Sunday, July 15, 2018

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish: A Divine Gift

About 6 years ago, a Divine calling was fulfilled for the groundbreaking of a mission station for the people of Linambasan and nearby barangays. Hundreds of religious devotees flock on this sanctuary to kneel and pray, to give thanks and to receive blessings from the Divine: our God and in the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help; the Mother of Christ and God's only begotten son.

The year 2012 when humanity was intrigued with an end of the world prophesy was also the same year when a new beginning was founded in a special place that is Divinely chosen. The barangay of Linambasan; one of the largest in the town of Jamindan and a home to strong family ties and religious people. It's just few miles away from the capital barangay of Poblacion where people used to celebrate the mass at the Parish of San Sebastian. Now that a new Parish was built, it brings people closer to their home.

The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is the 3rd in the town of Jamindan after San Sebastian Parish and San Vicente Ferrer Parish. The first 2 Parishes are closer to the hearts of the people and attracts thousands of parishioners on its feast day. The newly established Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish would bring people closer to the Mother of Christ; our Lord and savior. When we cry for help, we cling to a mother and she would answer our needs. Just like when we call for a Divine Mother, she would hear our prayer and act on her intercession. The Divine Mother never fails to hear her child and she would bring us closer to her son, Jesus the son of God.

It was on July 4, 2018, after 6 years of religious service when Rev. Father John Denosta left the Parish he started. Sunday Thanksgiving: Graceful Service to The People is a tribute to his love and service to the people. From a mission station, he was able to lead the faithful to the new Parish; a bigger home and a beautiful sanctuary. His fellowship was revered by the people and they will forever be grateful for his service.

Divine Light: To The People of Linambasan was showered when Lomboy Mission Station was started and now as growing religious community, the service extends to neighboring barangays of Milan, Lucero and Jaena Norte. When Fr. Denosta bid farewell, another Reverent Father was welcomed by the parishioners. The newly installed, parish priest, Fr. Jeffrey Estrella will continue the service to the people.  May the Divine love and light be showered on him to be shared to the faithful and to everyone who is seeking for a spiritual refuge to this place we call our religious sanctuary.It is for everyone and it is a Divine gift we need to protect and share.

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday Thanksgiving: Graceful Service to The People

When called upon by God, one has to act on it. Our Divine calling is our mission to accomplish on Earth. Our purpose is to serve for the Glory of God; our creator, and to be of service to our brothers and sisters in Christ -- his beloved son. This is a fundamental teaching of the church and we as a family should walk through the path of Divine love and light.

I was born and raised as a Christian and developed a Christ-centered consciousness. I grew up and instilled Christian values and virtues through the church and formal education. Even at the present time, I still recall the teachings and the wonderful memories that Christian faith has taught me. Back then, my mother would encourage us to celebrate Sunday mass when we were a kid. That would have raised consciousness about the importance of religion and to actively be involve in activities initiated by the church. 

I didn't grow up to be very religious or a devoted Christian. In fact, I have learned to witness and observe other religions and emulate their ways -- their faith and action. It wasn't bad after all! I have learned to accept other faith and respected them as a human being rather than hate them for having a different creed. I was born and baptized as a Roman Catholic, but I have been exposed to other Christian faith as well, The Baptist, Born Again, Aglipay, Divine Mercy, and Jehova's Witness. I have learned to embrace them even for a short period of time. In my travels abroad, I have been exposed also to different religions; Hinduism, Buddhism and Bahai Faith, however it didn't affect my faith. I didn't question my Catholic beliefs, but it has strengthened my faith even more. 

God will touch our spirit either for renewal or for a greater service. There will always be that somebody who will lead the way. who will start it all. Somebody who has been touched by the Holy Spirit. A Priest, a Catholic devotee, a religious community. Some time in our lives, we have be called to act on our faith and become like Peter when he said "Upon this rock, I will build my church" and that is the beginning of a community founded by Christ. 

Archdiocese of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sitio Lomboy, Barangay Linambasan is the church founded by the faithful. They have come together to build a church that they will call their spiritual home. It was in July 2012 when the first mass was celebrated, with Reverent Father John Denosta as the first ever priest assigned to lead the church. It started as a mission station until it was declared as an Archdiocese in January 2018. It was 6 six years of solidarity, compassion and service to the people and this legacy will last for a lifetime. Generations will come and the church will grow to become stronger than ever. Every year we see a significant change and the faithful is building a more beautiful church that is a reflection of their Divinity.

Our Divine Mother of Christ would hear us and pray for us for our intentions. In times of crisis, we call upon the Divine and through the intersession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, her children will be comforted in peace and hope. For about 6 years, the church has become a haven for everyone who is seeking for a renewal, a peaceful sanctuary and a place to feel deeply involved in a spiritual community. The faithful has to continue on spreading the good news and will continue to serve with all their love and energy. The church is for everyone, and this gift from God will shower blessings to those who believe, share and serve. May the Divine love and light be our source of salvation and our guide to living an eternal life forever and ever.

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Special: Real Life Superhero

The most unforgettable life lesson I learned from my father perhaps is feasible, but never easy. It is about dreaming big and being optimistic that I will make it; with all my energy and power. I wish to have been given powers just like superheroes and live an extraordinary life just like when I was a kid who used to daydream about holding a ball of fire in my hands or reading someone's mind. Anyway, being a superhero is a delusion, but when I was a kid that was like a real experience; something magical brought by creative imagination. Perhaps, everyone may have similar fantasy and even up to adulthood whenever we feel like we would want to escape from the reality. We just want to be saved from trouble and stress by such delusional thinking. 

As a grown up man, things never get easy. There are times when I fantasize situations if I find it hard to live in the real world. If only I am wealthy enough not to work hard for a living and just travel to places whenever I want. Give away money to less privileged to lessen their burden of suffering. However, such thoughts is just a fantasy. Going back to real world, I need to work hard to earn for myself so I could live decently, travel to places with just enough money and give even a little amount to the needy. I realized that I don't need to fulfill my dreams just by having a fantasy world in my thoughts. I should escape from the troubled thoughts and start living the kind of life that I have.

Growing up with the right mindset and the right action is a challenge. But there is one superhero whom I believe would rescue and willing to give a little power, and that is a Father. He is there to push us when we feel weak, when we feel unappreciated, when we feel undervalued and when we feel powerless. I used to be like that and maybe up to the present time. My Father would care to give his precious advice about life. He is full of wisdom that inspires me to exert more energy so I could face all the challenges thrown at me. 

I may encounter difficulties in life, but I should be living fearlessly. I have to stand tall and ready to face all the battles. There are times that I feel like quitting, but there's a certain energy that pushes me to move forward. I realize that I just need to slow down, take a break for a moment and come back with a clear thought and a positive spirit. I thank my father for passing on the positive virtues that's worth emulating. I may not have accomplished much in life as he does, however a dose of positivity would help me to achieve success.

Looking back, about 5 years ago, I have written about Father's Day Special: Leading The Waand the message is about will power; having a fighting spirit. Still relevant in today's time and will serve as a guide in living a better life. I believe I can make my dreams come true even though I am not a superhero. I may not have a tremendous power, but I should remain optimistic that I can deal life with all my energy and power. Not imagined, but a real power that comes from the heart and mind. That's my weapon... that is my power. 

Today, we honor and give thanks to our Father for raising us well and for guiding us in living our lives. Like a compass, you pointed out the right way and you cheer us up when we arrive at the destination. We are forever grateful for the good life you dreamed for us and we wish you a better life that you deserve. 

© 2018 Del Cusay

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