The Devil’s Trap
We know from divine revelation (Holy Scripture and Church) that devils do exist. “Satan and other devils are by nature spirit...created by God, and so originally good, but fell into sin of their own free will, and they are eternally damned” (The New Catechism 391-95).
During a catechists retreat, a priest shared this story with us. It revealed how the devil strategically lures us to his kingdom.
Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said: “We can’t keep them reading their bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from conservative values. But we can do something else. We can keep them from forming an intimate abiding experience in Christ. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to Church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that experience in Jesus Christ.
This is what I want you to do, angels: “Distract them from gaining hold of their savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout the day!”
“How do we do this?” shouted the angels.
Overview on the 51st International Eucharistic Congress
As we embark with much enthusiasm on a spiritual journey towards March 2021, the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines, this is one providential occasion for Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in our country.
This event is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for most of us. His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop-Emeritus of Cebu will preside at the Mass during the International Eucharistic Congress.
Another Year has Ended
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to see and feel anew the bounties of nature, the magic of sunshine, the shower of rain, and the refreshing air in the morning and sunset.
Thank you, Lord, for the love of family, affection of friends, and deep concern of people, even those who do not belong to my faith, for their many kindness.
Thank you, Lord, for each day not marred by fear of a test, a feud with a friend, or housework mislaid.
Thank you, Lord, for cheerful conversation, help given, unasked, and a kiss in passing from a son who long since thought himself too big for such display of affection.
Thank you, Lord, that as well as the expense, the worries and grey Mondays, we have days like this: jewel – bright, filled with love and laughter. Help me to appreciate it now and remember it later when the storms blew up again.
Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful privilege of witnessing to that love and proclaiming Your Name throughout the year.
Thank you, Lord, for your abiding love for me, despite all my weaknesses, my fears, my anxieties through the turmoil of this troubled world.
And, thank you, Lord for giving me another year of my life.
May this testimony be acceptable in Your sight and may Your blessing abide with us through the coming year – Thank You, God.