I thank God for His endless graces which guide me until today. I am happy that I am in the “Canonical Year” of my novitiate, in which one important lesson I am learning is to “take the present seriously.”I am very happy that everything has been planned and organized well in the community. We have proper schedule during the day which guides me, practically like “what to do and whereRead More...Read more
It is easy to connect beads with wire, when one is making a chain for Rosary, but it is hard to connect oneself with what is within. Now a days, people are intelligent, very smart in recreating new things. They find easier to connect one thing with the other so to make them one. We often have experienced it from computers, such that when there is no internet connection, doRead More...Read more
When we celebrated calendar year 2020 on its first day of the year, positive energy fills our hearts for it is double 20, “a perfect sight”, an optometrist approves. It is indeed a positive nudge for a prosperous year, believing also that this, too, for a better perspective to live by. One school year counting starts by June to March, ten months complying the Education Department requirement of 195 to 200Read More...Read more
As the world and its habitants are so busy in coping with the challenges of this pandemic, it is still vivid in my mind of our community's article shared in “United in Hope” on how we in the community have experienced God's abiding presence during these days.It has been our daily prayers that our “rice granary” will not run out of stock, our “treasury bag” (purse to pay weekly wages),Read More...Read more
Who is my neighbor? The gospel of Mark 12:31 emphasizes the two New Commandments of Jesus: love God and love your neighbors as yourself. As a community of believers, we are bound to love our neighbors, learn from, care, and respect them. I consider the Novitiate as the first community life I have experienced. I am grateful to God and to my sisters in this community, for they have shown meRead More...Read more
“BOUND FOR MANILA? Oh! so SCARY...”Yes, the usual reply of people, the “new normal response” to those who travel to the capital city of the Philippines, due to the continuous spread of COVID 19. Here, we have had the longest Lockdown and just recently, Manila has returned to another 15 days Lockdown with a much-tightened quarantine regulation. We now topped with the highest number of new cases among our neighboringRead More...Read more
Days ago, we went down familiar and unfamiliar routes. We always have with us an “answer” concept wherever we go. However, reality can change due to the attitude and wish of inhabitants of a particular place, even more when dealing with a people’s belief. It is true that answers may vary in every situation, but we are always the same in terms of human nature and sometimes in terms ofRead More...Read more
What do we wait? Why do we always have to wait?In love poems, lovers always promise each other they’ll wait “even eternally.” We know that in everyday life most people from this society don’t wait unless it is something or somebody important. However, in dates the most important issue is not to wait, but to be attended.How to wait is an important key in life. This is urgent for payingRead More...Read more
(Based on the Experience of Online Classes With Sr. Elizabeth Rani Savarimuthu)Technology has the implications of both good and bad, depending on how we use it. It was then created with its prime reason: helping or serving human needs. However, this purpose has turned into a destructive reality because of our unlimited desires, curiosity and self-satisfaction. Yet, there are some people who recognize the value of technology amidst this destructiveRead More...Read more
“I met an authentic Doctor who brought me back to life, healed my physical and spiritual brokenness”. - Agusto Soares A miracle happened to a man who walked away from God´s light for 84 years! He is an important person to me, he is my grandfather, regarded as “lost” but he is back, to a new life. Sometimes, we lose way in our journeys yet, there is always a wayRead More...Read more
Due to our quest to help people find some forms of new skills and new way to “earning and saving” for the family, as Dominican missionaries, are happy to find some sources for this purpose. So, in the month of June 2020, we were fortunate to receive a blessed chance to give a response to young girls to develop some skills. It is a way to prepare them for aRead More...Read more
“Forever I will sing the Goodness of the Lord! (Ps. 89) My vocation is one of the most precious gifts I received from God. In my years of commitment, the year 2020 is a milestone, a fitting time to look back, to celebrate the “now”, to leap forward, to foreshadow...The first day l stepped on the grounds of Missionary Dominican Sisters of the Rosary in Baliwasan, Zamboanga City, l marked itRead More...Read more
MOTHER ASCENCION NICOL GOÑI
A woman who left behind her land and securities
“I felt no great enthusiasm…but an irresistible strength that led me to offer myself…”
Ascencion Nicol was forty-five years old when she embraced the missionary challenge proposed by Monsignor Zubieta of going to the Peruvian jungle and being able to contribute her gifts and extensive experience in favor of the education and formation of girls and women from the jungle. The context she will face would be totally different to the school of Huesca. However, her deep fidelity, her restless and attentive spirit to what god wanted for her pushed her to offer her life to the cause of the kingdom.
MONSIGNOR RAMON ZUBIETA
Missionary in the Philippines
“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Ramon Zubieta, who was eager to preach, lived his first missionary experience in the Philippines. He is an open missionary, who combines faith and human promotion, wishes to embody himself and to know the culture of the communities which he must confront. He learns their languages and customs and spends a lot of time speaking to them. He promotes health, education and improvement in farming.
Due to the independency movements within the region, he was taking as prisoner along with other companions suffering from starvation and torture, but finally he is released.
“The soul that it offers itself as a victim is as if it was telling god: Here I am to comply your will; here I am to suffer, to love, to immolate myself, to keep quiet, to not wish anything that is out of you”
Mother Ascencion Nicol Goñi