Inspiration, Lifestyle, Vocation

Unveiled Face

via Daily Prompt: Witness

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The face of  witness is courage.

The Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC) at the service of the lepers: “Culion is a leper colony in the Philippines they have dedicated themselves to the care and nursing of the lepers. I could not name for you any single work of the missions which is more repulsive , more repugnant…yet more glorious…the Sisters alone through their charity in practice in its purest form- you will find it in Culion – Fr. William J. Wood, SJ wrote in the Catholic News of New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

lifted phrase from the article: SPC Sisters’ Mission in Culion Celebrates 110th Anniversary/ written by: marionette martinez – st. paul university manila

photo credit: Culion Sanitarium And General HospitalCulion Museum and Archives culionsanitariumandgeneralhospital.com426 × 317Search by image

 

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Church Events, LIVES OF THE SAINTS, Religion, Vocation

Don’t let your Mama cry

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Mother’s tears have a place in heaven..

St. Monica prayed for the conversion of her wayward son Augustine (now St. Augustine, doctor of the Church). Her generosity and trust in the Lord’s compassion made her son’s conversion possible.  This eventually paved the way for Augustine’s sainthood.

She represents the struggles of all parents whose children are walking towards the wrong path.  As parent, it was her responsibillity to guide and supervise her child.  Her intense prayer and love for her son, by the grace of God, helped her to fulfill her mission towards his son.

August 27, Memorial of St. Monica, patron saint of mothers

©K+WORD Bible Diary for the Youth

Inspiration

Logs from my Eyes

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The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus last Aug 6 taught me something that only the eyes of someone willing to learn can see.

I would often think of how privileged the friends of the Lord to have been with Him the whole time especially in moments of confirmation of his identity and mission by the Father. But, how is this relevant to us, to us who have not seen and heard the Lord as did the disciples? The element of prayer comes into my mind.  It is in prayer that we experience this feast. During prayer, we are being transfigured and gradually configured to the person of Jesus.  As we fix our gaze on Jesus, and contemplate his being indeed, we behold the face of the Son. This beholding is not confined to the chapel or church.  Our meditation or contemplation is not us ascending to God but He descending amongst us.  The challenge for us is to recognize his presence amongst us – the crowd in our midst.

I was in the airport waiting for my boarding time, I happened to catch a conversation between two female foreigners and a maintenance attendant on the ground.  Listening to them, the attendant was asked how to find a way to check some schedules of flights, in which she confidently responded “bring with you your boarding pass and present it to the guard. And they’ll let you go out.”  To the foreigners’ surprise, the two left filled with gratitude to her.  As I was staring at her, I gave her a thumb’s up sign.  I just want to affirm her of a great job done! She returned a beautiful smile to me.

What shines out in that event? For an ordinary sets of eyes, it’s just one of the many episodes of airport inquiries. However, for me, it was more of a complex sight of beholding.  A sight beholding the virtue of politeness and kindness. A sight beholding gratefulness.  A sight beholding a person affirmed.

Education not coupled with virtues is nothing but a clanging cymbals. Learning is more than just knowledge, rather it is a life of witnessing, of enfleshing the things you learned.

Learning is beyond books we read, beyond words we hear.

Let us learn from simple events that comes to us.!

 

 

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Church Events, Religion, Spirituality

Jubilee for Catechists

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Vacariate of Taytay, La Inmaculada Concepcion Parish, Culion, Palawan, Philippines

On September 25, 2016, Pope Francis will celebrate with catechists around the world the Jubilee for Catechists, an event held by the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the New Evangelization.

3 – DAY   CELEBRATION FOR THE JUBILEE FOR CATECHISTS

 Friday, September 23, 2016

  7:30 am                    –                    Opening Liturgy

Introduction to the Jubilee

8:30 – 11:30              –                       Jubilee for Catechists: Announcing the Mercy of God

1:30 – 5:00 pm         –                       Faith Development of Children and Youth

5:15                             –                       Celebration of the Holy Mass

6:30                            –                       Taizĕ

Saturday, September 24, 2016

7:30 am                    –                       Celebration of the Holy Mass

8:30 – 9:30               –                       Eucharistic Adoration

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

10:00 – 12:00           –                       Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

Corporal Works of Mercy

2:00 – 5:00 pm        –                       The possibility to follow “In the footsteps of the                                                                                   Saints and Blessed of Catechesis”.

5:30                            –                       Rosary with the Sick (Yangco)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

7:30 am                     –                       Celebration of the Holy Mass

Liturgy of Recommitment and Blessing of the Catechists

Testimonials

Acknowledgement

***Month-long praying after post-communion: Prayer for Catechists

 

 

 

 

lifted from CCCB Jubilee for Catechists Resources; Concan Inc., 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration, Lifestyle

Curious Nuts

via Daily Prompt: Youth

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In the eyes of a youth…

I recently accepted the invitation to be one of the Parish Youth Ministry heads along with other colleagues in the Parish. Aimed at reviving the spark among the Youth, three of them traveled from one school to another, from one destino to another via land or sea, with all the necessities carried in their backpacks.  While i remain in the poblacion for my catechetical work.

Every saturday, we individually gather the youth ages 13-18 for orientation, getting to know the program of the parish, encouraging them to participate in the different organization in the PYM and some volunteer work.

Only a day earlier, I commented to my colleague on the weather, how i am much in doubt of their attendance for the evening activity.  To my surprise they came, one by one, some in threes, others in group, despite the heavy down pour of rain and strong wind.  I had to admit i underestimated them.

There is a kind of deep awe of knowing that they can be fully driven once informed.

A realization occurred to me: understanding what they can give will open up to what they are capable to receive which means opening the doors for them and giving them the place in which you want them to stay –  a freeing idea, indeed!

Everywhere is home.

Religion, Spirituality

August 22

 

The Queenship of Mary is celebrated because of her divine maternity.  She had found favor with God and has received in her womb the Son of the most high.  what makes Mary’s queenship different from other queens is her great “yes” to the message of the angel Gabriel which had made the salvific mission of Christ possible.

She is queen because, after she is assumed into heaven, she shares the kingship of Jesus.  But even if she has been assumed into heaven-body and soul- she still looks down upon humanity.  She continues to be the intercessor of those who still journey in the valley of tears.

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©K+WORD (Bible Diary for the Youth)

Politics / Commentary, Spirituality

Ordinary Lovers

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There have been many interpretations on the scriptural reading from Mt.22:34-40 . Scholars defined, more or less the how and what of the passage.  However, there is always a fresh view everytime the Word of God is proclaimed.  There is always something to munch.  And as always? Full. Lacking in nothing.

Love of God.

Mt. 22:37, tells us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, will and strength.  Easier said, often forgotten.  Oh no! Not that we forget God.  It’s not about loving or not loving God. It’s more of the in-between.  We so love God, that we really don’t mind at all.  We always fall into the trap of “I love God.” and we continue to exist in the greater scheme of things. Basking in our own world of loving God.

How do we really know we love God?

I came across a picture from one of Google’s web search images, it says “My ♥ belongs to Jesus.” I downloaded it.  Over the days past, thoughts on the passage would once in a while rushed through me.  Immediately, the idea that one’s heart belongs to Jesus is analogous to religious men and women.  Everytime this thought knocks my door, I just picked up from where I left.

Last friday my view changed.  It came like a sharp edged sword, penetrating the whole of my being.  “My ♥ belongs to Jesus” as i once thought of is not analogous to religious men and women. While I was still integrating what the experience means to me, a simple thought stand out.  Whether one is a priest,  nun,  married person, single, widow, complicated in status our heart belongs to Jesus. There is a kind of deep felt understand of knowing that one’s heart belongs to Jesus. It can be likened to the universal call to holiness, so hearing these words, i began to wonder how there might be a still more perfect way to love God in ordinary way.

There are more other ways of interpreting the passage, mine is as simple as this. What’s yours?  We need to remember that the call to love God is as old as creation.  Our ordinary experiences of God’s presence in our life have their own value whether we appreciate or recognize it or not.  Yet, it belongs to you.

You don’t have to be someone you are not just to be able to say “My ♥ belongs to Jesus.” St. Augustine puts it rightly, “my heart is restless until it rests in you.” Only then can we truly love.  It is only when our heart has found its true home can we welcome strangers and selflessly serve them, seeing in them the face of Christ.

” My ♥ belongs to Jesus” is the basic tenet of our life.

 

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