SIMBANG GABI (3rd Day)

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Simbang Gabi (3rd Day)

(Matthew 1:12-25)

Joseph was shocked when he learned that Mary was expecting a baby. Here was a woman, Mary, whom Joseph always knew to be beyond fault. Legally he could have denounced her publicly. Yet he didn’t. He was ready to let the whole matter drop quietly, as if to give Mary the benefit of the doubt.

What a great virtue this is: to think the best of others! It reflects a heart of a true Christian—peaceful and calm. How many friendships have ended ― and relationships were damaged indeed, how many wars have started ― because people assumed the worst of someone else. Many times we have judged the motives of someone else, only to learn later that things were not as they first appeared? Can we not just “be more eager to put a good interpretation on a neighbor’s statement than to condemn it” (St. Ignatius)?

                This is the key to healthy relationships within the family, in the workplace, in religious communities and among friends. But the sad thing is that we expect others to judge us according to our intentions, but we judge others according to their actions. In other words, we say to ourselves, “my intentions are good, why don’t they see this?”

               But when it comes to other people, we often fail to give them the benefit of the doubt. BE KIND TO EVERYONE, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT PROBLEMS THEY HAVE… maybe deep inside they are struggling with an old and festering emotional wound.

St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), has a very nice reflection on this: BEWARE OF CONDENMING ANY MAN’S ACTION. COSIDER YOUR NEIGHBOR’S INTENTION, WHICH OFTEN IS HONEST AND INNOCENT, EVEN THOUGH HIS ACTIONS SEEM BAD IN OUTWARD APPEARANCE. In dealing with others, is charity always my first response?

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    BIRTHDAY
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    Sr. Ma. Cirila Uy, AR
    Sis. Margarita Membrillos, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Shiela Mae Labadia (RAY-Caidiocan)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Visitacion de San Miguel, AR
    +Sr. Gabriela Garcines, AR
    +Sr. Jacinta Mandia Robin, AR
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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Arnel Diaz
    Jonel Mendoza (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Amada San Gabriel, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Margarita Ramos, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Virginia Acha, AR
    +Sis. Lamberta Bustamante, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    MAGDALENE OF NAGASAKI
    Patroness of the Secular Augustinian Recollects

    65TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE SARF CHAPTER-OLMC PARISH, CEBU

    SARF VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. MAGDALENE OF NAGASAKI

    BIRTHDAY
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    Sis. Elnora Palaganas, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
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    Sis. Alemira Awid, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
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    FOR THE ELECTION OF DELEGATES TO THE GENERAL CHAPTER

    POPE JOHN PAUL II

    BIRTHDAY
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    Fray Edgar Tubio
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