I shall end my posting this month with this uplifting video. Fr. Corapi's message is alway to the point and refreshing! This is how Catholics should be fed so that they will know their faith and be inspired to spread the gospel. God bless Fr. Corapi.
Friday, June 30, 2023
I look at my life and see clearly that the life I'll have after I leave this earth is really the important part of my existence, for it'll last forever. This awareness changes my outlook completely. I am now free from the world and want to remain in Christ only while I am still here.
The joy of reconciliation to God is an ongoing process. As your reconcile more, you grow closer to union with him. Now your joy intensifies too and can become overwhelming. You are never the same person again, for the Spirit has touched your soul deeply. The Lord now becomes your pure joy!
This is the joy you experience when you reconcile yourself to God the Father. It's the joy of returning home to spend eternity in heaven with the One who loves you with the greatest possible love, a joy that's unspeakable and out of the world! Of course, if you remain aloof from God, you'll never experience this wonderful joy.
If you sin against God and come to fear him, that is normal. But if I am already with God, to fear him does not really mean that I am scared of him. It now means that I must follow him faithfully and not sin anymore. If you call that a fear, then it's a healthy or holy fear.
Thursday, June 29, 2023
God's love is real and concrete. You can experience it, for God is love and he is real and concrete. The love of God is most sweet and powerful, able to transform our life and soul. It is his greatest gift to us and is to be praised with all our heart and soul.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Communion experience. That the Lord should feed me with his own body and blood filled me with great confidence that he's going to continue perfecting me and answer all my prayers even more readily. God will always love us, but he can take us seriously only if we take him seriously.
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 7, Jesus told his disciples about false prophets, "Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them." How can we bear good fruits? First, let the Lord fill us with his love, then we become selfless and sin no more. Now we are ready.
Elon Musk has been warning us of the danger of AI, artificial intelligence, for it can possibly destroy us in the future. I see that bad people would surely attempt to use it to control others in order to get their way. So bad days may be ahead. Then since I already belong to Christ, personally there is nothing to fear anymore, for no one can possibly take me away from the Lord.
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
You can get in touch with God, our creator, our Lord, our loving Father, and our Savior, instantly at any anytime. If you haven't done that yet, then why not? Is it because deep down you know that you are a sinner, so you are afraid to face him? If so, that's good sign. He's actually calling you, letting you know that he can take away all your sins and even heal your soul! Not turning to him is choosing to be imprisoned by sin forever, not a smart thing to do, to say the least. Know that the God of Christ is the only one who can set us free for all eternity.
In life we do many things . . . we meet people, we make friends, we work and play, we exercise and take vacations . . . But if we do nothing specifically to show or mean that we love God, then we have wasted our time. And the time we have is limited and fleeting!
Monday, June 26, 2023
When God lets you know that he is real, you know that he is real. When God lets you know that he loves you, you know that you loves you. When God lets you see the way to get to heaven, you know the way to get to heaven. Of course, to make all this true, we must be open to God first! When I let the Lord in, he helps me accomplish whatever he wishes for me. As I come to know him dearly, I also come to know myself thoroughly. The way to holiness is now clear and made effortless. All this is most rewarding. The LORD is an absolute delight!
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 7, Jesus said to his disciples: "Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you." What is judging? Today, if people don't like to hear what you say about them, you are likely to be accused of judging them. Criticizing or correcting a person out of love or for the common good is not judging. Criticizing someone becomes judging only when you do it without love, but with the intention of condemning that person.
We all know the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Having heard what Jesus said above, we can change it to read: "Do unto others as you would have the Lord God do unto you." Attain union with God thru the Holy Eucharist and you'll automatically follow the rule without thinking about it.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Do you know that God's love is more powerful than anything else in the whole universe? Of course, to receive this power, you must believe in and obey him in all things. The power of this love has no limits. As far as we are concerned, let it make us fit for entering heaven and that should be plenty good for us.
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 10, Jesus said to the Twelve: "Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known." The Lord knows everything, so what's the point of not willing to let him know anything about us? Could it be that we are afraid of him? This is a question we must ask ourselves if we don't want to look too foolish before the Lord.
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Friday, June 23, 2023
On June 8, I posted An Evil We Must Fight about the horrible crime of child trafficking. Now the movie Sound of Freedom is out and I strongly urge everyone to go see it. It comes out on July 4th in the States and many people have already bought tickets. Please watch the video below and do your part to end this evil.
Thursday, June 22, 2023
My wife and I have been wondering if we should also leave California, as many other residents have already left for Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and other states. This wouldn't be so difficult if I were single and much younger. I still remember the days I could easily pack all my belongings into one old car and take off. In fact, that was how I came to California. I parked my car overnight in a garage in Los Angeles and someone broke into it and took all my clothing. And I was left only with my books. Today as I look around my house, I see so many possessions, some really big. To move to a different state would mean disposing of many old things, changing info on many accounts, notifying a lot of people, finding a new home, acquiring new things to start all over again, etc. It's going to be a hassle. What I have is like a big "mess" accumulated after having lived so long. In theory, I can just get rid of everything and leave, but in practice it's not that simple. I must seek and follow God's will always, remembering that I am merely passing thru this world.
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
In today's reading from Matthew 6, Jesus taught about almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Essentially, the Lord teaches that if we do all these things openly to show how righteous we are, then we are like the hypocrites. Instead, he wants us to perform all righteous deeds secretly, known to the Father only, hidden from others. Then the Father wi'll repay us in secret. Blessed are those who remain humbly in the Lord, for they will have inner peace.
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Also in today's reading from Matthew 5, Jesus said to his disciples, "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." How do we become perfect? Answer: Accept and submit yourself completely to the Father's love, the only power that can fundamentally transform us to become like the Father.
Monday, June 19, 2023
Yesterday the Lord let me know that I need to remain calm no matter what people say or think about me. This is particularly difficult in a family situation in which you know everyone well. At morning Mass today, I heard in Matthew 5 what Jesus said to his disciples: ". . . offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles." Then Fr. Steven in his homily talked about shutting the doors to the demons of anger and violence. All I heard confirmed what the Lord wanted me to work on.
Sunday, June 18, 2023
Saturday, June 17, 2023
Today is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5, "Christ indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." How appropriate it is that since he died for us, we should now live for him!
Friday, June 16, 2023
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the Gospel reading from Matthew 11, Jesus exclaimed: "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him." On this holy day, what I learned from Fr. Phil's homily was that we must always speak from our hearts with humility. I see that if we can do that, we are holy.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
During morning Mass, I felt the special love many of us have for the Holy Mother. We were all born of a mother on earth who is special to us. Of course, our earthly mother may not be able to love us for whatever reason, and the Lord knows that. So he gave us a perfect Mother in heaven who can always watch over us and lead us to her Son, our Lord and Savior. That's why she is so special to me. She's my perfect companion in doing God's will and I love her with all my heart and soul. She is inseparable from me as the Lord, the only difference being that the Lord alone is God and is to be worshipped. If you believe that you love Jesus and don't need Mary and all the other saints who truly love the LORD, then you've been misguided.
Because Christ loves us with a pure love, we can also love him and others with a pure love. Because his love for us is infinite, our love for him and others can also be boundless. Being most holy, he can make us holy. Being most beautiful, he can make us beautiful. Last, he is the life eternal. By remaining in union with him, we have life eternal too. We can not possibly get any better!
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 5, Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill . . . whoever obeys and teaches these commandment will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven." When we obey the Lord God in all things, he raises us to the highest level of existence!
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Communion experience. In John 6:54, Jesus said, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day." So the consecrated Host I consume is no ordinary food—in fact, it's going to make me live forever! This is absolutely the food that's dearest and most precious to me—it's the Lord himself.
For most of the world, it's not God's will be done, but my or our will be done. This will bring about its downfall in the end. In trying to gain the whole world, they forfeit their lives! Saddest of all is that this is also happening within the Church, the body of the Lord. With so many souls at the risk of being lost forever, the time to pray for the world now is more urgent than ever!
God loves all of us and commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). In other words, we must not hate anyone or wish anyone ill. Yes, we should even love all evildoers and wish them well. True mercy is limitless. By obeying the Father, we glorify and honor Him.
Today is the Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua. In the Gospel reading from Matthew 5, Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house." So it's not just we get ourselves saved, we must be useful to the heavenly Father by doing good deeds to glorify him.
Monday, June 12, 2023
Communion experience. It's so good to let the Lord overwhelm me because by doing so, incredibly wonderful things happen: He takes away all my sins, heals my soul, draws me into union with him, and fills me with his most beautiful love!
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 5, Jesus gave his disciples the Beatitudes. He would bless the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, and you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of him. There are just so many ways to get blessed. Be or do all of them and our reward will surely be great.
John 21. Jesus asked Peter three times, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Each time Peter responded, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Then each time Jesus asked him to do something. They were "Feed my lambs," "Tend my sheep," and "Feed my sheep." The Lord asks us if we love him too. If we answer yes, I could hear him say "Pray for the conversion of the whole world" to us.
Sunday, June 11, 2023
June is now known as Pride month. I happened to run into a gay parade a few years ago in Taipei, Taiwan, and was taken aback by the sickening displays I witnessed, especially inappropriate for the young children to watch. Here's a video that presents views many of us share. We are tired of the movement trying to impose its way of life on the majority. The young lady who spoke in the first 52 seconds gave an excellent speech, followed by members of the gay community who agreed with her.
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Two days ago, I posted Irresistible Love, a short on an ISIS leader who encountered Jesus. Today I learned more about him. His name is Afshin Javid and has become a poplar speaker. He also has a book out entitled As Easy as Drinking Water, a Muslim Forgiven. He pastored his own church in Vancouver, Canada, once, but was fired for misconduct in certain areas. For this reason, I have removed the post Irresistible Love. My apology for not having done some investigation before publishing the post.
In John 21:17, when Jesus asked Peter the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had asked him yet one more time and he responded, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." When we say to Jesus, "Lord, you know everything," we show our trust in him, knowing that he understands and will take care of everything for us. This is of great consolation to us, filling us with joy.
In today's Gospel reading from Mark 12, Jesus was teaching in the temple area. He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." So how willing we are to give counts more than how much we give. Once we decide to give, we must do it and never look back. This is the extra message I received from the Lord.
Friday, June 9, 2023
Before morning Mass started, my first thought was that I used to be blind to the truth, but now God finally made me see everything, the true and the false. Fr. John started the Mass with Amazing Grace, the hymn containing the line "I once was blind and now I can see." Later the first reading from Tobit 11 told how Tobit's sight was restored by God through Tobit's son Tobiah. All confirming my initial thought.
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Another video to make your aware of the reality of child trafficking. This sin is as evil as abortion, and we Christians must fight this and pray to the Lord for his intervention! It is most urgent, so make it your top petition. Here's this 17-minute video on Rumble. By the way, O.U.R., Operation Underground Railroad, is an organization that's been fighting child trafficking effectively on the frontline and deserves our strongest support.
Sin is our greatest burden. That's why those who remain in sin do not have inner peace. That's why I feel so free and happy every time Christ takes away my sins. In union with the Lord, you get to enjoy him and remain holy. This is living in heaven on earth.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Communion time thoughts. All the Lord knows is to love us with the greatest possible pure love. He only wishes us to be happy for all eternity. Yet we still do not submit ourselves to him. In so doing, we do ourselves the greatest possible disfavor, forgoing having the most beautiful, intimate relationship with God that can fulfill and satisfy us to the fullest!
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Monday, June 5, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Mark 12, Jesus in telling the parable of the tenants to the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders quoted this Scripture passage: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done,
Sunday, June 4, 2023
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The first reading comes from Exodus 34. Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai as the LORD had commanded him. Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there and proclaimed his name, "LORD." Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship. Then he said, "If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own." Why do people then or now remain so stiff-necked, not willing to submit themselves to worshiping the LORD? Don't they see that by surrendering to Him, they will enjoy freedom, rest, and peace? To not see it has to be the biggest oversight, misunderstanding, or ignorance of all time, if not downright rebellion against God.
Saturday, June 3, 2023
If you are looking for someone to trust in, look no further than Jesus. He's so trustworthy that you can give him your soul for safekeeping. Besides, he deserves our trust and belief, for he has already paved the way for us to go to heaven!
This is today's reading from Mark 11. Jesus and his disciples returned once more to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple area, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached him and said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?" Jesus said to them, "I shall ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me." They discussed this among themselves and said, "If we say, 'Of heavenly origin,' he will say, 'Then why did you not believe him?' But shall we say, 'Of human origin'?"—they feared the crowd, for they all thought John really was a prophet. So they said to Jesus in reply, "We do not know." Then Jesus said to them, "Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things." Read through all the Gospels and the Lord comes across as one who is always humble, merciful, poised, speaking the truth without fear, and never pandering to anyone. In today's lingo, you'd say that he's an absolutely cool guy.
Early morning I opened the window in the family room and heard a bird singing happily and beautifully from a distant tree. I have a lot of open spaces around my house, so I could hear distant noises and sounds clearly. The thought that came to my mind was that I am happy too. The only difference is that I have a soul to take care of. Since I've already done that, I'm now extra happy.
Friday, June 2, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Mark 11, Jesus said to the Twelve, “Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours." So we should always pray with bold faith. It's better not to pray than praying without much faith.
Jesus showed his greatest love by laying down his life for us, while today so many crooked politicians demonstrate the greatest lack of love by caring only about staying in power and not about the well-being of the people they are supposed to represent. These are genuine hypocrites.
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Communion experience. Here I was, a finite vessel, to receive the infinite Lord! How could I possibly contain him? I now realize that I was thinking wrongly in terms of physical containment. Spiritually, a complete union with the Lord is no problem. An exhilarating realization!