GREATER LOVE: THE RITCHIE FERNANDO SJ STORY.
A Gospel Reflection on the 4th Sunday of Easter , April 29, 2012.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Bago ko simulan ang ating pagninilay ng ebanghelyo para sa araw na ito ng 4th Sunday of Easter, April 29, 2012 ay nais ko munang ibahagi sa inyo ang isang maikling video presentation tungkol sa buhay ni Richie Fernando SJ, isang Seminaristang Heswita na naging misyonero doon sa Cambodia at nag-alay ng kanyang buhay para iligtas ang kanyang estudyante mula sa kapahamakan.
Tunay na naging inspirasyon ang buhay ni Richie para sa ating lahat. Inialay niya ang kanyang buhay para sa kaligtasan ng maraming kabataan.
Ang Buhay ni Richie ay maihahalintulad natin sa Ebanghelyo (John 10:11-18) ngayon, si Hesus ay nag-alay ng buhay para sa kanyang mga tupa. Ang imahen ng mabuting pastol na ating nakikita ngayon dito sa ebanghelyo ay si Hesus na nakapako sa Krus. Ito ang misyon ng Panginoon na TAYO AY SAGIPIN SA KASALANAN SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PAG-AALAY NG KANYANG BUHAY SA KRUS.
HINDI BIRO ANG PAGLILINGKOD NA GINAWA NI HESUS PARA SA ATIN,
PINAGLINGKURAN NIYA TAYO NA MAY KASAMANG PAGTITIIS AT PAGHIHIRAP HANGGANG SA IALAY ANG KANYANG BUHAY SA KRUS!!!!!
KAPAG TAYO AY NAGLILINGKOD, ISIPIN NATIN ANG KAPAKANAN NG ATING KAPWA!
HINDI NIYA INISIP ANG KANYANG SARILI!
SAPAGKAT PINAIRAL NIYA ANG KANYANG PUSO!
PUSO ANG UMIIRAL SA ATIN KUNG BAKIT TAYO NAGLILINGKOD!
NAGLILINGKOD TAYO AY HINDI PARA MAGPASIKAT SA IBANG TAO!
NAGLILINGKOD TAYO AY HINDI PARA PURIHIN TAYO NG IBANG TAO!
NAGLILINGKOD TAYO AY SAPAGKAT MAHAL NATIN ANG DIYOS AT MAHAL TAYO NG DIYOS!
KAYA TAYO TUMUGON SA TAWAG NG DIYOS AY SAPAGKAT MAHAL NATIN SIYA AT GUSTO NATING SUMUNOD SA KANYANG MGA YAPAK.
Sa buhay natin ay maraming beses rin tayong namatay sa paglilingkod. May ilang mga misyonero doon sa Mindanao at sa iba pang bansa ang namatay at nagbuwis ng buhay alang-alang sa paglilingkod sa diyos.
MADALAS TAYO RIN AY NASASAKTAN NG KAPWA NATING LINGKOD AT MISMONG KASAMAHAN NATIN SA KOMUNIDAD!!!!!
MAY MGA KAPAMILYA AT KAIBIGAN TAYONG HINDI NANINIWALA SA ATING KAKAYAHAN!!!!!!!
MAY ILAN DIN MGA SULIRANIN ANG DUMATING SA ATING BUHAY!
Sa paglilingkod natin ay hindi natin maiiwasan ang mga ito, ito ay bahagi ng ating paglilingkod.
Ito ang hamon sa atin,
PAANO NATIN MALALAMPASAN ANG MGA PAGSUBOK NA IYAN?
Sa mga pagsubok na iyan ay diyan pinatitibay ang ating pananampalataya at ang ating misyon na maglingkod.
PUSO PA RIN ANG UMIIRAL DITO KUNG BAKIT PATULOY NA LUMALAPIT ANG DIYOS SA ATIN.
Sana tayo rin ay magkaroon ng PUSONG MAGLINGKOD AT MAGMISYON.
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!