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Articles Archive for September 2008

Welcoming Death
Tuesday, 30 Sep, 2008 – 8:00 | No Comment
Welcoming Death

Death is repulsive.  It is not something one wishes for.  Yet from the words of Job we encounter a sobering reality — a reality that we find in those who commit suicide:  that life can …

Angels
Monday, 29 Sep, 2008 – 2:22 | No Comment
Angels

Angels, answer me,are you near if rain should fall?Am I to believeyou will rise to calm the storm?For so great a treasure words will never do.Surely, if this is, promises are mine to give you.mine …

The Archangels
Monday, 29 Sep, 2008 – 1:55 | No Comment
The Archangels

The gospel reading from John 1:47–51 is not really about angels but about Jesus as the new Jacob’s Ladder.  How it got paired with the reading from Daniel or Revelation for the Feast of the …

A Morning Meditation
Saturday, 27 Sep, 2008 – 9:48 | No Comment
A Morning Meditation

A video from the ChristianMeditator. It is advertised as a Biblical Meditation and is entitled “When I Open My Eyes”. There is another evening meditation entitled “When I Close My Eyes.”
The meditation is …

Enjoy the life you’ve been given
Saturday, 27 Sep, 2008 – 0:01 | No Comment
Enjoy the life you’ve been given

Reading I: Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 90:3-4,17
Gospel Reading:  Luke 9:43-45

Qoheleth’s Advise to the Young
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come …

I Am Back!
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 15:47 | No Comment
I Am Back!

I just came back from our group’s yearly retreat. This time it was held in the new Spirituality Center being constructed at ToloTolo, Concepcion, Cebu. The retreat was handled by Fr. Robert Dueweke, OSA of …

Time and Eternity
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 0:01 | No Comment
Time and Eternity

Reading I: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 144:1-2,3-4
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:18-22

The selection from Qoheleth is another classic, this time on time. But the "time" described here is qualitative rather than quantitative. The …

The Lord is my Secure Foundation
Thursday, 25 Sep, 2008 – 0:01 | No Comment
The Lord is my Secure Foundation

Reading I: Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 90:3-4,14.17
Gospel Reading:  Luke 9:7-9

The selection from Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) is a classic on the meaninglessness of existence.  The author draws a very negative picture of the realm …

To live dependent on God
Wednesday, 24 Sep, 2008 – 0:55 | No Comment
To live dependent on God

Reading I:  Proverbs 30:5-9
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 119:29,163
Gospel Reading:  Luke 9:1-16

The theme of the day’s readings hang on the following words from Luke
Take nothing for the journey, neither …

Hearing and acting on the Word
Tuesday, 23 Sep, 2008 – 0:01 | No Comment
Hearing and acting on the Word

Reading I: Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 119:1,44
Gospel Reading:  Luke 8:19-21

"My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it." (Luke 8:21)
It is certain than …

Let your light shine…
Monday, 22 Sep, 2008 – 0:07 | No Comment
Let your light shine…

Reading I: Proverbs 3:27-34
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 15:1-3
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:16-18

No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed;  rather, he places it on a lampstand so that …

Away From The Presario
Sunday, 21 Sep, 2008 – 20:23 | No Comment
Away From The Presario

I’ll be away from the Presario for a few days.  Cebu is calling and I’ll be going there for a needed retreat.  This doesn’t mean that this blog will be out of content during my …

The Seeds of Eternal Life
Saturday, 20 Sep, 2008 – 0:35 | No Comment
The Seeds of Eternal Life

Reading I: 1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42-49
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 56:1-14
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:4-15

Paul writes:
What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.
And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare …

I Can Do All Things
Friday, 19 Sep, 2008 – 9:39 | No Comment
I Can Do All Things

This is an inspirational video showing how a father carries his disabled son across the finish line in what I think is a decathlon. The background song is based on Job 19:25 which is …

The Women in Jesus’ Life
Friday, 19 Sep, 2008 – 6:47 | One Comment
The Women in Jesus’ Life

Reading I:  1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Resp. Ps.:  Psalm 17:15
Gospel:     Luke 8:1-3

Why did Luke include a list of the women who followed Jesus around during his ministry? The reason is obvious, I think: …

Getting More Out Of Bible Study
Friday, 19 Sep, 2008 – 1:55 | No Comment
Getting More Out Of Bible Study

Below are articles from the Bible Workshop that illustrate how the average professional readers of the Scriptures can work around their disability to read the Bible in the original languages. The articles were written specifically …

Advance List For Four Sundays
Thursday, 18 Sep, 2008 – 22:21 | No Comment
Advance List For Four Sundays

Here is the list of the Sunday Gospel readings from the 25th to the 28th Sundays of Ordinary Time, discussed at the Bible Workshop.

In English

A Banquet and the Proper Dress Code (28th Sunday OT A)
The …

Your Many Sins Have Been Forgiven…
Thursday, 18 Sep, 2008 – 6:24 | No Comment
Your Many Sins Have Been Forgiven…

Reading I:  1 Corinthians 15:1-15
Resp. Ps:  Psalm 118:1
Gospel:     Luke 7:36-50

"I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the …

Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s
Wednesday, 17 Sep, 2008 – 22:34 | No Comment
Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s

Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s". Some people take this to mean a separation of powers. The new testament writers however and those who read their works for subsequent generations understood this as a subordination of powers since the Lord himself said to Pilate: "You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above (John 19:11)

The PIB Goes 100
Wednesday, 17 Sep, 2008 – 21:58 | No Comment
The PIB Goes 100

 

Biblista writes:
Maybe I should now apply for a sabbatical in 2009.  The Pontifical Biblical Institute will be celebrating its centenary that year and I think some of the  activities will be interesting.  I received …

Choose love…
Wednesday, 17 Sep, 2008 – 21:38 | No Comment
Choose love…

Reading I:  1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 33:12
Gospel:  Luke 7:31-35

 
The love by which we love is agape.   It is not the kind of love we often hear about in songs or …

Answering The New Atheism
Wednesday, 17 Sep, 2008 – 20:42 | No Comment
Answering The New Atheism

Scott Hahn
The first part of the video entitled “Answering the New Atheism”. In brief, the New Atheism does not have solid philosophical foundations. Mike Sullivan hosts.
John 1:47View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB …

Like a tree planted by living waters
Wednesday, 17 Sep, 2008 – 9:27 | No Comment
Like a tree planted by living waters

A view of the Japanese Gardens
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruits
in due season.
Their leaves
do not wither;
they prosper
in all they do.
  (Psalm 1:3)
"Sinners cannot live in heaven, they would …