Saturday, November 12, 2016

Veterans Day Prayer

Heavenly Father, We pause today as a nation to remember all those who have worn the uniforms of the arm services of the United States and who have served our nation so faithfully.
We remember especially our brothers and sisters who have offered the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in the cause of freedom and justice.
May your blessings be upon them as you are pleased with their dedication and their generosity
We pray as well for those who are in active duty and for their families who support them in their service.
Protect them from all that is harmful to mind body and spirit and bring them safely home
On this veterans day, we pray earnestly for the gift of peace in our country and throughout the world that always we learn to live in harmony and mutual assistance, united in love and service.
May your peace reign in our hearts and in our troubled world now and forever. amen

Saturday, December 26, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Today is the most wonderful time of the year
It is Christmas. The Birthday of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
And so we greet each other, sincerely and with smile on our faces MERRY CHRISTMAS.
But we wonder today, why is this day so special. Why is Christmas Merry, Joyful and a celebration.
Is it because of The beautiful colors of flowers and decorations and lights all over that offers a festive mood? Yes, maybe it is part of it.
Or is it because of the celebration and party we had or will have in the company of our loves ones, our friends and family? But we gather also together and celebrate in other events during the year.
Is it because we have received so much presents from others or because we were able to share, to give and to be able share is wonderful feeling.
The Gospel from John offers us two reasons why Christmas is Merry/ Happy/ Joyful.
1.       Because THE WORD, (Jesus) was God, the creator of everything.
And THE WORD Became flesh, and dwelt among us.
Humbly taking our human conditions, becoming like us except sin.
And now He is with us. The Emmanuel.
Jesus is with us and that’s a great honor. A privilege and a reason to be Joyful.
Just Imagine God coming down and being with us, there is nothing like it.

The closest example I could give, to explain this mystery is
My experience being with my bishop when I stayed with him for some time and there were times when he would bring me with him to go to visit parishes or a community to say masses and when he meets the simple folks and I see how the people tremble in his presence and I hear them say. Bishop what wonderful feeling it is for us to see you visit us and find time for us, with all our unworthiness.
Truly, there is reason to rejoice for even with our unworthiness God is with us.
And so it is a Merry Christmas.

2.       Our Savior is born. We all know how things are going for us these times. There are so many things that are not right. Our pains, our struggles, our worries. Something is wrong. But we have a savior and so there is hope. Our Families need a savior. With conflicts and disunity and challenges, we really need someone to save our Families.
Our country needs a savior. We do not know where this country is heading, who will be the best leader, there are so many uncertainties.
Our world really needs a savior. With all the horrible things happening. Killings and war and calamities. We need someone to save us.
The Savior is here. He is with us.
There is a reason to be happy. It is a Merry Christmas.
       But there is a sad part in the gospel though that reminds us of a reality. It says: Though the Word came, the people, His own did not accept him.
Christmas is joyful already but we need to make this joy complete by accepting the Lord into our lives, our hearts, our family, our country and the world and making him very much part of everything we do, then it will truly be a Merry Christmas.
If we look at the manger now, the crèche is complete with Jesus on it. But it should not stop there rather we should allow Jesus to lie down in our hearts and lives for Christmas to be complete.
Let us accept Jesus and it will truly be a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Amen.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS

After dinner were sharing ideas with my pastor, Fr. Stephen about the things to share for our homilies on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, The Birthday of our savior JESUS CHRIST. Beautiful reflections came out until finally realized and admitted that for the celebration whatever beautiful words won't really matter and even what we say will not be that important for in the end  EVERYTHING really is about JESUS. HE is the Light, The Star, The Celebrant, The Heart and The Reason for this Season.
May we all have a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Amen

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I am Blessed




As the Filipino People wait eagerly for the visit of Pope Francis this January 2015
Great preparations are being done by the Church in the Philippines and the Faithful.
A Theme was chosen for the visit. I made some research of visits in the past in other countries and usually they came up with general theme like Unity, Peace and more of Joy and celebration.
COMPASSION AND MERCY is the theme given for the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines,
I was really touched when Cardinal Tagle explaining the theme said; “The Visit of Pope Francis is like Christ coming to visit a troubled and a suffering people of the Philippines.
Come to think of it, this is the central reason of the coming of Christ, the real reason of Christmas. He comes to us, to visit us because he is aware of our troubles and our sufferings.
And for this we can truly say we are Blessed, Like Mary God has found favor with you and me and so god sent His only son for us as a  Gift.
And so no matter what our conditions, experiences are. This Christmas is a Blessing for you and me Amen.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ADVENT

ADVENT
A new Year
A new Beginning, with new opportunities to love and to serve and do good.
A chance to start anew.


In the Gospel of the First Sunday of Advent, the Lord Jesus repeated many times the word "WATCH". Reminding you and me to watch for His coming, to be vigilant, to be attentive, to pay attention to what is essential in our preparation for Christmas.


For indeed there's so much to watch for...for our gifts to come, for celebrations, the beautiful decorations and lights, bonuses and more. But we should never forget the important things.


As a Filipino Priest once shared, Maybe we can watch attentively our:
W- WORDS Words of Kindness are important and be careful with words that hurt and destroy others. A- ACTIONS Acts of Goodness for others are important
T- THOUGHTS Good thought that produces good actions
C- CHARACTER Simplicity and Humility
H- HEART Getting rid of hatred, Envy, Hatred, Resentment.
This is a site of "Leaps of Faith" experiences and reflections. Be it Philosophical, Theological, Practical or Personal. It is also a site of Biblical reflections. But Above all, This is a site for YOU and ME.

"Leaps of Faith"

"LEAPS OF FAITH" Can be a religious movement of a person, an inner movement of belief, of trust on the greatest power of all, The Supreme being..Our Creator and Maker..Our God. They can be resolutions of a person everyday in his life to move forward, to be a better person, and to start a new life. They can be decisions of a person in times of great uncertainties, when he is not sure of what will come or happen and he makes a leap of faith. They can be steps, difficult steps that a person makes on his way to change or to start anew. Or they can simply be a persons resolve to fly, to travel..to widen his horizons, to learn more about life and to grow. These are Leaps of faith we make everyday and in great moments of our lives and they are worth considering and reflecting.