STAR NG PASKO.
A Gospel Reflection on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of our Lord, Sunday, January 8, 2012.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Alam ninyo kapag panahon ng kapaskuhan lalo na mismo sa araw ng pasko ay laging magkasabay ang Metro Manila Film Festival sa araw ng Pasko. Lahat ng mga pelikulang ipinalabas noong December 25 ay kasama sa Metro Manila Film Festival. Kaugnay sa pagdiriwang na ito siyempre nandiyan ang parada ng mga bituin noh. Ang Bituin na tinutukoy dito ay ang mga artista na BIDA at KONTRABIDA sa isang pelikula. Siyempre pagkatapos ng Parade of Stars, sa mga sumunod na araw ay ginanap naman ang STAR AWARD. Ang Award na ito ay ibinibigay sa mga artistang gumanap sa pelikulang iyon. Eh ngayon for the first time, ang best actor ngayon ay si Dingdong Dantes. Ang mga artista ay binansagang bituin ay sapagkat sila ang nagbigay kulay sa pelikulang pilipino. Ang Bituin ay nagbibigay kulay sa ating buhay. Ang Bituin ay nagbibigay sa atin ng tamang direksyon.
Gaya dito sa Ebanghelyong (Matthew 2:1-12) binasa natin ngayong araw na ito ng Linggo ng Kapistahan ng Pagpapakita ng Panginoon, January 8, 2012, ang Bituin ay siyang naging gabay at nagturo ng direksyon upang hanapin ang isinilang na sanggol na si Hesus.
SINO ANG NAGHANAP SA BAGONG SILANG NA SANGGOL NA SI HESUS?
AYAW NIYA NA MERON SIYANG KARIBAL SA KAPANGYARIHAN!
Sa araw na ito ay tinatapos na natin ang pagdiriwang ng pasko.
NAWAWALA NA SA ATIN ANG TUNAY NA DIWA NG PASKO!
MASYADO NATING BINIBIGYAN NG PANSIN ANG MGA BAGAY NA MATERYAL!!!!!!
LAGI NATING INIISIP ANG SARILI NATIN!!!!!!!!!!
GUSTO KO MAGING MASAYA ANG PASKO KO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GUSTO KONG KUMAIN NG MGA MASASARAP NA PAGKAIN SA ARAW NG PASKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GUSTO KONG MAGSAYA NGAYONG PASKO NA KASAMA KO ANG PAMILYA KO AT MGA KAIBIGAN KO!!!!!!!!!!
ITO LANG ANG LAGING INIISIP NATIN KAPAG PASKO!!!!!!!!!!!
NASAAN NA DITO ANG PAGMAMAHALAN, PAGPAPATAWARAN AT PAGBIBIGAYAN?!!!!!!!!!!!!
WALA SA ATIN ANG NAKAISIP NITO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IPINADAMA NATIN SA KANILA ANG PAGMAMAHAL AT KALINGA NG DIYOS.
SI HESUS AY STAR NG PASKO AY SAPAGKAT MAHAL TAYO NG DIYOS,
SI HESUS AY STAR NG PASKO AY SAPAGKAT SIYA ANG PANGINOON NA MAGLILIGTAS SA ATIN,
SI HESUS AY STAR NG PASKO AY SAPAGKAT SIYA ANG MAGBIBIGAY SA ATIN NG PAG-ASA AT MAGPAPAWI NG ATING KALUNGKUTAN AT KABIGUAN SA BUHAY.
SI HESUS AY STAR NG PASKO AY SAPAGKAT SIYA ANG KATUPARAN NG ATING MGA PANGARAP SA BUHAY AT KAGANAPAN NG ATING BUHAY KUNG HAHANAPIN NATIN SIYA AT MAGPAPASAKOP TAYO SA KANYA.
MARAMI SA ATIN AY NAKAKALIMOT NA MAY DIYOS NA NAGMAMAHAL AT MAGLILIGTAS SA ATIN!!!
KAYA TAYO DINADAANAN NG MGA BAGYO AY PARA IPAALALA NA MAY DIYOS SA BUHAY NATIN!!!!!!!!!
IPINAPAALALA SA ATIN NA TAYO AY MAGBIGAY AT TUMULONG SA KAPWA!!!!!!!
IBAHAGI SA IBA ANG BIYAYANG MERON TAYO!!!!!!
KAYONG MGA DOKTOR AT MGA NURSES AY STAR DIN KAYO SAPAGKAT MARAMI NA KAYONG NATULUNGAN AT NAGBIGAY PA KAYO NG PAG-ASA SA MGA MAYSAKIT AT KAYO ANG GINAMIT NG PANGINOON PARA KALINGAIN AT PAGALINGIN NINYO ANG MGA MAYSAKIT AT KAYO ANG NAGING KAMAY NG ATING PANGINOON.
AT KAYONG LAHAT ANUMAN ANG TRABAHO NINYO, ANUMAN ANG NARATING NINYO SA BUHAY AY PWEDE RIN KAYONG MAGING STAR SA INYONG OPISINA, SA ESKWELA, SA KOMUNIDAD AT MAGING SA INYONG TAHANAN.
Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Who live by the example of St Dominic de Guzman, St Albert the Great, St Thomas Aquinas, St Vincent Ferrer, St Martin de Porres, St Peter de Verona, St Raymund of Penafort,St Vincent Liem dela Paz and the Companions of St Lorenzo Ruiz who died as martyrs.
Missionaries who evangelized Bataan, Pangasinan andCagayan. Religious Priests and Brothers who founded and work at the University of Sto Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, Laguna and Bataan, Aquinas University in Legazpi and the Angelicum College in Quezon City and Iloilo.
The only requirement is your willingness to try.
For details, please call Santo Domingo Convent at telephone number # 7126275 / 7437758 / 09156784728 or you may visit the Mother Church of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval – Santo Domingo Church and Convent, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
AM – 5:45*, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00 AM & 12:15 NN
PM – 6:00
* Rosary, Mass with Liturgy of the Hour
SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS:
AM – 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00*, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
PM – 4:00*, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00
* 8:00 am – Conventual Mass
* 4:00 pm – Parish Mass
MASS WITH BLESSING OF THE SICK AND DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD – every Tuesday right after 12:15 nn & 6:00 pm Mass.
WHO ARE THE LAY DOMINICANS?
The lay Dominicans or Secular Dominicans, as they are called today, (and who in the past have been known as Dominican Tertiaries, members of the Third Orders of St. Dominic, or members of the Order of Penance of St. Dominic) are ‘an Association of the faithful living in the world, who participate in the religious and apostolic life of the Order of Friars Preachers under the guidance of the Dominican Brethren and according to the Rule approved by the Holy See and thus strive for Christian Perfection.’ Although the word profession is often used, they do not take vows and, therefore, cannot be strictly called religious; yet, in a wide sense, they may be called religious living in the world. (R.Vahey, OP,Information)
‘Their vocation is superior to membership in a sodality or confraternity because it includes canonical status in a major religious Order and embraces a more universal objective’ (J.Rubba OP, Third Order of St. Dominic)
It is composed of Lay people, men and women, single and married, who live in and are a sign to the World.
(Excerpts from: Lay Dominicans Manual by:Eladio Neira, OP p29)
From the very beginning of the Order of Preachers, there are already groups of Lay people that participates in the apostolic works and associates themselves with the dominican friars. accordingly, “it has its origin in one of the twelfht century penitential movements which centered around St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers gathered around himself groups of Lay People for the spiritual and material defense of the Church and, ultimately for the participation in the Apostolate. (E.Neira, O.P.) “Thus, it is not surprising that the “history” of the Third Order does not begin in 1285, when the Master General Munio de Zamora officially promulgated its Rule, nor back to the early years of the 13th century, when St. Dominic lived and worked. The “history” of the Third Order goes back many decades before that. To understand what the Third Order is and whence it came, we have to look at the Church of the Middle Ages and the society in which it lived.” (Richard Weber)
it was known then to be the Order of Penitents of St. Dominic, Third Order of St. Dominic, and now as “Lay Dominican Fraternities”.
REQUISITE FOR ADMISSION:
The Dominican Lay Fraternity taps the vocation of men and women (Single or Married with the consent of spouse) to live a life of STUDY, PRAYER and APOSTOLIC WORK according to his / her own state of life.
1. Well disposed person
2. Practicing Catholic
3. Living a devout life and good refute
4. At least 18 years of age
5. Sincerely desirous of christian perfection
6. Can present a letter of recommendation from his/her parish priest
7. Must not belong to any other religious congregation or with another third order
8. Must be willing to attend meetings and study regularly
Any interested party may ask to be interviewed by any Lay Dominican of the Santo Domingo Fraternity. Regular council and Chapter meeting is held every First Sunday of the month from 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm at Santo Domingo Church – National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. For details, pls call Santo Domingo Convent at # 7126271 or text at # 09154855915
SPREAD THE WORD! BE A DOMINICAN LIVING IN THE WORLD!