"Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

*God Always in Control*

        Today I realize that we finite creatures lose control of ourselves easily. We become perturbed and nervous when we are under stress. We want to hit anyone who hits us back. When things go badly, we get depressed and can no longer think clearly. Then I see our infinite Lord who never loses his composure and cool, and always thinks and acts rationally. We can be sure that everything is under his control, even thought we see chaos. We need to remain patient and follow him with faith. This marks us truly as being his disciples. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

**Knowing Your Future

        Most people still seem to focus on living in this world and are not too concerned about what the next life will be like, even in old age. To me, this is living precariously. I am so happy about knowing Christ because even though I am still in this world, I already know where I'll be going after I leave here. When that'll happen is not relevant. This is a tremendous advantage and a great blessing.

Monday, May 16, 2022

***Transcending Worldly Enslavement

        Looking at the current ongoing brutal war in Ukraine, we see people killing each other as if human lives don't mean much anymore. They are locked in fighting for a small area on this planet. Others are deeply immersed in finding happiness in this world. Christians can transcend all that to reach God and secure their eternal life! This is not escaping—instead, it's facing the reality that's open to all of us. For God is our Savior who can set us free for good, irregardless of whether you believe or not!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

*Love vs. Hatred

        God's love is most beautiful. It is what we need to become like him and to bring peace to our hearts and the world. This makes hatred, the total lack of love, most horrible. Clearly, hatred can only come from the Devil. Unfortunately, our world is filled with hatred, even hatred of things that are all made up. You can realistically say that our life is made of all the moments requiring us to decide whether to love or to hate. Anyway, love will triumph in the end, as God is love.

***God Most Personal

        The Lord knows each of us thoroughly. He knows my thoughts, my feelings, my joys and sorrows, my pains and fears, what I need . . . things I don't even know about myself. This makes him my most personal friend. From him, I can get all the guidance I need, help, protection from evil, and the power to transform myself. It'd be utter folly to think that you can survive by yourself without him.  

***How to Love Each Other

        In today's Gospel reading from John 13, Jesus said at the Last Supper after Judas had left to his other disciples, "My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for oner another." How can we love each other as Jesus has loved us? The only way I can see to achieve that is to let the Lord love us so that we may know his love. This will give us the strength to love everyone else. We trust in God's mercy; we need to trust in his love too.

**How We Are Measured*

        As we journey through this life on earth, we are measured entirely by how much we love God. It would be ideal that our love for God increases as time passes, reaching a peak at the time of our departure from earth. 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

**Living a Special Life

        In my last post, I see being chosen by the Lord to follow him as a most special calling. It follows that everything he sends our way is special too. This teaches us to accept all things he allows to happen to us and to bear fruit in all circumstances. We are called to live a most special life in Christ! Hallelujah!

***Most Special Calling

         Today is the Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle. In the Gospel from John 15, Jesus said to his disciples, "It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you." So if you are already a believer, know that he has chosen you! This is a most special calling we need to appreciate, treasure. and fulfill by bearing fruit that do not perish. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

**Cause for Rejoicing*

        Today's Communion experience. The Lord called me and entered me, I am completely in!

**How God Overwhelms Us

        As you get to know Christ the Lord, you receive freedom, peace, and joy, more or less in that order, although they often blur together. As the Lord removes your sins, you experience spiritual freedom. When you are free, peace naturally follows. Joy, though it's now just the icing on the cake, can be most overwhelming. So God frees your spirit, sets you heart at peace, and fill you with heavenly joy. Plenty enough for us prior to entering heaven.

***Two Greatest Callings from God

        (1) Repent our sins and follow Jesus. (2) Become holy and attain union with God through receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

**Division Among Us a Reality*

        Jesus said that he would cause division among us. So has this happened, as we have those who believe in and follow him and those who don't. This division is no small, temporary separation. In fact, if not mended, it would last for all eternity! The main thing is that you want to be on God's side. Attain union with him to insure that you'll never be separated from him.

***Jesus Most Personal

        You may know about Jesus or even believe or know him to a certain extent, but that is not good enough. You must worship him, live and die for him . . . that is, loving him with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Why? Because he is your Lord, your creator, your most loving Savior who has died for you so that you may have eternal life. He is your most personal God.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

*Suffering Prepares Us for Heaven

         We are sinners living in a sinful world, so sufferings are unavoidable. Christ came into this world and suffered greatly. So we need to accept all our sufferings too. Otherwise, we can become lifelong complainers. Be willing to suffer for Christ, and we'll be fit for heaven.

**Pride, Cause of All Trouble

        Russia invaded Ukraine just 11 weeks ago and has so far already caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people. It looks like Vladimir Putin is not going to win this war. He's in a really tough spot. He can keep on fighting, hoping to somehow win, so he won't look so bad to his own people, or swallow his pride, admit defeat, and withdraw from the invasion. Either way, I think his career is over. It all comes down to following your own pride or following God. To avoid ever getting into a bad spot like that, remain humble always, for pride leads to self-destruction. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

**The World Lost

        As I was praying the Our Father at Mass this morning, I came to the phrase "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." I felt great sorrow because the world today is so far from doing God's will! A chastisement for the world seems inevitable. Nevertheless, continued prayers from the faithful are always needed, for God's mercy is unfathomable.

**No Christ, No Peace

        At Mass this morning, I received great peace from the Lord. I remember that way back in the early days when I didn't know Christ yet, many nights I went to bed trying to forget what's troubling my heart. What a change it's been! Now, I won't be able to sleep in peace if I do not have Christ in my life.

*Various Levels of Living*

        (1) You live for Christ completely, you die and go straight to heaven. (2) You live for yourself, but one day you wake up and start living for God. You die and enter purgatory to get purified first before entering heaven. The length of purification would depend upon factors known to the Lord only. (3) You live selfishly for yourself only, not believing in God at all. You die and enter hell. Of course, there are many grey areas in-between. The first and last extreme examples simply define the range of all possible cases.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

**Our Two Spiritual Directors

       "Love" and "forgive" go together. You can't have one without the other. They are to govern everything we do. Think of God and others, and lastly ourselves.

***Greatest Achievement, Great Reward

           Submitting ourselves completely to God has to be our greatest personal achievement. No other achievement can surpass that. This act reconciles us fully to God. Now we are shielded from sin and dissolve any disorder we've created. And we receive freedom, peace, joy, and power. In sum, when we yield to God, we easily receive all the things that are good for us.

Monday, May 9, 2022

*Ready to Be Transformed

        Communion experience. Now that the Lord has entered me, the Holy Spirit is ready to transform me fully with his power.

**Beautiful Life

        Every moment you spend with Christ is a beautiful moment. Spend your whole life with him to live a most beautiful life.

***What Makes Life Worth Living*

        In this life on earth, you can concentrate wholly upon gaining riches and fame for yourself and succeed. But if you end up not being any closer to God—what good would that be? Life is worth living only if you can get to heaven after you die. Otherwise, it would've been better if you were not born.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

**Reaching the Lord

         God always loves us and is most understanding. As long as we love him, even if we fall short at times, he loves us the same. Because of this great mercy, we can all be saved. So march on and do not let anything stop you from reaching him. Ideally, do not offer any resistance to let him draw you all the way to him. 

***Most Satisfying Experience

        Communion experience. Receiving the Holy Eucharist has to be the most satisfying experience on earth. For the Lord touches your soul and spirit while you are still on earth.

****Enjoying God's Holiness

        In union with God, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Where the Lord dwells, no sin exists. And you enjoy God's holiness.

***Rejoicing in Christ's Promise***

        Today's Gospel reading comes from John 10, in which Jesus said to the Jews, "My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand." How good it is to hear these assuring words from the Lord! How he loves us! Know him to hear his voice and follow him, and we are set for eternity. Rejoice in this promise now and forever!

****Unique, Special Joy

        The joy of Christ our Savior is special and unique. There is no other joy like it. Once you know the Lord, you are filled with this most sweet, selfless joy that bursts forth from your heart, making you want to share it with everyone. You have been liberated and wish to liberate everyone else too!  

**Bonding with God the Father

        We all have the natural urge to share our feelings with someone we know or trust, hoping to gain understanding and/or sympathy to relieve any burden on our hearts. Unfortunately, people who really care enough to listen to us and are also able to understand us well are hard to come by. I suggest that we always share our feelings with God the Father first. He is really the only one who understand us perfectly and can grant us true peace. Besides, every time you share your burdens with him from your heart, you bond with him intimately—something most beneficial to us.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

**Best Investment for Us

         We invest for the future of this life, But there are always risks involved, as we cannot always predict the future. For example, those who invest in the stock market can make millions one day and lose their shirt the next. I know of actual cases. Trusting in Christ is also a form of investment for the future, but it's entirely on a different level. it is 100% secure, the return is absolutely satisfying, and the future extends to eternity. It is the best investment you can ever have. 

*****Consoling Mary Our Mother

        On this first Saturday, i spent some time meditating on the role of Mary in reparation to the her Immaculate Heart. Now, we feel sorry for anyone who suffers. It Would be hard to imagine how grievous and painful Mary must have felt when she saw her own son go thru such horrific torture and suffering. Simeon's prophecy for her "You yourself a sword will pierce" came true. Now she's grieving for all of us who are "crucifying" her son again. I wish to console her as much as I can. Then I realize that she'd be most happy if we love her Divine Son even more! So that's what I'll do. It's clear that if we make Christ the Lord happy, we gladden all the saints and good angels in heaven too.

***A Poignant Question

        If you love Christ and realize that he is suffering great sorrows because most of us still reject him and his love, what would you do, if anything?

**Time Standing Still*

         This is the feeling you get when you are in union with the Lord. You remain in him, no longer rushing ahead on anything nor worrying about things to come. His time is now your time and his plan, always yours as well. In full sync with the Lord, you needn't be concerned about time anymore. With no more anxieties, you live in his peace.

Friday, May 6, 2022

*Humbled and Uplifted

        Communion experience. The Lord of heaven doesn't mind stooping so low as to enter me, a poor sinner. I am humbled and uplifted at the same time. Most grateful to my most beloved Lord.

*****Power of Love*****

        Live for Jesus and you are ready to die for him too.         

**Being Close to Jesus

        If I consider Christ to be my soul, I don't mean that he is my soul literally; I am only expressing the feeling that he is as dear and close to me as my own soul. Since he is my creator and Lord, I can even say that he is closer to me than my soul. Anyway, once you attain union with him thru the Holy Eucharist, you can't get any closer than that short of heaven.

**Faith, Our Treasure

        Faith in God must remain intact in all circumstances, not affected by anything that happens to us in the world. In fact, it should get even stronger as you go thru all the trials and tribulations of life. It is our precious gift from God

*****Our Life Giver*****

        In today's Gospel reading from John 6, the message Jesus gave to the Jews while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum can't be clearer or more affirmative. 
        "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last Day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."

          That's why I as a Catholic worship the Holy Eucharist.

**The Truth Revealer

        It is the Holy Spirit that makes us see the truth. I don't mean just coming to believe that it's the truth; I mean becoming so sharply aware that it's the truth that you want to embrace it with all your heart.

***Be Ready for Judgment***

        There is no doubt that the last day for mankind will be here on Judgment Day when Christ comes again, but we only have our present lifetime on earth to prepare for meeting the Lord. So be wise and get ready now for your judgment.

*****Christ is Real God!

        I do not see nor aurally hear Jesus, yet he is more real to me than anyone I see, hear, or touch. How can it be? That's because he is God! For only he can enter my heart and touch my soul.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

**Jesus Heals a Leper

         Here's one dramatic scene from the TV series The Chosen. 

**Greatest Reversal

         Going from living for oneself to living for God. This is the greatest reversal because it changes your eternal destiny!

***Joy of Obedience***

         God grants many joys. The joy of obedience is a fundamental one. When we obey the Lord, we have inner peace, knowing that he guards and guides us, that we are completely with him, and that we are on a straight path to heaven. All other joys ensue from this joy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

***Our Own Spiritual Battle

         Pride with a hardened, closed heart prevents us from knowing God and saving ourselves. The cure is humility with a soft, obedient heart that's totally receptive to the Lord.

**One Reason to Know God

        God knows me better than I know myself. After all, he created me. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for me get to know him as much as possible so that I may understand myself fully and find out what he has planned for me. 

**Realizing My Need for God

        Today's Communion experience. The Lord has done all he can and I am a sinner. I need him! 

***Don't Blame God

        In today's Gospel reading from John 6, Jesus said to the people, "I will not reject anyone who comes to me" and "Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life." So if we don't get eternal life later on, it's because we have rejected Christ and his promise. We have only ourselves to blame.

**God Sees Everything

        In today's first reading from Acts 8, we read that Saul was trying to destroy the Church; entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment. We know that later the Lord called and converted him. This is clear evidence to me that the Lord sees exactly what's going on and what he needs to do to correct things.

***Peace & Eternal Life from Christ

         Jesus always wishes us peace, both external and internal. I see him as the only one who can grant us true peace. If we become like him, we'll have peace. This is our challenge! Anyway, if we follow him, we'll be with him and inevitably end up in heaven forever.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

***A Little Testimony

        Looking back on my younger days when I did not know Christ that well yet, I was always looking forward to my next vacation, the next party to attend, the next exciting movie to see, etc., for these were the fun things in life when I was bored with school or at my job. They were really my escapes when I didn't know what life was truly about. Knowing Christ well changed all that. I now try living to please him alone every moment. The old fun is gone, but what I have gained are invaluable—peace, contentment, and excitement about living. I am now more alive than ever and consider all time wasted if I don't live for Christ the Lord. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

**Get Along with God First

        It seems that the majority of the troubles we have are troubles with other people. You always hear someone talking about someone else. Well, that's because we still have our own trouble with God. If you have a perfect relationship with the Lord, then you won't see others as giving you trouble anymore.

*****What We Must Never Abandon*****

        God is everything to us. If you abandon God, you abandon everything and you'll have nothing left. I can also say that if you abandon eternal life, you'll have nothing left anymore. God never abandons us, so never abandon him and you'll have everything! 

**Beginning of Spiritual Death*

        An unrepentant, hardened heart. 

**Not Knowing What We Do (Another Tragedy)

        Seeing how tragically human lives and properties are being destroyed in the ongoing Ukraine war, I lament the fact that even though we humans know that we are going to die, we keep on doing stupid things. If we don't submit ourselves to God, there'll be no more help available to us. Wake up and wise up!

***Huge Human Tragedy

         Here I go again. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is so close, so accessible, so loving and easy to please, and is ever ready to lead us to heaven, yet people just don't care. How devastatingly tragic!

**Every Breath a Blessing*

        That's because every breath we take reminds us that we are living and God is sustaining us every moment right now. We exist because he loves us.

**Incredible Experience Always

        Communion experience. The Lord gave up his own Body and poured out his own blood for us and for the forgiveness of sins—it's still incredible that he should love us this much.

***How the Holy Spirit Acts

         The Holy Spirit acts like the electricity. You don't see the electrons flow, but when they do, you can see the lamp all lit up. Similarly, we don't see how the Holy Spirit acts, but when he does, you are transformed or set afire spiritually.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

****Why God Needs Our Prayers

         God can do all things by himself. He can vanquish evil instantly if he so wishes. It is for our sake that he needs our prayers. You see, we are totally involved in the war Satan is waging against the Lord, battling for our souls. So we must choose sides. To get the needed strength to fight for God, we need to yield ourselves to him thru prayer. In this way, he also earns our trust.

*****Our Greatest Joy*****

        In yesterday's Gospel reading at Mass, the Lord said to his disciples, "It is I. Do not be afraid." (See my post Christ Makes Us Fearless.) In today's Gospel reading from John 21, when the risen Jesus revealed himself to his disciples for the third time, this time at the Sea of Tiberias, John first recognized Jesus and said to Peter, "It is the Lord." It is exiting to hear the Lord say "It is I" to us and equally exciting for us to recognize him and say "It is the Lord." Knowing Christ is pure joy! It is a joy you can't let go and can't get enough of it. The love of Christ is our greatest love, and so is his joy our greatest joy.

***Handling Unpleasantries

        When people tell me things that are boring, trivial, or inconsequential, especially when I am trying to focus my mind upon the Lord, it can be rather annoying. The Lord showed me this morning that I should treat it as a form of suffering, accept it, and offer it up to him. I am grateful that he made me see it this way so that I may always have my peace. This is how I should handle anything that's unpleasant from now on. 

**Prayer Our Survival Tool

        Prayer is a great weapon. Use it wisely and we can shield ourselves from all evil. Thru prayer we can receive God's mercy, gain entrance into heaven, and save the world. It's our direct personal link to God, and nothing can stop us from receiving God's power thru it.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

***World's Huge Tragedy

        In looking at the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, we see soldiers taking aim at their enemies and wiping them all out with the push of a button, fast and mercilessly. We who are so precious and meant so much to the Father see no value in human life anymore. If I feel sad, how infinitely more must our heavenly Father feels. I guess I shouldn't be shocked when our society thinks nothing of killing a baby in the mother's womb. God died for us so that we may live, but we kill others so that we may live or simply for our convenience. I still pray for God's mercy on all of us, but I don't think we'll be able to avoid any chastisement coming unless we all convert.

****Christ Makes Us Fearless

        In today's Gospel reading from John 6, in the dark evening when the disciples were in their boat on the sea that had been stirred up by a strong wind, they saw Jesus walking on the sea toward them. They began to be afraid, but he said to them, "It is I. Do not be afraid." How good to hear these words from the Lord! He would say exactly the same to us who follow him whenever we are afraid of something. Let him make us fearless! 

*First Step Required for Salvation (A Warning)

        If you ever wish to be saved, awakening to your sinful state is a must and the starting point. Otherwise, you would die in sin, something to avoid at all costs, for the consequence is most dire. An old Chinese proverb says, "One step in the wrong direction will cause you a thousand years of regret." Except in our case, it would last a lot longer than a thousand years.

**Real Tragedy of the World

        The tragedy of this world in troubled times like ours is that so many people still live just for themselves. They busily do all kinds of things to enrich themselves and try to have fun too. But one thing they lack is true joy in the heart. So basically, it's much ado about nothing. It's sad that with closed hearts, they don't get to experience the deep joy of knowing Christ. The are to be pitied.

Friday, April 29, 2022

***Ingenious Sacrament

        Communion experience. The Holy Eucharist is a most ingenious sacrament. I can't think of a better way for us to achieve intimate union with the Lord in this physical world. Thanks and Praise be to God! 

***What We Need to Live By

        In Matthew 4, Jesus responded to his tempter, the devil, by quoting Deuteronomy: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. It's true that if we eat only ordinary bread, we still die one day. But if we "eat up" every word that comes forth from the Lord, we shall have life forever!

*****Best Place to Dwell in*

        Today's Psalm response from Psalm 27: One Thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord. If the Lord dwells in you, you dwell in his house as well, and what a joy it is to dwell in his house! You are with the Lord, being shield from all evil and refreshed continuously by the Holy Spirit. You now remain clean in his presence and enjoy complete freedom in him. There is not another place I'd rather be in. 

**Communion of Saints

        Today is the Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena. I rejoice that we have so many great saints in heaven on our side. We can ask them to bless us, guide us, watch over us, and intercede for us. Favorite saints are too many to mention. Our Blessed Mother is at the top of my list, followed St. John, the Apostle, and St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. How can we ever be lonely?

Thursday, April 28, 2022

****One-Two of the Spiritual Warrior

        Two most important things we urgently need to do in these days of end times. (1) Pray unceasingly. (2) Be holy. The two are to go hand in hand to be effective. Abandon yourself in God and it's easily accomplished.

**Looking at Life Again*

         Here's another view. We are on earth now. Time is ticking away, while we continue sinning. Soon life will be over and we face the Lord. The first thing he's going to look into is how much we lived for ourselves and how much for him, while we're on earth. Then it's all over. All this may sound rather gloomy, but I am truly being realistic. I am being far-sighted and wise too.

*Understanding the Crucifix

        I went to Mass at the Mt. St. Joseph Chapel this morning and again saw the large crucifix hanging on the wall behind the altar. If you don't know the Lord, you would see one hanging helplessly on a cross. But if you know him and know why he willingly gave himself up, you'd see him full of glory and strength, and most of all, his love for us. Finally, he rose from the dead and triumphed over sin and evil! 

***Ego Our Spiritual Enemy

        Ego can be a huge burden on our soul, as pride is the worst enemy of spiritual growth. Starve it every chance you get. You can not soar to God if you are weighed down by your ego.

****Best Gift for the Lord

        Communion experience. I receive the greatest gift from God, the Lord himself. So what can I give to him in return? Since everything I have came from him, including myself, all I can give him is my obedience. And he is pleased with this. The Lord doesn't ask for much and is easy to please.

****Christians Don't Die!

        For the Christian, death is not becoming nothing or falling asleep forever or entering into some unknown. Instead, it's awakening to a new life in God, becoming more alive than ever to live the blissful life in paradise with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christians now live on forever with their Lord, Jesus Christ! Get ready while you still have time.

**Heeding God's Calling

        If you hate your sins, then God is calling you. It's time to totally turn to him. The following video message can help.        

**One Wish Before Death

       We usually have something we'd like to do as much as possible before we die. It can be traveling, collecting stamps, woodworking, volunteer work, etc. Having resumed attending daily Mass, I'd like to receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist as often as possible before I die, for I realize that this Holy Sacrament is the most precious gift the Lord has given us to help us attain union with him.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

****Secret of Rapid Spiritual Progress****

          Back in the 1970s when I was active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement, I was amazed how fast I progressed spiritually when God did the work for you. Years later, God seemed to withdraw from me to let me stand more on my own feet. Eventually, I realized that he's actually calling me to surrender myself to him even more on the contrary, for the more you submit yourself to him, the more he is free to do the work for you! This is the whole secret.

***Best Way of Knowing God***

         Go straight to Christ with total abandonment, not seeking signs, miracles or any affirmation. When the Lord sees such single-minded faith, he'll reveal himself to you quickly. This is the safest and most expedient way of knowing God. 

*****Fulfillment of All Desire*****

        Communion experience. I went limp. Who can possibly resist God's love? I became his and he, mine. I have all I desire. End of quest. 

***The Happiest Sound***

         That's the sound of the breaking of the consecrated host at Mass. You hear it and know that the Lord is ready to share himself with you. He's going to enter you, heal you, and become one with you. Joy without end!

**Choosing Light over Darkness (Smart Move)

         In today's Gospel reading from John 3, the Apostle wrote, ". . . the light [Christ] came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed." If you did something you're afraid to let anyone know, then you have sinned. That's why confession is such a good solution. Happy is the one who is free to tell the Lord everything he has done! This is also a smart move, for the Lord already knows everything.

**Letting Christ Change Everything

        I feel sorry for many older people who have nothing happy to share with others. They talk mostly about their minor ailments and sound so miserable. I wish they would know that Christ can change everything! He can completely change our outlook, give us the brightest hope and the greatest joy, and even heal us! At the moment, I can only pray for them, knowing that nothing is impossible for God. 

**Christ, Cause of Division

        Jesus said that he had come to cause division (Matthew 19, Luke 12). This is true. I've seen members of non-Christian families actually getting along with each other better than those of Christian families. In the latter, we often have non-believing and believing members going separate ways. This shows that Christ is no ordinary subject; he is either true God or false. The fact that he makes many people feel strongly for him and others strongly against him shows that he matters. Satan seeks to destroy the family, so any family that's undivided in Christ becomes a stronghold against any attacks from the evil one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

**Unending Love Real

        I rejoice today in God's unending love for me and everyone else. You can only dream of something like that, but it's real! So I rejoice. 

***Intoxicating Power of the Holy Spirit

        I love the Holy Spirit. I especially love to have him zap me, shake me up, and take full control of me. Then all my fears vanish. Having been totally refreshed, I now feel secure and content.

***Our Best Trip Ever!

         In today's Gospel account from John 3, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man." Jesus must be the only man on earth who had come down from heaven. For this alone, he is to be trusted. The best news is that he came down from heaven so that we can go up there one day. This will have to be the most exciting trip we'll ever take. Hallelujah!

**Love That Overcomes All Sorrows

         Today Tuesday I prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Even as I meditated upon the great agony and horrific suffering the Lord underwent, I found solace. For his love for us is truly overpowering.

Monday, April 25, 2022

**Seeking Perfection*

        I listened to Radu Lupu playing Brahms' Intermezzo, Op. 117/1. It's an encore played at his last public concert on Feb. 3, 2019, at the Royal Festival Hall, London. As usual, the great pianist played this beautiful Brahms composition sublimely. Here the artist pursues perfection and we listeners expect to hear perfection. But any art can never be truly perfect and be our end. This leads me to see that only God is perfect, making him our perfect end. Nevertheless, let the great musician inspire you to seek the ultimate perfection, our God.

***Humbling Experience***

        Communion experience. The Lord entered me. It's such a humbling experience that I can only respond by yielding myself totally to him. Such a great joy! 

*****All We Need*****

        I have come to realize and see that Christ is all we need. I couldn't simplify this statement anymore. Truth is always simple and straight forward. You cannot say this about anyone or anything else.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

***Storing up Treasures in Heaven

        In today's Gospel reading from John 20, the resurrected Lord appeared to the disciples when Thomas was absent. Later after the disciples told Thomas that they had seen the Lord, Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." A week later Jesus came again and this time Thomas was present. He said to Thomas, "Put you finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." The Lord knows everything that's going on. This makes me happy, for I can do every little thing for his sake and he knows and will reward me for it. Little things add up to bigs things. This is how you can store up treasures in heaven.

***Plea for Accepting Divine Mercy

        Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. God's mercy is great. He'll save you in the last second of your life if you repent all your sins and ask for his forgiveness. If you are reading this message, you heart is still beating and there's still time for you. But one day that beating will stop—where would your soul go then? Divine Mercy is meant for you, but you need to accept it to be benefited. Please don't wait until your heart stops beating.

***Preserving Inner Peace

        The peace of Christ is so precious that you want to guard it against anything that might take it away from you. This means you don't ever want to sin against the Lord. Protect this peace as if it's your own life. As a matter of fact, protecting it protects your eternal life!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

***Prophecies to Heed

        Know what's coming now. 

***Simple Reality

        God has shown us that he loves us with an undying tender love, and this will never change. It seems to me that we should then listen to and obey him. Otherwise, we remain lost in sin. As simple as that.

Friday, April 22, 2022

**Unique Fulfilling Experience*

        At morning Mass, Fr. Steven consecrates the bread and wine and they become the body and blood of Christ. I receive the Holy Eucharist and the Lord now dwells in me. This is no ordinary encounter. What happened was the greatest miracle producing the greatest possible gift for us, enabling almighty God to enter to be one with us! You desire the Lord and he is all yours. It has to be the most fulfilling experience one can possibly have.

**The Christian Assurance

        Faithful Christians know that they can trust in their God and that he will always back them up. You just can't get that kind of assured support anywhere or from anyone else, for the God of Christ is the true God.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

**All Traced Back to God*

        If you can't get along with other people, mostly likely that's because you are not getting along with yourself. If you are not happy with yourself, definitely it's because you haven't reconciled yourself with God yet. So make peace with God first and everything else will fall into place.

***To Be Made Anew

        To be made wholesome spiritually by Christ, you need to let him heal your soul first. Then the healing of your heart and mind follows and you become fundamentally a new person in him. Any other way may change you superficially, leaving the innermost untouched. Only the one who created you can recreate you!

**Christ for Total Fulfillment*

        I see people who own many nice things and enjoy doing fun things. They seem to be happy and are admired by others not so fortunate. And they are not bad people either. Yet I still pity them if they do not know Christ. For without Christ, all the good fun, happy times, and material enjoyment are empty. Only he can make our lives truly meaningful and completely fulfill us. Anyway, if you don't know the Lord, you have no idea what you are missing. Once you have him, you'll know that you miss nothing

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

***Secret of Peace

        Sins rob us of peace. But even if we don't sin, as long as our ego still exists, we won't experience perfect peace. So forget ourselves by acknowledging that we are weak and need to depend totally upon God. Let bygones be bygones and always look forward and focus upon the Lord's complete selflessness and mercy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

**Amazing Convergence

        A video on the image on the Shroud of Turin and the original Divine Mercy image.

**Never Leave God Alone

        No matter what problem we face, go to the Lord first. For we need him to help us solve every problem his way. After all, he is the Lord and knows best. Besides, ho loves us! So let's not do anything by ourselves if we also love him.

***Most Personal Lord

        We get personal with at most a small number of people in life, but the Lord Jesus can get most personal with any number of us, unlimited, if we allow him. This to me is amazing, beautiful, and so rewarding that we can him as our confidant and even soulmate. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

****Choosing How to Be Rewarded

        Since we are sometimes good and sometimes bad, God rewards and chastises us. We can choose to be rewarded in this life or the next. If you were smart, you'd want to be rewarded in the next life, since that can only mean being granted eternal life. Therefore, choose that and let all the chastisement you deserve come to you in this life. Of course, you can be super good and the Lord will reward you in this life as well. This is being super smart!

***Good Message from a Catholic

        Let Jim Caviezel inspire you.

More Truths About the Shroud

***Secret of Attaining Union with God***

        At Mass, I felt so good that I could let the Lord see all my weaknesses, imperfections, and faults, and tell him all my wishes, desires, and expectations. It is the willingness to let him enter you that completes your union with him, for he is ever ready to reveal himself to you. 

***Only Fitting Response to Christ***

         Today's Communion experience. The Lord is so good that the only proper, sensible, logical good-enough response for us is to go beyond believing, knowing, and consuming him to yield ourselves completely to him without reservation! 

**Best We Can Do

         Christians like everyone else die, but they do not remain dead. Instead, thru death they return to the heavenly Father to enjoy life forever with the resurrected Lord. This fulfills God's wish for them. It's all God's doing and no one can possibly do any better.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

**Clearing Your Enemy's Name*

        Have you ever been hurt by someone and feel like retaliating? Most likely that person had a problem and didn't specifically mean to hurt you. Pity him if he needs help. Maybe he didn't know Christ yet. If you are already a Christian, shouldn't you forgive him?  Anyway, I saw this cool video with a good message which should help us become better Christians.

*****Joyful Day!

        A Most joy-filled Easter to all! Christ is Risen! The Lord is I AM; he always exists. He is the life, the creator of all life, so death is nothing to him. In today's Gospel reading from John 20, Peter and John found the tomb empty and I believe that it might have dawned on them that the Lord had indeed risen from the dead. When I received the body of Christ in the Holy Eucharist today, I received the body of the risen Lord. My reconciliation with God is complete—what a joyful day!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

**Lesson from the Lord

        In Matthew 19, Jesus said to his disciples, "Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first," referring to those who will inherit eternal life after giving up many things for the sake of his name. To me, the Lord is telling us not to look down or judge anyone, for those who seem to be not as holy as we are may enter heaven before we do. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

***Our Most Positive Model***

        When you think of Christ, you forget all the negative things, for he is our hope and our most positive model. Is there another one who can make us eternally happy? Positively none!

***Living in Reality?*

        You are not, if you are not aware of the presence of the real God, the God of Christ. Strong statement, yes; as truth is never flimsy.

**Families in Crisis

        Fr. Patrick Peyton who used to promote the Rosary popularized the saying "The family that prays together stays together." He is right. Today the Christian family is typically divided because it does not pray together. Many of us pray alone, but praying together as a family is a different matter. Families usually break up when parents are lukewarm or not strongly united as children grow older. They face the assault of the entire secular society, the whole godless world. Satan aims to destroy the family and we must be fired up to fight and win. 

*****How Christ Suffered for Us!

        Because of my past frozen left shoulder, I've been dead hanging from a bar from time to time to stretch my shoulders to keep them in good condition. Even with the aid of wrist support hooks and not hanging with my full body weight, I can only hang comfortably for about 2-3 minutes. As I was hanging this morning, I thought of Jesus hanging from the cross. There were no wrist supports and his hands were totally pierced with his own body pulling on them for hours. How excruciatingly painful it must have been for him on top of all the other sufferings he had already endured. We must never forget his love and be forever grateful for what he has done for us. 

****Owing My Life to Christ*

        Today's long Gospel reading comes from John 18 and 19. After he said, "It is finished," he bowed his head and handed over his spirit. I became sharply aware that I owe my whole life to him! He is my Savior and the Savior of all! Again, sweet tears of joy flowed.

***Good Friday Joy

        Today's Psalm response comes from Luke 23:46: Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last. As I read the response, the Holy Spirit made me shed some joyful tears and I couldn't help crying out "Why do you have to do this, Lord?" It was a human response and the Lord knows.
        I am going to do the Station of the Cross on my own today. I've found the Traditional Stations of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori online. It's succinct, providing the opening and concluding prayers and allowing for unlimited meditation in-between. You can see the PDF files here.  

*****Amazing Prophecy!

        Today is Good Friday of the Lord's Passion. The first reading from Isaiah, 52-13—53-12, prophesying the coming of Christ, some 700 years before it actually happened, is dramatic and truly amazing. You should read it yourself, as it's too long to reproduce here. I am sure that people at that time didn't fully understand that prophecy, but we can look back and see everything beautifully fulfilled. You can say that God's clock runs a lot slower than ours, but whatever he reveals to us in advance always comes true in time. Thank you, Most Loving Father, for giving us your Most Beloved Son so that we may have eternal life! 

**Pity the Myopic Ones

        The war rages on horribly between Russia and Ukraine, causing the destruction of so many properties and human lives. All for their own survival on earth? How ironic and blind! Doesn't anyone think of God and afterlife anymore? Pity all those who see only the trees and not the forest.

**Pleasing God and Myself

        Over the years in the past, I did many things on my own, but always felt that I could've done better. I did learn to do better over time. Once you've known Christ the Lord, you feel differently. As long as I remain faithful in union with him, even though I am still far from being perfect, I know and also know that the Lord knows that I am doing my best. When I know I please the Lord, I feel the joy palpably!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

***The One to Follow

        On this Holy Thursday, we had Evening Mass of the Last Supper. In the Gospel reading from John 13, Jesus washed the disciples' feet to give them a model to follow, so that as he had done for them, they should also do. In any situation, it'd be good for us to ask what Jesus would do before we do anything. This takes courage and discipline, but it's the way to become a bona fide disciple.

**Old Age Blessing

        When you are young and healthy, there are always things you specifically want to do or accomplish. Once you get older, you realize that your time left in this world is limited and if you already believe in Christ, you question what the point is of doing anything that's going to satisfy just yourself. So you become famous, important, or admirable for a little bit more, will that make you look better before God? The answer is clearly no. In the time you have left, whether you are old or still young, the wise thing to do is to serve the Lord and start storing up you treasure in heaven. Believe me, the inner peace you'll enjoy alone would make it worthwhile. Unfortunately, many of us do not realize this until we are very old or just before we die.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

**Only Way for Us

        As I was enjoying my time with the Lord at Mass this morning, it came to my mind that some of the Ukrainian soldiers might be aiming their weapons at their enemies, deciding when to blow them up. This is what evil can lead us to. All I can say is that we are at the mercy of God, so we need to love, obey, and trust in him with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength. I don't see another way. Then even though we walk thru the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil (Psalms 23:4).

**The Christian March

        "Never look back" is a good motto for Christians to follow. We should always march forward fighting the battle for the Lord God on our way home back to the Father. When we repent our sins, we simply pause briefly. Once our sins are forgiven, we are recharged and move full speed ahead again without looking back. 

**God Loves Our Soul

        Communion experience. The Lord's love for me is an inherent love for my soul! And I am to respond to him from my soul.

**In Heaven Already

        At Mass this morning I knew that the Lord had already revealed all the mysteries I need to know for my salvation. I am not in heaven yet, but in a way I am already there, as there is absolutely no barrier between the Lord and I now. 

**God Invulnerable to Evil

        In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 26, Judas Iscariot was getting ready to betray Jesus. This shows clearly that evil is real and Satan always tries to attack God. This time he lost again because he didn't know that it's God's plan that Jesus should die so that we might all be saved. Anyway, follow God no matter how bleak things seemingly look, for evil can never thwart his plan.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

**God Loves High Aimers

        Always aim high before God. You want to be good enough to go straight to heaven! If you are satisfied with going thru purgatory first, then you are like the student who is happy if he can just pass the course. He can miss the passing grade by half a point and flunk the course. And that's not being smart. God loves high aimers who trust fully in his mercy and generosity. Allow God to lift you up as high as he wants you to go. This is being smart!

****Incredible, Awesome Sacrament*

        Communion experience. Before receiving the Lord, I was excited, realizing that we can attain union with God and become holy! This is absolutely awesome, exhilarating, and most humbling! Then when I received the Lord, it's like the heavenly banquet being delivered right to me—again, awesome and incredible!

***Amazing Lord!

        In today's Gospel reading from John 13, Jesus announced Judas' betrayal and predicted Peter's denial. I am amazed by the following. (1) Jesus knew that he's going to suffer greatly and be crucified, yet he humbly accepted it all and never complained. He's no ordinary human. (2) He knew in advance when and how Peter was going to deny him. Only God has such power. 

**Union with God Solidified

         Today Tuesday is the day for praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. I am thinking that people bond with each other when they have a good time together, but the bonding is even stronger when they go thru some tough or difficult time together. When we meditate on the Passion of Christ and feel his sufferings, our union with him is also solidified.  

**Eternal Life Begins in This Life

        When we follow Christ, we not only gain eternal life, we start experiencing freedom and receiving peace and joy in this life. By contrast, living without Christ is living a lost, meaningless life devoid of real peace and joy that can last forever.

Monday, April 11, 2022

**Letting God Prepare You

        God is in charge. We should put ourselves in his hands before doing anything. This way, whatever happens to us would be expected. If you do not put yourself in his hands and do whatever you feel like doing, whatever happens to you may shake or shock you and it would be difficult for you to deal with it properly without losing your peace.

*****Max Giving, Max Gain*****

        Communion experience. Christ shed his most precious blood to save me from eternal death—he couldn't possibly have given me more than all of himself. I surrender myself to him totally and gain all of him plus eternal life—I can't possibly gain any more that that. It's God's lopsided love!

**Most Important Thing to Take Care Of

        We don't hesitate to take care of the many things in life. It's often necessary. Yet we totally cast aside looking into our relationship with God, the most important of all things. Let's say that's because you don't have any faith yet. Then the right thing to do would be to find out who Christ claims he is and what he teaches. To head into an unknown future is a terrible thing.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

**Switching on God

        God is always calling us. Why? Because he loves you and wants to save you. That is, he wants to give you the vey best in every way beyond you highest expectations. You are now enslaved by your own sins, fooling you into thinking that you can find happiness in this life. But deep down, you know that you won't, and life is short. Like many, you are not able to break free of your attachment to the world to face God for a change. The best way to get going is to start praying to the God of Christ even if you don't know him yet. Tell him honestly about yourself. The more humbly you acknowledge your helplessness, the more he can help you. Getting started is hard, but get started you must. Once you get going with an open heart, it should become easier and easier. If you go all out, your spirit will soar in no time.

***Just Passing Thru

        We who follow Christ already know our endpoint—heaven, that is. So whatever we go thru is what we must go thru for a little while. You might as well enjoy the scenery, while your heart is with the Lord. Doin't complain, be patient, and remain faithful. In fact, be like the breeze, free, easy, and carefree. Before you know, your journey is over. Now it's joy all the way!  

**Be Wise and Have No Regrets

          In today's Gospel reading, as Jesus was carrying the cross to his execution, a large crowd followed him, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.' At that time people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!'" These are poignant words. I believe that such days are coming to all those who ignore the Lord now and will regret later. God's infinite mercy is yours for the asking. But if you do not ask, you could end up regretting for all eternity. My advice: "Never do anything that might make you regret later!"

**We Deny Jesus, Huh?*

        Today's long Gospel reading from Luke 22 & 23 at Mass started with the Last Supper and ended with the burial of Jesus. In it we heard Peter denying the Lord three times. That made me realize that we Christians deny the Lord all the time as we ignore him and go our own way. At least Peter did it out of fear, while we do it not even thinking about it. Shame on us! We need to weep bitterly for ourselves as Peter did after he realized his failure.

***Being Exalted by God

        In today's reading II from Philippians 2, Paul describes how Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness. He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth an under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus himself has said to all, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted" (Matthew 23:12). Now we know exactly how to let ourselves be exalted by God. Let God alone be the Lord over us and ourselves be obedient to the Father as Christ was. Humility marks the true disciple of Christ.  

***The World Betraying the Lord

        Today is Palm Sunday. The psalm response from Psalm 22 reads "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" Jesus was going to go thru his Passion and be crucified. Evil is real! Look at the war in Ukraine now. You see soldiers blowing up enemy soldiers with the push of a button and they cheer and celebrate. The "worst" video I saw shows a sniper taking down what he deemed to be enemies one by one from a long distant away when they were not even seen to be attacking anyone. Are we to decide who should live or die? What about God's commandment "Thy shall not kill"? When a country sends weapons to another country to help it fight a war, isn't that promoting more killing? Anyway, starting a war plays right into Satan's hands and greatly saddens our Lord. During this Holy Week leading to Easter, we need to reflect, repent, repent, repent, and reform to make up for how much we have sinned against the Lord, and pray for peace.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

***Blessing Not to Be Missed

        Communion experience. I haven't gone back to attending Saturday morning Mass at my church for a long time. So when I resumed that this morning, it's heartening to see the fairly large attendance and the extra long confession line after Mass. Those of us who believe that we are in end times are now more awake than ever. As I received the Lord again in the Holy Eucharist, God and I united and my eternal destiny was settled. This blessing is not to be missed and is one I believe the Lord wishes to bestow on everyone.

**Know God Is Lord

        God is infinite and we are finite. Infinity is not even a number. If we are assigned any number, that number is in effect zero relative to infinity. Therefore, we must acknowledge that we are totally dependent upon God our creator in every way and live accordingly.

Friday, April 8, 2022

*Heaven Will Be Perfect for Us

        Today in prayer after Mass, I saw that no matter how much we intend to love God, our loving falls miserably short. I suppose that it'll become perfect only after we get to heaven. It's in heaven that our desires will all be perfectly fulfilled.

**Doing What We Can

        Each of us has been given the free will. We cannot make others will to turn to and believe in Christ, but we certainly can will to do so ourselves. We can only do our part and should do it fully for the Lord

*****A God-Given Opportunity

        Christ is the one we'll have to answer to after we die, and he is also the one who reveals to us how we can pass the test on judgment day. This is like getting all the answers to the test questions beforehand! How can we not take advantage of this God-given opportunity? Humble up so you can see, hear, and think clearly!

***Sign You Need Christ

        To me, Christ is so beautiful that if you truly open your heart to him, it'd be impossible for you not to fall in love with him! This has been my experience and is what I proclaim now. Explore on your own and find out the truth. If you cannot completely dismiss him without any qualms, it shows that you need him and that he's calling you. Should you continue avoiding him in this life, you cut yourself off from the source of your life for ever. Turn to him while you still can.

****Utter Dependence upon God

        This is a beautiful thing. God is all powerful and loves us. If we trust in him fully, then everything works out beautifully for us. This is completely logical if the assumption is true. And I know that it is true. It's the perfect way to enjoy God and his peace. 

***Cause of Our Unhappiness

        We are most precious to God who loves us with the greatest possible love. If you are not happy with yourself or anything else, trace it to your relationship with God. Those who have the perfect relationship with God are always happy and peaceful. So, how happy you are depends solely upon how well you get along with the Lord our Savior

**Living a Productive Life

        If you do not know Christ the Savior yet, you are most likely living a life for yourself and not helping him save any souls, including your own. This is not being productive. In fact, it can be most destructive. Living for Christ helps him save souls, which is God's primary mission and our obligation if we ever wish to get into heaven. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

If You Really love God . . .

        If you really know the God of Christ, you would love him and want to serve him willingly and unconditionally, not expecting to receive any reward from him. He becomes the only one you care about and live for, with you living the most selfless life. It sounds austere, but on the contrary, it's utterly joyous and liberating!

**More Christian Joys

        Here are two more. (1) The joy of hearing the Lord speaking to you in your heart. (2) The joy and satisfaction you feel, proclaiming God's glory to the world.

****How to Enjoy God the Most****

         Just surrender yourself completely to him and you'll experience the greatest joy of you life. (Don't get too carried away yet; for in heaven, you'll experience the greatest joy of your whole existence!)

**Not the Same Person Again

        Communion experience. The Lord offering himself to each of us present—it was a most personal offering. After you receive the Blessed Sacrament, you are not the same person again! As I realized that, it was 8 AM and the church bells tolled, as if celebrating that joyous moment.

**Making God Treat Us Well

       Jesus told us that the measure with which we measure would be measured out to us (Matthew 7:2). This applies to whatever we measure out to God too. If we trust in him 100%, he'll trust in us 100%. The truth is that he's always ready to respond to us. When we treat him well, he treats us well right away. In a way, we are in control, reaping what we sow.

***Our Only Way to Freedom

        In today's Gospel reading from John 8, Jesus said to some Jews, "Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. If the Son frees you, then you will truly be free." We are not free, precisely because we sin. And Jesus, being God the son and our Savior, is precisely the one who can take away our sins, thus setting us free. There is not another way for us to become free!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

*Learning to Know What We Do

         After Jesus had been crucified, he prayed, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). I can say that all of us who do not know Christ also do not know what we do most of the time. Even if you already know him, it could take you the rest of your life to learn to know what you do. The time to get started is now!

**End of Quest

        Communion experience. It's like I've reached the end of my life's biggest quest. I can now rest and relax, waiting for whatever God sends my way. 

***Enemy of Peace

        As long as you still have an ego, you will not have complete peace. Vestiges of the ego are most difficult to eradicate. Only most intimate union with the Lord can help you get rid of your entire ego. It's letting the selfless Lord displace the self-centered ego.

Monday, April 4, 2022

**Trusting in What God Says

        When God created the heavens and the earth, he said: Let there be light, and there was light. At the Last Supper, when Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body," the bread became his body. Likewise, when he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins," the wine turned into his blood. Whatever the Lord says, it materializes.

***What Life Is All About***

         It's all about how we get along with God. Do we obey him or rebel against him? Reject God and life becomes meaningless. 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

***Extreme Bonding, Extreme Separation***

        The bond we can form with God when we surrender ourselves to him is the strongest bond we can possibly create. Nothing in heaven or earth can break that. On the flip side, when we reject God, we cause the greatest separation from God we can possibly create. Our lives on earth are mild compared to our afterlives. 

***Best Advice for Us*

        In today's Gospel reading from John 8, Jesus saved a woman caught in adultery from being stoned by the scribes and the Pharisees. He finally asked her, "Woman, has no one condemned you?" She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more." Gentle, but powerful advice. God's mercy is great. To avoid being condemned, just do not sin anymore. Such a simple formula! With the Lord's help, following it becomes super easy. Nothing is impossible with God if we submit ourselves to him to let him lead us.

****Understanding God's Calling

        When God calls you to follow him, he doesn't call you to be just a mediocre, lukewarm disciple. In fact, he wants you to excel and be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:49). Otherwise, you are still a burden to him. Now, this may sound strange, but true. The more you trust and rely upon the Lord, the less you are a burden to him. This is because he doesn't have to "worry" about you anymore. So let him make you holy, pure, and blameless.

**Reflecting on Ourselves and Christ

        We are finite creatures who live a short time on earth. We don't really understand ourselves. We do know that we have a conscience helping us to know good from evil. Then we have the good news coming thru Christ that we can be freed from sin and saved for all eternity. So are we to accept this God or not? It looks like there is no better other way. The God of Christ seems to be the sensible truth. When you yield yourself to him and believe in him, you finally realize that he is the truth. 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

**Communion Response

        All I could do for the Lord loving me was to say I love you and ask him to have mercy on me.

**Why I Like God*

        What I like about the Lord God is you can totally trust in him. His yes means yes and his no, no. When he grants you eternal life, you get it with absolute certainty. God is the very opposite of Satan, who is all deception through and through.

***A Test of the Ego

        On this First April Saturday morning, the Church was quite packed and the line for confession afterwards was extra long—all good signs. Here's one thought on confession. If after I confessed, I still think about how I did and wonder if I impressed the priest, then I still have an ego and that's a sin in itself. To forget yourself is to forget all your ego too. 

*Fascinating Sign*

         A fascinating sign at Fatima on the day of Papal Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Friday, April 1, 2022

***Ultimate Fulfillment

        Communion experience: man ultimately fulfilled by God.

**Do You Know that . . .

if you already believe in Christ, God has chosen (handpicked) you to inherit his kingdom? Therefore, rejoice! 

**Formula for Living in Peace

        In today's Gospel reading from John 7, some of the Jews tried to arrest Jesus, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come. For us too, God has an hour for everything. We are to trust in God and wait for whatever he sends our way. This is how we can live in peace. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

****Life's Two Parts**

        Life consists of just two parts. The first part on earth is quite brief, but most important, for it determines what the next part will be like, the part that's eternal. You can say that what we sow in this brief life will determine what we reap in our next life eternal. In case you don't know yet, how we should sow to reap the best possible outcome has already been laid out clearly and completely by our heavenly Father thru his Son Jesus. 

**First Saturday Devotion Recommended

        As the first Saturday of April is coming up in two days, if you love the Blessed Mother, I'd recommend that you look into the 5 First Saturdays Devotion if you haven't done it yet. Here's just one of the sites online for you to learn about it. Trust in Mary and she will remove all barriers between you and her Divine Son. She is our most loving mother.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

**Joyful Coincidence

        In union with God, your will and his will become one. So when you do your will, you do his as well. What a joyful coincidence! 

***Importance of Our Heart

        We must love God with all our heart. We must pray to God from the heart. To hear him, we need to listen for his voice in the inmost recesses of our heart. God communicates with us through the heart. And when he sees us, he always looks at our heart first. Harden your heart and you cut yourself off from knowing God. Give your heart to him and you become his and are set free.

**Being Treated like an Apostle

        Communion experience. I received exactly what the Apostles did at the Last Supper. 

*****Once-in-All-Eternity Offer

        Today's entrance antiphon, Psalms 69.14: I pray, O Lord, for a time of your favor. In your great mercy, answer me, O God, with your salvation that never fails. I am thinking about that salvation of God that never fails. I can quote many sayings from Scriptures, but the gist is that if you believe in Christ as your Savior and follow him faithfully, you are saved for sure! You have to be an utter fool to pass such a golden, once-in-all-eternity free offer.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

**Follow God's Ways and Thoughts

        The Ukrainian soldiers have been celebrating their victories over their Russian counterparts in defending their country against the invasion. For us humans, that's the natural thing to do. But as Christians, we should thank God first for not letting the enemy prevail. Russia has suffered great losses so far. As I understand, many Russian soldiers were not for fighting this war, but had no choice and got killed. God loves all of us and wants us to love even our enemies. So praying for them, those who are still alive and those who have died, is what we should do. We are to follow God's ways and thoughts in all things and not do what we feel like doing.

***Becoming a Saint Made Easy*

         God knows every little thing we do. All we need to do is "do every little thing with great love for his glory" and we become saints! (Then we shall always have joy and not complain anymore.)

***Soul-Changing Experience

        Communion experience. The food nurtures and heals the soul. It's like attending a banquet in heaven.  You are never the same person again.

**Our Obligation Not to Sin Anymore*

        In today's Gospel reading from John 5, Jesus cured a man who had been ill for 38 years. Later when Jesus found him, he said to him, "Look, you are well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may happen to you." Once Jesus has cured us or done us a favor, we are obliged not to offend him anymore. Otherwise, something worse may happen to us. Actually, the Lord has already died to save us from sin. For this alone, we should not sin anymore. If we don't listen to him here, surely things are going to get worse.

**Multitude of Joys from the Lord

        The disciples of Christ receive many joys from the Lord. Off the top of my head, I can mention the joy of union with him; the joy of salvation; the joy of being forgiven by him; the joy of meditating upon his suffering for our sake; the joy of knowing that we are loved by and precious to him; the joy of knowing that we are headed for heaven to be with him forever; the joy of having our soul being healed by him; the joy of feeling pure and clean; the joy of serving, glorifying, and adoring him; the joy of hearing him speaking to our heart; the joy of receiving answers to our prayers; the joy of being set free from sin by him . . . .

Monday, March 28, 2022

**Another Privilege of Knowing God

        After receiving Holy Communion, I enjoyed communing with the Lord, sharing my deepest innermost thoughts and feelings with him. Again, you can do this only with God, not possible with anyone else. Another great privilege of knowing the Lord personally thru the Holy Eucharist.

****Let God Do This Tremendous Thing

        I was greatly moved at Mass when I realized that Christ can take away my sins. This is significant, in fact momentous! It's something only the Lord can do. When he does that to you, the effect is tremendous: You are now made clean and fit for heaven! Think about it. If you don't get your sins removed, they will sink you in the end.

**God Our Spearhead

        God is our refuge, our strength, our fortress, etc. I also see him as our spearhead, for it's thru his prompting and inspiration that we accomplish great tasks for his glory.

**Trust and Live

        In today's Gospel reading from John 4, a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum went to Jesus in Galilee and ask him to come down to heal his son, who was near death. Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live." The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. He found out later that the fever left his boy just at the time Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." It show that if we truly trust in what God tells us, we really don't have to worry about anything. This is what the Lord wants us to realize and how we should live.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

**Beautiful Union*

        Communion experience. Uniting yourself with the love of God is about the most beautiful thing in the whole universe, and this is what you experience when you receive the Holy Eucharist. You let the love of God totally fill your mind, your heart, and your soul. It is thru this Most Blessed Sacrament that you achieve this most intimate union with the Lord. 

**Living to Find Life

        We want to live in Jesus, but we want to die in him too. Anyway, we no longer live for ourselves. As the Lord said, "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matthew 16:25).

***How Not to Judge

        Don't judge others means you mind your own sins only. Let God take care of the sins of others.

**How to Love God Right

        You must love God with your heart, not with your mind only. 

****Repentance Not to Be Delayed

         Always repent as soon as possible. For venial sins, you can repent right way. For serious sins, go to confession. If you don't, you put yourself in a situation as precarious as hanging from a cliff. 

***Distinct Benefits of Union with God***

        (1) You are aware of God's presence at all times.       
        (2) Your conscience becomes super sharp.
        (3) You lose the fear of death.

*****Incredibly Loving & Generous Father!

        In today's Gospel reading from Luke 15, we heard the parable of the lost son read. For me, this is Jesus' most beautiful parable. It shows how incredibly our Father loves us. If we tell him we are sorry for what we've done, he is overjoyed and all our faults are forgotten and forgiven! It's almost as if he is at our mercy, which shouldn't be! Then when we become his good children, all he has is ours. How most generous he is! This is holy "spoiling"! So to those of you who have not returned to the Father yet, you don't know how much you are missing that could be all yours! I truly feel sorry for you. 

**Complaining Not from God*

        Blessed and wise are those who never complain about anything that come to them. They have submitted themselves completely to God, knowing that complaining comes from the Devil to rob them of peace. Praise God always and complain not about anything.

**Entrusting Our Death to God

        The war in Ukraine has already caused thousands of deaths. The news media report daily how the Russian soldiers got neutralized; look, they all got blown up by drones, anti-tank rockets, or mines. Such news is tragic, but how one dies does not reflect where the soul goes after death. The souls of many Christian martyrs went straight to heaven, whereas anyone who lives comfortably and dies naturally could still end up in hell. All we know is that God is all-knowing and just. We can help by praying for all those who have died and gone to purgatory; better yet, pray that all who are living will turn to God before they die.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

**Definitive Divergent Paths

        Reject Christ and what will ultimately happen to you will be a lot worse than you can imagine. I want everyone to realize this to avoid being shocked later. On the other hand, follow Christ faithfully and what will ultimately happen to you will be way beyond what you can possibly expect. I wouldn't think about it now so that my joy may be greater when I experience it.

*God Has to Be Real

        You may not believe in God, but you see evil all around you. You feel it in your heart and soul too when you do something bad. If evil is real and you can feel it, logically and intuitively God has to be real too (even if we do not consider Christ, our overwhelming evidence). 

**Getting God to Accept Us

         In the world, we learn how to get along with others in order to achieve success. Dale Carnegie's book How to Make Friends and Influence People is a classic. I read it when I was young and found the advice given to be wise, sensible, and most helpful. In today's reading from Psalm 51, verse 19 reads "My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn." This is it—to get along with God, approach him with a contrite and humbled heart. Here we have the secret of getting God to accept us.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

***How God's Justice works

        In the current Ukraine war, many thousands of lives have already been lost in one month. Perhaps Russia has suffered the largest loss of its armed forces so far. I feel sad that all the deaths occurred because one man, Putin, decided to invade Ukraine. I started thinking about God's justice. Say you have two individuals, A & B. Let say that A killed B, but finally repented of his sin, so God forgave and saved him. B was not a bad person, but when he died, he was in a state of mortal sin, so he wasn't saved. To us, it seems unfair because it appears that the killer got away, but his victim didn't. We can learn two important things here. (1) Repentance is absolutely essential to salvation. (2) Each of us is responsible for his own soul. How someone else's soul ends up is all up to God, none of our business. 

***Calling All Hardened Hearts***

        We so often harden our hearts, not even willing to listen to our Lord and Savior. Guess who has the softest heart of all? It's the Lord who has the most merciful Sacred Heart! It seems so unfair to have billions of hardened hearts turning against one most loving soft heart. Pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to soften and melt your hearts to experience a transformation. All you prodigal children need to return to your heavenly Father or remain lost forever!

***Don't Evict the Lord!***

        Once you receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist, he begins dwelling within you. To make sure that he is most happy, you must remain as holy as possible. Otherwise, you would be evicting him!

***True Humility Is . . .***

perfect obedience to God. (Our true God is most meek and humble. When we obey him, we become like him.)

**Repaying the Lord

        Communion experience. The Holy Eucharist is our greatest gift on earth. It nurtures us, elevates us, and fulfills us spiritually. How can we repay the Lord? It seems most appropriate that we put ourselves completely at his disposal.

*Having Undivided Faith in Christ*

        In today's Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus drove out a demon from a mute man, and some people said that it's by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that he drove out demons. Jesus said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?" I believe we've all heard the saying "United we stand, divided we fall"—it's practically common sense. I started thinking that if we want to remain strong in Christ the Lord, our faith must not be divided in any way. That is, we must single-mindedly trust in him. A strong faith gets results.

**Best Action to Take Now

        From today's Reading I from Jeremiah 7, we heard that the people no longer obeyed nor paid heed to the Lord. They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs to him. It's a nation that would not listen to the voice of its God. Today, the peoples on earth are doing no better. With the ongoing war in Ukraine, abortion continuing worldwide, most governments and the Church corrupt to the core, mass media spreading fake news, and shocking evil deeds being performed by so many people every minute, I no longer pay much attention to all these things. The world will reap what it sows. My only resort is to go deep into the Lord and pray even harder, for only he can do great things for us. If everyone would trust and follow Christ, we'll have peace within us and throughout the world. This shows that I am doing the right thing.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

*****All Thru Christ

        It is thru Christ that we were created, remain alive on earth, are given all the things we need, are saved from our sins, obtain all kinds of favors from God, do great things, and finally get to return to the heavenly Father. For he is the way, and the truth, and the life. We owe everything to him. Without him, we wouldn't even be around! 

**Lack of Humility . . .

can cost us the loss of eternal life!         

***Christ Our Savior and Perfector

        Jesus came to us to save us and also to perfect us. Let him perfect us and we are automatically saved. 

**God to Be Our Only Guide

        When you love God, he knows exactly how you can serve him best. Since we are all different, we are called to serve him in different ways. If others seem to do greater works, let yourselves be inspired by them, but do not imitate them. Let the Lord alone be your guide.  

**Two Stages of Becoming Holy

        Start with a pure heart, then your thoughts will be pure and your soul clean. Now you are ready to live a life completely in the Lord God, obedient to him in everything for his great glory.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

***Holy Mother Calling Us

        Our Blessed Mother has always been calling us to turn to her Son, now more urgently than ever. I'd listen to her now to avoid forcing God to giving us some kind of a big shock later as a last resort to wake us up.

***Who Can Console God?****

        We find joy and consolation in the Lord. But in whom can he fine joy and consolation? The answer is us! A father always finds great joy and consolation in his beloved children when they trust and obey him, and we can do precisely that to our heavenly Father! This would make the whole heaven rejoice too! And knowing that the Father is pleased with us, our joy and consolation further increase. The Father in heaven and his beloved children on earth rejoicing in each other—what a glorious event! 

**Ideal State for the Soul

        The Lord can increase in us only if we decrease ourselves. If we don't decrease at all, then there won't be any room for him. If we decrease to nothing, he then fill us to the fullest and we are set free. This is the ideal state for our soul to enjoy peace and freedom in him.

**Be As Forgiving as God

        In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 18, Jesus wants us to always forgive anyone who sins against us. We must do this because this is how the Lord forgives us. If we are unforgiving, we prevent him from forgiving us.

Monday, March 21, 2022

**Teaching on Purgatory*

        I recently read the book The Amazing Secret of Purgatory, an interview with Maria Simma by Sr. Emmanuel. Maria Simma probably knew more about purgatory than anyone else. I learned so much that I am getting the book Get Us Out of Here by Nicky Eltz, a more complete and better-known interview with Maria. This Fr. Goring video of a week ago on purgatory is worth watching. You'll learn something definitely beneficial to know.