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Sunday, November 30, 2008
vietnam sneak peak :)

i went to cu chi tunnels in vietnam today. after going here, i felt it was really interesting to go back to history and learn more about it...

anyway, cu chi tunnels are tunnels built by the cu chi guerillas during the resistance war with US. cu chi guerillas, brought about by hate for the americans (because they saw their parents and relatives killed at a very young age) made traps, tunnels, etc in this area and it was a real clever military tactics!

entered a 20m tunnel... and i'm telling you, it was so claustrophobic!!! it was even adjusted already so it can fit westerners! but it was still so small! and before... there were even no lights inside this tunnel. it was really amazing...

here's a snapshot on the entrance...



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Saturday, November 15, 2008
CATHOLICS CANNOT SUPPORT THE RH BILL

CATHOLICS CANNOT SUPPORT THE RH BILL
IN GOOD CONSCIENCE


A response to the position paper Catholics Can Support the RH Bill in Good Conscience


To the community of the Ateneo de Manila University:

We, alumni of our alma mater, wish to respond to the position paper authored by 14 members of our faculty. We laud our professors for a wide-ranging presentation on the Philippine social situation, most especially the undesirable effects of an unmanaged population growth to women, the poor and our young people. We commend their dedication to the integral human development of the Filipino people in these troubling times. However, with respect and fraternal charity towards them, we respond that Catholics cannot support the RH Bill in good conscience.

The question of which method Catholics can and should use in the regulation of birth has been resolved in the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (quoted as HV)of Pope Paul VI. “…the Church teaches that married people may then take advantage of the natural cycles immanent in the reproductive system and engage in marital intercourse only during those times that are infertile, thus controlling birth in a way which does not in the least offend the moral principles” (HV 16).

Several questions—and indeed objections—arise from this teaching. We ask, “Is this teaching of the Holy Father definitive?” While the fact remains that Pope Paul VI did not issue the above-mentioned encyclical ex cathedra, it is also a fact that the Pope and the bishops are “authentic teachers, that is, teachers endowed with the authority of Christ” (Lumen Gentium 25). “The ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops in communion with him teaches the faithful the truth to believe, the charity to practice, the beatitude to hope for” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2034).

We therefore distinguish between a solemn magisterium of the Church and an ordinary anduniversal magisterium (cf. Code of Canon Law 750). Catholics are exhorted to believe those things which are “proposed as divinely revealed either (italics ours) by the solemn magisteriumof the Church, or by its ordinary and universal magisterium” (ibid.). “All are therefore bound to shun any contrary doctrines” (ibid.). Since Humanae Vitae is an exercise of the ordinary teaching faculty of the Holy Father, we can rely on it to be a truthful and faithful interpretation of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

A second question arises, “How did Pope Paul VI arrive at such a pronouncement?” An extensive commentary on the encyclical is beyond the scope of this letter, but it will suffice for the moment to say that the Holy Father considered two points: the social situation of his time (and indeed of ours) and an authentic interpretation of the moral law. Very early in the encyclical, Pope Paul VI recognizes that “the changes that have taken place are of considerable importance” (HV 2). He comments on the rapid increase in population and the incommensurate increase in resources, and therefore the difficulty of raising a large family.

However, he is quick to clarify that while the Church encourages parents to be responsible in planning their families, responsible parenthood “concerns the objective moral order which was established by God and of which a right conscience (italics ours) is the true interpreter” (HV 10). Neither the Church nor the Pope can invent the truth about the sanctity of human life and the divine gift that is the sexual faculty. They can only articulate and clarify it, but never create it. In our effort to be a Church for the Poor and to look at reality from the poor’s perspective, we remember that it is only Jesus who is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6) and we look to the Church and the Pope, to whom the keys were given, for guidance and counsel.

A third objection surfaces, “What of the primacy of conscience?” The position paper of the professors states, “Catholic social teachings similarly recognize the primacy of the well-formed conscience over wooden compliance to directives from political and religious authorities” (page 13). While it is true that our conscience always bids us to follow its voice, “in the depths of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose upon himself, but which holds him in obedience” (Gaudium et Spes 16).

Following one’s conscience is therefore not a matter of what one “feels” or “thinks” to be right or wrong. Rather, conscience must stand as a “witness to the authority of truth (italics ours) in reference to the supreme Good to which the human person is drawn” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 177). The Catechism quotes John Henry Cardinal Newman who says, “[Conscience] is a messenger of him, who, both in nature and in grace, speaks to us behind a veil, and teaches and rules us by his representatives” (ibid. 1778). The task of conscience is therefore not to invent truth, but to discern what is true by listening to the voice of Jesus echoed by and through the Church.

It is important to understand that this argument does not lead to a “wooden compliance to directives.” Our faith, in St. Anselm’s words, is a faith that seeks understanding, fides quaerens intellectum. Catholics therefore do not blindly obey teachings just because they come from the Church. Rather, their faith bids them to seek to understand the mind, heart and spirit of the Church and make them his own.

In the Gospel of St. John, when the Lord told the crowd, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (6:51), some of his disciples said, “This is a hard saying; who can accept it?” (6:60). “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him” (6:66). GK Chesterton poetically articulated this attitude when he said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

We are similarly faced with a “hard saying”—a faithful and true saying, but hard nevertheless. The Church is not blind to the plight of women, the poor and our young people, but as Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales recently affirmed, this issue is not simply a matter of demographics, economics or sociology. “It’s an ethical issue… It’s a moral issue.” The Church cannot alter the truth about the sanctity of life and the sexual faculty to provide a ready answer to our social dilemma. Catholics whose consciences are good and well formed, and are docile to the honest but firm voice of the Church are bound by conscience not to support the RH Bill. Rather, faced with strong opposition from every side, they turn to our Lord together with St. Peter and exclaim, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!” (John 6:68).



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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
稻香 Dao Xiang Fragrant Rice

really loving this song... :)



Dao Xiang Info


Dao Xiang
Gē Qū: Dao Xiang
歌 曲: 稻香
Lyric: Fragrant Rice
Gē Shǒu: Zhou Jie Lun
歌 手: 周杰伦
Artist: Jay Chou
Zhuān Ji: Mo Jie Zuo
专 辑: 魔杰座
Album: Capricorn
Language: Mandarin

Lyric

dui zhe ge shi jie ru guo ni you tai duo de bao yuan

对 这 个 世 界 如 果 你 有 太 多 的 抱 怨

If you have too many complain in this world


die dao le jiu bu gan ji xu wang qian zou

跌 倒 了 就 不 敢 继 续 往 前 走

Once fall down, you won't have a courage to move forward


wei shen me ren yao zhe me de cui ruo duo luo

为 什 么 人 要 这 么 的 脆 弱 堕 落

Why does human so fragile


qing ni da kai dian shi kan kan

请 你 打 开 电 视 看 看

Please switch on the TV and watch


duo shao ren wei sheng ming zai nu li yong gan de zou xia qu

多 少 人 为 生 命 在 努 力 勇 敢 的 走 下 去

How many people try hard and brave to move forward just because of living�


wo men shi bu shi gai zhi zu

我 们 是 不 是 该 知 足

Shouldn't we feel enough


zhen xi yi qie jiu suan mei you yong you

珍 惜 一 切 就 算 没 有 拥 有

Treasure what you have now, even you have nothing you actually own everything�



huan ji de ni shuo jia shi wei yi de cheng bao

还 记 得 你 说 家 是 唯 一 的 城 堡

Remember back then you said home is the only castle


sui zhu dao xiang he liu ji xu ben pao

随 著 稻 香 河 流 继 续 奔 跑

Fragrance rice, as the river continue flowing


wei wei xiao xiao shi hou de meng wo zhi dao

微 微 笑 小 时 候 的 梦 我 知 道

Slightly smile, dream of childhood, I know


bu yao ku rang ying huo chong dai zhu ni tao pao

不 要 哭 让 萤 火 虫 带 著 你 逃 跑

Don't cry, let firefly bring you running.


xiang jian de ge yao yong yuan de yi kao

乡 间 的 歌 谣 永 远 的 依 靠

Forever rely on village folk song


hui jia ba hui dao zui chu de mei hao

回 家 吧 回 到 最 初 的 美 好

Go home, back to the beginning of beauty



bu yao zhe me rong yi jiu xiang fang qi

不 要 这 么 容 易 就 想 放 弃

Don't give up so fast


jiu xiang wo shuo de

就 像 我 说 的

Like what I said


zhui bu dao de meng xiang huan ge meng bu jiu de le

追 不 到 的 梦 想 换 个 梦 不 就 得 了

The dream you can't achieve, just exchange it, you got it


wei zi ji de ren sheng xian yan shang se

为 自 己 的 人 生 鲜 艳 上 色

Let you life coloured brightly.


xian ba ai tu shang xi huan de yan se

先 把 爱 涂 上 喜 欢 的 颜 色

First, let paint the love with favourite colour


xiao yi ge ba gong cheng ming jiu bu shi mu di

笑 一 个 吧 功 成 名 就 不 是 目 的

Smile, become famous not the purpose


rang zi ji kuai le kuai le zhe cai jiao zuo yi yi

让 自 己 快 乐 快 乐 这 才 叫 做 意 义

Let yourself happy, is more meaningful


tong nian de zhi fei ji

童 年 的 纸 飞 机

Childhood paper plane


xian zai zhong yu fei hui wo shou li

现 在 终 于 飞 回 我 手 里

Finally, now fly back to my hand


suo wei de na kuai le

所 谓 的 那 快 乐

So called happiness


chi jiao zai tian li zhui qing ting zhui dao lei le

赤 脚 在 田 里 追 蜻 蜓 追 到 累 了

Barefoot on (rice)field, catch dragonfly until tired


tou zhai shui guo bei mi feng gei ding dao pa le

偷 摘 水 果 被 蜜 蜂 给 叮 到 怕 了

Pluck fruit, scared being sting by bee


shei zai tou xiao ne

谁 在 偷 笑 呢

Who, laughing, woollen cloth


wo kao zhu dao cao ren chui zhu feng chang zhu ge shui zhu le

我 靠 著 稻 草 人 吹 著 风 唱 著 歌 睡 著 了

I lean against the scarecrow/straw man, blow by the wind, singing and then

sleep


Oh! Oh! wu hou ji ta zai chong ming zhong geng qing cui

哦 哦 午 后 吉 它 在 虫 鸣 中 更 清 脆

Oh! Oh! Afternoon guitar accompany by insect singing make it more melodious�


Oh! Oh! yang guang sa zai lu shang jiu bu pa xin sui

哦 哦 阳 光 洒 在 路 上 就 不 怕 心 碎

Oh! Oh! Sunlight shine on the road, don't worry heart will broken


zhen xi yi qie jiu suan mei you yong you

珍 惜 一 切 就 算 没 有 拥 有

Treasure what you have now, even you have nothing you actually own everything



huan ji de ni shuo jia shi wei yi de cheng bao

还 记 得 你 说 家 是 唯 一 的 城 堡

Remember back then you said home is the only castle


sui zhu dao xiang he liu ji xu ben pao

随 著 稻 香 河 流 继 续 奔 跑

Fragrance rice, as the river continue flowing


wei wei xiao xiao shi hou de meng wo zhi dao

微 微 笑 小 时 候 的 梦 我 知 道

Slightly smile, dream of childhood, I know


bu yao ku rang ying huo chong dai zhu ni tao pao

不 要 哭 让 萤 火 虫 带 著 你 逃 跑

Don't cry, let firefly bring you running.


xiang jian de ge yao yong yuan de yi kao

乡 间 的 歌 谣 永 远 的 依 靠

Forever rely on village folk song


hui jia ba hui dao zui chu de mei hao

回 家 吧 回 到 最 初 的 美 好

Go home, back to the beginning of beauty


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Sunday, November 09, 2008
Today's Reflection from Kerygma

A CATHEDRAL FOR THE POPE, THE HUMAN HEART FOR GOD

Jesus’ image in today’s Gospel is a world away from the story book caricature of Jesus “meek and mild.” Today, Jesus is angry at the crass display of irreverence right at the very house of God. The temple, a place of worship, has become a marketplace; it has become a den of thieves. Jesus’ commands: “Take all these out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace.”

Jesus is angry because God’s house is desecrated. The mundane concern for profit at the expense of sacred worship is a sacrilege against Him who is worshipped. If we were in Jesus’ shoes, wouldn’t we be angry, too?

Are we bothered when we go to Mass not properly dressed and yet go to parties in the latest fashion? Are we slow to see anything wrong when we gossip during the Holy Eucharist and yet quick to teach others to make a double genuflection when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed? Is it sinful for us to pray in church and yet cheat in our places of work? Do we recognize the horror of supporting the Church with wealth illegally or immorally amassed? May Jesus cleanse God’s holy temple. We are the temples of God’s Spirit, and Jesus’ anger is fanned into fire each time we show irreverence to ourselves and commit injustice against one another. If we were in His shoes, we cannot be less angry.

When we indulge ourselves in vices that kill the body and condemn the soul, do we feel guilty? When we are indifferent to the sufferings of others, do we feel contrite? When we tolerate a culture of sin and death but claim ourselves as Christians, do we recognize our need for conversion?

When we say that we love God and yet hate our neighbors, do we realize the fundamental lie on which our lives are based? May Jesus cleanse us, God’s holy temple.

As we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, may we be reminded that we ourselves are God’s temple—precious and holy. Fr.Bobby Titco

Reflection Question:
I am God’s favorite dwelling place.

O God living in me, make me holy by Your indwelling. As I carry You in my heart wherever I go, let me give You to whoever I meet. The more I give You to others, the more I have You. The more I keep You, the less I have You. Amen.

St. Benignus, bishop, pray for us.


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Thursday, November 06, 2008
i'm off to china

just came back from Taiwan... and now heading off to china!

posting the pics soon... but for the meantime, i'm loving Jay Chou's song "稻香". posting the music soon. :)

稻香 - 周杰伦
词:周杰伦 曲:周杰伦

对这个世界如果你有太多的抱怨
跌倒了就不敢继续往前走
为什麽人要这麽的脆弱 堕落
请你打开电视看看
多少人为生命在努力勇敢的走下去
我们是不是该知足
珍惜一切 就算没有拥有
还记得你说家是唯一的城堡
随着稻香河流继续奔跑
微微笑 小时候的梦我知道
不要哭让萤火虫带着你逃跑
乡间的歌谣永远的依靠
回家吧 回到最初的美好

不要这麽容易就想放弃 就像我说的
追不到的梦想 换个梦不就得了
为自己的人生鲜艳上色 先把爱涂上喜欢的颜色
笑一个吧 功成名就不是目的
让自己快乐快乐这才叫做意义
童年的纸飞机 现在终於飞回我手里
所谓的那快乐 赤脚在田里追蜻蜓追到累了
偷摘水果被蜜蜂给叮到怕了 谁在偷笑呢
我靠着稻草人吹着风唱着歌睡着了
哦 哦 午后吉它在虫鸣中更清脆
哦 哦 阳光洒在路上就不怕心碎
珍惜一切 就算没有拥有

还记得你说家是唯一的城堡
随着稻香河流继续奔跑
微微笑 小时候的梦我知道
不要哭让萤火虫带着你逃跑
乡间的歌谣永远的依靠
回家吧 回到最初的美好
还记得你说家是唯一的城堡
随着稻香河流继续奔跑
微微笑 小时候的梦我知道
不要哭让萤火虫带着你逃跑
乡间的歌谣永远的依靠
回家吧 回到最初的美好
所谓的那快乐 赤脚在田里追蜻蜓追到累了
偷摘水果被蜜蜂给叮到怕了 谁在偷笑呢
我靠着稻草人吹着风唱着歌睡着了
哦 哦 午后吉它在虫鸣中更清脆
哦 哦 阳光洒在路上就不怕心碎
珍惜一切 就算没有拥有
还记得你说家是唯一的城堡
随着稻香河流继续奔跑
微微笑 小时候的梦我知道
不要哭让萤火虫带着你逃跑
乡间的歌谣永远的依靠
回家吧 回到最初的美好
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