OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY (JAN. 18-25)

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January 18-25
OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

Dear friends, starting January 18, our Mother Church will dedicate an octave or 8 days of prayer for the unity of Christians. It is a fabulous occasion for us to pray for this intention which is Jesus’ prayer as well: “that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me (Jn 17:21).”

All baptized persons in Christ are Christians, and as such, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ: Roman Catholics, Traditional Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants and all its denominations, born-again Christians, Bible-based Christians…

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Lord wouldn’t be happy if we are divided and in continuous arguing with one another, sadly disrespecting and bashing one another, and on many occasions in…

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CHRIST IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN HIS CHURCH.

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CHRIST IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN HIS CHURCH

From the constitution on the sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council

 

Christ is always present to his Church, especially in the actions of the liturgy. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, in the person of the minister (it is the same Christ who formerly offered himself on the cross that now offers by the ministry of priests) and most of all under the eucharistic species. He is present in the sacraments by his power, in such a way that when someone baptizes, Christ himself baptizes. He is present in his word, for it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. Finally, he is present when the Church prays and sings, for he himself promised: Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there…

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3rd Sunday of January (PHILIPPINES): PIT SENYOR! HAPPY FEAST OF SANTO NIÑO DE CEBÚ!

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3rd Sunday of January (PHILIPPINES)
PIT SENYOR!
HAPPY FEAST OF SANTO NIÑO DE CEBÚ!

During these days, a novena is being held in preparation for the feast of Santo Niño which is celebrated in my native land every 3rd Sunday of January.

Filipino devotees of Santo Niño de Cebu, hold the traditional prayer dance called “Sinulog” during which people carry and raise their images of the Holy Child Jesus crying out to the Niño-God in unison, “PIT SENYOR!”.

The first word, “PIT” is a contraction of the word, “SANGPIT”, which is a call of the attention of Our Lord God, − “SENYOR,” (from the Spanish word, “Señor”) − asking Him at the same time to listen to a particular prayer intention. It is a beautiful phrase that combines two meanings for the Filipino Cebuanos, that is, “Calling God and Prayer Intention”. 

Let us all thank God for the…

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DEC. 31: HOLY FAMILY, MAY WE SHOW OUR LOVE AND GIVE JOY TO OUR FAMILY!

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DEC. 31: HOLY FAMILY, MAY WE SHOW OUR LOVE AND GIVE JOY TO OUR FAMILY!

In the previous post, we asked the Holy Family of Nazareth to protect, keep and bless our families so that we may be united in love and they may lead us to eternal joy.

Unity in love and giving joy to others is a task of each and every member of the family. In a recent conversation, a friend told me how happy he is this Christmas. The reason? His children are so affectionate with him, giving him tight hugs and kissing him frequently. I am so glad for him and thought how easy it is to make others, especially our parents, happy if we children were to show them gestures of affection and love.

Are you affectionate to your spouse, children, parents and siblings? Do you give them joy and avoid that which disrupts…

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KNOW AND LOVE YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH. The mysteries of the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ 1. Compendium (101-111)

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KNOW AND LOVE YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH.
The mysteries of the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ 1  Compendium (101-111)

101. In what sense is the life of Christ a Mystery?

The entire life of Christ is a revelation. What was visible in the earthly life of Jesus leads us to the invisible mystery of his divine sonship:“whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Furthermore, even though salvation comes completely from the cross and the resurrection, the entire life of Christ is mystery of redemption because everything that Jesus did, said, and suffered had for its aim the salvation of fallen human beings and the restoration of their vocation as children of God.

102. How did God prepare the world for the mystery of Christ?

God prepared for the coming of his Son over the centuries. He awakened in the hearts of the…

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4th Sunday of Advent (B): FIAT! BE IT DONE!

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4th Sunday of Advent (B)
FIAT! BE IT DONE!

OUTLINE

1 The Annunciation and Incarnation of the Son of God.

2. Gratitude to Our Lady. Our fiat!

As Christmas approaches, our Mother Church brings us our attention in today’s liturgy the fulfillment of the Scriptures through the generous response of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as recounted to us in the Gospel of St. Luke on the Annunciation:

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found…

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December 25. NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Readings for Vigil, Midnight, Dawn and Day Masses.

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DECEMBER 25. NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
Mass readings
(Vigil, Midnight, Dawn and Day)

  1. Vigil Mass
  2. Mass at Midnight
  3. Mass at Dawn
  4. Mass During the Day

1.   Vigil Mass

READING I
Is 62:1–5

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the Lord. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you “Forsaken,” or your land “Desolate,” but you shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.” For the Lord delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your…

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Advent Readings 1 : THE TWOFOLD COMING OF CHRIST (ST. CYRIL OF JERUSALEM).

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Advent Readings 1
THE TWOFOLD COMING OF CHRIST (ST. CYRIL OF JERUSALEM).

We do not preach only one coming of Christ, but a second as well, much more glorious than the first. The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom.

In general, whatever relates to our Lord Jesus Christ has two aspects. There is a birth from God before the ages, and a birth from a virgin at the fullness of time. There is a hidden coming, like that of rain on fleece, and a coming before all eyes, still in the future.

At the first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger. At his second coming he will be clothed in light as in a garment. In the first coming he endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted…

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