Sunday, November 18, 2007

Live Life Now


Looking at the Temple and remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed’

And Jesus reminds us that Things of this world, material possessions, beauty, titles and achievements and success and yes even our Life will have its end.

I was guiding a group of pilgrims in Rome and we came to Forum Romanum (The Roman Forum,) which was the political and religious centre in ancient Rome, in all its grandeur and beauty..all that was left were its ruins.

So Live well now, make the most of what God has given you, Love instead of hating, Make friends not enemies, serve and not being served, Enjoy Life and not destroy it because this is only one chance, one moment that God has given you and me.

Monday, November 12, 2007

St. Gertrudes and Friends

Thank You

Today I am going back to Rome. I am leaving St. gertrudes my "Home away from Home" for the last 6 months. When I went to Jones Manor(Nursing Home) the other day to say the mass. The Ladies immediately observed and remarked "Father, You have gained weight." I believe thats how much Love I received and experienced here in bayville. I thank the Lord for the chance to serve in my own little way. I thank the Lord for the beautiful experiences, The gift of friendship with many parishioners, with the pastor Fr. Peter and his staff. I thank the Lord for my many 'Mothers' in the community and fathers and brothers too. I pray for each one of them that the Lord will bless them and their family abundantly for their goodness and generosity. As I travel and continue my journey, may the Lord be my protector and guide. Amen

Friday, November 2, 2007

New York

All Souls Day


"When someone remembers us or our special days or anniversaries, we feel good and happy."
Today, I believe our departed Love Ones are also happy knowing that we all remember them and pray for them.
Let us pray that the Lord will grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them and that they may rest in peace. Amen

Thursday, November 1, 2007

All Saints Day


As we honor our saints today
1. The readings and Gospel reminds us who and what they are to us.
2. That they are our models to strive for holiness and to come closer to God.
3. That they are our intercessors, instruments who could bring our prayers and
petitions to God the Father.
ex. Practice of asking the help of St. Joseph in selling properties.
Choosing of a saint for Confirmation name. It tells us that they are of great
help for us.
4. That we should always be, as our faith tell us: In Communion with the Saints.

Almighty and Everlasting God,
who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints,
grant unto us the same faith and power of love;
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs
we may profit by their examples, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gothic Missal

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Be Humble


The Lord tell us today through a Parable how He is pleased with a humble person and how He dislikes the Self-righteous.
He offers the way of Humility. if we want to live meaningful lives.
This way of Humility is one of those “road less traveled” or followed because
normally we all want the easy road, the road of popularity and comfort, the road of glory.

It is like against what we normally do and learned since childhood, That we were all taught to win, to be number 1, to fight and not to loose.

It is not an easy way. As the song says: “O Lord its hard to be humble.”

It comes from the word humus-meaning earth
A person who is able to bow down to the earth in front of others is a humble person.
One who does not think that she or he is better or more important than others.
It is someone who is able to forgo his own interests for others.
One who accepts his incapacity and limitations.

Who is a Humble Person?
1.A humble person is one who amidst his success and self worth is still aware of his limitations and that every now and then can commit mistakes and when it happens he accepts his mistakes.
A humble person accepts that nobody is perfect.
He is not the one who says I am the greatest…Even Jesus the greatest man ever, never even mentioned the words the he is the greatest.

2. A humble person is one who can say I am sorry and in the end can be forgiven and can be helped.

3.A humble person is who listens even if he is sure of what he knows and believe because he believe that others has something to say. In the end a humble person respects others.

Jesus is always pleased with humble people and so He always reminds us to learn to be humble.
Following the way of humility can also be a way to greatness and a way to heaven.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

PRAYER


The Lord reminds us today about the importance , the value of prayer and the right attitude we should have in praying.
I am reminded of the saying. An apple a day will keep the doctor away and I believe its true also when we say a prayer each day will keep the adversary, the bad things in life away.

We all have varied experiences in praying.
For some prayers are immediately answered. Like in a case of a lady who was cured of her cancer right away.
For others, it takes a long time. It took my sister many years praying to have a child and she was already 42 when they had their first baby.
Still for others seemingly their prayers are never answered. And they get discourage and they stop praying.

Story: of praying and seemingly unanswered prayers.

Never get discourage in praying.
God knows what is best for us and He will decide what to give. It is not for us to demand.
He will surely bless us with the best and never give us something that could harm or destroy us.
Pray without weary and pray unceasingly and believe miracles can still happen. amen

Sunday, October 14, 2007

"T. Y. Lord"


The Gospel reminds us:
First. That Jesus is a Healer. To those who ask His help for heeling, He never fails. Ten Lepers approached him for help and they went home healed and happy.
Jesus can help us. He can heal us from illness, from cancer. He can heal us from our fears and worries and experiences of no peace. He can heal our troubled minds and body,. He can heal troubled relationships. He can heal us even from financial problems.

Approach Jesus today through your prayers. And you shall be Healed.

Second. Jesus was impressed with the leper, a foreigner who showed his gratitude by coming back to say thank you and was sad to know that the nine others never came back.

The Lord is pleased with one who appreciates and acknowledges the many blessings received in life through the goodness of the Father.

The Lord is happy with anyone who knows how to say Thank You for Gods Love showered upon him.
Sometimes its easy to ask for a favor but we forget to say thank you and just forget everything ones we have what we want.
Its easy to say prayer before going to bed and prayer before meals but after having a good nights rest and a new life and after being filled, we just go away and forget to say thanks..

Be grateful to God, for everything we have and are all Blessings from Him.
Say Thank you to Him.
This Eucharist which literally means Thanksgiving can be our sincerest way of showing how grateful we are for Gods Love and we say from the bottom of our hearts, mind and presence.."Than You, Father."

Sunday, October 7, 2007

"Increase our Faith"


October 4, 2007. A special date in St. Gertrudes, in Bayville NY, When we had a wonderful, meaningful and successful Healing mass attended by so many believers in the Healing Power of Jesus. Some said it was the biggest gathering ever of Prayer for healing in Long Island attended by many priests and deacons and Bishop Libasci and the preacher and healer was Fr. Anthony Ozele. It was a night filled with LOVE and FAITH.

At one time when seeing the crowd started to fill up the whole building, and I was getting worried, I said “we will surely run out of chairs tonight.”. But I was awaken and reminded when a Parishioner “Lara” remarked: “where is your faith Father?”

Surely, we all have faith. We believe. That there is a power and force greater than all of us. Precisely why we are here attending the mass. Our religion is our faith.

But it is a reality that we fall short in our faith.. We doubt and we question. We doubt the sincerity and faithfulness of a love one and others, it can happen we doubt even about God.
Remember Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Very soon for sure she will be canonized a saint but recently we all heard how she herself questioned and doubted her faith and the Love of Jesus.
We all have a weak faith, we are not that strong and perfect
That’s why in the Gospel there is a request and Prayer: “Lord, Increase our Faith.”

This our weak faith, remember also. Many times, it will be tested. It can be tested by tragedies in Life, loss, separation, sickness and even financial problems..

But we can learn from Mother Theresa today. She doubted , yes. But she never stopped desiring to be close to the Lord and to continue serving and doing good.

Story: A man who just started serving the church and really was serving faithfully was just diagnosed when he went for a checkup with a terminal cancer in its serious stage and was given only 5 months to live. How do we comfort him. What are the ride words to tell him to encourage him.
But this man said instead. I am sad not because I am sick but because I could have served earlier and I could have done a lot more for the Lord.

Lord, Increase my Faith. Amen

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Riches and Wealth


Points to ponder: on the story of The Rich man and the poor Lazarus.
1. Riches and wealth, they are Gods gift to us. They are good; it could help us live better lives in this world.
But the gospel reminds us, not to center our lives on them. Why? Because in the end... They mean nothing, we can never bring them with us and many were destroyed by them in the process of attaining them in life.

2. Our wealth, Riches should be acquired through honest means. It can happen just because they are so attractive to us…we step on others, at times we use others just to attain them.

3. They are God’s gift to us for a purpose: They are given to us, to be shared specially for those who are in need and we are being reminded not to be carried away by greed and to learn to give and to help.

4. There is more to wealth and material things in this world.
I remember when I was a child. Life was difficult then for my parents. How I wanted a toy and I was begging my father to buy me one. I remembered crying, asking my father.. And he just told me. You study hard, be a good boy and pray. And you will have lots of then when you grow up.
I never got that toy I was asking, but I’ll always treasure the words of my father. That there are more to material things in this world. That there more to wealth…that is, the value of hope, the value of working hard and Loving God.

5. Use God’s gift of wealth to merit heaven, to gain the reward of being with the Father.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

"We May Never Love Like This Again"






The Gospel reminds us of a Loving and merciful Father in heaven.
It is worth noting to say God Loves you and me.
Because it happens, due to our bad experiences in life, due to our sorrows and crosses and the horrors we see in the world, we tend to say God is too far from us.
A song writer back home said: Is God perhaps asleep? “Natutulog ba ang Dios?”

Learn to look at the bright side. Learn to see that there are many things in life that God gave us as blessings and many we never asked or expected to have and yet were given to you and me.

God Loves us, and just remember to count on your blessings.

He is the shepherd who leaves the 99 unattended to tirelessly search for us in the wilderness and who rejoices and carries us home tenderly when he finds us. He is like the woman who does not cease to search until she finds that missing silver piece, and when she finds it, she is filled with joy. He is the father in the story of the prodigal son, who no matter what the son did, he accepted and welcomed him back.

Realizing Gods Love for us is a call also to Love one another. To show and share the Love we received from God to others.

The cross is always a symbol of this call to Love. Jesus’ hands are nailed and he stares at us asking: Can you Love for me? Can you forgive and be merciful for me?
Look always for opportunities to show your goodness and Love to others. Do not postpone and take things for granted. A chance to love is always passing, we may never have the chance anymore.
As the song says. We may never Love like this again

Pardon me for reflecting on the parable of the prodigal son this way. You know commentaries and scholars would always judge badly the elder son who complained to the father because he was never given a special treatment no matter how he served the father.
But I guess maybe the father also failed to really show concretely to the elder son the right love and care he needed that’s why he complained. Maybe he took him for granted saying anyway you will always be with me and have everything in the end.
The lesson, it can happen that we are more loving and generous to others and we take for granted those immediately close to us and we know always we need to affirm our love for them.

God Loves you and me. Let us Love one another now.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Lord.. Teach me to be Humble


When Jesus said: "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
He reminds us about the difficult lesson of Humility.
A virtue that the Lord would like us to practice.

Humility comes from the word "humus" meaning earth or ground. To stoop to the ground
When one forgets or forgoes ones needs and interest for others, when one serves not oneself but others.
It is associated with being meek, docile and simplicity of heart

It is a difficult virtue.
In as much as we somehow have the tendency to be selfish. The tendency to think first of oneself and interests.
We also live in a culture of self assertion, pride, self promotion.
We hate being stepped on and trampled.
It seems, Humility is a virtue of losers not winners and we always were taught to fight and win and not loose.
In business they say you will not succeed if you are humble. Because you always have to exaggerate and promote oneself.
It is indeed a difficult virtue.
As the song says:"O Lord, Its hard to be humble when you are great in many ways..."

But Jesus said it is needed for one to better understand His ways and teachings and to obey God, His commands.
It is important so as to gain eternal life.."unless you will become like a little child you cannot enter the kingdom of God"
It is a way that we can be exalted and be blessed.

Jesus invites us to take the way of humility in our dealings with others and with Him. "Clothe yourselves in humility in your dealing with others." 1Peter5:5

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jesus our Savior


When Jesus was asked in the gospel will there be a few be saved?
The person asking Jesus truly believed that Jesus Christ is a savior.
Jesus indeed is our only and true savior, the one who will never fail us and abandon us.
We can depend on gadgets, technologies and even special persons in our lives who we believe can save us. But they have their limitations. They can fall short, they can fail us.
Trust in Gods power as our savior
Do not make him only the last resort when everything fails.

May the Lord save us from harm, from those who wish to hurt us, save us from sufferings and pain. Save us from sickness and above all save from us from sin so as to merit being with him in his kingdom at the end of time. amen

Saturday, August 25, 2007

PCF Reunion 2007

Gathering of PCF Priests in Staten Island. Organized by Rev. Fr. Rey Adalid, OP. August 20, 2007.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

"FIRE"


Jesus said: “I have come to Light a fire on the earth.”
Jesus is making use of the symbol of fire to tell us his message today.
Fire we know has many characteristics,

1. Fire first and foremost, when burning is warm (hot).
The Fire that the Lord is telling us is Gods burning Love for all of us.
“God so Love the world that he gave his only son.”
Jesus offered Himself on the cross because of Love
We may at times forget and take God for granted but Gods Love is always for us .
It is inconceivable of God forgetting and ceasing in His Love,
for that would also be the end of everything.


2. Fire purifies and refines
We stand before God and we realize we are blemished by sin, we have our mistakes and faults.
But The Lord would like to purify us, refine us making us better persons, better children and follower.
He wants to burn away everything we put in God’s place, whether it be work, money, family, property, sports. All of these things are good, but none is God and God always demands first place
The Lord would like us to change and be transformed.
Be it in our attitude, on how we relate with those around us, it can be our vices, it can be our addictions. And we know eventually they are self destructive and could lead hurting others
But often we postpone, we put off the fire of invitation to change.
Let us allow the fire of God to purify, transform and change us.
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3. Fire gives Light to its surrounding
It is an invitation for us to give good example to others and to live our faith for others to see,
To be the light, the torch of truth
Christ wants us to be passionate in our faith for Him, for others, in love.
There’s a reason why the pure, loving heart of the Blessed Mother in this statue of Our Lady of Fatima has a flame on it, because it’s burning with love. Her heart, which was pure from the first moment of her conception, burns out of love for God and for us.

Christ wants to light us on fire. He wants us to light us like a torch so that we might carry that torch throughout life, lighting up the world. On the day of our baptism, we received the Light of Christ and were instructed to keep that torch burning brightly until the return of Christ Jesus. How are we doing? Would others be able to say that we carry that light of Christ, the light of the joy of the Resurrection, no matter how much darkness there is, no matter how much suffering?

Come O Holy Spirit fill the Hearts of thy Faithful and Enkindle in them the Fire of Your Love. Amen

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Blessed with MARY


People say that I am Lucky and that I am always blessed.
Personally I believe it is true but not only because of being lucky but more of having to do with my being close to the Blessed Virgin.
You see, whenever I need something or whenever I am about to make a decision or whenever i am in trouble and needs help, I speak to the Blessed Virgin in prayer entrusting to her everything. And everything comes out well.
I believe it all started when I was a child. We were living then in a rural remote barangay in Kabatan, Zamboanga del Sur. I got seriously ill and there was only one doctor in town who my mother said gave up on my case. She prayed that night to the Blessed Virgin and consecrated me to the Miraculous medal of the Blessed Virgin and after that she saw me got better.....and many years later I became a priest and ever since I received all I need always through the help of the blessed Virgin.
ASSUMPTION, 2007

Sunday, August 12, 2007

"Be Prepared"


We are all familiar with the words: “Be Prepared.“
It is the motto of scouts, it is the secret of success of many, and nowadays it is even an important principle of national security-the country, being prepared for any eventuality specially against evil doers.
A great help for student before taking exams, also for those seeking jobs and in life in general-to be prepared is something beneficial.

We prepare for the winter times, others say we prepare for the rainy days.
We always take value in being prepared.
We prepare for the future. We have insurances. My mom is old and sickly but she already has a reserve spot in the cemetery.
That’s how prepared we are.

But there is a question that the Lord would like to ask us.
Amidst all our preparations, Are we prepared for death?
or amidst all insurances. Are we assured to enter heaven?
This is what the gospel is asking us to give some thought today, not that it’s a bad news but something we need to learn to accept.
We do not know when the lord will call us.
We do not know when the son of man will come.
We do not know how and when death will come and they say often it comes like a thief in the night.

So the Lord said “be prepared.”
Be vigilant, “gird your loins and light your lamps.”
The Lord himself gives some points on how to prepare.
He said: “store up for yourselves treasure in heaven.”
Live good lives in the eyes of the lord and others, do good. And in doing so file up points to merit heaven.
We can always do good and God is pleased with the good we do, it can erase mistakes and help us to heaven

Prayer is also an important preparation for heaven. Its like talking to God and we establish relationship with Him and gets to know something about us so that when we stand before Him we will not be like strangers before Him.
A woman used to come to church because she said I’m afraid when they bring me in for my funeral, God may not recognize me and will ask and who are you?

We prepare so that when the Lord will call us, we will not be worried and afraid because we have done our part.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

St. Ignatius, memorial


The Image of the wheat and weeds is a clear picture of the reality of Life.
That there is goodness and evil in our midst. That there is joy and also sorrow and pain. That there are good times and also the bad times and yes even good health and sickness.
Amidst all these, the Lord would like us to have an attitude of Trust and Confidence.
To learn to surrender ourselves to His love and Power.
Here, the Prayer of St. Ignatius is fitting:
The Prayer of surrender.
“Take Lord, receive all my Liberty, my memory my understanding and my entire will. Give me only Your Love and your Grace, that’s enough for me.” Amen.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

"Ora et Labora"


Story of two wood cutters: started cutting wood at the same time and ended in the afternoon together, One cut woods without stopping the other found time to rest but at the end of the day the one who stopped and rested had more firewood than the one who did not stop. When asked how he did it that he had more. He said when I rested I took time to sharpen my axe that’s why I was able to cut more wood.
In the Gospel there are two ways presented of serving the Lord and two ways of being a follower.
1. Martha who is always busy working and serving others
2. The other Mary who took time sitting by the Lord and listening to him and she did the better part.
I believe The point of the story of Jesus with Mary and Martha is not to invite us to choose between being a Martha or a Mary. The true disciple needs to be both Martha and Mary.
That yes, we can become busy serving, working and doing good, but we should never forget, to sit down and rest, to offer quality time for others. To kneel reflect and listen to God’s word.
Work hard and be productive, serve and do good but we should always have time also to rest. To offer quality time for others and Time in Prayer for the Lord
No wonder Mother Theresa and even Pope John Paul II are famous because they work and serve but at the end of the day we see them kneeling down and praying to the Lord.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Good Works


Our Love for the Lord compels us also to express our charity for our neighbors.
To Love God also means Love for our neighbor. “Loving ones neighbor as you love yourself.”
Everyday there will always be opportunities for us to show good deeds to those who are in need, “neighbors” all we have to do is to be aware and look around.
Examples:
1.When the prayer group where all excited to chip in and help a woman with her kids.
2.When certain families of our community where helping a young boy to find him a poster home.
3.Offering time for the sick in the community.
That neighbor can even be right in our own homes.
To have an “eye” for those who are in need is always part of us as a lover and follower of Jesus.
Help and Do Good just like the Good Samaritan
Also be aware of the challenges and reasons and justifications that would come up often hindering us to express our good works. There will always be temptations as obstacles to Love.
Love, do Good and Feel Good afterwards.
Love, do Good, even if there are no one around to acknowledge and clap their hands.
Jesus knows and sees everything and he said:“ If you help or give even a cup of water to the little ones, to those who are in need, you will not loose your reward. Mt 11:1.
He also said in John: Those who serve me, him I will honor.
May we grow in Love and Generosity. Amen

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Travel Light and Right


The lord sent his disciples by pair on a journey to proclaim the good news,
He advised them to carry no purse, no sack or traveling bag, no extra tunic.
He asked them to Travel Light.
We believe that Life is a journey and certainly as we travel in this world it makes sense and will help a lot if we travel light not carrying unnecessary things, extra baggage.

When I came to Bayville, I brought 1 small bag only. I figured I had me carrying myself already which was too heavy already so I just brought the important things. Travel light

In this world if we are weighed down if we carry so much it will affect our journey in life

Things we carry that are extra baggage
1. Anger and hatred. It weighs us down, the more we get angry, the more we are affected specially when the other we see is unaffected.

2. Sin can weigh us down, though we say sometimes nobody knows about them but God sees and knows everything, it is an extra baggage. Let it go ask for forgiveness go to confession.

3. Pride can be too high, to heavy that could pull us down and make us fall

4. Of course too much attachment to things of this world could also weigh us down surely they are important, money, possessions, but we will not bring them with us and often they become the coz of troubles for those left behind.

Travel light if we desire to reach our destination-Heaven

Travel well and Right also
Last Tuesday I was asked to go to the cemetery for the blessing before burial of a young man and it was in Locus Valley. My First time to enter that beautiful one of a kind cemetery, and I learned when we enter the cemetery so that we will not get lost, to arrive at the destination. It says all we have to do is to keep right. Keep right always and you will be on the right tract.
I believe my dear brothers and sisters in life, that’s the way to go also, if we would like to attain salvation one day at the end of our lives. Always keep right , always do what is right and nothing wrong could ever happen.

More Power and Happy Trip.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

4th of July in Bayville, 2007

As we celebrate today FREEDOM! Let us continue asking the Good Lord Jesus to Free us from pains and sufferings, from sorrows, tears and crosses.
Bless us with a life of Peace, and Happiness. Amen
God Bless America!
Happy 4Th of July!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Journey with Jesus


Jesus is on a journey to Jerusalem.
It was a difficult travel, first it was in the desert and second there were people who were hostile to him. Who rejected him
It was a journey to the cross, to suffering. And Jesus went on in this journey.

We are reminded today of our own journey in life, me as a priest, as married couples, as parents, in our work, relationships and as a Christian.
We believe that Life is a journey, that we are traveling in this world. It has a beginning and an end, and we have destinations-success and Heaven.
we are on a journey and like Jesus we encounter the realities in life, yes there are good times but there are also the bad times, the rough times and rejections of others and crosses.
Through the example and teaching of Jesus in the gospel today we can actually learn important truths about how to face our life’s journey.

It can be summarized in 3 letter P. The three Ps.
First Jesus journeyed with Perseverance. He never gave up even amidst the dangers and sufferings.
He said something about holding to the plow and not looking back.
I know there will always be times in our lives when problems are overwhelming
I am reminded of a song of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush about a couple who lost everything, their home and his job and he complains:
“In this proud land we grew up strong, we were taught to fight to win never thought we could fail coz no one wants you when you loose.”
The wife encouraged him by saying: “Don’t give up coz you have friends. Don’t give up are not beaten yet. Don’t give up I know you can make it good.”
Sometimes its easy to say I surrender. I loose.
Jesus is teaching us an attitude of determination.
Believing that at the end of the tunnel, there will be better times.
Patience.
A patient man is he who ‘bears pains and trials calmly or without complaint.’
Be patient with people who are getting along your way
Be patient in Life.
Learn to hold back, let it pass, don’t flare up right away, be cool.
The apostles flared up right away, “lets send them fire from heaven,” but Jesus said no.
I am reminded of a boy who defined the word Christian and said It is one who is patient, understanding who doesn’t fight back or talk back, he added, Dad is a Christian but my mom is not.
PrayerAs we travel in this Life we can have Jesus with us to guide us and see us through.
Learn to call Him for protection, guidance and help while traveling to lead us on.
We don’t have to wait till we reach “rock bottom” or the last two minutes before we call on God for help. Pray and call on God.

With Perseverance, Patience and Prayer, we believe we can travel well in peace and happiness in our life time.

Buona Giornata!, Buen Viaje!, Have a pleasant Trip!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

San Juan


We celebrate today the Birthday of John the Baptist.
He is the forerunner of Jesus. “Who prepared the way of the Lord,”

He is called John the Baptist because he was the humble baptizer of Jesus at Jordan.
Today back home you will get wet if you walk down the street because people will have all the right to sprinkle water at anybody and get them wet because it is San Juan.

He was a gift to Elizabeth and Zechariah who were in their old age and without child.
The name John means God is gracious, or Yahweh’s gift because he was really a Gift from God for his parents.

God is Gracious. God loves us and have showered upon us his Blessings.
I just hope that we realize this that even amidst our crosses and sorrows in life. We can still say that we can count on our blessings.
There will always be things that God has given us and we did not even ask for it and never expected. Just like John a gift to Elizabeth and Zechariah.
Let us not forget to say thank You.

God is Gracious, He will always Bless His loves ones and for those who ask he will give.
Learn to ASK.
Friends!, God wants to give you the desire of your heart. Although God knows what you need and desire before you ask, He loves for his Children to ask of Him. His Word says, call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show you great and mighty things, which you did not know. He also says, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that ask, receive; and he that seek, find; and to him that knock it shall be opened. Mt. 7:7.

Ask the Lord what you want and believe that He will give and will never fail.
1. Is it material possessions or financial help that you need
2, Is it perhaps peace and happiness in your life or at home?
3. Or good health and alleviation from pain.
4. A Husband or a wife? This is only for those not married yet.

Never say its impossible. There is nothing impossible with God, we really have nothing to loose in asking, believe!. God is Gracious.
For 12 years in my life as a priest I was asking the lord to give me a chance to travel and study, and there was no way in sight. Even an approval from the Bishop I was not given for 13 years. But I prayed for it and ask sincerely for it.
And it came 2 years ago. I went to study in Rome, then I was saying masses in other countries, then I am in Bayville. And it is just like heaven. If only you know how it is for us back home. God is indeed gracious.

I believe each one need something from God. ASK! And it shall be given
Impossible? Just believe god will have His way for us.

Yes we need something from god and we ask. And there would always be others who are asking for help from the lord.
Like our brothers and sisters who are praying for the war to end, others are asking for a simple shelter or maybe for food. And clothing. I think at time we can instruments of gods love and graciousness and we share with others what God has given us.
Just as God shows us his being Gracious, we are also invited to be gracious with those in need.

We Pray
Lord you have bless us so much, truly you love us and have Give us a lot through your blessings. There are things we need and we ask believing that you will never fail us. Teach us also to be gracious, may the love we received from you we will learn to share it to others. That we will also become givers. All this we ask through Christ our lord amen.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

GOOD WORKS

Jesus was with his apostles with teachers of the law one day as he was preaching.
A woman of ill- refute, despised, looked-down by many, approached Jesus,
She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment. Luke 7:36 - 8:3. .
The apostles reprimanded her.
Jesus on the other hand, acknowledge what she did and in the end even forgave her sins.

This woman, Mary Magdalene, a sinner, a good for nothing woman, just did something good for the Lord and she was blessed.
Like Magdalene, we know that we all have our imperfections, our sinfulness but as she showed to us. Yes, we can still do something good. In life, for others, and even for the Lord.
I saw the movie Shrek 3, towards the end, the villains in fairy tail stories wanted to avenge for how they were treated badly in the stories. When suddenly Arthur, the boy who would be king reminded them that its never too late, they can still do something good in life and for others.
No one is really that bad that he cannot do something good in life.
Look for that opportunity, ask what we can do everyday in our lives that would make others happy. Like for dads as we celebrate fathers day.
Like Jesus, He taught us many things but he also had done so many good works, cure the sick, raise the dead, comforted those in sorrow and he served and ask us to do the same.
Mary was reprimanded, scolded by the apostles.. But Jesus admired her for what she did and acknowledge her, by blessing her.
There are times when we do good, people will judge us negatively and sometimes we do good and we look around no one is there to clap their hands or affirm us.
But Jesus sees everything and knows the good we do.
In the end we can be blessed and redeemed by our good works.
Mother Theresa of Calcutta, never preached about Love or service but she just did it..


I am reminded of a comparison between a necktie and handkerchief. A necktie make one look good presentable, and it stays in the center but a handkerchief is placed inside the pocket but it serves its purpose wipe perspiration, tears, using for blowing noses and yet after serving its purpose it is kept inside the pocket not to be seen by many,
Maybe we can ask also. What kind of Christian we would like to be. A Necktie Christian? Or a Handkerchief Christian.

I believe in the end, The Lord will judge us not by the mistakes we did the good works we have done.
May we live a life of good works for others and for God , amen

Sunday, June 10, 2007

CORPUS CHRISTI


We celebrate today the memorial of corpus Christi. Meaning the Body and Blood of Christ. Given to us by Jesus Himself at the Last supper. “Broken shared and mandated to do in his memory.”

Jesus said:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you; he who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
-- John 6:53, 54

1. We are reminded today of receiving Christ into our lives, to be our strength, our courage, our protection, our nourishment.
Surely, food is important for us to survive to be physically fit and healthy, but we also need to be nourished spiritually so that we will be completely, holistically healthy.
“Men sana in corpore sano.“ by a Roman Poet Juvenal
A healthy body with a healthy spirit. It is never good to be physically healthy but spiritually malnourished.
2. We are reminded also today to try to understand a little better what the Eucharist or the MASS is, in our Life and in the Life of the Church.
Sad to say, somehow it has become so familiar and so ordinary that few take delight on it.
Other things or events can draw a crowd these days Like concerts or parties and yes the St. Gertrude’s feast but not the Eucharist. Somebody observed last Thursday, looking at the crowd in the feast. If only half of these people will go to church it will be a lot.

Dear brothers and sisters, the Holy Mass, the Eucharist, we should remember should always be the center of our lives as Catholics.
We cannot just go on by making it something unimportant.. A Public official once here in new York is running for president and he is a catholic but when asked where church does he go?. He said.. No comment,

It is important for each one of us dear brothers and sisters..
St. Theresa of Calcutta said, when the Eucharist is taken for granted something breaks up in our life.

Looking at how few would go to church nowadays,
Surely there is something wrong. Just like that story of the priest who started the mass and the microphone was not working, and frustrated he said there is something wrong with the microphone and people answered and also with you.

For us priest we are reminded to offer it sincerely and faithfully. We should be the celebrant rightly and properly. Celebrant. Not depressant. When because of us people are discouraged. Celebrant not celebrity when we take the acknowledgement, not Christ anymore.

As we receive Christ today, may we be renewed and become better persons, growing in our love for one another and Christ.
May we grow in our appreciation and love for the Eucharist. As the source and summit of our christian Life, Amen

Sunday, June 3, 2007

TRINITY SUNDAY



Our profession of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is central to our Faith. Remember how whenever we pray and start the mass and do anything we always begin with the sign of the Cross? It is a profession of our Faith in the Triune God. We will always be Trinitarian.

Unlike other feast when we celebrate a special day, Trinity Sunday is a celebration of a Belief, a teaching and we hold it as true that there are Three Persons in One God.

Now, this is a mystery, it is something that human mind can never fathom or understand. It just go against logic and mathematics. Like when we say 1+1+1=3, BUT HERE IT IS 1+1+1+1=1

Augustine once told. Walking by the seaside meditating on the Trinity, he saw a boy digging a hole in the sand. The boy told him he was going to put the sea into the hole. When Augustine said it was impossible to put the whole sea into that little hole, the boy replied that it would be easier than understanding the Trinity. The boy disappeared, that it was an angel reminding him of the futility of trying to study about the trinity.

But we believe.
Because Christ said so. In the gospel we here him go therefore and make disciples of all nations. In the name of the father…

Meaning of the Celebration for you and me. It tells us about UNITY

The Father, the son and Holy Spirit. Are three different persons. But they are one in Love. They are united.

Unity is not something difficult for all of us to understand. Our country itself, Is strong and progressing and growing even amidst threats. Because of UNITY. There is only one United states.

Unity means when we are one and close to someone or a group. When we share one goal, that is for the common good, when in the group or in the family or in community we respect each other and we help each other achieve something good.

1.There is a call for each one to be close. United and one with the Lord.. for as he said “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
2. It pays and it is a wonderful experience when the family is one and together. Spending time together at home and even in prayer.
3. It is something when a community is together and united, working with each other to achieve a common end.
Like a cart being pulled by many to one direction and together, will cause the cart to move forward faster and well.
Aesop and later by John Dickinson-in his revolutionary song. “United we stand, divided we fall.”

Let us pray for Unity
Let also pray that just as the Three Persons are united in Love. May we also grow in our Love for the Lord and for each other.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day, Bayville New York 2007



PRAYER
Eternal Father, giver of Love and Life, the source of our freedom and the protector of our Nation.
We offer to You our Praises and Thanksgiving for You are all Good and Merciful. And “your mercies have followed us all the days of our lives.”
As we come together on this special day of remembrance..

We remember first of all how you have loved us.

We remember also specially the men and women who offered their lives serving our nation and fought hard for freedom and justice for all of us to enjoy. Eternal rest grant unto them Lord and Let Perpetual Light shine upon them.
We remember their families and love ones and we pray that they be comforted in their sorrows.

Father, we entrust to you our nation, the leaders and those whose who are continuously defending our values and freedom against the evil of terrorism.
Bless us with Peace eternal Father,

Grant to us your protection and guidance. Assure us with your power so that “even though we walk in dark valley we will fear no evil for you will be at our side.” Amen

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Pentecost Sunday


We celebrate Pentecost Sunday today
It’s a great feast considering that it’s the birthday of the church, the beginning of the church. When Christ ascended into heaven, he did not leave us orphaned. He sent His Holy Spirit, the advocate to remind us of everything he did and taught, made us faithful and without fear.
"Pente" means 50-50 days after Passover, after Easter.
It’s the end of Easter, we will be extinguishing the Easter candle after today.

Its should be a joyous and a meaningful celebration for all us

Personally for me, its very meaningful, 15 years ago today, on a Sunday. May 30, 1993. I celebrated my first mass, on a Pentecost Sunday.
I remember then how I was so afraid, unsure of what will happen to me as priest, I even described myself then as a seed being planted and corrupted on the ground. And now look at me. I am big. I am happy I am still a priest,

It should be joyous and meaningful also for you brothers and sisters.

The sending of the holy Spirit should make us alive and hopeful and encouraged, as a person and as a Christian.

It was
Fulton J. Sheen who once said about the church that even though we are God's chosen people, we often behave more like God's frozen people. God's frozen people indeed: frozen in our prayer life, frozen in the way we relate with one another, frozen in the way we celebrate our faith. We don't seem to be happy to be in God's house; we are always in a hurry to get it over and done with as soon as possible. Today is a great day to ask the Holy Spirit to rekindle in us the spirit of new life and enthusiasm, the fire of God's love. Let us ask the Power of the Holy Spirit for this gift. In our Life and in our faith we should be encourage.

It should also give us courage and strength
We all have fears and worries in life. What will happen next, worries about members of the family, fear of death and worries about our health, financial problems and many more.
Pentecost reminds us that there is such thing as being hopeful and taking courage believing that there is a God whom we can go and rely on, believing that with God nothing is impossible and nothing could ever go wrong.

In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Non Abbiate Paura.”

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in us the fire of Your Love. Amen.

Monday, May 21, 2007

I Wonder: Why Run for Office?


The recent elections in the Philippines saw thousands running for office from all walks of life, all wanting very much to win an office with a common purpose: So that they could serve others, their kababayans, serve the Philippines.
We saw lawyers, businessmen, entertainers, overseas worker, a boxer, pastors and yes even priests all with a common cry so that they can become of service to the Filipino people..

I just wonder, when they say they wanted to serve and do good to their constituents. Does one always need to be in office just to serve?
I really feel that there seem to be a misunderstanding of the whole idea of serving and doing good for others here.
I even have the tendency to believe that, there maybe other reasons behind their running aside from serving.

These people, many of them spent a lot running for office.
They could have just spent the whole amount helping others and doing good.

I look at Jesus and I realize, He even took the form of a slave, an ordinary man to reach out to others and to serve. There was no need of an office.

I wonder why is this so. I wonder why these people came to have these kind of ideas in their minds. Funny, isn’t it?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My Return to Rome: A "Leap of Faith" experience

My Return to Rome: A “Leap of Faith”

March 26, 2007 I went back to Rome full of fear and anxiety, unsure of what will happen and devoid of any plans.
I was returning with only a “recivuta.” Unsure of being accepted back to Italy.
I was worried of my mother who just went out of the hospital and was bidding farewell as though it would be our last of seeing each other.
I had no money and above all with no Borsa-No Scholarship for my studies.
I was worried whatever happens; I didn’t even have the means of going back to the Philippines.

To make things worse, when I went to the Questura, upon arrival to verify my papers, though I had an appointment, and a call from the office. my file was no where to be found and they seem not eager to help me or find it.

It was an experience of helplessness, discouragement and to some extent hopelessness. I was really down and out and it was Holy Week 2007.
It was one of those times you call a very sad state. As If you were at the edge of the cliff and you do not now what will happen and what to do.

I remember how in those times, How often I silently raised my voice to the Lord, to our Blessed Virgin in supplication … “asking to show me the way.”

It was Good Friday, While I was meditating on the Passion of Jesus on TV. At that point when Jesus was crucified with the 2 thieves and one asked Him to remember them and Jesus answered.. “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

It touched me so intensely that even made me cry alone in my room, while at that time I was feeling sorry for myself for the state I was in, and there where those words of Jesus, which where words of assurance.

It was a time of realization, I was reminded to Trust in the Lord, I was reminded to continue hoping and never loose faith and confidence. Make the act of Faith


The next days. For the record, were all BLESSINGS,

I became busy again with my community in Bologna and Bescovio
My Mother assured me that she was feeling better and she celebrated her 81st birthday happily and successfully last May 14.
One fine day, last April 17. I received a letter, a letter that I opened inside the church in front of the blessed Mother and the Blessed Sacrament. And lo and behold, it was the approval of my scholarship asking me to get the check.

a week later,I received a call from the questura for finger printing. They finally found my file and my papers were okey .
Then I received a call from my Pastor from the US asking me to come early for my pastoral work.

Blessings were pouring the next 3 weeks.

A reminder once again How Jesus and Mama Mary Loves me and will never abandon me.
It was like after Good Friday came Easter and resurrection
Like After winter, came springtime and new life.

Thank you very much Dear Lord Jesus and mama Mary

Today I am leaving for the US, for Bayville where I will be staying and working and writing my thesis for the next 5 months.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

MESSAGE; BOLOGNA


HOMILY
10th Anniversary of Bologna Cell Group
El Shaddai Community, April 29, 2007

After 10 years of loving and serving El Shaddai, Our Lord Jesus, and Mama Mary. I hope that your “Love is tested and tried”…..based on the story of a couple who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and the husband gave a speech and said in the end..’My Love for you my dear is tried and tested…when the wife was also called to give the response…since she could not hear clearly due to a hearing problem. .she answered back angrily..”I am tired of you too.”
…………………….

EL SHADDAI in Bologna



My Bologna Community
A city in Northern Italy, well known for its Universities and the “Due Torre” The twin towers, their Patron Saint San Petronio and the Home of the Madonna de San Luca .
I was sent by the rector of Philippine College Msgr. Ruperto Santos to a small community of El Shaddai to serve, to help.
This was where I encountered the Filipino migrants in Bologna. So hungry for Gods word in the Eucharist, left unattended in a foreign land as if sheep without a shepherd.
These are ordinary Filipinos, and yes! many of them do menial jobs as house helps, babysitters, serving signoras and signores, some are working as porters, street cleaners, housekeepers, also others in business institutions and a minority as nurses and secretaries.
Simple jobs. But hey are happy, contented, hardworking Filipinos living with dignity in a foreign land.

They have their struggles, just like the flight of other Filipino migrants in other countries like being separated from members of the family, broken marriages, worries of parents of the of their children left back home, overworking so as to meet the needs of the family.

There is also the growing number of conflicts among Filipinos, “siraan”-destroying one another, the tendency of regionalism “families, place of origin and barkadas.” and the prolifiration of gambling- get together, to pass the time in “tong-itans” and “inuman” for the boys.
They have their struggles but they continue trying to live happily, Peacefully and with Dignity.

These Filipino Migrants in Bologna are loving, caring, generous and with Faith so strong for our Lord Jesus, for our Mama Mary, for El Shaddai.

This is my community, This is where I serve.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Hope for a Better Year

It is a wonderful feeling to realize how God loves and cares for us.
Today He has given us a new chance, a new beginning as we start the new year of 2007.
As we thank the Good Lord for his goodness and generosity, let us also begin with Hope and confidence that the Lord will be with us to guide and protect us along the way.
To make this new year of 2007 A meaningful, a Happy and Peaceful year and above all a year full of success.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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"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.