A Gospel Reflection on the Feast of Sto Nino, Sunday, January 15, 2012.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Alam ninyo kapag may nagtatanong sa akin kung ano ang edad ko, kapag sinabi ko na ako ay 32 years old ay hindi sila makapaniwala sa akin, hindi sila naniniwala na ako ay 32 years old.
Kung titignan nila ang mukha at buong katawan ko, sa tingin nila ay hindi ako mukhang 32 years old, ang tingin nila sa akin AKO AY NASA EDAD NA LINE OF 20’s.
Sa madaling salita ayon sa paningin ng ibang tao ay HINDI AKO MUKHANG TUMATANDA AT HINDI PA RIN NAGBABAGO ANG HITSURA KO BATA PA RIN ANG HITSURA KO HANGGANG NGAYON.
Pero may nagbago sa katawan ko nung AKO AY NASA COMBAT ZONE PA AY MATABA AKO NOON AT MUKHA AKONG BABOY AT HIPOPOTAMUS pero ngayon nung ako ay nasa Santo Domingo Church na ay PUMAYAT AKO AT NAGMUKHA PA AKONG TAO NGAYON AT NAGING GUWAPO PA AKO NGAYON.
Hindi sa nagyayabang ako noh,
EH KUNG IKAW AY MARUNONG MAG-ALAGA NG IYONG MUKHA AT INAALAGAAN MO ANG IYONG KATAWAN AY HINDI KA MADALING TATANDA,
MANANATILI KANG BATA KUNG MARUNONG KANG MAG-ALAGA SA IYONG SARILI.
Eh ang ibang matatanda diyan, alam nila sa sarili nila na MATANDA NA SILA PERO AYAW NILANG TANGGAPIN SA SARILI NILA NA SILA AY MATANDA NA.
ANO ANG GINAGAWA NILA?
Nitong nakaraang Sabado, January 7, 2012 ako ay dumalo sa isang Christmas Party ng Parish Pastoral Council diyan sa Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish sa Sampaloc, Manila. Ang motiff ng kanilang Christmas Party doon ay Bagets 1960, 1970 and 1980. Yung mga matatandang miyembro ng iba’t-ibang organisasyon at mga naglilingkod doon sa parokya na iyon ay nagsuot ng DAMIT PANG-BAGETS. Kaya yung mga matatanda doon sa parokya na iyon lalo na si Sis Flor Salvador ay nagmukhang bata muli sa pananamit at sa ayos ng kanyang mukha. Halos lahat ng mga matatanda ay bumalik sa pagkabata nung sinuot nila ang pang-bagets na damit at binalikan nila ang panahon ng kanilang kabataan.
Sa buhay natin kapag tayo ay nalulungkot at nag-iisa ay binabalikan natin ang mga araw nung tayo ay bata pa, ang mga araw na masaya tayong naglalaro kasama ang mga kaibigan natin, ang mga araw na nanliligaw pa kayo sa dati ninyong boyfriend at girlfriend na ngayon ay ASAWA NINYO NA.
TAYO AY NAGBABALIK-TANAW SA ATING KABATAAN,
BINABALIKAN NATIN ANG MGA PANAHON NUNG TAYO AY BATA PA.
ITO AY MAKIKITA SA KALOOBAN NG TAO.
Sapagkat ang mga batang ito ay walang kamuwang-muwang,
TAKOT SILANG GUMAWA NG KASALANAN,
HINDI SILA MARUNONG MAGSINUNGALING,
MADALI SILANG SUMUNOD AT NAKIKITA SA KANILA ANG KABABAANG-LOOB,
HINDI SILA MARUNONG MAGALIT AT MADALI SILANG MAGPATAWAD SA MGA TAONG NAKAAWAY NILA.
ito ang DAPAT TULARAN NATIN SA MGA HALIMBAWANG IPINAKITA NG MGA BATA.
KAHIT NA TAYO AY MATANDA NA AY MAG-ASAL BATA PA RIN TAYO,
ANG ASAL-BATA DITO AY ANG KABABAANG-LOOB AT PAGSUNOD SA KALOOBAN NG DIYOS.
KAHIT MAGSUOT PA KAYO NG DAMIT PAMBATA,
KAHIT MAGPAKULAY PA KAYO NG BUHOK,
KAHIT GAWIN MO PANG MULTI-COLOR ANG IYONG BUHOK AT UBUSIN MO PA ANG MGA TINA SA BEAUTY PARLOR AT UBUSIN MO PA ANG LAHAT NG BEAUTY PRODUCTS SA DEPARTMENT STORE,
KUNG WALA NAMAN KAYONG KABABAANG-LOOB,
MAYABANG PA RIN KAYO AT MATAAS PA ANG ERE NINYO AY MUKHA PA RIN KAYONG MATANDA!
ANG PAGIGING BATA AY WALA SA PANLABAS NA KAANYUAN!
ANG PAGIGING BATA AY NASA PANLOOB NATIN,
YUNG KABABAANG-LOOB NATIN AT HINDI TAYO MAPAGTANIM NG GALIT SA ATING PUSO!
EH KUNG PURO GALIT ANG ITINATANIM MO SA IYONG PUSO AY MADALI KANG TATANDA!
KAHIT MAGPAKULAY KA PA NG BUHOK,
MAGPARETOKE KA PA NG IYONG MUKHA,
KAHIT KAPALAN MO PA ANG MAKE-UP SA IYONG MUKHA NA HALOS MAGMUKHA KA NG CLOWN O PAYASO,
KUNG PURO GALIT NAMAN ANG NASA PUSO MO ABA EH SINASAYANG MO LANG ANG PERA MO!
MUKHA KA PA RIN MATANDA!
DAHIL NAKABUSANGOT ANG MUKHA MO!
ANG ASAL BATA AY HINDI YUNG ISIP BATA,
KUNG TAYO AY NAGPAPAKABABA AT NAGPAPATAWAD SA ATING KAPWA AY MAGIGING MUKHANG BATA TAYO.
Ang PAGIGING BATA ay WALA SA PANLABAS NA KAANYUAN.
Ang PAGIGING BATA ay ang MALINIS NA KALOOBAN.
HABANG BUHAY TAYONG MAGIGING BATA KUNG MALINIS ANG ATING PAGKATAO AT TAYO AY SUMUSUNOD SA KALOOBAN NG DIYOS.
Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Who live by the example of St Dominic de Guzman, St Albert the Great, St Thomas Aquinas, St Vincent Ferrer, St Martin de Porres, St Peter de Verona, St Raymund of Penafort,St Vincent Liem dela Paz and the Companions of St Lorenzo Ruiz who died as martyrs.
Missionaries who evangelized Bataan, Pangasinan andCagayan. Religious Priests and Brothers who founded and work at the University of Sto Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, Laguna and Bataan, Aquinas University in Legazpi and the Angelicum College in Quezon City and Iloilo.
The only requirement is your willingness to try.
For details, please call Santo Domingo Convent at telephone number # 7126275 / 7437758 / 09156784728 or you may visit the Mother Church of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval – Santo Domingo Church and Convent, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
AM – 5:45*, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00 AM & 12:15 NN
PM – 6:00
* Rosary, Mass with Liturgy of the Hour
SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS:
AM – 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00*, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
PM – 4:00*, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00
* 8:00 am – Conventual Mass
* 4:00 pm – Parish Mass
MASS WITH BLESSING OF THE SICK AND DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD – every Tuesday right after 12:15 nn & 6:00 pm Mass.
WHO ARE THE LAY DOMINICANS?
The lay Dominicans or Secular Dominicans, as they are called today, (and who in the past have been known as Dominican Tertiaries, members of the Third Orders of St. Dominic, or members of the Order of Penance of St. Dominic) are ‘an Association of the faithful living in the world, who participate in the religious and apostolic life of the Order of Friars Preachers under the guidance of the Dominican Brethren and according to the Rule approved by the Holy See and thus strive for Christian Perfection.’ Although the word profession is often used, they do not take vows and, therefore, cannot be strictly called religious; yet, in a wide sense, they may be called religious living in the world. (R.Vahey, OP,Information)
‘Their vocation is superior to membership in a sodality or confraternity because it includes canonical status in a major religious Order and embraces a more universal objective’ (J.Rubba OP, Third Order of St. Dominic)
It is composed of Lay people, men and women, single and married, who live in and are a sign to the World.
(Excerpts from: Lay Dominicans Manual by:Eladio Neira, OP p29)
From the very beginning of the Order of Preachers, there are already groups of Lay people that participates in the apostolic works and associates themselves with the dominican friars. accordingly, “it has its origin in one of the twelfht century penitential movements which centered around St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers gathered around himself groups of Lay People for the spiritual and material defense of the Church and, ultimately for the participation in the Apostolate. (E.Neira, O.P.) “Thus, it is not surprising that the “history” of the Third Order does not begin in 1285, when the Master General Munio de Zamora officially promulgated its Rule, nor back to the early years of the 13th century, when St. Dominic lived and worked. The “history” of the Third Order goes back many decades before that. To understand what the Third Order is and whence it came, we have to look at the Church of the Middle Ages and the society in which it lived.” (Richard Weber)
it was known then to be the Order of Penitents of St. Dominic, Third Order of St. Dominic, and now as “Lay Dominican Fraternities”.
REQUISITE FOR ADMISSION:
The Dominican Lay Fraternity taps the vocation of men and women (Single or Married with the consent of spouse) to live a life of STUDY, PRAYER and APOSTOLIC WORK according to his / her own state of life.
1. Well disposed person
2. Practicing Catholic
3. Living a devout life and good refute
4. At least 18 years of age
5. Sincerely desirous of christian perfection
6. Can present a letter of recommendation from his/her parish priest
7. Must not belong to any other religious congregation or with another third order
8. Must be willing to attend meetings and study regularly
Any interested party may ask to be interviewed by any Lay Dominican of the Santo Domingo Fraternity. Regular council and Chapter meeting is held every First Sunday of the month from 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm at Santo Domingo Church – National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. For details, pls call Santo Domingo Convent at # 7126271 or text at # 09154855915
SPREAD THE WORD! BE A DOMINICAN LIVING IN THE WORLD!