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God You are my strength my shield, You never failed on me.

Reading from psalm of David, The Voice of the LORD in the storm, on Psalm 29 reminds me to always ask God for His guidance as He is the only one who can help me in any circumstances because His power is tremendous which I should seek in humble and ask from.

Very often, we, human, caught ourselves in a pleasing conversation like “I’ve finally reached my goal to be the top of everyone”, “I have succeeded my degree with a cum laude”, “I did very well in going through the hardest moment in my family”, or perhaps “I helped my people in the community out from their troubles”, “I survived in the midst of horrifying riots”…. “I won!”, “I conquered!”, “I am the best!”.

Let me share you the reading from Psalm 29;

1Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty,
Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in holy array.
3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The LORD is over many waters.
4The voice of the LORD is powerful,
The voice of the LORD is majestic.
5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
And Sirion like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire.
8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”
10The LORD sat as King at the flood;
Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.
11The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.


Only God’s power will overcome our problems in ANY circumstances.
Only God’s mercy allows His people to reach their dreams.
Only God’s voice will defeat our enemies.
Only God’s grace will save us from any harms.
Only God’s WORDS will strengthen our life and bring peace to His people on earth.
For He is so powerful, The Almighty Father who loves us so much.

He gives us wisdom generously to choose the good or bad.
He gives us strength to deal with hard times.
He gives us choices to help us grow in Him.
He gives us courage to stand strong.
He gives us faith to be saved from sins.
He gives us love to help one another.

Thank You God for never giving up on us..

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“God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.” A nice quote i receive from my friend this very morning.

When I think how I worry about what I have said and done to my friends, or family.. how I am upset about the failure and the ‘missed opportunity’ I had in life.. how I had chosen the wrong path and how I was unable to fix it better than it was.. how I’ve been making the same mistakes again and again.. I feel downhearted and miserable..

I go for confession twice a year, but my heart seems empty as I knew I would fail and do the same mistakes again..or even worse..  even if I go for weekly confession I might not let go the biggest sins I thought I had in my life, would God even hear me?

Even though I knew that nothing I could hide from Him, but never had I confess and lift up my hope fully to Him as He will forgive and forget my sins.

Will You still love me Lord.. for my arrogance..
Will You abandon me Lord.. for my foolishness..
Will You look for me Lord.. for being gutless..
Will You save me Lord.. for I have disappoint You..
Will You heal me Lord.. for I’ve sinned and not able to admit and let them go..

One thing I know for sure, He always gives me a chance.. not only second chance, but as many chances for me to experience salvation..to be very humble and realize that I am a human, a special creation of God whom He loves so much!!

Thank You God for loving me very much.. regardless of what I am..

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Jesus….

Your people disregard You and put You into terribly painful journey

they disobey You, and want You to suffer

Judas, Your own disciple betrayed You with a kiss

Your people abused and abandoned You

You were undoubtedly beaten

You were mocked by them

You were hung and died on the cross

Only to save us..the sinners!

Why Jesus… Why.. and How did You do that??

It is Your LOVE, Jesus, You are so faithful .. You give Your life to our Father in heaven..

Could I give my smile and love if I was being ignored?

Could I accept when someone disregard me?

Could I not be furious if someone thought I wasn’t as important as other people?

Could I be like You, Jesus?

But for sure I know, Jesus, that You LOVE me so much as I am very special person in Your eyes…

Jesus, let me offer my life to You..

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A Prayer

I received a nice story from a cousin through email, thought I want to share with you. It’s a very good story to remind us to never worry, God will always give all we need, He is just as far as a PRAYER.

GROCERY LIST

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store.

She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.

She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.

Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’

John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.

The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’

Louise replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘O.K’ he said, ‘put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries’

Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down..

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said  begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’

The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.

The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.

It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:
‘Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.’

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.

Louise thanked him and left the store.

The other customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said;

‘It was worth every penny of it. Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.’

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Haven’t been writing for few days… feeling not to fit as well with this muscles aching and dizzy which comes on and off.. get very exhausted and tired easily.. what’s wrong with that!??! My body condition surely influences my mood and temper. Not to mention the humid and hot weather these days. OH, get me outta here!!

I receive a pounding note from a friend today (E.B.), a bible verse of Matthew 22:1-14

Parable of the Marriage Feast

1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,

2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.

3“And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.

4“Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”‘

5“But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business,

6and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.

7“But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.

8“Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

9‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’

10“Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

11“But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes,

12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.

13“Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

I am GLAD that He has chosen me to be His servants, I am PROUD that I have the opportunity to get to know Him better each day, and I have the FAITH that He will bring me to salvation for He has died in the cross for us.

He calls us everyday, He invites us to come to the holy celebration on Sundays, He always opens His heart whenever we are lost. Do we care about all of those? Have we forgotten Him? Do we just care about our uncomfortable living and never satisfied with what He has given to us? Our blessed kids.., our lovely spouse, our home,.. the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink.. They’re just never enough.. ??

How many times in a day that I could say “Thank You God for today”, “Thank you, my children for being so patient”, “Thank you Dad for your calming call”, “Thank you dear for your love”, “Thank you for holding the elevator door for me”, … so many chances, but so many being ignored. Are we “too-busy” to pray this morning? Don’t we have time celebrate the reunion with God at church? Are we willing to be a helping hands in the small community and to share the word of God? Are we just focusing on materials and earthly-life and don’t even think that all of those are given from The Almighty who could take everything away from us?

Oh God, please do not pass me by, please do not disregard me, please help me to be grateful of wonderful moments you have given to me. You have done so much that can’t be compared with obstacles I am facing. Help us to be faithful to You and believe that You never leave me. That I can grow stronger everyday, not just complaining but to share Your love to one another, as You have loved me.

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I would like to share the prayer for the priests as we are celebrating for the blessings they have shared to all of us in the name of God. Our priests- who baptize our children, who bless us in our sacramental marriage, who leads the mass, who support us to grow in faith..how great our priests are.

Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd of our souls, we thank You for instituting the Priesthood. Bless all our priests as they minister to us. We are grateful for the many gifts You have given them.

Our priests draw us together in worship, visit us in our homes, comfort us in sickness and show us compassion. Our priests bless our marriage, baptise our children, confirm us in our calling, and support us in bereavement.

They also help us to grow in faith, encourage us to take the initiative, and most of all, they bring Your presence among us.

We ask You to bless our priests and to guide them in their calling. May they imitate You in their service and always respond with generosity and a joyful heart. Amen

Again, we are blessed by God’s grace to have remission of temporal punishment of sins in this year of priests 19 June 2009 – 19 June 2010. Allow me to share you an article I read from catholicnews.org by Father James Yeo.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH teaches that an indulgence is the full or partial remission of temporal punishment due for sins which have already been forgiven. This teaching needs further elaboration.

Pope John Paul II in a General Audience on Sep 29, 1999 reminded everyone that the starting point for understanding indulgences is the abundance of God’s mercy revealed in the Cross of Jesus Christ. He said that “the crucified Jesus is the greatest ‘indulgence’ that the Father has offered to humanity”.

The Catholic Church’s teaching on indulgences has to be understood in the light of sacramental theology and especially its close connection to the sacrament of reconciliation. At baptism, upon repentance and the desire to lead a new life in Christ, all sins are forgiven. What about sins committed after baptism? The forgiveness of sins continues in and through the sacrament of reconciliation or penance.

The three essential elements of the sacrament of penance are contrition, confession and finally absolution followed by satisfaction for our sins. This satisfaction for our sins, usually known as penance is imposed by the confessor when he gives the absolution. This satisfaction is not optional but an integral part of the sacrament of penance.

Indulgences are referred to as the extra-sacramental remission of the temporal punishment due in God’s justice. It presupposes the effects already obtained through sacramental confession. Indulgence must be differentiated from good works or penitential works undertaken by a person as part of the penance imposed by the confessor. These penances are personal and get their value from the merit of him who performs them, whereas an indulgence is derived not from the merit of the one who performs it but from the merit of Jesus Christ and of the saints.

In the early Church, penances were usually quite severe and indulgences replaced these severe penances. Sometimes they were also applied to shorten penances imposed on penitents. Today, however, penances given as satisfaction for sins are usually much easier. Nevertheless, the Catholic teaching on indulgences remains and it seeks to stress that though sins are forgiven and the guilt removed, temporal punishment is still due.

Punishment for our sins has both a temporal and eternal dimension. Scripture is clear that some punishments are eternal and everlasting but others are temporal. Most people focus on eternal punishment because it is the more serious of the two. But there is also the temporal punishment due to our sins.

Some people might disagree on the need for temporal punishment after sins have been forgiven. But the Church’s teaching on temporal punishment is not inconsistent with Scriptures. The Old Testament shows us that it is normal to undergo reparative punishment after sins have been forgiven by God. Our first parents Adam and Eve were forgiven by God but nevertheless still banished from the Garden of Eden. And to the woman, God said “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing, in pain you shall bring forth children” (Gn 3:16). Exodus 34:6-7 describes God as merciful and gracious, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sins. It also adds “yet not without punishing”. Again very often we see King David obtaining forgiveness from God but he was not spared the chastisement due to his sins. (Cf. 2 Sam 12:7-12, 13-14 and 16:21) When someone repents, God forgives the sins and removes the guilt of the person but temporal punishment remains.

It must be stressed that indulgences cannot take one’s sins away. Indulgences do not forgive sins. They only relieve the temporal punishment due to sins. A person is still required to have his or her sins absolved by a priest in sacramental confession to receive forgiveness and to fulfil the satisfaction (penance) for those sins already forgiven. Indulgence is the remission of temporal not eternal punishment. Those who do not understand the use of indulgences may misinterpret them as meaning a reduction of the “length” of Purgatory.

The fact that the Church grants indulgences does not imply that it can be obtained effortlessly on the part of the penitent. The recipient must be free from the guilt of mortal sins to gain an indulgence. An indulgence may be plenary or partial. To gain a plenary indulgence, a person must among other things, be free from all sins, even venial sins, make confession and receive communion. On the other hand, the minimum condition for gaining a partial indulgence is at least to have “corde saltem contrito”, that is “at least with a contrite heart”.

The whole purpose of indulgences is not simply to help the faithful shorten their penances or to make due satisfaction for their sins. Pope Paul VI taught that the main purpose of indulgences is to bring the faithful to a greater fervour of charity. It provides opportunities for a person to give witness to his or her faith in the circumstances of everyday life and to grow in a life of holiness.

by Father James Yeo (www.catholicnews.org)

The Vatican instructs that a plenary indulgence is being offered for all Priests and all faithful on the occasion of the Year for Priests.

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A Pray For My Country

Lord Jesus, we thank you for your blessings and love, you have given us our land, our beloved country. We have reached the 64th year now. We are blessed with what we have, vast development of the cities, the beautiful scene from the west to east, north and south, the oceans, the mountains, the cultures and the people.

Although we were strucked by sad incidents happened to our country, however we believe that You, The Almighty, would never leave us and protect us from harms. Please lead us all to salvation, and grant peace to every citizen, so we could be called and saved by You.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you,” regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end.(catholic.org)

Please help our eyes and hearts open, to always concern with our country, our leaders, and surely every wonderful thing you provide to us. And the most importantly is for us to be closer to You, our only God.

In Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

>> Happy 64th Birthday <<


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