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An Voice of Charity

It was on 7th October 1950 that Mother Teresa established
a new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity’. Today, let us remember
her words, “By faith, I am a
Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world……” In 2012, the
community of Sisters of Charity has over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133
countries. Giving away “Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of
the poor” is one among their vows. Mother Teresa received numerous honours
in her life, including the Nobel Peace Prize. She refused the conventional
ceremonial banquet given to laureates, and asked that the $192,000 funds be
given to the poor in India. It is this attitude that made her great; it is this
attitude which each Indian needs to nourish within. It only makes India great. 

By Admin on 09-10-2012
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Comparison – J Vempeny

 

Do not compare yourself to others.

You are so unique, so different.

You possess many qualities

Which others do not have.

Comparing oneself to others

Is the cause of many problems.

This is especially true when the one

Compared is better off than us in some
way

In wealth, health, talents or other
accomplishments.

If you do have to compare yourself to
someone

Think of those less accomplished than
you.

Life becomes happy and peaceful

When we are satisfied with

What we have, with what we are.

Absence of desire is the secret to joy in
life.

By Admin on 07-10-2012
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Prayer in Need – J Vempeny

“Why should
we pray for our needs?

God knows
our needs before they  arise.”

I thought
about these words of Kahlil Gibran

the 20th
century Christian Mystic  and felt that

this made
sense and stopped that  kind of prayer.

After that
it was all praise, worship and thanksgiving.

Soon I felt
that something was wrong, something missing.

A kind of
dryness in my relationship to my Father in heaven.

Before, I
was just a child depending on my Father for everything.

My new
attitude made me feel an adult independent of my Dad.

I was
confused till I read the words of Jesus telling me clearly,

“Ask and it
shall be given”. Jesus wants me to be a child

and depend
on  my Father for everything.

Here is also
the question of free will.

Freedom to
ask or not to ask.

Often I do
not get what I ask for,

but
something better, more useful.

 Ask for a poisonous scorpion to play with

He will give
me a cute puppy or bunny instead.

As He knows
my needs well, I always add these words,

‘Not my
will, but Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’.

When things
go according to God’s plan it will be heaven here.

By Admin on 02-10-2012
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Sermon on the Mount – Joseph Vempeny

The guidelines to
lead a life of holiness were given to us some 2000 years ago by Jesus in his
teachings in the gospels, especially in the Sermon on the Mount. A few of these
are enough for anyone to attain holiness.

·        
Live like a child.  Trust in the Lord and love Him as a
three-year-old trusts its father or mother and loves them. A child never
worries about the future nor cry over the past. 
Neither should you.

·      Live in selfless
love
.  Entertain only positive sentiments like love
and compassion towards everyone.  There
should be no place in your heart for negative sentiments like hatred, envy,
anger or even indifference.

·       Forgive. Forgive anyone
who has hurt you or your dear ones and ask forgiveness of any one you have
hurt.

·        
Be poor in
spirit. 
Do not be attached to wealth or
material possessions.  Be content with
what you have.

·        
Remember that whenever you
do something for the poor and needy you are doing it for the Lord.

By Admin on 27-09-2012
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How Poor We Are ?

One day a rich father took his son on a trip to the
countryside, with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. 

They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor
family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, “How
do you think was the trip, my son?”

“Very good Dad!” replied the son.

“Did you see how poor people can be?”

“Yeah !”

“And what did you learn?” the father asked.

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog at home,
and they have four. We have a pool that is hundred meters long, they have a
stream that has no end. We have fifty imported lamps in our garden, they have
countless shining stars. Our terrace reaches to the front yard, they have a
whole horizon.”

When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.

His son concluded, “Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor
we are!” 

By Admin on 18-09-2012
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Two Bodies – Joseph Vempeny

Now I
realize that I have two bodies, a physical body of perishable matter and a
spiritual body of pure energy. I used to think that this spiritual body or soul
is somewhere inside the physical body. 
Now I know that the physical body is inside the spiritual body, that the
energy of the soul envelops the matter of the body. The pure energy that makes
up the soul or the spiritual body cannot be detected or measured like the
physical forms of energy such as light, sound or electricity. It is rather like
the cosmic energy from which, according to modern cosmologists, the universe
arose and which is responsible for the evolution, expansion and sustenance of
our universe. This energy cannot be detected by their instruments but they know
that it exists.    As they have no idea
about the nature of this energy, they call it dark energy. I call it pure
energy. But the scientists of the twenty-first century know that the ordinary
matter of the whole universe is not even one percent of this cosmic energy,
that the cosmic energy is immense. My spiritual body known as Jeevathma is in
the likeness of the Cosmic Body known as Paramathma. My soul is created in the
image and likeness of the Creator.  That
is why I call myself a child of God. My true self is not the physical body but
the spiritual one. I am the soul and the body is something that belongs to me
during my earthly sojourn.

By Admin on 16-09-2012
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God’s Likeness – J Vempeny

Not only
scientists but even many theologians think
that we
humans belong to the animal kingdom,
that we
are very similar to chimps and other apes,
that the
only difference is the size of the brain
and the
resulting intelligence and associated skills,
that
animals also have souls like humans.
I do not
think I am an animal; I know I am not.
I do not
think animals have souls.
I say, I
do not have a soul, rather I have a body
because I
– my real self – is the immortal soul.
What is
created in the image and likeness of God
Is not the
perishable, material body of humans
but the
pure imperishable, spiritual, soul
because
God is a pure being of Spirit.
He has
none of the physical features of animals.
If we want
to represent God as a human
 For common folk to focus their attention on,
let us not
represent Him with gray hair and white beard
because He
is our Father, not our great grand father.
We are all
His children – infants – not grand children.
Can’t we
have Him as a handsome young man in the thirties?
As for me,
Jesus is only eight years old and I am three.

 

By Admin on 11-09-2012
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Avoiding Futile Competition

Seeing everyone as your competitor
has two negative consequences. First, it isolates you and your efforts, putting
a full burden on your shoulders that others could help you bear; and second, it
means you waste energy trying to set others back rather than using that energy
to push yourself forward.

Consider the following true story by Frank Koch in
an issue of Proceedings, the magazine of theUnited States Naval Institute.
Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers
in heavy weather for several days. Koch was serving on the lead battleship and
was standing watch on the bridge as night fell. He recounts his experience. “The
visibility was extremely poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the
bridge, keeping an eye on our navigation activities.

“Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing
of the bridge reported, 'Light, bearing on the starboard bow!' “The
captain called out, 'Is it steady or moving astern?' “The lookout replied,
'Steady, captain,' which meant that we were on a collision course with
thatsource of light. “The captain then called to the signalman,
'Signal that ship: We are on a collision course … advise you change course 20
degrees.' “Back came the signal from the other ship. 'Advisable for you to
change course 20 degrees!' “The captain barked, 'Send, I'm a captain …
change course 20 degrees immediately.' “I'm a seaman second class,' came
the reply. 'You had better change course 20 degrees!' “By this time, the
captain was furious. He spat out, 'Send, I'm a battleship. Change course 20
degrees.' “Back came the signal from the flashing light, 'I'm a
lighthouse.' “The captain changed course.”

The moral of the story is that it is futile to try
to set others back when you could turn yourself 20 degrees and go forward!

By Admin on 04-09-2012
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Do something for somebody!

 

Do something for somebody, somewhere,
while jogging along life’s road.
Help someone to carry his burden, 
and lighter will grow your load.

 

Do something for somebody, gladly,
it will sweeten your every care. 
In sharing the sorrows of others,
your own are less hard to bear.

 

Do something for somebody, striving
to help where the way seems long.
And the sorrowful hearts that languish,
cheer up with a little song.

 

Do something for somebody, always,
whatever may be your creed.
There’s nothing on earth that can help you
so much as a kindly deed.

 

— Harold Abbott

By Admin on 03-09-2012
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Counting

We do not count a man's years,
until he has nothing else to count.

Age is a quality of mind.
If you have left your dreams behind,

If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambition's fires are dead …..
Then you are old !

But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the zest,
If love you hold,
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly ….
You are not old !

                         — Ralph Waldo
Emerson

By Admin on 30-08-2012