When gratitude seems distant, and peace stifled, learn the value of trust.
Most of us outgrew the love for angels. We would always associate it with children. Nevertheless, I would like to challenge your thoughts about angels.
Have you ever had an experience where you met or seen a beggar maybe in the street or somewhere that struck you and you felt the urge to help or give something to alleviate her/his present needs?
Have you been in a situation, where you felt helpless and so moved by the sight of a dying man or woman or a scene you see in a car accident or a victim of violence and you end up paying for them?
Have you been in a situation where you partied and thought of the many victims of flooding and natural calamaties that you wanted to do something like donating or volunteering time talent and treasure of your own?
Have you been in a dilemma of something that a tap, smile or an encouraging hug brings warmth and lightness of feeling?
Have you been in a situation where you patiently availed yourself in listening or accompanying someone who is alone, lonely or in a down mode problem? And they all said, “Hey! Thanks, it was something.”
There are so many countless occasions and situations I could enumerate in this blog, but my page would not be enough.
All I want to share, is that we have angels by our side of some of them with wings-ministering spirits whose main function is to be God’s messenger and to lead us away from sin and the snatch of the evil one.
Some of them, too, don’t have wings. You just have to look and find them. And, maybe, you are One of the No Wings.
Happy Feast of Holy Guardian Angels
I can’t help but write notes for this particular priest, Fr. Weyms, SJ, who did his homework of doing his homily well.
He begun by tickling the conscience of the faithful if they did listen to the lectors and ask this question, “who wrote the second reading for today?
God?!, With a good laugh.
No. Its St. Paul. And he continued on his reflection on Phil. 2:1-11. It’s was a thought-provoking homily. A very inspiring homily on humility and self-abnegation.
But what really struck me most was this, he said, “we are only 3rd.” He continues, “God first, and others, 2nd.”
Why was so striking?
The verse goes like this, ” let each of you gently consider the others, as more important than yourselves. Do not seek your interest, but, rather, that of others.”
Just what I needed to hear to reawaken my self-righteousness. I often complain to the Lord, “why are they blessed, I am not.” ” Why I don’t have this, others have.” And so on and on. Sometimes, I’m tired asking the Lord all these questions and I get no answers.
So, how did God breaking the ice of #complaint and unending #questioning?
Well, it’s not God who is the problem (yes, I can hear you comment on that) the problem is that I tend to be self-righteous. I’m good s/he is not, so I deserve the blessing. I’m charitable and s/he is greedy, so I merit the good tidings. I’m a good church person, s/he is no show in the church, hmm..thus I have a place in heaven. Yes, you definitely got it right. The standard is the source and summit of the issue here. I have my own standard. And have not patterned it according to how it should be.
Your attitude should be the same as Jesus Christ.
It is a big challenge for me, to be conscious of this attitude, knowing that there are times when events and people surrounds me with affirmation that, “hey! I’m great!” Or that “I’m better than her/him.”
I wish to be reminded of this all the time, so that I may not boast of the things I’ve done but only what I unworthily received due to the graciousness of this God who never ceases to be kind, patient and understanding to me.
I live because of his kindness, should I not be grateful and take every opportunity to return the favor?
Thanks to this priest who did his homework well!
Happy Week Ahead!
Happy feast of St. Therese of Lisiuex
I am thankful because I don’t understand
I am thankful because most of the time I really don’t deserve any favors
I am thankful because it was just a sheer gift – gratuitous, if I may use it.
I am thankful because there’s so much to be grateful for
I am thankful even when I am always in pain, always in darkness, always in a tunnel- waiting.
I am grateful because He never gives up on me
I am grateful because I want to be
Yes, you read it right. Enough.
There are times when, within us voices out what it feels and thinks.
When there is so much to keep, it bursts. Joy spreads. It lifts you high and spirited. If love it colours everything around you, and yes! Even what you see. There’s so much Good vibes. So much of kindness rippling.
Gratitude spoils everything, as in everything. Yes! It’s so contagious, other can’t help but notice it.
Fears too, bursts. Depression clouds. Grudges pulls. Revenge poisons. Anger decomposes life. Pain tiresome.
Sometimes, what and where and why we are in is just a matter of saying enough. And things will fall in it’s proper places as it should be.
“Loud enough to hear you out”
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and she shall name Him Emmanuel. -Is. 7:14
The virginity of Mary is not only corporal but also spiritual. It means a total dedication to God, a Consecration, a marriage with Him.
Love and veneration for her virginity are essentials virtues of the true devotion to Mary. Unless we follow Mary by a total dedication to God’s service, our lives will not be fruitful.
Mary, most pure Mother, obtain for the grace to dedicate my whole life, with all the strength of my body and siual, to serve God. Amen
Happy birthday Mother Mary
(C) Minute Meditation for Each Day
Where there are sisters, there is joy!
Vocation is a gift.
Priesthood and Consecrated Life is a gift. It is never merited. Never planned, nevertheless it is given.
All are called to belong to God. But there are those who choose to Consecrate themselves to dedicate and commit their whole being to the One who loves them first.
Our life is never easy. It is never perfect. However, He who called us is trustworthy of His promise that He will be with us in this journey. He who planted the seed of vocation has never failed to water the seed so as to grow.
It is never perfect for we live in an imperfect world. We, too are flawed humans like you. Yet, we transcend our weaknesses and forgive daily, moment to moment so in the other we see, a person struggling just like me and you. May these experiences bring out the person God wants us to be. Struggling to unite one’s mind and heart to Him who called us.
Grace is what sustains us. His love is our sure shield.
KULAY-DEISCOPE ART EXHIBIT
Before I sleep tonight, I would to share thoughts about Paying It Forward.
I’m sure, all of you my friends watched that movie. Inspiring! I have always wanted to make my own Pay It Forward, however, I feel I’m short of what to do (yes, the movie was so basic!) Nevertheless, I was able to incorporate this into my Religion Class and tried to inspire my students to somehow do the same. It was difficult to move the cheese!
Last month I received a phone call from one of my superiors, informing me if I could give an Art Class to our newly accepted Aspirants (new candidates for Nun) hesitant though I accepted. Little did I know that this God who is the Greatest Artist would give me a chance to have my Pay It Forward. God’s time is never late. It is never early. God’s time is Kairos. Perfect!
Today, my Art Session with our 5 Aspirants ended. But! Never without inspiring my new sisters to Pay It Forward once their time comes. With gratitude and joy, I shall close my eyes and sleep in the bosom of God knowing that He has given immeasurable chances to desire more as I Pay It Forward for all the good things shared with me and for bringing out the artist in me by my mentors in Art and from Him who gifted me with talents.
Father, look with love upon your people,
the love which our Lord Jesus Christ showed us
when he delivered himself to evil men
and suffered the agony of the cross,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Liturgy of the Hours, Good Friday Concluding Prayer
The beginning of the Paschal Triduum
Fear paralyzes us from time to time. But not all fears come from the same source. There are psychological fears, fear of offending the beloved. fear induced by external threats and violence, and there are fears that comes from finding out the truth and changing the way we live to adjust to such truth.
Peter may probably fall in this last category. He will not allow Jesus to wash his feet. It is not solely because he has high respect for the Lord and is therefore jealous of the Lord’s dignity. It is because he realized what power and authority will look like in the new dispensation that Jesus will bring.
It is service and not perks and privileges. And so there is a war going
John 12: 1-11 Anointing At Bethany
There are two major differences between the anointing in the Synoptic gospels and that in John: (1) in Mark 14:3-9 and Matthew 26:6-13, the anointing is on the head; in John, on the feet; (2) in Mark and Matthew, the anointing takes place after Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, just two days before the passion (Mark 14:1); in John, it precedes the entry and takes place six days before the passion (12:1)
In the Old Testament, the king is anointed on the head (cf 1Samuel 10:1); anointing on the feet is for the dead. In Mark and Matthew, Jesus is anointed as the Messiah; but in John it is for Jesus’ burial (v. 7). John (12:12-19) will relate Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem, symbolic of his resurrection. although he is anointed to his death, he will rise from the dead. The raising of Lazarus from the dead prefigures Jesus’ resurrection.
As we start the Holy Week, let us imitate the humility, devotion and generosity of Mary to serve Jesus. Let us devote more time to prayer as well as to corporal works of mercy, especially to the poorest of the poor, with whom Jesus identifies (ccf Matthew 25:31-45).
Happy Holy Week! Enjoy your Week!
image: ©Pheng Rosello [ a group of graders visited the leper patients at Yangco Ward, Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital, Culion, Palawan, Philippines
reflection ©365 days with the Lord 2017 , St. Pauls publication
Almighty Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your Son to be born of woman and to die on a cross, so that through the obedience of one man estrangement might be dissolved for all men.
Guide our minds by his truth and strengthen our lives by the example of his death, that we may live in union with you in the kingdom of your promise.
Grant this through Christ our Lord
evening prayer II Palm sunday
image © Jongnono Palm Sunday La Inmaculada Concepcion
You don’t have to win to be a winner
As a Religion teacher, I have always thought of explaining the Paschal Mystery of Christ in both Biblical and Theological manners. I have always tried not to fail in explaining to my students the relevance of the PDR (Passion, Death & Resurrection) in Salvation history and in our life as believers. Yet, I have to admit that though I have thoroughly exhausted my means of “downward mobility” in order for my students to understand each and every part of this Paschal thing, part of me feels half-filled. Unsaturated by the Truth that I am holding on.
Come Sunday, April 9, this will open us up to the threshold of the Holies of Holy weeks. And I am again in a sort of dilemma, as to how to make these seven days meaningful and holy! I am again anticipating the Paschal Triduum of which activities are lined up to make this event not just meaningful but to MAKE PRESENT the actual events of Christ’s life.
As we gaze on the cross of Christ we see His Paschal Mystery – a grandiose event! However, my humbled spirit has opened a door that leads me to grasp a wisdom so “ancient so new” that the Paschal Mystery as I always thought of vis a vis Christ’s experience is not a grandiose act or event, rather, a self mastery of the self- it is an act, an event that is made of AGERE CONTRA in order to gain not for my self but for others.
It is my daily, voluntary dying to myself. A personal choosing over something. Say, in a dinner talk on a topic I knew by heart, I’d prefer not to dispute only to make myself heard or clarified or that I may stand correct or has made a right decision or has known something (unless with grave reason, of course!) It is paschal in itself when I voluntarily give-up and die to myself and trust in the Lord that in due time-Kairos, it will be revealed as it is or the other will see the wisdom on it.
I have come to see that it is not something outside of me either imposed upon or I am left to embrace it due to given circumstances (well, can be for a time) and as a consequence I have to choose a disposition that is appropriate. Well, it can be! However, more than that, is the daily paschal experience- a personal experience of saying No to the self and Yes to something; for some reasons, it may even cause you to “sweat like blood” as Jesus was. AGERE CONTRA. I always coil in resistance.
I am considering these three things for my self, ah! easy said than done. But its a sure way to finish lent victorious and an Easter-felt celebration:
- From being self-righteous to putting myself in other’s shoes
- From being self- made person to “pretend” not to know much in order to build relationship or sees it as opportune time to bond
- From being quick to judge to becoming an understanding or discerning person
It is so relieving to know that daily I have a chance to share in Christ experience and redeemption not in exceptional moments but in ordinary events of my life.
I just have to be aware! And Choose!
Have a Holy Days of Week ahead!
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Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines cannot legalize same-sex marriage, unlike the United States and several European countries.
Duterte was speaking before the Filipino community in Myanmar, where he is on a two-day official visit.
“Wala nang gender, because you can be he or she… ‘yan ang kultura nila. Kayo lang. ‘Di ‘yan puwede sa amin, Katoliko kami. At there is the Civil Code, which is you can only marry a woman for me, and for woman to marry a man. ‘Yan ang batas natin,” the President said on Sunday, March 19.
(There’s no gender, because you can be or she… that’s their culture. That’s only for them. That can’t be applied to us, we’re Catholics. And there is the Civil Code, which is you can only marry a woman for me, and for woman to marry a man. That’s the law in the Philippines.)
“Dalawang brother-in-law ko gay. May mga pinsan ako na gay, wala akong ano, pero kung saan ka pinuwesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang,” he added.
(I have two brothers-in-law who are gay. I have cousins who are gay, I have nothing against them, but you have to stick to where God placed you.)
This is in contrast to Duterte’s stance during the 2016 campaign period, when he expressed openness to possible legislation allowing same-sex marriage.
“Definitely, the gays were created by God… God made them so medyo nagkamali ‘yung bilangan diyan sa Bible (there is a slight error in the Bible). [It should be] Adam, Eve, and the gays,” he said during Rappler’s “The Leader I Want” forum in January 2016.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, one of Duterte’s staunchest allies, said last October that he would push for same-sex civil marriage in the Philippines.
But Alvarez also said it will not be fast-tracked because it is not among Duterte’s priority measures. (READ: Same-sex civil marriage bill may ‘divide’ House – minority lawmakers) – Rappler.com
I have a group of friends who are gay and lesbian, they are the great gays and lesbians I’ve every met. They are talented and wonderful persons. However, let us discern more. Listen more. I have nothing against them, nevertheless, it’s the act and not the person.
love you all my gay and lesbian friends–Keep itUP!
Joseph of Nazareth, you are the man
Last in the line that rose from David, King,
Down through the royal generations ran,
and ends with Jesus Christ.
Gabriel from heaven came to Mary’s side,
Came with joyful promise of a King
Came to you also, Joseph, to confide
that God conceived this child.
Guardian and foster father of the Christ,
Honor to you, so chosen by our God!
Husband of Virgin Mary,
You are first to show us Christian Love.
March 19 – Feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary
The feast falls on a Sunday, in the Roman Catholic Liturgy, Sunday celebration supercedes any feast of the day. Happy Feast to all the Fathers in the world.
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©Joseph of Nazareth text Stephen Somerville, 1971
Do you read the Bible as often as you check your phone? Francis asks
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Jan. 21, 2015. ROY LAGARDE
— On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis said if we want to fight against the temptation of sin, we must be familiar with the Word of God – treating the Bible more like how we treat our cellphone.
“During the forty days of Lent, as Christians we are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and address the spiritual battle against evil with the power of the Word of God,” he said March 5. “For this you have to become familiar with the Bible, read it often, meditate on it, assimilate it.”
“Someone said: what would happen if we treated the Bible like we treat our cell phone? If we always carried it with us; or at least the small pocket-sized Gospel, what would happen?”
Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims before leading the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, drawing a stark comparison between the attention we give our cellphones and the attention we give Scripture, for example, always taking it with us, and going back if we forget it at home.
“You forget you mobile phone – oh! I do not have it, I go back to look for it; if you read the messages of God contained in the Bible as we read the messages of the phone…” he said.
The Pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from Matthew, which tells about the temptation of Jesus in the desert by Satan.
The episode comes at a specific point, he said, soon after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River but before his public prosecution.
“He has just received the solemn investiture: the Spirit of God descended upon Him, the Father from heaven declared him ‘my beloved Son’ (Matt. 3:17). Jesus is now ready to begin his mission,” he said.
But first he must go up against the Enemy, Satan, who presents him with three temptations. “By means of this triple temptation, Satan wants to divert Jesus from the path of obedience and humiliation – because he knows that in this way evil will be defeated,” the Pope said.
But the Word of God is like a shield against the poisonous arrows of the devil, Francis said. Jesus doesn’t use just any words – he uses the words of God, and in this way, the Son, full of the Holy Spirit, emerges victorious from the desert.”
This is what we must do against the temptations of the devil, the Pope said. The comparison between the Bible and our cellphones “is strange, but sobering.”
“In effect, if we had the Word of God always in our heart, no temptation could turn us away from God and no obstacle could deflect us from the path of goodness,” he stressed. We would know how “to win” against the daily temptations within and around us.
“We would be better able to live a resurrected life in the Spirit, accepting and loving our brothers, especially the most vulnerable and needy, and even our enemies.”
Let us ask the Virgin Mary, “the perfect icon of obedience to God and of unconditional trust to his will,” to help us during this Lent to listen to the Word of God in the Bible and “to make a real change of heart,” he concluded.
“And, please, do not forget – do not forget! – What would happen if we treated the Bible like we treat our cellphone. Think about this. The Bible always with us, close to us!”
A community of Benedictine sisters recording an album of sacred music. BENEDICTINES OF MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES
– Pope Francis said Saturday that while liturgical music has often struggled to live up to the quality and beauty the mystery of the Eucharist requires, we can promote its renewal by investing in a solid musical education for clergy and laity.
“Certainly the encounter with modernity and the introduction of the languages spoken in the Liturgy stirred up many problems, of languages, forms, and genres” he said March 4. “Sometimes a certain mediocrity, superficiality and banality prevailed, to the detriment of the beauty and intensity of the liturgical celebrations.”
“For this the various actors in this field, musicians and composers, conductors and singers of choirs, liturgical animators, can make a major contribution to the renewal, especially quality, of sacred music and liturgical chant.”
The Pope spoke to participants at the end of an international conference on Sacred Music held March 2-4, titled “Music and the Church: worship and culture 50 years after Musicam sacram.”
Organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Congregation for Catholic Education in collaboration with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music and the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm, it looked at sacred music 50 years after the Second Vatican Council.
“Half a century after the Instruction of Musicam sacrum, the conference wanted to elaborate, in an interdisciplinary and ecumenical perspective, the current relationship between sacred music and contemporary culture,” Francis noted.
“Of great importance, it was also a reflection on the aesthetic and musical education of both the clergy and religious and the laity engaged in the pastoral life, and more directly in the choirs.”
The Church has a great responsibility toward liturgical music, the Pope continued, because it deals with the sacred mystery of the Eucharist, and that sacred music, to that order, must balance the past and present in a way that invites full participation and lifts the congregation’s hearts to God.
The “dual mission” of the Church, Francis said, “is, on the one hand, to safeguard and promote the rich and varied heritage inherited from the past, using it with balance in mind and avoiding the risk of a nostalgic vision” that becomes a sort of “archaeology.”
On the other hand, we have to also ensure that sacred music and liturgical chant don’t ignore “the artistic and musical languages of modernity.”
All those responsible for liturgical music, on whatever level, “must know how,” he said, “to embody and translate the Word of God into songs, sounds, harmonies that make the hearts of our peers vibrate, creating even an appropriate emotional climate, that puts in order the faith and raises reception and full participation in the mystery that it celebrates.”
“Active and conscious participation” in the liturgy constitutes being able to “enter deeply” into the mystery of God made present in the Eucharist: “thanks in particular to the religious silence and ‘musicality of language with which the Lord speaks to us,’” he quoted his homily at Casa Santa Marta Dec. 12, 2013.
Quoting from the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Pope Francis said that “Liturgical action is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song…and with the participation of the people.”
He highlighted the document’s emphasis on the importance of “active, conscious, full” participation by the entire faithful, quoting that the “true solemnity of liturgical action does not depend so much from a more ornate form of singing and a more magnificent ceremony than on its worthy and religious celebration.”
To promote this requires “a proper musical education…in dialogue with the musical trends of our time, with the demands of the different cultural areas,” he said.
Concluding, he thanked all of those who participated in the conference for their commitment to sacred music, and asked for the blessing of the Virgin Mary, “who in the Magnificat sang the merciful holiness of God.”
“I encourage you to not lose sight of this important goal: to help the liturgical assembly and the people of God to perceive and participate, with all the senses, physical and spiritual, in the mystery of God.”
Lord, your glory in Christ we have seen, full of goodness and full of grace: In Christ let us live anew. Fill us with his love, and all men shall see the fruits of your victory.
The Almighty has planted his seed in the earth: He tended well the grain and he waits for rebirth.
The Almighty has ground all the grain for the feast: He made it into flour, and he waits for the yeast.
The Almighty has given hi body for man: He broke for us the bread, and he waits like a lamb.
The Almighty was given a crown made of thorn: It pierced him till he bled, and he waits: do we morn?
The Almighty did suffer and evil destroy: He died to ease our pain, and he waits for our joy
©Christian Prayers: Lord, Your Glory in Christ We Have Seen
To keep the law is a great oblation,
and he who observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering.
In works of charity one offers fine flour,
and when he gives alms he presents his sacrifice of praise.
To refrain from evil pleases the LORD,
and to avoid injustice is an atonement.
Appear not before the LORD empty-handed,
for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the precepts.
The just one’s offering enriches the altar
and rises as a sweet odor before the Most High.
The just one’s sacrifice is most pleasing,
nor will it ever be forgotten.
In a generous spirit pay homage to the LORD,
be not sparing of freewill gifts.
With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,
and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
generously, according to your means.
For the LORD is one who always repays,
and he will give back to you sevenfold.
But offer no bribes, these he does not accept!
Trust not in sacrifice of the fruits of extortion.
For he is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites. (Sirach 35:1-12)
As we enter the season of Lent, may we be reminded that during this 40 days beginning tomorrow are moments for us to REconsider, REevaluate and Revisit our altar and find on it unholy acts fit for offering to the Holy One
A Holy Season of Lent to all!
Enjoy your Lent as I will with mine.
Rome Gives Okay to Cause of Canonization for Filipino Archbishop Teofilo Camomot
The late archbishop was known for generosity to the poor
A Filipino bishop who is known for his service and generosity to the poor is on the road to possible canonization.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome has opened the process for the possible beatification of the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot of Cebu, according to MetroCebu News.
Father Mhar Vincent Balili, vice postulator for Archbishop Camomot’s cause, said the congregation said it will give attention to the cause.
If Rome approves the diocesan process, the diocese will submit a “positio,” which is basically a biography of the archbishop, establishing that he lived a life of heroic virtue.
Father Balili said they have “many testimonies” from people on the favors they received after praying to Archbishop Camomot, the news outlet said. But they have yet to find evidence that someone recovered from a major illness because of the late archbishop’s intercession. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has ordered all parishes to say a prayer for the late archbishop’s beatification on a regular basis.
The website of the Daughters of St. Theresa, which Archbishop Camomot founded, notes:
Archbishop Palma also recommended that the faithful go on pilgrimage to the late archbishop’s tomb in the motherhouse of the Daughters of St. Theresa in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City. According to a video on the website of the Daughters of St. Theresa, the archbishop’s body was found incorrupt when it was transferred from a Catholic cemetery to the motherhouse in 2009.
Archbishop Camomot was born in Barangay Cogon, Carcar on March 3, 1914. He was the third of eight children born to Luis and Angela Bastida Camomot. He died in a car accident in San Fernando town on Sept. 27, 1988.
“There were many stories about the Archbishop’s Francisan-like poverty,” says a biography on the sisters’ website. Cebu archbishop emeritus Cardinal Ricardo Jamin Vidal once said that “on one occasion he noticed that Archbishop Camomot was not wearing his pectoral cross…. Curious, he asked Monsignor Camomot about it. He made some excuse. Later a priest told the cardinal that the archbishop had pawned his cross to give some money to the poor. The cardinal later gave him a new cross and told him not to give it away.”
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Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” Luke 16:1-8.
All of us are entrusted – as parent, as children to our parents and sibling, as teachers, as caregivers, as street sweeper, as street-pick up garbage taker, as vendor – no matter how little or great is the task, it is a responsibility given to us. It is entrusted to us.
The challenge is how well have we been in our tasks. How honest are we in our task. As parents, do we give the spiritual needs of our children not only the corporal needs? As street sweeper, do we clean it out of duty or out of social concern? As vendors, are we honest in our food preparations (if its food)?
Most of the time, We (I am included) we allude mission to great and big things ( you can name as many as you can) but most often, we forget that it is really, REALLY the small, unnoticed acts. Unnoticed act such as the refugee (i forgot the name, she participated in the Rio Olympic as swimmer, Yusra Mardini, i remembered!) who courageously volunteered to alight the boat, swam for 3 hours in sea pushing the sinking boat carrying 20 persons to reach the safe place.
Or, those simple people who continues to care for the lepers in Yangco, Culion Palawan.
There are so many!
Can we not include the sacrifices we make each day?
We have been dishonest, we have failed the master, but we never really miss out the chance to start again, we just have to be prudent in out choices and decisions.
If You sees me fit to be your vessel of grace, and so be it. . .
Yesterday, while on my way home from Jardin Cemetery, a woman approached me, expressed her concern – a prayer for her mother who is serious ill- In her own words, “mahina na po at malapit na po.” (weak and dying) Without second thoughts, I granted her desire.
I left, joyful, grace-filled knowing i was able to do some corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It was a day filled with gratitude.
This morning, on my way to office, a woman riding a tricycle stopped in front of me , unaware of who she was, i nodded to acknowledge her presence. “Wala na po siya sister,” (She passed away, sister) she said. It was the woman who approached me yesterday. “Kailan?”(when) i asked, “early this morning,” she replied.
These words lingered on me throughout the day, the words i used during the prayer “Panginoon, patawarin mo siya sa kanyang mga kasalanan. Palayain mo siya sa mga kasalanan niya” (Lord, forgive her of her sins. Give her freedom from sins.)
It just dawned on me, how God uses people to prepare us.
This is Church!
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
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.!
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.