Little Whispers, Rani del Rosario Danac

Mysterious But Assuring

First Reading
IS 48:17-19

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6
R. (see John 8:12) Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.

Gospel
MT 11:16-19

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare this generation?
It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”


prayer

“I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

REFLECTION
A blockmate of mine and I love talking about life matters, mostly complaining about how ironic the world is. He would always tell me about how much he despised his life because of the bajillion rules that his mom had for him. Even more hating the fact that even if his mom lives all the way in New Yrok, being the mom that she is, she would often find out if my blockmate was following her rules or not. Whenever they get the chance to talk, they would just argue. He said it wasn’t talking at all, it was just plain arguing.

This blockmate of mine wasn’t very fond of praying, at least not anymore. One time, when we were about to eat, I prayed and noticed that he didn’t. So I told him, “Pray ka muna.” (Let’s pray first.) And he quickly replied, “Para san, no need.” (For what?) After that day, I would always remind and convince him to pray, even if he would often disregard my endless reminder and convincing.

One day he told me, “Uy nag punta ako sa Church kagabi.” (Hey, I went to Church last night.) In return, I asked “Oh, kamusta?” (How was it?) He said he didn’t really last a long time inside the church but when he went out, he somehow felt relieved, not knowing why. Without any reason in mind at all, he would go to Church every day after class. Every day until he eventually started praying and found comfort and peace.

Few weeks later, he told me he got to talk to his mom again. This time, it was different. They didn’t fight but rather, they were able to talk about matters calmly and they were able to resolve their issues as well. I told him, “Tignan mo, ilang weeks ka pa lang nag pupunta sa church pero okay na kayo ng mom mo.”(Would you look at that, you’ve been to the Church for how many weeks and you’re already okay with your mom.) After that, he told me about how much going to church made sense to him now.

Friends, we must learn how to follow God and His way even without fully understanding why, because in the end, His plan is always what’s best for us. It is far better than what we have imagined for ourselves. Right now, we may not know or understand why, but if it is according to His will, it is definitely what’s best for us.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for always redirecting me into the path where you want me to be in even if I would often choose a different path. Teach me to follow Your way, for it is what is good for me. Help me walk by my faith and not by sight.

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24/7

First Reading
ZEC 2:5-9, 14-15A

I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked:
there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,
to see how great is its width and how great its length.”

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
“Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst.”

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.

Responsorial Psalm
JEREMIAH 31:10, 11-12AB, 13
R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Gospel
LK 9:43B-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.


student nurse

“The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.” (Jeremiah 31:10)

REFLECTION
I started having my duty in the hospital as a student nurse three weeks ago. At first, I was really excited because we would actually get to interact with real patients! But when I was about to talk to my first patient, I started feeling nervous. I started to ask myself.

 “Am I really ready for this?”

“What if I do everything wrong?”

“What if I don’t know what I’m supposed to do?”

What made me even more nervous was the fact that my clinical instructor said “Remember, there is no room for mistakes. We are dealing with lives, people!”

I took a deep breath and let all my thoughts go. I just kept thinking to myself, “I can do this!”

Three weeks later, we finished our first shift. It wasn’t easy balancing duty and academics. The amount of paper work and reviewing that we had to do was unimaginable. Sleepless nights were normal. Having free time actually felt weird already. But hey, I made it! I finished an entire grading period being able to keep up with all the requirements that were asked of me.

Today, the Lord reminds us that He is with us in whatever we do. We must never be afraid for He is always there to guide us. It is stated in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Believe and trust, for God is with us 24/7.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for guiding me each and every day. Open my eyes to all the little blessings that you are showering me with.

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PFC – Pray For Courage

First Reading
1 THES 2:1-8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,
that our reception among you was not without effect.
Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated,
as you know, in Philippi,
we drew courage through our God
to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.
Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives,
nor did it work through deception.
But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the Gospel,
that is how we speak,
not as trying to please men,
but rather God, who judges our hearts.
Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know,
or with a pretext for greed–God is witness–
nor did we seek praise from men,
either from you or from others,
although we were able to impose our weight as Apostles of Christ.
Rather, we were gentle among you,
as a nursing mother cares for her children.
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
so dearly beloved had you become to us.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 139:1-3, 4-6
R. (1) You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

Gospel
MT 23:23-26

Jesus said:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”


letstalk

“Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated, as you know, in Philippi, we drew courage through our God to speak to you the Gospel of God with much struggle.” (1 Thessalonians 2:2)

REFLECTION
From 2nd to 4th year in high school, I’ve been in the same club in my school – Peer Facilitator’s Circle or PFC. PFC is the right hand of the Guidance Office for the High School Department. In that club, we are trained and given workshops as well as seminars to learn how to be able to be a Peer Facilitator. Long story short, we were taught how to help our peers when they have problems of their own. During my senior year, I was elected as the President.

Being the president, I had to be a good example. I had to be a role model for my clubmates and even my schoolmates because they look up to me as their ate or someone they can talk to whenever they needed. They usually come to me to tell me about how they feel. After venting out, they would ask me, “What now, Ate Rani?” Usually, I could give them helpful advices. But every once in a while, I get a little bit caught up with life and I myself don’t know what to do. That’s when I would talk to our moderator, whom we call Mommy, about the things that bother me. After talking to her, I’d eventually be able to go back to my duty of being an ate to whoever needed me even if I was going through something myself.

It’s pretty much the same with our relationship with God. We are all humans and we experience sufferings. But whatever it is that is going on in our lives, we find our courage to continue to spread His Word even if we are struggling. And even if we hit rock bottom, we must keep in our minds and in our hearts that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for being our source of strength and courage to face our struggles in life. Help us keep in our hearts and in our minds that as long as we rest in Your warm embrace, everything will be perfectly fine.

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Perfect Planner

First Reading
GN 21:5, 8-20A
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Isaac grew, and on the day of the child’s weaning
Abraham held a great feast.

Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian
had borne to Abraham
playing with her son Isaac;
so she demanded of Abraham:
“Drive out that slave and her son!
No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance
with my son Isaac!”
Abraham was greatly distressed,
especially on account of his son Ishmael.
But God said to Abraham: “Do not be distressed about the boy
or about your slave woman.
Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you;
for it is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name.
As for the son of the slave woman,
I will make a great nation of him also,
since he too is your offspring.”

Early the next morning Abraham got some bread and a skin of water
and gave them to Hagar.
Then, placing the child on her back, he sent her away.
As she roamed aimlessly in the wilderness of Beer-sheba,
the water in the skin was used up.
So she put the child down under a shrub,
and then went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away;
for she said to herself, “Let me not watch to see the child die.”
As she sat opposite Ishmael, he began to cry.
God heard the boy’s cry,
and God’s messenger called to Hagar from heaven:
“What is the matter, Hagar?
Don’t be afraid; God has heard the boy’s cry in this plight of his.
Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand;
for I will make of him a great nation.”
Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water.
She went and filled the skin with water, and then let the boy drink.

God was with the boy as he grew up.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 34: 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Come, children, hear me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life,
and takes delight in prosperous days?
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Gospel
MT 8:28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
The demons pleaded with him,
“If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!”
They came out and entered the swine,
and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away,
and when they came to the town they reported everything,
including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.


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“Dont be afraid; God has heard the boys cry in this plight of his. Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand; for I will make of him a great nation.” (Genesis 21: 17-18)

REFLECTION

On February 9 of this year, just as I was about to sleep in my dorm, I received a call from one of my aunts from my father’s side. She called to tell me that my dad rushed himself to Philippine Heart Center and was currently in line for a room in the ICU. She told me to get there as fast as I could with my brother if we wanted to see our dad alive. After that phone call, I immediately called my brother, who was celebrating his birthday over dinner, to tell him about our dad’s condition. We both rushed to the hospital and saw our dad attached to life support; he had a tube from his nose all the way to his stomach and was all tied up since he was refusing necessary medical treatments. My dad calmed down when he saw my brother and I standing in front of him, together with our mom. We all had to keep it all in and try to show all our love and support for our dad, because the last thing he should see from us at that moment was tears.

The doctors said he wouldn’t be able to make it. My dad asked for a pen and a piece of paper, started writing about forgiveness and showing how he is grateful for us. The last thing he wrote was “Ayoko na. I surrender everything to God.” My uncle who happens to be a doctor as well told me “Just pray. Miracles happen.” I prayed to God. I told Him, “Lord, let Your will be done.” I said this over and over again, all throughout the night. Few days later, when we all thought my dad wouldn’t make it, he did. A lot of miracles happened that night. Miracles that even science or medicine couldn’t explain. I believe it was God’s will that my dad lived, so that my dad could continue to experience God’s unconditional love and fulfill his purpose in life.

Friends, sometimes God puts us through some things that we think we cannot handle. But His plans for our lives are sure. We just have to surrender everything to Him, for He has already made perfect plans for our lives. – Rani del Rosario Danac (ranidelrosario@gmail.com)

Prayer

Lord, help me see the beauty in everything that is happening in my life. Help me trust in Your plans for me.

Reflection Question

Do you surrender to God all your worries and fears?

Little Whispers, Rani del Rosario Danac

The Perfect Road

First Reading
Acts 9:26-31

When Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples,
but they were all afraid of him,
not believing that he was a disciple.
Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles,
and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord,
and that he had spoken to him,
and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.
He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem,
and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.
He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists,
but they tried to kill him.
And when the brothers learned of this,
they took him down to Caesarea
and sent him on his way to Tarsus.

The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.
It was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit it grew in numbers.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
R. (26a) I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I will fulfill my vows before those who fear the LORD.
The lowly shall eat their fill;
they who seek the LORD shall praise him:
“May your hearts live forever!”
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
or:
R. Alleluia.

All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the LORD;
all the families of the nations
shall bow down before him.
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
or:
R. Alleluia.

To him alone shall bow down
all who sleep in the earth;
before him shall bend
all who go down into the dust.
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
or:
R. Alleluia.

And to him my soul shall live;
my descendants shall serve him.
Let the coming generation be told of the LORD
that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born
the justice he has shown.
R. I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 John 3:18-24

Children, let us love not in word or speech
but in deed and truth.
Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth
and reassure our hearts before him
in whatever our hearts condemn,
for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God
and receive from him whatever we ask,
because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
and the way we know that he remains in us
is from the Spirit he gave us.

Gospel
John 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”


 

blessings

“He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.” (John 15:2)

REFLECTION

Over a year ago, different universities started to release the results of the entrance exams. I took the college entrance exams in the top 4 schools – UP, ADMU, DLSU and UST.  The first school that released their results was UP and I didn’t pass. Later on, Ateneo’s and De La Salle’s results were released then I found out I didn’t pass as well. My friends passed a school or two and for some, they passed all three schools. I then felt embarrassed and disappointed with myself after. How could I not pass a single school out of those 3? There was only one school left – UST, which happens to be my dream school. I started losing hope and thought to myself: “Ano na gagawin ko pag di pa rin ako pumasa sa UST?

UST released their results on January and my results said I passed but my course required an interview. A few weeks later, I had an interview and I fortunately passed the interview. I remember so well how that felt – the excitement and relief altogether. I only passed one course, in one college and in one university – UST College of Nursing, my dream course in my dream school. While my friends passed other schools and different courses, most of them had trouble choosing which course to pursue and in which university. Luckily for me, it was a smooth journey. I didn’t go through the trouble of deciding what course to choose and which university I should go to. Our God of dreams simply lead me to the path He wants me to take by giving me the university that would be best for me and for the career I want to pursue.

Friends, God does not simply take away anything from us. He takes some things away because he knows it will not do and bear us any good. Instead, He replaces it with something better and leads us where He wants us to be. Let us learn to appreciate His blessings in disguise. – Rani Del Rosario – Danac (ranidelrosario@gmail.com)

Prayer

Lord, thank You for taking away the things that do not bear me fruit or help me grow. Thank you for blessing me with the things that will help me grow.

Reflection Prayer

Do I appreciate my blessings in disguise

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Devoted

First Reading
1 Tm 3:14-16

Beloved:
I am writing you,
although I hope to visit you soon.
But if I should be delayed,
you should know how to behave in the household of God,
which is the Church of the living God,
the pillar and foundation of truth.
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,

Who was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. (2) How great are the works of the Lord!

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
Majesty and glory are his work,
and his justice endures forever.
He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
He has given food to those who fear him;
he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
He has made known to his people the power of his works,
giving them the inheritance of the nations.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!

Gospel
Lk 7:31-35

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
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REFLECTION

“Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion…” -1 Tm 3:16

Kae, sama ka ba? Punta ako sa Adoration Chapel.”

This has been my line for a couple of weeks during one of the toughest storms in my life. Family problems, stress I get from school, responsibilities I had to do along with personal problems were being thrown at me, all at the same time. I did not know how to handle it.

For one whole week, I had been struggling with different problems. Based on my friends’ different stories, they find it harder to come to God when they are troubled. They tend to draw away from their faith and choose to focus on earthly things. I came in that room troubled and I always came out assured that I had Jesus Christ on my side while dealing with all these problems. I pray and put my full trust in Him knowing that He will always find a way to work things out through His very own mysterious ways. Even with all of those problems going on, I was at peace. I found joy in attending the weekly prayer meetings as well as having my regular prayer time. I was amazed on how I still found comfort in His presence despite the problems that I was dealing with.

Friends, today the Lord invites you to discover the mystery of devotion. It may be hard to stay devoted but as long as you do, you will be surprised on how great He can work in your life. Let Jesus take the wheel. -Rani Del Rosario – Danac (ranidelrosario@yahoo.com)

Prayer

 Lord, be with us as we unveil the mystery of our devotion to You.

Reflection Question

What are your ways to continue unveiling the mystery of devotion?

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