17 2 / 2013

An excerpt from Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly

We are at our best when we are grateful. One of the leading indicators of my own spiritual health is whether or not I am in a place of gratitude. I have observed this time and time again. When I get in a bad mood or become overwhelmed by a situation, I have usually lost the perspective of gratitude. Next time you are in a bad mood ask yourself if you are grateful. It is impossible to be grateful and be in a bad mood. It is when we step away from gratitude that we become irritable, restless, and discontented.

12 12 / 2012

The moon is a Marian symbol because she is a reflective light, she reflects the light of her Son. Fr. Robert Barron

A great video on Our Lady of Guadalupe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9QmxmZBSR4

As tomorrow is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I encourage you all to lift up a Rosary tomorrow. Rosary means “crown of roses”, and the flowers relate to (but don’t solely symbolize) when Mary told Juan Diego to gather roses to put in his tilma. Once Juan Diego reached the Bishop, the flowers fell to the floor and the Virgin of Guadalupe’s image was imprinted on the fabric. Miraculous… and 100% authentic!

A descriptive video on the image:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTgSSuuR1Jw

The Rosary invites our fingers, our lips, and our hearts in one vast symphony of prayer and for that reason is the greatest prayer ever composed by man. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Our Lady, pray for us!

07 12 / 2012

If a person if closer to God, he is closer to people. Pope Benedict XVI

That is so true! Since I deepened my relationship with God in 2009, I also deepened my relationship with family, friends, and loved ones. I have never been so close to my brothers and sisters in Christ, simply because I’ve answered the call to love and be loved.

This is most true with our Mother Mary. Since she is completely with God, she is completely with us. She understands all of our hopes, desires, sufferings, and prayers. As it is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception tomorrow, do not be afraid to come to her to gain a strengthening in knowledge, wisdom, and joy. She is waiting with arms wide open!

A great meditation for today:

http://www.stlukeproductions.com/benedictus

06 12 / 2012

Last week I went to the new outlet mall, and as I walked around I dreamt about having a whole new wardrobe for the new year. What girl doesn’t dream about that?

Then I came across this verse from Romans 13-14:

Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

I may not have the money for new clothes, but I am thankful that God has blessed me with the riches of his love to gain a new wardrobe inside. This wardrobe consists of purity, productivity, love, and so much more! Whenever I follow St. Paul’s advice and put these characteristics on, I am always certain they will never go out of style!

06 12 / 2012

As I’m building my wish list on Elfster for my Secret Santas, I am excited to know that I may be receiving some of the items on it: gift cards, games, music, etc. What’s on your Christmas wish list?

I read the meditation on the Good News Ministry site this morning, and it introduced a new type of list this season: hope lists. The prayers on my own personal hope list are: that we may experience joy because of Jesus, that we become more selfless rather than selfish, and that we put our trust in God and His plans for us. So, what’s on your Christmas hope list?

An excerpt from gnm.org:

Give God your “hope list” and let him do something surprising with it. Have no expectations of what he will do. Make no demands on him. Let him do it his way, and the results will be better than you could ever imagine!

05 12 / 2012

Many of us are preparing our Christmas wishlists, party outfits, and schedules for this month of December. While all of those things may be extremely exciting to prep for, we must remember that Advent is a time of a different kind of preparation: the preparation of the mind, body, and soul in awaiting our Lord’s birth. How can we do this? 

Mind: Read daily meditations online (wau.org or gnm.org)
Body: Get full nights of rest, eat healthy, and exercise at least 20 minutes a day
Soul: Participate in penance services at your local parishes 

By preparing ourselves to receive Jesus during CHRIST’S MASS on the 25th, we will truly be able to rejoice joyfully because of God’s amazing present to us of His presence! Maranatha!

29 11 / 2012

Last night, I was talking to some sisters in Christ about holiness. Some words/phrases that came up in the discussion were:

- Being whole
- God setting us apart
- Growing in virtue
- Living the beatitudes

Then this morning, I heard someone on t.v. say that “good things happen to people who do good things”. I want to twirk that by saying that good things happen to people who love God and desire heaven for everyone. This is what we call not just kind people, but holy people.

The journey to holiness is not always a smooth ride, but it’s the best one! It requires self-discipline, perseverance, prayer, Sacraments, and so much more! May we remember that the sufferings of the cross will bridge us to eternal life while we gain in this earthly life:

- Fulfillment
- Gifts from the Holy Spirit
- A positive life
- A deep sense of joy

This Advent, let us ask the Lord to help us grow in holiness more and more each day!

28 11 / 2012

I thank God every single day for calling me to minister to youth. It’s a blessing to help them figure out the answers to the following questions: 

1. Who am I?
2. Where in the world do I fit?
3. Do I matter?

With the joy of the gospel and the strength of the Sacraments, I pray that we first and foremost find our identities in Jesus Christ. Afterwards, we can fully answer the questions above. For example:

1. First and foremost,  I am Klarissa dela Fuente, a daughter of Christ. 
2. First and foremost, I am called to minister to others in the Church.
3. First and foremost, I matter because God loves me and calls me to love others in order to make His love known.

God sets the foundation for our identities so that we can build upon it without falling apart. However, when we feel like we’re beginning to crumble, we find our strength in Him and pull ourselves back together again (in the way He leads us to). Other characteristics of our identities will continue to shape and refine throughout life, but God is always constant! 

No God, no identity. Know God, know identity!

21 11 / 2012

An excerpt from Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World by T.G. Morrow

The Christian man is decisive, but gentle at the same time. Jesus is his model. He has self-confidence, but he is humble. He knows his own limitations. He holds women in high esteem and works at being polite. He is willing to lead in the faith. He uses his gifts for God, whether it be athletic talent, artistic talent, musical, or whatever. Finally, he has a full life apart from courtship, a life that is very much involved with his Church. This man is for the true Christian woman, the proverbial “good catch”.

Thanks, St. Raphael! 

14 11 / 2012

I tweeted this on December 12 ‘11:

Just hit me how crazy (good) 2012 is going to be! ‘Tis truly a good time to be 24, healthy, single, and all His. #LP #Missionary

After (freely) surrendering myself and saying “yes” to God’s plan for me during my trip to Italy November of 2011, I could not have imagined at that time where He would be taking me and what He would have me doing. After reflecting on the past 10 and a half months, I realized that He stretched me more than ever, and I am nothing but grateful for it all. By choosing to be His, He showed me that he was always mine.

Find your delight in the Lord, who will give you your hearts desire. Psalm 37:4

17 8 / 2012

An excerpt from Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

Living in true beauty can require much waiting, much time, much tenacity of spirit. We must constantly direct our gazes toward the face of God, even in the presence of longing and sorrow. It is in the waiting that our hearts are enlarged. The waiting does not diminish us. As a pregnant woman is enlarged in her waiting, so are our hearts. God does not always rescue us out of a painful season. You know that he does not always give to us what we so desperately want when we want it. He is after something much more valuable than our happiness. Much more substantive than our health. He is restoring and growing in us an eternal weight of glory. And sometimes… it hurts.

But the experience of sorrow in no way diminishes the joy of living. Rather, it enhances it.

28 6 / 2012

Finished: The World’s First Love by Fulton J. Sheen; Wild At Heart by John Eldredge and First Comes Love by Scott Hahn
Currently Reading: The Book of Deuteronomy

Sometimes I feel like I am coasting on this ride called “life”, and then all of a sudden an event will happen that rocks my world and causes me to suffer. I find these groundbreaking moments to be the most significant because at those times I am able to feel the ache of God stretching my heart so that He can fit more inside. 

"What bears light must endure burning…" Purify me Lord! Give me the eyes of faith to see you in the dark as well as in the light. 

11 4 / 2012

Recently finished: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John and Stasi Eldredge
Recently purchased: First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity by Scott Hahn
Currently reading: The World’s First Love by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

How was everyone’s Lenten season? For me, it was quite the journey. I turned 25, attended The Theology of the Body Institute’s week long TOB I course in Pennsylvania taught by Christopher West, served at a NorCal SFL Vineyard Retreat, led Live Pure’s “The Banquet” Retreat in New Jersey, attended my first L.A. Religious Education Congress, served my first Triduum as a Youth Minister at my parish, and so much more! Praise the Lord for the many opportunities for nourishment and service!

However, the journey wasn’t great just because of the several miles I traveled, but it was fruitful because of the things I learned and realized: I am blessed to live another year / God has a purpose and a meaning for our bodies which is to give love and receive love / when we abide with Jesus, our deepest desires are fulfilled / all of our desires are icons to our one true desire: to unite with God in Heaven / we are called, chosen, and set apart to evangelize and spread the Good News / there is no ecstasy without agony / and so much more! Praise the Lord for the many nourishing messages and the brothers and sisters to share them with!

This Easter season so far has been one of rejoicing, resting and reflecting. If I may take this opportunity to ask for your prayers, I would greatly appreciate if you kept in your thoughts the preparations for many events: the Diocesan Youth Retreat, the San Jose CFC-FFL CLS, the CFC-FFL conferences, my best friend’s wedding, the launch of Catholic Underground - Bay Area, my parish’s Youth Ministry spring retreat, and Live Pure’s “The Banquet” in Dallas and NorCal. May His will, and only His will, be done!

Please send me your prayer intentions as well… we’re on this journey together!

17 2 / 2012

Excerpt from Men, Women, and the Mystery of Sex: Practical Insights from John Paull II’s Love and Responsibility by Edward Sri

The Italians have a beautiful expression for love: ti voglio bene. Though commonly translated as “I love you,” ti voglio bene more literally means “I wish you good” or “I want what is good for you.”

This phrase reminds us that love is not primarily about what good feelings may be stirring within. Even less is it about what I can get out of a relationship for myself. The fullness of love is looking outward toward my beloved and seeking what is best for that person, not just what is good for me. This, in fact, is how the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines love: “To love is to will the good of another.”

Just purchased: At the Heart of the Gospel: Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelization by Christopher West

30 1 / 2012

This year has been amazing already! I’ve met two of my role models (Chris Stefanick and Brian Butler), and I obtained my Theology of the Body for Teens/Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition training certificates! I also received the best pre-birthday gift ever: a flight to Philadelphia to attend The Theology of the Body Institute’s TOB I course taught by Christopher West. The Lord continues to purify His plan for me, and I am forever grateful!

Just finished: No Imitations! A Chastity presentation on Real Love by Chris Stefanick
Currently reading: Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition by Brian Butler, Jason Evert, and Colin and Aimee MacIver
Just purchased: Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility by Edward Sri; Heaven’s Song by Christopher West