Friday, October 15, 2010

O how blessed are we, Catholics!

The Chinese has this saying, "身在福中不知幅 ” which is, "Living amidst blessings without knowing the blessings!"

I was asking Cara for the translation for the above and here's how she explains the chinese saying:

"It means that from young, you grew up in all blessings possible but you don't know and you neglect and fail to appreciate them. Not everybody has the same privilege as you do to have these blessings!"


Our dear Protestant brothers and sisters long for Jesus but cannot see him or experience the tangible presence of Jesus on earth. We, Catholics, get to opportunity to see him everyday in the Blessed Sacrament. What a great privilege! But often, we take this privilege for granted.

Jesus Christ, for the love of Mankind, died on the cross for us. At every Mass, Jesus humbled himself, into his tiny piece of host, we call, the Eucharist. Does Jesus, our Lord and God, need to do that? Of course he doesn't need to but he did that for the love of his people, the love of the human race. It's a gift that many times, we fail to appreciate.

He, who for the love of us, is willing to lock himself up, like a prisoner, in the tabernacle. The tabernacle which may even be left alone. We are leaving God, our creator alone?

He, who for the love of us, is willing to make himself present immediately at the words of consecration by a man, the Priest.

"What? Could you not watch one hour with me?" (St. Matthew 26:40)

This is Jesus, not just speaking to Peter but to everyone of us. Have we spent time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, lately? If Jesus is Singaporean, his "What?", pretty rude huh! =P

How awesome is it to bask not in the sun, but in the Holy Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!

Personally, my two favourite adoration chapels are the one in the Carmelite Church of Sts. Peter and Paul and the one at Church of St. Mary of the Angels.

The one at St. Mary's is unique because the monstrance is enclosed within metal grilles in the middle of the adoration chapel and it always remind me of how Jesus en-prisoned himself for us.

St. Faustina to Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament:

"I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord.

You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty.

And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my souls recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where is Jesus in our lives?

Everyone of us has a Vocation, a common Vocation, a universal Vocation and that is the Vocation to Holiness.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta told us that everyone of us are called to be Saints! It's a duty for you and me. But do not treat it like an obligation but do it out of love! We must never be afraid to be Holy and there's nothing wrong to be Holy. Only pride can stop us from being Holy for God.

Have we been a Jesus to others lately? We are all called to follow Jesus. Once, I was asked this question, "What do you think of when the name of Jesus is mentioned?" and I said, "I think of humility. The humble Jesus, who came, to serve." As followers of Christ, have we practiced enough humility? I always have this goal, which sometimes, I may forget about, and that is - that one day, when people look at me, they will think of Jesus, if they don't, then I need to work on improving my character, so that others may see the Jesus in me.

What exactly should be our priority? Often, we do not put Christ in the centre of our lives. We tend to focus on things so much that we forget the "Jesus Factor" in the things we do. We are all called to evangelisation, to be God's instrument in the salvation of souls.

Prima Lex Salus Animarum - The First Law is the Salvation of Souls

The Mission of all Christians is evangelisation and the best way to evangelise is to be a Jesus to others. If we want to save souls, there's no need to go to great lengths. When people around us witness the charitable, loving, humble character in us, they will want to be like us and of course it's because of Jesus. Conversion of Souls will take place.

Jesus tells us that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Everyone of us, if not, many of us, has this inner desire to seek for Truth because we want to be satisfied by that truth. In that process of searching for truth, we often forget charity.

For myself, I used to be a "Liturgical Police" at mass, pointing our liturgical abuses committed by priests. But, "Aren't we supposed to concentrate in Mass and the most august sacrifice on the altar? We become obsessed with the wrong things.

What we don't realised is that Jesus has already told us that HE is the truth. With Jesus, comes everything else. In everything we do, think Jesus, be Jesus.

We often ironically condemn the Protestants for their: "I love you Jesus!" or "Praise Jesus! Praise the Lord!" That's what we are all supposed to do! And then we start to admire them for having a lot of members in their small groups. Why should we be surprised?

It's never too late to start having Jesus in all things, like Ignatius of Loyola's vision of finding God in all things!

Remember the common saying of, "What would Jesus do?" I've learnt that throughout the day, popping this question in our minds, help us to make better decisions and helps us in our relationship with the people around us.

Only in Jesus (through Mary), can we find the consolation that lasts.