Monday, November 22, 2010

Advent Retreat and Recollection - Fr. Armand Robleza

Fr. Armand is one of the best retreat masters we have, and we are pleased to share with everyone an email that we got from his office:

Don Bosco  Batulao Advent Retreat with Fr. Armand Robleza will officially start directly after 7 am breakfast Dec 4  at DB Batulao. Retreatants have the option to come in Friday night after dinner so they can unwind for the retreat. --BUT  please advise me if you will do so, so I can alert the security staff at Batulao.

The cost of the Retreat is P2500 per head, single occupancy per room. Some retreatants prefer a roommate, and you may request for one, but the rate will be the same.
Your name on my list is just that -- until you make a 50% downpayment (as requested by Batulao) you are not officially confirmed a slot at the retreat. In this case, it is first paid, first reserved. :-) sorry.

You may contact me directly if you prefer to pay cash, (I work in Makati) -- or make a deposit to BPI c/a 0320-0007-26 under the name Fr. Armand Robleza.  Advise me of your deposit and send me a soft copy of your deposit slip (am still looking for a fax number if you prefer fax) as proof of deposit.

[Request for] a map to Batulao in case you need it. If you prefer to drive up with a companion or are willing to take in passengers, let me know so I can arrange a carpool.  let me know how many passengers you can take, and where you prefer to pick up. I will be passing on cellphone nos. unless you tell me otherwise.

At Batulao you may need the following:
  • personal items- including toiletries and medicines (although there are some items for sale in case you forgot something, best to be sure you have it with you)
  • journal and pen
  • bible (although there will be some available for borrowing) - Fr uses the New American Bible, in case you're wondering, but any will do for your personal reflection.
  • flash light (just in case)
  • jacket (can be cool),
  • comfortable foot wear (since you will be climbing up and down a lot)
PLEASE refrain from bringing unnecessary valuable items, while we try to exercise due caution, Batulao can not be responsible for any losses of items not necessary for the retreat.
We used to have a retreat registration form particularly for other retreats when a little more information is salient, but for this particular kind of retreat -- all I need to know is your contact no., gender, and your age --(for Fr.'s demographics)

Recollection - Nov 27, 2010, Saturday at the Chapel, San Miguel Corp Head Office along San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City (between SM Megamall and Tektite Towers).

Registration starts at 8 am, a registration fee of P100 will be collected then all I would need is your name for the Security List. For your convenience, you may need to know the ff:
  • The registration does not include lunch, for which you will be given a break, the most convenient place is at Megamall
  • You will be asked to check your name at the gate when you come back in the afternoon.
  • There will be mass at the end of the recollection
Don't hesitate to get in touch with me should you have any questions.  Will see you at either venue, if not before!

contact me thru [] or  by 0917-8977707

Sunday, November 7, 2010

St. John Bosco's relic visits the Philippines

The relic of St. John Bosco will be in the Philippines as part of a pilgrim journey through 130 nations that began in 2009.

The Saint of the Young will arrive on December 5, 2010. Meet him on these dates:

DEC. 5 - Cathedral of Bacolod, St. John Bosco Parish, Mambucal
DEC. 6 - Don Bosco Technical institute, Victorias
DEC. 7 - St. Joseph Parish, Victorias
DEC. 8 - Cathedral, Kabankalan
DEC. 9 - St. Louis School-Don Bosco, Dumaguete
DEC. 10 - Cathedral, Dumaguete
DEC. 11 - St. Louis School-don Bosco, Dumaguete
DEC. 12 - Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Cebu
DEC. 13 - Don Bosco Technology Center, Cebu
DEC. 17 - Don Bosco Boys' Home, Liloan
DEC. 18 - Don Bosco Pasil
DEC. 20 - Don Bosco Formation Center, Talisay City

DEC. 23 - St. John Bosco Parish, Makati
DEC. 24 - San Ildefonso Parish, Makati
DEC. 26 - Don Bosco Youth Center, Tondo
DEC. 28 - Legaspi Cathedral
DEC. 30 - Tuloy sa Don Bosco, Alabang
DEC. 31 - St. John Bosco Parish, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
JAN. 2 - Mary Help of Chrisitians Parish, Mayapa, Calamba
JAN. 3 - Don Bosco Canlubang, Calamba
JAN. 5 - Don Bosco Makati
JAN. 6 - Don Bosco Mandaluyong
JAN. 8 - Don Bosco San Jose, Nueva Ecija
JAN. 10 - Don Bosco Tarlac
JAN. 12 - Don Bosco Mabalacat, Pampanga
JAN. 14 - National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, ParaƱaque
JAN. 15 - Departure

St. John Bosco, while better known for his work with the youth, was tormented by the devil on several occasions. This is why we invoke him in our deliverance prayers.

For more information on St. John Bosco's visit, click here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

No to occultism!

We recently encountered many sites that say they fight evil; yet they use occultic ways which are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Be warned! These groups does not bring real healing and deliverance. Real healing and deliverance isn't just a healing of body or physical ailments. The Catholic Church looks more on the fruits of healing beyond physical healing. The healing of one's soul is of utmost importance. Does the person become closer to God and to the Church? Does he become faithful to the Law? Does he become more prayerful? Evidence of formation and transformation must be seen in the healing process.

Some sites call themselves paranormal investigators, spirit questors, psychics, etc. These are very rampant especially during feasts of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. They twist the meaning of these feasts to horror which they call halloween. These groups and their practices are evil.

One, because they are forbidden by the Church. The Catholic faithful are expected to display holiness in obedience. Disobedience is of satan. Disobedience is pride. And the author of pride is satan.

Two, because these groups lead the people away from the true teachings of the Church. They bring about confusion and curiosity to evil, which are two of the most effective tactics of the devil to infest people. They snatch people away from the Church. People who buy their false teachings and practices tend to put the Church behind their ordeal, deeming the Church unimportant. Of course they would not appear directly as such. But their beliefs, actions, words and practices would be enough proof that they operate independently from the Church. The Church whom Christ Himself built has the full and absolute authority over the enemies of souls.

One site posted their schedule of meeting to discuss their passion in occultism. Let's pray for these people that they may be freed from their bondage with evil. Warn your friends and relatives. Let's stand up for God and for His Church, the Catholic Church.

Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Michael the archangel, pray for us.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
Holy Trinity, One God, deliver us from evil. Amen.

Interested in the Third Order of Carmel (TOC)? Click here.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

HALLOWEEN: Unchristian! Demonic!

Protect your family and your children against the devil's deceptions!

We, in the Knights of Saint Benedict, a Catholic Lay Deliverance Team, encourage people to stand up and fight against satan who hides behind "fun" to deceive God's children.

Protect your family and your children against the devil's deceptions!


Rise up, Catholic Christians!
Rise up against the devil!
Rise up against the the enemy of souls!
Rise up against the enemies of the Church!

"Celebrate the angels, the saints and the souls in purgatory, not the halloween of demons and ghosts and malignant spirits." (from October 31, 2008 entry in the blogsite, "The Splendor of the Church", by Fr.Abe, CRS)

In his blog entry, Fr. Abe reminds us that halloween parties are pagan practices that inappropriate for our Christian and Catholic identity. Remember that the devil is the master of deception. He lures us into thinking that halloween parties are "just fun" (katuwaan lang) but he is actually conditioning our mind to think in terms of the culture of death.

What is cute about children dressed like devils, zombies, skeletons, witches, or similar gory characters? Why should we allow our kids (and ourselves too!) to advertise and promote the enemies of faith? We suggest that when your children attend costume parties, let them come as angels and saints. That way, we can promote holiness.

Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM (Order of the Legion of St. Michael) has additional suggestions on how we can claim this holiday to witness the glory of God. Click here to check them out.

Suggested prayers to drive away evil during halloween

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee, blessed art thou among woman and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We come against all enemies in the Name and by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, Blessed Sts. Bruno, Denis, Dymphna, Rita of Cascia, Lucian, Marcian, Margaret of Fontana, Quirinus, Ubaldo, Lucy Bulfalari, Philomena, Teresa of Avila, Bernadette of Lourdes, and St. Benedict, and all the Saints and Angels of Heaven, and powerful in the holy authority of His Name, we claim the protection of our Lord that nothing shall injure or disturb us as we confidently undertake to repulse the attack and deceits of the devil through our prayers this morning. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our life, our sweetness and our hope. To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, Thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Virgin full of goodness, Mother of Mercy, I entrust to thee my body and my soul, my thoughts and my actions, my life and my death. O my Queen, come to my aid and deliver me from the snares of the devil. Obtain for me the grace of loving my Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, with a true and perfect love, and after Him, O Mary, of loving thee with all my heart and above all things. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

A powerful deliverance prayer

Heavenly Father, we bring before You and the Lord Jesus Christ all those who are caught into the delusion of evil and also their victims. Satan is blinding and binding these people in awful bondage. Many of them may be in such a condition that they cannot or will not come to You for help on their own. We stand in for them, dear Lord, in intercessory prayer before Your throne. We draw upon the Person of the Holy Spirit that He may guide us to pray in wisdom, power, and understanding.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, Blessed Saints Pio, Bruno, Denis, Dymphna, Rita of Cascia, Lucian, Marcian, Margaret of Fontana, Quirinus, Ubaldo, Lucy Bulfalari, Teresa of Avila, Bernadette of Lourdes, Philomena, and St. Benedict, and all the saints and angels of heaven, and powerful in the holy authority of His Name, we ask you, Lord, to loose these people from the awful bondage the powers of darkness are putting upon them.

We ask that You bind all powers of darkness set on destroying their lives. We ask that You bind them aside in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and forbid them to work. We ask Lord that You bind up all powers of depression and despair that are seeking to cut them off and imprison them in a tomb of despondency. We ask that You bind up all powers of delusion that are seeking to blind them and keep him and them from knowing the Truth and the will You have for them.

We specifically ask that You bind all the spirits of occultic and ungodly powers, and the spirits of suicide, murder, molesting, rape, and all other hideous evils. Believing that Your Holy Spirit is leading us, we claim these people for You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we thank You for the answer to our prayer. Grant us the grace to be persistent and faithful in our intercessions, that You may be glorified through this deliverance. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for those in darkness and for their victims (them) and us.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for them and us.
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for them and us.
St. Benedict, pray for them and us.
St Bruno, patron of the possessed, pray for them and us.
St. Denis, powerful intercessor against demons, pray for them and us.
Our Lady of Good Remedy, pray for them and us.
St. Jude, patron of lost causes, pray for them and us.
St. Rita of Cascia, patroness of Impossible Cases, pray for them and us
All the saints of the of charism of the Order of the Legion of St. Micahel, pray for them and us. All saints and angels in heaven, pray for them and us. Amen.
Padre Pio, mighty spiritual warrior, pray for them and for us. Amen.
Father in heaven, cast out all darkness from them and us.
Lord Jesus Christ, deliver and save them and us.
Holy Spirit, fill us to overflowing that they and us may be pure and protected from the evil one.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

O glorious Prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the divine King, and our admirable conductor, thou who does shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, deliver us from all evil, who turn to thee with confidence, and enable us by thy gracious protection to serve God more and more faithful every day.

V. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ.

R. That we may be made worthy of His promises.

Let us pray. Almighty and Everlasting God, Who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, Prince of Thy Church, make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered by his powerful protection from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into the august presence of Thy Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

See also:

Bro.Arnold, TOC
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The devil exposed

The devil is the master of lies and deception.

Last October 11, 2010, however, satan's deceit was unveiled in a tv documentary by Jay Taruc of i-Witness.

View the entire episode (divided in four parts) by clicking the following links:

 i-Witness: Exorcism (Part 1/4)

i-Witness: Exorcism (Part 2/4)

i-Witness: Exorcism (Part 3/4)

i-Witness: Exorcism (Part 4/4)

The episode is in Filipino. An English transcript is available at:

Those suffering from severe depression and unexplained ailments will benefit greatly from watching parts 3 and 4, in particular.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten the minds and hearts of mankind, specially as satan is uncovered in the video above.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
St. Gemma Galgani, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Christ, have mercy on us.

Call for prayer warriors for KSB's deliverance and healing ministry

I personally met both Fr. Jocis Syquia and Fr. Jojo Zerrudo on two different occasions. I had a short acquaintance with Fr. Jocis in mid-2009 in San Carlos seminary while arranging for a group retreat of Malolos Lay Ministers at Layforce. Fr. Jojo, on the other hand, was a co-celebrant in the Holy Mass for Souls organized by the Prayer Warriors for the Holy Souls (PWHS) aired and televised on Nov. 2, also in 2009.

Brothers and sisters, wake up! The devil is real. It works unnoticed and undetected in our midst. We don't have to experience total demonic possesion in order to believe. Demons are already living with us and among us, day and night.

I have witnessed evil in front of my own two eyes in the performance of our Healing and Deliverance Ministry. Evil infests people, families and children, in different forms, levels, styles and tactics. Demons deceive people in various forms of magic, belief, amazing events, even (false) physical healing. They are with us daily in superstitions, in new age belief (horoscope, astrology, palm reading, divination, yoga, any form of fortune-telling, occultism, talisman, amulets, objects of good-luck, spiritism, feng shui, etc. that are contrary to the Catholic faith).

We need no additional proof. The rising cases of abortion, suicide, depression, brokeness, drug addiction, sex and fornication are results of evil infestation. And how can we fail to mention the devil's works on the tip of our nose: the RH Bill, legalization of vices, sex education for children, promotion of same-sex marriage, euthanasia (mercy-killing), contraceptives, etc. Even the existence of various heretic churches and false beliefs and freemasonry are loud and clear proof of the devil's untiring works to destroy the church by destroying the faithful.


Know your enemies. Join us in battle. Be one of our prayer warriors. Just send your name to 0929-3998884 or

Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us

May the Lord bless us,
Deliver us from evil,
And bring us to everlasting life.


Bro. Arnold, TOC
KSB Team Leader

Friday, October 22, 2010

Be Vigilant! The devil is at work

I am appealing to all the faithful to religiously pray the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel every after the Holy Mass. Pray it on your own even if your parish does not lead the people to do so. Take the initiative. This is in line with Pope Leo XIII after his vision of the battle between good and evil prompting him to write the Prayer to St. Michael with great urgency.

The devil is at work. Abortion cases are at their height. The persistent moves of many powerful countries and influential people to encourage abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage, RH Bill, sex education for children, euthanasia, etc. are proofs that satan is indeed working enthusiastically 24/7. Be aware also of the number of suicide cases all over the world, the serial killings everywhere, the growing number of occultism, freemasonry, new age movements and many other forms of conspiracy against the Church of God. The enemy of souls is behind all these.

Satan is doing his homework. Let us also do ours..... by Praying, Fasting and doing Acts of Charity/Love. Bring more people back to the Church that Christ Himself established. Bring more people back to the Holy Sacraments in which Christ Himself is present.

Let us all ask the help and intercession of Saint Michael and the Blessed Virgin Mary who crushed the head of the serpent.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Power of God, thrust into hell satan and all his evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us.
And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

May the Lord bless us, deliver us from all evil, and bring us to eternal life. Amen.

Bro.Arnold, TOC
KSB Team Leader

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

St. Pio: Prayer is the key to God's heart

Last July 9, the Tuesday Group, a prayer community in Tondo organized by the Knights of Saint Benedict, celebrated the birthday of one of its members in a very special way.

The group went on a pilgrimage to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel in Libis, Quezon City.

The Tuesday Group members are one in saying that the mass held in the chapel was one of the most solemn eucharistic celebrations they have ever experienced. The extraordinary event was followed by anointing of oil and veneration of St. Pio's relic.

Overcome with the holiness of the place and the faithfulness of fellow pilgrims, the Tuesday Group also visited the prayer room and the meditation garden to further thank the Lord and ask for petitions through St. Pio, the stigmatic saint who shared the pains of Jesus and firmly believed that prayer is the key to God's heart.

The Knights of Saint Benedict highly recommends a pilgrimage to the chapel dedicated to this extraordinary Capuchin priest who has performed so many miracles, particularly in relation to health. St. Pio is also greatly invoked in the deliverance ministry.

The St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel (of the Philippine Centre for St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Inc.) is located at the RER Compound, 188 E. Rodriguez, Jr. Avenue (C-5), Bagumbayan, Quezon City 1110 Philippines

The schedule in the chapel is as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
5:00 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Holy Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

4:45 pm Rosary and Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Pio
5:30 pm Holy Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

5:00 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Holy Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

10:00 am Holy Mass
12:15 pm Holy Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic
5:00 pm Holy Mass
7:00 pm Holy Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Every 23rd of the month
5:00pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Special Mass for the St. Pio prayer group of San Roque Parish of Bagumbayan QC,
veneration of the St. Pio Relic Habit and prayer meeting

(by Joyce B. Alcoreza)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Novena to St. Benedict

July 11 is the Feast Day of St. Benedict. The faithful are encouraged to offer a novena prayer to this great saint, the Patron of Monastic Life.

Daily Prayer
Glorious St. Benedict who taught us the way to perfection by the practice of mortification, humility, obedience, prayer, silence, and detachment from the world, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present needs under your special protection (here make your request). Recommend it to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace to meet God face to face with you, Mary, and all the angels and saints to praise Him through all eternity. O most powerful St. Benedict, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of winning my way to heaven and there worship and enjoy the most holy and adorable Trinity forever and ever. Amen.
You spent your early days in the university studying to be someone in the world, but all these you left behind, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to seek solitude in the mountains of Subiaco, Italy. You lived in a cave and survived by eating root crops and other food available in those mountains. You searched for God and God also found you. Inspire us, dear saint, to understand that God is within us and we can only encounter him in the silence of our hearts. Make us aware that the noise within us keeps us away from God—the noise of our ambition, love for money, and honor. Wherever we are, we can silence this noise. Help us, dear saint, to obtain silence within us. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

You attracted followers to whom you gave a rule known for its moderation. You, St. Benedict, became a father to many monasteries and monks through this rule where you emphasized that the monastery is for people who want to change their bad habits into good. Make us aware of our bad habits and inspire us not to be comfortable with them. Our bad habits, dear saint, will keep us away from Jesus and ingrain in us the power of sin. O dear St. Benedict, help us that we may work for the transformation of our bad habits. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

O dear St. Benedict, because of your work as a father in the monasteries, certain evil people wanted to poison you. You did not want to compromise the monastic ideals of silence and mortification; yet to their amazement, you drunk their poison and nothing happened to you. Jesus protected you. We live in a world today that is heavily poisoned by pollution and degradation of our forests and seas. Make us sensitive to the presence of these poisons and give us the wisdom not to be blinded by progress and easy money. Inspire us to contribute our part in making our world a better place to live in. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

O dear St. Benedict, you understood prayer as basking in God’s presence, experiencing his loving hands in our day-to-day struggle. While you worked in the fields, your heart sang hymns to your creator and you offered him a constant prayer of thanksgiving. May we imitate you in your unending prayer to the Most High. Wherever we go and whatever we do, may we remember Jesus and offer him our thanksgiving. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

O dear St. Benedict, despite your material poverty, you were always mindful of the poor and the needy. From the little produce of your monastery, you happily shared something for the poor who knocked daily at your door. Through you, the hungry had always their fill. May we learn from your charity and open our doors to those unprivileged. Inspire us to understand that our faith’s best expression is the help we extend to the needy. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

O dear St. Benedict, you showed us that if we want to be close to God, we must be able to discipline ourselves. You taught your disciples how to mortify their senses, control their passions and thoughts so that Jesus can live in their hearts and minds. You emphasized that sanctification begins in our minds when we are able to distinguish the impure thoughts that lead us to sin. We ask your help, St. Benedict, that we may always be able to stop these deadly thoughts from influencing us, that we may not entertain them. Lead us to purification of mind and heart. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

O dear St. Benedict, you taught your followers to welcome visitors as if they were Christ in his person. Your rule of hospitality enabled you to treat with respect strangers and offer for them the warmth of your welcome. Teach us to be welcoming in our homes, to treat our guests with respect, and enable them to feel the warmth of Christ’s embrace. Teach us to develop a listening ear that our guests and visitors may easily feel that we are authentically interested in their welfare and well-being. Make our homes a place where the sorrowful may encounter relief of their sufferings. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

O dear St. Benedict, for you the highest kind of prayer is when you kneel in silence and, uttering just one word, you come into contact with Jesus himself. You established monasteries that they may become the birthplace of contemplatives, people who in silence utter your name and experience your presence in their hearts. Teach us this kind of prayer, when your presence becomes everything. Enable us to be contemplatives, who put our utter trust in Jesus and who really believe that God’s Kingdom is already in our midst. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

O dear St. Benedict, you taught your followers to stand always in awe and wonder at creation. Help us that we may not lose this sense of wonder, and that in everything we do, we may always give thanks to God. Let not the tragedies and sorrows of this life make us pessimistic and dry. Allow us to discover that all problems are challenges and that the future is always bright and promising despite the sad things we see around us. Give us the energy to work hard so that God’s will may be implanted in our homes and society. Amen.

(3) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary, (3) Glory Be
St. Benedict, pray for us.

Litany to St. Benedict
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.

Holy Father, Saint Benedict, pray for us.

Father most reverend, pray for us.

Father most renowned, pray for us.

Father most compassionate, pray for us.

Man of great fortitude, pray for us.

Man of venerable life, pray for us.

Man of the most holy conversation, pray for us.

True servant of God, pray for us.

Light of devotion, pray for us.

Light of prayer, pray for us.

Light of contemplation, pray for us.

Star of the world, pray for us.

Best master of an austere life, pray for us.

Leader of the holy warfare, pray for us.

Leader and chief of monks, pray for us.

Master of those who die to the world, pray for us.

Protector of those who cry to thee, pray for us.

Wonderful worker of miracles, pray for us.

Revealer of the secrets of the human heart, pray for us.

Master of spiritual discipline, pray for us.

Companion of the patriarchs, pray for us.

Equal of the prophets, pray for us.

Follower of the Apostles, pray for us.

Teacher of Martyrs, pray for us.

Father of many pontiffs, pray for us.

Gem of abbots, pray for us.

Glory of Confessors, pray for us.

Imitator of anchorites, pray for us.

Associate of virgins, pray for us.

Colleague of all the Saints, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, o Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, o Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Intercede for us, O holy father Saint Benedict,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray: O God, Who hast called us from the vanity of the world, and Who dost incite us to the reward of a heavenly vocation under the guidance of our holy patriarch and founder, Saint Benedict, inspire and purify our hearts and pour forth on us Thy grace, whereby we may persevere in Thee. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer To St. Benedict
O glorious St. Benedict, sublime model of all virtues, pure vessel of God's grace! Behold me, humbly kneeling at thy feet. I implore thy loving heart to pray for me before the throne of God. To thee I have recourse in all the dangers which daily surround me. Shield me against my enemies. Inspire me to imitate thee in all things. May thy blessing be with me always, so that I may shun whatever God forbids and avoid the occasions of sin.
Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces of which I stand so much in need, in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life. Thy heart was always so full of love, compassion, and mercy towards those who were afflicted or troubled in any way. Thou didst never dismiss without consolation and assistance any one who had recourse to thee. I therefore invoke thy powerful intercession, in the confident hope that thou wilt hear my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favor I so earnestly implore (mention your petition), if it be for the greater glory of God and the welfare of my soul.
Help me, o great St. Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to be ever submissive to His holy will, and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. Amen.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chain letters, chain SMS, etc.

How many times have you received a letter, email or text message asking you to forward it to your friends and loved ones?

BEWARE! These seemingly innocent chain messages may, pardon the pun, chain us to the devil.

One important thing that we must realize is that the devil is the master of disguise. Satan hides under the veil of things that seem good in order to lure us to his side...

The Catholic Church actually considers chain letters (letters circulated by mail or email that carry with them a blessing and a curse. If a person fails to forward the chain letter, the curse can be the threat of bad luck. If the person continues the chain letter, he is promised good luck or other forms of prosperity.) as OCCULTIC and therefore AGAINST Church teachings.

To the unaware Catholic, sending out prayers to friends seems a good thing to do. What we often fail to realize is that the pretext of the "prayer" (or whatever religious stuff is being circulated) might make it an abomination rather than a blessing.

Many of these chain messages, upon careful examination vis-a-vis Church doctrine, are in fact unholy.

For example, a common chain mail warns the reader of bad luck if he doesn't pass it around. No matter how seemingly holy the content of the mail is, the CONTEXT is very evil. It undermines the justice, charity and love of God for mankind.

Others are more subtle-- like the email with a picture of Jesus which "encourages" the reader to circulate the email so that "something good" might happen to him and his friends. The reader is "enticed" to send it in exchange for personal reward. This makes it clearly not a blessing. The pictures and the words that sound like genuine prayers are just pictures and words-- the way they are used make neither of them holy.

So, next time you receive a chain message, I hope this helps you determine whether or not behind it is the devil luring unknowing victims to sin.

And if you spot an evil chain message, pray, pray, pray! Again, this short prayer to St. Michael will help:

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Serial killings in China, work of the devil

We need to be vigilant especially this time when attacks against the church and against humanity are very rampant. Let us all say our Deliverance Prayers daily or as often as needed to ward-off the attacks of "the enemy of souls". We are always being taught to love God. But I would say at this point in time, LOVE GOD and HATE THE DEVIL. If we say we love God but does not do anything to renounce the devil and condemn its works, pomps and temptations, we unknowingly remain on the side of the enemy.

The consecutive incidences of murder especially among schoolchildren cannot be attributed to the work of man alone. The evil spirits of hatred, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, pride, hopelessness, guilt, remorse, etc. have infested the minds and hearts of many people, thus, all the killings and violence around the world. Weak as ever, we need to call on God for the forgiveness of sins and for the Deliverance from all and any kind of evil & unclean spirits haunting the families and children.

Let us continue to pray for Deliverance. Pray also for the souls of the victims that they may speedily eternal life in heaven.

Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Padre Pio, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Therese of Child Jesus, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint John Maria Vianney, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Gemma Galgani, pray for us.
Saint Peter the apostle, pray for us.
Saint Paul the apostle, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, deliver us from evil. Amen.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Katoliko Ka Ba?

(Paanyaya sa lahat tungo sa tunay na Simbahang Katoliko)

Tungkulin ng bawat Kristiyanong Katoliko ang mag-akay ng maraming kaluluwa sa kaligtasan sa pamamagitan ng pagtuturo ng mga katotohanang pang-relihiyon at pang-espiritwal.

Mga magulang, itinuturo ba ninyo sa inyong asawa at mga anak ang tamang pananampalataya at gawaing pang-espiritual? Tinuturuan ba ninyo ang inyong mga kapatid at mga mahal sa buhay? Tinuturuan ba ninyo ang inyong mga kapitbahay at kaibigan?

Iyan ay hindi isang "option" lamang. Iyan ay tungkulin ng bawat isa sa atin.

Ano na nga ba ang iyong naituro sa mga taong iyong nasasakupan?

Mula noon hanggang ngayon, nananatili ang habilin ni Kristo na paulit-ulitnating tinatanggap sa banal na Misa: "Humayo kayo (ng payapa) at magpakarami" (Go in peace and multiply). Ang pagdami ay hindi sa bilang ng anak, kundi sa bilang ng mga mananampalaya na natuturuan nang tama at wasto ayon sa turo ng simbahan

"Magpakarami" -- ang ibig sabihin ay mamunga (be fruitful), magtawag at mag-akay ng marami pang tao tungo sa kaligtasan.

Muli, hindi iyan isang"option" kundi isang napakahalagang tungkulin, lalong-lalo na ng mga lider ngsimbahan at mga namumuno sa lahat ng organisasyong pang-relihiyon.

Nagagampanan mo ba ang iyong tungkulin? KATOLIKO KA BA? Ito ang katanungan sa maraming tao na nag-aakala (o di kaya naman ay nagpapanggap) na sila nga ay Katoliko.

Ano nga ba ang basehan upang ikaw ay matawag na Katoliko?

Bagama't malawak na paksa ang pagiging Katoliko, nawa ang mga sumusunod ay makapagbigay ng simple, payak at diretsong (simple and straight truth) kaliwanagan sa mga mambabasa.

Una sa lahat, ikaw ay Katoliko kung ikaw ay bininyagan bilang isang Katoliko, sa loob ng simbahang Katoliko, pinamunuan ng paring Katoliko, at gumamit ng opisyal na dasal at rito ng Katolikong simbahan. "Binyag" ang unang sakramentona karaniwang tinatanggap ng Katolikong Kristyano.

Matapos ang binyag, Katoliko ka na ba? Oo, isa ka ngang Katoliko ngunit ito simula pa lamang. Higit sa lahat ay maytungkulin ka sa iyong sarili– ang panatilihin mo ang iyong sariling banal naKatoliko. Subalit hindi sapat ang sariling kakayahan mo lamang. Kailangan mo ang Simbahan upang matulungan kang maging banal. Ito ang tungkulin ng simbahan: magturo, mamahala at magpabanal (to teach, to govern and to sanctify).

Kaya naman kung ikaw ay kikilos at mamumuhay sa labas ng pangangalaga at turo ng simbahan, mahirap makamit ang pagiging isang Banal na Katoliko.

Ito ang tamang panahon upang itanong sa iyong sarili: KUMIKILOS BA AKO SA LOOB NG PANGANGALAGA AT TURO NG SIMBAHAN?

Ang kilos at pamumuhay mo ay matatawag na labas sa turo at aral ng simbahan kung may "pagsuway" (disobedience) sa itinakdang utos ng Simbahang Katoliko. Ang pagsuway ay nagpapahiwatig na ikaw marahil ay Katoliko sa binyag (at sa papel) ngunit hindi sa gawa at araw-araw na pamumuhay.

"Pagsuway" ang unang kasalanang pumasok sa mundo at sumira sa relasyon ng Diyos at tao (Disobedience, the first sin that entered the world). "Pagsuway" ang pisikal na manipestasyon ng "kayabangan" at "kasamaan" (Disobedience, the physical manifestation of pride and evil).

Pagsuway. ito ang bulong ni Satanas sa mga tao. Pagsuway ang unang itinuro ng serpiyente kay Eba at Adan, ating unang mga magulang. Hanggang sa ngayon, patuloy ang panunukso sa atin na sumuway. Kung ikaw ay may pagsuway, isa itong pagmamalaki sa Simbahan (pride-- a capital sin). Isa itong pagtalikod sa Diyos at paglapastangang karumal-dumal sa Diyos.

Anu-ano ang iyong mga pagsuway sa turo at aral ng Simbahang Katoliko? Paano mo itutuwid ang mga ito?


Ikaw ba ay kumukunsulta sa mga manghuhula, magtatawas, albularyo, bolang kristal, tarot cards, astrolohiya (iba ito kaysa sa astronomiya), mangkukulam, itim na karunungan (walang puti, lahat ng uri ng divination ay itim), lahat ng uri ng pag-alam sa hinaharap, at iba pa?

Ikaw ba ay gumagamit ng mga trance, tumatawag sa mga yumao, dumudulog sa espiritista o medium, tumatawag at nakikipag-usap sa mga espiritung gumagamit ng pangalan ng mga kilalang santo, anghel, propeta maging ng Sto. Nino, Mahal na Birhen at ni Hesus, o gumagamit at nagtatago sa pangalang Ama o Amang Dakila, at iba pa?

Ikaw ba ay gumagamit ng mga ritwal o panalanging kakaiba at labas sa turo at aral ng Simbahang Katoliko? Ikaw ba ay kumikilos na animo'y sinasapian (trance/possession) ng kung sinu-sinong espiritu at kaluluwa na ipinagbabawal ng Simbahan maging ano man ang layunin (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] No. 2117: … even if this werefor the sake of restoring their health are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion...)?

Ikaw ba ay sumasampalataya sa mga pampasuwerte, anting-anting, talisman (bato, kristal, kahoy, salamin, atbp.), gayuma, etc.? Ang ganitong gawain ba ay itinuturo mo pa sa iba, lalong-lalo na sa mga kabataan, at dahil dito'y nagdudulot ng higit na kasalanan at kapahamakan sa maramingkaluluwa?

Ikaw ba ay dumadalo sa mga pagtitipon na hindi ayon saSimbahang Katoliko?

Ikaw ba ay nakikiisa sa mga ritwal na ang iba ay animo'y misa na hindi sakop ng tunay na Simbahang Katoliko?

Ang layunin ni Kristo at ng Simbahang Katoliko na Kanyang itinatag ay ang pagkaisahin ang mga Kristiyano laban sa masama. Kung ang iyong samahan ay kumikilos sa labas ng utos ng Simbahan at nagdudulot ng pagkakabukod (sa halip na pagbubuklod) sa mga taong nananampalataya, iyan ay maliwanag napagsuway at isang gawain ng kaaway!

Ikaw ba ay kaanib ng samahang gumagamit ng pangalang pang-relihiyon na nagdudulot ng kalituhan (confusion) sa halip na kaliwanagan sa mananampalataya? Ang kalituhan ay taktika ng demonyo!

Ikaw ba ay hindi nagpapasakop sa Simbahang Katoliko, sa mga lider nito at mga itinalagang mga lokal na pinuno (obispo, pari, itinalagang mga pinuno ng parokya)?

Ikaw ba ay nagtutuon ng mas maraming oras at mas mahalagang pansin sa ritwal, sa halip na sa pagdalo sa tunay na Banal na Misang Katoliko?

Ikaw ba ay nakikinig sa mga kababalaghan at misteryosong mga kwento? Ikaw ba'y naniniwala at sumusunod sa mga pamahiin sa halip na mag-aral ng katesismo, babala at paalaala ng Simbahan?

Ikaw ba ay hindi lubos na nakikiisa sa gawain ng iyong parokya nang may tamang pagsunod sa Kura Paroko na itinalaga ng Simbahan upang mangalaga sa pangangailangang pang-espiritwal

Suriin ang iyong paniniwala at gawain. Sang-ayon ba ang mga ito sa katuruan at kautusan ng Simbahang Katolika? KATOLIKO KA BA?

(Bro. Arnold, KSB Team Leader)