Almighty Father, in the richness of your mercy you sent your own Son Jesus into the world to suffer and die for us. As you did not spare your own Son, we confidently look to your granting us everything else besides. May your mercy and grace be always upon us.
Lord Jesus Christ, you told us to be merciful just as our Father is merciful. You showed us the way to mercy when on the cross you forgave those who crucified you. Such divine mercy is very challenging for us. Only in you and through your grace in our lives can we ever hope to be channels of mercy to others. Jesus, we trust in you.
Holy Spirit, help us to understand the mystery of divine mercy. Help us to forgive those who trespass against us. Help us to love our enemies. Help us to love and care for the poor. Enable us to effectively proclaim the gospel of God's mercy. Show us the way to holiness unto the Lord.
Mama Mary, full of grace and Mother of mercy, guide us in the way we are to go, and keep us in your loving embrace always.
The scene is becoming disturbingly frequent in the United States - lifeless bodies strewn all over the place, and an assailant gone berserk who, by brazen thoughtlessness, changes lives and communities forever. With the families of those who lost their lives at Orlando, Florida, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines grieves. We, bishops of the Philippine Church, unite ourselves with those who mourn in prayer. But a tragedy like this challenges us to ask ourselves how we can all, not Americans alone, become a better people after having recovered from our grief.
God is good all the time. And we, the beloved children of a loving, merciful and all-powerful Father, are the direct beneficiaries of that goodness. Why is it then that many Christians live lives of misery or at least not exuberant joy? Well, just like our own children, if they choose to put themselves outside our intimate care, if they choose to follow the world rather than our guidance and instruction, if they do not enter more deeply into the faith they have been raised in, then they will experience troubles, pain and even disaster.
The much-awaited document from Pope Francis arising from the 2 meetings of the Synod of Bishops has come out, in the form of an apostolic exhortation entitled Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Given that there were opposing sides among the bishops in the synods -- the liberals and the conservatives (or the progressives and the traditionalists), we can expect, and indeed it is already starting, a flurry of analyses, and using what the pope says to promote their own respective stands and interests. There will be further confusion as bishops down the line give their own interpretations. Cardinal Kasper already says that this “changes everything,” and we can expect him to more strongly push his liberal agenda.
Our theme for 2016 is “Rich in Mercy.” This is taken from Ephesians 2:4. This theme also falls in line with our Church’s Extraordinary Jubilee Year (The Year of Mercy) which is from December 8 this year to November 20 next year.
Next year’s theme is intended to bring us ever deeper into the mystery of God’s plan for us. For the past few years our themes have been intense. In 2013 it was BE.LI.EV.E! We looked to the faith that works wonders.
by: Jonathon van Maren
Reprinted with permission from The Bridgehead.
June 10, 2016 (TheBridgehead) -- "Man has always lost his way," G.K. Chesterton once wrote, "He has always lost his way, but now he has lost his address."
It was that wise analysis that popped into my head when I logged into Facebook yesterday and scrolled past dozens of stories from around the world, all announcing that the Canadian Supreme Court had just declared that "most bestiality is legal," in the words of Britain's Independent. I wasn't particularly enthused that Canada's last prance across world news was brought on by our freshman prime minister's smug stammerings and shirtless pics, but it seems new lows can always be achieved.
An ocean of stars giving praise to the Lord. 10,000 young people at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila during the annual Live Pure Conference. Pure happiness on August 30, 2015
"For to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
The 2014 CCCB Forum with National Movements and Associations was held on September 12-14, 2014 under the auspices of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), at Auberge de Basilique in St. Anne de Beaupre', Quebec. This was attended by 33 participating national movements and associations headed by lay person, nuns, priests, and bishops. CFC-FFL is represented by Bro Kit Galema (Second from right second row in the picture).
The Episcopal Standing Committee for Relations with Catholic Movements and Associations organizes such forum for assuring dialogue and links between the CCCB and the national Catholic movements and associations of Canada. The bishops of Canada have convened this forum with movements and associations from across the country in order; to enable personal contacts and sharing of faith and ideas amongst organizations, and to learn about the topic for this year's forum - "The Door to Missionary Evangelization" with a special emphasis being given to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).
CFC-FFL conducts Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) as its biblical apostolate. 166 members from the GTA Central and East clusters attended the first LBS seminar held at St. Thomas More Parish Hall on March 17, 2012. Similar seminars were also conducted in Brampton, Mississauga and Hamilton chapters as wells as in Ottawa and Sarnia. The LBS team is lead by Jose Lee with members, Aladin Matinong, Nell Gallardo and Florie Lee.
Last updated: Saturday, June 25, 2016