My PLDT fibre line is off again, this is 5th time this year that the internet that I'm subscribing with is off and a bit frustrating since you've paid enough, trust them they can help you on this online job. I have a backup line pre-paid globe wifi which I'm loaded few weeks ago and also a prepaid smartbro. Funny both of them is crawling :D but at least it allows me to post this.

Todays Gospel starts with the word of Dear Jesus to all, "If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget himself carry his cross and follow me." I've been memorizing this though I dont know the verse number of that word but it still reminds me. As the Catholics enter this lenten season, reflecting on those words that every actions of our life , mine especially, calls to be with him whatever the decisions that needs to do. Only through him, I will be prosperous.

"What profit is there for one to gain the whole world,yet lose or forfeit himself?" - indeed.

Somebody quoted this long ago, I think some priest-turned-rebel in Visayas who quoted this.  I dont know what happened to that guy but judging on what is currently happening on the communist movement, its seems a very frustrating path to go, and seems hopeless.

Faith with Him that we holds is always full of hope. And I see for myself the various miracles of life, even to the smallest happening in my life.

This event of not having a good internet, I just dont know, but there are positive things that you will only see once you see the other side of the event.

Id like to quote V.I. Lenin, one of the name in Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement, "I made a mistake. Without doubt, an oppressed multitude had to be liberated. But our method only provoked further oppression and atrocious massacres. My living nightmare is to find myself lost in an ocean of red with the blood of innumerable victims. It is too late now to alter the past, but what was needed to save Russia were ten Francis of Assisi’s"

I hope and pray that our nation Philippines stays in course with Him, sharing the blessings this life. God blesses us all.

Posted by kadjo on March 7, 2019 at 09:56 AM | Add a Comment

Tomorrows Gospel is about the Lord's sermon on the mount on Beautitudes. I often remember the song of Dong Abay Mateo Singko but this is Gospel of Luke in the readings. The same scene where Lord teaches and preaches on the beatitudes. 

My readings on this says - 

Though it would be worth it to spend time on each and every one of the Beatitudes and to try to apply them to our lives, it’s also helpful to look at the more general fact that Jesus does not call us to mediocrity; rather, He calls us to the heights of perfection.  It is within those heights that our souls find the greatest reward.

Try to put your eyes upon the ideals of the Christian life.  If you aim for anything less, you run the risk of actually attaining that lower goal.  But if you put your eyes upon the high calling of the Beatitudes, then you will find that our Lord will continually draw you closer to His heart, cleansing you, strengthening you, filling you with more faith, hope and love, and bringing you to an increasingly blessed level of holiness.  It’s worth it to aim for the ideal!

We are all called for holiness. Each one of us. It is sad and depressing, Dong Abay says it clearly in tagalog - Mahirap maging mahirap - but we are called beyond our material needs. He was in-fact offered Himself as our greatest sacrifice to see that we must accept whatever challenge our faith may require and work hard for our holiness. 

Id like to end this with my fav verse memorized during cathechism days

Matthew - 16:24 - If any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me.

God bless everyone.

 

Posted by kadjo on February 16, 2019 at 10:52 PM | Add a Comment

There is 2 distinct idea that I have encountered during my highschool days on how are we going to respond the invitation of Jesus Christ in our lives. One is the acceptance of Lord and Saviour and the other is the total surrender to Him. My cathechist in Campus Evangelization, my fav Catholic organization in school, introduces to me the latter - and I prefer that one- the total surrender. 

Todays Gospel deals with that I believe. When His apostles notices that its getting dark and there are still lots of people around with them listening, they are bit worried on the situation. This is deserted place, they say, and these people needs to be dismissed to let them find food on nearby villages and farms. Later in the story it goes that this happens one of the great miracle performed by Him feeding the people  from 5 loaves and 2 fish. 

When deciding to accept this invitation, there is a level of intensity it requires for each of the respondent. Intensity of our trust and faith that despite of all odds He will lead us on our journey with Him. Also I may have failed from time to time but It always go back to the question on how I trust Him.

Of course this is not a bit on being irresponsible, where I neglect my duty to my family and waiting for miracle to happen but In the context of being with HIm on how I invite him on my daily chores together with His instruction.  The struggle to survive is real of course, we knew here especially these time, financially for some of us, or for some our health and emotions its hard but I still believe that He wont abandon us and He will stay with us until our final return on His home.

Kindly join me in the prayer - Lord, my trust in You at times is weak.  At times I doubt Your goodness and Your providence in my life.  Help me to always trust more in Your gentle invitation than in my own conclusions in life.  Help me to be led by You always so as to live daily in accord with Your perfect plan.  Jesus, I trust in You

God bless us all. Good evening.

Posted by kadjo on January 8, 2019 at 10:59 PM | Add a Comment

Todays is feast of St. Raymond of Penyafort, a priest and Dominican intellectual who live upto his old-age 100 years . 

I think its best to quote what I am reading at the moment:

"St. Raymond’s life shows an admirable synthesis of traditional piety and devotion,  service to the Church, obedience to his superiors, love of theology, dedication to his Order, and respect and love for the law. To know, love, and follow the law is not contrary to charity. When kept, the law promotes charity and protects the weak, the poor, and the ignorant from being taken advantage of. It takes very smart and holy people to protect simple people and bad people from themselves. Saint Raymond was smart and holy. He laid his gifts at the altar of God, and God used those gifts splendidly."

I'm on my 43 years now going to 44 this September 2019. When i was a young "activist" / "leftist" guy I used to think that I wont last upto 40 because I'm offering my life to a very "worthy" cause. A reckless indeed if evaluating today what my thoughts on  age 20s days. A really reckless one. If something negative happens before, I wont have 2 kids and lovely wife who despite of struggles financial and emotional still stick together.  That recklessness might wont let me see what my father and mother was experiencing when they struggle for us to finish our undergrad studies with my other 5 siblings. 

I would like to thank whatever I have receive today. Making me realize my mistakes, see the blessings and graces few years . I would like to thank my Mother, Our Lady of Perpetual Help help guiding me to the right path with Him her son.

I might be a spec of small dust in this world but I am sure with His help, with the prayes of all saints and Mother, with St. Raymond, i hope to contribute more to help my fellow lighten whatever they are facing right now. 

St. Raymond, teach us to see the law of God and the law of the Church as one harmonious law meant to foster true communion among men and true communion between God and men. May God’s law be our law. And may the law never be an obstacle to true love and devotion. St Raymond, pray for us.

Posted by kadjo on January 7, 2019 at 12:12 PM | Add a Comment

When I think of the Holy Family, the first image that will come into my mind is their travel trying to evade the soldiers of Roman who will be killing the child. Riding in the horse/donkey, walking ardously.  This might be in the first few months before settling in and the danger dies down. 

My family , me as a lead hopes to imitate the way the push back with the grace and blessings against those trials and lifes hardship.

I would like to end todays post with this prayer - "Please come and sanctify my family, making it holy in imitation of your family in Nazareth.  Jesus, I trust in You."

God blesses us all.

Posted by kadjo on December 30, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 2 comments
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