Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

Education without values

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C. S. Lewis

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. Saint Augustine

The hunger for love

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. Mother Teresa

Be faithful in small things

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa

What does love look like?

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine

God's love

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. Saint Augustine

Intense love does not measure

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa

Beauty is the bait

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind. Socrates

Scatter there Thy cheerful beams

O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. Saint Augustine

The future

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C. S. Lewis

Passion

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act. Saint Augustine

Humility, the foundation

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. Saint Augustine

Don't bother about originality

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. C. S. Lewis

A man of courage

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. Socrates

God is happiness and peace

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C. S. Lewis

As we are, such are the times

If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times. Saint Augustine

Will

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider. Saint Augustine

Men should wonder at themselves

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. Saint Augustine

Worth of the bible

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt

People of worth

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates

This message has been circulating on the internet and elsewhere about the discovery of a message from God by NASA. This is part of the story:

curiosity roverThe original message

"NASA announced today that its Curiosity Rover has found an unambiguous message from God written on tablets in a Martian cave.

According to an official press release two giant stone slabs the size of small elephants were located deep inside a cavern abutting Aeolis Mons, a large mountain.

Upon one tablet is a copy of the Ten Commandments and the text of John 3:16 written in 12 languages - including English, Spanish, Chinese, Basque and Hebrew. On the other tablet is a simple message in English reading "I am real."" You can read the full message here.

Outcome of my research

I have done a lot of research on this story that NASA has found a message from God on mars but has yet to come across any website that has posted this story without reference to the Daily Currant. All the other websites I have seen this story on have copied it from the Daily Currant, the origin of the story. I have also searched the NASA website but found nothing concerning this story.

My impression

I wish to state emphatically that this story is false. The website where this story that NASA found a message from God on Mars originated from is a satirical website that uses fictional (not real) stories to, as they stated on their website, "ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence - which presses forward." Let me repeat this: their stories are NOT real; they are ALL fictional. So do not believe anything you read from that website. Read their About page to find out what they have said about their stories and the website. You can read more about satire. If you are still not convinced, just ask yourself, "Why didn't the author of the story provide a link to the original NASA story?" Well, ask them if they do have such a link!

Does God exist?

However, don't get me wrong. I wish to state categorically to everyone that God truly exists , whether you choose to believe it or not? You may have a lot of questions you cannot find answers to that make you believe that there is no God, but I bet you, you can also get a lot of questions you cannot find answers to that should convince you that God does exist.

For example

  1. Scientists make discoveries. Who created these things that the scientists discover?
  2. Why haven't Scientists, for so many thousands of years, been able to prevent disasters, like storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc, even in the US?
  3. Why haven't Scientists been able to prevent people from dying?
  4. Why haven't Scientists been able to produce human beings from nothing?

I believe if you are not able to answer the above questions and many others, it should convince you that there is a superior being, God, somewhere.

Wise sayings

Let me quote Albert Camus, "I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."

Don't be proud of a false knowledge that there is no God when you are not God. Humble yourself. As Socrates puts it, "True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us."

 

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I have decided

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Living in a changed life

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Guarding friendship

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Marriage Software

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Auto-panic

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The Father

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Pack your things and give them to me to …

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The 7 UPs

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The unconditional love of Jesus Christ w…

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Short memory

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In your presence: prayer

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Reckoning my past as loss for the sake o…

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Make your every matter the Lord's

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In praise of the Lord

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The Apostles' creed

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Knowing the God you serve: God will forg…

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