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Ode to Death

21 Sep

How beautiful is your thought,
How wonderful your existence,
You eliminate pride and wickedness,
You make everybody respect the power divine

Kill all worries in me,
Remind me to be joyful always,
Make me strong and hopeful,
Forever mindful of the glory in heaven

You make even Atheists accept God,
You kill regrets and extinguish hatred,
You fill us with light of life ahead,
All humans are my brothers and sisters

Come conquer me completely with your power,
Never again let me ignore thee,
Make me loyal to my commitments,
Till we meet one day to pass into eternity

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To Goodness

12 Jul


Goodness, how powerful thou art,
Thou heal the sick, rejuvenate the meek,
In thee, the righteous rejoice,
The scrupulous get peace of mind

In thee, all evil instincts get erased,
Thou fill us with patience to suffer,
Through thee, there is joy in troubles,
Lust and fear seem mere to conquer

Anxiousness flies from us when thou art near,
Focusing on thee our heart dances,
Anger banished and love increased,
Abuse and swearing all healed

Filthy promptings no more resound,
Stress and strain a mere thing,
Pressures went and forgotten,
Till in heaven, we meet

Mariam

24 Jun

Beautiful Lady, what`s your role in my life,
Why do you Love me so lively,
Should I love you too or indulge in heresy,
I choose to love you and venerate you
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How can I reject my own Mother,
Hasn`t he said ‘women this your son…’,
One God followers venerate her, so do of many Gods,
I love you beautiful Lady my Mother

When you are near, Lust has no power,
Nor has blasphemy and illness,
With such privileges why should I ditch you,
You are my Mother, just as you were of the Lord

Troubles and hardships come and go,
Failures and weakness will remain,
Through your intercession, all is well,
Till  on this bark of life the turbulent seas we cross

Heaven on Earth

31 Mar

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There is beautiful greenery all around,
Everywhere the Sun shines vibrantly,|
Oh, I feel like paragliding, I feel like dancing,
This utopia is exactly where I want to be

Troubles and hardships come and go,
Temptations and arrogance dies in no time,
I stick to Lord and this world becomes a Utopia in no time,
Why should I worry or fear, My Lord protects me from Lust

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Sin has no power over me, it`s dead and gone,
Fear has no power over me as there is nothing to be feared,
I see the flowers and the animals all beautiful and all pleasure,
Oh in this land from heaven I live

 

 

There is music all around, there is joy undefined,
I love it more, more than anybody can define,
Oh among this pleasures from Heaven I live,
Thank you, Lord a hundred time, till in Heaven we meet.

To a Cattle Egret

1 Jul

Yellow hood and white body,
No glamour but true beauty,
You help of the farmers,
Refuge of the Cattle, blessed be thou.

You cleanse the Cattle from leeches,
They owe thee a lot, but unable to say cheers,
You understand their plight and come to their assistance,
You help keep up the ecological balance

Oh, Egret you teach us a lot,
To help others without recognition,
To love without expectations,
Bend beneath all till death

Sometimes filled with bitterness and temptation,
I go astray, the momentary pleasure I indulge,
You inspire me to do best at all times,
Till in heaven, we find repose at the end

 

I Dare You

9 Sep

“Have you the courage to submit yourself to a very simple and innocent test? Only to wear a little something I will give you; look, it is a medal of the Blessed Virgin. It seems very ridiculous, does it not? But, I assure you, I attach great value and efficacy to this little medal. [Also] you must say every night and morning the Memorare, a very short and very efficacious prayer which St. Bernard addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” dared Theodore de Bussieres to Alphonse Ratisbonne a staunch Aethist and Anti-Catholic after a heated discussion about Catholicism. Ratisbonne agreed to wear the Miraculous Medal out of Dare and to say the Memorare. He wanted to prove that Catholicism was a ridiculous religion.

Ratisbonne lived up to his side of the bargain, finding it easy to recite the Memorare. On 20th January 1842 at the behest of Theodore de Bussieres, he accompanied him to the Church of St. Andrea delle Fratte to make arrangements for the funeral of a friend of Theodore in Rome. When Ratisbonne entered the church it appeared to be engulfed in a marvellous light. He looked to an altar from where the light was coming and saw the Virgin Mary, appearing as she did on the Miraculous Medal and in his own words  “The Church seemed to disappear, or rather I should say, O my God, I saw one thing alone! No human words can even try to convey what is beyond expression. When M. de Bussieres returned, I was in tears and unable to answer questions. I seized the medal which was on my breast and kissed the image of the Virgin. Oh! I have seen Her! I have seen Her! I was not able to say more. I felt within me something so solemn and sacred as to require me to ask for a priest.” Ratisbonne left the church in tears, clutching his Miraculous Medal. Several days later received into the Catholic Church.

Background
Alphonse Ratisbonne was born in France on May 1, 1814, to a wealthy Jewish family. His brother Theodar Ratisbonne converted to Catholicism in 1827 and went on to become a Catholic priest. This made Alphonse furious and in his own words “When my brother became a Catholic, and a priest, I persecuted him with a more unrelenting fury than any other member of my family. We were completely sundered; I hated him with a virulent hatred, though he had fully pardoned me.” Ratisbonne started hating Catholics in general and gradually in stopped believing in God. In his words “made me believe all I heard of the fanaticism of the Catholics, and I held them accordingly in great horror.”

After studying law at Paris he became a member of his uncle’s famous banking firm, and in 1841 betrothed to the daughter of his oldest brother. As she was only sixteen years old, the marriage postponed, and Ratisbonne entered upon a pleasure trip to the Orient. Though nominally a Jew, he was a scoffer at religion, and, after his brother Theodor conversion, a rabid enemy of everything Catholic. On his intended tour to the Orient, he came to Rome, where One day when visiting his friend Ratisbonne met a Catholic convert, Theodore de Bussieres, who knew Ratisbonne’s priest-brother. While this made Ratisbonne hate the man, he enjoyed conversing with him because of his knowledge.

After his conversion to the Catholic faith and return to Paris his betrothed shocked and rejected him and his new religion. Ratisbonne then entered the Jesuits and ordained a priest in 1847. He assisted his brother, Theodor, in founding the Sisterhood of Our Lady of Sion in 1843, and entered the Society of Jesus. Desirous, however, to devote himself entirely to convert Jews, he left the society with the consent of Pius IX, transplanted the Sisters of Sion to Jerusalem in 1855, and built for them in 1856 the large Convent of Ecce Homo with a school and an orphanage for girls. In 1860 he erected the Convent of St. John on the mountain at Ain Karim, together with a church and another orphanage for girls. Alphonse laboured here till his death on May 6, 1884, and buried in the cemetery of the convent.

The Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Amen.

References: https://aleteia.org/2017/08/14/how-a-radical-atheist-became-a-catholic-priest/
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12659a.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Alphonse_Ratisbonne
http://www.philomena.org/miraculousmedal.asp

Transubstantiation: The real presence as a fact

17 Jun

The Last Vision Of Fatima

Transubstantiation is the conversion of the substance of the Eucharistic elements into the body and blood of Christ at the consecration, only the appearances of bread and wine still remaining. The Catholic Church teaches that the substance, or essence, of the Eucharistic offering, is changed into both the body and blood of Christ.Belief in this doctrine was made obligatory by the Fourth Council of the Lateran in 1215. In the Greek Orthodox Church, the doctrine has been discussed under the term of metousiosis, coined as a direct loan-translation of transsubstantiatio in the 17th century. In Eastern Orthodoxy in general, the Sacred Mystery (Sacrament) of the Eucharist is more commonly discussed using alternative terms such as “trans-elementation”. So is it just a doctrine of Catholic and Orhtodox churches? Let’s look at the accounts of early Christian writers who had direct contact with the apostles of Jesus(For example Ignatius of Antioch)

It is appalling to see many Christians still deny it, in spite of almost all Early Christian writers upholding Transubstantiation in their writings and practices.
“I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ.” Saint Ignatius of Antioch to the Romans, written in about AD 106

“..stand aloof from such heretics”, because, among other reasons, “they abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again.” Saint Ignatius of Antioch to the Christians of Smyrna, written in about AD 106

“Not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Savior, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh.” Justin Martyr, Written in 105 AD

“Now it is evident, that in this prophecy [allusion is made] to the bread which our Christ gave us to eat, in remembrance of His being made flesh for the sake of His believers, for whom also He suffered; and to the cup which He gave us to drink, in remembrance of His own blood, with giving of thanks.” Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, ch 70

“Let the bishop give the oblation, saying, The body of Christ; and let him that receiveth say, Amen. And let the deacon take the cup; and when he gives it, say, The blood of Christ, the cup of life; and let him that drinketh say, Amen.” The Apostolic Constitutions (compiled c. 380)

Perhaps you will say, “I see something else, how is it that you assert that I receive the Body of Christ?” … Let us prove that this is not what nature made, but what the blessing consecrated, and the power of blessing is greater than that of nature because by blessing nature itself is changed. … For that sacrament which you receive is made what it is by the word of Christ. But if the word of Elijah had such power as to bring down fire from heaven, shall not the word of Christ have the power to change the nature of the elements? … Why do you seek the order of nature in the Body of Christ, seeing that the Lord Jesus Himself was born of a Virgin, not according to nature? It is the true Flesh of Christ which was crucified and buried, this is then truly the Sacrament of His Body. The Lord Jesus Himself proclaims: “This Is My Body.” Before the blessing of the heavenly words another nature is spoken of, after the consecration, the Body is signified. He Himself speaks of His Blood. Before the consecration, it has another name, after it is called Blood. And you say, Amen, that is, It is true. Let the heart within confess what the mouth utters, let the soul feel what the voice speaks.” Saint Ambrose of Milan (d. 397)

“For as Christ says ‘I am the true vine,’ it follows that the blood of Christ is wine, not water; and the cup cannot appear to contain His blood by which we are redeemed and quickened, if the wine be absent; for by the wine is the blood of Christ typified, …” Augustine in 400 AD quoting Cyprian (AD 200)

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”