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

Monday, June 30, 2008

My Gospel Reflections for Wednesday: July 2, Matthew 8:28-34

Matthew 8:28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.

My Reflections:
During social events like reunion/party among friends or relatives we will never hear a discussion about God. If somebody would try to start a topic about Jesus, somebody will but-in and say that this is not the proper venue to talk about it because it disrupts the mood of the event. Maybe some would say that the appropriate topic to discuss is how they can make more money etc…

In the gospel, Jesus cured two men who were possessed by the demon in that process the demon went to the swine and it jumped into the sea where it drowned. The swine was their source of income and the people of the district lost money. They now blame Jesus since He was the moving force behind it. So they begged Jesus to leave them alone.

In the secular world that we’re in the devil uses a lot of worldly things to keep our attention away from God, sometime we see Jesus as someone that disrupts our normal scheme of things. Eventually these worldly things such as greed, lust, corruption, worldly ambition, ego and many more becomes our God.

We slowly put God aside until we become numb of His presence in our lives. Eventually, we become slaves of this world.

We must not let this happen; we must not lose sight of the goodness of God.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Pope Calls for Study of Eucharistic Mystery, Encourages Revisiting of Vatican II's "Sacrosanctum Concilium"

QUEBEC CITY, JUNE 22, 2008 - Benedict XVI is encouraging the faithful to revisit the Second Vatican Council constitution on the liturgy, so as to go deeper in the mystery of faith that is the Eucharist. ... Please click on the link for the whole text:


http://www.zenit.org/article-22990?l=english

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Philippines was viciously hit by typhoon Frank/Fengshen, please offer your Prayers for the casualties, survivors and their relatives.

A few hours ago the Philippines was hit by a very vicious typhoon named Frank/Fengshen it left two hundred twenty nine (229) deaths, it submerge entire communities and caused landslides. But the casualty count may dramatically increase because a passenger ship (MV Princess of the Stars by Sulpicio Lines) with almost eight hundred (800) passengers had capsized.

Please say your Prayers for the casualties, survivors and their relatives.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The talk of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuân's sister at 49th Eucharistic Congress Quebec Canada, 2008

QUEBEC CITY, JUNE 19, 2008 - Here is the address Elizabeth Nguyen Thi Thu Hong, the youngest sister of the late Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuân, gave today at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, which is being held through Sunday in Quebec.

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http://www.zenit.org/article-22959?l=english

The talk of Bishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, at the 49th Eucharistic Congress, Quebec Canada, 2008:The Eucharist, the life of Christ in our Lives

Talk of Bishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle D.D at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress Quebec City Canada 2008 titled: The Eucharist, the life of Christ in our Lives: Spiritual Worship and Aunthentic Adoration.


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Video link:

http://vodpod.com/watch/824425-june-19th-catechesis-by-the-most-reverend-luis-antonio-g-tagle-bishop-of-imus-philippines

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Living Image of Christ, Suffering and Risen (Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina) by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20070921duc

A Christian In Fact and Not Just in Name (Saint Ignatius of Antioch) by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20071012duc

The Saint of Hope in Desperate Situations (Saint Jude) By: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20071026duc

God's Response to Scandal (Saint Charles Borromeo) by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20071102duc

The True Servant of the Crucified King by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20071123duc

The Lord's Healing Power by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20080229duc

The Passover from Criminal to Saint by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20080321duc

Hidden Treasure by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20080502duc

The Search for St. Peter's Bones by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20080425duc

The Church Built on Peter by: Fr. Roger J. Landry

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http://www.catholicpreaching.com/index.php?content=articles&articles=20080418duc

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday: June 15, Matthew 9:36-10:8

Matthew 9:36—10:8
At the sight of the crowds, Jesus’ heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;Simon from Cana, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

My Reflections:
We are in hard times right now, the global economy is in decline, prices of gasoline and of basic commodities are all surging at unbelievable pace, a lot of workers are being laid-off due to downsizing and we don’t know when will this end. We, the poor who are the vast majority are getting poorer by the day. Given the situation that we have right now, I am sure Jesus heart is bleeding with pity for us.

The poor people of this world are so many but the laborers who are willing to sacrifice and help them are so few. There’s an imbalance so to speak, like the apostles whom Jesus summoned; those who have in life are being called by Jesus to help those who have less, they are those who can barely afford to buy their food and there’s a lot of them we just need to look around and we’ll see them.

The apostles whom Jesus called were not wealthy they were ordinary people: fishermen, tax collector and sinners. But Jesus had chosen them simply because they listened to his call.

The sign of the times calls for us to listen to Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, to share our blessings no matter how small.

Jesus further states: "Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give."

Would you care to listen?

Norm in bringing the Holy Eucharist to the sick.





Instruction: Redemptionis Sacramentum
On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided
regarding the Most Holy Eucharist
Chapter VI
The Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Worship Outside Mass 

132. No one may carry the Most Holy Eucharist to his or her home, or to any other place contrary to the norm of law. It should also be borne in mind that removing or retaining the consecrated species for a sacrilegious purpose or casting them away are graviora delicta, the absolution of which is reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.225

133. A Priest or Deacon, or an extraordinary minister who takes the Most Holy Eucharist when an ordained minister is absent or impeded in order to administer it as Communion for a sick person, should go insofar as possible directly from the place where the Sacrament is reserved to the sick person’s home, leaving aside any profane business so that any danger of profanation may be avoided and the greatest reverence for the Body of Christ may be ensured. Furthermore the Rite for the administration of Communion to the sick, as prescribed in the Roman Ritual, is always to be used. 226



Location of the Tabernacle.

“According to the structure of each church building, the Holy Sacrament is to be kept in a tabernacle in a part of the church that is dignified, prominent, readily noticeable, and adorned in a noble manner” and also “appropriate for prayer” by reason of the quietness of the location, the space available in front of the tabernacle, and also the supply of benches or seats and kneelers. In addition, diligent attention should be paid to all the prescriptions of the liturgical books and to the norm of law, especially as regards the avoidance of the danger of profanation (130; cf. GIRM 314).

Norm in giving Holy Communion.

In giving Holy Communion Sacred Ministers may not deny the sacraments to those who want to receive it in a tranquil manner, are appropriately ready, and are not forbidden by law from receiving them.” therefore any baptized Catholic who is not prevented by law must be admitted to Holy Communion. Thus, it is not allowed to deny Holy Communion to any of Christ’s faithful as long as he/she is ready and not prohibited by church law. (91; cf. CIC 843 §1).

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Three Virtues with Bible references.

Humility
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
- Proverbs 11:2

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
- Philippians 2:3

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
- James 3:13

Obedience
He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
- Proverbs 19:16

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
- John 14:21

For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
- Romans 2:13

Charity (Love)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The Seven Deadly Sins with Bible references.

Pride
The Devil, the proud spirit, cannot endure to be mocked."
- St. Thomas More, 16th Century

"God is stern in dealing with the arrogant, but to the humble He shows kindness."
- Proverbs 3:34
"Hatred of God comes from pride. It is contrary to the love of God ..."
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2094

Greed
"He who loves money never has money enough"
- cf. Sirach 5:8
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
- Exodus 20:17

"But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, 'You are my God.'"
- Psalm 31:14

EnvyA heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
- Proverbs 14:30

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
- James 3:16

Anger
"Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment"
- Matthew 5:22
"Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."
- Galatians 5:19-21
"A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
- Proverbs 15:1
Lust"...every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
- Jesus Christ (Mt 5:28)

"Can a man take fire to his bosom and his garments not be burned?"
- Proverbs 6:27

"Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure."
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2351

Gluttony"Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. "
- Proverbs 23:2

"Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. "
- 1 Corinthians 7:5
Sloth"His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?"
- Matthew 25:26

"If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks."
- Ecclesiastes 10:18

My Gospel Reflections for Friday: June 7, Mark 12:35-37

Mark 12:35-37
As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: The Lord said to my lord,‘Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet.’David himself calls him ‘lord’; so how is he his son?”The great crowd heard this with delight.

My reflections:
During the time of Jesus, the scribes were Jewish scholars and teachers of law they didn’t believed that Jesus was both human and divine. To them Jesus was only human and as they claim the human Jesus is the Son of David or descendant of King David.

But David inspired by the Holy Spirit called Him Lord, Jesus was indirectly telling the Jews that if David called Him Lord. Then they should also believe in Him as the Son of God not as a son of David.

Unlike the Jews, we believe that Jesus is the Son of God; He became human and died on the cross because of Jesus’ love for us.

How do we respond to His love?

There are also those who are not fully aware of Jesus’ humanity and divinity: we are therefore being challenged by the gospel to spread the good news about our Lord Jesus.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Structured and Repetitive prayers in the Roman Catholic Church are these based in the Bible?

We Catholics are sometimes criticized for our structured and repetitive prayers because according to some Christian denominations this is not based on the bible. The main objective of these criticisms is to sway those Catholics who are not deep in their faith away from the Catholic Church and recruit them to join their Christian church instead.

These Catholic prayers are based on the bible.

On Matthew 26:44 it says: “Jesus left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again.”

On Luke 18:1-7 Jesus told a parable to pray in repetition: “Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?”

On Revelations 4:8 it says: “The four living creatures, each of them with six wings, were covered with eyes inside and out. Day and night they do not stop exclaiming: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come."

The prayer that Jesus taught us to pray: "This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.” ( Matthew 6:9-13) we say this prayer everyday. Nothing’s wrong with it because Jesus himself taught us this prayer.

The bible itself contains repetitive prayers, for example on Psalm 136 the phrase, “For his steadfast love endures forever” was repeatedly written twenty six (26) times.

Jesus too repeated prayers: He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again. (Matthew 26:44)

There’s nothing wrong with structured and repetitive prayers same as that there’s also nothing wrong with our spontaneous prayer for God. What is important is, we are sincere and we feel God’s presence in our prayers. Let us always remember that God always looks at our hearts when we pray. Regardless if it’s repetitive/structured or spontaneous prayer.