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Category: Faith

The candle of Christ

Merry Christmas

Joy to the World
the Savior is born!

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns:
let men their songs employ
while fields and floods rocks hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow
nor thorns infest the ground:
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.

The fifth candle

The fifth candle – Christ

The fifth candle

The fifth candle
is for Christ

The love of the Father
The love of the Son

God
And menkind

A Message of peace

The candle of Christ

O Jesus
Eternal life
In the bossom
of the Father

O life eternal
Of all souls
Created
In Thy likeness

Reveal thy Heart
Reveal thy Love

fourth candle of the advent wreath for christmas

The forth candle – love

The forth candle

The forth candle
is for love

The love of heaven
The love of earth

Angels
And shepherds

A Message of peace

The candle of the angels

‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men
on whom his favor rests.’  ~ Luke

Third candle joy

The third candle – Joy

The third candle

The third candle
is for joy

The joy of earth
The joy of heaven

Shepherds
And angels

A Message of salvation

The candle of the shepherds

An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them,
‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the Highest and peace to all people of good will.’

Spiritual freedom amidst physical enslavement

Spiritual freedom amidst physical enslavement

Spiritual freedom amidst physical enslavement

A quote by father Kolbe
A leitmotiv for the many
Oppressed by dictature
Depraved of freedom

Your spirit is free
Your soul is free
Your mind is free
Your heart is free

Nobody can enslave you

Even amidst darkness
Accidents, illness
Oppression, dictature
Enslavement

You are free!

Some links

A portrait 

His legacy

Testimony from Auschwitz

Be healed

Miracles happen – be healed

Miracles happen: be healed

Be healed

What a powerful statement
What a powerful Word

Our being
Touched in its body

Be forgiven

What a powerful statement
What a powerful Word

Our being
Touched in its heart

Be blessed

What a powerful statement
What a powerful Word

Our being
Touched in its soul

Be holy

What a powerful statement
What a powerful Word

Touching our will
An invitation to step into divine

Have faith
Have patience
Have Mercy

What a powerful statements
What a powerful Words

More than just commands

 

La donna taylor, the red violin
Healing sounds of a violin

People Get Better When She Sings! Vicki Jamison-Peterson
An interview

Boanerges : Sons of thunder ?

Boanerges : Sons of thunder

Sons of thunder ?

James and John
Sons of Zebedee, the fisherman
Nicknamed boanerges

Translated
Sons of thunder

Jesus knew all men
No need of testimony by others
He knew what was in them

Booing bulls

He doesn’t praise the sons of Zebedee
He calls them Boanerges
Busy lowing

Translated
Acting like oxen

When a village refuses hospitality
James and John invoke
The fire of heaven upon them

A destructive lightening party
Stopped by Jesus

And their mother?
A pushy Lady
Wanting her sons up the scale

And she aside
Of course

Thunder without lightening
Might be the right translation
Woos and boos without cause

Far from divine Light

A great translation of boanerges
In French would be
“Bons à rien”

This being said…

James became martyr
Author of the first epistles
And John, the beloved

They saw the Lightening!

In the Chinese I Ching
 The thunder means C H A N G E

For more insights ?

 

May the road rise to meet you

May the road rise to meet you

The French cyclist Thomas Voeckler of Direct Énergie Team riding on Tertre de la Motte, in Vendome, during the first stage of Paris-Nice 2016.

May the road rise to meet you….

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

An old Irish blessing

An old celtic blessing for luck, health and happiness. God’s blessing for your journey. The wind, the sun and the rain are symbols of care and provision.

The main characteristic of Celtic Christianity (4th-7th century A.D.) is the connection between the godly heavens (the spiritual) and natural life (the earthly) .

And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Until we meet again … a beautiful performance by the Musik-Akademie Basel

Another beautiful and inspirational interpretation of the Irish blessing with stunning scenery in Ireland and haunting Celtic music by Arlene Faith.

The soil of your heart

The soil of your heart is all that

The soil of your heart

The sower

The soil of your heart

The divine sower
Goes out to sow the Word

And the seed falls
On the soil of your heart

The road, the rocks, the thorns
And good soil

The birds steal the seed on the road
The rocks do not feed it
The thorns choke it
The good soil however
Produces a crop
hundred, sixty or thirty times the sown

The message of the kingdom
Is the seed

When you do not understand
The message is stolen

When you do not feed it
It dies and will not resist
For it has no roots, nor growth

When worry or wealth
choke the Word
It remains unfruitful

When you understand
The Word roots
Grows and bears fruit

And the crop of your heart will be accordingly
Yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times the sown

The soul of your heart IS the road, the rock, the torns, the good soil…

“Blessed those who hear and understand”

Reference : matthew 13. The parable of the Sower

” May your heart become soft
 . Hear with you ears
 .   See with your eyes
  .   Understand with your heart
 . Turn to Me and I will heal you.”

 

Be Holy

Be Holy for I am Holy

Be Holy for I am Holy

The gods we forge
From neonlights
Adored

We are gods
We do as we want
Pleased

We turn away
From the heavens
Blinded

Falling into the traps
Of false lights
And lies

The money
The power
The fame

And all that comes
With it
Abuse

Few are the ones
Who turn inside
Enlightened

Be Holy
For I am Holy

There is no other Truth

Franz Shubert was an Austrian composer who died too young. His works remain and have seldom been equaled by their beauty.

Mother of perpetual help

Our Lady Mary, Mother of perpetual Help

Mother of perpetual help

Notre dame du perpétuel secours

Mother of perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
pray for us now!
Our Lady of Salvation
pray for us now!
Mother of Perpetual Help
pray for us now!

A miraculous byzantine icon
From the 14th century
Known as the “Strastnaya
(The instruments of passion)

Said to be a copy
Of an original icon
Painted by saint Luke
One of the evangelists

The book of Luke 
Being the only evangile
Covering the childhood
Of Christ with His Mother

On the left the archangel Michael
OAM
On the right the archangel Gabriel
ΟΑΓ

Many churches in the middle east
Dedicated to Her
AMOΛVNTOΣ – the Immaculate
Mother of Jesus 

The sloef of the child
Symbol of our salvation
Is not thrown to us

The perspective
Of the icon is such
We are all included

And the child
Knowing His destiny
Holding the hands
Of His divine mother

And the child
Looking at the instruments
Of affliction and suffering
Holding her hand

And the Mother
Looking at you, at me
At us all in a gesture of
Infinite love and offer

Mother of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help

Dedicated to the christians of the east and middle-east churches persecuted and suffering because of their faith

O Mary
Lady of Perpetual Succour

pray for us, for them
Lady of Salvation
pray for us, for them
Mother of Perpetual Help
pray for us, for them

Self help

Help thy self … so helpst Thou Lord

Self help

Help thy self … so helpst Thou Lord

Serve thy self …
so serves Thou Lord

An old addaggio
Full of truth

Many tend
To turn around

The self help

Expecting others or Divine
To do the job

Waiting for another
To turn up their sleeves

Easy money
Easy profit

As soon as they encounter
A problem
They refuse, weaning

And Instead of facing it
They flee or fight

Seeking solutions ouside
Instead of inside

Aid thy self
First

Do not implore others
Or God to do that

So aidst Thou Lord

 

 

Are you the only one?

Are you the only one?

Are you the only one?

Today, i came to undestand
For the first time
The parable of the 10 blinds

All came to The Lord
Asking to recover sight

And asked to go to the waters
And cleanse their eyes
Merely one came back to thank Him

And yet they all recovered sight

And Just one came back
Saw and followed Him

Are you the only one? 

We all dwell
Like the 9 blind ones
Far From the Lord

And even with open eyes
Seeing His evidence
We ignore Him

And those who do not
Can only prosternate
And adore

For they do not seek sight
They seek the Lord

 

Alta trinita beata

Alta trinita beata – An ancient hymn

Alta trinità beata

Lauda fiorentina del XV sec – Autore anonimo

Alta trinita beata

Alta trinità beata
Da noi sempre adorata

Alta trinita beata

Trinità gloriosa
Unita maravigliosa

Alta trinita beata

Tu sei manna saporosa
e tutta desiderosa.

Translations from Italian

Alta = High
Trinità = Trinity, Holy Trinity, Blessed Trinity, Sacred Trinity
Beata = blessed, beatitude
Da noi = by us
Sempre = ever, always
Adorata = adored, worshipped

Gloriosa = glorious
Unita = Unity
maravigliosa = marvellous

Tu sei = you are
Manna = manna
Saporosa = delicious, nice , tasty, tasteful , delightful
E = all, both, is
tutta = all
Desiderosa = desired

Most High Trinity
By us always adored

Glorious Trinity
Marvelous unity

Delightfull Mannah
By us all desired

© mlaure

Some translations in other languages

The first time i heard this beautiful hymn
my heart filled with adoration
and my eyes with tears
for the beauty of the song.
Its simplicity, its depht.

Beautiful performances around the globe

(starts at 1:10) International Chamber Choir of JM Slovenia 

CANTUS ANTE OMNIA – Bozicni koncert u Vukovaru 2008

Cantori delle Pievi e Aemilia Felix Consort

A testimony

Long ago, i wondered about the feast of our heavenly Father, Creator of all Being. We have so many feasts, but when is His Day?

It is on the feast of the Holy Trinity, on fathers day. For that is His Glory and it is fulfilled.

Alta Trinita Beata

So hard to translate and even harder to understand, lest explain. If we saw the love in Creation, our hearts would cease to beat for it is full of His Glory, the marvel of His Beauty. His Patience, Mercy and eternal compassion.

Oh My Father
Our Father
I adore you

So kind
So gentle
So mercyful

Patient
Forgiving
Sustaining

O Creator
Of all being
Thy glory transcends in all

And all Creation
Resplendent of Thy Beauty
Refers to Thee

Alta trinità beata 

Most exalted Trinity
Unity adorable
Glorious Trinity
By all exalted
Manna Delightful
By all desired

© mlaure

 

Si Deo volente - God willing

Deo volente – God willing

In many places of the Scriptures God invites us to listen. To honour his commandements and to lead a life according to His Grace.

Deo volente – God willing

Si Deo volente
God willing

What a beautiful
Expression

An expression
Like a prayer

A prayer
Of submission

To the divine will

Be Holy
For I am Holy

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A little bit of history

Holy Roman Empire

The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Sacrum Imperium Romanum, German: Heiliges Römisches Reich) was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in central Europe that
Home sweet Om

Home sweet home

Home

A place
Where we live
And care
For others

Sweet

A place
Where we rest
Cared for
By others

Home

A place
Where we enjoy
The caring
Through the Other

Living in the present Grace

Living in the present grace

Living in the present grace

Grace
A divine gift
Unconditionnal

For all

A gift
That can only
Be recieved

By each of us

An open heart
An open mind
An open spirit

Filling with divine

 

Writing in the sand, to be forgiven, forgiveness

Writings in the sand…

Forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven
It is an act of love, mercy, grace and can only be recieved
Writing in the sand 
Does not stand long 
Does it?

The accusations 
Written in the sand 
Have vanished

The joy of Salvation 
Is to know we are saved 
Redeemed

Our Redeemer lives 
And so do we

The joy of Salvation 


Songs:
My redeemer lives by Nicole C Mullen
Alleluia

About the Living

For I Am risen indeed 
living amongst you 
unnoticed, unseen 
and yet eternal Present

Alleluia – Michael W. Smith

 Benny Hinn – “Alleluia” – 2013

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

 Alleluia – Jennifer Thomas Ft. Felicia Farerre & The Ensign Chorus 

Alleluia (Exsultate, jubilate – Mozart) – Aksel Rykkvin & KORK

Come to carry me home

The mystery of life and dead

The mystery of life and dead
In the history of menkind
In our history

Is so great
We do not understand it

A mystery that affects us all
In the depth of our lifes
In our families

Through illness
Accident
Ill actions

And some just pass away
In silence, unnoticed

Whilst others suffer separation
tears of helplessness
And remorse

Thrown into the world
It all comes to an end
The coffin and the graveyard

Come forth to carry me home

 

songs:

the old traditional "Sweet Chariots"
Carry me home by Aaron Shust

 

An act of goodness

Acts of goodness

Acts of goodness

An act of goodness
Comes from the heart
Just like acts of evil

If the heart is bad
The deads will be bad

If the heart is good
The deads will be good

Never justify evil acts
For they are the fruit of evil
They have NO justification

The righteous one

The righteous One

Righteousness

Many believe only the faithful
Or the believer
Is saved

Truth is
that believe
Is not enough to be claimed

Not those who claim
“Lord, Lord”
Are justified

But those who fulfil
The commandents
Of the Lord

The righteous one
The one who does good
Is saved

Even if he or she
Does not believe

For faith is a gift
Not to be claimed

A question to be

a Question to be

a lot of us
are tourning rounds

unknowing What
unknowing Whom

and some
have questions

about life
and afterlife

Is there a God or not?
What is the name of God?

Faith or religion?
what is the difference?

Values and humanity
a strive for all?

Tell me

Ebla tablet

God? Called El…

El (God)

Ēl
a northwest Semitic word and name
translated into English
as ‘God’ or El

El or Il
In the Levant
The supreme God
father of mankind and all creatures

El
in the Ebla civilization, dated 2300 BC
(the archaeological site of Tell Mardikh in Syria)
the Father of all Gods

A desert God
With two wives
Building this sanctuary
with his children

He fathered many Gods
Hadad, Yaw and Mot
Likely to the Greco-Roman Gods
Zeus, Ophion and Thanatos

El
identified
By ancient Greek mythographers
As Cronus

The mystery remains

Picture: A clay tablet found in Ebla, Syria

For more
Praise the Lord

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord 
in his sanctuary 
in his mighty heavens 

Praise Him 

Praise the Lord 
for his acts of power 
for his surpassing greatness 

Praise Him 

Praise the Lord 
with the sounding of the trumpet 
with the harp and lyre 

Praise Him 

Praise the Lord 
with timbrel and dancing 
with the strings and pipe 

Praise Him 

Praise the Lord 
with the clash of cymbals 
with resounding cymbals 

Praise Him

Praise the Lord 
everything that has breath
Praise Him


Tamil song of Praise 
Hallelu Yah in hebrew

How great Thou art!


 

Seek and find

Seek and You shall find

 

Seek and you shall find
Knock and you shall be opened
Ask and you shall be given

And in Their humble quest

People seek and find
Knock and enter
Ask and recieve

Some testimonies
That turned people upside down

For conversion is in our heart
And when we find Truth
It sets us free

Our conversion is not to a religion
It is to the Living God
Eternal

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Testimonies from all newborns
who dared to share how they were found:

The ISIS fighter converting to Jesus

Mother and daughter, touched by grace

Koran brought him to Christ

Testimony of Mohammad from Lebanon

An Indian teacher becomes christian

Tamil song of praise

Hindu’s finding Jesus

Final prayer

Jesus
 They say you are The Lord in the flesh
 The incarnation of God
 Crucified for our sins
 Resurrected out of the dead

Have mercy upon us, upon our souls
 Have mercy

Reveal Thy Name to me, to us
 And give us faith
Bible study

How to read the New Testament?

Bible study

The old Testament is difficult to read.

Best is to start with the new Testament.
And to start with the book of Luke

The book of Luke

Luke is the apostle of the gentiles.
He adresses non jews.
His book reads like a narration.
He also wrote the book of acts.

Once the book of Luke is red,
continue with book of acts 

The book of Acts 

And before reading, invoke the Holy Spirit
To help you understand what is written

Come Holy Spirit 
Enlighten my reason 
And give me to understand 
What is written 


Prayer

A prayer…

My parents 
Teached me to pray 

An evening prayer 
A morning prayer 

A prayer before dinner 
A prayer after dinner 

An attitude 
An offer 
A grace 

The power of prayer 
Like a breath 

For bread
An answer 
Comfort, help

And soon all becomes prayer 
A dialogue with divine 

Grace 
Imploration 
Thanksgiving 

Do you know your prayers? 
Do you pray?

soon it becomes silent adoration

I love you Lord by Larie Klein

You are not my slave

What a friend we have…

 

Seeking a friend
At the gates of kindergarten

Looking around
For a friendly face

Left alone
At the doorsteps of the nursery

The noise of the school
Sounds emptyness

And in The silence of my soul

O Jesus, you are my friend!

And there you are
In the beauty of your Person

And the gentle presence
Of you being

Grave and yet
Sereen

I have not come to play with you
I have come to comfort you

Oh beauty of that voice
Oh beauty of that Presence

And tears on my cheek
Dried up

And peace
And happiness

My Friend, my Friend!

– – –

Old Gospel song… two performances

what a friend we have in Jesus 

Another performance by Mahalia Jackson 

Diving into the divine unknown

Faith is believing in Whom or What?

long ago 
as a child 
i wondered about the meaning of faith 

asking our neigbour 
a girl a few years older 
she answered 

it is like believing in miracles 

- like what? 

like diving into a swimming pool 
without water 
and come out unharmed! 

the next week 
the swimming pool was empty 
and a little voice said 

you have no faith! 

and i dived into the empty pool 
banged on my head 
all blood 

And yet i came out 
unharmed 

faith is different 
i thought 
it has nothing to do with miracles 

My head was stiched 
It hurted for many more years 

When my daddy asked
Why did you dive?
I simply said
Because of faith

The begin of a long quest... 

The little voice did not come from God, of course
He does not asks us to jump into empty pools 
but He surely protected me, who jumped out of love

Morality
Be careful with what or whom you believe 
Faith has nothing to do with jumping into empty pools 
and is not only about miracles 


You raise me up to all that i can be

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