I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).
Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).
Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).
Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I’m in the irreversible present and I’m forty (40), they say: “life begins at forty” I don’t know who coined this quote that our life begins at forty. I beg to disagree, life doesn’t begin at forty. Life begins when we were freed from the doctrine of Original Sin and we officially become a member of the Universal Church. That’s our Baptismal date but the funny thing is: we remember our birthday but doesn’t know our Baptismal date.
Life begins when we become aware of our responsibilities towards our family, our fellowmen and God. Responsibilities that reminds us that we don’t live for our own self-centered sake.
Life begins at forty? I beg to completely disagree!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Last night our Parish secretary informed me that I have a scheduled funeral blessing; I said OK I’ll go.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Last Thursday (Nov 29) I submitted myself to the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation this is my way of preparing myself for the coming of Jesus. When we submit ourselves to this Sacraments we are reconciled with God, we are cleansed from our sins, we are freed from any guilt of conscience and we signify our humility and need for God’s mercy.
If there is an occasion in our house and we are expecting visitors, what we do is we thoroughly clean our house for it to be worthy in the eyes of our guests. However if we are not expecting anyone to visit us we are back to our normal complacent selves that’s why when there’s an unexpected guest we normally panic on how to arrange things for them.
The gospel talks about preparation for God’s coming, unfortunately on the first part of the Gospel the people during Noah’s time failed to prepare. They were so busy with worldly things until God’s judgment came and they were wiped out on the face of the earth. (Genesis 7:22) Only Noah and his companions survived because they were the select few worthy in God’s eyes.
The Gospel calls us to “Stay awake,” to be prepared so that if the Son of Man will come we are ready. How do we prepare for the birth of Jesus? Is it centered towards materials things (buying of gifts, decorating our house, thinking of our menu for Christmas and New Year) nothings wrong with that. However, God wants us also to undergo a much deeper and meaningful preparation for his forthcoming birth. It is a preparation bereft of worldly things.
For me, a worthy preparation for Advent is to submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation.
When was your last confession?
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
This Gospel reading had been intensely put to life in the movie The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson. The whole movie in fact shows the intense passion of Jesus, it started while Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane. “After withdrawing about a stone's throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done." And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. (Luke 22:42-44). The movie ended with his crucifixion and eventual resurrection.
This Sunday we are at the end of the church’s calendar and we are celebrating the feast of Christ the King. The Gospel truly depicts the heavenly kingship of Jesus a kingship that is at odds with our own worldly idea. Jesus’ kingship is a kingship of Obedience, of Humility, of Servanthood and of Suffering and Sacrifice for the salvation of all humanity. He did not mind the anguish and humiliation; He was so focused with his mission.
On the latter part of the Gospel, were the two thieves: one was unrepentant and the other one was full of remorse and humility that he asked Jesus to remember him when He comes to his kingdom. And Jesus did not fail him; He brought along the repentant thief to His paradise.
Brothers and sisters discussing from experience, it’s not really easy to follow the kingship of Jesus it’s full of sacrifice and trials but it’s during this sacrifices and trials that we will feel His abiding presence in our life and beyond.
Jesus is continuously inviting us to follow His kingship. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
Are you willing to respond?
Monday, November 12, 2007
|(Mila, Cynthia Villar, Gem & Eden)|
Last Friday (Nov. 9) Auntie Gilda succumbed to her lingering ailment, she triumphantly defeated her oppressive sickness. I was there and I saw her slow yet painful last two days here in this material world that we presently belong.
|(Tata Orcine, Cheng, Elsa, & Eden)|
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
Farewell to you my Dear auntie...
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here’s the real score: Images and artworks in the Catholic Church has its foundation in the Bible in the following passages:
From Mount Hor they set out on the Red Sea road, to by-pass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!" In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, "Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and if anyone who has been bitten looks at it, he will recover." Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he recovered. Numbers 21:4-9
For when the dire venom of beasts came upon them and they were dying from the bite of crooked serpents, your anger endured not to the end. But as a warning, for a short time they were terrorized, though they had a sign of salvation, to remind them of the precept of your law. For he who turned toward it was saved, not by what he saw, but by you, the savior of all. And by this also you convinced our foes that you are he who delivers from all evil. For the bites of locusts and of flies slew them, and no remedy was found to save their lives because they deserved to be punished by such means; But not even the fangs of poisonous reptiles overcame your sons, for your mercy brought the antidote to heal them. For as a reminder of your injunctions, they were stung, and swiftly they were saved, Lest they should fall into deep forgetfulness and become unresponsive to your beneficence. For indeed, neither herb nor application cured them, but your all-healing word, O LORD! For you have dominion over life and death; you lead down to the gates of the nether world, and lead back. Man, however, slays in his malice, but when the spirit has come away, it does not return, nor can he bring back the soul once it is confined. Wisdom 16:5-14
You shall make an ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high. Plate it inside and outside with pure gold, and put a molding of gold around the top of it. Cast four gold rings and fasten them on the four supports of the ark, two rings on one side and two on the opposite side. Then make poles of acacia wood and plate them with gold. These poles you are to put through the rings on the sides of the ark, for carrying it; they must remain in the rings of the ark and never be withdrawn. In the ark you are to put the commandments which I will give you. "You shall then make a propitiatory of pure gold, two cubits and a half long, and one and a half cubits wide. Make two cherubim of beaten gold for the two ends of the propitiatory, fastening them so that one cherub springs direct from each end. The cherubim shall have their wings spread out above, covering the propitiatory with them; they shall be turned toward each other, but with their faces looking toward the propitiatory. This propitiatory you shall then place on top of the ark. In the ark itself you are to put the commandments which I will give you. There I will meet you and there, from above the propitiatory, between the two cherubim on the ark of the commandments, I will tell you all the commands that I wish you to give the Israelites. Exodus 25:10-22
In the sanctuary were two cherubim, each ten cubits high, made of olive wood. Each wing of a cherub measured five cubits so that the space from wing tip to wing tip of each was ten cubits. The cherubim were identical in size and shape and each was exactly ten cubits high. The cherubim were placed in the inmost part of the temple, with their wings spread wide, so that one wing of each cherub touched a side wall while the other wing, pointing toward the middle of the room, touched the corresponding wing of the second cherub. The cherubim, too, were overlaid with gold. The walls on all sides of both the inner and the outer rooms had carved figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. The floor of both the inner and the outer rooms was overlaid with gold. 1 kings 6:23-28
The sea was then cast; it was made with a circular rim, and measured ten cubits across, five in height, and thirty in circumference. Under the brim, gourds encircled it, ten to the cubit all the way around; the gourds were in two rows and were cast in one mold with the sea. This rested on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east, with their haunches all toward the center, where the sea was set upon0 them. It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim resembled that of a cup, being lily-shaped. Its capacity was two thousand measures. 1 kings 7:23-26
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The Pharisee was self-righteous he claims that he was not greedy, unjust, adulterous. He was so sure of his goodness, holiness and maybe of his own salvation he even despised the tax collector.
There was also this repentant sinner (tax collector) who did not even dared to raise his eyes to heaven. He was remorsefully beating his breast and keeps on humbly asking God for forgiveness.
Jesus said: “the tax collector went home at peace with God.” and the Pharisee? He did not gain any favor from God because he was self-righteous and proud.
This Gospel is a good reminder for us all who are self-righteous, who are proud. This is also for those who look down on his fellowmen because he is rich and learned. You are no different from the Pharisee.
God looked kindly on the tax collector because he has the greatest virtue called HUMILITY.
Who are you before God’s eyes? Are you the Pharisee or the humble and repentant tax collector?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
A daughter complained to her father about how hard things were farher. "As soon as I solve one problem," she said, "another one comes up. I'm tired of struggling."
Monday, October 22, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
The church has taught us that there’s: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. Heaven is the destiny of those who lived their lives worthy in God’s eyes. Purgatory are for those souls who needs further purification from the sins that they have committed it can be found in the bible in 2 Maccabees 12:46. Unless they are purified they would not be worthy in God’s presence. The church teaches that such individuals can be helped by our prayers. Hell is reserve for individuals who live unworthy lives.
Is there really Heaven? Yes there is, in the Bible it is quoted in Luke 23:43, Revelations 2:7 there are a lot more Bible verses that states the reality of heaven. Can there be heaven while we are still living here on earth? Yes, for so long as we are close to God and we follow all of his commands we will be able to taste heaven here on earth.
Is there really Hell? Of course there is, it is also quoted in Luke 16:23-28 and in other passages in the bible. Is there Hell on earth? Yes!
Eventually we will die, this is an inescapable truth, we will have to leave this material world whether we like it or not.
Where is your destination?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
From the time of Jesus up to now, nothing has changed; these boastful characters are still prevalent today. Some of these characters are in fact present in the various church ministries, in government, in various charitable organizations. They always want to advertise the many things that they are doing for the church and for the poor. They want to brag to the whole world about the many humanitarian endeavors that they’re doing.
Closely looking at ourselves, oftentimes we also are guilty of trumpeting our knowledge, our accomplishment, our prominence, our supremacy and wealth.
What Jesus is telling us in the gospel is: we should not be overly concerned of the impression that we will get from others. We should not boast, we should just do things silently without selfish or personal motives. That is HUMILITY!
We better ask ourselves, do we have the virtue of HUMILITY?
Friday, August 24, 2007
The church is government in itself, in fact if we will carefully study its organizational structure we can dare say that all of the management functions that we are using right now be it in government or private organizations has its basis in the church. The functions of Leadership, Supervision, Delegation, controlling, Planning and many other organizational principles traces its roots in the church.
The Pope being the Head of the church can be likened to a president of an independent nation. In fact the Vatican where the Pope resides is a Nation and he heads that nation. But unlike a president whose power and influence is confined to limited territory. The Popes sphere of power and influence is not limited in the Vatican. It extends worldwide. When there is a Roman Catholic Parish/Church there extends also the power of the Pope.
The Bishops somewhat functions like the Governors of a civil government because like the governors who heads a certain province or state. The Bishops also heads a certain territory/province or state and it is called Diocese.
The Diocesan Priest territory is called a Parish and the Parish council helps the Priest run the Parish. He is under the guidance and supervision of the Bishop of the diocese. The Parish Priest has similar functions like the Mayors of a City or Municipality.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Only Bishops and Priests are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick. It is their duty to educate Catholics on the benefits of this sacrament. Those who know about this sacrament should encourage the sick to call for a Priest to receive this sacrament. The sick should prepare himself to receive it with good disposition through their bishop or Priest.
· The uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole church.
· The strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age.
· The forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Confession.
· The restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul.
· The preparation for passing over to eternal life.
Anointing of the Sick is the last sacrament. To know more about each sacrament I encourage you to read the Catechism of the Church.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The Bible begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding-feast of the Lamb." (Genesis 1:26-27).It says that man and woman were created for one another, "It is not good that the man should be alone." (Genesis 2:18) . The woman, "flesh of his flesh," his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a "helpmate" she thus represents God from whom comes our help (Genesis 2:18-25) "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and he marries his wife, and they become one flesh." The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been in the beginning: "So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” (Matthew 19:6)
The first miracle of Jesus was during a wedding feast at Cana, (John 2:1-10) The Church gives great importance to Jesus' presence at the wedding at Cana. It is the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thereon marriage will be an effective sign of Christ's presence.
Husband and Wife are called to grow continually in their communion through day-to-day fidelity to their marriage promise of total mutual self-giving." This human communion is confirmed, purified, and completed by communion in Jesus Christ, given through the sacrament of Matrimony. It is deepened by lives of the common faith and by the body of Christ received together.
This is just a very short essay, the responsibility to discover more is within us.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Integration into one of these bodies in the Church was accomplished by a rite called ordination, a religious and liturgical act which has a consecration, a blessing or a sacrament. The word "ordination" is reserved for the sacramental act which integrates a man into the order of bishops, priests, or deacons, and goes beyond a simple election, designation or delegation. For it confers a gift of the Holy Spirit which can come only from Christ himself through his Church. The laying on of hands by the bishop, with the consecrating prayer, constitutes the visible sign of ordination.
The priests are appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. (Hebrews 5:1; Exodus 29:1-30; Leviticus 8.)
Everything that the priesthood of the Old Testament proclamation finds its fulfillment in Christ Jesus, the "one mediator between God and men." (1st. Timothy 2:5)
Again, this is just a short essay the responsibility to know more is within us.
Monday, August 13, 2007
· reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
· reconciliation with the Church;
· remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
· remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
· peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
· an increase of spiritual strength.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
The center of the Mass are the bread and wine that, by the words of Jesus and by the invocation of the Holy Spirit, it becomes Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command the Church continues to do this in his memory. This is what he did on the eve of his Passion: "He took bread. . . ." "He took the cup filled with wine… (Luke 22:17-20).
During the second part of the Mass which is called the Liturgy of the Eucharist the Priest Consecrates the bread and wine. By virtue of consecration it now becomes the Body and Blood of Christ.
In the miracle of the loaves/bread, when Jesus said the blessing, breaks and distributes the loaves/bread through his disciples to feed the people shows the superabundance of this unique bread of his Eucharist. (Matthew 14:13-21) .
Who Can Receive Communion?
The Catholic Church has guidelines on how we should prepare ourselves to receive the Lord’s body during Communion. To receive Communion worthily, you must be in a state of grace, has observed the Eucharistic fast, (not eating anything for at least one hour before the Mass). Not living as husband & wife outside of the Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage). Has been to confession for at least once a year or you must have been to confession since your last mortal sin. The Bible contains lists of mortal sins ( 1st Corinthians. 6:9–10 and Galatians. 5:19–21). For more information on mortal sin, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Again, what I have presented here is a short essay of the Sacrament of Communion. The responsibility to discover more is within us.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
After his resurrection Christ gives this mission to his apostles which is represented now by Deacons, Priests & Bishops. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20).
What I have presented here is a short essay of the Sacrament of Baptism. The responsibility to discover more is within us.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
After 30 mins. they arrived, upon seeing her I immediate went to her to bless her hand and I said "How are you auntie?" she replied, I am OK, but closely looking at her it's undeniable that she has a serious health problem. I was told before that her problem was her liver, it's not working very well that's why she's losing weight and her stomach was unusually bigger. I can't help but pause and admire her courage and strong determination to live and fight her oppressive illness.
After staying with her for more than two hours, We said our goodbyes I kissed her on her cheek and I said take good care of your health always and we will be seeing you again next month and she replied you always Pray for me... then she said, "I always Pray for all of you."
Why do we visit her often? Why do we allocate a portion our precious time with her? To my mind we visit her often because she has helped us become what we are today, in a special way she has also showed her love for us specially during the time when she took care of us. This is actually our special way of saying to her that we remember those days and we are still very grateful for the things that she has done for us all.
Finally, we visit her often because of these Bible verses on Matthew 25:35-40. Read on it.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
After about 5 minutes of thinking about the phone call, I told myself they called on me because they taught that in that dire situation I can be of help to them. I called them back and told them that if they think that Auntie Gilda's situation is dangerous, they must call a Priest immediately so that she can be given the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and if possible the Sacraments of Communion and Confession. Auntie Eden told me that they cannot go to the Church because it was already past midnight and the Priest is already sound asleep. I told them they should just go and knock on the Church, who knows somebody might wake-up and tell them the predicament that they were in. I further told them that if they think that she will still be Ok until the next morning, I will just take care of everything I'll attend first the 6:00 am Mass at our Church then, I'll consult our Priest on what to do. They told me that they'll just wait for me in the morning. I tried to sleep immediately but I wasn't able to do so. Finally, I retired exactly 3:00 am.
I woke-up 4:45 am, I prepared breakfast for my wife then, off to the church. I first went to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel after 15 mins. I went to the church to hear Mass. I only had one fervent prayer, that God will give me a Priest in Las Piñas so that Auntie Gilda will recieve the three Sacraments, After the Mass I briefly spoke with our Priest.
Around 8:00 am, I left Carmona for Las PIñas I arrived in the Hospital 10:00. I went immediately to her room and saw her lying on her bed & resting. I approached her and told her that I am going to call a Priest so that she can have the Sacraments of Confession, Communion & Anointing of the Sick and she said yes!
I went to the Parish Office of Moowalk Village and inquired if they have an available Priest. The secretary told me that there is a Priest, I filled-up a form. After a few minutes the amiable Thai Priest named Father Joseph came out. I blessed his hand introduced myself as a Eucharistic Minister and we went to the Hospital.
Upon arriving on her room Fr. Joseph introduced himself and wore his Sutanna & Stole. He asked us to go out of the room because he's going to hear the Confession of Auntie Gilda. After the confession he called us back and told me to participate in the prayers and during the Communion I will be the one who will give the Communion to her. I said yes! So he gave me the Body of Chirst neatly secured inside the Corporal. After the prayers were said. I gave her the Body of Christ afterwards the Priest anointed her with Holy Oil.
I gave the Priest his stipend and accompanied him back to the Church, I said thank you very much! He said welcome, no problem it's part of my Vocation.
I arrived home around 6:30 pm, tired but fulfilled because I was able to Live my Faith....
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
After a long while it was time to go home, we were given our presents directly brought in from the USA by Auntie Elsa...
It was so touching seeing the Priest laying his hand on the sick and praying at the same time. After Father was through we accompanied him back and said thank you very much Father.When I was going back home I said to myself thank you dear God for calling us and making us an instrument of your grace...