Lifeissues is mainly concerned with publishing thoughtful articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae. However, from the very beginning, we have also published a few related homilies, notably by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
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In recent years the government began to export millions of laborers and even domestic workers — to somewhat ease our massive unemployment problem. Not only that, as Catholics, Overseas Filipino Workers practice their faith among the people of their host countries. They go to Church on Sundays and they do good works like helping their fellow Filipinos in need. Seeing these, their hosts may not only be impressed but also influenced by the way they live out their faith.
A shepherd is a protector of the flock, "I give them eternal life and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me" (Jn. 10:28). A shepherd is also a leader, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me"(v. 27). A shepherd is a good manager. He administers the day to day affairs that sustain the flock. He brings the flock to good pasture and clean water.
"My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me." Of course, Jesus wasn't talking about sheep herding. He was saying that once we truly know him then we will follow him. But then there are other voices which lie and drown out his voice. Chief among these are the personal lies we justify.
If someone is a true prophet, that is, a genuine mouthpiece of God, you will recognize it immediately, but only if you know Christ's voice from within you first, and you will know his voice from within you only if you have allowed him into you.