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

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

When I'm Gone. A Poem for All Souls Day...

When I'm Gone
By: Lyman Hancock

When I’ve come to the end of my journey
and I have traveled my very last mile
Forget if you can that I’ve frowned
Remember only my smile...

Forgive unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget I ever had heartache
And remember only our fun...

Forget that I've stumbled and fumbled
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember: I fought some hard battles
But had you at the close of my day...

Do not grieve for my going
I would not have you sad this day
But in time gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay...

Perhaps in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the West
Come stand a few moments above me
Remembering only the best...

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Story of the two horses...

There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing....

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.

This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell.
It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends,
You'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is,
Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns
To the shelter of the barn each evening,
It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses,
God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse
Being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....

Good friends are like that... You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.
And remember...
Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time; October 10: Luke 17:11-19

My Reflections:
What does God require from us to be healed from our physical and emotional sickness? God requires Faith, Humility and gratefulness.

We see in the first reading Naaman who was sick with leprosy; he followed with faith and humility what was told to him by Elisha a man of God. Elisha told him to plunged into the Jordan seven times and he did it with faith and humility. He never questioned what Elisha told him to do he simply followed it.

After his healing he gratefully went to Elisha to signify his appreciation for his healing.

In our gospel, while Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem His attention was caught from afar by ten men who was shouting with faith: Jesus master! Have pity on us! It was not their collective shouting that caught His attention it was their infinite faith that caught Jesus’ attention.

As a result the ten of them were healed but not all of them were humble and grateful enough to appreciate the healing that they received from Jesus. Amongst them it was only the Samaritan (a foreigner) who went back to Jesus to express his appreciation.

Thus Jesus said to the Samaritan: "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Why did Jesus asked for the other nine (9)? Was Jesus expecting them to say thanks to him because He wants to be honored? Of course not!

Jesus was looking for the other nine because He wanted to see if they have the virtue of humility and gratefulness. He wanted to see if these virtues were already implanted in their hearts, unfortunately it was not for they did not return.

What is the application of today’s first reading and gospel in our lives? First is this: we must always have faith in Jesus, no matter what storms we encounter in our lives we must always have faith, we must not lose it!

Second: We must always humble ourselves before God by way of following His will for us and not our own will for ourselves which is always selfish.

Third: We must always be grateful to God for the countless blessings and miracles that He continuously to bestow upon us. We may not notice it but everyday we receive little and big blessings from God. For example: the food on the table that He daily gives us, the health that we have, the new life that He gives us every morning. These to some are trivial but these are blessings from God that we forget to realize.

Therefore let us always be cognizant of the fact that we must always have faith no matter our life’s weather. We must always be humble before Him and our fellowmen for the reason that humility is the gateway for having more blessings from God and lastly we must always be thankful for the little and big miracles that happens in our lives.

The best testament of our gratefulness is our constant presence in the celebration of the Holy Mass. …

Monday, October 4, 2010

My first reading Reflection for Tuesday October 5: Galatians 1:13-24

My Reflections:
In our first reading for today the apostle Paul speaks about his former life before his conversion, during that time he persecuted the church and the Christians one of those was St. Stephen the first martyr of the church.

Then, Jesus intervened, that became the catalyst in his conversion: from being the number one persecutor of the early church he became the most zealous propagators of the faith.

The conversion of Paul was God’s will, but it was not only God’s will that precipitated his conversion he was also to be credited for it. For he humbly obliged the will of God for him so it was both the will of God and his humble submission to it.

Now, what is the will of God for us all? Obviously it is for us to have conversion, to turn our backs from our sinfulness. Like Saint Paul we too are called to humbly accede to God’s will for us.

Do we care to listen and follow the will of Saint Paul in his conversion?