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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Prayers don’t always have to be formal. It can be a personal conversation with God or a heartfelt reaching out of our emotions - Daily Bible Reflections September 30,3014


Feast of St. Jerome, priest and doctor
of the Church
 

THE LITTLE BOY
 
Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my call for help. – Psalm 88:3
 
I got elected as secretary in our social organization. This didn’t please Sita, the previous secretary. We didn’t know each other very well, but I felt she didn’t approve of me for some reason. She became uncooperative and made things difficult. I didn’t know what to do.
       But our Christmas party changed everything. Sita was a single mother and she brought her young son along. I noticed her boy sitting in a corner, looking a bit lonely. I was about to ignore him when I suddenly realized that he was more important than any petty rivalry. It was the Lord’s unexpected answer to my silent prayer. I wrapped a box of chocolates and gave it to the kid.
       To my surprise, Sita hugged me before the party ended. Since then, our misunderstandings were forgotten and we became friends.
       Many times, we feel we can solve our problems by ourselves. But when we’re hurt or confused, we can’t see the bigger picture. When we call out to God and surrender our burdens, our problems disappear in ways we can’t even imagine. Gina J. Verdolaga (mgjver@yahoo.com)
 
 
Reflection: Prayers don’t always have to be formal. It can be a personal conversation with God or a heartfelt reaching out of our emotions.
 
Lord, help me to gain strength and learn humility from my failures. Grant me more compassion for the troubles of others.
 
St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Do you expect God to do miracles in your life today? Do you expect greater things to happen? - Daily Bible Reflections September 29,2014


Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and
Raphael, Archangels
 
A THOUSAND
TO A MILLION
 
Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” – John 1:50
 
       In a religious gathering I attended, the speaker asked his audience, “Who among you doesn’t have the money to get home today? I will give you this P1,000 bill.” The audience laughed, thinking that it was just a joke.
       But the speaker insisted and asked again until one participant was brave enough to raise her hand. Immediately, the speaker walked to her and handed her the P1,000 bill. It shocked the audience. The lady who got the money shouted praises to God, clapped her hands, and gratefully hugged the speaker. That was one amazing blessing, right? But, the next line that the speaker said was more remarkable than the P1,000 bill he gave away. He said, “If you are thankful for that amount, what more if your Father in heaven grants the deepest desires of your heart: your dream house, new car, promotion or your one true love?”
       Friends, your Father knows your needs even before you ask. He has given you countless miracles, and in faith, He will continue to shower you with His surprises. Greater things are coming your way; just allow God to reveal Himself in your life. Jan Carlo Silan (jan@makatifeast.com)
 
Reflection: Do you expect God to do miracles in your life today? Do you expect greater things to happen?
 
Lord, let me hold on to the faith that expects greater things to happen.
 
Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels, pray for us.

“We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” (G.K. Chesterton) - Daily Bible Reflections September 28,2014


TERRIBLE LOYALTY
 
“Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” – Matthew 21:31
 
       In the movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins was forced by the wizard Gandalf to accompany 13 dwarves on a mission to take back their homeland. He had a rough start of it as their leader, Thorin Oakenshield, descendant of dwarf kings, looked at him suspiciously.
       It was only when Bilbo risked himself to save Thorin from certain death that the head dwarf sought forgiveness for doubting him. Bilbo humorously answered, “No, it’s fine. I would have doubted me, too.”
       Sometimes, we think only our group or our kind knows what is right. And yet, many times, we are proven wrong.
       Gandalf vouched for Bilbo’s character when he said, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay — small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? That’s because I am afraid and he gives me courage.”
       Let us not judge others because we don’t know their motives. For all we know, the “hobbit” among us is the one who will save us. Joy Sosoban-Roa (jsosoban@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: “We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” (G.K. Chesterton)
 
Lord, break down the wall of fear, suspicion and selfishness that keeps me from acknowledging my neighbor. Let me see You in them.
 
St. Wenceslaus, martyr, pray for us.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sometimes you have to let go of your version of your plan so that My version — which is the best — can come to pass - God Whispers September 29,2014


Sometimes you have to let go of your version of your plan so that My version — which is the best — can come to pass.





Trust Me,

God





P.S. My plans are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

The Lord can use the worst of sinners for His holy purposes - Daily Bible Reflections September 27,2014

CALLED, CONVERTED,
BLESSED
 
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. – Psalm 90:17
 
Ages ago, there was a man who turned to the priesthood as a sure way of uplifting his family from poverty. As a young priest, he was luxurious and ambitious.
       One day, the bishop assigned him to a poor community. He excused himself, but to no avail. Left with no choice, he thought of a system to raise funds. He tapped his connections and started helping out. He was moved by the generosity he received and the kind of life that the community people were living. Dwelling with them changed him. He was convinced that giving was both an act of charity and justice. His endeavors grew fruitful. Realizing the importance of character formation to priests, he instituted what we now know as The Vincentians. To this day, the congregation lives through the example of their founder, St. Vincent de Paul, whose feast we celebrate today.
       St. Vincent’s life is a testament that ours is a merciful God — a God who calls us in spite of our past. Whatever we do for God, He will bless. Not because we are guilt-free, but because God is abundant with love. Maymay Salvosa (cmaysalvosa@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: The Lord can use the worst of sinners for His holy purposes.
 
Lord, let Your favor rest on me. Grant success to every endeavor I undertake for Your kingdom.
 
St. Vincent de Paul, priest, pray for us.

Friday, September 26, 2014

God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts… – Ecclesiastes 3:11 - Daily Bible Reflections September 26,2014


RIGHT TIMING
 
God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts… – Ecclesiastes 3:11
 
For the past two years, I’ve been helping Bo Sanchez with his One True Love Club (onetrueloveclub.com). This online membership gives its subscribers a wealth of resources to help them find and wisely choose their lifetime partners.
       One of the regular things I do for the club is to answer the many questions that members have about their love lives. A recent one I got was from a woman in her mid-twenties asking if a guy she had known for barely two weeks was the right one for her.
       I told her that just as you can’t hurry a mango to ripen, so do you need to let love blossom in its own time.
       Technology and our fast-paced life have made us impatient people. Science has found ways to make plants bloom quicker, induce fruit to ripen faster and allow us to travel farther at a shorter time. We want things and we want them right now. We forget that we have to respect time as well as the rhythm and pace of life.
       God’s timing is perfect. After all, He sees the past, present and future in one sweep. All things become beautiful in His time. Rissa Singson-Kawpeng (justbreatherissa@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: “To live your best life now, you must learn to trust God’s timing. You may not think He’s working, but you can be sure that right now, behind the scenes, God is arranging all the pieces to come together to work out His plan for your life.” (Joel Osteen)
 
Lord, teach me the wisdom of waiting upon You. Amen.
 
Sts. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs, pray for us.

Never allow other people’s negative reactions to stop you from following God's will for you - God Whisper September 26,2014


Never allow other people’s negative reactions to stop you from following My will for you.

Be firm,
God


P.S. Because I help you, you will not be disgraced. Therefore, set your face like a stone, determined to do My will (Isaiah 50:7).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In life, we should always show excellence even if others intend to pull us down. Just do things according to God’s will and let them be haunted by their own ghost - Daily Bible Reflections September 25,2014


HAUNTED
 
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead... – Luke 9:7
 
       I was once a commissioner in a national sports association and organized sporting events for a particular sport discipline. I was appointed because of my long experience in that discipline.
       Many of my former colleagues were so envious of my position that they questioned my credentials. One day, after the annual election of the board of directors, the association called for its first meeting with its new set of directors. Their first agenda was to appoint new commissioners and I was kicked out of my position. Instead, they appointed somebody who didn’t know about the said sports discipline I headed.
       Many years later, a private company asked me to organize an event for that sports discipline I used to head. It was such a success that the association that kicked me out was surprised that I was still active in organizing an event for the sport after all these years.
       People who’ve pulled you down in the past may be surprised to see that you’re still alive and kicking. But if it’s God who assigned you to do that job, then He will be the one to equip you to finish everything He started. Monty Mendigoria (montymendigoria@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: In life, we should always show excellence even if others intend to pull us down. Just do things according to God’s will and let them be haunted by their own ghost.
 
Lord, always keep me in Your grace that I may live according to Your will, to let people see Your greatness and Your glory, Amen.
 
St. Elzear and Blessed Delphina, pray for us.

Do not seek happiness in things. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment - God Whispers September 25,2014


Do not seek happiness in things. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment.

Your Real Treasure,
God


P.S. Find happiness in Me and you’ve found the never-ending fountain of joy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet - Daily Bible Reflections September 24,2014


UNCOMPLICATED
 
And he sent them… – Luke 9:2
 
       “Father, do you think I should become a priest?” I asked my friend, a priest.
       “Do you want to become a priest?” he asked in reply.
       “No,” I said, “I just thought that I should become one.” I was 21 and doing full-time ministry work as a preacher and pastor of sorts. Priesthood seemed a logical option. “Actually,” I continued, “I want to get married.”
       “Then get married,” he told me. “If God calls you to a vocation, He will put the desire in you.”
       That conversation set me at ease. I never truly understood what religious people meant when they talked about calling, vocation, or having a vision for your life. It felt so pie-in-the-sky, as though God didn’t want most people to know His will.
       But when I heard my priest friend say the word “desire,” I felt a weight come off my shoulders. Desire was simple. I knew exactly what I desired: to be a husband, a father, a creator, a fun-loving, people person. Now, many years later, I am married with two kids. I help run a startup business, and spend a lot of time moving about a growing circle of friends. I serve God by trying to live an exemplary life in these places — and let my life speak for itself. It wasn’t so complicated after all. Kiddo Cosio (twitter.com/kiddocosio)
 
Reflection: Christian theologian and author Frederick Buechner once said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Think about that.
 
Dear God, please help me live out Your call for my life.
 
St. Pacifico of San Severino, pray for us.

Embrace the people you love - God Whispers September 24,2014




Embrace the people you love.

Hugs,
God

P.S. Give more. Smile more. Worry less

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.” (Psalm 139:23) - Daily Bible Reflections September 23,2014


SEARCH MY HEART
 
A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. – Proverbs 21:2
 
       I’m one of those people who want to be right all the time. But the truth is, the more I strive to be right, the more God makes me realize that my perceived rightness may not conform to His.
       Like the time I decided to go in a different direction with my career when I shifted from publishing to sales. For four years, I labored to meet my targets, to make the company’s advocacy my own, and to gain financial literacy. There were months when I did well but also months when I had no sale at all. Then came a time when I asked myself, “What am I doing here?”
       I brought my dilemma to the Lord but He was silent. Then one day in May 2012, I sensed the Lord tell me, “Focus on your strengths. Use the gifts I gave you to serve Me.” Soon after, I resigned and I felt at peace. I have since focused on my work as a writer and editor and He has affirmed me to stay in this path in many ways: a third Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Youth Magazine for FiSH Magazine, continued work for a vocations magazine, and other writing/editing projects along the way.
       I am truly grateful to God, who searches my heart. He reveals to me that what I truly desire is what He desires for me. Dina Pecaña (dpecana@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.” (Psalm 139:23)
 
Lord, grant me the grace to follow the desires You have placed in my heart that I may obey Your will for my life.
 
St. Padre Pio de Pietrelcina, pray for us.

Be practical with your love. Don’t stop at saying, “I love you.” Go and show it - God Whispers September 23,2014


Be practical with your love. Don’t stop at saying, “I love you.” Go and show it.

Express your love,
God


P.S. I showed My love by sending My Son into the world so that you

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pray for somebody. It could spell the difference between life and death - God Whispers September 22,2014


Pray for somebody. It could spell the difference between life and death.


Love like Me,
God


P.S. Prayer is one of the greatest gifts you could give anybody.

What do you have today that will make others happy? Give it away! - Daily Bible Reflections September 22,2014


GARAGE SALE
 
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it” — when you have it with you. – Proverbs 3:27-28
 
       I love the idea of a garage sale, because it does everyone a world of good. Families are able to dispose of unwanted things and earn extra money, and passersby acquire cool finds with the dignity of buying them at great bargains.
       My dad, who was a whiz with numbers, loved being the cashier. Whenever a customer came to pay, Dad would look the person in the eye, flash a warm smile, and give some trivia about each item. Then he would compute the total amount and announce it to the customer. Then comes his favorite part. He would give a discount — usually a huge one! The rest of us disapproved of this, telling him it was unnecessary to give discounts on already cheap prices. But Dad ignored us and sometimes even gave things away when he felt a customer really liked it or needed it badly.
       But this was who Dad was, not only during garage sales, but every day. Although far from rich, Dad never thought twice about giving people money, clothes, food, advice, time or prayers they needed. His satisfaction was in doing good for others right at the moment of need.
       I am working on being just like him. Geraldine G. Catral (catral@beaconschool.ph)
 
Reflection: What do you have today that will make others happy? Give it away!
 
Lord, make me sensitive and generous to the needs of others.
 
St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, pray for us.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Are you having difficulty letting go of someone dying? What will be best for them? - Daily Bible Reflections September 21,2014

GOD WILL TAKE CARE
OF ALL OF US
 
I long to depart this life and be with Christ, [for] that is far better. Yet that I remain [in] the flesh is more necessary for your benefit. – Philippians 1:23-24
 
“We want Dad to live.” This was our sibling agreement that day in the hospital when Dad had his episode in the presence of his family and friends. Most of the people in the room were resigned to the fact that he was going to go. Not us. We wanted him to stay. True enough, he survived. Miraculously, he regained his strength and even spent the rest of the day conversing and joking with his guests.
       But the next morning found us surrounding Dad barely breathing on his deathbed. We were all holding hands, singing our favorite praise songs. My older sister, Geegee, leaned in towards him and whispered, “Dad, if you really want to go already, it’s alright. We’ll respect your decision. We love you.”
       At that moment, I surrendered Dad to the Lord. A few minutes later, he breathed his last and moved on to a much better place — one with no more pain and no more suffering.
       It’s hard to let go of the people in our lives. I imagine they don’t want to leave us either. But by faith, we eventually just need to trust that we will all be alright. We will survive life without them, and they will be in a better life from then on. George Tolentino Gabriel (george.svp@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Are you having difficulty letting go of someone dying? What will be best for them?
 
Lord, You are the Lord of life. I trust in Your wisdom.
 
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, pray for us.
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Make an act of sacrifice today and offer it to God - Daily Bible Reflections September 20,2014

GO LOWER
 
What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. – 1 Corinthians 15:36
 
       “Yesssss!” Matthew exclaimed. “Why? What happened?” I asked. He had a gleeful look on his face and said, “I beat Tiger Woods.”
       I smiled and said, “Good for you.”
       Then he went back to the computer to continue playing his golf game.
       My husband, Matthew, loves golf. Although he cannot play on a real golf course, he is an avid fan of the game. He would watch every golf tournament on TV, read about it on the web and even play a virtual game on the computer.
       One time I asked him, “What is it about golf that you love so much?”
      “I feel peaceful when I watch golfers playing on TV — the green grass, tall trees, beautiful flowers, the slow paced game, all in all it gives me a feeling of serenity. Yet there is also the excitement of watching who would win and score the lowest point,” he told me.
       Weird, isn’t it? With golf, the lower the score, the closer you are to winning the game.
       I believe it’s the same with life. It’s only when I choose to die to my selfishness and pride will I ever stand a chance of winning in the game of life. Marisa Aguas (jojangaguas@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Make an act of sacrifice today and offer it to God.
 
Dear Lord, teach me to be generous, that others may see You in me.
 
Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, martyrs, pray for us.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is God inviting you to something but you feel that your resources are lacking? Just do what you need to do and trust His leading - Daily Bible Reflections September 19,2014


GOD’S SUPPLY
 
These women were helping to support them out of their own means. – Luke 8:3
 
       Recently, I was invited to be one of the sponsors in a friend's wedding. No, not as a ninong, but only as one of the candle sponsors. Of course, I said yes. But the wedding was in another part of the Philippines. That meant I would have to spend for my own travel and accommodations, which was costly.
       Because I wasn't able to book a flight earlier, available tickets were expensive. I decided to take the cheapest one I could find but one that would allow me to fly in and out the same day, so I wouldn’t need to check in at a hotel. In the midst of all of that, I trusted that God would take care of my expenses.
       True enough, He did! The couple suddenly offered to book a room for me in a hotel. I said that wasn’t necessary, but they insisted. As I thanked them, they also guaranteed to reimburse my airfare! Needless to say, I had a wonderful time at their wedding.
       Friend, as you become generous with the Lord, allow Him to assure you of His Providence. As you do what it takes to maximize your resources, trust that God will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19). Jonathan Yogawin (jyogawin@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Is God inviting you to something but you feel that your resources are lacking? Just do what you need to do and trust His leading.
 

Lord, grant me the trust and generosity of time, talent and treasure to help others, knowing that You are my supply.
 
St. Januarius, bishop and martyr, pray for us.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Value yourself. Put a little garnish. Have some style. Create ambiance in your life. Be five-star - God Whispers September 18,2014


Value yourself. Put a little garnish. Have some style. Create ambiance in your life. Be five-star!

Your Master and Lord,
God

P.S.  I’m talking about enjoying life. I came that you may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Take His offer of grace and mercy. His love will restore you to wholeness - Daily Bible Reflections September 18,2014


WON BY LOVE
 
“So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven, hence; she has shown great love.” – Luke 7:47
 
       Norma McCorvey was young, poor and desperate when she became pregnant for the third time in the 1970s and so she sought legal abortion. Two Ivy League feminist lawyers used her case to promote abortion rights in Texas. Norma became their plaintiff under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” in the Roe vs. Wade case of 1973, where the US Supreme Court ruled that individual state laws banning abortion were unconstitutional.
       In 1994, Norma became a Christian. In her book, Won by Love, published in 1998, she speaks out for the unborn as she shares her new conviction for life. “All those years I was wrong.... Abortion — at any point — was wrong,” she said.
       A small child’s affection, a mother’s trust, and friendship with a Christian man led Norma to the love, forgiveness and hope offered by Jesus Christ. She became a pro-life activist and is fighting to make abortion illegal. In 1998, she became a Catholic.
       Norma’s story of conversion proves that not even our darkest sin can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38). His forgiveness and unconditional love will heal your deepest wounds and use you to heal others. Marjorie Ann Duterte (marjorie.travels@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Take His offer of grace and mercy. His love will restore you to wholeness.
 
Lord Jesus, forgive us our sins. May we never lead others to sin. Fill our hearts with Your love that we may love others as You love us.
 
St. Joseph of Cupertino, pray for us.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Are you tired and anxious about certain situations in your life? Call on the Lord who is the Great I Am - Daily Bible Reflections September 17,2014


STRESS BUSTER
 
The word of the Lord is upright and all His works done in faithfulness. – Psalm 33:4
 
       Whenever I encounter stressful moments, I call on God using personal, endearing names that reveal His character to me in the way that I need Him to be at those times.
             Take these situations I have been in.
       My wife and I were on a flight from Melbourne to catch our connecting flight in Sydney to Manila. Thirty minutes past our scheduled Sydney-Manila flight, we were still in the air trying to land. Instead of saying, “We’ll surely miss our flight,” my wife and I called on the God of order. Sure enough, our flight to Manila was also delayed and we were able to board without problems.
            At another time, a guy got my goat and sent my temper soaring right before I slept that night. So I called on the God of peace to calm my nerves. I was able to sleep soundly and later apologized to the people I had offended.
          Calling on God in an intimate, fatherly way deepens our personal relationship with Him. His words, “When you call to Me, I will answer you,” becomes a reality. Our God is not a distant God, but a personal God. Rolly España (rolly@homeliving.com.ph)
 
Reflection: Are you tired and anxious about certain situations in your life? Call on the Lord who is the Great I Am.
 
O Holy Spirit, guide me always to the path where Your grace and gifts abound.
 
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A nagging dream you keep burying may be God’s message of life for you today - Daily Bible Reflections September 16,2014


LIFE BEGINS AT 50
 
He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk... – Luke 7:14-15
 
       Her brother died when she was 10. Then her mother got too sick to care for the family. Consequently, her young shoulders carried all the responsibility of providing and caring for her entire family.
       She made another attempt at college education, but as expected, she didn’t make it halfway. She got married at the young age of 20. “At least, I won’t die of hunger,” she said, “There will be a husband to feed me.”
       But she kept dreaming and working. She earned money from sewing. She opened a canteen to augment her income. She took the risk of opening her first bakeshop — at the age of 50! Then the wind blew in her direction.
       With hard work as her investment, and love as her business strategy, her first bakeshop was a success. Then she opened another branch. And another. Her name? Julie Gandionco. Now, with around 500 Julie’s Bakeshop branches nationwide, it’s the biggest franchise chain in the country. She just smiles and tells everyone, “Life begins at 50.”
       Are you about to bury your dead dream? Do you feel all is lost and everything’s too late? Jesus breathes life into you and says, “Life begins now, even beyond 50.” Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: A nagging dream you keep burying may be God’s message of life for you today.
 
Father, I believe that it’s never over until You say it’s over. Let me hear You with clarity and wisdom if You want me to resurrect a dream.
 
Sts. Cornelius, pope, and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs, pray for us.

Monday, September 15, 2014

You may be in the middle of a storm, but that shouldn’t stop you from being a rainbow to someone else’s cloudy day - God Whispers September 14,2014


You may be in the middle of a storm, but that shouldn’t stop you from being a rainbow to someone else’s cloudy day.

Be an inspiration,
God

P.S. Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. 

In your decisions, do you consider the people around you? - Daily Bible Reflections September 15,2014


Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
 
COMMUNITY LIFE
 
For when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. – 1 Corinthians 11:21
 
When I joined Bukas Loob sa Diyos Charismatic Community over 10 years ago, my first question was, “What’s in it for me?” Would I get richer, or cooler, or more famous? I wondered if my life really needed the change. I was content back then, so would I actually gain anything new from joining a group who sings “Shine, Jesus, Shine” with feelings?
       I attended the different youth encounters. I started serving actively in all prayer meetings. I was asked to head different ministries. I eventually became a worship leader and teacher. I gained new friends. Serving became a need instead of a want. Amidst all these, God taught me the real essence of community life. He made me see what His call was about.
       Community is not just about me. It’s about us. It’s about growing deeper in love with God together. It’s about loving each other genuinely and serving God by serving each other, no matter how difficult. This realization has led me to stay and “dine” with the community that God has planted me in, no matter how imperfect it is. Just like any family, all members must eat and drink the same amount so none will go hungry or thirsty. If one gets ahead, all must get ahead. It’s called a community for this reason. Pia Angelica J. Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: In your decisions, do you consider the people around you?
 
God, continue to make me see Your purpose and mission for me.
 
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

As you go through other trials that shape you differently now, you rest your eyes on the Holy Cross - Daily Bible Reflections September 14,2014


Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
                                                                                                                                 
DEATH TO LIFE
 
 
“So must the Son of Man be lifted up so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” – John 3:14-15
 
       I have been a romantic ever since I can remember. Just like other women, I dreamt of a fairy tale love story. After my graduation from college, I met someone who I thought was my Prince Charming and I envisioned a happy-ever-after ending.
       But my dreams turned into a nightmare and my prince consort transformed into something I never envisioned him to be. The “royal” love story went awry. Instead of a life-giving relationship, it turned out to be a dangerous liaison — not just to me but to our family.
       The danger to our lives was not just physical but also spiritual and psychological. In my search for light out of that darkness, from near-death experiences to life-giving moments, I focused on the wounds of Christ and how He suffered death on the Cross to give us life. I decided to carry my own cross to give life to my family — to die in order to live and love. As I journeyed into that dark valley, I kept my eyes firmly on Christ’s Holy Cross to bring me out into the light.
       He has led me to the end of that pilgrimage. Indeed, the Son of Man, lifted up, gave me life. Grace Relucio Princesa ( grprincesa@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: As you go through other trials that shape you differently now, you rest your eyes on the Holy Cross, secure in the knowledge that lifting up death to sin and one’s self will always lead to life.
 
Lord, may the Holy Cross be a beacon and light on my way to You.
 
St. Notburga, pray for us.

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