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Prayers Requested

February 26, 2009 Leave a comment
Hi All, 
 
A friend from the office got involved in an accident as he was driving to work some weeks ago.  The long and short story of this is that he hit a girl who for some reason was crossing the highway.  Given that one is expected to drive at high speeds on highways, it’s nearly impossible to stop on time in case a person crosses one’s path.  As of last night the doctors pronounced the girl brain dead.  My friend and his family have since been shouldering the medical expenses since they’ve reached the limit that the insurance is willing to pay.
 
The name of the girl is Janilyn Ibalin.  I’ve submitted prayer requests for her at The Divine Mercy and 24 Hr Chaplet of Divine Mercy web sites.
 
I will continue to pray for the girl and my friend, and I request all my friends and whoever comes across my blog and this post to please pray for them, too, that they may overcome this great trial in their lives now.
 
If there was ever a time that we need faith and trust that God answers prayers, then this is most certainly one of those times. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in You!  We do believe; please help us overcome our unbelief!!!
 
 
Best Regards,
J.P.
 
Categories: Personal

God Can Do Anything, If Only You and I Believe

February 23, 2009 1 comment
When I went to Mass today, the Gospel reading was taken from Mark 9:14 – 19.  I quote in particular verses 19 – 27 in the said passage as follows.  (Note the emphasis I put in alternating colors in the text.) 
 
“O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” 
So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
 
God can do anything, literally – if only we believe!
 
How many of us are like the father in the story who has but little faith in Him? 
 
God can do anything, literally – if only I believe! 
 
I am like such a man.  Despite all my efforts I am still a man of very little faith.  To make matters worse, I know for a fact that I can be quite ungrateful for the gifts and blessings He has given me in my life.
 
If only I had really strong faith and trust in Him, I wouldn’t doubt for a moment that I would get what I beg for from God…
 
But I am a man of little faith.  Oh God, what little faith I have in You, may that be enough for You to hear my plea.  Please grant me what I wish…  Only if it is Your will, too.  And if it is not, please give me the grace to discern it and the strength to accept Your will in my life. 
 
Let us all persevere in our prayers, for He does give us what we ask for, in the way that is best for us.  
 
He can give us what we ask for.  He can give us what we need.  Even the faith we have, as little and weak as it may be, is ultimately still something that God can work with for us to believe in Him and grow in faith and love for Him.
 
Oh God, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 


 
This post especially goes out to my good friends Bryan and Karen.  I can only begin to imagine the challenge up ahead.  Hold fast to your faith and trust in God.  Things will turn out for the best.
 
Categories: Personal

Prayers of Petition

February 23, 2009 Leave a comment
Fr. Salvador “Boy” F. Pablo, SDB, is the rector of the St. John Bosco Parish in Makati.  Once in a while he is able to celebrate Mass at the RCBC Chapel.  Around the early part of last year I approached him about vocations.  He gave me as a gift a book about a collection of Vatican II’s Post-Conciliar documents.  He also lent me a book written by Pedro V. Salgado, O.P., who happened to be one of his professors. 
 
The title of the book is “Essays on Spirituality.”  I did go over the pages he cited that I check regarding vocations.  Aside from that I did find a few other topics quite interesting. 
 
One thing I took note of was a discussion regarding prayers of petition.  It put prayers of petition in an interesting perspective, so interesting that I copied and saved text from that book for my future reference. 
 
Unfortunately, I hesitate to quote text from that book in this post lest it be construed as copyright infringement.  Suffice it to say, here are the take-away points one can get from it:
 
  • Prayers of petition are not selfish.  These are in fact an act of humility that without God, we can never achieve anything. 
  • We should still ask Him for what we want even if He already knows what we will ask for and has a decision regarding it already, not to change His will, but to seek what He has desired to give us from the very beginning. 
  • We must have faith and trust in Him: If He says He will answer our prayers and grant what we ask, then He will. 
These are such encouraging words.  May we all persevere and persist in our prayers that God will grant us whatever we ask for in His name.  And just as important, may we all have the faith and trust in Him that He will answer our prayers – in the way that is best for us. 
 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
Categories: Religion

All I Want

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment
I heard this song played over the radio on my way home today.  It was dedicated to a new couple… it’s an old song, but in the context of the dedication to this new couple, it was just so sweet.  Smile
 
 

All I Want (acoustic) – Toad theWet Sprockets Dexter Joe

All I Want
Toad The Wet Sprocket
 
 
Nothing’s so loud
As hearing when we lie
The truth is not kind
And you’ve said neither am I
But the air outside so soft is saying everything
Everything
 
All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, I feel it say
 
Nothing’s so cold
As closing the heart when all we need
Is to free the soul
But we wouldn’t be that brave I know
And the air outside so soft, confessing everything
Everything
 
All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, I feel it say
 
And it won’t matter now
Whatever happens will be
Though the air speaks of all we’ll never be
It won’t trouble me
 
All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
The evening speaks, I feel it say
 
And it feels so close
Let it take me in
Let it hold me so
I can feel it say

 

Categories: Music

Tatsulok

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Tatsulok – Bamboo

 
Tatsulok
Bamboo
 
Totoy bilisan mo, bilisan mo ang takbo
Ilagan ang mga bombang nakatutok sa ulo mo
Totoy tumalon ka, dumapa kung kailangan
At baka tamaan pa ng mga balang ligaw
 
Totoy makinig ka, wag kang magpa-gabi
Baka mapagkamalan ka’t humandusay dyan sa tabi
Totoy alam mo ba kung ano ang puno’t dulo
Ng di matapos-tapos na kaguluhang ito
 
[Refrain]
Hindi pula’t dilaw tunay na magkalaban
Ang kulay at tatak ay di syang dahilan
Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan
At ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman
 
[Chorus]
Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok
Di matatapos itong gulo
 
Iligtas ang hininga ng kay raming mga tao
At ang dating munting bukid, ngayo’y sementeryo
Totoy kumilos ka, baliktarin ang tatsulok
Tulad ng dukha, nailagay mo sa tuktok
 
Hindi pula’t dilaw tunay na magkalaban
Ang kulay at tatak ay di syang dahilan
Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan
At ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman
Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok
Di matatapos itong gulo
 
Iligtas ang hininga ng kay raming mga tao
At ang dating munting bukid, ngayo’y sementeryo
Totoy kumilos ka, baliktarin ang tatsulok
Tulad ng dukha, nailagay mo sa tuktok

repeat Refrain and Chorus
repeat Chorus
 
Di matatapos itong gulo
 
Categories: Music

Miracles Closer To Home

February 14, 2009 Leave a comment
My best friend texted me early this morning to tell me that she was sick yesterday.  I wished her well, a Happy Valentine’s, and God’s blessings that she will feel better today.
 
Apparently she did get God’s blessings for her today.
 
She texted me again this evening to give me some news.  She found out that there was a healing Mass in her Parish.  The priest presiding was Fr. Nelson Osorio of St. Joseph Parish of San Jose, Batangas (Vicariate IV) from the Archdiocese of Lipa.  Now, it’s not everyday that you get the chance to meet someone who has the charism or gift of healing, and apparently this was one of those priests blessed by the Holy Spirit to have such a gift.  She attended the Mass and was amazed: Someone who could not walk was now walking thanks to the intercessory prayers of this priest!  Almost everyone who he laid his hands on "fainted" (for lack of a better word to describe it).  My best friend said that the priest knew the particular concern or healing that each person needed and said his prayers specific to that.  When it was her turn and she "fell," she was aware of her surroundings but felt a very light electricity that made her feel weak…  Words fail to capture the exact feeling that she was feeling.  Suffice it to say, she, like the person who could now walk and everyone else that asked for healing, was now feeling much better.
 
I told her that she was blessed for today she was touched by an Angel.  She said, and rightly so, that it was not an Angel but the Holy Spirit that touched her today. Smile
 
Imagine that…  Contact with God!  Of course, we do have our own share of having close contact with God, and that is through Holy Communion which is the normal means.  However, it’s not everyday that you have extraordinary means of having said contact.  This was such a privilege, similar to that of, say, a Eucharistic Miracle.
 
Miracles do happen even in and despite this secular and cynical day and age — however they only happen if you have faith!
 
I’ve always known my best friend to have such a strong faith in God.  It is not surprising that this miracle worked for her. 
 
I want to be touched by the Holy Spirit, too.  I want to experience my own miracle per my own needs.  The question I now face is how much faith I have in our Lord Jesus that He, indeed, can heal and give us what we need — if we only have faith in Him, as is evidenced throughout the Gospels.
 
Do I have enough faith — and trust — in Jesus that He can grant me the miracles I need in my life?
 
The Lenten season is coming soon, but I don’t need to wait for it to begin my soul-searching introspection.  It’s an important task I know I have to do… And I guess it wouldn’t hurt if everyone did the same.
 
Oh God…  May I have enough faith and trust in You to deserve my own miracles.
 
Categories: Personal

St. Valentine

February 14, 2009 1 comment
Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages
 
It’s good to know the reason for the season.  Here’s an excerpt of a write-up about this Saint, derived from Catholic Online
The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
 
…Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner — until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor — whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn’t do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269].
 
One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."
 
St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.
 
Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all!!! Red roseRed heartOpen-mouthed
 
Categories: Religion