Last March 20, 2015 (Saturday), Me and Ate Kriztel Aguirre attended the Didache Youth Writing Workshop, held at Sacro Costato Retreat House in Quezon City. The Workshop was conducted by Ms. Karren Renz Sena of the Light of Jesus Community to meet and gather potential youth writers who can write gospel and reading reflections for Didache Youth. It started with a praise and worship song and a little introduction about their group. Some pointers about the privileges and importance of writing were shared.

Writing Helps us to: 1) Remember; 2) Recover;        3) Relive; 4) Release; 5) Restore; 6) Recognize; 7) Revolt

My first Lakbay Dalangin experience started when I received a call from one of my mentors (in Paeskwela) and asked me if I am free for friday’s activity.  I hesitated at first since I’ll be missing my lessons but after weighing the pros and cons of joining this pilgrimage, I decided to join.  We gathered at the parish grounds around 6 in the morning and headed to our destination, Regina RICA (Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia) at Tanay, Rizal. The first thing I learned after arriving at the RICA was the word contemplation.  Contemplation is a silent prayer.  We all need to contemplate at least 20 minutes a day to free our mind from all the stress and the noise this world has.  As I did all the activities at the top of the hill, I realized that indeed the world is very noisy and crowded.  And that everyone needs to have a silent time with God.

Maybe for others who joined the pilgrimage, they will say that their favorite spot will be at the foot of the gigantic Mama Mary, but for me, it is the small space beside her image. It is a labyrinth in which you need to follow the bricks to be able to go out, and as you follow the bricks, you need to say a prayer.  After doing this, I decided to write an article about Lakbay Dalangin.

I felt really blessed the moment I received the call, during the activities and as I write this article.  It was tiring but I enjoyed it because I was with my family.  My mind, body and soul was really relaxed after the activities and it was like I was a computer that has been scanned and cleansed of the virus from my system.

 

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.”

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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