Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Memorial, St Anthony of Padua, priest & doctor

June 13, 2007
Memorial, St Anthony of Padua, priest & doctor
Wednesday 10th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we
are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our
competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a
new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter
kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry that brought
death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so
that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses
because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of
the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is
glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings
righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison
with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with
glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

MATTHEW 5:17-19
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I
have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the
truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not
the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law
until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least
of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called
least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches
these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Too many of us pretend to fear the boredom of religion and the
monotony of praising God; too many of us simply want to do nothing. We
falsely term "boring" the very things that would deliver us from the
greater boredom we choose. We fear all things that might compel us to
do something worthwhile, because these great works demand some
sacrifices from us.

The danger we are in is very great. Doing nothing, loving our
comfortable way, guarding our ease is a first-class form of
selfishness. Selfishness is the principal element of sin. Utterly
bored with ourselves and afraid of the effort required to rise out of
our lethargy, we will turn to some form of sin as a way of getting
something done. We call it "getting the fun out of life" and "living
only once." In other words, we become so self-centered that when we do
rise from sleep we act in a selfish way.

Those who are great in the eyes of God and people find endless work to
be done in praise of God. Every creature leads them to him. Every
talent is spent for him. Even their rest and relaxation is spent in
his loving presence. They have no time for boredom.

St. Anthony has become so popular and effective as a finder of lost
articles that we forget the details of his life. He joined the
Franciscan Order during the life of St. Francis around the year 1220.
He taught theology and was a great preacher. His statues show him
holding a book. He died at the early age of 36 and was canonized a
year later. As we honor St. Anthony today, let us ask him to help us
find not just something material that we have lost but to help us find
spiritual treasures for heaven.

With the psalmist let us say today:
"Praise the Lord, my soul. As long as I live, I will praise God.
Of him my songs shall be, as long as I have life to sing them."

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Ms. Jeramin Martiniano
- Sabina Santiago
- Sister Heidi Facto DC
... for the personal intentions of
- Mrs. Gafur Dalwai
- Don Jemerald
... for the strength and guidance of
- Michael Santiago
- Santiago Family and Mr. and Mrs. Eliezer Santiago
... In Thanksgiving:
- for the complete healing of Maria Alyssa Martina
- the Evangelista Family
... for the eternal repose of the souls of:
- Dr. Loy Custodio.
- Justin Daniel Bataclan
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
... for the safe trip and a new beginning for Mrs. Teresita Nunez Choa
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dr. & Dra. Bruce Sicilia
- Birthday: Ella C. Sanchez
- Birthday: Erlinda T. Villanueva
- Birthday: Ma. Carmela F. Bate
- Birthday: Polly Limpe Alianan
- Birthday: Wilfredo Ortiz
- Wedding Anniversary: Alan & Marie Lee
- Wedding Anniversary: John Christopher & Ma. Luisa Chongson
- In Memoriam (+): Teofila Felix
... 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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