Sunday, October 31, 2010

All Saints and All Souls Day

Today is all saints day and tomorrow is all souls day.  This is a beautiful day to reflect on the communion of the saints.  When we chant the litany of the saints we got the transcendental perspective of the Kingdom of God.  Let this day too be an opportunity to exercise our charity since the souls in purgatory needs our prayers too.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Right of the Church to Proclaim the Truth

 His Grace, the Most Reverend Leonardo Z. Legazpi, O.P. wrote a pastoral letter on the role of the church in public life.  Here is an excerpt from the pastoral letter the full text can be read at this link.
"The teachings of the Church concerning prevailing social issues that affect people are not merely limited to renunciation of immoral acts, but in a more positive light, these teachings seek to form and illumine our conscience to enable us to choose the good and to genuinely decide in accordance with what is true.[18] In this sense, the Church is a vital contributor in the political debate, a transformative resource[19] insofar as she helps in purifying and shedding light upon the application of reason to the discovery of objective moral principles.[20] Ultimately, the right and duty of the Church to speak about the Truth and to form conscience in the Truth is rooted not so much in her doctrinal statements and pastoral letters but in her fidelity in following Jesus.[21]"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

One of the most popular and enduring devotions in the Church is the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin.  It has wrought wonderful miracles for those who recited it with faith and devotion.  St. Dominic overcame heresy by promoting this devotion.  

As a child we were taught to recite the Rosary.  We memorized the mysteries and were able to recite it by heart.  As a college student it has helped me pass exams with high colors.  In facing life's crises it has helped me.  

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary pray for us.


Friday, October 1, 2010

SPIRITUAL CHILDLIKENESS: ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS & THE GUARDIAN ANGELS

October 2 and 3 are 3rd class feasts of the Guardian Angles and St. Therese of the Child Jesus respectively.  Both are important for me and I found that devotion to the guardian angels is worth it.  My guardian angel has protected me while driving my car and in my various travels.  The church believes that each one of us baptized members of the church were given our particular angels to guide us and protect us.  The Bible says that these are fiery creatures and ministers of God.  They bod the command of God and strong and powerful.

I owe also a lot to my dear patron saint, St. Therese.  Indeed a person well loved by the Lord because of her childlike faith and simplicity.  A virgin and doctor of the church.  Her profound understanding of the mysteries of the gospel has earned her the title of Doctor of the Church.  She teaches us the little way of Christ.

Yesterday afternoon we held a get together for twenty or so little children in the school.  We treated them with stories, candies and goods.  I notice this little boy, probably because he was too young to join the other children he went venturing the corridors of the school.  I took this snap shot and was inspired by the simple message of this picture.  To be child-like, to have that faith and assurance of a child.  To trust in the Lord is what propelled saints to become saints.  St.  Therese thank you so much for your friendship, my guardian angle I do not know your name but you are also my real friend and helper.  Thank you Lord for providing me with true friends!