We Crossed The Atlantic Ocean and God Was With Us

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Castoro 10, an Oil Pipelaying Vessel was towed from Curacao to Congo on the 6th of August 2014. It was a month-long journey cruising the Atlantic Ocean and a great experience crossing the  Equator too. I was on board together with sixty-eight others.

There were mixed feelings , perhaps, when the trip started. We were travelling on a vast space of nothingness but still I have seen the beauty of life! A pair of doves was with us!

One morning before sunrise, the brown bird joined me in the helideck where I have started the day praying the rosary! Amidst the blue skies, floating white clouds, and the bright orange sunrise on the horizon of the dark blue ocean I realized it was a perfect day acknowledging the Author of the beauty of Creation.

It was so refreshing to feel the seabreeze and the splashing of the waves on the side of the ship made me felt really close to heaven. I could only thank God for the new day, another experience of His great love. He is indeed real and for the moment I knew with faith that I was sitting on His great Hands. I had so much joy!DSC00548

Being Positive; Counting Blessings Through My Diary

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My Diary Records Good Things Only

 

A few years ago I started to write in my diary all good things I experience during the day. Somehow I count God’s blessings and I thank Him for all. Doing this has been giving me an opportunity to recall the joys and I feel good and enjoy a sense of perfect peace. I have come to realize that everything that happens, they happen for a reason and God knows what is best.

 

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

Tithe, Trouble, Triumph

Tithing photoMy wife and I decided to pay our tithes (to donate 10% of earnings to support the Church)not just because we thought the Lord wanted us to do so but also to thank Him, the Source of all good, for the blessings we had been receiving . It may have looked strange but the Company I had worked with ( Saipem) had recalled my services after 3 years of being out of work.

As a blessing in disguise, just a few moments after we decided to offer our tithes an unfortunate thing happened in 1997 in the  office on board “Israfil Guseinov” , a Pipelaying Vessel in Azerbaijan. I had an argument with one of the Inspectors regarding his complaint about his lost luggage at the airlines when he arrived on site. I would confess that I did raise my voice during the exchange in opinions  and that made the other person lost his temper and  patience and hit me straight to my face. I was surprised!

At that time, I was on a very high morale, perhaps due to the fact that we had finally committed ourselves, my wife and I, to the Lord by way of tithes. And so the punch was not able to jar the spirit! I did not fight back. Revenge did not play a part. I prayed silently inside of me. I started to talk to God. How could this happen after one has finally returned to accept Him? And before I could even hear an answer the second punch hit my face again and finally a third strike. So much of a test of faith! At that instant the Purser next to me , a colleague of mine, stopped the man for further proceeding  with his brutal act. Some blood gushed out of my bleeding nose. Dr Milorad Prso attended to me in the medical clinic.

An hour later when things pacified the man approached me to ask for forgiveness. He explained that he had just received some  bad news that  his wife abandoned  his family and so he lost control of himself. He was so sorry. He wrote his apology in a piece of paper and at the end of the line he promised on his own accord to pay me $3000 for the mistake that he had done. The trial was over! I passed the test! Forgiveness triumphed and I knew God smiled. I thought I heard Him said, “ Well done my faithful servant!”  Humanity has inched forward a bit.

It was not until another 3 years later when I discovered that giving tithes is the most rewarding thing one could ever do in this life. John Huntsman of America was interviewed in the CNN while I was in Nigeria and I could remember him saying that in the Bible, in Malachi Chapter 3,  we are obliged to give part of our income in order for the Church to be able to perform its responsibilities.

But why 10%, one may ask. For me it is comparable to someone purchasing a piece of property. Isn’t it that a down payment is necessary to show the commitment? Well, likewise with tithing, setting apart the 10% of our income proves our real trust in the Lord. It’s the best litmus paper  test  to see what is inside  the heart and soul. Moreover, doing it consistently shapes one’s  character making him detached in material concerns keeping the closest relationship with the Almighty.

I believe this is the key to human happiness! We need to connect to Him! We need to commit! We need to show our trust! We need to live with Him. Feel Him as He touches your heart while reading this story. Hold on to Him. This is true. The experience is being shared for you! He has been waiting…..

Since then, my family and I have been seeing the mighty works of God, Opus Dei. Life has become more beautiful and so meaningful! Eureka!

Malachi 3:10

“10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

Our Lady of Fatima on Fox News

The Miracle of the Sun in Fatima October 13, 1917

It is always good to see our Lady put in a positive light on public television.

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God Heard the Father’s Prayer

By Jeba Angeles. Please watch an inspiring video on how God works to show His might and power.

Faith Rewards: Assignment To Oil Birthplace Azerbaijan

Father God is indeed great! After  three years of time off , the  Company I have worked with ,recalled my services to work with them again. T’was  a glorious moment in April 1997 !

Saipem [Oil Pipeline Company] had offered me a job assignment  in Azerbaijan a  country  known to be where the Ark of Noah landed , (supposedly in  the Mt Ararat in the Armenian border). It was  a state in the former Soviet Union and  was the world’s number 1 Oil producing field at the turn of the 20th century. Oil derricks were sprouting everywhere! Perhaps  John Rockefeller had gotten his wealth from there.

It was also a source of the best Persian carpets in the world. Yes, indeed it was a blessing to have been in that perfect peaceful place.

Oh how wonderful to have traveled again! I enjoyed the plane ride, saw new places and met new people. It was very interesting but most of all, truly rewarding.

3 years back, in 1994, I resigned from the same Company I had been with since 1987 in order to do some community service in my town , “pro bono”, “gratis”. It was a selfless experience which, interestingly, had brought some  sense of fulfillment and heavenly peace. I was happy!

The trip  to Azerbaijan  was of a Divine Providence, I know.

I could only be thankful for the love He always gives. He is great!

(Romans 8:28)

 “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose