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Thursday, January 31, 2008
He said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear." He also told them, "Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
On another occasion he began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, Hear this! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold." He added, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear." And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. He answered them, "The mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that 'they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.'" Jesus said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. But they have no root; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, "Your mother and your brothers (and your sisters) are outside asking for you." But he said to them in reply, "Who are my mother and (my) brothers?" And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. (For) whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."
Monday, January 28, 2008
Corinthians 1: 10 - 13, 17
10 I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
11 For it has been reported to me by Chlo'e's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren.
12 What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apol'los," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ."
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons." Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin." For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
Sunday, January 27, 2008
When he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen." From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.
Friday, January 25, 2008
He said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
DAILY GOSPELHoly Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3,7-12.
Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people (followed) from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of God." He warned them sternly not to make him known.
God did not create man to be lost but so that he might live eternally; this intention remains unchanging For he "wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth," (1Tm 2,4). It is the will of your Father in heaven, says Jesus, "that not one of these little ones be lost," (Mt 18,14). It is also written elsewhere: "Neither will God have a soul to perish, but recalleth, meaning that he that is cast off should not altogether perish," (2Sm 14,14 Vulg [Douai]; cf. 2Pt 3,9). God is true; he does not lie when he promises on oath: "As I live! I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, but rather in the wicked man's conversion, that he may live," (Ez 33,11).
Can we then think, without gross sacrilege, that he might not want the salvation of all in general but only of a few? Anyone who is lost, is lost contrary to God's will. He cries out to him every day: "Turn, turn from your evil ways! Why should you die, O house of Israel?" (Ex 33,11). And again, he protests: "Why do these people rebel with obstinate insistence? They set their faces harder than stone and refuse to return," (Jr 8,5; 5,3).The grace of Christ is therefore always available to us. Since he desires that all men should be saved, he calls to all without exception: "Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest," (Mt 11,28).
Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life "JOY" Community Conference - January 12, 2008 Pasig (ULTRA)
Monday, January 21, 2008
Crowd San Francisco Waterfront
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 19, 2008 – A woman who was aborted and survived today urged a crowd of 25,000 to forgive and sent out a blessing of “mercy and grace and redemption” over the life of anyone who has had an abortion.
After the speeches, the crowd walked along San Francisco’s waterfront for 2.5 miles in the 4th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, carrying banners that proclaimed “Abortion Hurts Women” and “Women Deserve Better®.” About 250 pro-choice protestors chanted and jeered alongside the pro-life walkers.
“I was aborted and did not die,” Gianna Jessen told the cheering crowd, but added, “I will limp my way into heaven” because she bears the mark of the saline abortion, cerebral palsy, that was meant to end her life at a Los Angeles clinic.
“The abortionist signed my birth certificate,” Jessen said. However, she noted, “My life is not defined by abortion. I am not a victim, I am a victor.”
Jessen was one of four speakers at the Walk for Life rally at the foot of Washington Street and the Embarcadero. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., BlackGenocide.org founder Rev. Clenard Childress, and radio host Jesse Romero also spoke. Eight California Catholic bishops were on hand to support the event.
Alveda King sounded the key theme of the day, as the Walk was held two days before the federal holiday commemorating her uncle’s birthday. After leading the assemblage in the civil rights song, “This Little Light of Mine,” King left early to catch a flight back to Atlanta for a family dinner celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
“We care about life from the womb to the tomb,” Alveda King said. “My uncle said injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Dr. King said that the Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the future of his children for personal comfort and safety. So here we are on behalf of the children, the future generation.”
“We are pleased by the growing numbers and this is clearly a movement that is taking root in a city known for its trend-setting,” said Walk Co-Chair Dolores Meehan. The first Walk in 2005 drew more than 5,000 and last year’s Walk drew about 20,000 people
Contact: Karen Hodel 415-287-4101 www.walkforlifewc.com
Date: Sunday, February 17,2008.
Mass with Renewal of Marriage Vows will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Church at 5 PM.
Reception Dinner at 6 PM at the Msgr. Breen Hall (Holy Spirit Gym).
A no host bar will be provided. All events will be held at 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
Cost: $25 per couple. Guests or Family at $12.50 per person – checks payable to Holy Spirit Church.
Please turn in payments and the following info/form to your respective Chapter heads or their designated coordinators.
Chapter Heads will turn in payment and info to Br Tom/Sis Tess Garciafirstname.lastname@example.org – 510-487-3251
Deadline for Registration/ Payment February 8
Thursday, January 17, 2008
|Reminder from:||CFC-FFLECC Yahoo! Group|
|Title:||Walk for Life - Saturday, Jan 19. - 8 AM|
|Date:||Saturday January 19, 2008|
|Location:||Cathedral of St. Mary / Justin Herman Plaza / Marina Park|
|Notes:||Mass 8 am - Cathedral St. Mary|
Rally 11 am - Justin Herman Plaza
Walk to Marina
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
CFCGMFI's Letter of Demand
As posted below, CFC-FFL is in receipt of this letter of demand dated
the 7th of January 2008 issued by CFCGMFI's law firm Respicio,
Velasquez & Rodriguez demanding that we drop the use of the
name "Couples for Christ" and its acronym "CFC."This has been sent as
well by the different CFC-ICs throughout the world indicating a
pattern shifting the issue regarding the use of the name to the legal
front. We have reproduced and attached, as well, the reply of the
lawyers of CFC-FFL - Sycip, Salazar, Hernandez & Gatmaitan - dated
the 16th of January 2008, pointing out the baselessness of CFCGMFI's
allegations. Please note that their claim is patently erroneous and,
therefore, ought to be ignored.
Let us suffer the persecutions thrown our way and just move on with
our activities with hope and joy!
There is nothing to fear. Please pass.
Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
"Lead us back to you, O Lord, that we may be restored;give us anew such days as we had of old" Lam 5:21 "The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice overyou with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfullybecause of you" (Zep 3:17).