From a letter to the Romans by Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

The delights of this world and all its kingdoms will not profit me. I would prefer to die in Jesus Christ than to rule over all the earth. I seek him who died for us, I desire him who rose for us. I am in the throes of being born again. Bear with me, my brothers; do not keep me from living, do not wish me to die. I desire to belong to God; do not give me over to the world, and do not seduce me with perishable things. Let me see the pure light; when I am there, I shall be truly a man at last. Let me imitate the sufferings of my God. If anyone has God in him, let him understand what I want and have sympathy for me, knowing what drives me on.

The prince of this world would snatch me away and destroy my desire to be with God. So let none of you who will be there give him help; side rather with me, that is, with God. Do not have Jesus Christ on your lips and the world in your hearts. Give envy no place among you. And if, when I get there, I should beg for your intervention, pay no attention to me; no, believe instead what I am writing to you now. For I write to you while I yet live, but I long for death. My earthly desires have been crucified, and there no longer burns in me the love of perishable things, but a living water speaks within me, saying: “Come to the Father.”

I take no delight in corruptible food or in the pleasures of this life. I want the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was David’s seed, and for drink I want his blood, the sign of his imperishable love.

I no longer wish to live, as men count life. And I shall have my way, if you wish it so. Wish it, then, so that you too may have God’s favor. With these few words I beg you to believe me. Jesus Christ will make plain to you the truth of what I say; he is the true voice that speaks the Father’s truth. Pray for me that I may reach my goal. I have written to you not prompted by merely human feelings and values, but by God’s purpose for me. If I am to suffer, it will be because you loved me well; if I am rejected, it will be because you hated me. Remember in your prayers the church of Syria: it now has God for its shepherd instead of me. Jesus Christ alone will be its bishop, along with your love. For myself, I am ashamed to be counted among its members, for I do not deserve it, being the least of all, born out of due time. Yet, if I attain to God, by his mercy I shall be something. I greet you from my heart, and so do the churches that have welcomed me in love not as a mere passerby but as the representative of
Jesus Christ. Yes, even the churches that were not on my route humanly speaking, though spiritually on the same journey, were there to meet me in city after city.

The start of a new journey

It has been more than three years now since the last time I visited my other blog (from the other blog site), or even write something in it. The last time I logged into my blog, I felt like a total stranger. Maybe because some of the blogs that are in my reading list are no longer updated, or maybe the bloggers that I used to follow had not been active as well. Either way, I felt so lost in my own abode.

Hard as it may be, I decided to get over with my old blog and make a new one. This means that I have to let go of the friends that I had made in my few years of blogging, and to forego the blogs that I used to follow and read. It also means that I have to start all over again.

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Starting a new blog in a whole new environment somehow challenges me because I have to go back to the basics. But don’t get me wrong about this. One of the things that I learned in life is to never stop learning. I do not know where this will lead me but I am actually excited to explore and be able to learn and discover something new out of this experience.

I will be blogging mostly about photography, books, movies, music and everything in between. From time to time, I will also share my experiences about being in a different world, a world where I have learned to embrace as my home away from home. On the sidelines, I will also be posting photos of my pets. And lastly, the main reason why I created this blog, I will be writing about Jesus, my faith and on being a Catholic, and why His Divine Mercy is the last strand of hope in the darkest moments of my life. Without Christ, I Am Nothing!

So there you go, hello world!

My New Bible Companion

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I have been looking for a new way to read the Holy Bible when I came across this devotional in the ads sent though my email. I got curious and after few minutes of browsing its contents, I immediately said to myself, ‘I got to have this one!’ and here it is, finally.

It is very disheartening sometimes that we, Catholics, are looked down and even worse, ridiculed because we do not know our Bible. A lot of the people I know do not even own one! And this is the crux of the matter. Saint Jerome, perhaps the greatest Bible scholar the Catholic Church ever had, once said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” I think this well-known dictum by this great saint is the most important reason why we should read our Bible for us not to be ignorant about Christ.

Pope Francis even admonished us to “remember that the Bible was not written to be put on a bookshelf. It was written to be held in one’s hands, to be read frequently, every day, either alone or with others.”

This devotional is a must-have for every Catholic who desires to deepen his understanding of the Bible. It is the Word of God. It is God who speaks to us every time we read a passage in the Bible.

So my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage each and everyone of you, including myself, to read our Bible and “let our daily reading of Scripture be for us a foretaste of heaven, our roadmap to heaven, a trustworthy companion along the narrow, rough, and arduous ascent we are making toward heaven.”

God bless us all and Happy New Year!