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in loving struggle with life and philosophy for the moment i have the answer, they change the question.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Ateneo Statement

Let the Truth Emerge,

Let the Impeachment Process Go Forward!

On 8 July 2005, in response to numerous calls for her to resign, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said, "take your grievances to Congress where I'm very willing to submit to due process as called for by our Constitution."

On 10 July 2005 in their pastoral letter calling for moral values in Philippine politics, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) declared: "To restore trust would require a thorough, credible, and independent process to examine the authenticity of the so-called Garcillano tapes, verify any possible betrayal of public trust, and mete out due punishment on all those found guilty."

Today, there is an amended impeachment complaint filed in the Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives, charging the President with culpable violations of the Constitution, betrayal of the public trust, and bribery, graft and corrupt practices.

We, concerned administrators, faculty, professionals, staff and students of the Ateneo de Manila University call on the members of the House Committee on Justice to let the truth emerge by hearing the amended complaint and voting on its merits in form and substance.

Moreover, we ask the undecided members of the House to let the impeachment process go forward by signing the amended complaint for it to be endorsed to the Senate for trial, and thus facilitating a peaceful and constitutional resolution of the present crisis and stalemate. We call on our representatives in Congress to vote according to their conscience.

To express these sentiments directly to the House of Representatives, we call on the Ateneo de Manila community and other sympathizers to join us on Tuesday, 30 August 2005, to let our position be heard at the site of the hearing of the House Committee on Justice at the Batasang Pambansa. Assembly will be at the Bellarmine Hall parking lot at 9 am. Participants are encouraged to wear black/white or Ateneo shirts, and to bring their own lunch and P50 for transportation.

Ipaglaban ang Katotohanan!

Friday, August 26, 2005


I'll continue to hope in the Lord for it is the only meaningful thing to do when uncertainty surrounds me.

Picture taken in Panukulan Island, Quezon Province during my summer apostolate with ISO.

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following
     your will does not mean that I am
     actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
     does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire
     in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart
     from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
you will lead me by the right road though I
    may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I
    may seem lost and in the shadow
    of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face any
    perils alone.
-- Thomas Merton

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

He Needs to Totalize Other

I wonder why he needs to totalize others in order to know fully himself. In Absolutizing other, one will know oneself, one's consciousness will surface. I asked him why, he smiled at me and said, "Its the process of dialective movement." D#*n! I counldn't comprehend it fully. He uttered, "it's like a mirror, one will be conscious of oneself when one go out of one self, reach the other, totalize other, thus one attain self consciousness." AHHHHHHHHH. My brain couldn't take it anymore, I went outside my room saw somebody and invited him for a badminton. He agreed. Wheeeew, time for a break. Sorry Hegel, I need to leave you for a while.

Sunday, August 21, 2005


The Ateneo Blue Eagle won against Adamson last Saturday, August 20, 2005 and just this afternoon, La Salle bowed to a school along the university belt.


The hardest thing to do in this world is to reveal oneself to others. To show one's weakness, strength and vulnerability. But if we find someone to whom we can TRUST, it's easy to remove the mask one is wearing and open the door to our very soul and allow others and God into our hearts.

Jeon Ji-Hyeon

My Sassy Girl

Matteo Ricci

Matteo Ricci

Saturday, August 20, 2005

On Hope and Service

My head is saturated with questions like "What is real?" and "Does what we know corresponds to the reality out there?" because of my philosophy class in epistemology. Tonight, we are having a recollection and these questions came into my being again. I'm spending my whole evening praying and cried because of the consolations received. But the question came into me about what is truly real. Is it real that I'm feeling closer to God through prayer or is it real that there are poverty, hatred and division out there. Everday, we hear acts of terrrorism all over the world. Every minute, there are people dying in Africa because of famine. Every second, there are people being raped and murdered. Even in our own country, we hear how the poor becoming poorer and the rich, richer and our government officials, EHEM! are contributing in degradating our democracy . These are all real.
But what also real is that people, just outside Ateneo, agreed to break the barrier and reach out to one another. The wall in Marytown has fallen. Love, peace and hope are also real. God's love for us is even more real. They are all indeed truly real. Yes, darkness exist but light makes its existence felt even more when there is darkness. God, in a quiet and gentle way is telling me two things: that is to hope in Him and not only to hope but to share that hope to others. We can serve even in undramatic and unheralded ways by hoping and sharing that hope and smile to people. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Matteo Ricci: On Tantum Quantum

Matteo Ricci: On Tantum Quatum

It was said that Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit Missionary in China year 1583, was one of the few jesuits who gained favor from the Emperor. Ricci's success was due to his deep prayerful life that allowed him to adapt Chinese way of life and introduced science, especially astronomy, in the middle kingdom. The Encyclopedia Britannica reports, "Probably no European name of past centuries is so well known in China as that of Li-ma-teu (Ricci Matteo). Matteo Ricci exemplified the ideal of TANTUM QUATUM. That is the ability to adapt to new situation where God is calling him to do and at the same time ready to get rid of it, if it does not serve the higher purpose-that is to love God.
One author defines it well, "in so far as" they help you reach the destiny for which God made you and, logically, avoid them, get rid of them, sacrifice them, escape them in so far as they hinder you in your pursuit of your heavenly goal.."

Dearest God, I beg for the grace of having your heart and to see the world the way you see it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Errol and I were busy organizing communities for the fisherfolk in Polilio Island during our summer apostolate. The entry point of ISO to every community is the MFARMC or Municipal Fishery and Aquatic Resources Management. It’s a two day orientation seminar for the leaders of the municipality about coastal management and law. The first day of the seminar devoted on how and why we should take care of our environment. With this, the community has to be informed about the different marine and coastal laws and the municipal police has the responsibility to reinforce that law. When people ask on why do we have to follow that law and order from the municipality, the community organizers always have this so called ready made answer, “may batas tayo dahil ito ang sagisag ng ating pagmamahal sa isa’t isa.”

Now, how will I connect this to my main point?

BEHOLD MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN , MY BELOVED... THE NATIONS WILL HOPE IN HIM. These words of the prophet Isaiah are cited by St. Matthew just after he records the decision of the Pharisees to put Jesus to death because he repeatedly violated the Sabbath rest. The Evangelist does not explain why he chooses this context in which to present the Lord as God's chosen servant, and set him up as the hope of the nations. Certainly there is a large irony in the fact that just as his enemies decide to do away with him as disobedient to God's law of the Sabbath, he is proclaimed by the inspired writer as the beloved, chosen Servant of the Lord. The same prophet, known as the Second Isaiah, in another passage gave his characterization of God's dealings people.

My thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways, declares the Lord. . As the heaven are high above the earth, my ways are above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.

The implication of Matthew's text is that if the interpreters of the law were guided by the Spirit of God they would understand that the purpose of the law is love of God and of neighbor. IT IS LOVE I DESIRE, NOT SACRIFICE, said the prophet Hosea, and it was in the service of love that Jesus violated the traditional way of keeping the Sabbath. The religious leaders had erected the law into a system that was absolutized and abstract all too often in its application (may natutunan pala ako kay Tonet Angeles). The result was, as St. Paul observed, that the law enslaved those who followed it. But its intended function is to prepare people worthy of God through the restoration of human dignity; rather than fetter its subjects it should rather enhance life and show the way that leads to freedom. Freedom that lead us to the end in which we are created.

May the Eucharist we offer this morning obtain for each of us that increase of trust and love we require to devote our best energies to this high purpose all the days of our life.

discretas caritas

Discretas Caritas (Discerning Love)

I couldn't imagine my self giving without expecting something in return when I was still a child. Everthing is conditional for me then. An experience still vivid in my mind when I was in Grade 6 teaching my classmates how to operate the computer using DOS and Wordstar, in return, they had to pay me reasonable amount of money for the time spared. This morning I met an old friend who is now working here in Manila. This friend, reminded me to give without counting the cost. You see, his is just earning enough for him to have something to eat for three times a day but still, he can afford to help someone go to school by supporting a scholarship program in Zamboanga. A rare occassion to meet someone with magnanimity of heart. It has been said that people today know the price of everything but the value of nothing. Some people who are having a great time would be sorrowful if they knew what lay ahead. If only they took eternity into account, they would recognize true values in life..

We must learn how to see things with discerning heart. To discern is to gain the ability to see the permanent from the temporal. That is to be always aware of God's movement in our lives.


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