Thursday, April 30, 2009


Mother Teresa's Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Monday, April 27, 2009

IHS - May 2009




The gardener prunes every branch that bears fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit. Pentecost is a big feast of the Church. Celebrated in May, we recall the coming of the Holy Spirit, His descent unto God's people, filling them with His grace, clothing them with His power.

As the Spirit indwells us, He fires us up with great passion and love for the Lord's ways, enabling us to live lives of true Christian witnesses. Pruning is essential to the process of picking up our cross, our discipleships in Christ. Pruning is about purification. The Lord allows us to strengthened by challenges, trials, disappointments, frustrations, falling short of God's expectations - so that we may realize more deeply, that our God desires our all, and only the best of us. He knows what is within our capacity to give. He created us in the first place.

Our prayer is that we will respond openly to this pruning, even if it will bring us to our desert. Let us meet Christ in the desert and like Him, rise victorious, out of the world's temptations.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009


"Why do you search for the Living One among the dead? He is not here; He has been raised up." —Luke 24:5-6

Alleluia! Jesus is risen! He's alive! "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" (1 Cor 15:55) We as Christians have personally had the most overwhelming experience imaginable. The One Who loves us so much, Who would do anything for us, was brutally murdered by crucifixion. To have a loved one die is traumatic enough without it being a violent murder. Amazingly, this Victim came out of the grave on the third day. We who love Him are transformed from a shattered life to victory, from weeping to joy, and from mourning to dancing (Ps 30:6, 12). Imagine a dead parent, spouse, or friend walking in the room right now. This would be a shadow of what happens when we meet the risen Christ.

We may think we cannot meet the risen Jesus because His body is no longer with us but is ascended to the right hand of the Father. This is irrelevant. The physical body of the risen Christ had little effect on those that encountered Him. Mary Magdalene thought He was the gardener (Jn 20:15). The two disciples on the road to Emmaus walked about seven miles with Him and still did not recognize His glorified body (Mk 16:12). What they did notice was their hearts burning as Jesus explained the Scriptures to them (Lk 24:32). This was the beginning of meeting the risen Lord (Lk 24:8; Jn 20:9). Then, together with the breaking of the bread (the Eucharist), they finally recognized the risen Jesus (Lk 24:35; Acts 10:41; Mk 16:14). Still, this did not complete the experience. Although the disciples' eyes were opened, their hearts were still closed by fear, as indicated by the locked doors of the upper room (Jn 20:26). Finally, the Spirit set them free by rolling away the stone of fear from the tomb of the upper room. Then they ran out into the streets and proclaimed the wondrous works of God (Acts 2:11).

In summary, meeting the risen Christ had little to do with seeing His physical body. "Blest are they who have not seen and have believed" (Jn 20:29). The teaching of God's word is the beginning of meeting the risen Jesus. Then our eyes are opened in the breaking of the bread. The experience culminates in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the call to evangelization. Then we have experientially and personally met the risen Lord. Our lives are changed dramatically. A dead Man, Jesus the God-Man, is living and breathing in our midst. Life is no longer the same.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Crucifixion, by Nicolas Tournier, 1635

"Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow and in everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we awake; when we are in the way and when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is without price, for the poor's sake; without toil, for the sick, since also its grace is from God. It is the Sign of the faithful, and the dread of evils; for He has triumphed over them in it, having made a shew of them openly; for when they see the Cross, they are reminded of the Crucified; they are afraid of Him, Who hath bruised the heads of the dragon. Despise not the Seal, because of the freeness of the Gift; but for this rather honor thy Benefactor."

-- St. Cyril of Jerusalem, A.D. 315 - 386

Thursday, April 23, 2009

VOICE OF TRUTH: Casting Crowns

Dedicated to all SsFaC...

The Voice of Truth says "DO NOT BE AFRAID" and
The Voice of Truth says "THIS IS FOR MY GLORY!"...

...I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth!

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of the boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. 'Boy, you'll never win!'
"You'll never win"

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says "Do not be afraid!"
And the voice of truth says "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what i would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand befoe a giant
With just a Sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Whishing they'd have had the strength to satnd

But the gian't calling out my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on tell me
Time and time again "boy, you'll neve win!
"You'll never win"

But the stine was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves don't seem so high
From on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When i stop and listen to the sound of jesus
Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Heart of God’s Musician

Talk 1 : The Heart of God’s Musician
CFC Music Ministry STAR Series

It has often been said that “When we sing, we pray twice!” and perhaps that is rightfully so. Given the kind of busy world we have and the hurried lives we lead, we may say God is blessed enough to have a portion of our time, for prayer. And perhaps we can say God does not have much of a choice with the time we give Him. We can pray hurriedly or reflectively. What matters to us, is that we pray.

Of course, this is not what we advocate. Prayer is really setting aside time for God. It’s not so much what we say, as opening to God, what is inside our heart: what He is telling us, how we are responding and how He is transforming us. Now if prayer is finding time despite our business to look at God, mind Him and tell Him that we love Him, how much more is it to sing our love to Him through music. Singing is not just words – it is setting words to tone and melody such that our words are accompanied by the heart. How much more indeed God will be pleased with music. It is not therefore a surprise that when we sing, we truly pray twice.

Giving God Back Our Talent

Talk 2 : Giving God Back Our Talent
CFC Music Ministry STAR Series

It is essential that we see ourselves as having been gifted and blessed by God with extraordinary talent to make music, have the heart for it and warm others’ lives through it. All talent comes from God. He is the source of all our personal gifts. Whether we are able to speak well, or write well, or relate openly and effectively with people, all these are blessings that hail from the Almighty. It is part of God’s plan that we be such. It is imperative therefore that we seek God’s plan for us and see those plans to reality.

The talents we have received, whether to sing, play an instrument, conduct the music of the choir or the band, all come from God and are part of His grand design for our personal lives. Our being leaders of the Music Ministry should therefore be seen in this light. It is first and foremost, a service to God and our being here is a call to service. We are to lay our talents here for His use. We are to offer these gifts to enable others to know Him more deeply, to worship Him more sincerely and to heed His call in their lives more fully. This is a great responsibility and it all starts with us fully surrendering to God the very talents, gifts and blessings that He has given us.

STAR Target : Artistic Radiance

Talk 3 : STAR Target : Artistic Radiance
CFC Music Ministry STAR Series

The Lord has called us to serve as ministers of music. However we may have been called to this ministry, whether as Musical Director, singer, guitarist, drummer or coordinator, we together are music ministers. We minister to others through our music. The Lord calls us as His instruments to bring glad tidings to His people. Through the music we make, we build up God’s people. We bring hope, we restore confidence, we invoke repentance, we spark joy and we effect peace. That is why it is important that we go beyond talent and self-centeredness to God’s mission for us to His people and how He wants to use us for that end. This is how we fulfill our roles as Ministers of Music.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

LORD OF LIGHT: Entry # 4

Words: T2 Gene
Music: T2 Jojo T.

Tears will fall, and walls will crumble
For Lord your children answer your call
We hear, we feel and alas we see
Your light forever shines on me

Lord you came into my life
You made everything right
My prayers and petitions at night
Were granted at the first light

Lord you came at the right time
The very day you call me mine
My life became an open line
Of love and worship to thine

Lord you blessed me and kept me
In your loving bosom you groomed me
To be a disciple and witness to thee
My love for you; forever will be

Lord of light, Lord of might
Send your warriors to your fight
Evangelizing your people with glee
Brothers and sisters we will be
(Chorus 2x)

Your light forever shines on me


Words: T2 Gene
Music: T2 Jojo T.

Lord you said come follow me

Lord I answered I am not ready

Come to me I beg of thee

No not yet you see I’m busy

Then my life becomes a mess

The things I had you did not bless

One night I come to realize

Life is nothing without Christ


I searched for you I’ve search out far

I could not find just where you are

Until a voice inside of me

Say fear not my child for I am near

My heart my soul my mind my strength

I give to you without restraint

My life with you is ever changed

The day my Lord you called me friend


Now you said come follow me
Now I answered so willingly
I’ll give my all my best to thee
O Lord Jesus just stay with me

(Chorus 2x)

My life with you is ever changed
The day my Lord you called me friend

Friday, April 17, 2009

What is a Lay "CONVENIENCE" Service?

... it is when a Tatay is available and we still favor LCS over Eucharistic Service!

What is a Lay Communion Service?
It is a Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP)

20. Among the forms of celebration found in liturgical tradition when Mass is not possible, a celebration of the word of God is particularly recommended, [18] and also its completion, when possible, by eucharistic communion. In this way the faithful can be nourished by both the word of God and the body of Christ. "By hearing the word of God the faithful learn that the marvels it proclaims reach their climax in the paschal mystery, of which the Mass is a sacramental memorial and in which they share by communion." [19] Further, in certain circumstances the Sunday celebration can be combined with the celebration of one or more of the sacraments and especially of the sacramentals and in ways that are suited to the needs of each community.

21. It is imperative that the faithful be taught to see the substitutional character of these celebrations, which should not be regarded as the optimal solution to new difficulties nor as a surrender to mere convenience. [20] Therefore a gathering or assembly of this kind can never be held on a Sunday in places where Mass has already been celebrated or is to be celebrated or was celebrated on the preceding Saturday evening, even if the Mass is celebrated in a different language. Nor is it right to have more than one assembly of this kind on any given Sunday.


28. When Mass cannot be celebrated, the pastor is to ensure that holy communion be given. He is also to see to it that there is a celebration of the eucharist in due time in each community. The consecrated hosts are to be renewed often and kept in a safe place.

29. As the primary assistants of priests, deacons are called in a special way to lead these Sunday assemblies. Since the deacon has been ordained for the nurture and increase of the people of God, it belongs to him to lead the prayers, to proclaim the gospel, to preach the homily, and to give communion. [24]

30. In the absence of both a priest and a deacon, the pastor is to appoint laypersons, who are to be entrusted with the care of these celebrations, namely, with leading the prayers, with the ministry of the word, and with giving holy communion

Those to be chosen first by the pastor are readers and acolytes who have been duly instituted for the service of the altar and of the word of God. If there are no such instituted ministers available, other laypersons, both men and women, may be appointed; they can carry out this responsibility in virtue of their baptism and confirmation. [25] Such persons are to be chosen in view of the consistency of their way of life with the Gospel and in the expectation of their being acceptable to the community of the faithful. Appointment is usually to be for a definite time and is to be made known publicly to the community. It is fitting that there be a celebration in which prayers are offered to God on behalf of those appointed. [26]

The pastor is to see to the suitable and continuous instruction of these laypersons and to prepare with them worthy celebrations (see Chapter III).

31. The laypersons appointed should regard the office entrusted to them not so much as an honor but as a responsibility and above all as a service to their brothers and sisters under the authority of the pastor. For theirs is not a proper office but a suppletory office, since they exercise it "where the need of the Church suggests in the absence of ministers." [27]

Those who are appointed to such an office "should do all of, but only, those parts which pertain to that office." [28] They should carry out their office with sincere devotion and the decorum demanded by such a responsibility and rightly expected of them by God's people. [29]

32. When on a Sunday a celebration of the word of God along with the giving of holy communion is not possible, the faithful are strongly urged to devote themselves to prayer "for a suitable time either individually or with the family or, iff possible, with a group of families." [30] In these circumstances the telecast of liturgical services can provide useful assistance.

33. Particularly to be kept in mind is the possibility of celebrating some part of the liturgy of the hours, for example, morning prayer or evening prayer, during which the Sunday readings of the current year can be inserted. For "when the people are invited to the liturgy of the hours and come together in unity of heart and voice, they show forth the Church in its celebration of the mystery of Christ." [31] At the end of such a celebration communion may be given (see no. 46).

34. "The grace of the Redeemer is not lacking for individual members of the faithful or entire communities that, because of persecution or a lack of priests, are deprived of celebration of the eucharist for a short time or even for a long period. They can be moved by a deep desire for the sacrament and be united in prayer with the whole Church. Then when they call upon the Lord and raise their minds and hearts to him, through the power of the Holy Spirit they enter into communion with Christ and with the Church, his living body . . . and therefore they receive the fruits of the eucharist." [32]

Thursday, April 16, 2009

WHO AM I: Casting Crowns

**Capo 2nd fret** (the easiest way to play this song)

Intro: G C Em D (x2)

G D/F# Em7
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
D C D/F# C
Would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt
G D/F# Em7
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
D C D/F# C
Would choose to light the way, for my ever wandering heart
C D/F# Em7 D/F#
Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done
Em7 D/F# C D
Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are

G D/F# Em7 D C
I am a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow
D C D/F# G
A wave tossed in the ocean, vapor in the wind
G D/F# Em7
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
D C G (Em in chorus 2&3)
And You’ve told me who I am, I am yours...

G C Em D (x2)

G D/F# Em7
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
D C D/F# C
Would look on me with love, and watch me rise again
G D/F# Em7
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain, and calm the storm in me
C D Em7 D/F#
Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done
Em7 D/F# C D
Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are


Instrumental: Em D/F# C Em D/F# C Em D/F# F C D

C D Em7 D/F#
Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done
Em7 D/F# C D
Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are


Em D/F# C D
I am Yours...

G C Em D (x2)

G C Em D
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear
G C Em D C
Cause I am Yours, I am Yours

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Chicken a la Carte : Director: Ferdinand Dimadura | Genre: Drama | Produced In: 2005

Synopsis: This film is about the hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. There are 10,000 people dying everyday due to hunger and malnutrition. This short film shows a forgotten portion of the society. The people who live on the refuse of men to survive. What is inspiring is the hope and spirituality that never left this people.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Scott Hahn - Hail Holy Queen

Dr. Scott Hahn’s best selling book, Hail Holy Queen comes to audio in a stunning series devoted to the Biblical and theological foundations of Our Lady's role in salvation history. Joined by co-host Mike Aquilina, Dr. Hahn analyzes the Blessed Mother's importance to all children of God as the woman who's Fiat changed the word. Exciting, persuasive, and replete with Scripture references, this series is an indispensable tool guiding one’s devotion to the Mother of God, who is “our life, our sweetness, and our hope.” 390 minutes.

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LORD, HAVE MERCY: Healing Power of Confession

Program Name: Healing Power of Confession
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Monday, April 13, 2009

THE VINEYARD KEEPER: Reflection 04/12/2009

At a Confession the Priest asked the penitent when was the last time he received the same Sacrament. The latter says, 2 hours ago father. Extremely astonished the priest raises his voice a bit and says, "What? Just about 2 hours ago?!" "Yes father and I'm coming back because something grave transpired in between!"

Our visiting French Priest last February, before leaving the Kingdom, had informed us that he would be returning in early April but had highlighted something very surprising. "I'll be coming back in April just couple of days before the Passion Week, but the first thing I would do is to extend penitential services to all communities instead of masses." Yes 3 days overnight confession was his important message. And that what exactly happened. Three separate overnight confessions with the CFC, Legion of Mary and other Catholic communities.

It just so amazing that of my 20 years in the Kingdom, (even in my entire Catholic life) that was the only time I experienced being stuck in a confession queue for an hour at almost in the middle of the night. (By the way, these are not done in the Church but in house-churches 'ekklesiai' as early Christians would call it because we don't have physical church structure in the place where we are now. 'Patago lang ang lahat na 'to mga kapatid.)

But the main thing that I'm trying to point out here is what made our priest encouraged us to go for a confession? Actually he's been coming back and forth for over a year now discreetly moving around conducting masses and baptisms in 'ekklesiai.' But you know what? I'm suspecting that through out his stay he'd noticed that hardly anyone comes to see him for a confession and had perhaps sensed that everyone just loved to receive the Holy Communition and thwarting what one's inner conscience dictates.

He is of course well aware of the peril that every community member had to compromise for we're in a place that strictly prohibits from exercising our faith. The fervor attitudes and pieties of community members are also not hidden from his very eyes and yet he's insisting the necessity of confession. WHY? Because he is also very much aware that our religious piety isn't the ultimate spiritual detergent that cleanses our soul. The principal means that purifies our soul is our connection with Jesus thru the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It's just like heeding His instruction to the lepers, "Go and show yourself to the priest!" (Mark 1:44)

Confession is a very intimate experience with Jesus. It's a supreme expression of our humility and submission to God's will. Since 'sin' does not only affect our relationship with God, but from other people and church as well, Jesus instituted this Sacrament (John 20:21-23) so that a sinner who reconciles with Him receives pardon and peace and is restored to the fullness of grace with God. What a lovely thing?

I've learned a great lesson from this priest! May we won't be deceived to think that by engrosing ourselves with religious pieties and prayer meetings we can already skip the Sacrament of Confession. As no one would take risk by not seeing a doctor if he's seriously ill, we 'must' deal the same treatment to our soul as well. We should seek to see a priest when something grave happened in between.

Be blessed.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


The rubric for Holy Thursday, under the title WASHING OF FEET, reads:

"Depending on pastoral circumstance, the washing of feet follows the homily. The men who have been chosen (viri selecti) are led by the ministers to chairs prepared at a suitable place. Then the priest (removing his chasuble if necessary) goes to each man. With the help of the ministers he pours water over each one's feet and dries them."

Washing of the Feet




Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Opening Prayer

1st Station
The First Station:
Jesus Is Condemned To Death

The Second Station:
Jesus Carries His Cross

The Third Station:
Jesus Falls the First Time

The Fourth Station:
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

The Fifth Station:
Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

The Sixth Station:
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

The Seventh Station:
Jesus Falls A Second Time

8th Station
The Eighth Station:
Jesus Speaks to the Holy Women

8th Station

The Ninth Station:
Jesus Falls the Third Time

8th Station

The Tenth Station:
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

8th Station

The Eleventh Station:
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

12th Station

The Twelfth Station:
Jesus Dies on the Cross

13th Station

The Thirteenth Station:
Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross

14th Station

The Fourteenth Station:
Jesus is Laid in the Sepulcher

Monday, April 6, 2009


Words: T2 Gene
Music: T2 Jojo T.

Salamat sa araw, salamat sa gabi
Sa patak ng ulan at ihip nang hangin
Salamat sa pag-subok sa aki’y ibinigay
Sa aking buhay ay nagpapatibay

Aming Diyos, dakilang Hesus
Patawarin sana aming mga sala
Aming Hesus, dakilang Diyos
Tanging kaligtasan, aming pag-asa

Salamat Diyos sa iyong pag-anyaya
Sa iyong piling ako’y makasama
Salamat sa pang-unawa at sa biyaya
Sa aming buhay kami ay masagana

Hari nang hari, Diyos nang diyos
Kaguluhan sa buhay iyong iayos
Diyos nang diyos, Hari nang hari
Sa iyo nararapat aming papuri

Sa isip ko’y hindi mawawaglit
Ang tinig mong napaka rikit
Ibukas ang puso pati mga mata
Sa ngalan nang Ama, ikaw ang una

Sunday, April 5, 2009

PRAYER FOR A FRIEND... a Brother, Tito, Fellow Vineyard Keeper, Repapips

May you find whatever you seek from the LORD this Holy Week!

Prayer For A Friend

Lord, I lift my friend to You, I've done all that I know to do
I lift my friend to You
Complicated circumstances have clouded his view
Lord, I lift my friend up to You

I fear that I won't have the words that he needs to hear
I pray for Your wisdom, oh God, and a heart that's sincere
Lord, I lift my friend up to You

Lord, I lift my friend to You
My best friend in the world, I know he means much more to You
I want so much to help him, but this is something he has to do
And Lord, I lift my friend up to You

'cause there's a way that seems so right to him
But You know where that leads
He's becoming a puppet of the world, too blind to see the strings
Lord, I lift my friend up to You
My friend up to You

Lord, I lift my friend to You, I've done all that I know to do
I lift my friend to You

Saturday, April 4, 2009


The last week of Jesus' life was crammed with events, as we follow him from his glorious entry into Jerusalem on Sunday until his death on Friday. In the days in between, he preached, taught, presided over the Passover supper, stood trial, and was condemned to death. This week we call Holy Week.

Palm Sunday

Luke 19: 28 - 46
Matthew 21: 1 - 17
Mark 11: 1 - 11
John 12: 12 - 50
John 2: 13 - 15

On Palm Sunday we study two sets of lessons.

The first set is about Jesus' ride into Jerusalem on a colt, fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 9: 9. The people greeted him as though he were an earthly king; they were sure he would end the Roman occupation and Jerusalem would again be a Jewish city.

They shouted, "Hosanna," which means "save us," and comes from Psalm 118: 26.

And the second set are a detailed look at what happened in the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. We also read the Psalms which form a foundation for the events of Holy Week.

The color of Palm Sunday is red