Quotations:

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

A CHRISTIAN'S WAY TO REDUCE STRESS (author unknown)

An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain.Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."


1. Pray


2. Go to bed on time.


3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.


4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.


5. Delegate tasks to capable others.


6. Simplify and unclutter your life.


7. Less is more.. (Although one is often not enough, two are often to many.)


8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.


9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects overtime; don't lump the hard things all together.


10. Take one day at a time.


11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, findout what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.


12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.


13 . Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra housekey buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.


14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can preventan enormous amount of trouble.


15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.


16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.


17. Get enough rest.


18. Eat right.


19. Get organized so everything has its place.


20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.


21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.


22. Every day, find time to be alone.


23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot.. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.


24. Make friends with Godly people.


25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.


26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."


27. Laugh.


28. Laugh some more!


29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.


30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).


31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).


32. Sit on your ego.


33. Talk less; listen more.


34. Slow down.


35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.


36 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.


37. Attend Holy Mass if possible everyday or during Sundays.


GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. "If God is for us, who can be against us?"(Romans 8:31)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Life begins at 40?

Today, December 26 is my 40th birthday. How time flies I’m already 40, it’s just like yesterday when I was studying and working at the same time to earn my college degrees and my post graduate study. It was as if yesterday when I was dreaming of becoming rich, owning a very nice car and having a big house but I remain to be materially marginalized. It was as if yesterday when I had my countless conversations with my father who died thirteen years ago; it was as if yesterday when I married my beautiful wife but that was almost twelve (12) years ago and it was as if yesterday when we were deputized by our Bishop to officially become Extra- Ordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion. There’s a whole lot of: “as if yesterdays” memories that seems still within my reach but it’s beyond me already. I just have to look back and relish those memories once in a while.

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

The fragility of our lives...


The fragility of our lives...
by: Marino J. Dasmarinas

Last night our Parish secretary informed me that I have a scheduled funeral blessing; I said OK I’ll go.
So I went there, upon finding the place I introduced myself to the relatively young wife then I said: “I will now bless him please gather all the relatives.” As I was saying the blessings and prayers I noticed that the wife was crying profusely.
After I was through, I asked her: “what was the cause of death of your husband and how old is he?” She said: “His fifthly (50) years old and his death is totally unexpected.” He just arrived from work then after a few minutes of rest in the sofa he suddenly died. ... After our short conversation I told her:  “I have to go now” and she said: “Thank you very much” I said in return: “You’re welcome and pray for his soul’s eternal repose.”
As I was walking away from their house, I can’t help but reflect on the fragility of our lives, that it can be taken away from us any time and any place. As I glance back at their house, I told myself maybe she was seriously crying because, there were loving words left unsaid, there were loving embraces left undone and there were loving moments left to pass them by. ...
As an afterthought: Express your love to your relatives and don’t hold back on doing good to everyone.
Remember the fragility of our lives…

Saturday, December 1, 2007

My reflection for 1st Sunday of Advent Matthew 24:37-44 (Dec.2, 07)

Matthew 24:37-44
"For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."


My reflection:

The first Sunday of Advent ushers a new year in the in the church’s Liturgical calendar. Advent means “Coming” and this is the time wherein all Catholics prepare for the Birth of our savior Jesus.

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?