Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People

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When I started my blogging journey, I got in touch with the author of this book Dennis Cardif. Somehow, I felt he is authentic! We communicated a couple of times. And I am really happy to see his dream came true. And money from this book goes to Street People.

Dennis really walked his talk. During his walk to office and home, he noticed poor people, spent couple of minutes to talk with them, brought food for them, supported them and wrote his experience in his blog.

It is a very simple act to kindness and compassion towards a human being. I was so inspired by him and shared about him in couple of JY groups and also wrote my own experiences of meeting street-dwellers in this blog. At the same time, I am really frustrated to realize that a out there, high potential JY communities and individuals are slowly comforting themselves into a sedentary lifestyle, and like to introduce themselves as proud Jesus Youth families!

Especially pin pointing the JYs, who are dwelling in their low risk comfort zones! Most of us are glued into risk-free ‘office missions’ and consider it as equivalent as risky missions. I appreciate the ideological explosions happening in The Movement for its collective growth but at the same time I do not want myself to compromise on our missionary calls.

The beauty of our Movement is its duality. Jesus Youth is a movement and at the same time is a person. I can point a person and tell my friend, “That person is a Jesus Youth”! And now the question is: “Are we willing to live up to the mission of The Movement?”

There is a famous quote by world’s richest man – Warren Buffet: “I stay within what I call my circle of competence.” Yes, what he said is about business and investments. Let this law rule the business and safeguard our businesses but do not bring this into our lives.

Therefore, I strongly believe the theory of Warren Buffet is not applicable when we talk about Christian life, and not at all applicable for a missionary. A Christian life is not profit loss statement! That is why Papa Francis said about a different theory “…But I tell you, I far prefer a Church that has had a few accidents to a Church that has fallen sick from being closed.

Which theory are you following in your personal life? Theory of business or theory of Church? Are we ready to go out and meet the people or still want to enjoy the comfort zones of our community? Let us make some loss for our brothers, let us make some loss for needy people.

Remember, Option for the poor – A least bothered pillar, which we keep near to our heart. I think it’s time to end our safe-play, break the circle of competence, take some risk and time to go out into mission fields. Yes, let us make some accidents!

Ref: https://gottafindahome.wordpress.com/

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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!

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

The Joy of the Gospel – Evangelii Gaudium!

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Francis Pope wrote his first apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium!

Next Sunday, 24th November, the day of closing the Year of Faith will hold a ‘Joyful’ moment. Papa Francis will deliver the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”. This is Papa’s first official document after the encyclical “Lumen Fidei”  (The light of faith) which he co-wrote with Papa Emeritus Benedict XVI. In his Exhortation, the Pope entrusts every baptised Catholic with the mission of becoming an evangeliser.

The Church is emphasizing on her mission and if you closely watch, the word ‘mission’ is booming in church. A  missionary boom is imminent. The missionary boats started sailing and are you in the same boat?

Do not die like my secular friends, evangelise someone somewhere before you die. I pray let this be a wake-up call for all sleepy, Catholics in maintenance mode.

I am dedicating this post to all my friends and bloggers with the name ‘Joy’ because ‘Gaudium Evangelii’ means ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

Law of Attraction and Catholics

The world is becoming increasingly secular, where the money is the ruler. New ‘missionaries’ are emerging day by day to promote their faith on wealth. Poor people believing them are running behind wealth and for those people, ‘The Law of attraction’ money missionaries prepare easy traps.

The Law of attraction messengers says that you can attract anything by thinking of it and affirming it, on a daily basis. Each day you think about money and each day it will come nearer and nearer to you. Wow! very cool. They advice people to attract money, gold, car, house, lottery etc. and enjoy, live your life happily.

There are cases where positive or negative attitude can produce corresponding results. However, this is not a new theory. Christ said it in a different way: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – Matthew 6:21.

The question is; Where is your treasure?
Is it in Christ? Or is it in something else?  As a Catholic, should we run behind wealth?
We belong to heaven, what we possess in this world is not validated there. However, ‘you’ are validated there. It is time to stop following such stupid prosperity messages and make ourselves brave to take the Christian Crosses in life.

People who practice law of attraction is led by selfish ambitions and goals. Therefore, when they die let their selfishness take care of them. As the bible says in Luke 16:9, those dudes will travel to their own everlasting habitations.
Meantime we will travel to heaven!

Have a blessed day!