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  • Rev. Fr. Paulose V V
    Today with Jesus “Seek first the kingdom of God.” (Mathew 6:33) Steps to finding spirituality for a self-confessed “Total Atheist,” Fernando Moleres.
    Message 1 of 442 , Oct 1, 2012
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      Today with Jesus

      “Seek first the kingdom of God.” (Mathew 6:33)

      Steps to finding spirituality for a self-confessed “Total Atheist,” Fernando Moleres.

      The essence of
      human life is spirituality. Apparently, we are all spiritual but
      deface it by our disconnected contact to Jesus, the true vine. “I am the true
      vine…Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by
      itself; it must remain on the vine” - (John 15:1,4). Giving our undivided
      attention to God is a way to being spiritual. This way leads us to
      Jesus and spirituality. The way of the consumerist and ego-obsessed
      culture of Christians repel the fellow beings away from Jesus and His
      spirit. Monasticism in its true spirit attracts us to God, keeps us happy
      and helps us to lead a meaningful life. Prayer, fasting, silence,
      vigils, reading and good works are all part of the solitary way to seek
      God. Celibates, Oblates, opus-Deis, listeners follow this way to
      Jesus at their own pace. Atheism is a fast spreading religion of the
      modern world and this can be stalled by the living Christian in
      Jesus.

      Why did the
      self-confessed “Total Atheist” Fernando Moleres, the paparazzi spend more than 3 years travelling the world to capture images of
      faith? “I was looking for
      spirituality, which is not the same thing as religion,” says Moleres. “and it
      was a moment in my personal life when I needed space and time to reflect.” So,
      off he went to places where faith still burns like a candle in the night
      of what he sees as an increasingly consumerist and ego-obsessed
      society. He was drawn in particular to monastic communities and
      others who opt to live apart from the world. Among the things that
      interested him was the way the monastic communities actually live. “They
      are only collective and deliberately go against the modern consumerist
      current,” he says. A typical smaller monastery will consume hardly anything.
      Was he altered by following the footsteps of the faithful? He was struck, he
      says, by their simplicity and self-effacement. Eastern devotion seems to
      resonate more with him than Western; the pursuit of a still centre
      within our self, rather than the search of God. He says that if you are
      confused, you are no good to the people around you. To help others, you
      must first help yourself.

      CONSCIENCE: ARE WE SPIRITUAL TO LEAD
      OTHERS IN LIGHT OR ARE WE THE CONFUSED PRETENDER OF SPIRITUALITY THAT WILL
      LEAD OTHERS IN DARKNESS?

      Prayer: Jesus, let us be spiritual in all ways of our lives. Let us be
      simple and selfless. Let us be witness for you in wedded or celibate lives. Let
      us seek spirituality within ourselves which you have planted in the Holy
      Spirit. Help us to be away from consumerism and ego centrist way of modern
      life. We pray for all the atheists who are in seek of faith and spirituality
      like Moleres. All we ask in the
      name of Jesus. Amen.

      Love
      Paulose Achen
      Toronto
      Tuesday 2 October 2012
    • Rev. Fr. Paulose V V
      Today with Jesus “Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38) · The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The sign of unbeatable
      Message 442 of 442 , Oct 16, 2012
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        Today with Jesus

        “Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)

        ·
        The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
        sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.

        Till the passing of
        the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
        valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
        can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
        better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
        jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
        teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
        "Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
        fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
        only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
        way of co-operative living on earth.

        After the second world
        war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
        symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
        strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
        Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
        tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
        As soon as the construction was over,
        everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
        the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
        making the cross to glitter. The
        engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
        that the cross is our salvation.

        Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
        his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?

        Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
        and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
        us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
        who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
        all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
        conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

        Love

        Paulose Achen

        Toronto

        Tuesday,
        16th October 2012
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