Salamat Sa Pagtugon Mo (Israel C. Cruz, SSS)

Matagal na kitang nililigawan,
Maraming taon na Ako sa iyo’y naghintay,
Nang tumugon ka sa ‘king pananambitan,
Kaligayahang tunay Aking naramdaman.

Nagkaruon tayo ng kasunduan,
Ikaw at Ako ang siyang nagkakaintindihan,
Hindi kita iiwan kahit saan,
Kahit kailan, pangako Ko sa iyo iyan.

Hirap ka man sa buhay na dinanas,
Nais mo lamang ay makita ang iyong landas,
Pursigido ka pa ring maging pantas,
Upang maibahagi ang nakamtan mong lakas.

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Luho at gusto ay iyong tinalikdan,
Upang tunay na kayamanan ay iyong makamtan,
Wala sa pera o sa kalayawan,
Pagtugon sa Akin ang tunay na kaligayahan.

‘Kala mo ang pagsunod ay ganun na lang,
Maraming paghihirap ang iyong mararanasan,
Kaya mo pa kaya pati kamatayan?
Upang maghandog buhay sa nangangailangan.

Maging malinis, isa mo pang sumpa,
Sa pagsisislbi sa ‘kin ay maging laging handa,
Sa Aking kaharian ay nandyan ka,
Magpakailanman, ikaw ay Akin talaga.

Salamat sa ‘yong matamis na oo,
Sa pagtugon mo sa ‘king maging relihiyoso
Paghahandog buhay ay tutoo,
Salamat sa iyo, salamat sa pagtugon mo.

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FROM AFAR

I was still a college student then when I started to become fascinated with the Sta. Cruz Church. From my long break in class, I was exploring the nearby places in FEU (the University where I graduated) when I passed by the busy area of Sta.Cruz. As I look around, my attention was then caught by this old Spanish-built church. I was captivated by its exquisite appeal. At that moment, I felt differently as I headed through the door. Inside, I appreciate the inviting silence and the solemnity of the place, making me want to pray to the Blessed Sacrament, so as everyone else around me who are seated in that church.

As I watched from afar, I’ve observed the religious congregation occurring at that time. From the distance, I was so mystified with the way they pray and chant the psalms. Never did I know that I’ll be part of their evening prayer and that all happened, on that very momentous day.

May 4, 2012 – The day when I’ve become a member of this community. The fascination, bewildering, and mystifying became clear and fully apprehended. For a year, I was given a chance to witness what is stated in our Rule of Life # 41 that states “We will make our parishes into authentic communities shaped by the Eucharist, source and center of their life. They shall be: places of proclamation and the living of the gospel, places of prayer, Eucharistic adoration and festive celebration, places of sharing and fellowship, places of freedom and human development. United among themselves, our religious engaged in parish ministry shall collaborate in a special way with committed lay people.”

For a year, I was given a chance to experience the kind of life that I will embrace in the future as a Sacramentino Religious. My everyday experiences shaped and made me understand the following realizations:

First, In the formation house, I thought I am just nobody, limited in my knowledge and talents as compared to others. But then, I was given a chance to bring out the best of my potentials through the assignments entrusted by the Superior and Parish Priest to me. I was then appointed to be a Song leader in every morning mass, Intoner in every Lauds and Vespers, giving reflections, talks, recollections and formation in front of many people, and acting assistant treasurer of the community. These assignments somehow became so very easy for me, since I was a former accounting assistant in RCBC and a teacher by profession before I entered seminary. As I fulfill my devotion, there are times when I feel so elated, as I hear words of compliments from the parishioners such as “Brother, ang ganda ng boses mo…” “nakaka inspire naman ang talk mo…” “Br. Israel, ang galing galing mo naman…”, making me want to serve more with all the innate talents that God has bestowed on me, for I know that all these gifts has to be shared with them for me to inspire and touch their lives, and to eventually lead them to live a religious kind of life. Although at some point, I was also questioning myself if I am really that gifted because I hardly believe that I have such talents!

Second, I have this mantra everyday to “Always do my best!” that drives me to face all the works ahead of me with full of enthusiasm. I am always striving to be the best in every tasks entrusted to me. For me, to be consistently the best is the most important thing, but later did I know, that I was very wrong. I grew tired of always competing with myself, of always striving to be the best, because through that, I forgot to be good…to be a good individual; to be more compassionate; and to be more patient to myself and to others. From then on, I started to look life in a different perspective – that being the best has to yield positive outcome not only to myself, but for the common good of all.

Third, I also realized that the people of Sta. Cruz Parish are dynamic and unique. They will like you if you will always please them but they will hate you when you correct them in their wrong doings. I find it hard to cope with this principle and my desire to correct them only cause me troubles and pains. As a Sacramentino religious, I am very serious with my advocacy to rectify them because I care and love them. But I failed because there are some who are really not open for constructive criticisms. Through these conflicts, I grew wiser in dealing with them and that made me realize that no two people are alike in every aspect; that everyone has to be treated differently; and that’s why God created individuality is for us to be strong when one is weak; to be the positive when the other is negative; and to be white while the other is black; so in that way, we could learn to balance everything.

And lastly, I was so blessed to be assigned in this community because the religious members did not treat me only as a seminarian, but more so, as a mature religious. They gave me a chance to journey and to grow with them; they gave me a voice to express the love of God; they gave me eyes to see the beauty of vocation; and they gave me an ear to listen attentively to the voice of God. Being assigned in Sta. Cruz community became a chance for me to be a living witness of being a Sacramentino, a very Eucharistic person by joining them in everyday Eucharist, in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and in sharing my time with them in doing religious works.

My pastoral year exposure in Sta. Cruz community will forever be treasured in my heart. Those experiences I had, whether good or bad, are all worth remembering for those helped me become as religious as I am now. Those unclear pictures then on my head;  those confusion and mystifying, and those fascination and bewildering are now all gone. I have come to understand that the life I am embracing today and my life to be in the future is more on sacrificing and devotion, and the unselfish offering of my service to God and to others.

DASAL-AWIT

MAINGAY NA MUNDO

Masyado ng maingay ang mundong ating ginagalawan, na tunay namang nakakaapekto sa ating buhay.  Sa paggising pa lang sa umaga, marami sa atin ang hindi na kailangan ang alarm clock dahil kusa ng nagigising sa pagbubunganga ng kanilang asawa.  Nakakagising na ingay. Maraming tao ngayon ang hindi na sanay mag trabaho ng walang earphone na nakapasak sa kanilang mga tenga. Sinasabayan ng pakikinig ng musika ang kanilang pagtratrabaho.  Nakakaenganyong ingay.

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Kapag lumabas ka ng bahay, maingay din, ang busina ng mga nag uunahang sasakyan na naiipit sa traffic, ang mga tsisimisan ng ating mga kapitbahay.  Pagsumakay ka ng jeep ay hindi ka rin ligtas, dahil pag natapat ka sa jeep na may malakas na nagpapatugtog ng stereo ay talagang laglag pati ang tutuli mo.  Nakakairitang ingay. Pag makikinig ka ng radio maraming mga musika ang hindi mo na maintidihan dahil sa kakaibang mga ritmo nito at liriko, pag nakinig ka naman ng balita, panay pagbabangayan ang ating maririnig.  Nakakainis na ingay.

KAKAIBANG INGAY NG SIMBAHAN NG STA. CRUZ

Marahil, hindi ako nag iisa sa aking karanasan ito, marahil marami tayo.  Ito man ay narinig ko na sa ibang mga tao, na kapag pumasok sa simbahan ng Sta. Cruz ay kakaibang ingay ang ating naririnig. Kahit nasa gitna ang ating simbahan ng kalyeng maraming sasakyan, kakaiba pa rin kapag nandito ka na sa loob.  Ibang ingay ang ating naririnig. Hindi kaya dahil ang sasalubong sa iyo ay ang Kristong nasa anyong Tinapay, na inaanyayahan ka na manahimik at magdasal?

Ang simbahan ng Sta. Cruz ay kilalang Eukaristikong komunidad, kung saan ang mga Blessed Sacrament Fathers at Brothers ay nagbabahagi ng kanilang misyon na tumugon sa kagutumang ispiritwal ng lahat ng mga tao sa pamamagitan ng kayamanan ng Diyos na dumadaloy sa Eukaristiya.  Kapag walang misang nagaganap, ang Banal na Sakramento ang Siyang itinatanghal sa altar.  Upang mas lalong pang maparangalan  ang Eukaristikong Kristo na ating tinanggap sa ginanap na misa.

PANALANGIN AT MUSIKA

Bilang isang Sacramentino, ako ay tinatawagan na maging tapat sa pang araw-araw na pagluhod, pagpuri at pagdalangin kay Hesus ang Banal na Sakrameto.  Nasusulat sa aming Rule of Life # 29 “…faithful to the tradition received from our Founder (St. Peter Julian Eymard) we spend at least one hour each day in prayer before the Eucharist.  This prayer forms part of the mission of the Congregation and has priority in the life of each founder.”

Ang pagluhod sa harapan Niya ay hindi rin madali, dahil may mga pagkakataong ang aking isipan at puso ay may mga ibang pinag-iisipan, may ibang alalahanin at may ibang pinagtutuunan ng pansin.  Maligalig sa loob.  Maingay sa loob.

Music is the universal language. Ito ang pinaka pamilyar na kasabihan tungkol sa musika.  Ang musika ay nakakapag-usap sa lahat ng tao sa wikang nauunawaan ng lahat. Kahit na ang bingi at sintunado ay naririnig ito, kung sila ay nakikinig lamang sa boses ng kanilang kaluluwa. Ang musika ang siyang pinakamakapangyarihan at emosyonal sa lahat ng uri ng sining. Binibigyang halaga nito ang masinsinang paghubog sa moralidad ng tao.

Mahigit dalawang buwan na rin ang nakakalipas mula ng simulan ang pagpapatugtog ng instrumental music habang nakatanghal ang Banal na Sakramento.  Ang pakikiniig ko kay Kristo sa panalangin ay mas napapalalim dahil sa musikang naririnig.  Ang instrumental music ay sinasabing panalangin na walang kasamang mga salita.  Iyong tipong ang dalawang nagmamahalan, ay hindi na kailangang ibuka ang kanilang mga bibig upang masabi kung gaano nila kamahal ang bawat isa.    Sa tinginan lamang, sabayan pa ng magandang musikang background ay sapat at tamang tama na.

Dahil sa instrumental music habang ako’y nanalangin, ito’y nakakatulong upang muli kong mapagtagni-tagni ang mga nakaraang kong karanasan at makaharap ng may pananampalataya sa hinaharap na panahon.  Ganun naman talaga ang nangyayari sa ating panalangin, kinakausap natin ang Diyos sa mga pangyayaring nangyari na, at humihingi ng grasya na maharap ang bukas. Tunay na ang musika ay nakakapasok sa ating mga karanasan at nararamdaman.

Ngunit kadalasan din naman, nahuhuli ko ang aking sarili, pakiramdam ko ay hindi na nagdarasal, dahil hindi ko na kinakausap ang Diyos na nasa aking harapan.  Dahil sa mga pamilyar na musikang aking naririnig kahit instrumental music lamang ito. Ito ay nagkakaruon ng mga liriko sa pag awit ko nito sa aking isipan.  Ngunit akin ding napagtanto na ang paglalagay liriko at pag awit nito ay isang ekpresyon ng pananalangin at pagpupuri sa Kanya. Sinasabi rin na ang musika ay dalawang beses na higit kaysa sa panalangin, isang patunay na ito ay mabisang paraan upang magpuri sa Maykapal.

Masyado mang maingay ang mundong ating ginagalawan. Mula pag mulat ng ating mata hanggang sa pag pikit nito ay maraming ingay tayong naririnig.  Tahimik man tayong nakaharap sa Kanya bilang ating pagdalangin, ang puso at isipan natin ay maingay pa rin.  Ngunit dahil sa musikang ating naririnig habang tayo nananalangin, tayo ay dinadala sa mas malalim na pakikipag ugnayan sa Kanya.

Ang musika at pananalangin ang nagbigay inspirasyon at pag-asa sa tao, pinag-aalab ang kanyang pagmamahal, nagiging tinig ng kanyang kasiyahan, nagbibigay parangal sa kanyang katapangan at nagiging muog sa oras ng kawalan ng pag-asa at pinanghihinaan. Ito ang nagbibigay kagalakan sa mga nalulungkot at nagturo sa kanya na maging mahinahon. Ang musika ay ang ating buhay. Ang musika ay ang ating panalangin. Ating inaawit sa Diyos… ating dasalawit sa Diyos…Amen.

ST. JOSEPH, ADORER (St. Peter Julian Eymard, March 19,1865)

In profound adoration he [St. Joseph] united himself to the special grace of each one of the  events in the life of Jesus.  He adored our Lord in His hidden life and in His Passion and Death; he adored in advance the Eucharistic Christ in His tabernacles: there was nothing that our Lord could hide from Saint Joseph. Aside from the Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph was the first and most perfect adorer of our Lord. 


How greatly the Word Incarnate was glorified by the adoration of Mary and Joseph as they atoned for the indifference and ingratitude of His creatures! 

    Saint Joseph joined with Mary in adoration and united himself to Christ, Whose heart surged with sentiments of adoration, love and praise for the Father and of charity for men. Saint Joseph’s adoration kept pace with every stage of our Lord’s life, drawing upon the grace, the spirit, and the virtue of each mystery.  In the Incarnation he adored the self-annihilation of the Son of God; at Bethlehem, the poverty; at Nazareth, the silence, the apparent weakness, the obedience, and all the other virtues of Christ.  He knew them well and he grasped clearly the reason why Christ practiced them—for the love and glory of His Heavenly Father. 


Faith, humility, purity, and love—these were the keynotes of his adoration.  No saint ever vibrated with a more ardent faith or bowed down in deeper humility; no angel ever glistened with brighter purity; and as for his love, neither saint nor angel ever has or ever will come within range of his burning charity which expressed itself so fully in devotedness. 


Because his faith was so strong, Joseph’s mind and heart bowed in perfect adoration. Imitate his faith as you kneel before the humble Christ annihilated in the Eucharist.  Pierce the veil which covers this furnace of love and adore the hidden God.  At the same time respect the veil of love and make the immolation of your mind and heart your most beautiful homage of faith. 


Among the graces which Jesus gave to His foster-father—and He flooded him with the graces attached to every one of His mysteries—is that special to an adorer of the Blessed Sacrament.  That is the one we must ask of St. Joseph.  Have confidence, strong confidence in him.  Take him as the patron and the model of your life of adoration. 


From close union with this holy adorer I shall learn to adore our Lord and to live in intimacy with Him.  I shall then be the Joseph of the Eucharist as he was the Joseph of Nazareth.

 (St. Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist, Founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament)