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Showing posts with label inspirational story. Show all posts

Friday

The Mayonnaise Jar

 This is quite a good story to share with you. My friend in facebook posted this one.  She did not  mentioned who the author  really is. Thanks for this wonderful words. This is simply very inspiring. Keep reading below and i hope you get some lessons!

"When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

Monday

There Are Treasures In Your Trials

Do you experience trials and difficulties at the moment? Are there problems that are bothering you? Are you grieving because you just lost a loveone or a friend? Each and everyone has its own story of trials and problems. Always there are always solutions on it. More on that, keep your hope and faith. One day you will find that the cross you are carrying is gone.

Here is a very inspiring sharing from Bo Sanchez.

"There Are Treasures In Your Trials

Today, I’d like to talk about hope. Let me explain to you how important hope is. May I ask you to do an experiment?

For ten minutes, don’t breathe. After ten minutes, evaluate your experience. Write it down. Like how you saw a light at the end of a tunnel. And saw Angels for the first time. And then ask Archangel Michael to deliver your written report to my house.

Just kidding. You need oxygen to survive. Well, I believe hope is like oxygen. You need hope to live everyday.

May I share?

I’m not just a preacher. I’m also an entrepreneur. And I teach people how to be entrepreneurs. Here’s what I noticed. I have yet to meet a successful entrepreneur whose is a pessimist. Honest! All the successful people I know are optimists. They have bushels of hope in their hearts.

Why? Because you won’t start a business, or sell a product, or give jobs to people, or do all that hard work, if you don’t have hope that you’ll succeed.

Especially when trials come…"
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Tuesday

Happy All Saints Day

All Saints' Day (in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas[3]), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

Here is an inspiring story forwarded by Kyregma in my inbox.

CALLED TO HOLINESS

We begin this month of “prayers for the dead” by celebrating the lives of saints who have gone before us. Each year, the Church gives us the Gospel of the Beatitudes. Jesus is the New Moses who ascends the mountain to speak out the necessary attitudes to be able to follow Him. Every saint has followed Jesus in his lifetime and now receives his just reward. Where they go, we hope to follow.

The Beatitudes are the very heart of Jesus expressed to us in His life and ministry. As Jesus declares the blessedness of such people, He is stating that those who are obedient and live out these beatitudes are deeply joyful and experience well-being. It is more than just being happy. Blessedness points to an interior attitude of heart, mind and body. As Rabbi, Jesus takes His seat and teaches the disciples the following beatitudes — a common position of the Jewish Rabbi. As we reflect upon His words, it seems a tall order to follow.

Being poor, meek, mournful, hungry, thirsty and persecuted are, in fact, ways of blessedness or fullness of well-being. It is a stark contrast to what the world teaches us to follow. The world teaches us to compete, strive, achieve and succeed. These are all exceptional qualities of a human being. However, we must consider these in the light of Jesus’ teaching. Otherwise, they are folly.

All of us are called to be saints. The saints we remember today were very normal people like us. However, the saint is a sinner open to the transcendent grace and power of the Lord. Their weakness is transformed and sanctified. They seek to follow Jesus not counting the cost. Think of your own patron saint. Did they fit these criteria of the Beatitudes? Seek their intercession today so that you would be a person of the Beatitudes. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

Reflection Question:
You are a saint by virtue of your baptism. How do you live up to that privilege?

God, our Father, You called us to be saints. Sanctify our lives and let us live the way of holiness. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Blessed Paul Navarro, pray for us.

Wednesday

Part I: Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

It's been a week now since I did not check my other email add. I do subscribe to Kyregma and Bo Sanchez inspiring messages. Sometimes, we just need inspiring messages like these to help us clear things such a confusion, grudges with friends, quarrel with hubby, anger, hurt feelings, hatred and anything that make us unhappy.

Praying for those people who have anger and hatred in their hearts!

Thank you so much Bo for this inspiring words!

"Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

Forgiveness is difficult. And confusing.

Before I share with you my main message, let me clarify two things that confuse a lot of people.

Forgiveness And Friendship Require 2 Decisions

First clarification: Forgiveness is different from Friendship.
When you forgive someone, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be friends with him again.

For example, when a business partner steals from you, you should forgive him. But that doesn’t mean you’ll take him back as your business partner again. That’s a separate decision you’ll have to make.

When your drunkard husband beats you up regularly, you should forgive him. But that doesn’t mean you should take him back as a husband again.

One friend comes to mind: “Liza”. When I got to know her, her husband beat her up for the past 21 years. Her husband's favorite tool of torture was his hammer. When he was angry, he’d pick up his hammer, push her hand to the wall, and hammer her fingers to bloody pulp.

I asked her, “Why did you stay with this monster for 21 years?” She said, “Because he asked me for his forgiveness.” I told her, “Don’t confuse forgiveness with stupidity. Forgive him, yes, but run away as far as possible from that monster.”

She said, “But I love him…”

I told her, “No, you don’t love him. You need him. You’re attached to him. But you don’t love him. If you really loved him, you would have walked out of that horrible marriage a long time ago. By staying there, you allowed him to continue in his sin of violence.”

Let me say it again. Forgiveness and friendship are two different things that require two different decisions.

Don’t confuse the two.
Second clarification. Please don’t be shocked with what I’m going to say next…"

(To continue reading Bo's inspiring article, click here.)

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Friday

Part III: Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

Be Selfish: Have A Forgiving Attitude!

A wise man said, Forgiveness is first of all a gift you give yourself. Forgiveness is almost a selfish act—because of the incredible blessing the forgiver gets!

Imagine this scenario.

You’re so angry at someone, you decide to buy Triple-X poison from the drugstore. Upon reaching home, you drink the entire bottle yourself! And then you hope that the person who offended you dies because of the poison.

Huh?

Pretty insane, right?

But that’s the insanity of the unforgiving attitude.

I know of a woman who caught her husband having many affairs. It totally devastated her. It was such a deep wound, her bitterness slowly killed her body. She had cancer and after 2 years passed away. What happened to her husband? Still with his many girlfriends.

My friend is wiser.

She had a business partner who stole from her P8 Million. She thought it was the end of the world. She’d go to me at our weekly Feast, asking me to pray for her.

And in her heart, she made a decision to forgive her business partner. She refused to remain stuck. She didn’t spend time thinking how to avenge herself. She moved on.

Today, my friend has recovered from that loss—and so much more. Her God is prospering her business.

The business partner who stole from her? She heard that she was in jail—because of another crime.

My friend did the unthinkable: She visited her in jail.

Move On!

Many years ago, I heard through the grapevine that I was being accused of using people’s donations to buy myself a car.

That hurt. (If I used the donations to buy myself a car, I would have bought a Rolls Royce.)

I later learned that a friend had spread that gossip.

But on that same day, I forgave that friend in my heart.

Why? Because I was being “selfish”.

Here was my logic: It’s bad enough that he hurt me once. Why let him hurt me again (and again and again…) by rewinding the tapes of his sin in my mind?

Friend, if someone has hurt you—don’t let that hurt ruin your life. Don’t let a betrayal, or divorce, or adultery, or unfaithfulness destroy your life and your destiny.

Forgive and move on with your life!

Forgiveness means you won’t invest emotional energy to your hurt anymore.

Some people don’t do that.

They like rewinding the tapes. They like reviewing the hurt in their imagination. They like opening an old wound and puncturing it again. And again. And again.

(To continue reading Bo's inspiring article, click here.)

Sunday

Part V: Do You Have A Forgiving Attitude?

Let God Pay You

God saw you when you were offended. Hurt. Abandoned.

If someone stole from you, or hurt you, or offended you, read this verse: God says, Your shame and disgrace are ended. You will live in your own land. And your wealth will be doubled; Your joy will last forever. (Isaiah 61:7)

What is God saying? He’s telling you, “Let me handle your case. Put the situation in my hands. I’ll see to it that you’ll receive double than what you’ve lost. I’ll see to it that you’ll gain back what was stolen from you.”

As long as you let go and forgive, God will be your vindicator.
He’ll make your wrongs right.
He’ll return what the enemy has stolen.
He’ll even the score.

Remember Job? Job’s friends were trying to comfort him, but they said some hurtful things to him too.

Look at what the Bible says: Then, after Job had prayed for his three friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had had before. (Job 42:10)

If you forgive and pray for your enemies, get ready to be very blessed!
This was the story of my friend Mark.

Mark lent P1 Million to his business partner. It was a huge amount for my friend. But this partner ran away. This devastated Mark. It wasn’t only the money but the betrayal.

But instead of being bitter, staying at home, thinking of ways to get back at him, my friend Mark decided to expand his small business. Instead of spending his time cursing his enemy, he spent his time blessing his business.

After one year, Mark is now earning P1 Million every month. The exact money he lost, he earns now in a snap.
And what happened to the man who stole his money? Through the grapevine, Mark found out that the guy was still financially hard up.
You don’t have to see to it that justice is done. Because the universe is governed by the Law of Reciprocity. What you sow, you reap.

Read carefully:

Unforgiveness is taking matters in your hands.
Forgiveness is taking matters into God’s hands.

The Path Of Blessings

Let me define forgiveness for you: Being kind beyond what is reasonable.

Yes, forgiveness is insane.

On October 2, 2006, thirty-two-year old Charles Roberts entered an Amish school with an automatic rifle.

He tied up the legs of schoolgirls and prepared to shoot them, execution style.

The oldest hostage, a thirteen-year-old, asked Roberts to “shoot me and release the others.” But he didn’t listen to her. He fired at all of them with 400 rounds of ammunition.

He killed five girls.
When the police stormed into the school building, Charles Roberts shot and killed himself.
Why did he shoot the girls? He told them before shooting, “I’m angry at God for taking my little daughter.”
Immediately after the massacre, more than fifty news crews came into that small town. And what they witnessed was unbelievable.

After the funeral of their daughters, the families of these girls visited the funeral of the family of their murderer.
Why did they go there? They went there to offer words of forgiveness and consolation to his widow and her three children.
As if that wasn’t shocking enough, these families raised money for their murderer’s orphaned family.

Insanity.

Why did the Amish do this unexplainable thing?

Because the Amish are Christians. They follow the Bible when it says, “Love does not keep a record of wrongs.”

Yes, even if that wrong was killing their little daughter.

This is the mark of God in your life. When you treat well the people who don’t deserve to be treated well.

I have my little story of forgiveness.

In the past 30+ years of ministry, I’ve had my critics. Some criticized with love. Some criticized with venom.

Someone told me, “Bo, better read this blog. This guy calls you the devil’s servant.” I read his articles. It was true, the writer didn’t like me very much. He said I brought a lot of people to hell.

This is what I did: Instead of getting angry, I prayed blessings for him and his family.

When I did that, I cannot describe to you how free and happy I felt. And I also felt that God’s river of blessings began to flow more into my life.

It’s now your turn.

Have a forgiving attitude.

And bless all those who have offended you.

And believe that you’ll receive double what you have lost.

May your dreams come true,

Bo Sanchez
(To continue reading Bo's inspiring article, click here.)

Thursday

KNOWING JESUS , KNOWING OURSELVES

In order to know who we are in God’s eyes, we need to first get to know Jesus as it is in and through Him that we exist on at least two levels. God created the world in the beginning through His word — He spoke and it came to be. Jesus is the Word of God. It is through Him that all things live and move and have their being. Secondly, we have been saved by the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We have been recreated in Him.

We owe our lives to Jesus twice. In a sense, it is even more often than this. Each time we receive His forgiveness for our sins, we move from the realm of sin and death into His presence, a place of truth and holiness and life. When Jesus asks His disciples as to who people think He is, what He is really doing is challenging them to make a choice. He wants them to know who He really is to them because when persecution comes, this will be a very large determining factor whether or not they will remain faithful to Him.

Our Christian life is full of difficult and challenging situations. It is imperative that we know who we are in God’s eyes to be able to combat the temptations of sin. It is equally important to understand our identity in Christ as the world will make all sorts of offers to us about fame, wealth and so on. Only if we are firmly rooted in our faith will we be able to resist them until the end. Sin has a way of persisting in its goal and if we are at all uncertain of who we are in Christ, then it will take advantage of that uncertainty.

So, it is worth taking the time to get to know Jesus through prayer, the Scriptures and the inspiration of the lives of saints if we want to protect ourselves from the dangers of sin and also to give our knowledge and experience a better foundation from which to share the Gospel.

sharing from Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

Reflection Question:
Am I sure of my identity as a disciple of Jesus or do I still have to grow in this?

Holy Spirit, help me to surrender more and more each day to the truth of my identity in You so that I will be able to stand firm when trials and difficulties come my way.

St. Raynerius of Spalatro, pray for us.

Related BIble Verses
Matthew 16:13-23
Numbers 20:1-13

Thanks to Kyregma for this sharing.

Friday

THE PRICE OF A MIRACLE

This is a beautiful story to tell. I had it in my inbox for some months and decided to share it here before deleting it. Here is the story;

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages,' he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. 'He's really, really sick...and I want to buy a miracle.'

'I beg your pardon?' said the pharmacist.

'His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?'

'We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.

'Listen, I have the money to pay for it... If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.'

The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a miracle does your brother need?'

' I don't know,' Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money.'

'How much do you have?' asked the man from Chicago

'One dollar and eleven cents,' null answered barely audibly.

'And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'

'Well, what a coincidence,' smiled the man.. 'A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers. '

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said 'Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

'That surgery,' her Mom whispered 'was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?'

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost..one dollar and eleven cents....plus the faith of a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law. I know you'll keep the ball moving!

Here it goes Throw it back to someone who means something to you!

A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end. It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends. But the treasure inside for you to see is the treasure of friendship you've granted to me.

Today I pass the friendship ball to you.

Pass it on to someone who is a friend
to you.

MY OATH TO YOU....

When you are sad.....I will dry your tears.

When you are scared.....I will comfort your fears.

When you are worried.....I will give you hope.

When you are confused.......I will help you cope.

And when you are lost...And can't see the light, I shall be your beacon .... Shining ever so bright.

This is my oath.....I pledge till the end.

Why you may ask?.......Because you're my friend.

Signed: GOD

INSTANTLY WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER, YOU ARE REQUESTED TO SEND IT TO AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PERSON WHO SENT IT TO YOU.

Wednesday

Daily Nourishment- Exodus 14:5-18

This Exodus story shows us how fear drives out faith. When the children of Israel see Pharaoh and his chariots pursuing them, they tell Moses they would have been better left in Egypt to die. Fear leads to despair and unbelief. In contrast, Moses hears the word of God for him and the people in this crisis, and then moves in obedience and faith to see God work a mighty miracle.

Exodus 14:5-18

5 When it was reported to the king of Egypt that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants changed their minds about them. They exclaimed, “What have we done! Why, we have released Israel from our service!” 6 So Pharaoh made his chariots ready and mustered his soldiers — 7 six hundred first-class chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt, with warriors on them all. 8 So obstinate had the LORD made Pharaoh that he pursued the Israelites even while they were marching away in triumph. 9 The Egyptians, then, pursued them; Pharaoh’s whole army, his horses, chariots and charioteers, caught up with them as they lay encamped by the sea, at Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. 10 Pharaoh was already near when the Israelites looked up and saw that the Egyptians were on the march in pursuit of them. In great fright they cried out to the LORD. 11 And they complained to Moses, “Were there no burial places in Egypt that you had to bring us out here to die in the desert? Why did you do this to us? Why did you bring us out of Egypt? 12 Did we not tell you this in Egypt, when we said, ‘Leave us alone. Let us serve the Egyptians’? Far better for us to be the slaves of the Egyptians than to die in the desert.” 13 But Moses answered the people, “Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today. These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.” 15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. 16 And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the sea in two, that the Israelites may pass through it on dry land. 17 But I will make the Egyptians so obstinate that they will go in after them. Then I will receive glory through Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots and charioteers. 18 The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I receive glory through Pharaoh and his chariots and charioteers.”
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Sunday

Gospel Inspiration- Matthew 12:38-42

The Scribes and Pharisees demand of Jesus a sign, not because they want to believe in Him, but to challenge Him and His authority. What greater sign could God have given them than coming to them in the person of His Son? We do not need signs to have faith. Rather we should place our whole confidence in Christ for in Him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells and is given to us each time we receive holy communion.

Matthew 12:38-42

38 Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 40 Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. 42 At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

my reflections
t h i n k : We do not need signs to have faith.

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Thursday

Inspiring Message- Acts 13:13-25

Paul is well and truly off on mission now. For the next 15 or so years he will rarely rest as he proclaims the Gospel from modern day Turkey in the East until Rome in the West. He even harbored ideas of going to Spain. It is important that we do not limit the power of the Holy Spirit through our unbelief. Let us trust that what God wants to do with us is best for us as well and so be willing to surrender to His call.

Acts 13:13-25

13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions set sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats. 15 After the reading of the law and the prophets, the synagogue officials sent word to them, “My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” 16 So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said, “Fellow Israelites and you others who are God-fearing, listen. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt. With uplifted arm he led them out of it 18 and for about forty years he put up with them in the desert. 19 When he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance 20 at the end of about four hundred and fifty years. After these things he provided judges up to Samuel [the] prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king. God gave them Saul, son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 Then he removed him and raised up David as their king; of him he testified, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish.’ 23 From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. 24 John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; 25 and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”

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JUST A STOPOVER

This is a very inspiring story in relation to the previous Bible messages . I can't afford to delete this in my inbox without sharing it to all of you. Thanks especially to Fr. Bobby Titco
for this very inspiring sharing.

JUST A STOPOVER

Life is often seen as a journey where the road is not always smooth and straight. There are rough and bending paths, marked with detours and even U-turns. We sail seas and swim rivers, enter tunnels and explore forests. But there is nothing more overwhelming than the mountains in our life.

No one can ignore a mountain. By its very nature, a mountain is imposing. We can cross or go aroundit. We can conquer it or it can conquer us. Conquering a mountain means climbing it. Cursing it means being conquered by it.

Jesus climbs a mountain today. He does not take the longer but easier way by going around it; He makes the difficult choice of scaling it. Jesus does not allow His mountain to conquer Him; He conquers it instead. Mountains are not only peaks along our way; they can also be crossroads. Every crossroad is a moment of crisis. Depending on how we respond to it, a crisis may mean grace or disgrace, blessing or chastisement, a bend or a block, a beginning or an end. The same is true with our mountains in life.

Today, on top of a mountain, we hear a voice from a cloud, saying, “This is My Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him.” We hear the voice and the voice wants us to listen. Let us give in to it. Let us listen to Jesus, the Word of that voice.

By climbing His mountain, Jesus tells us that we should climb ours. After climbing His mountain, Jesus goes down from it. Mountains are not meant to be anyone’s permanent address. The breathtaking view from the top of a mountain can be tempting for anyone to pitch his tent there and forget that he is just passing by as he makes his journey called “life.” Jesus shows us that reaching the top of our mountains is not yet conquering them. Going down from them is. For a mountain is worth climbing only if it is possible to go down from it.

Today, we make a stopover on top of a mountain. We listen. Then, we go down to move on. Fr. Bobby Titco

Reflection Question:
What do I do with my “mountains”?

Climb with me, O Jesus, the mountains in my life. Let me hear over and over again the voice of the Father, affirming me that I, too, am His child. Embrace me with Your holy radiance that I may be strengthened to move on in my journey of discipleship. And when my life is done, take my hand and bring me to Your holy mountain. Amen.

St. Odran, pray for us.

Gospel Inspiration- Mark 9:2-13

Quite often when I read the name Elijah in the Scriptures, what comes to my mind is the epitome of a man of the Spirit. Elijah in person was a man led by the Spirit of God who encountered many very difficult situations and overcame them through his faith and trust in God. Let us be so inspired to place our lives in the hands of God and thus allow Him to work in and through us to overcome our difficulties.

Mark 9:2-13

2 Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. 7 Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” 8 Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. 9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant. 11 Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12 He told them, “Elijah will indeed come first and restore all things, yet how is it written regarding the Son of Man that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”

my reflections
t h i n k : Let us make a commitment to get to know the of the Church.
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Two lists of Beatitudes

I just can't delete this messages without sharing to all of you. Thanks to Fr. Rudy Horst for these very inspiring words. This is also in relation to the previous Bible readings posted here. Please continue rreading;

The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote, “Happiness is that which everybody seeks.” He also observes that everything people do is what they believe will bring them happiness. But the problem is that what we think will bring us happiness does not in fact always bring us true and lasting happiness. So Aristotle says that the ethical person knows and does what can truly bring them not just excitement but true and lasting happiness.

Another word for true and lasting happiness is “blessedness” or “beatitude.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows that He wants His followers to have true and lasting happiness, the happiness that the world cannot give. The eight beatitudes constitute a road map for anyone seeking to attain this true happiness.

If the world were asked to draw up the “Beatitudes of the 21st Century,” we would get a list very different from that which Jesus gives.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit” would become “Blessed are the rich.”
“Blessed are those who mourn” would become “Blessed are those having fun.”
“Blessed are the meek” would become “Blessed are the smart.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” would become “Blessed are those who wine and dine.”
“Blessed are the merciful” would become “Blessed are the powerful.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart” would become “Blessed are the slim in body.”

And so on...
We see that Jesus’ values are counter-cultural. We cannot accept His teachings and at the same time accept all the values of our society. The question for us today, therefore, is this: “Do we live our lives following the values of the world as a way of attaining happiness or do we live by the teachings of Jesus? If you live by the teachings of Jesus, then “rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

Reflection Question:
Where do I seek true happiness? Do I look for it in the wrong places?

Lord, I feel that I am still far from attaining the happiness You intend for me. Cleanse my heart and mind so that I will be able to follow You and hear You one day say to me, “Blessed are you.”

St. Savina, pray for us.

Saturday

Inspiring Reading and Story

The place of Jesus’ birth does not look promising. Yet, look at what the life of a babe born in a manger accomplishes. If such a transition is possible for Jesus as a result of His Father’s will, then we should never doubt that the Lord has big things in store for each of us as well – if only we will seek His will. Find it and be obedient to it.

Luke 2:16-21

16 The shepherds went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. 18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. 19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. 21 When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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think: The Lord has big things in store for each of us if only we would seek His will.

BEGIN 2011 WITH JESUS

Every life, every beginning starts at birth. Birth never happens without a mother. As we begin the year 2011, the Holy Mother Church invites us to honor and reflect on the greatest of all mothers, Mary, Mother of God.

One Christmas, I remember attending a Christmas reunion party with schoolmates from my high school days. In the midst of the animated faces, excited conversations and lively exchanges, I noticed a less than enthusiastic member in the mix. I spoke to her and she casually told me she was upset about leaving her cell phone at home. “I never leave home without it, Father. That’s why I’m upset.”

“Wow,” I thought to myself. Seeing friends she had not seen in nearly two decades could not reverse her disappointment over the cell phone she left at home.
What would you never leave home without? As we begin the New Year, what would you never begin 2011 without?

Today, the Church gives us a suggestion.
As we ponder on the image painted by St. Luke, notice the plainness of the scene: “The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.” The place was unadorned, simple and uncomplicated. It was simply Joseph and Mary, with Jesus lying in the manger.

Today’s feast of Mary, the Mother of God, is a beautiful reminder. Mary was with Jesus. Mary understood that the baby she delivered is the One who would deliver the world. So what would you never leave home without? What would you never begin 2011 without? Mary proposes an answer. Never leave home without Jesus. Never begin 2011 without Jesus.

Ponder on this: We may never know what the future holds. But we know who holds our future. Like Mary, be with Jesus.

Thanks to Fr. Joel O. Jason for sharing this very inspiring story.

Reflection Question:
To whom do you entrust the year ahead — to your own powers or to the One who knows and holds everything in His hands?

Oh Mary, there are many things you did not see but your faith enjoined you to travel on securely, joyfully. With you, we rejoice at the birth of Christ, our Light, and to Him we pray, “Lead kindly light...Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step is enough for me.”

St. Fanchea, pray for us.
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Wednesday

Inspiring Sharing

Law Must Lead To Love

When I was a seminarian, our rector would post a note one week before the final exams week advising us to study hard and to take care of our health. At the end of the note he would write, “During final exam week, nobody is allowed to get sick!” Of course we knew it was written tongue-in-cheek. But getting sick is hard to control. All we can do is avoid it as best as we can.
In the Gospel today, it seems that the leader of the synagogue, in his desire to implement the Sabbath, was serious in legislating when to heal the sick. Because Jesus cured on a Sabbath, he said to the crowd, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on Sabbath Day.” But Jesus would have nothing of it. For Him, the sick should be attended to immediately. For Him, Sabbath was made for man and not man for Sabbath. He showed the leader the real spirit behind the law on Sabbath. Yes, there must be a day dedicated to worshiping God, but the law of love prevails. Jesus called the synagogue leaders hypocrites because they, too, broke the Sabbath — not for a neighbor, but for an ox or an ass. For them, caring for their animals was more important than the curing of a woman bound by Satan for 18 years.
Laws are important. Even God gave us the Ten Commandments as guide to our journey to His Kingdom. Laws help us obtain discipline, and constant adherence to the law imbibes in us the spirit of the law. Once we obtain the discipline, our lives become free of the law. The law now becomes our way of life. It is similar to using a map to find our way in an unfamiliar place. The more we frequent a place, the more it gets familiar to us. Eventually, we will no longer need a map.
Christian life includes following some laws. Going to Sunday Mass regularly should hopefully lead us to appreciating its value in our life. Every part of the Mass should slowly lead us to a deeper understanding of it. Every Sunday that we encounter Jesus in His Word, in His Body, in His priest, and in our neighbors, we gain a closer and meaningful relationship with God. When we no longer see Sunday Masses as a burden but a celebration, then the law has now been replaced with love. Fr. Benny Tuazon

Reflection Question:

Do you see laws as absolute standards in life? Do you follow laws, especially the laws of God, blindly? Can you transcend the law out of love?

Your laws of love are above every law that man has ever made. Fill my heart with Your love, Lord, that I may be always a good abider.

St. Daria, pray for us.

Special thanks to Fr. Benny Tuazon for sharing this wonderful and inspiring words.

Monday

Gospel Reading and the Inspiring Story

G O S P E L

There are a number of similar instances where Jesus heals on the Sabbath in the Gospels. It must have been quite an issue during His ministry for so many similar stories to have survived. Perhaps this indicates a tendency for us to look for an easy way out of a difficult situation rather than confronting the issue head on. Let us learn that it is the truth that ultimately represents the path of freedom. Let us live for the truth of love and never forget the example of Jesus.

Luke 14:1-6
1 On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. 2 In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. 3 Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. 5 Then he said to them, “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” 6 But they were unable to answer his question.

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t h in k : Let us live for the truth of love and never forget the example of Jesus.

WITH LOVE, YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG

This was another healing of the Lord Jesus on the Sabbath. Jesus, a Jew, could not stop Himself from curing the man with dropsy. He was moved by the suffering of the man. Also, He took the opportunity to show to the people, especially the scholars of the law and the Pharisees, the Spirit of the law as received by Moses. It is interesting to note that since Moses received the laws from God, the elders created so many additional related laws in order to fulfill the commandments. However, in the process, too much stress was made on the letter of the law than on its essence. Jesus was aware of that development that is why He was very courageous even to earn the ire of the leaders in order to show the real intent of the laws given by God.

There is only one law and that is the law of love. With love, one can never go wrong. We refer to love here as a decision to intend the goodness of the other, that is, to lead the other to salvation. That is the ultimate goal of our relationship with one another and with God. Anything we do or say must lead to a union with God. The Ten Commandments were given in order for us to have a way to express our love for one another. They were supposed to be the norms for loving, which is its Spirit. Salvation, though, is not restricted to following those laws. Is fulfilling the laws the ultimate goal? Laws are limited. They do not totally capture the Spirit. To believe that salvation is achieved by merely following the commandments is a mistake. Through these laws, may we learn to love. Through these laws, may we see the Truth. Through these laws, may we find the Way! In other words, the ultimate goal is God!

The question of Jesus to the scholars and the Pharisees was very revealing. His message to them was clear. That was why “they were unable to answer.” Surely, they would seek the care of their endangered loved ones even on Sabbath.

Its relevance in our lives is clear. The Commandments are guides. What is important is our attitude towards others and God. Let us use the laws, not the other way around. Always seek to love. Love is greater than the laws. Love will see us through. Love will get us to heaven. Fr. Benny Tuazon

Reflection Question:
How do you live your life? Do you live a life of love? Do you extend kindness and compassion to people in need even if it would inconvenience you?

To be kind, to be compassionate, to be loving to every person I encounter is my prayer, O Lord.

St. Bond, pray for us.

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Wednesday

Wonderful Life, a Beautiful Sharing

“ I will lead them out from among the peoples and gather them from the foreign lands; I will bring them back to their own country.” – Ezekiel 34:13

The foggy mountains and the blue skies were so close to each other that I imagined seeing God amidst the blue horizon, smiling with His outstretched arms, gently whispering to me of His unconditional love.

“My God, how awesome is Your creation!” I uttered as I watched the marvelous scenic spots we passed by in Bukidnon on the way to Cagayan de Oro. I wouldn’t be enjoying the beauty of God’s creation if He didn’t give me the gift of freedom as well. Moreover, I wouldn’t have the heart of Jesus if He didn’t let me pass through the Correctional Institute of Women (CIW) for 20 years.
As I reminisce on my stay in the CIW, my heart overflows in thanksgiving for what happened to me there. Mingling with people who came from all walks of life, has equipped me with people skills that are valuable in my job now as a sales person.

Indeed, the Lord’s ways are not our ways. While being locked in jail may seem to be a dead-end experience to many, God used it to mold me into His likeness. It was His way of taking me out of my sinfulness and bringing me back to His fold.

REFLECTION:
We must be sensitive to God’s calling and messages for us to know what He wants us to do for His greater glory.

Lord Jesus, please let me be holier each day so I will be sanctified the way You want me to be.

Special thanks to Beth Corral for this very inspiring and beautiful sharing.

Saturday

Inspiring Words

SO DOES HE LOVE US

We do not usually wonder why Jesus loves us so much. Instead, we expect Jesus to love us more than we deserve. Likewise, we do not question how Jesus can love us immensely. We usually think that Jesus can love us that much because He is God. But today, let us pause for a while and, perhaps even just for now, ask: How can Jesus love us so much when we are not deserving of His Love?

Jesus Himself answers our question. “As the Father loves Me,” He says, “so do I love you.” Jesus loves us because the Father has loved Him first. Jesus can love us so much because the Father loves Him so much, too. Jesus loves us as His Father loves Him, and the measure of His love for us is the same measure of His Father’s love for Him. His Father’s love for Him is like an inexhaustible well from which Jesus draws out His love for us.

If someone approaches you and asks you why and how can Jesus loves us so much, read the Gospel today to him.

This is also precisely why love can be commanded. Pope Benedict XVI said that love can be commanded because it has first been given. Jesus can command us to love one another because He has loved us first. Jesus loves us so that we may love others. Let us remain in this love.

Reflection Question:

Jesus loves me so that I may love others, too. Love is not a mere invitation to me. Love is a command. The true measure of love is love without measure.

Thank You, Jesus, for loving me more than I deserve and more than I know. Help me to love others as much as You love me. Jesus, love others through me. Amen.

St. Benedicta, pray for us.

Thanks to Fr. Bobby Titco for this very inspiring messages.

Friday

Very Nice Reflection

This is a very nice reflection of ourselves. Read first the verses Job 1:6-22 in my previous post to have more insights in relation to the beautiful sharing below.

You Are the One

Let me share with you this encouraging story forwarded to me.
One day the employees of a large company returned from their lunch break and were greeted with a sign on the front door that said: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”

Everyone was sad to hear that one of their colleagues had died, but after a while they started getting curious as to who this person might be.

The excitement grew as the employees arrived at the gym to pay their last respects. One by one, the employees got closer to the coffin and when they looked inside it, they suddenly became speechless. They stood over the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.

There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.”

Today we read from the book of Job how he was tested by the devil. Satan dared him that if his circumstances change, surely he would no longer be the good old Job who reveres God. God allowed Satan to change his circumstances but not to touch his soul. Job’s fortunes did change. He lost everything, except himself and his faith in God. Job’s story is a powerful reminder for us that we are above our circumstances. You are the only person who can really define your life and your happiness: not your circumstances, not your fate.

Your life does not have to change when your circumstances change. They are beyond your control. But your response to these changes depends on you.

Reflection Question:
Are you just flowing or floating along the river of life? Swim against the tide. Remember, only dead things float along the river.

Lord, I thank You for the wonder of my being. Help me discover my uniqueness. Help me summon the strength I have as a child of God. Guide me as I chart my destiny to the best of my abilities, with the help of Your grace. Amen.

St. Elzear, pray for us.

Thanks to Fr. Joel O. Jason for this very inspiring story.