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Vì lỗi kỹ thuật nên số lượng người truy cập sẽ được đếm lại từ tháng 3 ngày 25 năm 2014 và bắt đầu từ con số 1.581.247 (số người truy cập cũ)


Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection

"In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."​

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

We were all born rich.
Some of us share the wealth while others bury their treasure.

We are to cultivate God's gifts to us and then use them to glorify Him. This is a way of showing gratitude for the great abundance, the many talents our Master has bestowed upon us. And what better holiday is there than Thanksgiving to express this "attitude of gratitude"?

When I first arrived in the Altiplano of Peru, I was scandalized by the celebration of different feasts. Deeply affected by the poverty of the vast majority of the Aymara, I was astounded by the excess of each feast.

The person responsible for the feast would save for years, and even rely on the help of friends and family to prepare extravagant meals and provide music for hundreds of people. It took me a long time to realize that the lavishness of the feast was the Aymara way of saying "thank you" to God and to each other for all that they had been given.

In the Parable of the Talents, Jesus tells His listeners the story of a man who goes on a journey, entrusting his property to his servants in his absence. To one he gives five talents, (an ancient unit of measurement for weighing gold and silver), to another two and to a third, one. The first two servants invest wisely, but the third buries his treasure. So, when the master returns, he praises the first two, but chastises the latter, saying "Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?" (Matthew 25:27)

Half empty or half full?​

Open our eyes and minds, Lord,
to see ourselves as we truly are:
some poor in worldly wealth
yet rich in Spiritual blessings;
others rich in material goods
yet lacking in heavenly gifts.

Rich or poor, we come before You, Lord
just as we are: with open hands
and empty hearts,
hungering for Your Word.
Help us use our gifts
in service to others
and humbly receive from them
what our souls most need.

Let not fear of never having enough
stop us from sharing what little we have,
confident that You, who accepted and blessed
the few loaves and fishes
that the multitudes might be fed,
receive our offering in faith
and use it to nourish Your children
wherever they may be.


~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, we are stewards of God's treasure, for which He will want an accounting. Instead of dwelling on our lack, let us participate in thanksgiving daily, for we are to be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.