Last Sunday the whole civilized world, with or without internet, even in the far corners of the globe

within the reach of mass media, celebrated Fathers’ Day. I  for one greeted through text messages all my male

relatives and friends listed in my phone book whom I know have fathered a child one way or another. The malls,

restaurants, bars, beaches, parks and hotels came alive than usual as families toast the fathers in their lives.

Alas, I could not greet my own father the same way. I could not kiss, hug and tell him personally how

I love and cherish him. I could not gift him with his favourite cologne. He died 33 years ago at age 56. There

was never a gentler soul than he when it comes to me. I was his precious little princess. I was his only girl. When

he died I felt my whole world crumble. But with the passing years, I have learned to cope. Time has healed

the wounds of loneliness and anguish of losing a loving father. Now when I think of my father, it is always with

a little prayer. I pray to God our Father who is in heaven the gift of love, peace and happiness for him, my earthly

father, especially on days like Fathers’ Day.

The Bible is the greatest love story ever written. It is the story of God’s love for all mankind. It is in the Bible that we find answer to life’s ultimate questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? What is the purpose of my existence?

A boy in Sunday School asked me: “Where did the Bible come from; did it fall from heaven?” The Bible didn’t fall from heaven, whole and entire. The Bible is actually a collection of divinely inspired literally, “God-breathed” books produced about 1600 years by human authors and editors who came from all walks of life and included prophets, kings, poets, scholars, doctors, missionaries and peasants.

Where can I receive timely words of encouragement,words from Scripture, wisdom, correction and more? From the blessed lips of a godly man,my spiritual adviser for thirty seven years,

 

Rev. Fr. Adolf Faroni of Silician Order who is now reunited with his Creator. These are the words I respect because I truly believe that God speaks to me through him. Allow me to share them with you. I think they are not for me to keep.

 

The widely published adversary and slander to theCatholic Church wherein the in-coming President Rodrigo Duterte used language loaded with strong emotional overtones against the Catholic Church prompted me toreact. I have nothing but goodwill and love for men of every faith and belief and I do not engage in parroting statements of thoughtless remarks.

The Catholic Church is not hypocrite and she is not conclusive or dictatorial as stated by Mr. Duterte. The Catholic Church has been clothed by her Founder, Jesus Christ, with authority to teach “all nations”.

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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