HIS GRACE

His grace wakes me up…

His grace provides for me…

His grace opens my eyes…

His grace makes me forgive…

His grace gives me the ability to overcome resentments against others…

His grace provides strength to hide hurt feelings…

His grace allows me to endure…

His grace makes me forgive…

His grace allows me to love…and love more.

It’s all about HIS GRACE.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 


ANG TUNAY NA PAGIBIG

Ito ang pag-big na gusto ko.

Ito ang pag-ibig na hanap ko.

Ito ang tunay na pag-ibig, isang pagibig na kailan ma’y hindi ka iiwan.

Ito ang pag-ibig na di nagpaasa. Tunay na totoo at laging nagpaparaya.

Wala nang mahihiling pa sa pag-ibig na Kanyang alay.

Nawa, araw-araw ako ay makatugon at makapagsabi na, “Ikaw din, ang tunay kong iniibig!”

Jesus’ tomb. This is the greatest love!

Pray.

Sharing with you a beautiful write up of Saint Teresa of Avila about prayer.

Pay no attention to anyone who tries to dissuade you from your devotions. Of course there are dangers

along this way. Even if they attempt to frighten you as you travel the road walked by Christ and his followers,

you can be sure they are on a much riskier path. They have no idea what hazards wait for them along

their earthly road. They will eventually die of thirst. I advise you not to allow anyone to mislead you by

pointing out some other road than the road of prayer. – Saint Teresa of Avila, a little daily wisdom

an image of Saint Teresa i took during a pilgrimage to Lisieux, France. This image was actually inside the Church of the Monastery of the Carmelites Sisters where St Therese of the Child Jesus lived and died.

 

Our challenge is to protect our daily prayer time – our “date with Jesus!”

HAPPY FEAST SAINT ANTHONY DE PADUA

Anthony of Padua or Anthony of Lisbon, O.F.M., (born Fernando Martins de Bulhões; 15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231)[1] was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Though he died in Padua, Italy, he was born to a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, which is where he was raised. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of Scripture, he was declared a saint almost immediately after his death and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 16 January 1946.

St Anthony’s portrait – i am blessed to have taken this picture from the Church of St John the Baptist at Ein Karem (Hebrew:. “Spring of the Vineyard”, and Arabic: عين كارم‎ – ‘Ein Kārem), is an ancient village of the Jerusalem District and now a neighbourhood in southwest Jerusalem in Israel. According to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born in Ein Karem, leading to the establishment of many churches and monasteries.

Prayers to St. Anthony of Padua

Patron of Seekers of Lost Articles Patron of the Poor

Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony

“Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints.”

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, you love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (state request here). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles.

O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the eaars of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

(Then say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be)

Seeking a Lost Article

Dear St. Anthony, you are the patron of the poor and the helper of all who seek lost articles. Help me to find the object I have lost so that I will be able to make better use of the time that I will gain for God’s greater honor and glory. Grant your gracious aid to all people who seek what they have lost—especially those who seek to regain God’s grace. Amen.

To Find a Lost Article

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find (name your lost item) which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

Zacchaeus’ tree

How blessed to be in the place where Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree so he can see Jesus. The tree is still there! What?!

“So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus, who was going to pass that way.” Luke 19:4

May i always run to you, Lord…may i not miss any time of the day being with you, whether i am sad, lost, confused most especially when i am loved and happy.

Thank you for all your love and awesomeness, Lord!

 

THE FIVE FINGER PRAYER

The “Five Finger Prayer” is a simple, yet effective, way to pray.

We were separated from God by sin (Romans 3:23). But because Jesus paid for our sin on the cross we now “have access by one Spirit to the Father,” (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:18). Those who receive Jesus as their Savior become “children of God” (John 1:12).

So even though God is “great and mighty in power” (Psalm 147:4), we are His children and He is always thinking of us, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand!” (Psalm 139:17-18)

He is always ready to bend His ear to hear our prayers and so we’re encouraged to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

The Five Finger Prayer is a simple guide we can use when we pray.

1) Your Thumb is nearest to you

So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said “sweet duty.”

While praying for our loved ones is easy the Bible also tells us to pray for our enemies who, in a negative way, are also near us.

“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44) And again, “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.” (1 Peter 3:9)

2) The next finger is the Pointing Finger

The pointing finger reminds us of those who instruct so pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers. These men and women have great influence on society and we should pray that they display and teach godly principles in all they do.

3) The next finger is the Tallest Finger

Our tallest finger reminds us of those who are in charge. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. Pray for our church leaders, our Pope, priests, religious, and missionaries. They need God’s guidance.

When the king of Nineveh prayed to God he saved his nation from destruction (Jonah 3:6-10). We should pray that our decision makers repent and seek God’s will as they lead us.

4) The fourth finger is our Ring Finger

The ring finger is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

The Bible tells us that all who believe in Christ are “one body” (1 Corinthians 12:12) and that we are to “bear one another burdens”. We should “pray for one another,” James 5:16 tells us that, because “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Praying for others is a way of serving those around us and serving is what gives us purpose to life. “If you love Me,” Jesus said, “feed My sheep.” Praying for those in need is one way to feed Christ’s sheep.

5) And lastly comes our Little Finger

The smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your Pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself.

By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

When praying for ourselves we should first confess our sins because sin breaks fellowship with God and we don’t want to be out of fellowship with Him. No matter how badly we’ve sin take heart and know that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Then we should give thanks for all the blessings we have been given, “Offer to God thanksgiving, and pray your vows to the Most High” (Psalm 50:14)

And finally we lay out what is on our heart, the good and the bad, and we pray that God’s will be done in our life. The Father loves you very much and will always do what is best for you. Trust Him and He will lead you and cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)

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IT CAME TO ME AS A BIG SURPRISE!

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you (all) your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4”

I was asked to go back to the Philippines in November of last year as i wait for my religious visa to US. I never had plans of going to another foreign mission area since i know i have to wait and be ready to go back to there anytime early this year.

Until i got a phone call saying i will be going to Israel for a short term mission.

Wow! Israel! Holy Land! I never thought they would still be in need of a missionary here since this is already Holy Land! Oh, not until i got here and saw the situations of our Filipino brethren…I am privileged to be chosen to come here and serve.

It was funny that before we came here, our flight was cancelled and we were stranded in our country! Cathay Pacific had an engine trouble before we actually took off and so they needed to bring us all to Manila Hotel. What?! Wow! Nice room and awesome buffet food, all for free!

Next surprise we got, since we initially missed our flight, when we reached Hon Kong for our connecting flight, we were immediately told that our names were not in the list to fly that day to Israel. So, as we wait Cathay Pacific gave us meal voucher amounting to HK$300! Wow! If we didn’t miss the first flight because of engine trouble we will not have any meal allowance when we reach Hong Kong! yay!

The Lord really makes sure that He takes care of His workers, first class!

The flight going to Israel was long…but the Lord gave me a comfortable seat and nice meal while on board.

And today, as i reached my new mission area for the next couple of weeks, the Lord never fails to surprise my heart daily…

God sent awesome people to work with here in Israel.

Awesome religious people who knows how to have fun as they work in the Lord’s vineyard. – with Salesian priest – Fr Ric and Salesian brothers.

The Lord would even asked my fave saint to make sure i am affirmed of my prayers…My first Sunday mass here somebody gave us roses…waaahhh that’s St. Therese’ at work there!

Roses are beautiful affirmations you received when you ask for St Therese’ intercession.

Working for the Lord’s vineyard definitely is a privilege and will make you see amazing places.

Last week, we went to Jerusalem for a half-day pilgrimage and i was brought in tears when we entered this tomb…the tomb of my great Saviour, Jesus Christ!

the tomb of Jesus

the Holy Sepulchre

the stone where Jesus was placed after He was brought down from the cross. His body was cleaned with oil before He was brought and placed to His tomb.

Thank you Lord for the beautiful surprises! I know there is more to come…and so i asked, please make my heart ever ready to praise You and worship You of Your greatness. Send me always the grace to choose You in my daily works.

Allow the Lord to surprise you! He always waits for you…allow Him!