This is an incident that took place in the roadside on my way home from the bookstore.  I live in the Greenbelt area, a rather busy street in Makati.  But by nine o’clock in the evening there are not as many people and as I made a footpath along Washington Sycip Park where I like to go on solitary walk during the day, I accidentally tripped and fell flat on my back.  I had done this countless times, but this I slipped turning and twisting and completely lost my balance and fell down.  I couldn’t move for several minutes and there was no one around.  I struggled to get up, but I just couldn’t move.  Then I heard a soft penetrating voice behind me.  “I want to help you”.  The voice radiated love and peace, and I immediately said, ‘O please, please help me’.


I felt two hands holding my arms from behind.  The hands lifted me up gently and from the bottom of my heart, I said ‘Thank you, so, very much’.  As I picked up my shoulder bag and a few stuffs, I look around but there was no one there, only the total emptiness of a typical road city landscape after busy hours.  I wondered by asking myself, ‘Who could he be?’  I noticed that he spoke English with a very thick accent.  I only heard the language I expected.

I believe that was another example of the phenomenon we encountered.  Could it be an angel?  My grandpa used to tell me angels do not wish to frighten anyone.  Perhaps an angel can appear as a small child, a man or a woman or just a hiker.  It was actually important that I was not frightened in any way.  Whatever case maybe, I was saved, and was not hurt at all.  I knew I still had a look of surprise in my eyes that night.

The experience was quiet and intense.  Until now I often have a constant sense of bliss, yet, there are also feeling of confusion.  Anyway, the hands that lifted me up was not there for me alone.  The hands are there for each of us, all our lives, and we only have to take hold of it to be pulled safely onto clear roadside.

This incident was not told to show the special things happened to me, but to tell everyone that we are watched over with love.



What a beautiful blend of oral and mental prayer is the Rosary.  In this devotion Jesus and Mary invite us to relive with them their joys, missions, sorrows and glories and share with them the great experience of the Incarnation and Redemption.  In this way, we enter more intimately with the very life of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.

The origin of the rosary may be traced back in the fifth century when St. Brigid of Ireland used multi-colored pebbles in counting her Pater Nosters (Our Father), which comes to us from Christ, as recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew (6:9-13).  The other is the Glory Be, an ancient expression of praise to the Most Holy Trinity.  These words echo portion of various prayers and statements in Scripture.  In the middle of the twelfth century that Hail Mary came into common use as the Angel Gabriel’s greetings to Mary when he came to announce the conception of Jesus…”  Hail Mary favored one (or full of grace) the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).  The words that follow in that prayer also come from Elizabeth’s greeting to our Lady soon afterwards:  “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:42).

The Rosary also includes a recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, one of the earliest profession of faith produced by the Church.  Finally, Catholics may add a variety of additional personal petitions when praying the Rosary.

Non-Catholics say the rosary involves monotonous repetition of prayers.  Not when said properly.  While we say each decade we should meditate upon the particular mystery or event being commemorated.  Therefore, meditation is the heart of the rosary.  It is only through meditation upon the life of Christ that we really come to know Him and make Him a vital influence in our lives.

In the light of such biblical examples, it is puzzling how some Christians claim that repetitious prayers are condemned by Jesus.  They quote His words:  “In praying do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:7).

Here the Savior was referring to the practice of the pagans who sought by prolonged empty gabbling and speech – making to compel their gods to do their bidding.

As usual, Jesus is concerned with the inner dispositions of the worshiper, not with mere outward appearance.  The Lord looks into the heart.

After speaking of the Church, her mission and destiny, we find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary – her own “pilgrimage of faith”. She gave us the rosary.  The name “Rosary” (from Latin word rosarium, “rose garden”) comes from the notion of offering a bouquet of prayers to our Lady.



Holy Scripture

1Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Faith by :  John A. O’Brien, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Theology

The University of Notre Dame

Do you always win?  Or do you sometimes lose?  If you do, God is in the process of turning your losses into gains.

It was back in 2007, as I lay worrying in my hospital bed recovering from total bilateral hip surgery that God began to teach me.

I just lost my husband after battling with cancer; here I was struggling against having to be in that bed in pain.  I was missing all the exciting things I was doing in our church those days.  As I reached for my radio, I searched the local stations until I heard a between songs and poetry readings.  Suddenly I heard the announcer say, “The title of this poem is “Gaining Through Losing”.

And I was about to discover one of the greatest of all discoveries about God – as he read:

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey,

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,

I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for- but everything that I hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Suddenly I came alive.  I have discovered every facet of God’s dealing with His people – with you and me.  In effect God says to us “I am permitting these unpleasant experiences so that you will be richer in your experiences and thereby help someone going through similar problem.  Problems in our lives do not mean that God has lost control or that He is no longer on His throne, but they gave us the wonderful opportunity to prove God’s way, so that we might gain through our losses.

Immediately, I called up DZFE (Far East Broadcasting Network) where I was tuned in to request for a copy of the poem, they sent it to my hospital room that very same day.

That anonymous poem, believed to have been found in the body of a soldier, had shaken me out of my self-pity.  Could it be true?  Could God take what seemed to be a loss and through it give me something better?That day I thought the poem applied to emptying myself to the Lord – emptied so Christ can fill me – with His life.

I’m sure there will always be more.  More of Him when there is less of me.  But for now I’m pretty sure I have discovered the secret, the formula for finding and gaining life – radiant, abundant life!  Losing it for Jesus’ sake.

Losing my life so that I can find it.




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