To live brings out pain, yet it bears fruit joy

To experience pain in life can become devastating and even maddening. Having a toothache can completely destroy your day. Having a headache can affect your daily activities. Indeed, when pain becomes unbearable and frustrating, it affects our daily routine and activities, our work, even our sleep and relationship with friends and family.

Who would really want to be in pain? As much as possible, we avoid pain. Consequently, the medical science developed pain relievers that would take away slowly or instantly the aches and pains we feel in our body. In fact, a particular field among doctors has been developed to assist patients who will undergo surgeries through the use of anesthesia. Through its use, the patient will have a painless surgery so that he or she will be able to have a quality life.Continue reading To live brings out pain, yet it bears fruit joy

Signs and Symptoms not of Covid-19 but of God

June 27, 2020 – Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Readings: Isaiah 7:10-17; Revelation 12:1-6,10; John 19:25-27 Homily As the Corona Virus 2019 stole the spotlight, the medical experts warned us of the signs and symptoms of the virus. Accordingly, the virus can cause a range of symptoms to a person from mild illnessContinue reading Signs and Symptoms not of Covid-19 but of God

Stretch out and touch to give life and be life for others

June 26, 2020 – Friday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time 9th Day of Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Click here for the readings (http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062620.cfm) Homily How many of us who find it hard to observe the “no touching” advice from our medical experts? Because of the increase of the infection weContinue reading Stretch out and touch to give life and be life for others

God’s promise of salvation and restoration is fulfilled through our participation

Our participation is very important for God to fulfill the promise of salvation and restoration, of healing and freedom. Without our participation, God cannot also work with us and through us. God cannot just impose even though God is powerful. God is not an imposing God. This has been shown to us throughout the history of salvation. God always seeks and desires a human response so that the Divine Plan will be fulfilled.

On this Solemnity of the Annunciation, through the person of Mary and her participation, each of us too is called to respond to God’s invitation, to participate in God’s action of fulfilling the promise of salvation, of healing and restoration particularly in these times of great crisis with the pandemic corona virus that has plagued our communities.

This is the invitation for us today. We may ask ourselves, how is God calling me now to participate in God’s plan of healing and bringing salvation to all? We do not have to think of big things or big projects. As we stay at home at this moment, in what way I could help to control the spread of the virus? In what way I could be of help for others or bring blessings to those who are most in need particularly those who have lost their jobs, the hungry and the homeless? Or in what way I could inspire hope and give comfort to those who are afflicted, to those who sick, those who are grieving, depressed and lonely?
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