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PASTOR'S CORNER

February 2020

Feb 28

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT A20

Let me quote Blaise Pascal's words, “all the misery of mankind comes from not knowing how to sit still in the room.” All the mistakes and the troubles caused by mankind (including you and me) in the world/the existing cosmos created by the invisible supernatural being we call God can be traced back from our failure to calm ourselves...
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Feb 26

ASH WEDNESDAY 20

What we are giving up for Lent is sin, not social media, TV, chocolate or soda. Though they help us from engaging in guilty and excessive pleasures and comfort instead channel our quality time to prayer, bodily sacrifices and almsigiving. Joel said, “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping and...
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Feb 25

TUESDAY MUSINGS 022520

Tomorrow, February 26, Ash Wednesday is a universal day of fasting and abstinence. We begin lent with ashes on our foreheads to symbolize the need for repentance as individuals and as a whole. We focus with great intensity on our sins and sinfulness. We refrain from guilty and excessive pleasures. We spend enough time for prayer, fasting and...
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Feb 21

7TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME A20

This Sunday's gospel (Matthew 5: 38-48) is the climax of the antitheses: turn the other cheek, hand your cloak as well, go the extra mile, give freely, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you. Similarly, the first reading from the book of Leviticus 19, a book bursting with God’s command to be holy and to be loving, located...
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Feb 18

TUESDAY MUSINGS 021820

The historic community mass wedding took place last Saturday, 2pm at St. Luke Parish. Six couples joined the first ever group wedding. Families, relatives, friends and guests graced the solemn and profoundly moving occasion. It was intensely emotional. I got carried away many times. We made it! We'll do it again next year February 13, Saturday,...
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Feb 11

TUESDAY MUSINGS 021120

As we dedicate this day for all the sick (World Day of the Sick), not only the sick members of our community but also those (families, relatives, medical profession, hospice care, adult care, assisted living, nursing homes) who take care of them in so many capacities. On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose first apparition took place on...
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Feb 7

5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME A20

What a relief as Jesus employs the metaphors of salt and light to describe what it means to be a disciple. In the ancient of days even now, salt is greatly valued, nicknamed 'divine' because of its many uses which cannot be overemphasized. With its crystal glistening sparkling white, iodized or not, it's known as the purest and most useful of...
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Feb 4

TUESDAY MUSINGS 020420

Marriage is a mystery (Gr. mysterion., Latin, Sacramentum). Although we spend a great deal of time preparing for the lifetime 'absolute' commitment, aware of woeful human weaknesses and limitations, we only know 50% of this life upon entry, after the exhange of "I do's". As we dedicate February 7-14 as National Marriage Week, let's...
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Feb 1

THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD

The Old Stoics saying sounds true that a child was not given to a parent but only lent. Children are gifts to God to us and our role is to bring them back to him. The feast of the presentation of the Lord, this year falls on a Sunday overrides the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, was celebrated in Jerusalem as early as the 4th century originally...
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