Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Season of Advent is upon us again but what is Advent and what does this word Advent mean, and even more importantly, what is its significance?
The church many years ago laid aside and set aside, these four Sundays before Christmas and called this season the Season of Advent. That is a very easy thing to do, but I wonder if many realize where all this comes from!
What does Advent mean? It means the glory of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It signifies the breaking of the divine into human history. The supernatural broke into the natural.
It means something great impending from the side of heaven.
The world is blundering in a morass of sin and sorrow and sadness and suffering.
Economically and financially we are on the edge of precipice and it appears to be the result of deceit and corruption and arrogance and greed and gross mismanagement!
Never before in my lifetime have we needed a significant Advent. We need a breakthrough from Almighty God to deal with the sin that has permeated every area of life.
Here and there, there are lights shining in the darkness, and please God, may where we worship and seek to testify to Christ and be a faithful witness be one of the places!
God is marching on.
We meet people with their personal problems, and there are brave faces hiding sore hearts. There are secret wounds that ache. There is a restlessness where peace is almost impossible.
Life is harder for some than we in Christ can dare to imagine.
Some think that if there is a God then He has forgotten them, or He has walked by them, or He is just not interested in them. That has happened in our nation.
Be still thy soul. We would want to say to such troubled men and women.
Advent is when Jesus Christ breaks through!
It has nothing to do with these four Sundays although that may help some.
It has nothing to do with lighting a candle or that may help some.
It has to do with Jesus Christ breaking through. It has to do with Almighty God breaking through into some troubled tortured life that is turmoil, and that can be the result of a multiplicity of reasons and causes.
Sometimes the hymns and Psalms and music we sing can break us through to God more than clever sermons, although we need feeding from the Word of God.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland. He has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, 12 visits to Israel, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled "Word from Scotland", as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly.
Sandy Shaw articles gies a picture of waiting Jesus in w holistic way which more that rituals but to have an steadfast spirit in coming of Jesus in our midst.
Monday, November 29, 2010
TRUSTING WHAT WE BELIEVE
November 29 is a significant day to the Grade 3 pupils of Holy Cross of Davao College Elementary Department for it is their First Communion. But prior to that date they were prepared by the level teachers and campus minister to have it alive and children become participative in the celebration of the liturgy.
It is just normal that in every incoming celebrations feeling of doubts would come as many think of the limitations or behavior of the children in the actual celebration. If the children would really behave well.
What I keep on telling to myself and to my companions that we will always believe the goodness of the children and trust them. That this activity would be a blessing to them and to all who will be attending the First Communion. Thanks be to God ! It really becomes a blessing to each one because the children were so alive and participative in the whole celebration of the liturgy.
Friday, November 5, 2010
The seminar started with the Bible Enthronement
The Grade School Faculty and Staff attended the Basic Bible Seminar conducted by the Archdiocese Bible Apostolate of Davao . November 5=6, 2010 at Grade School AVR
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The grade 2 pupils of HCDC had their encounter last September 4, 2010 at Bajda Campus Gym. This activity is organized by the Campus Ministry and attended by more that 80 children from St. Clare, St . Benedict and St. Martin de Porres Class.
It was really successful event facilitated by the Focolare Movement in the person of Mercy, Orpha, and Juno with the Gen 4 and the grade 2 advisers Lary, Jean and Nurvy. While the chidren was at the gym, parents of the grade pupils had their recollection also held at the AVR conducted by the members of the New Families of the Focolare Movement. James and Nada an active couple of the movement shared their life experience to the parents.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
of serving and caring and old woman name Felisca. Worst was that, in the past two weeks Felisa was attacked by hundreds of lice of her head. And the poor old woman keep on scratching her head. Moved by her helpless condition I try to out smart all those lice but at the beginning it seems they were mortals. Finally they were wiped out by hot oil of fresh coconut milk. All the lice that occupied in the head of the old woman gradually died.
To give a hot oil of the head wrapped by lice is not easy if I don.t see this act beyond ordinary and normal action .My simple deeds becomes meaningful because I look at it as way of sharing Jesus mission. I feel that I am a blessing to a lowly woman who has no opportunity to pay back to what was given to her.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Heavenly Father,we thank You for giving us another day to be taught, another to know our classmates more, and another of experiences. May You always protect us in our daily travel to school and in coming back home. May You also continue to shower us bountiful blessings in everyday of our lives. Enlighten our minds to pay attention to our teachers and manage our actions. This we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Human as we are, a times we want to have a good result. We introduced things that we believe that it is good for others. But in return they could not see the good intentions. What they can see is their unfounded feelings to what is being introduced. What is worst, they limit themselves to what they believe, and making themselves unbecoming to them. These situations often times bring us to feel down. But it’s nice that we will not focus on looking to other people’s reaction and attitude . Instead, we have to look at ourselves. Screen our thoughts and listen to our feeling and qualify them. Pause, ask yourself, Why? What? Why am I feeling this way? What I want?
Answering the above questions requires the following virtues. First Honesty . Honest not to defend oneself from other people mis-interpretation. Honest of listening to what God wants to us do on that situation. Do we have to react and put ourselves in their level? Or do you want God to bring justice in your life? How would you like for God to restore everything that has been taken from you?
Secondly, Trust. Learn to trust God to bring about justice into your life. Nothing to prove. Sometimes we want to prove to the concern people that they are wrong. We want to go around trying to pay back for the wrong they’ve done to us. We don’t have to go around to get even with people. God is our vindicator. All we need is to start letting God fight our battles for us. Let God settle our cases. If we turn matters over to Him and let Him handle them in His ways. He will bring justice to our life. Don’t make mistakes of sinking down to our offender’s level, getting into fighting and arguments. That will make the simple matters worse. Leave it to God.
Thirdly, Forgive. As we brings matters to God, He calls us to forgive. Say to the father, like Jesus let us to come to the Father saying, “Father forgive ( name of the offenders) for they don’t know what they are doing” .
Saturday, May 15, 2010
It was reading election day May I as was approaching towards the main gate of my school precinct I met my Grade Two elementary teacher. I could still her name and the value that I caught from her. Her name is Mrs. Hermenia V. Borres. As a teacher she was kind and good teacher to her pupils. I owe from her my reading and writing skills. A good teacher is worth remembering. Though some says that there two types of teacher. There are those who keep themselves cruel and unkind to be remembered but there are those who witnessed good values to there learners. And my teacher is in the latter