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

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Reflections for The Feast of the Holy Family; December 30 Friday Luke 2:22, 39-40

My Reflections:
What is the best gift that a husband/wife can give to God and to their spouses? It’s faithfulness to their marriage vows; this is the best offering that we can bequeath God and our spouses. What is the best gift that we can give our children? The best gift is not the latest gadget/s but to implant In their hearts the love of God for them. Children must know that there’s a God that is in control of everything in this world.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph both spouses were faithful to each other. Both spouses presented the young Jesus to the Lord.

Are we still faithful to our marriage vows? Do we still bring our children to the church for Mass? Do we still teach them about our faith?   

Let us preserve the values of the Holy Family in our own respective families. …   

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Reflections for December 23 Friday Luke 1:57-66


My Reflections:
What is the reward for our faithfulness to the Sacrament of Marriage? It’s God’s blessings, peace of mind, worthy children and there are many more.

In our gospel through their fidelity and love for each other Elizabeth and Zechariah were blessed by God with a child. The child was named John in fulfillment of the desire of God coursed through the angel Gabriel.

There is always a reward for those who are faithful to the Sacrament of Marriage. It may not be a worldly reward such as temporal riches. Anyway, who needs temporal riches and success if it can fly away from our grasp anytime!   

What are the rewards for faithful couples? There are multitudes of them such as successful and loving children, peace and tranquility in the family just to name a few. … 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Reflections for December 14 Wednesday Luke 18b-23


My Reflections:
Many are looking for happiness and fulfillment; they try to look for it within their wealth but they failed. We also look for our happiness and fulfillment in the many facets of our lives and we end up holding an empty bag.

The disciples of John were sent by him to Jesus to ask this question: 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?' Jesus answered them by citing His many miracles and healings. 

We know that Jesus is the one who can cure us with everything that is bothering us. Let us not look elsewhere; let us focus our sights on Him. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday December 2 First week of Advent: Matthew 9: 27-31


My Reflections:
How strong is your faith in Jesus? Is it as strong with the two blind men in the gospel? The two blind men were healed by Jesus because their faith in Him was rock solid. Our strong faith in Jesus will bring us healing it will bring us inner peace that this world will not be able to give us.

What will this temporal world give us? It will give us wealth but not faith, it will give us power but not faith and it will give us popularity but not faith.

It is only through Jesus that we can have faith, the same faith that the two blind men had. That is why their eyes were opened and healed courtesy of their deep faith in Jesus.

How is your faith in Jesus?

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Monday November 21, Luke 2:1-4



My Reflections:
Pureness of intentions is always first with Jesus, He doesn’t care who you are, even your social status in life it doesn’t count on Him. What is important with Him is our  desire to help regardless of the amount that we give.

This is what we must follow when we treat people; because we are easily awed by the rich and we oftentimes look down on the poor. We must not judge based on their life’s status we rather judge them based on how sincere they are. But how can we decipher that an individual is sincere and true with his intention to help when we don’t have power to read a person’s mind?

This is very simple: We must always be true and sincere with whatever we say and do. ...     

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King November 20: Matthew 25:31-46


My Reflections:
In 1925 by virtue of his encyclical letter Quas Primas Pope Pius XI mandated that every last Sunday of October is the Feast of Christ the King. This was done to impress upon us Christ's eternal authority over us it was also in response to the growing secularism at that time. In 1969 Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new date. Henceforth it is now celebrated every last Sunday of the liturgical year.
What is the significance of the Solemnity of Christ the King in our lives? It encourages us to make Jesus the center and King of our lives; it persuades us to make Jesus the priority of our lives. In other words before anything else it must be Jesus first in our lives.

But look at what is happening now; Jesus is not first in our lives; Jesus in fact is the least to some of us. We need no factual statistics to validate this; we just need to look at the attendance of Mass goers. We look at the spiralling crime rate, the corporate greed wherein the rich becomes richer and they further push down the poor to the gutter. Obviously the Kingship of Christ is nowhere in their hearts, the kingship of Jesus is slowly being eroded by the kingship of materialism and greed.

Will we allow this erosion of the Kingship of Jesus in favor of the kingship of the secular world? We must not allow this to happen! We who are followers of Christ must see to it that He is always part and parcel of our daily lives. We may not verbally preach Him but we must learn to preach Him through our daily lives. As Saint Francis of Asisi has said: “Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary.”  This means that we must live the gospel in every moment of our lives by  doing so we will be perpetuating the kingship of Christ in this world. But this is seldom done now what is often preached now is greed, materialism, egotism and other forms of secularist teachings.

We are therefore being challenged by Jesus to help Him become more relevant in this present world. Now more than ever the world needs the Kingship of Jesus, His values and His teachings. Let us not run away from this responsibility that Jesus gives up, let us live His kingship, let us embrace it and let us share it.

Can we measure up to this challenge?   

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday November 19: Luke 20:27-40


My Reflections:
Perhaps some of us are worrying as to what will happen to us when we die. Let us not worry about it because when we die there is no more worries only happiness. When we die there is no more conflict only loving friendships and when we die there is no more distinction as to who we are for we shall all be equal in God’s eyes.

The afterlife in the kingdom of God is the perfect life for us, let us aim for it while we are still in this worldly journey. Let us start by living our lives according to what God wants us to live it and we can do this by following the two greatest love commandments of Jesus. (Matthew 22:37-40)

By doing so we shall have a foretaste on how it is to live in the afterlife. ... 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for October 16, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 22:15-21


My Reflections:
The Pharisees were always critical of Jesus because they saw Jesus as a threat to their religious dominance. This was the reason that they’ve been plotting against Him (Mt 12:14) and our gospel episode today is part of their elaborate plan. But Jesus was aware of their dangerous scheme against Him; He knows before hand their detailed plan to unconscionably kill Him.

They asked Jesus this very elementary question: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"  They thought that they will pin Him down with this question because if Jesus will say that it is lawful the people will get angry with Him because paying this tax was abhorred by them thus it will harm His reputation as a charismatic leader. If Jesus will say that it is unlawful then He will be persecuted by the powerful roman government of that time.

In the minds of the Pharisees it seems that Jesus has no way out here, but Jesus knew beforehand about their immoral plan. Therefore He said to them:"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites! So He asked for the coin used to pay the tax and He said: Whose image is on the coin? And they said, Caesar! Jesus said to them give to Caesar what is his and to God what belongs to God and once again Jesus is able to extricate Himself from this immoral scheming of the Pharisees.

Jesus knows everything what is in our hearts: Our devious pretensions, our evil plans to betray our fellowmen. Our plans to use God for our own selfish interest and our many more evil thoughts, He knows everything about it.

Let us also honestly give the tax that is due to the authorities let us not try to deceitfully avoid it for this is our moral duty.

And the most important is we must give to God what is rightfully His. And what are these? Let us give help to our church, let us extend help to the poor in wealth and spirit and most of all, let us  give our everything to God. ...

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday September 29: John 1: 47-51


My Reflections:
Jesus is an all knowing God His presence pervades all over us and we certainly can’t hide anything from Him. Nathaniel was not aware of this fact this is the reason why he asked Jesus: “How do you know me”?

Do you have some secrets that you think nobody knows except you? It’s not you alone who knows about it Jesus knows about it also.

There was a young woman who had an abortion she kept it from anyone, but there were days that she couldn’t sleep. She was being bothered by her conscience; thinking of a cure from her torment of conscience. She submitted herself to the Sacrament of Reconciliation she poured out everything that was bothering her to the priest.   

From then on she was able to sleep soundly...

We cannot keep anything from God, He knows everything about us. Our sins, undesirable thoughts and shortcomings He knows it all. ...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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…

The Dash...


THE DASH
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matter not, how much we own,
the cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile...
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
with your life's actions to rehash,
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday September 24: Luke 9:43-45


My Reflections:
The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant when He said that He was to be handed over to men. I think they did not understand it because they were all used to Jesus the miracle worker and Jesus the healer. Even us if we were with the disciples at that time we will not also understand these utterance of Jesus.

But now we know what Jesus meant when He said that He was to be handed over to men.

What does this mean to you and me? It simply means that as we follow Jesus there shall be moments of seamless life, glory and triumph.  But let us not get drunk with these for there shall come a time that our discipleship shall be tested by the fire of trials and sacrifices.

Will we be able to steadfastly hold on to our discipleship when that time comes? 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday September 23: Luke 9:18-22


My Reflections:
Suffering is always part of our Christian discipleship for without suffering there’s no true discipleship. As we follow Jesus faithfully expect sufferings and persecutions here and there because this is the price that we have to pay for following Jesus.

Those who do not want to suffer will not dare follow Jesus faithfully they will just be on the sidelines passively observing and shielding themselves from any form of sacrifice.

Be not averse to sufferings embrace it the way Jesus embraced it for the reason that it is through your pains that you’ll have an up close and personal intimacy with Jesus. ...

The Window from which we look ... by: Anonymous

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, 

The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
"That laundry is not very clean", she said.
"She doesn't know how to wash correctly. 
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, 
The young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this."

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows."

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look!

Friday, August 26, 2011

My Reflections for Sunday August 28 Twenty-Second Sunday in OT: Matthew 16:21-27


My Reflections:
There’s this teaching called Prosperity theology or gospel, the center of this philosophy is this: You follow and serve Jesus and you will prosper materially. You give to your church without measure because you will receive what you gave a hundredfold. The proponent of this idea focuses on God as a giver of wealth and prosperity. Some charismatic groups are using this teaching to attract more followers and they are successful with this; who wouldn’t want prosperity and a blissful life.

But is this always true? That once we choose to follow Jesus and generously give to the church we will have a prosperous and blissful life?

Jesus in the gospel said to the disciples: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  In effect Jesus is contradicting this teaching of prosperity theology; many of us has this mistaken notion that once we choose to follow Jesus then life will be OK already for us.  This is not always the case, often times the more that we faithfully follow Jesus the more that we are persecuted, the more that we create enemies for ourselves. There are even those who were martyred for their faithful discipleship.

Does this discourage us already? The person with a faint heart will be easily discouraged by this paradox of true discipleship. But if we really desire to faithfully follow Jesus we must be prepared for persecution, for hardship and we must even be prepared to die for the sake of our true discipleship. Full blooded followers will never be afraid with whatever sufferings and crosses that may come their way. Because they know that in the middle of their hardships and persecutions Jesus will always be there for them to strengthen and guide them in every step of their way.

So why be afraid of sufferings, of persecution or even death? Life is temporary anyway and aside from that we don’t own our lives, God owns it. If we suffer because of our faithful adherence for Jesus then expect a reward someday.

It may not come our way during our lifetime but there will eventually be a reward when we are already up there in His heavenly kingdom. ... 

Friday, August 19, 2011

My Reflections for August 21 Sunday Twenty-First Sunday in OT: Matthew 16:13-20


My Reflections:
On the surface Peter seemed to be the most articulate and gifted among the apostles because he knows the true identity of Jesus. Is it by his own effort that he knows that Jesus is the Christ? Of course not! It was God who gave Peter the wisdom to know that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah.

But let us examine his life, Peter is the most prominent among the twelve apostles he was the one who told Jesus to let him walk on water towards Him (Matthew 14:28-29). He was with Jesus along with James and John during Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-10). When Jesus was about to be arrested it was Peter who defended Jesus by cutting off the ear of the soldier Malchus, (John 18:10). Peter was the first apostle to enter the empty tomb (Tumb) of Jesus, (Luke 24:12). And Peter was also the first apostle to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection, (Luke 24:34).  In other words Peter was always by the side of Jesus.       

So we can therefore conclude that being always with Jesus is an advantage. Because we get to know Him better, we become close to Him thus we develop this personal relationship with Jesus.  We must therefore find time to meet Jesus in the celebration of the Holy Mass, we must worthily and reverently receive Him during communion we must listen and have that personal dialogue with Him by reading the bible regularly.  

Let us constantly remember that there is always a blessing for those who exert effort to know Jesus deeply. Saint Peter was given the wisdom to know that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God. And the grace of being the first pope of our universal church which was founded by Jesus through him.                

Do we exert effort to know Jesus deeply?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for August 4, Thursday of the Eighteenth Week Ordinary Time: Matthew 16:13-23


My Reflections;
When Jesus was giving some hints of His forthcoming sufferings and eventual death; Peter rebuked Him by saying: “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”

If we are really dead serious with our discipleship with Jesus then expect sufferings here and there for its part of our Christian discipleship. But don’t worry because as we suffer expect also the comforting love of Jesus. He will be there for us to help us carry our sufferings.

I’m presently giving the Body of Christ every Sunday morning to an eighty four year old man who is a former Extra Ordinary minister of the Holy Communion. Because of his sickness he can’t stand anymore and he is bone thin already but I never heard him complain. He would instead always thank me for being patient with him and for bringing Jesus to him. …     

Monday, August 1, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for August 2, Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14


My Reflections:
Just like the Pharisees and the scribes some of us are so good on observing the church traditions but when it comes to living our faith we are inadequate.

For example, a lady who is always in the church to lead the novena prayers but when she’s at home she’s a domineering figure.

Another example, A Lay churchman who is faithful to his church obligations but he is not faithful to his obligations towards his family.

The Pharisees and the scribes were very particular with the fake exterior, the pretence. But Jesus is very particular on the pure interior, the real us, the things that we do when nobody’s around to see us. ...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday July 29 Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:34-42


My Reflections:
What was the better part that Mary did according to Jesus? Mary gave her time to Jesus by listening to Him. How about Martha? She was preoccupied   with worldly things that she had no time to sit down and listen to Jesus.

Martha is essentially very much like all of us very busy with worldly things such as to earn a living, to do our house chores, to take care of our family, to go on vacation and many more worldly activities.  There’s nothing wrong with these activities because we are presently citizens of this world.

But let us not give our everything to this fleeting and temporary world let us allocate precious time with Jesus let us allow Him to speak to us. There are some of us who complain that Jesus is deaf to our pleadings perhaps this is so because we very seldom sit-down and listen to Jesus. …

Monday, July 25, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 27 Wednesday Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 13:44-46


My Reflections:
What are we willing to give—up for the sake of God? There are countless worldly things that we need to give-up and most of these worldly things are very hard to let go.  For example treasures power and other worldly possessions it’s so hard to let go of these things.

But there is something that is infinitely glorious than the things of this world. What is it? It’s God! Once we find Him in our lives we will be willing to let go of our everything and we will be prepared to forget ourselves for Him.

Let us continue our search for Him, let us not tire and let us not give-up until we find Him. …

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 24 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 13:44-46


My Reflections:
Jesus depicted His kingdom as treasure and pearl that whoever will find it will give up everything just to have it. Indeed the kingdom of God is a priceless treasure and pearl that we must all try very hard to possess. For what it will do us if we have treasures in this world yet we don’t have God in our lives.

The riches of this world are all passing and temporary we will leave it all somewhere along the path of our lives. Whether we like it or not we have to leave everything that we have in this world. So what will remain?   The one that will forever be there for us is God; the one that shall bring us to heaven is God. These temporary things that presently surround us will not be able to bring us to our eternal heavenly destination. It’s only through God that we will be able to go to heaven.

That’s why in our first reading the Lord was very pleased with king Solomon for the reason that he did not ask for any material or temporary things instead, he choose to ask for wisdom. Wisdom to know the heart of his people and wisdom to know the heart of God.

The same is true in our gospel; the person found the true treasure of life that is Jesus; he willingly gave-up everything just to have Him. The same also with the merchant when he found the true pearl of his life that is Jesus he sold everything in his possessions so that he could possess the greatest pearl that is Jesus.

Let us not yield Jesus for the temporary trappings of this world for what is inside this world are all temporary and passing.

But Jesus will always be there for us until we are able to reach His kingdom in heaven. …   

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 19 Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 12:46-50


My Reflections:
What will we happen to us if we follow what the Lord God commands us? We will be saved! In our first reading the Lord God told Moses to stretch out his hand so that the sea will flow back to its normal depth. Moses followed the command of the Lord and the Egyptians who were pursuing them were all killed.

Moses did not anymore question God he simply followed and he and his people were all saved.

It’s very important that we follow the will of God for us, His will for us  to do good, to be humble, to help those who are in need and to have mercy in our hearts.   

Let us all remember that it’s only through our faithful obedience to Jesus that we will become His brothers, sisters and Mothers. …

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday July 2: Luke 2:41-51



My Reflections:
At a young age of twelve Jesus already had that need to hear the words of God in the temple. It was a non issue for him if he was left behind by His parents & other companions so long as he can be in the house of God.

Don’t we feel also in our lives this urgency to hear God’s words in the celebration of the Holy Mass? The boy Jesus points us to the fact that we too must have this great need to hear the words of God and share it afterwards.

We must find time to listen to the words of God, being busy with our earthly concerns is not an excuse we must find time for God. If we can’t go to the church often we can open the bible and read it solemnly for God speaks through us by His words in the bible. …

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My First Reading Reflections for June 30 Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Genesis 22:1b-19

My Reflections:
With faith Abraham obeyed the command of the Lord to bring his son Isaac to be his offering. Abraham did not hesitate he simply obeyed, then when he was about to kill his son Isaac the Lord’s messenger intervened for he already passed the litmus test of his faith.

Our faith in the Lord is also tested by Him; several of us may already give-up and just walk away from HIM.

Like Abraham, some of us will remain faithful until the very end no matter how dark and dangerous the road ahead we will be steadfast and we will stay the course.

When there’s testing of our faith the best option to take is to be steadfast, hold-on tightly to your faith and stay the course no matter how gloomy the clouds are. Let us all remember that after the clouds there shall be sunshine and that is the blessings of God for those who remain faithful. … 

Friday, June 17, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday June 19 Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity: John 3:16-18



My Reflections:
Can we fathom the mystery of the Blessed Trinity? No we cannot it is beyond our human understanding to comprehend the mystery of these three persons in one God.

As we journey with our catholic faith we will be introduced to mysterious dogmas/doctrines such as the Blessed Trinity. That no matter how hard we try to understand it we will not be able to comprehend it and this is part of the mystery of our catholic faith. That’s why for us to further grow in our catholic faith we must always journey with our faith and not with our sight.

The Blessed Trinity is the mysterious fusion of Father God the creator (Genesis 1:31-2:4), God the Son that is Jesus (Luke 3:22) and God the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
What is the binding agent that mysteriously put together these three persons to become one God? It’s their purest form of Agape Love these three were selfless in their love for each other. They are also the best model of humility for the reason that there’s no form of ego amongst them, this is primarily the reason why they were able to fuse flawlessly.
The challenge before us is this: We must exercise love towards our fellowmen as the Three Devine Persons exercised love for us and amongst themselves. We must be humble as the Three Devine persons are all humble. …

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for June 18 Saturday: Matthew 6:24-34



My Reflections:
Mr. A is a worrisome person he always loses sleep about the little things in life for example if he sees a black cat he would worry about it because it’s a sign of bad omen for him.

Mr. B is a man of deep faith he never worry about anything in life he learned to trust everything of his life to the Lord. Although both of them are of the same age Mr. B looks a lot younger than Mr. A and Mr. B’s personality is more vibrant than Mr. A the worrisome guy.

Indeed, why worry about this life?  Learn to live a worry free life, learn to trust God and learn to pray deeply and give your worries to Him.

What will we gain if we worry a lot? We will gain a lot of wrinkles and we will age faster.

Are you a worrisome person? Pray a lot trust God and learn to give your worries to God for he will take care of it. …

My Gospel Reflections for June 17 Friday: Matthew 6:19-23



My Reflections:
What is the advantage of not keeping earthly treasures? We have less worry to think about imagine for example if we have many earthly treasures we will always be thinking on how to further grow it  or how to keep it safe. These are just the few disadvantages of having earthly treasures; the more we have it the more that we think and worry about it.

What if we decide to give-up our material riches for the sake of the kingdom of God? What will we gain from it? We will have no more worries to think about and we will be free as a bird always ready to fly towards heaven anytime.

Let us all remember that God always calls us to store treasures up in heaven where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. …