Why I blog.
I share these thoughts hoping someone like you might find them helpful.
Welcome to my blog.
The Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ, wrote the following poem. It speaks about the ontological significance of natural, individual and human activity — the truth about Christ being me, and I being Christ. That the world is indeed charged with the grandeur of God.
Whatever I post here are my take on Hopkin’s insight about recognising “Christ in ten thousand places and the features in people’s faces.”
As Kingfishers Catch Fire
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices; Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces; Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is — Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
- *Selves: v. “fulfills its own individuality”
- **justices: v. “acts in a godly manner, lives fully energized by grace, justness, sanctity” (RV Shoder SJ)
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Take a minute for a practical take on faith life. Published weekly, these are scripts from the daily morning show, Kape’t Pandasal, on ABSCBN.
“Christ in ten thousand places.”
Faith in Focus
Features some short stories meant to teach values to children as well as my videos of them. This drop down menu will lead you to some personal comments on religious practices, liturgy and music.
Accompanying young people in their personal journeys has always been a burning passion. These articles are my personal experiences in engaging them in social media, encouraging them to care for creation, appreciating spirituality, and walking with young migrants and refugees.
On Food, Travel and Photography
In order to give local entrepreneurs a fighting chance over multinationals, I review local food and hole-in-the-wall eateries in places I am sent to.
Discover Feature Articles
My mission has allowed me to travel to places and flavors worth writing about. Indeed, “Christ in ten thousand places.”
The “features in people’s faces.”
Just about anything on a particular day to show the enduring value and beauty of ordinary human happiness as I find it in passing moments.
Thoughts do not represent a larger entity such as the Church, the Jesuits, or the school I am currently missioned.
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“People who are not living on the edge are taking too much space.”