Read more: Thursday 28 March 2019 Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 28 March 2019 
Jesus Christ , our Redeemer came among us, because He wants us  to live here in this world freely , joyfully a fertile life  in our dignity as children of God! Christ did not come among us to sulk, to condemn , to be shocked seeing our human fallibilities , just us the physician seeing the wounds of sick person , does not turn away from us with aversion , disgust ! Our Redeemer knows what dwells in the “sons of men “ , He knows that frail , fallible a man born from a fistful of dust is ! He also knows how easily we get off the way of love , goodness and having fallen low how much pain we cause ourselves and each other , this is also why He came among us , for this He also accepted for us on Good Friday death on the cross !
It is Lent , time of reconciliation, repentance ! Lets not cherish my frailties, fallibilities , sin , but I should sweep the out in the big spring clean ! Lets not suffer from our throbbing , aching sins , but may our hearts be filled with trust towards Jesus Christ , who in His first public speech for the people of all times proclaimed the forgiveness eternal  expiation  :"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, [19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
In the quietness of Lent , in searching for the freedom of the spirit reborn in repentance I am going to my Redeeming Christ ! You should come as well !
Father Csaba
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : The stations of the cross in Kézdivásárhely .
The Word of God
Now he was casting out a demon that was mute; when the demon had gone out, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons." Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul. Now if I cast out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armour in which he trusted and divides his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Luke 11:14-23
Read more: Monday 25 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel  Monday 25 March 2019  Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Thank be to God I also finished my book relating to the 15 courtyards of the garden of Mary . I would like to share with you with love the material regarding the first courtyard with love…
In Csíksomlyó we have been building a garden suitable to quieten down , for contemplation , where Jesus’ mother, Mary would have 15 courtyard where pilgrims could could stop , sit down , where they could reflect a  on part of their own lives that influenced it : eg in the first courtyard: What does it mean for me a meeting, my relation with my brothers, a dialogue ….How Mary  spoke with the angel of God…., would not I also be more successful if I would walk on the path of Mary? If I would say yes to the call of God ?!
I would like to publish these reflection in the form of a book ….of course , photos are needed now ..Unfortunately the stone slabs ordered years ago take a very long time to be ready , even though I was intending to share the photos of them for the reflections ….
From Mary’s “yes” on this beautiful day celebrated today not only the Redeemer of the world Jesus Christ , but also our faith and hope in a better world !!
With love ,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e. 
Photo : A nice 16 year old daughter of ours playing the role of Mary in a play 
1. The courtyard of meeting….
The Word of God
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 1, 26-38
Reflection: Mary , a young virgin aged between 16-17 year old, doing her housework , perhaps even humming a nice psalm from the Old Testament , when the angel of the Lord Gabriel appears . I am surprised with how great a respect, love this spiritual being is greeting the young, peasant girl . Their dialogue that changes the course of history of the world is short, frank ,  to the point . Mary sincerely raises her doubts , the angel explains , reasons with gentle goodness and the decision is made : Mary says “yes”for a lifetime to God’s will , accepts the Christ Child . In this courtyard lets reflect about the meetings at the turning points of our lives . God’s angel looks for, addresses Mary . The dialogue is short, respectful and successful . Upon the request of the angel Mary decides . Do I believe in the meeting , in the dialogue, in the force of the spoken word ? How open am I  regarding  those who come face to face with me and put their request into words ? Do I listen with trust to those who speak to me ? If I don’t understand something , patiently do I ask for explanations , do I dare to make decision in the light of the truths that I got to know ? Mary made Her decision after Her meeting with the archangel Gabriel , Her decision changed not only Her life but the lives of all of us . 
Let us pray :Mary , a young virgin aged between 16-17 year old, doing her housework , perhaps even humming a nice psalm from the Old Testament , when the angel of the Lord Gabriel appears . I am surprised with how great a respect, love this spiritual being is greeting the young, peasant girl . Their dialogue that changes the course of history of the world is short, frank ,  to the point . Mary sincerely raises her doubts , the angel explains , reasons with gentle goodness and the decision is made : Mary says “yes”for a lifetime to God’s will , accepts the Christ Child . In this courtyard lets reflect about the meetings at the turning points of our lives . God’s angel looks for, addresses Mary . The dialogue is short, respectful and successful . Upon the request of the angel Mary decides . Do I believe in the meeting , in the dialogue, in the force of the spoken word ? How open am I  regarding  those who come face to face with me and put their request into words ? Do I listen with trust to those who speak to me ? If I don’t understand something , patiently do I ask for explanations , do I dare to make decision in the light of the truths that I got to know ? Mary made Her decision after Her meeting with the archangel Gabriel , Her decision changed not only Her life but the lives of all of us . 
My kindhearted God , break open the shell of closed existence , address me Yourself or through Your herald , give me also Mary’s humble openness so that I’mn my meetings with my fellow human beingsI hear, understand Your holy will . I am praying for wisdom as well , that after every meeting I can make the right decisions ! Hold my hand during my journey according to Your will, so that I can move on with serving love .
We ask for God’s blessing with the intercession of Mary : Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary….
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Read more: Friday 22 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel  Friday 22 March 2019
"the kingdom of God will be …. given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.” Mt 21, 45
The main aim of the man of our days is to have everything for their comfort , to avoid conflicts , difficulties in short to have a good time .
Jesus Christ in today’s gospel is talking about fruit crop. For Him it is not important how the tenants of the vineyard are feeling, what sort of clothes they wear of what they think of one another , but whether their lives , work produces fruit ? Reading Jesus’ words I should think about what did I learn , what useful work did I do in school, in my workplace ? Did I become a little bit the  wiser , cleverer , has the world become better, nicer though my work ?!Did I manage to produce a couple of fruits of mercy for my brothers ?
Time can easily be spent by having a good time , spend days, weeks , years by doing nothing . We court, flirt , we come and go,  trying to seem important , but how much useful work did I actually do ?? Our own sustenance is very important , but that in itself is not enough by a long chalk , the question is  what did I do for the people living around me in the past weeks , month ? On the soccer field  at the of the match they are not looking how much running has one done, or how they felt, or how their jersey looked but how many goals did they score ? You can plan, dream for years but the big question is out of dreams, plans on what you worked on how much has actually become a reality ? 
Jesus Christ says ”  I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil ! “ If this would be my hour of death what could I show , as “ripe, tasty fruit “ to my loving creator God ? 
With love,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: The children of Nagyszalonta learnt and gave a nice presentation of the work on the life of Saint Francis .
The Word of God
Jesus said: "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance." So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet."
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Read more: Thursday 21 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 21 March 2019
Upon returning from Africa I find the story of the rich man and the poor Lazarus very upsetting ! Perhaps all of us here in Europe , independent from how we live aren’t we all rich man , dressed in purple and white linen ? One reads that we here in the Carpathian-basin have a higher standard of living than 95 % of the world’s population , but this does not really mean much until we see it with our own eyes , that there are regions , parts of countries , in towns with inhabitants numbering in several millions where there is no electricity , drinking water , rubbish/ waste collection, even hardly any schools or hospitals …
All this instead of vehement judgement bids me to be silent ,the fact that these people living in poverty , under very basic conditions are happy, joyous , free from all that junk that we here in Europe wear, drag around with us ! With the holy gospel in my hand I am sitting and reflecting ! Not only do I think with respect humility of the Lazarus-s of the XXIst century , but I am also thinking how one could free the nations sumptuously feasting everyday , the nations from the sins of avarice that atrophy body and soul?
Naturally we also have to think about how poor we were in the years 1989-90 , how simple, how much we have collected, gathered since then , but are we happier , calmer ?Back then there were no proper stools , for this reason teaching went on morning and afternoon , nowadays there are a great number of nicely furbished , well equipped schools, but here and there as well the number of children are diminishing , educational centres are being closed ! Before 1990 close to 400 thousand children were born in Romania yearly , today based on the "massaged “ figures of statistics 170-180 thousand children are born !For the prosperity we gave away our children, our homeland  but we even give away  our elders , the safety, cleanliness of our environment, we are sacrificing everything lead by our immeasurable greed!? Unfortunately we don’t have to wait till eternal life for the judgement of greed, unfortunately all those will reap “their reward” here on earth who are incapable to bend down with love to their brothers!
How good it would be to stop , and in peace, love worship God, and love one another as good brothers freely !
With the humility of a lesser brother ,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: An Italian Franciscan Father in Kenya .
The Word of God
Jesus said to the Pharisees, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house -- for I have five brothers -- that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Luke 16:19-31
Read more: Tuesday  19 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel  Tuesday  19 March 2019 The feast of Saint Joseph the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
It is good to feel the closeness, touch of the Holy Trinity ! It is good to say yes to the call of God, to His request! It is good to experience that God takes hold of our hand with gentle goodness , but with infinite strength , resoluteness ! It is good to get going by the side of our Creator  God ,to go ,to make headways in the land  of everyday miracles !
In brief , it is good following the example of Saint Joseph to say "yes “ with trust to God and to accept by the side of Mary ,the life with Jesus Christ ! This what I desire , this is what I want , the is the one and only  feasible way for all of us !
With love ,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : On the feast of Saint Joseph life is arising in the beautiful spring .
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
Mt 1,16.18-21.24a
Read more: Monday 18 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Monday 18 March 2019…
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” Luke 6,36
Man on his knees is the greatest !! For me the confessional is the greatest manifestation of the  mercy of God !! I am always astonished when one or persons more humbly getting on their knees and sincerely starts to disclose their sins !! It is wonderful according to the will of the Church humbly, in the name of Jesus Christ practicing mercy to say the  the holy words of the absolution :
GOD THE FATHER OF MERCIES, THROUGH THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF HIS HOLY SON HAS RECONCILED THE WORLD TO HIMSELF AND SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT AMONG US FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS; THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH MAY GOD GIVE YOU PARDON AND PEACE, AND I ABSOLVE YOU FROM YOUR SINS IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.
With remorse,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Jesus said to the disciples, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
Luke 6:36-38
Read more: Saturday  16 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Saturday  16 March 2019
" Love your enemies “Mt 5, 43
We were praying for all the fallen soldiers, civilians of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution and  War of Independence with our children!! Friend or foe ? Or perhaps victim ! The people killed there were the victims of lust for power , arrogance, human stupidity !
May they rest in peace! 
With heartfelt sympathy ,
Father Csaba
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48
Read more: Wednesday 13 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel  Wednesday 13 March 2019
It is Lent !! Why don’t I convert ?? What am I waiting for !! A miracle, an applause , a rise in my salary ?! The world is below you , the heaven is above you , within you the ladder , says one of our great poets ! Lets get going, in the land of miracles Christ is awaiting us !!
With love, 
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : On the way to the Congo
The Word of God
When the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!"
Luke 11:29-32
Read more: Thursday 7 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel  Thursday 7 March 2019
"What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?" Luke 9,25
Greed ! In the quietness of Lent lets think about how much are we affected by the rust of sin ?! It is important that we realise ourselves , that it is not only the desire for gaining , getting of material objects , that we have to curb , but we also have to put a stop to our sickly desires for wanting to be in the limelight , creating a sensation!! Apart for the hoarding of material goods often we would like to win the whole world’s admiration, recognition ! This is why we spend more-or less time in front of the mirror , distributing all sorts of images , writings of ourselves, building often not even noticing our own image , that we would then like to imprint on our surrounding as well!  Our nature inclined to sin eager, greedy , often insatiable , we would like to win the whole world , but lets stop and think, whether what we achieve , gain does that benefit us ?
Jesus is urging us for a healthy self-love in this preaching ! Lets pay attention to ourselves , lets not keep folding the wrapping paper  , lets not search for the glittering material resources visible to all or the fleeting fame , limelight, but in the holy time of Lent lets gather such treasure that are not eaten away by rust, or consumed by moth … Fulfilling our duties , lets do humbly all that , that is good , nice what God expects from us ! Lets bear fruit , lasting fruit , according to the will of our loving God !! Lets use the ephemeral  possessions for getting Eternal treasures !
With love ,
Father Csaba
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: A classroom for the children in Kenya , in a school run by Franciscan Sisters, where close on forty children are studying. 
The Word of God
Jesus said to his disciples: "The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." Then he said to them all, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?
Luke 9:22-25

Read more: 6 March 2019 Ash Wednesday Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel ….6 March 2019 Ash Wednesday 
What are your intentions for Lent ?! Lets think of Jesus’ everlasting words :"your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6, 18 
Politically correct speech ?? What I think, what I say and mostly what I do ?? How much are my thoughts, words and deeds in harmony !! A bad old habit of mine is a cynical remark , that often oversteps the mark  of cracking  a joke !! Caustic remarks at the expense on somebody ’s account , solely that we can have a laugh !? It is good to crack a good joke , but lets also think about the fact that our heavenly Father can also see what no-one else is able to do , He can see into our hearts !!
The time has come to cleanse my thoughts , my vocabulary , but even my uncontrollable movement should also be zeroed !! Yes the time is here , to give up those thoughts, words , deeds with which I would not like to appear in front of neither God nor my fellowman !! Our lenten objective  should be akin  to an inner spring-clean to align my thoughts, words and actions so that I am not a hypocrite in eyes of my Creator and fellowman .
With love,

Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
'And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

 

Read more: Tuesday 5 March 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Tuesday 5 March 2019
"Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age - houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions - and in the age to come eternal life. "
Like a wise wine owner who savours his good wine drop by drop , I do the same with Jesus Christ’s wonderful promises word by word ! I read these holy Words over thirty-years ago, but I still cannot get enough of them !!The gospel , if we take it seriously , develops its own independent life , and starts to transform our lives!! In the atheist communist regime a priestly, monastic  vocation  was like a blind alley and not only in the eyes of the authorities but in the public mentality as well !!I gave over my life to Christ in 1988 in the Cathedral of Gyulafehérvár ! I knelt in front of my ordaining bishop, I knew that the elderly prelate spent on close to twelve years in prison, under house arrest for his faith in Christ and yet within me there was tranquility and peace , such a peace that in the previous 30y years , of my life then, I have never experienced yet ! As a sign of my abandonment of my  placing of my hand into the hand of the elderly priest’s hand I totally surrendered everything to God and I was filled with an unbelievable feeling of freedom , endless peace that is still my most precious possession !! 
Years passed , I have been serving Christ for 30 years and step by step it was proven true , that I made a good choice , if we give over everything , because even in the midst of persecutions , difficulties , we can still receive everything from the One who made this wonderful promise two thousand years ago..
With love, 
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Peter began to say to Jesus, "Look, we have left everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age - houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions - and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."
Mark 10:28-31