Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Movements in the world

(Watch Out!)

As the ancients used to say: “Ideae regunt mundum” – It is ideas that rule the world.  Most movements in the world were generated by the ideas of strong-willed people desiring to bring some reform into our world.  The important task for us is to discern and be able to select which are the genuine ones that truly bring a needed reform or change in society. But just as in anything we have to learn to discern the good from the bad, as Jesus Himself warned His disciples: “Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves.  You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?  In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit.  A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit.  Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat you will be able to tell them by their fruits” (Mt. 7:15).

Movements that only bring trouble and violence and confusion are not truly prophetic but only those that serve the purposes of love, unity, brotherhood and peace.  Let’s be true to ourselves and aim for peace, understanding and love for one another.  Jesus, Our Savior clearly warned us to beware of false prophets who come disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves.  These are the people who can only bring confusion and violence to our world under the semblance of peace and harmony.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

God's favorites

God plays no favorites but gives His grace and love to everyone who is faithful and trustworthy in keeping His commandments of justice and love. You can see this in the roster of the lives of the thousands of Saints enumerated in the Catholic Church or other Christian groups.

The Saints are people who were earnestly dedicated to a life of prayer, sacrifice and service to God Almighty whom God favored with His many signs and marvels that were constant proof of their fidelity to God and His Church.  Surely you can read many lives of Saints, especially those recognized in many of our Catholic Churches. Most surely there are also many books or booklets of the lives of Saints. The Church has promoted such collections based on history as example for many of our people who may be inspired by the Lives of Saints since they come from all walks of life or professions in the world aside from the many members of the clergy or religious congregations of men or women.  This only goes to show that sanctity is open to all people sincerely seeking for it. 

Jesus most surely was not mistaken when He said: “Everyone who seeks always finds” (Lk. 11:10).

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tempus fugit

(Time Flies Away) The Latin title is an expression of past Latin writers to describe how time passes by. Even if you take some moments of consideration you will realize how time passes by, however much our efforts to hold on to our age or even the material things we possess which naturally in the course of time undergo the decay and the ravages of time. But what can you do? Human life on earth is only destined for a limited period of time. What is important is that we live good moral lives so we may deserve the joys and rewards God is preparing for those who keep His laws. It is unavoidable to avoid the passage of time since God has destined us for an eternal destiny of heavenly reward if we keep His laws or of an eternal condemnation in the punishments of Hell if we violate His laws and precepts. It’s worth all the patience and sacrifices we can undergo for doing God’s will and commands after all we can claim an eternal reward of happiness and glory, forever and ever.