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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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...

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!