Divine Empowerment

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Life presents many options and difficult moments. In our individual and collective experiences of living, we often encounter difficult situations and near impossible options and tasks. Mary of Nazareth finds herself in such a situation as the Angel Gabriel brings a difficult divine proposal to her. Today, the Church celebrates that singular event which is…

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Being Patient With People

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Social life today is like a fast-moving train. There is a mad rush for almost everything. This has made contemporary life too competitive and very difficult as people struggle to succeed at all costs. Yet the old adage remains valid: slow and steady wins the race. Because we are always in a hurry, we tend…

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The Call to Look Beyond

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Today, the Church celebrates the conversion of St. Paul, the great missionary to the nations. Paul’s conversion experience helps us to understand what conversion is all about. It is an experience of reversal in thinking and mentality. Ordinarily, Paul cannot be said to have been an unbeliever before his conversion. So, his experience is not…

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The Experience of Joy

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Christmas is universally accepted as a season of joy. Even when there is no visible reason to rejoice, people still look for ways to express joy. But few days ago, I wished a friend the joy of Christmas, but the response I got was, “Joy with what? No food, no new clothes, no wares! How…

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Confidence in Crisis Moments

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In moments of crisis and near hopelessness, we are encouraged to keep hoping. Why? We have a God who cares. He has a way of intervening to rescue His people even when there seems to be no other way. So, if you are in the throes of hardship, frustration, inner crisis, conflict, pain, or sickness…

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Experiencing the Force of Liberation

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Our life in this mortal frame is often subject to forces beyond our control. We are often victims of forces that keep us in bondage, but there are also forces that bring liberation. These two opposed brands of forces are well captured in the liturgical readings of this day. The Carnal Forces and the Liberating…

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God’s Intervention to Rescue His People

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What sustains life is hope. Without the hope of a better future, we can hardly survive the upheavals of the present. Here one recalls the opening words of the great Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, SPE SALVI facti sumus – “In hope we were saved, says Saint Paul to the Romans, and likewise to us…

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Giving a Message of Encouragement

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Most people fail not necessarily because they are incapable, but because they are not properly motivated and encouraged. Working with young people has taught me that what they need most is encouragement. Even when they fall short of expectations, they still need to be encouraged so that they can rise above their perceived limits. The…

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Anxiety and Divine Providence

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One of the things that makes life very fascinating is the fact that we do not know what will happen next. We ordinarily live in hope that the future will always be good. Anxiety sets in when what we see does not encourage this hope of a better future. This happens mostly in our daily…

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God’s Presence Brings Wholeness

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Wholeness is a state of completeness which one needs to be fully human. Many things destroy our state of completeness and leave us in a broken condition. It is a reality that many today live with broken hearts, broken spirits, broken families, and broken societies. But living constantly in the presence of God is the…

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