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Seek God first with sincerity of heart......

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In the world of today its all about "quid pro quo". In otherwords do something for me and i will return the favor. We even try to build our relationships and professional contacts based on what the other person can offer you. Its very sad indeed and we even think we can do the same with God but how very wrong we are!


God sees the human heart clearly and can read your intentions. He knows your deepest desires and needs but he cannot be bribed or manipulated like human beings. We want so many things and are often envious of the sucess of others. Sometimes we even think we deserve to be happier than others because we have tried our best to be "good".


The Lord gives as he wills and he will continue to do so. He will still bless those who seem to be wicked in our eyes and those who seem just! We are all sinners first of all and no one is just before God! He does not owe us anything! He has already paid the price for our salvation with his blood. Seek God with a sincere …

Give until it hurts......

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Mother Theresa is quoted as saying those wise words. They are truly words to live by especially in our times today. We focus so much on oursleves, our feelings and our desires. Everything seems to be centred on ME. How selfish and contemptuos we have become. We no longer care for anyone but ourselves and our own happiness!


I think we need to give untill it hurts and then give some more. I know its hard because we are selfish in our natures but it is not impossible. Remember to try to put yourself into the life of the people you encounter everyday. We cannot fully understand what someone is going through but we can show compassion to those in less fortunate circumstances than our own.


Our local priest reminded me in his homily this week that no one is too poor to give anything. Neither is there a wealthy person who doesn't need anything! Our lives are intertwined for a reason. We are meant to help each other. Pope Francis recently said that wealthy people who horde their riches in …

The message of Kibeho....Ndi Nyina wa jambo!

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Last week i mentioned that i would be going on pilgrimage. I was in a little village in Rwanda called Kibeho. It is a remote place towards the border with Burundi on top of rather steep hills. For those who have not heard about Kibeho, it is the site of the appartions of the blessed virgin Mary since the early 80's. It is also now associated with the divine mercy devotion as well!


To summarise a beautiful message, Our mother calls us to repent and have a true conversion of heart. There is so much hatred, selfishness and bitterness in this world. Too much of a spirit of unforgiveness! When she first appeared she showed them the visions of what would come to pass if people did not convert. (the genocide). Our mother truly loves us and does not want to see our destruction. Unfoirtunatley human beings are stubborn and what she had foretold did indeed come to pass. In 1994, the horror of the genocide became a reality and the river run red with the blood of slaughtered people, headless …

Waiting on the lord....

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Patience isn't easy and i struggle with it all the time. Even on my way to work, i keep thinking the driver is wasting too much time stopping to pick up people. (which is sometimes true). Waiting in queues, i keep thinking "what's taking so long?" and the list goes on.....


I haven't got everything i ever wanted in life but i have definitely got some of the things i dreamt of just at the right moment in time. I realize now that there is a reason we need to be patient about many things in life. Not everything is good for you or helpful and you are not always in the right disposition to receive it.


There is a time for everything and everyone will receive what is right for them at the time appointed by God. All we have to do is to hope in the Lord. Padre Pio is quoted as saying "Pray , hope and dont worry, God is merciful, he will hear you." Tomorrow i will be going on a pilgrimage and i have faith that what i have been hoping for will finally be granted if…

Living as a witness........

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Here i am speaking of christians, living as witnesses to the good news. Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying " I like your Christ, not the christians." He was deeply touched by Christ's teachings and actions but we as christians have failed to emulate him.


I can understand why some people will not convert to christianity. We as christians are called to a higher example of life. Our actions must reflect Christ's teaching. It is not enough to call yourself christian, to read the bible and attend church every sunday. Its not enough to say many prayers every day. Jesus had already condemned the pharisees and scribes during his time for their false religiosity. "these people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far away from me!"


The early christian church was very successful in winning over their adversaries and skeptics beacuse of the way they lived. They were true followers of christ's example. They had a spirit of charity and love for one another …

Making the best of everything........

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" The happiest people in the world are not that ones that have the best of everything.....they are the ones who make the best of every situation". Food for thought people! Someone sent me an inspirational video yesterday....i really love them. It was basically about how a professor used cups and coffee as metaphors to teach his students a life lesson!


He asked them to serve themselves coffee as they complained about their lives and careers. Most of them reached first for the most expensive cups and watched each other as they drank. They all wanted coffee and the quality of the cup didnt change the taste of the coffee....it remained the same and he reminded them that all they really wanted was coffee not the cups.


Life is the coffee and the cups are our positions in society, jobs and money. Just because someone has a better positon or more money, or an executive job does not mean their life is more fulfilled than someone with a lower social standing or income. How many people…

When sin bears fruit......

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Of late , there have been many disasters facing the United states (hurricanes) , both seemingly natural and mand made. (terrorism and acts of violence) Just recently a man in Las vegas opened fire and killed around 50 people in what has been reported as one of the worst shootings in U.S history.


It makes me stop to ponder. The United sates was founded on the principles of christianity,  but how the founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves! Currently they seem to have throwm out every christian principle and will not listen to reason! How can a government dictate that same sex unions are on the same equality as the union between man and woman (ordained by God)? How can the government fund an organisation (planned parenthood) that encourages the murder of innocents (abortion)? And even sells parts of the aborted children?


I usually watch botched ( a series about plastic surgery). In one episode, someone comes in looking all blue and says he wants to look like an alien! I wa…