Category Archives: Religious Stories

Grocery list

Martha, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store.
She approached the. owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would give her a few groceries on credit.

She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

The grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.

In desperation, she pleaded: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’

The grocer told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store.
A well-dressed stranger standing beside the counter, overheard the conversation between the two. He walked forward and told the grocer that he would pay for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’

Martha replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘O.K’ he said, ‘put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.’

Martha hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the stranger and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’

The stranger smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.

The grocer stood there in utter frustration. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it in great amazement.

It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:

‘Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.’

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.

Martha thanked him and left the store. The stranger who was Jesus, handed a Gold coin to the grocer and said the Creator knows how much a prayer weighs.’

Just stop right now, and say a prayer of thanks for your own good fortune…

*My prayer for you today*:

_*The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, and shall not labor in vain, the mouth saying Jesus Saviour to this prayer shall laugh forever. Remain in God’s love.Have a lovely journey of life! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will never fail you.

Advertisements

The lost watch

I just came back from a evening retreat at our Parish Church. I have carried some beautiful thoughts from the Sermon given by Fr.Suresh Pushparaj. Todays topic was on Mother Mary. He quoted in Bible she speaks only in 4 occasions. Firstly she had the courage to ask question to Gabriel and accept God’s will. In the second instace she speaks to Elizabeth. In the 3rd instance she disciplines Jesus after they miss and find him Jersusalem. The 4th & final instance is at Canan when she speaks to Jesus and the wedding Host’s servants. She then plays a passive role .. to fulfill God’s will in Silence. The priest a famous saying of a writter, ‘If you are unable to understand my silence .. you will never be able to appreciate my words’. He also narrated a story to impress upon how you can find the truth .. A vision impaired man was searching for something in a busy beach. Passers by came to know that he had lost his wrist watch. Every one tried to find it .. and no one could help him with … the man didn’t loose hope .. and found it very late in the night … The next day people asked him how he got it? His reply was stunning and very meaningful… He said after the Beach fell silent .. He heard the tick .. tick of his wrist watch and located it very easily! The power of Silence!! He beautifully drew parallel to these examples how Mary played a crucial role in manifesting God’s will and how God himself speaks to us in silence … When our heart and mind is at peace … and when we seek him & pursue him.

Serve him just the way you are

An old church in a village in Brazil was leaking and the walls were almost collapsing, after the service the Padre asked the worshipers if they could organize a fundraising to rebuild the church… He told them to contribute whatever God has blessed each and everyone of them with. If you have some money, you can bring the money,if you earn a living by selling tomatoes in the market, you can bring the tomatoes and they get auctioned to raise the money… If you operate a hardware it would be even better, you can bring some nails and iron sheets for the roof… whatever you have. Eventually, it was the day of fundraising and worshippers came out in large numbers, some with money in their pockets others with goods depending on their jobs and sources of livelihood… They were met by a strange sight; a coffin at the entrance of the church!…Gosh! Who had died?… but then again it was on a Sunday and funeral services were never conducted on Sundays…. What was going on? People started talking in whispers asking what was the meaning of it…they started pointing fingers to an old man seated at a corner; he was the coffin maker…some looked at him in open hostility, but he didn’t mind them… the Padre had said that people should bring whatever God has blessed you with, right?… and he was a coffin maker… After the service it was time to raise funds ; those who had money contributed, hardware people gave iron sheets and other building equipments and materials ,tomatoes’ traders had brought their tomatoes which were auctioned away… Finally, the coffin maker dragged his coffin to the front of the church and stood still… people gasped and fell silent… you could hear a pin drop . Suddenly an old man, a friend of the coffin maker stood up….he offered 15,000 for the coffin on behalf of the padre… said he was buying it for the padre… The Padre shot up so fast with eyes wide open….his lips suddenly very dry. He quickly offered 20,000 for the coffin on behalf of the leader of CWA (Catholic women Association) The Lady nearly stumbled as she sprang to her feet looking so shocked at seeing her coffin…” No! no! no!” She shouted “it is not mine! …i …i…i…will buy it for the Catechist!… 30,000 please!… please! The Catechist nearly peed on himself he turned to look at her angrily as if to ask ” do you want to kill me?!” Clearly nobody wanted the coffin and it kept on being passed around until finally another old rich man stood and said that, he is offering 100,000 for the coffin and he is buying it on behalf of the coffin maker… The coffin maker took his coffin and returned it to his shop….smiling. The coffin maker; someone who was looked down upon, someone whom people jeered that he benefits from the misfortunes of others raised the greatest amount of money for the church without contributing even a single coin. You can serve God in many different ways. Perhaps people belittle you until you see yourself as a nobody…..but God want you just the way you are. He will turn your shame into honor.

Jesus folds the napkin

WHY DID JESUS FOLD THE NAPKIN?*

This is an interesting story ..

*WHY DID JESUS FOLD THE NAPKIN?*

This is one I can honestly say I have never seen circulating in the social media; so, if it touches you, you may want to share it.

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’ Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside.. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know it was time to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, “I’m done”.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because………..

The folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!”

*He is Coming Back!*

For those of us who still read the Bible, we know of this. However, I thought we should share this with those, who may have forgotten the significance of the folded napkin.

Please share this with all of your contacts. They would enjoy reading and being reminded of His second coming.
*He is coming back.*’!!!

Story of the girl who saw mother Mary..

✨
πŸ‡»πŸ‡¦
February 1⃣1⃣

_Feast_ 🌟🌟🌟
πŸ”·βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨πŸ”·
✨ *OUR LADY* ✨
✨ ✨ *OF* ✨ ✨
✨ *LOURDES* ✨
πŸ”·βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨πŸ”·

On December 8, 1854, Pope Blessed Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus.

A little more than three years later, on 11th February 1858, a young lady appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous, at Lourdes in France.

This began a series of *18 visions that year, from 11th of February till 16th of July*. The climax of the apparitions was on 25th March, when our Lady identified herself with the words: *_β€œI am the Immaculate Conception.”_*

Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl, admitted to her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle _(a mile from the town)_ while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend.

Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. During interrogations Bernadette gave an account of what she saw. She used the word *”aquero”*, a dialect term meaning _β€œthis thing.”_ It was _β€œa pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.”_ Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand.

Bernadette was also impressed by the fact that the lady did not use the informal form of address _(tu)_, but the polite form _(vous)_. The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity.

Through that humble girl, Mary revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world.

Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and healing, but even more of faith. To people of faith this is not surprising. It is a continuation of the miracles of Jesus β€”now performed at the intercession of His Mother.

There are still people who doubt the apparitions of Lourdes. Perhaps the best that can be said to them are the words that introduce the film The Song of Bernadette:
*β€œFor those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.”*β€Ό

In 1862, Pope Blessed Pius IX authorized Bishop Bertrand-Sévère Laurence to permit the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes.

πŸ‘‘
On 3rd July 1876, Pope Blessed Pius IX formally granted a *Canonical Coronation* to the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary that was venerated in the courtyard of what is now part of the Rosary Basilica.

⚜⚜⚜⚜⚜⚜⚜

🎡🎡🎡🎡
*β€œLo! Mary is exempt from stain of sin, Proclaims the Pontiff high; And earth applauding celebrates with joy Her triumph, far and high. Unto a lowly timid maid she shows Her form in beauty fair, And the Immaculate Conception truth Her sacred lips declare.”* 🎡🎡🎡

_(Unattributed hymn from the Roman Breviary)_

🌍

Lenten sacrifices

Once a grandson decided to visit his grandma during the season of Lent. He travelled long by car to reach his grandma to visit her and spend some time with her. During his visit, he attended a church service with his grandma. The Preacher asked the congregation what had they planned for Lent. Many replied with familiar Lenten observation like fasting , praying, alms giving etc .

Then this young man started thinking.

WHAT SHOULD I GIVE UP FOR LENT? MEAT? SWEETS? CHOCOLATE? ICE CREAM? BEVERAGES ? MEAT?

Many of us try to be more disciplined for Lent and give up something that we really like. That’s great! Fasting has always been an important tradition of Lent. This year however, let us also consider other things that we can give up.

*Give up complaining* – _Focus on gratitude_
Philippians 2:14-15 – Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.

*Give up bitterness* – _Turn to forgiveness_
Ephesians 4:31 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

*Give up worry* – _Trust in God_
Matthew 6:25 – β€œTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… who by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

*Give up discouragement* – _Be full of hope_
Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you: he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

*Give up hatred* – _Return good for evil_
1 John 2:9 – Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
Luke 6:27 – β€œBut I tell you who hear me; Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

*Give up anger* – _Be more patient_
Matthew 5:22 – But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
Proverbs 15:18 – A hot tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.

*Give up gossiping* – _Control your tongue_
Psalm 34:13 – Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
Proverbs 21:23 – He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.

πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

I must see God

Once a a noble man decided he must see God. (People who belong to other faiths can replace Shiva or Allah or Buddha or Narayan, as this is a story with a great lesson)

He went to a jungle and sat under a tree and started full time meditation and prayer. He ate very little that too vegetables, fruits and roots and leaves. One week passed, one month passed.

His only prayer was this ” I must see God and he must appear to me”. Almost 6 months passed, he lost weight but nothing happened.

One fine day, a Hunter who was passing that side saw him and felt pity on him. He went close to him woke him up and said, “Swami, I come to this forest in every season and I know the forest very well. This the time wild animals like tiger, fox, bear, elephants etc., will pass this side so please move away from here.”

The man in meditation got irritated at the shabby looks and felt disgusted at the liquor smell coming from him. He said in a firm voice, “please mind your business and do not disturb me.”

The hunter asked him what he wanted. But our hero sent him away with insulting words, as his faith on Jesus was so strong.

The hunter walked for about a kilometre and felt pity for this man and again came to him. He got a more irritating reply from our hero.

This time the hunter moved out and almost walked 5 kilometres but his mind was disturbed thinking about the danger the Swami Was in.

He rushed back fell on his feet and begged at him, “please tell me what you want, I know this forest well and I can get you whatever you want from this forest”

In order to get rid of his disturbance, our hero showed him the photo of God and told him, I am meditating here with great penance to see him.

The hunter jumped with joy and told him, please don’t bother, I know this forest very well and I can get this person as soon possible. Saying that he left hurriedly looking for God.

With in an hour he saw the person God sleeping under a tree. He took out his ropes, tied his hands and legs and carried him on his back and put him in front of that our hero.

Opening his eyes with utmost irritation for the fourth time, our hero was SHOCKED AND SURPRISED!

He said, “My lord and my God” and began crying under his feet. After calming down his very first question to him was this. “My lord and God, I have been literally starving for over 6 months and only thinking of you and praying to see you. But how come you have appeared to this idiot who seeM to be having all the bad habits.”

God smiled and replied, “My dear, You have been praying to me I want to see, I want to meet, I must have a Dharshan of God. This fellow who is an ordinary hunter has the responsibility to care for his family and take home some food and earnings. He however, put that aside and began to look for me only to help you and save you from the danger you may experience in this deep jungle.

Not only myself, even GOD comes first to those who work or pray for others. While you were praying for you he was not only praying but working for your safety leaving out his commitments to his family.”

Remember God is closer to those who live for others and will come late for those who only work for themselves.

The Atheist

Once upon a time An atheist was walking through the woods.

‘What majestic trees!

‘What powerful rivers!

‘What beautiful animals! He said to himself.

Suddenly, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look . . . and saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charging towards him.

He ran as fast as he could along the path.

He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing on him ….

 

He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer …. and then ….. he tripped and fell.

Rolling over to pick himself up, he found the bear was right on top of him reaching towards him with its left paw and raising the right paw to strike.

At that instant the Atheist cried out,      ‘Oh my God!’

Time stopped… 

The bear froze…..

The forest was silent..

A bright light shone upon the man, and a voice came out of the sky.. “You deny my existence for all these years, you teach others I don’t exist 

and even credit creation to cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”

The atheist looked directly into the light …

“It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?”

A pause… 

“Very well,” said the voice…

The light went out. 

The sounds of the forest resumed…

And the bear dropped his right arm …brought both paws together bowed his head & spoke …

“Lord, bless this food, which I am about to receive.πŸ™πŸΌ

Story of Nasrrudin’s egg

Nasrruddin earned his living selling eggs.

Someone came to his shop one day and said, β€œGuess what I have in my hand.”
β€œGive me a clue,” said Nasruddin.
β€œI shall give you several: It has the shape of an egg, the size of an egg. It looks like an egg, tastes like an egg and smells like an egg. Inside it is yellow and white. It is liquid before it is cooked, becomes thick when heated. It was, moreover laid by a hen…”
β€œAha!I know!” said Nasruddin. β€œIt is some kind of a cake!”

MORAL
The expert misses the obvious!
The Chief Priest misses the Messiah!

Story of light



Once upon a time in one corner of the world squatted a sullen, sulking, friendless darkness. Suddenly a tiny light appeared. It was very small but it was a light. Someone had put it there. It just stood there and sent out its rays. A passer-by remarked to the light: “Don’t you think you would be of more use somewhere else and not in this God-forsaken corner?” “Not really,” said the little light. “I shine because I am a light. And because I shine, I am a light. I don’t shine in order to be seen, but so that others could seen in the dark.” When the gloomy darkness heard this, it gritted its teeth and full of furry, tried to put out the light. But the gigantic darkness was powerless  against this tiny light that wanted to shine.

An old saying goes: “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”