Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ultimately the greatest gift is Love and fullness of life

Christ's heart was pierced with the soldier's lance after He had accomplished his mission on earth by dying on the Cross. He let His Heart be pierced and be opened wide so that the fountain of grace and mercy, the fullness of what He is about would flow freely from His Heart to the world so that the world would bear fruit and that fruit is love. Love that made Him come down from above and became one of us, man except sin;  love that kept him silent amidst all the afflictions He endured from his own people and even from his trusted friends who left Him alone. Betrayal did not prevent Him from loving. He did not open his mouth when He was mocked; reviled; questioned for all the good things He did to others. He knows what He is all about. There is no need for Him to defend Himself. Humility is to do good and then disappear, keep silent. There is no need to depend anything when one is doing good things out of love. Love is to depend those who are oppressed and mistreated, those that come your way and ask for help, but not ones self. “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of Heart.” He says. He knows that what was going to happen to Him by emptying himself and becoming man was part of the big plan of his Father who loves Him and who loves us very much to the point of sacrificing Him, the only Son. Yes, everything was part of the plan of Love. He knows, that is why, "He loves his friends to the end..." He knows everything is bound to happen -- He, the Son of the most High God became man so that in our humanity, he can transform us and be with Him in the fullness of life in his divinity. That is all it is all about. He spared nothing to give us the Way back to the Father.... because He loves us.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

When life doesn't make sense

Working with the people that have had experienced difficulties in life - poor, orphans, terminally ill, homeless, victim of imperfect world that we live- in, often times when I am with them I have nothing much to say but to just be a present to them and let them know that they are loved by God. One afternoon, I was looking for something to read and I came across this book , the title intrigued me and so I picked it up and I tell you, the book gave me more insight when life doesn't make sense. Seeing through the eyes of an eye-witness;  a fellow traveler with those who are suffering in the world, Fr. Groeschel's book entitled "Arise from Darkness" is worth your time especially for those who are going through darkness in their lives. No new solution is suggested in the book when one is going through tough times but the book gives a consoling perspective when life gets tough and doesn't make sense. I am sure all of us in one way or another have experienced such moment. For someone who is at this moment right now, I invite you to find this book, it is for you. It is worth your time. For those who have been there you can relate to his book's enlightened reflections. For those who are so blessed and have never been on the situation explained this book will help you understand life.

I have no intention to advertise but sharing something which I believe can help or I hope can be useful to others is worth my time. When we meet people who are going through difficulties, this book could be a help to us who may find ourselves the person chosen to accompany them.

God Bless.