Who among us have seen the face of God, I mean God’s real face? None of us have seen God personally, I suppose! But still, we believe and glorify Him particularly in our prayers, we talk to Him about anything, we think of Him, and at times He even appears in our dreams. In the Scriptures, God appeared to some chosen people in various forms. That’s what we’ve read/learned about Him. Regardless of culture and religion, people see God and feel His presence in many ways. In our minds, though, we make God visible (even if he’s invisible), especially Jesus … Continue reading Love Thy Neighbor: My First Time To Pray For A President
I don’t mind saying the same salient features about my mother over and over again. I thank God for making mothers like mine! For me, she was the greatest! Even if she’s no longer visibly around, she remains a guide, protector and a friend. There were times that she appeared to me in my dreams together with my Dad, who left years ahead of her, making me feel that they are still looking after their children, appreciating of our accomplishments and comforting us in our trials and tribulations. When it comes to my parents, I tend to be emotionally fragile, … Continue reading The Mother Who Rocked The Cradle!
I recall in our younger years, my mother who is a Marian devotee would call everyone in the family to join her in praying the Holy Rosary particularly during the month of October which is traditionally devoted to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. She would always include “World Peace” as one of her prayer intentions. (Oh, if only there were digital cameras for taking “selfie” or “groupfie” (group selfie) during those times, it would be a “sight to behold” for the ten of us in the family kneeling down and reciting the Holy Rosary!) How about these days? … Continue reading The Battle For World Peace!
Catholics throughout the globe are commemorating two very important feast/holy days on the first two days of November, namely: All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd). Nowadays, we almost celebrate everything for everyone. We have Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandmother's Day, and even Pet's Day! So, how could we forget the holy men and women who are now in Heaven and our departed loved ones who might still be in purgatory? As such, the Catholic church allotted the first two days of November for the Saints in Heaven and for the departed souls, respectively. Some … Continue reading The Suffering Souls : How To Be Of Help To Them?
According to Church teachings, there are 6 seasons in the Church Liturgical Year, namely: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Three Days or ( Triduum), and Easter. For purposes of this blog, the discussion shall focus on Lent, including the Three Days, based on personal knowledge since childhood up to this time. I may not be in a position to discuss its merits in full-length as I am neither a part of any religious congregation nor a theologian/ scholar who is an expert in Canon Law. However, my humble understanding on the subject, acquired through experience and study (with 12 Theology units in … Continue reading The Beauty of Lent: A Layman’s Viewpoint -Tips and Thoughts
Last year, I shared with you a meaningful Valedictory Address which pretty much jogs our understanding about the value of everything, however trivial it may seem. The said blog likewise encompasses the influence of money on people’s decisions, how it poisons people’s minds to do certain things, good or bad, and its profound significance to us, specifically how it would help us to achieve true success in life. Business Economics (101) taught us, inter alia, that money refers to any good that is used as a medium of exchange for transfer of goods and services from one person to another. … Continue reading How Money Pollutes People’s Minds – Tips and Thoughts
Do you know that the month of November is dedicated to the holy souls in purgatory? Probably, some of you may only be aware that the 2nd day of November (after All Saints Day) is the feast day of the holy souls in purgatory, but not for the entire month of November. I understand that under the Church’s culture, the living faithful are enjoined and reminded to pray for the said souls whose sins have already been forgiven before they die but sill have to pass the purgatory to suffer and cleanse their sins before entering Heaven. Our prayers for … Continue reading HCJ-Fil Choir 1st YTb – “Hindi Kita Malilimutan” – Tips and Thoughts
For Catholics worldwide, the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. It is one of the major Marian feast days particularly for devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary and believers of the significance and powers of the Holy Rosary. The feast day of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag likewise falls in October and is consistently celebrated by Filipino migrants throughout the United States, particularly the natives of Manaoag, Pangasinan, a town which is about more than 100 miles north of Manila. The original image of Our Lady of Manaoag is currently … Continue reading Our Lady of Manaoag Feast Day Celebrations in NYC
The new catechetical year kicked off with a presentation and special blessing of religion teachers and catechists at Mass a week ago, a.k.a. “Catechetical Sunday”. Our Director of Religious Education (DRE) pointed out the significance and the mission of religion teachers and catechists, one of which is the commitment to nurture the seed, i.e., our knowledge and faith in God’s word and to share the same to others until it’s manifested and ultimately fruitful. While each one of us has been given the responsibility to spread the Good News by the time when we are baptized, it is worth noting … Continue reading Nurturing The Seed – A Meaningful Commitment
Today is the culmination of the “Year for Priests” which is a once in a lifetime, one year of celebration. It started last June 2009 and was concluded with a gathering of priests in Rome. It is a one year privilege for the priests to rejoice in the Sacrament of Holy Orders and their affirmation to commit their lives to God and the Church thru the said Sacrament. It is also an opportunity for all Christians, particularly the Catholic congregation, to show their gratefulness thru sharing and prayers, and to affirm their love and support for their priests. Briefly, the … Continue reading Year for Priests – “Faithfulness of Christ, faithfulness of priests” – Tips and Thoughts