Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Prayer of a German Kid


Joseph Alois Ratzinger, the boy who became Pope Benedict XVI

Christmas 1934

Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy: I would like a Volks-Schott (a Mass prayers book), green clothing for Mass (clerical clothing) and a heart of Jesus. I will always be good.

Greetings from
Joseph Ratzinger

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Second Filipino Venerable


Last December 20, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict declared JOAQUINA MARIA MERCEDES BARCELO PAGES, co-foundress of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation VENERABLE.

Now, the Philippines has two venerable Servants of God: Ven. Joaquina and Ven. Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, foundress of the Religious of the Virgin Mary.

They need one more miracle for beatification... Please pray for their cause!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Venerable Paul VI, pope


Today, December 20, Pope Benedict XVI will declare former 
Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) venerable.

PAPAL MEDALS PERSONALLY GIVEN BY VEN. PAUL VI
TO THE COUNCIL FATHERS AND PERITI DURING VATICAN II COUNCIL
(if he will be beatified or canonized, the medals will be considered as second-class relics)


SECOND SESSION - 1963


THIRD SESSION - 1964


FOURTH AND LAST SESSION - 1965

Monday, December 17, 2012

Consequences of Artificial Methods


"Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.

Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife."

- Pope Paul VI
Humanae Vitae, 17

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

In darkness God is present in mystery



Dark clouds had already hovered upon a country that is known to be the largest Catholic nation in Asia: it started with words written in paper, then to honorable men chosen to lead the people, and now upon the country. People are divided due to principles and beliefs. The cry of the unborn will be heard, their blood will be shed for the sake of economic growth, and people of good will, who promote truth and faith, will be persecuted.

The midafternoon of December 12 and the early morning of the 13th will be memorable days in our country when truth became a lie, and the Catholic Church was set aside. On these days the Sun will shine forth on people who were baptized in good faith yet decided to grasp the darkness just to please the few and the unwise. Yet, still, the Church, founded by our Lord Jesus Christ upon St. Peter and the apostles and their successors, stand with eyes fixed on their Lord and God amidst the confusion brought by intelligent people who twisted the definition of life and who adhere tightly to humanism rather than the basic principles of man, especially the right to life.

Though among these people in the august chamber of congress, 104 of them professed the truth. Some of them prayed the Creed of the Catholic Faith, others reminded their colleagues about the teachings of the Church, to whom they belong, and some took advice from their parents and spiritual leaders knowing that these Good Shepherds will lead the way to the green pastures. Nevertheless, 113 of these honorable representatives of people, professing their Catholic Faith, apostatized the teachings of the Church in the presence of their pastors and in public by choosing to build culture of death rather than the culture of life. Thus, we saw and have known who are faithful and who the infidel representatives are.

As we observe the season of Advent to prepare ourselves for the commemoration of Our Lord’s birth and anticipation of his second coming, I reflected upon the acts and beliefs of our countrymen, especially of those private individuals, who supported the RH Bill. I realize that these people are the ones who are, in one way or another, desire to engage in immoral acts where the State may look at them as obedient children of the nation by following the law given to them. We knew that in history those who are in the position, majority of them, commit infidelity to the sanctity of marriage, while some engage in sexual relationship for the sake of pleasure either with their own or opposite sex. Does this mean that they see the people they serve as a reflection of their immorality? Or the people’s engagement with immorality reflects the legislature?

Dark clouds had already hovered upon a country that is known to be the largest Catholic nation in Asia: it started with words written in paper, then to honorable men chosen to lead the people, and now upon the country.

What can we do now? Personally, after months in a foreign country which have the same stand regarding reproductive health, the dark clouds that hovered upon this country somehow gave the few people’s wants but are now in the pain of recompense due to their mistakes. European countries, America, and other countries who had allowed the same bill to be implemented in their State suffered economically especially the lack of man-power. People from other nations enjoy what must be for their own benefit. However, in the midst of these kinds of people, there are still those who are very faithful to the basic principles of life, setting aside faith, culture, and race. There are faithful families, thanks to the fidelity and love of their parents, present especially in small cities or towns. These are the families, people, individuals, who firmly believe that “the choice” given by the State is not mandatory but an option. They did not allow themselves to give in to that option. Rather they continued to live a life that is dignified and in accordance to their faith. These faithful individuals will shine forth again in the nations who are covered with the cloud of darkness in due time−in God’s time. Hopefully this, too, will happen in our country.

People are divided due to principles and beliefs. The cry of the unborn will be heard, their blood will be shed for the sake of economic growth, and people of good will, who promote truth and faith, will be persecuted.

Mexico, Spain, and other Catholic nations suffered persecution but the Philippines was spared for many years. The pain and suffering that the Catholic Church in the Philippines will experience, by blood or by words from the government or individuals, must not affect the Faith which we proclaim and the doctrine which we promote. The unity of people does not depend on a person but from God. We must face the truth that there are sheep and goats and that there are wolves in sheep’s wool. Another article of faith, which we need to hold on to, is the truth that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. I posted once in my Facebook: “Those who are faithful to the Faith will never have problems when the judgment comes. Those who are unfaithful will have problems dealing their salvation with God.” Even though there are persecutors that will toss lies in our face, we must be firmed in faith. What now if there are contraceptive pills, condoms, and other means of “pleasurable and safe instruments of sex” are available? Faithful Catholics must never cling to such acts of immorality. Be faithful to the Faith, practice what is moral and right according to the teachings of the Church−according to the teachings of Christ. Moreover, remember that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and is created in the image and likeness of God. We must die in this Faith and we are assured of the salvation Christ has promised.

Dear brothers and sisters, darkness will vanish like night that ends by day. In darkness God is present in mystery. God will always be with us. He invites us to be the light of Christ through our Christian living and living a good example. Time will come−in God’s time−that darkness will fade away with the light of Christ: the eternal Light that shines in every heart and in the lives of his faithful ones. Amen.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Die 8 Decembris


Die 8 Decembris: Mei est XXVII dies natalis.
Gratias tibi, Deus, Gratias tibi!

Orare pro me ad Dominum Deum, 
qui laetificat juventutem meam!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Reflection


A wonderful reflection for advent on love for and faith in Christ...



"We are obsessed over relics, 
indulgences, pilgrimages to Holy places 
yet all the time, all the time 
there is Christ, 
Christ Christ here in every corner, 
in every hour of the day."


-Fr. Martin Luther 

Luther the Movie (2003)

Very applicable even until today. 
Take note of the word: “Obsess!” “Obsession!”