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May 4, 2018 - Loving to the Extreme

May 4, 2018 - Loving to the Extreme Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter Father Edward Hopkins, LC John 15:12-17 Jesus said to his...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018 - The Great Commission

May 27, 2018  - The Great Commission

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Father Matthew Kaderabek, LC


Matthew 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe in you. I believe you have called me to the faith and to share that faith. I trust that you will fill me with your spirit of courage and truth, so that I might faithfully assimilate and transmit the faith. I love you. I want to love you more with my prayer and with my life, and so grow in the unity of the love you share with your Father and the Holy Spirit.

Petition: Lord Jesus, help me to understand better and adore this great mystery of the Holy Trinity.

1. Standing Between Heaven and Earth: Jesus Christ stands on the mountain of the Ascension, drawing all creation back to his Heavenly Father. He stands between heaven and earth as our God, our redeemer, our best friend, and as one who will walk with us every step of the way. Together with the disciples, let us adore him. Lord, we worship you, we thank you, we adore you. We thank you for your great goodness, burning love and unfathomable mercy. Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

2. Go Therefore and Make Disciples of All Nations: What does Jesus do with his power over heaven and earth? He uses it to unite sinful men with the all-holy God. How almighty his power must be to transform sinners into children of God and heirs of heaven. And how does Jesus bring about this transformation? He empowers his apostles to teach his truth and transmit a participation in his divine life. Lord Jesus, thank you for the light of truth that dispels the darkness of our minds. Thank you for the life of grace bestowed upon us in baptism. And thank you, Lord, for the bishops and priests who bring us — through your divine power — God’s own truth and a share in the life of the most blessed Trinity. Thank you for St. Peter and all his successors who keep us united in one, holy and universal Church as we journey toward the heavenly kingdom.

3. Baptizing Them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: Without water, we would die of thirst. Without the Redemption, we would die in our sins, forever excluded from our destiny — union with God in the eternal happiness of heaven. How fittingly then, Jesus uses water to give us the fruits of his glorious Redemption. Not water alone, but water blessed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Let us bow down in adoration before the infinite power of Our Lord. Through the ministry of his priests, Jesus raises the dead to the supernatural life of grace. Thank you, Lord, for the awesome gift of baptism and for adopting me as your child.

Conversation with Christ: Dear Heavenly Father, you are now my own Father. I am your beloved child in Christ. Holy Spirit of God, gift of the Father and the Son, make your home in my heart. Direct my every thought, word and deed to glorify the most Holy Trinity.

Resolution: I will often repeat with the holy children of Fatima: “O Most Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most Precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world.”

Saturday, May 26, 2018

REAKSYON NI ATTY TRIXIE SA STAND NI DAVIDE SA KASO NI SERENO 'Wala nang weight ang mga sinasabi nya'

An email with a good point...


I think this is fantastic, I just love the guy's answer, and the interpretation for BIBLE. Enjoy and pass on.
If you're spiritually alive, you're going to love this!
If you're spiritually dead, you won't want to read it.
If you're spiritually curious, there is still hope!
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every
Sunday.
He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time, the preachers and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all".
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column.
Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
"I've been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.  But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals.
But I do know this:  They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.  If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible & receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!
IF YOU CANNOT SEE GOD IN ALL, YOU CANNOT SEE GOD AT ALL !
B. I. B. L. E. 
simply means: 
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!
When you are about to forward this to others, the devil will discourage you.
So go on! Forward this to people who are DEAR to you and TRUST GOD.

May 26, 2018 - Children of the Kingdom

May 26, 2018  - Children of the Kingdom

Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest 
Father Edward Hopkins, LC

Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he became indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your love and care for me and for my family. I believe that you call me to help protect, guide and inspire innocence and holiness in others. I trust that you will show me how to do this better. I love you, Lord, for the purity of your love, and I wish to love you with the fullness and innocence of my baptismal faith.

Petition: Lord Jesus, restore my innocence so I can draw nearer to you.

1. Two Visions: Again the poor disciples seem to miss the point, so Jesus sternly speaks to them: “Do not stop them!” Today many of us also fail to understand, and by our lack of understanding we prevent children from coming to Jesus. We think there are so many important activities for them to do—they need to keep up with the other kids, they need to compete, they need to do what they want—and the world heartily agrees. “Let the little children come to ‘me,’” it says with the raspy voice of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Only Jesus has the courage to insist, “Bring them to me, now.” Why is Jesus so anxious to touch, bless, teach and receive these children? Might it be that this is the critical age for them to know and love him as a friend? Do I do enough to let this happen, or do the customs of the world dwarf my efforts? To whom should my efforts belong?

2. “To Such as These” We all struggle to “enter the Kingdom” every day. We tend to be impatient to grow up and be independent. But then, as adults, we wish we had the innocence and simple lives of children, so better to love God. What has become of our innocence? We now know good and evil, and evil makes its presence felt, like the ring carried by Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. Is innocence worth preserving? Is it possible to recover? Our Lord suggests “yes” to both questions. If I desire to fight for the Kingdom, my battle should start by defending innocence, the only door to the Kingdom. Do I fight for it at home, in the media, on the Internet, at school, in the neighborhood, at work?

3. Receiving the Kingdom: “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child” applies to me each day of my life. Now, the grace of baptism does not disappear. It is renewed each time I pray, each time I offer God my life and day, and each time I prayerfully listen to his Word speak to me. So also, each time I gaze upon Jesus through the eyes of Mary with a rosary in hand, and each time I thank God for his many blessings. The more I experience Christ in the sacraments of the Eucharist and reconciliation, the more powerfully he renews this grace of receiving the Kingdom. The one common condition—that I trust like a little child—is the act of faith through which I enter in contact with the King. Innocence can be recovered and restored, but not without a childlike faith. How deliberately do I exercise this rejuvenating faith? Do I desire that Jesus take me up in his arms, lay his hands on me, and bless me each day?

Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord, renew my relationship with you. Make it as simple and sincere as that of a child. Renew my innocence as I strive to love you without pride or vanity. Increase my faith, as total and pure as when I was a child, so that I can live my baptism to the full.

Resolution: I will commit to fight for innocence in a more practical way: control the use of Internet or TV at home, get my children involved in a faith/virtue program, pray with them at night, take my family to confession, study Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, find a chastity program for young adolescents, etc.

Illegal methods being conducted behind the facade of incorruptibility: Former Supreme Court Justice’s revelation would leave you at awe and disappointment on the powers backing former CJ Sereno

Retired Supreme Court Justice Art D. Brion and ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, photo compiled from Google and CNN

Two simple points in the revelation of the retired Supreme Court Justice Art D. Brion astounded me in a way that disappoints, the “fight for the Constitution” that opposers of the decision of the Supreme Court’s decision to remove now-former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno upholds is but of preposterous and unjudicial measures now that Brion pointed out,

POINT ONE:

“In whispers, people in the know – including members of the court – speak of how behind-the-scene moves have been and are being undertaken by supposed exemplars of incorruptibility, to influence the justices to favorably decide in Sereno’s favor.”

POINT TWO: 

“I also surmise that Sereno must have a very hefty war chest at her command, far surpassing the already substantial funds that must have been used to support her quo warranto propaganda moves. Where Sereno’s sizeable funds are coming from is, of course, another story.”

The supposed “Constitutional fight” for justice in the “Unconstitutional ousting” of the aforementioned Chief Justice has now switched places. It is disturbingly disappointing that the side that supports Sereno took such illegal methods in order to bribe her stay in power.

It’s also funny, how the Court is outsmarting the Supreme Court’s opposition by considering the fact that they are aware that Sereno and her supporters are “fishing for support for their claim of bias and other similar reasons that would negatively portray the court’s ruling”.

The Court remained silent.

Best remedy to such foolish efforts of the opposing party but they will retaliate the moment it is needed. Funny enough, Sereno was lead into silence after she caught herself in a trap of her own comments on the Court’s ruling and her once fellow justices the moment the Supreme Court decreed in the quo warranto decision that,

 ”Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is ordered to SHOW CAUSE within ten (10) days from receipt hereof why she should not be sanctioned for violating the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Code of Judicial Conduct for transgressing the sub judice rule and for casting aspersions and ill motives to the Members of the Supreme Court.”

This silenced Sereno and had her focusing more on her motion for reconsideration and the SHOW CAUSE that the Court demanded of her knowing that if ousting was possible then so will be the penalties if she doesn’t stop yapping.

Another thing that’s funny is the fact that the Senate is trying to go against the Supreme Court itself, Brion stated that the Court would never “use abstract concepts of ‘independence’ and ‘democracy’” in judging such a case, their “standards would be the Constitution’s specific terms, the applicable laws, jurisprudence and the facts on record, as every law student knows.”

Even Senator Panfilo Lacson knew this Senate Resolution was made too early since they have no power in this case where the articles of impeachment didn’t reach their legislation.

Currently, the impeachment case is within the House of Representative and the former SC Justice mentioned that its prosperity “appears to be unlikely” and that “the endorsement of the move by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide would not be of much help.”

This is due to the fact that,

 “The opposition at the House has not shown so far the political strength sufficient to carry an impeachment complaint to successful fruition,” as Brion mentioned.

Now back to the two points that left me astoundingly disappointed at the Supreme Court’s opposition, Sereno’s side, in which they tried to bribe justice and that Sereno’s funds seem to be overflowing due to a source unknown.

On the first point that the former SC Justice revealed was the shocking one yet it will leave you wondering why didn’t Sereno win right?

Well thank the eight justices that stood fast and firm unto upholding unbiasedness on the ruling. They know that their decision would leave create drastic consequences, they’ve been at this for years. And,

“They are not strangers, too, to those who wish to influence their decisions, whether these would-be fixers, be the cajoling, gift-giving, pressuring, praying, or the threatening kinds,” Brion stated.

On the second point, now this got me edging on my seat for more, where did Sereno get such sizable funds?

But one thing’s sure about it, with such media coverage and political movement, a number of personalities will surely want to sponsor this for their personal agendas. But we are all left with the question of specifically who would?

Source: news.mb.com.ph

http://www.thedailysentry.net/2018/05/illegal-methods-being-conducted-behind.html

Friday, May 25, 2018

GOOD RIDDANCE


Florida Woman Stops Alligator Attack Using a Small Caliber Beretta Pistol

Another good reason to have a concealed weapons permit.

 
*This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator.*

 
*What's the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself?*

 
*Here's her story in her own words:*

 
"While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside my house in 'The Villages' with my soon to be ex-husband, discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12-ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open.  She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive."

 
"If I had not had my little Beretta .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!"

 
"Just one shot to my estranged husband's knee cap was all it took. The gator got him easily, and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.  The amount I saved in lawyer's fees was really incredible, and his life insurance was a real big bonus!"

The Man Rules

The Man Rules
 
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down     
  Finally the guys' side of the story.
(
 I must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear
 
' the rules From the female side.  
  Now here are the rules from the male side.   

These are our rules!
Please note.. these are all numbered '1 '
ON PURPOSE!

  
1.   Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl.  If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports It's like the full moon
or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem
 only if you want help solving it. That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are.
Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and if one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the 
  other one 

1. You can either ask us to do something
Or tell us how you want it done.
Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials..

1. Christopher Columbus did 
NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not 
color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have 
no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it 
will be scratched.
We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say 'nothing,' We will act like nothing's wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... 
Really . 

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball
or
 golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape.
   Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this.

Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;

But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.