The Unpredictable Don - iFonzjm

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25 August 2013

I was reflecting about today’s Gospel regarding the narrow gate, what is this “narrow gate”? Have you ever thought about it? Well in my own understanding as I think is it to do the Will of God in our own life, to carry our own crosses and follow Him.

Many a times, for myself, I see that I always want my own way, my ideas, my plans to bring it to success, like for example, to have a better laptop (MacBook) than to have a normal, simple and its able to do what I need (Asus, Dell and etc.)

Currently I’m supposed to pray morning laus everyday with 15mins of silent prayer but you know what? I barely do it cause I’m lazy, I’m struggling this prayer life, this communication with God, this getting into union with God, this sharing of my life with God. When I was in Kota Kinbalu (Sabah, East Malaysia) I told myself that I will make a point to prayer everyday of the major hours even thought it is a holiday trip cause I know I need to start somewhere if not I won’t start it at all. I felt that God knows my weakness and my strength and He loves me as who I am, in my laziness to wake up a little bit early to pray or even to stay a little bit longer in the night to pray, cause I know my prayer life will be at stake when I’m back in Singapore. It’s very true!

Many people thinks that I’m a good person, I’m holy and etc. but deep down I don’t see that. Why? I’m a human being struggling to fight for power, to have a better life, to have a better paid job, to have my way and not going to the “Narrow Gate”.

To this Jesus comes today to remind me again and again of His great love for me, to remind me not to be cheated by the devil and to focus on to Him, follow Him, to listen His gentle and lovely voice and to be at peace with Him.

Everyone have their own views and opinions but they are not as good as my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

Praise be Jesus and Mary, Now and for ever! Ave Maria!

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7 July 2013

Today I saw joy, I saw grief, I saw sadness. Why?

Joy because I got a chance to see a friend of mine is getting married.

Grief because a friend of mine passed on after battling with his sickness. He died while sleeping.

Sadness because a priest whom I know is leaving for his new appointment though he is “supposed” to be here for 2-3 years but he has only been here for 10 months and he is feeling alittle sad to leave this place. He know that that is the will of God for him.

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Sometimes the only way the Good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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28 June 2013

Have you ever wonder…? When you’re rushing to a place and you have to cross the traffic junction and when you reach traffic junction about to cross, suddenly the pedestrian light changed to red and you have to wait.

Sometimes in life we are rushing for something/s and at times somethings just suddenly “change to red” that we need to wait. In this fast pace environment we are ought to learn how to wait but not to wait for the sake of waiting but to wait with patience.

Sometimes somethings are not within our own hands to control. This thought came to me when I was trying to cross the traffic junction but I didn’t because its very dangerous to cross.

Thanks be to God.

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9 June 2013

Today I have learn something and that is “no matter how much I like a/on something I cannot impose what I like on others” why I do I say that? Because I see for myself a mirror image of it on others whether the other person is happy or not happy if the impose of the other as it is a “expectation” of one putting on others and in the end who suffer? Not I but the other if the other is not happy about it.

Expectations always have a price to day in one way or another but we don’t realised it. Well I have not much to blog for today as my reflection is short.

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5 June 2013

As I was reflected the events that happened today I felt that man (in general) are pathetic people. Why do I say that…? God constantly shows His love, His care, His willingness to give life and most of all to give us Salvation but we most of the time or to some can say all the time we let ourselves to be distracted by the worldly things (Job, Money, Success, Pleasure, Power, Sex and etc. [the current realities in our times]) and allowing these thing to take us out of sight of the presence of God in our lives.

As just now during my community meeting while reading the Holy Scripture I was reminded by God that in the pathetic-ness of man God continues to call man into His presence, to His love, to His Divine plan He have for us Today cause we only live Today not for yesterday and not for tomorrow because today is the present that God give to everyone including myself.

Let us always and everywhere remember wherever we are that we are in the Holy Presence of God till the day we shall see Him face to face.

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Reflection on 1 John 2:1-11

"I am writing this, my children, to stop you sinning; but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s. We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ‘I know him’, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him. We can be sure that we are in God only when the one who claims to be living in him is living the same kind of life as Christ lived. My dear people, this is not a new commandment that I am writing to tell you, but an old commandment that you were given from the beginning, the original commandment which was the message brought to you. Yet in another way, what I am writing to you, and what is being carried out in your lives as it was in his, is a new commandment; because the night is over and the real light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the dark. But anyone who loves his brother is living in the light and need not be afraid of stumbling; unlike the man who hates his brother and is in the darkness, not knowing where he is going, because it is too dark to see."

Many a times I realised that man struggle with our own weaknesses and sins, sometimes we come to a point thinking that “it is ok” to sin but then we don’t really know the consequences of sin will give us and that is separation from God our Father. Saint John show me that it is in Jesus Christ died on mount Calvary to snatch me away from the devil and to keep me with him, through the Sacrament of Confession this greatest gift He gave to me through Holy Mother Church.

When I see the word “commandment” I always think that it is a “must do it” thing later I know that the word reveals the love of God the Father, the Commandment of Love (Caritas). In the Greek text, Saint John uses the word “entole’ ” that means precept, advise and instruction. In my life the commandment of love can be or at times it is difficult to live out, why? There can be many reasons that I can come out and the most of all when I look at the reasons it point towards to Pride.

Pride as we all know that it is a sin and it can destroy us very deeply but God calls us to love without measure/condition (Agape). When we cannot accept others it reflects upon ourselves that it could be a projection of ourselves that we cannot accept.

Let us and myself to worry about all these things but to have this constant reminder to focus our thoughts on Jesus Christ, the one who love as beyond all things and is always there with us when we think that He is not there in our life. And lastly let us not be deceived by the devil by living a life of sin and lie and let us live in The Truth because Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

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My reflection on the Holy Father, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI

My 1st World Youth Day was 2005 at Cologne in Germany with my mind set to see Pope John Paul II but when Pope Benedict XVI was elected I didn’t have the heart to go for the pilgrimage because one of the reason was that I felt that I have no connection with the new Holy Father but nevertheless I still went and see and experience it.

I told Jesus that I want to encounter Him in this pilgrimage and I want to see what He has for me in this pilgrimage. Truly I can say that I’m surprised at the number of youths attended the World Youth Day and I was inspired by their enthusiasm when meeting Pope Benedict XVI.

I remember on the final day at the Holy Mass Pope Benedict’s homily strikes me and he invited all gathered there to not to be afraid to do the will of God, not to be afraid to open the door of our hearts to let Jesus to come in.

8 years has past and come to think about it I’m kind of sad because the Holy Father resign as Successor of St Peter and I felt strongly that I will miss him. He really have move Holy Mother Church forward and he has been a True Shepherd like Jesus, the Good Shepherd. I believe that God has a better plan for Pope Benedict and for the Church, God will elect a Holy Father that will guide and lead the Church.

It’s a reminder for me not to see the Holy Mother Church on the Pope himself but rather Holy Mother Church is on the corner stone who is Jesus Christ himself. He, the Eternal High Priest will never resign.

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11 February 2013

These are my personal views and opinion.

So many things happen these past few days or even weeks to some they might say “it happened for a reason”, to others “it just happened”.

I realised how I viewed at things in a certain way and honestly my honesty sometimes or most of the time kill someone or myself.

I wonder and I ask God why you give me such a gift? Not many people can swallow it and even myself I can’t swallow/accept it.

Bias-ness, I realised people choose who they want to make time for, take the effort to do something about it and the rest just can’t be bothered or give some solution and just let it be. It’s sad to see it but it just so happened that it turn out this way which I strong think that they without realising it that already happened.

Yes, expectations leads to disappointments. I know I have set expectations on them but I’m only a human and a weak man with my limitations and struggles. Quoting from a friend that told me recently “it’s never easy to live as a community because your cross will always be there. It is for you to accept it and to embrace it.”

Reality sometimes it’s suck to see the it is not a beautiful picture that we paint it but rather its a package that is sent to us to accept it.

These past few days have been a struggle for me that my mind was in a battle with so much of negative thoughts. I asked myself why I tried and yet I failed after doing it that is to accept, to embrace, to confront and to acknowledge it.

I pray that I can be the person what God wants of me that is to be happy and not to be sad about it and to live with dignity as a child of God who love me so much that even He sent His Son to died for me and even today loving by coming to me as a simplest form of Bread to transform into His Body for me

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The season of Advent is like springtime in nature, when everything is renewed and so is fresh and healthy. Advent is also meant to do this to us - to refresh us and make us healthy, to be able to receive Christ in whatever form he may come to us.
Blessed (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta, Founderess of Missionary of Charity

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Christians are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: not in their names, for there is only one God, the almighty Father, his only Son and the Holy Spirit: the Most Holy Trinity.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 233

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Believing in God, the only One, and loving him with all our being has enormous consequences for our whole life.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 222

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Interrupting the Mass - Zenit

Good article and a reason for us to know what to do when this occurs again in our parish.

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: My parish is conducting a parish mission which includes nightly home visits and culminates in a group Mass where the missioners (all the priests) break off with the participants after the homily for discussions and return 45 minutes later to continue with the Mass. As not all who attended the Mass — that is, the choir, the wardens, the altar boys, the lectors, etc. — are participants, during the 45-minute break, the choir started practicing, the wardens wandered around socializing, the altar boys played, the lectors sent text messages. I have checked with various priests and was told that, though the break is not liturgically correct, the pastor has the final say. Is this correct? — W.T., Singapore

A: There are two questions involved. First: Is this practice correct? Second: Can the pastor have the final say on such matters?

To the first question I think that the 2004 instruction, Redemptionis Sacramentum, gives a very clear answer:

"60. In the celebration of Mass, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are intimately connected to one another, and form one single act of worship. For this reason it is not licit to separate one of these parts from the other and celebrate them at different times or places. Nor is it licit to carry out the individual parts of Holy Mass at different times of the same day."

In the case presented by our reader the unity of the Mass as a single act of worship is interrupted by leaving for discussions and therefore goes against the norms.

This is not the same as the legitimate possibility of separating young children from the assembly at the moment of the homily so as to preach to them in a way tailored to their special needs. The children return to the assembly for the offertory.

Regarding the question as to whether a pastor may make such changes: Once again, Redemptoris Sacramentum can help us on this point when speaking of the regulation of the sacred liturgy:

"14. ‘The regulation of the Sacred Liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, which rests specifically with the Apostolic See and, according to the norms of law, with the Bishop.’

"21. It pertains to the diocesan Bishop, then, ‘within the limits of his competence, to set forth liturgical norms in his Diocese, by which all are bound.’ Still, the Bishop must take care not to allow the removal of that liberty foreseen by the norms of the liturgical books so that the celebration may be adapted in an intelligent manner to the Church building, or to the group of the faithful who are present, or to particular pastoral circumstances in such a way that the universal sacred rite is truly accommodated to human understanding.

"22. The Bishop governs the particular Church entrusted to him, and it is his task to regulate, to direct, to encourage, and sometimes also to reprove; this is a sacred task that he has received through episcopal Ordination, which he fulfills in order to build up his flock in truth and holiness. He should elucidate the inherent meaning of the rites and the liturgical texts, and nourish the spirit of the Liturgy in the Priests, Deacons and lay faithful so that they are all led to the active and fruitful celebration of the Eucharist, and in like manner he should take care to ensure that the whole body of the Church is able to grow in the same understanding, in the unity of charity, in the diocese, in the nation and in the world.

"24. It is the right of the Christian people themselves that their diocesan Bishop should take care to prevent the occurrence of abuses in ecclesiastical discipline, especially as regards the ministry of the word, the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God and devotion to the Saints.

"32. ‘Let the Parish Priest strive so that the Most Holy Eucharist will be the center of the parish congregation of the faithful; let him work to ensure that Christ’s faithful are nourished through the devout celebration of the Sacraments, and in particular, that they frequently approach the Most Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance; let him strive, furthermore, to ensure that the faithful are encouraged to offer prayers in their families as well, and to participate consciously and actively in the Sacred Liturgy, which the Parish Priest, under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, is bound to regulate and supervise in his parish lest abuses occur.’ Although it is appropriate that he should be assisted in the effective preparation of the liturgical celebrations by various members of Christ’s faithful, he nevertheless must not cede to them in any way those things that are proper to his own office."

To this we may add the injunction from the conciliar document Sacrosanctum Concilium, No. 22: “Therefore, absolutely no other person, not even a priest, may add, remove or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.”

Therefore I think it is fairly clear that the Church does not grant such sweeping powers to pastors — certainly not to have the “final say” on a practice that has been specifically and definitively reprobated by the Holy See.