YOU HAVE ASSURANCE

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In today’s first reading (Jeremiah 1: 1, 4-10), God again overrules Jeremiah’s objection that he is too young and is not gifted as an orator to become a prophet by the words “I WILL BE WITH YOU.”

God reassured with the same words many great figures of the Old Testament who were overwhelmed by God’s plans on them:  Joshua, Gideon, Solomon, Johanan, the people of Israel, Zerubabel, Mary, Paul and the Church.

GOD DOES NOT CHANGE. All of us are charged by Him with a great mission.   If we feel unequal to the responsibility He entrusts us with, let us remember that, through it all, HE SHALL ALWAYS BE AT OUR SIDE.


St. Apollinarius, pray for us!


Always remember, He will be with you!

God bless,

Brother Mo

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Our Daily Soulfood

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“Brothers and sisters, you are full of goodness, filled with all the knowledge and able to admonish one another.”

-Apostle Paul (Romans 15:14)

YOUR LAST 30 DAYS

IF YOU HAD ONLY 30 DAYS LEFT, HOW WILL YOU LIVE?

Credit:  Article featured in Kerygma Magazine Nov. 2014 Special Section

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IMAGINE THIS – When you woke up this morning, the phone rings.  You’re still in your pajamas, drinking your coffee.  You stand up and pick up the phone.

You hear your doctor’s voice.  In a very somber tone, he says, “I have to say this to you because I’m your friend and I’m your doctor.  I’m now holding in my hand the results of your medical tests.  I’m very sorry, but you’re going to die in 30 days.”

The shock is overwhelming.  The room around you starts to spin.  You sit down.  “Thirty days?  But that’s so soon…”

I know this is scary.

Let me ask you.

HOW WOULD YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE DURING THOSE 30 DAYS?

What appointments will you make?

What appointments will you drop?

What will you include in your daily schedule?

What will you prioritize?

What will you give away?

What will you say to your loved ones?

What will you not say to your loved ones?

How will you pray?  What will you pray for?

STARTING TODAY, LIVE THE NEXT 30 DAYS AS THOUGH THEY WERE YOUR LAST.

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Counsel Of The Wicked

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Our Daily Soulfood

“Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on His law day and night.”

– Psalm 1 1-2

WHO FIRED THAT SHOT?

Our Daily Gem

Credits:  Aaron Zerah; A to Z Spirit Publishing

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The Mullah Nasruddin brought his students to the fair so that they could watch him compete in
the archery contest. Before his first shot, the Mullah fixed his cap military style and, assuming a
soldier’s posture, drew the bow and fired. The arrow missed the target completely, and the crowd
roared with derisive laughter.
Then he picked up the bow again, this time with little strength, and shot the second arrow. It flew
straight, but landed far short of the mark. Again, the onlookers guffawed. For the last of his three
allotted shots, Nasruddin nonchalantly turned to face the target, aimed, and let fly. It was a
perfect bull’s-eye.
The crowd went wild, then fell into a stunned silence. Nasruddin chose the moment to take his
prize and indifferently started to walk on. But his students and the astonished throng demanded
an explanation. Nasruddin complied and told them, “For the first shot, I was identified with a
soldier, face-to-face with the enemy. Fear made the arrow miss. With the second shot, I became
like the man who, having failed miserably with the first shot, was so anxious and eager he could
not concentrate. He simply had no power.”

“And the third shot?” inquired a brave soul. “Who fired that one?” “That? Oh, that was me.”-
– TRADITIONAL SUFI TALE

What Can We Do To Help God?

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“I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun, and from the land of the setting sun…They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice.”

GOD (Zechariah 8:7-8)

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TAKE NOTHING WITH YOU

Our Daily Dose of Wisdom:

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Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

He said to them, “TAKE NOTHING FOR THE JOURNEY, NEITHER WALKING STICK, NOR SACK, NOR FOOD, NOR MONEY, AND LET NO ONE TAKE A SECOND TUNIC.  WHATEVER HOUSE YOU ENTER, STAY THERE AND LEAVE FROM THERE.  AND AS FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT WELCOME YOU, WHEN YOU LEAVE THAT TOWN, SHAKE THE DUST FROM YOUR FEET IN TESTIMONY AGAINST THEM.”

Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

From the Holy Gospel of St. Luck 9: 1-6

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Reflections:

*What is your mission in life?

*What do you think is your life purpose?

*Have we spent a little time to do the purpose He intends for us?

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Saint of the Day:

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.

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Expect nothing but heavenly rewards,

Brother Mo

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11 PRECIOUS LIFE LESSONS FROM MOTHER TERESA

PRECIOUS LESSONS from Mother Teresa

(Credits to: Lotus Pond by R. Valencia and S. Bismark, PDI Sept. 19, 2015 p. G4)

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*NOT ALL OF US CAN DO GREAT THINGS – BUT, WE CAN DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE.

*I ALONE CANNOT CHANGE THE WORLD – BUT, I CAN CAST A STONE ACROSS THE WATERS TO CREATE MANY RIPPLES.

*THESE ARE THE WAYS WE CAN PRACTICE HUMILITY: SPEAK AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE ABOUT YOURSELF.  MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. AVOID MANAGING OTHER PEOPLE’S AFFAIRS. AVOID CURIOSITY. ACCEPT CONTRADICTIONS AND CORRECTIONS CHEERFULLY.  ACCEPT INSULTS AND INJURIES.  ACCEPT BEING SLIGHTED, FORGOTTEN AND DISLIKED.  BE KIND AND GENTLE, EVEN UNDER PROVOCATION. ALWAYS CHOOSE THE HARDEST.

*I’M A LITTLE PENCIL IN THE HAND OF WRITING GOD, WHO IS SENDING A LOVE LETTER TO THE WORLD.

*PRAYER ISN’T ASKING, IT’S PUTTING YOURSELF IN THE HANDS OF GOD – AND LISTENING TO HIS VOICE IN DEPTH OF OUR HEARTS.

*IF YOU’RE HUMBLE, NEITHER PRAISE NOR DISGRACE CAN TOUCH YOU – BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

*A LIFE NOT LIVED FOR OTHERS ISN’T LIFE AT ALL!

*NEVER WORRY ABOUT NUMBERS.  HELP ONE PERSON AT A TIME – AND ALWAYS START WITH THE PERSON NEAREST YOU.

*GIVE YOURSELF FULLY TO GOD.  HE’LL USE YOU TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS ON THE CONDITION THAT YOU BELIEVE MUCH MORE IN HIS LOVE THAN IN YOUR WEAKNESS.

*PEOPLE ARE UNREALISTIC, ILLOGICAL AND SELF-CENTERED – BUT LOVE THEM ANYWAY.

*LOVE IS FRUIT IN SEASON AT ALL TIMES – AND WITHIN REACH OF EVERY HAND!

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12 Little Steps To Help Our Country

Credits to:  Alexander L. Lacson Author of 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country

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  1. Follow traffic rules.  Follow the law.
  2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt.
  3. Don’t buy smuggled goods.  Buy local.  Buy Filipino.
  4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country.
  5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier.
  6. Do no litter, Dispose you garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
  7. Support your church.
  8. During elections, do your solemn duty.
  9. Pay your employees well.
  10. Pay your taxes.
  11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
  12. Be a good parent.  Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.

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“Follow traffic rules.  Follow the law.”

From 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country by Alexander L. Lacson

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HAVE YOU BEEN OBEDIENT?

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today:

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In the days when Christ was in the flesh, HE OFFERED PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATIONS WITH LOUD CRIES AND TEARS TO THE ONE WHO WAS ABLE TO SAVE HIM FROM DEATH, AND HE WAS HEARD BECAUSE OF HIS REVERENCE.  SON THOUGH HE WAS, HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE FROM WHAT HE SUFFERED; AND WHEN HE WAS MADE PERFECT, HE BECAME THE SOURCE OF ETERNAL SALVATION FOR ALL WHO OBEY HIM.

From the book of Hebrews 5: 7-9

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Reflections:

  1.  Do we still pray?
  2. How and to whom do we pray?
  3. If Jesus prayed to His Father, should we also be praying like Him?

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Saint of the Day:

St. Valerian, pray for us.

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Keep praying,

Brother Mo

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Our Daily Gem

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“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

Our Daily Soulfood

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“Encourage one another and build one another up.”  –  Apostle Paul (1 Thessalonians 5: 11)

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Daily Health Bits

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Loneliness in otherwise healthy people was associated with increased blood pressure and decreased heart capacity.”

University of Chicago 2002

Daily Soulfood

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“The Lord is just in all His ways and holy in all His works.  The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”

Psalm 145:17-18

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Are You Envious?

Our Daily Soulfood:

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Take what is yours and go.  What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?  ARE YOU ENVIOUS BECAUSE I AM GENEROUS?’

From the Parable about the Kingdom of Heaven

By Jesus (Matthew 20:1-16)

OWN TREASURES IN HEAVEN

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today:

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A young man approached Jesus and said, “TEACHER, WHAT GOOD MUST I DO TO GAIN ETERNAL LIFE?”

He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?  There is only One who is good.  If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

He asked Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The young man said to Him, “All of these I have observed.  What do I still lack?”  Jesus said to him, “IF YOU WISH TO BE PERFECT, GO, SELL WHAT YOU HAVE AND GIVE TO THE POOR, AND YOU WILL HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN. THEN COME, FOLLOW ME.”

When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

-From the Gospel of Matthew 19:16-22

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Reflections:

*Do we see ourselves as the young man?

*Do we wish to attain eternal life?

*Are we willing to give up our earthly possessions and desires to attain such?

*Are we willing to follow Jesus?

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Saint of the Day:

St. Clare Montefalco, pray for us.

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You deserve eternal life,

Brother Mo

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Our Daily Soulfood

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“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

-2 Corinthians 9: 6

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Our Daily Soulfood

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“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”

-Jesus to Canaanite woman who wanted her daughter healed

(Matthew 15:28)

Our Daily Gem

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“We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but, a good life enables us to disregard them.”

-Cato the Elder

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YOU WILL NEVER DIE

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today

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Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother (Lazarus, who had died).  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”  Martha said to Him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord.  I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

From the Gospel of John 11: 19-27

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Reflections:

*Do you believe this too?

*Do you still need proof so as to believe?

*Is Jesus your savior and friend?

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Saint of the Day:

St. Martha, pray for us.

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Believe in Him,

Brother Mo

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Our Daily Soulfood

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“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.  It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.  It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”

Jesus (Matthew 13: 31-32)

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Our Daily Soulfood

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The seed sown among the thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”

-Jesus (Matthew 13:22)

Our Daily Soulfood

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“Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.  Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

Jesus (Matthew 13:16-17)

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Our Daily Gem

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“He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses courage loses all.”

– Miguel De Cervantes

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PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

by Corazon C. Aquino (Mother of Philippine Democracy)

Almighty God, most merciful Father

You alone know the time

You alone know the hour

You alone know the moment

When I shall breathe my last.

So, remind me each day,

most loving Father

To be the best that I can be.

To be humble, to be kind,

To be patient, to be true.

To embrace what is good,

To reject what is evil,

To adore only You.

When the final moment does come

Let not my loved ones grieve for long.

Let them comfort each other

And let them know how much happiness

They brought into my life.

Let them pray for me,

As I will continue to pray for them,

Hoping that they will always pray for each other.

Let them know that they made possible

Whatever good I offered to our world.

And let them realize that our separation

Is just for a short while

As we prepare for our reunion in eternity.

Our Father in heaven,

You alone are my hope

You alone are my salvation.

Thank you for your unconditional love.

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Our Daily Gem

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“God does not love you because you are kind. He loves you so that you may become kind.”

-Fr. Jean Lafrance

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Our Daily Soulfood

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“Whoever receives you receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the one who sent Me.”

-Jesus (Matthew 10: 41)

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Our Daily Gem

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“MONEY AND TIME ARE THE HEAVIEST BURDENS IN LIFE: among mortals, those who are most unhappy are the ones who have more than they need.”

-Samuel Johnson

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Our Daily Reflection

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“Whoever loves fathers or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

– Jesus (Matthew 10:37)

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SHREWD AS SERPENTS, SIMPLE AS DOVES

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today, July 11, 2015:

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JESUS said to His Apostles:

“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; SO BE SHREWD AS SERPENTS AND SIMPLE AS DOVES.  But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say.  You will be given at that moment what you are to say.  For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  BROTHER WILL HAND OVER BROTHER TO DEATH, AND THE FATHER HIS CHILD; CHILDREN WILL RISE UP AGAINST PARENTS AND HAVE THEM PUT TO DEATH.  YOU WILL BE HATED BY ALL BECAUSE OF MY NAME, BUT WHOEVER ENDURES TO THE END WILL BE WILL BE SAVED.  When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.  Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

Matthew 10: 16-23

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Reflections:

* Are we willing to be handed over to the courts and scourge for His sake?

*Are we willing to be hated because of His name?

*Are we willing to be saved for eternity?

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Saint of the Day:

St. Benedict, pray for us.

Be ready,

Brother Mo

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WHERE ARE THE WORKERS?

Our Daily Wisdom Today, July 09, 2015:

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“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.”

-Jesus (Matthew 9:37)

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Our Daily Gem

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“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

-Elbert Hubbard

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HOW OLD IS YOUR DAD (OR MOM)?

Our One Minute Reflection for Today, July 04, 2015:

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“Son, as you can see, I am so old that I may now die at any time…with your catch prepare an appetizing dish for me, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my special blessing before I die.”

Isaac to son Esau (Genesis 27:2-4)

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Reflections:

*How old is you Dad (or Mom)?

*When was the last time you served them? or hugged them? or made them happy?

*Will you wait for their last breath to say “I love you?”

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Saint of the Day:

St. Elizabeth of Portugal, pray for us.

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Your parents missed you,

Brother Mo

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Our Daily Soulfood

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“People do not put new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.  Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Jesus (Matthew 9:17)

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OUR UNBELIEFS

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today, July 03, 2015:

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Thomas called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples said to him, “WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD.”

But Thomas said to them, “UNLESS I SEE THE MARK OF THE NAILS IN HIS HANDS AND PUT MY FINGER INTO THE NAILMARKS AND PUT MY HAND INTO HIS SIDE, I WILL NOT BELIEVE.”

Now a week later His disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them.  Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”  

Then He said to Thomas, “PUT YOUR FINGER HERE AND SEE MY HANDS, AND BRING YOU HAND AND PUT IT INTO MY SIDE, AND DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING BUT BELIEVE.”  

Thomas answered and said to Him, “MY LORD AND MY GOD!’

Jesus said to him, “HAVE YOU COME TO BELIEVE BECAUSE YOU HAVE SEEN ME? BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN AND HAVE BELIEVED.”

-From the Gospel of John 20: 24-29

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Reflections:

*Are we among the believers or the unbelievers?

*Do we continue to seek proof that He existed and risen from the dead?

*Do we see His image in others?

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Saint of the Day:

St. Thomas the Apostle, pray for us.

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Believe and be blessed,

Brother Mo

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WILL HE TORMENT US?

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 “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”

–  Demoniacs to Jesus before they were ordered to enter the swines (Matthew 8: 29)

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Reflections:

*Can we recognize Jesus just like the devils?

*What will we ask of Him if He is in front of us?

*Will we be ready on the appointed time?

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Saint of the Day:

Blessed Junipero Serra, pray for us.

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Always be ready,

Brother Mo

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ARE WE PERISHING?

Our One Minute Reflection for Today, June 30, 2015:

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“LORD, SAVE US!  WE ARE PERISHING!”

–  Disciples of Jesus (Matthew 8:25)

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Reflections:

*Where is our world going nowadays?

*Are we scared just like the disciples in Matthew 8: 23-27?

*Do we still call on God when we are afraid?

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St. Erentrude, pray for us.

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Don’t be afraid,

Brother Mo

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THE ROCK IS CHOSEN

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today, June 19, 2015:

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When Jesus went into the region of Caesaria Philippi He asked His disciples,  “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to Him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, bu tmy heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.  WHATEVER YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN; AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN.”

-From the Gospel of Matthew 16: 13-19

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Reflections:

*Who do we say Jesus is?

*What does your friends say about Jesus?

*How did we get to know and experience Jesus?

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Saint of the Day:

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

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Choose the right rock,

Brother Mo

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Our Daily Gem

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DON’T REGRESS. 

Don’t live in the past.  Time can’t bring anything or anyone back. 

Don’t put your life on hold for possibly Mr. Right. 

Don’t throw your life away on absolutely Mr. Wrong because your biological clock is ticking.

Learn a new skill.  Find a new friend. Start a new career.

– Rick Warren

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ON THE ROCKS

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today, June 25, 2015:

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Jesus said:

“EVERYONE WHO LISTENS TO MY WORDS AND ACTS ON THEM WILL BE LIKE A WISE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON ROCK.  THE RAIN FELL, THE FLOODS CAME, AND THE WINDS BLEW AND BUFFETED THE HOUSE.  BUT IT DID NOT COLLAPSE; IT HAD BEEN SET SOLIDLY ON ROCK.

And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

-From the Gospel of Matthew 7:21-29

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Reflections:

*Do we act on His words?

*Do we still listen to His words?

*Are we founded on solid rock?

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Saint of the Day:

St. William of Vercelli, pray for us.

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You have a rock in you,

Brother Mo

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YOU ARE WONDERFULLY MADE

Our One Minute Wisdom for Today, June 24, 2015:

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I PRAISE YOU FOR I AM WONDERFULLY MADE.

O Lord, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.  My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar.  

Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mothers womb.  I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.  

My soul also you knew full well; nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret, when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.

Psalms 139: 1-3, 13-14, 14-15

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Reflections:

1.  Are we still proud and thankful that we are created in the image and likeness of God?

2.  Every time we look at the mirror do we still smile and say “Thank you Lord for creating this guy/woman!”

3.  Do we treat others as God’s wonderful creation as well?

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Saint of the Day:

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

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He was very happy creating you,

Brother Mo

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THE BRUISED REED

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“Here is my servant, whom I have chosen; the one I love, and with whom I am pleased.  I will put my spirit upon him; and he will announce my judgment to the nations.

He will not argue or shout, nor will his voice be heard in the streets.  THE BRUISED REED he will not crush, nor snuff out the smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory, and in him, all the nations will put their hope.”

Prophet Isaiah’s prophecy (Gospel of Matthew 12: 14-21)

 

 

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Will You Approve?

From the humble Apostle Paul…

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“People refuse to keep in mind the true knowledge about God, he has given them over to corrupted minds, SO THAT THEY DO THE THINGS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT DO.

They are filled with all kinds of wickedness, evil, greed, and vice; they are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, deceit, and malice.

They gossip and speak evil of one another; they are hateful to God, insolent, proud and boastful; they think of more ways to do evil; they disobey their parents; they have no conscience; they do not keep their promises, and they show no kindness or pity for others.

THEY KNOW THAT GOD’S LAW SAYS THAT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS WAY DESERVE DEATH.  YET, NOT ONLY DO THEY CONTINUE TO DO THESE VERY THINGS, BUT THEY EVEN APPROVE OF OTHERS WHO DO THEM.”

(Romans 1: 28-32)

 

St. Blaise, pray for us!

 

 

 

HOW GOOD IS YOUR FRUIT?

Credits:  From the book “Enjoy Life! In the right sense” by Fr. Glenn Paul M. Gomez, SVD; Manila, 2007

On a cold harmattan morning, three palm fruit farmers were warming themselves by the fireside.  Soon, two of them, were engaged in a heated debate comparing their religions to decide which one was the true religion.

Okor, the oldest among them, sat quietly listening to the debate.  Suddenly, the two turned to him and asked, “Decide for us, Okor.  Which religion is the right one?”

Okor rubbed his white beard and said thoughtfully, “Well, you know there are three ways to get from here to the oil mill.  First, you can go right over the hill.  That is shorter, but, it is a steep climb.  Second, you can go around the hill on the right side.  That is not too far, but, the road is rough and full of potholes.  Or, third, you can go around the hill on the left side.  That is the longest way, but, it is also the easiest.”

Okor paused and then, added, “But, you know, when you get there, the mill man doesn’t ask you how you came.  ALL HE ASKS IS, ‘MAN, HOW GOOD IS YOUR FRUIT?'”

Let’s keep working on our fruits,

Brother Mo

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“Existence is a strange bargain.  Life owes us little; we owe it everything.  The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.” – William Cowper

Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.  So, by their fruits, you will know them.” – Matthew 7: 19-20

I WANT TO. BE CLEAN.

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One day, in another town, a man came to Jesus covered with leprosy.  On seeing Jesus, the man bowed down to the ground, and said, “LORD, IF YOU WANT TO, YOU CAN MAKE ME CLEAN.”

Stretching out His hand, Jesus touched the man and said, “Yes, I want to.  Be clean.”  In an instant, the leprosy left him.

Then Jesus instructed him, “TELL THIS TO NO ONE.  BUT GO, AND SHOW YOURSELF TO THE PRIEST.  MAKE AN OFFERING FOR YOUR HEALING, as Moses prescribed; that will served as evidence for them.

From the Gospel of Luke 5: 12-16

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Reflections:

  1.  When we ask for healing, do we humbly ask Him first if He wants to heal us?
  2. If healed, can we keep our excitement and thankfulness to ourselves?
  3. What did we offer to Him when we were once healed?

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St. Raymond of Penafort, pray for us.

St. Raymond of Pennafort, Patron Saint of Canonists (Feast day – January 7) Born in Spain, St. Raymond was a relative of the King of Aragon. From childhood he had a tender love and devotion to the Blessed Mother. He finished his studies at an early age, and became a famous teacher. He then gave up all his honors and entered the Order of the Dominicans. St. Raymond was very humble and very close to God. He did much penance and was so good and kind that he won many sinners to God. With King James of Aragon and St. Peter Nolasco he founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom. The brave religious of this Order devoted themselves to saving poor Christians captured by the Moors.  Read more…

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Ask His will first,

Brother Mo

 

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PERFECT LOVE

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Dear friends,

If such has been the love of God, we, too, MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love comes to its perfection in us.

How may we know that we live in God and He in us?  Because God has given us His Spirit.

We ourselves have seen, and declare, that the Father sent His Son to save the world.  Those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in them, and they in God.

We have known the love of God and have believed in it.  GOD IS LOVE.  The one who lives in love, lives in God, and God in him.

When do we know, that we have reached a perfect love?  When, in this world, we are like him, in everything, and expect, with confidence, the Day of Judgment.

There is no fear in love.  Perfect love drives away fear, for fear has to do with punishment; those who fear do not know perfect love.

From 1 John 4: 11-18

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Reflections:

  1.  Who do you love?
  2. Have you attain perfect love?
  3. Do you expect your love to be returned when you love?

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St. Andre Bessette, pray for us.

St. Andre Bessette, the renowned “Wonder Man of Mount Royal”, is known for his healing power and ability to attract crowd, was a doorkeeper for forty years.

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Keep working for perfect love,

Brother Mo

 

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TRUE FAMILY

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“It is said that the family is at the center of our lives.  Relatives and blood ties are important to us.  So it is natural for us to see no wrong in our relatives – they are always the best and we always take their side.

When there is a beauty contest, of course its your daughter who is the most beautiful.  Even though my child is wrong and the teacher is right, my child is still right.

Sadly, being “family” leads to condoning what is wrong.  This is the root of corruption.  Whenever there is corruption, there are relatives who ask special privileges that are involved.  This is wrong.  This is not what a true family is.

Jesus taught us that His relatives are those who do the will of God.  Hopefully, every family will be like this.”

Credits to: Manila Cardinal Chito Tagle (Kape’t Pandasal); reprinted by Companion

 

Know your true family,

Brother Mo