Love is beyond “Friendly” Friendship. St. John 15:9-17, 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION By Fr. Laurian Janecki, OFM

Being religious or being spiritual is not necessarily the same as having faith and a life in the church, and being friendly is not the same as friendship. Last week we talked about branches connected to the vine and bearing fruit. There, Jesus told the disciples that to bear fruit we must remain connected toContinue reading “Love is beyond “Friendly” Friendship. St. John 15:9-17, 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION By Fr. Laurian Janecki, OFM”

Faith Sharing of the Virtues of St. Anthony of Padua for Fiesta Novena Mass Day 6

We are featuring a series of nine Faith Sharing of Virtues of St. Anthony of Padua that were presented during the fiesta 9-day novena masses. This will temporarily replace the Sunday Gospel Reflections; after which the Gospel Reflections will return. VISITING THE PRISON by RJ Limpo My name is RJ Limpo and I am oneContinue reading “Faith Sharing of the Virtues of St. Anthony of Padua for Fiesta Novena Mass Day 6”

“Life as Pilgrimage: From the Father Back to the Father by Way of Jesus”, by Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM, 5th Sunday of Easter Reflection

Intro Majority of us go through life and living without pondering on the question of life itself. Who am I? A question that can be answered if prior questions of “Where do I come from?”“Where am I going?” are answered. Or “What’s the point of being here?” Our time and energy are not sufficient toContinue reading ““Life as Pilgrimage: From the Father Back to the Father by Way of Jesus”, by Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM, 5th Sunday of Easter Reflection”

“Vengeance, Violence …Love, Holiness” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

Browsing through my files while preparing my reflections for this Sunday, I asked to reprint this reflection of mine about Mt. 5:38-38. Paving our way to the road of the Lenten season, I feel that the thoughts here will help focus ourselves with the beauty of the Law and human relationships. It goes with theContinue reading ““Vengeance, Violence …Love, Holiness” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”

February 16, 2014 Sunday Reflection by Fr. Efren Jimenez, OFM

“Before men are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him. Immense is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.” –(Book of Sirach, 15:15-20) St. Augustine said that the freedom of choice is man’s ticket to heaven, and not otherwise due to his / herContinue reading “February 16, 2014 Sunday Reflection by Fr. Efren Jimenez, OFM”

“Feast of the Presentation of the Lord” by Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM

…the gospel tells us that we can only recognize the Messiah in our midst with the eyes of faith and with a soul wrapped in prayer. All commentaries on this Sunday’s gospel say that Joseph and Mary’s presentation of the child Jesus in the temple is in obedience to the law – first, the purificationContinue reading ““Feast of the Presentation of the Lord” by Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM”

“Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand.” by Fr. Jesus Galindo, OFM

…to establish the kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice, peace, truth and love… for this task to succeed, …(Jesus needed to find) …only a humble and docile heart. Historical note: Zebulun and Naphtali, mentioned in today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah and in the gospel, are two of the twelve tribes of IsraelContinue reading ““Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand.” by Fr. Jesus Galindo, OFM”

Can God do anything? Is he almighty?

“For God nothing is impossible” (see Luke 1:37). He is almighty. Anyone who calls on God in need believes that he is all-powerful. God created the world out of nothing. He is the Lord of history. He guides all things and can do everything. How he uses his omnipotence is of course a mystery. NotContinue reading “Can God do anything? Is he almighty?”

“Feast of the Lord’s Baptism” by Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM

NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST Incorporation into the Church and Sharing in the Trinitarian Life In baptism, we are made “beloved children” of the Father. The word padrino or ninong comes from the church-religious vocabulary to mean godparents, someone who will assist the parents of the child in order that the baptized child grows to beContinue reading ““Feast of the Lord’s Baptism” by Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM”

“Manifestation of God (in our Beloved Pope and in Us)” (Mt. 2:1-12), by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

Jesus is now the evident manifestation of the Father who wants to share His unconditional love and faithfulness with all of us. This first Sunday of the year is designated by our Church as the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. This means the manifestation of our God to us. How did this revelationContinue reading ““Manifestation of God (in our Beloved Pope and in Us)” (Mt. 2:1-12), by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”