Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Which book of the Bible are you?

Which book of the Bible are you?

You are Psalms
You are Psalms.

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Another development at school:
'Revival' of Linux movement... of sorts.

When i was a freshman, there was a pretty active community of Linux users. They're the ones who were responsible of hooking me to this good stuff! Anyway.. times have passed, the machines in Linux lab have grown old and the OS unkempt.. so it's been shut down and made into (of all things sacrilegeous!) a Microsoft library!!!!!

Now a group of firebrand Linux evangelists (mostly a year my junior) have taken up the torch again, and they wanted to build a new Linux lab, have a Linux installfest and start a new Linux community. I will not, sadly, be there since I will (hopefully) graduate this April. But before then, I hope to give this group some worthwhile contribution. Viva le Linux!
Ash Wednesday

I went to church today, with no expectation but to fulfil my duty as a good Catholic to go to Mass during Ash Wednesday, a day of obligation. And besides, I love to go Mass... But today's Mass another special blessing!

The choice of songs, the readings, and the liturgy were perfectly orchestrated. The effect was (yet another) mini-epiphany (well.. it may not be to a lot of people, but we must remember here that I'm a self-confessed lapsed, 'lay' Catholic) for me.

Lent marks the beginning of the season of penance and penitence. Its culmination takes place in the Passion of the Lord, followed by Easter. In the coming forty days or so we are expected to deny ourselves physical gratification, by practising fasting and abstinence, as well as doing special penance acts. Since I'm already mostly vegetarian in any other seasons, physical 'suffering' from not eating meat is no suffering at all. What suffering is to me right now, is completing the station of my life: last semester of college and it's never been so tough to pull through...

And today's Mass has revealed to me that suffering, is a way to get closer to God. Through suffering we identify with Christ, and we can understand and appreciate more the meaning of His Sacrifice for us. (Haven't watched Mel Gibson's Passion yet, it's not showing in Singapore until April!) Hence, it was truly a new source of inspiration: that by persevering and suffering through challenging times such as these, we will get closer to Him. And whatever it is I'm going through, it is not the ultimate suffering, for the ultimate suffering for any soul (I think..) is being denied the vision of God. So I'll persevere, I'll take up my cross, because I know with each step I am growing closer to see the face of God :)

To all Catholics out there: Have a blessed Lent!

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit,
that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit,
that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit,
that I may always be holy.
(by St. Augustine)

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Pro-life? You bet!
A beautiful pro-life cartoon on a yet to be born baby called "Umbert" :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Prayer To The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, be with me today.
Be my teacher, my guide, my counselor, my friend.
Fill me with your gifts, especially the gifts of
wisdom, discernment, knowledge, understanding, compassion,
love, and awe in God's presence.
In all that I think, say, and do, let it be in accordance
with your most holy and perfect will.
I ask this in Jesus' name.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Last sunday's Mass readings held an epiphany for me. Isaiah, sometimes dubbed the 'fifth gospel', started out his works as God's prophet when he recognised his unworthiness. The angel of the Lord touched his lips with coal, in a way purged him of his iniquity, and here comes the epiphany: Isaiah said, "Here i am! Send me, Lord."

Similarly, Peter the Apostle first met Jesus while failing to catch any fish. He recognised Jesus as Lord and asked Him to 'depart', for he was unworthy. These two readings reverberates within, as I could identify very well with what they are feeling. Sinful, weak and unworthy of grace. Yet there was also a common thread of grace, warranted or not, in both men. They asked the Lord to show them their true vocation. They asked the Lord how to serve Him. They asked Him to make them better for Him.

The point is, they rose beyond their feeling of unworthiness, to embrace new lives (which may not seem to be pretty, nor more comfortable than before), one that is led by God.