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‘Jesus in my neighbour’

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Everybody in this world wants to be loved.  If we do not love, if I am not being loved, there would be emptiness in the world around us.  Love is to be sincere, genuine, and real.  This love is the love of Jesus, the love He gave to the world.

We are to love everyone, in other words our neighbour is whom we are to love.  And here is the challenge.  How am I to love someone whom is difficult to love?  How am I to love someone who has only shown hatred?

The secret of how to love, is by knowing Jesus in a personal way.  Knowing Him is knowing His love, is knowing how to love.  He has loved everyone by dying on the cross.

My neighbour, is Jesus.  When I love my neighbour I am loving Jesus.  I am to see Jesus in my neighbour.  Only by loving Jesus I am able to love my neighbour.

Jesus is my neighbour. Am I loving Jesus?  Am I loving my neighbour?

In Unity,

George Calleja – Malta

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is being updated nearly on a daily basis. So visit the website often as there is always something new for you….to enrich your faith!

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Loving Your Neighbour

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Who is my neighbour? Who is my neighbour I am to love?

Any person I meet during the day is my neighbour, and they are all deserved to be loved. God loves each and every person I meet during the day, but, do I love them?

The truth if I am really living the Gospel depends amongst others if I love my neighbour. Yes, I can be hurt by my neighbour, but the test is, do I love them?

Forgiveness and reconciliation are important in my life, if I really want to love my neighbour. Loving my neighbour helps me to be closer to God. Being closer to God helps me to live a more peaceful life and being in peace and in unity with the people I meet.

The fullness of my life depends a lot if I love my neighbour. So the next time you are with your neighbour, ask God to help you to love that person.

 

(you can listen to this podcast at https://soundcloud.com/george-calleja-1/loving-your-neighbour?in=george-calleja-1/sets/inspirational  )

 

In Peace

George Calleja – Malta
ps
Kindly note that my website ‘Peace and unity in our lives’ with the address as:-

 

https://sites.google.com/site/peaceinunity

is being updated on a regular basis. So visit the website often as there is always something new for you….to enrich your faith!

 

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‘We are to live like Mary’

Mary, the mother of Jesus, wept upon seeing her Son dying on the Cross. Mary, embraced that particular moment of suffering, of seeing Her Son covered in blood, dead, but knowing that the Cross would bring the Salvation to all humanity.

In her suffering, Mary, as a mother accepted the will of the Father, that of being the Mother of Jesus. In her silence, she suffered, but that suffering was ‘nothing’, knowing that Salvation was only possible through the Cross… the Cross that reaped the joy of Salvation.

Today, Mary is still with us. We are to imitate Mary in our lives, to bring that source of love, comfort and forgiveness which Mary presented to the world in a humble way, and to give it to society.

We are to present Mary, through our life, in our families, at school, at university, at our workplace, in parliament, and wherever we are and with whomever we are with. Mary is to be present in our society, by presenting Jesus as the Saviour of humanity.

As much as we are to know Jesus in a personal way, so to show us the way to Salvation, we are also to know Mary in our lives. Discovering Mary, is discovering the treasure of love. Her love was of doing the will of the Father, not only of being the Mother of Jesus… but of being the Mother of all humanity.

Today, Mary, wants us to return to Jesus. Today, Mary, is praying for humanity… for our society. Today, we are to live like Mary.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
ps
Kindly note that my website ‘Peace and unity in our lives’ with the address as:-

https://sites.google.com/site/peaceinunity

is being updated nearly on a daily basis. So visit the website often as there is always something new for you… to enrich your faith!
Follow me on TWITTER https://twitter.com/PeaceUnityLives

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

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 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…

Have you ever experienced wanting to know more about God? Have you ever cried out to God about wanting to know Him in a personal way? Those who foster inside them the desire of knowing God, of giving themselves to Him and growing in their spiritual life, desiring to be filled by the gifts of the Holy Spirit… are the people who yearn for righteousness to be lived in the world. This is so true, as only God is righteous. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one in perfection, and they radiate righteousness to the world.

In this context, to be ‘hungry’ for God is the eagerness for spiritual growth of a person. That is, the desire to be Jesus for others by being in harmony with the peace of the Holy Trinity. This eagerness of the individual to become a better person is tested by carrying out acts of love with his neighbour. One also becomes more humble and pure in spirit and in the mind… this results from becoming more closely united with God.

…for they will be filled.

Becoming a more humble and pure person, which leads to being closer to God, means becoming a holier person. This person grows in purity and in sanctity. This is possible by participating, through the Holy Spirit, in Divine holiness. Being filled with holiness is the result of cutting one self off from sin.

To be a holy person is not beyond the possibilities of anyone… it only takes to love God and to love one’s neighbour.  Holiness is for everyone. It is the way to be close to God.

 

In Unity,

George Calleja  (Christian  Author)

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https://twitter.com/PeaceUnityLives

https://www.facebook.com/georgecallejaebooks/timeline

https://sites.google.com/site/georgecallejachristianauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/george_calleja_author/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkS4BJLIeodVZAS8i6Sn6Og?view_as=subscriber

https://open.spotify.com/show/6xDW2IaQcnWtRBAmpjT39D

As Christians we are to radiate happiness

Happiness. Not everyone experiences this in every day’s life. I notice that many people seem not to be happy in their life.

At times, what astonishes me is that a number of Christians do not express happiness in their lives. I am aware that everybody has a cross to carry in their lives, which could be really heavy to carry. But do Christians really have faith and believe, that through Jesus, He carries the cross, died for everyone, brought Salvation to all and rose again? Are we not happy with that?

Real and everlasting happiness is found in God’s love. So, as Christians we are to radiate happiness in our lives.

Do you, as a Christian radiate happiness in your life?

 

In Unity,

George Calleja  (Christian  Author)

ps
To know more about me kindly follow the below links to my websites and other social networks:
https://www.amazon.com/George-Calleja/e/B00SNJ6B4E

https://sites.google.com/site/peaceinunity
https://twitter.com/PeaceUnityLives

https://www.facebook.com/georgecallejaebooks/timeline

https://sites.google.com/site/georgecallejachristianauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/george_calleja_author/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkS4BJLIeodVZAS8i6Sn6Og?view_as=subscriber

https://open.spotify.com/show/6xDW2IaQcnWtRBAmpjT39D

 

 

A Christmas present to the world… let the unborn babies live

Another Christmas is here. Houses, shops, schools, churches, and streets are already decorated with different colourful lights. Parties are organised, presents are bought, sermons are prepared and buying the food for the Christmas meal is already being done. All this to bring joy to the world by remembering the birth of Jesus.

During this period, we will hear many speeches given by prominent people from all over the world. Usually these speeches would focus about bringing peace and encourage countries to end different wars. Also, a lot of charitable initiatives take place during this time:  visiting the homeless, the elderly, giving presents to the poor and such others.

But what would be the best speech, the best initiative, the best Christmas present one can give to the world? This Christmas, the best present to the world is… ‘to let the unborn babies live’. I encourage all prominent people and the public to speak out, to be bold, to be a voice for the voiceless… to tell the world ‘to let the unborn babies live’. We are to take up initiatives such as visiting mothers-to-be, to encourage them that whatever situation they are passing through, they can be a loving mother… just like Mary.

‘Let the unborn babies live’… let them experience life, give them the chance to listen to the birds, to feel the rain and wind, to play and to laugh. ‘Let the unborn babies live’… to go to school, to make friends, to go to work, to be leaders of tomorrow’s world. ‘Let the unborn babies live’… to experience life just as we did, to rejoice as we did, to be sad as we did, to be loved as we did, to feel the pain as we did, to be happy as we did, to be parents as we did.

This is the voice of the voiceless… ‘let me live this Christmas and the years to come… let me live as a baby and be allowed to grow’.

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
ps
Kindly note that my website ‘Peace and unity in our lives’ with the address as:-

https://sites.google.com/site/peaceinunity

is being updated nearly on a daily basis. So visit the website often as there is always something new for you… to enrich your faith!
Follow me on TWITTER https://twitter.com/PeaceUnityLives

and my Christian EBook page at https://www.facebook.com/georgecallejaebooks/timeline

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Jesus in my life

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Over a number of years, I have seen the importance of sharing about how Jesus has affected my life. This is an experience which I always try to share with other people. Why do I feel that this is important?

Having Jesus in my life has made a big difference. When I accepted Jesus and built this personal relationship with Him, my life became fulfilled. He brought joy to my life, He is always there when I am weak… but above all, through Him I got to know the loving Father.

This experience of mine is worth nothing if I keep it to myself. I share about Jesus to others because I have experienced Him personally and discovered that He is the way. There is no other way in life except through Him.  One can try different things to be happy and to seek joy in life. But all the worldly things come to an end, and none of them will provide true happiness.

Jesus has made a tremendous difference in my life and in that of many others. He is our Saviour.  All I wish for and ask to who reads this reflection is, to give Jesus a chance in your life.

Let Him show you the Way.

 

In Unity

George Calleja – Malta
ps
Kindly note that my website ‘Peace and unity in our lives’ with the address as:-

https://sites.google.com/site/peaceinunity

is being updated nearly on a daily basis. So visit the website often as there is always something new for you… to enrich your faith!
Follow me on TWITTER https://twitter.com/PeaceUnityLives

and my Christian EBook page at https://www.facebook.com/georgecallejaebooks/timeline

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The Minister of the Holy Eucharist

Who can celebrate the sacrament of the Eucharist? A validly ordained priest/bishop alone can celebrate the Eucharist. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke we have already seen that Jesus entrusts to the 12 the worship of the New Covenant. In so far as anyone other than an apostle has authority over the churches, it was done by an apostolic delegate. In the history of the Church we have some people at some time questioned this practice of the Church.  The Waldenses who rejected the hierarchy and claimed that all faithful can consecrate. The reformers rejected the Sacrament of Order, some of the Catholic theologians are of the opinion that in the early Church the community leader performed the Eucharist along with the community there was no question of any valid ordination in the early Church according to some critics.

The Catholic Church teaches: The 4th Lateran Council declared in 1215 “no one can perform this sacrament, except the priest duly ordained…” Christian Faith 21. St. Thomas Aquinas only minister is the ordained priest cf. Tour of Summa p.388.  COT defined the institution of a special (ministerial) priesthood, to which the power of consecration is reserved solely cf. Christian Faith 1714. Pius X, Decree Lamentabili cf. Christian Faith 1729; Mediator Dei (Christian Faith 1734) LG 10, 28; Speak about the necessity of ordained ministers; Canon 900 “The only minister …….is a validly ordained priest”. The subsequent canons speak of the obligation of Minister of the Eucharist. Canon 910 speaks about the ministers who can administer the Eucharist (different from celebration) to avoid all confusion today they are called ministers of Holy Communion; as “the name ‘minister of the Eucharist’ belongs properly to the Priest alone” (RS 154). CCC 1348 “It is in representing him that the bishop or priest acting in persona Christi……preside over the assembly and says the Eucharistic Prayer”. See also “On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist”.. 2, par.3. “The Church teaches that priestly ordination is the indispensable condition for the valid celebration of the Eucharist. Indeed, ‘in the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ himself who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of his flock, High Priest of the redemptive sacrifice’.” (Sacramentum Caritatis,23 cf. also EE 29).

Requirements: State of grace; proper intention; an hour of fasting before communion; being faithful to the liturgy; saying only one mass (exceptions permitted); taking only one mass stipend for himself; (not mixing many intentions for himself; not trading with mass intentions); saying mass at least on Sundays and days of obligation; Can offer mass for the unbelievers and for the excommunicated…but one should follow the diocesan rule with regard to this.

We fly to Thy protection

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We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

The Te Deum

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You are God: we praise you;
You are God: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
And the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
The eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
And opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
Bought with the price of your own blood,
And bring us with your saints
To glory everlasting.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.
Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name forever.
Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain