Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 11/9/13
Col 3:1-11, this hit me "rock bottom" today coupled with John Michael Talbot's Psalm 51.

Fortunate... immersed in the reality of the great sufferings of people because of those who profess to serve them are doing the opposite, sufferings because of those who made their solemn vows give in to their weaknesses, sufferings because of too much pain the poor could not reconcile what the Church is teaching about a compassionate God vis a vis their situation, a long list of sufferings...

And I am fortunate because I know all these?

"Teach me your ways, O Lord."
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 10/9/13
Today's Gospel is a strong reminder to me of how God RISK on me. To walk, root, and build in Him. To establish faith and and be full of gratefulness.
Risk, because I can never perfect the task that He instructed me to do, that is in perfecting myself.
He chose me despite the fact that I roar like a thunder, slash like a lightning, scorch like the sun, burn like an ember and wallow like a beast. What a God!
Thus I easily get discouraged and depressed when things do not run the way I want.
In humility, I realized that in my imperfections He will make things perfect if I cooperate, if I listen...
Pray, I must!
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 9/9/13
Zamboanga City, my birthplace is under attack today... Lord please heal our land. Heal the people of their desire to dominate.

Strengthen those who are constantly working for peace especially the youth. Guard their hearts so they may not lose hope in the face of this "adult" struggle for power.

Keep the soul of those who died today. May they lay to rest in your Heart. Amen.

Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 7/9/13
Holding on and too tightly on laws, policies and the like really is a sure sign of insecurity. Doing so is the best and safest way to operate without or with minimal mistakes thus lesser or no accountability at all to whoever.
But is it humane? Legal, but is it moral?
For me, it is truly difficult to balance between integrity and basic human needs without FAITH.

Faith in Him who knows everything before I even think of it, before I even utter the word...
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 6/9/13
Resistance to change. Personally, this is my predicament sometimes especially if it involves structures long built by time. But in my experience, for me to effect a significant change for a significant impact humility must come in. Accepting that, I have to move from success to significance in my work and eventually grow from doing into being.
Truly a change of heart is a must. And for those tasked by the Lord to bring a change to any institution or structure, must also remember that even the Lord prepared his disciples and much more his Apostles for that radical change in their life and the life of all humanity and of all generations.

Significant change will have its significant impact when it eventually brings thanksgiving to the hearts of those who initially do not want any change.
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 5/9/13
Scribbling on my journal notebook praying for the two teachers of a school for an indigenous tribe that were abducted last night by armed men escaping through the vast sea: a valid care.

Is it the cares of this busy world that keeps me from celebrating the freedom that Christ already gained for me or my unwillingness to listen, to let go of my own desire to do things "my way"? Aware of where He brings me and what He does for me everyday, I kept on asking "what is it that you want me to do?" Today's readings bring me to a graced realization that I simply have to be HUMBLE and acknowledge my own unworthiness of His presence - listen with patience and endurance - by then I will be certain when and where " to cast my net".
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 4/9/13
It is always good to stay in a place where there is so much "ego massaging" going on. It satisfies and even inspires, yet corrupts! But as Jesus' follower, I am called to go deeper into my heart and not be tacked in that place and be healed, so too, I can heal others - "my own scars made available for others' healing" as they say.
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 3/9/13
Yes, the sacrament of the present moment. The cares of this world will snatch away the joy that each moment brings. Truly, it is only in Him that I can find meaning in everything that I do, a mystery that I want to live rather than understand. And to die knowing that it is Him that I breathe and had been breathing everyday of my life.
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 2/9/13
Should I work wonders to be able to participate in the in the grand design of the Father for humanity or in HUMILITY should my heart understand that every grain of sand constitutes the vast seashore...
Angela Angela
on 30/8/13
I think what the Pope said on the plane was that - not women but MARY was more important than priests and bishops. That's what I understood him to mean.
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 29/8/13
In front of a seductive power, how do I react?

Look - Think - Rationalize - Act
Look - Think - Discern - Act

The first one is so easy to do in this modern world. The Lord has a lot of rescuing to do.
Sol Alano Sol Alano
on 28/8/13
Each day is an opportune time to unload myself with so much clutters. Clutters that seemed so valuable and worth keeping like justice. I just thank the Lord for reminding me that mercy and compassion work more for me than fighting for justice.
vimala vimala
on 18/8/13
They died singing. Love of the church and forgiveness for the persecutors is the lessons that I learn from our martyrs of Barbastro. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the congregation and the church. Long live our martyrs.
Angela Angela
on 19/4/13
I was surprised at the number of Jesuits working throughout the world - 17,287 and that a third of them are from underdeveloped countries, a percentage that is expected to rise.
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on 24/2/13
Hey Nik,I agree with you about the characters but I tghhuot that characters was such a big subject it deserved it's own post. Next time, maybe? Definitely, without characters there is no story! And Sleeping Beauty was always my favorite fairytale as a little kid, too. But the idea for this story first came when I was at the Tchaikovsky ballet of Sleeping Beauty and the prince leapt onto the stage—and I sat up in my seat and tghhuot: Well, what about the prince? What's his story? Just in case you do miss out on the draw though, Thornspell is in many libraries, as well as being on Amazon, in most NZ bookshops, and in good independent bookstores in the States Canada.
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on 20/2/13
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