A desiderata is something that is needed or wanted--a requirement. For me, it could also mean what is essential -- that which is needed so much that if it's not there, things will not be the same. What in your life is an essential? What in your life is that which is needed so much … Continue reading #187: Desiderata
Today we pray for FREEDOM. 1. Remember the heroes of your country and people who fought and gave their lives so you may have your freedom. 2. Remember one or two groups of people who are not yet free and are struggling for their freedom. 3. Pray for yourself. Pray for the internal slavery that … Continue reading #61: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
A Maya Angelou poem is prayer beautifully penned, the words are worship, life encapsulated into rhyme. This is a prayer for Valentines Day. Listen to the video, and read the poem yourself, letting the words take flight in your heart. And when you are ready, write down your reflections on love in your journal. Touched … Continue reading #27: Touched by an Angel
I wrote the original (Filipino) version many years ago, for my philo professor, Fr. Roque Ferriols. The english version I wrote recently in a fit of inspiration during the storm Maring that devastated the whole of Metro Manila, the Philippines. I had written it in a fit of inspiration while watching a moth fly near … Continue reading Metamorphosis
I remember writing this for Father Roque Ferriols, my Philosophy professor who is known as the Father of Filipino Philosophy. I gave this to him during our oral exams. And we talked about this poem instead of talking about the thesis statements.
Several weeks ago, I got a call from two of my former students. Their dad died suddenly catching everyone by surprise. They flew in from Cebu early morning. I met them at the hospital and was there during the whole ordeal. This was what I wrote while all this was happening. I've always had some difficulty in front of pain and suffering. This was my way of expressing the frustration as well as the respect that I feel every time I face death.
When I was a Jesuit and assigned to the Ateneo Christian Life Community in Ateneo de Manila, I directed a first year college student named Robbie Paraan for his first 5 Day Retreat. We became good friends afterwards. He eventually became OAC (Over All Coordinator/President) of the organization, graduated from college, and worked in HSBC.