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Oct 19, 2005

Please pray for our safe trip back to the Philippines today. Thank you for all your prayer support. -Fr. Rick


OCTOBER 20, 2005

ROMANS 6:19-23
Brothers and sisters: I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

LUKE 12:49-53
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

In our daily lives, how often do we become driven by own wishes and become slaves to our physical or spiritual desires and subject to our own selfishness? In the process of confirming our wishes, some of us have went astray only to suffer later because of these consequences and lose control of righteousness that leads us to be slaves of sin. Yet how many more of us do not fully realize just what sin entails.

In our own communities, we probably have met people who are very active with evangelization. Whenever they have a chance to talk about God and his words, they give us the feeling that the "word" ignites them and sets them "on fire". They exude characteristics of ardent love, sincerity and full of the faithfulness and love of God. The fire that burned within them seems to spread to all who listen. But having that fire within us is not enough.

We need to remember that God is the source of that fire, through him we continue to be "burning" with faith and use that energy to channel that faith to others.

"Lord, may your love consume me and transform my life that I may truly desire nothing more than life with you. Make me strong in love and fidelity that nothing may hinder me from doing your will."

We pray …
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn. - for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy. - for the speedy recovery of Alice. - for the speedy recovery and well-being of Vanessa Nicole Lee Lim. - for the personal intentions of Cha. - for the personal intentions of Beny Chua. - for the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of James Francis de Loyola. - for the eternal repose of the soul of Ordonio De La Pena (Fr. Rick De La Pena's brother). Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. - for the speedy recovery of Mike Torres. - for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary. - Wedding Anniversary: Soledad & Dionisio Chua Kang Hay - for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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