THROUGH THE STORMS
♥ Canadian cattlemen wanted a new breed of cattle. They wanted a breed that could withstand the sub-zero winters and swirling blizzards of the western provinces. In a storm, cattle huddled with their hindquarters facing the wind, and often smothered in the thick snow. When recumbent cows and steers tried to get up, they instinctively tried to raise their hindquarters first. Often they fell on their faces, starved to death.
♥ Cattlemen observed the habits of the buffalo. It faced the storm; it got up head first. Why not crossbreed buffalo and domestic cattle? The Dominion Experimental Farm at Wainwright, Alta. tried it.
♥ The result is the cattalo, a cross between cattle and buffalo. Well, the cattalo looks more like a bull than a buffalo, but it has inherited the buffalo’s robust qualities. It is bigger than a domestic bull, can stand cold much better. In weather which would freeze cattle to death, the cattalo survives, by facing the storm.
A CHECKLIST THROUGH THE STORM
1. Spirit Orientation (Spirit Led)
Col 3:2 Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
1 Cor 2:15 The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment by anyone.
✓Every time you face any kind of storm: material, physical, relational and psychological, always remember to check your spiritual orientation. By this I mean an awareness of the objective storm, problem, situation, disease, emotion, in relation to your spiritual self. Not very easy though. For example, you may be suffering from cancer and in pain. As you go through this ‘storm’ it is inevitable that you ask yourself: What does my body want? I want to be healed. I want out of this misery. That’s expected naturally. But you’re not addressing the whole of you. Your material body is not your whole life if you believe in eternity.
✓The body is only a vehicle of the spirit, albeit His most complex creation and His temple too. But You are not just this physical flesh and bones, remember? So, the priority storm navigation question should be: How can my spirit benefit from this physical suffering?
2. Time Perspective (Eternity Mindset)
1Jn 2:25 And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.
✓Remember our clip on temptations? Give a four-year-old a marshmallow, and she’ll eat it, no hesitation. Unless she’s promised a second if she waits 15 minutes before eating the first. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University coined the idea of time perspective. After more than 10 years’ research, he concluded that our attitude toward time is just as defining as key personality traits such as optimism or sociability. He believes that time perspective influences many of our judgements, decisions, and actions. Zimbardo recommended that a more future-based time perspective could help students study and progress to higher education.
✓It’s easy to see its application for facing our storms. Storms have a way of getting our attention to the here-and-now of life. Naturally we react to what is presented to us. Managers call this crisis management. But remember, too, Jesus’ Beatitudes , long before Zimbardo’s theory, already speaks of future-based time perspective: they shall inherit, they shall laugh, they shall be called….And this is the Magna Carta of Christian spirituality. Obviously, this e-Time perspective ties up with your Spirit orientation.
✓When you face any storm remember: It will also come to pass. You need to hang on to all of God’s eternal promises to survive gracefully any temporary pains and even momentary gains and pleasures in the here and now.
3. Obedience (Listening Heart)
Lk 9:35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
✓Obedience, here, is not just doing as you are told. Obedience is first and foremost, listening (ob + audire).
Storms in life tend to be loud and noisy to distract us and sow fear and confusion in our minds and hearts. Demons are like that. Jesus’ rebuke, Quiet! Be still! (Mk 4:39) reminds us of His silencing a demon (Mark 1:25).
That is why it is an all-important rule of thumb to train the heart to listen to God’s voice in and out of the storm. The first condition of Obedient Love is a Listening Heart!
4. Religion (Strength of Faith)
Ooops! It’s not what you think! There are two senses here:
1) According to Cicero, “religion” was derived from “relegare” – “go through again, read again,” from re- “again” + legere “read”.
2) Popular etymology among the later ancients (including St. Thomas Aquinas) connects it with “religare” “to bind again”.
✓St. Thomas says that religion is a virtue whose purpose is to render God the worship due to Him as the source of all being and the principle of all government of things. The context of religion is that man naturally binds himself back to a greater being than himself.
✓So, taking Cicero’s sense, another in our to-do list in facing the storm is “to go through” the basic principles of our life “again”! Make decisions not based on feelings but on principles!
✓And taking Thomas’ sense, every time we face storms, big or small, we need to be reminded that:
a) we are cannot face any storm on our own; we are a humanity in need of God’s power and strength to save us;
b) there is no problem bigger than God who destined us for adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will (Eph 1:5); there are no storms that God cannot handle!
Mk 4:40 Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” Jesus looks at the storm incident as an opportunity for his disciples to grow in Faith. Ironically, a full-grown faith is one that has learned to put all trust in God. So, really, the strength of our faith lies in our weakness and submission before God.
4. Messiah (Christ-centeredness)
Mk 8:29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.”
✓The word Messiah is from Aramaic meshiha and Hebrew mashiah meaning “anointed” (of the Lord), from mashah “to anoint.” This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Gk. Khristos, from where we derive Christ.
✓Of course, these storms we face are but opportunities for us to hold on to the hands of God. Many of our storms come from the devil who only steals and slaughters and destroys. Holding on to Jesus in these turbulent and confusing times will remind you that He came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly (Jn 10:10).
Jn 16:33 I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” ♥
The reign of God starts with invisible seeds. Yes, as in spiritual seeds. Here are a few SEEDS steps we can take to become modern-day SOWERS.
Planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish in the courts of our God, still bearing fruit when they are old, still full of sap, still green, to proclaim that the Lord is just. (Ps 91)
One of the studies, from Cornell University, spent thirty years following 427 women who were married and had children. Researchers found that only 36 percent of women who regularly volunteered had experienced a major illness, while 52 percent of those who never volunteered had a major illness. Other studies indicated that those who volunteered their time lived longer than those who didn’t. Frequent volunteers had a 44 percent reduction in early death when compared to non-volunteers.” (WebMD.com. November 28, 2005.)
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9)
√ Good deeds don’t have to be grandiose and extraordinary: volunteering in church affairs, giving an affirming word, a smile, a word of thanks, of hope, of love. Just sow ’em! Spread Obedience to the Word! Scatter Opportunities of Wholeness! Hahaba pa buhay mo!
√ It is not enough that we sow small seeds of deeds. maximalist Christians ought to educate oneself and others too. The first step of education is to have one’s eyes opened and be turned from darkness to light. (Acts 26:18) It is not good that the soul be without knowledge. (Prov 19:2) For only in God’s light can we see light. (Ps 36:9)
√ To educate comes from the Latin educare “bring up, rear, educate,” which is related to educere “bring out, lead forth,” from ex– “out” + ducere “to lead”. The word “education” may not appear in the English form in Scriptures but the sense of “leading out” from the darkness of ignorance “into the light” of knowledge has many references. An example is Paul’s exhortation to parents is to nurture their children in the Lord: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph 6:4).
√ Many Catholics play their Catholic faith only “by ear,” in common parlance by oido. Not enough!Some can be very “talented” and “skillfull” but lacking in knowledge. One parish priest told a story of a regular summer volunteer catechist. Very good speaker perhaps. But once he posed the question to this catechist: “Is the Sto. Niño the same person as Hesus Nazareno?” To his dismay, the volcat’s reply was: “No, father. They’re two different persons.” Ngek!
√ Educating oneself and others in the faith is as important as sowing the seeds of faith. it is not enough that we bring our children to baptism, we should bring them up in the knowledge of the faith too! At dapat kasama ka na rin doon!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Mt 5:16)
√ To exemplify is to illustrate. It is from the Latin exemplum “a sample,” meaning “small quantity (of something) from which the general quality (of the whole) may be inferred.”
√ It is not enough that we teach through words. Actions speak louder than words. Hence the urgency of exemplifying the sown Word in our own attitudes and behaviours is demanded by the SEEDS steps. Proxy sampling is not enough. See what I mean in the following item..
Media: A Proxy Source of Sexual Norms
“Kids who watch violence on television and in movies tend to become more violent, research has shown. Now research shows that kids who watch sexual activity on TV and in movies tend to become more sexually active.
In a study published in 2006 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers studied 1,017 adolescents, ages twelve to fourteen, over a period of two years. During that time, the teens were exposed to 264
episodes on movies, TV shows, music and magazines, which were then analyzed for their sexual content. In general, the survey found that teens exposed to higher levels of sexual media participated in a higher level of sexual activity. For example, teens exposed to a high amount of sexual media were 2.2 times more likely to have had intercourse between the ages of fourteen and sixteen than teens with less exposure.
One explanation for the increase in sexual activity is the entertainment industry’s role as a peer, researchers say. In an age when parents rarely talk to their children about sex, the media becomes an educator, teaching that sex is fun and there are no risks. Researchers suggest that teenagers exposed to a large amount of sexual media ‘may begin to adopt the media’s social norms as their own. Some, especially those who have fewer alternative sources of sexual norms — such as parents or friends — may use the media as a kind of sexual super-peer that encourages them to be sexually active.'” (Michael Conlon, “Sexy Media a Siren Call to Promiscuity?” Reuters News Service. April 3, 2006)
√ When we lack models of good morals and right conduct through Christian modelling, the world takes over through media’s entertainment industry! We should never allow these super-peers to usurp our moral authority over our children and our children’s children!
√ To dedicate is from the Latin dedicare, “to consecrate, proclaim, affirm, set apart,” from de- “away” + dicare “proclaim,” from stem of dicere “to speak, to say.” To be dedicatedlater on acquired the meaning of”to be devoted to one’s aims or vocation.”
√ It is not enough that we sow, educate and exemplify, even if these steps already seem enough. The word of God needs to bear fruit too. Not that we are responsible for its growth, God is, but we need to water it too, at least for our own fruit bearing. We need to dedicate ourselves to fruit-bearing. We need to be witnesses.
√ One may argue that Educating and Exemplifying are already covered by witnessing. Right. But these are not enough. Why? Because education and modelling can be done perfunctorily: I teach only when I preach to my kids; I model only to my children. They can be functional; an on-off thing. Dedication is what makes education and modelling a process, a journey, a life-time commitment. Dedication is consecrating oneself to proclaim and affirm the power of God’s Word 24/7!
√ Three time Jesus asked Peter “Do you love me?” Each time, Jesus’ reply to Peter had something to do with shepherding: feed my lambs; tend my sheep; feed my sheep”(Jn 21:1-19).
On a cold February night in 2001, Erika, age one, somehow wandered out of her house and spent the entire night outside. When her mother, Leyla Nordby, found the little girl, Erika appeared to be totally frozen. Her legs were stiff and her body frozen, and all signs of life appeared to be gone.
Erika was treated at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Health Center. To the amazement of doctors, the toddler showed no sign of brain damage. They gave Erika a clear prognosis; she would soon hop and skip and play like other girls her age. (Bob McKeown, “A Tiny Survivor,” MSNBC Dateline. March 20, 2001)
√ Even when we try our best to follow the four SEED steps above, there comes many a time when we ourselves may wander away from our Father’s house, and it can bring us near the point of death. Our hearts may harden, and our spiritual bodies may look as lifeless as the little girl in the snow.
√ But our Father knows we are missing and is searching for us. He can take our lifeless spirits and restore us to health. Just allow the Father to pick you up and take you back to his house. Let Him be your shepherd.
√ Only when we allow Him to be our shepherd can we truly shepherd others too. Tend the sheep God has entrusted to your care: with patience, understanding, with diligence and perseverance. The reign of God works quietly within man’s souls. You just have to take up the role of a visible shepherd in the Good Shepherd’s name. ♥
Reality Checks on the Eucharist & Prayer
REALITY CHECK #1
Eucharist: Source of Healing
NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, did some experimenting with a special type of camera that could see the energy levels in the human body. This is then seen on a monitor. This energy shows up as an aura around the body. NASA’s interest in the experiment was to investigate the effects of space travel on astronauts in orbit.
Experimenting in a hospital they discovered that when a person is dying the aura around the body is thinner and it gets thinner and thinner until the person dies. The scientist carrying out this investigation in the hospital and his associate were behind a two-way mirror. They could see with their camera another man coming into the room with light coming from his pocket. Then the man took the object from his pocket and did something so that in the camera the whole room was filled with light and with their camera they could no longer see what was happening. They ran to the room to see what was causing so much light to appear in their camera. They discovered that the dying man was being given Holy Communion. Afterwards with their camera they could see that the aura around him was brighter. Although in his fifties, the scientist conducting the experiment decided to become a priest after witnessing that.*
The dying man was strengthened by receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. Jesus in Holy Communion was food not only for body but also for soul. The dying man’s spirits were uplifted since the aura around him was brighter.
*(Source: Healing Through the Mass, pp. 84-85, Resurrection Press, Fr Robert DeGrandis S.S.J., The bedroom incident has not been investigated or authenticated by the Church.)
There are only three necessities of a good communion – Faith, Hope and Charity. To rely utterly on God and be in charity with the world – this is the essential. What you happen to be feeling at the moment does not matter in the least.Evelyn Underhill
REALITY CHECK #2
THE EUCHARIST AS THE REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST
THREE ACTS REQUIRED
ACT 1: FAITH in the Real Presence of Christ
(Faith-Walking: Walk in the Lord!)
“Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed.”
This echoes the centurion’s plea who petitioned Christ for the healing of his servant. Jesus marveled at this extraordinary expression of faith, which allowed Him to reveal “the immeasurable riches of His grace.” Then healing was granted. The Church asks us to have exactly the same reverent faith whenever we receive our Lord’s body and blood.
In healing the woman with a hemorrhage, Jesus said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”(Matthew 9:22) In healing the blind beggar, Jesus says, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 18:42) We must have faith in order to be saved; faith in order to be healed.
For those of us who do believe in Jesus but doubt His real presence in the Eucharist, all we must do is cry out like the father of the boy possessed with a demon, “Lord, I do believe. Help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24b) He who gives us Himself will give us everything we need to believe and be saved, ONLY if we desire it. How can desire or faith be measured? Hardly if not lived or acted out in deed.
In healing the man who’s been ill for 38 years, Jesus tests the man’s desire by asking him, “Do you want to be well?” Then, he commands him “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” (Jn 5:5-8) The act of faith is expressed in the very act of WALKING in HIS WAYS. Ikaw, paano ka maglakad? K’musta faith mo? K’musta na ang mga “lakad” mo? Towards Him ba?
ACT 2: HOPE in the Divine Mercy through the Eucharist
(Hope-Giving: You can do it! )
To be a sinner is our distress, to know it is our hope. – Fulton Sheen
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, but nothing can be done without hope. – Helen Keller
The Eucharist fills you with Hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit. Romans 15: 13 The Eucharist is the source of our hope because God strengthens us by forgiving us. The more He forgives us, the more He shows He loves us, the stronger we are. The Eucharist challenges you to be instruments of hope, strength and courage to all the world.
The act of hope is a living out of what Jesus desires when He asked St. Faustina Kowalska to propagate the hope: Jesus, I trust in You.
The message of mercy is that God loves us “all of us” no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His hope and joy. Therefore, hope-giving is encouraging one another through compassion & forgiveness. Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do. – 1 Thes 5:11 It is saying to one another: You can do it! Kaya nating mabuhay sa Katotohanan at Pag-asa! Hope in the Lord! Sino na ba ang nabigyan mo ng pag-asa sa buhay? Sino na ba ang na-akay mo sa Pag-asa sa Kapatawaran ng Diyos?
ACT 3: LOVE: Source & Fruit of the Eucharist
(Love-attending: Never take anyone for granted!)
The Eucharist is a covenant of love. It is at once the Father’s gift of Himself in Christ to us and, through Christ, our offering of Christ and, with Him, of ourselves – our minds and hearts, our daily lives – to the Father.
John Paul II wrote: “Christian life is expressed in the fulfilling of the greatest commandment, that is to say, in the love of God and neighbor, and this love finds its source in the blessed Sacrament, which is commonly called the sacrament of love. The Eucharist signifies this charity, and therefore recalls it, makes it present and at the same time brings it about” (Dominicae Cenae, no. 5).
If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. – 1 Jn 4:20
Eucharistic Love’s simple reminder: Never take anyone for granted. Everyone is a sacrament of love in the eyes of God. Sino ba ang mga taong madalas mo’ng bale-walain? Who are the people you tend to take for granted? What areas in your spiritual life do you take for granted: prayer, the Eucharist, the sacrament of reconciliation?
REALITY CHECK #3: PRAYER
February 21, 2008; NASA Researcher To Prove Nemeh’s Spiritual Prayer Is Science
CLEVELAND — Dr. Issam Nemeh is the medical doctor who is said to heal spiritually, by praying over those who are ill.
Dr. Nemeh is now working with a NASA scientist to prove that spiritual prayer is, in fact, science. “Dr. Nemeh is the key here. With him, we have just a tremendous opportunity to advance this type of research,” said George Szatowski, NASA Electromagnetic Specialist. Szatowski is a NASA researcher from Virginia who believes Nemeh’s healing prayers can be measured remotely, over long distances in a closed metal box used to measure electromagnetic images. Under controlled conditions when Nemeh prays in Cleveland for a healing, the energy from that prayer can be registered scientifically, Szatowski said at his office in Virgina. He also said, “We are measuring the artifact of prayer, artifact meaning we are detecting and measuring the electromagnetic signature as a result of prayer.” The NASA scientist working with Nemeh knows that going public with his research invites strong questions and criticism. For many people, the idea of spiritual healing is best left strictly as a matter of faith, not science. : )
ONE AMAZING TRIUNE GOD
Part 1: AMAZING MYSTERY
God is indescribable. Today’s feast of the Trinity invites us to remember, to rekindle, to renew, our commitment to our Triune God who empowers each one of us to multiply His Love by the Power of Three!
“Trinity” is not a word which Jesus used. It is not found in the Bible, but it is used to describe what we know about God. It does not explain God, nobody could do that. It just describes what we know.
In the face of this amazing mystery, Christians have looked for symbols which have expressed the Trinitarian nature of God.
One of the first symbols used for the Trinity was the triangle. The three equal sides forming one complete whole captures some of what it mean to be three in one.
Balance and stability in the Godhead was conveyed by the triangle on one side, and the eternal nature of the Trinity was demonstrated by the connection between each side of the triangle.
Another classic shape used to bring to mind the properties of God is the circle. The circle has no beginning and no end, its never ending form represented God as eternal.
The circle is a symbol used to represent God for many centuries. For the Greeks, the circle symbolised perfection.
Borromean rings (named after the crest of the Borromeo family in 15th-century Tuscany.) It contained four diagrams. In the centre, inside all the circles, is the word `unitas’; the three syllables of `tri-ni-tas’ are distributed in the outer sectors.
One of the most common symbols of the Trinity is the Trefoil, generated from three interlocking Circles. It is generally believed that this symbol was created by St. Patrick when he illustrated the Trinity by pointing to a shamrock and remarking that it has the three separate leaves yet they form one shamrock.
Hence the name Trefoil, i.e. three-leaved.
Triquetra (Try-ket-ra, Latin for three cornered) You will find this symbol used on the spines of the NKJV version of the bible. The triquetra uses shapes like one of the oldest Christ symbols, the shape of the fish.
All of this goes to show just how difficult it is for us adequately to express in our human language, difficult divine concepts as the Trinity.
Fortunately we do not really have to. This is the job of the Holy Spirit to point to the Truth, to guide us to truth.
Part 2: HUMAN BODY: MARKED BY GOD
Here are facts you might want to know about YOURSELF!
♥ Your human brain has approximately one trillion cells or neurons.
♥ Your brain is the most complex structure in the known universe.
♥ Your eye has about two million working parts.It would take a minimum of 100 years of Cray supercomputer time to simulate what actually takes place in your eye many times every second.
♥ The human is the only species known to shed tears when they are sad.
♥ There are ten trillion levels of intesity to your human hearing, from zero to 130 decibels. This makes your sense of hearing the widest ranging of all senses.
♥ There are about ten thousand different odors your nose is able to detect.
♥ Each of us gives off a distinctive scent signature, just like a fingerprint.
♥ There are over 60 thousand miles of blood vessels in your body. Enough to go around the world 2 and a half times, if stretched out end to end.
♥ Over 2 million red blood cells are made by your body every second.
♥ There are about 100 trillion cells in your body.
♥ Almost all of the 100 trillion cells in your body are replaced on the average of 7 years.
♥ Each cell in your body has over a million unique structures and processes whose complexity is comparable to a large city.
♥ The outer layer of your skin is renewed every 27 days.
♥ Your skeleton is renewed every three months.
♥ There are about 6 feet of DNA packed in the nucleus of each cell, which is only 1.4 millionths of a meter wide.
And if these “finger prints” of God in your body are not amazing enough. Here’s what’s for me a most amazing “divine” print.
We already know that the cell is the basic organizational unit of all living organisms. One of these cells is what is described as a cell adhesion molecule. It’s holding your membranes together. It’s the glue of the human body. It’s called the laminin.
It’s a protein molecule that holds cells and tissues together! Without it we’ll fall apart! Improper production of laminin can cause muscles to form improperly, leading to a form of muscular dystrophy. It can also cause progeria.
In their book “The Laminins,” authors Peter Elkblom and Rupert Timpl say,”Electron microscopy reveals a cross-like shape for all laminins investigated so far.”
Now, isn’t that awe-inspiring? That the cells that protect your intelligently coded DNA’s, the cells that hold all the other cells and tissues in your body together, are so designed by God in the shape of the cross? And do you notice the three strands that make up the laminin? I want to suggest that that is what we mean by the Power of Three! Yes! The Trinity’s Divine Print right at the core of our physical and spiritual being! What an amazing human being from a truly amazing Triune God!
Part 3: Challenge: MULTIPLY LOVE BY THE POWER OF THREE
The Formula: “That’s me and that’s three people… and I’m going to help them. And they do it for three other people… and they do it for three more. But it has to be something really good… something they can’t do by themselves!” – Pay it Forward
Are you willing to take up this Trinity Challenge?
God Bless you! ♥
PENTECOST: LET THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH BE TOLD!
I. CHARISMATIC “BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”?
There IS NO SUCH THING. In fact technically there is NO SUCH THING as a “CHARISMATIC CHURCH” according to the Ven. Fulton Sheen. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) does not mention the phrase “Charismatic Church” rather it describes the church as missionary endowed with hierarchic and charismatic gifts.
“There just isn’t any such thing as a charismatic Church. There isn’t any such thing…as a baptism of the spirit distinct from (sacramental) baptism. That is why Saint Paul in his epistle to the Corinthian Church…said: ‘Sure you are Baptized! You are in Christ!’” – Venerable Fulton Sheen
CCC 1275 Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.
CCC 767 …the Church in her very nature is missionary, sent by Christ to all the nations to make disciples of them.
CCC 768 So that she can fulfill her mission, the Holy Spirit “bestows upon [the Church] varied hierarchic and charismatic gifts, and in this way directs her.” “Henceforward the Church, endowed with the gifts of her founder and faithfully observing his precepts of charity, humility and self-denial, receives the mission of proclaiming and establishing among all peoples the Kingdom of Christ and of God, and she ison earth the seed and the beginning of that kingdom.”
CCC 1308 …baptismal grace is a grace of free, unmerited election and does not need “ratification” to become effective.
So, there is no such thing as Baptism of / in the Spirit in which the charisms are “stirred” or “poured” as empowerment once a person has received the Sacrament of Baptism even as an infant.
CCC 1316 Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
CCC 1317 Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life.
II. TRANCES VS ECSTASY?
♥ Trance is a mental state in which a person’s consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing. It resembles deep sleep. Fr. Auguste Poulain, SJ, in Graces of Interior Prayer, states that after a trance, the person’s mind usually becomes “dull, lifeless, and depressed. His will is extremely weak. In this abnormal weakness is to be sought the reason why the subject can no longer resist suggestion. After trance the person may or may not remember what he/ she has seen.” The trance states may be artificially produced by drugs, hypnosis or some repetitive motions as in dancing and twirling motions, as experienced in voodoo rituals. It is possible too that trance state be induced by external or internal repetitive sounds as in the utterance of a mantra or any form of repetitive vocal sounds, no matter how gibberish, as often evidenced by the phenomenon of “speaking in tongues.”
♥ Ecstasy, generally refers to the state of being beside oneself through some overpowering experience. In mystical theology, it includes two elements, one interior and the other exterior. The invisible element consists in the mind being riveted on a religious subject. The corporeal aspect means that the activity of the senses is suspended, so that not only are external sensations unable to influence the soul, but these sensations become very difficult to awaken. This is a charism from God given to those who have soared the heights of prayer life, particularly in the stage of infused contemplation and mystical union.
Experience. We have encountered some afflicted individuals who enter into full or semi states of trance during pray over sessions especially during charismatic “baptism in the spirit”. Similar to demonic possession cases, during these trance states, the afflicted would react in various degrees of disturbing motions as reactions to certain portions of the prayers, after which the afflicted have no recollections of the episodes. The trance state is the usual milieu of demonic possessions. Ergo, let us not invite, prompt nor willingly entertain trances.
III. SPEAKING IN TONGUES?
♥Glossolalia is a phenomenon in which a person utters uncontrolled and usually unintelligible sounds during a state of intense religious experience. The sounds are believed to be divinely inspired. Glossolalia had often been referred to as “speaking in tongues” amongst Protestant and some Catholic charismatic circles. Most of these circles subscribe to the belief that glossolalia was the first Pentecost experience of the apostles.
♥Xenoglossy is the phenomenon in which a person is able to speak a language that he or she could not have acquired by natural means. Xenoglossy is therefore not gibberish language but refers to an actual existing language used by human beings. This term is almost never used within the charismatic circles when referring to their tongues experience despite the fact that xenoglossy was indeed referred to in Acts 2:1-13, particularly, Acts 2:8, “Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language?”
♥ Speak the Language of Love. In January 2011, the journal Psychological Science published an article: Scientists Find True Language of Love. It said that couples who stick together really have found the language of love – and it’s the little everyday words that make the difference. The study shows that people who speak in a similar style are more compatible.
√ What makes you compatible with the Lord? His Mercy. Nothing from our end will make us compatible with God’s divinity. But we can respond responsibly to His Gift of Mercy: by speaking and living His Language of Love.
God does not want us to speak in tongues in front of Him unintelligibly when we cannot even speak intelligibly His language of love and mercy before others.
√REMEMBER, the first sign of authentic diabolical possession is the ability to speak in a foreign language one has not known. Do not be deceived. Do not ask for extraordinary graces (Cf LG,12). Pride is a demonic opening indeed!
IV. SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT?
The phenomenon of being slain in the spirit is associated with the activity of Baptism of the Spirit. Although the manuals of the Catholic charismatics do not mention being slain in the spirit, it appears as if it is a concomitant phenomenon to the “release of the Spirit’s power.” The phenomenon happens immediately after some “anointed” or “gifted” speaker or prayer leader touches the participants on the forehead in the form of a praying over. But sometimes, the simple motion of the speaker’s hand or arm can “cause” being “slain.”
Experience. Narrative accounts are consistent in describing the “slain” person as suddenly incapacitated for a period of time. Many people claim to experience an energy or a force that causes them to fall back. However, we find no biblical basis for this concept. Yes, there may be some energy or force involved, but if so, it is very likely not of God and not the result of the working of the Holy Spirit. Why do I say this?
PENTECOST TRUTH: TWO REASONS WHY THE HOLY SPIRIT CANNOT PUT YOU IN UNCONTROLLABLE TRANCE, CONTROL YOUR TONGUE AND YOUR BODY THEN “SLAY” YOU UNCONSCIOUS EVEN MOMENTARILY
1. DIVINE SPIRITS DO NOT POSSESS INDIVIDUALS. THEY HAVE THE DEEPEST RESPECT AND HIGHEST REGARD FOR MAN’S FREEDOM, INTELLECT AND WILL. THEREFORE, DIVINE SPIRITS DO NOT CAUSE TRANCES, UNCONTROLLABLE BODILY ACTS LIKE UNRULY GIBBERISH SPEECH, NOR “BEING SLAIN” & LOSING CONSCIOUSNESS.
2. IN CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DIVINE POSSESSIONS; ONLY DEMONIC POSSESSIONS.
Remember, even if there be authentic conversions, real miraculous healings and other paramystical phenomena that astound or mystify us, like reception of visions and apparitions, showers or materialization of roses and images on petals, rosaries turning into gold, the sun dancing, etc., let us keep ourselves level-headed and guarded especially when the following are the contexts: charismatic “baptism in the spirit” (other than sacramental), the trance states, speaking in gibberish or foreign tongues and “slain in the spirit” phenomena. Be careful! The end does not justify the means!♥
Alamin kung paano ka matutulungan ng mga dalangin ng Simbahang Katoliko upang makalaya sa paniniil ng mga masasamang espiritu. Ang Manual ay gabay sa pagkilatis ng mga nangbubuyong espiritu sa buhay ng tao. Ang Handbook ay koleksyon ng mga dalanging maaaring dasalin ng mga Layko, Obispo at Pari. Every Catholic home & institution should have this set!
♥ 3:00 AM PHENOMENON https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216577577494116
♥ ANGELS’ NAMES & ANGEL HOSTING https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216181586714594
♥ ATROCITIES: ALLEGED HISTORICAL CATHOLIC ATROCITIES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216088403025060
♥ BAD WORDS: SPEAKING https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216601021520202
♥ BEING CALLED FATHER https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216058349513741
♥ BIBLE vs CATHOLIC TRADITIONS? https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216105642936047
♥ BLESSED SACRAMENT: TIMES OF CALAMITIES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216689005399744
♥ BLESSING AND INVESTITURE: THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-and-investiture-of-the-b…/
♥ BLESSING: A BELL – INTRO VIDEO https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/videos/pcb.10216537168923927/10216537081641745/?type=3&theater
♥ BLESSING: A BELL- THE PRAYER https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-a-bell/
♥ BLESSING: A CROSS OR CRUCIFIX https://broshlegaspi.org/solemn-blessing-of-a-cross-or-cru…/
♥ BLESSING: A HOLY IMAGE https://broshlegaspi.org/solemn-blessing-of-a-holy-image/
♥ BLESSING: ALL SACRAMENTALS https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-for-all-sacramentals-for…/
♥ BLESSING: ALL THINGS https://broshlegaspi.org/the-form-of-blessing-for-all-thin…/
♥ BLESSING: AN ICON https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-an-icon/
♥ BLESSING: CANDLES https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-candles/
♥ BLESSING: INCENSE & MYRRH https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-incense-and-myrrh/
♥ BLESSING: MEDALS OF ST. BENEDICT https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-medals-of-st-benedict/
♥ BLESSING: OIL https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-oil/
♥ BLESSING: PRIESTLY VESTMENTS IN GENERAL https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-priestly-vestments-in…/
♥ BLESSING: RELIC OF SAINTS https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-the-relic-of-saints-f…/
♥ BLESSING: ROSARIES OF OUR LADY https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-rosaries-of-our-lady/
♥ BLESSING: SALT AND WATER https://broshlegaspi.org/__trashed-2/
♥ CATHOLIC FAITH & ALBULARYOS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216026154468885
♥ CATHOLICS WORSHIPING STATUES https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216158450976215&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ CHILDREN’S BOOK OF DEMONS: WARNING https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216640438265596
♥ CHRISTMAS DAY ON DECEMEBR 25? https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216512199739713
♥ CHRISTMAS TREE ORIGIN https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216519087671907
♥ CIVILLY-WEDDED, LIVING-IN COUPLES & RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION/ ACTUAL GRACE/ SPIRITUAL COMMUNION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216018805885175
♥ COLUMBARIUN PRAYER https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216052191679799
♥ COMMUNION BY THE HAND https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216089689777228
♥ COMMUNION OF SAINTS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216090908807703
♥ CONGREGATION’S POSTURE DURING THE LORD’S PRAYER https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216021086942200
♥ CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216106482757042
♥ CONTRACEPTION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216166676301843
♥ COVID 19: DELIVERANCE PRAYERS https://youtu.be/vKNpcX9HlV4
♥ CREATION STORY: READING https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216963365978587
♥ CRUCIFIXION: THE DETAILS FOR 3-YEAR OLD KIDS https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216162244391048&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ CURSES PERSONS & GENERATIONS (+PRAYERS) https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216131890832228
♥ DAILY CROSSES, TRIALS & DIFFICULTIES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216201564054015
♥ DELIVERANCE AND PROTECTION PRAYERS BEFORE SLEEP (ENGLISH) https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216043379619503
♥ DEMONIC MIMICKING OF MENTAL ILLNESS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216028437685964
♥ DISPOSING POSSIBLY CURSED OBJECTS OR OBJECTS THAT HAD BEEN SENT WITH SPELLS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216048322823080
♥ DIVINATION PRACTICES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216055547643696
♥ DOPPELGÄNGERS & OCCULT 3RD EYE https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216080095057366
♥ DREAM INTERPRETATIONS https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216172436605847&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ DYING PERSON’S QUESTIONS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216205929443147
♥ EMERGENCY CASE OF EXTRAORDINARY DEMONIC ATTACK https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217817028199609
♥ EMERGENCY HOME LIBERATION PRAYERS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216061708757720
♥ EVIL: PROBLEM OF, HOLY INNOCENTS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216527769608950
♥ FAMILY PRAYER CEMETERY VISIT https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216051742468569&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ FATE & FATALISM https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216233624175498
♥ FONDNESS FOR HORROR MOVIES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216056126418165
♥ FORTUNE & LUCK https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216224990679666
♥ FREEMASONRY I https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217796688411127
♥ FREEMASONRY II https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217817339967403
♥ FREEMASONRY III https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217819515101780
♥ GIFT OF TONGUES – KUNDALINI – ANDREW STROM https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217970469635549
♥ GIFT OF TONGUES – PENTECOST https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217970331792103
♥ GOD LISTENS TO PRAYERS OF SINNERS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217862014884248
♥ GOSPELS & READINGS IN THE MASS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216025606255180
♥ HALLOWEEN, ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS CELEBRATIONS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216020425725670
♥ HANDLING CREMAINS (ASHES OF BELOVED DEPARTED) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216061463791596&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ HEAVEN BEFORE ASCENSION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217113226685011
♥ IVF: THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216161956623854
♥ JESUS’ FOUNDING OF ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH & BIBLE CANON https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216113265966618
♥ JESUS’ RELIGION WHEN HE WAS IN THE FLESH https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216003133373372
♥ LIHIM NA KARUNUNGAN NG MGA MANGGAGAMOT https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216173900602446
♥ LIVE STREAMING vs PRE-RECORDED MASSES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217896750072606?__tn__=K-R
♥ MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216028067316705
♥ MARY MAGDALENE https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217960996038715
♥ MARY’S INTERCESSION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216021773719369
♥ MEMORIAL OF THE DEAD: 40TH DAY, ETC. https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216080774274346
♥ MENTAL ILLNESS: PRAYERS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216146318672915
♥ MIXED MARRIAGES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216047973654351
♥ NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216180188599642&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN BAPTISMS/ VICTORY CHURCH’S BAPTIMS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216192534388279
♥ NOVEMBER 1 AS HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216048081857056
♥ OCCULT & CURSED OBJECTS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217827004289005
♥ OCCULTIC OR CURSED OBJECTS: PROCEDURES TO DESTROY https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217817042639970
♥ ONE DELA CRUZ (ATUNGAL LIBRARY OF SONGS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHfECIZNnZk
♥ OTHER ACCEPTABLE GESTURES OF THE FAITHFUL WITHIN THE MASS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216079343398575
♥ PANINIWALA vs PANANAMPALATAYA & NECESSITY OF EUCHARISTIC PARTICIPATION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216001434170893
♥ PARTICULAR & FINAL JUDGEMENT https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216035923633108
♥ PASCHAL TRIDUUM: THE PRACTICE OF VEILING CROSSES, CRUCIFIXES AND IMAGES https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216180164519040&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ PERSONAL DELIVERANCE PRAYERS FOR LAY PEOPLE https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217817039639895
♥ POPE & NOT PROPHET: WHY? https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216642767483825
♥ POSSIBLY INFESTED HOUSE: STEPS TO TAKE AS LAY PEOPLE (ENGLISH VERSION) https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216055147193685
♥ POSSIBLY INFESTED HOUSE: STEPS TO TAKE AS LAY PEOPLE https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216036532728335
♥ POSTURE DURING CONSECRATION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216020534808397
♥ PRANCI HEALING https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216249256686301
♥ PRAYERS FOR BLESSING SACRAMENTALS (ONLY FOR PRIESTS) https://broshlegaspi.org/blessing-of-sacramentals-to-be-used-for-the-ministry-of-spiritual-liberation-and-exorcism-only-for-priests/
♥ PRAYERS OF PROTECTION BEFORE SLEEP (TAGALOG) https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216043814310370
♥ PRAYERS TO STEM THE SCOURGE OF THE PANDEMIC https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217715569783212
♥ PRAYERS: REPETITIVE https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217101162743420
♥ PRAYING FOR THE SOUL OF THE DEPARTED https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216020793774871
♥ PRAYING THROUGH THE SAINTS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216157220505454
♥ REMEMBERING A CALL https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216154474556807
♥ RESERVED SINS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216019238775997
♥ SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION & HOLY COMMUNION RECEPTION https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216010161389068
♥ SACRAMENTALS: BLESSING https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNFr2dsll80
♥ SALVATION IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDIES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216200314982789
♥ SAME-SEX MARRIAGE https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10218002970848059
♥ SATURDAY WORSHIP & CONSTANTINE https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216936928357663
♥ SEX SCANDALS IN THE CHURCH & CELIBACY https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216165414310294
♥ SIGN OF THE CROSS: NOT IN THE BIBLE? https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216055769689247
♥ SLAIN BY THE SPIRIT https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216259386499540
♥ SO-CALLED PSYCHICS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216087591204765
♥ SOLA SCRIPTURA: THE BIBLE ALONE, ECUMENISM, ETC. https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10217106472676165
♥ SPEAKING IN TONGUES: ASKING FOR https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216062365454137
♥ SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/videos/10217182110607066/
♥ STEPS AND GRACES TO THE CROSS: STATIONS OF THE CROSS https://youtu.be/WVuP1Bx6Wo4
♥ SUPERSTITIONS: NEW YEAR https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216538985449339
♥ TAIZE PRAYER https://youtu.be/t5iH_JCLzYA
♥ TATTOOS, BODILY PIERCINGS & AESTHETIC SURGERIES https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216080624190594&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ TELEVISING THE LITURGY: GUIDELINES OF USCCB http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/frequently-asked-questions/guidelines-for-televising-the-liturgy.cfm
♥ TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216628297402082
♥ URGENCY OF INFANT BAPTISM https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216018429715771
♥ USOG (The EVIL EYE) https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216055384639621
♥ VATICAN II AND ALL ITS CHANGES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216835517102445
♥ VOCATION OF AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216158103607531&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
♥ VOCATION TO HOLINESS https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/posts/10216062883427086
♥ WHERE TO PLACE LIGHTED CANDLES https://www.facebook.com/brosh.legaspi/videos/10216061586594666/
♥ WHY JESUS IN THE CROSS: FOR 3-YEAR OLD KIDS https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216157387469628&set=a.1106311540209&type=3
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Oh, I didn’t know that we have to swim!!