Thursday, January 29, 2015

Doa a tua vida...

Give your life....

Be a servant of servo do amor, sacerdote da humanidade...

Doa a tua vida

Amigos do Pai

Uma noite de suor, sobre o barco em alto mar,
O céu começa a clarear.
A tua rede está vazia,mas a voz que te chama
Te mostrará um outro mar.
E sobre muitos corações
A tua rede lançará.
Doa a tua vida como Maria aos pés da cruz
E serás... Servo de cada homem
Servo por amor, sacerdote da humanidade.
Caminhavas no silêncio, enxergando além da dor
Que a semente que tu lançavas
Num bom terreno germinasse
Mas o coração exulta,
Porque o campo já está dourado
O grão maduro pelo sol
No celeiro pode entrar.
Doa a tua vida, como Maria aos pés da cruz
E serás... Servo de cada homem
Servo por amor, sacerdote da humanidade... (2x)


As the days go on I know we can see better that to where in this world we are headed does not matter, but that our answer forever be "Yes." "Fiat, so that we can get where we are really meant to be. And there, we will DANCE, and that joy is found in each and every the present moment, regardless of circumstances!

I love you, Beautiful

Dear Beautiful,

I love you. Thank you for singing duet with me to a song the world will never understand. (See second verse of the song below that I dedicate to you.)

All my love,


Somos un nuevo pueblo,
gestando un mundo distinto,
los que en el amor creemos,
los que en el amor vivimos.
Llevamos este tesoro,
en vasijas de barro,
es un mensaje del cielo,
y nadie podrá callarnos.
Y proclamamos, un nuevo día,
porque la muerte, ha sido vencida.
Y anunciamos esta buena noticia,
esta entre nosotros, el Dios de la vida.

En el medio de la noche,
encendemos una luz,
en el nombre de Jesús.

Sembradores del desierto,
buenas nuevas anunciamos, extranjeros en el mundo,
que no entiende nuestro canto.
Y aunque a veces nos cansamos,
nunca nos desalentamos,
porque somos peregrinos,
y es el amor nuestro camino.
Y renunciamos, a la mentira,
vamos trabajando por la justicia.
Y rechazamos, toda idolatría,
sólo creemos en el Dios de la vida.

En el medio de la noche,
encendemos una luz,
en el nombre de Jesús.

Que nuestro mensaje llegue
más allá de las fronteras,
que resuene en todo el mundo,
y será una nueva tierra.
Es un canto de victoria,
más allá de las heridas,
alzaremos nuestras voces,
por el triunfo de la Vida.
Y cantaremos, con alegría,
corazones abiertos, nuestras manos unidas.
Celebraremos, con alegría,
porque está entre nosotros,
el Dios de la vida.

En el medio de la noche,
encendemos una luz,
en el nombre de Jesús.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Praying for the Unborn and Remembering the case on January 22, 1973. We are filled with hope!

We are pro-choice, BECAUSE: every CHILD CHOOSES to Live.

It was with sad yet hopeful hearts that we wore our black ribbons, spotted with white ( symbol of hope) beneath our "little feet" pins (actual size feet of 10-wk. old unborn baby). God works in mysterious and beautiful ways as we wove history and government lessons into our school day and copy work from Isaiah and Pope St. John Paul II's words into our school lessons,

before heading to the city here in Buenos Aires, where we walked together as a family through the garden of roses (how appropriate as we were respecting and uplifting the lives forgotten who are always remembered by the rose for life.) We ate lunch there, crossed the bridge, and snapped some shots of our beautiful gifts of life, who are just that gifts, never to be set aside, complained about or demanded. A gift is given freely and randomly. A gift is something undeserved but freely and wholeheartedly given. Thank you, Lord, for our gifts, our 5 treasures.

(Saint Luke's Brush Figures for our sweet 5 treasures: Maddy (St. Mary Magdalen), Pita, (Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Caleb (OT holy spy), St. Penelope/Irene (Penelope), and Sta. Marta/Martha (Marta)-- all adorn our mantel as we lift our treasures in prayer that they too will be worthy of the promises of Christ, as these saints are enjoying in heaven.

I love you

"A New Day Has Come"

I was waiting for so long
For a miracle to come
Everyone told me to be strong
Hold on and don't shed a tear

Through the darkness and good times
I knew I'd make it through
And the world thought I'd had it all
But I was waiting for you

Hush now I see a light in the sky
Oh it's almost blinding me
I can't believe I've been touched by an angel with love

Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new sun
A new day has come

When it was dark now there's light
Where there was pain now's there's joy
Where there was weakness I found my strength
All in the eyes of a boy



Hush now I see a light in your eyes
All in the eyes of a boy

I can't believe I've been touched by an angel with love [x2]

Hush now
A new day

Monday, January 19, 2015

Stay close to your husband or your wife, through the intercession of St. Joseph

Pope Francis' words:
Dear Families,
Dear Friends in Christ,

I am grateful for your presence here this evening and for the witness of your love for Jesus and his Church. I thank Bishop Reyes, Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission on Family and Life, for his words of welcome on your behalf. And, in a special way, I thank those who have presented testimonies – thank you! – and who have shared their life of faith with us. The Church in the Philippines is blessed by the apostolate of numerous family movements and I thank them for their witness!

The Scriptures seldom speak of Saint Joseph, but when they do, we often find him resting, as an angel reveals God’s will to him in his dreams. In the Gospel passage we have just heard, we find Joseph resting not once, but twice. This evening I would like to rest in the Lord with all of you. I need to rest in the Lord with families, and to remember my own family: my father, my mother, my grandfather, my grandmother… Today I am resting with you, and together with you I would like to reflect on the gift of the family.

First, however, let me say something about dreams. But my English is so poor! If you allow me, I will ask Monsignor Miles to translate and I will speak in Spanish. I am very fond of dreams in families. For nine months every mother and father dream about their baby. Am I right? [Yes!] They dream about what kind of child he or she will be... You can’t have a family without dreams. Once a family loses the ability to dream, children do not grow, love does not grow, life shrivels up and dies. So I ask you each evening, when you make your examination of conscience, to also ask yourselves this question: 

Today did I dream about 
my children’s future? Today did I dream about the love of my husband, my wife? Did I dream about my parents and grandparents who have gone before me? Dreaming is very important. Especially dreaming in families. Do not lose this ability to dream!

How many difficulties in married life are resolved when we leave room for dreaming, when we stop a moment to think of our spouse, and we dream about the goodness present in the good things all around us. So it is very important to reclaim love by what we do each day. Do not ever stop being newlyweds!

Joseph’s rest revealed God’s will to him. In this moment of rest in the Lord, as we pause from our many daily obligations and activities, God is also speaking to us. He speaks to us in the reading we have just heard, in our prayer and witness, and in the quiet of our hearts. Let us reflect on what the Lord is saying to us, especially in this evening’s Gospel. There are three aspects of this passage which I would ask you to consider: First, resting in the Lord. Second, rising with Jesus and Mary. Third, being a prophetic voice.

Resting in the Lord. Rest is so necessary for the health of our minds and bodies, and often so difficult to achieve due to the many demands placed on us. But rest is also essential for our spiritual health, so that we can hear God’s voice and understand what he asks of us. Joseph was chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus and the husband of Mary. As Christians, you too are called, like Joseph, to make a home for Jesus. To make a home for Jesus! You make a home for him in your hearts, your families, your parishes and your communities.

To hear and accept God’s call, to make a home for Jesus, you must be able to rest in the Lord. You must make time each day to rest in the Lord, to pray. To pray is to rest in the Lord. But you may say to me: Holy Father, I know that; I want to pray, but there is so much work to do! I must care for my children; I have chores in the home; I am too tired even to sleep well. I know. This may be true, but if we do not pray, we will not know the most important thing of all: God’s will for us. And for all our activity, our busy-ness, without prayer we will accomplish very little.

Resting in prayer is especially important for families. It is in the family that we first learn how to pray. Don’t forget: the family that prays together stays together! This is important. There we come to know God, to grow into men and women of faith, to see ourselves as members of God’s greater family, the Church. In the family we learn how to love, to forgive, to be generous and open, not closed and selfish. We learn to move beyond our own needs, to encounter others and share our lives with them. That is why it is so important to pray as a family! So important! That is why families are so important in God’s plan for the Church! To rest in the Lord is to pray. To pray together as a family.

I would also like to tell you something very personal. I have great love for Saint Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength. On my table I have an image of Saint Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the Church! Yes! We know that he can do that. So when I have a problem, a difficulty, I write a little note and I put it underneath Saint Joseph, so that he can dream about it! In other words I tell him: pray for this problem! Next, rising with Jesus and Mary. Those precious moments of repose, of resting with the Lord in prayer, are moments we might wish to prolong. But like Saint Joseph, once we have heard God’s voice, we must rise from our slumber; we must get up and act (cf. Rom 13:11). In our families, we have to get up and act! Faith does not remove us from the world, but draws us more deeply into it. This is very important! We have to be deeply engaged with the world, but with the power of prayer. Each of us, in fact, has a special role in preparing for the coming of God’s kingdom in our world.

Just as the gift of the Holy Family was entrusted to Saint Joseph, so the gift of the family and its place in God’s plan is entrusted to us. Like Saint Joseph. The gift of the Holy Family was entrusted to Saint Joseph so that he could care for it. Each of you, each of us – for I too am part of a family – is charged with caring for God’s plan. The angel of the Lord revealed to Joseph the dangers which threatened Jesus and Mary, forcing them to flee to Egypt and then to settle in Nazareth. So too, in our time, God calls upon us to recognize the dangers threatening our own families and to protect them from harm.

Let us be on guard against colonization by new ideologies. There are forms of ideological colonization which are out to destroy the family. They are not born of dreams, of prayers, of closeness to God or the mission which God gave us; they come from without, and for that reason I am saying that they are forms of colonization. Let’s not lose the freedom of the mission which God has given us, the mission of the family. Just as our peoples, at a certain moment of their history, were mature enough to say "no” to all forms of political colonization, so too in our families we need to be very wise, very shrewd, very strong, in order to say "no” to all attempts at an ideological colonization of our families. We need to ask Saint Joseph, the friend of the angel, to send us the inspiration to know when we can say "yes” and when we have to say "no”. 

The pressures on family life today are many. Here in the Philippines, countless families are still suffering from the effects of natural disasters. The economic situation has caused families to be separated by migration and the search for employment, and financial problems strain many households. While all too many people live in dire poverty, others are caught up in materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality. These are forms of ideological colonization. The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.

I think of Blessed Paul VI. At a time when the problem of population growth was being raised, he had the courage to defend openness to life in families. He knew the difficulties that are there in every family, and so in his Encyclical he was very merciful towards particular cases, and he asked confessors to be very merciful and understanding in dealing with particular cases. But he also had a broader vision: he looked at the peoples of the earth and he saw this threat of families being destroyed for lack of children. Paul VI was courageous; he was a good pastor and he warned his flock of the wolves who were coming. From his place in heaven, may he bless this evening!

Our world needs good and strong families to overcome these threats! The Philippines needs holy and loving families to protect the beauty and truth of the family in God’s plan and to be a support and example for other families. Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself.

The future of humanity, as Saint John Paul II often said, passes through the family (cf. Familiaris Consortio, 85). The future passes through the family. So protect your families! Protect your families! See in them your country’s greatest treasure and nourish them always by prayer and the grace of the sacraments. Families will always have their trials, but may you never add to them! Instead, be living examples of love, forgiveness and care. Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death. What a gift this would be to society, if every Christian family lived fully its noble vocation! So rise with Jesus and Mary, and set out on the path the Lord traces for each of you.

Finally, the Gospel we have heard reminds us of our Christian duty to be prophetic voices in the midst of our communities. Joseph listened to the angel of the Lord and responded to God’s call to care for Jesus and Mary. In this way he played his part in God’s plan, and became a blessing not only for the Holy Family, but a blessing for all of humanity. With Mary, Joseph served as a model for the boy Jesus as he grew in wisdom, age and grace (cf. Lk 2:52). When families bring children into the world, train them in faith and sound values, and teach them to contribute to society, they become a blessing in our world. Families can become a blessing for all of humanity! God’s love becomes present and active by the way we love and by the good works that we do. We extend Christ’s kingdom in this world. And in doing this, we prove faithful to the prophetic mission which we have received in baptism.

During this year which your bishops have set aside as the Year of the Poor, I would ask you, as families, to be especially mindful of our call to be missionary disciples of Jesus. This means being ready to go beyond your homes and to care for our brothers and sisters who are most in need. I ask you especially to show concern for those who do not have a family of their own, in particular those who are elderly and children without parents. Never let them feel isolated, alone and abandoned, but help them to know that God has not forgotten them. Today I was very moved when, after Mass, I visited a home for children without families. How many people work in the Church to make that home a family! This is what it means, in a prophetic sense, to build a family.

You may be poor yourselves in material ways, but you have an abundance of gifts to offer when you offer Christ and the community of his Church. Do not hide your faith, do not hide Jesus, but carry him into the world and offer the witness of your family life!

Dear friends in Christ, know that I pray for you always! I pray for families! I do! I pray that the Lord may continue to deepen your love for him, and that this love may manifest itself in your love for one another and for the Church. Do not forget Jesus who sleeps! Do not forget Saint Joseph who sleeps! Jesus slept with the protection of Joseph. Do not forget: families find their rest in prayer. Don not forget to pray for families. Pray often and take the fruits of your prayer into the world, that all may know Jesus Christ and his merciful love. Please pray also for me, for I truly need your prayers and will depend on them always! Thank you very much!

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Life continues onward, but to stop and take appreciative glimpses at the little moments is so important. And, I am grateful for what we have. Being with our children, instructing them and living side by side them in these moments of life, are amazing. To our five-some: Thank you for teaching us SO much.