…the love of G_d, …

…the love of G_d, …[1]


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.[2]

Wait…there is more…

  1. G_d said, ‘let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild beasts and all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth’.

G_d created man in the image of himself,

in the image of G_d he created him,

male and female he created them.

G_d blessed them saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all living animals on earth.’…And so it was. G_d saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good. Evening came and morning came: the sixth day.[3]

2. Yes, G_d so loved the world so much

that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost

but may have eternal life.[4]

3. The proof that you are sons is that G_d has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave any more; and if G_d has made you a son , then he has made you heir.[5]

In summary:

G_d made us through G_d for G_d, the G_d through whom the world might be saved and this G_d sends us G_d (Altissimum donum Dei), another advocate, from G_d to conform us into the image of G_d by whom we will come to G_d.[6]

His Mother, our Mother…[7]

…be transformed into what we consume,[8]

Ah!…the love of G_d!

[1] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of G_d, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – GREETING, The Introductory Rites, THE ORDER OF MASS.

[2] Baltimore Catechism No. 1 6.Q.

[3] Cf. Gn1:26-31

[4] Jn3:16 and ‘Since G_d did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after  such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give.’ (Cf. A hymn to G_d’s love Rm8:31)

[5] Cf. Ga4:6-7 and “My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours….”(Cf. Lk15:31)

[6] Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed (Cf. 1Tm3:16) and Even angels long to catch a glimpse of these things. (Cf. 1P1:12)

[7] Though father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me (Ps27(26):10)

[8] PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time.


Abba, Father!

Abba, Father![1]


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

 one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”[2]

At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, …[3]

  1. 1Jn3:1Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are.
  2. 1Jn3:2My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
  3. Mt5:44-46But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven,  for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike.
  4. Mt5:48You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
  5. Mt6:3-4But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and you Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. (Cf. Mt6:17-18).
  6. 2S7:4/1Ch17:13I will be a father to him and he a son to me.
  7. Rm8:19-20The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons.
  8. Rm8:14-17Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.
  9. Gal4:4-7but when the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave anymore; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.
  10. Mk14:36‘Abba (Father)!’ he said ‘Everything is possible for you. Take this cup away from me. But let it be as you, not I, would have it.’

He who knows himself to be a son of God – whether the seas are calm or when the storm rages – knows no fear. God knows best what our real needs are; he is stronger than we are, and he is our Father. We must react like the child who, in the middle of a storm, continued playing while the sailors feared for their lives: he was the captain’s son. When after disembarking the child was asked how he was able to remain at ease, surrounded as he had been by a roaring sea and a terrified crew, he answered: Fear? Why? My father was at the helm.[4]

[1] Cf. Rm8:15 and Mk14:36

[2] Cf. Lk11:1

[3] The Communion Rite, THE ORDER OF MASS, DAILY ROMAN MISSAL, According to the Roman Missal, Third Edition – Scepter MTF.

[4] In Conversation with God 4/98.2, Francis Fernandez, Scepter


In him was life, and the life was the light of men[1]


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

 He observed how the battle lines were drawn:

The terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” generally boil down to the question of whether the individual wants to see abortion banned…[2]

And it was no surprise to him why the Pro-Life side wasn’t evidently winning on such a self-evident truth[3]. It appeared to him as another veiling of the truth by the evil one: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, just camps and an individual choice to belong in either one.

But it got worse when the unbounded one was also brought it into one of the camps as in ‘God is Pro-Life’.

Proclaim the truth boldly[4]:

  1. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.[5]
  2. And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true G_d, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.[6]
  3. But the LORD is the true G_d; he is the living G_d and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes and the nations cannot endure his indignation.

And then what shall they say to this? If G_d is for us, who is against us?[7]


[1] Jn1:4

[2] Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice by Tom Head, About.com Guide.

[3] Cf. United States Declaration of Independence.

[4] “Do not be afraid! Open, open wide the doors to Christ!” – Bl. John Paul II.

[5] Jn10:10.

[6] Jn17:3

[7] Cf. Rom8:31.