|Posted by Mario Jose Ladra on December 24, 2012 at 4:35 AM|
This Season of Hope and Thanksgiving, we are truly grateful to the Lord for a number of reasons:
I thank Him for the opportunity to minister to the spiritual needs of our parishioners here and overseas through the parish Web Development Ministry headed by Sis. Emily Sequeira. We now have a newly updated and redesigned parish website which allows seamless social media integration and latest apps like videos and blogs. Social Networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube steadily gain tremendous popularity that the Holy Father, Benedict XVI urged everyone to utilize these powerful tools for evangelization. He summoned today’s baptized Christians: Help men and women meet Christ in their digital encounters and begin a dialogue towards more understanding and deepening of our faith - a great possibility using social media networks.
I am also grateful that despite of uncertainties and unsafe conditions, we continue to respond to the needs of the poor and the underprivileged through the different socio-economic programs of San Lorenzo Ruiz Charity.
I am appreciative of the continuous popularity and large demand of my book, Straight from the Heart: A Prayer Companion. The Cebuano Edition is now available in addition to the English and Filipino editions, the proceeds of which go mainly to our feeding programs and other beneficiaries like different seminaries and charities.
Allow me at this point to welcome to our parish, Rev. Fr. Jose Luis Perez, also known as Fr. Bodie. We thank God for the grace of having a newly-ordained priest in our midst to direct and guide our parishioners and assist your parish priest in the pastoral ministry of such a large parish.
My dear parishioners, I ask you to unceasingly pray to God for one another. Prayer, especially the recitation of the Holy Rosary, is the most potent spiritual weapon we could employ anytime in our daily battle with evil. Implore the help and intercession of the Blessed Mother, the Ever-Virgin, and the very sign that God gave us that will lead us to Christ and the true Faith: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 14:7)
We express our gratitude for Mary’s saying “YES” to God. Her obedience to the Lord’s will brought about the First Christmas and hence, our salvation. Let us help in God’s work of redemption by imitating Mary in saying our “small yesses” daily though we may not understand God’s will fully. Let us continue to build and rebuild relationships; be an instrument of change and innovation; unity and love; peace and harmony in this much troubled world. By so doing, we hope to partake and hasten the coming of His Kingdom here on earth.
May the Holy Infant Jesus in the manger be our hope, our joy and our model of humility in our service to God’s people!
A Blessed Christmas and a Spirit-filled New Year to you and your loved ones!
For the love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Rev. Fr. Mario Jose C. Ladra
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