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

Friday, December 30, 2011

My Reflections for January 2 Monday John 1:19-28


My Reflections:
A glass that is full of water will not anymore be able to contain the water that is being poured to it. But the glass that is half-full will still be able to accommodate water.  

This is basically the same with those who are so full of themselves they will not anymore grow in faith. Because they think that they already know everything but those who are humble will further grow in faith. For the simple reason that they are like the half-full glass that yearns for more water. If we want to grow in faith; we must at all times be humble because humility is the password for us to further grow in faith.

Let us start the year right by emulating the humility of John; he purposely decreased as  Jesus increased. - Marino J. Dasmarinas1

My Reflections for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God January 1 Sunday Luke 2:16-21


My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. The Blessed Mother humbly submitted herself to the will of God. Thou she quietly reflected on the uncertainties and surprises that went her way. Yet in the midst her trepidations she remained faithful to the will of God she was with Jesus until the very end of His life until its end on the cross.

As we begin our new year we will be swimming into the ocean of uncertainties and surprises. Let us be ready  by being hopeful and by keeping our strong faith in our all knowing God. Let us continue to glorify and praise God and let us strive to share and deepen our faith.

The Lord wants nothing but the best for us; He desires us peace and He wishes to always be with us. Let us open our whole being to the many blessings that the Lord wants to give us. But this will only materialize if we continue to be near His presence by  not committing sin. By means of our constant presence in the Holy Mass, by way of our humble submission to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and by humbly living our faith in Jesus.       

As we step inside this new year let us remain Hopeful and Optimistic for nothing is impossible with God. - Marino J. Dasmarinas1


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. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

My Reflections for Sunday December 11 Third Sunday of Advent John 1:6-8, 19-28


My Reflections:
St. Vincent Ferrer has said: Whatever you do, think not of yourself, but of God.

Perhaps this is how we can best describe John the Baptist; he prepared the way of Jesus in a manner that he would decrease and Jesus would increase. It did not matter to him if he would be honored or recognized for his effort what was important for him is to humbly prepare the way of Jesus.

The saints of the church did the same as what John did; they selflessly gave their lives for the sake of the advancement of the teachings of Jesus. Recognition and honor was of no importance for them. It was enough for them that they have preached and lived the teachings of Jesus in the consciousness of the people whom they were serving at that time.

On this third Sunday of advent we are all being invited to look upon ourselves and examine as to how are we preparing the way of Jesus. Do we prepare His way with humility wherein Jesus is highlighted and we become his nameless servants? Or we prepare His way based on our own terms; we put ourselves prominently in front to gain honor and prominence.

Let us not forget the true reason of this season and that is Jesus our Christ!