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I Beg Your Time

COVID-19 A PRAYER OF SOLIDARITY

For all who have contracted coronavirus, we pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance, we pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for recognition of the God~given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision ~ makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time, may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant heali3. Be with us, Lord. Amen

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Longing

There are memories worth keeping;

But, there are memories you have to let go in order for you to love and live.

There are memories worth lingering with;

But, there are memories you have to let it pass by in order for you to breathe anew.

There are memories worth recapturing;

But, there are memories you have to accept it is past in order for you to see the present.

There are memories worth sharing;

But, there are memories the only worth by now, is lesson.

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Did You Rise?

The Resurrection: New Life for Christ, New Life for All

The Resurrection is, first of all, an event that concerns Jesus Christ. It is his personal triumph over death, and the vindication of the truth of his teaching. He had spoken about it before it happened. The fulfi3of the prophecy underscores the power of Christ and the truthfulness of his message. He experienced his physical resurrection in all its transforming vitality, just as he had experienced the destructive power of sin in his agony and death. This is what the Pascal Mystery is all about. The resurrection reveals this with a glorious clarity perceived through the eyes of faith.

But whatever happened to Christ has also a cosmic resonance. It influences and affects positively the whole universe, but especially mankind. At the Incarnation, the Son of God united himself in a permanent way to every human being with a solidarity that makes him share in all the miseries if every individual, (including the deadly consequences of sin), and makes every human being a sharer in Christ’s dignity, holiness and glory.

This is why Jesus’ coming out of the tomb alive, transformed, immortal, concerns us, too. It concerns all human beings. His resurrection is also mankind’s resurrection because it marks mankind’s liberation from the oppression of sin.

Christ’s shattering the shackles of death (manifested through the breaking of the seals of his grave) is like the cracking of the shell of a seed which allows the sprout to burst forth with all the freshneof the new life it carries. That sprout is Christ, but is also all mankind. It is also each one of us. On Easter morning a new world dawned, a new humanity rose from the slavery of sin and death, in Jesus, through him and with him. (Col. 2:12~13)

No human expression can exhaust the transforming greatness of this mystery. The Church has been proclaiming it during her 20 centuries of existence through her liturgy, her creeds, and her life. She will continue to do so u til the liberating power of the Resurrection will have reached its full manifestation in the Kingdom of heaven.

There are a billion and one reasons for celebrating, then, as we commemorate, re~love and rejoice in the Resurrection of Jesus. It is our resurrection, too. But we are challenged to prove it by living a new life. We have to get rid the “old yeast” of corruption and wickedness, and live a life characterized by sincerity and truth. (1Cor 5:7~8) we have to set our hearts “on what pertains to higher realms” (Col. 3:1) Then will our actions ring the jouous notes of the Easter alleluia, and we shall become a living “proof” of Christ’s Resurrection.

©EUCHALETTE (Liturgical Leaflet for an Active Participation in the Celebration of the Eucharist)

Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Word and Life Publications

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Covid’s Clutches

Last Sunday, I wrote about how the ECQ enhanced our identity during this season of Holy Week as we celebrate the Palm Sunday and the (remaining days of) Enhanced Community Quarantine and how the hymn of festivity and excitement envelop from town to city. I believe the lifting of the ECQ signals victory over this pandemic issue.

But,

The streaks of April 14, was covered by the gloom of night as the ECQ extended to the 30th of this month.

Suddenly, mixed emotions rushed forth. I couldn’t believe. Although, I have been reading news of the possibility of extension because of the increase of numbers of contamination, still, I’m shocked, though, I am deeply grateful, too. Such an irony of two opposing emotions.

The extension of the ECQ only means that the battle is still way ahead. And staying at home means exhausting all possible means to be healthy so as not to compromise our health and the safety of our frontliners– not only the medical staff but the staff in the grocery mall, market, transportation, etc – because for some of us, we need to go out to buy some basic needs here and there. And for some reasons, there are just areas where the 1 meter distancing rule is so difficult to remember, I wonder why.

It may appear that Hope becomes bleak as it unveils the depth of covid’s clutches to my country, to your country, and to the whole world.

But,

Today, Holy Wednesday, I would like to share with you the reflection of Pope Francis from Lumen Fidei which says, “Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. ”

I have had experiences of pain, of suffering and everytime I am in this moment, I would always ask the Lord,” why, O LORD? ” and I hear no replies. Surely, you, too, have great stories to tell about your journey of pains, trials, struggles, sufferings. Yet, you and I knew that neither you nor me receives the reply. However, we, too, can testify that He never, not once, left us alone in the journey. His accompanying presence was there, which enables us to profess our Faith in Him, that He was there all along.

I hope, I share the same Hope with you. Let us not be afraid nor be worried of what is going on around us, remember, God sends the traveling Ishmaelites to save Joseph from the clutches of anger and envy of his brothers, though, was sold, but he end up the great Governor of Egypt and eventually, saved his Father and Brothers from famine and death.

The Lord is at work in this covid times. In due time, his accompanying presence will be revealed. And all shall be well.

Let us continue to HOPE. Let us be hope to the people near and even far from us.

Tomorrow, we shall begin the Easter Triduum, where we make present the event 2000 years ago by our unique celebration of the Last Supper of Jesus on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Jesus on Good Friday, the Mourning and the Death He must undergo on Holy Saturday and the HOPE of the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday Morning all in our homes and before a TV or Laptop screen.

My dear friends, even Jesus has to undergo all these, even He shouted ” Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? “ so must we. Let us enter into the excruciating pain of a loss of a loved one because of covid, the fear that this pandemic virus it brings, the anxiety of when will this end, yet let us not be defeated, for in the end, Someone conquered sin and death for us.

WILL HE NOT DO SAME THIS TIME FOR US?

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe everyone.

You are all in my prayers.

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Covid’s Clutches

Last Sunday, I wrote about how the ECQ enhanced our identity during this season of Holy Week as we celebrate the Palm Sunday and the (remaining days of) Enhanced Community Quarantine and how the hymn of festivity and excitement envelop from town to city. I believe the lifting of the ECQ signals victory over this pandemic issue.

But,

The streaks of April 14, was covered by the gloom of night as the ECQ extended to the 30th of this month.

Suddenly, mixed emotions rushed forth. I couldn’t believe. Although, I have been reading news of the possibility of extension because of the increase of numbers of contamination, still, I’m shocked, though, I am deeply grateful, too. Such an irony of two opposing emotions.

The extension of the ECQ only means that the battle is still way ahead. And staying at home means exhausting all possible means to be healthy so as not to compromise our health and the safety of our frontliners– not only the medical staff but the staff in the grocery mall, market, transportation, etc – because for some of us, we need to go out to buy some basic needs here and there. And for some reasons, there are just areas where the 1 meter distancing rule is so difficult to remember, I wonder why.

It may appear that Hope becomes bleak as it unveils the depth of covid’s clutches to my country, to your country, and to the whole world.

But,

Today, Holy Wednesday, I would like to share with you the reflection of Pope Francis from Lumen Fidei which says, “Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. ”

I have had experiences of pain, of suffering and everytime I am in this moment, I would always ask the Lord,” why, O LORD? ” and I hear no replies. Surely, you, too, have great stories to tell about your journey of pains, trials, struggles, sufferings. Yet, you and I knew that neither you nor me receives the reply. However, we, too, can testify that He never, not once, left us alone in the journey. His accompanying presence was there, which enables us to profess our Faith in Him, that He was there all along.

I hope, I share the same Hope with you. Let us not be afraid nor be worried of what is going on around us, remember, God sends the traveling Ishmaelites to save Joseph from the clutches of anger and envy of his brothers, though, was sold, but he end up the great Governor of Egypt and eventually, saved his Father and Brothers from famine and death.

The Lord is at work in this covid times. In due time, his accompanying presence will be revealed. And all shall be well.

Let us continue to HOPE. Let us be hope to the people near and even far from us.

Tomorrow, we shall begin the Easter Triduum, where we make present the event 2000 years ago by our unique celebration of the Last Supper of Jesus on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Jesus on Good Friday, the Mourning and the Death He must undergo on Holy Saturday and the HOPE of the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday Morning all in our homes and before a TV or Laptop screen.

My dear friends, even Jesus has to undergo all these, even He shouted ” Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? “ so must we. Let us enter into the excruciating pain of a loss of a loved one because of covid, the fear that this pandemic virus it brings, the anxiety of when will this end, yet let us not be defeated, for in the end, Someone conquered sin and death for us.

WILL HE NOT DO SAME THIS TIME FOR US?

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe everyone.

You are all in my prayers.

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Locked Down

Locked Down

Empty heart, troubled mind

Restless spirit, anxious soul

Distance has become my warmth

Doubt has become my gaze.

Commotion. Shouting. Wailing.

Covid! Covid! Here alas!

In fear, I hid.

Terror! Terror! I see terror around.

OH! Death tolls solemnly

A music that is not a melody

Silence. Peace. Bright.

Do I still breathe or shall I die?

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I’m Online

1

I’m back.

It’s good to be away for awhile from what I have loved to do-writing my thoughts. Having “left” the social networking world has given me a chance to really focus on something that I lack most-CONNECTION and PRESSENCE

Yes!

Well,  I’m no excuse.

Most of the time, because my world has been so fast and vast, i lost contact with persons dear to me. I neglect them in many varied ways, justifying, they’re always there anyway! Or that “they know, I love them much I’m not just that person who always communicates.” And, at time, I’m really busy.

HOwever, the turn of events in my family recently taught me to value something that I lack at this present time of faceless and borderless communication.  Two weeks ago, my uncle and his son had a car collission leaving both in critical condition up to now.  We’re preparing for worst.  I am preparing the worst. Death.

Regret now creeps.  Regret fills all of me. I dont have to give the detail, it tires me to pour. Death is imminent.

Despite this sadness overwhelming me, it taught me a lesson, I swore will never fail me again.

Find time.

Spend time.

Treature time.

 

 

 

 

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Choosing Today

When disagreement takes away the warmth of communication. I wish to take back the words I said.

When disagreement takes away the laughter’s shared in a moment’s glance. I wished I’d known it.

When disagreement takes away the company of civility, I wish to be more understanding and not rude

When disagreement supplies falls happiness of “I’m ok”, I wish I had the courage to choose to transcend and reached out. I wish I have been more self-forgetful to be other-centered.

When disagreement takes away my hope for a new tomorrow, I dare to bring it in and start anew.

I have today.

I have tommorow’s today. 

It is always today, so I start to begin anew, making all things new today

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War

by Cristian Mihai

 

“The one perfectly divine thing, the one glimpse of God’s paradise given on earth, is to fight a losing battle – and not lose it.”

Life is a war.

You have to fight to get what you want, you have to fight to become the person you want to be. You have to fight to put food on the table, to be fit, to accomplish goals, to take care of your body.

The hustle, as they say, never ends.

Of course, you might be inclined to use one of lfie’s many crutches: to have someone else take care of your needs, to dream of retirement, to dream of winning the lottery or reaching Heaven.

Those are lazy ways of thinking and going about life.

Here and now. That’s life. It’s not about tomorrow, for it has yet to come.

Life is what happens right here, right now. And life is a war, a constant battle for what you want.

Make no mistake, each time you think otherwise, life will punish you.

It’s just how it is.

Plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead.

Until then… hustle and struggle and fight for your dreams and ideas and goals.

“Do not believe that others will die, not you…. I have wrestled with Thanatos knee to knee and I know how death is vanquished. Man’s immortality is not to live forever; for that wish is born of fear. Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal.” – Mary Renault

 

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Pain

Afraid

Sometimes the best way to accept is to let go.

Sometimes the best to say goodbye is to welcome

Sometimes the best way to forgive is to be hurt

Sometimes the best way to be free is to be exiled

Sometimes the best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the crowd

Sometimes the best way to cope is to get wild

Sometimes it’s just good to be Me in most time

Lifestyle, Pain

Repost

Change is painful. Whether you decide to change, or life simply demands change, it is a painful process. Harmful habits die hard, because we sometimes are so in love with our pain.

We like to have an excuse. Someone or something to put the blame on.

But the truth is that there’s no force on earth stronger than a human being who wants to achieve something. Who truly wants something. Who fights, who struggles, who cries in pain but doesn’t surrender.

Man achieves the impossible by sheer power of will, and that makes him magic.

But we must ask ourselves if what we want is truly important, because most times we want what we want because we hope it would make us happy.

Things, people…

But that is just a way of fooling ourselves.

Nothing outside ourselves can ever make us happy.

Change makes us happy. Progress makes us happy. Overcoming obstacles makes us happy.

Happiness is not a destination, but the road we travel to reach that destination.

And all that we need to go down that road is within ourselves.

Right now, right here.

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