Miscellaneous

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
What is the Forgotten Virtue?
By the late Father Kilian McGowan, C.P.

The poet Wordsworth once wrote that the "best portion of a good
man's life" is "his little, nameless, unremembered acts of
kindness and love." In his famous Canticle of Charity
(Corinthians, Chapter 13) Saint Paul named it as one of the
foremost daughters of charity: "Charity...is kind," he wrote.

Kindness is like a beautiful jewel carefully and beautifully
wrapped. For to the gem of charity it adds a most attractive
packaging of gentleness and considerateness. Kindness is,
therefore, an overflow of a thoughtful and selfless love into a
realm of speech and action. It is indeed a God-like quality.

Volumes could be written on the exquisite kindness that our
Blessed Lord showed toward everyone. While He always placed the
primary accent on the spiritual, He never overlooked the physical
and emotional needs of others. Remember the time He resurrected
the sick child from the dead. Immediately, He insisted that she
be given something to eat. He was casual about the tremendous
miracle, and concerned about the youngster's hunger.

You'll never have to look far for opportunities to practice
the Godlike quality of kindness. Think of all the people you
know in spiritual, physical, or emotional need. Just look about
you and note all the forgotten, neglected, and lonely people that
are starving for little acts of kindness. And when you start
looking, always start in you own home.

Impulsive little acts of kindness can be very touching...and
effective, too. But true kindness is not simply the overflow of
a feeling of well-being or a sudden burst of good humor. It is
a stable disposition of one's heart that should be carefully
cultivated and constantly practiced. There is always a
predictable consistency to a truly kind person.

To cultivate this Godlike virtue, start being kind in thought.
Think out ways of being kind to others...in the home and away
from it. Keynote in your thinking the good qualities of others,
rather than their more obvious failings. This will make it
easier for you to think kindly of others, and will even increase
your peace of soul.

Make your acts of kindness personal. As kindness always implies
a certain giving of one's self, don't be afraid to be yourself.
Don't worry about being awkward, misunderstood, or unappreciated
in your efforts at kindness. Kindness is so universally
appreciated that it will never be wasted.

Kindness has a certain timeliness to it. It's at its beautiful
best when it caters to an urgent need of the moment. It's simple,
too-just as ordinary as sunshine, and just as necessary.
A thoughtful letter...a brief visit...a word of encouragement
or congratulations...a small or thoughtful gift...or just one's
silent presence can bring instant joy to the recipient.

The tongue is one of the greatest instruments of kindness. The
tongue gives birth to the kindness one has conceived in his heart.
An unkind thought can be concealed...an unkind impulse can be
smothered...but once an unkind word has been spoken, the damage
is done. If you are perfectly kind in your speech, you are
possessed of an exquisite kindness.

Only kindness that flows from intimate friendship with Our Lord
can conquer selfishness. Close personal contact with Christ has
such a transforming effect. To plunge often into this infinite
ocean of kindness, gradually washes away our innate egotism and
unkindness.

What was more reassuring and attractive in our Lord than His
kindness? In Him, Titus wrote "the goodness and kindness of God
our Savior, appeared." (3:4) This dominant quality of the Heart
of the Savior proved irresistible even to the most hardened of
sinners.

From the Heart of the Savior, kindness will increasingly pour
itself into the lives of those who maintain a daily contact with
Him. This outpouring brings benevolence and forbearance,
compassion and consideration, sensitiveness to others' needs,
and a merciful overlooking of their failures.

No good, it is true, can be accomplished in the home or out of it,
without sincere love. We resist any kind of force, but we
surrender to kindness. This attractive virtue never humiliates,
and always comforts. It shows its face in an habitual, sensitive,
unself-centered concern for all others and their needs.

Yes, kindness is one of the greatest gifts you can give the world.
It sweetens sorrow and lessens pain. It inspires hope in faint
hearts and discovers beauties in every human person. It lightens
burdens and gives uplift to the unfortunate. It lessens the
bitterness of failure and it enkindles love and gratitude. It is
so Christlike. Why not be an Apostle of kindness?




FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Are You Strong Enough to Be Meek?
By the late Father Kilian McGowan, C.P.

What's wrong with meekness? Is the meek man a Milquetoast who is
too spineless and weak-kneed to face up to the battle of life?
This is the false face of meekness spread by our TV and modern
novels. Life to them is an "asphalt jungle" where every
difference is settled by a six-gun or a pair of fists.
Strength is equated with violence and brutality.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The meek man has the
courage of the martyrs, the reverence of the poet, and the
patience of a saint in his make-up. Meekness is the son of
self-conquest and father of self-control. The meek man has
studied hard in the school of Christ Crucified, who was meek and
humble of heart.

You don't really need a show of force, or external bluster, or a
display of self-righteousness to overwhelm those who do you wrong.
You must overcome your enemies with the force of the divine life
that flows in and through you. You must conquer the world-and
your enemies-with the love of Christ.

Have you noticed that the most excessive demands always seem
to be made on you when you're at your physical or nervous worst?
Remember that our Lord rebuked His apostles for trying to spare
Him from the thoughtless crowds that pressed about Him following
an exhausting apostolic day: "Suffer the little children to come
unto me and forbid them not," He commanded them.

What do you do when insulted or rejected by otherwise good
people? Perhaps even by those you love? Recall what Christ said
to the Apostles who wanted to rain down fires from heaven on the
cities that refused Him entrance. He warned them that they knew
not of what spirit they were. (Luke 19:55).

What happens when a trusted confidant or friend betrays you in
speech or action? Peter, who swore he would go to the death with
the Savior, betrayed Him in His hour of greatest need. Yet
Christ's only rebuke was a look of infinite tenderness and meek
forgiveness. Was it any wonder that this look brought tears of
immediate repentance?

The truth is that even a little meekness takes a lot of strength.
Now, more than ever, the world filled with so much violence needs
truly meek men. The times call for the manliness of meekness
more than the false courage of violence and uncontrolled anger.
We need the self-conquest of meekness more than the
self-centeredness of hate and brutality. We need the meekness
and humility of Christ.

Helps to Meekness:

1-Reverence every other person, regardless of race, color of
skin, or religious background, as a child of God and a potential
saint.

2-Compassionate with the weaknesses and faults of others no matter
how vicious and mean. Begin at home, remembering that no once can
hurt you when you are truly meek.

3-When your best efforts are unappreciated, or your wise counsel
is ignored, go your way in peace. Prayer is another tool of
meekness that heals and wins souls after words and actions have
failed.

Finally, pray for the courage to be meek. And remember that
there's no victory that is sweeter than the conquest of self!




Officers, 2010-2012
President: Victoria Carmona
•Executive Vice President: Margie Vasquez
•1st VP Religious: Terry Padua
•2nd VP Social Affairs: Sofia Del Rosario
•Secretary: Lani Villanueva
•Asst. Secretary: Reynie Lopez
•Treasurer: Candy Tamondong
•Auditor: Rudy Del Rosario


*Standing Committe Chairmen/Chairwomen

*Finance: Ian Padua

*Religious Education,Pilgrimage & Membership Development: Violeta Angara, Butch Centeno, Reynie Lopez


*Liason Officers: Violeta Angara

*Religious & Special Events: Guadalupe Salazar/Nini Centeno

*Faith Propagation & Prayer:
North/West Suburbs Peter & Gisel Rosal
Chicago Agea Magdalena Salazar/Ofelia Bonifacio

*Publicity & Public Affairs: Joe Gavilan/Tony Bautista

*Music/Entertainment: Angel & Cora Jimenez/Delfin & Angie Melchor

*Food & Accommodations: Ofelia Bonifacio/Mila Nano

*Advisory Board
Florie Nilayan, PP
Violeta Angara, PP
Antonio Bautista, PP
Joe Gavilan, PP
Jun Vasquez, PP
Guadalupe Salazar, PP
Terry Padua, PP
Nini Centeno, PP
Nila Gonzales, PP
Lydia Pavia








2010 FOURTH QUARTER DOLMA EVENTS
2010 FOURTH QUARTER DOLMA EVENTS•
OCTOBER 2010•
October 2, Saturday, NOVENA 4 P.M.,
MASS 5 P.M.,
MEETING 6 P.M.;
INSTALLATION CEREMONY;
October 8, Friday, OUR LADY OF ROSARY/NOVENA TO START ON SEPTEMBER 30•
October 29, Friday, INDUCTION BALL•

NOVEMBER 2010•
November 6, Saturday, NOVENA 4 P.M.,
MASS 5 P.M.,
MEETING 6 P.M.;
November 21, Sunday, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE KING;
THE PRESENTATION OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY•
November 25, Thursday, THANKSGIVING DAY•
November 28, Sunday, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT•

DECEMBER 2010•
December 4, Saturday, NOVENA 4 P.M.,
MASS 5 P.M.,
MEETING 6 P.M.•
December 5, Sunday, SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT•
December 8, Wednesday, THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY•
December 12, Sunday, THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT•
December 19, Sunday, SIMBANG GABI/DOLMA CHRISTMAS PARTY•
December 19, Sunday, FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT•
December 25, Saturday, THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD (CHRISTMAS DAY)•
December 26, Sunday, THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH•










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