The following awesome video is yet another reminder that life is short and thus we need to focus on things that really matter. Like loving God. And loving others. You cannot be one hundred percent sure that you will still be here tomorrow. So you better exert all effort to make this day count.
Tropical storm “Juaning” (international code name: Nock-Ten) was wrecking havoc in northern Philippines when I wrote this post. I could see the heavy downpour and the effects of the strong winds from my window. I was just glad I did not have to travel today. But I thought of those who had to and prayed for their safety. Everything seemed gloomy so I headed to Vimeo to look for something to brighten my day. And I found the following video. It is full of sunshine and its music pushed the doldrums away from my room. It actually made me smile and think of blue skies, dusty roads and green plants. I particularly like the use of tilt-shift as it made the shots of the ordinary village extraordinary.
The following are images and videos you might find useful for your celebration of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). To view and download their full size versions, please click on the images or the names of the artists/sources.
Treasure Buried in a Field by Fr. Stephen, MSC
The following are images and videos you might find useful for your celebration of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9), Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower to a large crowd that gathered around him. After telling them the story, Jesus explains to them the meaning of the parable.
Sown on Rich Soil by Fr. Stephen, MSC
The following are homilies, images, clipart, videos, and multimedia slides you might find useful for your celebration of the Second Sunday of Easter (Year A).
In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus appears before his disciples and they rejoice upon seeing the Lord. At first Thomas could not believe that Jesus indeed rose from the dead, but when Jesus comes to him, he proclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”. Continue reading
The following are homilies, images, clipart, videos, and multimedia slides you might find useful for your celebration of the Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection (Year A).
Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year. Continue reading
The following are homilies, images, clipart, videos, and multimedia slides you might find useful for your celebration of the Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (Year A).
Palm Sunday is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. It is considered a Sunday of the highest rank that not even a commemoration of any kind is being permitted in the Mass. In common law it fixes the commencement of Easter duty. Continue reading
Lent is a forty-day period of preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. It begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes right before the evening Masses of Holy Thursday, however Lenten penance continues through Holy Saturday. Sundays are skipped when we count the forty days, because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter”, a commemoration of the Resurrection. Lent is about radical conversion – leaving behind our old ways of being and doing in order to become like Christ. Continue reading
The following are homilies, images, clipart, videos, and multimedia slides you might find useful for your celebration of the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A).
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead to show that He is indeed the resurrection and the life – that whoever believes in Him, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Him will never die. Continue reading