Thursday, 8 March 2018

INDEED, GOD CREATED!

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Have you ever sat down and think of how the world is?
Have you ever thought how it would have been?
If one very important gender was not in existence?
I am sure you know who I mean!

The compassion of most of them; if not all have, is unimaginable
Loving and soft-hearted they are,
Full of tenderness and kindness,
Oh! What a great creation.

She is intellectually challenging,
Ambitious in life,
Consistent in all her decisions,
And willing to put all her effort for you and me.

A magical woman,
Brave in all the situations with a visionary mind,
Saviour in all times of need,
She always lives the deed.

Elegant and full of composure,
Courageous and confident she is,
Humbleness and confidence,
All is in her.

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KELVIN MWAMBURI

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING

Life is full of choices which everyone makes now and then as time goes on; and these choices need to be scrutinized. Among all the available choices in the world, one needs to choose the best (a morally-based choice). We may ask ourselves, how do we determine good choices from bad ones? J-P Sartre, a French Existentialist, reminds us to be mindful of our choices since by making a choice, we choose for others too. This calls for discernment. This attribute is necessary and inevitable. In everyday activities, discernment is required in order to move on; both in Spiritual and worldly aspects.

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In the book of Samuel, we get to see the young man, Samuel, in a position to answer God’s call. The young Samuel, under the guidance of Eli, hears God’s voice and listened to it. The choice of listening helped Samuel to receive the message God intended to reach him and other people, as well as you and me today. Listening is quite different from hearing. Literally, hearing can be said to be involuntary but listening is strictly a voluntary choice one makes. We can be ‘Samuel’ of today to be keen and listen to God’s message; God’s call and under the guidance of vast moral instructions, we can be God’s good messengers.

Openness and readiness to God’s invitation and message is another attribute. Listening to God’s invitation requires the person’s openness and readiness to receive and work upon it. Just like Samuel, God called him and gave him the message but it was upon his openness and readiness to accept the call and to work upon it. It is an invitation to all of us to be always ready and open to receive God’s call and message.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

10 TIPS FOR FIGHTING THE DEVIL ANY TIME

How to make this time a time of true conversion, without any concessions to the Prince of Darkness
Every day, we face a spiritual battle. The Word of God tells us that our life on earth is a constant combat against the Evil One, and it reminds us who have chosen to follow Christ to be always on guard for the battering of the devil.
1. Live an ordered life
First off, give importance to prayer, which is the foundation of your spiritual life. Take time to read the Bible. We particularly suggest a meditative reading of Matthew 25:35-40.
As well, be firmly rooted in your vocation, whether it be married, priestly or consecrated life. Whatever your vocation, be faithful in all things to the call God made to you.
Finally, dedicate some time to the Church. Of course not everyone is called to full-time ministry, but all of us can collaborate in one way or another, according to our possibilities.
2. Categorically reject temptation
A major problem in the spiritual life is a slow or weak response to temptation. But with God’s grace, you can strengthen your will to firmly and decisively reject temptation as soon as it begins. Linked to this: We often have temptation because we place ourselves in a situation that is close to sin. Remember this proverb: If you play with fire, sooner or later you’ll get burned.
3. Call the enemy by its name and ask God for help
When we face or fall into temptation it is helpful to admit it: “I am being tempted by the devil, the enemy of God.” Call it by its name, and say short and fervent prayers to ask the Lord’s help. Examples of these short prayers include: “Jesus, I trust in you.” “Lord save me.” “Lord, come to my defense.” “Sweet Heart of Mary, protect me under your mantle.” Invoke (say) with faith the names of Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph.
4. Combat desolation
Spiritual desolation is experienced as darkness in the face of divine truth, insensitivity to the Word of God, sluggishness in doing good, distance from God. This desolation can have unexpected strength and sway the good resolutions you had just a day before. St. Ignatius said that in a state of desolation, what’s important is: more prayer and more meditation, the examination of conscience (seek out why you’re having desolation) and finally, applying an adequate penance.
5. Combat laziness
You’ve surely heard the phrase “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” This means that if you’ve got nothing to do, the devil will give you something to do. St. John Bosco didn’t like the season of vacation for his boys of the Oratory because he knew that too much free time came accompanied by temptations.
6. Use the weapons Jesus used in the desert
Prolonged and fervent prayer, constant mortification (fasting) and familiarity with the Word of God, both meditating on it and putting it into practice — these are efficient weapons to combat and defeat the devil.
7. Speak with a spiritual director
St. Ignatius warns us that the devil likes secrets; if one is in a deep state of spiritual desolation, and opens up to a spiritual director, the temptation can be overcome. Total silence is like a cut or a wound that is hidden under clothing. Until the wound is exposed and cleaned, not only will it not heal, but it will become more and more infected, potentially leading even to amputation. In the same way, once a temptation is revealed to a spiritual director, one achieves power over it.
8. Use sacramentals
Correct use of sacramentals can be very effective in the fight against the devil, particularly, for example, the brown scapular, St. Benedict’s medal, and holy water
9. Call on St. Michael the Archangel
In our battle against Satan, we should use every weapon. God chose St. Michael the Archangel as a faithful angel, prince of the heavenly army, to cast into hell Lucifer and the other rebellious angels. St. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?” is as powerful today as he was then.
10. Call on the Virgin Mary
Mary is the human being Satan most fears, according to what many exorcists have gathered from the utterances of the demons. Mary has many titles; invoking any one of them is useful for banishing the Evil One. The ancient serpent, the devil, can charge against us with his hideous tongue, spewing venom, but if you ask help from Mary, she will crush his head.

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