Thursday, May 29, 2008

My Leap of Faith

Fifteen years ago today on a Saturday afternoon,May 29,1993 the late Archbishop Francisco R. Cruces, D.D. imposed his hands on me and ordained me Priest of Jesus Christ.
It was a special day that I made my LEAP OF FAITH in Life.
A leap that have gone through different times of ups and downs
at times has been exciting, terrifying, nurturing, comforting, but always challenging.
I am Thankful to the Lord for giving me this precious gift of Priesthood and also for helping and protecting me through these 15 years and the years to come.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Prayer

Almighty Father
Source of all Goodness and Love, we come to offer our praise and thanksgiving to you today, As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Bless the men and women, who have offered their lives at the service of our country receive them and protect them in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence.
We pray also for those who have died serving our country. Receive them in your Kingdom.
We also remember the families of our troops, and ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes and grant them your peace, protection and strength to fill their lives.
May the members of our armed forces be filled with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.
We ask this through the Intercession of our Blessed Lady, through Christ our Lord, Amen

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My Mom's Love of the EUCHARIST

I am a witness to my Mother’s Love of the EUCHARIST. I remember how when I was a kid my mom would encourage everyone at home on Sundays to go to the village chapel and there attend the Liturgy of the Word, since in our place where I grew up at that time the priest could only visit ones a year. But the community gathered every Sunday for the “mass.” Later when we transferred to the City my mom would wake up very early in the morning and would attend and serve mass at our Parish. As a catechist I saw here many times teaching children and preparing them for First Communion. Now at 83, on Sundays she hears masses on TV from EWTN and other Local channels. That’s an example of an undying Love for the Eucharist. A Love for the Lord. A model and reminder for you and me as we celebrate CORPUS CHRISTI.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Pentecost Sunday

A very special occasion in the life of the church.
For some it is like the “birthday of the Church” because it was on this day everything in the life of the church started and was made possible.
Christ gave us the power, the gift of the Holy Spirit- the Power, the force that strengthened, protected the Church. It kept us going through ups and down all these two thousand years.
Someone said. No matter what scandal or troubles will rock the church It will persist because it is protected and founded on the power of the Holy Spirit.

For me it is also special because on this day I said my first mass 16 years ago and I believe it is the power of the Holy Spirit that has kept me a going on, a priest.
We ask today what difference can the celebration of Pentecost have in our lives today.
Allow me to share three things.
1. We can ask for strength and the power or “the push” we need in life. To change or to start anew if ever we have gone astray or have done wrong. He can be our energy and life to stand up again if we are down.
Surely in life, in our relationship with one another and with God, there will always be times
When its difficult. The Power of the Holy Spirit can be our help.

2. We ask for Peace also today. These were the words of Jesus at Pentecost. “Peace be with you.“
We look around us and there is so much hatred, conflicts, quarrels and war.
Among countries, at home and even in our lives sometimes we experience the absence of Peace. Let us ask Jesus, the Prince of Peace to bless us with this needed Peace.

3. Forgiveness. We can ask the Lord to teach us for we know how difficult it is.

Let us ask the Power of the Holy Spirit to come upon us, fill our hearts and enkindle in us the fire of love and that we will receive strength, peace and power to forgive and be renewed. Amen

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Jesus and Suffering

Jesus speaks of the reality of Suffering in the Gospel today.
It is said “to live is to suffer.” That it is part of human nature, in as much as we are not perfect and so is the world we live in, Pain and suffering would always be part of us.
During our lifetime the experience of pain and suffering is inevitable.

We all have our troubles, burdens and problems in life. Our share of pain and suffering.
And in the world around us where we live the troubles are overwhelming also. We have crisis all over. Too much suffering.

But let us learn from Jesus today.
In the readings first we have Jesus and the 12 apostles and those close to him, they all went to the upper room to PRAY.
Let us not waver in our faith. Let us not loose hope. We can always raise our eyes to heaven and pray. That prayer is still powerful if we want to overcome the pains and sufferings in life. Yes, prayer can still help a lot. There maybe other ways to solve the crisis around us but Jesus reminds us about the power and strength there is when we come together and pray.

Jesus also tells us: There is suffering, yes. But never fail to see and taste the Light and the Goodness of the Lord. That we are still blessed and that we can still count on our blessings.
Never fail to see the goodness of Lord even amidst pain and suffering.

Even if there is the cross we are still blessed and should never forget to say Thank you to Lord.

Looking at the cross we see pain and suffering but Jesus’ body and arms and the cross shows the letter T. and Y. meaning Thank You.
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 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.