Christmas Blessings and Greetings!

Christmas Greetings!

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‘Christmas is a day to open the heart:

it is necessary to open one’s heart to so much littleness,

which is there in that Baby,

and to so much wonder. It is the wonder of Christmas’

Pope Francis

 

Dearest CBF-SEA friends,

I wish you a wonderful and grace-filled Christmas

and a happy, blessed and peaceful New Year

        (January 1st – December 31st)

May our Lord shower his love and mercy

on our wounded world,

and make us instruments of his Peace.

 

See you in Vietnam!

Your companion on the way,

Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto, osu

Easter Greetings 2016!

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Grace-filled Christmas and New Year!

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Grace-filled Christmas and New Year!

Dear CBFSEA Brothers and Sisters,

Wishing each one of you

a blessed and grace-filled

Christmas and New year.

As we contemplate baby Jesus,

God’s greatest gift to mankind,

let us remember also that this tiny Baby

is the future KING of the KINGDOM of GOD;

a mighty warrior who will triumph

over all the evil in the world,

the LAMB of God who takes away

all the sins of the world;

the GOOD SHEPHERD who seeks and saves the lost,

heals the sick and comforts crushed hearts.

Let us therefore REJOICE,

for God is good and merciful.

And may this Divine Babe set our hearts afire

to shower love and mercy to all we meet.

Merry Christmas to all of you

and your loved ones….

and a blissful New Year too!

Sr. Emma with Star and Fr. Doms

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A Time of Preparation!

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ADVENT 2015

It’s Advent! A time of preparation,

of expectation, of hope!

It’s time to make that Christmas list,

choose gifts for family, relatives,

friends and those in need.

But more important than the wrapped gifts

to prepare is to prepare ourselves.

What do we want Jesus to see

in ourselves for his birthday?

What could be the best gift

that we can offer to Jesus?

Jesus does not need

our material things.

What He needs are:

patience, humility, forgiveness,

kindness, justice, respect,

service, care and love for others

especially to our own family and community.

WE wish you the graces and inspiration of Advent!

A blessed Advent to one and all!

Star del Mar

with

Sister Emma and Fr. Doms

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CBF-SEA Greets Star del Mar on her birthday!

A Blissful Natal Day

to

Estrella C. del Mar

(October 20, 2015)

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Happy Birthday Sister Emma…

Birthday Greetings!

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Today, we join Sister Emma Gunanto

in thanking the Lord for the gift of life

as she celebrates her 78th natal day.

We pray for God’s

choicest blessings upon her today

and the days to come…

Happy Birthday

Our Dear Sister Emma!

Today, this cbfsea site

turns 8 years old!

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Happy Easter!

ARE WE READY FOR EASTER?

By: Estrella (Star) del Mar

225px-Victory_over_the_GraveIf Christ has not risen, our faith is meaningless.

I remember my trip to Bombay some years ago where I met a good Doctor who specialized in treating leprosy.  I went with him to a far barangay where he served several lepers in a small clinic as a volunteer Doctor for these poor lepers.  The Doctor has a good heart for service and for the poor.  However, he was bitter with the social situation.  I told him that he was their hope for healing and a fairly normal life in the future.  I told him that he was like Jesus Christ for them.  And he retorted with anger in his voice.  “Jesus Christ?  He was the hope of his people to free them but he died!”  So I told him to continue reading the gospel story when Jesus rose from the dead and lived as He promised.  No one could take Jesus’ life from him.  He freely laid it down.  And he resurrected and continued to be present with us and among us.  Jesus was and is present in this good Doctor.  I knew later that the Doctor was a Hindu and not a Christian!

I realized that the good Doctor ended with the death of Jesus.  No wonder that he stayed bitter with the situation.  He has not experienced Easter.  The resurrection gives us hope.  It is a victory over death!

What about us? Do we stay in our bitterness, our hurts, our disappointments, frustrations and hopelessness?  Then we are not ready for Easter!

The Apostles’ daily company with Jesus seems not to be enough. Their listening to Jesus’ teachings; witnessing Jesus’ healings and even bringing the dead Lazarus and the young man back to life – all these seem not enough for the apostles to understand Jesus’ mission.

Easter is to make a difference in our lives!

We also need to resurrect from our own death to new life!

The Peter before the resurrection was a different Peter after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The apostles went away afraid during the passion of Jesus Christ.  After the resurrection, they became courageous and zealous in their daily witness to the Lord.  The apostles before the resurrection were very different persons after the resurrection as we can read in the Acts of the Apostles.  There was a dramatic transformation of these people.  Faith, for them, became a profound belief that was tested in their daily witnessing to the Lord’s words and deeds.

Are we ready for our own Easter?

Have we died to our selfishness, self-centeredness, self-righteousness, our own hurts, our own wants, disappointments and failures?  Can we forgive from our hearts those who had hurt us deeply? Can we humble ourselves and accept our own limitations, mistakes and sins of omission? And most of all, can we love as Jesus loved?

Am I ready for a new life in Christ? This is God’s gift to us.  It is my choice and my decision to accept it and do likewise.000000Easter040515

May our Mother Mary, whom Jesus gave to us, help us and guide us to be like her as a true disciple of Jesus.

JESUS HAS RISEN!  LET US RISE WITH HIM!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!  CELEBRATE NEW LIFE!

CELEBRATE LOVE & MERCY!

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