St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

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A Prayer for Protection

In times like this we have to turn to God and look for protection and ask for His Mercy. God has given us anointed. Nothing will happen to those who Trust in Him. Let us recite this prayer everyday and look up to Him till He shows us His Mercy.
Almighty God, we give You glory. Jesus our Lord, wash us and the whole world in Your most Precious Blood, and fill us with the Holy Spirit. Dip the whole world in Your Ocean of mercy.
Lk 10:19 – Behold, I have given the power, to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
1Jn 2:2 – He is expiation for our sins and not for our sins only, but those of the whole world.
1 Peter 2:24 – By His wounds, you have been healed.
By the infinite merits and power of the Word of God, by the infinite merits and power in the Name of Jesus, let the Corona Virus be weakened in this world and restore everything back to the Ordinary life. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen…Stay blessed always.

Be Grateful!

Today Ingratitude and Thanklessness are too common among the people. Children forget to thank their parents for all that they do. Common courtesy is scorned. We take for granted the ways that others help us. Above all, we fail to thank God for his blessings. Now I remember something I read in the past: The prayer that God answered for you, is the same prayer others have been praying but without success….Be grateful. The qualification that gave you a job, is the same qualification someone has who still does not have a job. Be grateful.   
The road you use safely on a daily basis, is the same road where many others lost their precious lives…..Be grateful.
The church in which God blessed you, is the same church other people too worship in, yet their lives are still in discord….Be grateful.
The bed you used in the hospital, you got healed and were discharged, is the same bed many other people breathed their last…Be grateful.
The rain that made your field produce good crops is the same rain that devastated someone else’s field….Be grateful.
Be grateful because whatever you have is not by your power, your might, your talent or your qualifications, but it’s just the “Grace of God.”  HE is the giver of everything you have.
For everything you have, be grateful.  Always give thanks to God- no matter the circumstances!
Thanksgiving for the apostle Paul was not a once year celebration, but a daily reality that changed His life and made him a joyful person in every situation. Therefore Thanksgiving to God for all his blessings should be one of the most distinctive marks of the believer in Jesus Christ. We must not allow a spirit of ingratitude to harden our heart and chill our relationship with God and others. 

Lift Up My Eyes

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?” Psalm 121:1.

Wherever we look, we find people who are filled with despair and discouragement. Their hearts have been broken and their optimism beaten down. Issues and problems have overcome them. Everywhere they went and everywhere they looked they heard the same message: “Give up! There’s nothing here for you.” No doubt most of us have felt that way.

When the lights go out at the end of the day and we are surrounded by darkness and fear; when there is no place to hide and no arms to embrace us; when we think that we have tried everything and there’s nothing left for us to hope for; does anyone anywhere have a word of advice or comfort for us? Indeed there is: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Notice the words: “lift up!. Yes we need to lift our eyes to our Creator. He can do everything for us. But most of the time we walk looking straight and looking down and forget to look up even in our quiet time. Now during this Lent let us lift up our sighs, our spiritual dryness and our mourning and all the problems we have. He will make everything good for us and do the best for our well-being. Have a Blessed Lent.

Trusting in the Lord

“Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper, and happy are those who trust in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20).

As I watch the news and hear about the tragedies and sufferings going on around the world I feel anxious about the future and I feel the same with you too. Where are we heading to? What are the chaoses we are going to face in the future? Is humanity challenging God in their own way?  What is going to happen next? Everything is uncertain and who can we trust and depend on in this time of chaos and other calamities that threaten the world? I remember a message that my friend sent “Life is peaceful when you rest on the promises of God’s Word”. This is what I want each and everyone of you to do. Trust God absolutely and find comfort in the Bible. We can take refuge in Him and the promises He has given us. There is nothing that God can’t handle, all we have to do is Trust in Him and call on Him and He will come to our rescue. Whatever we face He will be there for us…. Provided we Trust in Him. Now I remember a story I read somedays back: “A person started to walk on a rope tied between two tall towers. He was walking slowly, balancing a long stick in his hands. He had his son sitting on his shoulders. Everyone on the ground were watching him in bated breath and were very tensed. When he slowly reached the second tower, every one clapped, whistled and welcomed him. They shook hands and took selfies. He asked the crowd “do you all think I can walk back on the same rope now from this side to that side?” Crowd shouted in one voice “Yes, Yes, you can.” Do you trust me, he asked? They said yes, yes, we are ready to bet on you. He said okay, can any one of you give your child to sit on my shoulder; I will take the child to the other side safely. There was stunned silence. Every one became quiet. 

My friends in Christ “Belief is different. Trust is different”. For Trust you need to surrender totally. This is what we lack towards God in today’s world. Jeremiah 17:7 says “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord”. Let us do it as we go through this season.

The Season of Lent

You are dust and unto dust you shall return….” These are the words the priest recites as he smears ashes on the foreheads of all the Catholics in all churches on the auspicious day of Ash Wednesday. It reminds us that we are starting the season of Lent. We are called to meditate on the paschal mystery of Jesus (the passion, death, and resurrection) during this period of Lent.  Don’t miss this Lent and don’t take it as insouciant, because it brings greater inner freedom, richer sense of sacrifice and compassion, and deeper sense of our relationship with God. Moreover, it refreshes our spiritual life and gives us better insight towards our faith, and also makes us to comprehend the sacrifice that our Lord Jesus has done for the expiration of our sins. Lent can also help us to lean back and take a few moments to know our spiritual incompetence and how far we are from the spiritual Life and how ignorant we are in our daily life in knowing God more deeply and His great plan for us. So my brothers and sisters Lent is the beautiful time to reboot and to renew our lives with new vigor that we very often miss. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t be the case this year, we need to understand the seriousness of the season we observe and we need to make necessary changes in our lives, because this life is a beautiful gift from God and we should not regret later by saying to ourselves that I missed the opportunity.

As you know when God sent us to this earth we were like beautiful Angels but our growing up and our surroundings brought many changes in our lives, even we have disfigured the beautiful life in many ways by inflicting in us many evil things which is not appreciated by God, therefore we need to retrieve our original figure like an Angel as we present ourselves on the last judgment day before the Heavenly Father. We need to work hard when the opportunities avail before us. Lent is the best season for us to take a deep breath with God to see everything in the right perspective, and is the opportune time to walk with Him. Let us immerse ourselves in that deep ocean of mercy, let the high waves that come along not bother us because God is the one who threw us into it. He will take care of us. Fight against the evils on the way as you enter into this season of lent, and have a meaningful Lent for your own salvation.

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