S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Saturday, April 08, 2006

My Summer Work in Ilocos

Hello friends.

I wish to inform you that I will be away for a month. I will be going to Ilocus Sur & Abra for my summer work. I will be working with UGAT Foundation, assisting in their follow - up and other programs for the families of migrant workers as well as with the indigenous peoples. I will be working with a brother Jesuit, Sch. Joseph Emmanuel Liwanag, S.J. we humbly request for your prayers as we assure you of ours. For all of you in the world wide web, visiting this simple blog, we hope that we shared the wonders of God's love felt in our reflections and prayers. We do pray that God, in His generosity and love, continue to bless you and guide you all the days of your life. We apologize that we will be unable to put new posts since there will be no internet connections in the areas that we will be visiting. We are going to remote areas of the Ilocus region. Thank you.

Before I go for my summer work, I wish to leave you with a final reflection and a strong recommendation. We have just started the Holy Week (beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday), it may be helpful and beneficial if we reflect on the Stations of the Cross or the Via Crucis during this time.

This devotion, which dates back in the twelve or thirteenth century with the Franciscans, is a reflection and contemplation on the the passion and death of Christ. In the words of the Holy Father Benedict XVI:

"With the Gospel texts, Jesus himself gives us the interpretation of the Via Crucis, explains to us how we ought to pray and follow this Way. The way of the Cross is the way of losing ourselves; it is the way of authentic love. Jesus has gone before us along this way. This is the path which the Way of the Cross wishes to teach us."

If you wish to have a copy of the Way of the Cross booklet written by Pope Benedict XVI then Cardinal Ratzinger, they available at Tanging Yaman Stores (Gateway & Ateneo de Manila Campus). Or if you are the techy type, you may visit the site:

We hope
and pray that you all have a solemn Holy Week.

Advance Happy Easter.


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