Written on 05 November 2015, 00.03 by Gene C. Alberto

Why does God allow evil?

For us Christians, evil is a problem we cannot figure out.  Nevertheless, our faith provides a number of clues that help us begin to explore the mystery.

First, we must recognize that much evil has come about because of sin.  Creatures with a free will – both human and angels – have chosen to turn away from God, the source of life, love, joy, and wisdom (see Rom 3:12. Jude 6).  In doing so, they have fallen into death, selfishness, misery, and ignorance, bringing great ruin to the world in the process.

God allow evil in part because it is a necessary risk of creating sons and daughters who are free to love or not to love.  And He recognizes that free, loving creatures are such a great good, they are more than worth the risk.

At the same time, no matter how terrible the evil caused by sin, God is great enough and wise enough, to bring about through that evil an even greater good (see Gen 5:20; Rom 8:28).  The resurrection of Christ is in fact a glorious example of how God can create joy from sorrow, beauty from horror, victory from defeat, and life from death. (see 1 Pt 1:3-5).


Why doesn’t God bring all evildoers to an end, since they have already had their chance to choose good?

Because of His mercy, He delays the final over-throw of the wicked to allow every possibility for their redemption (see 1Pt 1:6-9).  In the meantime, He can use the suffering caused by evil to purify us (see 1 Pt 1:6-9).

Finally, we must remember that God is not oblivious to the agonies caused by evil.  By joining His divine nature to our vulnerable human nature in Christ, He actually made Himself capable of suffering with us and for...


Mary: Model of Faith - A Recollection of FRC, AP & LoN


Saturday, October 17, 2015, the three (3) organizations, Family Rosary Crusade, Apostleship of Prayer & Legion of Mary, all marian & advocates of Mary had a recollection on Mary: Model of Faith with the resource speaker Rev. Fr. Antonio “Andy” de Guzman Jr. a volunteer and Assistant Parish Priest at the Espiritu Santo Parish.

Rev. Fr. Andy started his talk by giving an overview of his topic Mary Model of Faith, focusing on the Encyclicals of three  Popes: Pope St. John Paul II; Pope Benedict VI; and Pope Francis.

Redemptoris Mater by Pope St. John Paul II – “Blessed is She who believed” Moved by charity, Mary goes to the house of her kinswoman… ``She (Elizabeth) greets Mary with a loud cry. “Blessed are you among woman, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Lk 1:40:42) Elizabeth bears witness to Mary: she recognizes and proclaims that before her stands the mother of the Lord, the mother of the Messiah. Mary, who has become really present in the mystery of Christ precisely because she “has believed”. Mary’s faith proclaimed by Elizabeth at the Visitation indicates how the Virgin of Nazareth responded to this gift. At the Annunciation Mary entrusted herself to God completely with the full submission of intellect and will manifest the obedience and faith to him who spoke to her through His messenger. Mary’s faith can also be compared to  Abraham whom St. Paul calls our father in faith (Rom 21:12). In the salvific hand of God in the history  of mankind when God appeared to Abraham calling for the sacrifice of his son Isaac,  Abraham’s faith constitutes the beginning of the Old Covenant. Mary’s faith at the Annunciation inaugurates the New Covenant .

The Annunciation is the culminating moment of Mary’s faith.  Her awaiting of Christ is also the point  from which her whole “Journey towards God” begins her whole pilgrimage of faith. Further along this way is her obedience of faith.  “Mary hears words of God as witnessed by Simon in the Temple of Jerusalem. Simon addresses Mary with the following words,`` Behold this child is set for the fall and  rising of Many in Israel and sword will pierce through your own soul also (Lk. 34-35).

The founding of Jesus in the Temple – Jesus was aware that no one knows the Son except the Father thus even his Mother to whom had been revealed most completely the mystery of his divine sonship, lived in intimacy with this mystery through “Faith”. Mary standing beneath the Cross of her Son (Jn 19-25) reaches its full meaning. It is a union through faith. The same faith which she had when she recognized the Angel Gabriel’s revelation at Annunciation. Through this faith Mary is perfectly united with Christ in his self-emptying and shares in the death of her Son in his redeeming death.

St. Irenaeus, granted by the constitution Lumen Gentum said “ The knot of Eve’s disobedience, was untied by Mary’s obedience what the Virgin Eve found through her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened the ties of disobedience by her faith.

Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI (2005)

Mary the mother of the Lord is mission of all holiness, a virtue outstanding among the saints. Magnificat Anima Mea Dominum, Mary on the occasion of her visiting to Elizabeth “ My soul magnifies  the Lord” Mary is a woman of hope and a woman of faith. Mary has truly became the mother of all believers.

Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) by Pope Francis (Encyclical 2013)

In the fullness of time, God’s word was spoken to Mary and she received that word into her heart, her entire being, so that in her womb it could take flesh and be born as light for humanity… In the mother of Jesus, faith demonstrated its fruitfulness; when our own spiritual lives bear fruit we become filled with joy, which is the clearest sign of faith’s grandeur. In her own life Mary completed the pilgrimage of faith, following in the footsteps of her Son.


Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis

Mary, Mother of Evangelization with the Holy Spirit, Mary is always present in the midst of the people. She joined the disciples in praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14) and thus he made possible the missionary outburst which took place in Pentecost. Mary as star of Evangelization is the woman of faith who lives and advance in faith. She is the mother of the church which evangelizes and without her we could never understand the spirit for the new evangelization. Jesus’ gift to his people is Mary, when He spoke,`` Woman here is your Son’’, to John, `` here’s your Mother’’. There is a Marian “style” in church’ work. In evangelization. In her we see humility and tenderness; she is a woman of prayer and work in Nazareth. She is also Our Lady of Help who sets haste on her own  to serve others.

Laudato Si by Pope Francis (2015)

Mary, the mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world. Just as her pierced heart saw the the death of Jesus, and now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by humanity’s lust for power. Mary is the Mother and Queen of all creation as on her Assumption into heaven together with the Risen Christ, She treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart and now understands the meaning of all things.

We are grateful for Fr. Andy for sharing his wisdom, insights , thoughts & time for us. We are very positive that we gained and broaden our knowledge on Mary. We are moved for a meaningful devotion to her and become better evangelizers. Our special thanks to Msgr. Dennis Odiver for his continuous support.

God bless us, Mama Mary loves us.


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Rosary - The Epitome of the Whole Gospel

What a beautiful blend of oral and mental prayer is the Rosary.  In this devotion Jesus and Mary invite us to relive with them their joys, missions, sorrows and glories and share with them the great experience of the Incarnation and Redemption.  In this way, we enter more intimately with the very life of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.

The origin of the rosary may be traced back in the fifth century when St. Brigid of Ireland used multi-colored pebbles in counting her Pater Nosters (Our Father), which comes to us from Christ, as recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew (6:9-13).  The other is the Glory Be, an ancient expression of praise to the Most Holy Trinity.  These words echo portion of various prayers and statements in Scripture.  In the middle of the twelfth century that Hail Mary came into common use as the Angel Gabriel’s greetings to Mary when he came to announce the conception of Jesus…”  Hail Mary favored one (or full of grace) the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).  The words that follow in that prayer also come from Elizabeth’s greeting to our Lady soon afterwards:  “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:42).

The Rosary also includes a recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, one of the earliest profession of faith produced by the Church.  Finally, Catholics may add a variety of additional personal petitions when praying the Rosary.

Non-Catholics say the rosary involves monotonous repetition of prayers.  Not when said properly.  While we say each decade we should meditate upon the particular mystery or event being commemorated.  Therefore, meditation is the heart of the rosary.  It is only through meditation upon the life of Christ that we really come to know Him and make Him a vital influence in our lives.

In the light of such biblical examples, it is puzzling how some Christians claim that repetitious prayers are condemned by Jesus.  They quote His words:  “In praying do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:7).

Here the Savior was referring to the practice of the pagans who sought by prolonged empty gabbling and speech – making to compel their gods to do their bidding.

As usual, Jesus is concerned with the inner dispositions of the worshiper, not with mere outward appearance.  The Lord looks into the heart.

After speaking of the Church, her mission and destiny, we find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary – her own “pilgrimage of faith”. She gave us the rosary.  The name “Rosary” (from Latin word rosarium, “rose garden”) comes from the notion of offering a bouquet of prayers to our Lady.



Holy Scripture

1Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Faith by :  John A. O’Brien, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Theology

The University of Notre Dame


“Sabik sa Sabado”

Sabik na sabik ako tuwing darating Yung araw na sabado. Oo, makakapag pahinga ako, makakatulog nang mahaba dahil stressed sa school at trabaho. Oo sabik dahil may allowance nanaman Na matatangap.

Pero ang pinaka kinasasabikan ko ay ang mga bagong matututunan ko. Yung may ishishare Yung mentors tungkol sa school days nila, diskarte kung paano nila nalagpasan ang stage ng pag-aaral. Although,di naman talaga natatapos ang pag aaral. Kahit tapos ka na talagang gusto mo parin matuto. Pero mas kapakapanabik kapag may ini-imbitahan pa sila na Guest Speaker tapos di pa basta basta Yung mga magsasalita sa harapan mo. Isasalaysay nila kung papaano sila umangat sa buhay. Yung last yung creative director. Yung presentation simple, malinis, mala Bonsai pero puno yung detalye. Tinutukan ko talaga yun dahil yun yung gusto ko maging.  Ang saya di ba yung malalaki at bigating tao magkukwento sayo. Kaya sabik ako umattend tuwing sabado. Bago pa man sabihin ni Monsi na “Make paeskwela your priority” e talagang prinioritize ko na. Ang daming beses ko na nasabi yung “sabik” na word. Haha. Di ba, ganun naman talaga pag sabik ka, paulit ulit mong nasasabi ang isang bagay. Kaya, guys, every Saturday, dalhin nyo yung binigay na ballpen at notebook kaso ako nakakalimutan ko ballpen ko madalas ako manghiram puro lapis ma hawak ko kase. Guys take down notes Yun Yung silbi nya kaya binigay sa atin. Isulat nyo yung word o phrases na tumatak sa inyo na sinabi nila. Hindi naman nila sasabihin din yun kung di nila naranasan. Tapos pag uwi nyo sa bahay basahin niyo.

Kaya ako sabik sa araw ng sabado, ang sarap lang matuto.

Make paeskwela your priority.

Maging sabik din kayo.




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