Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Our Guardian Angels

Collect: "O God who in Thine ineffable Providence has deigned to send Thy holy Angels to keep watch over us: grant us thy suppliant people, that we may always be defended by their protection and may rejoice in their fellowship forever. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity..."

October 1 Celebrates the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels.

I cannot let this day pass without posting in the blog because I have a special love for my Guardian Angel. On many occasions I have sought his assistance even on temporal matters. For example while driving my car I often encounter problem with the engine and often I call on my guardian angel to help me fix it and he does the fixing for me many times.

God, Almighty is so good having redeemed us by the Blood of His Son, He has sent us His angels to keep watch over us and preserve us to eternal life. Amen.

St. Michael at the main sanctuary of the Church dedicated to his name in Caramoan, Philippines

The statue of St. Michael seen here defeating Satan.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Holy Father Visits the Czech Republic

Europe: The Heart of Christianity

"Europe is more than a continent. It is a home! And freedom finds its deepest meaning in a spiritual homeland. With full respect for the distinction between the political realm and that of religion - which indeed preserves the freedom of citizens to express religious belief and live accordingly - I wish to underline the irreplaceable role of Christianity for the formation of the conscience of each generation and the promotion of a basic ethical consensus that serves every person who calls this continent, "home"! In this spirit, I acknowledge the voice of those who today, across this country and continent, seek to apply their faith respectfully yet decisively in the public arena, in the expectation that social norms and policies be informed by the desire to live by the truth that sets every man and woman free (cf. Caritas in Veritate, 9)." [Papal Address to Civil and Political Leaders in Prague, quote from page]

On the Infant of Prague

"In the Holy Infant of Prague we contemplate the beauty of childhood and the fondness that Jesus Christ has always shown for little ones, as we read in the Gospel (cf.Mk 10:13-16). Yet how many children are neither loved, nor welcomed nor respected! How many of them suffer violence and every kind of exploitation by the unscrupulous! May children always be accorded the respect and attention that are due to them: they are the future and the hope of humanity!" []

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pray, Hope and Don't Worry

Padre Pio (Photo from wikipedia)

Francesco Forgione took the name of Pio when he entered the Capuchin Order. He took the name Pio in honor of St. Pope Pius V, the patron saint of his hometown. Now celebrated as a Saint in the Catholic Church. In his last breath he uttered the word "Maria".

Friday, September 18, 2009

Viva la Virgen

This week end the Archdiocese of Caceres in Naga City, Camarines Sur, the Philippines celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia. Our Lady of Penafrancia is the Patroness of the church in Bicolandia. For more information please visit their website, the link is found on the side bar of this page.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Holy Cross

As we remember St. Helena's devotion to the Holy Cross may we be moved to live up to the call of the Cross so that someday we shall share in the resurrection of our Lord.

The National Palace Museum

I am still here in Taipei, and we did visit yesterday one of the most impressive museum in Asia that I have been into. The vast collection and how well maintained are these is indeed impressive. This is a window to the ancient culture of China and the Asia.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

An Impressive Monument

I have never updated this blog for sometime due to the many cares that I have. But right now I am on travel and I am in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. I would like to share with you some of the pictures that impressed me most. I took this pictures while rain was pouring over the square - the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. This monument complex is dedicated to perpetuate the memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek who ruled Taiwan 27 years after he moved the ROC on Taiwan during the revolution. Though unsuccessful in his effort to regain the mainland from the hands of his "communist" rivals, he and his party was successful in bringing prosperity to the people of Taiwan and making the Su Yat Sen's three principles of the people as his guiding light.

The upper portion of the monument containing the more than life bronze statue of
Chiang Kai Shek.

On Sundays the corridors of the National Theater becomes the venue of dancers and those studying martial arts and various dances.

The welcome arc

The National Theater