Prayer Intention for the Week

June 1 to 8, 2013

That God the Father grant us humility that we may readily accept authority. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord and Friend. Amen.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

May "SC" stand up for Sacred Choice - for Life!

On July 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM, the Supreme Court of the Philippines will be hearing the sides of the anti- and the pro-RH Law. 

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may descend upon the discussants and the Justices that the letters S and C may not just stand for Supreme Court but for Sacred Choice - for LIFE!

And that the Justices may live up to their title and give full justice to the Sanctity and Primacy of Life from conception to natural death!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let "SC" mean Sacred Choice

This coming June 18, 2013 the Supreme Court [Philippines] will be hearing the pros and the antis on the RH Law. Calling all true pro-Lifers to pray and support the case against the RH Law. Those who support this law may not admit or may not be aware of it but this law is truly anti-Life. For if one supports life, even the smallest manner of endangering life wouldn't be entertained by him or her. It may not yet endorse abortion but the provision which says that those who procure abortion should be treated humanely opens an avenue toward abortion. Moreover, contraceptives  in themselves are evil for they block the opportunity to have life, that's the very meaning of their being called contraceptives [contra = against, ceptives = production of life, therefore contraceptives = against the production of life].

For those who can be physically present, please go to the Supreme Court where a big pro-life rally will be staged to manifest support to the anti-RH law panel. For those who cannot, let us pry hard for the success of this endeavor for the greater glory of God and the protection of life from conception to natural death!

May the Holy Spirit descend upon the Supreme Court on that day so that the SC may mean Sacred Choice! 

God is God of the Living [Memorial of Saint Boniface]

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"He is not God of the dead 
but of the living."

We have read how the Pharisees and the Herodians have been silenced by the Lord Jesus Christ from asking more questions due to his wise answers. This time the Sadducees attempts to test the Lord and they asked Him a question which focuses on the resurrection - something they do not believe in.

In the Jewish tradition, a woman whose husband dies without leaving an heir should be married to the next of kin in order to sire a child in the name of the kinsman who died. The Sadducees illustrated an example of a woman who have been married to seven brothers not one of them sired a child. Hence no one was able to open her womb she is considered married to each and everyone of the brothers. So the Sadducees' question now was that when they are all resurrected, who will be the rightful husband of the woman?

Jesus our Lord pointed out their error at once: at the resurrection no one gets married anymore for everyone are like the angels already, not given to marriage: every one is a child of God and each one is a brother or a sister to each other. Next He tells them they err in their belief that there is no resurrection for in God everything is alive for God is God of the living, not of the dead. 

God is God of the living and not of the dead. Sometimes even among those who believe, there are those who fail to sustain such belief when they encounter the reality of death. It is understandable that people would be saddened by the death of a loved one but then we must be consoled by the fact of the resurrection. Jesus our Lord said to Martha before raising Lazarus back from the dead, I am the resurrection and the life [see John 11:25] and asked her, Do you believe? [see John 11:26]. Moreover, death is not the end of everything but our passage to heaven where we shall enjoy being in the Father's house if die without sin.

Let us face it: death is certain. But we must also hold on to this: we shall be resurrected. The Lord Jesus Christ said that anyone who believes though he might die, will live, and whoever lives and believes in him will never die [John 11: 25-26]. We should never forget that God is God of the living. Therefore He shall not leave us to rot somewhere but raise us up to live forever.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Gift of Wisdom

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Wisdom is considered the perfection of faith and the highest of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Where faith is a simple knowledge of the articles of Christian belief, wisdom goes on to a certain divine penetration of the truths themselves.(1) Wisdom helps us focus on God and the things of God for by detaching us from the world, makes us relish and love only the things of heaven.(2) Through wisdom, we judge the things of the world in light of the highest end of man - the contemplation of God.(3) 

Wisdom, though it helps us focus on God and the things of God by detaching us from the world, does not take us out of the world. Even the Lord Jesus Christ did not ask the Father that we may be taken out of the world; rather, He prayed that we may get the necessary helps in order to transform the world [see John 17: 11, 15-19]. This transformation of the world can only be through the Holy Spirit and His gifts [see John 14:26; 16: 8-11; Acts 2]. With the gift of Wisdom, the Holy Spirit leads us to the proper ordering of the material and spiritual worlds so that we can more easily bear the burdens of this life and respond to our fellow man with charity and patience.(4) Therefore, even while still in the world, our minds and hearts are already joyfully set towards that hopeful expectation of that blissful union with the Father in heaven. 

Through wisdom, we see the world in a completely different light already and consider it as a mere instrument in attaining perfection in accordance with the will of the Father. Because of this, we can fully accept and live out the virtue of simplicity for we already know that our lives are not only meant to be lived here in the world but are destined to a better dwelling place, which is the Father's house [see John 14: 2-3]. A person who has wisdom lives in full simplicity because wisdom enlightens him or her that the things of the world are merely burdens that weigh heavily against the soul.

With the help of wisdom, we can also understand more the Lord's admonition to seek first the kingdom of God [see Matthew 6:33]. For wisdom will lead us to the realization that only by acknowledging God first in our lives and in everything we say, think or do, that we can successfully transform not only ourselves but the community that we belong to. When that transformation takes place, there would be a lot of changes within one's self in particular and in the society in general.

Let us then pray for openness that the Holy Spirit may infuse in us this gift of wisdom that we may live in simplicity some more and see that there are may things in this life that we allocate to ourselves unnecessarily to the detriment of others who need them more than we do.