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NEED FOR FORGIVENESS

 RECEIVING FORGIVENESS

One of the greatest challenges of the spiritual life is to receive God’s forgiveness. There is something in us humans that keeps us clinging to our sins and preventing us from letting God erase our past and offer us completely new beginnings. Sometimes it even seem as though we want to prove to God that our darkness is too great to overcome.                                                                                      HENRI NOUWEN

“Should a man nourish anger against his fellows and expect healing from the LORD?
Should a man refuse mercy to his fellows, yet seek pardon for his own sins?

If he who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin. ”                                                            Sirach 28:3-6

NEED FOR FORGIVENESS

One of the hardest things in life is to let go of old hurts. We often say, or at least think: “What you did to me and my family, my ancestors, or my friends I cannot forget or forgive. … One day you will have to pay for it.” Sometimes our memories are decades, even centuries old, and keep asking for revenge.

Yes, we can get attached to these negative identities and even take morbid pleasure in them. It might be good to have a look at these dark feelings and explore where they come from. Henri Nouwen

This can be solved by a Prayer  of Deliverance. Whatever has you in bondage can be broken by the power of the almighty God in the name of Jesus.

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NEED FOR FORGIVENESS

These messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:

 http://www.ourladyofpei.com 

NEED FOR FORGIVENESSHave no fear to approach Me

GOD’S LOVE FOR US

It is sometimes not the people who are the problem, but the spiritual forces of evil that prevail in the world.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”                                                                                                 Ephesians 6:12

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Deliverance is defined as “a rescue from bondage or danger.” 

All aspects of deliverance are available only through the person and work of Jesus Christ:” When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, ‘Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!’”                                                                              Luke 10:17

 DO YOU NEED DELIVERANCE YOURSELF?

To determine if you are in need of deliverance, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you continually argumentative or contrary–usually on the verge of anger?
  2.  Are you violating, neglecting or causing pain in a relationship?
  3.  Are you practicing sin and can’t seem to stop?
  4. Do you see a pattern of issues in your family, whether disease, poverty, anger, divorce, sexual perversion or other issues?
  5. You are sick all the time and the doctors find nothing wrong. You could be dealing with a spirit of infirmity?
  6. Are you having “spiritual” encounters, including recurring  dreams/nightmares that you leave you fearful?
  7. Do you sometimes sense that the problem isn’t you, but rather something in you?
  8. Are you attracted  to the occult. , e.g. Ouija Boards, Seance, Fortune Telling, Horoscopes, Hypnosis etc, or Witchcraft?
  9. Have you experienced traumatic events that have impacted your life negatively?
  10.  Do you keep hitting the same wall.

FORGIVENESS DELIVERANCE

THE AMAZING MAGIC OF DELIVERANCE

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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PRIESTS HAVE HEALING POWERS

PRIESTS HEALING

Healing was essential to the ministry of Jesus because healing offered indisputable evidence that He is the Christ of God: ”Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples … these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”                                                                                                                                         John 21:30-31

Does Jesus still perform miracles today? Do you know someone who has been healed or whose life has been transformed by a relationship with Christ? Then you have seen a modern-day miracle of Jesus. You, too, can be an eyewitness to a miracle of Christ.

All ministers, priests or religious have healing powers. Most don’t have the faith that is needed to use it. There are  two provisos: our saintly priest or religious must be born again and he must be following Jesus’ Great Commission:  (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world … In My name they will drive out demons; … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”                                                                                                                                       Mark 16:15,17,18

PRIESTS HEALING

This is what happened to Father Fernando Suarez, a Filipino Catholic priest, who now performs faith healing in the Philippines and elsewhere. His missionary ministry came to Ottawa Canada from the Philippines. All his associates from his order, the Companions of the Cross, were dumbfounded by his gift of healing. He was simply following the Great Commission even though it was acted out in reverse: missionary work from the Philippines to Canada.

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A HEALING STORY OF A PRIEST

Here is a story from a priest who did not believe he had the power until he was confronted by a very sick lady. She asked for healing. He blessed her and ran away.

Later that week he overheard from strangers that a lady with terminal cancer was miraculously healed by another priest. In a similar way, this priest had also first run away after he blessed the individual.

Our priest friend changed his mind on the matter. He began to understand that sometimes healing occurs at the most importune of times.

Others, like this lady, were moved by the Holy Spirit to challenge this faithless priest in order to get healed. She got healed. He got his faith back. Talk about a two for one affair.Priest healing

PREPARATION: “Daily” Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Lord, I love You. Lord, I believe in You. Lord, I trust You.

I praise you and thank you for everything just the way it is.

I ask my dearest Holy Spirit to shower upon me all Your gifts and graces:

  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
  • Strength and Courage
  • Discernment and Deliverance
  • Water *and Healing
  • Direction and Perception

Make me sensitive to any divine appointment that You have aligned for me today.

Bring on all Your ministering angels –all for Your glory.

Thank you, Lord.

* My personal mission is water and electricity (the HUG).

I AM WAITING FOR YOU TO GIVE ME THE ORDER.

Many ask and keep on asking and nothing ever happens. They lowered the net, but they haven’t caught anything yet. 

Self-confidence may be  empty, but humility is fertile. “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”                                                   Luke 5:5  

Those who had not caught anything until then, now, at the Lord’s voice, they caught an enormous amount of fish. Afterwards, Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”                                                                                                                    Luke 5:10

PRIESTS HEALING

FAITH  is not FEELINGS. 

Healing is a present promise of God that one appropriates by faith.  

God, who can read hearts, knows intimately which of His children is best suited to be healers. God will tell them which person He wants them to go to (by divine appointment), but first they must be available.

Usually this gift of healing from God is given to those who do evangelical or missionary work and are born again. The missionary must be given the tools or gifts in order to do the necessary healing.

IF — THE BADGE OF DOUBT

A faith healer will sometimes make a simple mistake and say to the person being healed, “See if you can stoop over and bend your back”. “See if you can: that is doubt. The healing is done by faith and faith alone. No matter who you are, if you move in unbelief, you will stop the flow of God’s power.

Are there any physical signs to know you are being healed?

Father Francis MacNutt stated in his book Healing that “Some people experience the same electrical transfer of power, sometimes a like a gentle electric current, sometimes like a flow of warmth. Whatever it is, it is sometimes connected with healing. It is almost like a transfer of life”. (182)

The first way of appropriating faith is the laying on of hands by the faith healer. Immediately after prayers the healer will usually ask one to check out the healing by doing something that one was not able to do before.

DELIVERANCE

DELIVERANCE SPIRIT

 

If there are little sign of healing, a Prayer of Deliverance is needed in order to eliminate any obstacles.

An accompanying prayer of deliverance usually results with a feeling of a complete sense of peace. This gives assurance that God is working.

There are obstacles to healing that will need a prayer of deliverance, for example,

  • Individuals have refused to forgive others, and they are deeply ingrained in sin.
  • There may be childhood scars that need healing.

One must get to the root cause of the problem before the faith can be appropriated for healing. The Holy Spirit can show a person directly or indirectly through the lenses of others.

Deliverance does not imply possession of one’s faculties, an aspect of demonic possession. Christians are still liable to demonic influence .that comes about by an opening, e.g. entertaining ungodly or superstitious beliefs. Deliverance enables God to bring freedom from bondage, oppression, hardship, or domination by evil.

God in his wisdom has made deliverance a simple act of faith and will: “ that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth” Philippians 2:10. The SINLESS person praying for deliverance commands an evil spirit defined by its function to leave and never return without manifestation in the Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and go to the abyss. This command is repeated for every spirit as illustrated in the prayer below.

PRAYER DELIVERANCE

Usually 80% of the healing takes place immediately. The complete healing will take place over a reasonable short time, but this requires homework: the one being healed must praise and thank God every day or whenever he or she thinks about it until the complete healing has taken place. The prayer below is invaluable. It answers the question of how long will this healing last.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:

To be said daily and whenever you think about it until all the healing is complete:

Lord, I thank You and I praise you for Your healing.

or a shorter 7 word Breathe Prayer:

Lord, I thank You and praise you.

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These messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:

 http://www.ourladyofpei.com 

OBSTACLES TO PHYSICAL HEALING

AMAZING BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

HEALING THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

god proof

  • Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.” 
  • Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable grace.

  Christianity on a Table Napkin:

AUTHENTIC LIFE

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                                                                           Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21    It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                       Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.    Isaiah 1:18

You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to this Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading the Gospel according to John: It is all about love and you will love it. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. Soaking yourself in the love of God defends you from attacks of the enemy.

Ticket to Heaven

 

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS:

  1. A Micro Hydro Electric System: no dams: HugENERGY.us
  2. An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
  3. A Rabbit and Fish Farm: AfriCAPITALISM.us
  4. An Agroforestry Intercrop System: LivingWaterIs.com
  5. The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
  6. Living Water Micro Finance: LivingWaterMicroFinance.org
  7. Thunder of Justice: ThunderofJustice.com
  8.  Deliverance Is: Deliveranceis.com

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HEALING THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN

ADDICTION GRACEADDICTION RECOVERY

Addiction Recovery can take months and for some many years involving medication. There is a short cut that God provides in the form of Grace, which is a mysterious interweaving of divine grace and human willingness.

We may yearn to let go and let God,” but it usually doesn’t happen until we have exhausted our own efforts.

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LOTS OF ADDICTIONS

Most people are addicted to something, be it a substance or one’s own self-concept. Anything that steals life from us and causes us to make illogical or hasty decisions is our addiction: anything we cling to instead of God. The object of the addiction, whether it is drugs or alcohol or sex are not the primary issue. Rather, it is becoming obsessed with them: a false sense of love. It includes many other areas: chocolate, food, Facebook, power, fame, pornography, even driving too fast, etc.

The truth is, we were never meant to be completely satisfied. Saint Augustine states “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” We give all our time and energy to the addiction, instead of love. We were created for love but we seek it apart from the Creator. Addiction, then, displaces and supplants God’s love as the source and object of our deepest true desire.

Addiction is a spiritual disease, a disease of the soul, an illness resulting from this same longing, frustrated desire, and deep dissatisfaction – which is ironically the necessary beginning of any spiritual path.”HEALING THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN

Having a personal relationship with God begins the moment we realize our need for Him, admit we are sinners, and in faith receive Jesus Christ as Savior. God, our heavenly Father, has always desired to be close to us, to have a relationship with us.

God gently and humbly waits for our invitation to enter into our emptiness, our place of deepest longing. “It is all about “God’s love (which) has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us”                                                                   Romans 5:5

ADDICTION GRACE
There have been books written about grace that imply that grace can come from any source. You cannot speak of the healing power of grace apart from Jesus, no matter what you read about New Age, Buddhism or Hinduism. It is only the grace of God through Jesus Christ that brings real transformation, despite the fact that they may continue to help your spirituality, which is not the real issue here.

THE “HOW-TO” STUFF 

Just ask yourself to stop something, and if you can’t, you’ll be face to face with addiction. Then we use the Grace Toggle or Grace Switch. Grace is the most powerful force in the universe and it is where your hope lies. Grace is what draws us toward God. 

Whenever we have an urge for a drink or a smoke you say this little prayer and the addictive feeling will fade away. Try this “Living Water of Grace and you will see and you will be surprised if it is from the heart.

Through Jesus Christ, a “faith healer” can heal you from any of your ailments including your addiction. You will also need to be delivered from all evil spirits influencing you, because addiction is tied to evil or to Satan.

ADDICTION GRACE

What is further required is an acknowledgement of your faith in God. It begins with this prayer of faith from the heart. Faith and healing are intertwined. The emphasis is “from the heart” otherwise it all becomes a worship disorder.

            Lord Jesus, I love You! Lord Jesus, I believe in You!                    Lord Jesus,  I trust You!

Usually 80% of the healing takes place immediately. The complete healing will take place over a reasonable short time, but this requires homework: the one being healed must praise and thank God every day or whenever he or she thinks about it until the complete healing has taken place. The prayer below is invaluable. It answers the question of how long will this healing last.

GRACE ADDICTION

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:

To be said daily and whenever you think about it until all the healing is complete:

Lord, I thank You and I praise you for Your healing.

or a shorter 7 word Breathe Prayer:

Lord, I thank You and praise you.

 

This prayer is to be said upon temptation and anytime you think about it until complete healing has taken place and at a very minimum at least once a day. Actually, in recovery, only hour by hour gratitude is strong enough to overcome all temptations. 

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POWER IN PRAISE

HEALING THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN

So praise becomes the medicine, We are to praise God for everything even for our addiction which may eventually cause us to free ourselves for a committed relationship to God. 

Praise God for everything???  When you are affected by conflicts and inner confusion, you finally come to a deeper consciousness of God because of these intentional struggles.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”                                                                                                             Thessalonians 5:16-18

It is also an ongoing process in which one, and with grace, grows ever more deeply in love. It is an ongoing transition from compulsively trying to control one’s life toward a trusting and openness to God.

“Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For You, O God, have tested us; You have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; You laid burdens on our backs; You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet You have brought us out to a spacious place.” (freeing us from attachments).                                                                            Psalm 66:8-12 

ADDICTION GRACE

 TRUST IS THE BASIS OF LIFE.

Without trust, no human being can live. Trapeze artists offer a beautiful image of this. Fliers have to trust their catchers. They can do the most spectacular doubles, triples, or quadruples, but what finally makes their performance spectacular are the catchers who are there for them at the right time in the right place.

Much of our lives is flying. It is wonderful to fly in the air free as a bird, but when God isn’t there to catch us, all our flying comes to nothing. Let’s trust in the Great Catcher.                                                                Henri Nouwen

A ”faith healer” is one who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit (born again) and has received the Gift of Healing.  He or she is sinless and often are involved with missionary work. God knows that healing is an effective way that missionaries need to introduce or strengthen Christianity. Check out the following links:

DELIVERANCE FROM ADDICTION ASSURED

ALCOHOLIC DELIVERANCE ASSURED

 HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

god proof

  • Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.” 
  • Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable grace.

  Christianity on a Table Napkin:AUTHENTIC LIFE

 

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                                                                     Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21    It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                          Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to this Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading the Gospel according to John: It is all about love and you will love it. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. Soaking yourself in the love of God defends you from attacks of the enemy

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OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS:

  1. A Micro Hydro Electric System: no dams: HugENERGY.us
  2. An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
  3. A Rabbit and Fish Farm: AfriCAPITALISM.us
  4. An Agroforestry Intercrop System: LivingWaterIs.com
  5. The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
  6. Living Water Micro Finance: LivingWaterMicroFinance.org
  7. Thunder of Justice: ThunderofJustice.com
  8.  Deliverance Is: Deliveranceis.com

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WHAT IS A BLESSING?

WHAT IS A BLESSING?When we invoke God’s blessing, we implore His divine beneficence, trusting that He will respond to our needs. He will cause situations to come together in your favor, no matter what others try to do.

The Lord said to Moses, “Bless the people of Israel with this special Blessing. Whenever (you) bless the people … in My name, I Myself will bless them.”                                                                            Numbers 6:23, 27

“May the Lord bless you
    and protect you.                                                                                    
May the Lord smile on you
    and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you His favor
    
and give you His peace.”                       Numbers 6:24-26

WHAT IS A BLESSING?

VALUE OF A BLESSING

 Blessings are signs to the faithful of the spiritual benefits achieved through Christ’s intercession. Every baptized person is called to be a ‘blessing,’ and to bless.  Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings. The value of this blessing in the eyes of God depends upon the person’s individual sincerity and sanctity.

 We are blessed to be a blessing to others. When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.

 “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2 

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”                                                                                                 2 Corinthians 9:8 

WHAT IS A BLESSING?

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you”                                                                                             Deuteronomy 28:1,2

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin.”                                                                                                                                         Psalm 146:5-9 

PRAYER: THE WORLD’S GREATEST WIRELESS CONNECTION

 PRAYER POWER

Vassula writes down the following messages which she receives in a stately handwriting, quite distinct from her own.  She hears, interiorly, a voice first, then , when she has to write down what she has heard, her writing changes.                                                                                                 TLIG.org

Never cease praying, My child, for the conversion of the world; understand the more prayers I obtain, the less evil will be promulgated; prayers are never wasted.”

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Your prayers can change the world; your prayers can obtain God’s Graces for the conversion of sinners, and the more conversions, the more prayers will be made and heard for other conversions; do you understand? prayers are powerful; this is why I insist of you not to abandon your prayers and your sacrifices, the faithful are needed now more than ever.”                                                                    November 24, 1991

PRAYER POWER

 

Why Pray?

KNOWN BY YOUR FRUIT

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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  • Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.” 
  • Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable grace.

  Christianity on a Table Napkin:

AUTHENTIC LIFE

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                                                                               Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21    It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                       Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.    Isaiah 1:18

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BEING A CHRISTIAN TODAY

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN TODAY?

Let’s face it: the person of Jesus Christ does not have the place in our lives that He ought to have. Could it be that we have not yet really understood what it is to be a Christian?

A pagan or natural religion is a religion of code or cult. People realize that someone else created this world before us here and so they ask about the ground rules or a moral code. They realize that they must express some acknowledgement and gratitude of this “someone else” or Creator.  And so a cult is born. The American Indian would hold up slice of a slain animal to someone above as recognition of God. This is a cult.

Let us ask whether Christianity is more than this? We know as Christians that Jesus died to redeem us. Do we truly understand what it means to be “redeemed”? Our Lord’s death on the cross did not just change the Father’s attitude to us, but it did something very profound to us.

Christ died so that we might change, interiorly, in the very core of our being. Because we are redeemed, we are now called, and able, to think as men have never thought before, to evaluate things in this world in a way that overturns all previous standards of judgment , to act in ways that are as far beyond what we usually understand by “morality”:

We are ready to lead a new life and to share what we call a life of grace: a sharing in Christ’s life, that is His thinking, His choosing, His appreciating, His knowledge and loving and suffering and rejoicing here on earth – right here and now and not only sharing His joy fully and forever in heaven.

So is our religion a matter of morality and doing the right thing in order to get to heaven: a code or cult Christianity? Or is it a search for communion with the mind and heart of Christ? You need to have a deeper understanding of the Lawmaker. You must think beyond your channel of reasoning. You must be aware of the revelation of God speaking through the Scriptures.

Do you think that the challenge will be too much for you?

CONNECTING CHRISTIANITY WITH LIFE

The trouble with Christianity is that it’s like your voter registration: if you don’t use it you lose it.

We start wandering around, going from one little sensation to another. Our lives get stuffed with newspaper items, television stories, and gossip. Then our minds lose the discipline of discerning between what leads us closer to God and what doesn’t, and our hearts gradually lose their spiritual sensitivity.

Are you living a form of “civil religion” inspired by acceptance of the values of one’s society rather than those found in the Bible? Civil religion is simply another name for paganism. It’s what nice people in our society do.

We can become a god unto ourselves with this thinking. You begin to set God apart from life in this world. You begin to live this compromise. It is like saying that you are driving your car toward California while reading the tourist brochures about Florida.

You may be a couch Christian. You do take some “time out” to acknowledge occasionally the theoretical dependence on God before you rush into the real business of making a living in the world. For your religion may have nothing significantly to say about life. Your religion may be fine so long as it does not interfere with the way you live.

HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU?

Are you like a contestant in Olympic Games? Each contestant chooses what to eat with only one guiding principle in mind: what will help you win the contest. A serious contestant will not eat whatever is served just because it is polite or because everybody else is eating it.

You can clearly identify a true Christian be the obvious fact that they clearly eat and drink and do everything for the glory of God. They are guided by a desire to live completely and totally by the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are not people who “fit in”.

Christians do not set out to be nonconformists. They actually have a set of values that do not conform to the seeing and thinking of this world.

CIVIL RELIGION

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48

CIVIL RELIGION

“He (Jesus) replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” Luke 19:26

If we are going to be real Christians, if we are going to know Jesus Christ, we are going to have to reform our lives. This doesn’t mean tightening up this little laxity in our lives, but a reshaping of the whole pattern, giving a whole new direction and form to everything we do.

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Should we not be challenging consumerism, affluence and waste? Should we not be concerned with our brothers and sisters in the underdeveloped nations? Should we not use our time on this earth as a precious talent God has given us to invest for the Kingdom of God?

If that effect is not all-embracing and “radical”, which touches every root of our existence, then we have to face the fact, sooner or later, that we have never truly encountered Him and that He is not “real” to us.

Let’s hope that doesn’t take place on Judgment Day.

We do not take our money, our social status, our worldly power into the next world; but we do take the quality of our love. At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done.

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Much of this post was inspired by the book, His Way, by Father David Knight.

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I WILL CONTINUE TO CURE YOUR ILLNESS!

I HAVE COME TO HEAL YOUR ILLNESS.

Ah, beloved ones, I have come to heal your sores, your wounds and your infirmities, all which were so savagely inflicted upon you in this darkness; no, beloved ones, your sores are not past healing, your injuries are curable, for I-Am-With-You and ever so near you; so come to Me with love, ask Me with love and you will receive, invoke Me with love and I shall hear you; I will raise you to My Bosom and cradle you, comforting you; hear My Cry of Love and Peace:                      May 1, 1989

Vassula Healing

Vassula writes down the messages which she receives in a stately handwriting, quite distinct from her own. (unity)  She hears, interiorly, a voice first, then , when she has to write down what she has heard, her writing changes.                                                                                             TLIG.org

I will continue to cure your sick and My Name will be praised; hear Me: to extol My Name I will appear often in your place as a reminder of My Marvels and of the reality of My Presence; I will reveal Myself on you to show everyone how I am in you and you in Me, that they may believe that through your words, I Am.”

“I tell you, salvation will come to the abandoned, and to those who never sought Me, the poor and the wretched, the abandoned and the starved need water and there is none; their tongue is parched with thirst; this is why I will give them water with My Own Hand.”                                                                                                                                  October 13, 1994

Faith or Physician?

The justification for relying on faith healing over conventional medicine comes from a belief that turning to man is diametrically opposed to turning to God. In other words, you can either turn to God for help, or you can turn to man for help – but not both.

The following scripture gives the physician  credibility which is due to him or her, but the patient may not have witnessed the Miracles of God’s Healing.  This dilemma  causes a lot of stress for the patient.  Yet, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”                                                                                                                Psalm 118:8

Physician: Sirach or Ecclesiastics: 

1  “Honor the physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, the Lord created him;

2  For healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the king.

3  The skill of the physician lifts up his head, and in the presence of great men he is admired.

4  The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them.

5  Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that his power might be known?

6  And he gave skill to men that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.

7  By them he heals and takes away pain;

8   The pharmacist makes of them a compound. His works will never be finished; and from him health is upon the face of the earth.

9   My son, when you are sick do not be negligent, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.

10  Give up your faults and direct your hands aright, and cleanse your heart from all sin.

11  Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of fine flour, and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.

12  Give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; let him not leave you, for there is need of him.

13 There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians,

14  For they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.

15  He who sins before his Maker, may he fall into the care of a physician.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sirach or Ecclesiastics 38: 1-15*

No medicine or ointment cured them. They were restored to health by your Word, O Lord, the word which heals all humanity.                                                                                                                                              Wisdom 16:12*

*During the Reformation, for largely doctrinal reasons, Protestants removed seven books from the Old Testament including Sirach and Wisdom, which appear in the Catholic Bible.

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Healing Words

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PRAYER POWER

POWER OF PRAYER

My Lord, I love you:  say it many times. God loves to hear it. Say it a thousand times a day and every morning when you rest in the Lord.  How wonderful it is for God to hear you call Him, ‘Father’.”

Vassula, since you know now how much you depend on Me your God. Will you be praying more? I love your simple words, say to Me,

I love You Lord,

I breathe for You, I smile for You,

I hope in You, I believe in You,

You are my joy, my bounce, my peace. ”                      March 8, 1988

 PRAYER POWER

Vassula writes down the messages which she receives in a stately handwriting, quite distinct from her own.  She hears, interiorly, a voice first, then , when she has to write down what she has heard, her writing changes.                                                                                                             TLIG.org

The Unceasing Prayer: “Tell Me, ‘I love you Jesus, you are my joy, my breathe, my rest, my sight, my smile,’  daughter, were you given time to think and meditate you would please Me furthermore; you will from now on seek Me in silence, love Me in absolute silence, pray in silence, enter My Spiritual World in silence”                                      May 31, 1987

Help me Father and lead me to Your pastures of repose,                 Where everlasting pure love flows                                                                       Be My Light to show me the Way;                                                                   With You, by Your side will I walk                                                                           With You illuminating me, will I talk.                                                         Father, Beloved, remain within me to have Peace,                                    To feel Your Love.                                                                                                               I will follow you in Your footprint,                                                                         With You I will remain;                                                                                      Enlighten me, love me,                                                                                                      Be with me here and forever after. Amen            September 27, 1986

My Father, lead me wherever Your will wishes me to go.                      Allow me to live in Your Light and warm my heart,                                      That it may glow,                                                                                                              Giving warmth on those who approach me.                                            Blessed be Your Name,                                                                                              For giving me all these Graces,                                                                                     In spite of my nothingness.                                                                                   Blessed be Your Name,                                                                                                 For the Good You have done to me,                                                                         And the Mercy You have shown me,                                                               Lifting me near Your Heart. Amen.                                           May 1, 1987

Understand how I work, but feel Me, let Me hear you talk to Me, remember Me; never will I let anything come before Me; I am First; polishing your soul will make it shine like gold … but have Me in mind always.”                                                                                         July 18, 1987

God would want you to concentrate more on Him. Conversing with God is Prayer.  One can make this more of a reality by speaking in terms of weandus, to show that one is united to God daily: “we are one.”  When you have a coffee, you have coffee for two. It is always “we” or “us” who are having coffee.     

“Remember My Presence; do you know how much I desire this meditation upon My Presence? My Presence is also a very important Mystery that most of you seem to forget; meditate on My Presence; children, whom I love with an everlasting love, please Me by remembering My actual Presence; train yourselves by using these words, we, us, you and I, I and you, us; include Me in your activities, in your discussions and in your thoughts; respect My Presence, never forgetting that I am the Holy One; by remembering Me, you will sin less knowing and remembering that I Am with you.”  October 24, 1988

POWER OF PRAYER

“Many of you pray; but your prayers do not reach Me; learn how to pray, let Me feel you; many prayers are spilled on earth, never reaching Me;   You mean lip-service, Lord?   Yes, I mean lip service.”                                                                                                                                             February 19, 1988 Continue reading PRAYER POWER

Never Face the Future Alone

You Will Never Face the Future Alone.

How worthwhile are you? You are infinitely valuable to God. First, God created you. Second, Jesus died for you. Third, he puts his Spirit within you. Fourth, he wants you to be with him forever in eternity. That’s how valuable you are to God. You are infinitely valuable to God.

Face Future Trust

There is nothing to fear when you know God is near. On your own you might drown, but God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you” Hebrews 13:5 Some of you feel alone right now. You may feel it, but you’re not! You’re not alone. God sees what you’re going through. God cares about what you’re going through. God’s going through that situation with you, and He will help you out if you trust Him.

Face Future Trust

The ultimate test of faith is not how loudly you praise God in happy times but how deeply you trust him in dark times.Face Future Trust

You may really believe and have a great trust in God Almighty, but the problem always comes from the doubt, What can you do to remove that doubt because it’s so pushing.

Satan will plan all kinds of seeds of doubt and fear in your mind like, “What if you lose your job?” “What if you get sick?” “What if you’re incapacitated?” “What if the economy tanks?” You may face anxiety from other sources as well. What you need to do is remember God promised to never abandon you and to always be with you. You don’t have to know what the future holds because you know Who holds the future.

Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test… You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies.

Face Future Trust

What gives you the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that His grace is going to give you the strength for whatever you face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.

Face Future Trust

YOU WERE DESIGNED TO WORSHIP GOD

If you fail to worship Him, you will create other things (idols) to give your life to.  If not to God, you will surrender to the opinions or expectations of others, to money, to resentment, to fear, or to your own pride, lusts, or ego. You are free to choose, what you surrender to but you are not free from the consequence of that choice.

You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.

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CHRISTIAN YOGA?

Christianity YogaThe goal of yoga is to be one with the universe. In Scripture you will not find that You are the creation; you can’t be one with the creator. Scripture never says to clear your minds, but it says to meditate on the Word of God.

CHRISTIAN YOGA

 Yoga is not simply physical exercise; yoga is a spiritual exercise of Hinduism that makes room for the Kundalini “serpent power”. Through the controlled breathing, the posture, the stillness and/or repetition, etc. the Kundalini  can rise up and possess a person.

A person does not have to be looking for Kundalini in order for this to happen–the yoga itself creates the conditions. Mantras, stillness, repetition, etc. (different devil worshipers use different techniques) are summons to the devil. Gurus lead their students through different protocols to help them “prepare” for this entrance of the serpent power.

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“The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”           Revelation 12:9

The serpent power basically tells Hindus the same thing that Satan told Eve in the garden–“ye shall be as gods.”

Who does not know that Hinduism is pantheistic (saying that “all is god”) and teaches that all people are supposedly already god but they just have to realize it.

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TESTIMONY: I HAVE BEEN IN KUNDALINI AWAKENING FOR 10 YEARS.

I had been very sick. So I went to a healer. Well she happened to be a shaman yogi. I was only 24 years old; I have been fighting for my life for ten years. They say once you open your Kundalini you can’t shut It well I have not been able to shut mine.

 I learned more about the Kundalini after researching the contemplative prayer movement that is entering the emerging church of the devil. Kundalini awakening can be triggered unintentionally. Satan just waits for the conditions to be right. Some people go insane, check into mental hospitals over and over again, experience personality changes, cannot function as before and even commit suicide

Yoga is a very sick religion and spiritually you feel dead: you were right when you said nothing good comes from Yoga. Gurus are extremely dangerous individuals. Let Christians know it could hurt your faith even just the exercise can lead you to the unknown.

YOGA SPIRITUAL

DOES THIS LOOK LIKE JUST EXERCISE?

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Doctrine of Demons?

  1. Yoga teaches you to empty your mind completely. (The Bible only says to meditate on the Word of God.)
  2. Yoga aims at finding the divinity inside of you.
  3. Yoga teaches that by doing good things one can rid themselves of evil. 

The positions in Yoga (Asanas) are also positions in which you present yourself as an offering to certain gods of Hinduism. This religion  presents the god of the universe as an impersonal, universal god who exists equally in everything including living beings, other religious deities, and inanimate objects. 

Yoga also comes from the religion which is at the heart of the “New Age movement” which provides a plethora of heretical and anti-Biblical teachings. These teachings include

  • “You are God”
  • “You are your own savior”
  • “There is no sin”
  • “All religions are one in the end”
  • “God is who you want it to be”
  • “God is nature and the universe”

 Yoga is often a “gateway drug” in to further forms of error, occult, and religious interest. If you get serious about Yoga it will draw you in to other New Age things such as Transcendental Meditation, Astrology, or Pantheism.

And remember it may not be you who falls in to error through Yoga but it could easily happen to a younger Christian interested in Yoga.

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  • Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.” 
  • Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s Unbelievable Grace.

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CHRISTIANITY ON A NAPKIN

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                                                                                Romans 10:9

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The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21    It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                       Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.    Isaiah 1:18

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A BETTER DEATH

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Dying people’s wishes are often unknown or ignored. Doctors often neglect palliative care, which involves giving an opioid for pain, treating breathlessness and counseling patients. Most doctors enter medicine to help people delay death, not to talk about its inevitability. But talk they must. A good start would be the wider use of the “Serious Illness Conversation Guide” drawn up by Atul Gawande. It is a short questionnaire designed to find out what terminally ill patients know about their condition and to understand what their goals are as the end nears. Early research suggests it encourages more, earlier conversations and reduces suffering.

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Living wills are rare outside America as illustrated by the following set of questions:

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The huge gap between what people want from end-of-life care and what they are likely to get is visible in the above survey. In all four countries the majority of people said they hoped to die at home. But fewer said they expected to do so—and even fewer said that their deceased loved ones had.

The paradox of modern medicine is that people are living longer, and yet doing so with more disease. Death is rarely either quick or painless. Often it is traumatic. Death mostly comes by stealth. Only a fifth of deaths are sudden, for example in a car crash. Another fifth follow a swift decline, as with some cancer patients, who stay fairly active until their final few weeks. But three-fifths come after years of relapse and recovery. They involve a slow, progressive deterioration of function. One study found that Americans experience confusion, depression and pain in their final year: all of which increased.

Many deaths are preceded by a surge of treatment, often pointless. The way health care is funded encourages over-treatment. Hospitals are paid for doing things to people, not for preventing pain. But honest and open conversations with the dying should be as much a part of modern medicine as prescribing drugs or fixing broken bones. A better death means a better life, right until the end.

Contemporary society, with all of its many palliatives, has conditioned us to expect no inconveniences, including death. Death can only be understood when it is accepted as a natural occurrence, not an injustice or the ultimate inconvenience. It becomes a tragedy when it is premature.

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