This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
“Mary’s hope at the foot of the cross contains a light stronger than the darkness that reigns in many hearts; in the presence of the redeeming sacrifice, the hope of the church and of humanity is born in Mary”
late Pope John Paul II
I will draw Everyone to Myself
“‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw everyone to Myself ’ (Jn 12:32).Beloved sons, live, together with me, this day of the passion and death of my Son Jesus. ‘When I am lifted up from the earth.’ For this, the Word of the Father came down into my virginal womb; for this, He was formed for nine months in my motherly womb; for this, He was born of me in a poor and bare cave; for this, He lived through the days of his threatened infancy, of his adolescence and of his youth, bent over his daily work. As I would watch Him grow in the beauty of his divine body, my thoughts would often go with trepidation to the place where He was to be immolated, as the victim prepared and awaited by the Father. And with Jesus, together we would gaze at this summit of Golgotha, where now his bloody Sacrifice is about to be accomplished. ‘I will draw everyone to Myself.’ The Father has so loved the world that He has given it his only- begotten Son that the world may be saved by means of Him. Jesus offers Himself as the price of your ransom. Jesus immolates Himself for your salvation. Jesus is put to death on the cross, so that the gift of his redemption may reach all humanity. See in Jesus Crucified the living icon of the divine mercy of the Father. It is mercy which impels the Father to give you his onlybegotten Son. It is mercy that leads Jesus to immolate Himself on the cross for you. It is mercy that causes all the blows, insults and outrages of this day to fall upon his divine body. ‘I will draw everyone to Myself.’ All humanity is drawn into his love of Savior and Redeemer. From Him is born the new humanity, brought to full communion of life with his Heavenly Father. From his pierced heart, divine mercy descends with water and blood. From here is born the Church and gush forth the sacraments of your salvation. In Jesus, raised up from the earth upon the Cross for you, see the triumph of Divine Mercy over all humanity, redeemed and saved by Him. ‘I will draw everyone to Myself.’ I participate as Mother in this, his plan of salvation. I share in his every suffering; I feel upon myself the weight of his cross; the nails transfix my soul; the lance of the Roman soldier pierces also my motherly Heart. And thus I participate, as Co-redemptrix, in the work of your redemption. I unite my motherly sorrow to all the suffering of my Son, because I have been called to be the Mother of Divine Mercy. Jesus has given me as true Mother to all humanity. Therefore, enter into the safe refuge of my Immaculate Heart.”
Prayer: O Mother of Divine Mercy, take all of us into your Immaculate Heart so that we experience the triumph of Divine Mercy, Amen.
TOM ZACHARIA VELLOOKUNNEL
Senior Sub Editor
CATHERINE MARIAM Sub Editor : Dr. Joseph Thomas Editorial Board : Joy Joseph, Joshi P.P, Francis Thekkekara, Devasia A.D Publication Manager Circulation Manager Office incharge Design & Layout : : : : Thankachan P.C. Babu E.K. Mini Pala Babu M.D.
Editorial Salvation of all Souls
A Catholic Theologian Are You Anxious? Liza Tom The Poor Widow Babu E.K. Spirit in Jesus in the Holy Land 16 Joy Joseph 12
Regional centres: Manchester : International Marian Centre, Manchester, U.K. Tel : 00441612820135 Surianelly: Marian Centre, Maryland, Surianelly P 685 618, Tel : 04868 324904 .O Mumbai : National Marian Centre, Seawoods West, Navi Mumbai - 400 706 Tel: 022 - 22905649 Delhi : Marian Centre, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi 110 018 Tel: 011 22484566 Chennai : Marian Centre, No.4/39/C (First Floor),St.Patrick’s Church Road, 3rd lane, Butt Road, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai 600 016 Tel: 044 22340222 Velankanni: Marian Centre, Teachers’ Colony, Velankanni - 611 111. Tel: 0436 - 526 4237 Bangalore: Marian Centre, No.6,2B Cross, OMBR Layout, Banaswadi,Bangalore, 560 043 Tel: 080 -22793065 Kochi: Marian Centre, Lane 2 A, Sahakarana Road, Behind Hotel Nyle Plaza, Vyttila-682019 Tel: 9288034977 Subscription Single Copy Annual Abroad Rates Rs. 15.00 Rs. 180.00 Rs. 1500.00
5 8 10
Draw Near to God, and He Will...
Not to be served, but to serve
22 26 29 33
Kochumon Joseph Varghese
Saint of the month
Payment : By MO/DD/Cheque on any bank payable at Thrissur drawn in favour of SPIRIT IN JESUS. For cheques drawn other than a Thrissur Bank, please add bank charges @ 50/- per cheque.
Holy Queen, Spirit in Jesus, Marian Koodaram, Chiyyaram P.O., Thrissur, Kerala, India. Pin : 680 026 Tel: 0487 - 2250326 / 3208630 Fax: 0487 -2253127 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.spiritinjesus.org
Glorious Days of
Holy Virgin Mary
Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”(Lk 10:23-24). Yes, we are fortunate; we are blessed. We are fortunate enough to see and hear what the earlier generations could not. Though worries and sorrows have increased in the world, the mercy and love of God too have increased manifold. Since man does not live in unity with God, he cannot personally experience divine interventions in his life. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (Jas 4:8).
2500 years ago God proclaimed through Prophet Joel: “Then afterwards I will pour out my spirit on all flesh” (Joel 2:28). The promise that God made 2500 years ago is being realized in these days. Our generation was chosen by God 2500 years ago to pour out his spirit. He gives his spirit abundantly to all those who ask for it. The faithful and even children do get heavenly visions; and they make prophesies. In Kerala there are many children and youth who get heavenly visions and make prophesies. The will and voice of God is revealed through them. There are many who thirst for sanctity and in- filling of the Holy Spirit. A large community which is sanctified and have experienced in-filling of the Holy Spirit is emerging in the State. This phenomenon which is happening now is something which was unthinkable in earlier times. God has blessed this generation to receive his Holy Spirit and handle divine mysteries. We are a generation which is fortunate to live in two centuries. If God has willed to fill the last days of the 20 th century with his Holy Spirit, the forth coming days would be of stronger divine interventions. They would be more powerful than those that happened ever since the time of Genesis, I do believe. The miracles and signs that God would work have to be more powerful than those in the times of Elijah so as to make every one believe that Jesus is the only true God. Sin has multiplied so much in this world. “God the Father, raise up prophets like Elijah and Samuel in these days”, I pray.
In the beginning God used to interact with people directly, we read in the Old Testament. Later, he spoke through prophets and his own Son. “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son” (Heb 1:1-2). Till the time of the Acts of Apostles we see messengers of God appearing and speaking to people. The remarkable thing that has been happening since the 10th century is the frequent apparitions of Holy Mary. The apparitions of Angels have become rare; but Holy Mary makes appearances in many parts of the world and communicates divine messages. In the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries the frequency of these appearances has increased. Her apparitions at Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorie and Garabanthal have attracted world wide attention. In these days it is Holy Mary, not angels, who is entrusted with the task of communicating divine mysteries to the world. The interventions of the Angels that we read in the Bible have caused to further and strengthen our faith. But how great is the fact of Holy Mary, mother of Jesus, who is Woman herself making apparitions to people. But many people just ignore them. Will those who blindly oppose Holy Mary make a sincere attempt to understand this phenomenon? It was Holy Mary alone who was chosen by God to give Jesus as Savior to the world. It was She alone who brought together and prepared the disciples for the Pentecost (Acts:1:14).If the first coming of Jesus was through Holy Mary, She is the chosen one to prepare the world for his second coming as well. The forth coming are the glorious days of the Woman clothed with the sun. The 21st century would be the century of her victory. Her interventions which crush the head of the ancient serpent and of his empire are seen in many parts of the world. Principalities and authorities are being shattered and swept away. In the battle to crush the head of the serpent Immaculate Heart of Mary is in the lead of the forces of heaven. She requires our deep sanctification for the ultimate victory of her Immaculate Heart. She could operate only in the company of persons who are sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit. She needs us in whole with all the members of the body. She can work through us provided we live in sanctity and abide by the Word of God. The kingdom of Satan would be crushed through people in the same way as the kingdom of Heaven thrives through them. We shall become instruments in the hands of God. We shall transform ourselves into Mary’s children who keep commandments of God and hold testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17). We shall pray to God that He creates the new heaven and the new earth at the earliest. Chief Editor, Tom Zacharia
Pray for the Salvation of Ancestors by Confessing their Sins
A theologian in the Catholic Church
The Israelites had on many occasions
prayed for the condoning of the sins of their ancestors by confessing their sins. In the last two issues of Holy Queen we examined the reasons that goaded them to do so. In this issue we shall go a little more into it.
generations to sin, to be cursed and damned; their righteousness therefore was a precondition for the material progress and spiritual salvation of the subsequent generations. It was for this reason that they prayed for mercy confessing the sins of the ancestors. However, it may be noted that the Israelites did not hold their ancestors alone culpable; they considered themselves to be equally so. While making atonement for sins and supplications for mercy they were guided by this conviction.
Salvation of the present generation contingent on the salvation of the past
The Israelites believed that since their ancestors sinned before God they became subject to His wrath and were condemned; their iniquities have caused the subsequent
Hope in the salvation of damned ancestors
The Israelites were convinced of the rewards awaiting those who die in godliness and the damnation awaiting those who live and die in sin (cf.2 Macc. 12:38-45). They believed that those who die so would end up in hades (hell). However, they did not believe the punishment to be final and eternal; the Lord would show mercy on them and forgive their iniquities and thus would be saved. That was the reason for the confession of the sins of the ancestors, atonement and supplications. In chapter 12 of 2 Maccabees the faith of the Israelites in this regard is described in detail. “For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead” (2 Macc 12: 44).It means that: they did so because they believed that those who have been damned in hell would be saved (resurrect). If not it would be foolish and superfluous to pray for the dead.
It may be borne in mind that children would have to undergo suffering until ancestors are redeemed by repaying all their debts; this is God’s will and is true. The fact of which is revealed in Baruch 1-3. If we accept the sufferings and sorrows in life with equanimity and submit them as sin-offerings for the ancestors, God would accept them; sufferings and sorrows would peter out accordingly. The short-cut to make reparations is to make sin-offerings (offering of Holy Mass). Giving the required amount to a priest for offering of Holy Mass would not suffice; one has to participate in the same if possible. If not, participate in Holy Mass elsewhere with the same intention. Pray as much Marian Rosaries as possible and seek the intercession of Holy Mary in this regard. Adoration of the Holy Eucharist, fasting, observance of lent, regulation of food and abstinence, charity works are ways to offer reparations for the salvation of the souls of ancestors. Bible reading, meditation and retreats for sanctification of mind and soul, pilgrimages etc. could also be offered.
What shall we do to save our ancestors ?
Children shall confess the sins of the ancestors and pray in atonement for the sins of the latter. This is because those who do not confess their sins and pray in atonement prior to their death do not get condonation / absolution; they will therefore be damned. Damnation of souls who die deliberately avoiding confession and in mortal sins would be pitiable. If ancestors have died without making proper atonement for their sins, children have a duty to make reparations for them. Those who have died and damned will not get an opportunity to make reparations for themselves. If only children do that, would God forgive their sins and redeem them from hell.
Confession of the sins of ancestors: the method
First, confess our own sins. Then confess the sins of the ancestors. Our parents, grand parents, their brothers and sisters and all those who have lived before them are our ancestors. If we know of the mortal sins of any one of them, confess those sins mentioning their respective names. After confessing the known sins of ancestors, we confess the following for all the ancestors: Continued Page 28
Anxiety is bondage of the mind and an ailment. It unsettles one’s peace of mind; and takes away the sheen from life. “And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”(Mt 6:27).His query was to me. By being anxious one cannot extend one’s longevity of life; in fact it shortens I understand it this way. Satan sows the seed of anxiety in my mind. Circumstances permit its growth. As it grows, faith wanes; and dependence on God diminishes accordingly. Correspondingly disappointment grows and causes hatred and anger to flourish. I burst out in anger. It causes the divine life in me to burn out. A believer in Jesus Christ can never be a slave of anxiety. “All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). Every believer should have this conviction. He would not allow any mishap to occur; instead, if I am certain that my Lord would cause miseries and failures for greater advantage why should I be anxious at all? It is our lack of faith in Jesus and his Word that causes anxiety and fear in us.
In the Book of Daniel (Chapter 3) we read the incident of King Nebuchadnezzar throwing the three youths to the furnace of blazing fire for refusing to worship the golden statue. However, the three youths did not feel anxious about what was going to happen to them. Come what may; they exhibited the courage to accept whatever that comes on the way. They told the king: “If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up”(Dan 3:17-18).The youths who stood firm before the impending disaster was thrown into blazing furnace. The furnace was heated up seven times more than was customary; so over heated was the furnace that the raging fire consumed the men who threw the youths into it. An angel of the Lord came down into the furnace to be with them. He drove the fiery flames out of the furnace and made the inside of the furnace cool. God will take upon himself all our miseries if we draw near to him in our trials. He will carry us in his hands. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (Jam 4:7-8). ‘Resist the devil’, that is what the word of God says. But often we resist Jesus and the Holy Spirit. One who does not draw near to God tends to draw near to devil. When we do it unwittingly we tend to become restless, fearful and anxious. All our actions done without discerning God’s will lead to damnation. However, when one is led by the Holy Spirit, he will always draw near to God and therefore would be not anxious at
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you”
all. “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). Satan who sows disturbances in our mind slowly takes us away from God. The more we get anxious the lesser become our faith and hope in God and we go away from him accordingly. Those who go away from God get closer to Satan. Gradually the influence of Satan grows in them. But if we draw near to God in disturbing situations we could definitely resist Satan who tempts us. We shall be cautious as and when the seeds of anxiety are sown in us. Those venomous seeds shall not be allowed to sprout and grow. Offer the person and the circumstance that caused anxiety to Christ Jesus and make a prayer of forgiveness. Pray to the Holy Spirit to neutralize the seeds of sin sown in us and to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Finally, it is the sin in me that causes anxiety. But since sin proceeds from Devil, he influences me through sin. It is the sin in me that causes disturbances in me. Sin, fear and anxiety have no space in a pure heart. And therefore we shall pray: ‘O Holy Spirit give me a heart that is pure. Save me from all impurities and sin. Cleanse me with the Blood of Jesus Christ so that I am freed from anxiety and fear ; and anoint me. Amen.
Babu E.K. realizes that those things that seem trivial on first reading in fact turns out to be not so on closer reading. “A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins” (Mk. 12:42). Many others have deposited in the treasury, the Gospel says. Among them were the crowd, and the rich. But what caught the attention of Jesus were the two copper coins. Through that He teaches the ‘golden rule of giving,’ especially making an offering to God. The widow is poor; and therefore whatever she has is pittance. Yet in the matter of giving she had in abundance. Her
While going through the gospel one
abundance was revealed before whom she gave. This poor widow deserves our utmost attention. We shall pay attention to her since Jesus paid attention to her. Her very act of depositing the money tells us that God pays attention to whatever trifling we deposit and that it would be remembered while giving reward to us. Yet we shall try to understand the worthiness and the size of giving. Depositing in the treasury of the church is no simple thing. It is valuable and acceptable to God.
Jesus watched all those who deposited in the treasury. About the deposit of the widow Jesus said to his disciples: “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury” (Mk 12: 42). And Jesus tells the reasons also. “For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, and all she had to live on” (Mk 12:44). While evaluating the contribution of the widow and the assessment of Jesus we find here the necessary eligibility conditions for giving. There were many who made contributions. The rich contributed large sums. However, the contribution of the entire sum of two copper coins by this widow attracts the attention of Jesus. The first condition that makes giving acceptable is to give wholesome. To whom it is given determines the size of giving/the offering. Since she was aware that she was giving to God who created, nurtured and saved, she gave everything she had, the wherewithal for her subsistence. In short, the knowledge about the person to whom we give is necessary for giving. When I realize that I am giving to God who created and protects me, I would not be miserly in giving. And I have known that He is my God and He is my all. ‘What shall we give?’ is the next question. ‘Everything that we have’, whatever it be, is gift from God. We have nothing of our own. “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?”(I Cor 4:7). A person who knows that whatever he has is gift from God, can give wholly. It was because of her conviction
that everything she had was God’s gift that she deposited even her bare means of subsistence. The knowledge that we are giving back to the One who gave us gifts makes giving enthusiastic. The knowledge that what we have is gifted enables us to give up our pride in possessions and makes us more humble. Humility emanates from obedience. In short, only those who obey the Word of God can give unconditionally. That is, one requires God’s grace so as to make a deposit in the treasury of the Church. Only such deposits are acceptable to God. Only when the Word of God transforms a person as God’s own can he make a contribution as God wishes. “Do well and get accepted” is the tenet basic to giving. It was God who taught us this principle. “The Lord had regard for
“ If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good “ ( 1Pt. 2: 3)
My name is Mathew. Since 1990 I have been attending various retreats trying to live a life of renewal. The Lord allowed me to participate in the retreat conducted by Spirit in Jesus in Kumily in November 2010. From the first day of the retreat I was in tears when the talks on sin were given. I became very conscious of my sins. I was able to find the root of my sins and change them. The hold sin had on me, was destroyed. The neck pain I had for many years, disappeared. Thank you Jesus, praise to you Jesus.! Mathew, Kasargode, Kerala.
Abel and his offering” (Gen: 4:4). Cain’s countenance fell when he saw that Abel’s offering was accepted. Then God told him: “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Gen: 4:7). God tells that: (1) you must do well; (2) or, sin is lurking at the door; (3) it has desire for you; and (4) you must master it. That is if you cannot master or subdue the sin which has desire in you, your ‘offerings’ will not be acceptable. That is, a sinner cannot make an acceptable offering. That is, only when you give up sin can you be able to do well. That is, the core of making an offering is to give up sin. It was because the widow had given up sin that she had no hesitation at all. That is, it is sin that prevents the perfection in offering. Only when one opens the inside can he give the whole. Since it is to the God of whole that we offer ourselves and everything that we have, He would not accept anything less. So when we offer what we have, He receives ourselves first and then what we offer. When Abel offered the firstlings of the flock of sheep God accepted Abel first and then his offerings. That is, I should be acceptable to God before God accepts my offerings. This is because I am the one who is precious to God. Therefore, if I offer whatever I have without offering myself first, it would be an imperfect act and God would not accept it. An offering becomes great when one offers oneself; in the absence of offering oneself, offering would not be valuable at all. It is said that the whole crowd deposited coins in the treasury. The rich deposited out of their abundance. However, they deposited what they had and without giving themselves. The widow on her part offered herself and the whole of what she had. This made her different and greater than the others. When we make an offering to God, we express our dependence on Him. It was because of her faith and refuge in God that she gave everything she had. When we depend on ourselves, we tend to reserve a part of our belongings to ourselves. In the spiritual world it is not the wit but faith that matters; the God who cared for me today would care for me tomorrow and every moment; she was making a proclamation of this while depositing the means of subsistence. Only a person who trusts in God can live without worrying about tomorrow. It is the call of the present moment that has to be brought to action. It should not be out of concern for the future. When we think about the future we tend to
reserve a part of what we have for the future. The foundation of making an offering is trust in God; it is a gift of God planted in us. The Word of God says: “For all to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away” (Mt. 25:29). The word of God says that ‘giving’ is the foundation of abundance. Whatever we have obtained, have been given to us by God. The more we put them for His use, the more we get enri ched. Giving back to the one who initially gave us is just a legitimate act of thanksgiving. The widow expressed her thanks to God by giving up her means of livelihood. When we set apart something for
ourselves, withholding from the eyes of the one who gave us that, it is just ingratitude. When Ananias and Sapphira set apart a portion of their wealth for themselves, it became a price for their sin. Sin cannot stand before God. They fell dead, the Word of God testifies. Here they were trying to hide before God. What they hid before God, Satan made best use of and paved the way to their damnation. In short the knowledge that ‘if you do not offer well, damnation lurks in it’ enlightens your life. “The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor. 9:6). God accepts those that are given whole heartedly: “From all those whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me” (Ex 25:2). To give from heart requires a great transformation of mind; it is a pre condition. Otherwise giving would be contingent on getting. God desires otherwise. He approves and accepts offerings on one’s own accord. Hypocrisy by all means should be avoided, word of God enjoins. “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your father in heaven”(Mt 6:1). Do not give alms to make a show before others; however, it shall be to please God; and He should in fact be pleased after making the offering. We shall remember the widow while making an offering to God. We shall follow her example. Let God comment on us as He commented on the widow and let people understand through us the greatness of ‘giving’!
“ Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continuously, remember the wonderful works he has done”, (1 Chr.16,11-12).
My name is Cyril. After passing MSW in 2009, I was committed to ser vice with Spirit in Jesus in Tamilnadu. From January 2010 I was trying to start different courses including M.Phil..Very often many chances , though very easy to get, were lost at the very outset. Twice I was blocked from attending the retreat with Spirit in Jesus. I was able to attend the retreat in November. Within days after that ,everything got in order, and the Lord gave me the chance to start four useful courses at the same time. Glory to the Lord! Cyril J.Thurungiyil, Kerala.
Joy Joseph we proceeded to places of momentous importance in the history of salvation. Heart-rending was the travel through the places on which fell the footprints, sweat and blood of the Savior. That day we consecrated the Holy Mass near the rock in the Garden of Gethsemane in which Jesus prayed in anguish when his sweat became like great drops of blood. During the Holy Mass each one of us was given an opportunity to pray individually for ourselves, family and for the generations. Some of the olive trees extant now in the Garden of Gethsemane are as old as 2000-3000 years. How could those trees which
witnessed the heart-rending sobs of the Savior and experienced his soft, healing touches die out? Subsequently we saw the tomb of King David. There we saw Jews reading the Torah. Adjacent to the tomb there is a statue of King David holding a harp. From there we went to the House at Sehion also known as House of Mark. It was here that on the day of the Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down like tongues of fire. The Assumption of Holy Mary is believed to have taken place here. While praying in this place every one of us experienced a great in-filling of the Holy Spirit. Subsequently, we saw Hakeldama, ‘potter’s field’ also known as Field of Blood, a field
purchased with the money- the reward for the wickedness of Judas. It was then purchased to bury foreigners. The Palace of Caiaphas, the high priest, is located near to this place. It was to this place that Jesus was dragged straight from the Garden of Gethsemane for interrogation. There is a cellar in the shape of a pipe hardly sufficient for the body of a person to pass through. It was here that hard-core criminals were kept in custody. It was in this cellar that Jesus, bound in several parts of the body and unable either to stand or sit spent the night prior to his crucifixion. A part of the path through which Jesus was dragged from Gethsemane to the Palace of Caiaphas is extant. Near to this is the place where Peter denied Jesus; a statue of St. Peter and a cock is installed as memorial. It was to the Mount of Ascension that we proceeded subsequently. That place is under the custody of Muslims now. The foot print of Jesus on a rock is clearly visible. Some believe that the second coming of Jesus would happen in this place. Subsequently we went to the place where Jesus taught his disciples to pray; the place where he taught ‘Our Father in Heaven…’ The Lord’s prayer written in several languages including Malayalam is displayed there. In remembrance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem we marched through the streets holding aloft branches of palm trees and singing “Hosanna”. It was a memorable experience. It was during this journey that Jesus wept over Jerusalem. There is a church named ‘Dominus Flevit’ in the shape of a tear-drop in commemoration of that event. Then we spent some time in prayer in the grotto in the Garden of Gethsemane during which time Jesus spoke to us through Sr. Catherine Mariam
and that incident infused in us considerable faith and love towards Jesus. A part of the church built by King Solomon, a wall, is extant. It is known as the ‘Wailing Wall’. We could see several Jews praying with their heads touching, as if banging, the wall. They were supplicating for the early coming of the Messiah and the reconstruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (re-establishment of the Kingdom of Israel in all its pristine glory and splendor). The next day we went to see the birth place of Holy Mary. There is a beautiful church over there now. This place is within the Fort of Jerusalem. When we reached the church, pilgrims from the U.S. were chanting a hymn in praise of Holy Mary. Bro. Tom made a request to them for a repeat performance and they obliged him very happily. The pool referred to in St. John’s gospel as Bethzatha where Jesus healed a person who was ill for thirty-eight years is located near to this church. Only the remnants of it are available now. While being there Sr. Catherine Mariam read out the relevant parts of the gospel. From there we tread through the ‘Way of the Cross’ (Via Dolorosa) starting from the Palace of Pontius Pilate which presently is a church. It was from here that Jesus tread the half a kilometer arduous path to Mt. Calvary carrying the cross. In remembrance of that we made a ‘Way of the Cross’ prayer carrying a cross, renting a cross at $30. Mt Calvary is at present within a church which encompasses the last five stations (1014) of the ‘Way of the Cross’. The church, a group of seven churches all linked as one with several alleys, is generally known in the name ‘Church of the Holy Sepulcher’. The rock on which the cross of Christ was installed is (Cont. Page 21)
Thresiamma A. D.
A few years ago a researcher from a foreign country visited ‘Rajamala’, near Munnar with the purpose of studying the ethos of ‘Nilgiri Tahr’ unique to that place. ‘Rajamala’ mountain ranges are the highest in altitude in the Western Ghats. ‘Nilgiri Tahrs’ are wild goats and look like domesticated goats. They are gregarious and quiet in nature therefore are the main tourist attraction of that place. Though they live in the wild they are not afraid of human presence and therefore humans can watch them at close range. But at the slightest danger signal they dart like deer up through the rocky peaks, the spectacle of which is exciting. The said researcher who loved those unique creations of God wanted to conserve them; because of his constant interaction with them he became very friendly with them. When the time of his departure from Kerala arrived he contrived a plan to save them from extinction by human poachers. His plan was to make them flee at the very sight of humans. The next day he approached his goat-friends who came in flocks to him. He endearingly caressed them. In the next moment he took out the ‘string-crackers’ with him and ignited them. Terrified at the deafening sound of the crackers the poor creatures vanished to safety. After a while one of the lambs which ran away along with its mother, turned back, paused a while and slowly came back and drew near to the feet of its human friend as if nothing happened!
This event persuades me to think of the diabolic designs of certain humans to sabotage the divine plans about man. While that foreign researcher made a plan to conserve the ‘Nilgiri Tahr’, indiscrete as they were, the Nilgiri Tahrs ran away terrified at the sound of the crackers. However, even when all the goats including the mother of the lamb ran away, the instinct-love of the lamb which recognized the care of the person stands out. Psalm 73:28 says: “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, to tell of all your works”. Only those who stand closer to God can enjoy the real joy and freedom. At this juncture I am reminded of my father who felt elated when all his children (who number eight), grand children and great- grand children came together in his presence. This sometimes happened during special occasions. Even when all of them got together, there were occasions when I could not make it. When I contacted him over telephone on those occasions he used to ask “when are you coming, I love to see you”. Even in the midst of four generations of children, he grieved at my absence. While saying good-bye after my occasional visits he used to say “come sooner than late”. Once while experiencing
severe pain following a sickness, my brother reported that father was happy then being in the midst of children. O children of God, if a father of this world is joyful in the togetherness with children and forgets all his pains in their company, how much the Father in heaven who formed us in the womb of our mothers would like to be with us? How ungrateful would it be to break out of the cincture of love of God the Father who is the refuge, strength, protection, rock and fort of his children? It is said in the Psalm: “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is so high that I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? (Ps: 139: 5-7). God the Father in heaven wishes his children to tread the road of eternity. To redeem the children who deviate from the path, he allows distress, tensions and pain in their lives. They sanctify them and make them closer and dearer to God. In the lives of such people who are thus
drawn to God, He intervenes in all aspects of their lives. St Antony was the son of aristocratic parents. When he felt that wealth and reputation that he could obtain through his lineage could become an impediment to his relation with God he forsook them, became a monk and embraced poverty. He glorified God in everything he did. Therefore, God intervened in every aspect of his life. I do remember one incident in his life. One day his father was implicated in a murder case. The body of the dead person was exhumed from his (father’s) estate. That by itself was sufficient evidence to show the culpability of his father. Though another noble who was inimical to his father was the real culprit there was no evidence to establish his involvement. However, God intervened. The corpse lying in the coffin revealed who killed him and the circumstances of the murder when asked to do so by St Antony in the name of God. Hallelujah! God saved the innocent. I have known the wonderful interventions of the Lord in all aspects of my life. During periods of trials and tribulations, physical and mental, I do recollect the numerous wonderful interventions of God in my life. A few months ago while suffering from rheumatic arthritis I was laid up in my sister’s house. Medication only aggravated the pain. My sister and brother-in-law were very caring. Yet I was worried; worried about my vocation. I wanted to reach back Marian Koodaram….but it was humanly impossible considering my state of affairs. Thrissur was quite far from my place. I made a heartrending prayer to my Lord to reach me at Koodaram. I asked for a sign also from him.
And He intervened miraculously and I reached Koodaram without a hitch. “God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, And makes me tread upon the heights” (Hab 3:19). I also readied myself to accompany the Spirit in Jesus team which was going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May, 2010. However, my physical condition was poor. Will it become worse, I was anxious. Will I be a burden on the team? But trusting in the Lord, I proceeded to the Holy Land deeming it as reparation for my sins. No sooner I reached the Holy Land than I started vomiting and felt a dislike for food. I felt very weak and anemic. Twice I felt giddy. I did my best not to make known my problems to anybody. But if this state of affairs persisted I might sink, I feared. The word of God says: “Your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually” (Is 58:10-11). Since He led me throughout the pilgrimage I could subsist on a few apples and very frugal food. Surprisingly, my health became better. “He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength” (Is 40:29, 31). The Lord has intervened in my material aspects of life also. He defeated the plans of those who have been unjust to me and meted out justice to me. I have enjoyed it several times in my life. Nothing will afflict those who live according to the will of God, for the word of God says: “Draw near to God, for he will draw near to you” (Jac 4:8).
Cont. from Page 17
preserved in tact for veneration. Below that rock is a chapel known as ‘Adam’s Chapel’. Near to the 12th Station is the place where Jesus was laid for anointing prior to his burial in the sepulcher. Holy Sepulcher is near to that. It is preserved as a big tomb. Since entry to the Holy Sepulcher is through a narrow passage, entry is restricted. Usually there is a long queue for entry and the time available for prayer is very short. Near to the 12th station is a rock which is believed to have split when Jesus died on the cross (Mt 27:51). The bottom part of this rock is found in the ‘Adam’s Chapel’. We get a better view of the ‘split’ from this place. It might be through this ‘split’ that Jesus descended into hell and proclaimed the gospel to the souls imprisoned there (1 Pt 3:19). Later we went to the place where the cross on which Jesus was crucified was found. It was Queen Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, who reclaimed the holy places in the third century and constructed the churches and preserved them for posterity. In 326 A.D. a royal edict was given to the Bishop of Jerusalem, Mar Macarius, to construct a church in Jerusalem. Even at the advanced age of 75 she ventured to supervise the construction personally. She wanted to reclaim the original cross. From the remnants at Mount Calvary three crosses were salvaged. To identify which one was Jesus’ each one was brought near a sick woman. When she touched one of them she was healed instantaneously. And that one was recognized as Jesus’ cross. Satisfied at the ‘great find’ she built a beautiful church over there. Later we went to Jericho, the most ancient city in the world; one attraction there is the sycamore tree on which
Zacchaeus climbed to get a view of Jesus passing by. The original one, of Jesus’ age is no longer there. The one seen now with luxuriant branches and leaves is a few hundred years old only. A few kilometers away from the place is the ‘Mount of Temptation’, where Jesus allowed himself to be tempted by Satan. On the top of that could be seen several monasteries built of mud. Mode of reaching them is by foot or donkey; recently a rope-way has been installed. From there we went to the Dead Sea. Density of the water in the sea is such that many people could be seen reading news paper floating in the water. It is highly salty and rich in minerals that a bath (in water and mud) has a healing effect. Several industries, chemical and cosmetics, thrive in this area. It borders Jordan and Israel and therefore is a major source of revenue for both. Many in our team had a dip in the sea. From there we went to Bethany. It was here that Jesus raised Lazarus four days after his death. A beautiful church is there in this place. The icons on the wall of the church depict the raising of Lazarus. Holy Mass of the day was consecrated in this church. Previously entrance to the tomb was through the gate of the church. However, after Muslim occupation of Israel, that path has been closed and a new one was opened. It was dusk when we said bye to Bethany. The view of the city of Jerusalem in the splendor of night was really majestic. Next morning we bid adieu to the city of Jerusalem. But it was saddening. By after-noon we reached Amman in Jordan and from there to Dubai on our way back to Kerala. We recognized that a few days in the land of the Lord to be better than a thousand elsewhere.
A king, to know the serving attitude
of his people, placed a piece of rock on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock to clear the road. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the rock, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the
road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. While picking up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the stone had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the rock from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand! It was Passover, the feast of the unleavened bread. It was the last supper in which Jesus was betrayed for the sins of the world. Jesus and his disciples were sitting around a table to celebrate the feast. Jesus
desired to be with his disciples alone for this Passover. Jesus knew that his time had come to be sacrificed as the real Passover lamb. “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). He must soon drink the cup of wrath and pass from this world to the Father. ‘He said to them, “I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God” (Lk 22:15-16). According to the Jewish practice, the lamb for the Passover should be brought to Jerusalem five days in advance. Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was going to be slaughtered for the salvation of mankind, also came to Jerusalem five days before the Passover. The Passover, which was celebrated as a commemoration of the mercy shown by God on Israelites who were under the slavery of Egyptians, was an occasion of happiness. However, this feast for the disciples was not likewise. The sorrowful face of their beloved Master!
Although they knew not its cause, they sympathized with his grief. They did not know that their beloved Rabbi was in the shadow of the cross and its pain was torturing his heart. Jesus might naturally have been beset with the thought of his own humiliation and suffering. A gaze upon the twelve, who would be left to struggle in the world after his death, saddens him more than his own anguish. At this time, the disciples began to argue among themselves which of them should be considered the most important. It was so painful for Jesus that his disciples, who had to preach the word of God by serving others, had this mentality in them. Instead of considering their brethren as more worthy, they had placed themselves first. When a guest arriving for the meal had been greeted, it was customary that a slave in the house would remove the guest’s sandals in preparation for washing his feet. Then the feet were to be washed by a servant,
“Let us run with faith, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Heb 12,2). My name is Maria Rose. I am now working in a school in Andhra Pradesh as teacher. The learing condition of my students in the class was very bad. The headmistress had warned me that parents would come and create trouble if marks for mathematics were very low. The fact that I was far away from home added to the troubles I had from the children’s situation. When I mentioned these problems to my people at home by phone, they rang up to Marian Koodaram asking for help of prayers. When the results came in, all had good marks . The headmistress congratulated me for the good marks the students got in mathematics. I thank the Holy Spirit and Holy Mother for this great blessing. I pray God that many more blessings may come through the ministry of Spirit in Jesus. Maria Rose, Aroor, Kerala.
water being poured over them, which were then rubbed with hands, and dried with a towel. It was a humble act which usually a slave would perform. Here too, the basin, the pitcher and the towel was kept but no servant was present. And it was the disciples’ part to perform it. The mentality of being great withdrew them from doing the task. The disciples made no move to humble themselves and serve one another. Jesus waited for some time to see what they would do. “So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel round his waist. Then he poured some water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel round his waist” (Jn 13:4-5). Jesus was performing the task that usually a slave would perform. This action opened the eyes of the disciples. Bitter shame and humiliation filled their hearts. They understood their master’s unspoken message. He showed them an example of service, love and humility. Jesus told them “I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.” (Jn 13:14-15) The whole life of Jesus had been a life of unselfish service. Jesus says “If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, he must be your slave - like the Son of Man, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life to redeem many people” (Mt 20:26-28). Jesus, the Lord of all, became the servant of all. Though Jesus was the Son of God and the creator of the universe, he lowered himself and became a servant of servants.
Jesus showed us the example of service. “Who is greater, the one who sits down to eat or the one who serves? The one who sits down, of course. But I am among you as one who serves” (Lk 22:27). Are we, being followers of Christ, willing to do the same? “As for you, my brothers and sisters, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another” (Gal 5:13) We should be able to humble ourselves for others and see others as superior to us. “Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble towards one another, always considering others better than yourselves” (Phi 2:3). Apostle Paul wrote about himself; “For I am the least of all the apostles – I do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted God’s church” (1 Cor 15:9). “I am less than the least of all God’s people; yet God gave me this privilege of taking to the Gentiles the Good News about the infinite riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8). “This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed: Christ Jesus came
into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them.” (1 Tim 1:15). We should grow as true Christians who are pruned to do good. A servant of Christ chooses to be like Christ and serve others. We are living in a world of the poor, the helpless and the rejected. If they get consolation through our activities, then our life will be a sacrifice acceptable to God. Servants aren’t posers. They should know they are not megastars. That helps others see that they too are just people. We must be willing to take the low path. We have no position except stooping down to lend a hand. As Christians, we are called to serve and love others. We have to allow Jesus to grow in us. We need to have a heart with full of love. The purest service is to seek the welfare of others without the expectation of reward. When you serve others, you are serving God, who will reward you. “You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward.” (Mt 10:42). “Help to carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ.” (Gal 6:2). “Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received form God.”(1 Pt 4:10). Oh! Mother Mary, most humble of all creatures, obtain for me, in preference to all other virtues, a humble serving heart. Lord, make me as your good servant, Open my eyes to see the needs of those around me,
Tune my ears to hear the cry of the painful, Change my voice to speak words of comfort, Make me strong to bear the burdens of others, Lord, give me a servant’s heart. Amen
“It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them: in his pity and in his love he redeemed them”.(Is 63,9). My name is Binu Johnson. In February 2010, I participated in the born again in the Spirit retreat with Spirit in Jesus. When I came for the retreat I had bleeding and a lump in the uterus. Doctors had said that I would have to get the uterus removed. After having a D&C done, I came for the retreat. With a heart on fire I prayed during the retreat, believing strongly that the Lord will show me mercy. During the prayer for healing Sr. Catherine had called out my name as one being healed. I could not give testimony to it then. Last month doctors confirmed that there was nothing wrong with my uterus. I thank Jesus and Holy Mother and Heaven who saved me. My son Joshua did not know to read Malayalam. I had prayed that if he becomes able to read Malayalam, I would publish it in Holy Queen (Itha Ninte Amma). Now he is able to read Malayalam. I thank God for all his blessings on me. All glory to Jesus. Binu Johnson, Idukki, Kerala
(as revealed through St. Foustina) Kochumon Joseph Varghese
The mercy of the Lord, I will sing forever, before all the people will I sing it, for it is God’s greatest attribute and for us an unending miracle
St. Maria Faustina
merciful God, Always patient, always kind and always ready to change your mind and not punish’’ (Jonah 4:2). The mystery of Divine Mercy was revealed through Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. She was the third of ten children born into a poor and pious peasant family in Glogowiec, a village in Poland. At her baptism she was given the name “Helena”. She belonged to the Congregration of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. St. Faustina is a model of Christian perfection. Our Lord told her, “you are my spouse forever; your chastity should be greater than that for the
“I knew that you are a loving and
angels, for I call no angel to such intimacy as I do to you’’ (Diary: 534). On October 5, 1938 at the age of 33 she joined the saints in Heaven. On April 30, 2000, Sister Faustina was canonized in Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday as the first saint of the Great Jubilee year. Jesus is mercy incarnate. Mercy is the greatest attribute of God. The love of God is the flower - Mercy the fruit. Without flower there can be no fruit. Love and Mercy are inseperable. God’s mercy is above all His works, and the abyss of His mercy cannot be exhausted. The omnipotent wisdom of our Lord Jesus Christ has
willed to reveal to humanity various mysteries connected with His attributes and Person. These are essential for a proper understanding of truth and the salvation of human race. Eventhough our saviour, 2000 years ago perfectly completed the most adorable sacrifice that freed us from the chain which linked us to death, many of the mysteries most crucial for our salvation, but hidden in the gospels were revealed only later. Over the centuries, God has chosen a few mystics to reveal His greatest attributes. God out of great love and mercy gave these revelations to help mankind to know Him deeply and closely. It helps us to combat evil and save our souls and those of others. Catholics have special devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy face of Jesus, the Sacred Wounds of Jesus and the Holy Rosary. Devotion to ‘THE DIVINE MERCY’ would be the crown of all these devotions, for Mercy is the greatest attribute of God. “Each one of us has received a special gift in proportion to what Christ has given’’. (Eph 4:7). “Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God’’ (1 Pet 4:10). We should always thank God for implanting these special devotions in our heart and we should make use of these devotions for our salvation and the salvation of other souls, both living and the dead. The protestants do not have many of these devotions. So we should understand these devotions as special gifts and make use of these devotions to the maximum extent possible in our spiritual life.
Mysteries connected with the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus were revealed to us through ‘St. Gertrude the Great’, the illustrious Benedictine Abbess, in the thirteenth century. These revelations were given to St. Gertrude by St. John the Evangelist, who is also venerated as the Apostle of Love. When St. Gertrude inquired: “have you either said or written anything of this (about the sacred Heart) for our edification?” St. John replied : “Because I was charged with instructing the newly formed church concerning the mysteries of the uncreated Word, that those truths might be transmitted to future ages, as far as they would be capable of comprehending them, for no one can comprehend them entirely; and I deffered speaking of these Divine pulsations until later ages, that the world might be aroused from its torpor, and animated, when it had grown cold, by hearing of these things’’. (Life and revelations of St. Gertrude P. 304). Thus the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus started to spread around the world. Later Cont. to Page 30
“The Lord has heard the sound of my weeping: The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer” (Ps 6,8-9).
My name is Joseph. For more than ten years I was suffering from ulcer in the stomach. During the born again in the Spirit retreat, at Kumily in 2010, Jesus healed me fully. Thank you Jesus; praise to you Jesus! Joseph, Trissur, Kerala.
Cont. from page 9
“Almighty God, my merciful Lord, if any one of my ancestors has violated your Commandments and/or of the Church and died without reconciliation, I as their representative confess their sins and pray for pardon. If any one of them have died in hatred, enmity and disappointment, forgive them, I supplicate. Lord, have mercy on my ancestors and save them. I shall do whatever possible for the reparation of their iniquities and debts. I pray that I be saved from the influences that have come upon me from the sinful ways of my ancestors. Taking refuge in your mercy, I resolve that I will not commit any one of the sins that my ancestors have committed. Amen.” Three things are important: 1. Confess the sins of the ancestors; 2. Resolve not to commit them; and 3. Do reparation in atonement.
We read in the Bible that the Israelites have done these (cf. Neh 10:1-39; Bar 3:17;Macc 12:36-45).
Representatives of Ancestors
As representatives of our ancestors we confess their sins before God. It is acceptable to God. It may be noted that at the time of child baptism it is the god-father and godmother who proclaim the faith and reject Satan for the child. In the early period of the Church, there was a practice of receiving baptism for the dead (cf. 1 Cor 15:29). Therefore confessing the sins of the ancestors in atonement is perfectly legitimate and acceptable to God. We shall pray to Mother Mary to instill fervor in the minds of all Christians so that they shall confess the sins of the ancestors and strive for their salvation. “O Mother, who taught us to pray for the salvation of all souls, pray for us”
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone dose wondrous things” (Ps 72:18 )
I am Sarah Samuel. After taking part in the retreat in May I got many blessings. When shcool started in May I didn’t like the division in which I was studying in IX standard because I wanted another person as my class teacher. Reaching home after attending the retreat, I got the news that I had been changed to the division which I liked. I had a white patch on my face and arm and I consulted many doctors but it was of no use and it was increasing. When Tom Brother came to Calicut for two day programme in August he prayed for my skin disease and now it has disappeared completely. So has the infection on my arms and toes. I had a bad case of dandruff; now it is also almost gone. Before attending the last retreat I always used to have cold, cough, fever and used to take a lot of leave from school due to this. This year I have not taken a single leave because of diseases. During my last exam I got the highest marks in Moral science in my class and in computer I got 25/25 which is also the highest in my class. Before this retreat I always used to be afraid of darkness and insects, even butterflies. My fears have gone. Now I can even play with butterflies. Thank you Lord for blessing me and the Holy Spirit for being with me in everything I do. Praise you Lord and thank you Spirit in Jesus. Sarah Samuel, Tamarassery, Calicut
h nt Mo e th of t in Sa
It is generally agreed that the Mark mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles is identical with the Mark referred to by St Peter in his first Epistle (5:3) and by St Paul in Colossians 4 -10, 2 Timothy 4:11 and Philemon ver. 24. He was the son of Mary, a prominent member of the Christian community at Jerusalem and an old friend of St Peter, in whose house the brethren were accustomed to assemble. We first hear of Mark when Paul and Barnabas take him along to Antioch in the year 46 and then on the apostolic journey to Cyprus. Here Mark separated himself from Paul and Barnabas and returned to Jerusalem on account of certain disagreements. Paul refused to have Mark as his companion on his second missionary journey. This caused Barnabas also to separate himself from Paul. Paul went on his way, while Barnabas and Mark went once more to Cyprus. But soon after Mark and Paul resolved their differences and became friends again. Around 60, Mark was in Rome with the great apostle, preparing to return to the Churches of Asia Minor, where he had become well known in the interim through his own apostolic labours. It appears that he also evangelized the region of Aquileia at the northern extremity of the Adriatic whence the inhabitants fled some 400 years later at Attila’s approach and founded the famous lagoon city of Venice. Mark is considered a great Patron Saint of the city, his body having been stolen from Alexandria, Egypt, by Venetian soldiers in 815; and in Venice it has rested ever since under the high altar of the magnificent basilica named after him. Mark seems to have gone to Egypt from Aquileia and there founded the Sea of Alexandria. In 61 Paul wrote to Timothy at Ephesus, asking him to bring Mark with him to Rome, and it was while Mark was in the Eternal City that he wrote his vivid Gospel account which is a faithful record of the oral teaching of St Peter, for whom he seems to have acted as secretary and interpreter. An ancient tradition claims that this second Gospel was, at the request of the Roman Christians, originally written in Greek. St Mark is Patron of notaries and is invoked against lightning and hail.
Cont. from Page 27
in the seventeenth century St. Margaret Mary Alacoque together with her confessor St. Claude de La Colombiere became instrumental in spreading this devotion more. During the mid-eighties of the last century Jesus through Br.Tom Zacharia revealed about the salvation of all souls. During the same period through the messages of ‘True Life in God’ given through the Greek mystic Vassula Ryden, Heaven revealed the need for Christian unity, Holiness and the transformation of the whole human personality in accordance with the laws of God. Revelations given to Helen Buyco and team in Philippines and the ministry of Total Cleansing And Salvation of the Family Tree (TCSFT) which started in the year 2000 is aimed at total healing of family tree. Jesus was pleased to reveal about the importance and urgency in spreading the devotion of His Most Precious Blood through the Nigerian, Barnabas. This special devotion started growing from the beginning of this century. Christians are now more aware of the strength and value of the precious life saving blood of Jesus Christ. All these revelations are private but have the authority of the Word of God in Revelation 14:6 “Then I saw another angel flying high in the air, with an eternal message of good news to announce to the peoples of the earth, to every race, tribe, language and nation”. Depending on the needs of the church God reveals more about Him. God is not restrained by any law and He is free to raise prophets and reveal His secret plans as and when He pleases. The Divine Providence was pleased to choose Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
as the “Apostle and Secretary of God’s Divine Mercy’’. She is among the outstanding mystics of the Church. To this great saint, who trusted our Lord without limit, our Lord entrusted the great mission to proclaim this message of mercy directed to the whole world. Jesus told her, “I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful Heart’’ (Diary: 1588); “you are the secretary of My Mercy: I have chosen you for that office in this and the next life’’ (Diary: 1605)....“to make known to souls the great mercy that I have for them, and to exhort them to trust in the bottomless depth of My Mercy”(Diary: 1567). Meditations on the mystery of Divine Mercy had made her conclude that there is not a single moment in man’s life which would be devoid of the operation of Divine Mercy. God’s mercy is like a golden thread which is interwoven in all the moments of our existence. St. Faustina’s diary, titled ‘Divine Mercy in my Soul’ provides us with an inexhaustible source of spiritual knowledge about the infinite Mercy of God. I have benefited greatly from this work and I am indeed indebted to her diary for my knowledge about the Mercy of God. I have relied heavily on this diary and related works for writing this article especially ‘Now is the time for Mercy’ by Rev. George W. Kosicki In the school of St. Faustina’s spirituality we come to know of the mystery of Divine Mercy, learn to cotemplate God in everyday life, acquire the attitude of trust in the Lord God, mercy toward our neighbours and all ‘forms of life’ and to experience the
The Novena to the Divine Mercy starts on Good Friday and ends on next saturday. The first sunday after Easter is the Feast of Divine Mercy.
encounter with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. It is a spirituality which is so deeply evangelical and simple; at the same time it can be applied to every state in life as well as in every human environment. From the bottom of my heart I humbly salute and worship God’s great Mercy. But for his infinite Mercy and the Mother of Mercy I would not have been alive today to write this article. Mercy of God has saved my life from many impossible circumstances. I am a witness to His Divine Mercy. Love and Mercy of our Lord were over me always. But I took them for granted and remained in sin. Lord was kind enough to shed his light on my soul and I started realising the depth and meaning of this mercy. I started making amendments in my life and directed myself in the path of truth. The goodness of Jesus is infinite as this love deceives no one. Strength of satan and hell put together is nothing in front of the love of our Lord. Damnation is only for those who want to be damned; for the one who desires salvation, there is the inexhaustible ocean of the Lord’s mercy to draw from. Let me confess, if a grave sinner like me can find shelter under the rays of Jesus’ Divine mercy, any sinner who is prepared for an amendment in his life, who is humble and who is having a contrite heart and ready to obey him can find eternal life through God’s mercy (Is 66:2).
What is Mercy ?
God’s mercy is so abundant, and His love for us is so great (Eph 2:4). “I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to my compassion’’ (Diary: 1146). To write or speak about the mercy of God is beyond my capacity and understanding. Our Lord revealed to St. Foustina “My Mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity (Diary: 699). But what he told her -- “As often as you want to make me happy, speak to the world about my great and unfathomable Mercy”-- is always very inspiring and I find such great joy to share about His mercy. So every true Christian is duty bound to spread the flames of mercy burning in His divine Heart which is clamouring to be spent, to be poured upon human souls. Our Lord once told St. Faustina, “If I call creatures into being, that is the abyss of my mercy (Diary: 85). Through the Word Incarnate, Father makes known the bottomless depth of His mercy. Before creating Heaven and earth He carried us in the depth of His Heart. Creation of Humans in His Own Likeness and Image (Gen 1:2627), the dolorous passion for the redemption of mankind, the judgment (Rom 2:16) are all his merciful acts. Mercy is love poured through the pierced Heart of Jesus (Diary: 1182)
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5)
In the Trinity, love that is God (1 John 4:8, 4:16) is a constantly flowing
creative power. From the love of the Father proceeds the Son and from the love of the Father and the Son together proceeds the Holy Spirit (cf. The Creed). As this love flows outward from the Trinity and through the action of the Holy Spirit it pours itself out in creation and redemption, it becomes Mercy. Mercy is God’s love poured upon us; it is when God, who is love ifself loves us. This outpoured love is the essence of the Priesthood of Christ, a priesthood based on the covenant of mercy. As High Priest, Christ brought God’s gift of mercy to man - bringing forgiveness of sin by the sacrifice of his own Body and Blood on the cross as a new and eternal Covenant of God’s merciful love. Mercy, explains Pope John Paul II, is the “most stupendous attribute” of God! It reveals to us what God is like. It is “Love’s second name. God, who is love, reveals Himself to us as mercy”. Sister Faustina writes: “I understand that the greatest attribute is love and mercy. It unites the creature with the creator. This immense love and abyss of mercy are made known in the incarnation of the Word and the Redemption of humanity, and it is here that I saw this as the greatest of all God’s attributes (Diary 180). It would be very fruitful to know about the two other main attributes of God. For being created in God’s own image and likeness we are duty bound to implant in our soul these attributes. The first attribute we should know is His holiness. “Be holy because I AM holy ” (1 Pet 1:16). His holiness is so great that all
the Powers and Virtues of angels tremble before him. The holiness of God is poured out upon the Church of God and upon every living soul in it, but not in the same degree. There are souls who are completely penetrated by God, and there are those who are barely alive. All the holy sacrements instituted by God are aimed at making us holy. “God wants you to be holy” (1 Thes 4:3). The second attribute concerns His justice. His Justice is so great and penetrating that it reaches deep into the heart of things, and all things stand before Him in naked truth. “There is nothing that can be hidden from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes” (Heb 4:12). The only way to escape from the justice of God is to find shelter in His mercy. Our Lord said: “Speak to the whole world about my mercy: let all mankind recognize my unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times : after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of mercy. Let them profit from the blood and water which gushed forth for them (Diary: 848). The present time of mercy should be seen as a preparation for the second coming of Christ. (St. Luke 21:27). The great chant of the eastern church “Kyrie Eleison” means ‘Lord have mercy’. This chant is recited throughout the Holy Mass and other celebtrations and prayers. Even God’s very justice speaks about his fathomless mercy, because justice flows from love. (Diary: 651). (to be continued)
Crucifixion of Jesus : Jewish community as a whole is not culpable
Vatican city: Pope Benedict XVI said that the Jewish community as a whole canot be held responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus. The primary responsibility of his death was on the elders of the Jerusalem Temple, those who advocated for the release of Barabas. Pope wrote this in his forthcoming book Life of Christ (Vol. 2). In fact the Jews as a whole were absolved from the culpability in the Vatican II. The World Jewish Congress hailed the stand of the Pope.
Dusty disc of spiral galaxy NGC 247
The spiral galaxy NGC 247’s component stars are clearly resolved and many glowing pink clouds of hydrogen, marking regions of active star formation can be made out in the loose and ragged spiral arms.
sphere of life - from protection in the womb, by prohibiting female foeticide; to preventing female infanticide, by giving better nutrition and care to the girl child, and addressing gender preference in families; to giving equal education opportunities for the girl child, by sensitising society to look at a girl child as a boon; to making woman economically independent by imparting skills to them; to making workplaces safe for women, by having fast-track implementation of stringent laws against sexual harrassment; to addressing issues like dowry and domestic violence; and to making women feel secure, by taking deterrent action against those who indulge in all kinds of reprehensible acts’’ Talking about the constrains and difficulties women faced in realising their full potential, the President said efforts to empower women through education, awareness and opportunities must continue as part of a “forward - looking agenda”.
Skewed sex ratio will negatively imBatteries that charge quickly, retain pact society: Prathibha Patil energy Chandigarh: Stating that there were
“fewer women than men in India” President Pratibha Patil on Thursday cautioned that if this trend continued it would have a negative impact on society. Punjab and Haryana were already seeing the “implications”, she said delivering the Dr. V.N. Tewari Memorial Oration on ‘Women as drivers of a rising India’ at the Panjab University here. The President said: “An agenda for empowerment of women should cover gender needs and concerns, at every stage and
A 3-dimensional nanostructure for battery cathodes that allows for dramatically faster charging and discharging without sacrificing energy storage capacity has been developed.
‘Pruned’ chips faster, smaller, more efficient
An international team of computing experts has created a breakthrough technique for doubling the efficiency of computer chips simply by trimming away the portions that are rarely used.
Beatification of Pope John Paul II - a Do not hurt others while proclaiming New Website faith : Pope
Rome: A new website has been set up in connection with the beatification of Pope John Paul II. It is availble in 7 languages: www.karol-wojtyla.org.This will help one to understand life history of the Pope and also the progress of beatification. Programes on May 1 in the St. Peter’s Square are also to be available. Prayer for intercession in the name of the Pope in 31 languages are also available. Exaltation of the Pope from ‘Blessed’ to ‘Sainthood’ requires one more authentic miracle. Facilities for communicating such miracles are also available in the website. . Pope Benedit XVI asserted that while we should vehemently protect our teachings, we shall resist the temptation of hurting the sentiments of other religions. Many people have deserted the catholic faith not out of their own fault. Therefore we shall be careful not to hurt their sentiments while proclaming our faith. Proclamation of faith that hurts the sentiments of others does more harm than good. On many occasions people have deserted the faith not out of their personal faults. Many do so out of ignorance and absence of sufficient theological teachings. The Pope was speaking on St. Peter Canitius who successfully carried out evangelisation during the Protestent Revolution in Germany. Do not hurt people by word of mouth; however, do not hesitate proclaiming the faith without fear or favour.
Plant biodiversity is key to more biomass
Ecosystem containing several species are more productive than individial species on their own. Biodiversity in the plant kingdom is very efficient in assimilating nutrients and solar energy resulting in greater biomass.
VIRANGULA KENDRA, GIRIZ, VASAI WEST MAY 1ST TO 7TH 2011
Registration Started Please Contact : 022 22905649, 09969398170, 09324282856
and 30,000 devotees of the Mother
from 2011 Jan 1 to June 30
DEDICATED FOR THE HOLY LAND
For the conversion of Israel. For the protection of the Holy places in the Holy Land. For the souls of all those who died in the land of Israel. For world peace. For the 30,000 devotees of the Mother and their needs.
SPIRIT IN JESUS, MARIAN KOODARAM, Chiyyaram P.O., Thrissur, Kerala, India. Pin : 680 026. Tel: 0487 - 2250326 / 3208630
e-mail: email@example.com Web: www.spiritinjesus.org
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue listening from where you left off, or restart the preview.