Have you ever asked yourself? What is beautiful during Good Friday? A friend of mine who has no firm commitment as far as his religious orientation is concerned posed this query, “Why do you call it Good Friday? I simply ignored the question, instead I looked at him in dismay and responded, Really? Of course, he knows what’s being commemorated on Good Friday. He’s a very learned man. He’s aware of why Christians celebrate Holy Week, irrespective of his religion. As a matter of fact, almost all of us regardless of our beliefs know that Good Friday is the day … Continue reading The Beauty of Good Friday
When I opened the Bible (which I seldom do as most of the time my research activities are done on the Web) to check on Gospel readings for July, it surprisingly opened to where Chapter 13 of St. Matthew is inscribed, the Parable of the Sower! While this Parable may be one of the well known Bible stories, I am just not so keen about it. I don’t know why it happened that the said page was the first to open up but I felt there was a purpose, probably it was a challenge posed to me by God on … Continue reading Be Good “Soils”: The Challenge of the “Sower”
Easter Sunday is one of the favorite holidays not only in the United States but in other countries as well. However, it appears that the real essence of Easter has been changed by its commercial dimension. It has been highly commercialized for sometime now instilling in us particularly the kids that Easter Sunday is about fun and fancy with candies, baskets, bunnies, jellies, plastic things and other egg hunting related activities. While interesting and fancy activities may bring joy to kids and families on Easter Sunday, we have to be reminded that its spiritual aspect (e.g. hearing mass, etc. ) … Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ: Its Impact On Us
In one of my previous CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes for middle school kids, I asked them to write down things they would “give up” for God during the season of Lent. Majority of the boys and girls promised the more traditional things such as giving up their ice cream and chocolate cravings, leaving their video games (with the condition that it would be during school days only for the 40-day period) and doing good things for their school and play mates and at home with their parents and siblings, among others. But what particularly struck me about was … Continue reading Living A Holy Life: A Lenten Challenge
Jesus is my Lord and Savior, my Master, my friend and my lover. Jesus is also my provider; giving me good things and my needs. He is the only One who is true and sincere, faithful and loving. He is true to His words and promises. He is the One who truly loves me and cares for me. He is the person who eases away my pain, washes away my sorrows and shares my joys and happiness. He is a true man and a true God. He saves me from all my troubles including impossible problems and hardships. He is … Continue reading Who is JESUS to Me? – A Special Lenten Offering
Last February, I received a communication from the Apostolate requesting me to guide and lead the singing during the mass. Wow, what an effortless request! But little did I know that it was a form of spiritual leadership accompanied by a critical responsibility brought upon on my shoulder. What could I say? How could I say no to the call for help for God’s glory? I simply responded in affirmative, and everything started there! I thought that was one way of touching me to be of help to others in the humblest way I can, which incidentally is one of … Continue reading Organizing A Choir – First Series of Useful Tips And Thoughts
In non-tropical countries, Easter season occurs during springtime and springtime comes immediately after winter. It is during this season of the year, when cold days are fading and sun starts shining brightly, rivers coming back to life, animals are roaming again freely from hibernation, lifeless brown trunks starting to put on leaves and flowers blooming once again. What a sight to behold! One of the memorable events I recall about Easter time happened during my childhood days. People were looking forward for Easter season to witness the re-enactment of the meeting of Jesus and Mary after His Resurrection. I remember … Continue reading Easter Sunday – MyUsefulTips Joyful Reflection!