Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All Truth

Jesus said, "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. "  John 16:12

The spirit will guide you Into all truth! 

We are no longer slaves but sons and daughters!  God has adopted us into His family and has given us His all! 

His divine life, He let us have- with power from on high'. In turn, He took on our humanity and our frailties and left it at the cross. 

Therefore all things are possible for us who believe! He has called us from our lowliness to partake of His life- fullness of life! He gave His life for us - will He not give us all things?

" Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."

Monday, February 29, 2016

Everyday Prayers

Do you say a prayer before driving?  I do.  Believe it or not but the rare times I get into accidents, were the times I fpgot to pray.  

My late mother (bless her soul), used to pray before she took her first step on the stairs).

Here are prayers we can say everyday! 

They're really phra-yers or "phrase prayers" you can whisper in the middle of school, work or chores.

Lenten Thirst

How's your Lenten season coming along?

I've been feeling like it's moving too fast and that I haven't really opened myself up to the abundant grace that is present during this season.

Imagine the season of Lent, the promise of new beginnings, a clean slate that God offers us through Jesus.  It's an unimaginable thing, for God to come down to our level and give up His throne, His glory, His crown for our weakness, sinfulness, nothingness.

Plus it's not only Lent but the year or mercy!  A year like this doesn't come very often!  There is just too much that God wants to give us!

I wish I could be like the psalmist who was so hungry for God.  He said, "athirst is my souls for the Living God".  

A friend of mine recently told me, "I feel empty".  He had a loving family, accomplishments, a bright future ahead, but he still felt empty.  That's because no matter how much of the good stuff you have, it's not going to fill up the God-shaped hole in your heart.  One can thirst for success, alcohol, love even, only to find that none of those will satisfy the thirst inside.  The thirst that each of us has but not all of us know how to quench.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Notebooks on Parade

Happy to see my new notebook designs today!

To make this design, I made a font that I called Retrovert. It's a fun font that I love to use!

Here's a design to remind you to smile and brighten up the world!

They're on 100% unbleached recycled paper so it's very tree-friendly!

Do you like them?

See them on our online gift shop

Be Grateful

If you can wake up, pray, move around, see, drink water, eat, sing and love then you have much to be grateful for.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

God's Family

Gospel MT 1:1-17 
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, 
the son of David, the son of Abraham. 

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 
Isaac the father of Jacob, 
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. 
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, 
whose mother was Tamar. 
Perez became the father of Hezron, 
Hezron the father of Ram, 
Ram the father of Amminadab. 
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, 
Nahshon the father of Salmon, 
Salmon the father of Boaz, 
whose mother was Rahab. 
Boaz became the father of Obed, 
whose mother was Ruth. 
Obed became the father of Jesse, 
Jesse the father of David the king. 

David became the father of Solomon, 
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. 
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, 
Rehoboam the father of Abijah, 
Abijah the father of Asaph. 
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, 
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, 
Joram the father of Uzziah. 
Uzziah became the father of Jotham, 
Jotham the father of Ahaz, 
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. 
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, 
Manasseh the father of Amos, 
Amos the father of Josiah. 
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers 
at the time of the Babylonian exile. 

After the Babylonian exile, 
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, 
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. 
Abiud became the father of Eliakim, 
Eliakim the father of Azor, 
Azor the father of Zadok. 
Zadok became the father of Achim, 
Achim the father of Eliud, 
Eliud the father of Eleazar. 
Eleazar became the father of Matthan, 
Matthan the father of Jacob, 
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. 
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Jesus' lineage is marked by the Babylonian exile. It is a significant time in the life of God's people. Despite being away from their homeland, they still bore children and God still allowed them to be part of Jesus' bloodline. Through Jesus, we have been adopted into this family- God's own bloodline. He does not look at our past. He has allowed incest, murder, paganism, lust, new converts, prostitution etc. to stain His bloodline. If we think about it, this could be anyone's family tree.

Also if you think about it, this was Josephs' lineage and he was the foster father of Jesus.  Joseph adopted Jesus as his own, just like God adopted us to be His own. It speaks about how important the father's role is-even if he is a father by adoption only.

So what does this word mean for us? 

- Our lives are marked by our -relationship to God. we may have our own Babylonian exile days or months or years-and God marks the days until we come back to Him.

- Our past does is not forgotten but it doesn't define our future. God can use any kind of sinner to bring about His plans. He used imperfect people to bring about a PERFECT man into the world.

-I am a part of something big whether I am aware of it or not. Throughout every generation, God calls His people to Himself not just for their sake but for the sake of other souls groping in the darkness searching for the truth. 

- We are a part of God's family and we are in possession of all the grace, abundance and boundless love that God has for all His children. Hallelujah!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

In anticipation of Christmas

Only 10 more days to go!

"Maligayang Pasko" means Merry Christmas in Tagalog. Here is something you see hanging in a lot of Filipino homes, the "Parol".  It's easy to see why we love parols.  These remind us of the Star of Bethlehem that once pointed 3 wise men to the child King born in a manger.

The star was a bright light that pointed the way to the ultimate goodness of God coming down to be with us, to be Emmanuel.  

It's a challenge to each one of us to be bright lights in an increasingly darkened world.  May we let our lights shine to point the way to fullness of life, the Truth, Wisdom and eternal joy! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

God is an Abundant God

The multiplication of loaves and fish is the way that God has shown us His provision. He is an abundant God.  He isn't satisfied with enough. He wants us to have more. 

it was not enough that God came, healed, taught, forgave then gave His life for us.  He is present with us in the Eucharist. He waits for us in every adoration chapel. That is the way God gives, it is an everlasting gift.  

God loves us with compassion and understanding. He has given everything to us, and will not withold any good thing from us.


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