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Delay

June 1, 2011

Satan was testing all his little devils on the methods they would use to get people into hell.  “What trick or lie would you use?” he asked.

A little devil pupil raised his hand, “I’d tell them there is no heaven.  Heaven is only imagination.”

“You’re crazy,” Satan shouted.  “Deep down inside, everyone believes that they are going to be rewarded in heaven for all the good they do.  Saying there is no heaven does not work.”

Another volunteered, “I’d tell them there is no hell.”

“That’s no good either,” answered his boss.  “Instinctively, everyone knows that someday – in a hell – evil and evildoers are going to get what they deserve.  It is going to catch up.  Forget about that argument.”

A third student said, “I’d tell people: have your fling now and convert later.  No hurry.  Take your time.”

“Hurrah!” said Satan.  “There’s a man who will win.  Get up to earth and get to work.”

 

— William Barclay

[Mihalic, F. (1989). 1000 Stories You Can Use. Manila: Divine Word Publications.]

 

 

We’ve been having lots of prophecies about the “End of the World” lately.  None so far have come true (obviously).  And so far these failed prophecies have reinforced the fact that nobody really knows the exact day of when the world will end, or how exactly it will end.  It could be like people across the years have always feared: you wake up to dark, steel gray skies soon set on fire by flaming meteors plummeting to the Earth, accompanied by gigantic tidal waves washing away even the tallest of buildings, earthquakes opening gaping cracks across the Earth’s surface…the works.  Or it could be on the end of a fine, perfectly ordinary Saturday: you went through the whole day like you always do on any other normal Saturday, you have dinner with your family, watch TV, clean up, go to bed —  and the next time you open your eyes, you’re in a place that’s definitely not your room, or any place on Earth for that matter.

Nobody really knows the exact day of when the world will end.

On the one hand, we should be truly thankful that these prophecies failed and that God decided to give us another day, month, year to live.  On the other hand, this shouldn’t be our cue to relax and return to how we usually live our lives.

Someone once said that she wasn’t really afraid of dying.  What she was actually afraid of is that she wouldn’t have enough time — enough time to be with people she loved, enough time to let them know how much she loved them, enough time to figure out who she is and why she is here, enough time to do the things she was meant to do.

What have you done with your life so far?

And when someone announces to the world “Time’s up!”, will you be able to answer “Lord, I have done my best to fulfill what You have made me for”?

 

 

 

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Her Share of Glory

May 8, 2011

A man was decorating his new den and decided it was a good place to display all the awards he and his two sons had won at various athletic competitions.

When he had filled two whole walls, he remarked to his wife that it was a shame she had no awards to contribute.

The following day, the man’s wife produced, neatly framed, the birth certificates of their two sons, and added them to the display.

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– Christian Family

[Mihalic, F. (1989). 1000 Stories You Can Use. Manila: Divine Word Publications.]

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The saying goes that when a woman is giving birth, ang isang paa niya ay nasa hukay na.  And yet, even with that age-old adage-slash-warning, your mother still went through those nine months up to that moment of near-death, just to bring you into this world.  That, among many, many other things — if you just take the time to notice — pretty much stands as a testament to how much of a strong, brave and amazing woman your mother is.

When was the last time you thanked her for any of the things she has done for you?

When was the last time you told her you love her, even when there is no occasion for this declaration?

Since you were born, your mother has never stopped being a mother and will never stop being a mother.  Celebration of Mothers Day should not stop after this day ends either. 🙂

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL THE AMAZING MOTHERS OUT THERE!

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Asking for Forgiveness

May 5, 2011

Satan was complaining to the Lord:

“You are unfair.  So many sinners do wrong and you take them back.  In fact, some come back half a dozen times and you always welcome them.  I make one big mistake and you condemn me forever.  It is not fair.”

Said the Lord to Satan:

“Did you ever ask for forgiveness or repent?”

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— Christopher Notes

[Mihalic, F. (1989). 1000 Stories You Can Use. Manila: Divine Word Publications.]

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God is well aware that we are a Church of Sinners.  You just have to look at the first people He called to know that.  Take particular note of Peter and Judas Iscariot.  Peter denied Jesus three times in his fear of being arrested and executed along with his Lord.  If you’ll also recall the accounts of Jesus’ life in the Bible that include Peter, you’ll notice that Peter said quite a lot of things that were off.  A veritable Hari ng Sablay, one might say.  Then there’s Judas Iscariot, infamously known for betraying his Lord for 30 pieces of silver, enough said.  Both men were sinners, both had crumbled when they were faced with the greatest temptation they had ever encountered.  And yet…God entrusted His beloved Church and the keys of Heaven to one of them.

The difference?

After denying Jesus three times out of cowardice and weakness, one can only imagine how extremely hard it is to face Him again and see all the wounds on His holy, innocent face and body.  All that shame…and facing the fact that you had failed your Lord big time.  Yet Peter went back to Jesus with his head bowed low, and humbly asked for His forgiveness.

Judas, on the other hand, upon realizing what he had done, drowned in his grief and shame and hung himself.

One of them chose to admit that he had sinned and humbled himself before his Lord, hoping that he would be able to receive God’s forgiveness and return to His loving embrace.

One of them was much too proud to go back.  He ignored God’s infinite capacity for mercy and forgiveness, and cut himself off from God’s love for all eternity by ending his life.

Every day we trip and wander away from God in sin.   And every day He waits for us to come back home to Him.  Indeed, it’s very, very hard to admit you were wrong and to say “sorry”, especially after seeing how much damage you’ve done.  Nakakahiya.  But we have to believe that God loves us that much, no matter what we do or how terrible we had been.  That He will eagerly welcome us back to Him, if we just turn back and seek Him again.

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