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July 18th, 2015

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

What is Sin?

Sin is separation from God and thus separation from source of Life. That is why death is a consequence of sin. Only through Jesus we understand the abysmal dimension of sin [Youcat 67]. Anything that takes you away from your prayer life, your communication with God and reverts your priority, is a sin.

What is your priority?

Our priority should follow this order:

1. God
2. Family
3. Career
4. Ministry
5. Charity and Outreach

When these priorities get shuffled, it leads to chaos, a messy life, an uncontrolled chain reaction I should say! A series of sin and disaster follows. The Devil comes to ‘KILL, STEAL, DESTROY’. He kills the presence of God in you, steals your peace of mind and destroys your soul to mortality. This is the abysmal dimension of sin. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” [John 10:10]

The Seven Deadly Sins

Classifying sins based on their roots of cardinal nature, we have Lust, Pride, Greed, Gluttony, Anger, Sloth and Envy. All other sins will fall under one of these categories.

Vice and Virtue: St.Ignatian spirituality on virtues and vices, gives us a practical exercise to overcome the vices through virtues. All we have to do is just march opposite to the direction of vice, towards virtue, towards God…our way, truth and life.

A VIRTUE is something we do with PASSION. A VICE is something which we cannot stop because of PASSION. So both are habit-forming. Nobody is a born smoker or a daily mass goer. The passion makes them pursue. Therefore once we master our habits and replace vices with virtues we win. For every vice, there is a virtue. We must take a 180 degree turn and march in the opposite direction literally, towards the virtue.

Seven Deadly Sins In Detail

1. Lust: This desire comes as lust of eyes or flesh, nobody is in exception to it and no age limit too. It’s just like placing food before a hungry person. This can be overcome by filling ourselves with true unconditional, pure love of a Mother (whatever gender we may be) and passing this love to that person in abundance without getting annoyed. This would build an everlasting relationship pure and dependable. Even pornography can be overcome by looking with the eyes of a Mother with the grace from above.

2. Pride: Just humble yourself before God and others, following Jesus who is the masterpiece of Humility. ‘But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men and being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.’ [Philippians 2:7,8]

3. Greed: Avarice or craving for material perishable things can be overcome by realizing that nothing is precious before our IMMORTAL and INVISIBLE God. Once this is well understood, generosity flows like a fountain as in the life of Zacchaeus. Now to the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. [1 Timothy 1:17]

4. Gluttony: Practice fasting following Lord Jesus. “Feeding the crowd, fasting alone” goes the song. When you skip meals due to work schedule it can cause fatigue. But proper fasting, backed up with long hours of prayers, silence and light work, will energize you and heal many sickness.

5. Anger: Jesus says ‘You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgement. But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement’ [Matthew 5:21,22]. So anger is as grave as murder. The word of God is 100% true to the core. We must overcome anger by building the fruits of the spirit viz : self-control and patience.

6. Sloth: Wasting away time. Lack of prayer can slowly remove God’s presence in us. God’s path is a narrow door full of sacrifices and self denials. If your alarm rings at 5am and you are unable to get up, next day keep it at 4.50am and force yourself to get up. As days go by, even without alarm you will get up. This is what habit-forming is all about. ‘Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.’ [Luke 13:24]

7. Envy: Jealousy is as cruel as the grave. It’s flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame. [Song of Solomon 8:6] Jealousy, anger and killing go together. They not only destroy others, but much more the person who harbors them. Developing motherly love and compassion is the only way to overcome them.

Jesus was no exception to these temptations, he overcame them by fixing his eyes on God the Father, winning every battle one by one. So lets march ahead from vice towards virtue, towards Holiness, towards one and only true God.

Turn back to God. About turn…mark time…march.

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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July 5th, 2015

Marriage Song – Jerry Sulwer

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Play the ‘Marriage Song’ by Jerry Sulwer

Lyrics:

Man and Woman,
Coming together,
In Union with God,
As Husband and Wife!
Celebrating Marriage;
Oh Man and Woman,
God breathing in!
Blessings from above!
Woven into His Holy Union,
Ah Union forever!
You’re in love with one another
As God’s marvelous plan from Creation!

Coming together for good or for worse,
Faithful and committed for a life time!
Two hearts knit in perfect harmony,
For life, in sickness, in weakness, and failures!

For a love that won’t grow cold!
Hung out to dry!
When times get tough!
In times of confusion!

Prepare yourself for days of confusion!
Emotions flying high!
People, things, times, plans don’t go your way!
Turn this way, Turn that way,
Toss up, Toss Down!
Rewind, Reverse,
Slow down, Speed up,
Backward, Forward,
Sideways, Downward,
Slip up, Slip down
Fast forward!
Ah, Ah Ah Ah!

Blame him, blame her, blame the dog as all goes around!
In days like that remember to look to God!
Seek him, find her, remember Solomon teaches you,
In days like that remember to look to God!

Don’t feel sorry for yourself by going to your neighbour house for Advice…Either!
No No! Oh No!
Get your act together and get back with each other in 24 hours before it’s…Too late!
Yea yea! Oh Yea!
Do it before it’s too late and coldness sets in!
Remember our covenant made between all three of us that special day!
God in us!
Get on your knees and bow to the Living God,
And ask forgiveness and make up now!

Man and Woman,
Coming together,
In Union with God’s Son,
Husband and Wife!
Celebrating Marriage;
Oh Man and Woman,
God breathing into,
His Holy Nature,
Woven into… His Holy Union,
Ah Union with Him!
You’re in love with one another!
As God’s awesome plan from Creation Lives,
His life in Fullness, you and me Forever!

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July 4th, 2015

My Words Are Spirit And Life

My words are spirit and life

“My words are spirit and life” [John 6:63] But how to read the Bible?

Bible can be understood in three frames, rather three levels. Information, Knowledge and Wisdom.

Let us take an example. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, when asked “Who is my neighbour?” the instantaneous reply would be “the good Samaritan”. There we also come to know of the many characters like:
1. Traveller
2. Robbers
3. Priest
4. Levite
5. Good Samaritan

Information (Senses)

When we read the Bible with our senses like eyes, ears etc; When we read and re-read again and again, even memorizing and we recall the story to many, we are actually just hitting vanity, surfing the surface, doing a study, browsing everywhere, as we do with any other text-book. We are gaining information.

Knowledge (Mind)

“Some (with knowledge) have missed the mark as regards the faith” [1 Timothy 6:21]

When we read the Bible from the mind, we tend to ask questions like: Where is Samaria? What kind of bandits? Who is a Levite? What is the work of a Priest? How costly is a stay in the inn?

We do research spending all the time and even our whole life just like those ‘cerebral theologians’ to get updates. Still our endeavor is futile, beating round the bush, we have not come anywhere near the purpose of this magnificent book “GOSPEL”, the good news of salvation. We are gaining only empty knowledge, degrees, awards and rewards too.

Wisdom (Soul, Heart, Spirit)

“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” [Luke 2:19]

We must do exactly what Mother Mary did. First be filled with the Holy spirit like Mary, read the Bible from the Heart; the seat of Love, the seat of compassion, the seat of GOD Almighty. Be silent and meditate in-depth. Let the word of God permeate every cell, spirit, soul and every tissue in your body.

And then see what happens. So many mysteries will unveil. Who is my neighbour? Surely the good Samaritan. Sure? Are you so sure? If so, you are in the I or II level.

Look deeper into The Good Samaritan Parable

1. This parable is your life journey in this world.

2. Every person we meet, however good or bad they are to us, is our neighbour. “Love your enemies, do good, bless those who curse you, pray for those who persecute you” [Luke 6:27-28]

3. We must love all of them equally, be it a robber, a priest or a Samaritan. They are all characters in your life put by God himself to make you fit for eternal life.

4. Everybody sees “Jesus in the Good Samaritan”, but “Jesus is actually the traveller” who was beaten. The priests are the Apostles who ran away, the Levites are his disciples to be found nowhere, the robbers are the soldiers who beat and plundered his garments. The good people like Mary, Veronica, Simon and Mary Magdalene who took part in his agony are the Samaritans.

5. High up on the cross the same Jesus says “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” [Luke 23:34] for He understood their role in his life and mission.

Thus reading the Bible like a text says the good Samaritan is the neighbour, but with wisdom filled and guided by the Holy spirit, we conclude every human being we meet, put in our life with a plan and purpose for our prosperity which only God can understand, is our neighbour.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and
my thoughts than your thought” [Isaiah 55:9]

The word of God is full of life, full of truth, a real story of unfathomable love. One drop is greater than the deepest ocean. Amen.

How To Read The Bible

Prayer Before Reading The Bible

New International Version NIV Bible PDF

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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