Friday, January 31, 2014


(a bit too long but worth the reading)

On 30 May 1862 Don Bosco at his ‘Good Night’ talk told his boys, and the young clerics he was training, about a dream he had dreamt a few nights previously: he actually described it as a parable or allegory. Strictly speaking a parable is a general story with a deeper meaning, but one in which the points of the story may not all be significant, while in an allegory every detail is important and meaningful. In the case of Don Bosco’s dream it is difficult to know just how significant each point is. After some preliminary remarks he went on to describe what he had seen:

"Try to picture yourselves with me on the seashore, or, better still, on an outlying cliff with no other land in sight. The vast expanse of water is covered with a formidable array of ships in battle formation, prows fitted with sharp spear-like beaks capable of breaking through any defence. All are heavily armed with cannons, incendiary bombs, and firearms of all sorts - even books - and are heading toward one stately ship, mightier than them all. As they try to close in, they try to ram it, set it afire, and cripple it as much as possible.

"This stately vessel is shielded by a flotilla escort. Winds and waves are with the enemy. In this midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky: one is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin at whose feet a large inscription reads: Help of Christians; the other, far loftier and sturdier, supports a [Communion] Host of proportionate size and bears beneath it the inscription Salvation of believers.

"The flagship commander - the Roman Pontiff [the Pope]- seeing the enemy’s fury and his auxiliary ships very grave predicament, summons his captains to a conference. However, as they discuss their strategy, a furious storm breaks out and they must return to their ships. When the storm abates, the Pope again summons his captains as the flagship keeps on its course. But the storm rages again. Standing at the helm, the Pope strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains.

"The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons. The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. At times a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash.

"Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up, firearms and beaks fall to pieces, ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up but, struck down a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises from the enemy and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no sooner is the Pope dead than another takes his place. The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly that the news of the Pope’s death coincides with that of his successor’s election. The enemy’s self-assurance wanes.

"Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns and moors it to the two columns; first to the one surmounted by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point something unexpected happens. The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other. Some auxiliary ships which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship are the first to tie up at the two columns.

"Many others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish under the waves. Then, they too head for the two columns, tie up at the swinging hooks, and ride safe and tranquil beside their flagship. A great calm now covers the sea."

"Very grave trials await the Church. What we have suffered so far is almost nothing compared to what is going to happen. The enemies of the Church are symbolised by the ships which strive their utmost to sink the flagship. Only two things can save us in such a grave hour: devotion to Mary and frequent Communion. Let us do our very best to use these two means and have others use them everywhere."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Do we love Christ enough to suffer for Him? Are we willing to root out deadly vices that keep us chained to our sin and misery? These are questions we should all be asking. And what is the answer to these questions? It should be a humble and resolved “yes”. Humility is key. We must become fully dependent on Christ and walk with "The Cane of the Cross."


Catholics-this is your battle summons. Stand up for Christ and his Holy Catholic Church, because it is only beacon of Truth on this earth. We cannot become complacent in our fight, nor allow our enemy to steal souls from their rightful place in the eternal reality that is present before us. In this day and age, Satan and his demons are working tirelessly to ensure the destruction of humanity. The Holy Catholic Church is the last defense. We are its defenders. With the Holy Spirit and the protection of our Queen the most Blessed Virgin Mary, we will take up the task that is now before us. Because of increased demonic influence on the culture, we are charged with not only the salvation of our own souls, but the salvation of others who are being lured into the devil’s traps.

So break out your Rosaries. Stay strong in the faith. Look to Christ in the holy Eucharist.

Do not despair-the triumph of the Cross has already ensured the victory of Christ!

All for our lord and king Jesus Christ—and all for his Church.

Monday, January 27, 2014


We can often forget just how at odds the world is with the message of Christ. We try to live our lives halfway following the world and halfway following Jesus. For many of us, it is a daily struggle to detach ourselves from the ways of the culture and give all to God. We need to realize that to be Christian is to not be of this world. Christ tells us this when he says:
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you (John 15:19)."
Indeed, the world hates Christians. It always has and always will. This is the hard fact many of us still need to accept.
But if the world hates us, what should our response be?
We should hate the world back!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


In the Gospel for Sunday (3A),   Jesus picks up where John the Baptist left off. We are told that He has come to fulfill the scriptures, that He will bring light to the people: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them a light has shined." (Prophet Isaiah). Those who are in the dark about what God plans are for the world will be enlightened  through Jesus’ preaching. They discover that God loves them and brings them salvation in the very fullest sense.  Jesus' light was a candle flame, the quiet flicker that hurricane winds tried and tried to put out, but could not.  Jesus is the indeed Light, the Redeemer, the One who died to save us and all of humanity.

The Light who came to redeem the whole humanity calls his followers.  His followers were very real people - contentious, weak at times, often baffled by Jesus. We, his disciples often resemble them. Bold at times, weak in others. We have our inadequacies. To Him we should turn for His help to heal us.

We belong to his church. Church” does not simply mean attending mass once a week and subscribing to a list of dogmas. To respond to Christ’s call to the Church means to be in the world, but not of it. It means to “re-form your life.” To allow your thinking and your pattern of life to be completely reorganized around the truth of God’s word.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt 17:20)

Sunday, January 19, 2014


We think of Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah. But yet if you met him and no one had pointed him out to you, you wouldn’t know he was Jesus.

Yet this man whom you wouldn’t pick out from the crowd was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and to whom we could understand the Father speaking these words of our first reading, “You are my whom I shall be glorified…I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isa 49:3,6).

To-day Jesus comes to us in so many ways that if someone as  John the Baptist does not point Him to us, we will miss him.

One such John the Baptist is the Church which proclaims to us Jesus in the  readings of the Holy Mass. Our undivided attention is necessary when hearing the Word of God because it is through his Word that He speaks to us. If a line strikes you, you must understand that God is speaking to you.

We meet  Jesus in the Holy Communion. In our Communion we build a special bond with Him who washes away our sins.

Build your life on Jesus, let Jesus be the foundation of your life.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


"Let Mary never be far from your heart.

And to obtain the fruit of her prayers, do not forget the example of her life.

With her support, you will never fall.

Beneath her protection, you will never fear.

Under her guidance, you will never tire.

And with her help, you will reach your heavenly goal."

St Bernard

Friday, January 17, 2014


"The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak."
— Pope Francis

Monday, January 13, 2014


Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.

St. Charles Borromeo

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Was it necessary for Jesus to be baptized, as we do? Of course not.

 With that gesture, he wanted to show that he had become one of us. Above all, he wanted to put an end to the baptism of "water" and inaugurate that "of the Spirit." It was not the water in the Jordan that sanctified Jesus, but Jesus who sanctified the water.

The feast of the Baptism of Jesus is the annual occasion to reflect on our own baptism. A question people often ask themselves about baptism is: Why baptize small children? Why not wait until they are older and can decide freely for themselves? It is a serious question, but it can conceal a deceit. In procreating a child and giving him life, do parents first ask for his permission? Convinced that life is an immense gift, they rightly assume that one day the child will be grateful for it. A person is not asked for permission to be given a gift, and baptism is essentially this: the gift of life given to man by the merits of Christ.

Of course, all this assumes that the parents themselves are believers and have the intention to help the child develop the gift of faith. The Church acknowledges their decisive competency in this area and does not want a child to be baptized against their will.

Remembering today, that our parents carried us to church to be baptized, should show us the importance that:

1) Baptism is an initiation into the people of God;

2) Baptism is a call to discipleship; and

 3) Baptism is a commissioning to go into the outside world and proclaim Christ. In a nutshell we must live the EPIPHANY - which means Christ showing himself to the world.

His first Epiphany was his birth in Betlehem;  He had shown himself to humble people because his own people refused to accept Him,

 the second occasion was when the Magi came to adore Him and offer Him their presents

and lastly when He was baptized at the Jordan and the Word of God proclaimed Him to be His Beloved Son - HEAR HIM.

Friday, January 10, 2014


May our aim be to connect with God’s Holy Word; apply His Word to ourselves, live by them as we practice it in our daily lives.  

We are NOT called just to read it and preach it but to LIVE by every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God.  

In all humility, let us ask the Holy Spirit of God to assist us in our weaknesses, not to let us succumb to the desires of the flesh, but to conquer our vices and grow in virtue as we lead others to Christ by our example.  Amen.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


The feast of Epiphany is the oldest liturgical celebration after Easter and Pentecost.

Though Matthew does not give us the number of the vistors who paid homage to baby Jesus, yet tradition holds them to be three presumably from the three gifts they offered him. The first gift was gold symbolizing homage paid to the Child’s royal line, the second gift was incense simbolising his divinity and the last gift was myrrh which was a forewarning of his passion. 

They may be kings; we are given no names, but what matters is that they follow the star that leads them to the Saviour of the world. Epiphany is not about the Magi but about Jesus.

Jesus Christ was displayed before the world at His birth, during His baptism and through His public life, beginning with the wedding feast of Cana.

Christ is coming right from the start to meet all mankind, be they Jews or Gentiles. The rejection of Christ by Israel becomes the opportunity for Christ to be revealed to all the nations and so ultimately to us today.

 Thus, we need to show Christ's Presence to others in the very way we live our live. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014


The only connection you should have with the sin in your past is the testimony of how God delivered you from it.

Your past is not your future.

You are not defined by who you once were, but by who you are becoming in Christ.

"Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine."
— St. Augustine of Hippo

Wednesday, January 1, 2014




The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year…but that we should have a new soul.