July 19, 2020 Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalm 86 Romans 8:26-27 Mt 13:24-43 In every relationship we cherish, there is a pressing need to address the importance of being a better person. Of course, there are moments when we enjoy the company of those we truly care for. Yet, what often turns a relationship to a … Continue reading “Discontent, Weakness, and Growth” – Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Cup of Fear and the Cup of Courage
Our lives are cups offered to each one of us, to drink both the good and the bad alike.
June 22, 2020 – Memorial of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More
2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18 Psalm 60 Matthew 7:1-5 True peace doesn’t begin with pointing out someone their faults and imperfections. We point one finger to someone when we call out their wrongdoings or what we think they need to fix. While we point out one finger to them, though, there are three fingers in … Continue reading June 22, 2020 – Memorial of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More
The Rectory Experience
I was invited to have dinner by one of the parishioners after the 7pm Mass last Sunday while I was staying at my home parish. There were 15 of us at the dinner, a pretty crowded dinner indeed. With such a big crowd, we decided to order a party selection, which included about five entrees. … Continue reading The Rectory Experience
A Seminarian’s reflection on Celibacy
Seminarians, like myself, don’t cease to be human beings once they enter the seminary. Before I started seriously discerning the priesthood, I wanted to get married. I wanted to know what it’s like to be with the most beautiful woman for the rest of my life. I wanted to give my wife stolen kisses, take … Continue reading A Seminarian’s reflection on Celibacy
What is Mercy?
©: thedivinemercy.orgThe Catholic Church celebrates, every 2nd Sunday of Easter, the Divine Mercy of our Lord. And it’s within a fitting season, as we still observe the redemption of our Lord for us through His Body and Blood. We keep in mind, in a special way, Sr. Faustina through whom the Lord spoke to us … Continue reading What is Mercy?
St. Paul: an Apostle in love
One of the classes I’m taking this semester, and compellingly my favorite class, is New Testament. The course is organized in a way such that we have focused more on St. Paul’s letters. After reading through his epistles, I find myself drawn to St. Paul and learning more about him. As a result, I decided … Continue reading St. Paul: an Apostle in love
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Today’s readings reflect on our LORD’s approach to violence and its role to our faith. We hear in the first reading the unfortunate fate of the prophet Jeremiah under King Zedekiah, wherein he was thrown “into the cistern of Prince Malchiah” and drowned into the “mud”. Why was Jeremiah thrown out and led into such … Continue reading Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Two weeks ago, Our Lord taught us how to live our faith. Last week, He taught us the significance of being in His midst. In today’s gospel, He taught us how to pray. We are given words of prayer from the Word Himself. Fittingly enough, this prayer is petitioned millions of times by nearly all … Continue reading Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
“The Help we most greatly needs comes Unexpectedly”
A scholar of the law conversed with Our Lord concerning eternal life. Indeed he was talking to the right person. Right at the very beginning of the gospel, we learn that we ought to lay down our concerns, questions, and inquiries to the Lord through prayer, in all circumstances of life. And when we speak … Continue reading “The Help we most greatly needs comes Unexpectedly”