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herald
04.10.04, 11:09 AM
Hi Guys...
I created this thread specifically for our daily encounter with God..

here you can post for Answered Prayers, daily reflections, experiences of the love of God...
anything.. walang kulitan ito... to uplift our souls and inspired by personal stories...umpisahan ko uli

I experienced the love of God recently... as i was waiting for the train of MRT, I heard a jesuit song .. actually songs kasi dalawa... It's Pagkabighani and Sa Diyos Lamang Mapapanatag...

God reassure me once again that despite all the hardships and trials I am into right now.. He is always beside me, embracing me and comforts me.. Panatag na naman ang loob ko that day...

Like the song Pagkabighani.. It is not because of the promises of God but but His love for us despite of our shortcomings and inequities...

Lastly.. it is Good to hear this kind of songs in a seculat Radio Station.. like the MRT Radio Station

MRT-Music on the Right Track.. truely the MRT is on the right track

Yun lang po...

Alexander
04.10.04, 12:14 PM
was it a commercial radio station or its MRT's own music feed? Just asking...coz if its MRT's own, then good for them and the riding public if they play music that is contrary to this WORLD's music. :D

herald
04.10.04, 01:02 PM
it's MRT's own radio Station... it was the 2nd time na makarinig ako ng Jesuit song there

herald
04.10.06, 02:36 PM
God really has a purpose.... Last Monday, I went to UST Hospital for my Laboratory test.. At first I was so hesitant to undergo such test, one because it is expensive the other is I know it is not that serious.. nevertheless,, pumunta pa rin ako...

I take a medicine prior to the scanning..and the doctor advise me to wait 4 hours...ikot muna ako sa vicinity.. so in short nakakita ako ng chapel dun... I was able to pray for an hour ata and attend the Holy Mass as well... bagay na bagay sa kin ang Gospel... About Martha and Mary... one is busy doing the chores and the other listening to God... I realized that I was so focused on services ko, I forgot to communicate with God.. Sabi ng Priest We need both martha and Mary's attitude... services and Communion with God are both essential... I used to Attend Mass evryday and pray at least 30 minutes a day.. kaya lang medyo nawala.. na out of focus...

just this morning.. ini-scan na ako and tomorrow ko makukuha ang result, during the scanning, I was able to compose a worship song... I entrusted everything to God and now somehow i am back on focus.... Ano man ang nangyayari sa kin sa ating lahat.. may dahilan ang Diyos


Purihin Siya...

anya
04.10.13, 01:12 PM
Namashte : the good in me greets the god in you! Discover more while enjoying to the fullest !!!!!!!!!!!! Great day to all finally break tym already, so i like to share the wonderful blessing being part of the choir. May,1994,wen d choir in our village is started lot of young ppol force by their parents to join the choir, but only few who stay up to the present time,1 of them is me. 10 years of serving and sharing our golden voices in the community. At that time I was turning to grade 6, wen i start joining the choir in our village.But it's worth it despite of my moody attitude, it help a lot ! 1 u will notice to our choir puro magkakapatid ang mga kasali,kaya nga super cool dba 8) The hARDEST THING is that u need to wake up every sunday morning 630 dpat nasa church ka na. :P, but i will admit sometimes 830 mass me naapear,kc sked pa rin nmin yun. 1 thing i've learned and realized that I have a gift of good voice and I need to share that gift to others. remember wen we sing to the mass the song is dedicated to god, so dpat performance level nandun pa rin. The smdp youth choir w/c i belong have 1 common goal is to share the gift of music and act of kindness to the community.God endowed us with different talents and abilities, that is why we are unique individuals. However those talents and abilities must be tapped, dveloped and used for our own growth as a person and for the good of community. It is a great privilege and reponsibility to have talents and abilities. They should not be wasted. We are called to be stewards of god's gift to us whatever our situation may be. :)

herald
04.11.12, 10:39 AM
Just want to praise and thank God!!!...

God is so Good... you see i was diagnose to have a problem in my thyroid... and the doctor who examined me advise to to seek specialist's help para ma address maigi ang diagnosis nya (pinag thyroid scan pa nya ko)

I went to St. Luke's last Saturday.. ang tagal ng hinintay ko kasi ang daming nag papatingin... I was afraid though I know wala namang dabat ikabahala.. iyon lang baka lang kailangang i treat talaga... baka di na ko makakanta nito... that was the thing na nag cross sa mind ko that day, when my number was called... I gave the result of the test sa Doctor... tapos tinanong nya ako kung ano ang nararamdaman ko... bla bla bla.... after which he checked my throat... and sabi nya.. "I guarantee you... walang connection sa thyroid mo yang nararamdaman mo.. explain explain again .. and he said it is more of an allergy yung result ng test mali ang pagkakabasa ng unang doctor na tumingin sa kin, in the first place doctor namin sa clinic iyon... neglegible daw yung difference ng dalawang thyroid glad.... Isn't it Great??!!!... he said "mag pa blood test ka pero i guarantee you walang makikita dyan!!!!"

I still experience dificulty in breathing but I know God will heal me with this allergy... Praise God!!!

Prayer is really powerful, and of cors God is mighty and good!!!!!

Gud day to all.

NikNoK
04.11.12, 11:37 AM
Herald, thanks for sharing... it was just a simple sharing pero it is a big thing for me to heighten my spirit more... Such stories are really inspiring! I was so thankful to have this thread on the board.

You're right.. God is really Good!.. so so good!

Thank you po, dear Lord at di niyo pinabayaan ang kapatid naming si Kuya Herald.

So, Herald.. manlibre ka naman ng pizza mamaya.. joke! ;D


GLORY TO GOD!

herald
04.11.12, 11:47 AM
man libre??!!!.. naubos sa check up and lab test eh!!!!.. he he he!!!

Thank God He is the Boss

len_lenmr
04.11.15, 05:19 PM
thanks for the sharing herald! indeed GOD was really good! nice to hear that you were okay. nevertheless, even if the doctor says that there's nothing negative, still take the blood test and other test to ensure that everything is okay. we'll pray for you.

maiba, i was watching kontrobersyal last saturday night and i was touched by the story on "pagpag". grabe, totoo pala yon! nakakalungkot kasi yun yung realidad. im so thankful that kahit super duper ramdam ng pamilya ko ang fiscal crisis, still GOD does not allow us to do it. guys, let's pray for our country, malala na ang nangyayari. magpa-pasko pa naman.

herald
04.11.16, 04:33 PM
just want to share yung reunion namin ng dati kong mga ka choir....

nagkita kita kami sa Riverbanks sa marikina last friday... grabe ang sarap ng feeling na makita at makasamang muli ang mga dating ka choir..

sigh... pagluluto pa lang inabot na kami ng 9pm... pagod na nga yung iba sa kakahanap sa min eh (ha ha ha), muntik ng itapon ng may dala nung ice tea kasi napapagod nang bitbitin.. buti nakakita ng kalesa.. sumakay sya dun....

we're more than 15... reminiscing the past, mga kapalpakan sa pagkanta, mga natutunang aral.. mga dating storya ng puso.. may lumipat ng relihiyon, may nakapag-asawa... may ikakasal at marami pang iba.... ang natutunan ko, kahit di pala kami nagkikita-kitang madalas at may kanya kanya na kaming grupo, yung pagkaka-ibigan at pagmamahalan di nawawala, nandoon pa rin ang saya!!!!, sigh... nag wish tuloy ako na sana mabuo muli kami.... pero malabo na iyon... pero alam ko alam naming lahat na pag kailangan namin ang isa't isa nandoon at darating... dugtong-dugtong na ata ang mga bituka namin.... Napakabuti ng Diyos at dumaan sila sa aking buhay... mga tunay na kaibigang maaasahan kahit anong oras... Purihin ang Diyos...

P.S.

Natupad ang wish ko o dasal sa Diyos na muli kaming magkasama-sama sa pag-awit sa Diyos... kahit sandali lang (Drama ko).. nag practis kami.. hmmm may ibubuga pa pala....kakanta kami sa kasal ng isa naming kaibigan...

I praise and thank God for this opportunity, to see my friends side by side singing for the Lord....

anya
04.11.22, 03:58 PM
Last saturday evening at last me and ate lenx attend the vigil @Student Catholic Action@legarda Manila. The theme this year is family vigil: kristo kapuso ng bawat Pamilyang pilipino & also the celebration of the christ the king. I feel happy b'coz wen we do some sharing in our workshop tlga matured mga inputs/ideas of my fellow Alumni and you will see the big difference in how we speak & act tlga la lang parang kelan lang highschool kami,then in college continue parin ang pagiging SCAN, Then now in our corporate jungle battle begins,which is really hard and a little bit exciting. One thing I've learned in that gathering --- SCANS always be an SCAN,no matter what life bring us and the way you look at things,somebody's trash can be another person's treasure. It's really true!!!! :)

herald
04.12.07, 04:56 PM
hello sa inyo...

I almost forgot to share this one...
God truly answers prayer on time...

I am attending a once a month gathering of Light of Jesus community in AFP Theater, its a big gathering... may worship, Mass, teachings etc... I specially love the worship part with full band, ang sarap!!!! mag worship sa Diyos, evntually I became a member of LOJ in 2001, since then I always pray to God na sana maging part ako ng Music ministry na iyon, kahit di ko naman forte ang Band.. I pray to God na sana sagutin na ang prayer ko.. "pa Birthday mo na sa kin yun Lord, kahit one time lang makatugtug ako"... sabi ko sa Kanya.. that was 2001... and God answered my prayer 3 years after, the head of the Music Ministry of LOJ texted me to join and play with them .. isang song lang... but I felt joy that time... you know what is the date ng pag text nya sa kin??... July 28, 2004... 9pm sa tapat ng Farmers plaza ko natanggap ang text... it was a day before my Birthday... isn't it great???.. kahit gaano katagal ang paghihintay, always on time pa rin si LORD.... and hindi lang isang kanta ang na-i-play ko.. i am now a full pledge member of the Music Ministry of LOJ... PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!!!

herald
04.12.15, 12:17 PM
just want to share this one... (for those single men out there, this might inspire you) :).. this is more than a love story, this is the manifestation on how God Answers prayer....

It was 1996 when I met my GF, she was my choir mate then.May 1996, Annual retreat ng Music Ministry sa min, that was the date of our first conversation, She said "sana maging close tayo, ang tahimik mo kasi" I said in return "OO ba!!!,I thought maging close as a friend but I realized I want more than that, July 16, 1996 I started to court her after a long and extensive prayers, whew!, I thought it was the start of the good relationship, but I was wrong.. she busted me in December 1996 (it was the first of the series), I never stop courting her, sabi ko pa nga sa kanya "Ikaw ibinigay ni Lord sa kin".. (kapal daw ng mukha ko sa loob-loob nya).. until she busted me for the sixth time that was late 1997, so I accepted it that we're just meant to be friend (sabi ko lang sa kanya), But I keep on praying " Lord if after 2 years of courting her and still no positive result, I'lll stop, sige friends na lang kami"... 1998, we established our friendship, ok na uli kami, kasi talagang umiwas ako. I started to court her again in May 1998, again Annual retreat namin iyon sa Tagaytay naman... I'm not optimistic of having a positive result, beside we enjoy each others company as friends, I just try, beside di pa naman 2 years (di nya alam itong prayer ko na ito). I sent her a letter (rolled), pinahirapan ko ba na basahin at i balik sa pag kakarolyo...pinatago ko sa Sister nya sabi ko ibigay sa kanya after our retreat, but after our retreat sabi ko sa sister nya kunin ko na lang uli, kasi baka ma busted na naman ako, kaya lang nabasa na raw Nya, kasi pinakialaman ba naman (ha ha ha!!, na curious sa laman, kasi rolled letter nga)... July 15,1998.. Inihatid ko sya sa House nya, then after a few minutes nagpaalam na ko beside it was 10pm then.. but she started to make some kwento and looking on some pictures, kwento, sya ng kwento.. eh gabi na nga, kakahiya... for the last time I told Her that I have to go home cause it's already late. She handed me a letter and told me to read it (I still kept it).. gosh ang pangit ng umpisa (actually it is a poem), "I don't want you to be a friend anymore".. gosh friend na nga lang, ayaw pa rin nya.. I kept on reading even if tears started to roll.. until I reached the Last line "Because I want it to be more than friends".. WOW!!!, Cry me a river ako.. The first thing I did was to looked at the clock... To my surprise!.. it was 11:55pm (July 15, 1998, 5 minutes short and tapos na deal namin ni Lord. I Praise and Thank God for that, If I insist on going Home, wow! she will not be my GF... Those 2 years of waiting is worth waiting for.... I finally found my home, my long lost Rib...

Today... 6years and 5months na kami... And We are getting merried in December 2005.. pagbalik nya (she'll be going to Dubai)..

God is so good, I experienced His faithfulness time and again, When we pervently pray and Its according to His will, He will grant all the desires of our Hearts.

I hope this will inspire you guys out there and gals as well.. that GoD indeed is a loving and Faithful God.. Good Day to All.... :)


ALL GLORY AND HONOR TO GOD...

len_lenmr
04.12.15, 12:39 PM
that was a beautiful story herald. lakas mo kay Lord. art of waiting & patience. GOD bless. we'll pray for the 2 of you :)

herald
04.12.15, 03:32 PM
hi len_lenmr... thanks... We need it (Prayers)

Marami pa akong i-share.. sabi nga daw ng mga friends ko malakas ako kay Lord, But I think lahat naman tayo malakas kay Lord... Till my next sharing, marami pang naka-line-up...

Last saturday was my friends Wedding.. as I have shared, we were asked to sing sa Mass kahit matagal na kaming di magkakasama sa iisang groupo.. Practices was great, 9 ang nag commit (2 bass, 1 tenor, 3 sopranos and 3 altos).. ngek last saturday we were only 6 (1 bass, 1 tenor, 1 soprano, 2 altos and 1 organist) great!!, 5 lang ang kakanta... But we all believe in prayers...and we sing well, as if the choir of angels were with us, kumpleto, though my konting mistakes pero who know kung alin ang mali eh puro compositions ko ang kinanta namin (ha ha ha!!).. that was also the first time na natuwa ako sa pagkanta namin... and the Bride told us, ang Ganda!!! ng kanta namin.. Galing di ba???, Prayers pa rin ang nagdala...

NikNoK
04.12.15, 04:35 PM
Herald, such a powerful and inspiring story of God's will! .... You are truly blessed, bro! You deserve such blessings for being a Good servant!

I appreciate your story.. thanks for sharing it with us!
My Prayers for you and Chie.. God bless the 2 of you!

GLORY TO GOD!!!

herald
05.01.04, 05:14 PM
To God be the Glory., thanks Nik

herald
05.02.16, 12:17 PM
yesterday, I ask you to intercede for my GF's Medical exam.... God showed His power once more...

My GF got her x-ray result and found out that she has a nodule on right apex (meaning, might have a lung infection), same result for her second x-ray... God's hands worked yesterday... Instead of writing "Not fit to work" the Doctor advised her to go to a specialist to examine the result... to be fair...

We went to Manila Doctors looking for a pulmonologist, after a few minutes of searching, we found one....

His finding confirmed that the x-ray result is correct, that there is a nodule on her right apex.. but the doctor said that it is already healed.. scar na lang daw yun and there's no way to infect other person (Praise God) (kahit daw maghalikan kami, ha!, ha!, ha!)....

These findings puzzled us, how come that she had a Tuberculosis even if she doesn;t seen or felt any symptoms, sabi namin the nodules might be in the mussle because she always complains of pain on that same spot since high school.. The Doctor explain that it is really the scar in the lung that cause the pain...

So we ask why?, she never felt that she had a TB.. what the Doctor said really surprised us.. some people have a natural healing power that fights a desease, in her case her lungs... and she is lucky, kaunti lang daw ang may ganoong power.. this explains everything, she is the only one among her siblings who don't have an asthma and the only one who is not hospitalized after birth because of her parent's blood incompatibility (her mom is type O, her Dad is type A), her 3 siblings suffer such....

Conclusion:
God's hand and healing power flows in my GF's body since her birth, we just realized that she is a walking miracle of God

We could be infected with TB virus even if we don't have any symptoms

God always protects His children

I'm glad that our sins is not like TB, we might be contaminated by our sins and iequities but these wont be noticable like the scar in my GF's lungs.. Because when God forgives.. and clean our spirit... he completely make us a new person.. without any scar of sins.

Good day to all.. TO GOD BE THE GLORY

NikNoK
05.02.16, 12:27 PM
WOW!!! Thats really great!
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

herald
05.02.16, 01:06 PM
just noticed, parang ricky sharing thread yata ito, ha ha ha!!!, Hinanap ko pa nga ito eh, kasi natabunan na... Hope you guys will share your experiences, answered prayer.. etc... To glorify God

herald
05.02.21, 09:56 AM
18 February was the longest 24 hours for Chie (my soon to be wife), we thanked God that
finally it was over...

We were about to leave to buy some stuffs she need... when the phone
rung...it was the Agency's personnel, I was so nervous, we hold hands
and pray to God that the decission of her employer would be favorable
for her... she started to cry... Tetch, the agency's personnel told
that her employer did not gave her the clearance to work in
Dubai...the reason... they don't want to take chances, even if that
thing in her lungs is healed, even if a specialist gave her a clean
bill of health.. That small thing in her lungs (smaller than the hole
of a five centavo coin) ruins her plans for her future, for her
family... the fact... she was never treated with any lung deseases...

She cried after the conversation... I just looked at her, for I know
that there are no words to console her, the only thing I did was to
embrace her and feel the pain...that's all I can do...it was so
painful for me to see her cry.

After which, We prayed to God...we are still thankful to God for we
know that He has a better plan for her, and He will surely embrace her
and cry with us. We were both greatful to God that He is with us all
the time, from day one...

Now, she is jobless with debt to pay... Let me ask you once again
brothers and sisters to pray for her.. to find a job... a better
job...
One thing is for sure, she will smile again and face the challenges of
life with much strength...She's a strong person, a fighter, a faithful
servant of God...I always believe in her.

She might lose some battle, but she will definitely win this war....

"God will never leave nor forsake us, specially during this time of crisis"

We are forever greatful To God, thank you brothers and sisters for all
the prayers...

"TO GOD BE THE GLORY"

anya
06.05.22, 04:44 PM
A week ago I found that my cousin and younger sister was watching a masked rider in DVD series. I was actually curious the first time I saw that DVD, because mask rider black used to be one of my favorite shows when I was a kid, and I wanted to find out if that DVD had the same characters as before. Turns out that it’s a different masked rider; ryugi or something like that. Then all of a sudden I began to miss watching ate len-len and her battle hoper. Although I don’t remember anymore how the exact story of mask rider black went, I remember that this was one of the shows that I eagerly anticipated everytime I watched TV. And believe me, mask rider black was one of my all-time favorite heroes. When I was a kid, my elder sister len-len and I used to wrestle in our parents bed, and we would invent our own moves, but the rider punch and the rider kick would always remain our favorite finishing move. And I always believed that he was one of the most stylish Japanese heroes, as opposed to the jologs machine man, who wore a plastic cape and drove his freaking car in the craziest position ever (you should know how machine man drive his car if not you better find it). I mean, who could forget his ebony overall and his bug-eyed helmet? And of course, his signature move: a slow and steady but intimidating wave of both of his hands from left to right (or vice versa), then an instant shift to fight –mode position, with both fists clenched. And yes, we should not to fail to mention his green battle hopper! Nyaha!

And even though I don’t consider myself as great a fanatic as dan and milk were to sentai shows, I still am proud of being part of the generation that grew up with these kinds of superheroes. Ah yes, masked rider black with machine man (sige na nga), mask man, shaider, bioman, and many others were the heroes that made our childhood TV viewing experience a blast, unfortunate young ones of today! Even masked rider ryugi is showing on DVD, never will they experience the true magic of sentai! Grabe na etoh at namiss ko na si ate len-len sobra!!!!

jose
06.05.23, 02:07 PM
ngayon ko lang nabasa tong thread na to. anya, thanks for reviving it. nakaka-inspire. sana marami pang magreply sa thread na to.

God is really good. a lot of my prayers have been answered already and i am so much grateful. sometimes i get so amazed on how He really does answer prayers. and andami nang events that i felt His presence. overwhelming once we realized that He is by our side always. let us just give our best on anything we do and leave the worrying to Him and we'll have peace of mind. let us put our trust in Him. let us pray always, not only on sundays, before and after meals, or at night. let us pray anytime of the day, anyway He is just there beside us. a short prayer will help us ease our minds. most of all, let us thank Him for everything we got because we are blessed. so much blessed...

herald
06.10.09, 06:17 PM
I just want to share with you the Homily of Fr. manoling Francisco during our wedding last 30 April 2006, sobrang bless lang ako sa Homily nya...


[Ang pelikulang]…Cinema Paradiso, which has the most moving soundtrack in all the movies that I had seen. It is about a young man, who as a boy learns the facts of life, the lessons of life through a projectionist, yung nagpapalabas ng pelikula nung panahong hindi pa DVD, yung reels, at si Alfredo yung projectionist at tinuruan nya hanggang maging binata at tumanda itong ating bida.

But one day, when our protagonist was already a young man and so in love with the most beautiful lass in their town. Si Alfredo who was an old man then told them this story, “You must persevere in woeing the woman you love, you must never give up; and so he said, he told the story of a young man who pursue this woman who rejected him again and again and again.

And finally, the young man told the young woman, his beloved, “For One hundred (100) days I will stand outside your window, and if after 100 days you do not open your windows, then I will leave quietly, never to disturb you again. And so, the first evening, buong kisig s'yang tumindig sa labas ng bahay sa ilalim ng bintana ng kanyang sinisinta, magdamag s’yang tumayo at naghintay at hinintay ang kanyang sinisintang magbukas ng bintana, but she did not. The second day, he stood outside her window, at si babae naman sumilip sa mga butas ng mga bintana kung naroon pa rin s’ya, at nakita nya na naroon pa rin. The 5th night, the 10th night, the 20th night, he stood like a soldier outside her window, at kahit umulan at kumidlat, naro’n pa rin s’yang nakatindig. At kahit napakainit ng araw, naro’n pa rin s’yang nakatindig at naghahantay na buksan n’ya ang kanyang bintana. At kahit na bumagyo at napakalakas ng hangin, he stood his ground and he kept his hunger past at bay, he kept his thirst at bay, he stood for 100 days. And so, 90th day dumating, hindi pa rin binubuksan ng kanyang sinisinta ang bintana, 95th day hindi pa rin nagbukas at alam natin na yung mga lumang pelikula ‘di ba may mga kalendaryo na ang petsa lumilipad para mag fast forward. Hanggang sa umabot ng 97th day, at yung audience inaasahan na bubuksan na ng dalaga ang kanyang bintana subalit hindi pa rin. Dumating ang 98th day, hindi pa rin binuksan ang bintana, 99th day, at excited na excited na kaming mga nanonood “Ayan!, bubuksan na ng dalaga, dahil romantic movie ito, kailangang buksan nya ang bintana”, subalit hindi pa rin nya binuksan, at dumating ang 100th day and he stood there and I was so sure that she would open her bedroom windows, 10 o’clock, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 11:45pm, hindi pa rin binuksan ang bintana. Ah!, the last 5 minutes bubuksan na nya talaga iyon, 11:55 hindi pa rin…58…59… & the church bells struck 12 midnight and she did not open her bedroom windows and he left quietly. She peered through her windows without opening it and she watched him walk away and disappear into the night.

Kung sa ating kwento pong galing sa “Cinema Paradiso”, 100 days po syang naghintay, ang ating bida sa araw na ito, si Ricky, more than 700 days naghintay kay Chie. Nagkakilala po sila noong 1995 after the World Youth Day at naging casual friends po sila. The year after, during a retreat, during summer and that summer, also in 1996, they deepen their friendship together with their choir members, sa kanilang prison ministry at doon sinimulang ligawan ni Ricky si Chie. And alam po ng mga kabarkada ni Ricky and Chie, 6 times po syang nabusted, at sabi ni Ricky, “I will wait not only 100 days, I will wait for 2 years, after the 2 years are over, if she does not welcome me into her heart, then, I will walk away quietly from her life”, without his knowing it and she also, without knowing na may panata pala si Ricky. On the last night of those 2 years, 11:55 pm, nagpadala si Chie ng sulat kay Ricky at sinagot n’ya si Ricky, the last 5 minutes ng deadline ng panliligaw ni Ricky kay Chie.

In their story, we discover what true love is, true love is perseverance, true love is a daily renewal of once commitment. In his 1st Encyclical… our new Pope Benedict XVI, distinguishes it as “Caritas deus est”, that love is compose of two aspects. Love is eros and love is agape. Love as eros is our passionate love for one another, our infatuation for one another but we all know that infatuation dissipates, all our beautiful emotions dissipates, even our intense spiritual high dissipates and therefore our Holy Father reminds us that love cannot only be an emotion, love has to transcend our emotions and this is what we call agape. That even when our emotions dissipate, even when we are hurting, even we are going through rough times. Love as agape is a commitment to the well being of our beloved. Ricky and Chie have manifested that since 1998, 8 years na po silang magkasama. They have bourn witness to us what love is, that love is not merely an emotion, although love begins as a beautiful passionate emotion, eventually love like red wine matures and ages as a commitment to the well being of one another, day after day after day, year after year after year, decade after decade after decade. So that marriages that last and persist are those marriages that are grounded on their daily renewal of their commitment to one another.

Mga kaibigan, my father Jess passed away and I buried him yesterday [April 29, 2006], I was not sure if I will be able to officiate the wedding of Ricky and Chie, buti na lang we scheduled his burial yesterday. During the last months of my father’s life I’ve learned many things about love from him. My father was amputated 7 years ago, since then he had been bedridden, and he had experienced severe pains because of so many ailments and complications. Whenever I visit him in the hospital, he would ask me and others, despite his pain he would ask “Kumain na ba kayo?”, despite being rock with so much pain, he was still thinking of others, “Kumain na ba kayo?” and after 10 minutes he would say “Mag juice muna kayo”, after 5 minutes “Kumain muna kayo ng mamon”.

Papa, witness to me what it means to love, love beyond our hurts and pains, love thinks of the well being of others. Ricky and Chie, from my father I have learned 3 important simple lessons. For your love to persist, it will mean thanking one another daily. For the gift you are to each other it will mean saying “Pasensya ka na”. [3rd lesson missing].

As the disciples of [...missing part] recognize Jesus in your breaking of the bread, in your breaking of your hearts and keeping of yourself to one another […missing part] that the risen Lord will always be with you. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

jefflyceum
06.10.09, 07:56 PM
wow, ang ganda ng homily. true are the words used in the homily.

jon2406
06.10.14, 10:18 AM
Nice sharing Herald!!

tara
06.10.24, 03:41 PM
I once attended a wedding of a good friend who is a born – again christian. The rite was well prepared and well executed by the preacher, the couple and the musicians. Each part of the rite was explained meaningfully. The parents were asked to go up the stage; the sponsors were recognized. The whole beautiful ceremony lasted for around three hours.
I admire the pastor’s preparations and commitment to his work as presider. I envied the inspiring role that the musicians played in the different parts of the rite. I truly appreciated the opportunityof being with the born-again community.

The experience brought me to a deeper understanding of marriage. Marriage is a lifetime commitment ~~ though I may know that there are people who are exceptions. I for one, don’t want to be one of those exceptions. It’s pretty simple for me, if you don’t think you can commit for life, then don’t get married. I mean the world today is pretty liberal, so you can be with someone without having to tie the knot if you didn’t want to.

Any activity that was taboo in the old days, can be engaged in without much penalty. If you want to be with someone, then hang out, live together, date, etc.if you want to be intimate with someone, that’s easy too nowadays. If you want to make a “family,” you could too ( in fact a lot of my friends & acquiantances made a whole bunch of families by mistake hehehe).

Simply put, you can do what any married couple could do without actually marrying them. This is sad because it speaks of how we’ve evolved as a species, and honesty, our morals seem to have gone backwards… but it’s truth ~~ you can do all those things today without having to worry about being chastised.

Given the sad fact, why would anyone still want to marry at all? That’s where God comes in. If you want to marry someone, that means you’re willing to give more of yourself… or you should be giving all of yourself. And the both of you are willing to surrender to the will of a higher being.

Alexander
06.10.25, 06:41 AM
Given the sad fact, why would anyone still want to marry at all? That’s where God comes in. If you want to marry someone, that means you’re willing to give more of yourself… or you should be giving all of yourself. And the both of you are willing to surrender to the will of a higher being.


Thats true Tara, especially what Christ did is a perfect example on how to show that love as a husband to the Church (Verse 25 below)

Ephesians 5:24-26
24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

BP_fan23
06.10.25, 04:49 PM
Well i do feel the love of God when mostly kahit nakakahiyang aminin na nmedyo makalimutin na ako, eh, when i asked GOd to help me find my Eyeglasses hehe inaanswe nya thru my dad's call via Long Distance Telephone and also, kung

brianpya
06.11.20, 09:43 AM
Yes...i dont know what im going to share on this discussion....

I just want to share the thoughts that i heard last homily from our deacon during the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.

When was the last time that you feel the presence of Christ? When was the last time that we encounter Him? There are lots of question that bought into my mind and i dont know what is my answer. There are many challenges that he brought to us to answer if we can take it through. He emphasize that we should acknowledge the presence of God in time of our distress.

Coolwaters
06.11.23, 07:42 PM
Just sharing....

Just this year, I applied for work in a big semicon company in Cavite. Katatapos lang ng ILC(International Leaders Conference ng SFC) nun sa Baguio and I met with my former officemates working in Manila. A fellow ECE who's working there told me na merong opening... I submitted my resume. A few days after, I received a call scheduling me for a technical panel interview by phone. During this time, I was asked to be the team leader for our upcoming Christian Life Program. My inclination was to decline the upcoming appointment. But then, I asked God to decide for me and to give me a sign...

Well, they called a few days after the interview... Much to my amazement, they called 3 times but I was not able to answer their calls. I did not notice them. My phone was in full volume and nakavibrate pa... They called again the next day... The same thing happened... Protocol is to do a return call... But I didn't. I received the sign I was asking for.

At first, I was having second thoughts because of the monetary aspect. However, the Lord wanted me to serve. And I obliged. Service is not easy but I learned a lot of things. And I have been more blessed than before.



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http://www.coolwaterworks.blogspot.com

tara
06.11.24, 01:44 PM
I know the Christmas seasons feels a bit different now, what with the fickle weather we have this season and the political and economic crises we unfortunately find ourselves in. These things depress us, drag our spirits down to maybe an all-time low, and make us think twice about the presence of Christmas.

Of course Christmas it’s just around the corner. If it feels a bit different, I theorize, aside from the reasons above, it must be because we now find ourselves on the spending side of exchanging gifts. We cannot rely on our parents anymore to buy uniform unisex gifts for all of our friends, which are almost always limited to albums, picture frames, coin banks, and calendars. This coming Christmas would be my second holiday with a job, with a paycheck, with my own long list of godchildren to whom I no longer have any excuse except Alzheimer's. And since I’m no longer young to be stricken by such a disease and too old to take advantage of the beauty of "It's better to give than to receive," we can only settle for "It's the thought that counts." But who wants to give spending a thought?

But it's Christmas really just around the corner and we cannot deny it because of a major sign of the times: Bukas Palad singing their annual hit song, "A Christmas Praise." Of course, everyone knows that particular song.

One thing is for sure, though: our godchildren miss us and remember us (at least for this season) inasmuch as we want to forget our obligations to them (at least forever), which means they gravely, sorely, utterly miss us and remember us.

To my six godchildren, I hope they'll understand me and forgive me 22 years from now the way I understand and forgive my godparents now. Please don't curse me with Alzheimer's. Someone told me that Alzheimer's is an unforgettable disease.

jefflyceum
06.11.25, 10:25 AM
Share ko lang ito.

I am a traveller from nowhere, seeking the purpose of my existence. I have been in places which I could not say home. I have met people that I sometimes had a hard time couping. I have done so many things in my young life already just to see the grand design created for me by the Father. I feel kinda lost. People are telling me what to do, absorb skills which was not intended to be mine, go to places which was not an environment for me to grow.

Then, I found myself travelling with people, people that is once ordinary but now, they seem to have something for me to grow. I don't mean of them being eaten alive for protein, but with their experiences. I met Kuya Jon, Kuya Alex, Kuya Alan (you know who you are), Ate Leisl, Ate Myrna, and the wonderful people of BPOCC, the choir I have here in Makati, my friends in Lyceum that taught me a lesson that is a bit painful, to BP, though far from me, helped me formulate a dream and a reason for me to exist and improve more, people in the streets who gave me the reason for me to open myself for others more. These people gave me the reason for me to exist. And I think I know now.

Alexander
06.11.27, 06:16 AM
The song BISPERAS was a reality in the our beloved Philippines...
I was made to realise the truth that Christmas is to find the Jesus in the "PASLIT" sa lansangan.... feed, clothe, care.... which make us think.... especially those who buy to many expensive things this Christmas

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
(Matthew 25:34-36)

BISPERAS (Words and Music by Fr Arnel Aquino, SJ)

Nung akoy's naglalakad na pauwi
Naitanong ko sa aking sarili:
Ano nga bang kahulugan ng Pasko sa 'king bayan?
May mga bata sa lansangan at walang mauwian.
Salu-salo sa pansit na nilimos
At maya-maya'y mahihimlay sa nilatagan na bangketa.

Nung ako'y naglalakad na pauwi
Naitanong ko sa aking sarili:
Ano nga bang katuturan ng Pasko taun-taon?
May mga paslit pa lamang na ulilang lubusan
At padapu-dapo sa mga sasakyan
At tira-tira ang siyang pamuno ng tiyan.

Hesus, pakinggan Mo
Pagsusumamo ng gutom sa mundo
Lalung-lalo na ang mga bata, 'Yong mga anak.
'Pagkat hindi ba ang pagdiriwang ng 'Yong kaarawan,
Ay sadyang nararapat
Sa katulad nilang anghel sa lansangan?

(Lyrics: Courtesy of the HANGAD website)
(Bible verse Courtesy of the BibleGateway website)

herald
07.04.23, 06:33 PM
My wife was pregnant for about 3 ½ months when she had a miscarriage last April 19, 2007; it was the longest day in our lives… It happened at around 2:30 am, I was awakened by my wife’s call, “Pa!, lumabas si baby.” I couldn’t believe what I’ve heard… maybe I am just dreaming… I hoped.

I rushed her in the nearby hospital. I waited at the hallway while she’s in the operating room; every minute seems to be endless…

Around 4:30 am, Her Doctor called me and gave my unborn child, I held my lifeless child in my arms, let him/her feel my embrace, my heartbeat, my love and all my pain. I told my child, “I love you, baby, sorry if we were not able to take good care of you.” I cried and turned to God and asked, “Can I still worship You after what had happened?’, and the answer is clear in my heart, and it is a “Yes”. Despite of what had happened, I’m still grateful, I’m still thankful and I still believe in God. I worshipped Him, Sing Him praises and composed a song for Him…

“Even if I am hurting inside,
Even if my heart is broken,
I want to worship You…

I waited for waited for another 2 hours for my wife, All I wanted that time is to see her that she’s okay. I saw in her eyes how sorry she was, I told her that it’s not her fault…

Words of comfort and sympathy poured through text messages, thanks to our loving friends in the community (Light of Jesus Community), it’s easier to bare the pain with them. We baptized our child (it was also baptized by a priest), we named him/her “Gab”, It could have been, Rwen Gabrielle (if Girl) or Rwin Gabriel (if boy), I used my tears to baptized Gab and told him/her how sorry we are for what had happened. We both prayed and thanked Him for crying with us and for embracing us in our moment of sorrow and grief.

Yesterday morning is a brand new day for me and my wife, a time to reflect and to move on and face the coming days, with tears, I sung…

Basta’t tayo’y magkasama,
Laging mayro’ng umagang kay ganda,
Bawat sikat ng araw, may dalang liwanag,
Ang ating pangarap, Haharapin natin.

She smiled… we embraced…

It happened with a purpose and we know that God have plans for us. In the Bible, Job lost everything but God returned it to him, sevenfold and I know that God will do the same to us.

Alexander
07.04.27, 12:22 PM
herald,

I am touched by your faith. God Bless you. I'm sure, God allows everything for a purpose and maybe he planned that to happen because that will be for the good of your family. Who knows, baka lumaki ang bata na may sakit, na mas magiging mahirap for both of you, after having cherished the child for quite sometime at mawawala din at his/her tender years diba...

God would always give you again a child. I'll pray for that...

Jon2
07.04.27, 04:27 PM
herald,

prayers for your angel....

Bonnie
07.04.27, 11:45 PM
Herald,

My prayers too for your angel....

herald
07.05.13, 12:24 AM
salamat po sa inyo...

DOctors said that 75 percent of miscarriages are abortious, meaning there's something wrong with the baby kaya nangyayari yon, salamat sa inyong prayers,... by the way we've just celebrated our 1st anniversary last 30 April 2007...

jose
07.05.14, 09:50 AM
happy anniv sa inyo herald and congrats...

prayers too for your angel...

tara
07.06.07, 04:55 PM
I'm all teary-eyed right now.i really am sad for you herald. :(

Kuya G.
07.06.14, 11:07 AM
Kasama mo ang buong community sa pagdarasal para sa inyong angel. Tandaan mo lang lagi na hindi nagpapabaya ang Panginoon, hindi siya natutulog. Marami pang biyaya ang darating sa inyong pamilya. AMEN!

NikNoK
07.06.16, 11:06 AM
Herald, I am sorry to hear that.. Prayers for "Gab"..
Im glad you stand firm.. Your faith is your sword. God bless you!

herald
07.08.13, 12:36 PM
Last july 29, I celebrated my 32nd Birthday (whew!), it's different because I celebrated it for the first time with my couples CG mates and at the same time it was held in our new apartment pero ang pinakaimportante sa lahat wala na ko sa kalendaryo (hindi bale nasa lotto pa naman, tapos binggo he he he).

I'm glad that I'm 32, this is the year na I know, will be a prosperous one. Four (4) of the seven (7) things i want to happen this 2007 eh in the making na, about 50 to 70 percent ok na, the other three (3) in the making pa. I am more fulfilled. I am able to use my core gift and I have a new job. Many trials came and will come ah!? I'm not afraid anymore, because I know I have God who is always there and of course, I have my wife with me.

I hope God will give me more birthdays kahit hanggang 125 (he he he, I think malakas pa ko nun, because right now I feel like I'm only 21, look at my pictures... ha! ha! ha!). I just want to serve the Lord more, through my songs, through my music...

Ah!?, 32 na ako... I pray to God.. mag ka baby na kami.. I hope that on my 33rd Birthday I have a baby to cuddle...

To God be the Glory...

jeval
07.08.14, 12:11 AM
napadaan lang po, im also sad to hear that, but who knows diba sabi nga nila everything happens for a reason and looking at the brighter side malay mo mas kailangan niyo pala ng wife mo ngayon ng isang anghel na mag aalaga at tutulong sa inyo and i presume that Gab is very happy now kasi siya ang naging instrument ni God upang matest ang faith mo at nakita niyang hindi ka bumitiw.

just hold on, besides yung iba nga diyan ni hindi naranasan magkaroon ng anak or makita ang anak nila (miscarriages, abortion, etc). You're lucky you saw your child and felt him/her even for a minute.

diane
07.08.15, 04:51 AM
Your Little Angel

Forever will I love you
You will always be my mommy and my daddy
As I sit with angels I look down at you and point proudly
See . . .See them....over there, They are my parents!

Mommy-Did you know I could hear your thoughts at night ?
When you used to lie in bed staring, rubbing your hand on your belly
Looking up at the ceiling in the dark wondering things . . .
Who I would look more like . . . mommy or daddy?
About how my laugh would sound . . .
My First steps . . .
Books that you would read to me . . ones with pictures . . .
"I like Those!"

Mommy, Daddy . . .One day you will have give birth to my brothers and sisters.
They don't know me but if you ask if they ever
dreamed of playing with a little girl
they would say yes . . .
That's me . . .

Do you remember that bird each early spring
that used to always return and sing
It would have been right around the time of my birthday
That was me to . . .
I would sing "I love you"

I am always along side you . . .
Sometimes you can feel me
A brush against your dress, a breeze on your face . . .
that's when I kiss you

You have always kept me in your mind and heart
Thank you . . .
Please dont cry anymore
One day we will be together in heaven
and lift me in your arms and I will hug
you so very tight and never let go . . .

But for now I have to . . .

No matter where you go, what you do, I am with you
Always know that I am "Your Little Angel"
I love you mommy . . .
I love you dadddy...

herald
07.08.15, 12:16 PM
wow!!, this poem made me cry again...

Yhank you for all the prayers...

NikNoK
07.08.17, 12:36 PM
Diane.. the poem was so touching and nice. Thanks for sharing it in the board as well. Im sure Herald liked it very much.

herald
07.08.17, 04:42 PM
sobrang nagustuhan.. I post it in my blog.... we wanted a baby girl and the poem said so.. parang reply ito sa letter ko sa baby ko... nasa blog ko rin yun, well, we're moving on na, and waiting for God to give us another baby.

diane
07.08.18, 02:42 AM
Diane.. the poem was so touching and nice. Thanks for sharing it in the board as well. Im sure Herald liked it very much.


You are welcome :) My best friend went to the same thing through IVF. Thats why I had that poem.

on a lighter note- NIKNOK- your tag line says "he who sings well, prays twice" - what if you dont sing well. you just sing..period? :) Sorry- i am not a good singer kse e, but I used to lead our praise group. hehe

Niknok: Ah.. yun ba, i quoted it from St. Augustine. If you dont sing well, but you sing by your heart... then you are praying more than twice... hehe, ayan bago itong tag line na ito ha.. galing mismo sa akin! (-:
So since you used to lead your praise group... then your song must really be a song of praise in heaven!

diane
07.08.23, 02:30 AM
Niknok- thank you for being able to twist and make my inability to sing still sound good- Praise God in the Heavens! (that i do- He has blessed me well! he deserves that and more!!)

jose
07.08.23, 10:54 AM
he who sings well, prays twice...

if i may add... maybe "well" here doesn't just mean "very good" singing. it could also mean simply sing. it's like saying "i am well" which could mean i am good or i feel good or i'm not sick. so if you sing by your heart and sing to your heart's content you are singing well. so tama yung sabi mo niknok na "singing by your heart" is actually "singing well". did i make sense there? hirap pala i-explain yung ibig kong sabihin, hehe...

iba nga naman yun sa "he who sings, prays twice"... or pwede rin ??? hayyyyy...

diane
07.08.25, 04:36 AM
he who sings well, prays twice...

if i may add... maybe "well" here doesn't just mean "very good" singing. it could also mean simply sing. it's like saying "i am well" which could mean i am good or i feel good or i'm not sick. so if you sing by your heart and sing to your heart's content you are singing well. so tama yung sabi mo niknok na "singing by your heart" is actually "singing well". did i make sense there? hirap pala i-explain yung ibig kong sabihin, hehe...

iba nga naman yun sa "he who sings, prays twice"... or pwede rin ??? hayyyyy...

thanks for explaining jose..gets ko what you are trying to say..dont worry, i still sing :) and praise Him ..

royal haggardness
07.08.31, 11:27 AM
I just happen to browse through this conversation. I want to share that everytime I drive, I play worship songs, most of them are from BP Vol II. I love the songs. I really love to sing (though I don't sing well)! Sometimes, the songs just don't love me, LOL! Anyways, it's just weird that everytime I sing worship songs, I think I sound better compared to singing other songs (I don't know why). Maybe because it's for the Lord. :)

bee2kun
07.09.03, 05:40 PM
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Alhough we have subscribe to TFC, I don't watch those Wowowee thing or those soup operas... don't even bother to watch Philippine news It would just break my heart seeing bad news coming.....

I usually watch documentaries... I love them very much. Here is a very good one I watched recently from BBC

To View the documentary here is the Link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/nol/newsid_6630000/newsid_6634400?redirect=6634459.stm&news=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1)

"This World follows two pilgrimages and looks at the vital impact miracles and saints have on the emotional and financial power of the Catholic Church in modern society. Five hundred new saints have been created since the Church reduced the number of miracles required for sainthood from four to two in 1982. But at the French pilgrimage site of Lourdes only 67 miracles have been recognised in the last 150 years. So the authorities in Lourdes have decided to simplify the rules and create a sub-miracle category to boost the numbers. . . "


Do you have stories of Miracles in your place? Can you share the story here....



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michaela
07.10.25, 01:05 PM
The experience brought me to a deeper understanding of marriage. Marriage is a lifetime commitment ~~ though I may know that there are people who are exceptions. I for one, don’t want to be one of those exceptions. It’s pretty simple for me, if you don’t think you can commit for life, then don’t get married. I mean the world today is pretty liberal, so you can be with someone without having to tie the knot if you didn’t want to.

Any activity that was taboo in the old days, can be engaged in without much penalty. If you want to be with someone, then hang out, live together, date, etc.if you want to be intimate with someone, that’s easy too nowadays. If you want to make a “family,” you could too ( in fact a lot of my friends & acquiantances made a whole bunch of families by mistake hehehe).

Simply put, you can do what any married couple could do without actually marrying them. This is sad because it speaks of how we’ve evolved as a species, and honesty, our morals seem to have gone backwards… but it’s truth ~~ you can do all those things today without having to worry about being chastised.

Given the sad fact, why would anyone still want to marry at all? That’s where God comes in. If you want to marry someone, that means you’re willing to give more of yourself… or you should be giving all of yourself. And the both of you are willing to surrender to the will of a higher being.

My classmates and I developing an expertise on annulment case study. Ang daming taong nagpapa-annul! And they’re much younger now. But really, some of the things Filipino men do—it’s just too much! I’m not for divorce or annulment , although, ok sa akin ang legal separation with some reservations. “There’s a saying in the bible that goes, ‘Of all the things that God allows, what is most hateful is separation.’ It would be a last option.”

Bonnie
07.10.28, 12:07 PM
I just happen to browse through this conversation. I want to share that everytime I drive, I play worship songs, most of them are from BP Vol II. I love the songs. I really love to sing (though I don't sing well)! Sometimes, the songs just don't love me, LOL! Anyways, it's just weird that everytime I sing worship songs, I think I sound better compared to singing other songs (I don't know why). Maybe because it's for the Lord. :)

simple lang siguro ang sagot dyan, maybe you sing it from the heart at tama ka, dahil itoy para sa Kanya.

herald
08.10.22, 01:05 PM
A few days ago My wife and I read an article in Kerygma Magazine (No. 1 Catholic Magazine in the Philippines) It was written by Carlo Cruz husband of Liezel who died in the October 2007 Glorietta 2 bombing. It is a very touching story. Honestly, I really admire him, on how much he loves her wife, on how Liezel touched his life,... sadly, it ended so soon.

There are still questions unanswered, like "Am I the person you always deserve?" and "Did I love you enough?" questions I am asking my wife every now and then, and I am glad that I always hear those answers directly from my wife, answers which makes me jump for joy... which makes me smile.

I'm glad I am that person...



http://shepherdsvoice.com.ph/kerygma-magazine-p-140.html

michaela
08.10.23, 01:16 AM
FLATTERY CAN GET YOU SOMEWHERE BUT WHAT IS SAID IN SILENCE IS USUALLY WHAT IS TRULY MEANT.:)

bluemurdock
08.10.23, 01:50 AM
"when you find urself in one of those terrible down-and-out times, instead of thinking life is terrible, say to yourself "these are opprtunities ive been given to gain valuable experience that no formal education could ever give me" - this was sent to me by a very close friend after some "issues" at work.. she always knew how to give me this "smack on the head" whenever im being all pessimistic. A down fall brings out this "better person" within us for some reason.. I reconnected with my parents after putting them a couple of slots lower from my priority list.. I was able to enjoy once again singing in a choir i have been a member for 17 years.. I gained back friends i thought i already lost.. and i realized how i slowly drifted away from HIM because i was too preoccupied with work.. Dapat pala laging balanse ang lahat.. Pero alam niyo, madaling sabihin eh.. pero ang hirap gawin.. pero im trying my best to juggle all of these.. Si Lord na bahala.. :)

yenzephyr
08.10.23, 10:37 AM
A text message from my friend a couple of nights ago:

"Iba-iba nga naman ang tao no? Sana wag ka agad suko. If you want something, be patient. Mapapasayo din yun. It just takes time. Ok? Cheer up!"

-this kind of encouragement helps me keep going on and on and on...