|Fr. Sonny Ramirez, OP|
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
On Being God's Children
From the Catholic encyclopedia, recollection means attention to the presence of God in the soul. It consists of detaching oneself from worldly matters to attend to God and to one’s soul. Such departure from the usual distractions helps in rekindling one’s relationship with God and hopefully will lead to a spiritual renewal.
The West C Sector was fortunate to have Fr. Sonny Ramirez, OP as its speaker for this year’s Lenten Recollection. It was held in the evening of Holy Tuesday at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish at the Mira Nila Homes in Quezon City.
The church was jam packed to the last pew so with the parking lot. All came ready to do some soul searching and relaxation. It also helped that Fr. Sonny was the guest speaker and after two years of not hearing or seeing him on TV and radio due to a near fatal stroke, everyone was eager to hear him out.
He started with the question “Sino ka?” One answered that he is a child of God. Fr. Sonny said that we are all God’s children and being such, He has only good plans for us, His children. He sent His Son to live on earth only to die on the cross for our salvation.
Problems occur when we do things that are not pleasing to Him. Power that doesn’t fail to intoxicate us, material things that make us secure and invincible, sudden fame. All of these may hinder us from having a relationship with Him. When we remain complacent and unresponsive to the cares in the world, we might find ourselves one day stripped of everything that are valuable to us.
Not all is lost. Pleasing God, which is everyone’s primary reason for existence, is easy. We can do things that make us and our loved ones happy provided that we do only good things. Let us open our hearts and listen to the musings of the people around us. Do you see Jesus in their faces, hear Jesus’ voice?