Religion-To Have Faith

When you have been dragged down into the mud and life seems hopeless, just look at the picture below and you will know that even there the sun still shines brightly and the waters of life will always calm your soul.  


Anartici

                                                                                                                                   Photo By: Linda Kaye Perez 

                                                                       Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

What a fantastic view-Right?  You might say we were on top of the world-No we were at the bottom of the world. But in the big scheme of things, being in the Universe, there is no top or bottom, just there!

If you look carefully at the photo, the distant mountain peak shrouded by clouds is about 15,000 feet tall, but as we traversed through the strait earlier in the day we sailed  right by that peak and it did not seem so tall. 

So there is nothing that is so bad that you can not overcome if you put your mind to it- Determination and Will Power along with a little faith in yourself and someone or something greater then yourself, will get you through.

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From The Christ

“Come to me,” he said to the little children. And they came. “Listen to my message,” he said to all. And they listened. “Follow me,” he said. Easier said then done!

With human frailties, such they are, it is extremely difficult if not impossible for us to drop everything and follow anyone into the unknown. That takes real faith!

Sometimes, under duress and desperation we will blindly follow those who offer an escape from what appears to be an insoluble situation - thinking, in many cases wrongly, that the answer lies in an abyss.

Once we have fallen off the edge, we wonder - WHY? WHY didn’t I see that coming? WHY me is the typical reaction most of us have. But the real question should be, why didn’t we listen better?

For any message given, a great deal of supposition and conjecture exists. Even though Christ meant it literally, he understood that not many would follow in his footsteps. Most of us will walk along side of him, holding on to the cruxes of daily lives; ready to turn away when the road gets bumpy.

Yet his message is truly all encompassing and very personal in nature, for we all are made to be unique individuals, with much diversity. Therefore, his message is directed to each of us as if we were the only one left in the world.

Granted, it may take all of our lives to correctly interrupt the message he sends, but oh boy! When we finally get it, what an enlightenment we will experience.

And when you do finally get it, you will not be able to explain it to anyone else, for the message is for you and you alone. You will just have to live it. And the rest must be left to FAITH!

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What seems impossible to us is but a comma to the

Good Lord Above .

With God nothing is impossible-He created you!


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Pastoral Reflection 2-23-20

Pastoral Reflection By: Harry J. Perez, 

Pastoral Council Member

Holy Name Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas


As we all face adversity everyday we must hold on to, through our faith, the reality that God really does exist and that he truly loves us; his children. Just as Moses also came to the conclusion that God exists and that he wanted Moses to lead, nurture and care for his people, we too are being asked to follow in Moses’s footsteps and do the same. God wants us to be a shining example, as to how to be true Christians. And just as God asked Moses to remind us that in order to truly love God, we, God’s children, must also love our neighbor, for our neighbor is God’s child as well.

It is my thought that the answer to all our troubles in this world is very simple: if your about to do something for or against your neighbor and you would not want that done to you, then you will know that it is wrong. It is like oil and water; love and hate do not mix well together.

Today’s gospel remains us, that the sun will rise again tomorrow “on the bad and good and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust,” as well, for it is not for us to judge our neighbor not even ourselves. History has repeatedly shown us that the spirit of the free, will always triumph over those who choose to trample over the meek and humble. The spirit of the free is comprised of the Holy Spirit and Humanity working together to achieve God’s mission on earth.

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” To know and love the Lord is to fear losing that love that he has for us. We must endeavor to stay in the grace of God, for not to do so puts us in the loneliness place in the universe. It’s a hell of a place to be.


Free To Choose

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   © Harry Perez 2012