It is a belief that even the most difficult moments of my life is known to God and He has arranged it for my goodness.
Faith is like an ‘Open Wifi’ and the speciality is it is available always and everywhere. However, as the devices need to be connected to the wifi to access, we too need to connect to the faith to access it.
The question is are you connected?
How can I express my faith? What extent can I go in the expression of my faith?
I was in a village in Mysore during the Ganesh Chaturathi, I was really shocked by the amount of noise that was made during the feast. Every corner of the village had a statute of Ganesha and everyone was competing to be louder than other. (Its also quite true in that case of loud songs played in the churches and the other places of worship)
Expression of Faith??? I don’t know. Will god be happy because we play songs and disturb everybody else…
Faith is not a thing of the past, like an artifact in a museum. Rather, it is kept alive through continuous encounters with Christ, said Pope Francis.
Once, all villagers decided to pray for rain,
on the day of prayer all the people gathered
but only one boy came with an umbrella.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …” Robert Frost
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While everyone’s faith may waver from time to time, not everyone is the Archbishop of Canterbury. But Justin Welby recently admitted sometimes doubting God.
I found this post very interesting and as an honest confession on human life. We are limited and that is what we are, by becoming religious one does not lose one’s his human identity nor become another god. He is still a human with flesh and blood. Continue reading EVEN THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY SOMETIMES DOUBTS GOD
Looking into the history there are different views about the origin and the growth of this devotion. According to tradition, the concept of the rosary was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition by the Virgin Mary in the year 1214 in the church of Prouille. This Marian apparition received the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.
This incident was reported during the visit of Pope Francis to Albania. Can persecution and troubles challenge the faith of the believer? Listen to Sr. Marije Kaleta about her faithfulness and daring courage. Continue reading An inspiring witness of Faith
He (Jesus) said, “Come”.
To the horrified disciples Jesus says do not worry it is me. Hearing that Peter says then Lord let me come to you. The master says, “come”. Trusting in the Lord he walks courageously on the troubled see for he sees only the master and hears only his words come.
But soon he looks around and sees what he is doing and thinks of himself (a bit of selfishness in thought), I am doing it. Peter started to sink into the water, he calls out master help me I am drowning, and Jesus calls him, hi man of little faith.
Where do I stand, how deep am I in my faith. Most often I too am like Peter I jump into the water then find myself as one with a shallow faith. The depth of my faith can be judged only by the actions I do.
Mt. 17: 14-20
The well of providence is deep but we often approach it with a small bucket. People flock when they hear of some special grace and blessings. There are even people who are ready to buy god’s blessings with money.
One age old incident goes like this; once up on a time in rural village people were struggling due to the heavy drought. After a long discussion and meetings being religious people they decided to conduct a special prayer session under the leadership of the parish priest. The people flocked for all were really in need of rain. Yet only a small boy came with the umbrella. Though the incident looks simply it is powerfully communicating its message; a message of true faith; a faith without conditions.
Can we believe in such degree? Is my faith strong enough to say I know my god will Grand me the graces. Faith is not about praying for things, rather it a believe that what prayed for is granted.
What do you value as greatest in your life? The attachment to the possessions can take us away from people and God, making us selfish. The life lived for the self-glory and fame is not worth, the life is made good only by the good that we can achieve during the life time.
Mt. 13: 31-35
“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds but when grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Though insignificant you are in the eyes of the world, you can make radical changes and contributions trusting in God.