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New SVD Superior General

New SVD Superior General

July 5, 2018---During the General Chapter of the SVD currently being held in...

New SVD Leadership Team

New SVD Leadership Team

Presenting the newly elected Leadership Team of the SVD worldwide: General...

BMW: Biblical Marriage Weekend

BMW: Biblical Marriage Weekend

The Philippine Central Province Biblical Apostolate, under the leadership of...

Deacons 2018

Deacons 2018

On August 25, 2018, at the Divine Word Seminary Tagaytay City, 4 young men...

New Provincial Superior

New Provincial Superior

On August 27, 2018, the leadership of the SVD Philippines Central Province...

New Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish Kamuning

New Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish Kamuning

On September 11, 2018, Fr. Jose Randolph Flores SVD was installed as the 15th...

RIP: Fr. Antonio Enacmal SVD

RIP: Fr. Antonio Enacmal SVD

Fr. Antonio, or Fr. Tony, as he was called, was born in Sariaya, Quezon. He...

  • New SVD Superior General

    New SVD Superior General

  • New SVD Leadership Team

    New SVD Leadership Team

  • BMW: Biblical Marriage Weekend

    BMW: Biblical Marriage Weekend

  • Deacons 2018

    Deacons 2018

  • New Provincial Superior

    New Provincial Superior

  • New Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish Kamuning

    New Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish Kamuning

  • RIP: Fr. Antonio Enacmal SVD

    RIP: Fr. Antonio Enacmal SVD

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A religious missionary community of priests and brothers inspired by the Holy Triune God, proclaiming the reign of God by sharing intercultural life and mission among ourselves and our dialogue partners, following the example of Saints Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz

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To witness to God’s love, as told in the Scriptures, sending us to transform all creation through self-giving and dialogue

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Sunday Reflections

6th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

May 26, 2019

John 14, 23-29

 

Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, “I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the father; for the Father is greater than i. and now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.

 

Reflection

 

Whenever I visit the 95 year old German Frau Knickrehm in a home for old people, she always tells me about the stories and struggles of her life during the Second World War, how she and her Jewish family survived and she found peace when she lost her husband and children. With a serene countenance, she would say, “I have patience with everything that remains unsolved in my heart. I have learned to live with questions, not with answers.” Whether she has regrets in life, she replied curtly, “Of course, like everyone else. But I have made peace with myself. The war against yourself is the hardest war to win. I did not say I won, I just stopped fighting.”

Just like many old folks in the retirement house, Frau Knickrehm seemed to have found inner peace by having little and needing less, by not mourning about lost youth and fading active life, but by surrendering to God and humbly accepting the inevitable course of nature with a grateful attitude. During my conversations with old people, I realize that we humans become reflective as we age, so that we can pass on what we have learned before we die.

Frau Knickrehm told me, “Inner peace is a matter of mind and heart. Your mind can be your enemy or friend. If you always follow your heart, your mind will feel neglected. If you follow only your mind, your heart will never forgive you. If you make your heart and mind your friends, then you will have inner peace throughout the changing seasons of life.”

This inner peace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, which Christ promised. It is different from worldly peace, which Is the absence of external conflict. The Holy Spirit’s gift of deep and lasting peace makes us unafraid of the present and the future. Sin, fear, doubt, uncertainty, and other forces are always at war within us and will always accompany us until death, but they should not dictate how we live a meaningful life. The Holy Spirit does not magically erase these negative states, but transforms them to teach us what is good, pure, holy, true and lasting in life. Peace comes from within, from the heart, where the Holy Spirit dwells. That is why we can never obtain peace externally unless we make peace with ourselves. Outer peace is just a reflection of inner peace.

Meister Eckhart, a German mystic, wrote, “Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. We must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” Let us be aware of God’s gentle promptings thru inner solitude, whether alone or with others, at home or in a strange land. It allows us to experience inner peace given by the Holy Spirit.

 

By Fr. Simon Boiser SVD

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