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"He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." β€“ 1 Peter 2:24

Dear Co-Missionaries of Our Lady,

           As we, once again, reflect and contemplate the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ in this Holy Season of Lent, may our hearts rest on an open and generous disposition so that we may be able to lay down before Him our sins, especially our innermost, sometimes intentionally denied, dark sins. The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1850 defines sin as β€œan offence against God.” It is anything that contradicts and goes against the very nature of God: grace, love and life! Sin besmirches the very image and likeness of God in an individual and instills selfishness, hatred and death. Sin totally polarizes us against God as it brings us in an absolutely opposite position with Him, which hinders the divine spark in us to ignite and passionately gear us completely towards a full communion with God. A sin does not stand alone objectively, rather it parasitically sticks itself on a willing human host which when unaddressed thrives and roots itself deeply.

          This season let us attend to addressing the parasites within us. Jesus came to address this in our humanity. He unimaginably bore those sins in Himself even when they are absolutely in contradiction to His very Self as God, which is a sure sign of His sacrificing and unconditional love for each of us. Through His passion, death and resurrection Jesus expelled the parasites called sin and the spaces they occupy in humanity replacing them with His very life that restores us the strength to develop a profound friendship with the Father: a life of righteousness. Thus, selfishness is destroyed by grace, hatred melted by love and death bested by life.

         Lent teaches us to hold precious this transformative gift of Jesus from the cross by means of our efforts to avoid sin and not will it in our lives for the right reason of love for God. There are practical Lenten Disciplines that could sustain us in our saga against sin, namely prayer, fasting and abstinence, and almsgiving. All these make us aware of the seriousness of the season that calls us to holiness, which is practically the keeping of the life won by Christ for us on the cross. Let us, therefore, fortify our resolution to employ the proposed ancient disciplines especially in this Year of the Laity so as to fully respond to our vocation to become saints and heroes whose lives are healed of sin and radically changed to righteousness and whose lives bring healing to others through the cross of Jesus Christ.

         May Mary at the foot of the cross be our hope and inspiration as we endeavor to remain faithful to Jesus whose sole desire is to keep us in the position of life against death and in the state of grace against any sin.


Yours in Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Raymund S. Cruz



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Daily Readings

15 April 2014 06:00:00
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let him confront me. See, the Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong? Lo, they will all wear out like cloth, the moth will eat them up.
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