The S​e​c​r​et

By Dcn.  Nemsy

Fr. Placido was a good friend of Padre Pio having gone to the same seminary with him. In 1957 he got seriously ill and was taken to the hospital in San Severo, Italy. One night, out of the blue, he suddenly saw Pade Pio at the foot of his bed assuring him of his recovery. The visitor then walked over towards the window, put his hands on the glass window and disappeared.

The next morning, Fr. Placido feeling rejuvenated, got out of bed and walked towards the window. There he saw the imprint of Padre Pio’s hand on the glass. The news of this travelled fast around the hospital and people flocked to his room to see the imprint for themselves. Even those outside the hospital heard about the story and they too flocked to Fr. Placido’s room. This created unnecessary traffic in the hospital so the authorities tried to erase and clean off the imprint, but it would not wash away. It was only after a few days later did the imprint disappear.

Fr. D’Apolito, a friend of Fr. Placido who saw the imprint during his visit wanted to verify this unusual incident. So he went to visit Padre Pio at the San Giovanni monastery and asked the holy priest about his surprise visit. Padre Pio simply said with a smile: “Yes, I went to the hospital, but don’t say anything to anyone.”

Ah, the beauty and simplicity of sanctity. It does bring inner joy and happiness.



 New Beginnings

​By Deacon Nemsy Gubatan

New Year is upon us, a springboard for new beginnings and new spiritual blossoming; also a time for resolutions and good intentions. To pave the way, pause for a few moments, close your eyes, and ask the “igniter of divine love, the revealer of truth about ourselves, and the wind

of courage” ... the Holy Spirit, to overshadow us with wisdom and insight into what is best for us to fly into the arms of God, into the arms of love. Why? Because if we do this, our spiritual eyes will be opened and change will be possible ... because only pure love can make this happen.

So consider the following New Year’s resolutions suggested by Fr. William Bausch.

First, Pick Up ... meaning pick up and deepen your relationship with God. Spend more quality time in prayer, in adoration, and in reflecting on the direction of your life. That’s why Plato said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Where is your life heading? Are you loosing spiritual ground, or are you gaining confidence because of a closer walk with the Lord. Now is the time to examine your life.

Second, Put Down ... meaning put down last year’s baggage or garbage – emotional or material. Just like what happened to Julie. She was so upset at her mean boss she quit her job. Fortunately, she found a new one; but there she continued talking about her old obnoxious boss to her new friends at work. So they simply told her: “So forget him. Why not just enjoy your work here with us.” For sure, that was a good advice; put down your old emotional baggage.


Then another co-worker told Julie this story: “I moved a few years ago and I hired a professional mover to pack for me. He asked me what I wanted him to pack. I waived my hand and said, “Everything!” When I got to my new place, I realized that he had taken my words literally. So along with my furniture, he pack all my trash bins, my old garbage including old newspapers, and empty bottles. That was a big mistake.”

True statement, so let’s abandon last year’s baggage and garbage – material or emotional. Also let’s abandon our old bad habits, disappointments, and grudges. Let us start fresh with new positive expectations and new hope.

Third, Pull Back. Dr. Jerald Jampolsky wrote the book, “Love is Letting Go of Fear.” In that book he said:

“Have you ever given yourself the opportunity of going through just one day concentrating on totally accepting everyone and making no judgments? Then he continued, “Everything we think or say, reacts on us like a boomerang. When we send out judgment in the form of criticism, fury, or attack thoughts, they come back to us. When we send out only love, it comes back to us.”

So during this New Year let’s try to purposely and consciously to pull back from judging others and just listen and be positive towards them. If someone irritates you, just say a quick prayer for them. Try these New Year’s resolutions and you will find a quieter life and a happier one.  



A Gratuitous Heart

By Deacon Nemsy Gubatan

​Psalm 9 declares: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds.” Christmas is a good time to declare our tremendous gratitude for what God has done for us. It is the perfect time to count our blessings. So ponder upon the words of the following brave and fearless hearts living in an ocean of gratitude:

“To be alive, to be able to see, to walk ... it’s all a miracle. I have adapted the technique of living life from miracle to miracle.” – Arthur Rubinstein

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” – Aldous Huxley

“Not being beautiful was the true blessing ... Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.” – Golda Meir

“Give thanks for sorrow that teaches you compassion; for pain that teaches you courage – and give exceeding thanks for the mystery which remains a mystery still – the veil that hides you from the infinite, which makes it possible for you to believe in what you cannot see.” – Robert Nathan

Now a quick story. Cindy went to a Catholic high school ran by nuns. Sr. Dolores was her English teacher during her las two years in high school. Sr. Dolores was her favorite teacher because she was kind, interesting, and loved her students. The nun also offered her time to tutor students on Saturdays who wanted to excel and to prepare for their college entrance exam.


Finally, Cindy graduated and went to college. She found college far more difficult and the professors less interested in helping out their students. Realizing what a gift Sr. Dolores was to her during her high school days, Cindy wrote the nun a simple but beautiful letter of gratitude.

Years later after Cindy graduated from college and began a career in publishing, she came across the name of Sr. Dolores in the obituary section of the local newspaper. So Cindy went to the funeral, paid her respects, and with a heavy heart started to leave the chapel. Suddenly, a humble nun approached her saying; “Thanks heaven you came. We have been trying to contact you. This is yours.” Then the nun handed her a piece of paper. Cindy recognized it as her thirty year old letter of gratitude to Sr. Dolores.

“It was in her prayer book,” the nun said. “She loved your letter. In her forty years of teaching that was her only thank you letter.”

So this Christmas, how can we thank God the Father for the perfect gift of his only begotten Son? Also, how can we thank the Christ child for coming into our world and into our lives? After all it is his birthday we celebrate. What is your personal gift to Him? Be extravagant. Don’t be stingy. Offer Him something that is intangible, pleasing, and unforgettable. Give Him your heart. Then the marvelous joy and peace of Christ will find you.


The Grinch Story

By Deacon Nemsy Gubatan

In the children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, the author Dr. Seuss criticizes the commercialization of Christmas and satirizes those who materially profit from them by exploiting the holiday season. Here’s the synopsis of the story.

The Grinch, a grouchy and selfish creature had a “small heart”. He lived on a mountain with his dog. From his mountain top he could hear the noisy Christmas festivities of the children and the people living in the valley. Annoyed and unable to understand the cause of their happiness, he planned to descend on the town to steal their Christmas presents and decorations to “prevent Christmas from coming.” And he did this successfully during the night. 


But when Christmas came, the people were feasting and enjoying themselves as if nothing happened. So when the Grinch saw this, somehow his heart was moved and his “heart grew larger”. As a result, he returned all the presents and decorations he stole. The people where grateful and warmly welcomed him to their community. The Grinch then discovered that Christmas is more than just gifts and presents but is really about welcoming the new born Savior of the world. So as they often say – he lived happily ever after. 


I have seen this kind of Christmas joy in the provinces of the Philippines. Barefoot children of poor families celebrating Christmas with great gusto and joy; grateful for what little they have, after first going to mass early in the morning. What’s wonderful is to see them sharing their meager food and toys with their neighbors. They are happy and content for what they have received. Apparently, their joy is their family and their faith. Also, without knowing it, by their faith and actions, they have made present the Christ child himself. This is our Christmas challenge, to make room for the infant Jesus in our hearts, and to engage in a conspiracy of love. This will bring us happiness on Christmas day.

“​Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” -  Dr. Seuss



Heroic Love 

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Mother Teresa of Calcutta does not need any introduction. Since I was young, I always knew her as a saint. What compels me to admire her is her heroic love of Christ. That’s why even some of the Hindus in India refer to her as one of their goddess.

Her heroic love was based on an intense and boundless love of God. On her way to the chapel very early in the morning she would silently pray:

“Each sigh, each look, each act of mine, shall be an act of love divine; and everything that I shall do, shall be dear Lord, for love of you.”

Then when she would put on her old sandals, she would pray:

“Of my own free will, dear Jesus, I shall follow you wherever you may go in search of souls, at any cost to myself and out of pure love of you.”

Now sharing her spiritual goals with the Sisters, she would say:

“Our vocation is not to work with lepers or the dying people; no, our vocation is to belong to Jesus. And because we belong to Jesus, like the vine and the branches, we produce fruit in abundance. As long as the branches remain united with the vine, they are capable of bringing forth fruit in abundance. For Jesus said: ‘I am the vine, you are the branches without me you can do nothing.’”

So what makes her heroic? It is her profound yet simple love of her Beloved. A love that does not demand anything in return but simply to allow her to continue loving the love of her life; Jesus the Son of God.

Limit Not G​od's Grace​

By  Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Be not afraid to ask for God’s favor. The Son of God knows the nature of human needs and desire. There is no need to exaggerate or underplay our desires. State them as we actually need them.

Once a blind man begged St. Padre Pio to restore his sight, even just in one eye to enable him to see his love ones. The humble padre asked: “Only in one eye?” To which the man responded, “That would good enough.” Smiling, the padre concluded: “I shall pray for you.”

Weeks later the man returned overjoyed, thanking Padre Pio for his cure. “So are you seeing normally again?” the padre inquired. “Yes, just from this one eye,” the healed man answered. Padre Pio admonished: “Ah, only from one eye. Let that be a lesson to you. Never put limitations on God. Always ask for the big grace.”

Personally, most of the time I ask for what I basically need, I never underplay my wants. However, when praying for others, I usually inflate my requests. To balance things out however, I usually end up saying: “According to your will.”

Amazing though, when it comes to spiritual favors, I usually ask for the big grace: To be a better person, to increase in charity and humility. To spend more time in prayer and meditation. Then the big one; to see Him face to face, followed by a big sigh ... “When Lord, when?



Love Never Gives Up

By Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Fascinating story, this one I read some time ago.

On one occasion, Madame Katharina Tangari, we shall call her Kathy, along with her friend Rosaria, visited a famous resort in Carovilli, Italy. In the resort was a large villa, surrounded by a magnificent garden. This was owned by a wealthy lawyer who was a freemason or someone who is an enemy of the Catholic church. People who came to visit the villa where not allowed to take any flowers. However, since Rosaria knew the lawyer, they were able to have coffee with him. They talked about the beautiful flowers in the garden, avoiding any mention of religion.

But at one point the lawyer said to them: “I’m already an old man. I don’t have many more years to live. The thought that I must leave this garden some day is quite bitter to me.” Then taking a deep breath the lawyer continued: “But I made a pact with the devil.”

“With the devil?” the two ladies exclaimed.

“Yes, my whole life I have served the devil well. After my death he must compensate me by allowing me, every so often, to return to my garden, to my flowers.”

“But sir, you don’t really want to go to hell?” the ladies protested.

“Yes, yes. The devil is my best friend,” the lawyer smiled.

“I can’t believe that, sir, I think your best friends are these beautiful flowers of yours.” But at that point the conversation ended, and they parted ways.

Later Kathy was thinking: “Poor lawyer he does not have Jesus in his life that’s why his life is upside down.”

Months later, Kathy thinking about Padre Pio, decided to visit him at San Giovanni Rotunda. She went to confession and later talked to him about the lawyer of Carovilli. On his part, Padre Pio promised to pray for the lawyer and instructed Kathy to write him immediately inviting him to take advantage of the coming Good Friday and Easter. The holy priest said this would be a good time for the lawyer to be reconciled with Christ.

The next day, Kathy wrote the lawyer, enclosing a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, not knowing that the lawyer was very ill. Then just after Easter that year, Kathy received a letter from him. Here’s a portion of it.

“My good Lady, I remember you and my friend Rosaria when you came to my place. Oh, I would not have imagined then that I would receive your letter, overflowing with goodness, which led me, by its call, to receive Jesus on the occasion of Holy Easter.

A similar appeal was often addressed to me by my loved ones, but I must tell you that your letter, which was quite penetrating with Christian spirit, carried great weight in my decision, and on Holy Thursday a friar of St. Francis, brought me Holy Communion and heard my confession.” End if story.

This reminds me of what Padre Pio said: “Don’t be discourage when you fall, but animate yourself with new confidence and a profound humility. Your becoming discouraged after the fall is the work of the enemy; it means you surrender to Satan and accept that you are beaten. You will not do this, because the grace of God is always vigilant in coming to your aid.”


Great advice. Clearly we can make the point that pure love, authentic love, never gives up. Because, as Padre Pio said, God’s grace is always vigilant in coming to our aid. I often refresh my weak and broken spirit with this principle when it seems that I am overwhelmed by the challenges of life and the evil one. I pray, I go to mass, I read the bible, and I awaken my spiritual eyes. It never fails. Love never fails. Love never gives up. That’s why I am a happy camper.

P R E V I O U S     I S S U E S

Reaching for Holiness

Dcn  Nemsy Gubatan


Holiness is a big word. Like a prism, there are many ways of expressing itself. However, our Catechism tells us: “... it is doing the will of the Father in everything for His glory – and in service of his neighbor. In some ways this is accomplished through spiritual progress through ever more intimate union with Christ.”

In addition, our Catechism tells us: “The way of perfection passes by way of the cross. There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle.” And St. Gregory of Nyssa adds: “He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.”

Yes, as believers, we desire holiness. For Mother Teresa of Calcutta this means doing everything for the love God. This also means for her, striving toward ever greater humility. To manifest holiness in a more reflective way she wrote this prayer:

Breath in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Guard me then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

Now, this manifestations of holiness in thoughts, work, and genuine love, inevitably blossoms into inexplicable joy.

One time a beggar approached Mother Teresa and said: “Mother Teresa, everybody gives you things for the poor. I also want to give something. But today, I am only able to get ten pence. I want to give that to you.” The holy nun thought: “If I take it, he might have to go to bed without eating. If I don’t take it, I will hurt him.” So she took it. Mother Teresa was amazed at the tremendous joy expressed in the beggars face. She never forgot the incident. She later said: “This is the joy of loving.”

Is it possible then, that holiness is simply the joy of loving Jesus? Like a prism, there are myriads of ways, big and small, of loving the Son of God. Why do we miss so many opportunities? What robs us of this joy? Think about that.



Believing Without Seeing

​Dcn  Nemsy Gubatan

When I was in college, as most men do, I dreamed of getting married and raising a family. I dreamed of finding the right partner in life and living a fulfilling life. It was all in my head, but deep within me I believed that I would someday meet this special person. So without seeing, I believed that someday I would meet the love of my life. And it happened, I did meet the right person, got married, and raised a family.

An atheist is different. They usually do not believe in things they do not see. They have to be able to use all their senses to confirm the existence of a person, place, or thing. I once read a story and it went like this:

An atheist had a friendly conversation with a Christian believer. He said: “Prove to me the existence of God and I will become a Christian.”

The believer responded saying: “But you are a minority in this world, there’s not too many of you. Prove to me that there is no God, and I will be an atheist.”

The atheist was silent for a moment and then said: “I can’t.”

“Amazing,” the believer exclaimed. “You believe in something that you cannot prove! By your own criteria, then you will never know the truth. But for me, since I believe, in faith, that there is a God, then I will forever rejoice in this knowledge. And my benevolent and loving God will take me to His Kingdom where I can be happy forever. Unlike you, I have found the truth.”

For most of us, not only did we find the truth, but we have also found Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. Like my believing that I will find a good wife, I also believe that I will meet the Lord and see Him face to face at some point in time.

As a mystic once said: “The virtues of faith, hope, and love are supernatural gifts that lead the soul to God.” And as Jesus said: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” That’s why we understand, that it is because of faith, that we exchange the present for the future. So smile, and be happy, you know the truth – Jesus if Lord. And the truth will set you free.

Prayer Moves the Hand of God

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Many times we try everything we can to make things happen. Sometimes we want it spontaneously, other times we give it some time. On our own, it is simply a trial and error basis, or a hit and miss process. Oftentimes, we have no basic framework to work with, we simply hope for the best to happen.

So consider this. To get things done we simply need to know that “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.” Whether it is an emergency or a long lingering problem, the mantra is; “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.”

One time St. Columbanus a revered Irish monk was traveling alone in the forest. He was on his way to visit one his monasteries. 


Suddenly, a pack of twelve wolves surrounded him ready to tear him to pieces. Calmly, and with confidence, he looked into the heavens and prayed: “Incline into my aid O God. O Lord make haste to help me.” Finishing his prayer, the pack of wolves fled.

Miraculous! Instant, spontaneous prayer answered without delay. Indeed, “Prayer moves the hands that moves the world.” Whether facing a Goliath or a pack of wolves, to know this simple principle by heart can make us rejoice in God’s goodness and mercy. Likewise, we can be happy as we place our trust in Him.


The Faith of a Child

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Sr. Kalyani became my friend. She used to work for Mother Teresa in the adoption center of the Sisters of Charity in India. Now she is retired confined to a wheelchair challenged by paralyzed legs. Her relatives brought her to Florida. One day she told me this story.

When she was a postulant in Calcutta, she slept with five other nuns in a room. In the middle of the room was a big wall clock to help them to be on time for mass, adoration, and other activities. But one day it broke down, and they felt somewhat helpless. Who would keep time? They were not allowed to wear wrist watches. Fortunately, there was a small statue of St. Joseph in their room, and they decided to invoke his help; after all they had a devotion to the saint.

First they drew a picture of a wall clock on a piece of paper, and placed it under the statue with the words: “Please, we need this.” That night, they began their nine day novena to St. Joseph.

On the second day of their novena, there was a middle age woman who knocked on their door saying: “While I was praying, I was given the impression to give you this old clock of mine since I just bought a new one.”

Sr. Kalyani told me that the donated clock lasted for several years. Also that St. Joseph was a humble intercessor and provider for the nuns.

Wow! What childlike trust and confidence the nuns had in St. Joseph’s assistance. After all, as I often say: “Love is a miracle because it is always willing to do the impossible.”


Pure Love is Life  

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Another true story. William Frey from Colorado volunteered to read for a student named John who was blind. One day he asked John, “How did you lose your sight?” He answered. “A chemical explosion, at the age of thirteen.” William continued, “How did that make you feel?”

John sighed and said, “Life was over for me. I felt helpless. I hated God. For the first six months I did nothing to improve my lot in life. I would eat all my meals alone in my room. One day my father entered my room and said, ‘John, winter’s coming and the storm windows need to be up, and that’s your job. I want those hung by the time I get back.’

“Then my dad walked out of the room and closed the door. I got angry, I thought, ‘Who does he think I am, I’m blind.’

“But I was so angry, I decided to do it. I felt my way to the garage, found the windows, located the necessary tools, found the ladder, all the while muttering under my breath, ‘I’ll show him. I’ll fall, then he’ll have a blind and paralyzed son!’

“So I got the windows up,” John continued. “But I found out later that never at any moment was my father more than four feet away from my side. He was always there. And that’s when I discovered, I could do something better with my life, than mope in my room all day. So now here I am in college.”

“He was always there,” John concluded about his earthly father. But so it is with God our Father, who is in heaven. We may not see Him, but He is always there for us. Thanks to Jesus who made sure we know this by heart, that we have a loving Father in heaven.

In Matthew 11:27 Jesus tells His disciples, “My Father has given me all things. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and to those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Pay attention to what Jesus is challenging us. He alone, by choice, can reveal the Father to us, and He is giving us this opportunity to know the Father; but we must ask Jesus.

We understand that to know Jesus in a personal way makes us happy; would we not be even happier if we also know the Father better? So if we dare, let us ask the Son of God, in some humble way, to reveal the Father to us. I believe that Jesus wants us to come closer to the Father too. Why? Because it will make us happy. As we pray, “Abba, Dad, Father, I love you,” there will be a new ring of joy to our prayer. Jesus’ revelations of the Father will make this happen. Why? Because pure love of God is life, and pure love is joy.

The Living Bread

Dcn.  Ne​msy Gubatan

This is a true story. In August 18, 1996 in Buenos Aires, Fr. Pezet was told by his sacristan about a discarded consecrated host (dispensed at Holy Communion) left in a candleholder. Following protocol, he placed the host in a small water container to allow it to dissolve and then placed it inside the tabernacle. 

A week later he checked the host, but it did not dissolve. Instead it turned into a bloody fragment of flesh. He then informed Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, who told him to have a professional photographer take picture of the fragment. For several years the host or bloody fragment remained in the tabernacle under strict secrecy. Subsequently, the Cardinal decided to have the fragment scientifically analyzed.

In October 5, 1999, Dr. Castanon, under the direction of the Cardinal, took a sample of the bloody fragment to New York for scientific analysis. He did not tell Dr. Zugiba, the analyst, who was also a cardiologist, where the fragment came from.

After extensive testing, Dr. Zugiba has determined that the bloody host was “a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle close to the valves.” He also disclosed that “the heart muscle is in an inflammatory condition and contains a large number of white blood cells. This indicates that the heart was alive at the time the fragment was taken since the white blood cells die outside a living organism. The white blood cells require a living organism to sustain them. Therefore the presence of white blood cells indicate that the heart was alive when the sample fragment was taken.”

Dr.  Zugiba continued by saying:  “What is noteworthy is that the heart had been under severe stress, as if the person had been severely beaten about the chest.”

Later Dr. Castanon, the one who brought in the sample fragment, informed Dr. Zugiba that the analyzed sample fragment came from a consecrated host which is a white unleavened bread.

Dr. Zugiba was in disbelief saying: “How and why a consecrated host would change its character and become a living human flesh and blood will remain an inexplicable mystery to science.”

Yes, a mystery to science but not to believers. This Eucharistic miracle simply attest to our belief of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Our eyes of faith can see Jesus in the Eucharist even without the miracle. We know that the Eucharistic Jesus wants to live in us. He wants to be close to us. So when we pray, we don’t have to shout. We can simply whisper. As I keep saying with great pride and joy:

“Jesus, the One you love lives in you.”


I Touched Jesus

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Mother Teresa, sometimes referred to as “the angel of the slums” by the people of Calcutta, India, was truly a symbol of God’s mercy. Dying old people abandoned in the streets of Calcutta was a common sight. No one paid attention to them since they were relegated as human trash. But not for Mother Teresa and her nuns who would pick them up and care for them in a place called Kalighat, or home for the dying. As God prospered her humble work, many young women from other countries joined her congregation known as the Missionaries of Charity.

One day a new member of the congregation, or a novice, from another country, was assigned to work at the Kalighat. Before she left, Mother Teresa told her: “You saw Father during Holy Mass and with what love and care he touched Jesus in the Host. Do the same when you go to the Home for the Dying because it is the same Jesus you will find there in the broken bodies of our poor.”

At the end of the day, the novice came back to the Mother House with a big smile in her face saying to Mother Teresa: “Mother, I have been touching the body of Christ for three hours!” Mother Teresa inquired: “How?” The excited novice replied: “When we arrived there, they brought a man who had fallen into a drain and was there for some time. He was covered with wounds and dirt and maggots, and I cleaned him, and I knew I was touching the body of Christ.” Mother Teresa smiled and commended her for her work.

A religious peak experience for the novice? A personal encounter with the Son of God for her? To those who know and had a similar exposure, it speaks volumes. But the spiritual eyes must be opened for this to happen. The heart must be accepting and the truth embedded in it. To touch Jesus is to be filled with happiness and joy. And Jesus is available to all who care to touch Him among the poorest of the poor.

"A simple judge of my character is how I treat a person who can do absolutely nothing for me."  -   Anonymous


True Love Never Ends

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Kim Carpenter, a baseball coach, fell in love with Krickett, a lovely gymnast. Theirs was an enchanted affair which ended up in an elegant wedding. Life was good.

However, a terrible car accident would change their lives forever. Krickett, the once lovely bride, ended up in the hospital, and later went into a coma. After four ​months, she woke up from a coma, only to discover that she had lost her memory of the past. She did not recognize her husband, nor felt any affection for him. He was like a  complete stranger to her. Their marriage was on hold.

​Fortuna​tely, their parents reminded them of their marriage vows – to be faithful to each other in sickness or in health; in good times and in bad. Being committed Christians, they decided to work things out.​

To make things feel right, Kim began the long process of courting and wooing Krickett all over again. They started dating and being together like best friends. In the end, and with patience, Kim won Krickett’s heart. Life was good again.

Three years after the accident, Krickett married Kim a second time to the delight of her parents and friends. Today they have two children, Danny and LeeAnn. In the end, everything worked out, because true love stories never have ending.​

In a similar way, God’s covenant with his people, you and I, are irrevocable. His promise of fidelity is timeless. To put it in the simplest form, God is saying to us: “I will love you to no end. I will never turn my back on you.” Knowing this loving promise is to experience great joy. The Lord will woo us back again, no matter what it takes. This knowledge is happiness beyond measure. And our challenge each day is simply to be faithful to Jesus to the end.

"Life has no meaning without relationship. That's why God hardwired us to find someone to love for eternity. Him."   -   Bro. Nemsy

Interior Happiness

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

He was kind of short, 5 feet 6 inches tall, but Napoleon Bonaparte managed to become the Emperor of France in 1804. Today, when someone is embarrassed for being short, they use the excuse that they have a “Napoleon complex”. Altogether though, Napoleon was known for his military genius in the battlefield and his many victories brought him fame throughout Europe.

One day, his generals were discussing the many battles they have won and how Napoleon’s strategy lead them to triumph. So one general asked the Emperor which was the happiest day of his life – thinking he would mention his victory in Lodi, or in Lombardy, or in Austerlitz which made him the master of Europe.

Napoleon carefully pondered the question then replied: “Ah, the happiest day of my life? That was the day of my first holy communion. I was near God then.”

Unexpected. Beyond the radar. Perhaps even childish. The generals must have been stupefied by the response. But the Emperor spoke the truth. One of his peak religious experience was receiving the Son of God in Holy Communion.

Wow! That makes me proud and jubilant for being a Catholic. I have access to this unbelievable and unforgettable happiness in partaking of the Eucharist. Simply put, Eucharist equals interior happiness.

The more we receive Jesus in Holy Communion the happier we become.

“One thing alone sustains me, and that is Holy Communion; Jesus concealed in the host is everything to me. From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage, and light. Here, I seek consolation in time of anguish. I would not know how to give glory to God if I did not have the Eucharist in my heart.” – St. Faustina Kowalska

Unbridled by Sin

Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

He was known as the man with the “Golden Mouth”, i.e., St. John Chrysostom because of his eloquent and masterful preaching. Consecrated as Archbishop of Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) in A.D. 397, he reformed his priests by instructing them to spend time with the poor and the homeless. With his natural zeal and eloquence he successfully converted many sinners including heretics.

Unfortunately Emperor Arcadius, the ruler at the time, was told a string lies about Chrysostom which resulted in his persecution and exile. So the Emperor consulted with his advisors for the best method to punish Chrysostom.

“Confiscate his property!” said one.

“Whom will that harm?” the Emperor asked. “Not Chrysostom, but only the poor to whom he gives all he has.”

“Cast him to prison,” said a second advisor.

“What would be the use, he would only glory in his chains,” the Emperor retorted.

“Well then, kill him,” said another.

“How would that help? It would only open the gates of heaven to him,” the Emperor exclaimed.

Finally, one wiser than the rest proposed: “There is only one thing in the world that Chrysostom fears. He is afraid to sin. We must make him sin.”

Well, you know the rest of the story. They could not make Chrysostom commit sin, so they simply exiled him to a far and remote place. Unfortunately, on his way to this distant place of exile, since he was already old, he fell ill and went home to God.  

Extraordinary! The saint dreaded sin more than death itself. Today, the word “sin” is not even mentioned in newspapers, magazines, or the media. And yet it is real as tea and coffee. It is so real that the consequence of sin is felt almost instantly. Yes, people can hide it, push it away, or ignore it. Nonetheless, it catches up with the sinner, unless the mercy of the Son of God is invoked. And when repentance, followed by God’s mercy is received, then peace and happiness is restored.

"If love is not ingenious, then it is not love at all."  -   Nemsy

Upend the World​

​by Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Boris was a young idealistic Russian conscientious objector. After reading the New Testament and absorbing its true meaning, he began to question the ideals of the Bolshevik maxims. Soon his disturbing messages to the Russian elite got him into trouble.

He was brought before the magistrate to explain his thinking and behavior. With firmness and conviction, he tried to convince the judge of the beauty of loving one’s enemies, or overcoming evil with good, and bringing about peace and not war.

The judge understood Boris’ argument and said: “Yes, I get your point, but you must be realistic. These ideals you are talking about are the laws of the kingdom of God; and it has not come yet.”

After a moment of silence, Boris spoke up with conviction and fervor saying: “Sir, I recognize that it has not yet come for you, nor for Russia, but the kingdom of God has come for me! I cannot go on hating and killing as though it had not come.”

The judge was taken by surprise at the response. Clearly this statement has upended the judge’s premise. The battle for the pre-eminence of the kingdom of God has challenged the reality of the judge’s world.

On a deeper level, Origen, an early church father tells us: “According to our Lord and Savior, the kingdom of God does not come in such a way as to be seen. No one will say, ‘Look it is here!’ or ‘There it is; because the kingdom of God is within us. The word is very near us; it is on our lips and in our hearts.”

Absolutely true, the kingdom of God is within us. It is the kingdom of the Son of God. It is the kingdom of goodness, beauty, and truth.

"Give me 1​00 preachers who fear nothing but in and desiring nothing but God ... such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth."  -  John Wesley

Puppy Love

by  Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, known today as Pope Francis, was a lover of the poor and an ambassador of God’s mercy. He was also known for his humility and simplicity. Nonetheless, as a young boy of twelve, his heart was pulled in a different direction by young girl, his best friend. Amalia Damonte was her name, and the young Jorge had a crush on her.

With good intentions, Jorge sent her a letter with a picture of a house, indicating that this would be their domicile when they get married. Unfortunately, the letter was discovered by Amalia’s parents. Considering their young age, the parents were amused, and displeased with Jorge’s proposal. Subsequently, a strong disapproval followed.

The next day the two friends met. With childlike simplicity, Amalia sadly narrated the episode with her parents. Jorge was silent, then with measured firmness said,  “If you can’t marry me, then I’ll become a priest.”


Was this the hand of God? Was Jorge being groomed for something bigger? At that time we would not know. But today we can confidently say – “Yes.”

“Each one has a mission to fulfill, a mission to love.”   - Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

The Flower of the Ghettos

by Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan

Mother Teresa, often referred to as the “living saint of Calcutta” who opened the first hospice for the dying was known to be sensitive to the various religious persuasion of those they cared for. So, respecting their personal beliefs, the sisters would read the Quran to the Muslims, give the Hindus water from the Ganges (considered holy), and for Catholics they would invite a priest to administer the last rites. Their goal was to have each one of them experience a “beautiful death”; although they may have lived like animals on the streets, hopefully they would die like angels ... loved and wanted by the sisters.

One time Mother Teresa, alongside a visitor, pointed to the rows of patients resting in pallets or stretchers saying to the visitor:

“Our work calls for us to see Jesus in everyone. He has told us that He is the hungry one. He is the naked one. He is the thirsty one. He is the one without a home. He is the one who is suffering. These are our treasures. They are Jesus. Each one is Jesus in His distressing disguise; Jesus in His distressing disguise”

Mother Teresa has her spiritual eyes wide, wide open.  If we can even approach this deep vision of charity, we can be happy.

"In the ancient recipe, the three antidotes for dullness or boredom are sleep, drink, and travel. It is rather feeble. From sleep you wake up, from drink you become sober, and from travel you come home again. And then where are you? No, the two sovereign remedies for dullness are love or a crusade."  -   D. H. Lawrence