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(Lk 1: 26-56. The birth of Jesus announced; Mary visits Elizabeth)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;

blessed are the young women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb,


Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour our death.                  Amen


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(Mt 6:5-15; Mk 11:24- 26; Lk 11: 1-13 Jesus teaches us  to pray)

Our Father/who art in heaven, /hallowed be Thy Name. /Thy kingdom come, /Thy will be done on earth, /as it is in heaven. /Give us this day our daily bread; / and forgive us our trespasses /as we forgive those who trespass against us; /and lead us not into temptation, /but deliver us from evil. Amen


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What is Lent?


The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is derived by counting back 40 days (not including Sundays) from Easter day. Ash Wednesday is so called because of the imposition of Ashes on the foreheads of faithful, which serve as a reminder of the call to repentance and to believe in the good news. The period of Lent is a reminder of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert before taking up the mission he received from his father.

Immediately after the sixth antitheses (5:21-48) in the Sermon on the Mount, there follows instructions on three practices that were common among the Pharisees as a sign of closeness to God namely, alms-giving, prayer and fasting. All three though only a means to reach god can be made ends in themselves. Alms-giving can be ostentatious, prayer can be used to show-off and fasting can be used to point to one’s self. Jesus cautions the listeners about these dangers and challenges them to make them all internal activities that will lead the way to God rather than being made ends in themselves. The focus thus is on motivation with which one does what one does. If the motivation for doing good is to win the admiration of the human beings, then that action is selfish and self motivated and so does no good at all. If the action is done out of a sense of duty or obligation, it cannot be called pure and is instead diluted. However, if one does the action and accepts that the reward is in the performing of the action itself, such an action can be salvific. This is the challenge not only of Ash Wednesday, but of the whole season of Lent, “to give and not to count the cost, to labor and to look for no reward.”

For us Christians, Jesus has simplified matters. There is absolutely no obligation to love. When there is love then all our nations come from our hearts and spontaneously without counting the cost. Alms-giving becomes generous and spontaneous, prayer becomes union with God and leads to action and fasting is done in order to show our dependence on God and not on earthly things. How often have made “means” ends in themselves?

Taken from the Daily Reading, God’s Word 2013.

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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in My Christianship


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Matthew Chapter 1: God fulfills His Word

Matthew Chapter 1

This Chapter truly makes us believe in the Supreme God- He keeps His word; “A child is born of a Virgin.”
Today’s society is quite open and frank. But Son of God was born in a different era. He belonged to that time when things which are so common now were never heard of. The open relationship which exists now was never part of His world.
And, yet Jesus was born of a virgin. And He fulfilled every word of the scripture as per the will of His Father.

Read Matthew Chapter 1, to know about the genealogy of Christ.

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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in My Christianship


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Gentle Jesus


Gentle Jesus listen closely

To the words that I would say,

‘Tis with love that knows no limits,

That I come to Thee today.

For without You life is empty,

With no comfort anyplace,

I have naught save You to help me,

Do not turn away Thy face.

Gentle Jesus teach me patience,

Take away this foolish pride,

Grant I only permitted,

To continue at Thy side.

Though my heart is sometimes weary,

And my eyes are filled with tears,

I have only but to tell Thee

And my sorrow disappears.

Gentle Jesus, Lord and Master,

Deep within this human shell,

Lives a soul which Thou hast ransomed,

It would love Thee long and well.

You have felt as I am feeling,

Who could better understand,

That the One who meekly listened,

To their “crucify the Man!”

Grace E. Easley

Taken from Sharing Jan-Feb. 2007 (Bi-monthly magazine of Diocese of Simla- Chandigarh)


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Prayer for Families


God the Father/ the Son and the Holy Spirit/ source, strength and summit of families/ we thank and praise you/ for the gift of all families/ created in your images and likeness/ and spread out/ in the mountains and plains/ of our Diocese of Simla Chandigarh./ Fill our families with your Holy Spirit/ so that they may be centered on the Word/ and draw inspiration/ from your divine family of the Trinity/ and the human family of Nazareth/ Jesus, Mary and Joseph./ May the broken and dysfunctional families be made whole/ sinful families be made holy./ May each family experience your unconditional love./ May all the families-/parents and children/ husbands and wives/ brothers and sisters/ through the death and resurrection of Jesus/ become sacramental presence/ of grace and blessing/ for one another/ and be agents of/ God’s reconciliation and salvation.

Mary, Queen of peace, Pray for us
Mary, Queen of families, Pray for us
Blessed Deva Sahayam Pillai, Pray for us
Blessed Mariam Thresia, Pray for us

PRAYER FOR FAMILY prepared by Family Commission,Simla Chandigarh Diocese posted by Fr.P.Sahayaraj. Kindly pray.

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Prayers


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Learning from a Flock of Geese


We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

You have probably heard someone call another person who has done something foolish, “A silly goose!” Well, I can tell you that geese are not silly! We can learn a lot from the goose. For example, I am sure that most of you probably know that when geese fly, they fly in a “V” formation.

Have you ever wondered why the geese fly in a “V” formation?

Recent scientific studies have given us the answer. It has been learned that as each goose flaps its wings, it gives a lift to the one immediately following. It has been determined that flying this way gives the geese about 70% more flying range. Of course, that means that the lead goose is working harder. When the lead goose gets tired, he falls back into the formation and another takes his place. Now, that’s team work!

If you have ever seen a flock of geese flying, you have also noticed that all the time they are flying, the geese are “honking.” They do this to encourage one another. It is always easier to do something difficult when you know you aren’t flying alone, isn’t it?

Sometimes, a goose becomes sick or is injured and falls to the ground. When that happens, two other geese go down and stay with it until it is well. If it dies, they join another formation and continue on their journey.

Do you think the geese are silly?

geese It sounds to me like they are pretty smart! What lessons do you think we could learn from the geese?

  • We could learn that it is important for all church members to share the responsibility within the church rather than letting the same loyal ones work until they drop!
  • We could learn that it is important to “honk” encouragement to other workers in the church.
  • We could learn that it is important for us to look after those who are sick or in need.

There is a lot that we can learn from the goose, isn’t there?

Dear Jesus, help us to use the gifts that you have given us to serve and encourage others. Amen

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