This year I will make a difference.  I will begin by controlling my thoughts.  I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful.  I refuse to be victimized by any circumstances.  I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters.  I will avoid negativism and hear says.  Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark.
I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me.  I know time is a precious commodity.  I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom.  I will face this year with joy of a child and courage of a giant.  I will take each day as though it was my last.  When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever.  While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving.
I will not let past failure haunt me.  Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures.  I will admit them.  I will correct them.  I will press on victoriously.  No failure is fatal.  It’s OK to stumble…I will get up.  It’s OK to fall…I will rise again.
I will spend time with those I love.  My children, my grandchildren, my family, my friends.  A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love.  A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationship.  This year I will spend at least five minutes each day with the significant people in my world.  Five quality minutes each day of talking or hugging or thanking or listening.  Five undiluted minutes each day with those I love and even those who are not so lovable.

This year I will make a difference.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.

The entire reason for Christmas is the love of God.  God loves us so much that He came to earth as a human so we could get to know Him and learn to trust Him and love Him back.  Theologians call this the “Incarnation”, God became one of us, a human being, so we could understand what He is really like.
The God-man was born poor in a bare grotto which the shepherds used as a stable.  All good men everywhere felt a new supernatural joy at that time, and many of them believed that the Savior had at last came into the world.  But of all the human race those who merited to be the first to see the Christ Child were the poor, humble, and devout shepherds of Bethlehem.
After the departure of the Magi, Joseph, Mary and the Child Jesus moved into their modest home in Nazareth.  Like any happy child under the loving care of His mother, Jesus learned to talk, to pray, to play and to do things.  Mary gently placed the Infant God on His feet for the first steps on this earth.  He was the most beautiful Child who has ever lived.
Joseph took up his carpentry work, humbly rejoicing in the knowledge that he was laboring to support God Himself and His beloved Mother.
When the fortieth day after the Nativity drew near, the Immaculate Mother of God did not hesitated to subject herself to the general Hebrew law requiring purification of mothers and presentation of the first-born in the Temple of Jerusalem.
The Holy Family went to Jerusalem and before dawn they went to the Temple.  A simple devout priest Simeon had been waiting all his life for the coming of the Messiah. Moved by the Holy Spirit, he went to the Temple to meet his Lord.  He came to Mary and received the Infant Jesus from her hands.  Then raising his eyes to heaven in ecstasy of joy, thanking the eternal Father for having fulfilled the promises.  Then he said a few words to Mary:  “Behold this Child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted.  And your own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
All this was understood by Mary, and she began to feel sorrow, for deep down inside she was made to see this prophecy.
Mary and Joseph went up into the large ceremonial hall.  The priest took up the Holy Child, raised Him toward heaven and placed Him back in His Mother’s arms.  The whole Temple was filled with heavenly light.
Let all the earth receive her King!

Everything seemed ordinary.  An ordinary house near the Sea of Galilee.  An ordinary family with two grown-up, Simon Peter and Andrew who were part of family fishing business.  But, at the end, nothing was ordinary for these two brothers.
One day Andrew left his nets and walked for miles in search for John the Baptist, who was preaching at River Jordan.  He was baptized by this charismatic man.  While he was standing in the crowd, suddenly Jesus approached John to be baptized by him.  John tried to prevent him saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and yet you are coming to me?”  Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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