Remembering

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They say that life is like a window; it opens today and closes tomorrow. We remember things now and forget them the next day. If there are persons, things, or events that we need to remember, the time is now and not later for our mind begins to fail and if it does, it’s probably the first geriatric sign and second is when we ask, “What’s that again?”

On one hand, some people remember with guilt for being obsessed with fame and honor while they failed to recognize and respect others. Others remember with shame who failed to defend the rights of the oppressed or take advantage of the weak and ignorant. There are experts of deception and masters of lies. Still others, succumb to greed, pride and selfishness, enslaved by desire for money and pleasure. Remembering with repentance and forgiveness for despicable sins and painful hurts will lead to peace.

On the other hand, it’s time to remember the many blessings of God such as work, good health, faith, happy family, friends and colleagues who support and stand by us, those who have sympathized and shared our grief, those who have led us to God, those who continue to guide us with patience despite our failures and short-comings, those who have unconditionally loved and forgiven us, and many others down the road of life.

It’s time to remember that in life we are only pilgrims and no matter how high your position and how much we possess, no matter how good or bad our condition is, the fact is that nothing stays here forever but will go sooner or later.

It’s time to remember Jesus’ Divine Mercy, his compassion and love, just as he did to the adulterous woman, the thief on the cross and every repentant sinner. We remember with gratitude Jesus’ healing of us just as he did with the lepers, the blind, the paralyzed and many others.

It’s time to remember that in life we are only pilgrims and no matter how high your position and how much we possess, no matter how good or bad our condition is, the fact is that nothing stays here forever but will go sooner or later. “

The apostle Peter remembered with guilt and tears when he denied Jesus three times and Thomas remembered with deep regret for doubting Jesus’ Resurrection. These two men and the rest of the apostles remembered with joy Jesus’ giving them of peace and breathing unto them the Holy Spirit in today’s Gospel ( Jn. 20: 21-23), despite their abandoning him in the garden of Gethsemane. We too must remember with joy and praise in our hearts Jesus’ grace and mercy to us despite our innumerable sins against him.

On the flip side, someone said that a good teacher is like a candle. It consumes itself to light the way for others.  Time is precious, make sure that you spend it with right people. Be happy with the little you have. There are some people with nothing who still manage to smile. No matter how people say or think about you, just smile and walk away. When you come to a point where you have no need to impress anybody, your freedom will begin. Understand that you own nothing. Everything that surrounds you is temporary, only the love in your heart will last. The true gift of our mistakes is the knowledge we gain from them. Amen on that folks!

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace.

DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE

Pls. join me in pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, Spain, Paris, Brussels, Belgium, Berlin, Germany, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Divine Mercy, Black Madonna, Poland and Vienna from July 1 to 24, 2017. Pls. call Lou Salas at 477-8079. Ann Marie at 649-3221 or Fr. Joel at 483-9464.Thank you.