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Friday 17 February 2017

Father Csaba’s  reflections on the gospel …..
b_300_300_16777215_00_images_stories_Alapitvany_Hirek_IMG_9509_2.jpgFriday 17 February 2017
"Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”Mark 8.
Shall I never have a child ? Shall I be closed up and not given the chance to explore this beautiful world created by God ? I had these two concerns going through my mind before I started theology. Then I decide to take the “death-leap”  and let go of my present life with a trusting spirit in God and I buckled down to do the entry exam and I applied for the priesthood , somersaulted  into the unknown and God caught me with His strong arms to hurl me even higher !
Praise God, today I have over 5000 children I can call my own , I accepted them and I can honestly say, without self-importance, that I love them all like a father !! I feel that they have also accepted me , love me and their large family!! Traveling was not a goal in my priestly life , I always only went where I had something to do , but for the sake of my children I travelled practically every village, town in Transylvania and also in their interest I also went around the world !! 
I can honestly state that God does not joke with us , our Creator cannot be surpassed in generosity and His love in giving us gifts ! I believe that if we give Him something generously , in His infinite goodness He repays us a hundredfold !! Lets dare to loose our life for the sake of Jesus Christ!!
Praise to you my Lord for everything ! 
With a childlike love,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
picture: one of the 5000. 
Jesus called the people and his disciples to him and said, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
What gain, then, is it for anyone to win the whole world and forfeit his life? And indeed what can anyone offer in exchange for his life?
For if anyone in this sinful and adulterous generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.'
And he said to them, 'In truth I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.’
Mark 8, 34-9,1