Christmas away from home!  

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I'll be spending my Christmas away from my family a sacrifice and at the same time a challenge for me as a Christian in keeping my faith in our Lord and Savior in these land of a different faith - the followers of the Prophet Mohammed. A sacrifice in the sense that it is difficult to be away from your family in the celebration of the event of the coming of God in the history of man but I offer and join my loneliness and homesickness to the one sacrifice of our Lord in the Eucharist and that is my cause of joy. A joy that the world could not understand nor comprehend that I will branded as followers of a religion of losers as the secularist and the humanist calls the Christian religion, but this faith in the Lord gives inner peace amidst turmoil and chaos, inner joy amidst loneliness and longing to be home, and hope that Christ comes to give me life and have that life in abundance. A life of continual journey with him, a life of constant communion with Him and his Church amidst indifference and a life of constant celebration and liturgy untill I return to the real home in heaven with Christ and with my fellow believers. Merry Christmas!!!

About Life !  

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Life is a celebration of joy, sorrow and glory. Life is an offering that we can give to God the giver of it. When you smile, when you cry,when you meet indifference, rejection and atrocities all of this events in everyones life must be viewed with optimism and trust in the Lord of Life, for as the saying goes "behind the clouds lies the sun to shine and to make us smile".As the Psalmist sings "Why are you so downcast my soul? why groan within me. Hope in God, hope in God. I will praise Him still my Savior and my God." Life is our celebration and eucharist for in it we find and meet the God who is more than enough for us to contain. So we must live our life joyfully in whatever situation we are in for in it we find lessons and teachings from God that makes us better, stronger and contented Christians. Enjoy life.......!

A 26 One-liner for everyone  

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I found this one liner in another blog and I've decided to post it here for friends to read and ponder. It's worth pondering and meditating ,you can get a seed of inspiration from this lines.

26 One liner:
1. Give God what's right - not what's left.
2. Man's way leads to a hopeless end - God's way leads to an endless hope.
3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in a good standing.
4. He who kneel before God can stand before anyone.
5. In the sentence of life, the devil maybe a comma - but never let him be the period.
6. Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.
7. Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.
8. When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.
9. Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.
10.We don't change God's message - His message changes us.
11.The Church is prayer-conditioned.
12.When God ordains, He sustains.
13.WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.
14.Plan ahead - It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
15.Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.
16.Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your bible.
17.Exercise daily - Walk with the Lord.
18.Never give the devil a ride - he will always want to drive.
19.Nothing really ruins the truth like stretching it.
20.Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
21.He who angers you controls you.
22.Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
23.Give Satan an inch and he'll be a ruler.
24.Be ye fishers of men - you catch them and He'll clean them.
25.God doesn't called the qualified, He qualifies the called.
26.Read the Bible -It will scare the hell out of you.

Father Cantalamessa on John the Baptist  

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Pontifical Household Preacher on Sunday's Gospel

ROME, DEC. 8, 2006 ( Here is a translation of a commentary by the Pontifical Household preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, on the readings from this Sunday's liturgy.

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Second Sunday of Advent
Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6

John the Baptist: Prophet of the Most High

This Sunday's Gospel is concerned entirely with the figure of John the Baptist. From the moment of his birth John the Baptist was greeted by his father as a prophet: "And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High because you will go before the Lord to prepare the ways for him" (Luke 1:76).

What did the precursor do to be defined as a prophet, indeed, "the greatest of the prophets" (cf. Luke 7:28)? First of all, in the line of the ancient prophets of Israel, he preached against oppression and social injustice. In Sunday's Gospel we can hear him say: "He who has two tunics must give one to him who has none; and he who has something to eat must do likewise."

To the tax collectors who so often drained away the money of the poor with arbitrary requests, he says: "Do not mistreat anyone or commit extortion" (Luke 3:11-14). There are also the sayings about making the mountains low, raising up the valleys, and straightening the crooked pathways. Today we could understand them thus: "Every unjust social difference between the very rich (the mountains) and the very poor (the valleys) must be eliminated or at least reduced; the crooked roads of corruption and deception must be made straight."

Up to this point we can easily recognize our contemporary understanding of a prophet: one who pushes for change; who denounces the injustices of the system, who points his finger against power in all its forms – religious, economic, military – and dares to cry out in the face of the tyrant: "It is not right!" (Matthew 14:4).

But there is something else that John the Baptist does: He gives to the people "a knowledge of salvation, of the remission of their sins" (Luke 1:77). Where, we might ask ourselves, is the prophecy in this case? The prophets announced a future salvation; but John the Baptist does not announce a future salvation; he indicates a salvation that is now present. He is the one who points his finger toward the person and cries out: "Behold, here it is" (John 1:29). "That which was awaited for centuries and centuries is here, he is the one!" What a tremor must have passed though those present who heard John speak thus!

The traditional prophets helped their contemporaries look beyond the wall of time and see into the future, but John helps the people to look past the wall of contrary appearances to make them see the Messiah hidden behind the semblance of a man like others. The Baptist in this way inaugurated the new Christian form of prophecy, which does not consist in proclaiming a future salvation ("in the last times"), but to reveal the hidden presence of Christ in the world.

What does all of this have to say to us? That we too must hold together those two aspects of the office of prophet: On one hand working for social justice and on the other announcing the Gospel. A proclamation of Christ that is not accompanied by an effort toward human betterment would result in something disincarnate and lacking credibility. If we only worked for justice without the proclamation of faith and without the regenerative contact with the word of God, we would soon come to our limits and end up mere protestors.

From John the Baptist we also learn that proclamation of the Gospel and the struggle for justice need not remain simply juxtaposed, without a link between them. It must be precisely the Gospel of Christ that moves us to fight for respect for human beings in such a way as to make it possible for each man to "see the salvation of God." John the Baptist did not preach against abuses as a social agitator but as a herald of the Gospel "to make ready for the Lord a people well prepared" (Luke 1:17).

Let's celebrate Life!  

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Life is a gift from God and therefore so precious that it should be protected from the very beginning of conception to its ultimate end. Life as a person is a daily celebration that we must understand in the context of our Christian vocation. It is indeed a celebration of joy, sorrow and glory. A celebration of joy every time a new born baby cry, every time two people shared their love in marriage, every time we meet new friends and every time we are able to forgive those who have wronged us. A celebration of sorrow every time there is suffering in our midst, every time when seems evil surrounds us, everytime we feel we are alone in our struggle for peace, justice and human equality and everytime we feel we are abandoned by friends and family, but life is also a celebration of glory knowing that everything in this world is just a passing moment, a journey with its sideshows and allurements that we have to face and struggle with as we move onward towards the real homeland which is prepared for us in the Heavenly Kingdom this we hope and believe as a people of Faith. This Advent season let us reflect on the meaning and sacredness of life. For our Lord comes for us that we may have life and have that life in its fullness!
Let's celebrate Life!

Tough Vatican response to Chinese bishop's ordination  

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Vatican, Dec. 4, 2006 ( - In a toughly worded statement released on December 2, the Holy See condemned the latest unauthorized ordination of a new Catholic bishop in China, and charged that officials in Beijing are “tormenting the consciences” of Catholics with their continued efforts to divide the Church.

The Vatican statement, released shortly after Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) returned from a 4-day visit to Turkey, said that the Holy Father had “learned with great sadness” about the ordination of Father John Wang Renlei as an auxiliary bishop of Xuzhou. The episcopal ordination took place without approval from the Holy See: a violation of canon law that ordinarily carries the penalty of excommunication.

Noting that the November 30 ceremony was only the latest in a series of unauthorized episcopal ordaintions, the Vatican charged Chinese bishops and priests have been “compelled” to take part in the illicit ceremonies. The ordination also causes spiritual anguish for lay Catholics, the statement observed, since they “find themselves obliged to accept a pastor whom they know is not in full hierarchical communion with the head of the College of Bishops or with other bishops around the world.”

Despite these difficulties, the Vatican statement observed, most Chinese Catholics “have maintained a profound communion of faith and of life with Peter’s successor.” Confirming reports from informed sources in China, the Vatican added that “almost the entirey of bishops” in the country claim allegiance to the Holy See.

With their continued efforts to break the ties of the faithful to Rome, the Vatican statement observed, Chinese officials are demonstrating “a vision of the Church that does not correspond to Catholic doctrine and undermines the fundamental principles of her hierarchical structure.”

While noting the “severe penalties” set forth in canon law for unauthorized ordinations, the statement stopped short of saying that the Chinese bishops who participated in the November 30 had been excommunicated. Pointing once again to the government’s coercive actions-- which reportedly included the outright kidnapping of two bishops-- the Vatican observed that canonical penalties would apply “assuming the act was carried out in conditions of true freedom.”

The December 2 statement from the Holy See was in line with an public reaction to earlier episcopal ordinations, carried out by officials of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in May of this year. At that time, the Vatican had said that the ordinations involved a “grave wound to the unity of the Church” and a “grave violation of religious freedom” insofar as clerics were compelled to participate.