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Hail Mary Prayer: Time to Revise?

The Hail Mary prayer is a strong reminder of how the messenger of God greeted and brought the news to Mary that she would be carrying the Son of God in her womb, mentioning as well how her cousin Elizabeth acknowledged her blessedness upon hearing the news from Mary.  But equally important on this prayer is a very powerful plea for intercession to the very mother of Jesus, the same mother who requested Jesus to make a miracle at the wedding in Cana and was indeed granted one even though Jesus knew it wasn't His time yet, the very woman who cannot be turned down by the Son of God.
It is but right to promote this prayer as a powerful recourse of those who are in great need for holy intercession.
Yet, there is a part in that prayer that hinders some of us in saying the prayer.
The first part is unquestionable, it's all biblical, the message of Angel Gabriel and cousin Elizabeth are both bible-based.  The second part is where a study for revision lies.
'Mother of God'.  It  is…

How to Present the Work of the Church

“The Church does not respond to an earthly logic and can be difficult to communicate effectively because  the nature of the Church is spiritual, not political. This is the only perspective in which the work of the Church can be presented." --- Pope FrancisMeeting w/ the Journalists 3/16/2013.

Mourning and Missing You, Dixie

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Dear Dixie,

I miss you already. Just hours ago you were just hanging around in my room and I was just working on the computer as usual.  I wanted you to stay inside the house today  for as long as you wanted but I thought you might become bored since I was all busy here and the kids were out playing so I thought you might wanna play outside too.  I didn't know it was gonna be your last visit in my room, Dixie. 
I learned my lessons well from Trixie.  Just one bark from you  I come running. You know how to bark well when you needed my attention.  You know I can distinguish it from your 'happy bark' to 'just intimidating other dogs' bark" and your "hey am hungry already" bark.  And you know you always get me when you wish it.  Because that's what I learned from Trixie.  'Come running when I bark'.
I thought that was all I needed to learn to ensure your safety. Now, you taught me another lesson.
I could go on cursing the speeding driver and…

Christianity 101: St. Francis' Prayer

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==============================  Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,Where there is hatred, let me sow love;Where there is injury, pardon;Where there is doubt, faith;Where there is despair, hope;Where there is darkness, light;Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master,grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;to be understood, as to understand;to be loved, as to love.For it is in giving that we receive.It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.============================== 
Lead us back to the basics, Pope Francis!!!

HOUSE RESOLUTION FILED: Elevation of Sabah Claim to International Court of Justice

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Quezon  City

FIFTEENTH CONGRESS Third Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 3043
Introduced by Reps.  TEDDY  A. CASIÑO and NERI JAVIER COLMENARES



RESOLUTION
EXPRESSING THE SENSE  OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES URGING PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO III TO
IMMEDIATELY ELEVATE
THE PHILIPPINES’ CLAIM ON THE ISLAND OF SABAH
TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT  OF JUSTICE

WHEREAS, the eruption of armed conflict in Sabah between Filipinos led by the Sultanate of Sulu and
the Malaysian government have brought to the fore the decades­long neglect if not abandonment of
the Philippine government on the legitimate claim of the Sultanate and the Philippines over the
island;

WHEREAS,  the Philippines has solid historical, political and legal grounds to revive its claim and
reassert its sovereignty over Sabah which was illegally annexed by Malaysia in 1963;

WHEREAS, since pre­colonial times, the Sulu sultanate had ruled and owned Sabah until it was
illega…

An Important Reference: "Does Sabah Really Belong to the Philippines?"

(Taken from Inquirer.net, posted March 4th,2013: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66689/does-sabah-really-belong-to-the-philippines)

I am posting this for my own history reference, now that there is so much tension going on with the awakened Sabah claim.  This is very long but very very substantial.

On March 25, 1963, Senator Lorenzo Sumulong delivered a privileged speech berating the Philippines claim to North Borneo (Sabah), which had been filed by President Diosdado Macapagal on June 22, 1962. Five days later, Senator Jovito R. Salonga delivered a point-by-point rebuttal to Sumulong’s speech.
Below are the full text of Sumulong’s speech and Salonga’s reply. We leave it to our readers to judge the merits of the case as presented by the senators 50 years ago.
Excerpts from the speech of Salonga are also reprinted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer in its March 5, 2013 issue in a bid to shed light on the Sabah conflict.
Here is the full text of Senator Salonga’s rebuttal speech …

BETTER THAN A CHAINLETTER

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This video is definitely better than a chain letter if you pass it on. It does not scare you nor threat you of dying if not passed on but still promises you some good happening immediately to someone touched by this! Do not be the one to break the chain. Pass it on! Share on FB or Twitter!

Have You Failed the Pope?

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This one has hit me personally.  For some reasons, personal reflection cannot just be avoided when things like this happen.

Everything that the Pope had said during his goodbyes to his audience were all good words, all uplifting, all hopeful.  And yet, deep inside of me, I can't help but ask 'Have we failed you, dear Pope?  Have I, in my own personal way, have failed you?'

This picture brings tears to me.  The source was right in putting the caption 'No words can describe this moment.'  I know that the Pope is all in peace with this decision.  I know that God permitted it.  But still I just can't help but ask if we have failed him big time.

In the past, whenever I consider the thought of leaving a job, there's always several factors that I need to consider.  And that one last factor that makes it most difficult for me to leave it is the people-factor.  When you know that you will surely miss hanging out with the people who have cheered you every working da…