Payer to Mary for an end to the Coronavirus Pandemic BY POPE FRANCIS

O Mary, you shine continuously
on our journey as a sign of salvation
and hope. We entrust ourselves to you,
Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated
in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide,
so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after
this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the
Father’s will and to do what
Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the
Resurrection. Amen
We seek refuge
under your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas –
we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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TV Maria’s 500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt

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I bought this awesome themed shirt for me and my wife for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines from TV Maria PH.

I recommend this item to my friends and family because of the beautiful graphics, excellent choice of colors, the shirt quality, and of course the theme.

TV Maria’s 500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt – back

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Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Reason Why We Kneel 10 times During the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday

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My brother, who died few years ago, once “protested” about this in our small chapel in Mindanao. He was is his early teen years when this happened. My father (due to lack of priests) was the one leading the community service in memory of the passion of our Lord.

There are four parts of the Catholic Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday: The Liturgy of the Word, the Solemn Intercessions, the Adoration of the Holy Cross, and the Holy Communion. It is the second part where we kneel 10 times (or more).

We have intercessory prayers for the entire Church for the specific needs of the local Church during all other Holy Masses. However, in Good Fridays when we commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus, the Church make the intercession prayers more special by asking the faithful to kneel as she solemnly unite her petitions with the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on the cross. This is the reason why we kneel 10 times during the celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Good Fridays.

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The 10 intentions of the Mother Church on Good Fridays are:

  1. For the Holy Church
  2. For the Pope
  3. For all orders and degrees of the faithful
  4. For catechumens
  5. For the unity of Christians
  6. For the Jewish people
  7. For those who do not believe in Christ
  8. For those who do not believe in God
  9. For those in public office
  10. For those in tribulation

In some cases, there could be more if the bishop issues a decree or allows other intentions to be added.

I wish I could tell my brother about this before he died, or before he even grumbled about it. He actually said in our dialect, “Ah, gibinuangan ra man ta aning papa, bai!” which translates to “I think my father is playing with us!”. He said this loudly that many attendees could hear him  and caused laughter inside the chapel.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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1 Corinthians 11:23-26: The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

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For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is foryou. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the chalice, after supper, saying, “This chalice is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
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If You Think Masturbation Is Fine, Think Again

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If you think masturbation is fine, think again because “among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices”. (CCC 2396) Many men and women masturbate and the world will say it is fine, or that, it’s good for our health. However, God tells us through his Church what’s best for the health of our souls.

Masturbation is the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action. The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose. For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved.

To form an equitable judgment about the subjects’ moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2352
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From these lines of the Catechism, we can conclude that masturbation is always wrong, a grave error. It is a sin or a deed contrary to eternal law, an offense against God. (CCC 1849-50)

Is masturbation always a mortal sin?

Mortal sin is a sin that leads one’s soul to death (1 Jn 5:16-17). For a sin to be mortal, one has to have full knowledge and complete consent of a grave act. And, yes! Masturbation is always a mortal sin for a regular person without any psychological illness or any related conditions who deliberately masturbates in order to derive sexual pleasure.

Adolescents undergoing puberty or those persons in challenging conditions (they and God only know) may not be guilty of this mortal sin if the act is not repeatedly done and if they strive to be free from being slaves of this sin against chastity.

Is there a way to overcome masturbation?

There are a lot of ways and many have tried and were successful. Praying frequently and getting oneself busy with tasks and other activities (e.g. sports, develop new hobbies) are ones of the most effective ways to combat this evil.

Only God knows what is going on with our hearts and minds. His endless mercy tells us that he can forgive all kinds of sin if we believe and trust in his saving grace and not lose hope. He, dying on the cross, redeemed us from our sins and through baptism we were saved. But since we are humans and we fall, he rescues us through the sacraments he instituted. The sacraments are always available through the Church he built to sanctify souls that are stained by sins.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Palm Sunday, Still One of the Most Anticipated Religious Practices in the Philippines Despite the Pandemic

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Today, the Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Tayabas City, Quezon Province was full (3 persons per pew) for the 8:00 am mass despite the pandemic. I arrived not so early so I had to sit outside the church with others (about 200 of us). Proper measures were observed the entire time with some police officers in uniforms visible around the church to remind the faithful of their duties towards their country while practicing their faith. I thank God for their dedication. I felt even more thankful when I spotted some of them holding both their baton and palm branches in their hands.

Lent and Easter are the most important seasons for the Church. During lent, the faithful prepare themselves spiritually for the celebration of Easter which is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death by his resurrection. The Sunday before Easter is called the Palm Sunday.

In Matthew chapter 21, the evangelist recorded Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. In verse 5, he quoted Isaiah 62:11 and Zechariah 9:9; “Say to daughter Zion, ‘Behold, your king comes to you, meek and riding on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.” In verse 8-9, “Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowd that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

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Palm Sunday is the day when the Church commemorates this part of the Holy Scriptures. This popular religious practice is something that the faithful anticipates every year. The preparation starts as early as the day before Palm Sunday. In the Philippines, those in the urban areas go to the market or in sidewalks near the churches to buy ready-made palaspas or beautifully woven young coconut leaves, while those in the provinces normally make palaspas by themselves. The above photo is my daughter holding a palaspas made by my father-in-law.

After the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the blessing of palms leaves. The faithful stick these blessed branches into the corners of their houses especially in their home altars. We believe that Satan and his subordinates fear anything that is blessed by a priest, whom Jesus himself anointed through the Sacrament of the Holy Orders.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Our Lady of Sorrow’s Image Receives Her Canonical Crown in Dolores, Quezon

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A good news to all Quezonians!

Mater Dolorosa del Quezon or the Our Lady of Sorrows National Shrine in Dolores is one of the major pilgrimage sites in the Quezon Province. The church is part of the Diocese of Lucena. The image of our sorrowful mother is being venerated for decades by both the local faithful and the pilgrims from neighboring places.

In 2017, the church was elevated as a national shrine. This year, 2021, the canonical coronation of the image has been approved by Pope Francis and the actual coronation ceremony has been pushed through on March 25, 2021 despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronation of the images expect to draw more pilgrims to strengthen the faith of the faithful through devoting themselves to the intercession of the Virgin Mary whom, as per the the Sacred Scriptures, will be called blessed by all generations. (Luke 1:48) Another image of Our Lady of Sorrows has been scheduled for canonical coronation in Capas, Tarlac by May 2021.

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I personally recommend visiting this shrine whenever you can. It’s a good place to pray, reflect, and take photos. Also, this church is one of the 500 Jubilee churches with the inherent plenary indulgence for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

Here are some photos I took during my last visit to the shrine in October 2019.

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Do you or your friends have some testimonies or spiritual experiences about this place that you want to share? The world would love to hear them. Please send me a message.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Fr. Fran Villegas: God Deigned This Country, the Philippines, to Be the Cradle and Bulwark of the Christian Faith for the past 500 Years

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Catholicism has done so much for this country, for our ancestors and which we still now enjoy… What we celebrate this year 2021 is not colonialism, but Catholicism, that is, the Christian faith that our ancestors received and cherished as a gift… God deigned this country, the Philippines, to be the cradle and bulwark of the Christian faith for the past 500 years… The Spanish regime has collapsed, but the cross is still standing — for 500 years now! History proves that indeed the cross is mightier than the sword. Isn’t this a good reason to celebrate?

Fr. Fran Villegas, Archdiocese of Cebu, Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. (https://archdioceseofcebu.ph/article/63?fbclid=IwAR3IZpS4eil8evbt7-dYtUhmg0p-V5BrmghUqMRMun9iQ8uG9eB5QWCa5rA)
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Redemptoris Custos: Saint Joseph Became a Unique Guardian of the Mystery Hidden for Ages in God

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“Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife” (cf. Mt 1 :24). While it is true that Joseph did not respond to the angel’s “announcement” in the same way as Mary, he “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife.” What he did is the clearest “obedience of faith” (cf. Rom 1:5; 16:26; 2 Cor 10:5-6). Therefore he became a unique guardian of the mystery “hidden for ages in God” (Eph 3:9), as did Mary, in that decisive moment which St. Paul calls “the fullness of time,” when “God sent forth his Son, born of woman…to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4-5).

From REDEMPTORIS CUSTOS #1,4,5
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