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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: A Pathway to Divine Fulfillment

The concept of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, as outlined in the New Testament, is a profound testament to the intricate and transcendent relationship between humanity and the divine. These gifts are not merely symbolic tokens; they are transformative powers that enable individuals to transcend their ordinary limitations and align themselves with a higher purpose. To truly grasp the magnitude of these gifts, one must delve into their biblical foundations and understand their psychological and spiritual implications. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, the Apostle Paul provides a detailed enumeration of these gifts: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish betwee

Upon Friar Review takes on An Interview with God

        Good day readers, today I would like to share with you another episode from my favorite friars.  In this episode they tackle and review an important portion of the movie, "An Interview with God" . I have seen this movie and I've liked it a lot but I kind of liked more the conversation between Father Casey and Father Patrick.  I encourage you to watch this review in the link I will provide below and also to read the novel or see the movie.  The portion being reviewed here is the  part where Paul meets an elderly man in the middle of a park for an interview and this man says that he is God.  Along their conversation, they tackle a lot of interesting questions and like my two favorite friars, I also thought, what if I was the one given this opportunity, what would have I asked God? ---------------------------

About Humility

Do not make a display of your wisdom when you do your work, and do not boast when you are in need.   Better is the worker who has goods in plenty than the boaster who lacks bread.   My child, honour yourself with humility, and give yourself the esteem you deserve. Who will acquit those who condemn themselves?  And who will honor those who dishonor themselves? The poor are honored for their knowledge, while the rich are honored for their wealth. One who is honored in poverty, how much more in wealth. And one dishonored in wealth, how much more in poverty! -Sirach 10: 26-31

Life Lessons Re-Learned during Covid times

  Time is more precious than gold. Health is more precious than wealth. Distance not only makes the heart grow fonder, but also makes things safer. Life lessons re-learned during these times of Covid 19.      

To God Be The Greater Glory

    Forgive me Lord for all the times I've asked foolishly from you things that only benefit myself.  Please help me remember that it is Your will that I need to follow and that needs to be done.  I surrender my life to you.  To God be the greater glory. The video below is a very powerful sermon by Bishop Barron about doing what God wants and how power and honor could help and inspire millions when sought  by people who want to do God's will and the trail of destruction and of pain when they were sought by people with their selfish agendas.  I am guilty of asking from God things that I want, things that comfort me and have really just recently been asking what does God want from me?  How am I able to do know His will and do it?  Oh Lord, please help us learn to love you more each passing day.    

About Friendship

      Pleasant speech multiplies friends, and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies. Let those who are friendly with you be many, but let your advisers be one in a thousand. When you gain friends, gain them through testing, and do not trust them hastily. For there are friends who are such when it suits them, but they will not stand by you in times of trouble. And there are friends who change into enemies, and tell of the quarrel to your disgrace. And there friends who sit at your table, but they will not stand by you in times of trouble. When you are prosperous, they become your second self, and lord it over your servants; but if you are brought low, they turn against you, and hide themselves from you. Keep away from your enemies, and be on guard with your friends. Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: whoever finds one has found a treasure. Faithful friends are beyond price; no amount can balance their worth. Faithful friends are like life-saving medicine; and those who fear the Lo

Upon Friar Review Takes On George Carlin

    I am a fan of Upon Friar Review and have subscribed to their Youtube Channel.  I recommend that you do so yourself.   In the video link below, they take on George Carlin, one of the best stand-up comedians of this time and is known to be a notorious atheist and makes fun of God and religion in his comic acts.   Personally, I like and also hate George Carlin (may he rest in peace). I love the brutality of his jokes when it comes to the government and culture but not so much about God and religion.  For the latter, I think he oversimplifies it too much but perhaps it could be part of the gig.  Anyways, I like how Father Patrick and Father Casey, like always, handle their commentaries and how they gave light explanation about George's criticisms of the church.  Atheists and non-believers should take note of their answers. Unfortunately, religious institutions, like any other thing that comes out or results from human hands, will never be perfect and it will always carry a darker

Thirst for knowledge during our lifetime

  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.  -Proverbs 1:7        I've come to realize that while we are living in this world, we shouldn't really stop learning. In fact, we should welcome every little opportunity for us to learn stuff no matter how small it may seem.  We should welcome every moment or every opportunity to hear out wise men and women talk too. There was a point in my young life where I thought that learning stops when we finish school.  Once you reach the professional stage, the need for learning even becomes more important specially now that we are living in the digital or the information age.   I usually find myself repeating these words to my kids, "How fortunate for your generation today because you have access to the internet as you have access to all information possible and it is just a matter of Googling them and choosing the right information", and I normally continue, "In our days w