To seek recognition, affirmation and praise are all part of growing up. We see this among our children as they always try to get the attention of their parents or among the adults around them. Children have their own way of getting attention. However, when parents become indifferent to this need of a child, this could leave a hallow and painful part in the life of a child. Thus, when the child becomes an adult, he or she would most probably continue seeking recognition and affirmation from people around in order to satisfy that need which the person did not receive from home.Continue reading God is Generous
The pain and suffering that come from those broken relationships create deep wounds in us. And will forgiveness be possible then? Yes, it is. And forgiveness will always be a call for each of us.
Hence, unless we find forgiveness in our hearts that begins with accepting and embracing those painful experiences and go on with life, then, we will not be free.
Remember, forgiveness will make us free. It will not erase the scar of betrayal or of abuse or of deceit in our life but we will be able to stand up, to wipe our tears and go on with life.Continue reading Life and Freedom in forgiveness
“To err is human, to forgive is divine.” Easy for us to say these words at times to make excuses for our wrongdoings and to ask forgiveness for our mistakes. However, we also say same words of excuse to refuse forgiveness to those who have wronged and hurt us. “What can I do, I’m only human.” “Pasensya lang, tao lang po.” These words in fact describe not only our human frailty but also our difficulties of forgiving others. Perhaps asking forgiveness is much easier than giving forgiveness. But nevertheless to forgive is indeed difficult, especially whenever it is associated with “forgive and forget”.Continue reading Be Forgiven BY Being Forgiving for God
September 6, 2020 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Click here for the readings (https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090620.cfm) Homily Who wants to be corrected? Who wants to be criticized? Being with our friends, with our family or with a community, we cannot really avoid conflicts and tensions. However, a particular difficult situation can be more problematic when weContinue reading Be united in prayer because Christ is in the midst of us
September 4, 2020 – Friday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Click here for the readings (https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090420.cfm) Homily By this time, most of us have already adjusted with the “new normal.” The change of lifestyle and adopting to new ways of doing things in this time of pandemic must have gradually taken roots intoContinue reading The Challenges and graces of what is New
September 3, 2020 – Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time; Memorial St Gregory, the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Click here for the readings (https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090320.cfm) Homily It must have been disappointing and at the same time tiring. Simon and his group caught nothing despite working all night to catch fish. Yet,Continue reading When Jesus got into the boat of failures and frustrations
August 3, 2020 – 18th Week in Ordinary Time Click here for the readings (http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/080320.cfm) Homily The Gospel of Matthew tells us this attitude of Jesus to commune with his Father. After his busy schedule, overwhelming encounter with the sick, heavy loads in teaching, Jesus would find time to be alone and to pray. ThisContinue reading Prayer leads us to respond
August 2, 2020 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Click here for the readings (http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/080220.cfm) Homily Who among us here who have not yet experienced hunger? I am sure each of us have experienced that feeling of being hungry since we were babies. Babies especially would always cry when they are hungry. A parent’s automaticContinue reading God satisfies our deepest hunger
July 20, 2020 – Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Click here for the readings (http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072020.cfm) Homily As the pandemic developed and caused great difficulties all over the world, many have interpreted this event as a sign of the apocalyptic days or the end of the world. In fact, many tragic events inContinue reading How to recognize God’s signs
July 7, 2020 – Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time Click here for the readings (http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070720.cfm) Homily The Book Hosea speaks to us of Israel’s continuing guilt and of God’s boundless love and mercy. What Israel had done reflected through Gomer, the wife of Hosea, who broke the covenant with God. Israel deliberatelyContinue reading When movement to love gives life