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"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes."

Matthew 21:42

The builders or masons symbolized the chief priests and elders of the people, with who were the doctors of the law in Jesus's time.

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Rejected - An expression borrowed from masons, who, find a stone, and when it appears it cannot be used is thrown aside. In the end that very stone which had been before rejected, may be found to be the most suitable as the head stone of the corner. The stone rejected symbolizes Jesus who was sentenced to death by his own people.

Jesus through his death became an atonement for the sin of the whole world, he died and was raised from the dead proving his conquering of death and sin. He assured his followers of immortality. Jesus is the foundation on which the salvation of mankind rests. Jesus, the cornerstone unites all people of the world with Him being the head stone.

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Henry Ward Beecher
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

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In honor of my neighbor about to give birth!

Childbirth is a deeply spiritual endeavor. It is an awesome task that a woman’s body is designed to carry out. It is at this time that a woman has the honor to stand at the doorway in which a new beautiful life enters the world.

During labor and delivery, her senses are at their sharpest including her intuition and connection to God. A woman is in her greatest power during childbirth. She is completely open on all levels, worki...ng with the co-creative forces of nature to allow the miracle of life to pass through her. It is truly one time when God and Woman work together to bring us this gift. When the husband and family are at her side it enhances the power of creation, it is the earthly symbol of Father, son and Holy Spirit. The holy family- (mother, father and child ) presenting us with His miracle because of the love between its members and the fruitfulness of that love.

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The Living Sacrament: Marriage
Matrimony is a sacrament and as such it is a sign to the world of the invisible God living in our midst - the living God who bear...s fruit in the lives of two people.

They are a continual sign of His Power in the world. There is special grace and power within every couple God has joined together. Everything they do singly or together, is a living out of their sacrament. Simple things like washing dishes, running a sweeper, driving to work, struggling to make a living, budgeting a small salary to meet big expenses - yes, these and al I the other facets of life together, have power hidden within them to make them holy. Married life is the ground of holiness, love is the seed planted by God. Life together with its agonies and joys, pain and sacrifices, frustrations and tensions, moments of exultation and despair, all act as the rain and sun, thunder and lightning on a young sprout.

The faults and weaknesses of each one are compensated for by each other's virtues. Each possesses what the other lacks. This results in a loving dependence on each other for spiritual growth and transformation. If a married couple can form a habit of looking at each other in a sacramental way - seeing the beauty of God in each other's souls - seeking to enhance that beauty by upbuilding each other- mutually growing in the image of Jesus - then that Sacrament of Matrimony bears the stamp of the living God.

Temperaments that could create many problems are looked upon as stepping stones to holiness - tools in their hands that chip away selfishness, sensitivity, anger, jealousy and greed. When personal growth in self-knowledge leads to the "putting on of Jesus," married life fulfills the purpose for which it was created.

When growth in the image of Jesus is the goal of a young couple, the faults and imperfections that soon begin to grind are taken in hand and used to build and not destroy. If one partner is gentle and the other hot-tempered it is obvious that each possesses what the other needs. For example, one whose temper has a short fuse has before him a living example of the gentleness of Jesus. If that gentleness is looked upon as a fruit that is good to possess then each partner will aid the other in their mutual ascent to God. Differences of temperament may make for incompatibility in a divorce court, but before God those differences are tools that shape and reshape each other's souls into the image of God. EWTN.com

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The Living Sacrament: Marriage
Matrimony is a sacrament and as such it is a sign to the world of the invisible God living in our midst - the living God who bears fruit in the lives of two people.

They are a continual sign of His Power in the world. There is special grace and power within every couple God has joined together. Everything they do singly or together, is a living out of their sacrament. Simple things like washing dishes, running a sweeper, driving to work, strugg...ling to make a living, budgeting a small salary to meet big expenses - yes, these and al I the other facets of life together, have power hidden within them to make them holy. Married life is the ground of holiness, love is the seed planted by God. Life together with its agonies and joys, pain and sacrifices, frustrations and tensions, moments of exultation and despair, all act as the rain and sun, thunder and lightning on a young sprout.

The faults and weaknesses of each one are compensated for by each other's virtues. Each possesses what the other lacks. This results in a loving dependence on each other for spiritual growth and transformation. If a married couple can form a habit of looking at each other in a sacramental way - seeing the beauty of God in each other's souls - seeking to enhance that beauty by upbuilding each other- mutually growing in the image of Jesus - then that Sacrament of Matrimony bears the stamp of the living God.

Temperaments that could create many problems are looked upon as stepping stones to holiness - tools in their hands that chip away selfishness, sensitivity, anger, jealousy and greed. When personal growth in self-knowledge leads to the "putting on of Jesus," married life fulfills the purpose for which it was created.

When growth in the image of Jesus is the goal of a young couple, the faults and imperfections that soon begin to grind are taken in hand and used to build and not destroy. If one partner is gentle and the other hot-tempered it is obvious that each possesses what the other needs. For example, one whose temper has a short fuse has before him a living example of the gentleness of Jesus. If that gentleness is looked upon as a fruit that is good to possess then each partner will aid the other in their mutual ascent to God. Differences of temperament may make for incompatibility in a divorce court, but before God those differences are tools that shape and reshape each other's souls into the image of God. EWTN.com

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The Living Sacrament: Marriage
Matrimony is a sacrament and as such it is a sign to the world of the invisible God living in our midst - the living God who bears fruit in the lives of two people.

A sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible reality. Matrimony is a sacrament and as such it is a sign to the world of the invisible God living in our midst - the living God who bears fruit in the lives of two people. They are a continual sign of His Power in the world. There is sp...ecial grace and power within every couple God has joined together. Everything they do singly or together, is a living out of their sacrament. Simple things like washing dishes, running a sweeper, driving to work, struggling to make a living, budgeting a small salary to meet big expenses - yes, these and al I the other facets of life together, have power hidden within them to make them holy. Married life is the ground of holiness, love is the seed planted by God. Life together with its agonies and joys, pain and sacrifices, frustrations and tensions, moments of exultation and despair, all act as the rain and sun, thunder and lightning on a young sprout.

The faults and weaknesses of each one are compensated for by each other's virtues. Each possesses what the other lacks. This results in a loving dependence on each other for spiritual growth and transformation. If a married couple can form a habit of looking at each other in a sacramental way - seeing the beauty of God in each other's souls - seeking to enhance that beauty by upbuilding each other- mutually growing in the image of Jesus - then that Sacrament of Matrimony bears the stamp of the living God.

Temperaments that could create many problems are looked upon as stepping stones to holiness - tools in their hands that chip away selfishness, sensitivity, anger, jealousy and greed. When personal growth in self-knowledge leads to the "putting on of Jesus," married life fulfills the purpose for which it was created.

When growth in the image of Jesus is the goal of a young couple, the faults and imperfections that soon begin to grind are taken in hand and used to build and not destroy. Differences of temperament may make for incompatibility in a divorce court, but before God those differences are tools that shape and reshape each other's souls into the image of God.

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I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst. John 6:35

"But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads us to eternal life."
The letter of Jude 20 and 21

"We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves."
- Thomas Aquinas

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

Trading Ashes for Beauty

10pm on a Monday night and I was cruising back home in an Uber, tired from a day of work and an evening at class. I was watching the outside roll past like in a movie scene and I thought: How beautiful, this Singapore. How impressive, how well-planned, how attractive… and yet, how impermanent, all of these. I felt nothing for these things – a simple disinterest for the pursuit of these beautiful things in this life. As my interest started to die, I fe...

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Gospel LK 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,...
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.

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Thomas, an apostle of Jesus, is a late bloomer, I guess. A commercial fisherman, he grew up around the Sea of Galilee. Jesus comes to Capernaum, calls him, and he follows. For three years Thomas follows.

Thomas's Pessimism and Courage

But Thomas is a pessimist. Some people rejoice to see a glass half full, but Thomas sees it half empty. Oh, he's full courage, but also possesses a streak of fatalism. Once, when Jesus and his disciples hear about their friend Lazarus's death n...

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For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Science is the act of discovering all that God has created, it is an unfolding year after year , century after century of all the wonders of His universe. Science is an unending exploration simply because one who is not the creator " us" can't possibly understand the totality of the great " I am". Science is beauty merely because it is the unraveling of his magnificence. Maria W Daily Christians reflections writer

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