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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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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

AtSCA Retreat 2005

We invite you to make "sacred space" in your lives...

Ignatian Prayer Suggestion 1

Read Luke 24:13-35.

You are one of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus on Easter afternoon.
Close your eyes after reading the Scripture passage and try to relive the whole scene from beginning to end.
Draw some spiritual fruit from the experience.
For example, invite Jesus to stay with you:
"The day is nearly over. The night is at hand. Stay with us!"

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Some men receive a special calling from God. They are not interested in doing the work of a priest, but they love God and want to serve the people.

A JESUIT BROTHER is a man called by God to do the apostolic and missionary work of the Church. He shares with the priest “one and the same vocation” as a Jesuit. As a Jesuit, he commits himself totally to God by taking the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Friday, September 23, 2005


Can I disconnect my self from paradigm?

One silent evening I met Gadamer in the hallway and I asked him this question because I was confused about what was going on in our country. Could it be that all my knowledge about the political crisis were just my own personal convictions? He looked straight into my eyes and uttered these words and left: How many times do I have to say this that knowledge is justified true belief. I was left dumbfounded and made me think on my own. It is true that what we know we take it as our own and it represents what is out there but we must rigorously search for the truth, for what is really there. Yes, we always see things base from our own perspective. We are bound by our world, condition and historicity. Gadamer called this prejudice. But prejudice can be enabling and at the same time disabling. Hope that I should not stop desiring to look for the truth given my own finitude and situatedness, in so doing, l will enable my self and others to go beyond, to transcend and see the vastness of the horizon.

Ad Moirem Dei Gloriam+

Monday, September 19, 2005

The Heart of Cognition

Those Children Are Starving

It is said that human has capacity, though not absolute, for comprehending the nature of reality . As Vincent Potter mentioned that the start of all cognitive knowledge is the sensory experience-these are evidences in support of the sense as the sources of human knowledge which is experiential in nature. This is turn will be processed through concepts and perceptions, then with the given preposition and evidences, one is ready to proceed to the last stage which is judgment.

An example of this process is my experience of encountering two children on brink of starvation when I passed by the overpass near Miriam College and the urban poor area of Marytown. Down the overpass, the heat waves danced, and dry dust rose in clouds from the dirt roads near the filthy area. Below the overpass stairs are two children, with shabby and ragged clothing and dirty faces. As I look intently to these two children, I saw the older looking child begging for alms while the younger looking child was laying on the floor seemingly lifeless. They both look hungry to the point of starvation. They look skinny, pale and malnourish. Skinny probably because starved individuals lose substantial fat and muscle mass as the body turns to these tissues for energy. The skin pale and dry appearance attenuates this emaciation. A one slice of bread for the two won’t satisfy their hunger. They reminded me of a picture in the television about those children in Africa who are suffering from starvation and famine. Then an old woman passed by their side and offered her piece of bread. The older child grabbed the bread hurriedly and in deep humility said thank you to the older woman. He broke the bread and shared it to his little companion and they both swallowed it rapidly. When I passed closer to these children, I heard the younger looking child saying to the older looking child, “paano pala si bunso sa bahay, hindi pa yun nakakain simula kagabi.” The clock struck five in the afternoon and the sun was setting in the west.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

birthday, etc

it's good to end my 29th birthday with a recollection. i gathered all graces received and brought everything to God. this year is a special one because i spent it with my atsca family. i'm thankful that God gave me a chance to be in this world and serve Him. Deo Gratias!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I'm through with my Philosophy of Science oral exam but was very tough and hard. I'd almost cried after the exam because I couldn't get why Hempel critique the auxiliary hypothesis of McMullin.

But there's one thing that I agree with Hempel that there's no absolute truth even in empirial science. Time to rest now for tomorrow another work is waiting...God give me strength

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

i don't know why i don't appreciate the beauty of philosophy of science. my classmates seem so engrossed with this subject but in my case, i usually fall dead asleep in class, in a way, that gives me chance to snore more often than to think about the importance of hypothesis and validation in modern science. tomorrow, i'll be having my second oral exam with fr. green, i'm praying that angel gabriel will appear before me and offer good news. hope its good news.

Monday, September 05, 2005

I'm too saturated by what is happening in our country due to the political crises arising everywhere. The impeachment issue against Arroyo keeps me anxious on what will be the future of our beloved country. So it's time to shift to another aspect of life which is not that critically important but will surely help in relieving stress: basketball. But the unexpected came that gave me more stress. I was so affected when Ateneo bowed down to UST in the UAAP second round of season 68. I was so shocked and sad that brought me in affirming my own existence. It made me realized that I'm alive. I feel something and that I'm affected by what is happening around me even though it came from a little and uncritical aspect of my life: basketball.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Being in the World

It's funny Mr. Husserl that you somehow solved the wound which Descartes created with his subjective consciousness but actually still ended up talking about consciousness in the end. Your consciousness is still the cogito, transcedent cogito but still the cogito. But it's good that you lifted philosophy to another ground with your intentional consciousness. That I do agree with you Mr. Husserl, that our consciousness is always CONSCIOUS OF SOMETHING.

I can't wait to read something that will solve the wound and reconcile the subject and the object.


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