Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mary said: "I am the servant of the Lord."

(a reflection on Luke 1:38)

What a magnificent program for life!
To be a servant for the Lord,
that is, to be ever at the disposal of God,
ready to regard life with all its joys and sorrows
as a sacred mission
given us by God's love.
And to fulfill this mission
with all the generosity of our heart.
Is it really this word of Mary that guides me each day
and points out the right way for my life?

Prayer: O Mary, faithful servant of the Lord,
obtain for me the grace to live as you did,
in accord with God's will until death. Amen.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Do we cherish God's love for us on a day-to-day basis?

Are we truly intuned with the love of a God who is always near? never deceived? always patient...and always waiting for us (to show us the way to live in the awareness and awe of His everlasting presence within and without, all the time)?

Have I told someone lately that I love them in word or in action (for God is in that person, too)? a spouse, a parent, a child, a brother, a sister...a friend?

Or is it easier for me to miss an opportunity to love and be loved because I am too busy in my own busyness? To be always living in the presence of the one we love takes time...takes a conscientious effort (at first). Once we experience the goodness that comes from the heart-to-heart communicating...the living in the LOVE becomes our true nature.

Remember though, like anything else we learn to do: practice makes perfect!
We must practice loving in truth in order to engage-in and daily promote a more loving world.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

On this day...three years ago...

It is much better for you that I depart. John 16:7

Christ's return to the Father served to make the disciples mature in faith. Their hopes were not destroyed but fulfilled.

God often takes from us - but only to give us something better. He destroys and breaks so that upon the earthly ruins, the temple of the Holy Spirit may be erected.

Three years ago, today, my father was taken from me - he died. Today, I celebrate the joy of having him accompany me in spirit (together with my mother, the angels, the saints...). The courage to mature in my faith has definitely come from God's love for me as He continues to guide me via my GPS (God's Providential Steering).

Prayer: Lord, do what You will: You know all things. I trust in You completely.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our agony lies in our need for forgiveness

(A reflection on Micah 7:18-20)

Could we face another day if we live deprived of God's Mercy?

Who is there like our Father who removes guilt and pardons sins?
Who is there who delights in clemency,
and who will again and again
have compassion for each one of us, His children?

God, our Father, is waiting to forgive...
is waiting to pour out His gracious Mercy upon us...
like a long-awaited cooling shower (of Love).
It will serve to quench our parched, dried out, sinful selves;
giving us LIFE (in Christ our Savior), once again.

Like the long-awaited cooling rains that cover the dry lands,
and awaken new life within,
sprouting the seeds of green hope
and of a life restored, abundantly blessed,
once again.

This is how God's forgiveness and inexhaustible Mercy works for us.
If only we humbly turn to our Father
with a sincere heart
looking to be renewed, refreshed.
Hoping to have our heavy-ladden burdens lifted (far away unto His Cross)
from our sorrowing lives.

God will gently cover our wounds (caused by sin)
with the healing balm of one drop of His Son's precious blood.
This is how our compassionate Father repairs our brokenness,
and restores us back to LIFE
in Him, through Him, and with Him.

All we need to do is to turn our face to God,
the One who loves us more than we could ever love.
All we need to do is to recognize His loving gaze in our lives...
He will, in turn, take care of us every step of the way.

But first, we must BELIEVE!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Trusting in God's love and mercy

How do we learn to trust?

Is this an innate gift or is it something learned?

Do we trust out of fear? A child has no other recourse than to trust that someone will take care of his basic needs. He is but a helpless thing. Does this mean then that a child trusts out of fear of abandonment? A child clings to the only source of love and care that they know. Is this love? Is this trust?

God makes us in His image to love as He loves. And to trust in His endless mercy for each one of us. God's love never fails. Though we should fail a thousand times each day. As long as we place our trust in Him, we will be rescued from the darkness, and be lifted up to the light of His infinite love and mercy. This much we know. Our Lord Himself has given us this promise.

Let it suffice to say that: I believe.

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