No Guts, No Glory

Whenever I reflect on the splendor and majesty of the Most High, I cannot but get down on my knees in profound adoration of the One sitting on the throne. The Prophet Daniel had a vision of His glory and attempted to describe His form and magnificence. He called Him “the Ancient of Days.” This…

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Martyred in Defense of Purity

Martyred in Defense of Purity

Today, the Church celebrates the optional memorial of St. Maria Goretti, a virgin and martyr. This memorial calls to mind one of the basic Christian virtues that appears outmoded in our age. It reminds us of the virtue of purity, which greatly delights the Lord. Dazzling White God is purer than the sun. He has…

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Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance

While they were going to the mountain, where Abraham would use Isaac his son for a burnt offering to the Lord, the lad asked him, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering.” Abraham replied to him, “God himself will provide, my son.” When the Lord eventually provided…

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His Ways Are Not Our Ways

Assurance of Peace to Those Who Trust in God

The story of the conversion of Saul started with his bitter aggression against the nascent church, which has a humble but glorious beginning. The Pentecost experience soaked the disciples with the power of the Holy Spirit and gave them a courage they had never known before. They bore witness with passion for the Crucified. Not…

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Encounter with Nebuchadnezzar

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The three young men in today’s first reading, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shine brightly as wonderful examples of Christian courage needed in times of tribulations. Whoever believes in God must also trust Him. He must trust His power to do all things. He must equally know that even though God can do all things, He…

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Avoiding Desperate Moves in Moments of Trial

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The devil came to Jesus after his forty days fast and urged him to use his divine powers to turn stones into bread and satisfy his hunger. I did not fully capture the devil’s maneuver here until I visited Israel for a pilgrimage. Our group of pilgrims visited the desert of Masada. Most conspicuous in…

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Driven by Love

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God made human beings in His image and offered them His friendship. However, they stubbornly despised him and consequently lost His friendship. Nevertheless, He did not abandon them to the power of death. Ever since then, He has been on the mission of restoring them to His friendship. He has offered them his covenant repeatedly…

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The Magi and Their Gifts

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The Church celebrates the feast of epiphany today. However, in countries where this feast is not a holy day of obligation, it is celebrated on the Sunday occurring between 2 and 8 January. Epiphany is one of the beautiful feasts that highlight the joys and mysteries of Christmas. Giving Christmas is essentially the feast of…

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Power of Positivity

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Today’s gospel centers on a paralyzed man who was healed by Jesus. This man could no longer help himself. He depended on others even for his miserable life. It seemed like there was no more hope for him. However, some men, perhaps his relatives and friends, refused to give up on him. They remained positive…

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The Sacrifice of Praise

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In his closing words in the epistle to the Romans, Paul writes: “Give glory therefore to him through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.” The psalmist picks it up from here in the responsorial psalm and blesses the name of the Lord. He uses these beautiful words; “I will bless you day after day…

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