Ever adept, man has learnt to manipulate the physical world, even the nuts and bolts that hold the double helix of his own DNA together.
But what are the nuts and bolts needed to restore his soul, and indeed to make it one in harmony with his body?
What are these essentials in the spiritual toolbox?
• Prayer and Almsgiving •
“Pray without ceasing.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“… give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
~ Luke 11:41
“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”
~ Matthew 6:3-4
The (DNA) Helix Bridge, Marina Bay, Singapore
The sky may be the limit but surely, that is short of inspiring when one is a citizen of heaven.
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body …”
~ Philippians 3:20-21
The Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, Dubai UAE.
Is it so small a thing
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved,
To have thought,
To have done?
~ Matthew Arnold
Count your gardens by the flowers，
Never by leaves that fall.
Count your days by golden hours,
Don’t remember the clouds at all.
Count your nights by stars, not shadows.
Count your life with smiles, not tears.
And with joy on every birthday,
Count your age by friends, not years.
~ Unknown Author
“A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.”
~ St Frances de Sales
Did He that deemed to make the majestic trunk and sprawling foliage, not also lay down its humble roots?
Be as the little child
Who is always fully present in the moment,
Fretting not over the future or
Made weary by memories past
Secure in the knowledge of his inheritance.
“Unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven”
~ Matthew 18:3
Children’s Day 4 October 2013
“My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.”
Jesus was a child with a most special need.
He needed a mother, full of grace.
Gazing upon Mary and living with her, he, who is Grace itself can see and learn his true nature, reflected from another person.
In this, He is truly like us in every way except sin, for children start to learn about themselves by imitating their parents.
“And the angel being come in, said unto her:
Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said to her:
Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
~ Luke 1:26-33
The most important lesson in life that parents can impress on their children is to love God with all their heart, mind and soul and their neighbour as themselves.
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
~ Matthew 22:36-40