Respected and dear brother - priests, religious and laity,
Abraham Lincoln never thought of himself as being important. He trusted with childlike faith in the omnipotent God.
John McMaster, the historian, recounts that when he was a boy, he attended a Lincoln reception at the White House. An old man came along, halted and said to the President: "Mr Lincoln, I am from way up in New York State, where we believe that God almighty and Abraham Lincoln are going to save our country!"
Lincoln in that tense moment felt his own helplessness. Instead of swelling with pride he meekly answered the old man, "My friend, you are half right!"
Jesus has said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I am in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing" (Jn 15: 5)
St Paul states, "I can do all things through him who strengthens me" (Phil 4: 13).
So throughout this year 2017 let us confess with the Psalmist: "The Lord is my Shepherd , I shall not want. ... Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff- they comfort me"
(Ps 23 : 1, 4)
Let us believe that God will keep us as a shepherd cares for his flock of sheep (Jer 31: 10).
Let us believe that God will keep us as the apple of his eye (Ps 17: 8).
Let us believe that God will keep us from the hour of temptation and support you in the time of trail (1 Cor 10: 13).
Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen.
- Oswald Sanders
Doubt sees the obstacles -
Faith sees the way!
Doubt sees the darkest night -
Faith sees the day!
Doubt dreads to take a step -
Faith sours on high!
Doubt questions, "who believes?" -
Faith answers, "I."
Wishing you all a BRIGHT FUTURE,
Yours affectionately in our Lord,
+ F. Antonisamy.
Bishop of Kumbakonam.