An Act of Sacrifice

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The world was surprised when Vatican City announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign from his position as pope on February 28. There have been a lot of rumors and criticism why the Pope decided to abdicate his post. Is he resigning because of illness? Is he resigning because he cannot bear any longer the criticism stoned at him? Is he resigning because of this? Because of that? So much have been said about our dear pope’s decision to resign.

Pope Benedict is the second pope I have known (so far) in my lifetime. I was born in 1981 while Pope John Paul II was still the ruling head of Vatican City. When Pope John Paul II died, Pope Benedict XVI assumed his post at the age of 78. It was about 5 years ago. He is 83 now. When Pope Benedict was proclaimed as Pope, he was elected by the Conclave of Cardinals. He was elected through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Since, he was elected, I believe he has the right to resign if he feels like he will not be able to effectively perform his duties as the head of the church.

Resigning doesn’t mean losing his vocation as priest. Pope Benedict XVI will always be priest. Even the cardinals and the bishops will always be priest. Similarly, if a policeman was promoted to be a general, it doesn’t mean that he will not be a policeman anymore.

People would comment on his resignation that he shouldn’t be afraid because he is close to God; that he should not be worry about hell; that God will be there to protect him and to give him strenght. Yet, we people should realize that Pope Benedict is also human. Pope Benedict may be the Pope, but he is still human. He commit mistakes. He gets old. He gets tired. His decision to leave his post is an act of sacrifice for the good and well-being of the Roman Catholic Church. An act of sacrifice.

I really felt bad when I read my facebook wall last night about how people criticize the pope. That there are really people who doesn’t believe in God for Christ sake! But then again, I realize that this is a free country and we should learn to respect each others’ belief and point of view. (Yet, I say a prayer that the Holy Spirit will be upon Jepoy as he answer comments in the said post.)

Honey and I used to argue about faith. He often criticize my faith though he was baptized in the Catholic church. Nevertheless, I have prayed for him and continue praying for him. We seldom argue about faith now. :)

I believe in God. People may say that it is a cliche’ but truly, everything happens for a reason. Maybe God has a better plan for Pope Benedict. Maybe God has a better plan for Vatican City, for the Catholic believers, for the world.

Surely, God has His reasons and He has the best plans for each and everyone of us including Pope Benedict. We just have to pray, pray, pray and have faith. God loves all of us. So, lets just be good people and stop criticizing and questioning Pope Benedict’s reason for his resignation. Let’s just pray for Pope Benedict and trust in God’s plan for us. :)

Ciao! :)

Religion at your workplace

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My cousin just got a job in a recruitment agency. She said that she was surprised on how fast she was given the position and was asked to start the following day. She wasn’t sure yet if she really wanted to work in that office, so she requested the manager if she can report for work on Monday (it was Wednesday), to complete her work requirements. The manager allowed her and then she reported the following Monday.

She found out that her boss’s religion is Iglesia ni Kristo. Most of her fellow workers are in the same faith. She got scared a bit for we all know how persistent Iglesia ni Kristo in recruiting “new members”. I have nothing against that religion. I am a  Catholic and I respect everybody’s choice of religion. Though I have heard a lot of “not so good things” that Iglesia ni Kristo is throwing to Catholic faith, I respect that. It is their beliefs.

Catholic is not a perfect religion. There aren’t any, is there? I admit that the faith I am in has its own flaws and a lot of people find other Catholic practices, “unlikely”. I must admit that there are many Catholic believers are not well educated and informed about the religion.

Going back to my cousin’s new workplace, as she expected it, she was invited to attend a “Pamamayag” one Thursday. She didn’t show up. She was then invited to join another one on Saturday, but as much as she wanted to give in to her boss request, she attended something important so she wasn’t able to come also.

The following Monday, her boss was too “hot” on her. She always pick up on her. She was often scolded even if she’s not doing anything wrong. She would like to ask her boss, if it is because she failed to attend th Pamamayag that’s why she’s been so hard on her? Ofcourse she can’t do that! A boss is a boss…

My point here is, I know that not all Iglesia ni Kristo are like that. Even if I am Catholic I have ample of friends who are Iglesia ni Kristo believer. Even honey is Iglesia ni Kristo believer. But, I guess, neither religion teach its followers to have an attitude like that. I mean, everybody has free will. God has blessed man with free will to choose the faith he wanted to be in. I believe, we just need to respect each other’s belief and faith.

Hopefully she’ll be hired by another company she applied in recently. :)

Ciao! :)

Homosexual: Cannot be Priest?

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I watched the Probe the other night and one of their topics was about the new circular sent by Pope Benedict XVI about guys who are homosexual and has homosexual tendencies, are not allowed to enter the seminary. They have interviewed representatives of the church and the homosexual group. I understand each other’s side.

Due to the increasing scandals associated with Priests the Pope has this memo that a male who would enter the seminary needs to undergo different test and if results shows that he is homosexual or has a homosexual tendency, then he will be declined in entering the priesthood.

I was listening very carefully to each others views. Being a Catholic, I know that I am affected and should be aware about this. I understand what the homosexual group’s point. They said that the new policy is an act of discrimination. Going into seminary usually starts after a boy graduates from elementary. He will study highschool in the seminary and eventually study Theology.  The homosexual group said, why then the seminary will not allow a man who has the purest intention to serve the Lord, to enter the priesthood only because he has homosexual tendency? What does the seminary will accept? A man who is attracted to a woman who has a tendency to leave the seminary and get married?

Homo said that homosexual is not bad. But if you homosexual acts, then that’s the sin. What if a certain homo has a calling of being a priests? Then he will be rejected?

Statistics shows that currently, the ratio of a priest to Catholic believers is 1:15000. That is one priest to 15,000 believers. Wherein, a priest should only be charged in handling 5000 followers. Pope Benedict XVI said, he doesn’t need many priests he needs good priests.

My mom’s cousin used to be a seminarian. But due to family obligations he needs to leave the seminary. Eventually he got married and he has now a daughter. Priesthood/Sisterhood is a vocation given for the “chosen one.”

Remember a passage in the Bible saying, “Many are called but only few are chosen.”

When I was younger, I really wanted to be a nun. I have attended different seminars and fellowships that really triggered that kind of vocation in me. When I was in highschool, I already signed up for a week stay long in Our Lady of Charter’s Convent in Antipolo City. But due to some reasons (which I don’t remember anymore), I wasn’t able to go there. I signed up again to visit another convent but wasn’t able to stay there either. Then I realized that being a nun isn’t really my calling. My vocation is to be a mother to a very smart girl. :)

I believe, that no matter how long you stay in a seminary if the vocation is really not for you then it will never be. Even if you are eager to follow the vows of chastity and celivacy for diocesan preists and plus poverty for religious priests. Well, vow of obedience is a vow that every mankind should fulfill. :)

1952

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I received this email today. It’s a novena prayer. I don’t think that it’s some sort of chain letters that we usually received. Well, I just posted here though it’s being asked to forward it to 20 persons. I have forwarded it to 7 and I believe that more than 20 more will be able to know about this through here.

You were chosen to receive this novena. The moment you receive it,

Say:

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb Jesus,
Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and
At the hour of our death. Amen

Our Father who arth in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is
In heaven, give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
From evil. Amen.

GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming year. No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed. You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year. For the year 2008, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down.

I knocked at heaven’s door this morning, God asked me… My child! What can I do for you? And I said, ‘Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message… ‘ This is a Novena from Mother Theresa that started in 1952. It has never been broken. Within 48 hours send 20 copies (Or as many as You can – God does know if you don’t have 20 people to send it to. It’s the effort and intent that counts.) to family and friends. This is a Powerful Novena. Couldn’t hurt. Can only help.

Please do not break it…

St. Therese of the Little Flower

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Every October 1, Catholics celebrate the feast of a notable saint, St. Therese of Liseux also known as St. Therese of the Little Flower. This saint didn’t actually die in a hard way. She died at a young age because of her poor health, while she was still a novice in the Carmelite convent.

What is so special about this saint then? Well, everything that she did, even the littlest thing, was done for the glory of God. Well, isn’t that good? In our lives, why not we start doing the same thing.

I have a little prayer that you can utter in favor of St. Therese.

Saint Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, please pick a rose from the heavenly garden, and sent it to me with a message of love.

I beseech you to obtain for me the favors that I seek (here mention your request).

Recommend my request to Mary, Queen of Heaven, so that she may intercede for me, with you, before her Son, Jesus Christ.

If this favor is granted, I will love you more and more, and be better prepared to spend eternal happiness with you in heaven.

Saint Therese of the Little Flower, pray for me.

Monday: Archangel Gabriel (Special Messenger of God)

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St. Gabriel is the bearer of God’s secret messages to His chosen ones. He is the angel who announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary of God’s plan for her to be the Mother of His Son, Jesus Christ.

PRAYER: St. Gabriel, Holy Archangel, you who are known as the bearer of God’s secrets meant specially for His chosen ones, we, God’s children are constantly keeping watch on God’s message. Through your powerful intercession, may we receive God’s words and messages so that together with Mary, our Blessed Mother, we may give glory and praise to Him. May we also radiate God’s love to others by our exemplary deeds. Oh, St. Gabriel, obtain for us the grace and present to the Father the following requests… through Jesus Christ our Lord together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever, Amen.

Sunday: Archangel Michael (Prince of the Heavenly Host)

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I wasn’t able to continue writing about our dear Archangels. I started out with Archangel Raphael which I have posted in last Tuesday. Archangel Raphael is the angel assigned to look over people who were born on Tuesday. There are 6 more Archangels more the other days of the week. I know that not all of us the day when we were born. Of course we know the date of our birthday, but we don’t exactly know what day of the week it is. I’m still researching for the Perpetual Calendar wherein you may be able to know the day of the week that you were born by simply typing your birth date.

Since today is Sunday, I have here Archangel Michael (Prince of the Heavenly Host).

St. Michael, The Archangel, is the Commander-In-Chief of all the hierarchies of the Heavenly Hosts. He is usually known as the angel who defeated Lucifer and his followers in the first rebellion of creatures against God. He is the first defender of Jesus in His sacred humanity and of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Mystery of the Incarnation. He is usually associated with the miracles manifesting the almighty power of God with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

PRAYER: O Mighty Prince of Heavenly Hosts, St. Michael, we beg you to protect and defend us in all our struggles against everyday temptations in this world. Help us to overcome all evils and strengthen us, that we may declare our faith in and loyalty to the Most High so that together with all the angels and saints in heaven we may glorify the Lord. St. Michael please intercede for us together with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and obtain for us the following requests… Present to God, the Father of all petitions through Jesus Christ, our Lord together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever, Amen.

Tuesday: Archangel Raphael (Healer and Guide for the Christian Pilgrims)

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St. Raphael is the Archangel of the Christian’s journey to heaven. As his name Raphael connotes, “medicine of God”, he is the Angel that brings good health and abundant provisions during our journey.

PRAYER: Oh great Archangel, St. Raphael, you have been appointed by God to become our healer and guide us in our earthly pilgrimage to our home in heaven. I beg you to assist us in all our undertakings and in all the trials and pains of this earthly life. We pray for constant good health both physically, mentally and spiritually. We beseech you to guide always our steps that we shall walk with confidence towards our journey, and enlighten us with our doubts generated by intellectual pride and worldly ambitions. St. Raphael please present to God the following petitions…

Bible Promises

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My bestfriend’s(daisy) gift for me on my 25th birthday which was 2 years ago was a book. It is called Bible Promises for you.

Honestly, I have not read the book yet, up until today. I know that everyone of us has our own problems in life. It could be about money, our family and many other things. We often find ourselves caught in anxieties. We feel depressed. We are in fear. We have lots of worries, and we get tempted.

I do find myself bounded within life’s challenges and just don’t know how to get out of it. So then I went to my closet and looked for the said book. I told myself that it is time for me to read it. Be inspired and be more faithful.

It was really inspiring and I’d like to share it with you.
God’s Word – the BIBLE, is full of promises.
Promises made to His children whom He loves.
Because God is God, and His very nature is truth,
He cannot be unfaithful to these promises.
Everything that He has promised to each of us,
We can trust Him to carry out completely.

Remember that these verses are God’s guarantees
to us, His children. Through prayer and practice,
these promises can become part of our life,
giving us hope, joy and victory.

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MONEY

I’m worried about money. Will God provide for my everyday needs? 

  • My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV
  • The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing. Psalm 23:1 NIV
  • If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? Romans 8:32 THE MESSAGE

 FAMILY

My parents don’t always understand me. How should I respond to them?

  • A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. Proverbs 10:1 NIV
  • If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than tan unbeliever. I Timothy 5:8 NIV
  • Respect your father and mother, and you will live a long and successful life in the land I am giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16 CEV

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ANXIETY

I’m full of anxiety. Where can I find peace?

  • Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Luke 12:22-23, 25 NRSV
  • If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace. Romans 8:6 CEV
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

DEPRESSION

I feel depressed, desperate. Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel?

  • I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit; out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2 NIV
  • Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you! And I will praise you again because you help me, and you are my God. Psalm 42:11
  • And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Romans 5:5 NLT

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FEAR

I’m afraid. Where can I turn for help?

  • Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT
  • God is our mighty fortress, always ready to help in times of trouble. And so, we won’t be afraid! Let the earth tremble and the mountains tumble into the deepest sea. Psalm 46:1-2 CEV
  • The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 NIV

WORRIES

Some nights I lie awake and worry. Can God help me slee?

  • When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 NIV
  • I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5 NRSV
  • He grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2 NIV

TEMPTATION

Forbidden things seem so appealing. What should I do when I’m tempted?

  • So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgment. 2 Peter 2:9 NLT
  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8 NRSV
  • When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. James 1:13 NIV


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TRANSALATION:

CEV – Contemporary English Version
ESV – English Standard Version
KJV – King James Version
MSG – The Message
NASB – New American Standard Bible
NIV – New International Version
NKJV – New King James Version
NLT – New Living Translation
RSV – Revised Standard Version

After reading these verses, I really felt good. Hope you feel the same way, too :) !

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