Heart of a Mother     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 25, Obligatory Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – (Saturday following day of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) [‘’…His mother kept all these things in her heart.’’ Luke 2:51b] A mother’s love is a gift from God. Mother’s love is completely invested, nurturing, sacrificial and total. This is the love our Blessed Mother has for us… Have I allowed her to love me with this perfect motherly love? Have I consecrate myself to her, choosing her as your queen and mother?

Sacred Heart of Jesus     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 24, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday after Solemnity of Corpus Christi) – Jesus in his great love, He gave his all to me… Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me.

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 23, Solemnity of the Nativity of John de Baptist – John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Lord Jesus was born of an old and childless couple. The birth of John is indeed a living witness of hope and God’s grace and mercy to a seemingly hopeless and impossible situation. In the old age of Zechariah and Elizabeth, God manifested his power by giving them an offspring in the person of John the Baptist. John is a great prophet, but he never took the ‘Spotlight’ from Jesus. He allowed himself to ‘decrease’ for Jesus to ‘increase’. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

Looks Can Deceive     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 22, Wednesday, 12th week Ordinary Time – [‘’Be on your guard against false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing but underneath are wolves on the prowl.’’ Matthew 7:15-20] Looks can be deceiving. In life, we meet people who treat us so well but eventually after sometime, they come to us for a ‘payback time’. It is a pattern of doing good things with strings attached. This made me reflect, when I do good things, do I expect some returns in the future? What are my motivations when I extend my hand to others?

The Narrow Gate     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 21, Tuesday 12th week Ordinary Time –[‘’Enter through the narrow gate… that leads to life. And those who finds it are few.’’ Matthew 7:6,12-14] The Narrow Gate. What is my narrow gate? The living out of the Religious Life; the journey within me where I need to face my fears and, to acknowledge and accept my weakness and to firmly resolve my personal issues in life; choosing to do good and resisting the temptation of evil; embracing the Gospel values and letting go of the earthly norms… all these mentioned above are my narrow gates that Jesus is inviting me to go through… Lord, I pray to you for the grace of courage and perseverance to enter and walk through the narrow gate that will surely lead me to eternal life. Amen.

Stop Judging     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 20, Monday 12TH week Ordinary Time - [“Stop judging, that you may not be judged… Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?’’ Matthew 7:1-5] I am guilty of making judgements or conclusions to the people around me especially when I notice something is ‘seemingly’ wrong with the way they speak, act or behave. Many times I got into trouble because of this. And so I learn that whenever I find fault with others, this becomes a lesson for me not to commit the same mistakes as I saw from them. Instead of judging their misdeeds, it becomes a wakeup call for me. I took them as my example… NOT TO BECOME OR TO BE LIKE OF THE NEGATIVE THAT I SEE.

The Eucharist     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

June 19, Sunday, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Holy Eucharist became the grace of graces, the gift of gifts. I will even say: our Lord loves us more today than he did a hundred years ago. Don’t you see how his great love and goodness passed through many generations constantly multiplying its efforts to reach all the way down to us? Let us bless our Lord for giving us life at a time when exposition of the Blessed Sacrament has greatly increased, and for all the graces that result from it. Never has our Lord been more greatly honored; and never has he been more greatly offended. No, he is not loved; let us deplore the ingratitude of the world.

Trust in God     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 18, Saturday 11th week Ordinary Time – [‘’Your heavenly Father knows all that you need, Seek first his kingship over you, his holiness, and all these things will be given you besides. Enough then of worrying about tomorrow. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Today has troubles enough of its own.’’ Mt. 6:24-34] Jesus is simply telling me to have confidence and be dependent on God Almighty. He will take care of me, as long as I put our trust in Him.

My Treasures.     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 17, Friday, 11th week Ordinary Time – [‘’Do not lay for yourselves an earthly treasure. Moths and rust corrode; thieves break and steal… Where your treasure is, there your heart is.’’ Matthew 6:19-23] Treasure is something that is valuable, something that I cannot afford to lose or miss, something that I spend my time and energy on. What is my treasure? Where is it? Are these treasures helping me to get closer to God or making me far away from God?

God is my Father     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 16, Thursday 11th week Ordinary Time – [“This is how you are to pray: Our Father who art in heaven…” Matthew 6:9] Jesus taught us how to pray, He even told us to call God ‘Our Father’. Personally speaking, calling God, as Father gives me warmth and security… as if He is like my biological father who oversees my well-being and who loves me unconditionally. God is my Father so I have nothing to fear!

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