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Monday, December 2, 2013

Faculty C Recollection Prayer

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 The following is intended prayers for college faculty set c who will be at Eden Nature's Park for a day         of recollection

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.” 
 Prepare our hearts, we pray, O Lord our God,
by your divine power,
so that at the coming of Christ your Son
we may be found worthy of the banquet of eternal life
and merit to receive heavenly nourishment from his hands.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


We reflect today on a promise of a day full of hope
of plenty, of peace. We ask for the grace to be open,
to respond to whatever the Lord is offering us in these precious days
of preparation and anticipation.
No matter how difficult our situation, we can trust in the Lord;
we can eat and be satisfied.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”

The Word of  God humbled himself to dwell with us so
that we might see his glory.  Rejoicing in hope, let us call
upon him:
Emmanuel, be with us.

Ruler, just and righteous,
- bring justice to the poor and the oppressed.

King of peace, you beat swords into plowshares and spears
    into pruning hooks,
- turn hatred into love and our grievances into forgiveness.

You do not judge by appearances,
- recognize those who are your own.

When you come with power and might upon the clouds,
- grant that we may come before you without shame.
 Lord's Prayer
Closing Prayer:
Lord of all,
you are a God of plenty, a Lord who provides
for us in our need.
As I begin these early days of Advent
help me to believe that you know what I need.
Give me the courage to listen to your voice
and the freedom
to open my heart to the graces you are
offering me to place my trust in you.

 May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


Text of the prayers are taken from Creighton University Online Ministries.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

vegetables and fruits

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Years ago, I was contemplating of my coming years where in I have to stop working 8 hours a day. What would be my possible flow  of life on my retirement days?  Lot of possible scenario came to my mind. What would be my other sustenance aside from pension? I have to look for another alternative. Farming, vermi culture, and making a boarding house are the options. I started gradually, and in period of one year construction ,  a room with  a comfort room was built.  I am so happy and grateful to God for this material blessing. My  is exciting moments for me. Though I may no longer receiving every 15th and 30th income but I believe the Lord God will in place me as He will continue to provide. One is so clear to me that I will still continue to my mission of sharing the mission of Jesus Christ.

Working in an institution or company may end but our work for the vineyard of the Lord must continue through our service and involvement in our Christian community.  Our mission must go on!

Are there challenges in our retirement days?  The following are possible challenges;
  • Keep one's mind heart focus to God's eternal promise
  • Keep one's body strong and healthy through exercise and eating vegetables and fruits
  • Attend community and church activities
  • Get in touch with good friends with similar aspirations and values
  • Observe moments of prayer
  • Trust God's always loving presence
Retirement is a call to trust and a call to live a meaningful life.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Are you Courgeous?

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Be courageous in  doing things you’ve never done before, to go to places you’ve never been.
Be brave, and be blessed in the unexplored things and places.

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Own Mission: The Benefits of Turmeric

My Own Mission: The Benefits of Turmeric:   Subscribe in a reader Since my younger days, I have the passion of  gardening. Now that I am running towards 60"s the passion is st...

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Benefits of Turmeric

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Since my younger days, I have the passion of  gardening. Now that I am running towards 60"s the passion is still there. An old  herb caught my attention which many doctors and scientist focus their eyes in it. The wonder of TURMERIC( Curcuma longa ) . a spice at same time now is a potential  cure of different kinds of infections and cancer. It has been used to treat different kinds of illnesses.

Year 2002, I visited my sister in Sacramento. With my love of gardening, I used my free early morning time for gardening in her backyard. I was incidentally stepped into a sharp object. And good that I brought powder of turmeric from the Philippines. I put the wounded part of my feet with the turmeric powder. Amazingly in three days it was healed. I did not suffer of that wound.

Now it is found out that Turmeric has many  Health  Benefits

1.  Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for 
2.  It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in 
     disinfecting cuts and burns.  (This was my experienced of the 
     healing power of turmeric ).
3  Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs.
4.  May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5.  May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
6.  May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by 
     removing amylase plaque buildup in  the   brain.
 7. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
8.  May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory 
     skin conditions.
9.  Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural 
     treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
10. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as   
      anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

    Today turmeric is   taken in powder or pill available in health 
     stores  in  capsules .

My parents started using turmeric during World War II. Turmeric is our basic medicine in the family. My mother dried turmeric roots for emergency needs for what ever sickness would come to us.
Since then, we don't run out of planting turmeric and this time I even increase in volume.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


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Two nights more to go is Philippines election day. Many Filipinos who are lovers of politician both nation local are busy campaigning  for the last hours for their  beat. What a funny but sad Philippine political scenario. 
 Days before election many  groceries stores got a good income of their sold noodles. Noodles are  the cheapest means of enticing votes in favor to a particular candidate. There are lucky ones received bigger enticement, and that is receiving a bigger amount of money where a portion of it will be distributed to their friends and neighbors in favor of a candidate.  Our candidates save much before election or during their office terms and spend much during election campaign. This is the Philippine Politics. This scenario  reflects the political immaturity of many of us Filipinos, including myself. We will not point and blame to politicians but we have also look our voters. Vice versa. Why they become such kind of politicians? First and foremost, we allow them to become such kind of politicians. In other hand, politicians took advantage of the immaturity and the political uneducated people for the their vested interest. Many Filipinos are like starve species who will radically grab any thing thrown unto them during election period. Having feed and with "utang na loob" eventually they can choose the wrong politician.  Is there A HOPE TO THE PHILIPPINES AND FILIPINOS? 

Our hope does not lies on the political leaders. Our hope lies on us Filipino people.  Let us not depend much of our leaders. Let us develop a mind set and direction as people that would shape a good leader. A good leader comes from good people. Believe in your goodness as person. Let us believe in our goodness as people. Let us not wait others to start, let us start from our self. 


Thursday, April 25, 2013

What can You See in Singapore?

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 Another bonus in my life is the opportunity to see the beauty of Singapore. What is Singapore? Where do you find Singapore?

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometers north of the equator. Wikipedia
Weather: 33°C, Wind S at 6 km/h, 55% Humidity
Local time: Thursday 1:52 PM
Awards: Top Intelligent Community of the Year
Official language: English Language, Malay Language, Tamil Language, Standard Mandarin
Population: 5.184 million

The group of private teacher most of them from Holy Cross of Davao College left Davao City , Philippines April 15, 2013 afternoon in order to catch the early flight to Singapore on the following  day via Sea-air.

"This is the day that the Lord has made. we will rejoice and be glad on it".  We were all glad and happy roaming around Universal Studios in Singapore. Oh what a gift of journey from the Lord. It just on the first day ... marami pa. ( lot more places)

  Where are we? Ah,  at the Garden by the Bay. is a  place where we can reflect God's wisdom and knowledge bestowed to human being. A cluster of 18 artificial trees almost  16 stories in height, are scattered throughout Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.


Solar Supertrees
 In this bridge we passed by heading to towards the artificial trees. Jonas is our good guide from LRT up to this place
. Thank you oh God for the safe and sound trip to Singapore!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Recalling and Imagening the Crucified Christ

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As I woke up early of Good Friday I  decided not to join the The Way of the Cross organized by our parish, instead I prayed the Rosary and meditating the suffering, death and crucifixion  of Jesus. I spend this good Friday as day of  recollection and prayer. I read few chapters of the book Finding God in All Things by William A. Barry, SJ.  This is a good book to anyone wants to make spiritual exercises for it contents spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. In my reading I was lead to recall and imagine Christ who crucified on the cross. Before the crucified Jesus I ponder the great love of God who created me. The awesome God who became man that I may have eternal life. Now, here  He is crucified on the cross. I reflect myself and ask, 
        "  What I have done for Christ? What I am doing for Christ? What ought to do for Christ? AS I behold Christ in this plight, nailed on the cross, I shall ponder what presents itself to my mind " ( Spiritual Exercise n. 53 )

This meditation on the on the St. Ignatius leads me to see my own sinfulness and the mystery of sin. Sin which has two dimension. Personal and Social. Gazing intently to the crucified Jesus leads me to the purpose of God in creating me and of sharing His life. He wanted to exists with me. He has the BEST interest in me . He wants me to live with Him forever. This is the desire and the plan of God at the very beginning. 

The great petition of  Jesus to the Father on the cross,  "FATHER, FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING" Luke 23:34 ,  echoes to my whole being . I will ask and accept God's forgiveness and I will forgive others.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Are You One of Them?

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Almost everyone wants to succeed in life. To be in the line of successful people you cannot act like everyone else but stand out by yourselves.

It is said," successful people are outrageous". They are outrageous for God and in their mission.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Who is Working Behind Our Shadows?

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God is behind the shadows of our life. Not seen, but can be experienced.

He is working behind the storms of our life. He never for one single moment abandoned us. He never will..