THE ASCENSION PARADOX
Acts 1:1-11;Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mk 16:15-20
♥ Stephen Hawking, who passed away in March 2018, was a well-renowned physicist-mathematician-cosmologist, who suggested, that if the human species is to survive, it needs to consider abandoning our planet earth and seeking refuge, elsewhere in the universe. He says via his voice box, “It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million. Our only chance of long term survival, is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space. We have made remarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space. That is why I’m in favor of manned, or should I say ‘personed,’ space flight.”
Hawking says we need to get out of here. Find a new planet to colonize. Start from scratch without the mess we’ve made. A better place is waiting, and there’s no mess there! hmmm, Sounds like a geographical solution to a mundane problem we created!
But why would a brilliant mind like Hawking’s attempt to think of a physical escape? Hawking is an atheist, the most profound one, says his ex-wife who is a Christian.He regarded the concept of Heaven as a myth, believing that there is “no heaven or afterlife,” and that such a notion was a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” Hawking said in 2010, “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason.” He adds, “Science will win, because it works.” Thus, having no belief in an after life, one would certainly cling to the only life one knows.
Obviously, the Ascension of our Lord into heaven, tells us a different story. Of this Ascension event, Hawking would probably say, “See! Even your Jesus fled to another world!” But did he? Of course not! Quite the opposite! And here is the Mystery of the Ascension Paradox: JESUS LEAVES US TO STAY FOREVER WITH US.
♥ Q: What do we need in order to survive our stay here on earth?
A: S.T.A.Y. !
The Greek word is συνεργέω (sunergeo, work with) from “the Lord worked with them…”(Mk 16:20) Synergize is “to work together with.”
√ Synergy in the Beginning. The world and all of Creation are fruits of God’s synergy: Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. (Gen 1:26) The Trinitycreates in synergy and man is a product of this divine collaboration. Thus, man and woman are commissioned by God to work together as stewards of His creation when God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over…all the living things that move on the earth.” (Gen 1:28)
√ Synergy in the Incarnation. And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. (Lk 1:35)
√ Synergy in the Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry. “…and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”Lk 3:22
√ Synergy in the End of Jesus’ Earthly Life. “Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit;'” (Lk 23:46)
√ Synergy after Resurrection. Jesus said to Mary Magdalene, “Stop holding on to me, * for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” (Jn 20:17)
√ Synergy after the Ascension. “…they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them …( Lk 16:20)
√ Synergy Today: Caused by God. St. Paul tells us that “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Rom 8: 28 NAS)
How do we express this synergy?
● Within ourselves. St. James in his letter argues that Abraham, the Friend of God, was considered righteous for what he did, for his deed. “You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;” (Jms 2:22 NAS) James is not saying that Abraham was saved by what he did. No, rather that what he did was in fact a fruit of his faith, and that the two were inseparable, they were “working together” (sunergeo).
Is there synergy between your faith and works? Do you keep your faith alive by doing good works?
● Within our Church. St. Paul reminds us, “For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Cor 3:9) Then again, he says of communal synergy, “Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” (2 Cor. 6:1).
What have you contributed to your Church? Tithing is one way of living out this church synergy. How is your tithing?
The Greek word is τηρέω (tereo, to keep) from “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love…” (Jn 15:10) Gk. tereo may be translated to Latin tenere “to hold, to keep, to maintain,” from which comes the English word tenet, a teaching or a doctrine.
√ There is an interconnection between the Christian life and Tenets. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes our beliefs and teachings “as lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure.” So “if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith.” (CCC 89)
√ Unkept Tenets, New Religion.
One dangerous fruit of straying away from Catholic Tenets is a desire to create a new religion. Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has, for one, inspired a new religion. Yoism, invented by a Massachusetts psychologist, Dan Kriegman in 1994. It is based on the “open source” principle that the general public creates a combined, creative authority and source of truth. It shuns traditional religious authorities and divine inspiration in favor of the wisdom of humans. Bob Dylan, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud are among its revered saints.
Kriegman says. “Every aware, conscious, sentient spirit is divine and has direct access to truth. . . . Open source embodies that. There is no authority.” (Charles Piller, “Divine Inspiration from the Masses,” LA Times; July 23, 2006)
√ Not ours. Open source? No divine inspirations? No authority? Nah. Bob Dylan, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud as saints? Nah nah.
Jesus is our Truth, our Inspiration, our sole Authority. Matthew’s ascension story reminds us of how Jesus said to His Apostles just before going up to heaven, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (Mt 28:18)
The Greek clause isἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους (agapate allelon) meaning,“love one another.” (Jn 15:17)
There is no other way to Stay in the Love of the Lord than by way of Agape love. Nope, not just storge, not just eros, not just philia – it’s agape. No need to say more but just a reminder from St. Teresa of Calcutta: “We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.” Then again she said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
This means “Yes to God’s Will.”
The Greek sentence isγένοιτό μοι κατὰ τὸ ῥῆμά σου (genoito moi kata to rema sou). It is the fiat or the yes of Mary to God’s will:” Let it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)
Elizabeth Scalia, a Benedictine Oblate and journalist says it well: “God is the very energy of ‘Yes’. He is all that is Affirmative and affirming. It is by his ‘yes’ that all things come into being. And it is by our ‘yes’ that are able to co-operate with him, for our own good, rather than against him, and thus against ourselves.” (http://www.patheos.com)
God Bless you!!
Acts 10:25-26,34- 35,44-48; Ps 98; 1 Jn 4:7-10; Jn 15:9-17
LEAP OF LOVE: STORGOS TO AGAPE
♥ Storge (στοργή) or storgos means “affection” in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural affection, bond, attraction, and feeling of attachment to someone or something. While social psychology has attached other meanings to it, we shall treat storge in only in its basic meaning, the natural caring with affection in a humane way innate to each human being. It is instinctive, like eros. Animals exhibit this. And we, as rational animals, are models of human storge, as we clearly see, for example, in parents’ love for their children and vice-versa. But how important is this storge love our personhood?
♥ STORGE STUDY
In 1952, in a South American orphanage, Dr. Rene A. Spitz observed and recorded what happened to 97 children who were deprived of emotional and physical contact with others.
Because of a lack of funds, there was not enough staff to adequately care for these children, ages 3 months to 3 years old. Nurses changed diapers and fed and bathed the children. But there was little time to hold, cuddle, and talk to them as a mother would.
Dr. Spitz observed, “If between the 6th and 18th month of life, the infant is deprived of its mother without adequate substitute, its development becomes retarded in the course of the first two months of separation. It becomes increasingly unapproachable, weepy and screaming.”
“In the 3rd month of separation the withdrawal of the child becomes complete, the infant assumes the pathognomonic position, (that is, it starts to exhibit symptoms of a disease), its expression becomes increasingly rigid, the developmental level regresses.
“Infants deprived of their mothers during the first year of life for more than five months deteriorate progressively. They become lethargic, (or inactive,) their motility retarded (that is, their mental imagery as regards their positions or bodily movements is slow), their weight and growth arrested. Their face becomes vacuous, (or blank); their activity is restricted to atypical, bizarre finger movements. They are unable to sit, stand, walk or talk.”
“In 37.3% of the cases observed, the progressive deterioration of the total personality led eventually to marasmus, (which means the progressive wasting of the body), and death by the end of the second year of life.”
♥ TWO TYPES OF RELATIONSHIPS
1 º Functional Relationships
√ functions define “who” and “how” of the relationship. Teachers-teach, Doctors-heal…
√ relationshipsendwhen functions terminate.
√ may be mutually beneficial but not necessarily marked by intense personal sensitivityand personal relating; impersonal too at times;
● Storgos-eros, at the least, usually power these relations: some families are perceived or structured around this – especially those whose maturity end in “independence.” The goal is not just independence! It is achieving a sense or spirit of interdependence among the family members.
2º Personal Relationships
√ But from these functional relations do come some of the best friendships we have: highschool classmates, family members, family doctors,etc. These are relationships created through a personal choice to step out from storgos-eros into philiaor to agape stages. Personal choice is what spells the leap!
♥ THE STORGOS DECEPTIONS
Remember that storge is a natural affection, instinctive and simply basically an attraction to people and things. When I say “I love this restaurant,” or “I love this chair,” or this office; or when I say “I love my profession,” or “I love my country, and I’m ready to die for it.” That’s at the least, the storgic kind of love! But don’t be fooled! It is not enough for Christian standards.
It is functional, useful, and in fact, already a God given grace. Sometimes, it can wear the mask of person-to-person one-to-one relationship marked by intense passion. We should be thankful that we all have this natural love. But like in the parable of the talents, you just don’t bury that grace and come back to God with nothing more than a storge in your heart!
♥ THE GOSPEL OF THE LEAP OF LOVE
In today’s gospel, Jesus says to his disciples, “I no longer call you slaves, I have called you friends.” No, it wasn’t that He treated them like slaves at first. Rather, He was referring to how the OT people like Moses, Joshua and David, were called “servants” or “slaves of Yahweh,” doing what God wills even without a clear picture of what God does or plans, “what the Master is about.” Jesus elevates their functional Teacher-Student relationship with Him to an Agape-friendship love kind by calling them friends. Hey, that’s one big leap! When He said this, Jesus was alluding to Abraham, the universal father of the faithful, remembering perhaps that He was a descendant of Abraham through Isaac. Only Abraham was called a “friend of God” because of his intimate relationship with God which was manifested through obedience.
Aha! Obedience is the mark of intimate friendship with God. That is why Jesus says, “You are My friends, if you do what I command you.” Loving Obedience is the heart of the 8th Sacrament, the Sacrament of Friendship.
√ If all of life is relationships, then Sacramental Friendship is what defines our Christian life. And each Christian is a Sacrament! Obviously, storgeis not enough to bring you to the Circle of Friendship with Jesus!
♥ TAKING THE LEAP OF LOVE
So the key to take that leap of love, is in obeying our Friend’s Command, simply to love one another (Jn 13: 34; 1 Jn 4:7).Sounds simple, right? But this command has many translations:
√ Accept one another (Rom 15: 7).
√ Be hospitable to one another (1 Pt 4:9).
√ Be kind to one another (Eph 4:32).
√ Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ (Eph 5:21).
√ Bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Gal 6:2).
√ Build one another up (Rom 14:19; 1Thes 3:12-13; Eph 4:15-16).
√ Comfort one another (1 Thes 4:18).
√ Confess your faults to one another and be healed (Jms 5:16).
√ Do not judge one another (Rom 14:13).
√ Employ God’s gifts for one another (1 Pt 4:10).
√ Encouraging one another (Heb 10:25).
√ Forbear one another (Eph 4:2; Col 3:13).
√ Forgive one another (Eph 4: 32; Col 3:13; Jn 20:23).
√ Instruct and admonish one another (Rom 15:14; Col 3:16).
√ Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mk 9:50).
√ Live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16, 15:5; Col 3:15).
√ Serve one another (Gal 5:13; Jn 13:14).
√ Show concern for one another (1 Cor 12:25).
√ Speak the truth to one another (Eph 4:25).
√ Stir one another up to love and good works (Heb 10:24).
√ And don’t forget to Listen to one another from your heart!
♥ Take that leap now and translate Jesus’ Friendship in your Life!
♥ CONNECTING: COMMUNING
The lunar module Eagle, carrying astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong, landed on the moon July 20,1969. After the successful landing, Aldrin took time to give thanks prior to walking on the moon. He brought out this sheet of paper with his prepared message and contacted home base. His message went:
“This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever, wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours. And to give thanks in his or her own way.”
He kept this secret for a long time because of a lawsuit brought by Madalyn Murray O’Hair over the reading of Genesis on Apollo 8.
He describes what he did next: “I poured the wine into the chalice…. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon and the very first food eaten there were communion elements.”
Just before eating and drinking the elements, Aldrin read this passage from the Gospel according to John:
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.”
Commenting on his Communion experience alone on the moon, Aldrin says, “I sense especially strongly my unity with our church back home, and the Church everywhere.” Guideposts Treasury of Hope
For, indeed, we, as Christians, remain united and connected to Jesus by three ways, in particular:
1) By gathering in His Name. Jesus told His disciples, “Where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” Mt 18:20 When we gather in Jesus’ Name, we have his promise that he’s there with us.
♥ Gather your relations in His Name. Gather as a family, as friends, siblings, in His Name. Pray together. Create occasions where prayer may be shared.
2) By Reading and Explaining His Word. Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever listens to you listens to me.” Luke 10:16 When we hear the Gospel read and explained, we have Jesus’ promise that we listen to him.
♥ Be a part of a Bible sharing and study group if you can. Read the Bible on your own, in your own free time and pace. Live the teachings you gather and learn from our lecturettes.
3) By Eating and Drinking His Body and Blood. Jesus told his disciples, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I live in him.” John 6:56 When we share the Lord’s Supper, we have Jesus’ promise that he’s united with us.
♥ Don’t give up your Sunday worship for anything in the world. The Eucharist is the highest and noblest form of connecting and relating with God!
✠ CONNECTING: BEARING FRUIT
In the early days of the Berlin Wall when emotions were still very much on edge and hostility was running high, truckloads of garbage were dumped over the wall from the eastern sector onto the western side. Everyone in West Berlin was outraged at such a terrible deed. The topic of conversation on every street corner, in every home, was how best to get revenge.
Then the word went out from Mayor Willie Brandt that every flower, every petal, every bit of green that could be gathered was to be brought to an appointed spot at the wall.
Then all that beauty and fragrance was thrown over the wall to the eastern sector. And above the wall a great banner was hoisted. As the banner was unfurled, these words were revealed: Jedes gibt, was er hat. (Each gives what he has.) The East German government had thrown garbage; the West German people threw back flowers.
What do you have to give? What fruits are you producing? Let us remember that the fruit we produce in our lives is consistent with our character. John 15:1-8 gives us the formula for successful fruit-bearing. For a Christian to be fruitful, he/ she:
♥ Must be connected to the right source
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you.”
Keep a right relationship with God. Let Him be the God of your character. Keep to your spiritual devotions and resolutions of discipline.
♥ Must be pruned and disciplined to be fruitful.
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit., while every branch that bears fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
We will become fruitful only as we become disciplined. Pruning is the price for production. What areas in our lives do we need pruning? What habits do we have that are not productive?
♥ Must realize that God’s purpose for his children is fruitfulness.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Bawal ang Tamad na Anak ng Diyos.
Titus 3:14 Let our people learn to devote themselves to good works to supply urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.
1 Thes 4:10-12 … Nevertheless we urge you to progress even more… to mind your own affairs, and to work with your (own) hands, as we instructed you, that you may conduct yourselves properly toward outsiders and not depend on anyone.
Pag-malakas ka at may-kakayahan, be productive!
Are you Connected to Christ? Do you Commune with Him? Are you bearing fruits for His Glory?
Good Shepherd Sunday / World Day of Prayer for Vocations
CALLED TO SHEPHERD GOD’S PEOPLE
Some Stories of Love and Passion
Rev. Mother Dolores Hart (born October 20, 1938) is an American Roman Catholic nun and former actress. She made ten films in five years, playing opposite Stephen Boyd, Montgomery Clift, George Hamilton and Robert Wagner, having made her movie debut with Elvis Presley in Loving You (1957). By the early 1960s an established leading lady, she “stunned Hollywood” by announcing that she would be giving up her career to enter a convent. She is now Mo. Dolores Hart, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut.
Olalla Oliveros, a beautiful and well known Spanish model who did advertisements, television commercials, and worked as an actress has given up her career and decided to become a nun. Last month, Oliveros entered the semi-cloistered Order of Saint Michael. Oliveros is reluctant to talk about herself, but says she had an “earthquake” experience on a visit to Fatima and could not shake the image of herself dressed as a nun, which at the time she thought was absurd. Eventually, she realized that the image in her mind was a calling. “The Lord is never wrong. He asked if I will follow him, and I could not refuse,” Oliveros said. Now she just wants to be an ordinary nun.
Robert “Bobby” Love, was an American Tattoo Artist. “I should be happy, but I felt very alone and adrift. I looked at myself and realized that I had become a product,” Love once said. “I was doing art not as personal expression but for what the kids want, what the kids would shell out the coin for.” Above all these he admitted, “I had no clue what love was. I had no clue how to love or how to let other people love me and that’s why I was miserable.” Once a friend asked him to do a chest tattoo of the Jerusalem cross, embroidered on the cloth covering the Mt. Angel Abbey’s tabernacle. Love visited the abbey, looked at the embroidered cross, and learned about an upcoming vocations discernment retreat. In September of 2014, Bobby Love made his final vows, five years since he attended the first discernment retreat. He took the name Bro. André, after St. André Bessette. Yes, tattoos and all! He is now the curator of the Mount Angel Abbey’s art collection.
Chase Michael Hilgenbrinck McDonald (born April 2, 1982 in Quincy, Illinois) is a former American soccer defender. He is most notable for walking away from his professional career to become a Catholic priest. Hilgenbrick’s last game was on a Sunday, July 13, 2008, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts when the New England Revolution faced Mexican club Santos Laguna in a SuperLiga game. In the summer of 2007, the vocation director for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill., sent him an extensive application packet. He had to write a 20-page autobiography and submit responses to a series of essay questions, in addition to a background check and fingerprinting. In December, the day after he returned to the U.S. following the end of the soccer season in Chile, he went through an entire battery of testing. He took five written exams in one day, and was evaluated by three different psychologists. Hilgenbrinck retired from soccer on July 14, 2008 to enter the Catholic Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland in order to become a priest. He was ordained a priest in the diocese of Peoria on May 24, 2014.
EIGHT WAYS WE CAN HELP NURTURE VOCATIONS
1. Be faith-filled people. Pray for guidance in decisions, and seek to deepen your relationship with God. Let Christian values guide you.
2. Be generous and of service to others.
3. Pray. Let the children see you pray and pray with them in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.
4. Share faith. Talk with children about how faith affects your life.
5. Make and demand sacrifice. Help children see both by example and by what you expect of them that a holy and happy life involves sacrifice.
6. Stay in touch. Get to know priests and religious by interacting with them as opportunities arise so that you are comfortable with them and understand their commitment.
7. Educate. Teach children you know about the option of a call to religious life or priesthood as well as the call to marriage or single life.
8. Support. If a child or young adult speaks of a desire to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister, be supportive.
EIGHT SIGNS OF A CALL TO PRIESTHOOD/ DIACONATE
1. Love of God that manifests itself in a desire to give one’s life in service to God’s People particularly expressed through the passionate living out of the promises of poverty, chastity and obedience.
2. Love of the Church and its sacraments and a desire to celebrate the sacraments with the community.
3. Love of God’s Word and a desire to proclaim the gospel to God’s people.
4. Desire to model holiness as Christ’s representative among the People of God.
5. A heart that can listen to others and reach out in healing.
6. Ability to be happy without the intimate companionship of a wife and family.
7. Generosity & Compassion.
8. Desire to deepen prayer and relationship with God.
EIGHT SIGNS OF A VOCATION TO BE A RELIGIOUS
1. Love of God that manifests itself in a desire to give one’s life as a witness to the immensity of God’s lovefor all people particularly through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
2. Desire to live simply.
3. Ability to relate with a variety of people, to be happy alone or in a group.
4. Joy in serving others in any outreach or parish involvement.
5. Generosity & Compassion
6. Ability to listen to others and accept direction when needed.
7. Desire to love expansively rather than needing an intimate relationship with one person.
8. Desire to grow in union with God through prayer and service of the needy.
Please Pray for Priestly & religious Vocations.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
O Father, raise up among Christians abundant and holy vocations to the priesthood, who keep the faith alive and guard the blessed memory of your Son Jesus through the preaching of his word and the administration of the Sacraments, with which you continually renew your faithful.
Grant us holy ministers of your altar, who are careful and fervent guardians of the Eucharist, the sacrament of the supreme gift of Christ for the redemption of the world.
Call ministers of your mercy, who, through the sacrament of Reconciliation, spread the joy of your forgiveness.
Grant, O Father, that the Church may welcome with joy the numerous inspirations of the Spirit of your Son and, docile to His teachings, may she care for vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life.
Sustain the Bishops, priests and deacons, consecrated men and women, and all the baptized in Christ, so that they may faithfully fulfil their mission at the service of the Gospel. This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
God bless you! ♥
THE GIFT OF PEACE
The Symptoms of Inner Peace
Here are some signs and symptoms of inner peace:
1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
Jn 14:27 Peace I leave with you; Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
1 Tim 6:17 Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.
3. A loss of interest in judging other people.
Mt 7:1 Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
4. A loss of interest in judging self.
1 Cor 4:4 I do not even pass judgment on myself; the one who judges me is the Lord.
5. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
1 Cor 4:3 It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;
6. A loss of interest in conflict.
Sir 28:8 Avoid strife and your sins will be fewer, for a quarrelsome man kindles disputes,
7. A loss of the ability to worry.
Lk 12:25 Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan?
8. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Sir 47:8 With his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung.
9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
Col 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
10. Frequent attacks of smiling.
Sir 21:20 A fool raises his voice in laughter, but the prudent man at the most smiles gently.
11. An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
Rom 8:28 We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
12. An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
GAL 5:22 In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness.
Well, are you at peace?
There are two kinds of people: givers and takers.
The takers eat better, but the givers sleep better.
Remember the little boy who got into an argument with some boys twice his size? They thought he was crazy when he drew a line in the dirt and dared them to cross over. When they did, the little boy just smiled and said, “Now you’re on my side!”
Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.♥
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♥ 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!!