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ACC Lenten Retreat 2017

Lenten Reflections – Level Up!

Level up! After yesterday’s Sunday mass, these two words from Father Victor’s homily got stucked in my mind. It was the Eucharistic celebration of the 5th Sunday of Lent. So, what do these two words really meant? I wonder why, it lingers? As I was contemplating, my St. Rosita had suddenly flashed this blog to […]

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Do You Punish or Do You Reward?

A four-year-old was sulking under the table. He had been refused a second helping of ice-cream. His mother ordered him out, but the boy wouldn’t budge. She fried coaxing, but nothing doing. When finally she promised him the ice-cream, he trotted out triumphantly and they both went out to get his reward from the fridge. […]

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Reflections and motivational stories - Hope and Perseverance

Hope and Perseverance

Many years ago, there lived a very old man in North China. His house faced South and right in front of his door stood the two gigantic peaks of Taihung and Wangwu. They blocked his way to the south. So, he sat down with his sons and made a solemn promise and then got out […]

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Reflections on Possessions, is there a guaranteed way to happiness and heaven

Is There a Guaranteed Way to Happiness and Heaven?

Reflections on Material Possessions A hermit was sitting in front of his tiny hut and gazing across the expanse of the prairie around him. A young man approached and asked him, “Is there some guaranteed way to happiness and heaven?” “Oh yes,” replied the holy man. “But it is only for athletes.” “Great!” said the […]

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Reflections on Relaxation

Reflections on Relaxation

They say that St. John the Apostle liked to play with his pet sparrow from time to time. One day a hunter came to visit him and was surprised to see such a famous man playing.  He surely could use that time doing something good and important. So he asked the saint “Why do you […]

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Lenten Reflections – Love and Laws

Notice how the world has upheld the notion of love as triumphant defiance. From the classic Romeo and Juliet, to the recent Twilight series, people are enthralled by tales of lovers defying directives, dispositions, decorum, death, and destiny. Today’s First Reading, however, upends that notion of love. The Exodus lists the Decalogue as a code […]

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The Two Farmers Story - Inspirational Reflection

Brotherly Love

Pure Intentions Can Never Go Wrong Two brothers worked together on a family farm. One was unmarried and the other married with children. They shared what they grew equally as they always did, produce and profit. But one day, the single brother said to himself, “You know, it’s not right that we should share the […]

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Spiritual Reflections - Prayers

God’s Ways – Prayer Reflections

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there […]

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You Are Worth It

Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart; Cling to them […]

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Trust

As he lay on his hospital deathbed in Melbourne, an Australian Marist Brother told his gathered friends and relatives the story of his spirituality. It came from a personal experience he had a few years ago, when he met the “Flying Rodleighs” after a circus performance in Freiburgh, Germany. He told them: “One day I […]

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How Do You Worship?

I worship best when I’m climbing a mountain, or walking along a river, or sitting at the edge of a lake, for then all of God’s glory is before me and about me; it all becomes a part of me as my senses expand to accept it all. There always comes a moment of exultation […]

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Youth Reflections

Youth

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means […]

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Reflections on Compassion

The Monk and the Scorpion

Reflections on Compassion Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the […]

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