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Our blog: 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Welcome the new year properly

Many Catholic Christians are deceived by New Age beliefs and practices especially in the celebration of New Year.

The first of the ten commandments: “Thou shall not have other gods besides me.”

The Catholic Lay Deliverance Team, Knights of Saint Benedict urges all the faithful to protect selves and families from the diabolic attacks of the evil one by renouncing false beliefs and occultic practices being offered by the New Age (Age of Aquarius) movements.

Rely only on God. Rely on his Love and Mercy. Beliefs in Lucky Charms (colors, numbers, objects like crystals, stones, etc.), Numerology, Astrology, Fortune Telling, Palm Reading, Card Reading, Horoscope, Feng Shui, etc. snatches our faith and fidelity which are supposed to be for God alone.

We profess the power of God and his dominion over all His creations. Every year is a year of the Lord! True followers of Christ do not profess any year to be a year of any animal (unless they consider Christ as just any other animal). Our God is NOT a horse (nor a rabbit, snake, rat, pig, etc.).

Each Catholic Christian family is being encouraged to welcome New Year by professing our faith in God and His True Church, and by rebuking the works of the devil. Drive away evil through prayers. Firecrackers don’t drive away evil, bec. if they do, who would need God anyway. If it is really true that firecrackers drive away evil, why not use them inside the house and rooms?

Welcome New Year by:

  1. Hearing Mass (the greatest sacrifice; the highest form of praise);
  2. Praying with the whole family (set up an altar with candles that symbolizes the light of Christ/ NO FOOD on the altar pls. Give the food to the poor and needy, not to rodents. Sacramental objects on the altar don’t eat food, people do);
  3. Consecrating the family to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (this act of consecration professes our Catholic Christian Faith on Christ as the only begotten Son of God and to His grand plan of salvation of mankind represented by the Blessed Mary who conceived in her womb the flesh of the Word Incarnate);
  4. Invoking the intercession of Saint Joseph (the Holy Family must be the guide of every Christian family following the examples of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in their total obedience to the will of God);
  5. Blessing the family and home with holy water to remind us of our baptism and membership in the Church, thus, no evil or sickness may harm us without the consent of God (and without our own willful consent through sins).

(PROTECT THE FAMILY. PROTECT LIVES. CONSECRATE FAMILY AND LIFE TO THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY)

 

Bagong taon, araw ng obligasyon

2014 firecrackersBagong Taon (New Year) na naman. Mahalagang pagdiriwang lalo na sa mga Pilipino at sa buong sambayanang Kristiano.

Ang January 1 po, bukod sa Bagong Taon, ay isang “Holy Day of Obligation” para sa mga Katoliko. Hindi dahil sa Bagong Taon, kundi dahil sa napakahalagang pagdiriwang ng “Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God” (The feast is a celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus. The title “Mother of God” is a western derivation from the Greek: Theotokos, the God-bearer. The term was adopted at the First Council of Ephesus as a way to assert the Divinity of Christ, from which it follows that what is predicated of Christ is predicated of God. So, if Mary is the Mother of Jesus, she is the Mother of God).

Ayan, tunay ngang mahalaga ang pagdiriwang na ito, kaya nga bukod sa ito ay “Holy Day of Obligation”, ito ay nasa unang araw ng taon (Jan.1; Octave of Christmas Season).

Mahalaga pong maunawaan ito ng LAHAT ng Kristiano Katoliko lalo na ang mga taga-sunod ni Kristo at kumikilala sa Kanya bilang Panginoong Diyos (Divinity of Christ). ANG TURO PONG ITO AY PARA SA LAHAT NG KAANIB NG SIMBAHANG KATOLIKO.

Kaya naman, panawagan ng Knights of Saint Benedict Deliverance Team, ipahayag na si Kristo lamang ang Panginoon ng ating buhay, at hindi dapat umasa sa mga iniaalok ng mapanlinlang na mundo MULA SA PANG-UUDYOK NG DEMONYO AT MGA MASAMANG ESPIRITU, tulad ng mga… pampasuwerte, pamahiin, mga hula mula sa bituin,hula sa baraha, hula mula sa mga guhit ng palad, hula sa bolang kristal at ibat-ibang New Age teachings na hindi akma sa pananampalatayang Katoliko at lalo’t hindi naman itinuturo ng Simbahan (Lucky Charms, Superstitions, horoscope, fortune-telling, card reading, palm reading, crystal balls, etc.)

MAKINIG SA TURO NG SIMBAHAN. HUWAG MATIGAS ANG ULO!

Tingnan at silipin ang nakaraang article ng Knights of Saint Benedict para sa mahalagang paalala sa mga pamilyang Kristiano ngayon Bagong Taon upang hindi mapaglaruan ng mga kaaway ng ating kaluluwa. TUNGKULIN NATIN – SAGIPIN ANG BAWAT KABATAAN AT PAMILYA MULA SA PANLILINLANG NG DEMONYO.

 
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Happy Holy-ween!

5587857_origNgayong panahon na naman ng santu-santo ay kaliwa’t kanan ang mga Halloween parties. Ang mga tindahan ay puno ng mga nakakatakot na dekorasyon. Sa children’s section ay nakahanay ang iba’t ibang laruan at costumes na may temang katatakutan.

Nakalulungkot na sa kabila ng mga paalala ng simbahan ay tila nakakalimutan na ng mga Katoliko na ang Halloween ay panahon upang alalahanin ang mga “hallowed”, na ang ibig sabihin ay banal. Anong kabanalan ba ang nakikita natin sa mga zombies, mangkukulam, satanas, tiyanak, white lady, at kung anu-ano pang kahindik-hindik na palamuti, kasuotan at tema?

Ang kasalukuyang paraan ng pagdiriwang natin ng halloween ay labag sa turo ng Simbahan. Ang itinataguyod ng Simbahan ay culture of life at hindi culture of death.

Mga magulang, sa halip na pagsuutin ng mga nakakata-“cute” na costumes ang inyong mga anak, bakit hindi sila pag-suotin ng costume ng mga santo, nang sa gayon ay maitanim sa kanilang murang isipan na dapat tularan ang mga katangi-tanging buhay ng mga banal?

Nakatutuwa ang initiative ng Don Bosco Makati upang magbigay-kaalaman sa mga Katoliko kung paano dapat ipagdiwang ang halloweenGod bless you!

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
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2013 Advent Recollection

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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Events and Announcements

 

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Bayang sumisinta kay Maria

banner1Sa darating na ika-8 ng Hunyo 2013 ay ipagdiriwang natin ang Kapistahan ng Kalinis-linisang Puso ni Maria.

Ang araw na ito ay higit na mahalaga sa ating mga Pilipino sapagkat isasabay sa kapistahan ang pagtatalaga ng buong Pilipinas sa puso ng ating Mahal na Ina.

Hangad natin na sa konsekrasyong ito ng ating bansa sa Kalinis-linisang Puso ni Maria na tayo’y tulungan niya, bilang Ina nating lahat, na tunay na magkaisa. Sa mga nakalipas na panahon, ipinakita ni Maria ang kanyang pagdamay sa atin sa panahon ng sakuna, karamdaman, kaguluhan, kawalang-pag-asa, at iba’t ibang mukha ng kadiliman.

Bilang paghahanda, inaanyayahan ang lahat na magdasal ng nobena simula ika-30 ng Mayo 2013. Ito ay magtatapos sa Kapistahan ng Kabanal-banalang Puso ni Hesus, ika-7 ng Hunyo 2013. Ang nobena ay maaaring makuha rito.

Sa ganap na ika-10 ng umaga sa Hunyo 8, 2013, Sabado, ang lahat ng simbahan sa  buong bansa ay magkakaroon ng misa upang sabay-sabay na ilagay na mga palad ni Maria ang ating bayan. Ang lahat ng mananampalataya ay inaanyayahang makiisa sa pagdiriwang ng napakahalagang sandaling ito.

Upang lalong mapagtibay ang paghahari ni Hesus at pangangalaga ni Maria sa pamilyang Pilipino, iminumungkahi ng Knights of Saint Benedict na iluklok (enthrone) ang mga Banal na Puso ni Hesus at Maria sa bawat tahanan. Ang mga panalangin at ritwal ng pagluluklok ay matatagpuan dito.

 

 

How Chinese culture and Catholicism blend

Kung hei fat choi!Chinese mother and child

As we celebrate the Chinese new year, it is good for us to reflect on our Catholic beliefs vis a vis our Chinese cultural heritage.

Superstitious beliefs are clearly incompatible with Christianity. They are against the very first commandment, “Thou shall have no other gods before Me,” because they ascribe to certain things or practices some kind of magic that brings to a person’s life good luck, charm, etc.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following:

[2110] The First Commandment forbids honoring gods other than the one Lord who has revealed himself to his people. It proscribes superstition and irreligion. Superstition in some sense represents a perverse excess of religion; irreligion is the vice contrary by defect to the virtue of religion.

[2110] Superstition is the deviation of religious feeling and of the practices this feeling imposes. It can even affect the worship we offer the true God, e.g., when one attributes an importance in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions that they demand is to fall into superstition.

The Chinese people being known for having many superstitious beliefs, we now raise the question: can a Chinese who is proud of his cultural heritage be a good Catholic?

The answer, of course, is yes. He only needs to be careful as to what aspects of his culture he will embrace. An important caution is for a Catholic Chinese to limit feng shui to what is practical. For example, keeping the house clean is certainly a good practice, as is placing items in areas that are safe for them and for the people inhabiting that space. He cannot, however, pin his hopes on feng shui and ascribe to it certain magical powers. After all, if a person has faith in God and entrusts himself to His divine providence, what need has he for feng shui and similar practices?

For insights on Catholicism and feng shui from the perspective of Chinese Catholic priests, check out the interview with Fr. Jimmy Liao and the UCAN article cautioning Catholics.

Happy Year of the Lord, everyone!

 
 
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