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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 93 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 94 posts. There were 34 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 13th with 86 views. The most popular post that day was From Scriptures is Mary the new Eve?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were alphainventions.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, mail.live.com, android-vs-ipad.co.cc, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for the last appeal bala shoury udumala, mary is the new eve, divine blessings, and aquileia mosaics.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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From Scriptures is Mary the new Eve? October 2010

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Things Catholics do June 2010

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Jewish businessman: Be proud that you are a Catholic April 2010
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Is the Catholic Church the True Church of Christ? May 2010
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Prayer for the unborn April 2010

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Well, that’s not really an advert by Appel, but it could be!

Anyway, a cool priest posted this great video online and it certainly did  put a smile on my face, so I thought I’d share it here…

Hope you’ll like it as much I did!!

This one is also cool!

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Many people these days seem to turn to Christianity mainly for the sake of their own personal material fulfilment, rather than because they want to surrender themselves to God and follow Jesus’ example  during His life on earth, or simply achieve spiritual growth.

I feel that many Christian denominations tent to focus on material prosperity and worldly achievements, as opposed to spiritual growth and spiritual fulfilment. It seems as though  the ultimate purpose of being a Christian is to achieve self-benefits without self-sacrifice or deprivation. Which is as convenient as it is far from the truth. 

Some Christian completely distort Jesus’ teachings to fit their views, and their understanding of Christianity has no resemblance to what you see in Jesus’  ministry, or for that matter, the Bible itself.

A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish. (Psalm 49:20)

Recently, an American Pastor was talking on TV about her book ‘Buy the Shoes, Eat the Coockie’ – or something to that effect – I must admit I was very saddened by her arguments. After watching her interview, I found myself wondering about  the purpose of penance, self-sacrifice or as Catholics say, ‘the offering up’ of one’s sufferings as means of  achieving  a holy life…

There are plenty of instances in the Bible where Jesus talks about material wealth and the lack of it, as well as spiritual growth and the way to the truth. Many interpretations, however, seem to fall short of understanding His words, even though they sometimes can be plain clear. 

Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:25)

A good Christian wants to be more like Jesus Himself.  A good way of  ‘practicing’ this is to always remember to ask ourselves a very simple question, whenever we found ourselves in position when we are not sure which way to go: What would Jesus do/say if He was me right now? I am certain that if we put our own will aside and listen carefully to the answer, it would most definitely lead us  to live a more sanctified way of life.

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Thousands of Burmese Muslims are fleeing to Bangladesh each month, swelling one of the world’s largest refugee concentrations in one of the world’s poorest countries. Bangladeshi villagers said at least 30 Burmese children have died since April from malnutrition and disease. “More will die soon,” one said, indicating a group of boys and girls with protruding ribs and sunken eyes.

Amidst all the sad news that we have grown accustomed to watching on TV everyday, stories like this are probably the most tragic ones, for they involve not only general human suffering, but the lives of innocent children.

In this little journal, I mainly reflect on some of the wonderful blessings we receive daily, but I feel also that I should take a chance to examine my conscience and reflect on my actions as an opportunity to grow and learn to be a true Christian. How many times have we not responded to Jesus in ‘disguise’, as Mother Teresa writes in her book Loving Jesus, and maybe failed to recognise Him in the faces of the needy that we come across in our lives? As Mother Teresa puts it, Jesus is in each and every one of us, be them poor or rich, black or white, Christian or not, He still lives in all of us, and He will show himself to us in unexpected ways. 

«Whathever you do for the least of my brethren, you do it to me. When you receive a child in my name, you are receiving me» (Lk, 9:48). «When you give a glass of water to someone in my name, you give it to me» (Mt 9:41).

In Mother Teresa’s reflections, she points out that the needy and the poor are not only those found in the slums of poor countries, but anyone who suffers physically or spiritually, and they can be even  within our own families and community.

These reflections made me conclude that only through charity one can be truly in harmony with the will of God.  It may seem like a daunting task to give away ourselves to serve God’s will in such an intense way as did Mother Teresa and her missionaries; however, I believe that every one has their own calling, and that we can find our own through prayer and meditation on the works of God and Jesus’ sacrifice.  For this we can rely on the love and the intercession of Our Lady, who is such an amazing channel that connects us to Jesus!

It is important to remember that the amount you give is not what determines the value of what we do, but how much we love giving!! For this reason, I believe God will value  a small gesture of kindness  to a neighbor  just as much, provided that it is done with love.

«Love each other as I loved you. As my Father loves me, so I have loved you. Love each other»(Jn 13:34, 15:19).

Tonight I will offer the intentions of my prayers to the many Burmese children that are dying in Bangladesh as I saw on BBC today. It really breaks my heart that any creature should go through such an enormous suffering. May God have mercy on them so that they can cope with so much pain.

 

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This is it. Today as we celebrate the Lord’s Passion, Christians from all over the world pray and mourn for Him. While we may feel very sad and introspective, especially during the adoration of the Cross, today we may also be  filled with hope and expectation for the celebrations of  His Resurrection.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.  (Isaiah 53,5)

Today’s reading:

Isaiah 52,13  – 53,12
Hebrew 4:14-16, 5:7 -9
St. John 18:1- 19:42

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Welcome all!! This is my very first post on this brand new blog and I am very excited about it. I will be posting as often as possible and hopefully I will be able to write about topics that can both interest you and inspire you to reflect on your own journey of faith.

As someone who is only beginning a personal journey towards truly knowing the Lord, I feel that writing a blog would give me not only additional motivation to study and meditate on God’s word and Jesus’ teachings, but it would be also a wonderful opportunity for me to share my journey with others as well as exchange mutual experiences.

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