Monday, October 25, 2010

WHICH IS THE GREATEST NAME EVER GIVEN OR HEARD IN THE UNIVERSE? JESUS

Most of the Humanity in the Universe know that, the Greatest Name ever given in the history of the universe is the Most Holy Name: *JESUS !*. This is the Name of the Savior of the Humanity. The Holy Name of the Incarnate God Himself. The Holy Name which has the complete authority in the entire universe. The only Name capable of granting ever lasting life in Heaven.

So how to say or utter that Holy Name of Jesus...? In my humble opinion, I greatly feel that The greatest name of the Greatest and True God of the universe should be uttered with highest Reverence and titles. When we say the names of worldly people with their titles and surnames, why don't we say the Lord's Holy name with due titles, when HE has many...?

It is quite unfortunate to note that this Very Holy Name of the Divine Master is used by His own chosen people without any special respect or titles! When we know sufficiently how to utter the name of a human leader adding many titles, prefixes and suffixes to his/her name to please him/her, I wonder why we (even the devotees) enunciate the Most High Lord’s Holy Name without any least reverence…! For example, we say President Abraham Lincoln, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Mr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru etc… A faithful will never call a Pope or Bishop merely by his name. We say Holy Father Benedict the XVI and the normal world at least says Pope or Pontiff Benedict XVI. Likewise when our Visakhapatnam bishop visited our St Ann’s Catholic Church, Kakinada, he was addressed as His Excellency Dr Kagithapu Mariadass or Right Reverend Dr K Mariadass. The non-Christian community addresses him by saying Arch Bishop Dr. K. Mariadass MSFS; DD JUD.

The same is maintained the world-over by all denominations when they come to show their respect to their Bishops or Priests. Many Syrian Bishops in Kerala are affectionately and respectfully called with a title ‘Mar’ example Major Arch Bishop Mar Varkey Vithayathil, Major Arch Bishop Mar Baselios Cleemis etc… I have never seen in my entire life some one calling a priest by his bare name in India. A priest or pastor is addressed as Rev Fr Thomas Choorackal or Fr Sebastian Edakkarotte or Rev Dr Dinakaran or Rev Bishop K. P. Yohannan. The regrettable part is that I see almost all of these Fathers and Pastors calling their Most High Master just JESUS…!

I strongly feel that the Divine Master must be called at least as Lord JESUS or JESUS the Savior. I suggest when we call upon our Lord in prayer we must add at-least one of HIS additional Titles or Adjectives with strong devotion and love to the Name of our Lord even if they are not mentioned in the prayer books. For Example, where ever there is only 'Jesus' mentioned I request the devotees to call Lord Jesus or Christ Jesus or Jesus Son of God or Jesus Master of the Universe....!

If we observe closely how people belonging to other religions say the names of their prophets or Gods, it is enough to open the eyes of the Christians to give due respect to the Holy Name of JESUS the son of Almighty God…!!!

I used to watch a devotional program telecast in the Surya TV (a leading television net work in Malayalam) which shared the positive outlook of different religions by learned and famous Hindu Pundits, Islamic Scholars and Christian Priests/Pastors. I was happy when I watched the Hindu Swamis and Muslim Clerics pronouncing the names of their idols with a lot of honor as Bhagavan (God) Sri/Shri (a word used in India with respect before a name) Rama Chandra Murthy, Bhagavan Sri Krishna and noticed the Muslims never call their Prophet Muhammad (Mohammed) without the title ‘Prophet’. And I was delighted to watch seeing the Islamic scholars always call God as “Parama Karunyavanaya Allahu” (Most Merciful Allah) or “Sarva Shakthanaya Allahu” (Allah the Almighty). When ever a Christian Priest or Pastor use their Master’s name they repeatedly simply said ‘Jesus’ (as if they were saying the name of some children or their colleagues)…! It is very unfortunate and saddening. Let me hope that here after the devotees of Lord Jesus Christ use HIS most powerful, holy and greatest Name with due respect and veneration.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kattachira Miracle by the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary is ONE YEAR old

The miracle of the flex board photo image of the Mother of Lord Jesus, St Mary, kept at the Syrian Jacobite ( Yacobaaya Pally) Chapel at Kattachira near Kayamkulam in Alleppy district of Kerala in India, is continueing non-stop for one year now. The miracle was first seen by Kochu Rani - a local resident woman on 21 st October, 2009 and brought to the notice of the villagers. Soon it spread like wild fire and people from all walks of life including Church Authorities, Critics, Media experts, Political and government officials rushed to the spot to confirm the incident. At first it was thought that the Mother of the Lord was weeping, as the right eye of the photo was shedding tears. Later after a week the liquid that flew from the photo gave out a fragrance and it has been continuing for one year. More than 70 bottles of the liquid is collected so far and all the visitors are having an opportunity to enjoy its inexplicable heavenly fragrance, which as per the witness and testimony of many people , the oil like liquid is considered as a medicine that has been curing numerous diseases. People from all over the country and abroad visit the small church to witness this great miracle. The church is declared as a global Marian Pilgrim Centre by the Head of the Syrian Jacobite Church.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Devotion and Power of the Holy Rosary:

St Louis de Montfort, a great devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mother and an ambassador of the Holy Rosary says: "I shall vouch and sign with my blood that who ever or any family that prays the Rosary every day will never perish".

The devotion of the Holy Rosary was insisted by the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary herself to the 3 children during Her apparition at Fatima. Rosary Prayers have always been a powerful medicine to get healed from even dreaded diseases, a mighty weapon to get freed from satanic powers, a guaranteed formula for the unity and integrity of the family, and a proven instrument for the reception of any favor from God Almighty. The month of October is dedicated to the prayer of the Holy Rosary by the Universal Catholic Church. The Feast of the Holy Rosary is celebrated by the Church on the 7th of October every year world-wide.

St. Don Bosco has requested the parents thus: “Family Rosary is the loving chain that connects the children to their parents. Love your children, correct their mistakes and pardon them and offer the Rosary Prayers daily with them. Then the families will strongly flourish and Peace and joy will prevail.” He also advises the devotees, “Never forget to pray the Rosary everyday.” He asks, “How can we forget our Holy Mother who loves us so much and fills us with all the necessary blessings?”

The Blessed Mother has promised to St. Dominic, “Whatever you ask through the Rosary will be granted.”

There are many stunning incidents / miracles happened (and continues to happen every moment) by the meditating and reciting of the Rosary. The incident which I recently read in a printed media is really unbelievable. When Atom bombs were exploded in Japan, the Jesuit Monastery with eight monks which was just one kilometer away from the spot of the explosion was miraculously saved as they prayed the Holy Rosary with devotion and sought the protection of the Holy Mother.