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Happy New Year 2010

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment
 
WELCOME TO THE SECOND DECADE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY!
 
Happy New Year to All!
 
 
May God pour out His blessings on us in great abundance! Open-mouthed
 
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Categories: Personal

Be Nice

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment
This is a re-posting of a section of an article I read in the newspaper today. NOTE: The author, Ricky Lo, got the original text from an “anonymous reader.”  This appeared in his regular FUNFARE column in the Philippine Star on December 31, 2009.
 
 
Be nice in 2010
 
Some people think that it is nice to be important. Others believe that it is more important to be nice.
 
However, many important people prefer to be remembered for being nice rather than for being important.
 
I would prefer that important people should also be nice since nice people are naturally important.
 
Unfortunately, not many important people are nice and nice people are seldom given importance.
 
At any rate, let’s all try to be nicer. To me, that is very important!
 
It is true that what is important to me may not be important to others.
 
Our opinions may differ but let us express our different opinions in a nice way.
 
Let us remember that everyone has the right to express an opinion no matter how stupid it is.
 
Now, isn’t that nice?
 
 
May we all learn and apply the lesson each day of our lives. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Mere Mortals

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment
No one and nobody is God Almighty.  The role is already taken.  Besides, no one will be able to do a good job at it, either. 
All good things come to an end.  All bad things have their end as well.  No one remains beautiful, wealthy and powerful forever.  It’s not reasonable to be beholden or in fear of anyone, despite their status in society, because at the end of the day all of us will be humbled, because all of us are literally nothing without Him. 
God is God.  We are all mere mortals – we are all equal.  At the end of day, every single one of us will get the justice we deserve, either in this life, or the next. 
Dear God…  All people are intrinsically good – even the ones who may be difficult.  Please help me not to give up on the inherent goodness in each person, just as You do not give up on me. 
 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
Categories: Personal

Peace in Difficult Times

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment
There will always be difficult times.  I think, for as long as I have God in my life and the people I love, I’ll still be okay.
 
Most especially, for as long as God is with me, and He always is, I’ll be able to weather whatever storms life throws at me.  With God by my side, I should always be at peace.  May I remember this lesson in life. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
Categories: Personal

Humility

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment
Lowly, humble and simple: The strongest people have these three qualities simply because they don’t have that much pride to be hurt.  This is one of the things I learned during the Christmas Mass my family attended this year. 
Note that this is not a matter of having no self-esteem at all – that’s not the point.  The point is recognizing that at the end of the day, no matter how great we think we are, we are really nothing if not for what God has given us in our life.  In other words, we are literally totally dependent on Him for everything, and so we have nothing to be proud of, we have nothing to claim as something we have gotten or achieved all on our own merit.
On a side-note, I also want to share an insight regarding the circumstances of Christ’s birth.  We all know the story of Jesus being born in a manger – and the idea taught to us is that He was born under such undesirable of circumstances.  Actually, His birth in a manger was actually a good thing.  We need to understand that during the time of Jesus, an Inn is not like the type that we know nowadays.  During His time it was just a house with more rooms to rent out – and this was shared with whoever wanted to rent it.  In other words, there was no privacy.  Since there were a lot of people crowding the room, there was also no peace.  There were no beds to lie down, and one just slept on the floor as-is where-is.  If you think about it, it’s not exactly the best place to give birth.  In the manger, it is a practice at night to remove old hay and put in fresh hay because animals will only eat fresh hay.  At the time Mary and Joseph arrived there was fresh hay in the manger.  There was privacy in the manger, ideal for giving birth to someone.  And because it was not crowded, the atmosphere was peaceful.  It was just what He needed to enter into our world.  See, even in such circumstances, God provides for what is needed. 
Back to topic… Jesus literally had all the reasons in the world, and more, to be proud – but He was humble.  He chose to humble Himself as a sign of love for His Father in showing obedience to His will, and as a sign that He loved us so much that He willingly went down to our lowly level just to be with us. 
Humility is ultimately an expression of love.  Let us follow Christ’s example, out of love for and in recognition to Him Who is the source of all that is good. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
Categories: Religion

Being Merciful

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment
We are all human, imperfect and sinful. 
 
No matter how holy and perfect we think some people are, or no matter how holy we think we are (and especially if we think this way about ourselves), we are all still sinners deserving God’s mercy and compassion. 
 
Jesus said the following to St. Faustina: 
 
  • The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy. (Diary, 723)
  • I do not want to punish aching mankind but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. (Diary, 1588)
God’s greatest attribute is His mercy.  We should take comfort in the fact that His mercy is greater than our sins,  that even people like Hitler and especially people like him, can receive His mercy.  Jesus came into this world to save us from our sins, through His mercy.  We should NEVER doubt it!  If He can forgive someone like Hitler, then He can definitely forgive us!
 
We are all weak, and it is for this reason that all of us – and without exception – deserve God’s mercy, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  It is also for this reason that we ought to be merciful to each other as God is merciful to us, for we are all the same at the most basic level.  This is easier said than done, especially if the offense committed against us is such a horrific tragedy.  It can be a tragedy that already happened, or something waiting to happen that disturbs our peace.  Just the same… We are all sinners deserving mercy ourselves. 
When we remember our own need for God’s mercy, this should remind us of how human we can all be, and how much each one of us needs mercy.  Therefore, as difficult as it may be, we should be merciful to each other, for everyone needs it as much as we need it, too.
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
Categories: Religion

The Promises of God

December 29, 2009 1 comment
One of the key lessons I got from this year’s Simbang Gabi Homilies is to trust in God, and to surrender one’s self to His will.  “You’re will be done, Lord” is simply translated as our “Amen.”  It is with this surrender that we trust that God will fulfill all His promises to us; that He will grant all that is in our best interest. 
Speaking of Him fulfilling His promises, it reminds me of the Fourth Joyful Mystery, which is the presentation of Jesus Christ to the Temple.  What this event shows is that God always remembers His promises.  He fulfilled His promise of a Savior by giving us the greatest gift of all – His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It took God 42 generations before Jesus Christ was born (see Matthew 1:1 – 17), but the Father’s promise to Abraham to send us a Savior eventually happened at the right place and time in our history, in God’s choice and design. 
It made me wonder why I sometimes think that I want to override God’s will for me – to have things happen my way. 
If we really trusted in God then we wouldn’t even question His will, or think that He doesn’t grant our desires – or that has He has failed in delivering His promises to us.  It’s true that He doesn’t grant all our desires, but only because He has something better for us, and we just need to have faith and trust in Him. 
Do you remember the times when things were simple?  When we were children, we could trust our parents that they would take care of us and give us everything we needed.  This is what God also wants from us.  After all, He is our Father, we are His children, and as children we can trust that our Divine Parent is watching over us and ensuring that we get everything that is in our best interest. 
There’s a nice article from the Divine Mercy web site entitled “Come to Me as Little Children” as captures the essence of trusting in God like a parent, because we are His children.  A short excerpt follows:
Jesus wants us to come to Him as a little child. What does that mean?
 
It means to come to Him with trust and full confidence that He will never abandon us. Elizabeth Rose, our youngest, doesn’t worry about her next meal or her college education; she trusts her mom and dad and runs to us with open arms, knowing that we will never abandon her. And that is how we must look at Jesus and our spiritual journey. Even though we may have to walk through a burning bush and suffer in this valley of tears, we will have inner peace on earth and a joy beyond all understanding when we see Him in Heaven.
You know what’s been said: Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. 
What if He actually gave me what I want, even if in the long-run it would not be good for me, simply because I was too stubborn to have faith in God almighty despite my constant profession of belief and faith and trust in Him?  I’ve played out some scenarios in my head if things actually happened my way.  I might actually get what I want… and regret it. 
For my sake… I hope it doesn’t come to that. 
It all boils down to trust.  May I learn to trust in God some more, that He will fulfill all His promises and give me everything that I need, and much, much more. 
 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You!
Categories: Religion