Monday, April 26, 2010

Long Live Pope Benedict XVI


"Dear friends! At this moment there is no need for me to present a program of governance. I was able to give an indication of what I see as my task in my Message of Wednesday April 20, and there will be other opportunities to do so. My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him, so that He Himself will lead the Church at this hour of our history. Instead of putting forward a program, I should simply like to comment on the two liturgical symbols which represent the inauguration of the Petrine Ministry; both these symbols, moreover, reflect clearly what we heard proclaimed in today's readings." Source of Quotation

It was five years since His Holiness ascended to the throne of St Peter.  And I would say that this Pope is one of the greatest Pope we ever had.  Even if the Pontificate is short considering his age when he was elected to the Papacy.  A man who has in mind the good of the Church.  Wrote encyclicals that spoke of the cardinal virtues, who emphasize the importance of the Creed.  He has quietly inaugurated a program of liturgical reform, putting the liturgy in the right perspective and in continuity with Sacred Tradition.  He was very courageous, who stood up against the opposition of the secular and anti-Christian culture of the West known as militant secularism who wants to put the church out of the public square.  He issued Summurom Pontificum, stating once and for all that the Traditional Latin Mass was never abrogated and that every Priest has the right to celebrate it even without the permission of the Bishop.  He lifted the excommunication of the four Bishops of the the SSPX, entered into dialog with the Traditionalist group founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefevbre. He endured the accusations of anti-Christian Press.  He was unjustly defamed in news papers and the media. But one thing is sure this man - Benedict XVI has all in his mind the good and welfare of the Church.

Holy Father, we support you and we are praying for you.  No matter what the ungodly press is saying we believe in your efforts and sincerity.  We reject the black propaganda against the Church and against your pontificate.  The enemies of the Church will not prevail.  Dear Holy Father we stand behind you.  You are our Shepherd we will obey your voice.  The wolves cannot harm us nor separate us from God and His Church.  Amen. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Divine Mercy Sunday

Let us fulfill the wish of Jesus that this Sunday be consecrated as Divine Mercy Sunday

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Why seek the Living among the dead?


Christ is Risen!


Just as the angels proclaim the message of Christ's birth by means of an angel to the shepherds, angels too proclaim the resurrection of Christ.  The angel asked the women, "Why seek the living among the dead?'.  Christ is Risen.  Indeed why did Christ revealed himself first to Mary Magdalen and not to the Blessed Mother?  Perhaps it is because Christ died for sinners and rose again for their redemption.  So Magdalen being the symbol of the sins of Humankind, Christ appeared to show himself as the redemption.  From the darkness of our world we see the great light.  

Tonight I felt blessed as I attended the Paschal Vigil.  There at the renewal of the Baptismal vows, the priest requested us to light our candles while we recite our vows.  There right then with the long golden candle I recited my vows.  With my candle lighted symbolizing Christ,  I renewed my vows as if in a wedding and I could feel the grace of God filling my heart with peace and assurance. 

Friday, April 2, 2010

Mercer on Pope Benedict XVI


Sometimes I wonder why some liberal Catholics seem to abhor our Pope, and it amazes me that Anglicans and Evangelicals can appreciate more our Pope more than the liberal Catholics.  Here is an excerpt from what Bishop Mercer had to say of the Traditional Anglicans.
It’s no wonder that this Pope appeals more and more to evangelical Christians, to Anglicans and to the Orthodox. Some of us have been deceived by the liberal media or even by liberal Roman Catholics into writing him off as “the rottweiler cardinal” or “the panzer cardinal”. But like another elderly pope who came to office late in life, John XXIII, this man is full of astonishing surprises.
More of this can be read from "A Man Sent From God Whose Name is Benedict".

Divine Mercy in My Soul

Good Friday begins the Novena to Jesus of Divine Mercy


"I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardship of life and, especially, at the hour of death.  On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls , and you will immerse them i this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father.  You will do this in this life and in the next.  I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy.  On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls." [Divine Mercy In My Soul, The Diary of Sister M. Faustina Kowalska, Marian Press, 1987].

Thursday, April 1, 2010

"The Lord will Always be Crucified until the End of the World"

The Image of the Crucified Christ from the Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul, Diocese of Sorsogon

    The agony of Christ will last till the end of the world;
    we must not slumber during this agony.
    -- Pascal.

Catholic Herald Defends Pope Benedict

Here is a link to the  THE CATHOLIC HELRAD

Divine Mercy

Today, Good Friday we are reminded that today is the first day of Novena for the Divine Mercy Devotion as proposed by Sister Faustina.  Let us remember our Holy Father and the Church in this Novena.

"Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Only Son in atonement for our sins and that of the whole world. Amen."

Jesus, King of Divine Mercy, Have Mercy on Us.

TO SERVE AND NOT TO BE SERVED


This Good Friday is a memorable for everyone because the Church Universal is partaking of the sufferings of Christ.  Just as the mob shouted for Christ's crucifixion, the secular and ungodly world under pretense of morality is crucifying our Church.  Falsely accusing our Pope and other leaders of wrong doing.  With the purpose of silencing the Church.  Let us pray and let us be steadfast in our witnessing of our faith.  This world will never love our Lord.  But lets be thankful that we have sure sign of salvation afforded to us by the redemptive work of Christ today signified by the Triduum. A verse in the Bible caught my attention and to me this has been a significant point for meditation: 

Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many. Matthew: 20:28

The Setting sun reminds us that everything must come to a repose.  But what makes the sun set beautiful is that it gives us hope that tomorrow there will be another morning.