Reflections


A thought for the day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 5, Saturday 31st Week in Ordinary Time – [“You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:9-15] “God knows the heart!” A great truth that I must be deeply aware of. Many times, there are misconceptions I have of others and misconceptions that others have about me but what matters most, God knows my heart!

Be a Light for Others     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 4, Friday, 31st Week in Ordinary Time – [“For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light.” Luke 16:1-8b] Typical example of this, whenever I look at politicians and contractors (especially in my home town), they are the ones who are rich and powerful. They are shrewd and cunning on how to increase their revenue, whereas honest and hard working farmers and daily wagers can never be rich. Many times, they are even manipulated and be used by these rich and powerful people in so many ways. This secular culture is making me cringed to sorrow and making me think and believe how the world is so unfair… We are called to be the children of light. The challenge here for me, is to strengthen my light, by allowing the goodness in me to radiate so that it can influence others to be also good… the triumph of the evil one is enough when the good people do nothing!

Lost and Found     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 3, Thursday 31st Week in Ordinary Time – ["…Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost… "Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost." Luke 15,1-10] Finding the lost sheep and the lost coin! The parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin illustrate the constant, faithful and great love of God for each of us, but especially for sinners. God never gives up on anyone. Whenever I reflect on the greatness of God’s love for me especially, I cannot help but to be overwhelmed with gratefulness because God, in his merciful love, He never gives up on me. Before I became religious, I was also a wandering soul, seemingly lost my way but God has found me and led me back to Him. Thank you Lord for searching and finding me!

All Souls' Day     by:   Sr. Catherine, Fernandez, SSS

November 2- All Souls’ day – When it comes to death, it is not really a separation but rather a deeper union and love for each other by way of support in prayer. Our dead loved ones are alive in our memories and they are always there to care for us.

All Saints' Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 1 – Feast of all Saints. Come on! Let’s all go to heaven! Ask our brothers for their courage, we have their weapons. We are a battalion, not a procession. (PP 42,4)

Giving without Counting     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 30, Monday 31st Week in Ordinary Time – [ ‘’…When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." Luke 14:12-14] Jesus is inviting me to give without counting, without expecting in return. The Lord urges me to do good simply because it is good, to do things out of love, out of care, out of following Him. Giving without hope of reward means letting go even my self-satisfaction. Lord, many times I may not even be sure about the best thing to do, but I pray to strengthen my faith and increase my love as I try to respond to the needs of others. Amen.

Seeking the Lost     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 30, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. ["He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Luke 19:1-10 (C)] The Lord continuously seeks the lost. Whenever I lose my way to you Lord, please come to my aid and bring me back to. Amen.

Humility     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 29, Saturday 30th Week in Ordinary Time – [for whoever make himself out to be great will be humbles, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:1,7-11] How difficult it is to practice the art of humility! We tend to take the best, the No. 1, the first honor, or best positions… and then we feel proud, the ego is boosted! Jesus invites us to be humble and always be mindful of others… Almighty Father, teach me how to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, how to be compassionate, more understanding, more generous in my thoughts and in my actions. Amen

Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 28, Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles – [Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12-16] Sts. Simon and Jude were passionate in spreading the Good News. As I follow Christ in this present time, I am called to be His ‘apostle’ to this modern and fast changing world. The only way I can fulfill this mission is through a life of prayer and my witnessing of God’s Love in my daily life. Lord Jesus, help me to pray. Help me to follow Your example of prayer and to seek the presence of the Father in a deep and continuous way. By Your grace, help me to enter into a deep communion with You and to be consumed by the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Jesus Weeps     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 26, Thursday 30th Week in Ordinary Time – [Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! Luke 13:31-35) Jesus weeps for Jerusalem. I can feel a mixed emotions (feeling of sadness, frustrations and maybe anger) because of their stubbornness of heart, rejecting Jesus’ message. But in spite of all these, He chose to continue his mission even up to his death in Jerusalem. I also weep for my country, the Philippines. I weep for the people, for the ordinary citizens because we suffer much due to the incompetence and corruption of those in positions. It is very frustrating to see the government being blind for the needs of the people. I just feel helpless and the least thing that I can do is to pray to God, to keep my faith in God in this hour of darkness. God hears the cry of the poor and He is close to the broken hearted. Lord, help me trust in Your divine will, in the plan that You have laid out for me and refuse to be influenced or intimidated by the foolishness and malice of others. Give me courage and wisdom to keep my eyes on You in all things. Amen.

The Narrow door     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 26, Wednesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time – [ 'Strive to enter through the narrow door;.. Luke 13: 22-30] Persevere in holiness! God is continuously inviting me to preserve the life of holiness… meaning to keep doing good for my sisters and other people. Never get tired of doing an act of charity for them. Community life is not easy to live with but it is an essential part of religious life. Community is also a source of holiness…

Gradual Conversion     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 25, Tuesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time – [Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” Luke 13:20-21] The yeast works slowly, little by little the dough rises and is transformed. I am always fascinated as I watch my mother making some bread. The yeast she added in the flour works slowly, little by little making the dough rise and become bigger in size. At this point of time in my life, I just feel that the Lord is inviting me to make my heart rise in loving unconditionally… Lord, I desire to be transformed little by little every day. Help me to allow You to change me every moment of my life so that I can continually walk the path You have laid out for me. Amen.

A thought for the day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 24, Monday 30th Week in Ordinary Time – [Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. Luke 13:10-17] Jesus healed the woman who has been crippled for 18 years! I can imagine how much the woman must have suffered because of her bent body-- she must have lost her will to interact with people because of her disability. In the Gospel, it is Jesus who took the initiative to call her. This image struck me a lot… Jesus noticed her and He took the initiative to reach out to her, healing her, giving back her dignity as a person, freeing her from her immobility. Lord, pull me up from my sins and inordinate attachments, free my heart from crippling pressures of the wordly desires. Amen.

The Grace of the Moment     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

October 23 – The Good Lord has his mysteries of grace and timing. So surrender yourself a bit more to the grace of moment. (CO 268)

A Thought for the Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

October 22 – Be like the child who only feels, loves and give thanks. Let God do the thinking for you. (CO 1070)

An Act of Surrender     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

October 21 – Remember that one act of surrender is worth a thousand freely chosen deeds of virtue. (CO 157

Finding God's Love     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

October 20 – Find the loving will of the Good Lord within yourself, around you within you; he concerns himself with you as if you were the only one in the world. (CO 1398)

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A Thought for the Day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

October 1, Saturday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time – [The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”… Luke 10:17-24] Indeed only in Jesus’ name will the evil one be cast away. Living the life of holiness is a struggle to overcome the ‘little demons’ creeping in our hearts; pride, greed, envy, etc. The Lord is inviting me to strengthen my prayer life and to strive to live out the Gospel values and virtues. So help me God!

St. Jerome     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

September 30 – St. Jerome. The Word of God is a blessing and one of the greatest blessings. And this blessing has the peculiarity that it renders us more guilty if it does not make us better. (PG 17,3)


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