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Tagbac, Lubang, Occidental Mindoro
Binabati ko kayo ng mapayapa at makahulugang pagdiriwang ng kapistahan ni San Isidro Labrador na ating patron!
Magpasalamat tayo sa Panginoon sa patuloy niyang pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit sa atin. Sa lahat ng panahon, napakabuti ang Panginoon! Sa panahon ng tag-araw, tag-ulan, tag-init o taglamig, kahit may bagyo o masungit ang panahon, nananatili pa rin ang kabutihan ng Diyos sa atin. Marami man o kakaunti ang naging ani sa nakalipas na taon, nararapat lamang na siya ay ating papurihan, sapagkat kailanman, hindi niya tayo pinabayaan. Ang ating pagdiriwang ng kapistahan ni San Isidro Labrador na ating patron ay isang pagpupuri at pasasalamat sa pagmamahal at kabutihan ng ating Panginoong Diyos. Isang paanyaya para sa atin na tumugon din sa kanyang kabutihan at pagmamahal.
Naaayon ang napiling tema ng ating pagdiriwang sa taong ito: “Kilos Pamayanan, ang Diyos ay Paglingkuran, Kapwa ay Pagmalasakitan.” Bilang Pamayanang Kristiyano, nagiging buháy ang ating pananampalataya sa ating Panginoon sa pamamagitan ng ating pagkilos, sa paglilingkod sa Kanya at pagmamalasakit sa ating kapwa. Ang pananampalatayang walang pagkilos o gawa ay patay ayon kay Apostol Santiago. Nakikilala tayong mga alagad ng Panginoong Jesus sa pamamagitan ng ating pagmamahal sa isa’t isa. (Juan 13:35) Ang Diyos ang unang nagmahal sa atin. Tumutugon tayo sa pagmamahal na ito sa pamamagitan ng paglilingkod at pagmamalasakit sa ating kapwa. Nawa sa ating pagdiriwang ng kapistahan ni San Isidro Labrador ay mas lalong tumibay ang ating pagmamahal sa Diyos. Batid natin na laging inuuna ni San Isidro ang Diyos sa kanyang buhay. Bago magtrabaho sa bukid, inuuna niya ang pagsisimba at pagdarasal. Mapagmahal din siya sa kanyang kapwa lalo na ang katulad niyang mahihirap. Maging inspirasyon nawa natin siya sa paglilingkod sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa ating kapwa.
Muli binabati ko kayo ng maligayang kapistahan!
Rev. Fr. Primo M. Fagel Jr., MJ
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sábado, 3 de marzo de 2007
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sábado, 17 de febrero de 2007
This coming Wednesday, 21 February, is Ash Wednesday. It signals the beginning of our forty-day preparation for the celebration of Easter, the Season of Lent. It is hoped that the article below can help you prepare yourselves and your family for this season.
Forty Days of Lent: Forty Days of Life
Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
In the English language, the special season before Easter is called “Lent.” The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we progress from the darkness of winter to the new light of spring. But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of the forty days.
OK, we do penance for forty days because Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness. But did you ever wonder why he was out there for forty days rather than seven or ten or fifty?
Think back to the Old Testament. Noah and company were in the Ark for 40 days. Moses was up on Sinai receiving the 10 commandments for 40 days. The Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years.
So why all these forties? Probably because it is forty weeks that a woman carries her developing baby before a new life can come forth from the womb.
All these “forties” are a necessary and not-so-comfortable prelude for something new. In Noah’s case, it’s the rebirth of a sinful world that had been cleansed by raging flood waters. In Moses’ case, it was the birth of the people of the covenant. For the nomadic Israelites, it was the start of a new, settled existence in the Promised land.
And Jesus? What did his forty days mean? The birth of a new Israel liberated from sin, reconciled to God, and governed by the law of the Spirit rather than a law chiseled in stone.
But think back to the story of Moses and the Israelites. There was someone who did not want them to go out into the desert to offer sacrifice to their God. Pharaoh did not take the loss of his cheap labor lying down. When Jesus begins his mission of liberation, there is another slave master who is no more willing than Pharoah to let his minions go without a fight.
Since the sixties, it has been fashionable in some quarters to dismiss the devil as a relic of ancient mythology or medieval fantasy. The guy with the pointy tale and the pitchfork comes in handy in cartoons and costume parties, but how can we take such an image seriously? In the Bible, they say, let’s read “Satan” merely as a symbol of human evil.
Such a view is clearly at odds with Scripture, Tradition, and recent teaching of the Magisterium. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, says St. Paul. If you don’t know your enemy and his tactics, you are bound to lose.
The temptation of Jesus in the desert shows us the tactics of the “Dark Lord.” Bread, a symbol for all that sustains our physical life, is a great blessing. But Satan tries to make material things the ultimate, distracting us from a deeper hunger and a more enduring food. Political power and all leadership is intended by God for the sake of serving the common good; Satan twists things to make leaders self-seeking, oppressive tyrants like himself. The lust for power and fame ironically leads not to dominion but to slavery to the Dark Lord (remember what happened to the Nazghoul in the Lord of the Rings). Then there’s religious temptation, the trickiest of them all--Manipulating God for our own glory, using his gifts to make people look at us rather than at Him. Sounds a lot like the Pharisees.
Jesus triumphs in this first wrestling match. He shows us how to keep from being pinned. Fasting breaks undue attachments to material blessings and stimulates our spiritual appetite. Humble service breaks the stranglehold of pride. The reverent worship of authentic faith breaks the full nelson of superstition, magic, and all arrogant religion. And the word of God is shown as the sword of the Spirit, the secret weapon that slashes through the enemy’s lies.So our forty days? Time to use the tactics modeled by our captain and break the strongholds. Prayer, fasting, humble service. The heavenly bread of the Eucharist and the Word of God. If we make use of them diligently during this season, pregnant with possibilities, we can enter into greater freedom. Darkness can give way to increasing light. Something new and wonderful can be born in us.