If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an icon paints a thousand pictures.
Just like this famous Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from the 13th century, it is an unending source for spiritual inspirations and meditations. A follower of Jesus can find emotional comfort and solace in every situation simply by staring at this Icon.
The icons that we are familiar with and use widely in cyberspace are very different.
These symbols, or Emoticons, each depict only one meaning. The famous LOL represented by this icon above supposedly means laughing out loud. Once, instead of actually laughing, I overheard a young man saying “LOL” to a joke that his friend told him. By using emoticons freely he has missed out the emotional response to a joke and, needless to say, a good dose of endorphins to keep him healthy.
In this last week of Lent, may Our Lady of Perpetual Help continue to walk with us and guide us closer to our Lord Jesus. By Ben
In the darkness, our eyes are instinctively drawn to lights in any form.
In the darkness of our souls, our hearts may erroneously be drawn to light that comes from hellfire.
May the True Light, born of The Virgin, illuminate our whole being this Christmas and lead us home to His pasture where there is no more night. Rev 22:5 By Ben
A Blessed and Holy Christmas to all our friends on WordPress!
Never flag in zeal
Be aglow with the Spirit
Rejoice in your hope
Be patient in tribulation
Constant in prayer Roman 12:12
We are still rookies when it comes to Orchid care. Whenever we buy a pot of Orchid home, whatever the species is, it will only bloom once!
But this particular one was bought six months ago and has still managed to survive with the constant care. Praise the Lord! By Ben
Mid-autumn festival is also known as Mooncake Festival. The locals here sometimes call it Lantern Festival. Whatever the name might be, the month-long celebration in the Lunar calendar is filled with food, get-togethers and festivities.
When we were young, mooncakes would be sold only once a year at this time. We used to carry our lit handmade lanterns and pay visits from house to house. We were rewarded with chestnuts, mooncakes and pomelos. There were memorable events like lantern-guessing riddles where we could win prizes too.
In this current time, while we are facing uncertainty amidst the unrest all over the world, God continues to bless us with festivals and joyful moments to cheer our hearts. Like a good father to his beloved children. By Ben
How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion Isaiah 52:7-8
An interesting wall that I came across last week:
It’s a reminder of the Holy Spirit’s untiring effort in working within us.
We are a work-in-progress, if we are willing, until we are ready to be offered as an aromatic cup of morning coffee for the Lord. By Ben
Therefore beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not when I am near to you only, but now when I am far from you, all the more, with awe and with trembling, do the service of your life. For God is carefully working in you both to desire and to do that thing which you desire. Phil 2:12-13
Jesus said to the woman : “Then neither do I condemn you,”
“Go now and sin no more.” John 8:11
As the saying goes, “God has a soft spot for sinners”. Jesus is longing for our return and repentance. And we are indeed very blessed to have the sacrament of reconciliation where we can hear Him saying to us – “neither do I condemn you”. By Ben
“It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?” Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, you evil men!
‘Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!” Matt 7:21-28
Perhaps this is one of the most soul-gripping pictures painted with authority by Jesus to us as disciples. For I may be a regular church-goer, giving donations to the poor, healing the sick with prayers, or calling the Lord’s name in praise and worship – and the response from the Lord on the last day is: “I have never known you!”
Sensible men will choose the Rock.
Stupid men will decide for Sand.
They are not far apart.
We just need to act on them…wisely.