Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fast2Feed a Hungry Child


As we begin to observe the season of Lent this Ash Wednesday, let us intensify our desire to practice prayer, fasting, and works of mercy both corporal and spiritual. One way we can exercise this is to support HAPAG-ASA Feeding Program for hungry and malnourished children. See details below on how you can help.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a reminder for all of us to answer God's call to pray, fast, and do acts of charity. If we fast and let the poor, hungry and malnourished children benefit from it, we relive what Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." By donating whatever we save from fasting to HAPAG-ASA Integrated Nutrition Program, we feed a poor, hungry and malnourished child.

HAPAG-ASA feeds hungry and malnourished children 6 months to 12 years old once a day, 5 days a week for 6 months with nutritious food. Apart from the supplemental feeding, parents are also provided with basic knowledge, skills and values to improve their capacity to care for their children and livelihood and skills training to give them access to employment and income generating activities.

In the last nine years, HAPAG-ASA has already fed about 1.5 million children. But there's a lot more to reach since based on the 2013 8th National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, about 8 million Filipino children are still underweight and stunted.

HAPAG-ASA appeals to you for help in feeding our hungry and malnourished children by donating to HAPAG-ASA's FAST2FEED fund campaign. It only takes P10 a day or P1200 for six (6) months to feed one child.

For inquiries, please contact HAPAG-ASA Secretariat at 5th Floor Unit 503 Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. (02) 6321001 to 03 * Fax (02) 6327844 * hapagasa@gmail.com * www.hapagasafeeding.com


YOU MAY DEPOSIT YOUR DONATIONS TO:

Pondo ng Pinoy-Hapagasa Current Accounts

Metrobank Acct No: 175-7175-50963-8
Banco de Oro Acct No: 2638-00407-0
Bank of the Philippine Islands Acct No: 3061-0858-22
China Banking Corp. Acct No: 103-57972-19
Security Bank Acct No: 141-026133-002

To donate with your Globe postpaid/prepaid load:

Text FAC and send to 2899
Ex. FAC 100
Amounts are P5, P15, P25, P50 and P100

To donate online, please visit www.hapagasafeeding.com/donate


"He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor." - Prov 22:9

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Call to Battle





This short but powerful and awesome video is for all men out there. There is an ongoing 'crisis in masculinity' today and it has devastating effects to our society as a whole. All the evil that we currently witness in the world today can be traced back to this 'crisis in masculinity' where men abandon their responsibilities and fail to live up to that noble vocation he is called to be. Let us all rediscover once again our true identity as men after Christ's image and wage a battle against every form of evil, sin, and corruption in our society starting in our own family.

Friday, January 1, 2016

On The Value of Time




New year, new beginnings. This is the perfect opportunity to reassess our lives, set personal goals, and work on achieving them, but only if we resolve from hereon to use our most precious resource well - our TIME. I chose this article by St. Alphonsus Liguori because during his life he made a vow never to waste a moment of his time. It is my prayer this new year that you and I will invest our time in meaningful and productive ways. Let us also keep in mind that time is a talent loaned to us that we have to give an account of before God when our time is up so let us endeavor to use them well.


On the Value of Time
by St. Alphonsus Liguori

"A little while, and now you shall not see me."--JOHN xvi. 16.


There is nothing shorter than time, but there is nothing more valuable. There is nothing shorter than time; because the past is no more, the future is uncertain, and the present is but a moment. This is what Jesus Christ meant when he said: "A little while, and now you shall not see me." We may say the same of our life, which, according to St. James is but a vapour, which is soon scattered forever. "For what is your life? It is a vapour which appeareth for a little while." (James iv. 14.) But the time of this life is as precious as it is short; for, in every moment, if we spend it well, we can acquire treasures of merits for heaven; but, if we employ time badly, we may in each moment commit sin, and merit hell. I mean this day to show you how precious is every moment of the time which God gives us, not to lose it, and much less to commit sin, but to perform good works and to save our souls.

1. " Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard thee, and in the day of salvation I have helped thee." (Isa. xlix. 8.) St. Paul explains this passage, and says, that the acceptable time is the time in which God has determined to confer His favours upon us. He then adds: "Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. vi. 2.) The Apostle exhorts us not to spend unprofitably the present time, which he calls the day of salvation; because, perhaps, after this day of salvation, there shall be no salvation for us. "The time," says the same Apostle, "is short; it remaineth that . . . . they that weep be as though they wept not; that they that rejoice, as if they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as if they used it not." (1 Cor. vii. 29, 30, 31.)

Since, then, the time which we have to remain on this earth is short, the Apostle tells those who weep, that they ought not to weep, because their sorrows shall soon pass away; and those who rejoice, not to fix their affections on their enjoyments, because they shall soon have an end. Hence he concludes, that we should use this world, not to enjoy its transitory goods, but to merit eternal life.


2. " Son," says the Holy Ghost, "observe the time." (Eccl. iv. 23.) Son, learn to preserve time, which is the most precious and the greatest gift that God can bestow upon you. St. Bernardino of Sienna teaches that time is of as much value as God; because in every moment of time well spent the possession of God is merited. He adds that in every instant of this life a man may obtain the pardon of his sins, the grace of God, and the glory of Paradise. " Modico tempore potest homo lucrari gratiam et gloriam." Hence St. Bonaventure says that "no loss is of greater moment than the loss of time." (Ser. xxxvii. in Sept.)


3. But, in another place, St. Bernardino says that, though there is nothing more precious than time, there is nothing less valuable in the estimation of men. " Nil pretiosius tempore, nil vilius reputatur." (Ser. ii. ad Schol.) You will see some persons spending four or five hours in play. If you ask them why they lose so much time, they answer: To amuse ourselves. Others remain half the day standing in the street, or looking out from a window. If you ask them what they are doing, they shall say in reply, that they are passing the time. And why says the same saint, do you lose this time? Why should you lose even a single hour, which the mercy of God gives you to weep for your sins, and to acquire the divine grace? "Donec hora pertranseat, quam tibi ad agendam poenitentiam, ad acquirendam gratiam, miseratio conditoris indulserit."


4. O time, despised by men during life, how much shall you be desired at the hour of death, and particularly in the other world! Time is a blessing which we enjoy only in this life; it is not enjoyed in the next; it is not found in heaven nor in hell. In hell, the damned exclaim with tears: "Oh! that an hour were given to us." They would pay any price for an hour or for a minute, in which they might repair their eternal ruin. But this hour or minute they never shall have. In heaven there is no weeping; but, were the saints capable of sorrow, all their wailing should arise from the thought of having lost in this life the time in which they could have acquired greater glory, and from the conviction that this time shall never more be given to them. A deceased Benedictine nun appeared in glory to a certain person, and said that she was in heaven, and in the enjoyment of perfect happiness; but that, if she could desire anything, it would be to return to life, and to suffer affliction, in order to merit an increase of glory. And she added that, to acquire the glory which corresponded to a single Ave Maria, she would be content to suffer till the day of judgment the long and painful sickness which brought on her death. Hence, St. Francis Borgia was careful to employ every moment of his time for God. When others spoke of useless things; he conversed with God by holy affections; and so recollected was he that, when asked his opinion on the subject of conversation, he knew not what answer to make. Being corrected for this, he said: I am content to be considered stupid, rather than lose my time in vanities.


5. Some of you will say: "What evil am I doing?" Is it not, I ask, an evil to spend your time in plays, in conversations, and useless occupations, which are unprofitable to the soul? Does God give you this time to lose it? "Let not," says the Holy Ghost, "the part of a good gift overpass thee." (Eccl. xiv. 14.) The workmen of whom St. Matthew speaks did no evil; they only lost time by remaining idle in the streets. But they were rebuked by the father of the family, saying: "Why stand you here all the day idle?" (Matt. xx. 6.) On the day of judgment Jesus Christ shall demand an account, not only of every month and day that has been lost, but even of every idle word. "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it on the day of judgment." (Matt. xii. 36.) He shall likewise demand an account of every moment of the time which you shall lose. According to St. Bernard, all time which is not spent for God is lost time. "Omne tempus quo de Deo non cogitasti, cogita te perdisse." (Coll. 1, cap. viii.) Hence the Holy Ghost says: "Whatsoever thy hand is able to do, do it earnestly: for neither work nor reason . . . shall be in hell, whither thou art hastening." (Eccl. ix. 10.) What you can do today defer not till tomorrow; for on tomorrow you may be dead, and may be gone into another world, where you shall have no more time to do good, and where you shall only enjoy the reward of your virtues, or suffer the punishment due to your sins. "Today if you shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts." (Ps. xciv. 8.) God calls you to confess your sins, to restore ill-gotten goods, to be reconciled with your enemies. Obey his call today; for it may happen that on tomorrow time may be no more for you, or that God will call you no more. All our salvation depends on corresponding with the divine calls, and at the time that God calls us.


6. But some of you will perhaps say: I am young; after some time I will give myself to God. But, remember that the gospel tells us, that Jesus Christ cursed the fig tree which He found without fruit, although the season for figs had not yet arrived. "It was not the time for figs." (Mark xi. 13.) By this the Saviour wished to signify, that man at all times, even in youth, should produce fruits of good works; and that otherwise, like the fig tree, he shall be cursed, and shall produce no fruit for the future. "May no man hereafter eat any more fruit of thee for ever." (Ibid., v. 14.) " Delay not to be converted to the Lord, and defer it not from day to day; for His wrath shall come on a sudden." (Eccl. v. 8, 9.) If you find your soul in the state of sin, delay not your repentance nor your confession; do not put them off even till tomorrow; for, if you do not obey the voice of God calling you today to confess your sins, death may this day overtake you in sin, and tomorrow there may be no hope of salvation for you. The devil regards the whole of our life as very short, and therefore he loses not a moment of time, but tempts us day and night. "The devil is come down unto you having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time." (Apoc. xii. 12.) The enemy, then, never loses time in seeking to bring us to hell: and shall we squander the time which God has given us to save our souls?


7. You say: "I will hereafter give myself to God." But "why," answers St. Bernard, "do you, a miserable, sinner, presume on the future, as if the Father placed time in your power?" (Serm. xxxviii., de Part., etc.) Why do you presume that you will hereafter give yourself to God, as if He had given to you the time and opportunity of returning to Him whenever you wish? Job said with trembling, that he knew not whether another moment of his life remained: "For I know not how long I shall continue, and whether after a while my Maker may take me away." (xxxii. 22.) And you say: I will not go to confession today; I will think of it tomorrow. "Diem tenes," says St. Augustine, "qui horam non tenes." How can you promise yourself another day, when you know not whether you shall live another hour? "If," says St. Teresa, "'you are not prepared to die today,' tremble, lest you die an unhappy death."


8. St. Bernardine weeps over the blindness of those negligent Christians who squander the days of salvation, and never consider that a day once lost shall never return. "Trauseunt dies, salutis et nemo recogitat sibi perire diem ut nunquam rediturum." (Serm, ad Scholar.) At the hour of death they shall wish for another year, or for another day; but they shall not have it: they shall then be told that "time shall be no more." What price would they not then give for another week, for a day, or even for an hour, to prepare the account which they must then render to God? St. Lawrence Justinian says, that for a single hour they would give all their property, all their honours, and all their delights. "Erogaret opes, honores delicias, pro una horula." (Vit. Solit, cap. x.) But this hour shall not be granted to them. The priest who attends them shall say: Depart, depart immediately from this earth; for your time is no more. " Go forth, Christian soul, from this world."


9. What will it profit the sinner who has led an irregular life, to exclaim at death: O! that I had led a life of sanctity! O! that I had spent my years in loving God! How great is the anguish of a traveller, who, when the night has fallen, perceives that he has missed the way, and that there is no more time to correct his mistake! Such shall be the anguish at death of those who have lived many years in the world, but have not spent them for God. "The night cometh when no man can work." (John ix. 4.) Hence the Redeemer says to all: "Walk whilst you have light, that the darkness overtake you not." (John xii. 35.) Walk in the way of salvation, now that you have the light, before you are surprised by the darkness of death, in which you can do nothing. You can then only weep over the time which you have lost.


10. He hath called against me the time." (Thren. i. 15.) At the hour of death, conscience will remind us of all the time which we have had to become saints, and which we have employed in multiplying our debts to God. It will remind us of all the calls and of all the graces which He has given us to make us love him, and which we have abused. At that awful moment we shall also see that the way of salvation is closed for ever. In the midst of these remorses, and of the torturing darkness of death, the dying sinner shall say: O fool that I have been! O life misspent! O lost years, in which I could have gained treasures of merits, and have become a saint! but I have neglected both, and now the time of saving my soul is gone for ever. But of what use shall these wailings and lamentations be, when the scene of this world is about to close, the lamp is on the point of being extinguished, and when the dying Christian has arrived at that great moment on which eternity depends?


11. " Be you then also ready; for, at what hour you think not, the Son of Man will come." (Luke xii. 40.) The Lord says: "Be prepared." He does not tell us to prepare ourselves when death approaches, but to be ready for His coming; because when we think least of death, the Son of Man shall come and demand an account of our whole life. In the confusion of death, it will be most difficult to adjust our accounts, so as to appear guiltless before the tribunal of Jesus Christ. Perhaps death may not come upon us for twenty or thirty years; but it may also come very soon, perhaps in a year or in a month. If any one had reason to fear that a trial should take place, on which his life depended, he certainly would not wait for the day of the trial, but would as soon as possible employ an advocate to plead his cause. And what do we do? "We know for certain that we must one day be judged, and that on the result of that judgment our eternal, not our temporal, life depends. We also know that that day may be very near at hand; and still we lose our time, and, instead of adjusting our accounts, we go on daily multiplying the crimes which will merit for us the sentence of eternal death.


12. If, then, we have hitherto employed our time in offending God, let us henceforth endeavour to bewail our misfortune for the remainder of our life, and say continually with the penitent King Ezechias: "I will recount to thee all my years in the bitterness of my soul." (Isa. xxxviii. 15.) The Lord gives us the remaining days of life, that we may compensate the time that has been badly spent. "Whilst we have time, let us work good.'' (Gal. vi. 10.) Let us not provoke the Lord to punish us by an unhappy death; and if, during the years that are passed, we have been foolish, and have offended Him, let us now attend to the Apostle exhorting us to be wise for the future, and to redeem the time we have lost. "See, therefore, brethren, now you walk circumspectly, not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil . . . understanding what is the will of God." (Eph. v. 15, 16, 17.) "The days are evil." According to St. Anselm, the meaning of these words is, that the days of this life are evil, because in them we are exposed to a thousand temptations and dangers of eternal misery; and therefore, to escape perdition, all possible care is necessary. "What," says St. Augustine, "is meant by redeeming the time, unless, when necessary, to submit to temporal loss in order to gain eternal goods?" (de horn. 50, horn, i.) We should live only to fulfil with all diligence the divine will; and, should it be necessary, it is better to suffer in temporal things, than to neglect our eternal interests. Oh! how well did St. Paul redeem the time which he had lost! St. Jerome says, that though the last of the apostles, he was, on account of his great labours, the first in merits. "Paul, the last in order, but the first in merits, because he laboured more than all." Let us consider that, in each moment, we may lay up greater treasures of eternal goods. If the possession of all the land round which you could walk, or of all the money which you could count in a day, were promised you, would you lose time? or would you not instantly begin to walk over the ground, or to reckon the money? You now have it in your power to acquire, in each moment, eternal treasures; and will you, notwithstanding, misspend your time. Do not say, that what you can do today you can also do tomorrow; because this day shall be then lost to you, and shall never return. You have this day; but perhaps tomorrow will not be given you.


(Source: http://catholicharboroffaithandmorals.com/)

Friday, December 11, 2015

The HIV/AIDS Situation in the Philippines



In the fight against HIV/AIDS, chastity (not condom) is the only thing that really works. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is not a case of having lack of information or awareness about it (plenty of that stuff online) or the lack of distribution of condoms (certainly not 100% safe). It is first and foremost a moral epidemic and that is why chastity is the best antidote against it. In this life, there are only two kinds of pain - the pain of discipline and the pain of regret so take your pick. The choice is really up to you. 


How is HIV/AIDS relevant to the modern-day Filipino? Let us reflect on some statistics from the September 2015 report of the HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP).

• This year, an average of 22 new HIV cases is diagnosed each day, more than 5 times higher than in 2010. The median age is 28 years old. More than half are from the 25-34 year age group, while 28% are youth aged 15-24 years old.

• Of the 5648 males diagnosed, 5447 of them contracted HIV through sexual contact. Of those cases, 53% contracted HIV by males having sex with males (MSM), while 36% contracted it by having sex with both males and females. In contrast, only 238 females contracted HIV through sexual contact, all of them with males.

Important Things to Know about HIV/AIDS

• HIV is transmitted through body fluids such as blood, semen, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.

• Most of the HIV cases recorded are due to sexual contact, but there are also cases due to sharing of needles (drug injection), and mother-to-child transmission.

• You may not know if you are infected with HIV just by relying on how you feel because it can show no symptoms. If you want to know if you have HIV, go to San Lazaro Hospital and other accredited centers for testing. However, it takes 3-6 months for HIV to get detected in the blood. So if you are still sexually active or involved in risky behaviors, even if you tested negative, you need to take the test again after 6 months.

• If someone we love discloses that he or she has HIV, this person needs our love and support all the more. Expressions of love, such as a hug, give them comfort. Let them know that you are there for them. Accompany them on their regular medical checkups, and when advised by the doctor, ensure that they are taking their medications properly.


The Church Response to HIV/AIDS

The Church has been caring for persons living with HIV (PLHIV) and leading the fight against AIDS. The Philippine Catholic HIV-AIDS Network (PhilCHAN) was organized in 2011 as an umbrella organization of all individuals and faith-based organizations, who for so many years have addressed the needs of PLHIV and fought against HIV/AIDS. Among these organizations are the Daughters of Charity [0933-6173558], Woodwater Center for Healing (Camillians) [Tel#: (02) 926-3147], and RCAM Ministry on Health Care [Tel#: (02) 727-5752].

Chastity is the best weapon to combat HIV/AIDS.


"The problem of HIV/AIDS cannot be overcome with mere slogans. If the soul is lacking…if [Africans] do not help one another, the scourge cannot be resolved by distributing condoms; quite the contrary, we risk worsening the problem. The solution can only come through a twofold commitment: Firstly, the humanization of sexuality, in other words a spiritual and human renewal bringing a new way of behaving towards one another; and secondly, true friendship, above all with the suffering, a readiness - even through personal sacrifice - to stand by those who suffer" - Pope Benedict XVI


[Credits: Article by Mr. Rolando C. delos Reyes II as published on Euchalette, Second Sunday of Advent]

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mother Angelica on Immaculate Conception





I miss Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN. Please include her in your prayers. She is currently bed-bound and on tube feedings. Enjoy her unique sense of humor and learn from her wisdom in this talk about the feast we are celebrating today - the Immaculate Conception. You can also search her other videos on YouTube on a host of different other spiritual topics.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Prayer of Peace for Nations



"O Jesus bring me peace. Bring peace to my nation and all those countries torn asunder because of war and division. Sow the seeds of peace amongst those hardened hearts who cause suffering to others in the name of justice. Give all of God's children the graces to receive Your peace so that love and harmony can thrive, so that love for God will triumph over evil and that souls can be saved from the corruption of falsities, cruelty and evil ambition. Let peace reign over all of those who devote their lives to the Truth of Your Holy Word and even those who don't know You at all. Amen."

#prayfortheworld #prayforparis

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

On Halloween, Paranormal & the Occult



We are celebrating once again the Feast of All Saints and All Souls in our liturgical calendar - members of the Church Triumphant and the Church Suffering, who along with all the faithful on earth (the Church Militant), comprise the Mystical Body of Christ. It's also that time of the year when we troop to the cemeteries to pray (hopefully) for our dearly departed loved ones. Unfortunately, this is also an occasion for many of us to attend Halloween parties, go trick or treating, ghost haunting, dressing up as ghouls and goblins to scare other people and all sorts of foolish activities that betray the true meaning of this solemn occasion. Maybe it's about time to grow up and let go of all these pagan practices and beliefs, shall we?

About a month ago, we were fortunate to have Fr. Jeffrey Quintela, exorcist priest of the Diocese of Antipolo, deliver a talk on spiritual warfare. In that talk, he shared the 5 R's of Spiritual Healing & Liberation and I want to share with you those insights that will help us to become better equipped in fighting the good fight and growing our faith as true Catholic Christians.

1. RENUNCIATION

Nowadays, numerous occult and new age practices have become 'mainstream' practice and are unknowingly accepted and practiced by many of us - horoscopes, astrology, feng shui, consulting fortune tellers and tarot card readers, superstitious beliefs - and we think they are okay. We must remind ourselves that these practices directly violate the First Commandment, which states that we should have no other god besides the One True God. To adore the Lord your God and worship Him alone, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, means "to adore God as the Lord of everything that exists; to render to Him the individual and community worship which is His due; to pray to him with sentiments of praise, of thanks and of supplication; to offer Him sacrifices, above all the spiritual sacrifice of one's own life, united with the perfect sacrifice of Christ; and to keep the promises and vows made to him."

Having said that, it is now clear why resorting to occult and new age practices takes away from God the honor and homage that is due Him by us seeking a different path and attempting to manipulate the unknown (i.e., occult) in order to gain some benefit from it. On a personal level, I was drawn to these practices when I was younger. I was particularly fond of feng shui and bought books on mind control. I thought then than if I could harness the 'yin' and 'yang' forces and master the principles of feng shui, then I would attract wealth and prosperity. Same principle goes with mind control. By altering and enhancing my psychic and mental powers, I can attract good fortune and everything that my heart desires. I also got drawn in reading vampire novels and Harry Potter books not knowing that these things take me farther and farther away from the practice of my Catholic faith. Right now, I'm still in the process of disposing these new age books by burning them. I cannot just throw them away or donate them somewhere because others might pick them. This is my personal way of renouncing these practices and I also invite you to examine in what way you have let yourself be involved in occult and new age practices, knowingly or unknowingly, and start renouncing them.

To give you a guide on how to go about this, I am posting here a simple step by step process on how you can begin this process of renunciation. I have personally obtained this straight from the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism. Here are the steps:


Steps in Renunciation

1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any occult contacts. Take note of any activity that you have practiced. Write down ALL the activities listed below that you have deliberately or innocently, seriously or playfully believed in/participated in/been involved in/consulted or been a part of in any way.

2. In front of the Blessed Sacrament, repent for all your occult involvement and do Steps 3 to 5 below.

3. Prayerfully say, “In Jesus’ name, I renounce practicing/believing in/participating in/involvement in [name the occult sin you committed (see list below)”. Do this 3x for each occult contact, that is, each item you listed below. This must be done three times for each sin, which represents a three-fold act of reparation for the offense committed against the Most Blessed Trinity.

4. Repent fully and ask for forgiveness by praying “I repent and ask to be forgiven.”

5. Re-commit and proclaim Jesus as your only Savior and Lord praying “and, I ask You, Jesus Christ to be my only Lord and Savior.”


Comprehensive List of New Age and Occult Practices

1. Witchcraft, Sorcery, Wicca, casting spells/curses like evil eye, gayuma, barang, kulam, love potions & spells.
2. Voodoo, Santeria, Macumba (black witchcraft), Sufism and other forms of local witchcraft.
3. Consulting “albularyo”, “mangkukulam”, “mangbabarang”, “mangtatawas”, “Curaderos”, “manghihilot”, cult herbalist, cult groups.
4. Magic.
5. Developing psychic powers, opening third eye.
6. Power of the mind, science of the mind, Mind Control Programs – Silva Mind Control Program, mood-altering programs, ESP, cognition.
7. Psychic and aura readings.
8. Reading new age books such as Gnostic gospels, Bible codes, Celestine prophecy, and alternative religions.
9. Reincarnation and past life readings.
10. Superstitious beliefs and rituals.
11. Satanism, Satanic rituals, Luciferianism, Diabolism.
12. Satanic Bible or material.
13. Foretelling, fortune telling.
14. Card reading, Tarot card reading.
15. Crystal ball or crystal gazing, scrying.
16. Palm reading, palmistry, Kudlit.
17. Oracles.
18. Casting or reading of omens and/or lots, tea leaf reading, reading of animal body parts.
19. Horoscopes and astrology.
20. Feng shui, Geomancy, Cleromancy, Pyromancy, Hydromancy, Lithomancy, Ceromancy, Aeromancy, and similar rituals.
21. Numerology.
22. Enneagram.
23. Divination using rod and pendulum, water divining – for finding water, treasure, etc.
24. Automatic hand writing or spirit writing.
25. Astral travel/projection, remote viewing.
26. Trance channeling, mediumship.
27. Consulting spirit guides, familiar spirits, guardian spirits, ancestral spirits, nature spirits (like fairies, dwarves, other elementals).
28. Shamanism, espiritista.
29. Soul attachments – Ascendant Masters.
30. Seances, spiritism, necromancy (communicating or calling spirits of the dead), spirit questing, ghost hunting, spirit photography, ancestral worship.
31. Ouija Board, Spirit of the Glass/coin/paper, pendulums.
32. Oracion – magical incantations.
33. Banishing/cleansing of spirits using non-Catholic rituals and practices.
34. Animism and paganism – worship of nature.
35. Offering to Idols and other similar rituals – food offering, animal sacrifice, bloodletting, blood offering.
36. Psychic Healing, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Faith Healing, Pranic Healing, Trance Healing, Animal Magnetism or Mesmerism, Energy Healing, Traditional Healing Practices, Asian/Eastern Healing techniques and practices, Non-Scientific Healing, Alternative Medicine Practices and Techniques (not science based).
37. Pyramid power and similar types of practices.
38. Amulets & talismans – anting-anting, lucky charms.
39. Heavy metal music, death metal music, obscene, sexually explicit, violent or disturbing music.
40. Satanic PC games, demonic role playing games, games involving elementals and demons such as Dungeons and Dragons, spell craft, etc.; extremely violent or depicts sexual themes not in accord with Church teachings.
41. Secret oaths to pagan gods as part of initiation ceremony into organization, fraternities, sororities, and other organization which practice these ceremonies.
42. Pacts with Satan, ghosts, elementals, nature spirits, other deities, and pagan gods.
43. Transcendental Meditation or other Eastern Meditation techniques.
44. Esotericism.
45. Freemasonry and other secret societies and their organizations – sororities, fraternities.
46. Involvement in cults, group sex/orgies.
47. Rosicrucian, Scientology, Theosophy, Kaballah.
48. Edgar Cayce’s teachings and readings.
49. False mysticism, consulting angels, angel hosting.
50. Core energy or manipulation of energies.
51. False apparitions.
52. Syncretism – mixing beliefs of other religions.
53. Non-catholic worship, worship at pagan shrines.
54. Engaging in martial arts philosophies and teachings.

2. RENEWAL

After having renounced the abovementioned practices, we need to renew our commitment to the Lord and strive to live a life of grace. Depending on how deep is your involvement in these occult practices, some people might face struggles and challenges along the way, but it is important to always remember that everything starts with your personal decision to turn away from evil and return to God. Like the prodigal son in the Gospel, our motives for returning back to God may not be that perfect but nevertheless God will still accept us and restore us back to our dignity as his beloved sons and daughters.

Renewal of one's faith means renewing one's baptismal promises, embracing our Catholic faith, beliefs, and practices like visiting the Blessed Sacrament, praying the rosary and novenas, reading the Scripture and the lives of saints, performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, mortifications, fasting and abstinence especially during Lent, growing in virtues, doing acts of piety, etc.

3. RECEPTION

Reception pertains to receiving the sacraments worthily, particularly the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession and the Holy Eucharist. I cannot emphasize enough how important the Sacraments are in helping us live a life of grace. The Sacraments strengthen us spiritually, giving us the means to grow in holiness and virtue. There are great guides on how to make a good confession online. Make it a point to confess at least once a month and make it always a good one. The important thing to note here is that you must not receive the Body and Blood of our Lord in the Eucharist if you are conscious of unconfessed grave sins. You must have recourse to the Sacrament of Penance FIRST before receiving Holy Communion. This does not mean though that since you are guilty of some particular grave sin and have no immediate access to the sacrament of Confession that you will omit going to Mass altogether. No! Not attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation without sufficient excuse is itself a mortal sin. If you have committed a mortal sin and have no means to confess it at the moment, you must still attend the Holy Mass; just do not receive Holy Communion. In its place, spiritually unite yourself to our Lord and ask for the grace to overcome your weaknesses. It is lamentable nowadays to see people approach Holy Communion without sufficiently examining themselves if they are worthy to receive Him, i.e., in a state of grace. Only those who are in the state of grace CAN receive Holy Communion and please do not receive communion in the hand. Show Jesus the utmost respect and reverence He rightfully deserves. Always receive Him on the tongue and with the proper interior disposition. Realize Who it is you are receiving - the King of Heaven, the Son of God, Redeemer of the world, the Holy of Holies.

4. RECITATION

Recitation means the set of prayers that one should recite every single day. From this point onward, prayer must become an important activity in your day-to-day life. These prayers may include prayers to the Blessed Trinity, Protection/Cleansing prayer, Marian prayers (rosary, etc.), Prayers to the Saints, and Angelic Prayers like the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer. I want to share some of these prayers that were recommended to me to pray every single day.



Prayer for Protection

Lord Jesus, I ask You to protect my family (mention by name) from sickness, from all harm and from accidents. If any of us has been subjected to any curses, hexes or spells, I declare these curses, hexes or spells null and void in the Name of Jesus Christ. If any evil spirits have been sent against us, I decommission you in the Name of Jesus Christ and I send you to Jesus to deal with as He will. Then, Lord, I ask You to send Your holy angels to guard and protect all of us. Amen.

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August Queen of Angels

On the 13th of January 1863, a soul accustomed to receiving favors from the Virgin Mary was suddenly struck by a ray of divine light. She believed that she saw demons, throwing themselves upon the earth, causing ruins and incredible massacres. At the same time the Holy Virgin appeared, saying that demons had indeed broken loose in the world and the time had come to invoke her as Queen of Angels and to ask her to send legions of angels  to combat and annihilate the powers of hell.  The soul addressed the Virgin with the following words: "O my Mother, you who are so good, could you not send your angels without us having to ask you?" "No," the Virgin replied, "prayer is a condition established by God Himself to obtain graces." "Then, Mother," said the soul, "would you like to teach us how we should pray to you?" And the Most Holy Virgin dictated this prayer to her: "O august Queen..."


O august Queen and Our Lady of Angels,
who received from God the power and mission
of crushing the head of Satan,
we humbly beg you to send us heavenly legions,
with St. Michael the Archangel as head
so that under your orders
they may chase the demons,
combat them everywhere,
repress their boldness, 
and drive them back into the abyss.

"Who is like God?"
O good and tender Mother,
you shall always be our love and our hope.
O Divine Mother,
send your Holy Angels to defend us,
and to drive away from us the cruel enemy.
Holy Angels and Archangels,
defend us and guard us.
Amen.

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Prayer to St. Michael
(This powerful prayer should be prayed frequently and from the heart. St. Michael the Archangel has great power against the fallen angels for He defended the honor of God and defeated Lucifer when he revolted against the Most High.)


Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protector against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

5. RECONCILIATION

Last but not the least is reconciliation or forgiveness - towards our brethren and with oneself. Fr. Quintela during the talk succinctly reminded us that forgiveness is a "Gospel mandate", that to forgive seventy times seven is a direct command from Christ Himself and not merely a suggestion. As difficult as it may seem it makes perfect sense. We sinners offend God on a daily basis but God in His great mercy almost always forgives us, and so we ought to extend the same thing to others. It's interesting to note that forgiving is one of the spiritual acts of mercy. When we forgive, we perform an act of mercy towards others that in turn benefit us spiritually in that forgiveness liberates us from hatred, bitterness, and all the negative emotions associated with holding grudges against others. 

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Lastly, I highly encourage everyone to grab a copy of the books of Fr. Jocis Syquia, director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, whose photo appears above. The books are entitled Exorcism: Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult Second Edition and Exorcist: Spiritual Battle Lines Volume Two. These books are a treasure when it comes to this topic and who else is more qualified to write on these matters than the chief exorcist of Manila himself. You can buy these books in all St. Paul's Bookstores in major shopping malls nationwide. To give you a sneak peek on what is inside each book, here are the table of contents:


Exorcism: Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult

Introduction

1. The Church and the Devil

2. The Parapsychological Dimension

3. Catholicism and Philippine Folk Religiosity

4. The Secrets of the New Age Movement: Notebook 1

5. The Secrets of the New Age Movement Notebook 2

6. Foundations

7. Ministering to Those under Extraordinary Demonic Assault

8. Confrontation between God and the Devil

9. The Catholic in the Midst of Love and War

10. The Scars of Battle

11. The Defensive Armor and Offensive Weapons

12. The Exorcist

13. Haunted Houses: Notebook 1

14. Haunted Houses: Notebook 2

Conclusion: Only Jesus and Always Jesus

Appendix A: More on Philippine Folk Religiosity

Appendix B: Personal Spiritual Warfare

Appendix C: A Concise Handbook on Exorcism and Deliverance

Appendix D: A Pastoral Approach to Infested Homes

Appendix E: How to Handle an Emergency Case of Grave Oppression and Possession

Appendix F: Rules from the Roman Ritual of Exorcism

Endnotes

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Exorcist: Spiritual Battle Lines Volume Two

Introduction

Part I: Mama Mary

Chapter I: Our Mother

Chapter II: Mama Mary and the War for Souls

Chapter III: Stories of Mama Mary

Chapter IV: Stories of the Rosary

Part II: The Saints

Chapter V: The Great Battle of the Church Begins

Chapter VI: The Saints of the Early Church and the Devil - Paganism/Animism

Chapter VII: The Saints of the Early Church and the Devil - Extraordinary Attack

Chapter VIII: More Stories from the Lives of the Saints

Chapter IX: Spiritual Warfare Notebook 1 - Spiritual Combat

Chapter X: Spiritual Warfare Notebook 2 - The Spiritual Knight

Part III: Angels and Demons

Chapter XI: A Short Treatise on the Angels

Chapter XII: Demonology 1

Chapter XIII: Demonology 2

Chapter XIV: True Stories from the Vatican and Italian Exorcists

Chapter XV: From the Mouths of Demons

Conclusion: Heaven

Appendix A: Is There Such a Thing as "Wandering Souls"?

Appendix B: St. Thomas Aquinas on the Occult

Appendix C: An Exorcist Speaks about the Final Battle and Its Aftermath

Appendix D: Interview with Fr. Gabriele Amorth

Appendix E: Manual of Prayers

I. Marian Prayers
II. Angel Prayers
III. Prayer to the Saints

Recommended Reading and Resources

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About Fr. Jocis Syquia

FR. JOSE FRANCISCO 'JOCIS' SYQUIA hails from a wealthy family. The second to the eldest son of the late ambassador Enrique Syquia and his wife, Leticia, he and his four brothers grew up in North Forbes Park, Makati City.

After graduating from college in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Fr. Jocis entered the seminary in 1989 and completed his training from both San Carlos Major Seminary in Makati City and the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sacred Theology from the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties and a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He finished both courses with magna cum laude honors. He also has a Master's degree in Psychology from the UST Graduate School.

Fr. Jocis is the Head of the Commission on Extraordinary Phenomena for the Archdiocese of Manila. He is the Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, an exorcist of Manila for ten years now, and a member of the International Association of Exorcists based in Rome. He completed the Vatican Course on Exorcism and Deliverance at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. He is the author of the bestselling book Exorcism - Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult (Shepherd's Voice Publications) and Exorcist - A Spiritual Journey, the first of the three volumes published by ST PAULS. He is also a full-time formator, spiritual director, and professor of spirituality and psychology at the San Carlos Major Seminary.

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Conclusion

There is a spiritual warfare going on around us - good versus evil - and we are caught up in this battle whether we are aware of it or not. There is a battle raging on for souls. On one hand God with all the angels and saints cheer us and encourage us to fight the good fight, to do good and be faithful to the commandments and the Gospel and on the other side is Satan with all his fallen angels trying their best to tempt and seduce us to disobey God and commit sins. In the middle of this tug of war is us. We are the booty. In the end, we are all going to end up in either heaven or hell and our final lot in eternity will be determined by our own free choice. I do hope and pray that we will pick the right choice no matter how difficult it may seem and that choice is to obey and love God.

I hope you find this blog post helpful. Do you have personal issues you want to consult regarding demonic possessions and paranormal activities? You can send an e-mail to the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism at amoe.request@yahoo.com. Just state your case in your e-mail and wait for their reply. Once they have reviewed your case, the exorcism team will reply to you to schedule you for a personal interview.


Credits: Protection Prayer and Prayer to St. Michael taken from the book Exorcism: Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult; August Queen of Angels taken from Exorcist: Spiritual Battle Lines Volume Two 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

OUT: A Forum on Understanding Identity and Homosexuality



I am inviting everyone who might be interested to attend this forum on homosexuality sponsored by Bagong Pagasa, a Christian support group like Courage for persons struggling with same sex attractions. Learn, ask questions, and gain valuable insights on this important issue.


Greetings from Bagong Pag-asa!

We would like to invite you to our upcoming forum entitled “Out: A Forum on Understanding Sexual Identity and Homosexuality”. This will be on November 14, 2015 and will be held from 2-5 p.m. at The Heritage Center, 28th Floor, Units 2806-2808, Raffles Corporate Centre, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Brgy. San Antonio, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Forum topics covered will be: ”What Is Homosexuality?”, “Why do we reach out to homosexuals?”, and “How do we reach out to homosexuals?”. The speakers will be Howard Hervey, current Director of New Hope Ministries USA and Rev. Bayani Esguerra, Board Chairman of Bagong Pag-asa. There will be a registration Fee of P200.00 which includes snacks. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required to confirm since slots are limited.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from speakers from New Hope USA. Please help us reach out to others who might be interested by promoting the forum in your network or by liking and sharing our FB page: http://bagongpagasa.org.ph/.

For reservations and inquiries, please contact 886-4441; 0927-5788373 or email info@bagongpagasa.org.ph.

Thank you and God bless!

Regards,

John Zulueta
Executive Director

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Real Love Revolution 2015


Discover the true meaning of love at Real Love Revolution 2015!

Real Love Revolution is a chastity conference aimed to inform and inspire people on the value of purity in real, genuine love. Over 31,000 individuals have witnessed this life-changing experience for the past three years.

Speakers



Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd experienced a profound conversion at World Youth Day in Rome in 2000 and afterward committed himself to inviting others others to know Jesus Christ and the Church Christ founded. As a missionary, Matt proclaims the Gospel to thousands of teens and young adults. He is a Catholic apologist and speaker, a loving husband and father of four. He lives in North Georgia. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, studying philosophy, going out on date nights with his beautiful wife and wrestling with his kids on bed (still undefeated).



Sarah Swafford

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. She speaks to people of all ages on various topics such as emotional virtue, relationships, modesty of intentions, and interior confidence. Sarah shares her message at school assemblies, retreats, rallies, and conferences across the country and is the author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships. She has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, EWTN Live, is co-host of the show, “At the Heart of Relationships,” and has been featured in the National Catholic Register. She is a contributor to Chosen, Ascension Press’ confirmation program and YDisciple’s True Beauty; she has also contributed videos for Women Made New. Sarah is a proud team member of Chastity Project and speaks at Steubenville Youth Conferences around the United States and in Canada. Sarah is a loving wife to Dr. Andrew Swafford and their four children.


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Date & Venue:

November 7, 2015, Saturday, at the Ynares Sports Complex, Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City.

Sessions:

9 a.m. to 12 noon; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

P600 (Patron), P450 (Gold), P350 (Silver), P250 (Bronze)


Contact:

E-mail: catalyst@uap.asia  

Cellphone: 0915-267-8526 c/o Emma Tamayo