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Pray, Think, Speak

This past week we were able to get a teaching from Tita Maria Villanueva on a lesson of Taming the tongue. As a little change of venue, we actually had our teaching at St. Justin Martyr church in Anaheim. We learned that since we are called to serve God we must make sure that we lead with the Holy Spirit, especially in the way we speak. In order to do that we must: Pray, Think, then Speak.

Tremendous Power in our Words

Our words have a lot of power behind them, they can be used for encouragement yet also be used for discouragement. Can you remember a time in which you were lifted up by a person’s words? How about a time where you were deeply hurt by someone’s words? I sure you can remember moments where you have felt both.

“The mouth speaks what the heart is full of”
– Luke 6:4-5

With that in mind,  we must be careful with what we say to others. As it is said in Luke chapter 6, “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of”. Do you agree with this? We say what we really feel in our hearts. So if God lives within us, shouldn’t the Holy Spirit guide our words? You may have heard, “think before you speak” but lets take that further. Let us challenge each other to pray, think, then speak. Continue reading Pray, Think, Speak

Countdown to Christmas!

The countdown to Christmas has begun and we are only a little over a week until Christmas! But that also means that we must prepare for Christ’s birth. Simbang Gabi has started at a few churches in the OC area and Penance services have also begun!

This is my first time doing Simbang Gabi, something I did not know very much about so I thought that I should research it a little bit.

Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi is a tradition of Advent in the Philippines. The translation stands for Night Mass and usually start early AM. Simbang Gabi is a nine day novena usually ending on the morning of Christmas Eve. It is held to prepare for the arrival of Christ and to honor The Blessed Virgin Mary. Originally was started so that farmers in the Philippines under Spanish rule would be able to go to church before tending to the fields. It has become a distinctive characteristic of Filipino tradition of advent.

Local Simbang Gabi Services are as follows:

  • Dec 15-Dec 23 @ Holy Family (Tagalog)
  • Dec 16-Dec 24 @ St. Justin Martyr (English)
  • Dec 16-Dec 24 @ St. Irenaeus (English)

Penance Services

As part of the Advent season, Penance services are becoming available at several different churches so that you can go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. These services have several priests available to offer confession so that many people can be squeezed in during the service. We strongly encourage that you go to one and prepare your heart for the coming of Christ.

Upcoming Local Penance Services are as follows:

  • Dec 18 @ St. Anthony Claret – 7PM
  • Dec 19 @ St. Philip Benizi – 7PM
  • Dec 23 @ St. Pius V – 7PM