Monthly Archives: March 2015

Daily Encounters

I love books. I love mental challenges. I enjoy the intellectual life. But there is a danger of being caught up with books and the world of ideas as to be trapped in them and totally lose contact with reality. … Continue reading

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A Layered Existence

Ours is a layered existence. The common understanding of life is to see it as a dichotomy: day and night, up and down, hot and cold, wet and dry. But life is more complex, it is one element layered upon … Continue reading

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The Layers in My Life

Today is the feast day of St. Joseph. Jesus, as a grown-up man, was referred to as the son of the carpenter – a testimonial to his being a father. But I often associate Joseph with sleep and dreams. He … Continue reading

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Children Learn What They Live

It is an amazing fact, often overlooked and taken for granted, how children catch, absorb and take on as their own the behavior, the values, the attitudes and even the expressions of those around them. I hear Jane singing and … Continue reading

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A Throw-Away Culture

We live in a throw-away culture where practically everything is disposable. When come thing breaks down, it is usually cheaper to throw it away and replace it with a new one rather than have it repaired. Most supposedly durable goods … Continue reading

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Faith and Lotto

Every now and then, I would buy a Lotto ticket. And for a dollar, I can go on hoping to hit the jackpot in the few days before the draw. I would imagine how that would change my life and … Continue reading

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Death and the Cross

Our greatest fear is the fear of death. Death can sometimes be so final and dark, There seems to be nothing beyond it. Sometimes, I would imagine how else could have Jesus died. He could have died in battle, leading … Continue reading

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Beyond Comparisons to Unconditional Love

“If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,¬†for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”¬†Words of wisdom from “Desiderata” by Mar Ehrmann. Comparisons are the beginning of a lot of frustrations and a … Continue reading

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There is But One God

Jews, Christians and Muslims all proclaim that “the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” For we are all children of Abraham our father in faith. And yet, when we look around our world today, much of the conflicts, … Continue reading

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Disasters, Natural and Man-made

The Philippines is regularly visited by natural calamities: typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, storm surges. These events often bring out the best in our people. During these times, we usually are able to come together as a caring community to show compassion … Continue reading

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