MY 40 DAYS JOURNEY: DAY 4

Daily Reflection: Appreciate God’s oppression as God’s way of saying that God’s love is all present and knowing of all my needs and even of my loved ones. His love magnifies from the smallest to the biggest “need” i have in my life. His grace is sufficient!

Please click this for reflection: Your Grace is Enough

The Readings
Isaiah 58: 9b-14; Psalm 86: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Luke 5: 27-32Loving creator, 

I am not asking to overcome my weakness,
but to use it in some way to glorify you.

Let me be aware of
the many ways you reach out to help me today
and let me stand in awe of the power
that you use in such loving ways.

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Please visit this link for complete meditation: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/index.html

MPC-FFV DALLAS ASSEMBLY WAS A BLAST!/ MPC-FFV DALLAS 1RA ASAMBLEA SALIO’ MARAVILLA!

February 09, 2013. Saturday. Our most awaited MPC-FFV Dallas first assembly happened. How awesome to see how God has orchestrated everything for that

event to be truly life-giving and spirit-filled. God knows how to perfectly blessed His people.
First, our venue was in St. Ann’s Parish, 5th biggest parish in the whole United States and that is the same parish where most

of our servants and members in MPC-FFV Dallas are actively serving. He has brought us to that place where we can really share the blessing and grace to be of service to the church, family and life!
Second, God has given us a beautiful surprise of having a complete music ministry. At first, we were just talking about, probably one microphone, a brother who will play the “cahon” and a Tito to play the guitar. Hours before the the assembly happened, group of Titos who are serving as a music ministry in a CLS in grand Prairie offered that after their service there, they can all go and help us in the music! They didn’t know the songs, they don’t speak spanish but they have a “big heart” for the Lord! And lo and behold! Few minutes before everybody came, we were all set up with different instruments and musicians ready. I was amazed how the sisters whom i asked to sing with me just immediately said yes without thinking if they were really prepared for this or not. All they knew at that time was that they will sing for Jesus and they said, “God will appreciate our voice. We will sing for Him!” Our worship was lead by our brother Ramon Negrete. It was so vibrant that everyone went dancing and singing for God. We sang Angeles de Dios [Angels of God], Alma misionera [Missionary Soul], Dios puede salvar [Mighty to save], and Mi vida esta en Ti Señor [My life is in you, Lord].
Third, we were blessed by the presence of Fr. Orlando Cardozo, Parochial Vicar who vibrantly shared with us the significance and meaning of the New Evangelization. We’ve learned from his talk how we are called to be God’s people and his messengers and evangelizers together with all the religious priests, the nuns and the missionaries. That as a community of MPC-FFV we have a mission to go out and share the love and mercy of Christ. He reiterated that our behavior and way of speaking shares so much as to how we live Christ in us and as to how we can share Christ to others.
Fourth, we all realized that to answer the call to the New Evangelization, we don’t need to look far. To respond to this call is already stated in our mission and vision of CFC-FFL/ MPC-FFV. This was presented by our brother Eduardo Barajas ending it with a re-commitment of each one. Posting their commitments to take part of this call to the Cross of Christ as we sang the song  leading them to this act, Hoy te rindo mi ser [Lord, i give you my heart.]
Fifth, i saw how God orchestrated everything. Many of our brethren in MPC-FFV was so open to serve and share at that time. Just asking them to do this and that on the spot, and them saying yes immediately made me see how God has planted in their hearts to love Christ and live Him by saying yes to this service through the community, whether it is in singing, playing the music, doing the power point slides, distributing papers and pens, taking care of the kids and the youth or serving food. I see servanthood so alive in each one! I see Christ so alive during the assembly!
My prayer is for God to consistently bless each one of us with His abundant grace so we can always be ready to say “yes” in whatever service to glorify His name! That we will continue to serve Him by sharing our time, treasure and talents at all times. And that as we do this, we aspire more to see God’s presence and love amongst each one of us. That we serve not be recognized, but we serve because we want to show how God has been “so good” to us and this is our way of thanking Him. All for God’s glory!
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09 de febrero 2013. Sábado. Nuestro más esperado primera asamblea de MPC-FFV Dallas  pasó. Que impresionante ver cómo Dios ha orquestado todo para eso
evento que se realmente da vida y  lleno de espíritu. Dios sabe perfectamente como bendecir a su pueblo.
En primer lugar, nuestra sede fue en la parroquia de Santa Ana, la parroquia quinta más grande en todos los Estados Unidos y que es la misma parroquia donde la mayor parte de nuestros servidores y miembros de MPC-FFV Dallas están activamente sirviendo. Él nos ha traído a este lugar donde podemos realmente compartir la bendición y la gracia para estar al servicio de la iglesia, la familia y la vida!
En segundo lugar, Dios nos ha dado una hermosa sorpresa de tener un ministerio de música completa. Al principio, sólo estábamos hablando, probablemente, un micrófono, un hermano que va a tocar el “cajon” y un hermano que va a tocar la guitarra. Horas antes de la asamblea, el grupo de los hermanos que están sirviendo como un ministerio de música en un SVC en Grand Prairie ofreció que después de su servicio allí, todos ellos pueden ir y nos pueden ayudar en la música! No sabían las canciones, no hablan español, pero tienen un “corazón grande” para el Señor! Y alli vamos! Pocos minutos antes de que todo el mundo vino, estábamos todo preparado con diferentes instrumentos y músicos listos. Me sorprendió cómo las hermanas que me pidió que cantara conmigo sólo inmediatamente dijo que sí sin pensar si realmente están preparados para esto o no. Todo lo que sabía en ese momento era que cantarán a Jesús y le dijeron: “Dios apreciarán nuestras voces. Vamos a cantar para Él!” Nuestra alabanza fue liderado por nuestro hermano Ramón Negrete. Era tan vibrante que todos fuimos a bailar y cantar a Dios. Hemos cantado Angeles de Dios, Alma misionera, Dios you can Salvar, y Mi vida está en Ti Señor.
En tercer lugar, fuimos bendecidos por la presencia del Padre. Orlando Cardozo, Vicario Parroquial quien fue muy vibrante compartiendo con nosotros la importancia y el significado de la Nueva Evangelización. Hemos aprendido de su charla cómo estamos llamados a ser pueblo de Dios y sus mensajeros y evangelizadores, junto con todos los sacerdotes, religiosos, monjas y misioneros. Que como una comunidad de MPC-FFV tenemos una misión que salir y compartir el amor y la misericordia de Cristo. Reiteró que nuestro comportamiento y forma de hablar acciones tanto en cuanto a nuestra forma de vivir a Cristo en nosotros y en cuanto a cómo podemos compartir a Cristo a los demás.
En cuarto lugar, nos dimos cuenta de que para responder a la llamada a la nueva evangelización, no necesitamos ir muy lejos. Para responder a esta llamada ya se ha dicho en nuestra misión y visión de MPC-FFV. Esto fue presentado por nuestro hermano Eduardo Barajas y se terminó con la renovación del compromiso de cada uno. Hicieron una actividad para sus compromisos, de este llamado, pegaron  a la Cruz de Cristo mientras cantamos la canción que lleva a este acto, Hoy te rindo mi servicio.
En quinto lugar, vi cómo Dios organizó todo. Muchos de nuestros hermanos en MPC-FFV estaba tan abiert a servir y compartir en ese momento. Sólo les pide que hagan esto y aquello sobre eso tiempo mismo, y me dejieron sí de inmediato me hizo ver cómo Dios ha puesto en sus corazones el amor a Cristo y vivir por Él. A decir sí a este servicio a través de la comunidad, si es en el canto, tocando la música, haciendo las diapositivas en power point, la distribución de papeles y bolígrafos, el cuidado de los niños y de los jóvenes y servir alimentos. Vi un corazon de servidor tan vivo en cada uno! Veo a Cristo tan vivo durante de la asamblea!
Mi oración es que Dios nos bendiga siempre a cada uno de nosotros con Su gracia abundante para que siempre podemos estar listos para decir “sí” a cualquier servicio para glorificar Su nombre! Que vamos a seguir para servirle al compartir nuestro tiempo, talento y tesoro en todo momento. Y al hacer esto, aspiramos más que ver la presencia de Dios y el amor entre cada uno de nosotros. Eso nos servirá no ser reconocidos o famosos, pero servimos porque queremos mostrar cómo Dios ha sido “muy bueno” a nosotros y esta es nuestra manera de agradecerle! Todo por la gloria de Dios!

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LIFE CHANGING

I must say, without any doubt in my heart that CFC-FFL brings  life changing miracles and blessings to a lot of people. May it be the Filipino speaking group, English or the Spanish one.

Last year, when we had our Seminario de Vida Cristiana (Christian life seminar) for our hispanic community Matrimonios para Cristo Fundacion para la Familia y la Vida (MPC-FFV) in Coppell, TX, we had an attendee who had a very unique name and was very difficult for me to pronounce. So i would just fondly call him either Senior (Sir) or Hermano (brother). He was so committed to attend the weekly sessions. He would approached me every after each talk, and would asked for prayers. Prayers for him and his wife to be once again reunited. He would cry and say, “This is my earnest prayer, and i know that this community will make it happened!”

After their Seminario, i was asked to go back to the Philippines and so never had an opportunity to know what happened to this man, his story and his prayer.

I am requested to be back here in Texas again to help in serving the MPC-FFV in their formation. Today, i was able to join another Seminario of the community and take a look who i found….

Herminigildo with his Wife! :))

I was teary eyed when he called me and introduced me to his wife! My heart was praising God and telling Him, “Lord, this is your miracle, this is your blessing! Life changing indeed!”

Today, was the 8th session of the Seminario and they didn’t have any absences so far. Next week will be our last session and before we all bid goodbye today, Herminigildo approached me and said, “Will you be here next week? My wife and i will see you again, ok?!”

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

I know in my heart that God will continue to show his love and mercy to us all…i am so happy i am seeing all this happening right in front of my very eyes. God is so alive and He definitely knows the very desire of our hearts! Just like mi hermano, Herminigildo, God is totally at work in each one of us…are we all ready for HIS LIFE CHANGING LOVE? I AM! :))

We continue to pray for each other.