Family Rules
Always Be Honest  Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing  Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises  Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another  1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another  1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another  Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted  Ephesians 4:32

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Father George’s Address in India. Father George has returned to his homeland. If you would like to send him a note, his address is printed below. We wish for him only the best in his retirement. Check with the Post Office for postal rates, it takes more than one stamp!
Fr. George Kallumkalkudy
Carmel Provincial House
P.O. Box No. 34
Muvattupuzha - 868 661
KERALA, INDIA

Weekly Message
 
“I have witnessed the affliction of my people." (Exodus 3:7)   

  On Ash Wednesday, we began Lent with the age-old call to repentance: “Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning” (Joel 2:12). That theme continues in today’s second reading and Gospel. But the first reading is something different. It’s not about our need to repent; it’s about God’s free, overflowing mercy. For the children of Abraham, God’s mercy came in the form of release from slavery in Egypt. For us, that mercy comes in the form of release from slavery to sin. God showed mercy and grace to the Israelites, not because they were perfect, but because they were his people and he cared for them. Likewise, he shows mercy to us because we are his children, and he doesn’t want to see us bound in sin. Exodus was just the beginning too. From age to age, God has shown himself to be merciful toward his people. He told Moses that this is how he should always be remembered: “The LORD, the LORD, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding love and fidelity” (Exodus 34:6). Other prophets then continued the teaching, always referring to God as “gracious and merciful” (Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2). Even the psalms praise God’s mercy repeatedly. When Jesus came, he focused his ministry on the mercy and graciousness of his heavenly Father as well (Matthew 5:7; Luke 6:36; 10:37). But even more important, he showed himself to be the very mercy of God. He re-fused to condemn a woman caught in adultery (John 8: 1-11). He welcomed tax collectors and sinners as disciples (Luke 15:1-2). And best of all, he promised the thief on the cross, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (23:43). It’s no wonder that one of the most common sentences Jesus heard while he was on earth was “Have mercy on me!” It’s a prayer he cannot help but answer!

“Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.””

(The Word: Lent 2019 edition)



5 Cardinal Rules for Life
1.)  Make peace with your past....so it won’t disturb your present.

2.)  What other people think of you...is none of your business.
3.)  Time heals almost everything....give it time.
4.)  No one is in charge of your happiness....except you.
5.)  Don’t compare your life to others.....and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is all about.