Sunday, March 4, 2018

I Thirst For You

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock..." (Rev. 3:20)

It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there. I await even the smallest sign of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter.

And I want you to know that whenever you invite Me, I do come always without fail. Silent and unseen I come, but with infinite power and love, and bringing the many gifts of My Spirit. I come with My mercy, with My desire to forgive and heal you, and with a love for you beyond your comprehension, a love every bit as great as the love I have received from the Father "As much as the Father has loved me, I have loved you." (Jn. 15:10). I come - longing to console you and give you strength, to lift you up and bind all your wounds. I bring you My light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts. I come with My power, that I might carry you and all your burdens; with My grace, to touch your heart and transform your life; and My peace I give to still your soul.

I know you through and through - I know everything about you. The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me. I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you - even in your wanderings. I know every one of of your problems. I know your needs and your worries. And yes, I know all your sins. But I tell you again that I love you not for what you have or haven't done - I love you for you, for the beauty and dignity My Father gave you by creating you in His own image. It is a dignity you have often forgotten, a beauty you have tarnished by sin. But I love you as you are, and I have shed My Blood to win you back. If you only ask Me with faith, My grace will touch all that needs changing in your life, and I will give you the strength to free yourself from sin and all its destructive power.

I know what is in your heart - I know your loneliness and all your hurts - the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations. I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so you might share My strength and victory. I know especially your need for love - how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain, by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside with you passing pleasures - with the even greater emptiness of sin. Do you thirst for love? "Come to Me all you who thirst..." (Jn 7:37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine - to the point of dying on a cross for you.

I THIRST FOR YOU. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you: I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and be loved by you - that is how precious you are to Me. I THIRST FOR YOU. Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all your trials. I THIRST FOR YOU. You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you. I THIRST FOR YOU. If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one more important in the entire world than you. I THIRST FOR YOU. Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give me your life - and I will prove to you how important you are to My heart.

Don't you realize that My Father already has a perfect plan to transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in Me. Ask Me every day to enter and take charge of your life - and I will. I promise you before My Father in heaven that I will work miracles in your life. Why should I do this? Because I THIRST FOR YOU. All I ask of you is that you entrust yourself to Me completely. I will do all the rest.

Even now I behold the place My Father has prepared for you in My Kingdom. Remember that you are a pilgrim in this life, on a journey home. Sin can never satisfy you, or bring the peace you seek. All that you have sought outside of Me has only left you more empty, so do not cling to the things of this life. Above all, do not run from Me when you fall. Come to Me without delay. When you give Me your sins, you give Me the joy of being your Savior. There is nothing I cannot forgive and heal, so come now and unburden your soul.

No matter how far you may wander, no matter how often you forget Me, no matter how many crosses you may bear in this life, there is one thing I want you to always remember, one thing that will never change: I THIRST FOR YOU - just as you are. You don't need to change to believe in My love, for it will be your belief in My love that will change you. You forget Me, and yet I am seeking you every moment of the day - standing at the door of your heart, and knocking. Do you find this hard to believe? Then look at the cross, look at My Heart that was pierced for you. Have you not understood My cross? Then listen again to the words I spoke there - for they tell you clearly why I endured all this for you: "I THIRST..." (Jn. 19:28)

Yes, I thirst for you - as the rest of the psalm - verse I was praying says of Me: "I looked for love, and I found none..."(Ps. 69:20). All your life I have been looking for your love - I have never stopped seeking to love you and be loved by you. You have tried many other things in your search for happiness; why not try opening your heart to Me, right now, more than you ever have before.

Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit: "No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake. Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and needs, and with all your longing to be loved I stand at the door of your heart and knock... Open to Me, for I THIRST FOR YOU..."

(Meditation based on St. Teresa of Calcutta's spirituality and message. For more info visit their website at

"Jesus is God, therefore His love, His thirst, is infinite. He the Creator of the universe, asked for the love of His creatures. He thirsts for our love... These words: "I thirst'- do they echo in our souls?". - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Third Courage Orientation Seminar 2017

Searching for true love?

We can only find it in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

If you have same-sex attraction and seek to know Jesus' love more deeply through His Church, sign up for the Courage introduction seminar on July 15, Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Find out more how the Church can help you in your struggle. Courage is the Roman Catholic Apostolate for persons with same-sex attraction.

Send us a PM on our FB page or contact the following to reserve slots and for more details:

Edwin 0916-313-7249

Olan 0936-932-6532

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus draw us all closer into His love.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Obra Maestra: A Marriage and Family Conference

On the 36th anniversary of CFC (Couples for Christ), everyone is invited to discover the beauty of the family in light of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body in a conference entitled Obra Maestra: A Marriage and Family Conference to be held at the SMX Convention Center on June 18, 2017 (Sunday). One of the speakers is our beloved spiritual director, Fr. Daniel Healy, who will deliver a talk on the topic of same-sex attractions entitled Living the Truth in Love.  For tickets/inquiries, please call or text Ms. Maia Tolentino at (0998) 9020426 or you can register here directly:

About the Speakers

Damon Owens, an international speaker and evangelist for over 20 years, is the founder and executive director of joytob. Following four-years as the first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia, he served as Chairman of the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress. In 2002 after 16 years in the technology sector, he sold out of his firm and founded Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey, and New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association, non-profit organizations dedicated to building a marriage culture through training, seminars, and conferences. Damon and his wife Melanie taught Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 14 years, and served as NFP Coordinators for the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ).

A Certified Speaker for the Theology of the Body Institute, National Trainer for Ascension Press, and presenter at the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Damon keeps a full international speaking schedule at conferences, marriage seminars, universities, high schools, seminaries, and parishes on the good news of marriage, sexuality, Theology of the Body, Theology of the Family, adoption, and NFP.

Damon currently lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Melanie and their eight children.


Our Director, Fr. Daniel Healy, was born and raised in Minnesota. In 1983 he graduated from the University of Dallas. While at the University, he met a couple of men who knew of the Anawim Community. He visited the Community in Corning, New York in 1980. In 1984, he moved to Corning and joined the Community. For many years he worked closely with Anawim’s founder, Fr. Francis Marino.

In 1994 he received an M.A. in Religious Studies at the Institute of Religious Studies, on the campus of St. Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, New York. Later that year he was sent to the Philippines to help establish a new Anawim Center in Las PiƱas. While in the Philippines, he made a retreat, during which he became aware of his call to the priesthood. After completing his studies at Divine Word School of Theology in the Philippines, he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Alaminos, Pangasinan in 2001.

With his health failing, Fr. Francis Marino stepped down as Director of the Community in 2002 and Fr. Daniel was voted in as Director. Along with his duties as Director and priestly duties serving the needs of Community members, Fr. Daniel serves the local parish, Mary, Mother of the Church.

For over fifteen years he has also been spiritual director to members of Courage Philippines. Courage is an international Catholic apostolate which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions. He is also on the staff of Anawim’s periodical booklet of liturgical meditations, Pondering the Word the Anawim Way.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Five Fatima Prayers That Every Catholic Should Know About

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's first apparition to the shepherd children. This extraordinary event invites us to rediscover the relevance of the Fatima messages in our present day and age and we do so by incorporating these special Fatima prayers during our prayer time.

The apparition of an angel and Our Lady to three poor children in Fatima, Portugal in the early 20th century is one of the most famous miracles in the Catholic world.

The children received many messages, mostly calling for personal conversion and prayer, as well as the words of 5 new prayers.

The first prayer is one many Catholics are likely already familiar with, but the other 4 are not as well-known.

Here are the 5 prayers given to the children at Fatima:

1) The Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”

Mary told the children that people should add this prayer to the end of each decade of the Rosary.

2) The Pardon Prayer

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.”

This prayer was given to the children by the angel that visited them in 1916, the year before Mary appeared to them.

3) The Angel’s Prayer

“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee 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 indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

This is another prayer given to them by the angel. There was a Eucharistic host and chalice suspended in the air, and the angel led them in kneeling before it and praying this prayer.

4) The Eucharistic Prayer

“Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

When Mary appeared to the children for the first time on May 13, 1917, she said, “You will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” According to Lucia, one of the children, a bright light shone all around them, and without thinking about it, they all started reciting this prayer.

5) The Sacrifice Prayer

“O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [that I do this].”

Mary gave the children this prayer, as well as the Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer, on June 13th, 1917. The prayer is meant to be recited when you are offering up suffering to God.

So get praying!

[Source: Church Pop]

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Feast of the Divine Mercy

From Sr. Faustina's Diary: Jesus' Promise on His Feast of Mercy:

"Once, as I was going down the hall to the kitchen, I heard these words in my soul:

Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.

Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation.

Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy.

I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.

I heard these words:

"My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable Mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy.

The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain COMPLETE FORGIVENESS of sins and punishment.

On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.

Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity."

The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.
Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. "

This year's Feast of the Divine Mercy is on April 23.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Litany of Humility

The Litany of Humility is a beautiful litany that will help us grow in the virtue of humility composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val (1865-1930), the Secretary of State for Pope St. Pius X. Pride is one of the deadly sins and we should strive to do our best to root out this sin in our soul. Jesus Christ is our perfect model of humility. He asks us to learn from Him for he is "meek and humble of heart" (Matt 11:29). The picture above depicts the Crowning of Thorns when Jesus bore all kinds of insults, mockery, and humiliation in order to atone of this sin. 

Read also The Twelve Degrees of Humility by St. Benedict.

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. 
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus. (repeat after each line)

From the desire of being loved, 
From the desire of being extolled, 
From the desire of being honored, 
From the desire of being praised, 
From the desire of being preferred to others, 
From the desire of being consulted, 
From the desire of being approved, 

From the fear of being humiliated, 
From the fear of being despised, 
From the fear of suffering rebukes, 
From the fear of being calumniated, 
From the fear of being forgotten, 
From the fear of being ridiculed, 
From the fear of being wronged, 
From the fear of being suspected, 

That others may be loved more than I, 
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. (repeat after each line) 
That others may be esteemed more than I , 
That, in the opinion of the world, 
others may increase and I may decrease, 
That others may be chosen and I set aside, 
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, 
That others may be preferred to me in everything, 
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

First Courage Information Seminar 2017

Courage Philippines will be having its first introduction seminar on same-sex attraction on April 22, 2017 (Saturday) from 2 to 6 p.m. Kindly refer to the poster above for details. You can also send us a message on our FB page.  Feel free to pass this around.

Friday, March 17, 2017

NOT Born That Way

Hi guys!

Turn up your speakers and listen to this round table discussion by Church Militant hosts on the subject of homosexuality. Also, kindly include in your prayers Joseph Nicolosi, a pioneer of reparative therapy, who passed away last March 8, 2017.

Here is the link: 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lent 2017

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. Let us make this Lent fruitful by reflecting on our life, performing works of mercy and acts of mortification, and spending more time in prayer. Today is also a day of fasting and abstinence.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Plenary Indulgences at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Last Monday, I had the chance to attend the Episcopal Coronation of the image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in QC and learned that the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel has been granted a Spiritual Bond of Affinity with the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major by the Apostolic Penitentiary last November 2016, which affords the faithful to gain Plenary Indulgences:

1. On the titular feast day of the Liberian Basilica (Aug. 5);

2. On the titular feast day of the Church itself;

3. On all the solemnities of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God;

4. Once a year, on a day to be chosen by every faithful freely;

5. As often as a group of pilgrims go there for reason of devotion.

(These indulgences are granted under the customary conditions.)

The Mt. Carmel Church is the fourth Marian church in the Philippines to be affiliated with the Basilica of St. Mary Major after Caysasay, Manaoag, and Sto. Domingo churches. The shrine is located along Dona Juana Rodriguez Ave. (formerly Broadway Ave.) New Manila, Quezon City. It is a few blocks away from LRT-2 Gilmore station. I highly encourage everyone to visit this beautiful church especially this coming Lent.

Confessions will be available in the shrine on March 1, Ash Wednesday (Day of Fasting and Abstinence), at St. Joseph Bldg from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Masses will also be held on the same day throughout the day (6 a.m., 7:15 a.m. 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5 p.m, 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)