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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


GOD'S Commandments - Road Markers

God, our Heavenly Father, gave us His commandments because He loves us and hates sin which hurts us.

God our Father, all-knowing and all-wise, gave us the directions of living as correct markers to help us on life’s way, to direct us more surely along the narrow, shadowy way to life eternal.

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Sometimes we don’t love ourselves or love ourselves blindly, sinfully. Then we try to point another way or place them on the broadway that leads to hell.

What fools we mortals are! We try to convince ourselves by walking along a different road than the one God marked out for us. We mark our own road and blithely walk along it as if it leads to happines and salvation when it leads to misery and destruction.

If we want to arrive in heaven, it is the part of wisdom to follow the directions which God, our Father, in His mercy, goodness and love, has revealed to us.

God’s commandments are the Road Signs to life eternal. Keep them and live happily forever.

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The Apostolate of Suffering

Christ by His suffering had no need to expiate for His own sins—He committed none - but because He loved us as an older brother, He suffered for us to make up for our sins to the outraged love of our Heavenly Father.

Besides physical sufferings—sufferings of the body—here are others that may be offered to God as “reparatory offerings.” Observing the commandments heroically as Christ would in my circumstances; living my state of life—Mary-like or as a child of Mary; patient under interior temptations, sufferings and other trials—these are but so many opportunities for soul-saving through sacrifice—for the love of Jesus Christ who loved me first and loves me best:

To smile at everyone I meet,
To smile when “down and beat”
To smile when everything is right,
To smile when losing in the fight
To smile when living as I should.
To smile as Christ my Lover would.
To be a joyful sufferer for the love of Christ and for the love and salvation of many souls.

Intellectual Humility

Intellectual humility is truly a mark of greatness and nobility. It shines with special lustre in those who possess it because there are so many people in whom it is lacking. The opposite of intellectual humility appears in the form of pride of opinion, stubbornness of conviction even in the face of contrary evidence, rash judgments, prejudiced statements and foolish pretences of knowledge about things on which one is all but completely ignorant. “To know that one does not know” is the necessary foundation of all intellectual humility.

Intellectual pride is found frequently in the learned though it is not confined entirely to them. It is also found among the ordinary people.

The man who is certain about his own viewpoint on questions of the day that are seriously controverted by better men than himself, lacks intellectual humility. The man who having read or studied nothing further than catechism in grade school yet pronounces glibly and finally about certain Catholic teachings, is a victim of intellectual pride. The man who is certain about the interior motives behind the action of others is assuming a knowledge that is rightly to be found only in the omniscient God. The man who is never known to yield to another in argument, who never concedes even the possibility that his opinion might be wrong, frequently possesses the combined traits of ignorance and pride.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 16, 2014.

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