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Romans 13:1-7

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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