Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Unites the World

The recent typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that devastated several provinces in our country showed that indeed we are united with the world. The outpouring of help from around the world is really so heartwarming. It showed us that we are not alone and that in times of need we really are just one world and not divided into different nations.

Thank you very much to all the generous peoples and governments all over the world. You are all heroes in your own way. Together we can overcome all kinds of problems.

I salute all of you!

Courage dear fellow Filipinos! We are not alone!

God bless all of us!

The Journey of the Heart

In connection with the 400th death anniversary of St. Camillus in 2014, his heart relic is going around the world. St. Camillus is the patron saint of the sick, nurses, hospitals and healthworkers. His relic will arrive here in the on February 18 and will depart March 11, 2013.

We are lucky in our subdivision, Kingsville along Marcos Highway, that the Camillian Sisters have their convent here. St. Camillus relic will therefore stay in their convent from Feb 19-21.

We are all invited to come and visit the relic and participate in various activities. Below is the schedule of activities. Please tell your friends and bring especially those who need healing.

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Prayer for the Philippines and Filipinos

Today, I am sharing a prayer for the Philippines and Filipinos. This was given to us by the GMCKS Pranic Healing Foundation of the Philippines and I asked permission to publish it in my blog. The website of this foundation is here: http://www.PranicHealing.com.ph

It is a very nice prayer and I think all of us, Filipinos, should pray this everyday.

“God Bless the Philippines and Our Family

From the point of Light within the Mind of God

Let light stream forth into the minds of

all Filipinos and our family.

Let Light descend throughout

the whole Philippines and our entire family.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God,

Let love stream forth into the hearts of

all Filipinos and everyone in our family.

Let love descend throughout

the whole Philippines and our entire family.

From the center where where the Will of God is known,

Let purpose guide the wills of

all Filipinos and our family.

Let goodwill and the will to do good descend

throughout the whole Philippines

and our entire family.

Let Light, Love, and Power descend throughout

the whole Philippines and our entire family!

Let the Philippines and our family be blessed

with peace, harmony, progress, prosperity, and

spirituality!

God bless the Philippines and our entire family!

With thanks and in full faith!

SO BE IT!”

Please say and pass on this prayer. Let us pray for our beloved country and for each other.

A food and heritage tour of Pampanga

Early this month, I joined a group, Culture Shock, that went on a tour of Pampanga. Since Pampanga is known for its cuisine, we visited places with authentic Pampanga dishes, plus churches with rich cultural heritage. I will write a longer blog about this but I just want to tell you just now, that the trip was all worth it!

One of the things that impressed me was the visit to the San Guillermo Church of Bacolor, Pampanga. Not only does it have a very interesting story of its being buried by lahar, but I found so many interesting religious statues there. This is the only church where I found a tableaux about a dying St. Joseph with the statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus plus an angel beside the bed. Really awesome!

Tableaux showing a dying St. Joseph with Virgin Mary and Jesus, plus an angel surrounding him.

 

I suggest that you check out the tours scheduled by Culture Shock if you are interested in enriching your knowledge about our own cultural heritage. It is a different kind of trip. Here is a link to their site: http://cultureshockph.wordpress.com/calendar/

Filipino Catholics From the Eyes of a Foreigner

It has been a while since I last posted something here. Sorry about that.

I got this from an email today and I thought this is the prefect place to share it. I am pasting everything verbatim as it was sent to me.

This will make us feel good about being Filipinos and being Catholics. Please pass on and share to others too especially to those who may not look kindly on us.

“FILIPINO CATHOLICS FROM THE EYES OF A FOREIGNER Filipino Catholics Here’s something very positive written by a foreigner named Steve Ray, about Filipinos. Steve Ray authored many best-selling books, among which are, Crossing The Tiber (his conversion story), Upon This Rock (on the papacy), and just recently John’s Gospel (a comprehensive bible study guide and commentary)”.

“STEVE RAY’S OPEN LETTER TO THE FILIPINO CATHOLICS:

We stepped into the church and it was old and a bit dark. Mass had just begun and we sat toward the front. We didn’t know what to expect here in Istanbul , Turkey . I guess we expected it to be a sombre Mass but quiet and sombre it was not – I thought I heard angels joyously singing behind me.

The voices were rich, melodic and beautiful. What I discovered as I spun around to look did not surprise me because I had seen and heard the same thing in other churches around the world. It was not a choir of angels with feathered wings and halos but a group of delightful Filipino Catholics with smiles of delight and joy on their faces as they worshiped God and sang His praises. I had seen this many times before in Rome , in Israel ,in the United States and other countries.

Filipinos have special traits and they are beautifully expressed as I gazed at the happy throng giving thanks to God. What are the special traits which characterize these happy people? I will share a few that I have noticed- personal observations- as I have travelled around the world, including visits to the Philippines.

FIRST, there is a sense of community, of family. These Filipino Christians did not sit apart from each other in different isles. They sat together, closely. They didn’t just sing quietly, mumbling, or simply mouthing the words. No, they raised their voices in harmony together as though they enjoyed the sense of unity and communion among them. They are family even if they are not related.

SECOND, they have an inner peace and joy which is rare in the world today. When most of the world’s citizens are worried and fretful, I have found Filipinos to have joy and peace – a deep sense of God’s love that over shadows them. They have problems too, and many in the Philippines have less material goods than others in the world, yet there is still a sense of happy trust in God and love of neighbour.

THIRD, there is a love for God and for his Son Jesus that is almost synonymous with the word Filipino. There is also something that Filipinos are famous for around the world – their love for the Blessed Mother. Among the many Filipinos I have met, the affectionate title for Mary I always hear from their lips is “Mama Mary.” For these gentle folks Mary is not just a theological idea, a historical person, or a statue in a church – Mary is the mother of their Lord and their mother as well, their “mama..”

The Philippines is a Catholic nation-the only such nation in Asia -and this wonderful country exports missionaries around the world. They are not hired to be missionaries, not official workers of the church. No, they are workers and educators, doctors, nurses and housekeepers that go to other lands and travel to the far reaches of the earth, and everywhere they go they take the joyous gospel of Jesus with them. They make a sombre Mass joyful when they burst into song. They convict the pagan of sin as they always keep the love of Jesus and the Eucharist central in their lives.

My hope and prayer, while I am here in the Philippines sharing my conversion story from Baptist Protestant to Roman Catholic, is that the Filipino people will continue to keep these precious qualities. I pray that they will continue loving their families, loving the Catholic Church, reading the Bible, loving Jesus, His Mother and the Eucharist.

As many other religions and sects try to persuade them to leave the Church, may God give the wisdom to defend the Catholic faith. As the world tempts them to sin and seek only money and fame and power, may God grant them the serenity to always remember that obedience to Christ and love for God is far more important than all the riches the world can offer.

May the wonderful Filipino people continue to be a light of the Gospel to the whole world”!

I hope you enjoyed this. Please share with others.

Honor and Excellence – Solita Monsod’s last lecture

I just love this last lecture of Prof. Solita Monsod. I think all of us who are UP graduates should especially pay attention. However, it’s not only UP graduates who should pay attention but also all of us Filipinos.

My daughter showed this video to me and I looked for it in YouTube. I am sure Prof. Monsod will not mind if I share this with you in this blog.