Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
February 25, 2009 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.
ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.
FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 60th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.
EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.
THE FOLLOWING SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED:
- RECONCILIATION: Catholics are bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year (Canon 989).
- OTHER FRIDAYS OF THE YEAR: Catholics should be reminded that all other Fridays of the year remain as days of penance, in prayerful remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ.
- OBLIGATION: The obligation which we have as members of the Church to do penance is a serious one. Furthermore, the obligation to observe, as a whole or "substantially", the penitential days specified by the Church is a serious one.
- While no one should hold himself or herself lightly excused, one should not become unduly scrupulous. Failure to observe individual days of penance is less serious than the failure to observe any penitential days at all or a substantial number of such days.
AN INVITATION: In the name of peace, and in union with the Bishops of our country, the faithful are invited to add voluntary fasting to the practice of penance during the Fridays of the year. Together with works of charity and service toward our neighbors, this practice would become a sign of our commitment to conversion, reconciliation and peace. (The Challenge of Peace, Art. 298).
By Steve Ray
Understanding the Gospel of St. John
Your personal Bible study blue print.
Eagles soar high above the surface of the earth, their eyes surveying the farthest reaches of the horizon. The connection of heaven to earth is in perspective from their lofty vantage point. From our earthbound perspective, the eagle is suspended between heaven and earth. It is difficult for us to see the connection physically. That is why artists have often painted St. John the Evangelist writing with an eagle at his side. Mystic, philosopher, disciple, one of the Twelve, bishop, “beloved of the Lord”; St. John wrote the fourth gospel, which soars to the heavens and gives perspective to the earthbound.
The Gospel of St. John — the last of the Gospels to be written — contains the theology and spiritual insights of a man filled with the Holy Spirit; a man who, during his younger years, actually knew Jesus personally. Jesus had promised John that He would remind him of all that He had taught him and, through the Holy Spirit, lead him into all truth. After seventy years of contemplation, the aged Apostle took up his pen to write the life of Christ and reveal the deepest spiritual realities.
IS THIS GOD?
How could I have had an insufficient understanding of the Holy Eucharist: the central focus of Christian worship?
I wore a mocking, sarcastic scowl, just as I wore a mockingly makeshift priestly robe. I looked as ridiculous as the cowardly lion wearing his “king’s robe” in “The Wizard of Oz,” for I was not a priest, or an ordained clergyman of any sort. I was a non-denominational, Evangelical Protestant, lay missionary. My friend (a former Catholic) and I were making light of the gestures and rituals of a priest saying the Mass. This was in the late 1980s, several years before my surprise 1990 conversion to Catholicism.
My friend took a photograph of this mock liturgy. I still have it. It remains a shameful testament to my former dim comprehension of liturgy and sacramentalism, and to a certain attitude of adolescent silliness when it came to “things Catholic.” It’s an attitude we often see in many of today’s anti-Catholic “ministries” and individuals.
How could I — a serious Christian, with considerable knowledge and appreciation of Church history — have had such an insufficient understanding of the Holy Eucharist: the central focus of Christian worship for fifteen hundred years before the birth of Protestantism? How did I manage to regard liturgy itself as a stale, boring, non-essential “extra” which was by no means necessary to Christian communal fellowship?
Those questions are especially puzzling, because I had a fairly high respect for the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, or Holy Eucharist. My belief was somewhat akin to John Calvin’s “mystical presence,” which was a step higher than the purely symbolic view which many Protestants hold today. I also didn’t believe that what was taking place at the Last Supper was merely empty ritual, or that its re-creation was a bare “remembrance.” Furthermore, I wasn’t “anti-Catholic” in the sense that I would ever have denied that the Catholic Church was Christian.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Well, the quick answer is because that's the way God wants us to do it. In James 5:16, God, through Sacred Scripture, commands us to "confess our sins to one another." Notice, Scripture does not say confess your sins straight to God and only to God...it says confess your sins to one another.
In Matthew, chapter 9, verse 6, Jesus tells us that He was given authority on earth to forgive sins. And then Scripture proceeds to tell us, in verse 8, that this authority was given to "men"...plural.
In John 20, verses 21-23, what is the 1st thing Jesus says to the gathered disciples on the night of His resurrection? "Jesus said to them, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.'" How did the Father send Jesus? Well, we just saw in Mt 9 that the Father sent Jesus with the authority on earth to forgive sins. Now, Jesus sends out His disciples as the Father has sent Him...so, what authority must Jesus be sending His disciples out with? The authority on earth to forgive sins. And, just in case they didn't get it, verses 22-23 say this, "And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'"
Why would Jesus give the Apostles the power to forgive or to retain sins if He wasn't expecting folks to confess their sins to them? And how could they forgive or retain sins if no one was confessing their sins to them?
Monday, March 23, 2009
Posted by RP Tesoro on 3/3/2009 11:57:40 PM
Words and Music by Mike Serapio
The future is bright
With you on my side
My fears are now all gone
For in you I belong
Im letting go of the past
Holding on to you at the very last
In your arms I won’t let go
............................................G - D/F# - Em - D/F#
For in you my heart will grow
........................G - D/F# - A ---
My heart will grow
I will move I will run
I will climb the highest mountain
For you are my priceless Gold
Ill be swift ill be bold
From this land ill conquer to the world
For you are my king and my God
I will move
III. (do verse I chord pattern)
My heart now it sings
With you light it brings
Im looking on to the future
For in you I am secure
IV. (do verse II chord pattern)
Now my life is in your hands
Your love I truly understand
Im giving all to you
For your promise is so true
Is so true
Repeat Chorus 2x
I will move...
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Vol. 22, Issue 3, March 2009
"If my people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land." — 2 Chronicles 7:14
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Entry # 16
Ever wondered how the flowers bloom
And why do birds have wings
Why the sun shines in the the sky
And why it does it have to rain
Why God made the stars, the moon and the land
There is always a reason to live
A reason for everything
A reason to be here
Praising God, giving Him thanks
Lifting our hands to Him
...because he loves us all
...Jesus loves us all
Entry # 14
I open my heart to love
Look upon your people in the thousand seas
All of your people at the ends of the earth
I sing you praise, oh my God
You are the reason for the courage and the strength
Hold me, empower me, possess the whole me
Honor and glory are yours, my Lord
You are the reason, Lord, I need to go on
In times when I'm weak and down
I'm giving my all for the sake of your people
Trusting you with all my heart and my soul
You know you are the reason for the strength
You are my life, my bread, my breath 'til the end of time
Entry # 1
Words: T2 Gene
Lord in my heart is where you live
Redeeming love is what you give
My wretched life your blood renew
My life is nothing without you
Lord in my heart is where you dwell
In times of trouble you keep me well
You’re the one my life hold dear
My Lord and savior always near
Lord in my heart you are alive
My life my soul my constant guide
Nothing more I want than thee
My Lord my God you set me free
Lord in my heart you are the king
You bless my life forgive my sins
Made me worthy to bear your name
You Lord Jesus is God everlasting
Entry # 15
TO YOU I ABIDE (1 John 4:13)
Words & Music: T2 Andy <<< click to listen!
This box encaged me in a doom
Pain, anguish, crying filled the room
The world stops spinning for a while
And kept me blinded with vague mind
I seek prestige, power and all
I gained the world and lost my soul
Still I'm empty and unease
I need you lord to give me peace
Lord, thank you for the pain
You wake me up and I found you there
Gift of life pours and showers
I thank you Lord for giving me "HIM"
You make the sun shines brighter
The flowers bloom, It smells sweeter
You painted rainbow in the sky
And took the sorrow from my eye
You gave new meaning in my life
More courage, will and strength to fight
Now its my turn to make you feel
This love of mine for you is real
..and this is the Lord's promise.
Close your eyes and take my hand
I'll take you there to the promise land
Forget all worries, let fears subside
I'll never ever leave your side
To you I abide (4x)
Friday, March 20, 2009
We had our Chapter GENERAL ASSEMBLY last Friday, 6 March 2009, although attendance is above 80% it would have been nice if everybody were present for it was indeed something to remember. It started a bit late, we've planned it to start before 5:00pm because we wanted everyone to be up and about by 9:00pm so everyone can rest early. It's been a long day for most of us because it was also the "buhos" of our just concluded CLP of 6 couples and 1 HOLD.
Our activity is 3-parts, Prayer Assembly - Worship Workshop & "soft launching" of our Songwriting Festival, and it was agreed to be over in about 3 hours. It was just like one big household and ending our evening with our all ihaw-ihaw fellowship. Since it's abstinence-Friday it was raining fish and veggies, good thing someone managed to bring in BBQ chicken that save the day of our Tito Elmer "the carnivarous" DJ :D, who provided his services - gratis et amore.
That's it, the only word to describe this Worship Workshop Talk. It is befitting that this is the teaching that was delivered to our chapter to complement our theme of worshipping, honoring and glorifying God with songs of praises originally composed by our brethren here in this "land of peace".
Let me make this clear first.
This is not a Cluster 2 Chapter D "exclusive" rather it is our chapter's initiative to "KEEP THE BALL ROLLING" so to speak. May this be the start of our COLLECT, SELECT and COMPILE campaign to come up by November 2009 with our 1st ever all original KAYESAY...
GOD was truly glorified that night by the showcasing of 5 BEAUTIFUL original compositions sung by our dear Tita Maila R., Tito Allan P. , Tito Andy A., Tita Lanie A and, if you'll take me seriously, yours truly C2CD. All in all, we were able to collect 16 song materials as follows:
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Vol. 13 No. 5
March 2-15, 2009
A New Generation
THERE’S a song that we sing in our gatherings and the first two a lines of the first stanza goes like this:
“There’s a new generation that is seeking Your face
There’s a new generation that is taking their place…”
This perfectly describes what we in Couples for Christ are seeing now. Indeed a new generation of people who love God, who follow Jesus and who love the poor are rising in our midst.
Pressing on with Mission