CHRISTIAN YOUTH ORGANIZATION

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''WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US'’

                                             (1 JOHN 4:19)




CYO IS A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SERVE GOD, SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS TO THE WORLD AND ALSO TO CONVINCE OTHER TEENAGERS TO TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH US TO THE PATH TO HOLINESS. THIS ORGANIZATION WAS PUBLISHED BY RITO CABALES JR. KRISHIA BELLO, AND SEAN DALE PORLARES, SOME HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM Saint Thomas AQUINAS COLLEGE SOGOD SO. LEYTE. THE GROUP BECOMES MORE INSPIRED BY THE GUIDANCE OF FR. ROLIE RICHIE GOMEZ WHO DECIDED TO SUPPORT THEM IN THEIR JOURNEY. THE ORGANIZATION IS OPEN FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO WANT TO OFFER THEIR LIVES TO GOD BY SERVING HIM, FOLLOWING HIM, AND MOST ESPECIALLY BY LOVING HIM, BECAUSE HE DESERVES TO BE LOVED BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US!

         


    

             I DID NOT COME TO CALL THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT THE SINNERS

                                                  (MATTHEW 9:13)




  SINNERS THOUGH WE ARE, JESUS CALLS US AND WANTS TO     BEFRIEND US, SO COME AND JOIN US AND EXPERIENCED           BEING BLESSED BY THE PRESENCE OF GOD DWELLING IN US!

                   

                       


                                         TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY !!!

      



                                    "Quotes About Catholicism"


“I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.”
Mother Teresa

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
John Paul II

“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary


“It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.”
Pope Benedict XVI


“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”
Teresa of Ávila


“The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man's head because she turns his heart.”
Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock

“We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God.”
Pope Benedict XVI


“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.”
Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock

“The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a "new creation", capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.”
Pope Benedict XVI, The Sacrament Of Charity: Sacramentum Caritatis

“There are only two kinds of people we can call reasonable: either those who serve God with their whole heart because they know him, or those who search after him with all their heart because they do not know him.”
Blaise Pascal


“When man is with God in awe and love, then he is praying.”
Karl Rahner, The Need and the Blessing of Prayer: A Revised Edition of on Prayer

“He was alone in his wonderment,
amoung creatures incapable of wonder
--for them it was enough to exist and go their way.”
John Paul II

“Catholics have more extreme sex lives because they're taught that pleasure is bad for you. Who thinks it's normal to kneel down to a naked man who's nailed to a cross? It's like a bad leather bar.”
John Waters


“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?”
St. Bonaventure


“Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls.”
Augustine of Hippo



MANILA, Feb. 7, 2014—Parishioners packed the conference hall of the Santa Cruz Church (official name: Our Lady of the Pillar Parish) on Thursday evening as they listened to a young priest expounding on a variety of Biblical topics.

Fr. Ritchie Gomez of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) said he could not believe that his lecture would become such a “blockbuster” among those present given that invitation to the event was “less than aggressive”.

The lecture marked the Santa Cruz Parish’s participation in the Church-wide “Bible Week” celebration which aims to encourage the lay faithful to read the Sacred Scripture, and to take to heart its “very important message”.

It was also in response to the pastoral exhortation last December 1, 2013 of Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas for the “Year of the Laity” in which he called on Filipino Catholics to “make your faith bear on your day to day decisions and activities. It is only an integral faith, a faith that believes, a faith that worships, and  a faith that works in love (Gal. 5: 6), that will serve as God’s way ‘to make all things new’ in our beloved country.”

Churchgoers shared that although a tarpaulin poster advertising Gomez’s lecture hung on a fence fronting the Parish Office, it was not conspicuous enough to catch the attention of passers-by.

Because of this, the priest admitted he was initially afraid his talk would have to end before it even started.

But he was wrong.

A last-minute invitation after the evening Mass was met with a reassuring response from the parishioners.

“It overwhelms me to see you all here gathering to listen to the Word of God,” Gomez told his audience in Filipino.

“I am amazed that more and more people are taking an interest in the Bible,” he said.

As in every Holy Mass, he opened the two-hour discussion with a verse from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians XIII.13 in which the Apostle said:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

No greeting is more beautiful, Gomez believes, because it makes the audience one in the presence of the Divine.

In his lecture themed Magandang Balita, Gabay sa Buhay-Layko, Gomez explained in a language that is easy to understand why Christians should make reading the Scriptures a habit.

“Unlike other books, the Bible as God’s Word—Dei Verbum—speaks to all ages and to all nations… It never loses its significance… It is just a matter of spending a few minutes a day to leaf through its pages,” he said.

In a PowerPoint presentation, Gomez traced the origins of the Holy Writ in Israel, and discussed how it became the revered book it is today.

“To appreciate the Bible, it is necessary to go back to its roots, to the cultural milieu that gave it birth, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and how it relates to our contemporary human experience,” Gomez shared.

The priest detailed the chronology of the Bible, beginning with the Jewish Patriarchs and Prophets, down to the age of the Apostles.

He stressed, “As Catholic Christians, we must view the Old Testament not only as God’s exclusive covenant to the Hebrew nation, but also as the paving of the way for the coming of His begotten Son, the Messiah.”

The priest reminded, “We should regard the New Testament as God’s promise to all nations fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, Our Savior, who humbled and died for us in atonement of our transgressions.”

Gomez ended his talk with an applause from a grateful crowd who now see the Bible with fresh eyes.

“I am more than eager now to read the Bible,” a female member of the audience shared. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

 

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