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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Can We Just Pray?

Since the last entry, I have been struggling to put down in words some thoughts that have been playing on my mind the past week. I find it rather dfficult to express the series of emotions and experiences that have transpired into written items as I have no proper description to base on to.

Even as I sit here trying to write something useful, I struggle with the images and memories that go past my mind like bits and pieces of a broken movie, making neither head nor tail. Call it a mental block or whatever, but it is a real bummer!

As if to make things worse, this week itself, I have come to note of two persons whom I know who were affected in a tragic manner. One is now fighting for her life in the Singapore General Hospital and the other gave up his life suddenly in an apparent heart attack. There is nothing the doctors can do for the person in hospital, a mother of three, and now it is up to her to recover and regain the vitality she once had.

The one who past away, was a friend of mine where we both entered for seminary studies together - me for the diocese, he for the Redemptorists. He left halfway through his formation, then in Australia, but return and was about to finish his last year (this year) when he died suddenly. He was forty. His name was James Kennedy. He was known to some of the youths here of this parish. Some comments by them here, here and here sums up his contribution and how I myself see him as friend and comrade in this calling to the priesthood. Rest in peace, James!

So, life carries on. I'm still here and wondering if people can spend more time praying for peace, for the infirm and critically ill and for the dead INSTEAD of poking their noses and interfering into other people's business.

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no care could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Jan Struther 1901 - 1953
(hymn for Night Prayer)

2 comments:

Jude Gal said...

Darling Z, remember was it tuesday or wednesday u sms a/f lunchmass - fr bill heng announced, and broke the news to me tat Bro James passed away SUDDENLY. was very buzi at work (as usual). it shocked me but at tat moment, i was like, my mind was on my work then yestday i have zis habit of turning to OB.Page in the ams...........sum pantan ones say no good to turn to "Tat page" in the ams. i saw the pix - looked so familar, but juz read "here, here, here". past 2 days juz couldn't relate or tink where i saw zis Bro b4, knew it wasn't at novena church. fr aloy - "so dear and near.........hfc". better take it easy, SUDDENLY HEART ATTACK. b4 heart attack bound to have CHESTPAINS or breathlessness or watever. i am in a bit of shock mself now since i can put Bro's face to where i seen him b4.

tat's y CHESTPAINS dun pray2 rite, Fr Aloy???

May the Souls of the Faithful Departed RIP.

Anonymous said...

"Making The Right Decision Does Not Come PainFree".

Jesus Grant Me Peace And Strength.

 

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