Wow, we have a new Archbishop of Cebu! Cardinal Vidal has retired, and the Vatican has appointed Archbishop Palma of Palo. He started out as a priest in Jaro, then went on to be Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu. Became Bishop of Calbayog, and then Archbishop of Palo. And now, Archbishop (and I am sure eventually a Cardinal) of Cebu. (Info from here)
According to CBCP News, he is a human rights advocate! So should we expect strong statements from him? I believe so.
I actually met him earlier in the year when I went to Biliran for YouthPinoy. We landed in Palo, and had breakfast with him. He was engaging and happy to spend time with us. What a good future for the faithful of the Philippines.
God bless you!
I wonder… Cardinal Rosales is also retiring. Who will be assigned to Manila?
We had our Send-Off Mass at the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church in Marikina this morning. Fr. Kune was the celebrant. He had us sit in front of all the pews on 2 chairs. It was like we were getting married again. Aida and Sabine were with us in front while Yaya Jocelyn and Yaya Dianne were in the back.
Praise God Aida and Sabine were behaved all throughout the Mass. Aida even humming during the Mass songs. We were part of the offertory as well. All 4 of us. I thought it was cute having our whole family walk together. Too bad I couldn’t take a picture at the same time.
Fr. Kune gave me time to speak and thank the congregation for accommodating us and praying for us. It felt wonderful to be sent off by our Church and by people who want what is best for you. I felt humbled and privileged.
We had merienda after that, with the CBCP NSYA people, and some of the Ushers. Thank you everyone, we will make our country and our Church proud!
>(the blog in YouthPinoy didn’t show, so I am re-posting it here. The others are on www.cfckfl.org)
I am not Single. I got married in 2006, and now have 2 kids. So what was I doing at the World Singles Congress?
I was part of the singles ministry for almost ten years, and was even a coordinator of the singles ministry for a time, so it was an honor and privilege for me to come and serve at this years’ World Singles Congress. And, instead of coming alone, I brought my family along with me.
It is always good to expose our young children to a life serving God by serving others. Seeing that they can be surrounded by good influences and make choices that will help them in the future. Instead of always seeing the dark side of life. They can end up having friends who are also one with them in living their lives in the light, and being guided and supported by people who want what is best for them.
My wife, Des, and I were also given the chance to share in front of almost 1,000 people how we have seen the brokenness around us, and how we wanted something better for ourselves and our family. And we promised, in front of all those people, and more importantly in front of our children, that we will work harder and stronger for a future that is righteous and focused on God and what He wants for us.
It is Des’ birthday today! And I prepared a wonderful dinner date for her and myself at a great French restaurant that has spectacular food. But, as things go, she is sick with tonsillitis. So, no French food tonight. It would be too cruel for us to still go and just have her watch me eat all that food.
But these past two days have been good for our family as well. This is the first time Des has gotten sick ever since we got married (maybe even ever since we got together). I, on the other hand, get really sick at least once a year. So this is my turn to take care of her and the family. I took off from work for the past two days, just to make sure I am around. Overkill? Maybe, but this is what happens when you know your priorities on life: Family, being one major priority of mine.
I also had some time to read up on what is going on lately in politics. It goes without saying that if I want a better future for my family, then I better help in making sure whoever gets elected will help that future come to pass.
I got sad reading about the DoH distributing condoms the day before Valentine’s Day. Not to promote promiscuity, according to them. That, to me, is absurd. It is like giving away drugs and saying you aren’t promoting addiction. Someone in that office is insane. YouthPinoy, one of the groups I am a part of, came up with this statement which I wholeheartedly support.
The answer really isn’t distributing condoms. It is educating parents. And having these parents teach their children about sex. With values they see in the home. Is that possible? of course it is! It can be done in each home, starting with mine. And, expectedly enough, the Presidentiables chimed in on the condom distribution – with only de los Reyes speaking out against the condoms, and all the rest (except Villar and Erap who weren’t quoted) saying something about the distribution, but not speaking out against condoms. At least we know where they stand [and an aside, I just have to get it off my chest... why is Noynoy only saying NOW that he is going to distribute Luisita? Why didn't he do it before? And why will it take 5 years? Maybe that's why his campaign is falling apart].
I am going to do my best to practice what I preach. By having a good family, based on good moral principles. I will teach my children about sex in a way that makes them understand that it is not for pleasure alone, but to glorify God. And I will show them that morals aren’t passe in society today, and they can see a pleasing, upright and loving relationship within the home, starting with Des and myself.
Again, happy birthday Des! Babe, I love you and you are the best thing that happened to me. You make me a better husband, and you make us better parents to our wonderful girls. Let’s keep struggling and striving to make this a better place for all of us, starting with our growing family.
It’s January 2, and we had a meeting for YouthPinoy already (don’t forget! Come to the launch on January 16, Saturday, at UST! P50 entrance. 1 to 9 PM). It was at the Old Makati City Hall, at the Press Office. Now I know that this year will bring me to new, interesting places. What an interesting place, adorned with pictures and information about Jejomar Binay. What’s up with that guy, he started as a human rights lawyer, but according to so much news and talks about him, he is only interested in himself.
Tomorrow, I have a meeting for the CFC FFL Young Ministries. And then on Monday, my first meeting as a member of the Body of Counselors. It really will be an interesting year this year
Then the whole week we have the Pro-Life Training. And on the weekend, the CFC FFL Community Conference and the Pro-Life Conference. And then the Missionary Conference next week, the CFC FFL Weekend Conference after that, and the Clergy Conference. Phew. And then we get into the Young Ministries’ Individual Conferences.
My brain better get started booted up!
2010, here we are!
>Last Friday I woke up early at 3:30AM to catch a 5:00AM flight to Tacloban. I have only been to Eastern Visayas 5 times before (twice for conferences in Ormoc, once for a wedding in Ormoc where I was a ninong, once for a regional meeting in Agta and once to check out a site devastated by landslides). So this trip was going to be something new for me. We got to Tacloban in time for breakfast and got to break bread with the Archbishop of Palo, Archbishop Palma, at his home with his priests! What a privilege. We don’t really get opportunities like that here in Manila, since the Bishops here are so busy all the time. There is some appeal to having a life in the province.
After breakfast, and the usual picture taking, we were taken on a tour of the province! Here is a picture of the Cathedral, and a beautiful wood carving I saw hanging on the wall
After a day of moving around Leyte, we ended up in Biliran for the meeting proper. More on those later
I am appreciative for the opportunity to have come along with the Regional Representatives of CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth. Even if the original intent was to present http://www.YouthPinoy.com, it became a fun-filled, friendship-forming, faith-enriching and fellowship-full-of-food experience over 3 days. I am excited for the 25th Anniversary of ECY in 2011, and this is only after hearing of initial plans! I am blessed to be serving the Church!