Saturday, September 2, 2017

O God, You Search Me

In one of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the conference of SFC last weekend, there was this communion song that I found beautiful. Written by Bernadette Farrell, here is the lyrics of “O God, You Search Me”:

O God, you search me and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down, you are before me,
Ever the maker and keeper of my days.

You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
And with love everlasting you besiege me:
In ev'ry moment of life or death, you are.

Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
you have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future too.

Although your Spirit is upon me,
Still I search for shelter from your light.
There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:
Even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

For you created me and shaped me,
Gave me life within my mother's womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
Safe in your hands, all creation is made new.

O God, you search me and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down, you are before me,
Ever the maker and keeper of my days.

What an affirming lyrics in a life were there is so much unknown. Put in our heart O Lord, trust and confidence in you, knowing that you know fully well. Amen.

by aats 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What Is It That You Really Desire?

When we find our true purpose, life becomes beautiful. It is therefore important to know ourselves better if we are to know our purpose. I am reminded by the conversation of Jesus and the blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52), Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus knew he was blind, and the first thing he would have thought was that Bartimaeus would have loved to see again. But Jesus goes beyond physical needs; he looks at the heart. “What is your hearts desire?” When we know ourselves, we will know what we really desire and then we find purpose in life.

Most of the time, when confronted with this question, we actually don’t know. So it is important that we befriend ourselves, look intently and then gaze towards Jesus and say with confidence like Bartimaus, “I want to see!”

What is it that you really desire? 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hanapbuhay

The Filipino word for work or job is “hanapbuhay”. It comes from two words, “Hanap” which means,  “To seek or look” and “Buhay” which means “Life”. “Hanapbuhay” then literally means to seek for life. Work is not just for personal gain nor for personal pursuit of dreams or desires, it is a means for living not just for self but the immediate family. On the other hand, we generally look at work as part of our being.

For Filipinos, when we look for work it means we are looking for life. We find life in our work! This probably explains why Filipinos are very patient and industrious in there jobs. They usually go beyond what is required and does not even think of overtime pay.

We also look at our co-workers as part of our life and not just colleagues. This probably explains why we consider our officemates as family. We go beyond the work and even help in their personal and family life.


There is beauty in this kind of culture in a way that it treats work not as a dichotomy to life but part of it.

by aats

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Good Thing About Mission


The good thing about mission is it heals us from selfishness. It makes us look beyond ourselves and in so doing heals a lot from a lot of illness. Why? Because when we think too much of ourselves, we “micro think” and when we micro think, we think of unnecessary things that causes so much stress and then illness.

“Why am treated this way? Why they did that to me? I deserve better than that!” Then our imagination goes wild and makes assumptions. We ended up sleepless and then outside signs of sickness follows.

There are so many great things beyond ourselves and mission allows us to see those things. Then we return to ourselves enriched and expanded; heart and mind opened.

Mission allows us to discover our capacity for greatness.

by aats 

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Great Spirit Prayer

I was talking to a brother on the phone and we were just sharing at how amazing God answers our prayers. Then I remember this prayer that I am going to share with you. A very beautiful prayer that speaks so much about reverence of God, seeing Him in the beauty of nature and actually receiving answers from the ways of His creation. It was attributed to Yellow Hawk, a Sioux Chief. It is called The Great Spirit Prayer. Here it is:

“Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to all the world. Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others. Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me. I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy - Myself. Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.”

If I may add a little more, let me pray: May we learn the ways of nature O God, because they are footprints of Your great plans for us. Amen.

by aats