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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday May 4, Fifth Week of Easter: John 15:18-21


My Reflection:
There were two brothers who had two different motivations in their lives. One aspired to become rich and the other one had simple aspirations. His only aim was to serve God in whatever capacity. After forty years both of them had retired already the one who became worldly was very envious of his brother. Because the brother who served the church had a settled and peaceful life than him.

Jesus in our gospel gives us the two pathways of life that we could choose: The worldly life or a peaceful life with Him. By virtue of our baptism Jesus had already called us to tread the peaceful and simple life with Him. This has always been His desire for all of us but many of us chose to bolt out of this plan of God. Therefore they embrace the chaotic life of this world.

We all know what will happen to all of us once we chose to embrace the life of this world. …    

Monday, April 29, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday May 2, Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church: John 15:9-11


My Reflection:
What will separate us from the love of Jesus? It’s none other than sin! Every time we sin we create a space between us and Jesus. How about Jesus? Does He distance Himself from us whenever we sin? Jesus is always on the move towards us always offering us His unconditional love, regardless if we sin or not.

Such is the love of Jesus for all of us. Always forbearing and patient it stretches until eternity always ready to embrace us once again. But we must not also try to test the endurance of Jesus love for us. For example, we continue to sin because at the back of our minds we know that we can go to Jesus anytime. And ask for His forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

What if in the process of committing sin we meet a tragic accident? Where will we end-up? Of course it’s no brainer that we will be in the fiery furnace of hell. That’s why it’s very important for all of us to take advantage of this offer of Jesus to remain in His love by repenting from all of our sins while we still have time. …

My Reflection for Wednesday May 1, St. Joseph the Worker: Matthew 13:54-58


My Reflection:
What if Saint Joseph was a doctor? Perhaps Jesus townmates would have accepted His wisdom and mighty deeds. But Saint Joseph was a carpenter so they’ve belittled Jesus as a mere carpenter’s son.

We are celebrating today the Feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker. Should we be like Jesus townmates who took offense at Him because He came from a poor family? Of course not! We must give respect to every worker in this world! It doesn’t matter what kind or how lowly their work. What is important is they are working very hard to earn an honest wage.

Saint Joseph is a very simple, quite and humble man. He is very hardworking, Jesus saw his industry and how much he valued his work. That’s why Jesus also decided to become like His earthly father, a carpenter.

Let us pray for the working class, the carpenters, masons and all those who are involved with the very hard daily labor. Let us pray for their safety, let us pray that Saint Joseph will always pray for them. Let us pray to Jesus that He continues to bless the daily laborers with good health and guidance.

Guidelines about children's responsibilities to their parents.


Friday, April 26, 2013

My Reflection for Tuesday April 30, Fifth Week of Easter: John 14:27-31A


My Reflection:
Peace of mind is something that we all desire for our lives. But somehow the more that we want peace the more that it becomes elusive for us. Why is this so?  Because many of us have a wrong idea on how to have peace in our lives.   

There was an ambitious young man who thought that he would have a peaceful life the moment that he becomes rich. But the more that he becomes richer by the day the more that his life was mired with pressure and problems.    

Where can we find peace? We can find this elusive peace only in Jesus.  We will not be able to find this peaceful feeling in the riches of this world. No matter how rich we are, no matter how powerful we are these will never give us peace.

It’s only through Jesus that we can have peace… let’s pause for a little while and let us ask Jesus to give us His peace.  

My Reflection for Monday April 29, Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church John 14:21-26


My Reflection:
A retired man was often present at daily Mass. He looked pious and devoted to the faith but when he’s home he unravels himself. He shouts at his wife, He deprives her of some of her rights, he yells at her and he always subjects her to verbal abuse.

Does he truly love God? I don’t think so; his love for God is superficial and is limited inside the four walls of his church. In the gospel Jesus says: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

Certainly Jesus and our Father the first two persons of the trinity have not revealed themselves to this man. Jesus further states: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”

Sometimes it’s very hard for us to understand the mysteries of our faith for the reason that we are not true to our faith. Yes, we worship Jesus at Holy Mass but we don’t allow the grace of the Holy Mass to change us.

We continue to overpower Jesus with our arrogance, pride, self-righteousness and our many undesirable attitudes. …

Monday, April 8, 2013

My Reflection for April 10, Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter: John 3:16-21

My Reflection:
It is a given fact that Jesus attracted followers from all walks of life for the reason of His miracles and healings. But there is another character that is not being properly highlighted that also contributed to Jesus popularity. This character is Jesus humility and gentleness, except for very rare instances Jesus never shouted nor condemned anyone. For the simple reason that He wanted everyone to be His friends and Jesus also wanted them to be saved.

His approach was always to build the morale of those whom He interacted. And He always insured that those who’ve been in contact with Him will not leave without a positive thought in their minds. For example Jesus would always impart words of wisdom, He would always extend help, forgiveness, and words that raise the dignity of a person; just to name a few.    

How about us? What is our method of interaction with our fellowmen…?