Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In the Gospels these past Sundays we have heard about Jesus being presented to us as The Bread of Life.
There is one very important message that we should never fail to reflect, which is: THE HOLY EUCHARIST. The Holy Mass.
Its Meaning, its Importance and the need for us to grow in our Love and devotion for the Eucharist.

Its meaning.
Pope Benedict XVI said: The celebration and worship of the Eucharist enable us to draw near to God’s love and to persevere in that love" “Sacramentum Caritatis” (“The Sacrament of Charity”).
It is our source of strength to love, our source of grace to live meaningful lives as his followers. It is our Life , the Truth and our way to eternal salvation.
For me, in the Eucharist everything in my life as a priest, in my achievements and successes and in my my struggles, everything find its meaning. and I know if ever the day will come when I will be away from it, then it will be my end.

Its Importance.
I remember when we were kids whenever my mom would invite us to prepare to go to mass, there were times when we just wanted to stay at home and would even say that we will just attend mass through the television or just pray the rosary in the evening. And she would tell us: "Not even a hundred praying of the rosary could equal one attendance of the mass". We got the message and we all went to mass.
St. Theresa of Calcutta said: if the Eucharist is taken for granted, something breaks up in life.

Our Love and Devotion
I believe it is something that we have learned from others, maybe from a neighbor or a relative or from our parents.
we love the Eucharist because someone in life were our models and gave us good examples and taught us about the Eucharist
I know, I am a priest now because my mom , my parents taught me about Love for the Eucharist.
And i believe, that if ever we want that the next generation, the kids will learn to love the Eucharist then we should be the models, we the grownups, the parents should give them good example.

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

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Assumption

On the feast of the Assumption
We recognize that the Blessed Virgin Mary is in heaven
We celebrate the fact that Mary was assumed body and soul to heaven
It is a doctrine in the church that was defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950

Pope Benedict in his message, said: “today is a day of joy, for God has won, Love has won and that God is powerful, powerful even death.”
He makes the impossible happen
A reminder for you and me that in life there are things that we think they really are impossible but God is powerful and can make them happen.
For all our prayers today, Believe that God can make them happen.

We are reminded also today that we have now a Mother in heaven
A Mother who is our model and help
That one day we too can be with her

Finally the Assumption reminds us that the Blessed Mary brings hope and joy
Elizabeth experienced it when she was visited by Mary
Times are tough for many nowadays
Many are burdened and overwhelmed with many things happening around us.
struggling financially
personal crosses, problems in life and in the family
It’s a hard life
But the message of the assumption is Hope and Joy with the help of the Blessed Virgin
That there will be better times for us
Four you and me
For your family
for our parish
For the country and for the world
There will be better times

We honor today the blessed virgin
We ask for her intercession in all our prayers and we ask for the grace to grow in our love and devotion for our Mother Mary. Amen
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