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Believe that you can, and you will. Imagine yourself to be the type of person you want to be, and then be it. You may have to let go of some bad habits and develop some more positive ones, but don't give up - for it is only in trying and persisting that dreams come true.

Expect changes to occur, and realize that the power to make those changes comes from within you. Your thoughts and actions, the way you spend your time, your choices and decisions determine who you are and who you will become.

You are capable and worthy of being and doing anything. You just need the discipline and determination to see it through. It won't come instantly, and you may backslide from time to time, but don't let that deter you. Never give up.

Life is an ever-changing process, and nothing is final. Therefore, each moment and every day is a chance to begin anew. May all your wishes and dreams come true. They will...if you believe in yourself.

Posted:Apr 26, 2008 3:44 am
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2010 11:49 pm

A man and his were walking in the forest. Suddenly the boy trips and feeling a sharp pain he screams, "Ahhhhh."

Surprised, he hears a voice coming from the mountain, "Ahhhhh!"

Filled with curiosity, he screams: "Who are you?", but the only answer he receives is: "Who are you?"

This makes him angry, so he screams: "You are a coward!", and the voice answers: "You are a coward!"

He looks at his father, asking, "Dad, what is going on?"

"," the man replies, "pay attention!" Then he screams, "I admire you!"

The voice answers: "I admire you!"

The father shouts, "You are wonderful!", and the voice answers: "You are wonderful!"

The boy is surprised, but still can't understand what is going on.

Then the father explains, "People call this 'ECHO', but truly it is 'LIFE!' Life always gives you back what you give out! Life is a mirror of your actions. If you want more love, give more love! If you want more kindness, give more kindness! If you want understanding and respect, give understanding and respect! If you want people to be patient and respectful to you, give patience and respect! This rule of nature applies to every aspect of our lives."

Life always gives you back what you give out.
Your life is not a coincidence,
but a mirror of your own doings.

Posted:Apr 18, 2008 7:56 pm
Last Updated:May 12, 2009 6:48 am

God bless the hurting hearts...
The walking wounded souls...
Bring peace unto them Lord,
With graciousness untold.

Let them mend in such a way
Their lives will overcome...
The pain and suffering they know,
The desperateness of some.

Let Your angels kiss the wounds,
And bring them peace again..
Bless the hearts who cry at night,
Allow the healing to begin.

Hold those hearts within Your hands,
That feel so tossed and torn...
The helpless and, the hopeless,
Let spirits be reborn.

Bless the hurting hearts, My Lord...
Bless souls so wracked with pain...
Too overcome with weariness,
To try to start again.

Let them see Your sunset
With faith enough to try,
To find the answers that they seek...
When teardrops have run dry.

Hold them in Your gentle hands,
And wipe away their tears...
Give them comfort, will to know,
You're there when they have fears.

God bless the hurting hearts,
The souls in so much pain...
Let them see the sunrise
With faith to start again.
Posted:Mar 14, 2008 11:18 pm
Last Updated:Mar 18, 2008 5:47 am

When you are tired and discouraged
from fruitless effort, GOD knows
how hard you have tried.

When you've cried so long your
heart is in anguish, GOD has
counted your tears.

If you feel that your life is on hold
and time has passed you by,
GOD is waiting for you.

When you're lonely and your friends
are too busy even for a phone call,
GOD is by your side.

When you think you've tried everything
and don't know where to turn,
GOD has a solution.

When nothing makes sense and you
are confused or frustrated,
GOD has the answer.

If suddenly your outlook is brighter
and you find traces of hope,
GOD has whispered to you.

When things are going well and you
have much to be thankful for,
GOD has blessed you.

When something joyful happens
and you are filled with awe,
GOD has smiled upon you.

When you have a purpose to fulfill and
a dream to follow, GOD has opened
your eyes and called you by name.

Remember that wherever you are or
whatever you are feeling,
GOD Knows!

Posted:Mar 9, 2008 5:41 am
Last Updated:Mar 10, 2008 6:23 am

There's light at the end of each tunnel,
And sunshine that comes after rain.
The darkest of nights ends with morning,
And God sends relief from all pain.

Our sorrows won't grieve us forever,
And heartaches will vanish with time.
Each burden we bear will be lifted,
And mountains made easy to climb.

The Lord will send strength to sustain us,
As much as we need for each day.
His arms will enfold and uphold us,
And answers will come when we pray.

He wants us to faithfully trust Him,
And send forth our praises above.
The closer we draw to the Savior,
The more we'll experience His love.

Posted:Jul 11, 2008 8:07 pm
Last Updated:Oct 13, 2009 7:57 pm

~ Live A Life That Matters ~

Ready or not,
someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises,
no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected,
whether treasured or forgotten,
will pass to someone else.

Your wealth,
fame and temporal power
will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned
or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations,
and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans,
and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses
that once seemed so important
will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from,
or on what side of the tracks you lived,
at the end.

It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought,
but what you built;
not what you got,
but what you gave?

What will matter is not your success,
but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned,
but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity,
courage or sacrifice that enriched,
empowered or encouraged others
to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence,
but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories,
but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

Posted:May 17, 2008 7:42 pm
Last Updated:May 17, 2008 7:50 pm

Our whole life is marked by the sign of the TRINITY. The FATHER created us in love. The came to the world to make it possible for us to recover our divine sonship which we lost because of sin. The HOLY SPIRIT continues the work of the in the Church and in history until the LORD JESUS returns in glory. In the mystery of the TRINITY - "three Persons equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, yet one Lord, one God" our journey has its origin. The TRINITY is also our goal. Someday our eyes will finally contemplate the face of GOD who is FATHER, and HOLY SPIRIT.
Posted:Feb 19, 2010 3:11 pm
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2010 11:56 pm

The Reasons for doing Penance are:

1. To atone for the temporal punishment due to our sins
2. To increase the value of our prayers, which are far more efficacious when joined with penance
3. To obtain graces for others... NOTE: Our Lady of Fatima asked the to pray and sacrifice for sinners
4. To strengthen our will power, our will is weak , but penance makes us stronger against temptations
5. To increase merit and earn a higher place in heaven
6. To elevate our mind to heavenly things (Penance helps us pray and meditate better)
7. To demonstrate our love for God (True love entails a willingness to suffer for the person loved)
Posted:Jan 2, 2010 8:48 pm
Last Updated:Jun 19, 2024 10:19 pm

The general manifestation of God's presence in nature and its attendant beauty has sometimes been referred to as "DIAPHANY", a Greek word meaning "to appear through," but beyond and deeper than this diaphany is the "THEOPHANY" in the history of the people of God. The "EPIPHANY" is the ultimate manifestation, and is applied to the revelation of God's glory in Jesus of Nazareth who becomes the complete sign of the glory. John's Gospel has worked out this theme best. True wisdom is to seek, find, recognize, and adore God's real presence in the signs and events of our times.

The EPIPHANY is the manifestation of Jesus as MESSIAH of Israel, of God and Savior of the world. The great Feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (MAG from the East, together with His Baptism in the Jordan and the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee. In the Magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The Magi's coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the King of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship Him as of God and Savior of the world only by turning toward the Jews and receiving form them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament. The Epiphany shows that "the full number of the nations" now takes its "place in the family of the patriarchs," and acquires Israelitica dignitas (are made "worthy of the heritage of Israel)...
Posted:Dec 20, 2009 6:30 am
Last Updated:Jun 19, 2024 10:19 pm

What is the Mass?

The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest, offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearances of bread and wine.

For, from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles; and in every place there is sacrifice and there is offered to my name a clean oblation. (Malachi 1:11)

What is a sacrifice?

A sacrifice is the offering of a victim by a priest to God alone, and the destruction of it in some way to acknowledge that He is the Creator of all things.

Who is the principal priest in every Mass?

The principal priest in every Mass is Jesus Christ, who offers to His heavenly Father, through the ministry of His ordained priest, His body and blood which were sacrificed on the cross.

And having taken bread, he gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is being given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In like manner he took also the cup after the supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which shall be shed for you." (Luke 22:19-20)

Why is the Mass the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross?

The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross because in the Mass the victim is the same, and the principal priest is the same, Jesus Christ.

What are the purposes for which the Mass is offered?

The purposes for which the Mass is offered are: first, to adore God as our Creator and Lord; second, to thank God for His many favors; third, to ask God to bestow His blessings on all men; fourth, to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him.

Is there any difference between the sacrifice of the cross and the Sacrifice of the Mass?

The manner in which the sacrifice is offered is different. On the cross Christ physically shed His blood and was physically slain, while in the Mass there is no physical shedding of blood nor physical death, because Christ can die no more; on the cross Christ gained merit and satisfied for us, while in the Mass He applies to us the merits and satisfaction of His death on the cross.

For we know that Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more, death shall no longer have dominion over him. (Romans 6:9)
How should we assist at Mass?

We should assist at Mass with reverence, attention, and devotion.

What is the best method of assisting at Mass?

The best method of assisting at Mass is to unite with the priest in offering the Holy Sacrifice, and to receive Holy Communion.

How can we best unite with the priest in offering the Holy Sacrifice?

We can best unite with the priest in offering the Holy Sacrifice by joining in mind and heart with Christ, the principal Priest and Victim, by following the Mass in a missal, and by reciting or chanting the responses.

Who said the first Mass?

Our Divine Savior said the first Mass, at the Last Supper, the night before He died.
Posted:Dec 20, 2009 6:18 am
Last Updated:Dec 20, 2009 6:21 am

[B]What is the sacrament of Penance?

Penance is the sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven through the absolution of the priest.

Whence has the priest the power to forgive sins?

The priest has the power to forgive sins from Jesus Christ, who said to His apostles and to their successors in the priesthood: "Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."

Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23)

With what words does the priest forgive sins?

The priest forgives sins with the words: "I absolve thee from thy sins in the name of the Father, and of the , and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."

What are the effects of the sacrament of Penance, worthily received?

The effects of the sacrament of Penance, worthily received, are:

1. the restoration or increase of sanctifying grace;
2. the forgiveness of sins;
3. the remission of the eternal punishment, if necessary, and also of part, at least, of the temporal punishment, due to our sins;
4. the help to avoid sin in future;
5. the restoration of the merits of our good works if they have been lost by mortal sin.

What else does the sacrament of Penance do for us?

The sacrament of Penance also gives us the opportunity to receive spiritual advice and instruction from our confessor.

What must we do to receive the sacrament of Penance worthily?

To receive the sacrament of Penance worthily, we must:

1. examine our conscience;
2. be sorry for our sins;
3. have the firm purpose of not sinning again;
4. confess our sins to the priest;
5. be willing to perform the penance the priest gives us.

But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed and keep all my commandments and do judgment and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die. (Ezekiel 18:21)

What is an examination of conscience?

An examination of conscience is a sincere effort to call to mind all the sins we have committed since our last worthy confession.

What should we do before our examination of conscience?

Before our examination of conscience we should ask God's help to know our sins and to confess them with sincere sorrow.

How can we make a good examination of conscience?

We can make a good examination of conscience by calling to mind the commandments of God and of the Church, and the particular duties of our state of life, and by asking ourselves how we may have sinned with regard to them.

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