The Share Vol. 22 No.1 June 2003

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The Share Vol. 22 No.1 June 2003
Reminiscing our Independence Day…
Endangered Species
FOUNDATION DAY
THE GREATEST FEAR OF MAN
THE KIND OF MUSIC…THAT BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN
MY PRAYER
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INDEPENDENCE DAY

Flags! Flags are everywhere! This is spirit of freedom. Philippines flags are on every corner of the streets, government establishments, schools, cars and jeepneys. In commemorating our Independence Day, we put up this symbol of Filipino’s dignity, unity, bravery, and patriotism. This is the day of celebrating that the Filipino is worth dying for. This is the day to remember that thousands of lives have been for this day of reward – independence from a colonial power.

It was the day of the sun rising at dawn, the prisoners unchained, and the doves flying in the sky. Yet, we have the obligations, tasks, responsibilities, and duties to continue what our heroes’ struggled for in their lifetime, effort and talents and even their lives. We are thankful for our heroes and heroines who showed us the meaning of being free. Liberty! Liberty!

Reminiscing our Independence Day…

Reminiscing the past gives people a great joy especially when one remembers the hardships to attain the most awaited freedom from the colonizer. It is the way of giving respect to the inhabitants of the Philippines: heroes, Katipuneros, reformists, and the men and women who offered their life for peace and freedom. Indeed, the colonizers brought and shared with us their culture. This culture, which was new to them, gives additional knowledge, image, lifestyle, and fashion. And even now, we still inherited this culture form the colonizers.

The past is not just a time; it forms part of our collective knowledge where we can find answers for the present and future. Because, the past is related to future: understanding and knowing it is a big advantage to beginners like our country. The past tells us what may be done and what the right decisions could be. It helps us to anticipate the effects and consequences of what could happen. The past is part of future, so what has happened in the past should be related to the future. The past will serve as a guide in the journey of everyone. That’s how the past is significant to the present.

Endangered Species

Have we ever wondered what the greatest fear in our life could be? All of us have many kinds of fear inside our heart and in our mind. One common fear that we have is the fear that is created in our mind or imagination; we think of something very negative that creates fear in us. Even though we know that there this certain thing that runs in our mind is not true, it sticks in our mind as true. Because of this, we create a vision that is not true, yet our mind makes it true. Hence, sometimes we see some things that don’t exist but only our mind creates. An example is the ghost we see in some films like “Ghost”, this image of a ghost remains in our mind. So our fear of ghosts has been created even though it doesn’t exist; the image of the ghost still remains in our mind creating fear wherever we go.          &n bsp;

Such fears are created by our imagination which can play tricks in our minds. When the fear generated by the imagination becomes extreme, then it can create a psychological imbalance that changes real situations. Yet as the Bible tell us, faith can conquer our fear, even of death. A scientist cannot even answer who created us, only our religion provides the answer. But what if God didn’t exist? What if there is no life after death? Or if there is, what guarantee do we have when we go to heaven?

Death is the greatest fear that exists in us. It is not an illusion of creation of our imagination for we know that there is really death. Beyond the reality of dying, we don’t know what will happen to us or where we will be after death. Death is just the beginning. The best way to conquer our fear of death is to face it. If we know how to live we know how to die. While we are still alive we should think of dying because it can destruct our lives and the happiness that should be in us.

FOUNDATION DAY

The anniversary of the founding the Claretian Congregation is one of the holidays in Claretian calendar. Activities having been programmed, this year’s celebration started with a mass and ended with games. Before the celebration, the community was busy in preparing the mass, presentations, programs, invitations and other details.

The Claretian Missionaries celebrated its 154th Foundation day last July 16 and commemorated Fr. Claret together with his co-founders, Frs. Clotet, Xifre, Fabregas, Vilaro, and Sala who began the Congregation of Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This celebration also known as Happy Fathers’ Day, since the founders were priests. Aside from the celebrating the anniversary, the theologians renewed their vows. Temporarily, professed Claretians renew their vows and commit themselves for one year to the congregation and mission. These theologians made temporal and perpetual professions at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish church in U.P. Village. Two of the brothers professed themselves forever; these two were Bro. Eduardo Ricarborda and Bro. Ian Alabanza. The others in Theology House Community renewed their vows for another year.

After the profession, there was a party – a luncheon and program , at Claret School of Quezon City. The Claretian seminarians, postulants, theologians, sisters and priests received their gifts from Claret School teachers and students. Moreover, there was a sports fest: basketball, football, and volleyball. At the end of the day, all were tired but certainly everyone enjoyed the Foundation Day!

THE GREATEST FEAR OF MAN

Have we ever wondered what the greatest fear in our life could be? All of us have many kinds of fear inside our heart and in our mind. One common fear that we have is the fear that is created in our mind or imagination; we think of something very negative that creates fear in us. Even though we know that there this certain thing that runs in our mind is not true, it sticks in our mind as true. Because of this, we create a vision that is not true, yet our mind makes it true. Hence, sometimes we see some things that don’t exist but only our mind creates. An example is the ghost we see in some films like “Ghost”, this image of a ghost remains in our mind. So our fear of ghosts has been created even though it doesn’t exist; the image of the ghost still remains in our mind creating fear wherever we go.

Such fears are created by our imagination which can play tricks in our minds. When the fear generated by the imagination becomes extreme, then it can create a psychological imbalance that changes real situations. Yet as the Bible tell us, faith can conquer our fear, even of death. A scientist cannot even answer who created us, only our religion provides the answer. But what if God didn’t exist? What if there is no life after death? Or if there is, what guarantee do we have when we go to heaven?

Death is the greatest fear that exists in us. It is not an illusion of creation of our imagination for we know that there is really death. Beyond the reality of dying, we don’t know what will happen to us or where we will be after death. Death is just the beginning. The best way to conquer our fear of death is to face it. If we know how to live we know how to die. While we are still alive we should think of dying because it can destruct our lives and the happiness that should be in us.

THE KIND OF MUSIC…THAT BRINGS THE HOUSE DOWN

by Lufwaffe_41

Have you ever turned the radio on? Heard the latest single of Rob Thomas’ band? Or Chad Krueger’s? Or Brandon Boyles’? Been able to watch Britney’s music videos, J-lo’s mouth-watering wardrobes? Serenade with Ashanti, Norah, and Kyla, or even the F4? Missed the lyrics of EM’s and Nelly’s rap? Or of my latest album fave rapped us by Andrew E? NO? Really? Why give a damn? I like what I’m listening to right now.

Part of the seminary life is to sing songs and praise. Whether you’re out of tune or not, it doesn’t matter at all; what matters is one should sing intimately – and I’m getting into it. Singing songs especially Marian songs get my vocal chords working.

Instead of “Hold me now, I’m six feet from…” lines, I often sing unintentionally lines like “If there’s one more gift, I ask of you Lord; it would be peace here on earth…” it’s not only pleasing to the ears to sing but the lyrics are very emotionally touching so that it soothes me within. As an inspirational song, I guess the thing is it helps me when I’m out of order.

Our maestra, Ms. Charo, is superb; she’s not moody during the time of we don’t get the song. She plays the organ very well that all we can say is magnificio.

The “Boyband” of Claret sounds nice. I feel I’m in a respectable choir, soloist, everything. I like the album of the Claretian songs especially that one that goes “we may come to love what He loves and put into practice what He taught us. Amen…”

So, why miss the pop-rock- R&B-rap-soul-jazz songs that we hear nowadays? Why look for them? What we have right now is a bunch of songs that not only pleases us but also soothes our soul. Songs that strike our hearts not because of the distinct sounds and music but because of the words. And, songs that don’t make it to the billboard or any music countdown but become, and forever will hit , the “air- waves” of our salvation. Hit it!

MY PRAYER

by Vj 21
&nb sp;      Everyday is a new day! That is what I always hear from my brothers. In addition for that, for me, everyday is a brand new prayer. Everything I do is my prayer; form the time a wake up in bed until I go back for a rest is my prayer.

That is what I realized and learned for myself in the seminary. When I woke late especially in the morning, my first prayer has already failed. Meditations and attending in the mass is what I call my very common and noticeable prayer. Taking breakfast, lunch, and supper and even snacks are part of my prayer too. But if I fail to share food with my companions I also fail in my prayer. Failure in cleaning everyday, both my body and surroundings, shows that my prayer is dirty. When I fall asleep in class, it means that my prayer is dead. Sport is my prayer. But if I forget patience and sportsmanship, I also forget my patience in prayer. If I hurt others, I also hurt God through prayers. If I have no enthusiasm for my study during that day, I also lack enthusiasm in prayer. Then, the most important, is that when I hardly can sleep at night because of some circumstances, it is the sign that I have no prayer in life.

It means that everything I do depends on my prayer. I could know my vocation through my prayer. Everything is my prayer. Everyday is my brand new form of prayer!

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