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Mary teaches us how to listen to the word of God and put it into practice in everyday life

Pope John Paul II

Upon the Way of the Beatitudes : Contemplate me at the moment when I present the Child Jesus in the temple of Jerusalem. He is so small, delicate and fragile; it is only forty days since He was born. I carry Him in my arms; with love I press Him to my Heart; enraptured, I contemplate His eyes, which gaze at me and enfold me in His divine light. Thus I myself come to be carried by Him upon the way of the beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit. The Lord, omnipotent and omniscient God is totally present, reduced to nothingness as it were, under the appearance of this, my little Son. Blessed are the afflicted. When my Child is given back to me by the priest and placed in my arms, the aged Simeon, enlightened by the Spirit of the Lord, reveals to my soul that His plan is, above all, one of great suffering. As Mother, I am associated with Him on the road of affliction. Blessed are the meek. This child of mine is a reflection of meekness and goodness. His hands are opened as a divine caress upon every human suffering; His eyes cause light upon every shadow of sin and evil; His feet are formed to seek out those far away, to find the straying, to help those in need, to heal the sick, to welcome back sinners, to give hope and salvation to all. His Heart beats with throbs of divine love to fashion the hearts of all in meekness and compassion. Blessed are the merciful. See in the Child, whom I bring to the temple of His glory, the Fathers merciful love made man. Blessed are the pure in heart. God is present in my Child Jesus. His Heart is the Heart of God. Feel the beating of the Heart of God in His and learn to love. Only one who loves can attain the purity of heart, and only one who is pure of heart can see God. Blessed are the peace makers. Here for you is the Child who is Peace itself. His name is Peace. His mission is to bring peace between God and humanity. Blessed are those persecuted for the sake of justice. See in this Child the Victim, called to journey along the road of rejection and persecution. It is He, the persecuted and stricken One, who brings healing to all. Today I carry Him in my arms to the temple of His glory. I gaze into His eyes, from which there appears the light of an immense beatitude I say: Listen to Him.

PRAYER:

Holy Mother Mary, we bring the whole humanity into the refuge of your Immaculate Heart. Help us to journey along the difficult way of our beatitudes.
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Mental Ailments and Charismatic Retreats


Mental ailments among the participants in charismatic retreats which spread its roots since the 1970s have caused the society to view such retreats with fear and suspicion. If you are charismatic you will go crazywas a common saying current in those days. Why should the participants of a charismatic retreat go mad when the retreat per se is a divine work? Are these disturbances real mental disorders? Years back while participating in a retreat I heard the preacher thinking loudly at his perplexity at the phenomenon of people getting mentally ill or disturbed during retreat. I would say that there exists a diabolic work to destroy renewal retreats and retreat centers. Thousands of people who have participated in charismatic retreats have suffered mental illnesses. Many of them have undergone treatment for the same as well. When people get mentally disturbed during retreats, in the absence of a proper diagnosis, they are branded as mental disorders and treated for the same. Several retreat centers have such cells for rehabilitating mental patients. Once a youth while participating in a retreat turned violent. He was forcefully put in a cell and administered medicine. Later,his family members treated him in a hospital. He escaped from that place and while working elsewhere chanced to know of Spirit in Jesus and came to a retreat. He was cleansed by the Word of God, obtained a good counseling and went back quite normal. However, within a month he went to the old retreat centre for retreat and again became violent. It took months of treatment for him to return to the normal state. This happens because of different perceptions of the same problem by different preachers. On the basis of the experience we have in the past few years we do not refer a person who exhibits mental disturbances to medical treatment immediately. First we pray for him incessantly for a few days and medical reference will be made only when he does not return to normality even after that. Every mental disorder need not be diabolic or mental disease as such. I know a person who was terminated from military service 28 years ago on grounds of mental disease. Ever since he has been under medical treatment which not only did not do any good but made matters worse. One year ago he was brought for a retreat at our retreat centre. He was totally out of senses. His wife was with him. While talking about him he made a sprint to escape. Spirit in Jesus Team members followed and caught hold of him. I told his wife of our inconvenience to admit him into the group of 500- odd
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people who had come for the retreat. I asked her to take him away. With tearful eyes she beseeched me not to turn him away since that (retreat) was her last hope. Empathizing with her plight I permitted him into the retreat. To prevent his escape he was put within an enclosure made of desks and a few Team members as guard. The person who could not sleep at all in the past very many days could get some sleep during the retreat. He was quite tranquil during the retreat days. Since he has been ailing and under medication in the last 28 years I advised him to consult an expert psychiatrist and accordingly he did so. He returned home completely healed and in his own senses. It required both prayer and medication to heal that 28 year-old ailment. Mental disorders are caused by swelling of human brain tissues. There is nothing wrong in setting right those medically incurable disorders with prayer and those which cannot be healed only through prayer with medicine. I have witnessed innumerable instances of persons under medication for years getting healed with prayer. In a group of 500 participants in a retreat at least a 100 will have mental ailment of some sort or the other. I dont claim that all or none has been healed, but many have been healed. Why do people become mentally restive while in a retreat? Evil spirits behind this restlessness is a fact. Why do evil spirits come out during prayer? The Bible gives an answer for that. All the evil spirits who have encountered Jesus have recognized Him. Since He is Son of God no one can hide away from Him. In the New Testament we see Jesus giving authority to His disciples. Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness (Mat 10:1).Since evil spirits are behind every disease and sickness, Jesus commanded to cast out evil spirits and to cure every disease and sickness. Jesus gave authority to his disciples over demons as well. Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal (Lk 9:1).Evil spirits or unclean spirits are the lost souls who are under the dominion of the devil. Demons are the fallen angels. Though evil spirits and demons belong to two different categories they are generally known as devils or diabolic forces. Since evil spirits behave like devils they are also sometimes known as devils. In the ministry of the Apostles of Jesus we see evil spirits manifested (Lk 10:17). In Acts 8:68 evil spirits come out in a ministry of Philip and in Acts 16:16 we read St Paul casting out evil spirits from a slave girl. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of Jesus that evil spirits are cast out and subdued. Jesus himself has said that: it is by the spirit of God that I cast out demons (Mt 12:28).When the Word of God is spoken during retreats the presence of Jesus ushers in; similarly, during the prayer of anointing the presence of the Holy Spirit also comes in. It is then impossible for the evil spirits dwelling in people to remain hidden. They come out; manifest. When an evil spirit

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manifests in an individual his whole being - conscious mind and body - would be under the control of the evil spirit. Whatever he does or utters are not borne out of his conscious mind. An evil spirit does not like to reveal its identity; all its utterances will be lies. And it will be under the hegemony of Satan, the ancient serpent. It requires intense prayer for the revealing of an evil spirit which manifests in a violent form in the possessed person. It requires the power of the Holy Spirit to cast out an evil spirit for which intense and incessant prayer is a must. Since 1997 we the Spirit in Jesus ministry have not been casting out evil spirits, but make them surrender in the name of Jesus. Hours long prayer makes them surrender and accept Jesus as their Saviour. Intervention of Holy Virgin Mary is the only recourse for crushing the hegemony of the ancient serpent over the evil spirit; through the incessant recitation of the 153 beads of the Holy Rosary the power of Satan is wiped out and the slave-soul is freed. Since the evil soul is a human soul it has to be absolved of its sin in the name of Jesus and sanctified by the blood of Christ. Then it ushers into eternal salvation, freeing the possessed person in the process. This is the deliverance service, the way to salvation. Without the completion of this service, if the manifestation of the evil spirit is trivialized as a psychological phenomenon, we foreclose the salvation of souls. The rich man in Hell makes two entreaties to Abraham (Lk: 16:19-31).The first is: send Lazarus with succour to him; and second, to send him to his brothers to forewarn them about this place of retribution. To the second, Abraham answered that they may listen to Moses and the prophets i.e., The Word of God. Then Abraham told him that they would not be convinced even if someone who has risen from the dead had gone to them. A major theme of a conference of psychiatrists held in Switzerland a few years back was the voices of the dead heard by the mental patients. In fact this is a major problem of the mentally ailing people. They hear voices of persons long dead from their families and of others. There are around us numerous mentally ailing persons for whom known medications are ineffective. Psychiatry could not recognize this as voices of the dead. In fact it is voices of the dead. Why does it happen at all? Truly the dead in bondage are trying to say something. That is why many are hearing the voices of the dead. The roots of the present generation lie in the by-gone generations. The genealogies provided in the Old and New Testaments are proofs of this. Even though Jesus is not born of man His genealogy is given both by St Mathew and St Luke. Even generations after the passing of forefathers, our relations with them do not cease. Medical science acknowledges the existence of hereditary diseases. Asthma, rheumatism, mental ailments and many others belong to this category. Medical science tells us about the hereditary diseases passed on to us through genes and chromosomes. When a child is formed as a fetus in the womb of a woman the hegemony of generation is transmitted through genes to its blood and unconscious mind. The influence of generations abides in human body and its members through blood. We know that our own members of the body lead us to commit certain sins. If it may be the lust in his eyes that leads one person to sin, it may be the tongue for another. If it is ones hand, it may be sexual organ for another that causes them to sin. We may recognize that some of our own members of the body are slaves of sin. Alcoholism is a passion of the blood; and adultery, of either the mind or the body.
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Jesus said: It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.(Mk 7:20-23). A person commits sin since these sins abide within him, i.e.in his heart. Why does the son of a person who was not an adulterer become a fornicator? Why does the son of a teetotaler become a drunkard? Conversely, why does the son of a drunkard become a teetotaler? These are not incidental. The sins influencing the four children of the same parents would be different. The Psalmist says: Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.(Psalm 51:5). In fact this is a pitiable state of every human being. It is through genes that sins are transmitted from ancestors to descendents, but differently among each one of them. When Jesus teaches that sins abide in the heart of a person, St Paul the Apostle tells that they abide in the body. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells with me. For I know that nothing good dwells with me, that is in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand(Rom 7:17-21). The Apostle teaches that sin abides in the body. It abides in the blood and in the members of the body. Since sin is merely a deed how could that, which abides in me make me commit sin? Sin does not have a life of its own. The words that proceed from my tongue are its deeds. Here the tongue is the doer and the words are the deeds. The pen with which I write is an inanimate object. But when I use my hands to write, letters appear. It was my hands that made the pen do the work of writing. Sin is inanimate in itself. It requires a human body to act. The human body requires an agent to activate sin. Sin is a work of the Devil. Everyone who commits sin is a child of the Devil (1Jn 3:8). Sin is inanimate and the Devil is a living spirit. When it influences sin, the latter comes to life. There is the influence of sin in the blood of the forefathers which came to me through the genes. There is sin in the blood and heart of a sinner. It is transmitted into his offspring. Subsequently parents die in sin. Since they die in sin and the blood of the children contains an element of sin the souls of parents can influence their children. Since the souls of sinners do not usher into salvation it wanders through dry lands and finally they influence and possess those born of their blood as their rightful due. This makes the influenced and the possessed slaves of sin. In fact, it is the evil spirits and not the devils which trick men to sin. And these evil spirits are the evil souls of the dead. Among the evil spirits which influence the mind and body there are some which wish to be saved while some do not. Spirits can influence everybody in this world; but they cannot possess all. It is the violation of the First Commandment by a person and his generations that causes the evil spirits to possess them. Possession in the body and heart makes one susceptible to hear their voices. Influence on the mind and brain causes them to exert control over the mind. Influence on the blood and members of the body leads to passions. Do not eat the sacrificial offerings to idols, is Gods Commandment (1 Cr 10:28).However, it will be ruinous if a Christian eats it in the name of religious harmony and love towards ones neighbor. Through these objects evil spirits enter and establish hegemony over a person. During prayer services these spirits appear and behave like mental patients

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.Some years ago a family of husband and wife as members of another religion participated in our retreat. Secretly, without the knowledge of anyone, they came to participate in it. On the last day the wife became very agitated and started behaving like a mental patient. Even when the retreat was over they were not ready to go back. The husband said that if they went back home in that condition they would be killed. You must pray they insisted. On the third day the woman became free. During all this time the woman vomited many times. At the same time she was murmuring about all the sacrificial food offered to idols that she had taken and about all the gods of this world that had taken possession of her. We prayed for all those conditions. We became aware of the possession she was under and of the great mercy that the Lord had shown her, though she was of a different religion. The Lord healed her completely. From that time through many other situations we became more aware of the importance of foods offered to idols. I do not say that every mental derangement is the result of possession by evil spirit. I have seen individuals behaving like a possessed one, in order to get attention or love from others. This can happen either because of some wounds or subjugation of the mind. Once during a retreat a young man became violent and some people began to pray for him as though he had been possessed by the evil spirit. Even after a long time he was not free. At that time Sr.Catherine Mariam came in to that room. Immediately she said that there were no evil spirits in him. Then she told him: there is no evil spirit in you, get up. He immediately sat up as a normal person. It was the sudden feeling of love towards a girl that made him act like a possessed one. Through good counseling he became free. I have seen many persons who behaved like possessed ones become normal when Sr Catherine Mariam tells them that they are not possessed and that they are free. I have also seen persons who act like the possessed saying they are possessed by living persons. Prayer and the Word with authority and power make these persons free. There are persons who lose sleep during the days of retreat. When they get good sleep they become free. Violation of the First Commandment, eating foods offered to idols, and keeping forbidden objects can make a person unsound in mind. The forbidden objects that are kept at retreat centers are occasions for Satan to attack human beings. We must recognize the disorientations we experience during prayer services; we must bind and chase out those that are evil spirits. If they are mere mental disorientations, they can be healed through good counseling and prayer of binding. Constant praying of the Rosary and intercessory prayer for the souls will help to save many souls. When evil spirits appear, instead of preventing the saving of souls by interpreting them as mental derangements, free these souls by praying for them. We shall thus make practical what Jesus and the Apostles teach. Tom Zacharia, Chief Editor
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Time for salvation which extends beyond death

Parable of weeds (Mt 13:24-30, 36-40)


In Chapter 13 of the Gospel acco rding to St Mathew Jesus teaches us on the kingdom of God and its mysteries. He reveals them through seven parables. This chapter is therefore considered the core of St Mathews Gospel (cf. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, T.P.I, Bangalore, 1991, P.656). damned to hear the Word of God and thus to save themselves that God allows the destruction of the wicked only in the Last Judgment(cf.The International Bible Commentary, T.P.I, Bangalore, 2004, P.1363). In fact God has revealed a great truth through Holy Mary at Fatima that He permits the salvation of all the damned souls. The parable of the weeds further corroborates the truth revealed at Fatima that there is time till the Last Judgment for the salvation of damned souls. If a soul is damned for eternal fire at the very moment of death, time for salvation would not be obtained. Reward according to deed at the time of the Last Judgment The Holy Bible makes it clear that judgment according to ones deeds takes place only in the Last Judgment and not

The inner meaning of the parable


God sowed good seeds in His field. They grew up as His own children (sons). The wicked one also sowed his seeds. They are the weeds and grew up as his children. The messengers of God who are His servants thought of destroying the latter. Forbidding them God said: Let them be there till the harvest. Collect them at harvest time and throw them into the eternal fire. A new biblical commentary accepted by both the catholic and non-catholic churches argues that it was to enable the

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at the time of death.(Rev 20:12)(1 Pt 4:5; condemned even while they are 2 Pt 2:4, 9-10) (Mt 16:27; Mt 12:36; Dan alive (Jn 3:18). But God wishes to give them salvation after their 12:1-3) death. That is the very reason for What happens on death? His asking to pray for the salvation 1. Judged by the Word of God of all souls through Holy Mary. What sort of judgment is made at Majority of those who the time of ones death? Jesus who makes the Last Judgment on a person does not have lived and departed from this convict/punish him at the time of his death. world through death in all This is because He is savior till the Last generations have neither heard of Judgment and not the Judge. However, at nor believed in Jesus. It is not their the time of death he is either saved or fault for not having obtained such punished, the Word of God says. It was an opportunity. Shoving them for this reason that Jesus said: I do not down to eternal damnation as and judge anyone who hears my words and when they die is therefore against does not keep them, for I came not to judge Gods righteousness. Therefore the world, but to save the world. The one God gives them time till the Last who rejects me and does not receive my Judgment for all to be saved. It is word has a judge; on the last day the word His righteous mercy. that I have spoken will serve as judge (Jn One more opportunity to the wicked 12:47-48). Adam and Eve through 2. Judgment by self On the Particular Judgment, their sins came under the dominion of Satan and fell into Catechism of the Catholic Church says Sheol, his world, after death. God (CCC No.679) A person judged accorhad forewarned them that they ding to the Word of God either goes to would die, or be condemned if eternal life or to Hell. Jesus does not say that damnation to Hell is eternal. Whenever they sinned. Thus they fell to hell. If their condemnation was eternal, He mentions about damnation/punishment prior to the Last Judgment He refers to it it would not have been possible for God to redeem them. Howeas Hell or fire of Hell. (Mt.5:29-30; 5:22; ver, through His proclamation of 10:28; 22:13). However, Jesus refers to the Word during His descent into punishment at/after the Last Judgment as Hell Jesus redeemed Adam and eternal damnation or eternal fire (Mt. 25: Eve and numerous people 41, 46) imprisoned there and took them Salvation of non- believers in Jesus along with Him during His There is no salvation for those who ascension into Heaven(Eph 4:8; do not believe in and receive baptism in 1Pt: 3:18-19; CCC Nos.634-635). Jesus Christ. Jesus tells that they are His descent into Hell gave an
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opportunity to Adam and Eve and all their damned descendents for redemption. It is only His righteous mercy or infinite love that He extends an opportunity for redemption to all those who led a wicked life and damned in Hell. For the very same reason God does not condemn a wicked person on the basis of his deeds as and when he dies, but waits till the Final Judgment. Revelation through St. Paul St. Paul teaches that even those who died living as slaves of Satan and in capital sin could be saved in the day of Christ. He had written a letter indicting them against the immorality prevalent among them (I Cr 5:1-12).He ordered the ostracisation of a person who lived in an illicit relation unheard of even among the gentiles. He wrote: I have already pronounced judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord (1 Cr 5:4-5).If the community acts according to the authority given by St. Paul then he will come under the hegemony of Satan and be damned in Hell as and when he dies. The damnation he endures is not eternal, St Paul knew. It was for this reason that St Paul wrote: his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.By the day of the Lord, St Paul seems to imply the day when Jesus comes in all glory to judge all the living and the dead, theologians assert (Dr Mathew Vellanickal, Bible Encyclopedia, OIRSI, Kotttayam,1993, P.202). Was St Paul not revealing that even if a person is damned in hell after leading a life in mortal sin he would be saved in the Final Judgment or even before that? But he did not say then how that would happen. However, these have been amply

revealed in both the Old and New Testaments. (2 Mc12:38-45; Neh9:9-11;1Cr 15:20-28; Phl2:9-11). Full revelations of these truths are being obtained in these times, a beginning of which was made with the messages given by Holy Mary at Fatima (ITHA NINTE AMMA, Dec. 2006). Time for Repentance after Death After the ascension of Jesus to heaven many people hoped in His glorious second coming. Since that did not happen as hoped, many were disappointed; some others even propagated that it would not take place at all. Correcting them St. Peter wrote: The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repent-ance(2Pt3:9). By all the Holy Bible implies both the living and the dead. Because in the eyes of the Lord, the dead are also alive. He is God not of the dead, but of the living (Mk12:27). The dead are capable of understanding and taking decisions better than the living. It is to prevent both the living and the dead from damnation and enable them to repent and thus to be saved that God is delaying His second coming, St Peter holds. But the devil will prevent more the dead, those under his hegemony in hell, than the living coming to repentance. Some in his influence may not even repent. It is to those who deny all the opportunities for salvation even after death that Jesus

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pronounces the following at the time of the Last Judgment: You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Mt25:41). Anointment to command to the devil It is through the proclamation of the Word of God to the dead that God allows the damned souls to hear the Word and thus come to repentance. But Satan will imprison (bind) them such that even those who repent would not be allowed to be saved. But Jesus has the authority to command to the devil to release them. His knees would bend before that command (1Cr15:24-28; Ph 2:10-11).The disciples of Jesus have been empowered to bind and cast out devil in the name of Jesus. He has said that those who believe in Him shall cast out demons in His name ( Mk 16:17). However, the disciples of Jesus till recently had not obtained the unique anointment of the Holy Spirit which Jesus had, to command the devil to free the souls in hell. Our Lord has been preparing all of us to receive the same. Now we have been given that anointment. Those in the Spirit in Jesus fraternity have been blessed to receive it. When we have been elevated to the fullness of the anointment the Lord will save all the damned souls through us. His second coming will happen when all the souls that He wants to be saved are rescued. It is through the mediation of Holy Mary that the power of this anointment flows to us. Let us thank Holy Mary for Her tearful prayers and mediation for the salvation of all souls. Let us become Her children. Let us pray that all Christians be united to this fellowship through Holy Mary.

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Catherine Mariam

I came to know of Mother Euphrasia for the first time


in my life while living in Thrissur. Mother Euphrasia lived at Ollur, near Thrissur, Kerala. It was not incidental either to my stay in Thrissur or to the nearness of Ollur to Thrissur where Mother Euphrasia lived. [Blessed Mother Euphrasia ( 1877 - 1952 ) was a nun belonging to the C.M.C. Congregation who spent most of her life at the convent at Ollur, near Thrissur, Kerala, India. Known for her holiness during her lifetime itself, Mother Euphrasia had deep love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to Blessed Virgin Mary, and great zeal for the salvation of souls. A unique feature of her spiritual life was that the souls of the dead, including those of the Rev. Sisters of her congregation, used to appear to her beseeching her prayers for deliverance from bondage. She died on 29th August 1952, and her tomb at Ollur, Kerala, has ever since been a place of pilgrimage. Mother Euphrasia was declared Blessed by the Church on 3rd December 2006 ]. One day while Lisamma (wife of Bro. Tom Zacharia) whom I call Chechi (meaning elder sister) and myself were in prayer in our house a Rev Sister appeared before us and told us: I am Mother Euphrasia. I was not frightened at the apparition, since I have seen Jesus, Holy Mary and other saints similarly. Mother then continued: I am Sr Euphrasia, a servant of God,

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who came down from heaven to speak to you. Suddenly I told Chechi that a Rev Sister, Euphrasia by name, is before us. She claims to have come from heaven. Then LisammaChechi told me that we might kneel down and pray and listen to what she said. Though she was not seeing Sr Euphrasia she seemed to experience the presence more intensely than if she were seeing, I felt. Both of us knelt down with folded hands. Sr Euphrasia resumed: I am speaking to you on behalf of heaven. I am a servant of God. I was His servant while living in this world also. Now in heaven He has glorified me. I want to tell you something special. Your prayers have found favor in heaven. Live in this world to fulfill His will. One thing more: send the eldest daughter Maria, now studying in the 10th standard, to St Raphaels school, Ollur, for +2 with Commerce as her elective subject. She will have my special protection. Heaven blesses you!. Speaking so much she smiled and ascended. It was her humility together with her child-like smile that attracted me most. Though coming from heaven and speaking on its behalf, she was so meek that she talked with hands folded and close to her chest and in a very low voice. Though illuminated in heavens glory she spoke to us standing in a corner of the room where we were. In every one of her subsequent appearances in our house, she was very humble; was it the modesty of a nun, I know not. True to what she said the eldest daughter Maria was then awaiting the results of her 10th standard examination. When Bro.Tom came home in the evening Lisamma Chechi reported to him of the visit of Sr Euphrasia and her suggestion regarding Marias future studies at St Raphael school. Neither had I any knowledge of Sr

Euphrasia nor did they have of the school. Shall enquire about, that is what he said, Chechi told me the next day.

Sr Euphrasia who made the door open


While we were in prayer after a few days Sr Euphrasia visited us. Bro Tom was also with us. She shared with me several things for conveying to him. Among other things she told us to pray in the convent at Ollur. That evening all of us reached the convent at Ollur. It was past 6.30. All the gates were locked. Bro. Tom and his eldest son got out of the vehicle, observed the situation and said: it is not possible to enter; all the doors and windows are closed; no way other than to make a retreat. All the kids in the household had known that we proceeded as per the word of Sr Euphrasia. I mused: my God, it is going to be a shame, we may have to go back empty- handed after listening to Sr Euphrasia. A slight disappointment was evident on Bro. Toms face as well. Lisamma-Chechi and me had known that Bro Tom has not accepted messages fully. Suddenly Lisamma-Chechi suggested to me to ask Sr Euphrasia herself as to what to do. Both of us prayed together for a minute. Then we felt the presence of Sr Euphrasia in the vehicle. She said: I will see the door open. Then Chechi called out to Bro. Tom who was then standing outside that Sr Euphrasia would make the door open. What sort of a reaction Bro. Toms face showed, it is still ineffable. Whatever that be, I felt like melting out of shame. Then I saw Sr Euphrasia, as a person walking from the vicinity of our vehicle towards the main door of the convent. After a while she turned back and asked me to tell Bro. Tom to be near to the gate so that he be seen when the door was opened. Accordingly
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Chechi told him to be near to the gate. My heart began to pound; pulse rate increased; I thought I might die because I never had such an experience. That might be the reason why I could not believe at peace. From the vehicle we were in we could see the main gate and a window behind it. Sr Euphrasia who has been talking to me walked through the courtyard and entered the convent through a door on the right side. I have been concurrently reporting to Lisamma-Chechi whatever I have been beholding. I saw Sr Euphrasia going inside the convent. Thereafter I could not see anything. Two or three seconds elapsed. I became

anxious. I held tightly to Chechis hands. Then Chechi said: She will come now, she has to call somebody for the door to open. I felt like laughing and amazed as well. I thought in my mind: to whom is Sr Euphrasia, already dead and gone to heaven, going to speak. Simultaneously, Lisamma Chechis rock-like faith amazed me. Again tense moments of waiting! Bro. Tom and children standing near to the gate looked back to the vehicle at askance. Oh my dear ones, amazing things happened then. One of the windows, bolted from inside, slowly opened and a nun enquiringly asked something. Finding Bro. Tom near to the gate she came out, talked to him and went inside the convent. Bro.Tom then declared: Sr Euphrasia made the door open, all of you may come out of the vehicle; gate will be opened in an instant. Such an experience was unprecedented in my life. We went inside the convent and Sr Euphrasia allowed us through the Rev.Sisters to spend more than two hours in prayer.

Mother Euphrasia who kept her word


The intervention of Mother Euphrasia caused to increase the faith of everybody in the household. Bro.Tom decided to enroll Maria at St. Raphaels school, as suggested by Mother. That day itself he made enquiries as to whether there existed a school by that name. We came to know that the school was located at Ollur and run by the Rev Sisters belonging to Mother Euphrasias

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congregation. Completely trusting in the Lord we did not attempt for an admission in any other place. At the time of submission of the application we were told that there were 140 applicants for the 40 available seats in commerce group. Your child is unlikely to get admitted. Therefore try for admission elsewhere. Trusting in God, Bro.Tom submitted the application and returned home. We persevered in prayer and did not try for admission elsewhere. A week prior to the interview Maria obtained the call letter for interface meeting. Despite many odds, as suggested by Sr Euphrasia, Maria was blessed with an admission in the St Raphaels School. It marked a great change in Marias academic life. Since she had to shift from one school to another several times in the past, syllabi changed accordingly causing many problems to her. However, when God intervened in Marias academic life through Mother Euphrasia, she experienced several positive changes. During prayers prior to examinations she experienced Jesus Himself revealing probable questions to her and marking important lessons that may be given

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special attention to. She did not encounter any problem during the two year course. Moreover, she graduated to one among the five outstanding students of the school and the Lord blessed her with a distinction in the plus two examination. Hallelujah! Even now we experience great presence of Mother Euphrasia in our spiritual life. We give thanks to the Lord who gave us and the Church Blessed Mother Euphrasia.

My name is Antony. While suffering from jaundice (Hepatitis-B) I consulted three physicians one after the other. Finally they told me that it was incurable. While confined to bed and surviving on saline (I.V.) two of my friends forcefully (out of love) admitted me to the Spirit in Jesus retreat at Kottayam in May 2007. In the first two days because of my physical ailment and inability to adore Jesus from my heart I wanted to go back. But before doing so I met Bro Tom and asked for his prayer. He prayed for me but asked me to faithfully continue in the retreat. From the third day onwards I began to notice some changes in my condition. Though sustained on drip, my body began to experience more strength. During praise and worship I tearfully prayed for strength to adore Him, even if I was not healed. That moment itself my Lord freed me. He gave the grace to adore Him in heart. He allowed me to do so in tongue. I was relieved of the weakness in my body; I became strong. Since then that ailment has not pestered me. A thousand thanks to Jesus. Antony, Mukkatt, Kollam, Kerala.
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Two Decades of Born Again in Spirit - 6

HELP FROM ABOVE


Tom Zacharia

Let me write about an


incident similar to those happened after the prayers at Vythiri. I shall share an experience of how God liberates those who take refuge in Him. If we take refuge wholly in God when unexpected things happen in our life He will take over and resolve them. A morning in the year 1989. To be in the farmland after the morning prayers was an unwritten rule of my life. My mind was full of Jesus. I will not be alone when I walk through the farmland. I felt the presence of Jesus always. I used to share with him my pains and problems. Since the place was uninhabited the sharing was a little louder. At times when the agony was unbearable I wept out in loud somewhere in the cardamom plantation. While entering into the plantation I noticed something unusual; a red color at the foot of a banyan tree. Certain things have been spread on the ground. I walked towards it and saw a stone covered with a red cloth with marks of eyes and nose. Figures of certain deities were placed nearer to it. Burning incense candles were there. I understood that it was the remnants of worship by the Tamil workers in connection

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with Pongal feast. I felt distressed at their act and a strong urge to ruin them. But considering the possible retaliation from the workers and their unions I did not have the necessary guts to do so. Therefore I walked ahead. No sooner had I walked a few steps than I felt my steps stuck in the soil. I could not proceed any further. Someone seemed to urge me strongly to take those things away from that place. I said, Jesus that would shoot-trouble only. The faces of the labor leaders awaiting a slight provocation to strike back came to my mind. But by some force I reached the foot of the tree. After praying for a while I collected the deities one by one and put them away at a far- off place. After ensuring myself that no one had seen what I had done I went on my way. That evening a worker in a heavily drunk state came to me. I was all alone at home since my parents had gone to our native place. He said: our gods are not to be seen, someone seem to have stolen them away. Therefore I should make an investigation and bring the culprits to book. Then I asked him why they had worshiped the deities at the foot of that tree. Then he told me that his wife used to see a god while on her way to collect water from a nearby stream. He offered worship since she had been asked to do so by the god. I made him understand that what his wife saw was not a god but an evil spirit. But he was not convinced when I told him that it was I who destroyed those articles of worship. The one who came angry and drunk seemingly went back pacified. But it was the beginning of an explosion. A few days later my father and mother returned from the native place. Some of

the laborers secretively reported the matter to my father and asked him to punish the guilty. Though they knew that I was the culprit, my father did not. Therefore he told them to do so in a panchayat on the coming Saturday after the disbursal of the weekly payments.

A panchayat is an assembly of the prominent persons of the locality empowered to adjudicate on disputes. It was a remnant of an old custom prevalent among the Tamils of the locality. They used to come to my father to adjudicate on many a matter. His decisions were honored by all. But he never knew that he was to adjudicate and condemn his own son in the forthcoming panchayat on Saturday. My father reported the issue to all of us in the household during lunch and summed up saying that the workers are agitated over the same. I had told the matter to my mother that morning since I used to confide everything to her. Then my mother reported that the culprit was none other than his own son. My father
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angrily told me to face the consequences whatever that be, expressing his inability to bail me out. I felt restless. Was I wrong? This sour experience borne out of by faith in Jesus as the only true savior began to shake my faith. Days passed by; came Friday. It was fasting day for me as usual. On Friday evenings I used to go out with the Gospel to every household in the Suryanally village for prayer and sharing of the Word of God. Many have been healed in those sessions. On that day after prayer in many households I was returning home alone. I felt very weak in mind and body. Thoughts of the panchayat on the next day made me all the weaker in mind. While walking alone in that night I said: I believed that you are the only true God. That is why I destroyed those things. Lord, are you not the only true God? Was my faith wrong? While reaching home late that night I was very weak. Lord has forsaken me. Why had He forsaken me to be thrashed by the people when I did something for Him? These thoughts filled my mind. I was restless while going to bed. In the next days panchayat I would be condemned as a culprit. How would I answer their queries? I felt agitated. Was my faith in the Lord wrong? Was He not pleased with what I did? I could not sleep. I was sitting on the cot with a heavy heart. Suddenly it happened. A sparkling of a ray of light similar to a lightning, over my head in my room; it transformed into a column of light. It began to flow down, like a beam of light emanating from the head light of a vehicle, but more powerful and intense. I stood upright. Both my hands spread without my knowing it. The beam of light flowed down my head. I was filled with great power. I felt courageous, strong enough to smash any rock. The Lord has touched me. He is with me. He has approved my deeds. I praised and thanked Him and slept comfortably.

When the day next dawned I had become a new creation. I waited eagerly for the evening to arrive. I wanted to proclaim before everybody that Jesus is the only Lord. I wanted to tell everyone that He alone is the only true God. Like a courageous warrior I waited to

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confront the enemy. The panchayat consisting of leaders of the locality will assemble in the evening after the disbursal of the subsistence allowances to the workers. Confined to my room I began to pray. My mind was fear-free; it was burning with fervor. Though hours elapsed there was no sign of anybody outside the house. No cacophony associated with the panchayat could be heard. I got outside my room, then out of the house. Not one person could be sighted, not even one of those who demanded the convening of the panchayat. I could not make out anything. Has the panchayat been postponed? Since Sunday being a holiday workers would be coming on Monday only. When they come I would ask them why the panchayat was not convened. But on Monday none of the protesters turned up for work. Not on Monday only but for a whole week none turned up. While some of them came after a week the others did so after a fortnight. The reasons were surprising. The day prior to the panchayat was bad for many. One of them was bitten by a dog; anothers child suffered grievous burning; yet another fell down from a bridge and some others suffered illness of some sort or the other. The Word of God says: The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways(Dty28:7). I felt contentment while hearing about their miseries. But the Lord reprimanded me. Having recognized my fault I prayed for them. As time passed by many among them received baptism and became Gods children. All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose (Rom8:28). An infant in my relation with God, this incident helped me to be firm in faith. In the subsequent journey of my life I had to confront many trials. Especially when Catholic priests taught that Jesus alone is not Lord, it was Jesus Himself who strengthened me not only not to succumb before that but also to reject and counter them. It was to fulfill the Word in Phil 2:1011 that every name should kneel before the Name of Jesus. For the Name of Jesus to be glorified every faithful should know Jesus personally, the power of His Name be recognized and hold on to it firmly; only then can Satan be vanquished and the Kingdom of God flourish. Unfortunately majority of the priests who are bound to be with Him are against Him, a fact many of them do not recognize. Many of the activities done in the name of indianization and acculturization have caused the institutionalization of diabolic forces in the Church and among the priests. Activities done to please men more than God cause to make the Church a target of attack.
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Is a believer permitted to eat food


offered to idols? In a multi-religious country like India, what is wrong with a catholic taking food offered to idols in the name of fraternity and religious tolerance? Will it not be branded as narrow mindedness and religious fundamentalism to reject idol offerings lovingly extended to us by members of other religious groups? An attempt is made here to examine issues like these in the light of the Word of God. Book of Exodus 34:15 says: You shall not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to their gods, someone among them will invite you, and you will eat of the sacrifice. It is to prevent you to eat of the sacrifice that you are told not to make a covenant. A covenant with them will be a snare for you, says the Word of God (Ex 34:12). Usually we use several traps to catch animals. What is a trap? A device to snare or hook that conceals the inherent dangers by exhibiting things of allurement. If so should the warnings on idol offerings in the Word of God be ignored? Chapter 15 of Acts of the Apostles mentions about food offered to idols. When there arose a dispute regarding the

Law of Moses that circumcision being an imperative for obtaining salvation, the Apostles got together at Jerusalem (Council of Jerusalem). The Holy Spirit and Apostles felt that people shall not be burdened with anything more than those things absolutely necessary for obtaining salvation such as abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood(Acts15:20). It is important to note that abstention from idol offerings, inter alia, is a pre-requisite for obtaining salvation.

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says to you, This has been offered in sacrifice, then do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscienceI mean the others conscience, not your own. For why should my liberty be subject to the judgment of someone elses conscience?(1Cr10:25-29). Through these St Paul stresses the imperative of abstention from eating sacrifices offered to idols. In the Message to Thyatira, the indictment you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls her a prophet and is teaching and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food sacrificed to idols (Rev2:21) shows how grave a sin is eating of sacrificial food. In the Message to Pergamum also it is alleged that there are some among them who hold to the teachings of Balaam who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel, so that they would eat food sacrificed to idols and practice fornication(Rev2:14).In his Second Letter St. Peter says: They have left the straight road and have gone astray, following the road of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of doing wrong(2Pt 2:15).
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In the verses 10:18 onwards in 1Corinthians St Paul says that partakers of the table are those who eat the sacrifices in the altar. By saying You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and cup of the demons and You cannot partake of table of the Lord and the table of demons we understand how serious the issue is. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience, for the earth and its fullness are the Lords. If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone

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Again St Jude says: Woe to them! For they go the way of Cain, and abandon themselves to Ba,laams error for the sake of gain, and perish in Korahs rebellion(Jd:11). In Mica 6:5 it is said: O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord. Earlier in Numbers These women here, on Balaams advice, made Israelites act treacherously against the Lord in the affair of Peor, so that the plague came among the congregation of the Lord (Nb 31:16). What was the path of Balaam which the Old and New Testaments alike condemn? Alarmed at the victorious march of the Israelites under the leadership of Moses and Aaron, Balaak, King of Moab, approached Balaam the Prophet for help. Having known that whomever the prophet blesses would be blessed and whomever he curses would be cursed, he sends elders and distinguished officials with costly gifts to entice the prophet. Though God converted the curses of Balaam to blessings,

he revealed to Balak that Israelites could not be vanquished as long as they adhered to the commandments of the Lord; on the other hand they could be defeated when they went away from the ways of the Lord. Further on the advice of Balaam, women of Moab had sexual relations with the Israelites, invited them to the sacrifices of their gods and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. Thus Israel yoked itself to the Baal of Peor, and the Lords anger was kindled against Israel (Nb25:2) killing thousands. So for the sake of religious harmony and acculturization when people are encouraged and taught to eat sacrificial food, are we aware of the fact that we are toeing the line of Balaam and thereby knowingly or otherwise inviting Gods anger? In deliverance prayers I have witnessed the freeing of persons possessed of evil spirits. It was the eating of sacrificial food that caused the possession, it was revealed on many occasions. Since evil forces can possess people through sacrificed food, it is forbidden to a believer, it is amply clear. The warning: do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God(Jm 4:4), if only everyone had understood.

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PRESENTATION OF CHILD JESUS


also spoke glowingly of the Child to all who had been awaiting patiently the deliverance of Jerusalem (Lk 2:29-32,38). The feast of the presentation of the Lord is very old, its earliest recorded mention dating back to the first half of the fourth century. It was introduced into the whole of the Eastern Empire, by Justinian I in the year 526 A.D., in gratitude for the cessation of the great plague at Constantinople. Celebrated 40 days after Christmas, this feast came to be called Candlemas when, in the 8th century, Pope Sergius introduced the solemn procession of clergy and laity carrying blessed lighted candles into the church as a tacit reminder of the Light to the Gentiles and the entry of the Son of God into the Temple, a title the feast bears in the Armenian Church. The facets of Christian faith and practice that this feast strives to highlight for our edification are: the silent yet tender love of the protective Joseph, the strong and constant faith of old Simeon, the unstintingly prayerful fidelity of the aged Anna, and above all, the complete and absolute availability of Mary, the protagonist together with her son in this mystery of salvation. Reflection: Our lighted candle is a sign of the divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with brilliance of his eternal light. Our candle also shows how bright our soul should be when we go to meet Christ(St Sophronius).
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Under the Mosaic Law, a woman was


ritually unclean for 40 days after childbirth, when she was to present herself to the priests at the temple and offer sacrifice in purification of her uncleanness and redeem her firstborn son. Furthermore, contact with anyone who had brushed against mysterybirth or death automatically excluded a person from Jewish worship. Obviously, Jesus being the Son of God Almighty, this law was not binding on Mary. Yet, it was in obedient conformity with the law that Mary humbly submitted to the ritual, offering, in keeping with her economic status, two turtledoves, i.e., two young pigeons, the sacrifice of the poor. After the completion of the purification ceremonies, there occurred a prophetic scene the venerable old Simeon took the holy babe into his arms and uttered the Nunc DimittisNow your servant can go in peace for my eyes have seen your salvationa light of revelation for the gentiles and glory of your people Israel. Likewise, the aged prophetess Anna, a widow,

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Christ Descended into Hell


Why did Christ descend into hell? Catechism of Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that he descended there as saviour proclaiming the Good News to the spirits imprisoned there (CCC Article 5-632). It is great that Christ descended into the kingdom of devil that is hell, to preach the Word and to save souls. Millions of souls, descendants of Adam and Eve, were slaves in hell. It was the sin of Adam and Eve which drove them to hell as slaves. In the letter to Romans St Paul writes: Therefore just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned(Rom 5:12). Adam sinned; through him came sin and its resultant, death. Sin is from the devil. He is behind every sin. Death is a fruit of sin. So the devil is behind every sin and death. What is death?

Death
We read about death in the Book of Genesis. God said to man about death: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden, to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man you may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die (Gen 2: 15-17). God asked for obedience. And He said if you disobey my commandment you shall die. Disobedience of the word of God brings death in ones life. What does death mean? Death exists at two levels of ones life. First is death of body; and second, death of soul. Soul is spirit and it cannot die. God said to Adam: if you commit sin you shall die. But Adam sinned. But he didnt die. We read in the Book of Genesis that Adam lived for nine hundred and thirty years (Gen 5: 3-5). When God

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said to Adam that you shall die He did not mean death of flesh or body. He meant death of soul. Through sin Adam lost all his spiritual relations with God and he became a slave of sin and of the devil. Jesus said everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin (Jn 8:3). Everyone who commits sin is a child of the devil (1Jn 3:8) Through sin Adam became a slave of the devil. He became spiritually dead. Yet he lived for 930 years in body and died after that. After the physical death of Adam what would have happened to his soul? When he committed sin he was dismissed from the paradise. When he came back to earth he was a different person. He lost all his heavenly powers. Nature, wild animals and everything turned against him. His survival became difficult. He might have cried for Gods mercy and repented over his unfaithfulness. But there was no one to answer and to intercede for him before the living God. The offering of sin sacrifice was not given. So the sins of Adam were not forgiven. It was for this reason that God said: you shall die. He was dead before God though alive in flesh. Again, paradise, that is the kingdom of heaven, was closed before him because of his sin. So after his death he was not allowed to enter heaven. It is the abode of holy souls. Prior to his committing sin Adam was holy and therefore God put him in paradise. His body became a spiritual body. He was allowed in paradise and also on earth. But after his committing sin paradise was closed. Jesus before His death, while on the cross promised to the good thief that you will be with me in paradise (Lk 24: 43). Paradise closed by the sin of Adam was opened during the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan. And when Jesus had been baptized

just as He came up from the water suddenly the heavens were opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him (Mt. 3:16).

The Heaven
St Paul teaches that there are three stages in heaven. He says that he was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago (2 Cr 12: 2) and then into paradise. The third heaven is the fullness of heaven, where the Holy Trinity dwells. The Angels are in the third heaven. Saints are not in the third heaven. But Holy Mary the Woman, the Queen of Angels, is in the third heaven. Holy souls or saints are in the second heaven which is known as paradise or the kingdom of heaven. The first heaven is on earth, which is known as the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is in the heart of a believer i.e. those who have received the Baptism of water and Spirit. When Christ was baptized the heavens were opened. The third heaven which is the dwelling place of the Holy Trinity was never closed. But the second heaven, the paradise was closed because of the sin of Adam. When Jesus was baptized it was opened.

Adam in Hell
After the death of Adam his soul couldnt enter paradise, because he was a slave of sin. There was no other place for Adam to go except hell. The devil took him into his kingdom. So the soul of Adam was under the dominion of the devil, the ancient serpent. The Catechism teaches that Christ when He descended into hell visited all those who lived in darkness and in the shadow of death (CCC: 5-635). Jesus visited Adam and Eve who were captives there. Then Jesus said to them: I am your God who for your sake has become your son. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead ( CCC:5- 635) (to be continued)
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Glory to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit


May He grant you your hearts desire, and fulfill all your plans. May we shout for joy over your victory and in the name of our God set up our banners. (Ps 20: 4,5)
name is Antony Sunny; I live in Thrissur, Kerala. I finished my Mechanical Engineering in Sathyabama University, Chennai. By the blessing and grace of God, I got 70% marks overall. In my Engineering course, Lord has helped and protected me in many miraculous ways. My testimony is about certain happenings in my final semester. During that period, we had to do a project. With the help of a senior, I decided to build an innovative project with a few friends of mine. We had 7 months to complete the same. During the first three months, we waited for a product from a German company, which we had ordered through the internet. Towards the end of November, we came to know that, the site through which we ordered the product was no longer available and we had no known source to locate the company. Our initial investment of Rs 14,000 and the time we spent on it were lost. We were upset and decided to drop the project since the product, we ordered for was an important part for our project. We had no choice other than dropping it. When we told this to our senior who was our guide, he said we would build it with a few alterations. Time was running out and we had only two months to submit the project. With great effort and by Gods grace, we were able to finish the project just one day prior

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to the dead line. On the day of the examination, our project exhibited a few problems and while we were running our project, the circuit system failed and emitted smoke due to overloading. By the grace of God we managed the situation successfully. Our project was selected as one of the best 10 in the Department. Therefore, we were asked to display it in an Exhibition after rectifying all the problems. On the day prior to my submission of the project, my uncle had sought prayer support from Marian Koodaram in Thrissur and also from certain Brothers in SPIRIT IN JESUS. For the exhibition, we had only 2 days after the exam to rectify the problems. But on those days, my grandmother became grievously ill and I had to get back to Kerala and but got back on the day of the exhibition. By then, my friends with the help of our senior colleague had rectified the problems, improvised many alterations which made the project better than before. In the exhibition, our Chancellor and everyone present there appreciated our project a lot. At the end of the exhibition, our project was awarded 1st prize and the best project award from among the 100 projects. We obtained a cash prize of Rs10000. But my Father in

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Heaven was so merciful to me that, Chancellor of our college asked us to build a real one, as ours was a prototype, for the Tamilnadu Police Department and paid us an advance of Rs 100,000. I scored 97 percent marks in that semester. I obtained a scholarship of Rs 300,000 for my higher studies which I plan to do next year in the UK. All I have to say is: Thank you Father in Heaven, Thank you Lord Jesus, Thank you Holy Spirit, and Thank you Mother Mary and Thanks to all angels, saints and those who prayed for me. Again, thank you my Lord Jesus Christ for guiding me, protecting me and helping me not to lose faith in you all this year. All the Praise, Glory and Worship are only for you, my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Antony Sunny, Thrissur, Kerala.

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But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to childrens children. (Ps. 103:17) My name is Lakshmi. Though I was born in a Hindu family, by the grace of God I was married to a Christian. The Lord provided an opportunity for me to participate in the Spirit in Jesus retreat conducted at Kumily (Kerala ) in August 2007. My intentions and prayers in the retreat were that I may be confirmed in my appointment, that my debts may be taken away and that the arthritis of my mother may be cured. When I returned home after the retreat I found that God did work miracles for me. It was ordered that all temporary L.D typists be confirmed. I had prayed for my confirmation only but the Blessed Mother saved 170 others too besides me. There was great relief for my mothers illness. It was during this retreat that I came to understand the strength and power of the Rosary. I was lazy in praying the Rosary but the Blessed Mother gave me the grace to pray the Rosary always. All these blessings I received from the Spirit in Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Mother. A thousand thanks to Jesus and the Blessed Mother, who blessed me through Spirit in Jesus. Lakshmi V.S,Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; He bestows favour and honour. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Ps. 84:11) My name is Santha. I could not eat food after 4 oclock in the evening. If at all anything was eaten, the stomach would bulge out. I used to watch regularly the Miracles in Rosary of Spirit in Jesus, being telecast in the Surya T. V. and had intensely longed to attend a service direct. By the grace of God I could participate in the convention held at Palai (Kerala ) from 4th to 6th of April 2008. During the time of praise and worship I felt like something getting rid of from my stomach. Since then I have till date never felt any discomfort for my stomach. Glory and Praise to the Lord. Santha, Kottayam, Kerala. I will sing to my God a new song ; O Lord, you are great and glorious, wonderfull in strength, invincible. (Jdt.16 :13) My name is Lissy. Almost all types of food were allergic to me; so were fan, heat and cold. God provided an opportunity for me to participate in the Fire Anointment retreat of Spirit in Jesus held in the year 2007 and during the retreat the Lord blessed me with total relief from the allergy. Thank you Jesus, Praise you Jesus, Adore you Jesus. Lissy Sebastian, Bombay

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The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities.(Ps.41:3) My name is Sreetha Prasad. I have been suffering from asthma in the past five years. I used to become restless and violent in every occurrence of the attack. I took several medicines. However, when the effect of the medicine subsided, disease reappeared. In the past two and a half years I have been using a spray-type medicine. In spite of that I suffered intermittent bouts of the disease. It was during those agonizing days that my mother happened to participate in a Spirit in Jesus retreat in November 2007 at Choondal, Thrissur. Since then I never had to use medicine for asthma. Lord Jesus healed me fully. A crore of thanks to Jesus who healed me. Sreetha Prasad, Kanjanyil, Kattungachira, Thrissur, Kerala. Commit your way to the Lord: trust in Him, and He will act.(Ps 37:5) My name is Jini. In the initial period of studies in the 10th class I was very studious. I did my studies committing myself to God. However, as the S.S.L.C examinations approached I became anxious. As suggested by my parents I wrote a letter to Marian Koodaram seeking prayer support for obtaining good success and to approach the examinations without fear. Even after the commencement of the examination fear of failure pestered me. Yet with tearful prayers I completed the examinations. God wonderfully intervened in my case and gave me spectacular success with 88% marks. A thousand thanks to Jesus who gave me this success. Thanks to Jesus, Praise to Jesus Jini Xavier, Thokupara, Idukki, Kerala.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.(Ps 37:4) My name is Jinish, working as a staff nurse in Mysore. I have participated in a Spirit in Jesus retreat. Since then I have been receiving many blessings from the Lord in my personal life. In the summer of 2008 I sought a prayer support from the Marian Koodaram for obtaining a good job. Again I sought prayer support on the day prior to my attending the jobinterview. Seven candidates came for the same. All of them had influences in high places. And true to it the security guard at the gate told me not to place much hope, yet suggested to me to make an attempt. I told my Lord to exert His influence. Reciting the holy Rosary and in the company of Angels I ushered into the interview room. After the first round, a friend of mine and me were selected. God enabled me to satisfactorily complete the second round as well. My friend was posted to another hospital, whereas I got the coveted job in the hospital where I wanted. A thousand thanks to Jesus who blessed me with a good job. Thanks to Jesus, Praise to Jesus. Jinish P.M, Karakolly, Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.(Ps 145:18) My name is Usha. I have been suffering from Migrain for the past many years. Severe pain of eyes accompanied it. While participating in the Spirit in Jesus retreat at Kottayam, my Lord gave me deliverance from that ailment. I used to get frightened at the sight of worms. During the anointment prayer my Lord reminded me of an incident in my childhood when I got frightened at the sight of a worm on my hand. Then I started shaking my hand violently. After some time I felt some burden being relieved from my hand. Since then that fear has not troubled me. A thousand thanks to Jesus who allowed me to participate in the Spirit in Jesus retreat and get blessed.
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But you are merciful to all, for you can do all things(Wis 11:23) My name is Suma. In the past 8 years I have been suffering from the ailment of bulging stomach, suffocation and gastric problems. In the Spirit in Jesus retreat at Choondal, Thrissur in 2007 November, during the healing prayer session, I felt a great burden relieving down from my stomach. My Lord healed me. Since then I have not felt any discomfort. I thank Jesus a thousand times for all the healing given to me. Thanks to Jesus, Praise to Jesus. Suma, Thaladan, Chiyyaram, Thrissur, Kerala. O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.(Ps 6:2) My name is Sajiny. I have been suffering from pain on all joints of my body for which I have been taking medicines. In past six months I could not even comb and plait my hair. However, My Lord allowed me to participate in the Spirit in Jesus retreat conducted at Kottayam in May 2007. During the praise and worship my Lord healed me. I could raise my hands with ease. Since then I did not have that problem. I thank, praise and worship Jesus who healed me. Sajiny, Kollam, Kerala. Then the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.(Gn2:18) After our daughter Jenny had completed her BSc Nursing course we sought the prayer support of Bro Tom Zachariah and Sr Catherine for obtaining suitable groom for her. And we got a good proposal. However, after the betrothal there were some problems in obtaining N.O.C from the grooms parish. Again we sought the prayer support of Br Tom and Sr Catherin. That day itself the problem was resolved and all the money matters. And her marriage was solemnly consummated. A thousand thanks and praises to Jesus. John and Jessy, Chirayath, Thissur, Kerala.

He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction(Ps.107:20) My name is Amala. I am 12 years old. Since I was one and a half year old I have been suffering from pain on my knees. I could not kneel down even while in a church. In 2007 while participating in a Miracles in Rosary service at Kalpetta Jesus healed me completely. Since then I have not felt that pain. Thanks to Jesus, Adoration to Jesus, Ave Maria. Amala, Kalpetta, Kerala The Lord protects them and keeps them alive(Ps 41:2) My name is Mathew. In the past 15 years I have been suffering from acute pain in my stomach due to kidney stone. I have been taking medicines for that, however, without much relief. But in the Spirit in Jesus retreat at Kottayam in May 2007, I was completely relieved of the pain during the praise and worship. Since then I did not have that problem. Thanks and praise to Jesus who healed me. Mathew, Tabore, Kannur, Kerala

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds(Ps 147:3) My name is Anie. My Lord blessed me to participate in Spirit in Jesus retreat in Dec. 2004. As suggested during the counseling session I started praying for our ancestors since then. Further I disposed of all the forbidden articles and toys kept in my house. Consequently I obtained a job as a teacher in Higher Secondary school, with a gazette rank. My daughter had been suffering from pain on her head for a long time subsequent on a fall from a desk. She was completely healed after Br Tom Zachariah prayed over her. I thank Jesus for all the blessings. Thanks to Jesus, praise to Jesus. Anie Francis, Maladur, Kerala.

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Sharper minds from exercise in older women


Older women who did an hour or two of strength training exercises each week had improved cognitive function a year later, scoring higher on tests of the brain processes responsible for planning and executing tasks, a new study has found. Researchers in British Columbia, Canada, randomly assigned 155 women aged 65 to 75 either to strength training with dumbbells and weight machines once or twice a week, or to a comparison group doing balance and toning exercises. A year later , the women who did strength training had improved their performance on tests of so called executive function by 10.6 per cent, while those assigned to balance and toning exercises experienced a slight deterioration- 0.5 per cent. The improvements in the strength training group included an enhanced ability to make decisions, resolve conflicts and focus on subjects without being distracted by competing stimuli. Older women are generally less likely than others to do strength training, even though it can promote bone health and counteract muscle loss. positioned as a third category mobile devicebetween the laptop and the smartphone. It is 1.27 cm (half an inch) thin and tips the scales at 0.68 kg. The iPad can browse the web, zoom into maps, do email, display and share photos, play video and music, and enthuse gamers with a raft of ready games. It can turn into a digital canvas with one application, complete with an easel and brushes to create art anywhere. It doubles up as an e-reader for books, with an attached online bookstore. The e-reader model for downloadable books was made popular by Amazons Kindle. The iPad hopes to expand that base with an augmented virtual reading experience that is comparable to print. The reader can pleasurably flip the pages back and forth. The publishers can even add color pictures and video to the virtual pages.

Time of iPad
Apple Computers iconic CEO Steve Jobs has made yet another bid to create digital history. Following months of speculation, he unveiled the iPad, a 24.64 cm (9.7 inch) touch-screen tablet. This device, he proclaimed, lets people hold the internet in their hands. Mr. Jobs hopes to make the same game-changing impact on the digital world that he did with the iPod, which has sold 250 million units, and the iPhone. Apples nifty new creation is

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Ozone holes healing may worsen global warming


That the hole in the Earths ozone layer is slowly mending is considered a big victory for environmental policymakers. But in a new report, scientists say there is a downside: its repair may contribute to global warming. It turns out that the hole led to the formation of moist, brighter- than- usual clouds that shielded the Antarctic region from the warming induced by greenhouse gas emissions over the last two decades, scientists write in Wednesdays issue of Geophysical Research Letters. The recovery of the hole will reverse that, said Ken Carslaw, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Leeds and a co-author of the paper. Essentially, it will accelerate warming in certain parts of the Southern Hemisphere. The hole in the layer, discovered above Antarctica in the mid-1980s, caused wide alarm because ozone plays a crucial role in protecting life on Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation. The hole was largely attributed to the human use of chlorofluorocarbons, chemical compounds found in refrigerants and aerosol cans that dissipate ozone. Under an international protocol adopted in 1987, many countries phased out the compounds, helping the ozone to start reconstituting itself over the Antartic.

Pointing fingers at soot


Soot absorbs about 80 per cent of the solar radiation it receives; directly warms the atmosphere. It is no longer just green-house gases and their ability to produce global warming that scientists worry about. Concern has been growing over the role played by soot. Fine particles of soot result from the incomplete burning of fossil fuels and biomass. Soot is produced by diesel engines, the burning of coal, forest fires, burning of crop residues and when firewood and dung is used as household fuel. Soot particles absorb about 80 per cent of the solar radiation they receive and directly warm the atmosphere, said S. K. Satheesh of the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in Bangalore.

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