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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Reflection for Saturday September 16, Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs: Luke 6:43-49

Gospel: Luke 6:43-49
Jesus said to his disciples: “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”
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Why do many catholics embrace other Christian faiths? The reason is their very weak foundation on the basics of the faith like the catechism and apologetics.

If only they knew of the rich history of this church that was founded by Jesus through Saint Peter. If only they knew that we don’t worship anyone in the church except God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

If only they knew the critical roles of the Blessed Mother and the Saints in the advancement of our faith. If only they knew that images of the saints are allowed and has biblical basis. I’m sure that they would have not dared leave the church which Jesus Himself founded.

Perhaps those who left the church are like the person in the gospel who built his house without foundation, when the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.

We must build our faith on a rock solid foundation; we must not solely rely on the learnings that we hear from the Priest’s Homily during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Through our own initiative we must have that hunger to learn more about our faith.

We must ask the Holy Spirit to help us become more enlightened of the many truths of our church. By doing so we would have a very strong foundation about our church. And we will choose to remain no matter the many controversies and scandal that it may encounter. - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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