Our Friends Are Saints And Angels

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We are all blessed by God in the days we live.

Breath is free, as the Almighty God created us. We are beautiful flesh, bones and hearts living this life. We have form, touch each other and bear children to fill the land God has lent us. This time we live, as yesterday, when our ancestors primed improved ways of life. And so, it is our duty to make way for superior progress tomorrow. And if by chance, we can make something happen for good, we have achieved a purpose of which God has created us for.

Here, we can be happy, make others happy and pray for God’s power and love in all our lives.

Our friends are angels and saints, too. I could sound too imaginative, like creating fiction, but growing up Catholic paved me the way to realize that saints and angels are real.

Of course, I have not seen angels’ wings and feathers or halos, but their calm presence in my everyday ordeal makes it evident that they are guarding all the desires of my heart and those of the people I love and pray for. An angel’s promise is real, as they are the messengers of God to light and guide, to rule and guard.

Neither, have I witnessed immense miracles by saints, but I believe the small miracles that St. Therese tells us. I could feel in my being and through other’s lives the small inspirations that move us to love and serve every new day.

On October 21, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven new saints at the Vatican.
The new saints are: Saint Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Saint Jacques Berthieu, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Saint Maria Del Carmen, Saint Maria Schaeffer, Saint Mother Maria Anna Cope, and Saint Pedro Calungsod.

Here are manifestations that God’s love prevails. The power of faith is a gift to all until the end of time, or till that day each of us sees our dearest Father face to face. We only have different paths to tread, but one last.

Literally, there were many instances of my travelling alone that led me on journey, with faith in saint companions. Of course, the saints I was with, were only pictures and prayers on sheets or books, but then, the assurance, love and completeness I felt, sustained all my time of need.

For example, reading the book of Blessed John Paul, while accompanying someone waiting for death was a challenge of an evening. Every tick of the clock scared in those waiting hours, minutes, and seconds. But then, those hours, moments and seconds were moments of grace, too. My mother was geared up, peacefully to meet Jesus. This was a big grace for our family.

All of us are blessed! May we all become witnesses of the small miracles in our lives. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, thank you.

Holy angels and Saints, pray for us!

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Most Talked About Topic In The Bible

Topics in the Holy Bible help us in so many ways. Truly, those inspiring words are the words of God and in the present time, it is the word made flesh.

The Holy Spirit guides everyone to understand the Bible. We can pray to the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and understand God’s messages through holy men and women like the apostles and the followers of Jesus. We must be happy in the message of Jesus Christ to us and the love he offers for salvation and complete happiness in our lives from his grace, mercy, and love.

Love is the most talked about topic in the Bible. From the Ten Commandments, the first two are: love God above all, love thy neighbors as you love yourself. It says in Christianity and other religions that love for God and others is above all the laws of the earth.

The basic rule of humanity, which is the golden rule, that says “Do not do unto others what you don’t like others to do to you.” Even pagans, love that which they cannot see. All understand each other from the heart and in charity. All approve, thank, and work together for love.

In love, there is forgiveness and transformation. In love, there is acceptance and caring. In love there is fairness (justice) and a firm rebuke. But then, even in the parables from the Bible: the Father glorifies when the prodigal son and sinners come back home.

Love is beyond each others’ color, religion, race, language, status, wealth, education and work. Love is more than sin, gratitude and faith. If you love someone, you will serve him/her /them – is work. It is beyond payment because service in love is offering of the self to God’s plan in our lives. All things work together for good in love. If you’ve done things in love, service and have been aggrieved, worry not, for God sees your heart. All things shall come to pass, but the greatest is love. God is love. Service is love. Offering the self to God’s will every ordinary day is love.

“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me,” (John 14:1).

“All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever,” (1Corinthians 13:8).

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Heaven On Matthew

The parables of the Gospels in the Bible show what could be heaven in store for God’s people. It is true that the earth is a gift to human beings, yet humans have to know that something more beyond life is stored for those who obey God as a Father, and seek Him in eternity.

Check these:

1. Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20)

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who goes out early in the morning to hire laborers to work in his vineyard.”

On the eleventh hour, all the workers were paid. But some complained because some have worked only for a single hour, and the master put the others on a level with those who have borne the burden of a day’s heat.

Answering to them, he said “My friends, I have done you no injustice. Did you not agree with me to pay you a “denarius” for the day’s work?” Take what is yours and leave; I choose to give to this last amount as I have given you. Or are you envious because I am generous? Even so the last shall be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few are chosen.”

2.Mustard Seed (Matthew 13)

Another parable he set before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grin of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. It appears as the smallest of all seeds one can find on earth; but when it grows up it is larger than any herb for it grows to become a tree. Once a tree, the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches.”

3.Net (Matthew 13)

Again the kingdom of heaven is like a net which the fishermen cast into the sea to gather fish of every kind. When it was filled, the net is hauled out of the sea water into the boat and then brought to shore. He sorts the fish – the good kind to be brought to the market, and the bad ones are thrown away.

The angels will go out and separate the wicked from among the just, and will cast them down a furnace of fire where there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

God’s kingdom is fair. It is open to everyone. So even if pagans, who came late knowing Jesus Christ are taken.

Also, like seeds each one grows and begins to improve everyday. Light and faith of everyone are stronger with Jesus. Those who believe in God will live with Him – in his house and kingdom forever.

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The Last Seat, The Back Pew

Those who get to take the best seats in any celebration or gathering are the popular and wealthy people. Sometimes, we think that we deserve the first seats and the front seats. Perhaps, we take the best parts of the fish and meat, too. Or from a basket of fruits, we grab to take the juiciest of all, forgetting that something must be shared.

Last Seat (Luke 14)

When you are invited to a wedding feast, do not recline in the first seats, otherwise when perhaps one more distinguished have been invited by the host, and the host who invited you and him come and say to you, “Make room for this man!” you should find yourself in a most embarrassing situation to take the last seat. Thus when you are invited, go and recline in the last seat so that when the host who invited you comes, and he says to you, “Friend, come join me in the reserved seats!” Then will you be honored in the presence of all who are at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.

Pharisee and Tax Collector (Luke 18)

Two men went up the temple to pray, one was a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and began to pray to himself, saying’ “O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men who are robbers, dishonest, adulterers, or even like the publican. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I possess.” But the publican, standing far off, felt so ashamed of himself he could hardly lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his breast, saying, “O God have mercy on me the sinner!”

“I tell you the publican went back home justified rather than the other for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles shall be exalted.”

One of the hardest lessons in life is humility. Everyone is all too proud to boast of his accomplishments or status. With this, the self always desires for recognition and gain. The Pharisees who deem themselves so righteous are like the believers who condemn people. They think of others as unworthy and undeserving. They forget that God made all to be His children.

The parables show that God favors the humble tax collector admitting his sinfulness and trying to amend his life. Do you remember when Jesus said in another story, “Those without sin cast the first stone?”

May God give us the virtue of humility.

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Around The World: from Japan and back

The Sophomore Slump

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Join me and some friends on our trip around the world, from Japan and back. Fasten your seat belts.
We are taking you to places in Japan, Italy, India, New York, China, Greece, Germany, Cambodia, Egypt, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Taiwan, and many more…
Sit back and relax. This is going to be a fun ride …

Did you enjoy the trip?

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WATER:LIFE

Today, February 14th, 2017 is Valentine’s day! Happy Hearts Day Everyone!

Today, also, we do not have water in Paranaque City due to a damaged pipe (mishap by contractor) caused by an ongoing pipe reconstruction of Maynilad. This means we do not have water today until the evening… maybe.

So an accident — may God help us all because water is life.

In emergency cases like this where you cannot blame anyone, how would this problem be solved?

I grew up in the city of Manila, at San Andres Bukid. My mother was a public school teacher at Rafael Palma Elementary School. During such times we didn’t have water, if emergency – the city of Manila provided for free water delivery to the Manila residents.

In Paranaque City, I called the Barangay Office, but the admin could not even give a valid answer to my query. I am not putting a blame on anyone; as a concerned citizen I was just asking how they would solve the problem. I was disappointed to the answer that was given to me “Ako nga hindi pa nakaligo din…” Can she even think of taking a bath, if there was no water to drink?” Government staff must be trained to answer the people they are serving – in ALL walks of life.

I tried to call the Municipal Hall of Paranaque, to FYI Mayor Olivarez and a woman in the Radio Room answered… “Sige po Ma’am makakarating po and tawag ninyo…” I think that was a better answer. I pray for the people of Paranaque.

Rose Flores – Martinez. Rosevoc
Merville, Paranaque City