the diameter of a human hair – that they are invisible to the naked eye. Indeed, according to Melvyn Lintern, who headed the research project, it would take 500 such trees to yield enough gold for a wedding ring. However, at a time of rising gold prices and dwindling reserves, it could help mining companies to locate new deposits, saving them the cost and effort of drilling deep into the earth.

things would be going around and around – but there shouldn’t be up-and-down motion. That’s hard to induce,” says Kenneth Freeman at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990 and remains in operation. A 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) aperture telescope in low Earth orbit, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared. The telescope is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble. Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images with almost no background light. Hubble's Deep Field has recorded some of the most detailed visible-light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency, and is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute. The HST is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Milky Way galaxy is fluttering like a flag
· Cosmology Topic Guide : Our galaxy seems to be more milkshake than Milky Way, opening up a fresh cosmic mystery. A three-dimensional map of the speeds and distances of thousands of stars suggests that they are all shaken up and that the galaxy is undulating up and down, but no one knows why. The wavy motion could be driven by previous collisions with smaller galaxies or by clumps of dark matter. Figuring out the cause will tell us more about the Milky Way’s history and will inform future surveys of our galactic home. The Milky Way is a large, spiral galaxy that roughly resembles a flattened disc of stars and gas. We know that the disc is rotating horizontally around a central region that contains a supermassive black hole. But no one was sure whether the disc also has vertical motion. “If there are no external impacts on the disc, what you’d expect is a steady state:
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