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PASTOR'S CORNER

March 2019

Mar 30

THE PRODIGAL CHILD AND PARENT

Would you welcome a run-away child with wide open arms if one day, he/she finally returns home? The parable of the prodigal son has been acclaimed as the best short story ever told which highlights the unconditional love of God towards a repentant sinner. It sounds like it’s about the son but it’s actually designed to emphasize an...
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Mar 26

TUESDAY MUSINGS 3/26

Last Saturday’s retreat with the young adults was a great opportunity to step out of the normal routine. We delved into Holy Week. I’m sure this year, all of us (the participants, myself included), will have a different (deeper understanding) outlook about this great and solemn event of our redemption. In the presentation, I started...
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Mar 24

GOD PATIENTLY WAITS FOR OUR CONVERSION

Fig tree is said to grow anywhere there is a soil which has over 50% of survival. If figs were human beings, there would be no reason to complain at all as they have everything necessary to live. It draws its strength and sustenance from the soil and normally, takes 3 years to bear fruit. However, according to the story, it produces nothing. A...
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Mar 20

MISSIONARIES OF THE FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE

We welcomed the Missionaries on Sunday and bade farewell on Saturday at the 7:30am Mass. When Sr. Mary Aloysius asked me to say Mass for them, I said, anything for the Missionaries. Deuteronomy 26 was the assigned scripture reading and the opening lines sounded familiar, “this day or today.” As they headed back to school after a...
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Mar 19

TUESDAY MUSINGS 3/19

This week is the start of the long- Tuesday- evening- confirmation- interviews for all three parishes. It sounds overwhelming but I look forward to it. I really do. Being the only priest down here, I'm spreading myself too thin already but the one-on-one 10-minute platica with the confirmandi is considerably, a huge investment for me. The stuff...
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Mar 16

THE MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCE

One of the many things I like about Douglas, besides the warmth of the people, is the climate. The fact that it sits in a 3995ish ft elevation surrounded by gorgeous mountains is a delight for me. Although it’s the southernmost part of the state, a border town, driving down south is actually uphill. No worries, we are closer to heaven than...
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Mar 13

JONAH AND THE NINEVITES

Among the OT readings, the common thread on the first week of lent is penance. Jonah, the reluctant prophet was sent by God to pronounce judgment on Nineveh (part of modern-day Iraq,) a great city by any measure but also considered by many especially its enemy, evil and therefore, needed to turn to God. Jonah’s story is one of the most...
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Mar 12

TUESDAY LETTER 3/12

The story behind this blog is one of faith journey. As a pastor, I seriously intend to keep track of my experience with the people and the community as a whole assigned under my pastoral care and responsibility and see the difference (if there’s any) between then (past), now (present) and onwards (the future). What I plan to do is piece...
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Mar 10

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT C19

On my drive to Douglas in October for an ocular visit, I took E Davis Rd, the shorter route by a large margin. As soon as I made the left turn, I was seized by the striking beauty of the landscape along with the mountain ranges. I enjoyed the winding roads and the sight of the herd of cows, ranches and the vast uninhabited area. Since I was...
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Mar 8

REAL FASTING

Charles Murphy, in his book, the Spirituality of Fasting, lamented and I don’t blame him (about the elephant in the Catholic tradition) that is, fasting being a long-lost tradition. He recalled St. John Paul II’s query when both met at the Vatican, what happened to fasting. It’s still inscribed in the books but it faded because...
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Mar 7

CHOOSE LIFE

Every day, we make choices from the simple to the most complicated and complex which involve life, prosperity, death and doom issues (putting us in difficult spot) resulting in blessings and curses. We may not be aware but that holds true. Many of them we don’t spend as much time as others as they have become habits. They’re second...
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Mar 5

ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the forty days of lent staged in a solemn ritual of the imposition of ashes, an ancient practice of penance symbolizing our humble return to God. Back then, putting on sackcloth and ashes were originally reserved and required for penitents as (outward) signs of public repentance (punitive measures) but down the...
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