Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

WOUNDED FOR LOVE

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 3,371 total views I am sure you know at least one person who has left the Church due to a hurtful experience within it. This individual, once identifying as Catholic, has abandoned their religion because of disappointment with a priest or with people in the Church. Perhaps they encountered a priest who was unfaithful to his

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Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

ASTONISHED

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 30,078 total views In one short paragraph, Jesus astonished the people around Him for two significant reasons. Firstly, they were astounded by His preaching. Secondly, they were astounded by His healing. Why were they astonished by His preaching? Because He spoke only the truth. Truth possesses its own power. It requires no sugar coating. It needs

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

ASTONISHED

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 30,719 total views In one short paragraph, Jesus astonished the people around Him for two significant reasons. Firstly, they were astounded by His preaching. Secondly, they were astounded by His healing. Why were they astonished by His preaching? Because He spoke only the truth. Truth possesses its own power. It requires no sugar coating. It needs

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

GOD DOES NOT LIKE MIRACLES

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 30,718 total views By nature, we like miracles. When we hear about a miracle or read about it, we rush to the miracle site because we want to experience the supernatural through those miracles. Human beings probably like miracles a lot, but God does not like miracles. That is why miracles happen very rarely. God does

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

DISBELIEF

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 30,717 total views The story of Zechariah is our story as well. Zechariah received a blessing. We all have been blessed at one point or another in the past. After Zechariah received the blessing, his response was doubt. His response was fear. His response was disbelief. Isn’t that what we often do after we are blessed

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

INSPIRATION!

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 30,734 total views Once in a while, we come across children who have plenty of toys and children’s books, and yet go to their parents and say, “I am bored.” We see college students shifting from one course to another, not knowing what career path to take, and then they say life is boring. This attitude

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

BLINDNESS

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 30,763 total views The blind man could not see. That is a fact. Yet, he warns to me that even if he could sense or see with his being, he could not see with his eyes, but he could sense with his heart. That is why he immediately felt the disgust of the crowd. That is

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

BE GRACIOUS

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 31,043 total views In Grade 3, I learned a poem about good manners: Hearts, like doors, will open with ease With very, very little keys. But don’t forget that two of these Are thank you, sir, and if you please. People who are grateful, people who know how to say thanks sincerely, win the hearts of

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

WHY DO YOU GIVE?

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 31,697 total views Why do people give? Why do people do good things for other people? Unfortunately, our motivations are not always clear and good. Unfortunately also, we are not always aware of the impurity of our motives. Why do people give and why do people do good things for other people? The first motivation, unexpressed

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

CLAY AND POTTER

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 33,439 total views Most of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The prayer has been adapted by many rehabilitation programs for dependents on drugs, alcohol, gambling, and even

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

RESPECTFUL GOD

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 34,427 total views Children are expected to respect their parents. Younger people are expected to respect their elders. The laity are expected to respect priests. The priests are expected to respect their bishops. And the principle is—the higher, the more experienced, the older, the more deserving of respect. If we follow the same principle, then God

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

PRAYER IS STRENGTH

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 34,852 total views Prayer is our strength. Prayer is a strong tool. Where does prayer get its strength? The strength of prayer does not come from the one who prays. The strength of prayer comes from the one to whom it is addressed. In other words, prayer does not become a strong tool because we pray.

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

LISTENING AND SPEAKING

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 32,419 total views What is more difficult, to speak for eight hours or to listen for eight hours? What is more difficult, to speak for eight hours without eating or drinking, or to listen, seated for eight hours without eating or drinking? I think it is understandable that the speaker has a more tiring job than

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Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

ENCOUNTER OF HOPE

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 36,293 total views Nowadays, we call leprosy Hansen’s disease. In ancient Israel, leprosy was a general term for all sicknesses of the skin. Whether it was pimples, acne, eczema, leprosy, psoriasis, or buni, all of those skin diseases were considered leprosy. Anything that is a blemish on the skin was considered leprosy. Here was a leper.

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