Friday, February 25, 2011

Cambio de sentido

Aunque vengo de un país tropical, me encanta la nieve y el frío. Pero a partir de hoy esa encanto ya será parte del pasado. No digo más. Os dejo este foto que tenía que poner ayer en la capilla porque estábamos orando por distintos realidades en nuestro alrededor pero al final no la puse y puse otra foto sobre gente que no tienen casas. Si alguna vez has experimentado el frío de la nieve o la temperatura por la noche del invierno y ves o conoces gente como ellos por la calle, me comprenderás de lo que quiero decirte.



Monday, February 21, 2011

UP's Position Paper on the Reproductive Health Bill

I have received this position paper today in my email and I would like to share it with you so that you might have a broader perspective on this social issue and not just in the perspective of religion:



POSITION PAPER ON THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL

As faculty members, students and alumni of the University of the Philippines, we state here the bases of our objection to the consolidated Reproductive Health bill that is pending in Congress.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

¿Quién dicen los hombres que soy yo?

Quiero compartir con vosotros un pequeño parte de lo que vimos en la clase sobre la identidad de Jesús el Nazareno, un judío marginal del siglo I que provocó y provoca cambio en la historia de la humanidad hasta el día de hoy.

Si alguien te pregunta, o por ejemplo un amigo tuyo te pregunta quien soy yo, ¿en que manera lo vas a hacer? Es difícil definir y decir sobre una persona ya que la definición de la palabra persona en si misma varia en muchos casos. Pero una manera de decir o hablar sobre la identidad de una persona es de manera implícita o indirecta. Podemos descubrir la identidad de Jesús a partir de sus relaciones - primero con Dios, con los hombres de su tiempo, y con las estructuras de la sociedad de aquel tiempo, y yo añade que también se puede identificarle a partir de la relación contigo.

RELACIÓN CON DIOS. Jesús llama a Dios como ABBÁ, como padre. Así que indica una relación filial. Y ese hijo o a través de esa relación, veíamos el rostro del Dios. En el antiguo testamento Dios hablaba y relacionaba con el pueblo pero nadie le veía ni le conocía por su rostro. Este Jesús que llama a Dios Padre, el hijo encarnado que es verdadero hombre como tú y yo y que es verdadero Dios, nos hace conocer a Dios como un Dios que tiene Palabra y un Tú con Rostro concreto. Jesús es el rostro concreto de este Dios ademas de que él es la Palabra o Logos. La Palabra hace y media históricamente la relación del yo y tú.

El rostro es una realidad única que se transforma inmediatamente en metáfora de la mismidad de cada ser humano. ¿Alguna vez has visto tu propio cara sin mirarlo en el espejo? Pues, somos mirados y reconocidos en el rostro de los otros. La mirada del prójimo es lo que nos hace existir. La mirada de Jesús a ti es lo que te hace existir. Pero nuestro mirada a Jesús no es lo que le hace o que hace Dios existir. Jesús es la parábola de Dios, quien contempla la totalidad de la vida de este judío marginal del siglo I está contemplando el rostro del Dios. Así que podemos decir que Jesús como hombre es un espejo de nuestro Dios y de nuestro existencia. 

RELACIÓN CON LOS HOMBRES. Como ya he dicho en algunas entradas de este blog, Jesús, cuando vivía en la tierra, vivió, relacionó con la gente de su tiempo - una cercanía al hombre concreto. Él comía con los pobres, con los pecadores, con los ricos, etc, etc. Y con esto, Jesús no nos desvela a Dios de los justos solo, sino al Dios que hace salir el sol sobre buenos y malos, sobre justos o injustos. Nos desvela que Dios es Dios de todos. Él nos desvela la incondicional amor del Padre. Dios no te ama porque hagas buenas obras ni te condena por tus malas obras. Dios ama gratuitamente al hombre por su condición de hijo y no por las frutas de sus buenas obras. Jesús es el Dios de la igualdad en la desigualdad. Jesús es el que libera el hombre. Pero aquí no me refiere a la libertad y liberación que conoces.  Es otra cosa que quiero compartir con vos algún día también en este blog.

RELACIÓN CON LA ESTRUCTURA DE LA SOCIEDAD. En algunos momentos quizás has escuchado sobre el evangelio de Juan sobre la ley y el templo y como estos se convierten en La Ley y El Templo. Os contaré también sobre esa tema cuando tengo tiempo. Las estructuras religiosas (ley, templo, ofrendas, etc.) como mediaciones irrenunciables del acercamiento del hombre a Dios ceden el puesto a la exclusiva mediación de una persona - JESÚS. Jesús es la Ley, él es el verdadero Templo de Dios, el es la Ofrenda. No es una sustitución de Dios. En Jesús con su ministerio de liberación, se subvierte el sistema religioso de mediación y Él queda en el centro con su reclama de vida para ti.

JESÚS NO ES MÁS, SINO QUE DICE, HACE Y REZA COMO EL ÚNICO, PALPABLE DIOS. ES EL SIGNO QUE YA ESTÁ PERO TODAVÍA NO. ES EL REINO DE DIOS EN SI MISMA QUE YA ESTÁ AQUÍ PRESENTE PERO TODAVÍA NO.

Espero que por lo menos esto te ha ayudado entender el evangelio de hoy. LÉELO AQUÍ. Lo siento si fuera el contrario. Agradecimiento al profesor que nos compartió algunas cosas que he puesto aquí sobre este tema y espero que el no me acusaría de herejía.

Y ahorra bien ¿quién dices que es el?

The People Ordered Pharaoh to Go...

There are many ways to oust a leader from office as there are many ways to seat and gain power. One of them is resignation and then happens a new election or a new designation. Example of these are those prime ministers or presidents from Japan, Korea, Somalia, etc, who personally resigned, in one point of the history of mankind, upon finding themselves unworthy to continue governing the country, without being forced by the people to leave their office.

Then another way to topple down a head of the government is through assassination, murder, plot, war or a military coup. And then another is by staging a people's power or revolt in a violent or peaceful manner.

So far I have witnessed and even participated in one of the three historical people's power in the Philippines that ousted two great presidents. The first of them is the EDSA Revolution of the 25th of February 1986 that ousted the almost twenty-year ruling-dictator Ferdinand Marcos from his presidential office and gave way to the assuming of office of first woman president of the country, the mother of  Philippine democracy, Corazon Aquino. I was then a little kid at that time and I enjoyed watching the choppers passing by our house on their way to Manila. That revolution inspired the Chinese people who tried to stage the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989 that ended up in the terrible Tiananmen Massacre that we know. The second one, is the EDSA II of January 2001 that ousted the president of the people, Pres. Erap Estrada. And lastly, the EDSA III which did not succeed to overthrow the second woman president of the country. (EDSA FOTOS) The original EDSA revolution  remains unique of the rest of the recent and past revolutions in the world because blood and life were never sacrificed during the protests.  

Most recently, we have witnessed the people's revolt in Tunisia in January that toppled Ben Ali. And just few days ago we heard and saw Egypt's cry and triumph ousting president Mubarak from his office leaving the country to the hands of the Egyptian military. "Pharaoh had let his people go" or  perhaps it is better to say  "the people ordered Pharaoh to go..."

Unfortunately, all of the aforementioned ways to topple a state leader were not the main motive which led me to write this blog entry. It was neither for the 25th year anniversary of EDSA nor for the developing revolt in Yemen. What pushed me to write this, and that which I could not believe is this news and video that I read today in Yahoo while taking a short break from the rigorous final paper I am working on that is due this weekend:


For just one lie of a man, the world witnessed the fall of Saddam Hussein and the devastating brutal war in Iraq was written in history. Que chulo! Compared to thousands and thousands of people who marched on the streets in order to topple a head of state, this one only spoke a few words and boom!

Setting aside the comparison, that for me dwarfs the rest of the ways to topple a leader, I wonder how my activists friends would react to this news. And I wonder how you feel for those who had been affected by this war, for the lives that had been lost since the war started whether they were civilians or militia men, whether they were locals or foreign. I am happy for those who got freed and felt freedom but on the other hand I am sad for those who will forever bear the fright and consequences of this experience.

I wonder how you look at the way leaders decides and tries to save the world and for the reason they do it for. A lot of political questions surfaces in my mind right now and it seems that some of the political terms that our professor gave as hand outs in socio-political ethics are all wrongly defined and all are but plain construction of words. Well anyway, good that this entry could be related to the paper I am working on in the book of Ester. I thought I had a break, but rather I encountered resonance of the paper on a present day context.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lupa

El otro día encontré un anuncio de una charla sobre la vida financiera y de los comerciantes en mi correo electrónico. Y me llamó la atención por lo que dice en el cartel.

Así dice: "la manera que una persona maneja su dinero, sea de gran cantidad o de poco, revela si él es amable o codiciosos, honesto o deshonesto, leal o desleal, generoso o tacaño."

El tío lleva razón. Es verdad que el dinero te cambia la vida social y te mejora la situación de status quo. Pero en realidad esa no te trae nada nuevo bajo el sol. El dinero en sí misma, no te hace amable o codicioso, honesto o deshonesto, leal o desleal. Tampoco te hace feliz o infeliz, generoso o tacaño. Solo te dejas por lo menos cambiar físicamente la forma de tu cara. El dinero no te cambia la actitud. El dinero es sólo una lupa que simplemente amplía lo que ya existe y te revela tu verdadera carácter o la falta de ella.

Friday, February 11, 2011

11th of February

11th of February is a very memorable day...

... Because the whole world is celebrating the World Day of the Sick.

... Because the Church celebrates the feast of the Our Lady of  Lourdes, a sign of hope and miracle for those who are sick...

... Because the present renewed constitutions of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as Claretians, was approved by the Holy See in 1982.

... Because seven years ago, a young lady whom I admired for twelve long years, told me those precious words "I LOVE YOU".

But some years after that, she had to tell me again "I LOVE YOU" but this time so that I could be able to live and be able to protect this constitutions that had been approved on the 11th of February in 1982;

So that I may be able to attend to the sick, the needy, the poor, the marginalized, those who are losing hope. And she kept back to her heart all the pain so that others may have life and that God's will may be done just like what Mary did. 

Thank you and my love shall remain forever with you too! And when all is done, your name shall also be remembered and known throughout the world forever for that I LOVE YOU that you have well said and well done.



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Anyway

This morning, during breakfast, when our superior started to distribute the mails that arrived from the post office, I jestly asked him "where's mine?" I haven't been receiving any postal mail for the past three years since the time I arrived here in Spain except that of my brother postulant last year. So he gave me a letter addressed to the community coming from the Human Kindness Foundation in Durham, NC. And I guess I have to share it with you co'z I believe it's worth sharing:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  
FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  
BE KIND ANYWAY.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  
SUCEED ANYWAY.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  
BE HONEST AND SINCERE ANYWAY.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  
CREATE ANYWAY.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  
BE HAPPY ANYWAY.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. 
GIVE YOUR BEST ANYWAY.
IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IT IS BETWEEN YOU AND GOD.
IT WAS NEVER BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.

It says at the back of the card that the poem is entitled Anyway and Mother Teresa had a version of it posted on her wall in Calcuta. Jesus was certainly treated as described in the poem, and yet, He loved us all anyway. Hard as it is - especially in prisons, but really everywhere - we need to do the same.

I hope this could also serve as an inspiration for you today. It served as mine.
God Bless and have a nice day!

I'll leave you with this video from Martina McBride entitled ANYWAY



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Be a Consumer or An Agricultor

(LEER EN ESPAÑOL) 
For almost all of us, we love to eat prepared food than to prepare them ourselves then eat. Since I have started with food in the last entry to this blog, i'll continue with it. I promise that this could be the last for this month about food...although i might change my mind later and add another one... not unless someone would file already a statement of reclamation for doing so.

Let's try to look at the anatomy of a fruit and take an apple as an example. What are the parts of an apple? Basically, in its exterior we find the epicarp or the skin, and in the middle, the mesocarp, the flesh of the apple that you usually eat. Then we have the endocarp or the core that covers the seeds. Then we find the seeds at the center of the fruit. Well, sometimes we find apples that comes with stem and a leaf specially when picked right from your garden.

We usually throw away the last three parts aforementioned since we don't eat them. Well, not unless you have lost your mind. All that we eat is the flesh and sometimes without removing its skin. But guess why in almost all of the fruits, the seed is at the center of all. Why do we find them there and seems like it's protected? Because it is the most important part of the fruit. God gives us seeds and not fruits as Bo said. And every time that God gives us fruit, that is because he is giving us the fruit that is within. The fruit serves as the bonus part. Now i do not mean that you eat also the seed together with the flesh of an apple. The seed is meant to be for another reason.

What we want in life is that everything should come already packed-up and ready to take. We often ignore the process of planting and harvesting. We want to have a brilliant, successful, perfect life in an instant. But sorry, God does not always give us fruit, he always give us seeds so that we can plant it and have fruits whenever we want to. I hope this could serve as an eyeopener for those who can not move on in life.

So what are you waiting for? If you are stranded right now, stop waiting for the fruit. Plant and you'll get your harvest in time!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ser consumista o agricultor

(READ THIS IN ENGLISH)
A casi todos nosotros nos gusta comer la comida que ya está preparada que preparar la. Ya que empecé este mes con el tema de la comida en la ultimo entrada de este blog, sigo entonces con ella. Os prometo que va a ser la ultima... de momento, hasta que nadie ponga una reclamación.

Vamos a la anatomía de la fruta. ¿Cuáles son las partes de una manzana? Básicamente en el exterior el epicarpio o la piel, en la intermedia el mesocarpio, que es la capa frecuentemente carnosa, jugosa y es lo que te comes. Y luego ya es el endocarpio que recubre directamente la semilla. La semilla la encontramos en el centro o en el medio de casi todos las frutas. Bueno a veces las manzanas vienen con vástago y a veces con hojas si fueron recogidos directamente del árbol.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Si quieres ganar el corazón de hombre, dale de comer"

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Una chica me dijo una vez que una de su manera de ganar el corazón de sus hombres es darles de comer. No me extrañó si en aquellos días de ligar aquí y ligar por allá había algunas que usaban esa truco.

Los alimentos unen y atan no solamente los barrigas sino también los corazones y pensamientos. Es parte de nuestra cultura celebrar fiestas, banquetes en cumpleaños, en las bodas hasta incluso en los entierros o en otras palabras: desde la infancia hasta el viaje del hombre hacia el Infinito. Aparte del intercambio de palabras y experiencias durante el ágape, la comida preparada se convierte en uno de los factores centrales y vinculantes del encuentro. La mayoría de las actividades de noviazgo, además del sexo y beso, también se hacen a través de cenas, picnic, palomitas, etc. Las reuniones son acompañadas de té, café o trozos de chocolate y maní. Y tú puedes agregar más ejemplos sobre ello. Algunas de las mejores conversaciones, momentos, encuentros han sido durante unas comidas según dicen ellos.