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"In Support of the prayer which Christ and the Spirit cause to rise in our hearts, Mary intervenes with her maternal intercession. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary''
Pope John Paul II 2
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Mother Mary Speaks to her beloved priests


King of Eternal Glory
Climb with me the holy mountain of grace and holiness, that you may be illumined and transfigured by the glorious light of my Son Jesus. He is the only-begotten Son of the Father. He is the word eternally generated by the Father, consubstantial with Him, his perfect image and reflection of his divine splendor. He is the King of eternal glory. As He was trasfigured on Mount Tabor in the presence of the three Apostles, Peter, James and John, so also will He manifest Himself to you in the splendor of his divine glory, if you climb with me the holy mountain of humility and littleness, of love and purity, of silence and prayer. King of eternal glory. When the word became flesh in my virginal womb, his divine splendor was completely veiled by the humanity he assumed. Thus his divinity was hidden by his humanity. King of eternal glory. When Jesus will return in his divine glory and appear to all humanity, each one will be called to undergo the same experience as Peter, James and John underwent on Mount Tabor, because Jesus will manifest Himself in his splendor, and his humanity will be completely transfigured in the most brilliant light of his divinity. Then the whole universe will proclaim Jesus Chirst as the Son of God, the perfect Image of the Father , the Word made man, the one and only Savior, He through whom all things have been made and who has the power to subject all things to Himself. Jesus will bring his glorious kingdom into the world, and it will be a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, of love and of peace. Beloved sons, live in the joyous expectation of his glorious return. For this, I invite you to walk with me along the road of littleness and humility. In this way, the Father will reveal to you the secret of his Son; the Holy Spirit will lead you to an understanding of the whole and entire truth; Jesus Christ will manifest Himself to you in the splendor of his divine Person, so that He may be adored, loved and glorified by all as the King of eternal glory. O, Most Holy Mother, we pray eagerly awaiting the opportunity to climb with you the holy mountain of grace and holyness, humility and littleness to be blessed with another Thabor experience, Amen!
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EDITORIAL
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Be Sanctified to be Holy
God demands you to be holy.(1 Thes 4:3) God expects only one thing from every man that He has created and that is his sanctification. The sins of one who is called in Jesus Christ is forgiven in the name of Jesus Christ. It does not mean that simply because one has received forgiveness in Jesus Christ, he is perfect. He has just crossed over from death to life, that is all. not certain that he may not return to his previous state of death. The physicians with their strenuous efforts bring back to life even one who has encountered death. Yet his life may remain in 'comma'. It may be with efforts over a long period that he regains his health. In the same way, sanctification is a long drawn out process through which one is brought back to life and regains the health and strength of his soul. It is an ongoing process to be continued throughout ones life. God is holy. How does a man who is only a handiwork of God live? Offsprings are born in the mould of parents. If the father

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is virtuous and good natured, naturally his children will also be so. However there are children who have no semblance with the goodness of their father. All men born on earth are the children of God, His creations. Every human being is formed in his/her mothers womb by God. God is the father of everyone. God the Father is holy. But how many people are there who inherit the holiness of God? Nay, how many are there who know or love God? The Lord tells all who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus that it is their sanctification that the Lord desires. God thirsts for the children of His nature. Word of the Lord says Be holy in all that you do, just as God who called you is holy. Scripture says 'be holy because I am holy' (1 Pet 1:15-16). Since 2013 is the jubilee year of the Spirit in Jesus it is the year for our sanctification also. How much does the Lord desire the formation of a sanctified community! In fact the holy church which is the mystical body of Christ is the holy nation of the Lord. God said to the old Israel, You are my holy people. For you are people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all peoples on the earth to be his people his treasured possession (Deut 7:6). But the Israel of yore was vain, impudent and disobedient. God told His children of His church whom He formed through Jesus Christ You are the new Israel. You are my holy nation. I have chosen you from all nations on this earth to be my own people. The Lord our God is telling all His children of His church to be holy. If Tom Zacharia writes the same thing in the pages of Holy Queen magazine it may not be palatable to many. That is why Spirit in Jesus people are exhorted to understand that they are the new Israel, that they are the holy people of God. All the Spirit in Jesus children are called upon to be in holiness.

Who are the holy ones? What is holiness?


Those who do things pleasing to the Lord are holy. There are many things that please me. The desires of my eyes, the desires of my mind, the thoughts coming from my heart all these are for satiating the evil desires of my body and flesh. Ipso facto they are against God. Because God is holy, I control my eyes so that my deeds are in conformity with the holiness of God. I control the desires of my mind. I will not permit my thoughts to be corrupted. I strive strenuously for speaking only good things with my tongue. Are my deeds pleasing to the Lord? I keep a vigil. When I do things which please me only I go astray from the love of God. I consider Gods love to be more valuable than the material things of this world. For that love of God to be mine and never to be lost I discard things pleasing to me as rubbish and fight for materializing things pleasing to the Lord. Try to learn what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead bring them out to the light(Ephesians 5:10-11).

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Every faithful shall have to discern what all are pleasing to the Lord. It is the lack of such discernment that makes many people slaves to sin. The Lord has commanded Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world you do not love the Father(1 John 2: 15). The commandment of the Lord is that the world and the things that belong to it should not be loved. Such people who are in love with world and worldly things cannot ever have the love of God the Father. Television is one thing that most of us like. So much time is spent in front of it. We never get bored. Shifting from one channel to another, many people get enslaved to TV. Only very few can resist it. If you and your children voluntarily keep away from it you are blessed. If you are a regular TV viewer you must ask yourself Is it pleasing to the Lord that I am a regular TV viewer. Have you ever asked the Lord God, is it pleasing to you that I watch TV? The Lord may at times keep mum. But you should recognise that many programs on the channels are not pleasing to the Lord. I have seen the Lord's intervention in this mater in two ways. (1) Certain people forbid altogether viewing TV programs. (2) Certain programs certain programs cause to loos ones relationship with God and therefore are forbidden. All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything (1 Cor 6:12). TV is lawful. There is good and evil in it. Up to a limit it is pleasur viewing TV. It keeps us abreast of things happening around us. But it is bondage to many. Some may not be viewing films on TV. They switch channels. Some others are slaves to films. Serials (soap operas) and cartoons enslave others. They lose their relationship with God. Many households do not have a fixed time schedule for prayer. Even the time for family prayers are fixed depending on time schedules of TV channels. At times family prayers are suspended.
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TV so to say has invaded this generation like a terrorist. It has its sway over infants and even octogenarians. Even one week old infants are at times made to view TV. They may be sitting in the lap of their parents. Their eyes and ears are forced to receive all that emanate from TV channels. Such children get enslaved to TV even while they are only infants. When you attend a Holy Mass or a gospel proclamation your eyes ears and the whole body absorb all that transpire there. What ever the preacher proclaime enter into your heart through the ears. There what you receive is God. Whatever comes out of T V channels also have great influence. Each word and each action have. In other words they generate great evil influence on individuals. When those who have attended retreats and received the Holy Spirit get enslaved to TV, it may become impossible for them to make even a small prayer. Their souls get bound as if by numerous ropes. Darkness engulfs their minds. Thoughts get corrupted as those of the world. Dracula films, horror stories, murder scenes, all these have great evil influence in themselves. Why is it that those viewing blue films (pornographic films) get enslaved to them? It is because it is adultery and therefore diabolic. Devilish possession takes place in the hearts of those who view such films. They become slaves to sin and the devil. Television and internet lead men to disaster. "Everything is lawful to me''. Upto a certain extent TV and the internet are good. But if it breeds more evil than good I should keep away from it. Human mind should reign over TV and the net which now hold sway over them. Otherwise it may become calamitous

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For they will be made holy who observe things in holiness (Wisdom 6:10). The distinction between holy and unholy has to be distinguished clearly. It is when one rejects everything unholy and does what is holy in a holy manner that one becomes holy. Anything which is not evil and which is not a sin is holy. And it should be done in holiness. Driving a vehicle is just an action or work. It can be done in a holy manner or an unholy manner. One who drives recklessly without giving way for other vehicles or without the heeding the horns is harmful. One who comes to next to you on the road needs space. He blows the horns for that purpose. But if the one who drives the vehicle in front does not give space for the other vehicles either because of false pride or jealousy, is doing a very bad thing. But if on hearing the horns I give space and allow him to pass by my action becomes holy. Family life is holy. One who loves his family members and behaves in a loving manner, and has effective dialogue at home with his family is observing a holy act. The angry the rancorous the exploding the drunkard and the adulterer make holy things unholy. Wealth is a gift of God. Making wealth by just means is a holy act. But if one makes money in ways unholy, he is doing an unholy thing and is making holy things unholy. We are the ones who make our deeds holy or unholy. When we perform holy things in a holy manner we become holy. When you drive your vehicle displaying a rosary and an icon of Holy Mother, you are proclaiming to the world that you are a Christian, a Catholic. When one drives a vehicle gently and in a decent manner, you are exalting Jesus before the gentiles. But if your driving is rash and reckless you are corrupting the name of Jesus in the society. We have to strive hard for holiness in ways big and small. It is only through strenuous efforts that we can succeed in our efforts to remain holy. Let this jubilee year be the year of our sanctification. Let there be material changes in all spheres of your life. We shall allow Christ to be glorified through us. Let Christ be glorified in us. Let us shine like stars on the earth when the Lord looks down from heaven. I pray in this jubilee year which commences from the month of March - may God bless all of you most abundantly. This is an year of blessings for you. Let us make all those blessings - deep and vast as sea - that God has placed before us ours. Wishing all of you jubilee greetings, servant of the Lord, Tom Zachariah, Chief Editor.

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Salvation For All Souls


(A Theologian in the Catholic Church)

Word-based truths
In the last few months we were trying to understand the mystery of salvation of all souls. Our belief that God gives opportunity for all souls for their salvation even after deth, offering of prayers and expiations to that end are not misconceptions per se but revelations of certain truths based on the word of God itself. The Holy Bible is Gods revelations for the salvation of man. Though God began it before the foundation of the world by choosing us in Christ (Eph 1:4) it was iniated in human history at the fulfilment of time and continues for all times till the end of the world (Final Judgement), that is the theme of the Holy Bible. Whatever God says on salvation of man are eternal truths. The Lord asserts that his words will not pass away even if heaven and earth pass away; they will certainly be fulfilled (lk 21:33, Ls 40:8). Word of God will never fail, asserts St.Paul (Rom 9:6). Therefore all the words of God concerning salvation of man are truths that are to be fulfilled in the life of everyone. Many of the words of God could be comprehended in their fullness only if we approach them from the perspective that God gives opportunity (time) for salvation till the Final Judgement. This is because many of them (words of God) have not been fulfilled; they are to be fulfilled before the end of the world.

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Words of God: True and eternal


1. All the nations will bow down before God Psalm 86 says All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name (Ps 86:9). What God pronounces through these words is a truth that has not yet happened but something that is to happen at sometime. All nations that you have made means everyone created from the beginning of the world till the end of the world will bow down before God and glorify him. But the fact is that billions of people have died without ever knowing and adoring the true God . If they do not get an opportunity even after death the above word of God would be a travesty of truth. No, the above word of God is an eternal truth. It will certainly happen once. Therefore shall we not believe that God will give an opportunity to know, recognise and adore Him (an opportunity for salvation) to all those who have not done so ?

To somtimes experience disguest is somthing quite natural. The virtue, which at times is of heroic proportions, consists in being able to overcome disgust, for the love of Jesus. This is the secret we discover in the lives of some saints : the ability to go beyong what is nearly natural. This is what happened to St. Francis of Assissi. Once, when he ran into a leper who was compleatly disfigured, he instictively backed up. Right away he overcame the disgust he felt and kissed the face that was completely disfigured. What was the outcome of this ? Francis felt himself filled with tremendous joy. He felt totally in control of himself. And the leper went on his way praising God. Mother Theresa

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That all will bend their knees


God himself swears in his name that every knee shall bow before him (Is 45:23). St.Paul also declares, at the name of Jesus every kneee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth (Phil 2:10). A great majority of people who have lived on this earth and died have not known and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and therefore have never bowed their knees before Him. And that state of affairs continues even today. In that case we will have to admit that the above words of God are not true. No, they are true! Because they declare that prior to the end of Age all the living
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and dead will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and thus will be saved.

Eternal damination of those who do not bend their knees


But Jesus will execute his Final Judgement on Satan and his followers who refuse to bend their knees, and banish them to eternal fire. St.Paul asseserts that : Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death (1 Cor 15:24 -26).

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Eternal Love and Mercy of God


The greatest truth that God reveals of Himself is that God is Love (1 Jn 4:8). And His love is merciful. The Old Testament defines God as The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Ex 34:6). The love and mercy of God is eternal and infinite. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end (Lam 3:22) O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever (Ps 136:1;Ps136:1-26;118:1-4)

The love of a mother


The love of God is a combination of the love of the womb of a mother and the heart of a father, scholars of the Bible argue (Xavier Leon Dufour, Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Chapman, London, 1984, P.351). And therefore, God will not forget anybody even if a mother forgets her nursing child (Ls 49:15). This is because all lives are his (Ezk 18:4; Is 57;16). And God loves all things that exist, and detest none of the things that he has made and would not have made anything if he had hated it (Wis 11:24). Gods sovereignty over all causes him to show mercy towards all (Wis 12:16). He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in showing clemency (Micah 7:18; Hosea 11:8-9; Jer 31:20)

Eternal love of God


The above words of God say that Gods love for man is eternal and God shows

bountless, infinite love when man commits sin. Many people tend to think that Gods love and mercy end with the death of man. If that be the case how could one claim that God's love and mercy is eternal? In fact, does the Holy Bible teach that Gods love and mercy end with the death of man? No. Only if God shows love and mercy even after death can it become eternal. God loves him even when a man leads a sinful life, dies and is demned in hell. God has mercy on him and that mercy becomes the cause of his salvation. Then only the words of God on mans salvation get fulfilled. The following words of God reveal the above truth. Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. (Jer 31:13). In overflowing wrath for a moment
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I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer (Is 54:8). Go, and proclaim these words towards the north, and say: Return, faithless Israel, says the Lord. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, says the Lord; I will not be angry for ever. (Jer 3:12) For I will not continually accuse, nor will I always be angry; for then the spirits would grow faint before me, even the souls that I have made (Is 57:16) He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger for ever. (Ps 103:9) If they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges; but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips (Ps 89:31-34) For judgement will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgement (Jam 2:13)

ever. They were neither able to beseech Gods mercy nor atone for their sins, since being sinners their prayers and expiation carried no value at all before God. However, mercy of God triumphed over his righteousness. That was when they got damned upon

Testimony
The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. (Ps 28:8)
My name is Jaya Thankan. I am giving this testimony in respect of my brothers child. The child is now eight months old. Since three days from his birth he had slight fever and weezing. Even though he was undergoing treatment for this it continued to occur at intervels. On one such instance the fever rose too high and he was taken to Kottayam E.S.I. Hospital. He was admitted there for a week. Within two days after his discharge from the hospital the child fell into the same bad condition with fever and weezing. So he was admitted in the hospital at Thodupuzha and he was in a critical stage. In the ambulance by intaking oxygen he was taken to Kolencheri Medical Hospital. When I heard the news I rang up to Marian Koodaran for prayer support. They promised to pray and asked us to say the rosary. We recited the rosary in accordance with their advice. In between we enquired about the child and found that his condition had very much improved. Now he is completely alright. Thanks to Jesus as well as to Holy Mary for the healing.Ave Maria, Halleuiah. Jaya Adimali, Kerala

Gods righteous judgement and damnation of first parents


It was owing to the righteous judgement of God that the first parents, when they sinned, were condemned to Satans hegemony and hell upon their death. but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die (Gen 2:17). That was the commandment and judgement of God. Accordingly they forfieted the status of children of God and became children of Satan. That is death. And mortal death accompanied it. Thus their souls were entrapped in hell forHoly Queen
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commiting sin. God promised a savior for the whole humanity (Gen 3:15). At the fulfillment of time the Son of God incarnated as Jesus who prayed and atoned for the sins of humanity through his sufferings and crucificaxion. There by he made the whole humanity his own and his rightful due (Rev 5:9-10). In order to redeem his people he destroyed the gates of hell and rescued Adam and numerous people imprisoned there and took them to heaven (Rev 1:18;3:17; 1Pt 3:18-22; Eph 4:8-10).

Perpetual Divine Justice and Judgement


Gods justice and judgement on those who sin are the same for all times. You will die if you sin. This judgement prevails even after the death of Jesus. Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin (Jn 8:34) and child of Satan (Jn 8:44). But after the time of Jesus God has given the grace to all people to escape from the hegemony of Satan through Jesus. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ (Rom 8:1). Salvation to all those who are condemned in hell. Salvation of those damned in hell If sinners do not atone for their sins and die with Jesus (Rom 6:1-8), Satan will enslave them and they will get damned in hell. That certainly is according to the righ-

teous judgement of God. But God will show mercy towards all those who died since the time of Jesus in the same way as he showed mercy towards everyone from the time of Adam till Jesus. If not his judgment would not be righteous. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you (Ps. 89:14) A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching (Is 42:3,4). If God should show mercy towards the condemned and damned, their sins should be duly expiated. Those damned in hell cannot do that. But to those who lead a virtuous life in union with Jesus have been given the grace to expiate for the sins of those damned in hell, of course by the merit of Jesus. That requires incessent prayers together with acts of expiation. To reveal this truth to the world Lord Jesus sent no less a person than his holy Mother to the world at Fatima. The completion of those revelations is being made through Spirit in Jesus.

Musings of Church Fathers on the salvation of souls


There may be people who either cannot accept or reject the truths being revealed on the salvation of souls. We do not shun them. But remember,
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deviberations and discourses on this issue are not of recent origin. It was not iniated by Spirit in Jesus. It has its origin from the time of the beginning of the Church. Many Fathers of the Church have written on these lines, a detailed reference of which is obtained in a book authored by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he was a Cardinal. (Joseph Ratzinger, Eschatologie-Tod Undewiges Leben, Kleine Katholische Dogmatik, Verlag Fredrich Pustet; Regensburg, 1997, pp 176-179; cf. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary T.P.I, Bangalore 1991, 1 Peter 3:13-20, Nos 57:20-22)

In fact some Fathers were confused in mind as to how to reconcile four points of divine revelation: first, the existence of purgatory, or the temporary punishment for some; secondly, the absence of the bodies of the damned till the final resurrection, and therefore the incompletion of their damnation; thirdly, the freedom of the devils to roam about the world for the ruin of souls, and their subsequent inclusion in the pit of hell afterwards; finally, the exact bearing and purpose of Christs sentence at the general judgement and its relation to the fixing of mans destiny at death.

Eternal Fire and Final Judgement


Msgr. Canon George D Smith in his book 'The Teaching of the Catholic Church' (Burns and Oates, London, 1948, P.1197) gives a brief summary of the teachings of the Fathers of the Church on hell and final judgement. They believed that eternal punishment in hell is only after the final judgement; but those who fall there prior to the Final Judgement will have to undergo severe torments. Many of those Fathers had doubts on purgatory and relations between particular and final judgement. But none of them had any doubt on the eternal fire that awaited Satan and his cohorts after the Final Judgement. Msgr Smith wrote: One point, however, may be noted in reading the Fathers: that several, both Greeks and Latins, believed in postponement of hell till the day of final judgement. Hell in the full sense of the word would begin, both for demons and damned, only after the sentence of Chirst on the last day. Meanwhile the devils and the wicked would, indeed undergo some punishment, but a punishment not complete, unchangable and final.
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Union of Traditions
There exists two traditions in the theology of salvation. The first is that there is no hope for salvation to those who fall to hell upon death. The Catholic Church subscribes to this. The second is that particular judgement is not eternal and there is opportunity for salvation prior to Final Judgement. How-

Testimony
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy (Ps 30:11) My name is Geo .P.George. Ten Years back, all on a sudden I lost my eye sight partially. Both the eyes proved to have a vision of 2.5 only. I rang up to Marian Koodaram and asked for prayer support; moreover, with an intention to testify in the magazine I prayed. As a result of all these my Jesus blessed me. Now I am able to read so easily. Przise you Jesus, Thank you Jesus. Geo.P.George, Pulikkal House, Mananthavadi, Wayanad.

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ever, the recently published Catechism of the Church gives an integrated view without discarding the latter perspectrive altogether. In the section titled Christ descended into Hell it is written: Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him (CCC No.633) However, CCC No.635 says: Christ went down into the depths of death so that the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. Jesus, the Author of life by dying destroyed him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and (delivered) all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage. The position of the Church in No.635 is different from that in No.633. In order to buttress the position in No.635 the CCC gives an account of Jesus encounter with Adam and Eve in Hades. The description of the encounter is adapted from an ancient homily for Holy Saturday, the full

version of which is given in the prayer book for Holy Saturday. See, how beautiful are the words of Jesus to Adam, Rise up from Hell, we shall go. Satan expelled you from Paradise. I am going to instal you not in Paradise but on a thrown in Heaven. It is readied, its carriers are also ready. That Jesus descended into Hell and saved Adam and Eve is an official position of the Catholic Church. The Church also holds that Jesus also saved all who were in hell. To quote the ancient Saturday Homily: Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began (CCC NO.635). Spirit in Jesus only upholds this position, that is all. And we pray through the intercession of Holy Mary that all the priests and laity shall come to believe this truth.

Testimony
Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God? (Jn 11:40)
My name is Antony. I was working abroad earlier. After resigning the job, we are now settled in Kerala. I always had two major intentions to submit before our Lord in my daily prayers - a house of our own, and my sons education. Due to various reasons the construction of the house was facing obstacles. In september 2012, while the concreting work of the Grotto at Maryland was in progress, I was informed from Ave Maria fellowship that anything that we pray for at that time will be answered without fail. I did so, wth so much faith and hope. As a result the obstacles that prevented the construction of my dream house were removed. Moreover, I got a higher posting in the same company where I worked before and my son got chances of higher education. Thank you Holy mother. I adore you, praise you and thank you heavenly Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Antony V.J, Vadakkethala (H), Thrissur, Kerala.

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SAINT OF THE MONTH

St. Joseph
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Little definite information has come down to us about the chosen soul who was to be, in Gods providence, the earthly guardian of Our Lady and the Foster-father of the Incarnate Word. All that is reliably known of this just man named Joseph is contained in the first two chapters of the Gospels of Sts.Mathew and Luke. In the apocryphal writings, which furnish us with many interesting details, it is next to impossible to separate those reports which may be based on true historical occurences from those which are the product of pious imagination. With St.Thomas Aquinas we may believe that at the time of the Annunciation by the Archangel Gabriel, young Mary and Joseph were merely affianced. From the fact that there is no further reference to Joseph in the Bible after the finding of the boy Jesus in the temple, it has been reasonably inferred that he did not live to see the beginning of Our Lords public ministry. The date and place of his death and burial are unknown, but devotion has been shown to him since the earliest times. Joseph is, no doubt, the greatest and most beloved of all the saints of the Catholic Church next only to Mary. His greatness and that of Mary is measured by their closeness to Jesus Christ when he came to earth two millennia ago as the Word-Made Flesh, the God-with-us, to impart eternal life to all who believed in him. Little wonder then that Pope Pius IX, on 8 December 1870 proclaimed Joseph the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. St. Joseph is also invoked for a happy death. The Kingdom of Christs reign of Grace on earth commenced the moment he was born a child of the Holy Family where Joseph was the least in personal worth, yet at the level of grace far greater than any human person except Mary. In 1995 Pope Pius XII added the title, Patron of workmen, the feast to be celebrated on 1 May. Great in the spirit, great in faith, St Joseph comes through as a man who heard the words of the living God - he listened to those words in silence, and became, as it were, the first witness of the Divine Mystery.

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It was Monday 29th of February 1988. The venue of the retreat was Christ hall Malaparamba Calicut. It was a charismatic retreat led by Fr George Kalathil with the assistance of Thomachan Maleparambil and Sr. Philo. It was past 6 o clock in the evening. I entered the hall through the back door as the last participant. Though it was a retreat for 50 people only and I had come as the last participant, I was persuaded by the organizers, the revered Kuttappan Njavally and Sunny Kainady to be seated in the front row. I had put all my hopes on this retreat. It was the last hope in my life. Is there a living God? For the previous two years it was what I was after. Such searches led me to the conclusion that there is no God. Jesus Christ is just another historical person, he is not God. This was the conclusion I had reached. My prayers in the quest for God were the period I had spent at the cardamom estate of my father as a planter. I had reached Suryanelly to help my father after my studies at Bombay. Those few years had made my life miserable. In my anguish I searched for God for some solace. O God! Where are you? I had crisscrossed the farmland with that question in mind. In each footstep my heart was searching for God. Sitting underneath the cardamom leaves I cried out to God. O my Father, where are you? My God, where are you? Resting on the scattered rocks, I used to cry out, My God

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Tom Zacharia where are you? I believe, the soil and rocks had got soaked in my tears. But today I wonder who was He that made me search for God. Who was He that propelled me- who had no knowledge of God- to cry out to the God as my Father? My wailing and searches of those two years had driven me to this conclusion. I got no answer during the period. I thought that God had not heeded my prayers as there was no God. Does he reside in some other planet? If it were so, he might hear my prayers when that planet passes over Suryanelly. I felt prayers were just sham. Because of my regard for my parents, I had to drive the vehicle carrying them to the church. My heart became a barren desert. The mind of one who has lost God is a workshop of Satan. I was in despair-utter despair. I was fed up with this life. It was bitterness to everybody. I did not feel love towards anybody. Why should I live? The happenings around me were drawing me towards death. Death alone was in my mind. It was at that time that I
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Vythiri for two days and from there went to Calicut for the retreat. It was my determination that if there is a living God I must encounter Him. It was the finale of my queries during the previous several years. If I cannot meet God there, there would not be a life for me thereafter. That was my firm decision. While inside the retreat hall the preacher said, you should not talk to anybody; God will talk to you, pray for it. I had come in search of God. So I told myself that at any cost I will have to meet Him; I am ready to pay any price. If I could meet God, I will not talk to anybody during the retreat. It was my firm decision. I did not talk at all. Days were passing by. It was like raindrops falling from the skies to a dry parch of land that the Word of the Lord entered my heart. I could not comprehend the meaning. It was Wednesday. Confession was over. Something discernible was happening inside me. It was 9 p m Saturday. The last session before going to bed was praise and worship. By 9.30 everyone was in full steam. I too with unalloyed attention was worshipping. All on a sudden I felt very hot on my tongue as if a log of fire had fallen. A voice and a language not known to me flowed out from my lips. However much I tried I could not control. Within a short time the session was over. It was then time to go to bed. However a few of us went to the nearby chapel which was only a small room. I too went inside. One by one everyone went out. Whenever I tried to pray, strange tongues flowed out like a strong current of

received a letter from my elder sister inviting me for a retreat. I said to myself in resentment. I dont need any retreat. I have decided my destiny. My younger brother Jijy after attending this very retreat returned home and tried to share his experiences with me. I did not pay attention to him. Yet he could persuade me. I was evasive. Every day he used to tell me the same thing, and urged me to attend that retreat. When days passed by, I began to pay attention to him. Slowly my mood changed and I decided to go for the retreat. That was how, along with my family I went to Calicut and from there to Wayanad. My sister and her husband were at Vythiri in Wayanad. We stayed there at

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water. I felt ashamed and tried to close my mouth. But I could not. I was kneeling. Strange tongues though chastened, quietly but powerfully flowed out. Now I was all alone there. A stream of light appeared in front of me. Suddenly I found Him in glowing silken clothes. Both His hands were stretched downwards. From his palms emanated a radiance that outshone the sun. That man clad as a Jew was none other than Lord Jesus Christ whom I have been yearning to meet in the previous two years. It was a complete man in the attire of an Israelite who lived two thousand years ago. Awestruck and delighted, I gazed at him. He was in a red robe. The inner coat was white. Within moments the Lord was gone. My heart was filled with joy. Now I saw him, Jesus Christ, whom I had understood as only a historical person,

as the Son of God. When the Lord was gone, came Holy Virgin Mary in blue attire, her arms stretched out as in blessing. In an instant Mother Mary vanished to the right. Then appeared two angels. They were very handsome. Dressed in yellow garbs and blowing a trumpet (bugle) I could see their cheeks ebbing and waning quite clearly. How radiant their eyes were. They were gigantic beings. Within moments they too were gone. There arose heaps and heaps of different types of flowers in front of me. They too vanished. I saw a place above me in the skies. I saw many saintly souls all dressed like Jews there in that heavenly light. They were all rejoicing. Then I heard a voice in my ears. Now it is rejoicement in heaven. My eyes were then on a still higher plane. What I saw next was a place so radiant that it was beyond human imagination. There was a legion of angels. Above that was a place more radiant that the sun. The light was moving like waves in the ocean. Below that were a number of men of gigantic size with golden complexion. They were big men taller than normal people. They were stout and sturdy. Their hands were the size of a normal mans thighs. All of them were in unison raising their eyes to the source of the light and worshipping God. After passing through so many other heavenly experiences, I saw the earth. There were crores and crores of people like grains of sand on the seashore. They were all looking up to the skies. I wondered who they were and why they were looking up to the skies. I descended swiftly into their midst. There was a relative of mine-well known to

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The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit (Ps 34:18) My name is Sneha, I am doing my second year B.Tech at Mangalapuram. My second semester exam was found to be too difficult for me. I thought I will fail in it. I called to Marian Koodaram for prayer help. When the result was published I was surprised to see that I had passed in all the papers. I extend my thousand thanks to Holy Mary, the wisdom of God for her support. May Jesus bless all those who prayed for me. Thank you Jesus, Adore you Jesus, Glory to you Jesus. Sneha Bose, Thattaparambil, Kannur, Kerala
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me-hair and beard overgrown and unkempt. He was absolutely desperate. I knew him as a teacher who had returned from civil war stricken Africa, having lost his job, certificates and all money. It was him who was then an alcoholic and a nuisance for the public that the Lord showed me. When I met him after three months I was astonished to see him clean shaven, good looking and a youngster to boot. To my query he replied that from March onwards his life had changed. The people whom I saw in my vision, lakhs and lakhs of them were in search of God. They were thirsting for God. Later I understood that it was a great mission given to me by the Lord to give Jesus to all these people. I saw this multitude of people two or three times. While I was having that vision, the Lord took me to two different types of places. It was to Israel and Rome. In my vision I journeyed through Israel. I saw the hillocks, valleys and also the Jews living in Jesus times. There were Jewish women fetching water in pitchers in groups. I still remember the farmers, the goat herds and all that. The second place was St. Peters Basilica in Rome. I entered the Basilica and passed through it. Somebody told me that it was St. Peters Basilica. It was in October 2012 that I actually visited the St. Peters Basilica. Along with the St. Peters Basilica the Holy Spirit also showed me the Coliseum also in the vision. It is as the place where many Christians were tortured to death that coliseum is remembered in Christian lore. Too much Christian blood was shed there. In 2012 I visited the coliseum as well. It was Satans kingdom that the Lord showed me

next. The army of devils was what I first met. He has arranged devils as an army in a ready -to-combat state. Next to that were the unclean spirits under him. It is a most despicable and abominable spectacle seeing Satans kingdom of devils and unclean spirits. The presence of a most despicable evil spirit-cruelty writ large in its eyes- made me quite awry. I prayed for it to be over. Whenever I prayed, it frightened me. My feeble mind was very much disturbed. As I was frightened, I got out of the chapel immediately. It was 11.30 p.m. There was silence everywhere. I reached my room in an instant. I was in heavenly bliss for two hours. Now has the presence of the devil shattered all that within such a short time? My mind was very disturbed. I lay on the bed. I wanted to take a bath. It was a bath attached room. I did not feel the courage to go to the bathroom. A myriad of thoughts crossed my mind. What has happened to me? How happy I was seeing Jesus, Mother Mary, the angels and heaven! But why was it that I saw Satan? Has my mind gone out of senses? I could not accept it that it was God himself who showed me Satan and his kingdom also. I felt it to be some trick. Now I felt some motion in my room. I sat on the bed. There was a relative of mine also in the room who had come for the retreat. He was in deep sleep. I saw a motion all on a sudden. There was Holy Mary in the room, in the air. Now I saw her in an entirely different form. There was Rosary in her hands. It was hanging in her hands. Her
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fingers were running over the beads one by one. When she vanished smiling, it was clear to me that she wanted me to pray the Rosary. As I began to pray the Rosary power filled in me. All my fears were gone. I felt courageous. After having my bath I sat on my bed. Even at that time I could feel beams of light falling on me from heaven. Barely had I prayed something than I fell into deep sleep. The next day I woke up with energy and vigour. The morning prayers were on and I was in a different world and having heavenly visions. By noon I began to have doubts. Why do I see all these things? These are not from God. These are the imaginations of the mind. The Satan is trying to deceive me. One of the preachers told me that they were hallucinations, mere imaginations of the mind. But what I was seeing were things never seen and heard of. I thought of my boyhood days. No, I have not seen these things in drawings or paintings. I lost all faith. Something absurd has happened to me. I prayed. Save me God. Those heavenly visions I was having, like a film on celluloid was over. There was only darkness in front of me. It was when those heavenly visions were over that it began to pain me. When I was having that vision, there was great peace and serenity in my mind. Enormous power and strength I had felt. But it was lost. I felt deep anguish. Doubts and loss of faith entangled me. By evening, I had slipped into great despair. I came in search of God, but everything was lost. It was 9.30 p.m. and was the time to go bed. With an aching heart, I rushed to
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the chapel. I was on my knees praying fervently. My Lord how happy and contented I was when I had your vision yesterday. But today I have nothing. I cannot believe, Lord. Is it all true? Have mercy on me God. Please talk to me. There was no answer. It was stark darkness- nothing else. I prayed in all the ways that I knew. I wanted to know the truth. Was it you my Lord that I saw? Am I being deceived? I wont leave without you talking to me. Even if I have to kneel on my knees over the whole night, I wont go. I made a firm resolve that I will stay put there throughout the night till dawn. My God, I have come empty handed having lost everything and in despair. I came to meet you. Do not send me back empty handed.

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Hardly had I begun the prayer, I had the vision of a cross. Jesus was nailed to that cross. I was seeing the cross from the back side. Front portion was against me. I felt pained. Jesus whom I saw yesterday is at a long distance and standing against me. Lord, are you angry with me? Why do you stand against me? Jesus I could not believe what I saw earlier. Please have mercy on me. Now the crucifix shook and turned facing me and neared me. It was just three feet from me. It was a big wooden cross. The Lord lay nailed to the cross with wounds all over the body, blood oozing out of every wound. A big crown of thorns was on His head. The thorns each with the length of a forefinger, were pierced deep into the skull. Blood was spilling out from the head. His hair flowing down to the shoulders was soaked in blood. I saw vividly blood dripping out, from His limbs that were nailed to the cross. I could not control myself. My sobs were loud. I cried out, Jesus forgive me, I believe in you, I believe that you died on the cross for me. I told Jesus, I have lived these many years for this world. But from now onwards I live for you only. I surrender myself at your feet. My life henceforth shall be for you alone. For it will be for you only. I felt a breeze caressing the Lord. Within moments all the blood stains were gone. Wounds vanished. The crucifix also vanished. The Lord has never allowed me to violate the solemn promise that I gave him that day. He who gave rebirth to me in spirit has emboldened me and gave me the fortitude to run for him during the past 25 years. During the past 25 years my faith was tested several times. I had to pass through many a shattering experience. I thought of making a full stop. But the Lord, the crucified One, the vision of the crucified whom I saw 25 years ago has helped me to stand firm in

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my promise. I have to live for my Lord who died for me. Before winding up my retreat experiences, I have to write one more thing. I saw my ancestors in my heavenly vision. They were able bodied, stout and quite large sized. They had the complexion of pure gold. I saw another set of people. They too were large sized, stout and well built. But they were all dark, dark like burnt charcoal. Even after seeing them several times, I could not make out who they were. But the next time, I saw them it was like this. There was a man (of enormous physical size) standing afar. There was another one in front of him who resembled him. There was another man in front of this man in the same fashion. Likewise there were thousands and thousands. From the one standing at the far end, till the first one, everyone was dark in complexion and ugly looking. The last man was quite a gigantic one. The next one was smaller, and the next still smaller. Thus the first man nearer to me was almost the size of the present human being. I was pondering in my mind who those people were. I was astonished to find myself as the man in front. I was standing facing myself, both of us in the same dress, posture and with the specs and all that. Though I could not understand its meaning clearly, I got the answer at a later date. They were all my ancestors from Adam till myself. It is the scheme of God that I am in relation to my ancestors. Both evil and good are transmitted to me through them. Sin and

death have come into me .My relationship to them has never been terminated. The ancestry detailed in both old and new testaments certifies to it. They sinned-it has been the cause of my destruction. But by Gods grace I have been redeemed. The fruits of this redemption have to be made available to my ancestors as well. They may be lost souls. But I have experienced that as I am the one called upon by the Lord, if I lead a sanctified life and pray for my ancestors, the Lord is willing to give his redemption to even those who have died never having known Him at all. My teachings about the salvation of souls, curses through the ancestors and all that I preached have never been the result of my studies. It was what the Lord taught and commanded me to teach that I preached. I am sure that the living God will prove to this world that all these are truths and truths only. The dark men whom I saw in the vision were all people who lived and died in sin. The cause behind my preaching of the salvation of souls is not this vision. I will not elaborate detail on this for the present. I thank God the father who revealed to me His Son. I thank God the Father and the Son who through the Son redeemed me and gave me the Holy Spirit. I thank Lord Jesus Christ who made God the Father my own through the Holy Spirit. I thank Holy Mary who gave me Lord Jesus. I thank Lord Jesus for He gave the Holy Mother as my mother. Thank you Jesus. Hallelujah.

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Feast of Divine Mercy A Treasure for Souls


He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases; He keeps me from the grave and blesses me with love and mercy (Psalm 103:3,4). Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy (Mt 5:7) Mercy is the fulfilment of the unconditional love of Jesus. Mercy is the greatest attribute of God. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of his most tender mercy. A correct and elaborate knowledge of Gods mercy is essential for ones salvation. Mercy is infinite because it is the perfection of infinite God. Mercy flows from meditation on the word of God, from the Eucharist which is love greater than death, and from reconciliation which is love greater than sin. Mercy is revealed in Chirst crucified and risen which is love greater than sin, death and evil. Mercy is the programme and mission of Church because it is the programme and mission of the Christ. Mercy is the content and power of the Gospel and is centred in the Heart of Jesus and continued in the Heart of Mary. (Adapted from Pope John Paul II, Rich in Mercy).

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Our Lord revealed much about His Mercy through Saint Maria Faustena Kowalska (1905-1938). Our Lord named St.Faustina as His secretary of mercy You are the secretary of My mercy. I have chosen you for that office in this and the next life (Diary 1605). And she is entrusted with this duty to make known to souls the great mercy I have for them, and to exhort them to trust in the bottomless depth of My mercy (Diary 1567). Revelations of Jesus of Mother of Mercy and others made to St. Faustina are published in her diary Divine Mercy in My Soul. The revelations through St. Faustina greatly influenced Pope John Paul II. The Polish Church has requested the Holy See to declare St. Faustina a doctor of the church. Her diary is a vehicle of grace for all who read it and will know the truth that mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to Gods mercy.

The Feast of Divine Mercy


It ranks first among all the elements of Divine Mercy devotion revealed to St.Faustina. The Lords will with regard to its establishment was made known in His first revelation to the saint. In all, there were 14 revelations concerning this Feast. I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first sunday after Easter; that sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy (Diary 49). The Feast of Mercy would focus on Gods mercy as an event. Actually this is a great event which should be respectfully celebrated. After commanding Sr.Faustina to celebrate the Feast of Gods Mercy on the
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first sunday after Easter (Diary 280) our Lord promised that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment (Diary 300). Further our Lord said, I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, especially for poor sinners..... The soul that will go to confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. Let no soul fear to draw near me, even though its sin be as scarlet.... Mankind will have no peace until it turns to the Fount of my Mercy (Diary 699). It is a feast with three distinct dimensions - Merciful Love, Atonement and Covenant. St. Augustine called the eight days of Easter, referring to the Octave, days of mercy and pardon. Liturgically, these days constitute a single day or a single celebration. In a sermon, he then calls the sunday of this Octave of Easter the summary of the days of Mercy. (Sermo # 156, Dom.in

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Albis). Now by the Decree of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the sacraments, the name of this Liturgical day has been changed to Second Sunday of Easter, or Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II made the announcement of this change in his homily at the canonization of Sr. Faustina on April 30, 2000. There, he declared, It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called Divine Mercy Sunday. By the words the whole message, the Holy Father was referring to the connection between the Easter Mystery of the Redemption- in other words, the suffering, death, burial, resurrection, the ascension of Christ, followed by the sending of the Holy Spirit - and this Feast of Divine Mercy, the Octave Day of Easter. Thus all the elements of the message and devotion to the Divine Mercy focus on the Feast of Mercy. Four important points to remember are (1) Novena starting from Good Friday (2) Confession (3) Veneration of the Image (4) Holy Communion on the day of the Feast. The Novena In preparation for the Feast of Divine Mercy, the Lord asked Sister Faustina to make a novena of prayer from Good Friday to the first Sunday after Easter. I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of Mercy, that they may draw thenceforth strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of

death. On each day, you will bring to my heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of my mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the House of my Father. You will do this in this life and the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day, you will beg my Father, on the strength of my bitter passion, for graces for these souls (Diary 1209). First Day - All mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of the Lords mercy. Second day - Souls of Priests and Religious Third day - All devout and faithful souls

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Fourth day - Souls of all those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know them (Pagans) Fifth day- Souls of seperated brethren, i.e: the souls of schismatics and heretics Sixth Day - Meek and humble souls Seventh day - Souls especially who venerate and glorify the mercy of God. Eighth day - Souls of those who are in the prison of purgatory. Nineth day - Lukeworm souls. The soul of Jesus suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. These souls were the reason for Jesus to cryout: Father, take this cup from me, if it be your will. After bringing the above mentioned categories of souls on prescribed days to the most merciful Heart of Jesus we should recite the chaplet of Divine Mercy. We should also recite 33 times the prayer. O blood and water which gushed forth from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in you, for Holy Fathers intentions. Also pray the Litany of Divine Mercy. Devotion to the Divine Mercy is a total commitment to God, who is mercy itself. It is a covenant of mercy, a continuously renewed promise to trust in the mercy of God and to be merciful, just as He is merciful (Fr George W Kosicki, Now is the Time for Mercy). Know that a single act of pure love pleases our Lord more than a thousand imperfect prayers. The Feast of Mercy would be the fulfilment of the Old Testament day of atonement. But unfortunately this great Feast, so pleasing to God and helpful for our salvation, is neglected by vast majority. Many Catholics are
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not even aware of this Feast. This feast would be a summation of the whole pascal mystery, capsulizing the graces in the celebration of the event of His mercy. Ask God for love and mercy for all who cannot do so themselves. Entrust everything in the saving power of His sacred wounds and let every soul receive healing in his sacred wounds. Always invoke the precious Blood for ourselves and for sinners. One day we will discover with astonishment just how many souls could be saved through our merciful love. Please make sure to make this devotion and reap the connected spiritual benefits. May you be adored, O merciful God of ours, O all-powerful Lord and Creator. In deepest humility, we give you praise, Plunging ourselves into the ocean of Your Godhead, To give worthy praise to the Lords mercy. We unite ourselves with Your immaculate mother, For then our hymn will be more pleasing to you, Because she is chosen from among men and angels. Through her, as through a pure crystal, Your mercy was passed on to us. Through her, man became pleasing to God; Through her, streams of grace flowed down upon us Be adored, O our Creator and Lord. O Universe, humbly glorify your God, Thank your Creator to the best of your powers And praise Gods incomprehensible Mercy. (St.Faustina)

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ROBE OF THE LORD

Thressiamma A.D

There is the story of a king who wanted to teach a lesson to flatterers and those who pretended to be intelligent. He went out into the street and said, See; I have worn a special type of cloth. The elegance and quality of the cloth can be discerned by intelligent persons only. All those who saw the king were united in their opinion that the cloth was indeed quite elegant. But a young boy in the midst of the people alone uttered the truth that the king was wearing no cloth at all .The king was pleased with the young boy because it was he alone who had the courage to tell the truth that the king was actually naked. This oft heard story contains certain points that elicit our contemplation. The Word of the Lord says Whoever rebukes a person will afterwards find more favour than one who flatters with the tongue (Pro 28:23). In the Book of Revelations we see like this: Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent( Rev 3:18-19). What is this nakedness that is referred to in the Word of the Lord? In the Book of Genesis we see the Lord moulding Adam and Eve by His own hand in His own likeness and resemblance. They could walk along with Him in the paradise. But when they sinned and violated the commandments of the Lord the inner eyes of Adam and Eve who

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were spiritual beings were closed and their external eyes were opened. When they sinned their spirituality was lost and they saw themselves naked. So they wanted to run away from God. In the same way when one commits a sin his soul is disrobed. This nakedness of the soul is the reason behind the most heinous crimes and abominations. Fear dwells in those who indulge in crime. They fear the time when they will be captured. The punishment also frightens them. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love (1 John 4:18). The robe of the soul is the grace of God. One receives grace through baptism in the first instance. Men who are inheritors of the Kingdom of Heaven lose this right through their sins. But the sacrament of confession gives the christian yet another opportunity to regain the inheritance to the Kingdom of Heaven. A voice cries out: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken (Is 40:3-5). Sin is not the path of the Lord. But when the Word of the Lord comes in to those hearts empty due to sin all those who have fallen in sins, those who are in despair, those who are slaves to different types of selfishness, those who have not got deliverance from the passions of the flesh - all those will become free and the Glory of the Lord will be revealed in them. It is also certain that God will bless every
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forgetful of the cleansing of past sins (2 Pet 1:8-9). Worldly men are at times transformed through renewal retreats and may begin to lead a spiritual life and even make it to certain ministries for the Lord. Yet they may at times behave like men of the world. A spiritual man is not one who rebounds in adverse situations. The Word of the Lord says Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation(1 Pet 2:1-2). It is only those who have that indwelling of the Holy Spirit who can talk humbly and have serenity in their hearts. I remember a parish priest who now lives a retired life. He was never seen to be angry or shouting at anybody .All his good deeds were in private. Breast milk of the mother is inevitable for a childs health and growth. The Word of the Lord which is the holy and spiritual milk has to be drunk with thirst for it, by those who want purification in their lives. And purification there will be. I remember an incident. I was to find a young boy -a fourth standard student- reading the Bible with utmost attention immediately on reaching home from school even before having his evening coffee. He was at the top in his studies also. One day he entered the church along with his mother. There was an English woman sitting in front of him dressed improperly. The young boy was seen redirecting his eyes and drawing the sign of the cross in his eyes. If purification does not happen in the spheres of the mind, Word will not become flesh in your lives.

Purification has to happen in words and deeds. The word of the Lord will not bear fruit if there is uncleanliness in the books you read, the films you see and the songs you hear .The uncleanliness that comes into us blinds our spirituality, and our intellect is filled with darkness and the sanity of the mind is lost. I was travelling by bus on a Christmas day. A drunken youth on the road his legs tottering was talking to somebody, standing very near to the bus. The bus could not be taken out as it was sure to hit him. The conductor asked him to move away from the bus. This young man was fulminating If you want, take away your vehicle from here, or else get lost leaving the vehicle here. Liquor had robbed his sanity and his intellect was not functioning properly. Only those who have a sane mind can understand reality. When the intelligent king walking along the street stark naked trying to test the foolishness of his subjects and lay bare the emptiness of their flattery, it was only an innocent boy who could tell the truth. There was no fear in his innocent heart. He did not care for the praise from the king. He did not aspire to get favours from the king by flattery. It is only those who are innocent, unblemished and pure in heart that can stand before the Lord without losing grace and without being seen naked before the Lord. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling (2 Cor 5:2). We shall pray that every Christian who aims at being clothed with his heavenly abode and who does not want the nakedness of his soul to be laid bare and put to shame, should thirst for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and for the intercession of holy Mary for the same. Hallelujah!

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Cardinal George: Next pope must embrace zero tolerance for sex abuse
VATICAN CITY (CNS) : Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago told during a press conference that The next pope must be very aware of the need for vigilance in preventing clergy sex abuse and accept a policy of zero tolerance as the universal law of the church. The cardinal, spoke to journalists on March 4 between sessions of the first day of pre-conclave meetings at the Vatican. Asked if he would consider a candidates approach to sexual misconduct by clergy when choosing the next pope, Cardinal George said that will be an important issue because sex abuse is a terrible wound on the body of the church. Whoevers elected pope, the cardinal said, obviously has to accept the universal code of the church now, which is zero tolerance for anyone who has ever abused a minor child, (who) therefore may not remain in public ministry in the church. So that has to be accepted. I think that will not be a problem, he added. Theres a deep-seated conviction, certainly on the part of anyone whos a pastor in a diocese, that this has to be continually addressed. The cardinal noted that U.S. bishops lobbied to make their own zero-tolerance policy part of the churchs canon law and convinced bishops conferences in other countries, such as India, to adopt similar norms. Although the incidence of abuse is practically zero right now as far as we can
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tell, the cardinal said, there are still the victims. And the wound, therefore, is deep in their hearts and minds very often, and as long as its with them its with all of us, and that will last for a long time. So the next pope has to be very aware of this.

Astronomers spy possible baby planet in stellar womb


CAPE CANAVERAL, (Reuters) : Scientists have found what they believe to be a planetin-the-making that is still gathering material left over from the formation of its parent star.An image from the NACO system on ESOs Very Large Telescope shows a candidate protoplanet in the disc of gas and dust around the young star HD100546 in a picture released on March 2, 2013 which was taken with a special coronagraph that suppresses the light from the brilliant star and allows the region of the protoplanet to be seen in great detail. The brightest part of this picture is the candidate protoplanet and the dark disc at the bottom hiding the very bright star itself. The young star known as HD 100546, is located about 335 light years away in the constellation Musca, or The Fly.

Surge in Englishspeaking militants English-speaking worries U .S ., European officials U.S .S.,


WASHINGTON, (Reuters) : Increased use of English in videos by Islamic extremists and a rising flow of recruits from Europe to fight in Syria and on other battlegrounds is disturbing U.S. officials who fear some could return to Europe or come to the United States to plot attacks.

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Only last week, a man who spoke English and Arabic and called himself Abu Ahmed al-Amriki (Arabic for the American) starred in a new video message posted on jihadist websites and produced by al Shabaab, the Islamic militant group based in Somalia. Abu Ahmed, whose face was blurred and whose real identity is not known, called on Muslims to give up their comfortable lives in the West and head for the front lines, in places like Somalia, Mali and Afghanistan, to wage Islamic holy war, according to an account by the Long War Journal, a counterterrorism blog published by the conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Although the fears of the West have sometimes proven overblown, this video and others highlight what senior U.S. and European security officials say is a fresh increase in English-speaking recruits, including dozens of British citizens, traveling abroad to fight - most notably to Syria.

The extremely limited access to seeing the shroud gives the TV broadcast particular significance. It will be shown internationally by the Italian public service broadcaster Rai 1. On March 1, Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin announced that as part of the Year of Faith, he had gotten the consent of Benedict XVI, prior to his resignation, to have a worldwide TV exhibition of the Shroud. The Shroud of course reminds us of the passion, death and burial of the Lord and then to Holy Friday, the day in which the Church remembers and celebrates the passion of Christ, reflected Archbishop Nosiglia. Holy Saturday is a day of silent prayer and meditation on the Lords death, but it is also a day of joyful waiting of the light of the resurrection that will explode in the great celebration of the Easter Vigil. The Shroud, he noted, is a witness of this double mystery: it brings us back to the darkness of the tomb, but it also opens the way to receive the light that from it will emerge, in the event of the resurrection. The Holy Saturday broadcast of the Shroud images is only the second-ever, with the other occurrence taking place in 1973. This is in honor of the 40th anniversary of the first TV exposition, Jackson explained. He added that the Shroud is a reminder that the proclamation of Christ dead, buried and risen again, which is at the center of the Christian mystery. The TV exhibition will last about an hour, and will be part of a celebration led by Archbishop Nosiglia.

Benedict praised for Holy Saturday broadcast of Shroud


Benedict XVIs decision to allow a TV broadcast of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, Holy Saturday, has been lauded by experts for highlighting the link between the Shroud and death of Christ. The Shroud is venerated as the burial cloth of Christ, and bears a mysterious image of a man who suffered in a manner consistent with crucifixion. It is kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, and is rarely available for viewing.

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