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The Words Of Eternal Life

Key Takeaway In This Sunday’s (August 23, 2015) Gospel: The Words Of Eternal Life – Jn 6:60-6

Many of his disciples were listening to Jesus’ teaching. They said, ‘This teaching is difficult. How can anyone take it seriously’”? (John 6.60)

This Sunday’s Gospel is all about choices. Our life is challenged with many choices — big, small, personal, professional, emotional, rational, spiritual and religious.

Responding to Christ’s difficult teachings, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. It’s a decisive moment indeed, but a very sad one.

Peter stayed because he has enough affection for Christ inside him to make this choice. It was not easy for Peter to leave, and his choice answered Jesus’ question – do you love me?

Truly, the most important choice we can make in life is our decision to follow and love Jesus. And this choice, like every other, also has impacts in, and consequences for the way we live our lives.

To choose to believe in Jesus and his teachings—including our belief that he is truly our Bread of Life—means to follow him in every aspect of our lives. There is no part of our life that can be compartmentalized or kept separate from the grace he offers or the demands that discipleship places upon us.

CHOICES IN OUR LIVES

Choice is a powerful idea. Its definition has become polluted in recent years, wrapped up in contentious battles over issues that make one choose between two extremes, where all things are argued in stark black and white. We have learned, and most of us have discovered, that almost everything in life is painted in shades of gray.

We have experienced doses of right and wrong choices. It feels wonderful whenever we make a difference in the choices we carry out. And we get overwhelmed when the choices lead to crisis. But when these wrong choices start to wear us down, we just remember one thing — there is God to trust.

We continuously face the most staggering array of choices. And we realize that we should not underestimate their range. The unhappiest people we meet have become the way they are, because they have imposed artificial limits on their lives.

We must always tell ourselves—take every choice that is offered to us. Have as much fun as we can, when we can. Dare to dream. Dare to fail. Dare to make a few mistakes along the way. Dare to reach out our hands into the darkness, to pull other hands into the light.

We must not shrink from the dreams. We must not shrink from the choices. We must not recoil from life.

OUR PRAYER: Dear Lord, let us not fear to love Jesus — to heed his words and follow his actions. May we receive the strength we need from Jesus, the bread of life to pursue a life according to your will. Amen.

We are all God’s children

“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” – Pope Francis

We are All God’s Children

Official Theme Song for the 2015 Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines

The lyrics resonate the message of mercy and compassion, the theme of Pope Francis visit.Theme song of Pope Francis visit to the Philippines

Do you see these children on the streets?
Have you walked the pavements where they sleep?
Do you feel their hands when you give them alms?
Did you ever give them bread to eat?
Have you seen their homes washed by the floods?
While a mother tightly holds her child
Do you hear the wind of the raging storm?
Can you tell them where it’s coming from?
Let us show our love and mercy
With true kindness and humility
For the God loves the weak and the needy
Just like you and me
We are all God’s children we are all the same
He is calling us by name to help the poor and lame
And learn what life is really for
It’s to know and love and serve the Lord

Stand together and let’s do our part
Hear their voices mend their broken hearts
Choose to be brave fight for their rights
Give them back their honor and their pride
Please do not be blind and just leave them behind
To struggle in darkness or give them empty promises
We are all God’s children we are all the same
He is calling us by name to help the poor and lame
And learn what life is really for
It’s to know and love and serve the Lord
It’s to know and love and serve the Lord
It’s to know and love and serve the Lord

Lyrics written and sung by Jamie Rivera with The Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir.
Music composed and arranged by Noel Espenida
Directed by Eric Teotico
Produced by Starmusic and Ligaya ng Panginoon
Published by Star Songs, Inc.

Live each day as though it is the last day of your life. Savor each moment. Relive each dream. Focus on the joy of your heart. Each breath, each beat of your heart will tell you that it is so wonderful to be alive and happy and strong and well.

Yes, life is so good.

Why do we have to waste our time looking at negative things in life when there are countless of blessings and positive things we could focus on?

Why do we fret on a love that was lost instead of looking at the countless love and caring that are showered upon us by our loved ones and true friends? Why do we rue the opportunities lost in the past when there are countless of opportunities beckoning before us? If we dig just deep enough, each sand will uncover a long lost pearl. If we just strive hard enough, our golden dreams will see its fruition in our lives.


Have we not felt so blessed that we have been born without any congenital defects to hamper our progress in life? And even if we have one, are we not glad that it is not worse than the defects and misfortunes that others have?

For every misery that we dwell upon, there are so many blessings in the air waiting to be plucked if only we would notice them.
So keep your head up high and feel the sweet scent of air flowing through your lungs and live each day as though it is your very last.

Smile and the whole world smiles back at you.

Intense color of LIFE

Life is full of colors. Intense. Emotional.

“Opposites generally create intense chemistry, intense kind of focus.

Actions must be motivated only by our intense deisre to achieve a just and 

lasting peace.”

– msmyrnz

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There are two kinds of fear: normal and abnormal. Normal fear is necessary for our protection. But abnormal fear is something altogether different. It’s a crippling affliction that produces painful symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and, in some cases, physical illness.

The only fear we should have is the fear of God and doing wrong. That fear doesn’t mean being scared; rather, it’s an awe-filled respect of God and of what is right. We should walk unafraid. But that’s not easy; we have to consciously build up our faith.

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1. Practice Affirmation
You may know some people who have become absolutely fearless. These are people of profound faith. “That is what I would like to be,” you may say. “I’m tired of being afraid of possible catastrophes, of other people, of illness. I want to be free from fear.”

The first thing you must realize is that most of the things we’re afraid of probably will never happen. One absolute and positive way to let go of your fears is to practice the form of prayer known as affirmation—not the prayer that asks for something, but the prayer that affirms. Instead of praying, “O Lord, please deliver me from fear. I’m so upset and anxious.” Rather, affirm that God is already doing it, and you will let go of fear.

Believe that God loves and watches over you that He is taking care of you this very moment and, therefore, you need not be afraid.

One of the elders of Marble Collegiate Church, where Rev. Norman Vincent Peale served as pastor for over 50 years, related an experience he had in the hospital. At one point, he was gripped by fear. “But,” he said, “I knew that many people were praying for me. So I began to affirm that these prayers were taking effect and that the Lord was hearing my own prayers. As I did this, all of a sudden every vestige of fear seemed to leave me. I was at peace and rest, and felt absolutely confident.”

2. Stand Up to Fear
Fear can’t really be avoided; it has to be met head on. If you’re not willing to go to the heart of what you’re afraid of, fear will haunt you constantly. President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “I have often been afraid, but I wouldn’t give in to it. I made myself act as though I was not afraid, and gradually my fear disappeared.”

One example of where fear might present itself is when you’re trying something new. When a child enters a new school, or when a man or woman starts a new job, they are bound to be at least a little fearful. But, if they act with confidence and faith, fear will vanish and be replaced with a glowing sense of accomplishment.

3. Let Fear Motivate You
Kenneth McFarland, a wonderful speaker, once told this story:  A man who worked until midnight every night usually walked home. One beautiful moonlit night, he thought he would walk through the cemetery, rather than around it, because the way was considerably shorter. He did this for several nights, until the moon began to wane. By then, however, he knew the path through the cemetery, and even though it was absolutely dark, he felt he could walk through safely.

But, one night, as he walked along in the darkness, his feet suddenly went out from under him, and he found himself grabbing dirt and sliding into a newly dug grave. He tried his best to get out, but he was too short and the grave was too deep. All he could do was pull a lot of loose dirt down on himself. Being a practical man, he reasoned that the grave diggers would come back the next morning. So he pulled his coat around him, huddled into a corner of the grave and tried to sleep.

An hour later, another man came along through the cemetery. All of a sudden he too slid into the grave—at the other end—and started making futile efforts to climb out. Finally, as he stood contemplating his situation, the first man spoke up and said, “Boy, you’ll never get out that way.” But the second man did—like a shot!

You see, this second man (and for that matter, the first one, too) had the potential for getting out of that hole; but the potential needed motivation. This story illustrates that the potential for lifting ourselves up out of defeat is within you, within me, within everyone. It just needs a strong catalyst.

Positive Affirmation
Respect God, do what is right, and you will walk unafraid.

This article was adapted from a booklet by Norman Vincent Peale.

Sunday’s (June 21, 2015) Gospel: The Calming Of A Storm At Sea – Mk 4:35-41

“WHO THEN IS THIS WHOM EVEN THE WIND AND SEA OBEY?”

In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus established that He is the Master of all Creation; that He is the Almighty One, and only the Almighty One can demand creation to follow His every command.

QUIET! BE STILL!

These three small but powerful words clearly bring to our attention that even if we may think that God is asleep or lacking in concentration to our predicament, all we need do is holler and He will be there. Our call should not be one of skepticism or fright: As He asked His disciples, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” Our tonality, as we “shout out” should always have the confidence and the belief that He is there to help us and bring us to a state of calm.

WHAT? WE WORRY?

Setting up conditional happiness, success or other outcomes leads to ever-increasing negative feelings. But setting up dual happiness — happiness for both now and later — allows for good moments at any time. Dr. Spencer Johnson, best-selling co-author of “The One Minute Manager,” has advised people to live in the present without allowing negative attitudes to fester.

A setback is only one moment in time. It ends. The next moment is up to you. “Make that next moment one of learning and the growth will happen by and of itself. Before we know it, we will be where we wanted to be from the start,” Johnson emphasized.

Living, especially during these days, involves two areas: the things we can control and the things we can’t. Don’t worry about what we can’t control.

WORRYING IS A TOTAL WASTE OF ENERGY.

Train our focus on the future. It is something we can have power over. But don’t fret about it either. Move it. Manage it. What about the present? It’s in our hands. Live it the way we want to live it. Bring it to where we will be happiest even in challenging times such as today. Stay focused on what we want to happen, and we will attract exactly what we want.

Goals can be set. Positive experiences can be sought. Good news can be created. We just have to focus unfailingly on the picture, and to have trust in God. Happiness, after all, consists in getting what we desire and desiring what we have.

Let us avoid spending so much time worrying about the future, and learn to “be still” — to WAIT ON THE FATHER, OUR LORD. Why be terrified when we believe that God is by our side. As we weather the storms of our lives we must patiently and graciously wait for the Lord, and find the markers of the direction that He wants us to take — the path that can bring stillness and serenity to our souls.

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Lord, be with us in our journey, teach us to how to be quiet and to be still. Hold our hands when we are fearful; Fortify our trust in Your care. May You reinforce us with the wisdom to make the right decisions every time. Thank you for your unending presence and undying love. Amen.

Key Takeaway In This Sunday’s (June 14, 2014) Gospel: Parables Of The Seed – Mk 4:26 -34

“This is how it is with the reign of God. A farmer scatters seed on the ground, goes to bed, and gets up day after day. Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without the farmer knowing how it happens. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.” (Mark 4.26-28)

This Sunday’s Gospel is made up of two short parables that use the everyday occurrences in the lives of people.

Both narratives mirror people’s familiarity in planting seeds, and how the seeds develop into full-grown plants, but to us how a seed becomes a mature plant continues to be a mystery.

An acorn grows to a full oak tree because somebody waters, fertilizes, and nurtures it with love and care.

The Gospel also reminds us of the “WOMB TO TOMB” or “CRADLE TO GRAVE ” concept —- the cycle of life. How we take care of others, or how we are taken care of by others — in every stage of life — defines how we turn out as people.

Sowing, growing and developing a seed, just like giving birth to, nurturing and improving a human being is a test of our patience, love, hope and faith. The patience in how we give nutrients to those we care for so they may grow big, healthy and strong; the love to make them robust and compassionate, so they in turn may be able to extend the love and care to others; the faith that they will develop and expand to become something that is enormously noble and inclusive to showcase God’s great work in them, and the hope that everything will turn out right.

“PATIENCE is the art of caring slowly,” John Ciardi said. It can’t be acquired overnight. We need time and the willpower to make it grow. Patience is genius. As Gorge-Louis Leclerc de Buffon declared, “Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on … hold fast … hold out.” Our authentic blessings often manifest to us in the form of hurts, defeats and disappointments, but if we have patience we will see these in proper perspectives.

God understands our hurts, defeats and disappointments. He loves us dearly. He is always present to hearten our hearts and help us appreciate that He’s enough for all of our needs. When we accept this LOVE as an unqualified reality in our life, our worrying will stop.

“FAITH is to believe what we do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what we believe,” Saint Augustine proclaimed, and quickly added, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on us.” Thus, our sowing, nurturing — from birth to death — must be guided with an unquestionable trust in Him.

When we have HOPE, we can make the present moment less hard to carry, because we trust that tomorrow will be an improved version of today. Bill Keane stated, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Lord, may we constantly have an ample supply of patience, love, faith and hope that we may be able to understand Your mysterious ways, as we help in sowing, nurturing and expanding the seed of Your affection and compassion. Amen.

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