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The Candle

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Here is a story of a rich businessman who wants to retire and has to choose from among his three sons the one who will take over his business.  He decided to give it to the one with the best business acumen.

He called all three and gave each of  them a thousand pesos. He instructed them them to buy something that will fill up all the corners of his office. 

The first son bought a tree full of branches and leaves. He had it cut down and brought everything to his father's office. It filled up half of the room.

The second son hired a  laborer to cut as much grasses and bring it to his father's office. It filled up more than half of the father's office.

The third, bought a candle, went to his father's office, turned off the lights and then lighted the candle.

And the whole room was filled with light.

 

 

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An Easter Sunday Message

Victory over the Grave An Easter Sunday Message

 

 

As we celebrate Easter, may we realize

  • the weakness of our body; 
  • the irrationality of our feelings;
  • the folly of human pride;
  • the ugliness of egoism;
  • the vanity of ambition;
  • the limitation of our wealth;
  • the finiteness of our knowledge; and,
  • the shortness of our breath.

 

Only God can fill the emptiness of our lives. Let us return everything to God – with sorrow for our sins, holy fear, humility, hope and joy.

Rejoice.

Christ is Risen!

Alleluia.

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Visita Iglesia is a Catholic traditon

Visita Iglesia 2012 – Churches You May Want to Consider

Visita Iglesia and the Way of the Cross

During Lent, we observe a Catholic tradition of visiting various churches to recite and meditate on the Way of the Cross, a practice more popularly known as Visita Iglesia.  We normally visit seven churches and recite two stations of the cross in each church, although there were years when we covered more tha seven churches. 

 

Visita Iglesia is not just a religious experience. It  also provides a historical and cultural perspective esepcially if you are visiting old churches.

In today's post. l list combinations of Churches you may want to consider during your Visita Iglesia this Maundy Thursday. Have a good day!

 

Visita Iglesia on Foot  

If you live in one of the neighborhoods around the Old Manila area, you can just walk around these set of churches. Of course, make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes, umbrella or hats, drinking water, hand towels and an extra shirt or two. You can cover at least seven of these churches within one day. Watch out and observe the various Hijos de Nazarenos doing their Visita Iglesias in these churches during Maundy Thursday. These churches are:

  • The Twin Churches of Bustillos: Our Lady of Loreto Church and The Church of St Anthony de Padua
  • Basilica Minore De San Sebastian at San Sebastian
  • Abbey of Our Lady of Monserrat Church at San Beda
  • St. Jude the Thaddeus Shrine near Malacañang
  • National Shrime of St Michael and the Archangels near Malacañang
  • The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene  at  Quaipo
  • FEU Chapel at the FEU Campus
  • Santisimo Rosario Parish Church at the University of Santo Tomas
  • San Agustin Church – Immaculate Conception Parish
  • Manila Cathedral – Basilica of the Immaculate Concepcion
  • Sta Cruz Church at Sta Cruz, Manila
  • Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz – the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish more popularly known as the Binondo Church

 

The Pasig-Mandaluyong Churches

These are the set of churches near our place of residence.  After visitng our Parish Church, San Antonio Abad, the route and set of churches to visit are largely determined  by the availability of parking spaces near the church grounds. But we normally select from among the following churches, chapels and oratories:

  • San Antonio Abad Church at Stella Maris Avenue, Maybunga, Pasig
  • Sta Clara de Montefalco Church at C Raymundo, Caniogan, Pasig
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pasig 
  • Sto Rosario de Pasig, Ortigas Ave. Extension, Rosario Pasig.
  • Holy Family Chapel, East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig 
  • Sancta Maria Stella  Orientes Oratory, at  UA&P, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig 
  • St Francis of Asissi Church, at Shaw Boulevard near EDSA Shangrila Hotel and Mall
  • EDSA Shrine, EDSA cor Ortigas Ave.
  • Sanctuario de San Jose, Buffalo cor Duke Sts., East Greenhills
  • Mary the Queen Church at Madison St., Greenhills West
     

The C5-Katipunan-Roxas Boulevard Set:

 These are churches located along the a strecth starting with the UP Chapel in Diliman to the Shrine of St Therese at Newport City in Pasay, then to churches along the Roxas Boulevard all the way to Tondo as the end point. It is a combination of modern and heritage churches.  You start out with the UP Chapel which showcases the works of various national artist and end at the Church of the Sto Nino of Tondo where various old-time residents of Tondo go back every January to attend its feast. The list are as follows:
  • UP Chapel/Church of the Holy Sacrifice (UP Diliman, QC)
  • Sta Maria de la Strada Church, along Katipunan near the entrance gate to La Vista Subdivision
  • Church of the Gesu, in Ateneo de Manila University
  • Sta Clara Monastery Church, Katipunan Avenue
  • St. Padre Pio Chapel in Libis
  • Christ the King Church at Greenmeadows
  • Shrine of St Therese, Doctor of the Church,right across the main entrace of NAIA III
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual help – Baclaran Church, along Roxas Blvd
  • Church of Jesus the Way the Turth and the Light, near Mall of Asia
  • Church of Our Lady of Remedies – Malate Church at MH del Pilar, Malate 
  • Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Senora de Guia, - Ermita Church in Ermita, Manila
  • Sto Nino de Tondo Church, Tondo

 

The East Road Churches of Laguna and Rizal:

 If you have a whole day to spare and do not mind driving around the towns of the lake's shorelines, you may want to try the various churches around the Laguna lake.  You have 3 options on where to start the drive tracing the twons around the lake  (1) the SLEX-Calamba route;   (2) the Taytay-Angono route; or,  (3)start with Antipolo Church (which is strictly not within the East Road), drive to Teresa and then Morong.   In our case, we avoided the traffic at the Angono stretch and took the Antipolo Church as our first stop.  From early morning to around 8pm during one Maundy Thrusday,  we managed to visit the following churches: 

  • Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo
  • St Jerome Parish Church, Morong
  • Our Lady of Candelaria Parish  Church, Mabitac
  • St Peter of Alcantara Parish Church, Pakil
  • St James the Apostle Parish Church of Paete
  • St Gregory the Great Parish Church of Majayjay
  • St John the Baptist Church of Liliw

And here are pictures of these Laguna-Rizal churches in Maundy Thursday, 2010

1, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church of Antipolo

Picture 1 of 8

 

In future blogs, I will post more pictures of churches that I have been to, as soon as I will find them from my various picture files.

 

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Alzheimer’s Assessment Test

A Test If you will Ever Develop Alzheimer's

 

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Normal Brain vs. Brain with Alzheimer's (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

 

Alzheimer's Test was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University. Take your time and see if you can read each line below without a mistake. The average person over 40 years of age cannot do it!

 

  1. This is this cat.
  2. This is is cat. 
  3. This is how cat.
  4. This is to cat. 
  5. This is keep cat.
  6. This is an cat. 
  7. This is old cat.
  8. This is fart cat.
  9. This is busy cat.
  10. This is for cat. 
  11. This is forty cat.
  12. This is seconds cat. 

 

 

Now, lets use the same same set of sentences, but this time read the third word in each line from the top down.

 

  1. This is this cat.
  2. This is is cat. 
  3. This is how cat.
  4. This is to cat. 
  5. This is keep cat.
  6.  This is an cat. 
  7. This is old cat.
  8. This is fart cat. 
  9. This is busy cat.
  10. This is for cat. 
  11. This is forty cat.
  12. This is seconds cat. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!.

 

 

 

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To the Graduates of 2012

 

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A friend of mine sent this piece via email and suggested that I post it in in my blog. He claimed it contains excellent advice for the young graduates of 2012.   It turns out that this material was the famous essay written in the late 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist of  the Chicago Tribune.  In 1999,  Baz Luhrmann released a song called Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)  in which Schmich's column is read word for word. Today, such song has various MTV versions on You Tube. 

The essay provides a discursive advice for living without regret.  This may not make sense to most young graduates now.   But as a they will grow older, they will start to appreciate its message.   And yes, it is as relevant in 2012 as it was in 1997 when it was first written.

Here  is Mary Schmich's column published in the Chicago Tribune on June 1, 1997:

 

Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there's no reason we can't entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.

I encourage anyone over 26 to try this and thank you for indulging my attempt

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 1997.

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are  reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

 

And here is one of the versions of the various music videos. It is 6 minutes long but I am sure you will enjoy watching and/or listening to it.

Now, please me what you think of this piece.

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