Forgiving Others

Most of the prayer intentions we see in Facebook Live during Online Masses are about healing and recovery, getting a job, living a long and happy life, or about passing the examinations. However, it is rare to see intentions about forgiving others. How about you? Are you praying to have the heart to forgive others, especially those who have hurt you the most? 

A few months ago I have a friend who has a family member who was estranged from her, such that they were not on speaking terms with one another. On the last few days before this family member passed away, I asked my friend if she had already forgiven her. She replied, “Yes, I have already, even some time ago”. 

In the Gospel (Mt. 18: 21-35), when Jesus was asked by Peter, 

Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgiveAs many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”

It seems Peter was eager in asking that question, only that the Lord answered him to forgive more, in an exponential manner. Jesus may have surprised Peter but this also tells us of God’s capacity to forgive us, even for the so many times that we stumble and fall in our daily journey. He will always welcome us with open arms, regardless of the sins we make. In return, He requires us to be forgiving, or else we will go the fate of the unforgiving servant in the ensuing parable.

Forgiving others is easier said than done. It is one of the most difficult challenges to do but as followers of Christ, we must embrace it with all our might. Each waking moment we should strive to forgive. We should rid ourselves of the bitterness and hurts that otherwise would affect us as well. This is also one of the lessons I learned from my Lola when she was still alive. This is what the Lord wants us to achieve; a heart free from bitterness and hurt, a heart that is happy and free.

Today, let us reflect on the person (or persons) we should forgive. No matter how difficult, let us choose to be forgiving, caring and loving. We shouldn’t give up on ourselves but continue efforts to become better followers of Christ. At the end of our life, being a forgiving person will make us really worthy of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:love one another as I have loved you.”(Jn. 13:34)

This is How to Love

A few years back when we had our reunion, some members of the class we don’t know had a misunderstanding years before, came and reconciled with each other. They hugged in tears and those wonderful moments were captured in camera. It was like a “picture of the reunion” for the school batch. 

Reconciling with others sometimes take a long and tedious process. Most of us think that being the offended party, the one who wronged us should be the one to approach us. In the Gospel (Mt. 18: 15-20), Jesus said to his disciples,

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him aloneIf he listens to you, you have won over your brotherIf he does not listen,take one or two others along with you, so that every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.” 

The Lord gave advice to those members of the church community who have problems with others. He is saying that the one who feels offended should be the one to ask for a reconciliation. This sounds contrary to the current norm in society, which is giving the wronged party the chance to feel important. 

In his homily this Sunday, Rev. Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB said, 

“In the thinking of Jesus, you will not be saved alone, He will save us all together. The Lord is teaching His followers how to live in community with others. In the two chapters before (see Mt. 16: 18), He has already promised to Peter: “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church”. Since that time, all of Christ’s teachings are not only about how to be His followers, but also about Church community living in trust and faith in God. Naturally, when we are together, there are times that we hurt each other, we ignore each other, we annoy each other, and offend each other’s feelings. That is part of life being part of the faithful. 

Now, who among us here, among those who are watching, have not committed sin? Who among us haven’t committed mistakes? Who is not guilty of pride? Who is not committing bad thoughts? Who is not distant or aloof to others? Who is not engaging in gossip? So Jesus is saying, offenses will happen with the roughness and imperfections of life and will interfere in your faith. This is how you do it: If you have a misunderstanding, don’t spread it, don’t post it in Facebook! Approach your brother in secret. Only the two of you speak to each other. This is how to love.”

In the First Reading (Ez. 33: 7-9), Yahweh God tells the prophet Ezekiel,

“If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death.”

Thus, both the First Reading and the Gospel are saying that believers (us) have a duty to correct sinners among us. We will even be held accountable for their souls if we fail to speak out and try to correct them. This is the love that we read in the Second Reading (Rom. 13: 8-10),

Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one anotherfor the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Let us reflect today, upon any relationship we have that requires healing and forgiveness.  Seek to remove our pride and follow this humble process prescribed by Jesus. Let us pray that we be courageous in spirit to follow the will of God in our relationships with others. Let us pray that our love will pour out to our brothers and sisters, that we exert all efforts for them to attain salvation as well.

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”(2 Cor. 5: 19)

Overcoming Fear

There are instances when we don’t agree that some things and events are necessary for us to grow and develop. For example when we were still younger, we think school is too long, some of life’s lessons can be learned the easy way, and often question our parents and teachers why the process has to be like that. 

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mt. 16: 21-27), Peter argues with Jesus because of the Lord’s pronouncement that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.  “God forbid, Lord!No such thing shall ever happen to you.” Peter was saying this out of concern and love for Jesus. But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!” 

When I was younger, we had a childhood friend who came to our playground crying and complaining that his father told him “you are a demon” because he committed a mistake at home. Such words we also see in television and so it must be something that some people say especially when they’re mad and angry. But Jesus saying that may be so hard to accept. 

You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

This brings to mind what Yahweh God said,

For My thoughts are not your thoughtsnor are your ways My waysFor as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are My ways higher than your waysMy thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Is. 55: 8-9)

Peter’s response is something that any human does amidst pain and suffering: fear.However, we must also take note that this is a process necessary for us to attain purification and grow in the love and grace of God. Our faith cannot fully mature if our life is only about the good times, fun and enjoyment. It is about conscience that suffering exists in the world and there are others beyond our fences that have to struggle to have food, clothing and shelter. Undergoing pain and suffering strengthen us, give us courage, and fortify our faith in God. When we start embracing pain and suffering it make us realize we can be joyful because we know we’re doing it in obedience to the will of God. We begin to share whatever we have because we know this is what the Lord wants us to do. What Jesus said had the effect of helping Peter to overcome his fear and “to accept the glorious fate and mission of Jesus.” In perspective, it is not God that causes suffering but He can use it to nurture our growth in love and intimacy with Him.

Christ said,

Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himselftake up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose itbut whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” 

The Lord’s imminent suffering and death at the hands of the elders is God’s beautiful gift to the world. His Passion and Death is the greatest act of love ever known. For Jesus, it was the necessary thing to go through to fulfill the great plan of salvation. 

The moment we think like God, we start to fully trust Him and our faith is no longer rooted according to human standards. Absolute trust in God enables us to accept pain and suffering as the only ways to follow Him. Sadly, there are sects and churches that only promote well-being and self-satisfaction as the paths to spirituality. They don’t talk about pain and suffering, instead talk about achieving happiness in this world. This is misleading and disturbing because it only talks about one’s self and temporal happiness.

The Cross is a part of life, we cannot ignore that. The Cross is powerful. It doesn’t acknowledge your wealth, your courage, your holiness. Whoever you are, you have your own cross to carry”, says Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, in his homily today. 

St. Paul exhorts in the Second Reading (Rm, 12: 1-2)

“…to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,holy and pleasing to Godyour spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mindthat you may discern what is the will of Godwhat is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Let us pray that we may have the courage to  answer God’s call to serve.  Will you have the strength and willingness to embrace the crosses in your life?  Are you willing to share in the pain and suffering of others?  

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.”(cf.Eph. 1: 17-18)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah

One of the anecdotes told about His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle happened when he was still Bishop of the Diocese of Imus. He was going to a local Parish Church to say Mass, to replace a priest who was unable to come. Some of the Church volunteers didn’t realize who he was until introduced properly at the start of the Celebration. 

We know also of others who are contented to stay in the background and when we realized who they really were, we admired their humility and simplicity. In the Gospel (Mt. 16: 13-20), when Jesus asked his disciples, Peter made the profession of faith in the Lord as the Messiah,  

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

Jesus then said to Peter, 

“…you are Peter, and upon this rockI will build my Church.”

Then He strictly ordered His disciples to tell no one that He is the Christ.

Rather than ask His disciples to spread word that He is the Messiah, Jesus wants to keep His identity strictly a secret. He wants the disciples and the people to discover Him by themselves, and not in that popular kind of way. When the Lord was walking the earth with them, He wanted them to develop that kind of trust through the power of faith. It was only later after He was Crucified, Risen and Ascended into Heaven were they called to preach the Gospel and openly talk about the identity of the Lord. 

As His own modern-day disciples, we are called not only to preach the Lord’s identity but also more importantly get to know Christ more personally. He wants us to know Him better  and more intimately for the good of our own souls. When we hear Jesus Christ’s name proclaimed in Mass and worship services, we should acknowledge His Divinity and come to His awesome presence. He wants to get closer with us in a more intimate kind of way. 

In this time of the pandemic, reflect on your faith in Jesus: Do you believe in Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?

Let us pray for faith  especially in these trying times, that we may persevere and stay with Him until the end.

Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.”(cf.Ps. 138: 8bc)

Increasing Our Faith

When one aims for higher office or position, the more difficult the challenges will be. You will have to give up something for another. Time will have to be reallocated while priorities change. Sometimes, there will be compromises that may be done, all for the end goal that one wants to achieve.

This is the same with our journey with the Lord. The deeper we are in our relationship with Him, there will be seemingly more difficult aspects that we will go through. While others look at it as such, it’ll be more joyful and easier because you know the prize is worth all the difficulties and struggles. You sacrifice material wealth and worldly honor because you know that Eternal Life is priceless and more important.

In the Gospel (Mt. 15: 21-28), Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon, when a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of DavidMy daughter is tormented by a demon.” Even Jesus’ silence, the disciples request to send her away and the “rude” reply that the Lord said could stop her from saying, “Lord, help me.” The sharp response of Jesus saying, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs” didn’t discourage her pleading further, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Jesus granted her prayer because of her “great faith”.

This Canaanite woman, a pagan mother, proclaimed that Jesus is the Son of David, a faith which stands clearly apart from the lack of faith that the Lord sees among the people of Israel, their elders and even his home town of Nazareth. 

Last night, I called my Aunt Diony to listen and talk to her about dealing with life’s challenges. With limited mobility brought about by community quarantine restrictions, we sometimes think that the Lord is silent and ignoring our prayers. We discussed that there are times when the Lord is allowing events to happen to test our faith, knowing He has equipped us with the strength to overcome it. The most difficult part is when you succumb to the temptation, especially when you lose your faith feeling that God isn’t answering your prayers. When this happens, you actually lose faith and trust in God, showing that your faith is easily shaken. A better response would be to think that this is actually a test, an invitation to turn to Him on a deeper level of faith and trust. God wants to move our faith from something that is wavering to one that is firm and stable, fostered by trust in His providence and mercy. He wants to sharpen our faith some more, so that we can withstand the more difficult challenges that we’ll encounter.

Today, let us reflect on the faith we have for Jesus: is it deeper enough for us to withstand the moments when He is silent? 

Let us pray that we put more trust in Him and allow our faith to stand firm despite the challenges we face.

O God, let all the nations praise you!” (cf. Ps. 67: 4)

Lord, Save Us!

Fear and anxiety among people are some of the consequences that these pandemic and crisis have brought the world now. Many are confused and worried of what might be in the coming days and weeks. Engulfed by anxiety, people aren’t really sure what to do next. Looking back in their time, take the context of the disciples and imagine how they were in today’s Gospel proclamation (Mt. 14: 22-33). They were in the boat, a few miles offshore, after Jesus made them get into it and precede to the other side, while He went to the mountain by Himself to pray:

The boat “was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, He came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is Ido not be afraid.” 

The Church is traditionally symbolized by a boat, the faithful are inside it, while the lake is the world. Peter, the leader of the disciples said,  

Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightenedand, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 

What a timely reading for these times! In the present time with the desperation that we’re in, how about if we all rush back to Jesus and tell Him “Lord, save us!”, do you think He will  not stretch out his hand and tell us, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

In my personal experience when intimacy with Jesus is at a high, I get to do great things. Doing and achieving desired results with my team become easy and I feel endowed with power like as if we’re superheroes. However, when any of us let it get into our heads, get distracted and lose focus; the team slips back into mediocrity.

Today’s Gospel makes the disciples see that faith in Jesus Christ can make them do the work that the Lord has done. Peter was able to walk in the water, but when he fixed his eyes elsewhere, he gets distracted and fears and doubts make him falter. Peter eventually grew in faith that made everyone see that true Christian ministry emerges from the faith that Jesus Christ is the True Messiah, God’s only begotten Son. 

Let us reflect on what the Lord is telling us today. It may seem overwhelming but let us be filled with the thought that nothing is impossible with God.

Let us pray that our leaders put their faith in God knowing that if we hold strong in our faith the Master of the Universe will fill us with grace in ways that we can never imagine. Let us pray for humility so that we get to say, “Lord, save us!”

Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.” (cf. Ps. 85: 9)

Give! Share!

There are times we feel inadequate to help others considering the little that we have. We shrink when we’re asked to help, thinking that what we have isn’t enough. Some are like that because they want to ensure that they won’t run out of provisions for themselves and their families. 

In today’s Gospel (Mt. 14: 13-21), Jesus said to His disciples:

There is no need for them to go away;give them some food yourselves.”

The disciples were worried because they were “in a deserted place and it’s already late”. They also asked Jesus, “Dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves

Too often when there are donations or gifts to be received, the immediate human reaction is to think first for one’s own before others. I have seen this reaction to be true not only among the materially poor but even amongst those we consider socially as rich.

And yet Jesus reaction to His disciples was to ask that the five loaves and two fishes to be brought to Him, even with His disciples’ protestations that these are “all we have here”. 

The result: those who ate were “about five thousand men, not counting the women and children.”

Earlier in the Gospel, we note that the Lord was in sorrow over the death of John the Baptist, His cousin. It was a gruesome death as John was beheaded on orders of Herod the tetrarch. That’s why Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by Himself. Despite this sorrow, when the Lord disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
His heart was moved with pity for them, and He cured their sick. The Lord Jesus Christ showed the example that when called to help, we should. Regardless of the situation we are in, our help is needed by someone, somewhere, even if how difficult we think the situation is for us. “Give, but give until it hurts.”, St. Teresa of Calcutta said it succinctly. When we ask God to transform what little we have, we can be assured that His awesome power will convert it into something beautiful and bountiful for everyone to share.

God has proved time and again that He can transform these little things into something big for the world. The Lord is telling us that we must trust Him with our day-to-day life, as He will use it mightily to help others as well. We may not immediately realize it but what we sow in helping others will certainly yield a good and bountiful harvest.Regardless of our situation, we should not hesitate to be grateful to the Almighty and the best way to show this gratitude is to share what we have with others, especially in this time of the pandemic.

Today, let us reflect on the offerings we give to God and to His Church. No matter how small, when we share, it shouldn’t be just a onetime thing, it should be done regularly and consistently.

Let us pray that the Lord guide us in making our actions to be significant and meaningful for others especially in need. We pray that we give Him all that we have: our thoughts, our intentions, our prayers and our actions.

The hand of the Lord feeds us; He answers all our needs.” (cf. Ps. 145: 16)

Finding and Keeping God

Seeing people inside the Church after it’s allowed to open once again (while observing physical distancing) is such a beautiful sight to behold. Maybe some of them are even going there against the wishes of their families. Deciding to go there isn’t a difficult decision for them though because they already know what’s important in their lives. They’re simply risking it because they have found the “Pearl of Great Price”. It’s like when running out of time to finish our prayers, we feel our day isn’t complete unless we’ve fulfilled our promised devotions. It’s like when we’re allowed to go to Church freely once again, we’d be flocking our churches excitedly.

In today’s Gospel (Mt. 13: 44-52 or 13: 44-46), Jesus said to the crowds:

… the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” 

The Gospel tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fine treasure. There are lots of stories and movies about treasure hunters risking their lives to get hold of a treasure. It is a given that a treasure can make one rich and wealthy. If it isn’t valuable then it isn’t considered a treasure.  

The Kingdom of Heaven is hidden. It is something that isn’t easily seen. You have to look for it purposively and you’ll realize it is there waiting for you. Yes, God wants us to discover it!

Finding God may take a lifelong journey for some, while others are given the grace of discovering Him earlier on.While some manage to keep Him, there are those who get clouded by life’s pleasures and lose the priceless treasure sometime in life. Some reject Him because they get frustrated with what’s happening in life despite their prayers. They can’t see beyond the problems and challenges. Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, in his homily today identifies three stages of relating with God:

Pag-unawa or Understanding,

Pagtiwala or Trustand

Pananalig orFaith 

Fr. Armand explains, 

Understanding happens when things are clear. When there is evidence of something that will happen, and one decides based on that, it is the stage of Trust.However, when despite the feeling that God is not answering your fervent prayers, and yet you still persevere in giving it and risking it all for Him, then that is called Pananaligor Faith. The  faithful servant knows that despite why things happen, it is as if God is saying, “I have seen your good side, now I want to see your best side!”

God wants us to find the Kingdom of Heaven and rejoice when we discover it. It is indeed a life-changing experience that leads one to leave everything behind in pursuing the “newly-discovered” treasure. 

St. Paul assures us of God’s fidelity in the Second Reading (Rom. 8: 28-30),

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

Today, let us reflect on whether we have truly discovered the Kingdom of Heaven. Have we been given the grace to be attracted to this treasure such that we are ready to give up everything and risk it all for God? 

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit grant us the wisdom to discover this fine pearl each and every single day. May God grant us the courage to keep this treasure fervently in our hearts and resist mightily all obstacles and challenges that may take this gift away from us.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;for you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.” (Mt. 11: 25)

Surviving the Bad Around Us

When besieged by challenges, trials and difficulties, we often ask the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

In today’s Gospel (Mt. 13: 24-43 or 13: 24-30), Jesus said to the crowds:

The Kingdom of Heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well

It’s not only frustrating but also a scary proposition when doing something like sowing good seeds, then while everyone was asleep, the enemy comes along and sowed weeds. What would one feel when all your efforts and hard work at preparing the field and planting the good seeds, somebody else sows weeds? Imagine doing good works for your Church Ministry and somebody else is working at destroying what you have built?

The Gospel is certainly talking about Jesus Christ with His preaching and calling for repentance and conversion. He sowed the good seeds “with His Word and watered the soil with His Most Precious Blood”. But the parable didn’t mention about the man fighting the enemy right there and then seeking revenge. Instead he allowed the action of the evil one to remain for now. He didn’t uproot the weeds that grow with the good ones, as doing this may affect the yield of the good plants negatively:

His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest;then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;but gather the wheatinto my barn.”

“Vengeance and revenge lead nowhere. They make things worse”, says Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB in his homily today. Revenge can bring hurt and more hurt in the process.

What the Lord is saying is that all the evil around us cannot and should not affect our growth in doing good and virtuous deeds. We have to endure suffering and trials in this world on a daily basis while seeking the Kingdom of Heaven. God knows that evil cannot affect us for as long as we don’t allow it. Anyway, we know that in the end, the Lord of the Harvest will burn these evildoers in the eternal fire. Makes sense, right?

Ultimately, the added question to be asked as to why do bad things happen to good people may be, “Why not?” If undergoing through these will make us more faithful, hopeful and tougher for the love of God, certainly these are worth the effort to resist in taking revenge. 

Today, let us reflect on the reality of evil around us. Let us reflect on the idea that this is part of our growth in developing hope and trust that all evil will end someday. At the end of time, Jesus Christ will bring all works of evil to be destroyed in the eternal fire for which evil is destined to be. 

Let us pray that the Lord continue to give us the strength and courage to grow alongside evil and resist seeking revenge against evildoers. Let us pray that we remain hopeful and trusting in the power of God in our life. 

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.” (Mt. 11: 25)

Draw Us Nearer to You O Lord

One of the fondest memories of my Lola Andang is that she always told me to listen and be obedient to my elders. Every time she felt I wasn’t paying attention, she’d always admonished me to listen to her and my superiors. She said that if we don’t listen well, we can end up losing opportunities to grow and become better. 

In the Gospel(Mt. 13: 1-23, or 1-9), such large crowds gathered around Jesus, that He got into a boat and sat down while the whole crowd stood along the shore. He spoke to them about the parable of the sower and in order for us not to be like the other seeds, He tells us,  

Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

It’s sad that many people can’t still figure out the importance of the Lord Jesus and the Good News in their lives. They don’t respond to the invitation to a life of joy and happiness when living in obedience to God. They are easily swayed by the temptations of the world, 

“…some seed fell on the pathand birds came and ate it upSome fell on rocky ground, where it had little soilIt sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots.

Some are just stubborn, they don’t even bother to think about it. I remember a long time ago there was a couple-friend who I invited to the CFC Community and they initially responded and joined. They were active for some time but then left because they didn’t fully grasp the meaning of service to the Lord.

God didn’t lack in reminding, there’s a lot of messages and lessons that He has given us and yet, many are still hardheaded and perverse. 

How beautiful would it be, if our life is likened to these seeds that fell on rich soil:

But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

This Sunday’s Gospel story also reveals that in those times, the Lord got the charisma that attracted huge crowds to Him. What about us, are we drawn to the Lord and His Good News? 

In his homily today, Fr. Armand Robleza posed questions to us on a personal level: What do you look for in GodWho is God in your life?

As we are drawn nearer to God, He will use us in order for others to hear the Good News of salvation. As His messengers, our witnessing will be the voice that will make others hear Jesus. There will be distractions, difficulties and challenges. But if we hear what God is telling us, we will embrace God’s will for us, inspired by St. Paul in the Second Reading (Rom. 8: 18 – 23),

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.”

Life is a matter of attitude”, Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB said further. The same way that we get to understand the mysteries of life, is the same way that we get to know and understand God. 

Want it, what is clear, brace yourself for it. Prepare yourself for it. Don’t give up. Go for it!When the opportunity comes, grab itAnd stay faithful to it.

Let us pray that the Lord continue to draw and lead us nearer to Him, closer to His most loving, merciful and compassionate Heart.

The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.” (Lk. 8: 8)

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