Wednesday, November 1, 2017

ALL SOULS

Today we gather as a community, as a family to remember our love ones who have gone before us.
And we remember them with the best possible way, that is, through our prayers .Through our celebration of the Holy Mass.
The Mass is the best prayer for remembrance for the at center of the celebration are the words of Jesus: “Do this in remembrance of me.”

Many of us here have gone through  the difficult experience of the death of a love one ..many would even say that it is a difficult experience to bury a love one who have died.
I had experienced it too, and I have to say it is also very difficult to “do the funeral” for a love one

My dad died before I was ordained a priest and my mom last 2011

And we all feel the lost…someone even describe it as a part of us is taken away and lost also
I use to go home often  in the past to visit my mom but when she died the following year when I went home I was met with total silence at the house.

We all feel. Something is lacking/ gone.
Like you may have eaten your favorite dish lately but you would always say moms cooking  was one of a kind
Their touch, their advices the time you spent together..

And all we can do is to cry. one time I almost did not finish the mass because tears just kept flowing

The general feeling is they are gone and we miss them so much
And we cry..and its okey to cry Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died

Brothers and sister we grieve because they are important   to us and they are dear to us to our hearts
For always we miss what we love

Our prayers the flowers the lighting of the candles or even visiting them at their resting place and remembering them today is  our way of honoring and giving them thanks
For the good they have done and showed to us
for we can always say: we are what we are today  because of them for what they have given to us

In a way they are our saints with the small letter s,
we pray to the lord  but you can ask for their intercession too..
every now and then quietly I speak to my mom and dad and when I need help I ask them.
They never failed me when they were around and even now I believe they will continue to be there to help me.

Eternal rest grant unto them o lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. amen



Monday, October 30, 2017

Dios Te Ama

Mis Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo,

Hoy oímos a Jesús contándonos sobre el Gran Mandamiento.

Amar a Dios con todo el corazón, con toda el alma y con toda la mente, y amar al prójimo como a sí mismo.  Toda la ley y los profetas dependen de este mandamiento.

Éste es también el resumen de nuestra fe, lo qué estamos llamados a ser y obrar, como seguidores de Jesús, como Cristianos.

Y todos sabemos esto. Porque, en la vida, todos hemos amado y hemos amado mucho.

Decimos, amamos esto o aquello, y hemos dicho te amo muchas veces.
Pero la pregunta es (como Jesús nos está diciendo.)  Amamos con TODO? Con nuestra alma, corazón y mente?

Y entonces nos damos cuenta de que a menudo todavía cedemos a nuestro egoísmo.  Le decimos te amo a Dios, pero a menudo él no es el número uno, sino el último.  Decimos amo a mi prójimo, pero aseguramos primero lo que es para nosotros mismos.

Y nos damos cuenta de que a menudo nuestros corazones no están realmente listos para amar de verdad, sinceramente y fielmente

El Señor nos dio un corazón que es perfecto para amar, pero por nuestros propios actos e imperfecciones es ensuciado y desordenado.

Historia:
Estámos cerca de Navidad y me acuerdo de una historia de un concurso entre niños para para construir el mejor pesebre, un Belén. Cuando los jueces vinieron vieron muchos bellos pesebres, construidos artísticamente, pero al final del pasillo vieron un pesebre singular, hecho de cartón y materiales de desecho, y no tenía una imagen de la Sagrada Familia adentro sino sólo basura y cosas sucias, y entonces el Creador puso una letrero afuera.
¿Cuando Jesús venga verá toda esa basura en sus corazones?

A menudo nuestros corazones son llenados de cólera, odio, envidia y resentimiento e incluso de nuestros pecados, y nos dificulta el amar sinceramente, con toda nuestra mente y nuestra alma.

Noten que el Señor dijo: Amen a DIOS primero, entonces al prójimo, y entonces a sí mismo. Ese es el orden correcto. Si lo seguimos, nos dará felicidad y bendiciones. Pero observen cómo amamos.  A veces a nosotros primero, entonces a otros después, en otro día amamos a nuestro prójimo sobre Dios. Hay un chiste de una esposa que se quejó al sacerdote de que su marido era demasiado bueno con el vecino, que se quedaba allí de la noche a la mañana la mayoría de las veces y que el vecino era una viuda. Quién sabe. Es todo nuestro tiempo para El Señor y descuidamos  a la familia y otros. Hay un orden y no podemos descuidarlos, pues cuando amamos a nuestros prójimo y seres queridos, amamos al Señor también.

Pero hermanos y hermanas, Nuestros corazones, como les había dicho, fueron creados perfectamente para amar y así que si es manchado se puede componer.  Cuando se compone puede amar otra vez sinceramente

Me recuerdo de un pasaje del evangelio de Marcos 1:40 acerca de un leproso que llegó a Jesús y le dijo. Si tu quieres Señor me puedes sanar, y Jesús le contestó, lo haré.  Seas sanado;  y el hombre se fue a su casa limpio y sano. Podemos hacer lo mismo, pidámosle también al Señor que sane nuestros corazones.

Hoy oramos para que el Señor sane nuestros corazones, que los haga limpios y puros

En Mateo 5:  El Señor nos recuerda que Benditos son los de corazón puro pues verán a Dios, así es de importante tener un corazón puro.

Como en el Salmo 51: podemos decir crea un corazón limpio en mí oh Dios y pon un espíritu fuerte dentro de mí

Nos esforzamos por ser como nuestra Santísima Virgen María, de corazón inmaculado

Y entonces podemos amar con todo nuestro corazón, con toda nuestra alma y nuestra mente, e incluso podemos amar a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos

Mis Hermanos y Hermanas amen completamente, amen sinceramente y amen fielmente

Todo esto lo pedimos a través de Cristo nuestro Señor.  Amén

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SAINT LUKE


We honor today St. Luke.

The Evangelist who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (Continuation of the Mission of Jesus through the Apostles and The Church).

A Physician and he is the Patron Saint of Doctors and those in the medical field.

The Secretary and Assistant of St Paul in the mission as mentioned in the first reading.

Let us Reflect and Learn today on his teachings and be reminded of Jesus' call for each one of us to be Bearers of the Good news.

L - LOVE
   - St. Luke reminds us of Love for Jesus and the Blessed 
           Virgin.  From St Luke we get to know many things about
           Christmas, The Birth of Jesus and about Mary.
           Very much part of the Rosary comes from the Gospel of   
           St. Luke
    - Love for Children
    - Love and respect for women
    - Love for the Poor. The Parable of the Good Samaritan

U - Understanding and Forgiveness. 
       The parable of the Prodigal Son

K- Knowledge. 
       He offers us a complete narrative of Jesus, of the  Annunciation, Birth to Ascension. 
       That we may Know.
       And in growing in knowledge may we also grow in our Love for Jesus.
       Take  seriously your studies my dear children

E - Express your Love, your Forgiveness and Knowledge concretely. 
      Not only in words and in the mind but Do it. 
      Love, Forgive and Learn by doing.

      The Name LUKE literally means Bearer of Light
      Be Bearers of Light and of the Good news to one another

Monday, October 9, 2017

HAVE NO ANXIETY

St. Paul tells the People: "Have no anxiety."
And I wonder how can we not worry and have no anxiety
with so many things going on in our lives, in the world and in our country.
How can we not worry when there are so many who are suffering in Mexico in Puerto Rico and other parts of the world that we don't even get to hear and see
how can we not worry with the violence and conflicts in the country with the shooting in Las Vegas
how can we not worry when we do not know the future and what will happen tomorrow to us.
How can we not worry as we are bothered with our health, with our sick and dying love ones and children and even finances
what will happen to the kids of this generation, what's their future.
Its not easy to find sense and to see the wisdom of the call not to have anxiety

And yet St. Paul offers us the answer
With prayer and petition and thanksgiving. Entrust everything to the Lord

1. Thanksgiving. Still be Grateful and Thankful for at the end of the day we can still count on our blessings
The Lord as the land owner created this world still beautifully and provided everything for us and we still enjoy so many gifts, our life our time our love ones and freedom to whatever we want to do.
St. Paul says in another part of the scripture what is there that you have are all gifts from God
St Therese of the little flower also said: Everything is grace
Be always Grateful and Thankful

2. Be Fruitful, Bear Good fruits of love and generosity of what is right and true.
Even if you are met with negativity and opposition. Go on loving go on helping.
even if you do not get acknowledge or no one is there to clap their hands keep on doing good for God and for others
Be Fruitful..
Children in your studies,
Parents, couple in your promise of love and care for family and love ones
Ministers and servants of community, go on with your goodness
Be Fruitful to the poor and in need
Bear fruits of good works in your life

3. Prayer and Petition  is powerful
God Listens always to the cry of His children.
Pray and  hope that our fears and anxieties will be overcome and that peace will reign and Goodness will be victorious.
for God  is a gracious God compassionate and loving
and he is just and at the end of time there is a final accounting
and great is the reward for those who serve Him.

Be Prayerful be Fruitful and Thankful, For God is Good. Amen

Monday, October 2, 2017

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels/Angels are very much central to our faith
look at the stained windows and they are decorated all over
It is wonderful to know that someone is watching over you and me-our Angels.
They are personally meaningful to me. coz its the first prayer I learned as a child, the same prayer I asked all members of my family specially the kids to learn, the same prayer I pray everyday before going to bed even if in the course of life I have said so many different prayers even in other languages. its the same prayer I pray for protection and guidance when troubled and worried..it is a very powerful prayer.

We use the word often: "you are an
angel or you are my angel"
But what really are angels
As scriptures tells us they are messengers of God and  protectors of His people
The world needs so much peace and help for those who are in need and protection for the powerless the lowly and the children
The world needs so many angels
Be an angel to one another. amen
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