To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Friday, December 23, 2011

It is

Just hours before  the day turn the 24th I just found something. It didn't feel good, "I'm not ok". . There was a sudden strange feeling like loads of ice were poured on me,and I'm trembling up to this very moment. I can not cry.

The truth makes me understand  a lot of things that made me confused over the years, the cause of my tears even to sleep and everything that made this beautiful life "not fine".

I do not know how to react, it is just that  it doesn't feel any good and I think my world stops at this very moment. But I think I just have been blessed, I may not understand well what's happening but I know God has better plans. I'm looking forward to  better days this year has been full of catastrophe, never my ideal yet I choose to hang on and believe that we can always save the best for last as the best is yet to come.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Simbang Gabi '11 --4thday

I was pretty excited this day as this is my official first attendance at Mary Help of Christians Parish in Krungthep Krittha. I got there by 6:40 and was surprised they were having a rosary.  That was already the fourth Joyful Mystery when I came. I was so happy as it's my first time to  have the kind in the Church and after, we had the Simbang gabi mass right away.

Just wow, Father John Tamayo gave the Homily in 20minutes if I got the time right. I love listening to his share and as a Filipino, we can really relate how he speaks from the heart. He shared about the day's gospel on the first reading and the holy gospel. Both speak of Conception. The first reading is on the conception of Samson by a barren woman who Samson became a King later and of John the Baptist by the elderly, barren Elizabeth. Their stories are alike as they were conceived with purpose and God's will aside from the Miracle in it. The stories are 800 years apart as shared by Fr. Tamayo. Both conceptions are important steps in the FULFILLMENT of GOD's PLAN.

He also shared how Zechariah hesitated the news when the angel appeared to him announcing his wife was giving birth. As learnt, they were mature with age and Zechariah was estimated as over sixty that time. We can imagine his concern for his wife, Elizabeth in her age of  bearing a son, it could be challenging and not easy to deal with. But then the lesson is PUTTING OUR TRUST in GOD even though at times we don't understand where are we going and we have less knowledge of what is happening as HE always has a better plan. 

The Euchalette distributed in the church has these words:

"Putting Our Trust in God.

On this fourth day of our Novena we are reminded that, occasionally, God challenges people to trust things. The episode of the disbelief of Zechariah warns us that those who doubt God's words will be left to wittiness, ashamed and speechless, the fulfillment of the divine plan.  On the other hand, those who accept God's plan in full trust and are ready to cooperate become His partners and instruments of His love and power.

Today's liturgy challenges us to choose between being spectators of God's wonders or His enthusiastic collaborators along the highway of salvation history.

In today's liturgy we are also invited to reflect on and pray for the elderly and the childless "titas" in our families. Their happiness depends on how we treat them."

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Simbang Gabi '11 --3rd day

I made up my mind I'll be in Mary Help of Christians  Parish for tonight's mass, it's  the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  I have read that the masses will be alternately Thai and English and this day is set to ENG.  My work finished at six I planned to get a cab right straight from Nawamin to get there on time.

I got to the church by half past six. People were outside and father, too was talking with some people near the long table. I was pretty sure they were having dinner. I hurriedly went inside and smelled candles. I know for sure there's a Misang Tagalog every Sunday at five in the afternoon, I was thinking it was just done but judging the church that everything has been kept, I hunched that there would be no more 7pm mass.

I asked then a guy if there was Simbang gabi he shared there's none and the mass that was just finished was it. And tomorrow's mass then will be in ENG. If the announcement was clear that Sundays will cover the Regular Sunday mass I should have known better, it only stated it was an alternate Eng-Thai 7pm mass but no worries, at least I know I can come back tomorrow. I missed this day, let me just share the Homily I got from EWTN on  youtube.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Simbang Gabi '11 --2nd day

There was a change of schedule at work today which made me finish my classes at six instead of half past five. I hurriedly walked out of Tesco to get a bus to ABAC for the mass. The ride was pretty slow as some schools in Navamin area have Saturday classes. The ride took quite  long  and worrying of not making it on time. I then decided  to get  off  in another stop taking my chances of  getting  a motorcycle ride to get to ABAC and to save time definitely.

I was running on my way to the building and even climbing up the stairs with my heels and there, the second reading was just done. I settled then in in front next to my two friends I felt so relieved I could hear the gospel. There was a great feeling that I made it to the Gospel, however as yesterday, the mass didn't have any homily. I figured the mass would still be in half and hour and knew that very moment  it would be as yesterday.

I felt incomplete, I know the homily connects the priest to the churchgoers, in that moment he can relate and the connection between him and the people is felt much it makes the gathering in a more "family" setting. Without it, the mass is similar to a DVD being played  and just watched by the viewers.  That is aside from the fact that the homily expands the message in the Holy Gospel which is a very essential part of the mass.

I couldn't help myself but approached the Fil. who primarily does the assisting in there asking if it was possible for the Priest (not Fil.) to have at least a Homily. He defended the priest doesn't give any homily on weekday mass and he considers the number of people attending the mass. I myself studied in a Catholic school in the past and attended the daily masses, it rarely happened for our priest not to give any homily in the half-an-hour mass.  In a second I thought, we are not having an ordinary mass, Simbang Gabi is a devotional mass in anticipation of Christmas and we never do this everyday, we have this once a year. I think we miss something.

I believe it's enough and thankful, too that I learnt about it on the second day. I understand now better why there are very few people who came for the mass, in fact lesser than yesterday. And I've decided myself not to go back there for the Simbang Gabi anymore.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Simbang Gabi '11 --1st day

It has been a long day for me today. I woke up with a terrible migraine the attack makes me like a vampire in my own term. I'm pretty comfortable with dim lights, I'm not into anything too bright except in clothings and when I have an attack,  I get  a problem dealing with anything illuminated or shining.  I badly needed to cover my curtains with darker fabric to block any light that came in my room earlier. I wish I can describe how inconvenient it is (until this moment)'s just not fun and minutes before going out by the evening for the mass, I really thought of not pushing through wondering if I could make it, thanks God I made it to Annunciation Chapel at Assumption University also known as ABAC.

I was surprised there were very few who came to the very first day in there. I'm aware though that many attend the dawn mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Ruamrudee and the first day is always remarkable. Going back to ABAC, guess there were less than twenty who came. The mass just lasted for half an hour and unfortunately, there wasn't any homily after the gospel.

I decided to drop by Big C after, I thought of taking a walk for  awhile then headed to the street where I can take a ride- a short cut ride to home. And before that, I got myself some tangerines and bananas. I had porridge for dinner, it was cool to eat on the sidewalk. I just realized that it is pretty different to walk past by a sidewalk eatery  than eating in there, the perspective is never alike. If you're in Bangkok, this is common in the evening, wherever part of the city you may go.....and me tonight? In there in Naram known as the night shopping/market road.

Looking forward to hear the homily tomorrow as I'll be in the same chapel.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Immaculate Conception

The Catechism of the Catholic Church


490 To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role." 132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". 133 In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace. 

491 Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, "full of grace" through God, 134 was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: 

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. 135 
492 The "splendor of an entirely unique holiness" by which Mary is "enriched from the first instant of her conception" comes wholly from Christ: she is "redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son". 136 The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person "in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" and chose her "in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love". 137 
493 The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God "the All-Holy" (Panagia), and celebrate her as "free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature". 138 By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long. 
132 LG 56. 
133 Lk 1:28. 
134 Lk 1:28. 
135 Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus (1854): DS 2803. 
136 LG 53, 56. 
137 Cf. Eph 1:3-4. 
138 LG 56. 

Prayer to the Immaculate Conception (1)

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception

of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place
 for Your Son,

we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son,

You did preserve Her from all stain, so too You would permit us,

purified through Her intercession, to come unto You.

Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.



EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: Homily - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saturday, November 26, 2011

REJECT RH BILL for good.

It is indeed a slap in the face of each Filipino citizen for some GOVT. OFFICIALS to support and back up the GREEDY private sectors  aspiring for  tax rebates  in exchange of pushing a BILL and NGOs which take note - do not pay taxes at all in FACADE of caring for WOMEN'S HEALTH when all they are up to is the BUDGET and what financial GAINS they can get from what they are advocating.

"CARING" nowadays has tied up with  PRICE TAGS and long term earnings.  The Philippines strongly needs budget for better and genuine healthcare for the sick and the needy, budget to develop skills so more people can stand with their own feet and have better lives away from the POVERTY many of the Filipinos are into and finally, legislating laws for better social values and character. 

We say NO to damping morals, uplifting people's character and status has NOTHING to do with contraception freebies much of the BILLIONS taxpayers funds of it! What we need is true DEMOCRACY when there isn't any money playing field in its core.  This ISN'T certainly what FREEDOM AND SERVICE  are all about-----the BUYS and PAYS.  Thank you Rep. Karlo Nograles for the speech. More information on the vid, it's worth the watch!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ladies NIGHT OUT -Dinner and Drinks

I've been living alone in years and since then I seldom went out due to my schedules and yes, safety concerns. The last thing I don't want to find myself is taking the cab alone to home. I'm glad this time I made it as a friend offer her place for me to spend the night with after the spree. Spending time with friends in a similar setting is therapeutic especially when there are a lot of things or concerns to mind to as apparently the situation I am now. That is aside from meeting some other new Filipinos.

It is timely a friend, Angie met a Filipina, Janine who spend her days here in Bangkok in her apartment. Her place is of daily basis, or a monthly rent and just a few days ago this Filipina got to the apartment after spending some time in a hotel. It's quite practical as she'll be spending more days in Bangkok and she has to wait for her work permit renewal in Dubai which she has no clue when everything be completed. It is very helpful that the kind of apartment where my friend, Angie stays offers daily rates and it is very economical. In fact, I heard that many German students come to the place also in the same purpose as they're staying in the city longer.

We started the night with a dinner in another friend's place at Conrad. Cherai was nice enough to cook some food for us and we, too brought a squid dish the Filipina guest, Janine cooked for us.  It was great she taught me as well how to cook the dish! I was there when she prepared the squid soup with coconut. After the meal, we headed to Grand Sukhumvit in Nana  as Janine's best friend is one of the singers in the hotel. We had a good time, it was relaxing to listen to their music, their genre is jazzy and mellow and you can just imagine how soothing the songs are to the ears. I made a few song requests as "Inseparable" and Janine's best friend sang it well. It was definitely satisfying.  We had drinks, the chats and pictures to complete the night. Here they are.

Definitely ALL Pinays! ;)

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How FLOOD CAME to city

I had another picture in mind how would the flood waters come to the city. I was thinking the river would overflow and so the water from the northern part of Bangkok would just flow down to the city. As I've mentioned in my other blog, I was surprised to see how the flood water formed as they started coming out from the drainage. I was thankful a sister of my student was able to take photos of the "process".  Photo courtesy of Ms. Thithima Bonmak from FB. These are all her photos.

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Officially flooded


These photos were taken somewhere east Bangkok in a residential area in Navamin. It's amazing, I have learnt that flooding varies as flash floods, flood plains and coastal floods. Of water coming from the drain is I think a bit special. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday classes just cancelled on the spot

I inquired yesterday if classes pushed through today and the staff said yes. This prompted me to ask as one of my colleagues shared that he was not coming today as his students cancelled the classes. I asked the staff how my students were and could they come and again, I got a yes. 

I had the same situation getting to work today but flood is rising compared yesterday. As my Sunday morning "ritual", I had breakfast  at Tesco and went to the language center. After a few minutes, a Chinese teacher colleague told me that classes be cancelled today. At first, I thought all but later clarified that it's after 12.

My class went one with two students in attendance. My other student in fact shared that his home has been flooded as well and that his family was with him at Tesco that time. It was also very quiet at Tesco that day, not the usual crowded with shoppers though apparently Tesco has plenty of stocks displayed. Work cannot confirm if there'll be work next weekend, everything will be based on how the water will go. If it rises, for sure classes be cancelled, if not then we can go on. I believe the same situation happens to some establishments and schools.  No work is no income for many or less salary for some due to temporary closures of businesses.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bkk Flood finally came at work in Navamin

I woke up fine today, in fact a lot earlier than usual despite of having a little trouble sleeping. I then prepared to work, ironed my clothes and decided to wear my fave shoes.  It took long to wait for the bus, at some point I thought of getting a taxi but surprisingly none came. The bus came in a while and I felt contented, feeling the breeze of  a Saturday morning. I've always love the feeling, it's the same as taking a ride somewhere outside the city.

But I had no idea it would be shortened this time as the bus turned right instead of going straight. I noticed that we went past to some slightly flooded areas and thought it wasn't a big deal as yes, it's really normal to get flooded anywhere in Bangkok every after rains. It has been pretty hot and hasn't been raining these times though.

To continue the story, I had no choice but to take A WALK to work, in my three-inched-shoes! The distance is about a kilometer, good enough to exercise the heart I think. :) The water was still manageable today but impossible for me to get to Tesco Lotus or I had to walk on flood. I was glad a motorcycle came, actually was running past on me and I called the driver then I asked if it was possible for him to send me to Tesco. He said yes. I was thankful, fare is ten baht but I gave him twenty as I know how BIG his help was to me. 

It's my first to see the flooding with my own eyes.  The flood water is strange, I thought at first the rivers overflowing cause the water on the road but these waters come out from the many drainage near the sidewalk. Instead of these sucking the water in when it rains, they seep water this time resulting to flood.  Frankly, the flood water is clear though it has a distinct smell.  It hasn't reached knee-high for now and guess it isn't that worst yet in Nawamin. I could see many people wearing boots and carrying their mini-boats, but this is just near Tesco, the water could be worse in further Nawamin road  as what I can see from the cross bridge and I never had the chance to see further for real. 

I had to figure out out how to get home and then I had the motorcyle saving moment again. The driver was honest enough when I asked him to send me to the next bus stop. He said due to flooding buses (the other direction) can stop right in front of Tesco but then I thought I could still get wet with the splashes and took the ride to the next stop. I have to see how will this go tomorrow, the water should be higher by then. For now my work hasn't cancelled the classes yet .

Friday, November 4, 2011


Repost from

Synopsis of the evidence in the defense of marriage

    November 4, 2011 ( - The defenders of marriage should take advantage of what is known about same-sex attraction (SSA), because those promoting the redefinition of marriage have manipulated public opinion by distorting the facts and research. The five main distortions are:
    1) Persons with SSA are born that way.

    2) Persons with SSA can’t change.

    3) Persons with SSA are just as healthy as persons in husband/wife marriages.

    4) Same-sex relationships are just like husband/wife marriages except for the sex of the partners.

    5) Children acquired by persons in same-sex relationships don’t have excess problems.

    There are numerous studies refuting the first two points and no credible studies supporting either.
    There are numerous well-designed large studies which have found that persons with SSA are far more likely that married men and women to suffer from:
    · Psychological disorders

    · Sexual additions and paraphilias

    · Suicidal ideation and attempts 

    · Substance abuse and addiction, including to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes

    · To have unstable, unfaithful, non-permanent, non-exclusive relationships

    · To have health problems, particularly STDs including HIV and cancer

    · To have been victims of sexual abuse, rape, or domestic violence

    Those defending marriage frequently point out that same-sex relationships lack complementarity, but fail to explain how that lack affects the quality of the relationship and causes one or both of the partners to sacrifice something essential to their human dignity. Same-sex relationships fall into a number of patterns. The following list covers some of these patterns and how the lack of natural complementarity negatively impacts individuals involved:
    1) Pseudo husband or wife – The man imitating the role of the wife senses it is unmanly to be dependent on another man. The woman imitating the role of husband often still wants to mother.

    2) Parent/child – The younger male partner by accepting the child role sacrifices his right to become a full adult. The woman accepting the child role becomes permanently dependent. The relationship is inherently incestuous.

    3) Asexual friendship – Many same-sex relationships start passionately and quickly devolve into asexual friendships. The same-sex friend no longer excites passion. The males in asexual friendships engage in casual sex outside the relationship. Among women, the “dead bed” is common. Asexual friendships do not need to be recognized as marriages.

    4) Clones/fusion – Persons in some same-sex relationships try to eradicate all differences. Individuality is not tolerated

    5) Loneliness caused by absence of the other sex or fear of the other sex caused by abuse – The persons involved sacrifice their natural heterosexuality. These relationships are inherently unstable and the person may, when the opportunity occurs, return to a heterosexual relationship.

    Same-sex relationships do not promote the best interests or meet the real needs of the persons involved. The push for social recognition may be motivated by the erroneous belief that their relationship problems are caused by external forces rather than the inherent lack of true complementarity.

    Children acquired by same-sex couples are also subject to problems inherent in their status. In addition, same-sex couples are more likely to be at risk for a number of problems which directly impact their ability to parent.

    1) Intrinsic Factors – Every child acquired by a same sex couple has by definition been separated from one or both of his biological parents, through death, desertion, single parenthood, foster care, adoption, artificial insemination donor, or surrogate motherhood. Even in the best of circumstances such separation is perceived by the child as a loss. A same-sex couple is never the best of circumstances. It is by definition second best because it lacks a parent of both sexes. Worse still this particular tragedy is not accidental, but the result of the conscious, planned action of the persons on whom the child is dependent. These children are purposefully and permanently made fatherless or motherless. In addition, same-sex families with children function like a cult. The child’s loss is denied. The children are made to feel that their legitimate desire for a parent of both sexes is a betrayal of their family’s sacrifice in the face of a hostile, non-accepting, homophobic culture.

    2) Risk Factors —Persons with SSA are far more likely than married men and women to suffer from psychological disorders, sexual addiction and paraphilias, suicidal ideation and attempts, unstable relationships, health problems, and to have been victims of abuse or violence. These problems rarely occur singly. Many persons with SSA suffer from a combination of disorders. In addition each same-sex relationship contains two persons who are at high risk, doubling the potential for a sub-optimum outcome. One has to ask: Are social workers intentionally ignoring problems when placing children with same-sex couples who have serious problems? 

    Those defending marriage need to make this information known. 
    Evidence supporting the material presented here can be found in my book One Man, One Woman.  Those who need specific references may email me at  or my   BLOG.  #

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    BANGKOK FLOOD, a tragedy but inevitable

    Okay, I haven't written anything about the flood ever here in Thailand yet and  decided to do it right now. It was a Friday night when it rained the whole evening here in Bangkok and  my place got flooded by Saturday morning. Nonetheless, I was  happy the owner of my apartment was nice enough to get me a cab to work and later, wow! I was surprised to catch sight of the massive water from my street to the main highway. At some point, I got worried that the water would come in the taxi. I was five minutes late when I reached ECC. I made it for over an hour to get there from the usual twenty to thirty minutes. I payed out 200 baht meter finding the best road to take, that made the expense doubled from my normal ride.

    My street was dry by the evening I went home and I had no problem the following day. After  a couple of days, there! we had the news all over the city on flood and was advised to stock food as flood waters are coming to Bangkok. I had no idea at first how huge the damage was in Ayuthaya and I was completely surprised to see the intense of the effect of water coming from the north. I didn't worry anything at all until I saw lots of empty shelves in groceries specially  water which is  very essential for me. In a second I thought panic buying was on.

    It has been over a month and thankfully, THERE'S NO FLOOD yet in where I live. I stay in Lat Phrao, Wangthonglang though we've been alerted to get ready, I'm thankful that the water hasn't come this close yet, for now I heard it's heading Bang Khae area. It is inevitable as no matter what, the water will find its way to the sea and Bangkok lies barely above sea level therefore it isn't a surprise the city will get the water from the upper lands.. Flooding is normal I think in Bangkok, how deeper will the water be this time and how long will it stay are still unknown and that make the status quo  aberrant. I'm pretty sure the government is doing the very best to minimize damages which are escalating  for now and yes, we all pray for this to end anytime soon and thus recovery be  isn't that a total struggle. 

     Find below the various images so you can have the idea of my location  and the situation.

    The reds are the flood barriers protecting  inner Bangkok

    My location via google satellite

    Lat Phrao, Wangthonglang

    My location and the canals, in case the water will overflow .

    Map of Flood  up North heading Inner Bangkok 

    Bangkok in circle, the blue colors represent the water still on its way to the sea.
    Photo courtesy of Jesper  Hansson, a friend on Facebook

    Bangkok Airport Flood level as of today. Photo Courtesy of Guy Lakeman

    Click here for more : Thailand Flood Monitoring  

    Satellite image of flooded areas around Bangkok as of today

    Click here for more photos : Flood Gallery

    For travelers on the latest update on  flooding situation including maps  stating which areas to stay and  get rid of  please visit 


    Wednesday, November 2, 2011


    REPOST from

    All Souls Day follows All Saints Day, and commemorates the faithful departed, those who die in God’s faith and friendship. However, Catholics believe that not all those who die in God’s grace are immediately ready for the Beatific vision, i.e. the reality and goodness of God and heaven, so they must be purified of “lesser faults,” and the temporal effects of sin. The Catholic Church calls this purification of the elect, “purgatory.”
    The Catholic teaching on Purgatory essentially requires belief in two realities:
    1. that there will be a purification of believers prior to entering heaven and
    2. that the prayers and masses of the faithful in some way benefit those in the state of purification.

    As to the duration, place, and exact nature of this purification, the Church has no official dogma, although Saint Augustine and others used fire as a way to explain the nature of the purification. Many faithful Catholics, including Pope Benedict XVI, grant that Purgatory may be an existential state as opposed to a temporal place. In other words, Purgatory may be something we experience instantaneously, because it is outside of the confines of created time and space. The official dogma of Purgatory is hardly offensive, even if the popular understanding of it has led to confusion. As a more everyday explanation, many liken Purgatory to a place to “clean up” oneself before going into the presence of Almighty God.
    All Souls is the day to remember, pray for, and offer requiem masses up for these faithful departed in the state of purification. Typically Christians will take this day to offer prayers up on behalf of their departed relatives and friends. Others may remember influential individuals that they never knew personally, such as presidents, musicians, etc. This may be done in the form of the Office of the Dead (Defunctorum officium), i.e. a prayer service offered in memory of departed loved ones. Often this office is prayed on the anniversary (or eve) of the death of a loved one, or on All Souls’ Day.
    Christians have been praying for their departed brothers and sisters since the earliest days of Christianity. Early liturgies and inscriptions on catacomb walls attest to the ancientness of prayers for the dead, even if the Church needed more time to develop a substantial theology behind the practice. Praying for the dead is actually borrowed from Judaism, as indicated in 2 Maccabees 12:41-42.
    In the New Testament, St Paul prays for mercy for his departed friend Onesiphorus (2 Timothy 1:18). Early Christian writers Tertullian and St. Cyprian testify to the regular practice of praying for the souls of the departed. Tertullian justified the practice based on custom and Tradition, and not on explicit scriptural teaching. This demonstrates that Christians believed that their prayers could somehow have a positive effect on the souls of departed believers. Closely connected to the ancient practice of praying for the dead is the belief in an explicit state called purgatory. The New Testament hints at a purification of believers after death. For example, Saint Paul speaks of being saved, “but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). Over time, many Church Fathers, including St. Augustine, e.g. in Enchiridion of Faith, Hope, and Love and City of God, further developed the concept of a purgation of sins through fire after death.
    In the early days, departed Christians’ names were placed on diptychs. In the sixth century, Benedictine communities held commemorations for the departed on the feast of Pentecost. All Souls’ Day became a universal festival largely on account of the influence of Odilo of Cluny in AD 998, when he commanded its annual celebration in the Benedictine houses of his congregation. This soon spread to the Carthusian congregations as well. The day was celebrated on various days, including October 15th in 12th century Milan. Today all Western Catholics celebrate All Souls’ Day on November 2

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011


    Photo Courtesy of 100% Katolikong Pinoy FB Page    

    I surely miss the times how we, Filipinos celebrate November the first and second in the country. We go to the cemetery to light candles for the souls, pray and just spend time in there. We don't get to the place often but at least in a year we visit the graves to pray for the dead. At home, we cooked different kinds of Philippine delicacies and offered them to our respective altars along with flowers. The larger part of the food is spent of course for us to eat and share to our neighbors. It usually looks good having more dishes on the table adding those that are shared. It has been over six years, apart from Birthdays, Christmases and New Years, this season is just one of those I yearn being home with my family.

    The Feast of the  ALL SAINTS is a day to remember the glories of  heaven and those who are there. We believe those souls who had lived well in life here on earth  aligned to faith and good deeds are in the heaven with the Lord. While the feast of ALL SOULS day reminds us of  our obligations to live lives on the holy path and that there will be cleansing  of the souls of those destined to heaven. Some may be wondering why Catholics have these days as official holidays in the calendar, for info attached below is the video from Gloria TV explaining the events based on Biblical Scriptures.

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    My October '11 in a nutshell

    Whew, the clock is  ticking fast and this time it's different as when I look back, I feel a bit strange and that there's a feeling of wasted times and moments, it makes me shake my head and stare right straight to wherever I am directed at that very minute I have the thought. My work is at the weekends and the rest of the days are spent at home if not in groceries or malls. Having so much time makes me think of a lot of things and that I should have been doing, where I should be and what  should I have accomplished.  These times refresh the old me of being loaded with lots of things in mind and I mean those  that I  desire and dream of. In a way there's this better sense of how crucial time is and how short life  really is. The stages  I think are quite quick that they have to  be in totally different levels, not all get to every stage neither of the same duration and span perhaps that's just where the uniqueness of this living certainly comes in.

    My kids at weekend classes have always been remarkable. From them I get those splashes of memories that are  worth the smile and even up to crying by laughing. The wisdom the little kids have, their wits, their affection, their trust and less hesitations just make everything more colorful. I can recall I have a boyish nine-year-old- girl during break as we do take our snacks together and settle outside the classroom who just told me, "Teacher, you know I'm a girl and I'm a boy. Do you understand?".  I responded in a question, "do you mean you want to be a boy even though you're a girl?" She answered, "teacher, in the morning, I want to be a girl and in the afternoon, I'm a boy." I asked her back,"do you want to be a boy?". She answered again: " I want to be a girl and a boy". I gave her a smile back saying she's a beautiful and smart girl.

    Another one that I can't forget also  was when we talked about school rules, as in language classes we had the "we have to", "we don't have to", and "we can't". It was a wrap-up activity I asked each one to tell me something about their respective school rules using the language, and surprisingly, I got these:  "we have to "poo" in the toilet",  "we don't have to kiss in the classroom" , "we can't fart in the classroom" as the highlight. I have no idea where my nine-year-old- kids get these  but they genuinely made us all laugh. Such moments are fun for them while learning, as a teacher it's amazing to get these surprises once in a while as hearing from them something that I personally haven't thought of. Just Hahaha!

    On the other hand, this flood disaster has been a bit stressful to the country, worse to those who have lost their loved ones, their homes, businesses and properties in Northern Bangkok. I don't have a property myself and I know how difficult it is to get one, losing something should be harder to deal. It  was  heartbreaking to see the damages the flood has brought and to think these aren't insurance covered which means when one suffers loss of any property then they have to go back to zero if  I'm not wrong. We have  been alerted here in Central Bangkok since end of September and we have been stocking food since then. We  ran out of stocks and then get another set. The most difficult part for me is getting bottled water. I drink water everyday of course and I can approximately  finish five liters of water in three days and by the time I need more, there's no stock available. I witnessed  Tesco Lotus people these past weekends getting  bottled waters for their weekly donation I assumed, for the flood victims. I think too, at this time the evacuees need clean and safe water the most, should be one of the reasons of common empty shelves and people in some way in panic buying. I'm glad though that the groceries   try to get more dry goods  at a time.

    It's been over a month since we've had  the flood alert, it hasn't affected my area yet at least. I'm still hopeful that we stay dry in here and that we will have better days to look forward to. I saw the satellite on the water up north those are just HUGE. It's a miracle that it hadn't hit Bangkok that much yet talking about how massive it is and how tiny Chao Phraya and other river outlets for the waters to go to the sea.

    Work at the weekend goes on in my branch which again I'm thankful as it's the only source of income for me these times. I've learnt that some of my company's branches decided to close due to the situation.  We had our yearly halloween  fun last Saturday and Sunday, the kids had games and some food as usual.

    And today, oh well I thought it's the first day of  November already, I haven't thought of October the 31st until I open my notebook. But I'm sad as I learnt that it's  my favorite English FM station in Bangkok's last day on air. Wave 88.00 has been by morning "mate" this year, it started as my energizer to get me prepared to work. I'll miss the station for sure and the pop music they play.

    Finally, I'm not  sure how should I give a rundown exactly except that this month has been both idle and active, the former is in matters of work, the latter is on memories, worries and perhaps issues relating to  the present status quo. It is full of uncertainties still out there -big ones, but I don't want to worry  much and spoil myself to the kind. I just believe that HOPE is healthier and that's what I need better.

    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    Economic VALUES should support family LIFE, Pope Benedict says.

    The FAMILY is the basic unit of the society, this fact has never changed at all and if the rest support this truth, this world could have been better. Below is the article  of National Catholic Register on the Pope speaking to the participants  in the annual conference  of the Centisimus Annus Foundation last October 15, 2011. It is indeed Tips of doing business - the RIGHT way.


    Pope's Tips for Doing Business

    Economic values should support family life, Benedict says.


    VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI called for new ways of doing business, in keeping with the dignity of workers and their families, during an Oct. 15 address to promoters of Catholic social doctrine.

    “Family and work are privileged places for the construction of the vocation of man, collaborating in the creative work of God today,” he told the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, a Vatican-based lay organization that spreads the Church’s social teaching around the world.

    Its members met in Rome for a two-day conference on the relationship between family and business.

    In his speech to the foundation, the Pope recalled how the Second Vatican Council “spoke of the family in terms of the domestic church, an ‘untouchable sanctuary’ where the person matures in affection, solidarity and spirituality.”

    “The economy with its laws must always consider the interests and the protection of this primary cell of society,” the Pope noted.

    His comments coincide with important anniversaries in the history of Catholic social teaching. Pope Leo XIII published the first modern encyclical on the topic, Rerum Novarum, 120 years ago in 1891.

    Meanwhile, 2011 also marks 30 years since Blessed John Paul II’s family-centered apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio and two decades since he addressed economic questions in the encyclical Centessimus Annus.

    Pope Benedict said that although “great changes have taken place in the world” since the days of Leo XIII, the Church “always promotes the human person and the family, in their context in life, even in business.”
    He stressed the economy’s need for good families, observing that “it is primarily in the family that we learn the right attitude for living in society,” including the “world of work, economics, business.”

    In these fields, he said, values from family life help people to be “led by charity, the logic of generosity, solidarity and responsibility for one another.”

    Pope Benedict recognized that the present economic crisis has hit families hard. He highlighted his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate as a guide to building a more humane society and economy, based on “a new harmonious synthesis between family and work.”

    “It is not the task of the Church to define the ways to tackle the crisis,” the Pope acknowledged.

    But Christians, formed by the Church’s teaching, have a duty “to denounce evil, to testify and to keep alive the values that underpin human dignity and to promote those forms of solidarity that promote the common good,” helping humanity become “more and more the family of God.”