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In his website, Steve Ray, a baptist convert to Catholicism, allowed that his message be shared to all Filipino Catholics. He wrote this in 2001 when he visited the Philippines to share his journey home to the Catholic Church. He is a writer of many books including “Upon this Rock” and “The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters”. He also is a frequent guest of many EWTN and Relevant Radio programs.

His personal observations for Catholic Filipinos: (1) our unity and closeness to each other even if we are not related in blood, (2) though many are poor we still trust God and care for our neighbor, and (3) our incomparable love for God, for Jesus, the Eucharist, and “Mama” Mary.

He prayed that we continue to love our families, the Catholic Church, read the Bible, love Jesus, his Mother and Eucharist. And, because many other religions and sects persuading us to leave the Church, he prayed that God give us the wisdom to defend the Catholic faith.

Full text of his message in this link

Please visit Steve’s website at www.catholicconvert.com and share his message to your own circle too.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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The word “Antichrist” appears five times in the Bible in the letter of John. John warned the first Christian community in his time against the Antichrist in 1 John 2:24-26, “Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life. I write you these things about those who would deceive you.

In his admonition, it is very clear that God made a promise of eternal life to Christians (Catholics) if they keep what they have heard from the beginning. In our times today, there are many who deceive us with teachings other than those of the apostles. They even have a very ignorant teaching that the Pope is the Antichrist.

What does the Catholic Church say about Antichrist?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. Cf. Lk 18:8; Mt 24:12 The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earthCf. Lk 21:12; Jn 15:19-20 will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.Cf. 2 Thess 2:4-12; 1 Thess 5:2-3; 2 Jn 7; 1 Jn 2:18,22

In short, in the last days, Catholics will be deceived and they will be offered solution to their doubts and problems in exchange of their Catholic faith by the Antichrist who glorifies himself in place of God and Christ.

Five Characteristics of the Antichrist according to John

  1. It’s not one person but many. “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18) This verse proves that the Pope is not an Antichrist.
  2. They or their founders were once Catholics. “They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.” (1 John 2:19) This verse proves that the Antichrist is not inside the Catholic Church.
  3. They will be teaching lies. “Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.” (1 John 2:22-25)
  4. They do not acknowledge Jesus’ person and mission. “Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh be longs to God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-3)
  5. They do not abide in the teaching of Christ. “Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist. Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense. Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:7-9)

The Catholic Church, from 33 AD until now, has continue to exist because she keeps what she heard from the mouth of Jesus and the apostles. There is no way the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church or the Pope or one of her member is the Antichrist as per the definitions we read in the Letter of John.

Antichrists are those who left Catholicism behind and now teaching lies about a different Christ and rejects Christ’s teachings.

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Catholics’ responsibilities as per New Testament Writers

Per Saint John, with God’s help we should conquer or overcome them. “You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They belong to the world; accordingly, their teaching belongs to the world, and the world listens to them. We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.” (1 John 4:4-6)

Per Saint John, we should not receive them in our houses.If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works.” (2 John 1:7-11)

Per Saint Paul, we should instruct them with pure love from the heart. I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to Macedonia, that you stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to teach false doctrines or to concern themselves with myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the plan of God that is to be received by faith. The aim of this instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. The aim of this instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:3-5)

Per Saint Jude, we should save others by snatching them out of the fire. “But you, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they told you, “In (the) last time there will be scoffers who will live according to their own godless desires.” These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.” (1 Jude 1:17-23)

Per Saint Peter, we should keep the commandments of the Lord. “I am trying to stir up your sincere disposition, to recall the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and savior through your apostles. Know this first of all, that in the last days scoffers will come (to) scoff, living according to their own desires and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming?” (2 Peter 3:1-4)

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Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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  1. John 6:27. “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal”
  2. John 6:33,42. “For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.”
  3. John 6:35,48,51. “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
  4. John 6:49-50. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may it of it and not die.
  5. John 6:51,58. “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
  6. John 6:53-54. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
  7. John 6:55-57. “My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.”
  8. John 6:34. “Lord, give us this bread always.”
  9. 1 Corinthians 11:26. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
  10. Revelation 7:13-14. Those clothed in white robes are they who have come out in great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
  11. Acts 2:42. And they held steadfastly to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.
  12. Acts 2:46-47. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.
  13. 1 Corinthians 16. The cup of blessing which we blessed, is it not a participation in the body and blood of Christ? The bread in which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
  14. Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:17 “Take, eat; this is my body.”
  15. 1 Corinthians 11:23. “Do this in remembrance of me.”
  16. Acts 20:7. On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to take bread, Paul talked with them intending to depart on the next day; and he prolonged his speech until midnight.

The verses in this list are direct references of the Holy Eucharist in the Bible in no particular order. These verses are also used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church Article 3 The Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Procession is a form of popular piety being practiced by the Catholic Church for many centuries. Catholics do it before Sunday masses along with the entrance hymn. A bigger procession with a cart or float are done during feast days and during the Solemnity of the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi).

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1674 Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc. 1675 These expressions of piety extend the liturgical life of the Church, but do not replace it.

Processions are always accompanied with prayers and hymns which is very similar to those in the Old Testament times. Yes! Catholics got the idea of processions from the Sacred Scriptures in both the Old and the New Testaments. It has never been an issue until these recent times when anti-Catholics started attacking every single Catholic practices in order to deceive Catholics and to make them leave the Catholic Church.

Israelites in Procession with the Ark

The Israelites went in processions to move the ark of the covenant from one place to another. The concept is very similar to Catholic processions nowadays. People carried the ark in a cart with images of two cherubims singing hymns and dancing while in procession to praise God! We find this practice in two parts in the New Testament:

2 Samuel 6:1 And David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went, with all the people that were with him of the men of Juda to fetch the ark of God, upon which the name of the Lord of Hosts is invoked, who sits over it upon the cherubims. 3 And they laid the ark of God upon a new cart: and took it out of the house of Abinadab, who was in Gabaa, and Oza and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. 4 And when they had taken it out of the house of Abinadab, who was in Gabaa, Ahio having care of the ark of God went before the ark. 5 But David and all Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of wood, on harps and lutes and timbrels and cornets and cymbals.

1 Kings 8:1 Then all the ancients of Israel, with the princes of the tribes, and the heads of the families of the children of Israel, were assembled to King Solomon, in Jerusalem: that they might carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, out of the city of David, that is, out of Sion. 2 And all Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon, on the festival day, in the month of Ethanim, the same is the seventh month. 3 And all the ancients of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark, 4 and carried the ark of the Lord, and the tabernacle of the covenant, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, that were in the tabernacle: and the priests and the Levites carried them. 5 And King Solomon, and all the multitude of Israel, that were assembled unto him, went with him before the ark, and they sacrificed sheep and oxen, that could not be counted or numbered. 6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord into its place, into the oracle of the temple, into the holy of holies, under the wings of the cherubims. 7 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and covered the ark, and the staves thereof above. 8 And whereas the staves stood out, the ends of them were seen without, in the sanctuary before the oracle, but were not seen farther out, and there they have been unto this day.

1 Chronicles 15:14 So the priests and the Levites were sanctified, to carry the ark of the Lord the God of Israel. 15 And the sons of Levi took the ark of God as Moses had commanded, according to the word of the Lord, upon their shoulders, with the staves. 16 And David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites, to appoint some of their brethren to be singers with musical instruments, to wit, on psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, that the joyful noise might resound on high.

New Testament’s Only Procession Account

This event is recorded in three Gospels: Mark 11:1-10; Matthew 21:1-9; and Luke 19:29-38.

Mark 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus. And they lay their garments on him: and he sat upon him. 8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down boughs from the trees and strewed them in the way. 9 And they that went before and they that followed cried, saying: Hosanna: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. 10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that comes: Hosanna in the highest.

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Other Bible References of Processions:

  • Nehemiah 12:27-40. At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem. Nehemia relates a story of the procession attended by many people. There were priests with the trumpets, musical instruments of David, and there was rejoicing over the great feast of the LORD in which they shared.
  • Psalms 42:5 These things I remembered, and poured out my soul in me: for I shall go over into the place of the wonderful tabernacle, even to the house of God: With the voice of joy and praise; the noise of one feasting.
  • Psalms 118:27 The Lord is God, and he has shone upon us. Appoint a solemn day, with shady boughs, even to the horn of the altar.

Criticizing Processions May Incur Consequences

Criticizing Catholics for going in procession might have some consequences. If we read what happened after a the procession led by King David in 2 Samuel 6:1-5, a woman questioned him about his behavior and accused him of pleasing the servant girls by his dancing. David rebukes her telling her that he was dancing before the Lord (in the ark of the covenant). So the woman never had child until her death. Full text below:

2 Samuel 6:20 And David returned to bless his own house: and Michol the daughter of Saul coming out to meet David, said: How glorious was the king of Israel to day, uncovering himself before the handmaids of his servants, and was naked, as if one of the buffoons should be naked. 21 And David said to Michol: Before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father, and than all his house, and commanded me to be ruler over the people of the Lord in Israel, 22 I will both play and make myself meaner than I have done: and I will be little in my own eyes: and with the handmaids of whom you speak, I shall appear more glorious. 23 Therefore Michol the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

So, procession is biblical. Even if it weren’t, the Catholic Church has the power to bind and unbind. She can create practices and doctrines based in Sacred Scripture and/or Sacred Tradition. Remember that not all messages of Jesus are in the Bible (John 21:25). In fact, some messages were delivered to his disciples privately (Mark 4:34).

Now we know what to tell those who attack the Catholic Church against processions. I hope this helps.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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This is my own review for the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible: New TestamentBook by Carl Amari, Michael (PRD) Stark, and Raymond (PRD) Arroyo, an app you can download via your Android or IOS phone with a one-time minimal charge.

This app is one of the best gifts I gave to myself and I have been enjoying it ever since. I love it because I can play it anytime I want and listen to the Word of God effortlessly even while doing something else. There is no other audio bible app out there better than this one, I promise!

The free version lets you experience a dramatized audio (a chapter if I remember correctly) but you will not be able to download the audio of the entire New Testament. You may check the current price of the app via its website https://www.truthandlifeapp.com/purchase.html.

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Here is a video clip of the actual app with the dramatized audio activated. Do raise the volume if needed.

Other contents included in the Truth & Life app:

  • Dramatized Daily Mass readings (New Testament only)
  • Pray the Rosary
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross
  • Pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
  • Access the Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Listen or Watch live broadcast of EWTN
  • Access audio and video on demand from selected EWTN programs
  • Free Online Bible studies with Fr. James Mcilhone
  • Access Word of Fire articles, blog, homilies, and online videos

I strongly recommend this not only to those who are studying apologetics and theology but also to all Christians who want grow in faith through reading, listening, and studying the Scriptures. It’s an investment you wont regret!

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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Catolicos Ignorantes Futuros Protestantes” is a famous Spanish expression widely used in Latin America. It means that Catholics who do not study their faith are easy candidates for Protestantism. This is a reality. So far, in my circle, I have not encountered any learned ex-Catholic (in theology or apologetics) who left Catholicism and embraced another belief.

Every non-Catholics I know left the Church either by ignorance or by force renunciation of faith due to inter-religious marriage. Once they become non-Catholics, especially the Protestants, many of them begin to hate the Catholic Church because of their lack of knowledge of her. They would attack her from all sides directly and indirectly.

For the benefit of my non-Christian friends let me differentiate the two. Catholicism, of which I am a member, is by sacred tradition the first and the only assembly of faithful (church) founded by Jesus in the 1st century. Jesus Christ is God himself who took our form (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus is the founder and the current head of the Church. After fulfilling his mission on earth he returned heaven leaving a vicar or representative on earth to lead his church with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Pope Francis is the 266th vicar of Christ.

On the other hand, Protestantism is a movement that started in the 16th century in the person of Martin Luther, a Catholic monk. Luther developed his own views or interpretations of the Sacred Scriptures and convinced many of his reformed views. Since then, hundreds of Protestant sects sprouted. While most of them, like Catholics, believe in Jesus Christ as God and savior; there are many groups who refer to the Sacred Scriptures but do not confess the same faith.

All these groups disobey God who desired a “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” aiming for one body, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Ephesians 4:5). The Bible also says that “no prophesy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). This is in order to keep the same Gospel handed to us by Jesus and the apostles. The apostles exhorted us all to “stand firm and hold to the traditions which was taught… either by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 11:2) As Paul said, “even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach other Gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8) “Accursed” or “anathema” means “under a divine curse” or “set apart for destruction”.

But many Catholics listen to their preaching. Many follow them to the point of leaving the Church and her life-giving sacraments that Jesus instituted for our salvation. They choose not to avail of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation that gives new life and sanctify their souls. Without the sacraments, they risk their souls towards eternal damnation.

So we Catholics should continue to practice and study our faith. We are supposed to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13) to bear witness to Jesus Christ according to what the apostles preached to us. If we listen and support any other preaching than what the Catholic Church received from the Apostles, then we bear false witness to Jesus Christ. And we all know that bearing false witness is such a grave sin Jesus himself equates it with murder, adultery, fornication, theft, and slander as many times repeated in the Bible (Matthew 15:19, 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20).

We do not have to be experts in apologetics, theology, or similar disciplines to bear witness to Christ. We only need to learn the basics so we are not easily deceived. By doing so, we protect our own families and friends safe from destructive teachings. This is a real challenge for all of us especially to parents.

There is another famous expression in the Latin world that says “Catolico Instruido Jamas Sera Confundido“. It means that Catholics who study their faith will never be confused. This is a reality too.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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We became Mary’s children at the foot of the cross when Jesus gave her to us as our mother. The Blessed Virgin Mary never fails to comfort her children. Here are some of the messages she delivered in different occasions.

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Our Lady of Guadalupe – 1531

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s response to a very worried Saint Juan Diego about his uncle’s sickness due to the plague.

Juan Diego: “Noble Lady, it will grieve you to hear what I have to say. My uncle, your poor servant, is very sick. He is suffering from the plague and is dying. I am hurrying to the church in Mexico City to call a priest to hear his confession and give him the last rites.”

Mary: “Listen and let it penetrate your heart, my dear little son. Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your mother? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? … Do not let the illness of your uncle worry you because he is not going to die of his sickness. At this very moment, he is cured.” You know the story, the uncle recovered. 

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – 1830

“Come to the foot of the altar. Graces will be shed on all, great and little, especially upon those who seek them.”

“All those who wear it [the medal], when it is blessed, will receive great graces especially if they wear it round the neck. Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be in a special manner under the protection of the Mother of God. Graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.”

Our Lady of Lourdes – 1858

“I do not promise to make you happy in this world but in the other.”

Our Lady of Fatima – 1917

“I promise salvation to those who embrace it [Devotion to the Immaculate Heart], and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne.”

“Don’t be discouraged , I will not abandon you ever. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and through it will conduct you to God.”

Our Lady of Banneux -1933

“I come to alleviate suffering. Believe in me and I will believe in you.”

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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The Catholic Church will always help the poor out of love for Jesus.

Vatican charities helped in assisting 1,500,000 children and providing some measure of food and clothing to 7,000,000 needy Italians. This is an old data from an article by Time Magazine in 1965. We do not know if this number has increased or decreased but this is a strong proof that the Church for a very long time has been always loyal to her mission, a mission she received from her founder and head, Jesus Christ.

The truth is that these charity works are not only being done in the Vatican but also in each of the local Catholic churches. In each charity act, the Church recalls the words of our Lord in the Gospel when he repeatedly refers himself as the poor. “I was hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick, imprisoned…..” (Matthew 25:31-46) Therefore, Catholics believe that when we help the poor we are serving Christ. This is why since the apostolic times the first Christian community, besides spreading the gospel as their main mission, also focused on helping the poor including collection of alms (Acts 24:17) to assist the poor of Jerusalem (Roman 15:25-27, 1 Cor 16:1-4, 2 Cor 8:-9).

When we think of Christ in the poor, we do not only think of the material needs but also spiritual, intellectual, etc. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. the corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead (Hebrew 13:3). Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God:

He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none and he who has food must do likewise (Tobit 4:5-11; Sirach 17:22; Matthew 6:2-4). But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you (Luke 3:11). If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit (Luke 11:41)?

Addressing these many areas of necessity of the poor is a task seriously taken by the Church. It has and will always be her mission along with evangelization. This is the reason why parishes have all kinds of ministries for the poor which we, individually, has to take part in any way we can. It is obvious that many of us are doing our part because it is a common knowledge that the Catholic Church, through her numerous charitable organizations, is the largest NGO that provides education and medical services in the world.

In spite of this, there are still many who are living in terrible situations. 10% of the world population are extremely poor they cannot even buy their own basic needs. By this reason, the Catholic Church needs our constant assistance. Since we cannot do much because of our family commitments, we are encouraged to help the Church and those who are generously working for the poor full time. If we have exhausted our monthly contribution of money, skills, and time, then we can try to friendly remind others of their responsibility as Catholics to support the Church. For non-Catholics, we can encourage them to help charities of their choice if they are not comfortable giving to a Catholic organization. After all, we are all brothers in the eyes of God.

It is not very charitable for us Catholics to question if the Church is doing something for the poor especially if we have not contributed enough! She was, she is, and she will always be helping the poor because of the divine mandate of love given to her by the Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:34-35). Non-Catholics should stop criticizing the Catholic Church by saying she has not done enough. Haters and persecutors of the Catholic Church persecutes Christ who founded the Church: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 22:7) It is time for the new Sauls of our times to become Pauls and serve Christ instead of persecuting him.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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In the book of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher (Qohelet) talked about how he indulged himself in worldly pleasures including the accumulation of wealth and wisdom. However, he found all these as “meaningless”. So he gave a simple advice to us his readers – to fear (or revere) God and keep his commandments in every single thing we do.

Vanitas vanitatum, et omnia vanitas.

Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun? Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. The dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing whether good or evil.

— Ecclesiastes 1:2-3; 12:7,13-14

I derived my practical outlook on life from these beautiful lines of my favorite book in the Sacred Scriptures and two other sources. I wanted to develop a motto of my own to remind myself of this duty as a person who believes in God. A motto that would remind me of Christ in every single thing I do to avoid any occasion of sin. A motto that would remind me to always try to find time and ways to worship him and serve him. But how to serve Christ and how do we recognize him in our world today?

Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, a founder of a school I attended, has helped me understand this part after reading his book The Starved and the Silent. He wrote, “CHRIST LIVES ON in the world today and exerts his influence upon it in three ways: 1) the Eucharist, 2) the inspired word of Scripture, and 3) the person of the poor.” This was my second source.

The third and the last source is a line from one of the Vatican II documents Apostolicam Actuositatem. This decree by Pope Paul VI encourages the laity to “ad servitium Christi et Ecclesiae ubique incitantis” or to serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances. This is where I grabbed the wordings of my motto Christi ubique incitantis or Christ in all circumstances.

While it is true that it is difficult to involve God in everything we do in life, especially with what the world can offer, it is not impossible. As a proof, numerous holy people from different parts of the world, living and dead, have overcome the world and lifted their eyes to heaven. For example this man who stayed in a desert pillar for 37 years. He is not even a priest or a religious. He is a layperson. So, it is difficult but not impossible.

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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By the sign of the cross (+) deliver us from our enemies, (+) you who are our God. (+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,I have sinned against You Whom I should love above all things,I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.Our Savior Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us.In His name, my God, have mercy.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me.

Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, we may rest in his peace.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Above is a collection of prayers namely: Act of Contrition, The Memorare, An Antiphon from the Divine Office, and the three basic Catholic prayers. Just what we need after a long day of serving God! I suggest you add this page to your phone home screen for a one-tap access when you need it tomorrow! Please share this to your friends, too! Good night!

Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!

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