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Overcoming temptations

A teen-aged son asked his father at what age temptation to women disappears. The father replied, “At my age, son, 75 years.” Whereupon, a beautiful, shapely lady passed by. Ogling at her, the father blurted out, “Son, did I say 75 years? Make that 85!”

Once a jeepney was passing in front of a leprosarium. Two patients, though cured already but still bore physical deformities, boarded. There was an uneasy silence as they wedged themselves between two passengers right behind the driver.

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He was startled when the Lord suddenly spoke from the cross: “Alright, stop crying now. I know how you feel. Let’s exchange places. I’ll carry all your sufferings and you hang here on the cross, 24 hours a day!

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The Bible should not be read only when we are already elderly or are in the “pre-departure area” but rather throughout our earthly life.

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Today is the feast of the Sto. Niño in the Philippines. The feast is immensely popular among Filipinos. Rich and poor, young and old alike maintain a strong, if not fanatical, devotion to the Holy Child. Fiestas and processions are held in his honor.

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Some years ago I celebrated the culminating Mass of a two-day Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) of the Loved Flock charismatic community at the DPWH chapel, Port Area, Manila.

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