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    Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.” –Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999)

    IMAGINE by GREGORIAN (Masters of Chant)

    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.
    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 pardoning that we are pardoned,
    And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


    How many times have I read or quoted or prayed this prayer attributed to St.
    Francis of Assisi
    . . .???

    Peace on Earth

    St. Francis desires to be used as an “instrument.” Am I considering myself as one also? Or am I the boss of my thoughts and actions? Whatever good results or benefits I have earned, I take all the credits, saying to myself: “Brava Ross” !?

    I begun thinking about what I was reading.. and quoting…and praying!
    Let’s emphasize the word “INSTRUMENT“…can you think of an object which you find useful?

    Let me use my guitar as an instrument to illustrate what I mean.

    What can it do?

    • it can be picked up or put down
    • it’s music can bring peace, unity or it can bring  harshness, discord
    • if it’s well made, it makes a prettier sound
    • it’s useless without someone playing it
      the more talented or gifted the person  who plays it, the lovelier the sound and  an effective rapport is build up with the listener.

    Lord, You must make me an instrument of Your peace. I am not capable. I have my moods and temper. Yes, I can try…but it will always be a a hit or miss proposition.

    When fatigue and impatience sets in, I’m vulnerable to say something hateful or do something bestial and hurt someone in the process…

    Use me Lord as your humble instrument to bring out peace, harmony and love into my world…inside my heart, in my home, where I work , wherever I am and whoever I meet along my way.

    Use me as your forgiveness.

    Use me as your joy.

    Use me as your light.

    Use me as your faith, hope and love.

    In short, please use me as an instrument of your Peace so that through me, they will know You, that You really exist NOT as Someone somewhere out there BUT Someone near us, walking with us!

    PEACE is my dream, I will work for it with all my strength with the ONE who created me for those whom He has given me as companions in my life journey.

    Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace


    My buddy, BrotherBlue is one of those who is spreading the Globe peace movement (Dona Nobis Pacem = Grant us Peace ) of its founder, Mimi. I know my post came out late as I’ve just found out about it last night but I believe there is no time limit for anyone who wants to be a peace maker.

    PAX et BONUM !!



    Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha (560-483 B.C.)

    I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” – Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

    It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.” –Corazon Aquino (ex President of the Philippines)

    Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” –John Muir (1838-1914)

    Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” –Matthew, V:9


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    It is very important to cross the threshold of hope, not to stop before it, but to let oneself be led  – Pope John Paul II from his book “Crossing the Threshold of hope

    My heart is beating faster as I see him walking slowly down the aisle towards us. Seeing his old frail body, his shuffling gait, his shoulders bent forward with a seemingly pronounced dowager’s hump , I feel a palpable presence that surrounds him, an electric power. Raising and waving his trembling right hand, evidence of a Parkinson’s disease, he imparts a Papal blessing. 

     A strong and positive aura continue to radiate from him as he waves his hand, as he touches a face while walking in a painful pace. He is now coming closer to where I stand. I can feel a very strong spiritual power an inch away from me. I lowered my gaze from him feeling unworthy of this peaceful presence I am feeling. One, two, three…I feel a blissful sensation. His hand is over my head. Yes, his gentle hand is touching my head but for me he is touching my whole being. In that single silent gesture, he calms my troubling and worried soul with a father like assurance:  “Be not afraid.”

    It was my first  intimate encounter with Pope John Paul II when he celebrated the Holy Mass for around 7,000 Filipinos Migrants at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on 1 December 2002. In his homily, the Holy Father said:

    Many of you have had the chance to find employment here in Italy and have attained a standard of living that enables you to help your family members at home. For others, however – and I hope that they are few – your status as immigrants has brought you serious problems, including loneliness, the separation of families, the loss of the values handed down from the past and at times even the loss of your faith…(read more)

    I had several occasions of seeing him personally but there were always an immense crowd between us. I first saw him on his first trip to Manila on 17 February 1981 when he presided over the beatification of our first Filipino saint, Lorenzo Ruiz.  I was still too young then to understand his spiritual role. This encounter was followed by his second visit to the Philippines on 15 January 1995 to celebrate the 10th World Youth Day Congress. Here I saw a different comical side of him: he entertained us by twirling his cane like Charlie Chaplin!

    All those years of personal encounters from Manila to Rome, what did I learn from Pope John Paul II ?

                     Pope John Paul II

    My Catholic Church is an institution with 2,000 years of history. It has seen crises before. It has seen heresies, it has seen schisms. It has seen sex scandals among the clergy, etc.  So there’s nothing new about the fact that the church is in crisis.

    Against this crisis, John Paul II  with his words and deeds, became a living testimony of complete abandonment to Christ, a total trust in Him at the moment of great trial.  His conviction that Jesus Christ is the answer to the questions of every human life, became his infallible companion in his most dramatic moments as Pope.

    His call to “Do not be afraid” was first heard  at his papal installation in 1978.
    I can hear him saying it among the hundreds of thousands of youth and old alike: DO NOT BE AFRAID.
    He said it everywhere he went, over and over again, and whenever he said it, he was quoting the Angels: DO NOT BE AFRAID.

    His call needs to be taken in and be internalized: DO NOT BE AFRAID. It is Jesus assuring words too: Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid (Jn.14:27).

    John Paul II was never afraid. He trusted in the Lord and went about doing His work. It is a great lesson for all of us.

    He was not afraid to travel the world and show us his face of suffering and infirmity, demonstrating – over and over again – that age and infirmity and a compromised physicality does NOTHING to devalue the worth of the human person.

    He was not afraid to apologize to the Jewish people for the Vatican’s glacial coldness during the Final Solution, and for historic filiations between the church and anti-Semitism.
    He was not afraid to apologize to the Eastern Orthodox Christians, and to the Muslims, for the appalling damage done to civilization by papal advocacy of the Crusades, and by forced conversion and massacre in the Balkans during the church’s open alliance with fascism during World War II.
    He was not afraid to apologize to the world of science and reason by admitting that Galileo should not have been condemned by the Inquisition.

    He was not afraid to work for ecumenism or to reconciliate efforts with the Jews, Muslims, Greek Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church,  the Russian Orthodox Church, and other Schools of Christianity.

    He was not afraid when he returned to Poland in 1979 to speak to his people, inspiring Solidarity. Thus changing the course of world history, toppling down communism or the Soviet empire.

    “Be not afraid” is what I’ve learned from Pope John Paul II and he strengthened it more when he touched me on that blessed day. In silent whisper he said : “Ross, do not be afraid!.”

    On April 2, 2007 will be his second death anniversary. I reckon the day when I joined thousands of pilgrims in Rome, camping out overnight on sleeping bags, roll-up mats, and cardboard boxes flattened to try and separate our bodies from the cobblestone pavement.

    It was my simple final tribute to his earthly existence. John Paul II is “an intellectual with a warm appreciation of popular piety; a mystic who is also an avid sportsman; a celibate who celebrates human sexuality and has many women friends; a Pole with deep sensitivity toward Jews and Judaism; a man of profound inferiority with an exceptional public presence.”

    It was an emotional event to find myself before his simple wooden coffin with a book of Gospel on top of it. There lies a simple and humble man, a great Christian who spent his life loving and reaching out to anyone, an ardent follower and lover of Christ, his only Hope and Love.
    I will remember you John Paul II.

    I will not be afraid for the Lord is my Shepherd! (Psalm 23)!

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