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Everything Is Grace

        I have just been re reading in my Mustard Seed  Dulle’s little book on his conversion to Catholicism in the early 1940’s. It is entitled Testimonial to Grace and it is a moving account of what God can do in the heart of a genuinely good man. The introduction to the book says, “” When a Avery Dulles entered Harvard in 1936 he seems to have  been as completely without malice as he was without faith. He had neither belief in God nor in his own soul, but only because his education had left him with impression that neither  was worthy of the attention of an educated man. His position was typical of many young men and women today- good will but no faith, nor any notion of the need of faith.” The description could fit a lot of people in our own country today.

       The book tells the story of how Dulles struggled through Aristotle and Plato and St. Thomas toward intellectual acceptance of God. But the most moving part of the book  is Dulle’s account of how faith touch him one rainy afternoon in Cambridge. He tells the story of how he was reading St. Agustine for and assignment in a Medieval History course in Widener Library, and was prompted to close the book and go out and walk in the rain. He walked aimlessly along the bank of the Charles River toward Boston. Something  impelled him to look at a young tree eagerly waiting the spring which was not too far off. The thought came to him suddenly like a revelation that those buds in all their innocence followed a rule, a law of which he know nothing. How could it be. he amused, that this delicate tree sprang up and blossomed from a tiny seed? That all its complicated cellular structure contrived to make it grow and bring forth leaves and blossom?

           That night, Dulles said, for the first time in many years, he prayed. How knelt down by his bed as his mother had taught him when he was a boy. He recited the Our Father.” It was a moment of special grace for a man who was looking for God.

           A few months later, he was baptised and in 1946, he entered the Jesuits. Today he is the one of the outstanding theologian of  the Church. He searched for God in books and in libraries, but he found Him in a little tree along the Charles River outside Boston.

           The spiritual writers call it a faith experience and most of us have had experience like that of Avery Dulles at one time or another, though it might not have been as profound as his was.

           A young man told me once how toughed he had been one day standing at the top of the Zigzag Road in Baguio and marvelling how God could have created that valley and those mountains through thousands of year of archaeological development. He later went on to enter the seminary and his now a priest in Mindanao. Others tell us of similar experience at Lourdes or at Medjurje,or at the bedside of someone they have love is dying – happy and at peace in God.

         I remember looking at the complicated perfection of a tiny premature baby in an incubator in a hospital in Brooklyn. After they had baptised the baby, who was hardly bigger than the palm of my hand, I couldn’t help marvelling how God created life out of a single sperm and ovum. The wonder and the beauty of Gods creation!

        Gregory Baum says, these faith experiences make us suddenly aware of God, of the holy, of something beyond our material existence. They make us realize how contingent we are, that we  are so totally dependent upon something above us and beyond us. And that at any moment we can cease to exist. But they make a deep impression on us and often lead us to deeper and more meaningful living.

       Faith experiences are like little epiphanies. They are manifestations of God. In the midst of our daily routine, they are like a window in heaven, opening up and letting God shine through.

        Sometimes it comes in the form of a retreat, sometimes in a sermon. Sometimes its a death or a birth in our lives. Sometimes it’s a  thought that comes to us when we are waiting for a friend in Makati, or watching a movie. But for the truly religious person, everything is potentially a faith experience. Everything is grace. Everything is God. If only we have eyes to see.

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I always remember what my mom used to tell me about her life when I was a kid. She said, ”  Life is very short. Its just like yesterday when I was a little girl, I used to water our eggplants and feed our pigs every morning and afternoon. I  still remember when I was in high school,all my friends that i used to hang out with,. I remember how my younger brother Nedi tease me all the time and make me cry.

Now, im 36 and blessed with a  good husband and 5 lovely daughters. I don’t know when I die, but life is very short.  One year after,my mom died….. She wasn’t ill or anything, she just had a sudden heart failure. We are all very down and depressed that time.

Every time I remember what my mom told me, It reminds me how important each time we spend in our life. Each year, month, day, hour, minute, and second we live. Every moment is a chance to live better, to live happy and to live more better person than we are yesterday.

If you are to ask, What if tomorrow you will die? Are you ready?What would be your answer?

Probably most of us would say,  I’m not ready, I still have a lot of things I wanna do in my life,, my dreams and plans, I still need to show and say I love you to my mom and dad, brother and sister, my wife and children and friends. Some say,I need to reconcile to somebody.Others may say I still want to travel to Italy or Paris, in Rome and other great places. I’m not ready, I never went confession yet and Im never been a better person for the past years, I still need to say sorry to some people… And many other reasons….

Sometimes we forget that we are only borrower of our life, and that we abused our chances. We always spend much more time on this earthly things than our own family. We worries a lot about things that will come to pass… And  more sad when we  see people who step ones right and dignity for sake of this earthly things. Every life is significant in each different way. Its a gift from God. We only live our life once, so we ought to do our best as we could while we are still here.We will not come back when tomorrow we will die.

Its very beautiful to imagine when we are old  and dying, when we have done all the best things in our life, when there are people surround us  that always there to love and care for us. People who always there through good  and bad times.

Spend more time with your family, show them how much you love them… Don’t waste time, for we never know tomorrow we may die.

Do a little act of love and kindness each day and you will see how beautiful life will be when you are love by people surrond you.

Ask forgiveness to all people  you offended and you will find peace. Try not to worry too much and learn how to surrender everything to God. And trust Him, for He satisfy our needs.

If you have live in sins for many years, repent and do your best to stay away from sins from now on…. If you don’t want to change your life now,then when? When you have very little time left ?Or might be too late in the future.  Now, is the right time. Change your life, live happily, live with peace and love, and you will see how great your life is.

And when your dying you can say to yourself ,I’m ready.I lived my life to fullest.

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