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August 11th, 2016

Hear My Cry Oh Lord song – Ray Smith

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Play the song Hear My Cry Oh Lord by Ray Smith

Lyrics:

Lord be gracious to me
In your mercy, cover my sins
Wash me white as snow

For I have failed you greatly
In my shame I cry to you
Purify me with your love, oh my God………..

Hear my cry oh Lord
Take not your Holy Presence from me
Create in me a clean heart

Hear my cry oh Lord
Renew a righteous spirit in me
Lord I long to be more like you
Hear my cry oh Lord

Fill me with joy and gladness
Let my broken spirit now rejoice
Hide your face from all my sins

Joy of my salvation
You are the rock to which I cling
I take refuge in your love
Oh my God…….

Hear my cry oh Lord
Take not your Holy Presence from me
Create in me a clean heart

Hear my cry oh Lord
Renew a righteous spirit in me
Lord I long to be more like you
Hear my cry oh Lord

July 16th, 2016

Sexuality And Chastity

Watch the 15min video shown above. The video is on sexuality and chastity in a Catholic’s life.

Most people think that the Catholic Church hates human sexuality and bans the practice of it except for the necessity of having kids. Well, in fact most of us are just simply misinformed. We need to understand what Church actually means when it says we should practice chastity. It’s not just about saying NO, it’s about living life to the fullest.

Three Ways To Look At Sexuality

  1. The hedonistic way – Sex meant only for enjoyment and happiness. If it feels good, do it.
  2. The secular way – Never harm anyone. But anything goes if the two agree to participate.
  3. The Catholic way – Sex is a holy and good thing created by God for union of man and woman and the procreation of children. It is sacramental in nature. Not to be confused with the type of sex practiced by animals which is basically biological in nature.

We are placed on this earth to know, love and serve God and be happy with Him in the next. Happiness, personal fulfillment etc are not the main goals of humanity. Instead serving God and loving one another are! Sexuality fits into this plan by uniting man and woman producing the foundation of society, mainly the Family. From all of this, comes true happiness on this earth.

Catholic church believes Sex is Good

When God created the Heavens and the Earth, He created them good. When God created the animals, He created them good. When God created man, He created him good. Male and Female He created them. Adam and Eve complimented one another. Together they made humanity perfect. So when they had sex, God saw that it was good and from the love between them came a closer relationship to God and a closer relationship to one another and the family. It was absolutely beautiful!

What is Concupiscence?

That is the tendency we have in our bodies and souls to twist God’s gift including sexuality into dark and sinful ways. The church’s teaching on Sexuality is not complicated, in fact it is very easy to remember.

The 4 Basic Truths

  1. God created man in His image and likeness. Nothing else in creation is like us or blessed like us. God dwells in us.
  2. God created man as a physical being. Yes, man has a soul but the body is equally as important. Our bodies are good.
  3. God blessed us with the physical reality as Male and Female, saying be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.
  4. Man is created in original solitude. He is alone. And in that solitude he realizes his relationship to God and the fact that he is different from everything else in the world. But God does not think it’s good for the man to be alone, so He creates a partner. Adam is no longer man, instead man is now seen as male and female, from solitude to communion. Now the union of the male and the female becomes a shadow with the trinity, a communion of persons.

What is Chastity?

This is a virtue which helps us against Concupiscence. It is the virtue whereby we regulate our use of sexual activity in accord with our state of life. It does not mean no use of our sexuality, rather it means the appropriate use of our sexual powers given the state of our life. Chastity is a robust, freeing, courageous type of virtue that helps a person be at peace with the urgent longing that human beings feel. Chastity helps us all realize that we are more than just sexual objects.

Catholic Church’s Stand

Like all other things in our life, sexuality must be integrated into who and what we are and the type of lives that we lead. Knowing the truths described above, makes understanding our Church’s teaching on sexual issues much easier. Of course families form the bedrock of our society. They come from that self-giving love that a male and female in marriage share. Of course divorce is not going to be seen as permissible because it breaks up that community of love that is a family.

And of course, we are not going to accept same-sex marriage because marriage by its definition needs a male and a female. Whatever union same-sex partners have, it is not a marriage. We cannot make words mean something they do not. Of course, abortion is going to be wrong. We are made in the image and likeness of God and destroying innocent human life is a terrible thing. And of course embryonic stem cell research which relies on killing an embryo is wrong because it destroys a human being. Same thing with vitro fertilization which destroys life and separates the begetting of children from the love between husband and wife. And even contraception, which a vast majority of Catholics think is OK. That’s not going to be okay if you believe as the Church does, that marriage is both unitive (love side) and procreative (kids side).

Since our bodies don’t have consciences, only our souls do, the very pleasure associated with sex clouds our minds on issues of right and wrong. And that’s why we have to give weight to church’s teaching. Our Catholic morality is based on human experience reflected on in the light of the scriptures for nearly two thousand years. Please follow it.

June 14th, 2016

As In The Mirror

As In The Mirror

“You light a smile to shine on my face, You inspire a song with Your warm embrace”

Everyone on this earth has experience of seeing their beautiful self on a mirror. We check our get-up, mono act, imitate, mimic and what not? Right from before Christ, mirrors are ancient devices for enhancing beauty. As we browse the Bible, we get a clear vision of what it means to stand in front of a mirror.

Seeing Ourselves In The Mirror, In The Physical Realm

“For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror.” [James 1:23] When we stand in front of the mirror, we see ourselves. The moment we go from there we lose that image of us. It just vanishes. Thus when we hear God’s Word, we realise the rich essence of it and relish the nourishment it gives us. The moment we close the Bible, everything goes out of sight, out of mind and we fall back into our mundane routine; mere hearers of the Word of God ending up in vanity!

Seeing Ourselves In The Mirror, In The Spiritual Realm

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” [2 Corinthians 3:18] When we allow the Word to work in us, transform our life situations, repent, forgive, exercise charity, spread love and hope always, this brings tremendous power, joy and growth in spirituality, thereby when we see our face in the mirror in the spiritual realm we see Christ in us. Amen. Beholding the Glory of God by the power of the true living, moving and powerful HOLY SPIRIT; as Thomas Kempis send a final call to all of us to become Imitations of Christ.

Becoming The Image Of God

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” [1 Corinthians 13:12] When we build this relationship with God we get direct access with Him as He spoke to so many, so many saints who had direct rendezvous with God in their daily lives. We begin to understand all the hidden mysteries of our creation, purpose and mission.

We become living saints, moving around, rendering helping hand to the needy in constant prayer and communication with God. Remember every saint that the church canonized was an ordinary person like you and me. They worked for sainthood by taking the Word of God seriously and surrendered their lives to the will of God.

“GOD’S WILL, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS, NOTHING ELSE” goes the saying. In this year of Mercy, let us all aspire to see the visible face of the invisible father as Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, understand God in fullness, completeness, wholesome, perfection which will help us to have a glorious finish, as we enter the gates of heavenly abode. Amen!

– – – written by Cecilia Francis

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