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Monday, December 29, 2014

Pick a fight and you’ve already lost. Be a peacemaker and you win the world - God Whispers December 29,2014


Pick a fight and you’ve already lost. Be a peacemaker and you win the world.


Be your best,
God


P.S. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9).
 

Don’t let trial get the better of you. Let it serve to make you better off than you were before - God Whispers December 28,2014


Don’t let trial get the better of you. Let it serve to make you better off than you were before.


Working on you,
God


P.S. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

What obstacles keep you from seeing Jesus at every moment of every day? - Daily Bible Reflections December 29,2014


MORE FUN IN THE
PHILIPPINES!
 
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. – Luke 2:26
 
In 2012, the tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” caught on. Tourist arrivals increased as targeted. The slogan reflected what was unique in our country.
       There is never a time that this tagline is more true than the Christmas season. Ours is the longest celebration and probably the most festive. Simbang gabi. Puto-bumbong and bibingka. The fireworks. The endless family reunions. The gift giving. Our malls dressed up for the season. The caroling. The list goes on and on...
       No people in Asia — even in the world — appreciates the Christmas season like we do.
       But as I write about this “love affair” of the Filipinos with this season, I wonder if we have the same (or much more) love for its Reason — Jesus.
       In today’s Gospel, Simeon was given a message that he would see the Messiah before his life ends. Today as I reflect on this, I pray that I may see the Lord Jesus before this season ends.
       Before this day ends. Before every moment ends. Ariel Driz (adriz77@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: What obstacles keep you from seeing Jesus at every moment of every day?
 
Lord Jesus, You are the Reason for the season, You are the Reason for my life. May I live each moment for You! Amen.
 
St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr, pray for us.

Trust in the Lord and surrender all the areas of your life, known and unknown - Daily Bible Reflections December 28,2014


Feast of the Holy Family
 
VICTORY IN
SURRENDER
 
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so... he did receive Isaac back from death. – Hebrews 11:17, 19
 
When the Israelites first fled Egypt under the direction of Moses, they brought everyone and everything with them. They also brought with them a hope that they would never have to return to a life of bondage and slavery. But along their journey to the Promised Land, many challenges happened that led them to question God and His plans. Consequently, many of them didn’t enter the Promised Land.
       I believe that it was their lack of complete surrender that was their downfall — that even though their physical bodies left Egypt, the presence of Egypt never left their hearts.
       We still have our own versions of Egypt today— bad habits, a temptation, an addiction or a situation that enslaves us and keeps us from moving forward.
       Whatever our Egypt is, we must surrender and expose it to God’s light if we want to genuinely exterminate it. Surrender is genuine, voluntary and wholehearted. May you find victory in surrender today! Audee Villaraza (avillaraza@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Trust in the Lord and surrender all the areas of your life, known and unknown. Offer it to Him like Abraham, who boldly offered Isaac as a sacrifice.
 
I want to learn how to trust You completely, Lord. Bring me opportunities where I can grow more in faith and trust.
 
Holy Family, pray for us.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A seed never grows in a day, neither does a baby develop overnight. So why do you expect your prayer to be answered instantly? - God Whispers December 23,2014


A seed never grows in a day, neither does a baby develop overnight. So why do you expect your prayer to be answered instantly?


Enjoy every minute of the journey,
God


P.S. You must have patience to do My will and receive My promise (Hebrews 10:36).

Never question the Lord’s calling or choice. Who would have thought He’d choose a poor, young girl to be the mother of the Messiah? - Daily Bible Reflections December 23,2014


YES, YES, LORD!
 
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. – Psalm 25:10
 
       After almost three to four hours of travel, I approached the venue, Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Tarlac City. I felt all the more uneasy and nervous. Who wouldn’t be when I would be standing before 500 attendees from different prayer groups and places, with the Infant Jesus Catholic Community heading the event?
        Head Servant Bro. Nath Gomez invited me to give my life testimony after he had read my Didache reflections.
       At the venue, seeing the huge crowd gave me goose-bumps and made my stomach flutter. It was no joke to stand before them and share about my 23 years of incarceration at the Correctional Institution for Women.
       “There’s nothing like being separated from your loved ones — more so from your children, whom you can’t even touch or embrace when they are sick,” I shared as tears flowed down my cheeks. In the audience, many mothers were crying with me, too.
       I sometimes wonder why I’m often invited to share my testimony when there are others who are more deserving. But who am I to question His will? Yes, Lord, send me where You want me to go to do what You want me to do. Beth A. Corral (bethcorral_0330@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Never question the Lord’s calling or choice. Who would have thought He’d choose a poor, young girl to be the mother of the Messiah?
 
Use my life, Lord, to bless many others.
 
St. John of Kanty, priest, pray for us.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Life is good. So don’t spoil it by being negative, ungrateful and indifferent to all the goodness and beauty around you - God Whispers December 22,2014


Life is good. So don’t spoil it by being negative, ungrateful and indifferent to all the goodness and beauty around you.


Live to the max,
God


P.S. Sometimes all it takes to change your situation is to change your attitude.

Relationships are the most important things in your lives — more important than all the wealth in the world - God Whispers December 21,2014


Relationships are the most important things in your lives — more important than all the wealth in the world.


Know your treasures,
God


P.S. Let this be your highest ambition in life: to be a great lover!

Hold on to God’s promise and never doubt that He always delivers - Daily Bible Reflections December 22,2014


A CHILD IS COMING
 
“The Lord has filled my heart with joy; how happy I am because of what he has done!” – 1 Samuel 2:1
 
After years of frustration, Hannah’s prayer for motherhood has finally come to pass. In the Gospel, a pregnant Mary rejoiced with her long-barren cousin Elizabeth, who was also with child. These stories speak strongly to me and my wife.
       Three years ago, our prayer for parenthood had been granted. After failing a fertility procedure and being told there was no way for me and my wife to get pregnant naturally, we found ourselves with child. It was truly a miracle. And when our doctor was calculating the date we conceived, we found out that it happened on December 25, 2011— a Christmas gift indeed. But after eight weeks, the heartbeat of our child suddenly stopped. No reason. No explanation. The miracle was over. The gift that was given was suddenly taken away. “Why?” This question haunted us for a long time.
       But the Lord has promised me that I am destined to be a father. And I am holding on to that promise. And I know, without a speck of doubt in my heart, that I will be proclaiming the same prayers that Hannah and Mary offered God. Orange V. Garcia (orange_garcia@hotmail.com)
 
Reflection: Do you have a dream that has not come to pass? Do you have a blessing that was suddenly withdrawn from you? Hold on to God’s promise and never doubt that He always delivers.
 
Lord, teach me to be grateful for the life You have given me — including the frustrations and imperfections. Teach me to continue to believe.
 
Blessed Jacopone da Todi, pray for us.

Are you facing a tough decision? Seek His kingdom first - Daily Bible Reflections December 21,2014


SAFE
 
“Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the Lord is with you.” – 2 Samuel 7:3
 
“I cannot control everything. I can only choose to trust that the Lord will take care of my children wherever they may be.” Such were the words of the man whom I now call my father-in-law. Both his son and daughter (my wife) left for abroad after college to pursue further studies. I asked him if he ever got worried about them. That was his reply.
       My sister has just left for a three-month fellowship program in Poland. The hospital happens to be in a rough area and she’s the only Filipino doctor there. We don’t have any friends there, either. At first, I was a bit hesitant and, admittedly, a bit scared. But I chose to embrace my father-in-law’s mentality and entrusted my sister to the Lord’s care. More than physical safety, I know she will make the right decisions because her conscience has been formed through years of serving God with my family. Life is full of decisions. We will all have to go down different paths. No matter what choice we make, if we have made God the Lord of our lives, I’m confident we’ll be alright.
George Tolentino Gabriel (george.svp@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Are you facing a tough decision? Seek His kingdom first.
 
Lord, guide me in everything I do.
 
St. Peter Canisius, priest and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Darkness will come but one thing’s for sure: It won’t last forever - God Whispers December 19,2014



Darkness will come but one thing’s for sure: It won’t last forever.


Your Vindicator,
God


P.S. Listen to Me: Your dawn is coming!

A saint once said, “Trust your God, He doesn’t lose battles.” Today, allow your God to win the battle for you - Daily Bible Reflections December 19,2014


SOMETHING MORE
IMPORTANT
 
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.” – Luke 1:13
 
       One day, I received a text message from my leader in our prayer community. It said, “Would you like to give the talk this Sunday?” Suddenly, my heart pounded, my stomach churned, and my mind went haywire! Almost everything in me said: “Noooo!” I was taken over by fear. All my “what if’s” and “yeah, but’s” came to mind. But despite these fears, I heard myself replying, “Sure! It’s an honor and privilege.”
       The day came. As I began the talk, I imagined the audience saying, “Who is this person? Why should I listen to him?” But I went on despite the seemingly unsuccessful battle within me. I felt that whatever was negatively affecting me was less important than the message I wanted to share. By the end of my talk, I saw hands in the air, tears in some eyes, and voices proclaiming praise to our God. The Lord won the battle for me.
       As we anticipate Christmas, put yourself in the shoes of the Father who had to let go of His only Beloved Son to save the world. I would be afraid to send the one I love to go through pain and suffering. But for God, it was love, not fear, that made Him go all the way for you and me. Jonathan Yogawin (jyogawin@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: A saint once said, “Trust your God, He doesn’t lose battles.” Today, allow your God to win the battle for you.
 
Lord, grant me the discernment to know Your will, the humility to accept it, and the courage and strength to do it.
 
Blessed Pope Urban V, pray for us.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Open your eyes and ears. God is speaking to you! - Daily Bible Reflections December 18,2014


GOD’S MESSAGE
 
When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. – Matthew 1:24
 
       God used the Angel Gabriel to send His message to Joseph. Today, He uses many different ways. He even speaks to us through famous advertising slogans. Take the following and see if they speak God’s message to you:
       “Where do you want to go today?” “Para kanino ka bumabangon?” “What drives you?”
       Through these slogans, God is asking: Are you living life for Me? The following are even very similar to Bible verses: “You’re in good hands.” The Lord reminds us that we are in the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).
       “Just do it.” Let’s heed Mary’s words to just do as He tells us (John 2:5).
       “May liwanag ang buhay.” Know that God’s Light is there to guide us (John 8:12).
       “Magpakatotoo ka!” (Be truthful). Are we faced with the temptation to tell a lie or compromise the truth? God is giving us a nudge right now (John 8:32).
       There are many ways that God tries to reach us — through the Bible, the Mass, the sacraments, angels or angels in disguise; through slogans, people, circumstances and even missent text messages. This Christmas season, let’s be attuned to His voice and receive His message. Jun Asis (mabuting.balita@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Open your eyes and ears. God is speaking to you!
 
Lord, open my heart today that I may see and hear what You have to say.
 
Blessed Anthony Grassi, pray for us.

God created an ample world, enough for everyone - God Whispers December 18,2014


Some people are trapped into a “scarcity” mentality. They think you have to be crafty, crooked, dishonest and underhanded to earn the little money that is floating around. That’s not true.


Receive abundance,
God


P.S. I’ve created an ample world, enough for everyone.
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Think hard about this fact: Trials and pains are necessary in our lives - Daily Bible Reflections December 17,2014


BRING ON THE TRIALS!
 
... and peace abound, until the moon is no more. – Psalm 72:7
 
         This magnificent sight gave me a practical lesson in life. The famous Blue Mountains of Australia are blue — not poetically but literally. At a scenic point in this mountain range, I marveled at its unique spectacle. I found out that the mountains were filled with gum trees, the leaves of which koalas feed on. These trees emit a vapor which gives the mountains its azure shade in sunlight.
       There is another thing about the gum trees that I took interest in: their seeds. I learned that these seeds pop open when exposed to extreme heat, like a forest fire. In fact, when a forest fire breaks out, it revitalizes the whole mountain because more seeds pop open and new gum trees are born.
         Such also is life. Sirach 4:2 says, “In fire gold is tested,” meaning we need to go through trials or “fire” so that our values are enhanced. Trials, like forest fires, give new life and strengthened endurance. Through trials, we discover that there is a God who is faithful. When the tests and trials come, we have peace and will have the boldness to declare that we have a God who is greater than our trials! Rolly España (rolly@homeliving.com.ph)
 
Reflection: Think hard about this fact: Trials and pains are necessary in our lives.
 
Jesus, Your grace is all that I need. It is more than sufficient for me.
 
St. Lazarus, pray for us.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Be the miracle that others need - God Whispers December 16,2014


Don’t waste your sacrifice by complaining and grumbling and making a big fuss out of your inconvenience. Offer it instead for people who are suffering, who need healing, who need a miracle.

Pray,
God


P.S. Be the miracle that others need.

This Christmas season, don’t miss out on the greatest Treasure of all. Let our celebrations center on the Reason for the Season: Jesus - Daily Bible Reflections December 16,2014


MISSING McDO
 
“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.” – Matthew 21:30
 
Roger was a successful businessman. That’s probably why a neighbor approached him and asked if he wanted to be involved in a new hamburger chain he was starting. He offered Roger the fourth franchise. Roger’s dad, who was himself an astute businessman, said, “Take it!”
       Roger thought about it but later on turned down the deal. He must have regretted that decision when that startup burger joint, named McDonalds, became the giant chain it is today. He was on the brink of so much wealth, but he missed it because of one decision: He ignored his father’s smart advice.
       You may be on the edge of one monumental and life-changing blessing right now. You may be on the threshold of something big that God wants to give you. It may be an emotional treasure, a financial blessing, the answer to a longtime prayer, a special relationship, a new beginning, maybe a greater impact in your ministry, or a breakthrough in some impossible situation. But, like that man who missed his share of Ronald McDonald’s fortune, it may all come down to your making the right decision. Will you avoid sin and obey God, or ignore Him and have it your way? Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: This Christmas season, don’t miss out on the greatest Treasure of all. Let our celebrations center on the Reason for the Season: Jesus.
 
Father, I’m being tempted and it has become too difficult. Help me to obey You.
 
Blessed Honoratus Kozminski, pray for us.

Monday, December 15, 2014

“He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way.” (Psalm 25:9) - Daily Bible Reflections December 15,2014


STOP TRYING,
START TRUSTING
 
Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior... – Psalm 25:4-5
 
Have you ever felt like everything was just coming to you left and right all at the same time? When your to-do list seems never-ending and your pending box is piling up to the moon?
       Earlier this year, I had a week like that. I was swamped with so much to do for work and ministry and I felt like I was drowning in a sea of deadlines. To top it off, I even had a talk to prepare for that Sunday. I was overwhelmed, stressed and desperately trying to balance everything on my own. Then a Voice from above spoke to my heart. “Stop trying, start trusting.”
       Quickly, I realized that I was trying to do things my way and on my own ability. I was reminded not to rely on my own strength and understanding, but rather to trust and lean on God’s limitless ability. Thus, when I began to put my faith in Him rather than in myself, I felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. Eventually, the self-imposed pressure subsided and I was able to accomplish all my deliverables successfully. Mike Viñas (mikemichaelfcv@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way.” (Psalm 25:9)
 
Father, teach me to live by Your ways. Amen.
 
Blessed Mary Frances Schervier, pray for us.

We Christians are called to testify to the Light. Be John the Baptist to someone who needs hope today - Daily Bible Reflections December 14,2014



Third Sunday of Advent
 
CANDICE
 
He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. – John 1:7
 
Candice asked me if I had kids. I told her I didn’t have any, and that my husband and I are having difficulty conceiving. She must have seen the discouraged look on my face because she started speaking of good things to uplift my spirits.
       What kind of things? She spoke passionately about the love of God, about keeping the faith in His divine providence, and about patience for His timing.
       Candice’s testimony reminded me that God knows my heart’s desires and that I should appreciate the blessings that come our way while waiting for that gift from heaven. She even said that ours was not a chance encounter, that there was a purpose for our meeting. I believed so, too.
       Candice was my John the Baptist that day. Who was she? An African-American woman who stepped out of their house to say hello to my husband and me when we checked out a car that her brother was selling. I may never see her again, but I will definitely remember her and her precious words. Nova Arias-Sevilla (nova.svp@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: We Christians are called to testify to the Light. Be John the Baptist to someone who needs hope today.
 
Jesus, my Lord, let my mouth speak of Your love and mercy all the days of my life.
 
St. John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

You were born for love. You’re designed for it. Every cell of your body, every part of your soul is created for love - God Whispers December 15,2014


You were born for love. You’re designed for it. Every cell of your body, every part of your soul is created for love.


You’re amazing,
God


P.S. Everything you need to be happy is within you.

Going out of your way to listen to someone, to put an arm on their shoulder, to show that you care is one way that you can be God's arms, legs and ears to others - God Whispers December 14,2014


Going out of your way to listen to someone, to put an arm on their shoulder, to show that you care is one way that you can be My arms, legs and ears to others.


Imitate Me,
God


P.S. Whatever you do for others, you do unto Me.
 

Wanna have great health? Keep your blood pressure normal by not letting your temper rise - God Whispers December 13,2014



Wanna have great health? Keep your blood pressure normal by not letting your temper rise. Keep your heart healthy by not allowing it to harden. Keep your eyes bright by finding the good in everything.


Love life,
God


P.S. Staying healthy can be incredibly simple.

Friday, December 12, 2014

There are no second-class blessings. God’s love for you is first class. Always - God Whispers December 12,2014



There are no second-class blessings. God’s love for you is first class. Always.


Be grateful,
God


P.S. Stop comparing and start appreciating what you have

Whatever God is asking you to do, trust that it will result into something spectacular even when it doesn’t make sense today. Do yourself a favor, give your yes - Daily Bible Reflections December 12, 2014


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
 
A DREAM FULFILLED
 
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. – Luke 1:29
 
I loved being a TV reporter and pinch-hitter anchor. I was even blessed to do a report for CNN. Staying with the network was my ticket to make my dream of hosting my own TV show a reality one day.
       But in 2007, I heard God speak to me through my prayer time, Bible reading and circumstances. “Resign and don’t plan.” What?!
       Mary was greatly troubled too when the angel told her she would have a baby even though she was a virgin. That didn’t make sense to her as well. But she gave her yes immediately.
       It took me two disturbed years before I finally resigned. It was painful. I lost my identity. I was a news person; who was I now?
       But God was changing me. I had to lose my job for the Lord to make me see that I had worshiped a different god in my heart — my work. I’d skip Mass, birthdays and prayer time for my job.
       God realigned my priorities. Everything started making sense. I found peace.
       Then, the impossible happened. I was offered a TV show. Just like that. God was faithful even when I wasn’t.
       Hosting this show is a temporary blessing. I have something permanent — the Giver of the blessing. Carlo Lorenzo (carloflorenzo@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Whatever God is asking you to do, trust that it will result into something spectacular even when it doesn’t make sense today. Do yourself a favor, give your yes.
 
Lord, help our hearts find extreme joy and peace in putting You first.
 
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

“Accept whatever befalls you; in crushing misfortune be patient, for if gold is tested by fire, so as worthy men in the crucible of humility.” (Sirach 2:4-5) - Daily Bible Reflections December 11,2014

GREATNESS REVEALED
 
Whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. – Matthew 11:11
 
Once upon a time, there was a lump of clay who was not satisfied in being mediocre. Deep within his heart of clay, he knew he was destined for greatness.
       He prayed, “Lord, make a way for my dream to come true!” Suddenly, a hand grabbed him and put him in a container that went through a clay sifter. He spun around on a turnstile where he was pressed and pressured on every side. Then he was placed into a hot oven where he was cooked. Afterwards, he was laid on a table and painted with various colors and designs. Then the Man who subjected the lump of clay through all these, smiled, sighed and said, “My dear lump of clay, forgive me for the pain I caused you. But look at you now — you are a uniquely beautiful and exquisite jar. From a lump, you are now My masterpiece.”
       Friends, if you’ve been going through a lot, don’t ask why. Instead, ask, “Why not?”
       Accept God’s will with humility and openness because your true greatness will be revealed in His Kingdom! For God has a plan for us — to make us His Masterpiece. Obet Cabrillas (kpreacherobet@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: “Accept whatever befalls you; in crushing misfortune be patient, for if gold is tested by fire, so as worthy men in the crucible of humility.” (Sirach 2:4-5)
 
You are the Potter, I am the clay; make me and mold me, this is what I pray: Change my heart, O God!
 
St. Damasus I, pope, pray for us.

Wanna have a great day? Start by letting go of your baggage filled with anger, resentment, unforgiveness and fear - God Whispers December 11,2014


Wanna have a great day? Start by letting go of your baggage filled with anger, resentment, unforgiveness and fear.


Travel light,
God


P.S. Trust Me, life is better this way.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

God is never early or late. He is always on time - Daily Bible Reflections December 10,2014


THE WAITING GAME
 
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles... – Isaiah 40:31
 
This verse was my “battlecry” when I was single — because I would cry while I battled with my emotions of impatience and despair. It had been 10 long years of repeatedly giving up my boyfriend — and going back to him — in my desire to follow the Lord. But here was the Lord telling me to wait some more. I was no longer a spring chicken and yet the Lord made it clear that this wasn’t the man for me. I was getting so impatient that I was convincing God that this man would do.
       I tried to change God’s mind by forcing my boyfriend to be active in our prayer group. I even fasted for a week with the hope that God would finally say he’s the one. But the song that kept playing in my car was, “Wait, wait, wait on the Lord. You will understand in time why you must wait.”
       Oswald Chambers wrote, “When God gives you a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on His timing. Never try to help God fulfill His Word.”
       In those 10 years, God broke my impatient streak and self-will, and taught me how to wait on Him. He broke all my self-reliance and dependence on others and taught me to rely on Him alone. And when God saw I was ready, he brought my future husband into my life. Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)
 
Reflection: God is never early or late. He is always on time.
 
Father, thank You for rewarding with good things those who wait on You.
 
St. John Roberts, priest and martyr, pray for us.

If you feel like God's not answering your prayers, maybe it’s because what you’re asking for isn’t good for you - God Whispers December 10, 2014


If you feel like I’m not answering your prayers, maybe it’s because what you’re asking for isn’t good for you.


Looking out for you,
God


P.S. I only want the best for you.
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Did you ever ask the Lord that His will be done in you? Or are you asking Him to bless your will every time you pray? - Daily Bible Reflections December 9,2014


HIS WILL ABOVE ALL
 
“So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” – Matthew 18:14
 
When we had the first group of seminarians sent to our parish for a month’s immersion, we made it a point to pray for them even after they’d gone — that they may stay on to become priests. For every BEC (Basic Ecclesial Community) bukluran (cell group), we were to pray regularly for the one assigned to them. Yet, we heard of fallouts — one, two, then three… or perhaps more as of this writing.
       With the second batch of seminarians assigned to our parish, in spite of our prayers, there were fallouts again. Some left barely a month after they had finished their immersion.
       By the third group, I was no longer as optimistic that all of them would become priests. Oh yes, we continued to pray, but I accepted deep inside that some may still have a change of heart. I reminded myself that they will not “perish” if they do not continue on to priesthood. There are many ways to serve the Lord and being a priest is just one of them.
       As long as we respond to God’s calling, we are doing His will. And that’s good enough for Him. Cristy Galang (cristy_cc@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Did you ever ask the Lord that His will be done in you? Or are you asking Him to bless your will every time you pray?
 
Lord Jesus, You know what’s best for me. Let my desires align with Your plans that I may pursue them.
 
St. Juan Diego, pray for us.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Your job is not to fix people. It’s to love them - God Whispers December 8,2014



Your job is not to fix people. It’s to love them.


Don’t give up,
God


P.S. Leave the fixing to Me.

Your yesterday may be marred by failure but your today and tomorrow can be filled with God's favor - God Whispers December 7,2014


Your yesterday may be marred by failure but your today and tomorrow can be filled with My favor.


Rise up,
God


P.S. Oftentimes, 
 triumph starts with taking the first step.

Are you truly aware that you are here for a reason? Do you accept God’s call for you? Do you ignore it or do you reject it? - Daily Bible Reflections December 8,2014

Solemnity of the Immaculate
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 
HERE FOR A REASON
 
“I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said…” – Luke 1:38
 
Mother Teresa said, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
       Look at what happened when Mother Teresa said yes to God’s call and allowed Him to use her as His instrument of love. She founded the Missionaries ofCharity, which is now active in 133 countries. Its members are changing the lives of many people by God’s grace.
       Mama Mary also said yes to God’s call of bearing His Son Jesus “out of wedlock.” She did this despite the risk of being stoned to death, which was the punishment of Jewish law at the time for adultery or fornication.
       Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mama Mary in the womb of her mother. God preserved her from original sin so she could fulfill her divine purpose of being Jesus’ mother. In God’s perfect timing, she gave her yes. Look at what happened to the world when Jesus was born.
       Like both of them, God created each of us for a purpose. All He needs from us is to imitate Mary’s submission by responding with: “I am Your humble servant, Lord. May it happen to me as You desire.” Ma. Luisa De la Cruz (theessence_byluisa@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Are you truly aware that you are here for a reason? Do you accept God’s call for you? Do you ignore it or do you reject it?
 
Dear Mama Mary, help me to humbly say yes to God’s call to me that I may fulfill His purpose for creating me. Amen.
 
Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us.

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