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"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Mt 5.3-12).


Jesus, I Trust in You!

We are just ephemeral pilgrims on our way to a place where only faith can bring us, a place not even imagined here on earth. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Heb 11.1).

2nd trimester abortionEveryday we are confronted by issues ranging from the trivial to the essential; to name just a few: abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, human cloning, overpopulation, proliferation of destructive weapons (WMD), terrorism, war, etc. In order not to be confused people should have a very reliable guide in life.

The Catholic faith is a seamless garment—every doctrine or belief rests on another. Because the Church is strong and resolute in its pronouncements regarding ethics and morals, it has become the butt of attacks, either based on malice or ignorance. People who try to destroy this faith, hammer on every bit of issue, especially with the recent scandals among its clergy (homosexuality and pedophilia). They believe that destroying one component (e.g., credibility of its clergy) will ultimately destroy the whole (domino effect). Quoting from 1 Corinthians 12.25-27 (RSV): “...there may be no discord in the body (church), ...the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

9/11This horrible event in New York City on 11 September 2001 speaks for itself. It forced us to look deeper in our collective conscience as human beings, and go beyond local concerns. In this context, it became a symbol of our existence in this temporal world. While it seems to point to the reality of evil as implemented by terrorists, it also became an opportunity of something good. If you're Catholic, you'll understand because it's comparable to Christ's crucifixion—though it paints an apparent failure on God’s part to prevent the death of his Son, it became the source of our strength to go on living. And as the people understood this, their faith consequently deepened tremendously. Instead of vengeance, we started to become merciful and actually forgave the criminals. Mercy is not contradictory to justice; even if we pursue these criminals and prosecute them, we at the same time remain merciful. When Pope John Paul II forgave his would-be assassin, the latter remained in a Roman prison cell, satisfying the requirements of justice.

Sample the articles below; written contributions are acknowledged. Email the articles to me.

  1. What's in a name?
  2. Something About Mary
  3. Conformity to God's Will

Links that you may try:

  1. AdventusChristi.com – Collection of homilies
  2. Catholic.org
  3. Chesterton.org
  4. CHNetwork.org
  5. EWTN.com
  6. Frassati.org – International organization of young Catholics.
  7. IAPWeb.org – Discover the relationship between faith and reason: no contradiction exists.
  8. LHLA.org
  9. LifeDynamics.com – Pro-life Group.
  10. Marian.org – Marians of the Immaculate Conception.
  11. MyCatholicFaith.org – Helping Catholics come alive in faith by encountering the truth and love of God.
  12. OpusDei.org – a personal prelature.
  13. PriestsForLife.org
  14. RenewalMinistries.net
  15. SalvationHistory.com – Biblical Theology with Scott Hahn, Ph.D.
  16. JoyUSCCB.org/NAB – The New American bible site. For those who are not fortunate in being able to physically participate in the daily mass, this web page provides the daily readings, psalm and gospel. Hopefully the reader will be able to find time to meditate after reading the daily gospel (suggested by Joy V., 2/24/04).
  17. Vatican.va – This site is available in different languages so the reader can just click on what he prefers, say English. It contains several encyclicals written by Pope John Paul II, as well as his predecessors. It also has updates on the Pope's activities, his messages, prayers, books and missions. It's a good way of being in touch with the Holy See. It makes you feel like the Vatican is very close (suggested by Joy V., 2/24/04).