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Joie

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.

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Posted in Inspiration, Lifestyle, Religion, Social Concerns / Commentary, Vocation

Leaf Is Green

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Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte says that under the Civil Code of the Philippines, marriage is only for man and woman. File photo from Shutterstock

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 SAY:

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!

©Rappler.com

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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

 

Posted in Church Events, LIVES OF THE SAINTS, Religion, Vocation

Don’t let your Mama cry

PREGGY

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

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Are You Poor?

MAGNIFICAT

(PV 2011 / inspired from Luke 1:46-55)            Music by: Sr. Teresita Estrellita Orlino, SPC

  1. I will sing with all my heart and praise the Lord. My soul delights and magnifies my Savior, for He is pure and unbounded in His    I am blessed for God has done great things for me
  2. In His greatness He has shown His mighty arm, He has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts and has cast down the powerful from their thrones but with me has found favor to raise the poor.
  3. All good things He has given to the hungry He sent away the rich-poor, humbled, empty. But has confirmed His meek servant Israel and the favor I found made love manifest
  4. Glory be to the Father and to the Son. Glory be to the Spirit, the Paraclete.  May my heart’s magnificat forever sing, to thy praise I live the Gospel and proclaim

 

CHORUS

I am your handmaid, Lord.  Let it be done to me according to your word.  Who am i? What have I to merit my God’s love?

 

As we commemorate the feast of Annunciation, may i share with you our song during our Perpetual Vows in 2011 inspired from the gospel of St. Luke “The Magnificat”

The gift of vocation to the religious life or priesthood is God’s gift.  It is a sheer gift, a grace.  But, this gift  entails responsibility and mission. It is never for oneself but for others, it is service rather than self-preservation.

Religious Life is not a life apart from the wider Catholic community but a participation in its common life.  Yet, they belong to the Lord to whom they have voluntarily consecrated themselves in love and freedom.

The experience of God’s love is the ultimate norm and basis of Religious Life.  It is He who loved first.

May you find in Mary, the Mother of God the perfect example of poverty of spirit.

A Blessed Feast of the Annunciation

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Your Holiness

pope 23

A mother (widow) raises 10 children, all become priests or nuns except one, who became a Bishop! This is a picture of all the siblings with Pope John XXIII Beautiful! The Scheerer family – 1 Bishop, 6 Priests, 3 Dominican Nuns.

 

In a milieu where vocations are stifled by worldly cares. Photo such as this, reminds us that vocations start in the family.

The family is the seedbed of vocations, who germinates love for God and a life of service for and with God through one’s neighbor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joie de Vivre

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I keep on mulling the event that happened over dinner the other night.  I cannot find the words that would capture the depth and breadth of my “heaven on earth” moment.

My present community is composed of elderly Sisters, age ranges from 70 to 99 years old.  I am just in my early adult life and still far from the way they have lived and served God.

At dinnertime, still undecided which food to take, a ninety six year old Sister joined me at the service table, aware of her health diet, I mumbled over what she took, “are vegetables good for her?” trusting she does, I left her. As she picks the fish, I doubted her judgment over the viand so I called the attention of the caregivers, after being informed that her viand is on her table I literally shouted; she is hard of hearing though, “Sister, your viand is on top of the dinner table.” Sheepishly, she replied “Oh!” with a grin on her face. Some of the Sisters noticed too and one even bellowed, “She cannot eat chicken, please!” and everyone had all their attention on her.  Thanks to the meat (pork) she eats three times a day, she is perfectly well.

I went back to my seat feeling awed and in deep joy, each one taking care and being concerned with one another. It is as if the entirety of Community Life was flashed in front of me, summed up in one word CARE.  But I can only care if I go out of myself and see my neighbor in need, not because they need it but, I want to care. I want to love.

I am a Religious.  We live in community.  We value commonality or common life, a distinctive character of Religious Life, of which it makes our life colorful indeed!  We live in common; common prayers, common mealtimes, common recreation, common rising time and lights off.  Everything is in common even the habit (dress) that we wear. All the things that we received are put in common so as no one in the community is in want.

After fifteen years, I am beginning to get the nerve of the life I embraced (experience will tell you so!) Community Life is the most challenging part in the life of a Religious and it goes with the Vows as well (poverty, chastity and obedience.) I am living with 55 Elderly Sisters. We are all gifted with different, unique characters and behavioral patterns, endowed with formed habits and values, virtues and historical backgrounds coupled with joys and pains, and of course some with unresolved issues.  Yet, we exist, we live and we flourish because we CARE.  Our Community Life is lived in CARE following the example of Jesus as the Good Samaritan to his neighbor whom he CARED.

Maybe, just maybe, if we take time to CARE for one another seriously-in our local community, family members specially the estranged, hurting, who feels unwelcomed, the pessimists, the indifferent and aloof, if only we take time to enter into their world we would realize how wounded WE ARE and how WE CONTINUE to wound the other.  We project what we have and we loathe what we see.  If only we have fully grasped the totality of our life, we would come to terms with the reality that we all live in one BIG COMMUNITY, living a common life.

It is a journey onwards with a neighbor towards the eternal community with the Father in heaven.

 

 

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La Vie Est Belle

 

Twelve years since its foundation in Taytay, Rizal on 2004, the SPC Vigil House has gone beyond its conception.  From a simple house for the aged and retired SPC Religious Sisters to becoming one of the most “sought” after model structures in reference to “house for aged religious”.  Different religious communities and lay organizations have visited and surveyed its building structure, maintenance and operation.  Undeniably, the SPC Vigil House has become a beacon of care and love for aging religious who have served their respective congregations with much dedication and fidelity.

Considered as a haven for the Sisters in their old age, the Vigil House, as fondly called, has become a sanctuary for lay people who would come to join the Sisters in their prayers, Holy Mass, Eucharistic Exposition, liturgical rituals, devotions and novenas or those who frequent the place for solitude and prayer. True to its charism of Charity, their very presence impels people to seek God deeply.  Suffice it to say, the SPC Vigil House is the bush burning but not consumed in the heart of a city which awakens the inner longing of each soul drawn to deepen their faith and relationship with God.

Weakness and aging have not hindered the Sisters from ministering to the needs of their brethren. Aware of their limitations, they become more genuine and practical in their ministerial approach.  Where active members of the Congregation are concerned with “working in the world but not becoming of the world”, non-working members are preoccupied with spiritual affairs.  They have recognized that authentic presence and witness is the greatest and most challenging ministry, but, the most trustworthy and fulfilling means of conveying the message. True enough, it is only in weakness and suffering that one can truly be a beacon of hope, love and faith in a society where vulnerability is nothing but futility.  It is one’s experience of senescence that enables the ability to practise the true meaning of poverty, chastity and obedience, faith and hope, precisely the very things that they share to the people who come to the SPC Vigil House to be invigorated in their faith life.

“La vie est belle.”  Life is beautiful knowing that these Sisters who are in their prime have mirrored how life should be lived and what life is all about.  It is not about the degree attained or the school attended.  It is more than the position one’s held or the ministry you worked in.  It is not even intelligence or practicality that gauges the success or the building that you built or the number of communities which you were assigned. Rather, life is beautiful for these Sisters because of the relationship that deepens through the years of falling and rising. The flickering sparks of courage and trust amidst life’s challenges made them realize that being put together brings out hope and surrender.  “La vie est belle!” When deformities become reality and sickness becomes inevitable comrades, God becomes an intimate companion.

If the book of life of the SPC Congregation be destroyed, lost or burned, all they need is to look to these Sisters whose life is a “living book of life.”  The life of these Sisters embodies the spirit of the Congregation.