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, February 26, 2011

My Gospel Reflections February 27, Sunday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time:Matthew 6:24-34

My Reflections:
There’s this story of a mother in her mid forties; after working for almost twenty years and being financially stable already she applied for an early retirement. Her reason was she wanted to spend more time with her family and she also wanted to put-up a small business that she can call her own she had full trust in God that she will not fail.

After two years this mother was searching for a job again her reason was they were running out of funds already.  If you ask her what happened to her business she would dryly say that it did not prosper. And if you ask her again as to what happened to her trust in God she would ironically say that it’s much better to trust more on herself than trust God.

This mother’s trust in God was severely tested unfortunately she waivered on her belief and on her faith that God will help her succeed in her business.

In our lives there will be instances wherein we will be at a crossroad or a crucial point where we have to ponder if we will continue with our trust in God or we will trust more on ourselves. When there’s no more food on the table, when there’s no more money in our pockets should we still trust God to provide for us or we put aside our trust in God we do it our way to earn a living.

When we say that we trust God it doesn’t mean that we will just lie down and wait for God’s blessings to come our way like manna from heaven. To trust God is to do everything humanly possible for us to earn a living without losing our faith in God: So it’s faith with action!

Jesus used birds in the sky as metaphor for His providence,  birds fly and look for their food and that’s when God feeds them.  Birds don’t just stay idle in one place and wait for their food to come to them.  

That’s what we must do also we must move and look for a living with faith, move and look for our destiny with faith. As we move let us ask God to guide us, to be with us for He will not fail us and He will certainly provide for us. …

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for February 23, Wednesday: Mark 9:38-40

My Reflections:
What prompted John to prevent someone from using the name of Jesus? Was it envy? Was it the feeling of self-righteousness because he was directly connected with Jesus?

No one has the sole right on the name of Jesus; everyone can use His name for as long as it is for a good cause. We must not make this mistake of having a feeling of superiority over others just because we belong to the majority of Christian religion for God allows other Christian faiths to flourish for a good reason.

What is this good reason? Perhaps God wants us to know that we don’t have the monopoly of His name. Perhaps God wants us to be understanding with our other brothers and sisters who belong to other faiths.   Perhaps God wants us always to be humble and tolerant, to build bridges instead of walls. …

Monday, February 21, 2011

ZENIT - Pope: Preach a Personal Relationship With Christ

ZENIT - Pope: Preach a Personal Relationship With Christ

My Gospel Reflections for February 21, Monday: Mark 9:14-21

My Reflections:
The disciples asked Jesus: “Why could we not drive the spirit out?” Jesus told them: “This kind can only come out through prayer.” Just like some of us the disciples obviously doesn’t have a very healthy prayer life that’s why they were not able to drive out the unclean spirit that had possessed the boy.

On the other hand the father has a very strong faith even if the disciples failed to help him he persisted and asked Jesus to heal his son and he was not disappointed.

The gospel invites us to examine the health of our prayer life maybe it’s unwell like the disciples.

How about our faith? It must always be strong and in our journey with God we must always walk by faith and not by sight.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday February 18: Mark 8:34-9:1

My Reflections:
What is this cross that Jesus wants us to carry once we decide to follow Him? Will we be overburdened or overwhelmed by this cross?

The cross that Jesus mentioned is the cross of suffering but don’t you worry because you will not be overburdened by this cross. No matter how hard this cross will be you will be able to carry it, for Jesus will be there to help you carry it.

It is also in carrying our life’s crosses that we will have a clearer picture of who really is Jesus. And Jesus will become more real to us because of this cross. Life with Jesus is not a bed of roses; it’s rather a bed of crosses.

But don’t you worry for He will be there for you to help you carry it every step of the way. … 

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday February 17: Mark 8:27-33

My Reflections:
Suffering is part and parcel of loving, there’s no love without suffering for that love. For so long as we love we must expect some big and little sufferings along the way. Suffering perfects love, love without suffering is not love it’s simply lust or any shallow object of affection. 

For example a man and a woman had that fatal attraction with each other so they move to a place to stay as a couple.  After a few months the man found out that his partner was sick of cancer so he decided to leave her.  It was not love that attracted the man it was lust for he was not willing to suffer for his partner.

Jesus in the gospel gives us the best example of perfect love when He said that the Son of man must suffer greatly. To whom did Jesus suffer? For us, He suffered out of His great love for us; He could have avoided going-thru intense suffering for He was God too. But He chose to tread the road of suffering so that we can be redeemed from our sinfulness.

Have we done something to reciprocate this perfect love of Jesus?       

My Gospel Reflections for Tuesday February 15: Mark 8:14-21

My Reflections:
What is our attitude toward those who do not believe, who despise us and our faith? Let us show compassion with them. However if they continue with their boorish behavior we should then create distance between them and us. But although we keep our distance towards them it will not mean that we will abandon them altogether let us still keep them in our prayers.

Jesus was despised by the Pharisees and Herod Antipas but what was His prayer on the cross while He was dying?   

Father forgive them for they do not know what they do (Luke 23:34).

If Jesus prayed for those who despised and persecuted Him, so we too must pray for those people who look down on us. …   

Matthew's Valentine Message, Homily for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - on the Gospel By: Father Munachi Ezeogu, cssp

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 13: Matthew 5:20-22, 27-28, 33-34, 37


My Reflections:
Everything starts in our hearts and minds, good intentions and bad intentions it all takes root in our hearts and minds. For example successful people start their journey towards success by implanting the seeds of their successful journey into their hearts and minds.

In the same vein sinful people starts their rough journey towards sinfulness   by thinking about their unlawful acts. They think about it and they let it take root in their hearts after which they start to do something that is immoral or even criminal.

In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus warns us not to kill and He further strengthens it deeper by saying that whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment. People do not usually kill instantly they plan it, they let it take root in their hearts and minds and then they carry it out.

Anger per see is not bad because Jesus in His public ministry got angry too but for a good reason just to name a few: when He cursed the barren fig tree (Mark 11:12-14) and when He cleared the temple for the reason that they turned it into a place of immoral commerce and they turned it also into a lair of thieves (Mark 11:15-17).

 But when we get angry for the wrong reason that’s when things will get ugly that may lead us to do something that is unlawful.

For example when our egos are touched we immediately harbor ill feelings because we have very high regard of ourselves.  (Where is your humility?) This usually happen to people with authority or with those who have very high regard of themselves. They think that they’re already above everyone else that they don’t want to be criticized anymore and once they’re criticized or someone contradicts them they get angry and it may lead to something dangerous.

Jesus warns us also about committing adultery! Nowadays it’s so easy for men and women to be unfaithful to their spouses we need not look at statistics anymore just look around and we’ll see that many unfaithful men and women are always looking out for their next victim. Jesus tells us that it initially begins by looking at a woman with lustful intentions. It indeed starts within ourselves in our minds and hearts then it begins to morph, then we sin by having that immoral relationship.

There are many willing victims of this immoral liaison and their usual excuse is they’re not anymore happy with their married life or they were just tempted. If this is your reason think again and take into consideration the future of your children and try remembering the sacred vows of your marriage so that you’ll be enlightened. If there's temptation lurking around avoid or ignore it and once you  do that person it will simply fade away for he/she know that you can't be tempted.  

All of us, we all face temptations in our married life but we can all safely avoid these temptations if we will be willing enough to avoid it. But the problem is this; some of us or even majority of us are prepared victims of adulterous relationship for what reason? Perhaps it is brought about by the modernity of life and our very low moral values.

We will all pay the price if we will commit criminal and immoral acts, we may not realize it here on our earthly journey but once we are off this world then that will be our real day of reckoning.

So why don’t we listen to the admonition of Jesus in the gospel? Once we do I’m sure that it will be the start of a good life with Jesus.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday February 12: Mark 8:1-10

My Reflections:
What have we done so far to spread our faith or have we done something to broaden the teachings of Jesus?

All of us play a vital role in the continuous growth of our faith even Jesus did not do it my Himself he had the disciples to help Him out.

After Jesus broke the bread He asked for the help of the disciples to distribute it, He did the same with the fish. After which they were all satisfied for they were all filled by the bread and fish that they’ve partaken.

Each of everyone of us belongs to a parish church and there we have the priest to guide and help us. To provide spiritual food for us but he cannot do it alone we must help him advance the teachings of Jesus.  

The miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish will become more real for us once we allow ourselves to immense in the many responsibilities in our parish. We must not be a come and go church worshipper. We must help and accept responsibilities.

Have we done something for our parish church?    

My Gospel Reflections for Friday February 11: Mark 7:31-37 (Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes)

                                                                   



My Reflections:
Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes.

How do we react when people praise us for the things that we’ve done? Do we gloat over it? Does it increase our sense of self-worth? Do we feel proud and beat our breast and feel that we are head over shoulders above others?  These reactions are for those people who have a very high regard of themselves.

Those who are humble when they are praised for the things that they’ve done would point to God by saying: Thanks be to God, or Praise God. They would always deflect the credit out of themselves and give the glory to God.

Let us look at the gospel and see the humble actions of Jesus when He was asked to heal the sick man. Instead of healing the sick man in-front of the crowd, He took him away from the crowd then He cured him just the two of them.

Afterwards, He told the healed man not to tell anyone. We, when we’ve done something worthy we would want the whole world to know about it. That’s why we always post on facebook pictures/videos that show that we’re doing something, that we have new properties, that we look good.

But not Jesus, He would always be non-assuming, self-effacing and low profile.

Next to Jesus who is our greatest model of Humility? It's the Blessed Mother.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Eternal repose grant unto the soul of Gen. Angelo T. Reyes dear Lord...

Gen. Angelo T. Reyes my have his own human weaknesses, just like all of us he may have erred on his judgments but he also has serve our country. We may not know it but in his own little way he may also have offered his life for our country.

Dear Lord we entrust to you the soul of Gen. Angelo T. Reyes. We do not judge him for we too are to be judged, we too are sinners. ...

Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord,: and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. ...

Let us remember him in our prayers...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Caritas in veritate

http://www.newadvent.org/library/caritas-in-veritate.htm

I haven’t been to confession for 10 years! I don’t know what to do!

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2011/01/quaeritur-i-havent-been-to-confession-for-10-years-i-dont-know-what-to-do/

Marriage, the key to a better life: Study finds tying the knot means improved health and longer life expectancy

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1351287/Marriage-key-better-life-Study-finds-tying-knot-means-improved-health-longer-life-expectancy.html

Aerosmith & The Boston Pops Orchestra - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Li...

Aerosmith & The Boston Pops Orchestra - Dream On (Live 2006)

Surrender To God

Surrender To God

What Every Mother Needs to Know About Raising Catholic Kids

http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2011/01/what-every-mother-needs-to-know-about-raising-catholic-kids/

The Good Marriage: One Simple Secret

http://catholicmom.com/2011/01/23/the-good-marriage-one-simple-secret/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Catholicmomcom+%28CatholicMom.com%29

Pope: Marriage is not an absolute right

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-01-22-vatican-marriage_N.htm

Chicago exorcist: The ‘evil one’ is very real - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago exorcist: The ‘evil one’ is very real - Chicago Sun-Times

Ultrasound Abortions; What No One Sees...

http://www.patheos.com/community/theanchoress/2011/01/11/ultrasound-abortions-what-no-one-sees/

What every Catholic can learn from Steve Jobs

What every Catholic can learn from Steve Jobs

100 Simple Ways To Make Life Better

http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2011/01/100-simple-ways-to-make-life-better.html

Five (5) tips on recieving the Eucharist on the tongue...

http://cantuar.blogspot.com/2011/01/5-tips-on-receiving-holy-eucharist-on.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+taylormarshall+%28Canterbury+Tales+by+Taylor+Marshall%29

Every Saint was a sinner and every sinner could be a Saint.

http://blog.adw.org/2011/01/every-saint-was-a-sinner-and-every-sinner-could-be-a-saint-

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My Sweet Lord, Concert For George (High Quality)

So This Is Christmas - John Lennon

Five For Fighting "Superman" from the "Concert for NY" DVD

Spiral Staircase I Love You More Today Than Yesterday

Michael McDonald (feat. Billy Preston) - What's Goin' On

Michael McDonald - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Michael McDonald - What A Fool Believes - SoundStage 2003

You Are The First, My Last, My Everything (Barry White)

How to handle a woman...

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The Pope, The Bible and The Response...

http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com/2010/11/pope-bible-and-response.html

Top 14 reasons why we need to read the Bible.

http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/11/top-14-reasons-to-read-bible.html?spref=bl

The Church: Hospital for Sinners and School for Saints.

http://catholicphoenix.com/2010/09/14/the-church-hospital-for-sinners-and-school-for-saints/

Examination of Conscience: The Source of True Spirtual Growth.

http://catholicphoenix.com/2010/09/02/examination-of-conscience-the-source-of-true-spirtual-growth/

Love Is Stronger Far Than We

7-ways-to-build-your-marriage.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/7-ways-to-build-your-marriage

A meditation on simplicity.

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Humility in Prayer.

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Alison Krauss...When You Say Nothing At All

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How-to-pray-rosary-well.

http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-pray-rosary-well.html

A voice from the womb you were not meant to hear :: :: ProLifeBlogs

A voice from the womb you were not meant to hear :: :: ProLifeBlogs

the beatles - let it be

Why Do Catholics Make Such a Big Deal About Mary?

http://catholicphoenix.com/2010/09/24/why-do-catholics-make-such-a-big-deal-about-mary/

Imagine Live - John Lennon - 72

I am the successor of St Peter, Pope reminds congregation in Westminster Abbey

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/100054137/i-am-the-successor-of-st-peter-pope-reminds-congregation-in-westminster-abbey/

God is first to welcome the sincerely repentant sinner, teaches Benedict XVI :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

God is first to welcome the sincerely repentant sinner, teaches Benedict XVI :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Praying for people we dont like.

http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2010/09/praying-for-people-we-dont-like/

Simple Minds - Don't you (forget about me) (live)

crowded house dont dream its over live

Three sayings on Marriage.

http://blog.adw.org/2010/08/three-sayings-on-marriage/

Does your Marriage have a prayer?

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2010/08/happiness-marriage-prayer-bible/1

Ten (10) secrets for a happy marriage.

http://www.ivillage.com/10-secrets-happy-marriage/6-a-126731?ivNPA=1&sky=otb%7Civl%7Cpp%7C&obref=obnetwork

15-ways-to-mess-up-marriage.

http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2010/06/top-15-ways-to-mess-up-marriage.html

What do you expect from Holy Communion?

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There is freedom in holiness.

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Pope calls for united front against 'slavery of money' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope calls for united front against 'slavery of money' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Living by Faith.

http://gkupsidedown.blogspot.com/2010/02/living-by-faith.html

Seven Life Changing Lessons

http://www.conversiondiary.com/2009/12/seven-life-changing-lessons-i-learned-in-2009.html

One Hundred Fifty Reasons I'm Catholic.

http://www.ourcatholicfaith.org/reasons.html

How December 25 became Chriistmas.

http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/christmas.asp

ZENIT - Evangelization Doesn't Require Showmen Priests

ZENIT - Evangelization Doesn't Require Showmen Priests

Why-i-love-being-catholic

http://ericsammons.com/blog/2009/11/11/why-i-love-being-catholic/

15-ways-to-pay-attention-at-Mass

http://www.romancatholiccop.com/2009/11/15-ways-to-pay-attention-at-mass.html

Pope calls Catholics to daily meditation on the Bible :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope calls Catholics to daily meditation on the Bible :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

ZENIT - Opportunity Knocks for Saving Marriages

ZENIT - Opportunity Knocks for Saving Marriages

Vatican official warns priests against relativism in ministry :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Vatican official warns priests against relativism in ministry :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

ZENIT - Pope: Priests Should Be Witnesses of Love

ZENIT - Pope: Priests Should Be Witnesses of Love

9 Tips for Spiritual Dry Spells.

http://www.conversiondiary.com/2009/07/9-tips-for-spiritual-dry-spells.html

Melrose priest's terminal cancer brings new life to his calling - The Boston Globe

Melrose priest's terminal cancer brings new life to his calling - The Boston Globe

Benedict XVI cautions against Eucharist worship becoming empty :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Benedict XVI cautions against Eucharist worship becoming empty :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

New video encouraging recitation of the Rosary surprisingly popular on YouTube :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

New video encouraging recitation of the Rosary surprisingly popular on YouTube :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

'Preaching' in today's culture

'Preaching' in today's culture

Pope Benedict visits site of Jesus' baptism :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Pope Benedict visits site of Jesus' baptism :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bible can only be understood with the Church, Pope tells scholars :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bible can only be understood with the Church, Pope tells scholars :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday February 3: Mark 6:7-13



My Reflections:
Repentance is a word that we can always relate with humility because we cannot truly repent from our sinfulness if we are not humble enough to accept that we’ve sinned by our words and actions. This was one of the mandates of the twelve apostles that were commissioned by Jesus to go onto the ends of the world and preach repentance.

We hear and read in the gospel that the apostles were commissioned by Jesus to  preach repentance. Does this have an effect on us? Do we feel that God is urging us also to repent and be humble enough and accept that we’ve sin through our words and actions?

There is this story of a married man who cheated on her wife; he had children with the illegitimate family. But instead of saying sorry to her legal wife whom he wed on the church he instead had the gall to flaunt his other family. Were there any signs of repentance and humility on this unfaithful husband? There was none! Let us not be like him.

Instead let us listen to the voice of God who urges us to repent from our sinfulness; say I’m sorry to those who we’ve offended or cheated on. Let us be humble enough to accept that we’ve sinned before the eyes of God and men.

We'll feel a lot better once we do. …