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By Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD

 

Some years ago, divers located a 400-year-old sunken ship off the coast of Northern Ireland.

Among the treasures they found on the ship was a man’s wedding ring. When they cleaned it up, they noticed that it had an inscription on it.

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Etched on the wide band was a hand holding a heart. And under the etching were these words: “I have nothing more to give you.”

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Of all the treasures found on that sunken ship, none moved the divers more than that ring and its beautiful inscription.

The etching on that ring and its inscription — “I have nothing more to give you” — could have been placed on the cross of Jesus.

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For on the cross, Jesus gave us everything he had. He gave us his Heart. He gave us his Love. He gave us his very Life. “No greater love than this a man has,” Jesus said, “than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

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The feast of the Sacred Heart two days ago is one of the most popular and enduring devotions among Filipinos.

Government and private offices take breaks mostly at noon in order to attend the First Friday Mass. Churches, as well as chapels, are filled to capacity looking like it was an ordinary Sunday.

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Our devotion to the Sacred Heart should not, however, remain in rituals and novenas only. The constant challenge is to translate Christ’s example of love in life.

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Giving one’s life for someone is the greatest expression of love. For instance, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, a Capuchin priest, showed this love by giving his life at the concentration camp in Auswitz in order to save the father of a family who was about to be executed.

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However, such dramatic manifestation of love does not come often in life. Far more frequent are the day-to-day demands of love like being kind when you’re feeling irritable or sharing one’s time with one in need when you’re enjoying your favorite TV show, or going out of your way occasionally for a charitable cause, or controlling one’s tongue when you’re tempted to utter a harsh or sarcastic remark.

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Making our devotions and praying can be easy sometimes but living with people and putting Christ’s teachings into practice is difficult.

As one spiritual writer once said: “To live with the saints above that is the highest glory, but to live with the saints below, that is another story.”

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The real measure of our growth in Christian life is in the measure of how we approximate the love of the Sacred Heart…and share it with others.

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THE LIGHTER SIDE. CHRIST is like a computer. He will “ENTER” your life, “SAVE” you with His blood, “FORMAT” your problems, “SHIFT” you to opportunities, and never “DELETE” you from His “MEMORY.”

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A woman confided to a priest that she not only meditated on the rosary but applied it to her life.

When she got married — it was JOYFUL mysteries; when she and husband were living together — SORROWFUL mysteries; when her husband died — GLORIOUS mysteries; when she preferred to remain a widow — LUMINOUS mysteries.

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