Category Archives: Presence

On Sleep And Dreams

    Sleep in heavenly peace . . . .    The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream . . . .     The Gospel readings during the Christmas season are replete on stories about … Continue reading

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What Child Is This?

The Infancy narratives are among the most beautiful and moving of the stories in the Gospels. One can actually feel the peace, joy and love while reading them. These stories serve as the reason for the joy and happiness we … Continue reading

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Why The Church Is Holy

This song is the theme of the movie “The Cardinal”, the story of a priest who faced temptations and challenges of moral dilemmas, the social issues of his times and the never-ending tests to his celibacy. He was not perfect … Continue reading

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The Sacrament Of The Here And Now

I enjoy recalling memories of events from the past, both happy and sad, how these have brought color into my life, how these have helped me become the person I that I am today. But memories are in the past … Continue reading

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A Sacred and Holy Place

Today, I was at the Apung Mamacalulu (Merciful Lord or Lord of Mercy) in Angeles City. We were invited by the current Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Raffy dela Cruz, to experience the place like we have never done before. … Continue reading

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A Sacred and Holy Place

Today, I was at the Apung Mamacalulu (Merciful Lord or Lord of Mercy) in Angeles City. We were invited by the current Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Raffy dela Cruz, to experience the place like we have never done before. … Continue reading

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The Speed and the Noise

Speed and noise seem to be the defining elements of people’s lives today. When people want something, they often want it now, as in right now. So we have instant versions of practically everything. No waiting. Instant coffee. Instant noodles. … Continue reading

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Relationships Are The Real Riches

Who am I, really? As I think of the defining moments in my life, I realize that I can never fully define myself except in relationships with others. One person leaves my life and my life is never the same … Continue reading

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To Feel Is To Believe

My God speaks to me in the silence and in whispers ~ through the gentle breeze, the caressing wind, the gurgling sounds of a newborn. He leaves me love notes and reminders all over the place ~ in the fragile … Continue reading

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Silence And Prayer

Praying puts us in touch with that which cannot be perceived by the senses. Whether done with others or alone, praying expresses our desire to embrace the ineffable. Whether in prayer or just to be with myself, I often spend … Continue reading

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