WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT

Bob Canton

In 2 Cor 5: 6-7, St. Paul says, "So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight."

I would like to emphasize these words by St. Paul, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." Everybody knows that the world today is being inundated by this deadly Covid-19 virus which claimed the lives of more than 4,500,000 people to date. This virus has been ruining the lives of many people throughout the world not only on the terms of lives lost but also many have been hit hard economically, financially, psychologically, emotionally, and mentally. Read More



THE CHOSEN: SEEING JESUS THROUGH THE EYES OF HIS DISCIPLES

Narciso S. Albarracin, Jr., M.D.

Jesus is Lord, both human and divine, and he emptied himself of his glory to walk and be among us on earth to carry out and fulfill His Father's mission. We are blessed in our Judeo-Christian faith by the Bible, particularly the New Testament, and most specially by the Gospels. The Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us of Jesus' ministry on earth, but they are bare-bones account of Jesus' life, leaving out much between the lines, and leaving us to use our imagination to fill in the blanks. Enter an ongoing phenomenon - The Chosen - a multi-season television, episodes-based drama on the life of Jesus of Nazareth that portrays Jesus through the eyes of His disciples and others who met him. We see more of the human side of Jesus - more personally and more intimately. And more believably; Jesus as acted by Jonathan Rhoumie does not have blue eyes, but has dark hair and speaks in the show with an accent, blending well with the people around him in the cast, colored and with accents. Read More



"CHARIS" AND THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

In June of 2019, ICCRS and Catholic Fraternity ceased to exist as organizations. "CHARIS" was formed as a single service organization for Catholic Charismatic Renewal worldwide. Pope Francis encouraged this unification. His goal and purpose was more "pastoral" than organizational. He viewed it as a pastoral instrument in the service of the Successor of Peter and hoped for it to develop in time "ecclesial maturity." CHARIS is vested with a 7-part ecclesial mission. Read more about CHARIS in Cardinal Kevin Farrell's speech delivered on the inauguration of CHARIS on June 6, 2019. Read More



IN REMEMBRANCE

Bro. Ramon Mescallado passed away in April of 2020. He was an Alliance regional coordinator representing Southwest Florida and also served as Editor of the Trumpet, the AFCCPC newsletter which he masterly converted into magazine format. Editorship of The Trumpet was a labor of love for Bro. Ramon and rarely far from his mind, as he was committed to coordinating its efforts practically as well as spreading its message spiritually. Brother Ramon was born August 31, 1943, in Samar. He earned an MBA degree from Ateneo University in Manila and worked in pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for much of his professional career in the Philippines and in the United States. After raising his family in New York, Bro. Ramon and his wife, Noemi, moved to Cape Coral, FL, where he worked in real estate until retirement. He led a deeply contemplative spiritual life, serving in many capacities for the Church and its communities. He was a longtime member of the choir of his parish, Saint Katharine Drexel, where he also provided readings for Masses and served a term on the Parish Council. He and Noemi were active with Couples for Christ in New York, then helped build that ministry in Southwest Florida. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Noemi, as well as his four children, their spouses, and six grandchildren: Ray, Barbara, and Haruna; Nerissa, Trish, and Roisin; Rick, Kerry, Olivia, and Julia; Carina, Dan, Quinn, and Oliver.

Bro. Pablo T. Malana passed away in February of 2021. He was AFCCPC's Auditor since the organization's inception. He was a very active member of the Church, serving as a lector and Eucharistic Minister for his parish. He also joined many church-related groups including Two Hearts, Fatima, the Blue Army, and the Cursillo Movement. Bro. Pablo was born in Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, on January 15, 1932. He attended the University of the East in Manila and joined the faculty after graduation. He also taught at the Philippine School of Business Administration in Manila and La Salle College. He worked as an accountant auditor of Union Carbide Philippines, Dole Pineapple Company, and John Deere in the Philippines. He was married to Lourdes Atienza in 1956 and they have four sons: Arnold, Bernard, Charlie, and Paul. With his family, Bro. Pablo left the Philippines to join his parents in Maui, Hawaii. He worked as chief auditor with the State of Hawaii. He went on to pursue his MBA degree in Chaminade University of Honolulu. He subsequently moved with his family to California where he established his own accounting firm.