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

Virgin Coconut Oil for sale: 100% Pure and Cold-pressed. Coconut Oil is extracted naturally w/out using fermentation, any chemical process or heat. I’ve been using and taking VCO for more than 25 years now and I’m in excellent health. To learn more about the many health benefits of VCO please search Virgin Coconut Oil at: www.goggle.com or www.youtube.com If you’re interested please email me: mjdasma@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Milagros Mila O. Dasmarinas November 28 1948 - November 27, 2012)



Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.  Amen. 

Please offer Mass for her intentions and please remember her in your prayers.

Thank you for everything and Farewell to you my Dear auntie Mila.  . . .

Friday, November 23, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday November 25, Solemnity of Christ the King, John 18:33b-37

Gospel:
Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here." 

So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
+ + + + + + +
My Reflections:
In a faraway place there was a king who was very well loved by his people, he opened the gates of his kingdom to everyone especially to the poor. He would also regularly go out of his beautiful palace bereft of the elegance of a king to regularly give help to his people.

In spite of his stature he was very humble and very down to earth, he mingled with everyone: The poor, the educated and the social outcast. He eventually became old and sickly then after a few months he died. There was an outpouring of support from his people and everyone mourned his passing. They had glowing tributes about his kindness, his humility and his selfless service to them.

Today is the solemnity of Christ the King. What is the kingship of Christ all about? It’s about humility, it’s about kindness and it’s about self-sacrifice. Jesus never abused His powerful Kingship He never used it for himself, He never used it to oppress or to bully and foremost of all His kingship was always for our welfare and never for himself.

What is the implication of Christ Kingship to us? It loudly tells us that we must at all times follow the kingship of Jesus. It loudly tells us that we must be humble at all times, we must serve others at all times and we must always be kind to everyone.

The world that we are in right now is in chaos because many political leaders and  some religious leaders follow the kingship of this world. If only they would learn to truly follow the true kingship of Christ, there would be no more hunger, no more oppression and no more corruption.

But the sad reality is many of us still choose to follow the temporal kingship of this world. We allow it to enslave us that is why we become arrogant and domineering caused by the temporal power or position of influence that we presently have. We embrace egotism, we flaunt our power so that others will respect or even bow to us.

Let us discard the worldly kingship for the heavenly kingship of Christ.  Let us always embrace His kingship of Humility, His kingship of kindness and His kingship of self-sacrifice. 

Which kingship do you embrace?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Reflections for November 18, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 13:24-32

Gospel:
Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken."And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

"Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
+ + + + + + +
My Reflections:
Every now and then there are movies with end times' story lines such as extensive flooding, hunger, chaotic situations, disasters, wars and the like. This is not only happening in movie themes, this is in fact already part of our life’s reality. Just watch the news and you will see many depressing situations. What if these frightening events that   you see are really signs of the end times? Are you ready for it?

All of us perhaps are not yet ready for these end times scenarios and all of us are not yet ready for these end times pronouncement by Jesus in the gospel. He tells us this: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken." This is unimaginable and horrifying, but what if it suddenly comes like a thief in the night? What will happen to us? Where will we end-up?

We may not all be ready for these, we may lose sleep thinking about these dreadful scenarios. But for so long as we have God in our hearts and for so long as we live within the ambit of His teachings. We need not worry for God will give us faith to endure all of these tribulations, He will give us peace in the midst of the absence of peace in our hearts.

But  often times  we forget the power of God over everything that happens and exists in this world. We often times forget that God is above all these tribulations. Yes, all of these may happen at a time when we least expect it but if we have faith we have nothing to worry. If we love and believe in Jesus we have nothing to worry. 

Let us always learn to give all our worries to God, let us always learn to invite Him to dwell into our hearts. By doing so we will not dread anything even the horrific end times we will not fear.

Do we always share our worries with God? Do we always invite Him to dwell into our hearts?   

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Reflections for November 11, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:38-44


Gospel:
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."
+ + + + + + +
My Reflections:
There is a story of a poor woman who was always ready to give anything that she had for the sake of those who were in need. Because of her generosity there were instances that her children would gently remind her not to overly give and reserve something for them.

But the bighearted woman would softly tell her children that it is always in giving that they would receive unfathomable blessings from God. True enough, there were no instances wherein they were in need of anything; even if they were poor they always have something for themselves because God takes care of those who are generous. Very much like the poor widow in our first reading who generously gave water and bread to the prophet Elijah thus from then on the good Lord provided for the widow and her son. 

We may not know it but the poor are the most generous people in the world.  They gave from the pureness of their hearts no matter how small, they freely gave out of their poverty or need and never out of their excess.

Compare this with some of the rich who give as a result of their excess. For example, those millionaires who give thousands to their favorite charities, I think most of them give because the money that they would give will never hurt their pockets anymore they have safely earmarked it already for charity.

True generosity is epitomized by the poor widow in the gospel, she gave the little money that she had and she gave out of her need. She could have bought food with the two small coins that she had to satisfy her hunger but it never came to her thought.

What was paramount to the poor widow was to give without any string attached. Jesus consequently favored the poor widow because He saw the pureness of her intentions and the pureness of her generosity.

How do we give to our church? How do we give to the poor and to those who are need?