Gift VI – The Gift of Silence, The Power of Silence and Prayer- Sunday June 9 – 2017 For the Book: God for Dummies
The Gift of Silence enables us to hear the voice of God which liberates us from the “Dictatorship of Noise.” Recently, I have been feeling the need to for silence. It is not easy for a priest who needs to give homilies on regular bases, who needs to listen and counsel people almost every day, who needs to call people back or answer phone calls every day. The life of a priest needs, but misses silence a lot, like the deer misses the good steams of water. If I open my heart to people and friends, they will see that one of the best things I like to do is to be in total silence for a time. The way I do it is usually to retreat in prayer, and I do it in the following order…Read More
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, Today is a good day. Today is the Day of the Resurrection of the Lord, Sunday, the Day in which we are all invited to rejoice and be glad. Today is the Day that is the first of the week, marking the 50th day. of the day of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the tomb, destroying hell, and conquering death our enemy. Today, is the First Sunday of the Month of June; the entire Month is in fact consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Feast is June 23), Fount of Divine Mercy, which gushed forth with blood and water on the Cross for our salvation. To Him we declare: “Jesus I Trust in You.” Read More
Gift IV – The Christian Children of Egypt pay off the Tax Price (Al- Jezya) of the Faith- Blood and martyrdom
“Little ones, I address you,
for through his Name your sins have been forgiven.
Fathers, I address you,
for you have known him who is from the beginning.
Young men, I address you,
for you have conquered the evil one.
I address you, children,
for you have known the Father.”
(First Letter of Saint John, 2: 12- 14)
Early on Friday, May 26, in Minya, Egypt, (the High Said rural Region of Egypt), one Pullman Bus carrying 35 children, one Business mid-size Bus carrying 15 workers, and one car carrying an entire family, were faced by 10 gunmen from a Muslim Brotherhood related jihadi group who opened fire. Thirty-two children were executed. Three children and the teacher are in critical condition in Naser Hospital in Menya. The jihadis killed most of the workers on the second bus and killed the entire family in the car. Read More
In Matthew Chapter 8: 19-20 we read: Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Earlier this week, while in Washington D.C. to educate and inform people about the Plight of forced Christian immigration, refugees, religious persecution and human trafficking of children, sex slavery of women, and young girls and boys, I got to a point where I really needed to take a break and sit at a street corner, eat a little and reflect. Doing this, it started raining. I decided to stay outside, hid under a little umbrella and continued eating and reflecting. People passing by, in hurry, under the rain, seeking refuge. All of a sudden there was this one man, a black male in his upper age, no teeth in the front, walking slowly as he is so well acquainted with such situations. Read more
The Virgin Mary
She is the mirror of the splendor of God, through whom the Light of God first shone to mankind in the incarnation of the Son of the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ. She is the Virgin Mary who, in this month, we honor as the Lady Mother of Life, Queen of Lebanon, Star of the East, Our Lady of Fatima.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, many times in our lives as the children of the Father in Heaven, we are encouraged to stop and reflect on the meaning of our life under the protection of Our Lady and in relation to her work in the Plan of God for our salvation. We do have a mother yet it is up to us to call upon her aid and to ask for her intercession. Read message
The Gift of the First Communion
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”(John 6:35)
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, allow me first to wish a happy and blessed First Communion to Gavin, Christopher, Giancarlo, & Tiffany; our four youth who today accept the Gift of life from the Lord at the hand of the priest and in the Holy Church. Read more…
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ;
The Lord Reigns Clothed in Majesty, Alleluia! This Sunday, the Lord appears to Thomas and the Twelve apostles in the upper room of Jerusalem. This Sunday hope and mercy are renewed in the hearts of the frightened apostles. Read more…
“Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!”
From the shouts of infants and babies, the Lord has established strength and power.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, today, we celebrate the week and the Sunday of Hosanna Sunday, also known as Palm Sunday and in Lebanese: “Eid El-Sha’neeneh” The Feast of the “Ho-sha’-na”. Read more…
But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough to spare, and I’m dying with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.'” (Luke 15: 17- 19)
My Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, the following sentence: “But when he came to himself…” describes gently the self-realization of failure, need and the pursuit of conversion. Read more…