Sunday, September 16, 2018

Good Intentions

When we look at others it may well do good to look with kindness. It is not good to always question the motives of the other. The great mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila once wrote,  “Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions - which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.”

Lord, may we find reason always to believe in the good intentions of others. If at all there action shows otherwise may we still find goodness in them. Amen.

by aats

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Correction Finds Its Worth


Correction finds it worth when it points to the mistake, not to the person. The goal is to bring the person up not down, to put right not humiliate. On the one who made mistake, what is needed is a genuine remorse and desire to do what is right.

We all have our human frailty, let us be compassionate and kind.

by aats

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lead Me, Lord


Probably you have heard this song, “Lead Me, Lord” by John D. Becker many times during mass. Well, I heard it once more during mass a while ago and I felt like its lyrics never ceases to speak so much about our own desire to be on the side of what is good, true and beautiful. It puts into words what our soul longs for when our physical body betrays it. The lyrics goes:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, longing for their Lord, 
for God's coming kingdom shall be theirs. 
Blessed are the sorrowing, for they shall be consoled, 
and the meek shall come to rule the world.

Refrain: 

Lead me, Lord, lead me, Lord, 
by the light of truth 
to seek and to find the narrow way. 
Be my way; be my truth; 
be my life, my Lord, and lead me, Lord, today.

Blessed are the merciful, for mercy shall be theirs, 
and the pure in heart shall see their God. 
Blest are they whose hunger only holiness can fill, 
for I say they shall be satisfied.

Blest are they who through their lifetimes sow the seeds of peace; 
all will call them children of the Lord. 
Blest are you, though persecuted in your holy life, 
for in heaven, great is your reward.

Lead us Lord by the light of truth, to seek and to find the narrow way. Amen.

by aats

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Lead, Kindly Light


Clearwater, Florida
Lately I’ve been listening to a song by Audrey Assad, “Lead, Kindly Light”, a beautiful song taken from a poem written by Blessed John Henry Newman. The poem was based on Exodus 13:21-22, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”

Lead kindly Light, amidst the grey and gloom
The night is long and I am far from home
Here in the dark, I do not ask to see
The path ahead, one step enough for me
Lead on, lead on, kindly Light

I was not ever willing to be led
I could have stayed, but I ran instead
In spite of fear, I followed my pride
My eyes could see, but my heart was blind
Lead on, lead on, kindly Light

And in the night, when I was afraid
Your feet beside my own on the way
Each stumbling step where other men have trod
Shortens the road leading home to my God
Lead on, lead on
My God, my God
Lead on, lead on, kindly Light

Lord, in times when all I see is gloom and darkness, light my heart and lead it on. Amen.

by aats

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Pagninilay sa Parola. Lighthouse Reflections.

A Lighthouse in Batanes

Minsan sa buhay para tayong nasa laot, hinahampas ng alon, punong puno ng pangamba at di makita ang liwanag. Ubos na ubos na, pagod na pagod, wala nang lakas. Paano pa hawakan ang timon? Ang maiiging gawin ay humimlay at hayaang dalhin ng hangin ang bangka. Nakakapagod kung palagi nalang sinasarili ang pagkontrol ng timon ng buhay. Hayaang si Hesus ang humawak ng timon at ang Espiritu magdala sa bangka tungo sa daungan ng buhay. Paggising mo, parola maaaninag na. (Sometimes in life, we are like in the open sea, crashed by waves, filled with fear and the light beyond sight. Spent out, tired, no more strength. How can you keep holding on the rudder? The best thing to do is to rest and let the wind bring the boat where it wants. It is tiring to always control the rudder of life. Let Jesus hold your rudder and the Spirit bring your boat to the harbor of life. When you wake up, lighthouse is in sight.)

Minsan ang pagitan ng pag-asa at kawalan nito ay kaunting liwanag lamang. (Sometimes what is in between hope and despair is just a little light.)

Minsan ang kailangan lang ay kaunting liwanag para maniwala muli. (Sometimes what is needed is just a little light to believe again.)

by aats