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Saturday, October 31, 2015

What is God’s original call for you? You may have taken a detour but, in the end, God’s plan for your life will still prevail -Daily Bible Reflections October 31,2015

A VOCATION DETOUR
 
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. – Romans 11:29
 
       Domingo and Amelia had an inner call to the religious life. Because of the war and their individual family set-up, pursuing their vocations was close to impossible. Eventually, after the war, they ended up together. They bore two daughters who later entered the convent. Now with an empty nest, the desire to enter the religious life resurfaced. But who would accept a married couple? They wrote to Rome. Their marriage was officially dispensed. Domingo became a Dominican brother with solemn vows while Amelia became a Dominican Sister (just like her two daughters) with perpetual vows.
       Israel is God’s chosen nation. Even if the Jews continue to reject Christ as the promised Messiah, God didn’t stop to offer salvation to them.
       According to two Bible commentaries: “[T]he privileges and invitation of God given to Israel can never be withdrawn. They are beloved by Him because of their forefathers.”
       We may have chosen a path apart from what God wants for us. We may have strayed from Him when we sinned. But God is faithful and He will lead us back. His love is irrevocable. Judith Concepcion (svp_jmc@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: What is God’s original call for you? You may have taken a detour but, in the end, God’s plan for your life will still prevail.
 
Lead me back, Lord, to where I truly belong — in Your loving embrace.
 
St. Wolfgang of Regensburg, pray for us.

Make sure you and I are blessings to others and not become somebody’s warnings - Francis Kong


Lessons and Blessings 
Some people come into our life as blessings.
Others come into our life as lessons.
Make sure you and I are blessings to others and not become somebody’s warnings.

Francis Kong

Friday, October 30, 2015

Are you in a dilemma? Check your motivation. Are you moved by love or by fear? - Daily Bible Reflections October 30,2015


THE LOVE CHECK
 
Then he said to them, “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”– Luke 14:5
 
       In the cold, tail-end of winter, with a bouquet of roses and a love letter in my hand, I walked up to her doorstep and rang the bell. For the past 17 months, I had done everything I knew to win her back, hoping she would recommit to our 13-year relationship. The ringing of the bell lingered in my ears.
       No answer. I rang the doorbell a second time. No answer. A third time. Then, through the stained-glass door, I saw a silhouette of a woman approached the door. As soon as she recognized me, she turned and walked back into her castle.
       I had traveled across the seas hoping to win her back. I was at a crossroads — to pursue her further or to let go. I had to ask myself, “What was the loving thing to do at this point — not just for her but for myself as well?”
       Jesus asked a similar question to resolve the issue in today’s Gospel. Would it be loving to leave your son in a cistern because you fear the judgment of others? Sometimes, complex questions become simple when we boil it down to a question of love.
       As for me, I didn’t win her back. I turned my back and won the future that was ahead of me. Edwin S. Soriano (ka_edong@edwinsoriano.com)
 
Reflection: Are you in a dilemma? Check your motivation. Are you moved by love or by fear?
 
Lord, let love be my primary motivation in life.
 
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, pray for us.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Reflection: Father God, thank You for always welcoming me back in Your loving arms every time I lose my way - Daily Bible Reflections October 29,2015


A LOST SHEEP FOUND
HER WAY BACK HOME
 
… We are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered. – Romans 8:36
 
       When I went back to St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Center during the Yuletide season, I saw countless lambs beside the statues of Jesus, Mary and the other saints. During my prayer time, when I practiced praying amidst nature, God impressed upon me that I was among those sheep who found their way back home.
     “Return to me, and I will return to you,” thus says the Lord in Zechariah 1:3. He also told me that my life won’t be a bed of roses when I start missionary work the following year. I had no fear whatsover because I knew that the Lord would be with me in this new mission He called me to do.
       I had been trying to avoid this call for the longest time because of my mother’s disapproval. For my family, missionary work means no money.
       Yes, I may not get paid monetarily for this mission, but God assures me that this is my pathway towards heaven. I hang on to His promise as always. Ems Sy Chan (havenofleeanne@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Father God, thank You for always welcoming me back in Your loving arms every time I lose my way.
 
Mama Mary, intercede for a sinner like me. May I follow Your example as the greatest disciple of Christ. Amen.
 
St. Narcissus of Jerusalem, pray for us.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

“There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains.” (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu) - Daily Bible Reflections October 28, 2015


Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude,
Apostles
 
ROOM 718
 
In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. – Luke 6:12
 
       I was my dad’s primary caregiver when he had lung cancer. During the last two weeks of his life, he was confined in Room 718 of a Makati hospital where he was given palliative care, a special diet, round-the-clock monitoring and all the care we otherwise couldn’t have provided at home. I hardly left his side because he did not want to be left alone. My only reprieve was when he slept. It was also the time when I prayed to God and surrendered Dad to Him as I cried silently.
       Room 718 became the “mountain” I climbed to be in solitude with God. There I scaled the heights of sadness, despair and depression, only to be consoled by His love and abiding presence. By His grace, I reached the pinnacle of faith as I realized there was nothing I could do but abandon Dad in the arms of our Creator.
       Jesus went up the mountain and there surrendered His ministry, His followers and His life to the Father. The mountaintop was hallowed ground, the place where the Son and Father communed with one another. Dina PecaƱa (dpecana@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains.” (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)
 
Lord, may I encounter You in the mountaintops and valleys of my life.
 
Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles, pray for us.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What good have suffering and pain brought to your life? - Daily Bible Reflections October 27, 2015


FROM SUFFERING TO
GLORY
 
...the sufferings of this present time arecas nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. – Romans 8:18
 
As a child, I got hurt physically and emotionally. But I became braver as a result.
       In 1983 and 1988, our residence burned down. My grandfather died in the second fire. Family relations became stronger and   closer.
       In the 1990s, my marriage was on the rocks for seven years. We solved the problem and our bond became even stronger. Last May, we celebrated our 34th anniversary.
       In 2009, I lost a very close friend, a long-time confidante and co-servant for 16 years to a sudden illness. The grief was difficult to overcome. In 2010, God called my husband to serve Him. My husband is now my partner both at home and in ministry.
       Suffering is an instance of pain or distress. Even if we don’t welcome it, suffering comes to life in big and small ways, at any age and time. But it comes to pass and leads to better days.
       Jesus suffered and died for our salvation. But He has risen in glory and is now seated at the right hand of God. And because of that, we too are victors in Him. Bella Estrella (blestrella@gmail.com)
 
Reflections: What good have suffering and pain brought to your life?
 
Thank You, Lord, for all that we’ve been through. Make us see that whatever suffering You allow to happen is meant to draw us closer to You, O King of Glory.
 
Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza, pray for us.
 

Monday, October 26, 2015

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” (Steve Jobs) - Daily Bible Reflections October 26,2015

 
CALL TO SERVE
 
“Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” – Luke 13:14
 
       I remember back when we had our post-graduate internship (PGI) in a government hospital, a fellow intern was always misunderstood for being a show-off at being a hands-on and helpful medical man. Several times, we would see patients coming down from a taxi walking lamely towards the entrance of the E.R. When aides-on-duty would be busy transporting patients and attending to other tasks and there was nobody to pull a wheelchair for the patient, this co-intern would voluntarily do the job.
       Some people in some quarters interpreted this as an act of heroism, but some saw it as pretentious. They would comment that it’s not part of a doctor’s job.
       Each of us has a mission in life. We are assigned a task. But we can always extend that assignment and do more if the situation calls for it. Nothing should hinder us from serving people. Just as it is better to give than to receive, it’s better to serve than to be served. Dr. Henry L. Yu (henrio_md@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” (Steve Jobs)
 
Lord, help us not to mind doing things beyond our job description. Help us to stay grounded always and be humble to do things for our fellowmen in need.
 
Blessed Contrado Ferrini, pray for us.
 

You can only be a good leader if you’re a good follower - God Whispers October 26,2015


You can only be a good leader if you’re a good follower.

Follow Me,
God


P.S. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves (Philippians 2:3).

Do you go through life with a lot of excess baggage? Dump negative thoughts, vices and resentment. They only weigh you down in life - God Whispers October 25,2015


Do you go through life with a lot of excess baggage? Dump negative thoughts, vices and resentment. They only weigh you down in life.

Choose the good,
God

P.S. Bring only what you need to help you reach heaven.

Bless the world by being more grateful, positive, and affirming - God Whispers October 24,2015


What kind of effect do you have on the people you meet? Do they leave your presence refreshed and energized? Inspired and lifted up? Or do they leave your presence discouraged and despondent?


Inspire,
God


P.S. Bless the world by being more grateful, positive, and affirming.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Lao-tzu). So take that single step towards Jesus today! - Daily Bible Reflections October 25, 2015

BEING LIKE
BARTIMAEUS
 
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” – Mark 10:49
       In many ways, I can relate to Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel. Many times in my life, I find myself crying out to Jesus, asking him to “have pity on me.” Usually, these are the times when I fall into sin, and when I am blind to the needs of those around me, especially my loved ones. Whenever I am selfish or ill-tempered or impatient, I find myself — like Bartimaeus — at the “roadside,” begging for God’s mercy and forgiveness.
       Thank God then for His message for me — and you! — today: He calls us to take courage and get up… to rise up from the depths of our sinfulness… to break free from the bondages that hold us captive… — like Bartimaeus — to throw aside the “cloak” of darkness that clothes us, spring up, and come to Jesus.
       So what are you waiting for, friend? Take courage; get up, He is calling you. Tina Santiago-Rodriguez (tina@trulyrichmom.com)
 
Reflection: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Lao-tzu). So take that single step towards Jesus today!
 
Lord, heal me of my blindness. Open my eyes to Your goodness and love today and every day.
 
St. Antonio de Sant’Anna Galvao, pray for us.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

God allows difficulties in His children’s lives so that they may trust Him further and bring them closer to Him - Daily Bible Reflections October 24,2015

WAKE UP CALL
 
“But if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” – Luke 13:5
 
       Two compelling videos made the rounds in Facebook immediately after super typhoon Yolanda. One was about a 2010 prophecy by Sadhu Selvaraj titled, “Warning, Punishment and Judgment for the Philippines If the Country Does Not Return to God.” The second tied up the Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda to the prophecies declared at the April 2013 National Prayer Gathering at the Cuneta Astrodome. It further warned that a deadly disease causing the body to rot would originate from Pangasinan.
       These videos talking about God’s anger for the wicked ways of the land and the call for repentance initially scared me. Did God single out the Philippines to destroy? But come to think of it, we have always been reminded since St. John the Baptist’s time to remain faithful to God’s Word, turn away from our evil, and repent. Do we need calamities, tragedies or videos of modern-day prophecies for a wake-up call?
       God is merciful and not vindictive. But this should not push us to complacency where we become another Sodom and Gomorrah ripe enough to be destroyed. Marie Franco (mariefranco_pie@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: God allows difficulties in His children’s lives so that they may trust Him further and bring them closer to Him.
 
Father God, send Your guardian angels and the Holy Spirit so that we shall always be guided in our ways and be faithful to You.
 
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop, pray for us.

Friday, October 23, 2015

No matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what others say about you, you are priceless in God’s eyes - Daily Bible Reflections October 23,2015


WHO IS THE
STRONGEST ?
 
I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind... – Romans 7:23
 
       On his deathbed, surrounded by his greatest generals and kings, Alexander the Great was asked, “To whom do you give your kingdom?” The dying monarch replied, “To the strongest among you,” and promptly expired.
       We all face the same question every day. We are often made to choose: body or soul, sentiment or commitment, discipline or disregard. As St. Paul put it, “I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind.”
       But how do you build up that strength so that you always make the right decision? St. Paul answers it plainly: “God through Christ.” Did you notice that he didn’t say anything about growing in strength? Because becoming strong isn’t just asking for strength. More than that, it is building a relationship.
       As we build that relationship with God by spending time with Him, three things happen. One, we grow in grace. Two, we learn His ways, and three, we love Him more. Ultimately, when life asks us to choose, our response will reflect the depth of our relationship with Jesus. Rod Velez (rod.velez@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: No matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what others say about you, you are priceless in God’s eyes. He wants to strengthen His relationship with you if you would only let Him.
 
More than the need to be strong, what I desire most is to have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with You, Lord. Amen.
 
St. John of Capistrano, priest, pray for us.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Don't let your negative experiences define you. Let them propel you to greater growth instead - God Whispers October 22,2015

Parts of you may have been damaged by betrayal, loss or pain. But don't let your negative experiences define you. Let them propel you to greater growth instead.


Bloom and grow,
God


P.S. Learn to take the bitter to make you better.

Are there people in your life who ridicule you or persecute you because God doesn’t answer their prayers? - Daily Bible Reflections October 22, 2015


STAND UP FOR JESUS
 
“Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” – Luke 12:51
 
       John and Jackie, with their daughter, Jessa, attended prayer meetings as a family and even served in the community. But after eight months, Jessa eloped with her boyfriend and revealed that she was pregnant.
       John, frustrated, asked the Lord why this happened. He became quiet and stern. He stopped attending prayer services. For her part, Jackie thought she fell short of being a caring mom. But despite what happened, she continued to love her daughter. She also remained faithful and hopeful in the Lord, not allowing their trial to draw her away from God.
         Trials test our faith and, at times, even our relationships. Sometimes being faithful to God may set us at odds with those we love dearly. But if we keep the faith —continuously living and standing up for Jesus — we’ll eventually be vindicated. After years of fervent prayer and persistent prodding, Jackie, who had become an active servant, one day proudly came to their prayer meeting this time, with John and Jessa. Everyone warmly and happily welcomed them. Sol Saura (sol_saura@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Are there people in your life who ridicule you or persecute you because God doesn’t answer their prayers?
 
Lord, may the “divisions” in our lives allow us to remain faithful to You; that someday everyone will see You in us and we shall be united in worshipping You.
 
St. Peter of Alcantara, pray for us.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Recall your experiences of having to let go of someone. What were your feelings then? How do you feel about it now? - Daily Bible Reflections October 21,2015


SURRENDER AND
LET GO
 
“You also must be prepared.” – Luke 12:40
 
     November 8 to 9, 2013 was a harrowing weekend for Filipinos. Thousands of lives were lost. Billions of properties were damaged. Entire towns and villages were wiped out.
       Being in Manila when super typhoon Yolanda wreaked its havoc, I could only pray for our countrymen in the Visayas. And pray hard we did in the family because my niece’s husband, Andrew, together with his parents and brother, plus his brother’s family, were trapped in Tacloban City. The hotel they were billeted in was only a hundred meters away from the shore. For two days we had no contact with them. We didn’t know whether they survived the storm surge or not.
       At one point, I felt the need to surrender our worry to God and trust that He was keeping them safe. As I let go of my fears, I again felt the pain of surrender I experienced when we were about to lose my mother 12 years ago. Even if she had been sick for more than a month, we were not prepared to lose her.
       I don’t think we can really be ready to lose persons dear to us. But God, who knows what’s best, will eventually lead us to accept the inevitable. Thank God we soon learned that Andrew and his family were safe. Tess V. Atienza (theresa.a@shepherdsvoice.com.ph)
 
Reflection: Recall your experiences of having to let go of someone. What were your feelings then? How do you feel about it now?
 
Dear God, help me to bear the pain and sorrow of losing persons dear to me. Hold my hand until I’m ready to walk again on my own.
 
St. Hilarion, pray for us.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Have you gotten tired of waiting? Stay faithful. Your miracles are on the way - Daily Bible Reflections October 20, 2105


GOLD CAN WAIT
 
And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. – Luke 12:38
 
       Paris Olympic Games, 1924. Bill Havens and the canoe racing team was sure to win the gold. But it became clear that Bill’s wife would give birth to their first child about the time that the U.S. team would be competing. In those days when there were still no jet liners, Bill found himself in a dilemma. Although his wife insisted that he goes to Paris and fulfill a life-long dream, Bill withdrew from the team. He believed this was God’s will. His family was more important. But Bill’s wife was late in giving birth. In fact, had he competed, he could have returned home in time for her actual delivery. But Bill had no regrets.
       Twenty-eight years later, Bill received a cablegram from the new canoe-racing champion of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. His name: Frank Havens. Yes, Frank is Bill’s son. His message read, “Dad, I won. I’m bringing home the gold medal you lost while waiting for me to be born.”
       Friend, if you follow God’s will, if you stay faithful to what matters most, nothing is lost. Just wait faithfully and be ready to catch your miracle. Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Have you gotten tired of waiting? Stay faithful. Your miracles are on the way.
 
Father, give me the grace to stay faithful. Let me see beyond the visible and believe in the miracles to come.
 
St. Maria Bertilla Coscardin, pray for us.

Monday, October 19, 2015

How does your faith empower your life? What can you do to deepen and strengthen your faith? - Daily Bible Reflection October 19,2015


THE INSPIRING CAB
DRIVER
 
“…he was empowered by faith…” – Romans 4:20
 
       Once I had an interesting conversation with a cab driver. He told me that every day he listened to Radyo Veritas 846 and he planned to buy a radio for his wife so she could also tune in to it to learn about the faith. He wanted her to teach their children how to pray, especially the rosary. He believed that prayer is very important.
       I explained to him a little bit about the Catholic beliefs on images and the Holy Mass. He listened attentively and enthusiastically. He mentioned about those who converted to other denominations and he said, “Basta ako hanggang mamatay Katoliko pa din ako. Dapat lagi tayong nagdarasal at kumakapit sa Diyos” (As for me, I will remain a Catholic till the day I die. We should always pray and hold on to God).
       I was inspired by the driver. He made an effort to know God and his faith and wanted it to rub off on his family even in simple ways. He believes that God and faith in Him is a necessity in life, not an option. His faith empowers him in his daily life. Ma. Luisa De la Cruz (theessence_byluisa@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: How does your faith empower your life? What can you do to deepen and strengthen your faith?
 
Dear Mama Mary, help me to find ways to live my faith and let it empower my life, especially in times of difficulties. Amen.
 
Sts. John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and companions, pray for us.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Let Jesus, the Light of the World, dispel the darkness within you so you may live as children of light - Daily Bible Reflections October 18, 2015

LIGHT OF THE WORLD
 
Because of his affliction he shall see the light... – Isaiah 53:11
 
       Malcolm Muggeridge took his TV crew to Calcutta in the Home for the Dying Destitute to film Blessed Mother Teresa’s work. The interior of the Home had inadequate lighting, the light coming only from two small windows high up in the walls. The crew only had a small light with them so it was impossible to clearly capture the scene on film, but they decided to have a go. As a backup, the cameraman also took shots outside where the residents were sitting under the sun.
       When the film was processed, “the part taken inside was bathed in a particularly beautiful soft light, whereas the part taken outside was rather dim and confused.” Muggeridge recounted in his book, Something Beautiful for God.
       God so loved us that He gave us His only Son. Jesus’ sacrificial love on the cross brought light and hope to this dark world mired in sin. In the same way, Muggeridge was convinced that it was love that illuminated that dimly lit room. And Blessed Mother Teresa’s “light” of influence eventually made him and his wife convert to Catholicism years later. Judith Concepcion (svp_jmc@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “… But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light” (Ephesians 5:13-14). Let Jesus, the Light of the World, dispel the darkness within you so you may live as children of light.
 
Lord Jesus, may Your light shine upon me so I may reflect the light of Your love and goodness to others.
 
St. Luke, evangelist, pray for us.
 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

“Always be careful what you say. You can say you’re sorry, but you can never take back what you said.” (F.B. Newman) - Daily Bible Reflections October 17, 2015

DECLARE YOUR
DESTINY
 
“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Luke 12:10
 
       On March 4, 1966, an article that appeared in the London Evening Standard caused an uproar. Journalist Maureen Cleave was doing a series entitled “How Does a Beatle Live?” and her encounter with John Lennon started a controversy that spread far beyond the London paper. “Christianity will go,” Lennon said. “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but His disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
       It may be true that the Beatles were insanely popular then and are still famous now half a century later. But the gall to say that Christianity will vanish and shrink is simply repulsive! It’s been more than 2,000 years since Jesus was born and there is definitely no sign of Christianity vanishing or shrinking.
       Be careful of the words you speak. It may make you popular now. But when you die, remember that you shall be accountable for every single word that comes out of your mouth. It will determine your destiny.Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)
 
Reflection: “Always be careful what you say. You can say you’re sorry, but you can never take back what you said.” (F.B. Newman)
 
Holy Spirit, teach me to speak only the words which men need to hear.
 
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr, pray for us.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Are you afraid of the things you’re not sure about in your life? Offer them to God - Daily Bible Reflections October 16,2015


GOD KNOWS
 
“Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.” – Luke 12:7
 
       Do you know of anyone who knows how many hair you have on your head?
       Imagine someone coming up to you and telling you he knows how many moles you have, how many teeth you have, how many hair you have, including those that fell this morning.
       Creepy… crazy... and cool! That means he knows you real well and is very much interested in you.
       Of course God knows, not only because He created you and knows every bit and part of you, but because He’s very much interested in you.
       That means you have nothing to hide and therefore can present your real self to Him — warts, scars and all.
       That also means He’s got you fully covered — from every strand of your hair to every burden and fear, hopes and dreams that you have.
       So sleep tight tonight even if you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
  God knows. And that’s what matters most. Alvin Barcelona (apb_ayo@yahoo.com)
 
 
Reflection: Are you afraid of the things you’re not sure about in your life? Offer them to God. He knows. He’s in full control. Receive His peace today.
 
Dear Lord, grant me the grace to find peace and comfort in trusting that You are in control of the things that I am not. Amen.
 
Blessed Marguerite d’ Youville, religious, pray for us.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Do you still doubt God sometimes? How can you strengthen your faith? - Daily Bible Reflections October 15,2015


SECOND CHANCES
 
For God is one and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised through faith. – Romans 3:30
 
       While flipping through TV channels one late night, I chanced upon the story of a woman — an atheist — on The 700 Club. She was a non-believer for most of her adult life.
       When she became very ill, she died and saw herself shooting up into space and through a tunnel with a very bright light at the end. Just before reaching the light, she dropped twice as fast, falling into darkness toward what seemed to be a fire pit. It was during this drop that she felt great fear, that hell (and heaven) could be real, and she found herself shouting out a prayer, “God! If You really exist, please save me!”
       Suddenly, she ascended again, and then went back to her hospital bed where the doctors were trying to revive her. She lived and became a true believer in the Almighty.
       Today’s chosen verse tells us that we will all be justified on the basis of faith. The God of second chances turns non-believers into believers through mysterious ways that all may have faith in Him. Surely, He wants us all to be with Him at the end of time. So blessed are we who already believe. Nova A. Sevilla (nova.svp@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Do you still doubt God sometimes? How can you strengthen your faith?
 
Lord Jesus, I ask that You open my senses to Your daily presence in my life in order to strengthen my faith in You. Amen.
 
St. Teresa of Avila, virgin, pray for us.

Wealth isn't money. Wealth is an inner feeling. More precisely, wealth is an outlook, an attitude, a belief - God Whispers October 15,2015


Wealth isn't money. Wealth is an inner feeling. More precisely, wealth is an outlook, an attitude, a belief.


Be truly rich,
God


P.S. The most obvious measurement of wealth is gratitude.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Choose one line from the poem that strikes you - Daily Bible Reflections October 14,2015


SEEING YOU
 
Do you suppose then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? – Romans 2:3
 
        Seeing, I saw a man in tattered clothes looking straight at me.
       My mind went blank and clutched my bag, afraid he’d snatch it from me.
       But as I passed I saw a smile.
       He bowed and looked and said a simple “Hi” to break the ice; it hit my pride instead.      
       and then I glanced to the side and saw a girl with skin so fair.
       Again I thought with judgment raw, that I should run, not stare.
       Her skimpy clothes it made me think
       That she was paid to smile.
       But I think it’s best, these righteous robes
       Be thrown in burning piles.
       How quick am I to judge my kind, when God was kind to me.
       A simple look, a word, a stare Ignites a poisoned sea.
       To this, my Lord, I ask Your grace
       So I may live so pure.
       That when I see another face
 Your sweet love will endure. Migs Ramirez (migsramirez.seminars@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Choose one line from the poem that strikes you.
 
Lord, let me see You in every person I see today, and love as You have loved.
 
St. Callistus I, pope and martyr, pray for us.

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