Saturday, December 05, 2015

Prepare for your celebration!

Do you have any unfulfilled desire in your heart?  Share it with your prayer partner.  You may be standing at the edge of your Promised Land.

"It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles.   We laughed, we sang,        we couldn't believe our good fortune.   We were the talk of the nation's  —  "God was wonderful to them!"  God was wonderful to us        we are one happy people.

And now, God, do it again  —  bring rains to our  drought-stricken  lives  So those who planted their crops in despair  will shout hurrahs at the harvest,  So those who went off with heavy hearts  will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.   (Psalm 126:  1- 6  MSG)

"And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns."  (Philippians 1: 6 TLB)

Friday, December 04, 2015

Blessed are you when you wait for the Lord.

The Merciful One will show you mercy when you cry out.

"The Lord will be most gracious to you when you cry out; as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you bread in adversity and water in affliction.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
And your ears shall hear a word behind you: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or the left."  (Isaiah 30: 19-21 NABRE )

The Lord knows exactly what you need.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Friday December 4th - First Friday.

9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.

10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.

12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

If the Lord Jesus is your light and your salvation, why is your heart ♥ troubled?

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
   whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
   of whom should I be afraid?

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

One thing I ask of the LORD;
   this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
   all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
   and contemplate his temple.

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
   in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
   be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.

The Lord is my light and my salvation.     (Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14)

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people.

Are you of firm purpose? Do you trust in Jesus more than you trust in human beings?  Then you should enjoy unlimited peace constantly 
Listen to the infallible word of God:

"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!   Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock."
(Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!

"Give us today the food we need."
(Matthew 6:11 NLT)

"On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged  wine —  the best of meats and the finest of wines."
(Isaiah 25:6 NIV)

 "Say there! Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink — even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine and milk — it’s all free!"  (Isaiah 55 : 1  TLB)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Jesus Himself teaches simple little children.

Sit down at the feet of Jesus like a little child.  Forget your titles.

"In that same hour Jesus rejoiced and gloried in the Holy Spirit and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have concealed these things [relating to salvation] from the wise and understanding and learned, and revealed them to babes (the childish, unskilled, and untaught). Yes, Father, for such was Your gracious will and choice and good pleasure."   (Luke 10:21 AMP)

"You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you."   (Psalm 8:2 NLT)

Jesus Himself taught St Therese, Doctor of the Church.  She died at the age of 24.

The truth about Boko Haram revealed


The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, says terrorism in Nigeria was indirectly created by northern leaders, who used religion to deceive poor Muslims. Kukah said this in his keynote address at a conference organised by the Islamic Welfare Foundation at the Fountain University, Osogbo. At the event titled, ‘The Muslim agenda for Nigeria: Challenges of development and good governance’, the cleric said the fresh agitation for an Islamic state by Boko Haram could be traced to the promise made by northern leaders to ensure the total implementation of Sharia law. He said, “A hypocritical elite continues to believe that it can claim the benefits of democracy but use it only to consolidate its hold on power. This is what has laid the foundation for what is now Boko Haram. “We must locate the current crisis of Boko Haram within the context of the inability of the northern Muslim elite to live by their own dubious creed of being Muslims. They preached Sharia Law but only for the poor. They preach a religion that encourages education, yet their own people are held in the bondage of ignorance. “They came to power on the basis of a democratic society but they turned around and declared Sharia to generate a false consciousness among the poor that they want a theocracy. “They did not wish to live by the same standards, so they decided to live their own Islam in the capitals of the world away from the prying eyes of their own people. Boko Haram began as a revolt against this mendacity, subterfuge and hypocrisy.” Kukah said northern leaders failed to explain to the poor masses that Sharia law and democracy could not co-exist. The cleric stated that the normal argument that Boko Haram was not a Muslim group was nonsensical because Boko Haram’s aim was the total implementation of Sharia law, which Muslim leaders had promised them in the past. Kukah added, “Now, I hear Muslims in northern Nigeria hiding under the cover of the facts by saying: ‘These Boko Haram people are not Muslims. They do not represent us’. Well, first, they are your own children. You must take responsibility for what has made them what they are today and to the rest of society. “They claim they have been inspired by the Quran and no other holy book. They say they want to build an Islamic state. So, they are Muslims. After all, from the debates of the Constituent Assemblies of 1979, 1988, and 1995 and beyond, did their fathers and grandfathers not stage walkouts, demanding Sharia Law? Was it not to tame them that President Ibrahim Babangida declared what he called ‘no-go areas’ in the debates about our constitution?” The cleric noted that the kidnapping of the Chibok girls and the use of girls as sex slaves in the North were in line with the ideology that a girl, who is still an adolescent, could be married off to an older man. He said, “The promise to institute Sharia has become the most potent tool for political mobilisation and organisation. Till date, the tactics may have changed, but the essence has not. Rather than face the tough questions of how and why over 15 million children in the northern states are on the streets; how and why the northern states are falling behind on almost every index of development, the northern Muslim elite continues to live for just the moment, with no plans for tomorrow. “Should we pretend that a society that allows the forced marriages of its young daughters could frown on the idea of a group kidnapping and forcing young girls into sexual slavery? Islam must have an honest look at the mirror and have an internal discussion.” The Catholic bishop urged northern leaders to stop pretending as if they did not know the root cause of Boko Haram. He said they should ask themselves why Boko Haram was headquartered in the North and not in other zones of the country. Kukah added, “Although we all seem to pretend that Boko Haram has caught us unawares, the worst thing is that we continue to hide our heads in the sands of self-deception by further denying the roots of this ugly side of our humanity. “That Boko Haram, its disciples and victims are localised to northern Nigeria, should be instructive. What this calls for is an honest review of the root causes. We need to ask what it is about the past or the present that has led us to this ugly and deadly path. “It is my considered view that northern Islam has to confront the realities of taking its religion into the modern world of democracy seriously. Muslims in northern Nigeria cannot accept democracy and reject the inclusive nature of its philosophy as it is the case today.” Punch


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Your faith grows as you listen more and more to Jesus in the Gospel

No one who believes in Jesus will be put to shame.

"Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ."  (Romans 10: 17 NABRE)

"Yet faith comes from listening to this Good News — the Good News about Christ."  (Romans 10: 17 TLB)

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news." (Isaiah 52: 7)