Padre Pio

I just check on who watches me on Facebook and this was the result that I got. I almost fell on my chair.

My birthday is September 20 and this is a significant day in the life of Saint Padre Pio.

September 20, 1918, Padre Pio was praying in the choir loft in the Church of Our Lady of Grace, when the same Being who appeared to him on August 5, appeared again. It was the wounded Christ.

The Stigmata, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.

On September 20, 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity. Though Padre Pio would have preferred to suffer in secret, by early 1919, news about the stigmatic friar began to spread in the secular world. Padre Pio’s wounds were examined by many people, including physicians.

People who had started rebuilding their lives after World War I, began to see in Padre Pio a symbol of hope. Those close to him attest that he began to manifest several spiritual gifts, including the gifts of healing, bilocation, levitation, prophechy, miracles, extraordinary abstinence from both sleep and nourishment (one account states that Padre Agostino recorded one instance in which Padre Pio was able to subsist for at least 20 days at Verafeno on only the Eucharist without any other nourishment), the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues, the gift of conversions, and the fragrance from his wounds.

A friend told me that her brother was so sick that her mother wrote a letter to Padre Pio. Padre Pio wrote back to her mom with a letter of blessings.

I just could not imagine the volume of letter that they respond those day when internet was not yet discovered.

If there is something that influences me with the life of Padre Pio is going to confession.

From reading the story of the life of Padre Pio, it leads me of having courage to confess my sins.

I read about his miracles, collaborated with stories of people,

Another experience of Padre Pio is battle against satan, How he suffered from them.

Yes, There is Evil in this world and it powerful, it can possess people.

I personally saw people got possessed by the devil near our house in Sampaloc Street, San Antonio Village. Makati city way back in 1998.

Want to share a story after confession

In one Saturday before lent around 2017, I went to confession in St. Paul church in San Pablo and it amazes me to see families go to confession. There were about 50 mostly Hispanic because there are parents, siblings and children getting in line.

Here in St. Catherine Father Percy announce that he will have a confession for everyone. Father waited.

Next mass, Someone share to me that Father told everyone in his homily that only one went to confession.

I just smiled, so I am the only one blessed.

Hmmmm.

I am like many who run away and go to confession far from our parish so that father won’t know my sins.

It takes courage and humility.

I am only human, I also to feel ashamed to tell my sin to the priest, specially when I serve this church.

But then, there was a realization in my part.

More than anyone, I should be ashame with the Lord. He is watching me 24 hours a day.

Like the Hispanics way of life. Maybe we need to do the same, next time we go together as a family in confession so that each one of us will experience peace and happiness within. It’s a challenge because to bring our children to church is already something very difficult to do.

I learned that it seems like many believe that catholic just need to confess at least two times a year.

No it needs to be always. until you will be able to win against your repetitive sins. when we win in this battle against evil in our life we will be sanctified be purified.

Confession a good way to receive grace from our Lord.

When was the last time you went to confession. It’s about time. It’s hard but fulfilling.

Life is not just about helping and doing good.

We are all called to evangelized and be purified.

It should start from us. God is alive and he talks us in a lot of ways.

He keeps on knocking in our hearts, listen, God wants to talk to us.

God can literally talk in our hearts but it needs to be purified. It start in our hearts.

So if you want to have peace in your Heart, Confess.

Confess and receive blessings and grace

God bless

Our Lady of Lourdes

It’s sad that for the first time in history the Lourdes, a center of the Christian Pilgrimage beside Bethlehem and Rome was close for public visit on March 18, 2020 however Mass continues to be said daily.

I felt bad about what is happening in some of our churches where we cannot received The Holy Eucharist.

With this reality we should not focus on this lost but on the opportunity of knowing more of our faith as our Saint experiences before.

Their life most importantly their Spirituality.

When Lourdes close its door to the pilgrims let it be the time to listen to the call of Mother Mary.

Miracles from the Eucharist and our Lady shall spread if we believe and allow it to happen not anywhere but in our own home and in our hearts

It’s it what Mother has been asking us.

Pray the Rosary. In this time of the Spread of Corona virus let it be another Cross to defeat it.

The Cross of Jesus.

Let us not forget another Crown.

The Rosary. Both the Rosary and the Cross means Garland. Indeed it’s another crown that will defeat the evil of corona virus.

Let me share with you the things that we could do . know our Saint and experience their closeness to our Lord Jesus and Mother Mary

Be from God our refuge and strength. Amen

lawyer for the poor

Year 1999 Manila, Philippines passed the Anti Pilferage law.

This was to address the concern of the government to end illegal connection of electric which is prevalent that time.

It is a social reality that there are those living in shanties near the rail road, river banks and other private lots. Many of those structure I mentioned were mostly having electric powers illegally.  They put jumpers from electric post . 

Many of them have small appliances and electric lights connected illegally by people who collected money for their services. Electricity is a need,

This issue of electrification was there for a long time but solution is not there.

When this Law was passed,  people from Meralco send some survey per household for possible electrification.

After collecting all the data on electric consumption per household, they came back for a meeting as the gathered together suddenly police cooperative showed up and pick them up loading them in van and book them on the anti pilferage law.

Each family were charge base on the usage / consumption of electricity based on number of years and appliances they used. 

No much help is there since people are afraid they will be incriminated as well. This was a very hot issue. The men and the ladies,  young and old were send among the jail inmates in the city. They are not hardened criminals why are they not separated from the inmates.

They seek my helped and met with the Police Chief to get the whole picture of what needs to be done.

People was put in jail and was asked by the court to post bail which is paid by bond worth P3,000.00 for their temporary release.

It’s hard for those people working as tricycle drivers, carpenters, plumbers, fish vendors, housemates to get that kind of money.

Theres was some chaos, people don’t know what to do.

People was scared for another round up by the police, aggravated with financial problem.s

The Barangay council and the officers of the PNR community raised funds, donations to augment funds needed for the release of the families.

I could still recall one peace officer “Tanod” of the community asking for help, he is afraid of being assaulted up by inmates he send to jail. 

Children was affected about their parents in jail and getting sick.

The first hearing was heard in court with a legal representative from the Urban poor.

This lawyer was given a small payment from money collected in the area.

Each case is different, there was P30,000. and some P10,000 .

I went to some friends from the corporate office of Maralco.

The corporate secretary who was a partner on community program we have in Makati YMCA for out of school youth assisted us with their legal Department. 

They allowed us to settle all cases for P5,000.00 provided they will have a legal connection on the area. The case run for about a month.

On the final judgement of the court case was dismissed upon payment of P 5,000.

.The court allowed me to represent them as their attorney.

It was one of the happiest  moment of my life seeing joy in their eyes. Our sacrifices paid off, all of them cheering, shouting from the court corridors to the street.

Shout of freedom.  Thanking Jesus.

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2nd phase Program for electrification.  

Meet with people from Meralco and the city engineering office to discuss power meter installation.

Support from the City and Public officials was poured in to finish this program on time.

As a councilor of that village, we created an urban development committee to improved data collection and mapping for the area.

The houses got lighted, the children were able to study not with candles anymore.

A happy day for everyone,

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Presently the program for the poor continued and was so elated about it.

Thanks to the continued support by our parish.

Programs for the poor continued.

Thank be to God