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Impelled by the Love of Christ

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In the afternoon of Thursday, 6 May 2020, the Montfortian novices, scholastics, auxiliary staff and some priests, including Fr. Norwyn Baydo, SMM, the Philippine Delegation Superior, prepared 300 food packs, drinks and desserts.  These were to be distributed, within the Quezon City area, to the poor and destitute. There were four separate cars who each had its area for better organisation and more coverage.
 
              Living out the call from the Gospel of Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,” is a manifestation of our own corporal work of mercy. As Montfortians, we continue to resonate the same work as that of our beloved founder and as followers of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
 
              In days past, the Community has done the same outreach initiative as the Enhanced Community Quarantine was extended. The Novitiate had two episodes while the Scholastics community had four. Br. Hilton from Papua New Guinea and currently doing his Novitiate, highlighted his experience stating that “food distribution is a charitable gesture and a priceless moment of close personal encounter with Jesus through the poor and needy.” In the same theme, Br. Francois Ancheta, a 4th year Scholastic, said, “We are called to be Christ to other people especially during this pandemic, so that they may feel God’s love and compassion. This is a concrete and simple gesture, that we show our solidarity to those in need and able to share the blessings we received from God’s Providence.”
 
              It is indeed a powerful realization, that we have simply become God’s channel of grace to our suffering brethren. Fr. Paul Arnel, SMM, our Novice Master, succinctly shared his personal experience of how he felt “true again” to his identity as a channel of God’s blessings, compassion and care in a tangible way. This insight was also equally shared by Br. Harold Montoya, a 2nd year Theology student, who emphatically shared that “being generous to those in need is like answering their very own prayer, by being used by God as his channel of grace.” In addition, Br. Armel Collantes, a 3rd year Theology student, said, “Although we pray for the suffering and the hungry, however it is important to let them feel that someone cares for them by our simple, yet full of love, food sharing.”
 
              I have seen for myself the gratefulness of the recipients, our dear brethren, upon receipt of our simple gifts with their endless “thank you” and “God bless you” and with their genuine, beautiful smiles. A heartwarming scene for me was when the children exclaimed on the top of their voices, “May biyaya, may biyaya” (“there’s a blessing, there’s a blessing”). It actually felt like I was the one blessed by this profound experience.  Simply being God’s channel of grace to the abandoned and needy in our society has been made possible through his Divine Providence. A special thank you to our generous benefactors most especially to Fr Roy Millano, SMM, our very own Filipino missionary to Papua New Guinea. Due to his inability to return to his mission area, this did not deter him in remaining true to the mission. We are grateful beyond words for his contribution in our food giving outreach in the International Novitiate Community! All Glory to God alone!  
 
 
 
 
Personal Integration- Secret of Rosary (24 April 2020)
 
 
The Other Side of Corona
 
 
Gabriel’s revelation to Mary,
 
She will conceive, Jesus she’ll carry.
 
Brought her great hardship and disruption
 
Indeed, it led to our salvation.
 
 
In our time of dramatic action
 
closure of business and school cancellation
 
Suspension of Mass celebration
 
work from home or loss of employment
 
affected our lives, now our predicament.
 
 
The word “corona” invokes varying fears
 
Brings sickness, death and tears
 
It has also brought uncertainty
 
To poor and rich alike who live in vanity
 
For some, suffering regardless of territory.
 
 
Whether or not the disease has afflicted you
 
The widespread pandemic will continue
 
It has already disrupted us personally
 
affecting all of us locally and globally.
 
 
But please remember my dear friend
 
To look at Corona not on the same trend
 
As traditionally it means the crown of Mary
 
An early name for the Rosary.
 
 
Still used in many parts of the world
 
To honor Mary and lovingly her to behold
 
The Hail Mary’s were her crown of roses
 
Corona del Rosario, brings true happiness.
 
 
A call to pray the Rosary daily
 
as an individual, community or as a family.
 
Praying to contain the pandemic
 
In people of varying socioeconomic.
 
 
O dearest Lady, please obtain healing
 
For those afflicted and the suffering
 
May we who recite your Rosary devoutly
 
Brings us plenitude of God’s graces abundantly.
 
 
In uttering our supplications and entreating
 
Vanished the scourge we are experiencing
 
May our sincere prayer of Corona del Rosario
 
Eradicate corona virus in humanity’s scenario.
 
Personal Integration- Secret of the Rosary (24 April 2020)
 
 
Rarest and Fairest
 
Bro. Oliver Abasolo, SMM
 
21 April 2020
 
(on the occasion of the 77th birthday of Mama Teresita Abasolo)
 
 
Those who teach the Gospel to all nations
 
Excellence of this holy devotion
 
You are God’s instrument for his glory
 
Preach and make practice of the Rosary
 
taste its juicy fruit, a priceless treasure
 
wonderful conversions without measure
 
white rose for religious and ministers
 
There’s grace to convert the hardened sinners.
 
 
O crimson rose, which exudes sweet fragrance
 
With Jesus’s blood, for our second chance
 
This is for us sinners and poor disgraced
 
Cures illness of sin and left us amazed
 
Our Fathers, Hail Marys said devoutly
 
Like roses freshness remains perfectly
 
Pray Mary’s Rosary with eagerness
 
Experienced her kindness and tenderness.
 
 
 
O Mystical rose tended properly
 
Our guide in life, death and eternity
 
Devout souls and spiritually minded
 
Pleasures of flesh, worldly honors you’re dead
 
Sweet-smelling flowers of contemplation
 
Planted in soul’s garden this devotion
 
Rarest and fairest, with all its beauty
 
Jesus and Mary’s triumph and glory.
 
 
Dear little friends, this rosebud is for you
 
fervent Hail Mary’s, will for you accrue
 
Roses wreath to crown Jesus and Mary
 
Rosary prayed, beads you always carry
 
Will earn for you, right to go to heaven
 
Blessing upon blessings yours be given
 
Honoring Jesus & Mary each day
 
Great effects of the Rosary we say.
 
 
 
 
 
Let us remember the crown of flowers
 
Meditation, we can draw its powers
 
The crown of grace, in his Incarnation
 
The crown of thorns, in his bitter Passion
 
Crown of glory, in his Resurrection
 
Beautiful Angelic Salutation
 
Mary, guide to eternal salvation
 
She’ll turn affliction to consolation.
 
 
 
Entrust ourselves to her intercession
 
Trusting always without reservation
 
Obtained crown of merit during lifetime
 
At our death, the crown of peace anytime
 
Acquire the crown of glory in heaven
 
Pray the rosary and be enliven
 
Take heed to pray it with meditation
 
To experience the fruit of salvation.
 
 
 
Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
 
like mirrors to know Jesus and Mary,
 
Light the fire of their love in our hearts
 
Knowledge of Jesus and Mary impart
 
Guide every step like  flaming torches
 
Like furnaces to consume and scorches
 
Heavenly flames, our impurities cleanse
 
Having Jesus and Mary as my friends.



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