Christian Mysticism

Altar boys arrive in procession during a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI to commemorate cardinals and bishops who died this year, at the Vatican

The core of the Catholic Spirituality is ‘Christian Mysticism’ – Our secret paths of growth in God.

As a Jesus Youth, our pillars should fine tune us towards Christian Mysticism. But have to fight the emotions and temptations of flesh which will emphasize our self-importance. We are not important! Growth of Christ within us is important!

Remember, Kingdom of God is never spoon fed to anyone. Knowledge about the kingdom of God can be obtained from The Texts. But its existence cannot be experienced from texts. Its existence is revealed only to its ‘seekers’. So seek for that revelation in your life!

The truth is not what you see in this world. The truth is what is revealed to you. How much is it revealed to you? Let us reflect about it in this Lent season. God bless!

A Pro-life Talk between children

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I think she is seven year old. Jonah, my son is seven.
She stopped at Jeremiah, my baby, knelt  and started playing with him.
Jonah came down running.
He said, “That’s my baby”
She said: “I do not have a baby”. “So, cute… What’s his name?”
“Jeremiah” and Jonah pointed to Joel, “and he is my little brother”.
When Evangelin joined the core, the seven year old girl was in wonder.
“You have a sister too! She wondered and paused a while and said: “I do not have a sister”.
“OK… call your brother, we will play?”
“I do not have brother. I don’t have sister. I just have me. You know I have barbie’s at home.”
“You know, we asked Jesus and he gave us Jeremiah”. “Why don’t you ask Jesus?”

When they started playing, I was wondering the ways in which Holy Spirit worked on Children.

Why Sacraments Are Necessary ?

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Almighty God can and does give grace to men in answer to their internal aspirations and prayers without the use of any external sign or ceremony. This will always be possible, because God, grace, and the soul are spiritual beings. God is not restricted to the use of material, visible symbols in dealing with men; the sacraments are not necessary in the sense that they could not have been dispensed with. But, if it is known that God has appointed external, visible ceremonies as the means by which certain graces are to be conferred on men, then in order to obtain those graces it will be necessary for men to make use of those Divinely appointed means. If we wish to obtain a certain supernatural end we must use the supernatural means appointed for obtaining that end. This is the reason sacraments are necessary.

#Ref: D.J. KENNEDY

Man is endangering both himself and the world!

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“Man is in any case incapable of mastering history by his own power. Man is clearly in danger, and he is endangering both himself and the world; we could even say we have scientific evidence of this. Man can be saved only when moral energies gather strength in his heart; energies that can come only from the encounter with God; energies of resistance.

We therefore need him, the Other, who helps us be what we ourselves cannot be; and we need Christ, who gathers us into a communion that we call the Church.” – Papa Benedict XVI

Option for the poor

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“When the Church speaks of the preferential option for the poor, she does so in light of the Lord’s universal love which was seen precisely in his preference for those who needed him most. It is not an ideological option; neither is it a matter of letting oneself be trapped by a false theory of class struggle as a vehicle of historical change. Love for the poor is something which is born of the Gospel itself and which must not be formulated nor presented in terms of conflict.

In fact, to forestall unacceptable reductionism it is imperative to emphasize that this love for the poor, the marginalized, the sick and the needy of all types is neither exclusive nor excluding. Jesus was born, suffered, died and rose for all people. He came to proclaim divine sonship with the Father, as well as fraternity among all peoples, called to be children in the Son. Therefore nothing is more alien to one who is called to act “in the person of Christ,” than to shorten the universal reach of his mission and his love.” – John Paul II

FRIENDS: DO THEY LEAD YOU TO CHRIST?

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It is He, Jesus Christ, the true life, who gives hope and purpose to our
earthly existence, opens our minds and hearts to the goodness and beauty
around us, to solidarity and friendship with our fellow human beings, to
intimate communion with God Himself, in a love that goes beyond all limits
of time and space, to unassailable happiness.

Remember when we talked about how good friendships can lead you to Christ?
Today I want to talk about the flip side of that. What about friendships
that lead you away from Christ? Can that happen?

As Christians, it’s easy to want to be a good influence. We feel like we
have something really great (eternal life, for starters) and we want to
share it with other people, especially the people we care about. And that’s
a good thing. We weren’t put here to “hide our light under a bushel
basket,” as Scripture says. We were meant to shine our light up on a hill,
where people can see it. We’re supposed to be examples of good Christians
and to lead people to Christ.

And sometimes it really works. I’m sure that, as a result of knowing you,
some people around you have re-evaluated their lives. I’m sure some have
turned away from sin. Some know Christ better or pray more, because of you.

But sometimes it can work the other way. Sometimes friends, especially
boyfriends or girlfriends, can lead us away from Christ while we’re trying
to lead them toward Christ. It’s usually not a really blatant thing. You
know you’re a strong Christian and you know you’re not going to stop
believing in Christ. They couldn’t convince you He doesn’t exist or that He
doesn’t love you.

But ask yourself this — how does this relationship affect the practice of
your faith? Have you made this person the center of your life, instead of
God? Do you pray less regularly because of this relationship? Do you “deny
Christ” around this person or this person’s friends, in order to gain
acceptance?

Most importantly, does this relationship cause you to sin? There are a lot
of ways a friendship can lead you to sin. Does this person gossip? Does
this group abuse drugs or alcohol? Do they destroy people’s property?
One of the most common, and most serious, ways that a relationship can lead
us away from Christ is when a dating relationship leads to sexual sin. When
you’re attracted to someone, it’s natural to want to bring them closer to
Christ. But when you’re sexually attracted to them and they don’t share
your standards for sexual purity, you’ve entered a very dangerous
situation. When the hormones get flowing, logic tends to go out the window.
If you’re with someone who doesn’t believe in saving sex for marriage or
who doesn’t at least fully respect your commitment to it, they have no
reason not to want to go further. And, when resistance is down, you’re
pretty likely to follow.

A lot of Christians get into this situation. Sexual sin happens in a
relationship over and over, and they find it difficult or impossible to
stop it. Either the other person just isn’t as committed to chastity as
they are, or habits are formed, or whatever. But they rationalize staying
in the relationship, saying, “But because of me, he’s closer to Christ. He
goes to Mass sometimes.”

But at what price? Repeated mortal sin is putting your soul in serious
danger, as well as the soul of the person you’re with. That’s not the way
to lead anyone to Christ. It’s pretty much a guarantee that your
relationship won’t be infused with grace. You’re going to struggle,
emotionally and spiritually. It will probably keep your friend from finding
Christ. Remember, faith is a grace job, not a logic job. And sin denies us,
and them, that grace. And it will drive you away from Him, and take away
your peace of soul, in process.

If you’re in a relationship that’s leading you to serious sin, it’s
important that you realize that the sin has to stop. You’re risking your
immortal soul, as well as your friend’s. Eternity is resting on this. The
stakes could not possibly be higher. You have to look at what’s going on
and take serious action to stop it. That means, if it’s sexual sin, never
being alone together, or staying out of the house or car or wherever
there’s a problem. You need strict rules and you need to follow them. Get
help if you need it.

A lot of people in this situation think, “I’ll just keep going to
confession every time it happens and I’ll be fine.” Wrong. Think about it.
Repenting says to God, “I’m sorry this happened and I’m going to try really
hard to make sure it never happens again.” That’s what it means to be
sorry. That’s the condition of your forgiveness. You need to be committed
to serious change.

Just going back to the same old habits isn’t going to cut it. If you do
that, you know it’s going to happen again. You can’t just say, “I’ll go
back into that tempting situation/being in a dark room alone/making out in
the car/whatever. Only this time I’ll be stronger.” No, you won’t. Your
hormones aren’t made that way. And going into a situation where you’re
pretty sure you’re going to sin is a sin in itself. That’s right. You can
sin before you’ve even started sinning, just by going back into a situation
where you’ve repeatedly lost control and having no guarantee this time,
besides “I’ll try really hard.” Confessing means committing to avoiding the
situation.

Sure you may fall again. But that means going back to confession and
backing up further. It means making even stricter rules next time.
And, if that doesn’t work — soon — you need to end the relationship.
Period. I know that may sound harsh, but think about it. Who is the god of
your life? God? If so, what’s worth jeopardizing your relationship with
Him? Who could be so important that you’d risk losing Him? Where will you
be without Him?

Pope John Paul II says that it’s God who “opens our hearts to friendship.”
If a friendship is marred by persistent, serious sin, real love is not in
action. You can say “I love you,” but you’re not loving and God is not
there.

Don’t you want Him around? Don’t you want Him in your relationships? I
guarantee, they won’t work right any other way.

Ref# Mary Beth Bonacci
Ref# Arlington Catholic Herald

9 Common confused statements of Youths about Catholic life

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  1. Mass is a weekly gathering of Christians where they could express their feelings for one another.
  2. ‘Twilight’ is better than The Bible (Teen comment)
  3. It is OK to go for Mass on Monday or Tuesday in order to fulfill the “Sunday” obligation.
  4. I do not fear losing power! But I do not like him gaining power.
  5. Church is an organization founded after the death of Christ by his apostles in order to keep his ideas alive.
  6. Yearly general absolution is better than confession, therefore no need for personal confession.
  7. I prefer sleeping pills than the daily rosary.
  8. Yes, I forgive him. But, I like to poke him on regular basis.
  9. No mentors please! We need someone to rock with us!