The Missionary Dominican Sisters in Basilan, Philippines Through the Years

The Missionary Dominican Sisters in Basilan, Philippines Through the Years

Dominican Sisters are no strangers to the province of Basilan and its people. They have been a presence in this island province long before my time. Their legacy echoes through the stories of my cousins, aunties, neighbors, and friends. My cousins often reminisce about Sister Roy, Sister Jeng, Sister Pely, and many others. They are known for their compassion and understanding, qualities frequently highlighted in the stories shared. My own

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TIKTOKERS’ CHALLENGE

TIKTOKERS’ CHALLENGE

River/Coastal Clean and Earth Daty 2024. For two occasions: children, youth, parents and stakeholders took part in the world celebration of Earth Day and the advocacy as inspired and have taught us by no less than the Holy Father himself in his encyclical Laudato Si.  Also, the thematic issues have consciously joined in the reforestation and preservation of our watersheds which are sources in the area where we draw water

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IN THE END IS ONLY LOVE

IN THE END IS ONLY LOVE

Some people say “the deepest desire of a human being is to love and to be loved.” These words hold profound truth and I would like to agree with this statement. We are created out of love. It is because of love, we are born through our parents. Hence, we experience God’s love through our parents. We further learn about what love is through establishing a relationship with others. We all

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TO COMFORT, TO MOURN

TO COMFORT, TO MOURN

In every human experience of rejoicing, excitement, hope, fear, despair, pain, loss, etc., there is always a space of silence where one may or may not be conscious of. I call this space a “You, me time” with God. Sometimes, we may falter this. Very recently, I had a series of needed visits to sick kin, dear friends, and clients whereby I attended 8 funerals in two months! My heart

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AND THEN… THE NOVITIATE BEGAN!

AND THEN… THE NOVITIATE BEGAN!

It says in the book of Ecclesiastes “Everything has its season, and everything has its time under the sun” and I can affirm that in recent years I have been able to experience how this word of the Lord has been making sense in the events of my life, but above all in my vocational history. Time has flown, there is no doubt about it. I began my postulancy on

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FOLLOWING THE ROAD TO EMMAUS…

FOLLOWING THE ROAD TO EMMAUS…

Our country is currently going through a very difficult, complex and problematic situation; we live in a hybrid society with drops of democracy and torrents of dictatorship, which generate various types of violence such as political, social, economic, criminal and even family violence, the increase of unemployment and poverty, the permanent loss of values and the growth of corruption at all levels, phenomena that have been affecting the physical and

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INTERRUPT THE NARRATIVE OF THE POWERFUL…

INTERRUPT THE NARRATIVE OF THE POWERFUL…

Chapter nº2  Do I remain silent in the face of what is unjust? What steps can I take to break the silence? “Now interrupting the narrative of the powerful, fighting for justice can be lonely, exhausting work, but nothing compared to what the Palestinian people are going through. Telling uncomfortable truths may cause them to lose their livelihood, lose friends, you may lose your family.… Jesus interrupted the narrative of

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INTERRUPTING THE NARRATIVE OF THE POWERFUL…charter Nº 1

INTERRUPTING THE NARRATIVE OF THE POWERFUL…charter Nº 1

Actress Susan Sarandon at a recent demonstration against the genocide suffered by the Palestinian people, expressed a beautiful and challenging message for all of us who believe in life, in the right of all peoples to live in peace, in self-determination. “Our enemy is hatred, our enemy is racism, our enemy is colonization and greed…. Jesus had experience of living under the domination of the Roman Empire, of suffering oppression

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Spending time doing good…

Spending time doing good…

Our life are instantsStarry in the seaAt times intense, at others peaceful,when we feel our hearts burningand other times, darkness embraces us.Encounters and goodbyes.We weave the daily lifewith the threads of our fragile and sacred humanity.We walk with our own and others’ wounds,we mend, we begin again.Again and again you resurrect our hope.Like you, Lord, we want toto pass with meaning, doing goodLeaving the trace of your tenderness,your gaze, your

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MAKING LOVE GROW…

MAKING LOVE GROW…

It seems like yesterday when the Provincial Team in 2012 asked me to come to Ecuador and work in the Social Project “Dreaming for Change”.  I accepted with joy this new experience: although I did not know exactly what it consisted of. I arrived in Quito on December 31 of the same year accompanied by Sister Maria del Carmen Sagardoy, and already at the airport Fr. Sereno Cozza was waiting

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