Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you,

And I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and fear the pains of hell.

But most of all because they offend You, my God,

Who are all good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace,

to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen

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Choices

From my reliable the Daily Encounter…

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”1

“In Florida, two young men, eager to win the admiration of fraternity brothers, removed a stop sign and brought it back as a trophy. In Tennessee, a couple of teenagers were at a party in a high-rise apartment, and one dared the other to slide down the trash chute in the hall.

“The Florida boys were convicted of manslaughter after a fatal accident occurred at the intersection. The Tennessee boy who slid down the trash shoot was killed by an automatic trash compactor and his friend was traumatized with guilt and grief.”2

Foolish choices made on the spur of the moment can lead to dire consequences. Choices made without consideration of the consequences can be equally disastrous. In fact, life is the sum total of all the choices—conscious and unconscious—we make. Choices we made years ago have brought each of us to where we are today. Choices we make today will determine where we are tomorrow, and next year, and the next, and so on.

So when it comes to making choices, as another has said, “Don’t sacrifice your future on the altar of the immediate.” And another, “It is choice, not chance, that determines your destiny.” When making choices, it is wise in everything to acknowledge God and he will direct our path.3

And whatever you do, don’t forget life’s most important choice that will determine where you spend eternity. If we fail to make this choice it means we choose by default, and therein reap the eternal consequences of our sin; because we are all sinners destined for an eternity apart from God, love, and all that is good—in the place the Bible calls hell. If we want to spend eternity in Heaven with God, we need to make this our choice and act upon it by accepting God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior.

Again, whatever you do, don’t leave your eternal well-being to chance. Choose God. Choose God’s gift of salvation. Choose life—life everlasting.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank you that you offer me the gift of forgiveness for all my sins and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ your Son. With your help I choose to believe in you, to accept Jesus as my savior, and I choose to serve you all the days of my life. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

The Big Rocks Of Life

I want to share this story I read few years back and was reminded about by a forwarded email….

The Big Rocks Of Life
One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz?”, and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.

He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?”.

Everyone in the class yelled, Yes! The time management expert replied, “Really?”. He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

He then asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not”, one of them answered. Good! he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel.

Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, Good! Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.

He looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?” One eager student raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!”.

“No”, the speaker replied, that’s not the point. “The truth is, this illustration teaches us that if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

“What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life, time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others. Remember to put these ‘big rocks’ in first or you’ll never get them in at all.”

So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question – What are the ‘big rocks’ in my life Then, put those in your jar first.

<http://www.pravsworld.com/content/inspiration/118/the-big-rocks-of-life>

 

JOY

“I got Joy, down in my heart
Deep deep down in my heart
J-O-Y down in my heart..
Deep deep down in my heart.. ”

So goes a children song…

In the homily of Fr. Robbie yesterday (12 December 2010), he mentioned about the acronym JOY to mean Jesus, Others and You.

Fr. Robbie also gave his own interpretation for the acronym JOY as Jesus 0 (zero) You, with the explanation that says “let nothing, pertaining to the zero (0), come between You and Jesus.

I pray that JOY will fill and remain deep, deep down in my heart 🙂

not too late

Though no one can go back and make a brand new Start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new Ending – Carl Bard

This is my status in facebook today. Indeed, it is never too late to correct my direction even if things/situations hasn’t been favorable to me.

Today, I thank God for second, third, fourth and Nth chances…

I include my flickr friend Zill and his son in my prayers….