Lent is the time for prayers, repentance and generosity.  ``Be merciful as your Father is merciful.  Give to others and God will give to you. The measure you give to others is the one  that God will use for you.’’ (Luke 6: 36-38)

``One blind man cannot lead another one, if he does, both will fall into a ditch.’’ (Luke 6 :39)

The  season of lent speaks volumes about charity. It is also a time to reflect and search for the truth. Truth, life, generosity, forgiveness , mercy and compassion all rolled into one bundle called Christian love.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo said lent  is also a time for national transformation. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is calling on the citizens of this country to reflect on what is the truth and pray for what is  best for the nation.

Our country in this time of lent is facing a crisis.  Forty-eight days ago, 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF 44) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were killed mercilessly in Mamasapano, Maguindanao by Muslim rebel groups. The whole nation grieved and cried out for justice and truth. The SAF 44 were sent into action on that fateful morning of  January 25, 2015 to capture two international terrorists hiding in a known territory of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the BangsaMoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). On that day for ten long hours, the SAF 44 were left on their own as they fight  to the last drop the joint forces of the MILF and the BIFF.

I am not a slow walker but this time I made an exception. While most of my night strides involve search for stars, the moon and nighttime wonders, my eyes now were fixated to the concrete pavement, lost in contemplation. I might have gone all too obvious that I heard one of the male adults whom I passed by said, “Ang lalim ng iniisip ko.” Of course, I ignored them and proceeded with my walk. I took my phone out and typed “scribbles”. So here it goes:

“If you are deprived of music, will you not be able to sing?

Let your hearts be the melody no human will be able to listen but Me.”

So I then asked, “Were you not angry that a few left You?”

He said, “No, I am not.”

I was blessed that dispite my absence for  a month, I was given the opportunity to have tickets (for me and for my husband) in one of the events of Our Holiness, Pope Francis... Meeting with the Family in MOA.
Pero Siempre, it’s not that easy to be there - may hirap din pero SUPER SULIT naman.
A little bit kwento muna on how we got there...
First, I asked my sister, Ate Cristy, na mag-swap kami ng sched - ako ang Friday (not knowing that yung Meeting with the Family is on Friday) at siya ang Saturday. In short, too late for me to get or ask for a new sub. No choice, i need to serve on that day, praying and hoping na hindi kami mahihirapan ni Lito going to MOA even late na yung alis namin. Dapat daw kasi, 11am nandun ka na para maluwag-luwag pa.
So the cab took us up until Buendia only, close na kasi. Sabi ng husband ko along Buendia na lang kami mag hintay for Pope. Sabi ko naman “sayang naman yung tickets natin” So inaliw aliw ko na lang siya until we reached the underpass going to the ARENA. Doon medyo buma back out na siya, mas lalo na ng lumabas na kami ng underpass SUPER DOOPER na ang tao. You’re moving because everybody is pushing you to move.
So lalo na buma-back out si Lito, yung sikip, yung init, sabi niya “ Hindi ko na kaya ito Love, mamamatay ako.” High blood kasi husband ko tapos na stroke na rin po siya, sabi ko na lang “kaya mo yan Love ... lapit na tayo, kita mo na ang ARENA.” And thank God we reached the quadrant place , na all the while alam ko sa loob ng Arena kami, eh yung quadrant pala sa open parking lot, but with chairs and may seat number pala ang tickets namin. Sa totoo lang,  i did not even look at the tickets when i received them.

Today, our beloved parish, the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish (SAAP) celebrates another milestone. Forty-eight years ago, on a clear sunny day, February 8, 1967, the cornerstone of the building of this Parish was laid. It was a dream come true for the Catholic church-going residents of two villages, the San Miguel  Village and Bel-Air  Village . Two years earlier, in 1965,  the Christian Family Movement units of these two villages petitioned for the establishment of an independent Parish.  After two long years of waiting His Eminence Rufino Cardinal Santos granted the petition. Immediately Parish plans were afoot and construction began.   The ground breaking ceremony on that fateful February 8, 1967 coincided with the 69th birth anniversary of the late Don Andres Soriano y Roxas Sr., in whose name and honor the building was funded.

It is to the credit of two great names in business- the Sorianos and the Ayalas -  that saw the birth of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. Don Andres Soriano, Jr., Chairman and President of San Miguel Corporation saw the wisdom of a Parish more accessible and convenient to the residents of San Miguel and Bel Air. The Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Poblacion to which they belong  is quite far off.  Don Andres Jr., offered to fully fund the construction of the Parish building. It will be constructed  on a 3,494 square meter lot (its present location) donated by the Ayala family through the Makati Development Corporation. Upon the start of construction, Father Emilio Bularan was appointed  Parish Priest.

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