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Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor : So you Believe in GOD ?

……Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD Good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor : Is GOD ALL – POWERFUL ?

Student : Yes.

Professor : My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to GOD to Heal him.

Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill.

But GOD didn’t.

How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

( Student is silent )

Professor : You can’t answer, can you ?

Let’s start again, Young Fella.

Is GOD Good?

Student : Yes.

Professor : Is Satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor : Where does Satan come from ?

Student : From . . . GOD . . .

Professor : That’s right.

Tell me son, is there evil in this World?

Student : Yes.

Professor : Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ?

And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor : So who created evil ?

(Student does not answer)

Professor : Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness?

All these terrible things exist in the World, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor : So, who Created them ?

( Student has no answer )

Professor : Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you.

Tell me, son . . . Have you ever Seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor : Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor : Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD?

Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor : Yet you still Believe in HIM?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist.

What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my Faith.

Professor : Yes, Faith. And that is the Problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?

Professor : Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as Cold?

Professor : Yes.

Student : No sir. There isn’t.

( The Lecture Theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events )

Student : Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat,

White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat…

But we don’t have anything called Cold.

We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat,

but we can’t go any further after that.

There is no such thing as Cold.

Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat.

We cannot Measure Cold.

Heat is Energy.

Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.

( There is Pin – Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre )

Student : What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness?

Professor : Yes. What is Night if there isn’t Darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir.

Darkness is the Absence of Something¡K

You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light . . .

But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and its called

Darkness, isn’t it? In reality, Darkness isn’t.

If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor : So what is the point you are making, Young Man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is flawed.

Professor : Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality.

You argue there is Life and then there is Death,

a Good GOD and a Bad GOD.

You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite,

something we can measure.

Sir, Science can’t even explain a Thought.

It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen,

much less fully understood either one.

To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that

Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing.

Death is Not the Opposite of Life: just the Absence of it.

Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved

from a Monkey?

Professor : If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process,

yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir?

( The Professor shakes his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument is going )

Student : Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and

Cannot even prove that this Process is an On – Going Endeavor,

Are you not teaching your Opinion, sir?

Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?

( The Class is in Uproar )

Student : Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor’s Brain?

( The Class breaks out into Laughter )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s Brain, Felt it, touched or Smelt it? . . .

No one appears to have done so.

So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable,

Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have No Brain, sir.

With all due respect, sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir?

(The Room is Silent. The Professor stares at the Student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor : I guess you’ll have to take them on Faith, son.

Student : That is it sir . . .

The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH.

That is all that Keeps Things Moving & Alive.

NB:

I believe you have enjoyed the Conversation . . . and if so . . .

You’ll probably want your Friends / Colleagues to enjoy the same . . . won’t you?

Forward them to Increase their Knowledge . . . or FAITH.

It turned out later that the student is Albert Einstein

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Divine Mercy Devotion

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The Wonderful Mercy of God is Inexhaustible

In heaven Jesus still carries the scar of that wound in His Sacred Heart,pierced by the spear of Longinus, which speaks eloquently of the greatest love the world will ever know.

Between 1930 and 1938 Our Lord appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland, to re-teach us the story of His love even unto death, and His disappointment in us because of distrust in His Mercy and goodness.  Sister Faustina’s life was a routine of everyday chores – tending the door, cooking, sweeping, gardening; Even the closest of her nun companions never guessed God’s predilections for her, or knew the wonderful secrets He whispered to her at prayer.

Sister Faustina received the first apparition of the Merciful Christ on the 22nd of February, 1931 in Plock.  She describes it thus:  “It happened in the evening.  I was in my cell, when I saw Jesus dressed in a white garment.  He held one hand raised in blessing and with the other, He was touching the garment at the breast.  From under the garment came two rays of light, one read the other pale.  In silence I contemplated the Lord.  My soul was filled with fear and, at the same time, with great joy.  After a moment Jesus said to me:  ‘Paint a picture according to the vision you see and with the inscription, Jesus, I Trust in Thee.  I desire that this picture be venerated first in your chapel and then throughout the whole world.

” ‘These rays (red and pale, symbolizing the Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Sacred Heart) shield the soul before the wrath of My Father.  Fortunate is he who lives in Their shelter for the just hand of God will never reach him.’ “

Along with these instructions of Our Lord, Sister Faustina notes two promises given by the Savior:  “I promise, that the soul that will venerate this picture will not perish.  I further promise to that soul victory over its enemies already here on earth and especially in the hour of death.  I, Myself, shall defend that soul as my own glory.” Our Lord also promised:  “When punishments for sins shall come upon the earth, and your native land shall be in extreme abasement, the only salvation will be hope in Divine Mercy.   I shall preserve the cities and homes where this picture shall be found;  I shall protect likewise those persons who shall venerate and have confidence in My Mercy.”  Of special interest and inspiration is the fact that Wilno and Cracow, the only two cities in Poland where the picture of Our Merciful Lord was publicly exposed before World War II, were both spared destruction, even though other cities were greatly damaged.

Confidence in God!  Trust in God!  This is the great appeal of Jesus in this devotion.  Through the devotion to His Most Sacred Heart, the Savior desires to enkindle in the heart of man a flame of love and expiation.  Through this devotion, He wishes to instill in our hearts a feeling of unbounded trust and confidence in His Mercy.  “The flames of Mercy consume Me,” cries Jesus, “and I desire to pour them out upon human souls.”  Lack of confidence pains Him immeasurable.  “Distrust of souls tears at my bosom.  The lack of confidence in chosen souls hurts Me most.  Despite my inexhaustible love, they do not trust Me…!”

In order to console the worst of sinners He told Sister Faustina to write: “The greatest sinner has the greatest right to have hope in My Mercy.  The soul which invokes My Mercy brings Me untold delight.  I grant it graces beyond its expectations.  I cannot punish a soul which has recourse to My pity and compassion even though it be the greatest sinner…  In My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy, I seek to justify it.”

Our Dear Savior warmly exhorts people to hasten to His Mercy before His Justice prevails:  “Write that before I come as the just one, I first open wide the gates of My Mercy.  He who does not want to pass through the gates of mercy, will have to pass through the gates of justice.”  Our Lord permitted Sister Faustina to see the enormity of man’s sins.  Frightened at their hideousness, she asked Him how He could suffer such gross insults.  “I have eternity for the punishment of these.  Now, I prolong the time of My Mercy.  But, woe to him who does not recognize the time of My visitation.  Secretary of My Mercy, you are obliged not only to write and proclaim My Mercy, but also to implore graces for sinners, that they too may praise My Mercy.”  At another time Jesus said to her:  “Write, the greater the misery, the stronger the right to mercy.  Summon all souls to confidence in the incomprehensible abyss of My Mercy, for I desire to save all.  The well of Mercy was opened wide with a lance on the cross for all souls.  I do not exclude anyone.”

Through this humble nun Our Savior also voices a warning to the world that its efforts to rise from its present material and moral degradation will be fruitless, unless it turns to His Mercy:  “Mankind will not find peace, until it turns with confidence to My Mercy.”  But at the same time He add a kind invitation and a hopeful promise:  “Tell ailing mankind to draw close to My Merciful heart and I will fill it with Peace.”

Chaplet of Mercy

On September 13, 1935, Sister Faustina saw an angel, depicted to her as the executor of God’s Wrath.  In his hands were lightning bolts and thunder.  She understood the angel was about to visit a certain place on earth and mete out punishment to its inhabitants.  Our Divine Savior had made Sister Faustina’s heart after His own merciful one, and she was sorrowful and begged the angel for mercy.  But somehow she realized that her poor prayers were without power to appease the wrath of God.  Then suddenly the Holy Trinity was manifested, and at the same time the sister heard these words:  “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy Most Beloved Son and Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world.”

Wonder of wonders, as she repeated the words over and over, the angel was powerless to mete out the punishment.  The next day while going into chapel she heard once again: “As many times as you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer I taught you yesterday.”  She recited it at once and the voice spoke again:  “This prayer is given to appease the Wrath of God.  You will recite it for nine days on the usual part of the Rosary (five decades) in the following manner:  First you will say the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed.  Then on the larger beads you will recite the prayer,

‘Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy Most Beloved Son and Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world,’

and on the smaller beads,

‘Through the sorrowful passion of Jesus have mercy on us and on the whole world.’

In conclusion you will say three times:

‘Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.’

Sister received on September 14, 1935, the following beautiful promises for all who would pray this powerful chaplet.

“Unceasingly recite this chaplet that I have taught you.  Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death… Priests should recommend it to sinners as a last hope of salvation.  Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this chaplet even once, will receive grace from My infinite mercy… Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who will recite this chaplet… By means of it you can ask and obtain anything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will…  I want the whole world to know of My infinite mercy.  I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My mercy.”

During His Passion Our Savior shed His Precious Blood for us.  There were but a few drops left in His dying Heart.  He permits His Sacred Heart to be opened with a lance; and the blood trapped therein gushed forth and water with it.  The Savior wishes that this touching manifestation of His love be venerated in a special manner in the devotion to the Mercy of God.  It is for that reason that He instructed Sister Faustina to write down this short prayer and to use it often:  “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I Trust in Thee.”

Let us imagine that Jesus is addressing us, when He said to Sister Faustina:  “Secretary of My Mercy, I obligate you not only to write and proclaim My Mercy, but also to implore graces for them (sinners), that they may also praise My Mercy.”

Proclaim His Mercy

Our Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Faustina, too.  On the Feast of the Annunciation in 1936 Mary said to her:  “I gave the world a Savior.  You must proclaim His Mercy to it and prepare the world for His Second Coming.  He will then come not as a Merciful Savior, but as a just Judge.  It will be a day of horror; resolved to be the day of Justice – the day of the Wrath of God.  Angels tremble before it… Speak to souls of His great Mercy, while there is still time.  If you remain silent now, you will have to account for a great number of souls on that final day.  Fear nothing.  Be faithful to the end.”

Three O’clock In The Afternoon – The Hour of Great Mercy

This was designated by Our Lord as the Hour of great grace for the whole world.

After Sister had said this short prayer:

“You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.  O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world and empty Thyself out upon us.”  

She recorded the following request by Our Lord:

“At three o’clock implore My Mercy, especially for sinners;  and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony.  This is the hour of great Mercy for the whole world… In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.”

It was about four months later when Sister wrote the following words of Jesus:

“I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners;  for at that moment, mercy was opened wide for every soul.  In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking;  it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.”

Suggestions

You are encouraged to set the alarm on your clock or wristwatch for 3:00 P.M. as a reminder to follow Our Savior’s instructions above.  And also to obtain a picture of Our Lord’s Divine Mercy with the words, “Jesus, I Trust In Thee” inscribed on it.  And finally, it would be a good idea to print a copy of this email right nowso that you will have it readily available and to read the prayers of the Divine Mercy Chaplet that you can say on the beads of any regular rosary.

Epilogue

Sister Faustina died on October 5, 1938.  Her time to work for God’s Mercy on earth came to an end.  On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Sister Faustina as a saint in Heaven due to her holiness of life.  So we now need to refer to her as Saint Faustina and ask her to pray for us so that God will grant us the grace to have that hope and trust in His wonderful Mercy that conforms to His Will.  Now it is up to us to tell sinners about the love and mercy of the Sacred Heart.

Jesus promised that:

“Souls who spread the honor of My Mercy I will shield through their entire life as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior.  Tell My priests that hardened sinners will crumble beneath their words when they speak about My unfathomable Mercy, about the compassion I have for them in My heart.  To priests who will proclaim and extol My Mercy I will give wonderful power, and I will anoint their words and I will touch the hearts to whom they will speak.”

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3 Things To Be Happy | Bo Sanchez

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A psychiatrist who’s been listening to thousands of unhappy patients for 40 years realized that there are three things to be happy. If you have these three things, it’ll be very difficult to be miserable!

Do you have these three things?

1. Something to do

2. Someone to love

3. Something to look forward to

Why did I mention these three things to you? Here’s my message: I believe that if you make God first, all things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). Including these three things!

1. Something To Do

My mother is 85-years old and she’s happy. Why? Because when she wakes up each morning, she has something to do. Everyday, she goes to the prayer room and prays for me. If she has extra time, she prays for her other children. Just kidding. She prays for everyone—every son-in-law, every grandchild, every cousin, every friend who needs prayer. That’s her call. And she’s happy. One of the most precious things that God gives you is a call. You were born with a sacred purpose in life. Do you know why the entertainment industry is huge? Do you know why a single video game can earn $30 Million? Because people are bored. They don’t have anything to do. And that’s why people are miserable. And because people can’t take the misery, they thirst for distraction. And so they buy entertainment. Why are people bored? Because they don’t have a cause to die for, a mission to dedicate their lives. Here’s the good news: If you seek God first, He’ll give you something to do. You’ll wake up every morning with a cause you’ll be willing to die for. I pity the person without a God-ordained dream, with a powerful Divine Call summoning his heart. Listen to God’s voice in the depths of your being. I created you for a beautiful purpose. Live for this purpose. Die for this purpose.

2. Someone To Love

If you seek God first, you’ll have a lot of Someones to love! Christianity isn’t a religion as much as it is a relationship. It’s primarily a personal relationship with God. He’s the first “Someone” to love. And it’s also a relationship with a spiritual family. If you follow God, you’ll never be alone again. A woman came up to me yesterday. She said, “Bo, ever since I’ve attended the Feast (our weekly gathering), my life has totally changed. And my relationships have changed. My marriage is so much better. My relationship with my kids has grown so much because of the Feast.” Give yourself to God and He’ll give you His family. Both come in a package! And finally…

3. Something To Look Forward To

When a person doesn’t have hope, he dies. If you seek God first, He’ll give you a vision for your future. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it in abundance.” I look forward to a life of abundance—in this world and in the world to come. Last week, we were relaxing at home when my little Francis said, “I want to watch Shreck again.” If you’ve got little kids at home, I’m sure you know this movie. Shreck is about an Ogre and his sidekick Donkey. Both of them rescues Princess Fiona locked up in a tower, guarded by a fiery red Dragon. The movie has done so well, they’ve come out with a Shrek 2, Shrek 3, and Shrek 4. And we’ve watched all of them. But yesterday, we put Shrek 1 in the DVD player and had fun fun watching the entire movie again. But because I knew how the movie ends, I watched it in a different way. When the fiery red Dragon was about to eat the Donkey, I had a smile of my face. Because I knew that at the end of the movie, Donkey will marry the Dragon. (As crazy as that may sound!) In fact, in Shrek 2, they’ll have 4 kids. It’s very different if you know how the story ends. Thanks to Easter, we know how your story ends. You may be going through rough times now. You may be going through severe trials. Sometimes, you wonder if you can overcome your problems. Don’t give up! Because you know that at the end of the day, you’re going to win. Because God is with you. The Bible says, If God is for you, who can be against you? In fact, even death can’t win over you. Like Jesus, you too will rise. Death will be conquered. And you will live forever. Yes, we have something to look forward to! Happy Easter, my dear friend! May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

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QUESTION: could either be answered by a YES or NO

DOORS: has ENTRANCE & EXIT

LIGHTS: has to be ON or OFF

TABLES: have COLUMNS and ROWS

LOVING: has to be at two sides, TO LOVE and BE LOVED

SHARING: means GIVING and RECEIVING

RESPECT: comes into ways, SELF and OTHERS

FIGHT: could be LOOSING or WINNING

VICTORY: means you SURVIVE and SUCCEED

LIFE ON EARTH: there is ME and GOD

See What God Sees In You

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Last month, I bought a second-hand car. The car was a beauty. (Yes, I’m still a guy. As a little boy, my favorite toy was the matchbox.) I was curious why the owner was selling it—because it was just four years old. The leather seats still smelled nice. The paint was still shiny. The engine was still powerful. When I visited his home to pay for the car, I realized why. In the parking lot, he had newer, bigger, better cars. No wonder he was getting rid of his older car. To him, the car was garbage. But to me, the car was gold. It’s funny how one thing can be garbage to one person and gold to the other.

“God Chose Me”

Once upon a time, I felt like garbage too. That was how I saw myself. I was a man with an uncontrollable sin. I was so messed up I was ashamed that I was even alive. But Jesus looked at me and didn’t see the garbage. He only saw the gold. And He loved me so much, He bought me. He said, “No price is too high. Not cost too big. I want you.” He ended up paying with His life, shedding his blood. Friend, this is the Jesus whom we follow. This Good Friday, I invite you to see what Jesus sees in you. Find the gold that He insists is there in you. And receive His love anew this Holy Week.

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez

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