Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Today, as we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart, let’s rejoice in the love, mercy, and intimacy that flow from it. Let’s listen for the cry that sounds from the depths of Jesus’ pierced heart:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Come and lay down your sorrows. Let me hold you and comfort you. All those things in your life that are too hard, let me carry them for you. When you don’t know how to love, forgive, get past the anger, let me help you. Come and tell me about your worries and challenges, your hopes and dreams. Come and let me fill your heart to overflowing. I promise I will give you rest.
St. Bernadette of Lourdes heard that appeal and replied: If I am tired, even if I am exhausted, I can rest in the heart of Jesus. Jesus, I am tired—tired of plodding on the same treadmill every day, tired of working so hard to serve you and others, tired of yielding to temptation yet again. Thank you that I can rest in your mercy and forgiveness!
St. Frances Cabrini answered Jesus’ cry this way: I would become weak . . . if I were to be without the sleep of prayer . . . in the heart of my beloved Jesus. Sorrow smolders in my heart, Jesus. Worry saps my strength. I want to follow you, but the obstacles discourage me. Thank you that I can lay my head, and my anxieties, on your breast. Strengthen me, Lord, as I rest in you today. Jesus told St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: My heart is so inflamed with love for you. Jesus, sometimes I don’t trust your love. It is so easy for me to focus only on my sins and think that they are the only things that inflame your heart—inflame it to anger or condemnation. So I come longing for relief from the sting of guilt, and to know your love more intimately.
“I want to set down the burdens I carry, Jesus, and step back from the busyness of today. I want to drink of your living water. I want to know you and the Father, and to remain in you always. And so, Jesus, I come to rest.”
Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Psalm 103:1-4,6-8,10; 1 John 4:7-16
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
"Remain in me." (John 15:4)
With these words, Jesus points out how vital it is for us to stay connected to him. Just as a branch receives its nourishment from the vine, we need to have constant contact with him so that our spirits can grow strong. Jesus is not just an accessory to our lives; he is our life! We need to be close to him not just once in a while but every day. In fact, we really should stay with him throughout each day. But how do we do that?
The most obvious answer is to pray. If the desire is there, we can pray even when we’re surrounded by activity. Knowing God is always before us, we can say: “Thank you for all your blessings, Father!” We can tell Jesus, “I love you, Lord!” and we can ask the Holy Spirit, “Please fill me with the strength and wisdom I need right now.” We don’t have to say a lot. When talking to someone we love, a few words from the heart are all that is necessary.
Since prayer is a conversation, we also need to listen to God. And we can do that no matter where we are. In quiet moments, he will talk to us in the stillness of our hearts. At busier times, he speaks to us through circumstances. Can you see Christ in other people—whether they are kind or unkind? Are you open to how the events of your life, pleasant or unpleasant, can bring you closer to him? If we keep our spiritual senses attuned, we’ll find he’s always telling us something.
To keep close to Jesus, of course, we also need spiritual food. There is no better way to keep his presence with us than by receiving him in the Eucharist—if not daily, then at least every Sunday. But when all else fails, we have his word. We can carry it with us by memorizing a verse, or even by taping a passage to our desk at work or a convenient place at home. If we make even small efforts with sincerity, we can reap great benefits, for “he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
“Jesus, I want always to be found in you. Help me to be diligent in seeking you, whether I am busy or at rest. Let my heart be fixed on you always!”
Acts 15:1-6; Psalm 122:1-5
More pictures in the next few days. Busy pa si Mommy :)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Imagine you were given millions of dollars and told you could share it with any person, group, or organization you wanted. It would be wonderful to see the faces of the ones who received a check from you—completely unexpected, but deeply needed and appreciated. Since the money wasn’t yours in the first place, you could simply be generous and change people’s lives. Paul and Barnabas had been given something so much greater than money. They had been filled with the Holy Spirit and were given God’s life to share with others. They saw lives transformed, and they knew that the change didn’t come from their own resources. They were simply being generous with all that God had given them.
Though Paul and Barnabas were intelligent and devoted men, they knew that it was God who was teaching and inspiring the people, not them. They prayed for God’s wisdom, shared that wisdom, and then stepped aside to see what God would do. The more they opened their hearts to Jesus and his love, the more he filled them—and the more his love overflowed to others. As they introduced people to Jesus, diseases were cured, demons were cast out, and human dignity was restored. Clearly, the greatest gift they could offer was a relationship with Jesus, and he responded by wrapping his loving arms around them all.
Jesus longs to give us his grace, love, and mercy. Every day we can come to him and receive. So let’s ask him to fill us again and again. God loves it when we come to him ready to receive more. We can turn to him all through the day, because his grace is never-ending. His Spirit is always with us, empowering us to proclaim God’s faithfulness to everyone around us. He is always with us, giving us the wisdom and compassion we need to deepen our love for one another, to forgive when we have been hurt, and to reach out to the needy in our midst. Like Paul and Barnabas, we too can have tremendous confidence in God’s power to work in us and through us.
“Jesus, I praise you for your overflowing love. I am so grateful that you never stop showering your mercy and strength on me. Right now, I want to open my heart to receive all that you want to give me. I love you, Jesus.”
Psalm 115:1-4,15-16; John 14:21-26
please let us pray together. the enemy is desperate. and it's so sad he got oprah. so disappointing. but let's not be afraid. Jesus already said: "It is finished." No matter what the enemy does. No matter who he gets, he will never be victorious! :) Bleeeh!
“I am with you. Whatever path you choose in faith, I will guide you—even if you can’t see me.”
Why do we sometimes feel like the unsure traveler in our spiritual walk? Because God wants us to follow him like a child, in complete surrender—but we often choose to walk our own way. And thus we get confused and begin to fear we have followed the wrong road. At these times, we need to know that our Father trusts us, and that he wants us to learn to trust him. He wants to teach us to focus our eyes on him—and try our best not worry so much about the details!
“Lord, thank you for being with me when I’m uncertain and confused. Help me to see that your strength and wisdom are all that I need.”
Acts 7:51–8:1; Psalm 31:3-4,6-8,17,21
here's the the photo i took before we attacked the table for our "dried fish" party. few days ago. bisan bulad lang kun naka chopsticks hihihi. sosyalan kami ni sweet, cor, ate ludy, vic2 :) but pardon us, sa kanamit sang uga, nalipatan namun mag take pic sang amon pretty faces haha.. till next time mga misis!
Friday, April 04, 2008
A proverb says, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” How presumptuous to think that we can control the future! As St. James wisely reminds us, “You have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. . . . You should say, ‘If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that’ ” (James 4:14-15).
In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks Philip what to do in a challenging situation. Philip quickly estimates the size of the crowd and calculates the cost of feeding them. “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little bit,” he exclaims (John 6:7). Jesus listens respectfully, hoping the disciples will see clearly that their own resources are woefully inadequate.
Jesus doesn’t explain his long-range plan to his disciples. He does, however, make them part of the solution by giving them specific tasks to do: Have the people recline for a meal. Bring me the few loaves and fishes that you do have. After I’ve said the blessing, pass the food around. Then, gather up the leftovers. And so unfolded one of Jesus’ most memorable miracles as one generous boy’s lunch becomes a feast for thousands.
This is how the Master works with us. He invites us to see needs and problems from his perspective—not get overwhelmed or pretend they don’t exist. He encourages us to assess our resources, brainstorm suggestions, and propose a possible course of action. Then he invites us to use our faith-filled imaginations, to think big, to dream with him. Expectantly, we are to bring him our meager offerings, to join him in giving thanks to the Father for them, and to share whatever he gives us. We can be sure that it will be more than enough to fulfill his great plan.
Whenever you bring problems or needs to the Lord, have faith. The moment you say, “It may be impossible for me, but not for God,” you are opening the door to endless, divine possibilities. Believe! Trust! Who knows how the Lord will multiply the “bread” in your hands?
? “Father, how passionately you care about us! I bring you my hopes and dreams, my half-baked ideas, my meager talents and resources. Show me the next step as I work with you to feed your hungry people.”
Acts 5:34-42; Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
today's word taken from here.We may not face tough moral choices every day, but we can make small, daily decisions that will help strengthen our faith and our resolve. We can choose to pray and meditate on Scripture when we’d rather take it easy. We can choose to forgive when our flesh tells us to be angry. We can refuse to indulge in offensive entertainment, even if we disappoint others by doing so. If we are faithful in small matters, chances are we will hold the line when those big tests do come our way.
“Lord, pour out a special blessing on everyone who must make difficult choices today. May all Christians seek what is right and find the grace to choose for you alone!”
Just want to say congratulations to my youngest sis!
She finally graduated her post-grad studies
(Masters in Public Administration) and I am one
of the proudest! She's currently a female lead vocalist of PNP Band.
And with her determination, strong will,
and extraordinary kindness,
i believe she'll go a long way!
Burache, I'm praying for your heart's desire, whatever it is,
I know God will bless it if you just follow His will :)