BUKAS LOOB SA DIYOS
(Open in Spirit to God)
With Christmas 2013 and the New Year 2014, as exhorted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, we celebrate in a special way the YEAR OF THE LAITY as our preparation for the 500th year of our Christianity come 2021.
Many of our brothers and sisters in the typhoon path of Yolanda are still suffering from its effects which may take some time to overcome. Charity in the spirit of solidarity with the poor victims of Yolanda must invite everyone to the call of self-sacrifice for the victims. This time we are witnesses of such charity.
Trusting God is living in His righteousness.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” (Mat 6:33)
• Spend more time in knowing Me. My word is My gift to you; it shall be your guiding light.
• Study the scriptures; know it by heart and live a holy life in gospel truth and values.
1st Sunday of Lent (Cycle A, Year II)
Community Word: Trusting God is living in His righteousness.
Theme: We live in God’s righteousness when we resist temptation through His word.
Promise: “Just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one,
the many will be made righteous.” (Rom 5:19)
Why do we find ourselves going to confession asking for forgiveness when we commit the same offenses over and over again? No matter how many years one has been in community, it seems difficult to shake off the compulsion to commit sin. Not that this makes us any less accountable for our guilt. We know that even our own Spiritual Directors, human as they are, also fall into transgressions, and themselves go to confession.
Bukas Loob sa Diyos
(Open in Spirit to God)
Catholic Charismatic Community
-A Covenant Community-
In a few days we will be celebrating what by tradition is the most festive season of the year- the Christmas Season. By this time, many of you are probably half-way through your gift-buying spree and are now wrapping up your gifts and labeling them as to which goes to whom and so forth. Amidst the merriment, we may be forgetting the reason for the season and that is the birth of our Savior.
As we step into the final week of our preparation, let us remind ourselves of the suffering in the world around us and, most especially the many men and women who wander in darkness. Notwithstanding the rehabilitation efforts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, the earthquake in Bohol, the lives of the victims will no longer be the same. What will remain will just be memories of what it used to be before tragedy struck.
But the situation we find ourselves in is no different from the kind of life 2,000 years ago and in the din of the suffering of the people then, an angel appeared before the shepherds saying: "And lo the angel of The Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone about them; and they were so afraid. And the angel said to them, fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:9-11)