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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Precious Peace

Hello there,

Advent is finally here, the most magical season of all, and a season of peace.  

Since peace is in such short supply nowadays, I wanted to give you something to take with you.

This free e-book is a compilation of some peace quotes that can make us think about how we can contribute to the work of peace in the world. 

Hope you enjoy it!  

Precious Peace

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Stand Erect and Raise Your Heads

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, 
and on earth nations will be in dismay, 
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 
People will die of fright 
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, 
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 
And then they will see the Son of Man 
coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 
But when these signs begin to happen, 
stand erect and raise your heads 
because your redemption is at hand."
- Luke 21

In this chapter, Jesus warns the Jews of difficult times ahead.  He tells them that there will be great trouble and distress, that they'll be hemmed in from all sides - and that all they can do is to flee.  Yet He also says that this is the time to "stand erect and raise your heads".

Much like today's news, many Christians around the world - in the Middle East in particular, are being persecuted. It's dangerous to be a Christian in certain parts in the world.  The other parts of the world are increasing in secularism and relativism rapidly.  God is oftentimes shoved into the backdrop and summoned only as a last resort.

People put the blame on religion all too easily ans say that more death and destruction are wrought by war than any other cause.  They want to throw the baby out with the bath water.

Christianity is unlike all religions in as it teaches us to love our enemies and the God whom we serve wants to be our friend and our Father.  It is the only religion where a God loved the world so much that He died to save it.  It's not religion, it's a relationship.

I suggest that the real harm is to say you are a Christian and not to live like one.  If being a Christian is so bad then what would you make of Mother Teresa who prayed four hours a day then tended to the poorest of the poor?  If being a Christian is so bad then what would you think of Corrie Ten Boom who saved so many Jews from the holocaust, then forgave her oppressor?  If Christianity is so bad then what would you say of Maximiliian Kolbe who traded his life to save another under Nazi Germany?  There are countless others examples -  one or more for every day of the year - to accuse of being a Christian.

Stand erect. Be who you are in today's world.  Stand amid the rising tide and don't get swept away by values that tell you something other than what Jesus said.

Raise your heads.  Look up to Christ who loved those who crucified Him and who is King over sun and moon and rain and frost and chill. 

Be who you say you are ... a Christian... and you will do a world of good.

Friday, November 20, 2015

God is Enough

God's amazing grace gets us through anything in this life.  Sorrow, sickness, sin, fear, apathy and even death.  Feeling lonely?  He is enough!  Feeling inadequate?  He is enough!  Feeling discouraged?  He is enough!  God is enough!  In fact He is even more than enough! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Give Your All

Have you ever stood out in a crowd?  Picture yourself as a commoner waiting for hours for the king to come out of his palace.  You finally catch a glimpse of his shiny crown and crane your neck to see more.  

Then suddenly he looks directly at you!  He seems to see your soul and smiles from a distance and points you out to his royal courtiers.

This is somewhat what happened in ancient Israel.  Someone seemingly unimportant and unnoticeable among the synagogue's wealthy, held Jesus' eye.

"Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44

The widow who was one of society's most poorest and most pitiable gave the most.  She didn't give the most money but she gave all she had to live on.  

I usually come across this passage when the Lord is asking me to accept more responsibility for a new role I need to take on such as when I was asked to serve the poor or when I was asked to become a pastoral leader (and other such terrifying things!)

Fear must have gripped the widow as she considered giving her last coins.  How will she live?  What about the future?  But then she must have received much from God that her gratitude superceded her fear.

I can relate.  God has been so good to me that it would seem ridiculous to withhold anything from Him.  He who has nor withheld any good thing from us, even His only Son!

God usually asked something of us that we don't have much of.  God is rich in all things, except for one thing.  He only had one Son.  But that is what He gave us, the most dearest to Him.  So it is only a fitting thing to give God not from our surplus but coming from a place of lack to show Him how thankful we are for all the goodness He has shown us!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Encouragement Sunday

Today I realized that some people are feeling the pinch of being different but don’t think you’re the only one. Everyone is. You’re not alone! Someone up there is looking out for you! #hope #youcan #inspiration

Whatever you are facing right now or whatever is haunting you from the past, know that you can overcome it and you have everything you need right now to be the best you can be and what God has made you to be!

... If you believe! 

Here’s to all of you brave souls out there! #kudos


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