John 5:39-40: The Scriptures Bear Witness to Me yet You Refuse to Come to Me That the You May Have Life

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You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

John 5:39-40

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Four Points in the History That Pinoy Catholics Should Know

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Four points in the history that we, Pinoy Catholics, should know as we celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. This is a quick and an easy history lesson to supplement our belief and to refresh our minds regarding the Catholic Church.

Indeed, despite the many attacks for centuries from the outside (and from the inside too), the Bridge of Christ (Eph 5:23, 2 Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7, 21:2, 21:9, 22:17) will remain One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic because Jesus Christ (her groom) who built this Church is one, holy, universal, and an apostle (meaning “sent”) by God.

  • AD 33 – Jesus founded a Church through Peter and his Apostles

    Although this is biblical, many do not believe this simple fact. They refuse Peter’s primacy and tweak the meanings of the verses in the Sacred Scriptures to accommodate their own reasoning. The truth is that Jesus left one singular Church through Peter. “And so I say to you, you are Peter (means stone or rock), and upon this rock I will build my church (one not many), and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

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  • AD 40 – Apostles James (and Paul possibly) Christianized Spain

    Paul mentioned in his letter to the Romans that he would be seeing them on his way to Spain (Romans 15:24, 28). Whether this was realized or not, it does not matter the important thing is that Spain is one of the target region of evangelization of the apostles. James, as per history and Sacred Tradition, through the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Pillar, christianized Spain. In the year AD 40, He died as martyr and was buried in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain. His tomb is still in the Catholic Cathedral at the present time.

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  • AD 1521 – Spain Christianized the Philippines

    Birth year of Christianity in the Philippines. First expedition from Spain, via Mexico, reached the shores of Samar Islands in the Philippines. “Philippines” was the name given to the newly discovered country in honor of King Philip the ruler of Spain that time. Christianization began since then. Catholic Churches and schools were build by Spanish missionaries. The Catholic Church flourished in the entire archipelago for centuries.

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  • AD 2021 – The Philippines Celebrates 500 Years of Christianity

    The Philippine Church, despite the many problems inside and outside the church, continues to help the poor and the needy. She continues to proclaim and defend the Gospel of Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

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Pope Francis’ Message on the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

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For those who were not able to witness the celebration of the Holy Mass by Pope Francis in the Vatican for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, here are two audio files I recorded from the live coverage of the Vatican Media. The first audio is part of the Holy Father Pope Francis’s homily and the second is Cardinal Tagle’s message to the Pope. This took place in the Basilica of Saint Peter on Sunday 14Mar21 5pm PH time. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was streamed live online for the universal Church.

Pope Francis’s Message on the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines
Cardinal Luis Tagle’s Message to Pope Francis on the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
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The actual homily in English is now available in the official page of the Holy See at http://www.vatican.va/content/francescomobile/en/homilies/2021/documents/papa-francesco_20210314_omelia-cristianesimo-filippine.html.

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John 3:14-18: For God so Loved the World That He Gave His Only-begotten Son

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And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.

John 3:14-18

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My IWD Photo In Support to All Good Women

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In support to all good women out there especially to my wife, relatives and friends, and co-workers. Sharing you this wonderful message from Pope Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women that he wrote to the universal Church in 1988.

“The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at his moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling”. (MULIERIS DIGNITATEM 1)

Therefore the Church gives thanks for each and every woman: for mothers, for sisters, for wives; for women consecrated to God in virginity; for women dedicated to the many human beings who await the gratuitous love of another person; for women who watch over the human persons in the family, which is the fundamental sign of the human community; for women who work professionally, and who at times are burdened by a great social responsibility; for “perfect” women and for “weak” women – for all women as they have come forth from the heart of God in all the beauty and richness of their femininity; as they have been embraced by his eternal love; as, together with men, they are pilgrims on this earth, which is the temporal “homeland” of all people and is transformed sometimes into a “valley of tears”; as they assume, together with men, a common responsibility for the destiny of humanity according to daily necessities and according to that definitive destiny which the human family has in God himself, in the bosom of the ineffable Trinity. (MULIERIS DIGNITATEM 31)

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Saint Gregory of Nazianzen: There Should Be No Delay Between Your Intention and Your Good Deed

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Not even night should interrupt you in your duty of mercy. Do not say: Come back and I will give you something tomorrow. There should be no delay between your intention and your good deed. Generosity is the one thing that cannot admit of delay. Share your bread with the hungry, and bring the needy and the homeless into your house, with a joyful and eager heart.

From a sermon by Saint Gregory of Nazianzen, bishop
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Father Al: Prayer is the Oxygen of Our Soul

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Prayer is the raising up of one’s mind and heart to God. It is a loving conversation with God. It is fundamental to spiritual life. It is the oxygen of our soul. If the body lacks oxygen, it becomes weak, dizzy, and eventually it dies. And so it is, if the soul does not pray, it becomes weak, dizzy, exhausted, and eventually it dies.

Venerable Aloysius Schwartz’s Meditation on “Prayer”
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Luke 11:23: He Who Is Not with Me Is Against Me

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He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11:23
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1 Corinthians 1:22-25: Christ is the Power and the Wisdom of God

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For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1 Corinthians 1:22-25
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Photos: The Meditation Garden, Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, Tayabas Quezon Province

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In times that we can’t pray at home because of the noise, or because of other reasons, visiting a secluded place is sometimes our best option. Here in Tayabas City in Quezon Province, and in the neighboring cities, there are plenty of places you can visit to pray and meditate. This post is about the meditation garden inside the church compound of the Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel. The garden is located on the left side of the church’s altar right after the life-size religious statues.

The basilica is inviting the faithful to visit the place especially in this season of lent. Here are some raw photos I took today hoping to attract fellow Catholics around the area to visit the place.

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