Poor nutrition is a clear source of numerous ailments. Lack of vitamin C causes scurvy. A serious deficit in vitamin D can lead to weakened bones and osteoporosis. When a person does not have enough protein in his or her diet they can suffer from kwashiorkor, a wasting disease in which the body attacks its own tissues. Night vision is affected when a person is not consuming enough vitamin A.READ MORE
"The Spirit of truth... will take from what is mine and declare it to you." Jesus says in today's Gospel that the Spirit declares something to US. We actually have a kind of share in the blessed life of the Trinity through this spiritual declaration. In particular, God gives us the gift of his truth. Traditionally, we say that God--the Blessed Trinity--is the source of all truth, beauty, and goodness.READ MORE
In the United States military, the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) is the legal branch concerned with military justice and military law. Judge Advocates can serve as legal advisers to commanders. They can also act as prosecutors in courts-martial, or serve on the defense team. The first encounter many people had with this branch of the service was through the television series JAG that began in 1995 and aired on CBS through 2005. For ten seasons viewers followed the exploits of military lawyers in plots that occasionally stretched credulity.READ MORE
The Synod on the Family was last October, and we now wait for Pope Francis to release his statement on what to do to strengthen the family in the twenty-first century. Many say that the family is under attack and we need to focus more intently on family values. One thing we may all agree on is the centrality of the figure of the mother in all families. It is that primary and central role of mother that draws family together. The mother is the glue that binds all families together. As we celebrate the tradition of Mother's Day, let us pray for our mothers, both living and deceased.READ MORE
"Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." Can we hear Jesus saying these words to us? It's often easier for us to imagine the apostles hearing this consoling command and following it, than to think of it really applying to us. After all, Jesus was standing right there with them.READ MORE
"This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." When people watch us, do they know that we are the disciples of Jesus? As Christians, we are called to do more than love the Lord. We are called to be his witnesses in the world by loving others as well.READ MORE
St. Augustine once said, “We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!”
Alleluia means “Praise God” or in Ancient Hebrew, it means “Thanks be to God.” Therefore, to be an Alleluia person means to be filled with praise and thanksgiving for all of God’s graces; to have a constant disposition of gratefulness and thanksgiving for everything… because everything is grace: creatures, persons, events, thoughts, words, and deeds… all in life. To be a person who looks at another person, and in faith, in the spirit of God, says, “You are good and I thank God for you.” Alleluia, let us accept one another in the Spirit of the Risen Lord, believing that we can all rise up from the depths of our tomb (fall), and be an Easter person. Alleluia! Thanks be to God.READ MORE
I became really conscious of the Lenten Season in my High School. My Dad had a Tagalog (National Language) version of the Senaculo Passion Play. When we transferred to the province of my Dad in the late 70’s, my Dad with his brother translated the whole play into the local dialect, Waraynon. I remember the many nights and weekends we went to my Dad’s hometown Tolosa, Leyte (18 miles away from our home) for the practices, and sometimes we would bring and serve snacks to the participants of the play. The Senaculo Passion Play eventually became one of the highlights of Holy Week. People from other towns came to watch the play on Good Friday from 11:00am-1:00pm at the town’s plaza, just before the Siete Palabras, The Seven Last Words. So that doing Lent in those years was so memorable and full of sacrifices. We were reminded always of fasting, abstinence, and the daily Stations of the Cross.READ MORE
We all have our mountains to climb, mountains to find peace and moments with God in prayer. In the Old Testament the mountain was always a place of an encounter with God. Abraham offered Isaac at the mountain of Moriah. Moses encountered Yahweh at Mt. Sinai, and in the Gospel this Sunday, at Mt. Tabor.
In the Transfiguration, Jesus went up to the mountain to pray. After ministering to the people by healing, expelling demons and preaching, he stopped all his activities and escaped to a secluded mountain to pray, to commune with His Father. While Jesus was praying, He was Transfigured and His face changed in appearance. Then, oblivious of Peter, James and John, He entered into a deep conversation or total communion with the Father. He poured His heart out to the Father. Knowing the heavy cross (of Jerusalem) lay beyond the horizon, Jesus was terrified, “Father, if it is possible, let this chalice pass me by.”READ MORE
Much has been said recently on the Pope’s declaring a Year of Mercy for the Church.
It’s been embraced enthusiastically by Catholics throughout the world who are making pilgrimages to Rome or their own Cathedrals to pass through the Door of Mercy as a sign of the spiritual exodus to which Pope Francis is calling us during this special year of grace.
But in some places it has also been receiving resistance, intentional neglect, or plain disregard because of a misunderstanding of what Pope Francis and the Church mean by mercy.READ MORE
A sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible reality. Matrimony is a sacrament and as such it is a sign to the world of the invisible God living in our midst - the living God who bears fruit in the lives of two people. They are a continual sign of His Power in the world. There is special grace and power within every couple God has joined together. Everything they do singly or together is a living out of their sacrament. Simple things like washing dishes, running a sweeper, driving to work, struggling to make a living, budgeting a small salary to meet big expenses - yes, these and the other facets of life together, have power hidden within them to make them holy. Married life is the ground of holiness, love is the seed planted by God. Life together with its agonies and joys, pain and sacrifices, frustrations and tensions, moments of exultation and despair, all act as the rain and sun, thunder and lightning on a young sprout.READ MORE