CM-01. Something to think about: what if there were no God.? Here is a little list logical consequemces. Without God,, there is no sense talking about what is good or bad, right or wrong, triuth or lie. Everything would just end in death for the unbeliever.
When we receive Jesus, we bring him with us wherever we go. He is there whenever we plan something good. He is there when we give good advice. And he is there.when we reach out to others. This is what "communion" is all abiut.
Iur most important task in this life is to reveal the presence of God in a seemingly God-less world. At an age when everything seems to function without God's help, we can still experience the drawback of a life without God. Without God, Without God, goodness has no meaning, friendships will only be for convenience, and death shall be our destiny. Only in God shallwe find meaning in life.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us; the royal ornament is laid upon his shoulder, and his name is proclaimed: "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:5)
Thanksgiving is all about looking back at the year that is about to end and counting all our blessings. We recall the events and the people and how these have shaped our lives. And lastly we look to God and thank Him for being with us and blessing us. (picture taken during my installation as parish priest of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, July 11, 2014)
On Women and the Married Life (given to a group of couples of the Movimiento Familiar- Lovington, October 14, 2014). "Men should realize that women have a much greater threshold of pain than they do. Passing through stress and pain during their monthly cycle, women have to continue doing their best in what they do. God knows this. He made women to help, guide and be with men in times of crisis"
The Gospel of this Sunday tells us of two sons who responded differently to their father's invitation. Two sons of the same father, with different characters and different wills. This video of the Venerable Fulton Sheen (my idol) teaches us that eah of us has the capacity to be the best we can be despite our past and our failures. https://video.search.yahoo.com/…/play;_ylt=A2KIo9Re.SZUoE4A…
Never too late for salvation. The Sunday Gospel on the parable of the tenants reminds me of how God will do everything to save us, even if it be in the last hour. Salvation is for everyone, but there are those who may accept it later than others. Still, God will grant the same Paradise for everyone. We just have to leave everything else behind and accept his offer.
The cross only reveals how resilient Jesus was. His critics wanted him to change his message. For them he was not the Messiah. They wanted Him to stop his miracles. These miracles were just confusing the people. They wanted him to forget his mission because they don't want to change. Similarly, if people want you to stop the good you do, don't be afraid... go on. Your cross will be your salvation!
"O Lord, you have bestowed abundant blessings on our beloved land. Protect it from the wrath of nature which we have inflicted on ourselves through our own greed and negligence. Raise up those who have been afflicted. Be with those who suffer still and shield us from what can harm us. You invite us to walk with you over the waters, give us the faith and the resilience to bravely face the storms of life. You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen."
Our God is great. Our God is good. Our God is personal. He is not just up there, or some vague creature we can't even feel if he exists. We can relate with our God personally as my Creator, my Savior, my Advocate. The God who is always present... I AM.
Catholic catechism lists down twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit (charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity). They are indicators that the Spirit is present within us, even in trying times... like being at peace after a catastrophe or being generous with your time when you don't have money. The Spirit makes you face the counter-flow.
While many of us have learned our lessons and would just keep information to ourselves in our own homes, in our workplace, in our communities and wherever we are for fear we would fall into the same trap over and over again, Jesus entrusted His Church to the same "friends" who left him alone on the cross. This is true forgiveness... when one can trust the friends who betrayed him.
The image of Christ the Good Shepherd presents a kind of leadership that is beyond mere management and politics. It is a leadership of compassion, of example and of self-sacrifice. More than just results, it is focused on relationship. More than being departmentalized, it is hands-on. And more than being salary-based, it is ready to give up everything for the good of all.