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The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is the ethical principle of treating other people as one's self would prefer to be treated. One of Jesus' most famous and impactful teachings, the Golden Rule can be found in the Bible verses Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31. What Jesus is demanding of us is that we be kind people. Kindness is fundamental to the human existence. This is so powerful that someone in some place said in one occasion that kindness is a language that deaf can hear and the blind can see.
 

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Salm 121

Last night a friend asked me the following question: where does your help come from when things go wrong? Immediately Psalm 121(verses 1-2) came to my mind: I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from God, the Maker of heaven and earth.  

 

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Worship

I have no doubt that it is easy to praise God for His greatness when you are prosperous, when you have enough money to buy the things you want. It is easy to appreciate God's greatness when your health is good, when there seems to be no limit to the things you can do. It is easy to praise God for his greatness when all your relationships are running smoothly, when there is no conflict between you and your family. How easy it is to praise God for His greatness during the good times. But do you always recognize God's greatness even when facing life's uncertainties?

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The Love

The biblical reflection for today comes from I John 4:18: There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
 
According to the verse, what is the source of that person’s fear? What is the single thing that frightens them? They fear being "punished". Why is this one person afraid he or she will be punished? Again, the verse tells us the answer. The person knows punishment is coming because they are "not perfected in love."
 

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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent
 
Today is Sunday and in our church, we are celebrating Mass and Eucharist in English, ASL, and Spanish.
 
Today also marks the beginning of the Advent season, a time of preparation, a time to go to the coming Messiah, a time of great expectation. On this first Sunday of Advent, we light the first candle, traditionally called the Candle of Hope, to remember that we hope to see the coming of Christ in our lives.
 

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Community Mass and Eucharist

Today we have our Community Mass and Eucharist ‪at 12:00 pm‬ in Spanish.

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Concert for peace

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The Campaign of Prayer and Fasting

In the Campaign of Prayer and Fasting that we have begun in our church, one of the challenges is that we
 can bear fruit to make known the project of salvific liberation of Jesus. Towards that space, our Holyrood Church continues to move despite the obstacles.

In bearing fruit I have understood that in order to be a better person I must cultivate my spiritual

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Day of Prayer and Fasting

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Issa Abigail

Issa Abigail, was born in Sanctuary and today celebrates 1 month of this gift from God. #No to the #Family Separation! #Sports have to stop!

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