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Fons et Ignis

Fons et Ignis

By Alexander James Villanueva
Raise your thoughts to God so that, drawn by our thirst for Him and moved by the surging of love, you may seek Him even more. Hosted by James Villanueva, a consecrated layman, this podcast offers themes which discuss reflections about faith, spiritual life, lives of the saints, and many more. We hope you'll find your listening to be a fruitful one. God be with you.
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God's Mercy Through The Lens of St. Luke
Pope Francis cited Luke 4:16-21 in his 2016 message as he announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Truly the Gospel according to St. Luke holds many stories of Jesus showing extraordinary mercy and compassion to those who are marginalized by the society during His time (tax collectors, foreigners, women, children, etc.). Discover (or re-discover) the Gospel from St. Luke's perspective. Read your Bible now. God Bless you!   Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard  For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page: fb.com/artprayerworks
16:22
July 20, 2022
God's Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary
On this Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, let us reflect on the immense gift that was given to Mary when she was conceived by her mother, St. Anne. This gift is no less than God's Mercy. Why would Mary have any use of God's Mercy when she has already 'found favor with God'? Listen to our podcast and find out the answer. Have a blessed feast day!   Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva  Music: Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva. You may also visit my Facebook page: fb.com/artprayerworks
06:32
July 03, 2022
God's Mercy: Moving Boundaries
There is so much say about God's Mercy and Love, and much more to reflect on when we meditate on it and receive His grace daily through prayer and the Sacraments. God is waiting. God is ready. God is rich in love for YOU.    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva  Music: Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page: fb.com/artprayerworks
08:27
July 03, 2022
God's Mercy: He's Got Us In His Hands
There is so much say about God's Mercy and Love, and much more to reflect on when we meditate on it and receive His grace daily through prayer and the Sacraments. God is waiting. God is ready. God is rich in love for YOU.    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page: fb.com/artprayerworks
08:48
September 04, 2021
Jesus Meets: Zacchaeus
Luke Chapter 19: 1-10 Zacchaeus the Tax Collector   Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.  All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”  But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”   -------   Jesus always makes the first move. "You did not choose me. It was I who chose you", He said. And indeed, Christ comes to our encounter in a very particular moment in our lives. Here are some of my personal reflections on Bible passages describing the different meetings of Jesus with different individuals. Have you met Him yet?    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: l Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
07:20
August 28, 2021
Jesus Meets: Levi (Matthew)
From the Gospel according to Luke chapter 5:27-32:  Jesus Calls Levi  After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.  Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”   -------   Jesus always makes the first move. "You did not choose me. It was I who chose you", He said. And indeed, Christ comes to our encounter in a very particular moment in our lives. Here are some of my personal reflections on Bible passages describing the different meetings of Jesus with different individuals. Have you met Him yet?    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: l Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
07:53
August 28, 2021
Jesus Meets: The Samaritan Woman
From the Gospel according to John:  Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman  Now he [Jesus] had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)  The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”  He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”  “I have no husband,” she replied.  Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”  “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”  Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”  Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”    ----------   Jesus always makes the first move. "You did not choose me. It was I who chose you", He said. And indeed, Christ comes to our encounter in a very particular moment in our lives. Here are some of my personal reflections on Bible passages describing the different meetings of Jesus with different individuals. Have you met Him yet?    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva l Music: Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
07:55
August 28, 2021
Pier Giorgio Frassati: Becoming God's Love For The Poor
Pier Giorgio led a short but meaningful life. He did not waste any time; he loved those who are close to him, and he event went further to love the least of our brethren. Through his love for God which he nurtured with care, he was able to bring the same love to everyone else. We too have the same choice. Let us become that 'love' for others today.  Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
06:11
July 25, 2021
Pier Giorgio Frassati: Love of Nature. Love of Prayer
While most of us may expect that saints can only be found cloistered in some hidden monastery, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a natural outdoors man. He does not only promote the love of nature, but also the love of prayer, and how having such can make a really big difference in our lives.    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my page. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
04:13
July 25, 2021
Pier Giorgio Frassati: Growing Up With Jesus' Love
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a model of charity and devotion to Jesus for the youth. Discover his childhood virtues and how Christ's presence in the Eucharist played an important role in his growing love for those in need.   Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my page. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
08:01
July 25, 2021
God's Mercy: Biased To Love
There is so much say about God's Mercy and Love, and much more to reflect on when we meditate on it and receive His grace daily through prayer and the Sacraments. God is waiting. God is ready. God is rich in love for YOU.    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page: fb.com/artprayerworks
08:27
July 25, 2021
God's Mercy: Beyond Compare. Beyond Time
The Scriptures and the lives of the saints resonate the Mercy of God. And this should encourage us to always hope in His Mercy. He knows us down to our very core, and wishes to make us better by forming us in his school of love. Time and time again His Mercy remains steadfast--ever awesome, everlasting.    If you wish to understand more the Jewish traditions on Mercy and how it forms part of the Scriptures, go to: www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-13-attributes-of-mercy/   Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page: fb.com/artprayerworks
07:27
July 25, 2021
Prayer: Making Use Of Our Baptismal Grace
Let us not forget that when we pray, we spend precious family time with God as His children. During prayer, let us unite ourselves to Him in faith, and entrust ourselves to His Infinite Love.   To know more about the grace of Baptism in the light of St. Thomas Aquinas, you may also explore the channel Thomistic Institute:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd55...  Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my page. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
03:56
July 25, 2021
Prayer: Offered For Others
When our minds wander off during prayer, one way to get ourselves recollected once is again is to remember our neighbors and pray for them. In that way, we are carried away by Love back to Love again. Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my page. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day! Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
04:03
July 25, 2021
Prayer and Distractions: What Can I Do About It?
Distractions are a normal part of prayer life. But they can be discouraging at times and when not handled well may exhaust your attentions. Here are some simple ways of dealing with distractions during prayer.    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my page. You may also share this channel with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Have a blessed day!    Image: James Villanueva Music: Dominique Fauchard   For more artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks
08:01
July 25, 2021
Prayer: An Exchange Between Friends
Let us keep in mind St. Teresa of Avila's simple yet meaningful definition of prayer: an intimate friendly exchange where we talk we this God whom we know loves us. Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Also please visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel: Fons et Ignis. Have a blessed day! For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks Music: Dominique Fauchard
07:34
July 25, 2021
Prayer: Experiencing Love. Loving Experience
“For me, prayer is a surging of the heart; a simple glance towards heaven, a cry of gratitude and love." Love surrounds the works of St. Therese of the Child-Jesus. Let us reflect on how she simplifies her praying experience to one of love and see how we can do the same.    Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Also please visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel: Fons et Ignis. Have a blessed day! For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks Music: Dominique Fauchard
09:14
December 10, 2020
Prayer: Deeper Than Words
The closer our relationship is with someone, the simpler our communication becomes; that even silence becomes a language more powerful than words.   Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions. Also please visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel: Fons et Ignis. Have a blessed day! For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks Music: Dominique Fauchard
06:55
December 10, 2020
Prayer As A Relationship
As we nourish our earthly relationships with time and presence, so do we nourish our relationship with God in prayer.   Please don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel. You may also share this with your friends and use my topics to enrich your group discussions.  Also please visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel: Fons et Ignis. Have a blessed day!    For artworks by James Villanueva, you may also visit my Facebook page fb.com/artprayerworks Music: Dominique Fauchard  
04:60
December 10, 2020