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Prayer

What is prayer? It is an age old question that many sipitual gurus have tried explaining to us, after all what is prayer. Yet there is no one understanding of it. 

Fr PI Thomas during the mass explained prayer as ‘resting in God‘ and I found it very meaningful this explanation. 

Even if we don’t understand it, I should say prayer must resting in God, for rest is not a luxury, rather a necessity of every human being…we feel refreshed after the rest, energetic for another day of activities, prayer should lead us to the same experience.

Resting in God, we must be made strong for doing good. 

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Prayer

Let me ask you…

Do You Pray? and What do you pray for?
Prayer is often understood as a presentation of list of requirements and things required to God.

So the question, When do pray is also quite relevant?

Often we pray when we are in trouble and when we have issues which we feel can’t be managed by us alone…

Said all these… I feel

Prayer is just any of above said rather…

Prayer is a request made to God for a state of mind to accept His will in our life…whatever it may be…

It made a difference in my life…try it out

വിവാഹം

നിങ്ങൾ ഒരു കപ്പൽ യാത്രക്ക് പോവുന്നതിനു മുൻപ് ഒരു തവണ പ്രാർത്ഥിക്കണം. ഒരു യുദ്ധത്തിനാണെങ്കിൽ രണ്ടു തവണ പ്രാർത്ഥിക്കുക എന്നാൽ വിവാഹം കഴിക്കാൻ ഒരുങ്ങുകയാണെങ്കിൽ മൂന്നു വട്ടമെങ്കിലും പ്രാർത്ഥിച്ചിരിക്കണം…

(It speaks about the preparation that one needs to give before entering into marriage)

Expression of Faith

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…

ദൈവകാരുണ്യ നൊവേന, Divine Mercy Novena in Malayalam

Dear Friends attached with is the copy of Divine mercy Novena in Malayalam. You are free to you the file for spreading the devotion to the Divine Mercy of the Lord.

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We are expected to start the Novena on the Good Friday and pray till the First Sunday of Easter, which the Divine Mercy Sunday.

Divine Mercy Novena in Malayalam pdf

Divine Mercy Novena in Malayalam docx

Divine Mercy Novena in Malayalam Booklet pdf

 

A Beautiful Payer

“I do not attempt, O Lord, to penetrate Thy profundity, for I deem my intellect in no way sufficient there unto, but I desire to understand in some degree Thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand, in order that I may believe; but I believe, that I may understand. For I believe this too, that unless I believed, I should not understand.”

It is really a wonderful prayer of St. Anselm. I feel, I really need to make it my own. The faith is much greater than the realm of understanding though I do not grasp it.

Love you Ma

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“I think every man has a special bond with his mother, since it was she who brought him into the world. Today, I think back to my own mother with the mind of an adult, and I realize she was my first and most important reference point for every experience, beginning with prayer. I still remember her in the evenings, sitting on my bed, teaching me to pray and recognize Jesus’ presence, a real face, a reliable confidant. It was form her that I received that initial sense of trust which lies at the root of my faith and a child’s relationship with God was truly concerned with me, that He was truly concerned with me, that He was not just an abstract philosophical concept. There were images of Mary in the room and from an early age we were accustomed to turning to the Church as an aspect of God’s face.”

From Speaking with Cardinal Muller of the Holy Office (L’osservatore Romano, No. 36, 5th Friday September 2014)

Pope Francis: Confession Is Not a Court of Condemnation

Addresses Apostolic Penitentiary on the Sacrament of Reconciliation

VATICAN CITY, March 28, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Addressing members of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a ministry of reconciliation whose protagonist is the Holy Spirit.

Those present were attending the ‘Course on the Internal Forum’, an annual meeting that focuses on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the ministry of Confessors.

The Holy Father began his discourse by thanking those present for their service in contributing to the formation of good confessors. “I thank you for this valuable service and I encourage you to take it forward with renewed commitment, building on experience gained and with skilful creativity, to always help the Church and confessors to better carry out the ministry of mercy, which is so important!” he said.

Reflecting on the Sacrament itself, the Pope began by explaining that the forgiveness that comes from Reconciliation “is the new life sent by the Risen Lord by means of His Spirit.”

“You are called to always be ‘men of the Holy Spirit,’ witnesses and heralds, joyful and strong, of the resurrection of the Lord,” the Pope said. “This testimony is read on the face, is heard in the voice of the priest who administers with faith and with ‘unction’ the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”

The Pope reminded those present that the heart of a priest is not moved by sentimentality or emotion, but by “the tender mercy of the Lord.”

Another aspect of Reconciliation, he continued, is the task of the priest to transmit the new life of the Risen Lord “generously to others.”

“A priest who does not attend to this part of his ministry, both in the amount of time spent and in the spiritual quality, is like a shepherd who does not take care of the sheep that were lost; he is like a father who forgets the lost son and neglects waiting for him,” the Pope said.

“But mercy is the heart of the Gospel! It is the good news that God loves us, that He always loves the sinner, and with this love draws him to Himself and invites him to conversion.”

The Holy Father reminded them that for either practical reasons or difficulty of confessing one’s sins to another, the faithful can find it hard to approach the sacrament. The Pope encouraged them “never to be an obstacle but always to favour drawing near to mercy and forgiveness.”

“Confession,” he exclaimed, “is not a court of condemnation, but an experience of forgiveness and mercy!”

Concluding his address, Pope Francis emphasized the need to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available to all those who need it. The faithful in every parish, he stressed, need to know when they can find priests available.

“To the Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, we entrust the ministry of priests, and every Christian community, that they might always grow in understanding the value of the Sacrament of Penance. I entrust all of you to our Mother and I bless you from the heart,” he concluded. (J.A.E.)