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WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Choosing leaders whom the Lord has chosen

“After you have taken possession of the land that the LORD your God is going to give you and have settled there, then you will decide you need a king like all the other nations around you. Be sure that the man you choose to be king is the one whom the LORD has chosen… He must be one of your own people; do not make a foreigner your king. The king is not to have a large number of horses for his army, and he is not to send people to Egypt to buy horses, because the LORD has said that his people are never to return there. The king is not to have many wives, because this will make him turn away from the LORD; and he is not to make himself rich with silver and gold… When he becomes king, he is to have a copy of the book of God’s laws and teachings made from the original copy kept by the levitical priests. He is to keep this book near him and read from it all his life, so that he will learn to honor the LORD and to obey faithfully everything that is commanded in it. This will keep him from thinking that he is better than other Israelites and from disobeying the Lord’s commands in any way. Then, he will reign for many years, and his descendants will rule Israel for many generations.” – Deuteronomy 17:14-20

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Prayerful mothers

“Lord Almighty, look at me, your servant! See my trouble and remember me! Don’t forget me! If you give me a son, I promise that I will dedicate him to you for his whole life and that he will never have his hair cut” – I Samuel 1:11

WEEKLY REFLECTION | Healing our land

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | The spirit of EDSA

“If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.” – Mark 10:43-45

WEEKLY REFLECTION | Romantic love is part of God’s concern

“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.” – I Corinthians 13:4-7

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | Jesus’ ethics of love

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends; hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:43-44

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS | When religion becomes Opium

“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion in this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world” – James 1:27