Ten Things God Won’t Ask

1. God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, He’ll ask how many people you gave a lift to who didn’t have any transportation.

2. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3. God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your wardrobe, but He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.

4. God won’t ask what your highest salary was, but He’ll ask if you compromised your testimony to obtain it.

5. God won’t ask what your job title was, but He’ll ask whether you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6. God won’t ask how much did you make your business grow, He’ll ask how much did you help others to grow.

7. God won’t ask how many friends you had, He’ll ask how many people to whom you made sure you were a true friend.

8. God won’t ask in what neighbourhood you lived, He’ll ask how you treated and behaved with your neighbours.

9. God won’t ask about the colour of your skin, He’ll ask about the quality and growth of your character.

10. God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.

I Am Not Alone

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When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me
In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
Oh, and I will not fear
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me
You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own
You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own
You’re my strength
You’re my defender
You’re my refuge in the storm
Through these trials
You’ve always been faithful
You bring healing to my soul
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me
I am not alone (no)
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

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#ShortNews: Pope Francis: homily for World Day of the Poor

The Gospel parable speaks of gifts. It tells us that we have received talents from God, “according to ability of each” (Mt 25:15). Before all else, let us realize this: we do have talents; in God’s eyes, we are “talented”. Consequently, no one can think that he or she is useless, so poor as to be incapable of giving something to others. We are chosen and blessed by God, who wants to fill us with his gifts, more than any father or mother does with their own children. And God, in whose eyes no child can be neglected, entrusts to each of us a mission.

Read More : http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/19/pope_francis_homily_for_world_day_of_the_poor_/1349912

#ShortNews: Filipinos go red in solidarity with persecuted Christians

Filipino Catholics will wear red on Nov. 22, to show solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. The campaign called Red Wednesday will be launched in the country by the Aid to the Church in Need, a global Catholic group that supports Christian communities suffering from persecution. The event aims to create awareness among Filipinos about the severity of Christian persecution around the world.

“Red is the color of martyrdom in the Christian faith,” read the group’s statement.

Read More : https://www.ucanews.com/news/filipinos-go-red-in-solidarity-with-persecuted-christians/80827

#ShortNews: Christmas Concert Returns to the Vatican

The 2017 Christmas Concert will be held again in the Vatican this year on December 16. The funds collected will be allocated to educational projects for young people and children: one of the Don Bosco Foundation in the World and another of the organization of pontifical right Scholas Occurrentes.

The “two projects have two points in common: children and young people.”

Scholas’ Director said that they are “working with young people against ‘cyber-bullying,’” and to do so, they are “using the Internet, in addition to art, culture, and sport.”

Read More : https://zenit.org/articles/christmas-concert-returns-to-the-vatican/

Sharing God’s Wealth

In this Gospel reading (Mark 10:17-30), Jesus asks the rich young man, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good.” There’s a two-fold message here.

First, if the young man truly believes that Jesus is good and that his teachings are good (and wasn’t merely trying to win him over with flattery), and if he has observed his miracles and sinless life, then it should be obvious to him that all this goodness is proof that Jesus is God.

Secondly, Christ’s question offers the young man an opportunity to become more humble. If he truly believes what Jesus says, then he should realize that since only God is good, no one else, including himself, obeys the commandments perfectly. Such a realization should have opened his heart to the truth that Jesus explains next:

“There’s only one thing keeping you from being holy like God: earthly attachments. To gain freedom from this world and possess only what belongs to the kingdom of God share your treasures.”

He’s saying this to all of us, but he’s not telling us to become destitute. To “give up” everything we possess means being willing to give it away. If it’s a good thing for us to have because it blesses us, God does want us to enjoy it, but true joy comes from being God’s partner as a distributor of his wealth. It’s the fullest way to live! And we are all called to live this way.

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Saint Regina

Saint Regina (also known as Saint Reine, died in 386), virgin and martyr. Saint Regina is the patroness of poor people, shepherdesses, and torture victims.

Regina was born in the third century in eastern France. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was left to be raised by her father, Clement Alise, a wealthy pagan. He placed her in the care of a Christian nurse, who secretly baptized her. When her father learned of her Christianity, he threw her out of the house and forced her to live with the nurse who raised her.

Regina dedicated herself to God in a vow of virginity in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Due to the family’s poverty, Regina helped out by working as a shepherdess in the hills.

When she was fifteen, the local prefect, Olybrius, was riding by the field where she was with her sheep. He saw her beauty, sensed her nobility but was annoyed by her holiness. He intended to marry her and asked her to deny her Faith as a Catholic. When she refused to do so, and when her clear, pure eyes challenged his lewdness and lasciviousness, and when she refused to violate her vow of virginity and would not sacrifice to idols, he had her beaten, burned with red-hot plates and pincers and iron combs. He finally had her throat cut and beheaded at Alesia in the diocese of Autun, called Alise-Sainte-Reine after her.

So did this little child with the queenly name enter the Kingdom of Heaven.