Showing posts with label Spirituality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spirituality. Show all posts

Sunday, April 12, 2020

A Hopeful Easter


In the absence of fear, we live with courage. We live with hope. For us, this happening in this world, where we live with uncertainty is a test of faith; a test of our humanity.

The holy week that we have celebrated was a new world experience. A totally different dimension on the physical plane of existence.

Even if we are lockdown and on quarantine mode, still we are blessed to have expressed our faith in a digital way; in an online world. We have celebrated the Holy massses through online streaming and on television from a live broadcast of different parishes in the Philippines and the Holy See in Vatican.

Our Parish Priests, Bishops and the Pope sent us a message of hope in this times of global crisis. We are not alone and God is with us in all theses trials. 


The God may not show his wrath, but we are tested with our perseverance, endurance and the will to abide faithfully and the will to survive.

We learn to go back to what are essentials on our survival. We connect with nature and we live in a natural world away from too much noise, stress and fast-paced living.

Take it slow. Recognize the wonderful nature around you. Touch the soil. Go barefoot outdoors. Take a deep breath. Watch the sunrise and the sunset. Have a glimpse of stars and the galaxy. Listen to the sound of silence. Meditate. These are the messages I received and the fulfillment of my heart's desire. 

We all have different messages from the Divine. Be in solitude and receive the message with an open heart. 


As we continue to learn how to live on this new world, the Easter gives us a message of hope. Our hope that we will adapt on the new earth changes. We hope to be protected and healed. We hope for a better world. By God's will and grace, we will hold on. Not to surrender; never to give up. For our hope is greater than our worldly desires. For our hope is beyond physical. It is eternal.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Friday, April 10, 2020

The Holy Week in Uncertain Times


In observance of the Holy week, we focus our energies and strength on the solemnity of the passion, death and the coming resurrection of the Christ. 

We leave our worries behind. That's the most respectful thing we can do since we are living by the promises of the Christ. GOD is in control and we put our trust and faith on Him.

The lenten season and the Holy week this year is extra special. We haven't experienced this in decades since we came in this world. We are confined in our homes and celebrate masses on a live TV broadcast. We can't do the Good Friday procession and be able to celebrate the Easter with greater freedom of expression of love and gratitude.


On this lenten season, families celebrate Sunday Holy Mass at home, we do the virtual Visita Iglesia online and we get to kneel on our Holy Altar at home.

On this year, we can't go to places on a pilgrimage. We can't show our love through hugs and kisses, but we show a different kind of love in a distance. For now, to show love to people, we need to keep distance. A tough love.

But in this uncertain times, we are comforted with love through the Religious leaders of God. Our Pope, our Bishops and Priests are there to provide our spiritual needs.

We are able to gather with our family at home and listen to the words of God. We light a candle and offer a prayer. 

As I do my Holy week retreat on our skygarden, I can see, hear and feel God's Holiness and loving presence through His natural creations and masterpieces. We have been blessed to live in a natural sanctuary of solemnity and solitude to experience God's Divinity.

He is not absent, but He is there with us at the comfort of our home wrapped in His loving arms. He is forever in our Hearts and transforms our lives.

Yes, we may be living in this time of uncertainty, but we are learning to slow down, to live in stillness and to notice and appreciate even the little things that matters in our lives.


On this Good Friday, we continue to pray and observe the Holy burial through the Holy image of the Santo Entierro. It is our belief that the Christ has died to save the humanity. Its significance lies on our personal experience and journey when He reveals his Holiness on our being.

May this silence and solitude be a time to reallign our hopes and dreams. May this be the right time to reassess the things that matters and are of true value. May this be the time to listen and redirect our lives to living a meaningful life.

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Welcoming Both The Darkness and The Light


When there is darkness, only light. That's one statement from a soulful prayer to St. Francis of Assisi.

Today, the world is full of darkness. The humanity is suffering from the worst of God's wrath. We all suffer; the good ones and the bad ones.

We may ask ourselves, why does God allow us to suffer? Why does God put us into the darkness? If God is the light of the world, why does He allow the destruction of humanity and the world?

The good and the bad, that's an opposing qualities we possess and experience on our lifetime. Hence, bad things happen to good people and bad people continue to live to spread the darkness of the soul.


We are good in nature, but God allows us to experience the dark side, for us to decipher the truth and appreciate the light. If there is no darkness, there could be no light. Same as saying, we are good because we refuse to be bad and embrace the light.

In our living, we can't say we are absolutely good. We commit mistake or a sin on our thoughts, words and actions. Subsconsciously, we harm others with our intentions. We have the tendency to harm other living beings and disobey Higher beings.

That's our human nature. As long as we live, we continue to dwell on the darkness and the light. But, in the end we choose to stay in lightness of our being - - of our soul and spirit.


We choose the light because we already know how it is to be in the dark. We choose to be good rather than becoming evil because we don't want to be trapped in the world of endless suffering.

Whatever that we suffer at the present time is only temporary. At the end the tunnel is the light; and we are heading on that direction.

We experience the dark night of the soul. This time, no one is spared. Our collective experience is history to the darkness of humanity, until we learn and get out of the dark.

Your suffering, is my suffering. Your darkness is my darkness. That's what we are in the spiritual world. We are physically distant, but spiritually connected.


This Palm Sunday, we welcome the coming of the Christ. We welcome his Divine presence in our hearts. He give us darkness and can take it away from us. Then, we live to be the light in the world. We continue to be enlightened being in this world.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, March 22, 2020

You Are Not Alone


Wherever you are right now, you may be stucked! Just like the billion people on earth who are quarantined at home. It may be the worst feeling ever. You are restricted and controlled. You can't travel in a far distance and you have to follow certain social distance.

People are getting anxious and may start losing sanity at certain point. Boredom kills and uncertainty is getting in their consciousness. What's happening? Who's the enemy? When will this suffering ends?

You are not alone! We are all in this together. Your inconvenience and suffering is also what I am experiencing. We are together in this fight of the unseen forces that is a global threat to our health and wellbeing.


How are we going to survive this battle? Yes! This is a matter of survival skills. Either we continue to live or we die! That's our reality at this moment of crisis.

This Soulful Sunday, I got some energy from a sun salutation exercise. I needed some stretching and sun exposure for a boost in vitality and immunity. That's my latest craze just before the beginning of the home quarantine period. And then it's true that we get energy from a distance; from a powerful source.

Contemplating from our backyard at the farmhouse, I get to have a glimpse of the uncertain future. The future seem to be brighter despite of the present day darkness.


I realized that we can be socially distant at times, but we never feel alone or lonely. We are still emotionally and mentally connected from our love ones, our community, our country and the world.

Our individual and personal suffering is also the suffering of our entire family. The sorrow of families is also the sorrow of entire community. The morale of communities is also the morale of the country. And the downfall of countries is also the downfall of the world.

We are all connected in spirit and we are what we think and feel. But one thing that can set us apart is our way of thinking; our mindset. Some may be thinking of suffering while others may be thinking of opportunities. It's now about suffering versus surviving. Or we survived our battle and suffering.

And this too shall pass. This will end. And when the time comes that we survive this threat to life, we will be living well in the Glory of God - - our Saviour whom we prayed for.


As I lay down on the hammock, I realized that you and I are not alone! We are not alone because we continue to fight to live and to defeat the unseen. We will learn some lessons of victory and defeat. We will again rise up and be truly alive!

You are not alone because you will realize that you have a family who loves you. You are not alone because you belong in a community who showed care and concern. You are not alone because you are part of a country of strongwilled people. And you are not alone because you are a resident of a global community of freedom fighters.

We are the fighters and we are the world. We keep on believing. We keep on surviving. And we keep on living.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, March 15, 2020

When Faith is Bigger Than Our Fears


Fear can be defeated when there's a light from within. When we are suffering in this times of global health crisis,
we can learn to fight back stronger and live healthier.

In this times of difficult challenge, we are called to remain calm and be in stillness. Although it may not be easy at times, still we tune in to the Highest Divine power- - the lifegiver.

Our Soulful Sunday moment makes us feel the Divine love and light. When we feel anxious and uncertain, we feel the warmth wrap on our body and soul. It gives us comfort that someone is in control of our being and our fate.


Whatever is happpening in todays' world is part of a Divine plan. Whatever we give in this world is what comes back to us. When we give suffering to others, we might experience even worst kind of suffering. Hence, when we give love, it begets love and understanding.

The global health threat creates fear resulting to hoarding of food and stuff. It causes massive chaos between nations. It causes misunderstanding, blame game and discrimination. 

The hysteria is real. But the world isn't new to this pandemic. We may only be more critical, cautious and alert than ever before and that's a positive sign of a changing time.


But with all this untoward event, the antidote is to have faith and not to fear. To believe that we can survive this battle  and not to fear on things not real.

God's will is real, same as we humans do have the will; the will to be healed and the will to survive. So if there are things within our control, then we must also have faith of things beyond our control. 
Be fearless and have faith. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Transfiguration in the Eyes of A Child


The child grows fast from birth to a toddler. From the time they open their eyes until the time they started to walk alone. A physical  transformation that makes us happy and delighted. A child was born and is yet to live a great life. 

This Soulful Sunday, we spent a good time at the farm and we bring our little one to explore the world that is new to him. The last time we brought him to the farm was on the new year's day 2020 when he was just learning how to walk.

On New year's day 2020 when he was 1 year and 1 month old, we already saw his curiosity to explore his environment. Although he couldn't speak and express his emotion of joyfullness, yet it can be seen on his smiles and actions.


Now on his 13 month, he is able to walk by himself and is very much playful. He is able to show different emotions. He laughs when feeling happy and cries when feeling uncomfortable.

A child is living a different world. It is within our world, but they see things differently as if they have their own. Whenever we don't feel like smiling, a child is there to give us a smile. Whenever we feel tired, a child is there to lift us up and give their energy. A child has lots of energy that is powerful enough to change our mood and emotion. A child so small can change how we see the world.

At times we may feel like having enough, yet a child can me more happy and feeling excited. We may feel tired or bored of what we already, but a child can have an endless fun for exploration. A child starts to experience how to live, to get hurt, to fall down, to rise up again and to give his biggest smile.


This 2nd Sunday of the Lent talks about the transfiguration of Jesus at Mount Tabor and it was witnessed by his chosen Disciples. Jesus transformed into a bright human being just before the eyes of the Disciples.

Here on Earth, our God may show up in so many ways; through experiences of great living and even suffering. However, we may become blind in our faith and do not see the bright side of life.

Unlike the child, he sees more beyond what we grown ups can see. A child can remind us about how to see the world with deepest sense and gratitude.

 Our Quest for Personal Transfiguration begins as we emulate the innocence of a little child giving us a radiant glow as we live life with happiness, joy and peace.


When we no longer see ourselves shining so bright, we see the transfiguration of Jesus in the eyes of a child. Because it is on their eyes that we see the greatest hope to learn how to live fuller again and to see the world brighter again.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Friday, February 14, 2020

Heart's Desire and The Purple Sky


A purple sky and the purple rain. That signifies our roller coaster of emotions. When we experience the 'purple sky', we are the happiest and on a cloud nine. And when we are bluer than blue, we feel the 'purple rain' pouring in.

That's life! we feel the roller coaster of emotions that brings out the best in us. The purple sky can be so rare that makes it mystical and naturally beautiful. And that's the color that I have found. The color that symbolizes my love.

It was not long time ago that I have discovered some level of spirituality acquired from a Master of Life and revered Spiritual teacher who unifies Eastern wisdom and Western practicality. That was a higher level of Spiritual love for service to humanity through charity work.



Not known to many that purple color symbolizes spiritual awakening. It calms the mind, enhances our creativity and uplifts our spirit. And when we achieved such level of enlightenment, the spiritual color reveals to us in unexpected place and moment.

As we live our purpose, we continue to experience giving love and receiving love. It's the most essential spiritual gift and the most important emotion to carry within.

As we celebrate the Valentine's day, we are experiencing the color of love that is revealed to us. It may be the fierce energy of red to some, the calming effect of blue to others or a combination of both red and blue, and that's the purple - - a highly significant spiritual color.




Love will always be more than and beyond our self. When we have found the love, it gives the Purple color; a romantic, lovely and royalty color in our life that our hearts' desire.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Sacred Heart on The Hilltop


Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil is so huge and tall; a popular symbol of faith among Christians on that part of the world and also known to most Christians worldwide as a pilgrimage destination worth visiting.

That's thousand miles away from the Philippines, my home country and home to millions of the Catholic faithful. I may not be able to visit Brazil and see the famous statue, but in my hometown, we have a similar statue known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The uphill road going to the summit may be rough, but it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Roxas City in Western Visayas region. On the top of the mountain is the 132 ft statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was constructed on the beginning of the decade 2010 and was finished in 2015.


Since then the statue that is visible on the lowland highway of the newly constructed business district became a famous pilgrimage site and considered as the tallest statue of the Christ in the Philippines.

I haven't been on the summit to see the statue for quite a long time since it was opened to the public and we just have a glimpse of it from afar whenever we pass by the vicinity. But on my heart I would love to see it closer and appreciate the holiness of the place on top of the mountain.

At last! I was able to see it on the beginning of the decade 2020 in January, and for the second time I was able to bring my parents back to the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on this month of February. That was a soulful journey on the summit and the best way to celebrate the month of love.


The physical structure or the statue symbolizes our deepest faith to the Christ who watches over us and protects us. At times when we feel abandoned and uncared, there is one powerful Divine being who embraces and loves us for who we are.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us of the holiness of our heart no matter how unlawful and wicked we may have become. We are born to be good in nature and our own sacred heart is our guide to touch the lives of others as inspired by the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the way, the truth and the life. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Mighty and The Candle in The Wind


So much untoward events for January 2020! From natural disasters to pandemic health issues, we have experienced a crisis; a threat to our health and wellbeing. This however continues and within our control.

The start of the year may not be good, but it gives us tough lessons to ponder about our strengths and weaknesses  our vulnerabilities as a human being.

We can not be certain about what is next, but one thing that can help us to survive is to have faith on things beyond our control. That there is a higher and Supreme being that is in-charge.

We feel mighty at times; feeling strong and powerful. However, there are moments when we are crushed in spirit.

When we are weak and feeling helpless and powerless, our Divine master is there to rescue. And when road is rough and the surrounding is dark, we seek for the Divine light.



When we feel blessed and grateful, we always see the guiding light. And so in bad times and good times, we need the Divine light. We never stop to follow and seek for the truth and life.

Today, 2nd of February is the Feast day of Nuestra SeΓ±ora de La Candelaria or the Our Lady of the Candles. Known as the Patroness of entire Western Visayas, Philippines.

The Holy image canonically crowned in 1981 by now St. John Paul II, brought miracles, healings and blessings to the people in the Region and the entire country when flocks of the faithful from every places visit the blessed Marian image and pray to God for Her intercession.


Back in 2016 when I lived and worked in Iloilo, I always feel the serenity of the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Candles. I have celebrated Sunday masses and the Holy week and it brought light when I am a Candle in the wind; when I am weak and vulnerable.

The devotion started not just in recent years, but in the late 90s when our dear mother brought us to celebrate the feast day mass. And years after I have known its miracles, I visit to offer a prayer and thanksgiving. That is faith. To continue the devotion for years and for a lifetime.

The Our Lady of the Candles is just one of the many Marian titles given to the Mother of Christ. We always pray for her intercession for all our wishes and whatever our heart desires.


And for the happenings in the world today, we go beyond our personal intentions and petitions. We pray for our people, our country and the world. That healings will take place and peace will reign in the world and in our hearts forever. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, December 1, 2019

What I Love About December


What excites you about Christmas? Is it about family gathering? Endless year end parties? Gifts? Or is it about highly anticipated coming of the New Year?

At some point we have all experienced Christmas mania that the month of December brings. This is the time to mark on calendar the most important event of sharing good times with the most important people in our lives. 

Some may have been planning about the themed Christmas parties while others are looking forward for a holiday shopping spree; for giftgiving or buying a gift for oneself.

That's a fun-filled activities for a commercial side of the festivity. Perhaps the most expensive season, but one of the most memorable for whatever reason. 


This Soulful Sunday, the 1st of December is about welcoming a merry and joyous season of love and peace. A heartfelt season to hug and to kiss. 

I will be spending the Holiday season in my hometown together with my family. This is the best place to contemplate about the year that was or a year-end breathing out of what is unwanted and what is to be renewed. 


This Soulful Sunday, 1st day of December brings cool wind and drizzle and that sets the mood of the coming days before Christmas. The wind blows gently with a natural melody; the trees are swaying; the birds are chirping; the people are singing Christmas in our hearts is coming. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 10, 2019

41st Year of Devotion to the Miraculous Medal


For us Christians, we have all prayed for the intersession of the Blessed Mary. We pray the "Hail Mary" to give Honor to the Mother of Christ. Our prayers are heard. We got healed. We are blessed and we live by the promises of Mary.

For our Family, we celebrate the 41st year of this annual devotion. It started in November of 1978 as initiated by my parents on their early years of marriage.
Since then their life has been blessed and for the intentions that are granted through Mother Mary.

Growing up on the 80's, I have witnessed our yearly devotion to the Miraculous Medal. Our relatives, mostly the elderly would lead the Novena and the singing of praises. We have been touched by the songs and Hyhm. We believed that as we pray together, our prayers become stronger and heard.

That is the power of prayers and intentions. Our heart's desires are granted if we strongly believe that God is in us and hears us.

Ask - Believe -Receive, this philosophy is what I believe in for years and this has been the foundation of our call for the Miraculous Medal. We ask for our intentions. We believe that it will be granted. Then we receive the miracles, healings and blessings.

Our devotion to the Miraculous Medal will be celebrated through the years to come and will be witnessed by the next generations in the family. The continue to pray to the blessed Mary and may we pass on this devotion to the young ones and the entire family.


© 2019 Del Cusay



Sunday, October 6, 2019

Soulful Conversation: Spiritual Guidance from a Priest


There are times when we have met people by chance, then became friends or acquaintance. Oftentimes, we have met someone so special to bring the enlightenment and guide our way our spiritual path.

With that special person, I am referring to a Priest who is our Religious leader and with a higher level of holiness. Someone who guides us on our moral actions and the one we seek for blessings as God's chosen messenger.

That was a sunny day at the beachfront restaurant few weeks ago; September 17 when I had a pleasant conversation with our Parish Priest of   Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Lomboy,  Reverend Father Jeffrey Estrella. He has been serving the Parish since July 2018 and will continue his Religious mission for a total of 6 years. A great mission and service to the Parish and the faithful community. 


I was with my parents and we have shared a meal with Fr. Estrella and his companion. It was a lunch at our favorite restaurant overlooking the horizon; where the blue sky meets the sea. The gentle waves and the sea breeze was relaxing and the conversation has got a deeper meaning. 

I have some Aha! Moments before, but this time it came from our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Estrella. And whenever I have Aha! Moment, I cherish it and live through its meaning and significance. 

What was that conversation about? It's about the present and future living. It's about following our dreams and desires and making it come true. What strucked me most is when he said that the reason why sometimes we don't get what we want in life is because we have too much belief on our human capacity and that we don't back it up with Divine intervention through our deepest faith and prayer. 

Yes we pray, but how come some of our wishes are not granted. We might think that it is on the process. It may just be a delayed answer, or our intention may not be the best for us and not in accordance with God's will.


He then revealed that when other people who are so dear to us are praying for us, then God may hear it out loud. God always hears our heart's desire and intentions. For instance, we may be the recipient of the good deeds of our parents. That's like a spiritual merit. When our parents pray for us, God truly listens. Our parent's deepest love always saves us.

From that moment, I have thought of the sacrifices of my parents and all the things I have achieved because I believe that they have prayed for me.

That was a soulful conversation. The message was simple, but may be challenging thing to do; that is to keep on doing good things and good things will come to you. We plant seeds of goodness, nurture it and cultivate it until such time we reap a fruitful reward.

Our community is blessed to have Rev. Fr. Estrella. He touches the lives of the faithful
and deserves utmost reverence. He is a Divine gift to us and we pay highest gratitude for his love and compassion to one and all.

© 2019 Del Cusay



Sunday, September 8, 2019

Heart's Desire: An Answered Prayer


If there is a tool that hears and grants our dreams and wishes, that would be the power of prayer to the Almighty one. God hears... God listens... God answers our heart's desires.

That spiritual tool is in the hearts of people who flock together in a Holy place for a  prayer, celebrate a mass or offer a thanksgiving. This is an act of affirmation to one's faith to the Divine no matter what religious affiliations they belong.

In the Philippines, people deeply believe in the powerful intersession of the Divine Mother; Mama Mary, the Mother of Christ.

At school, in our religious studies and in catechism, we were taught about the Holiness of Mama Mary for her obedience to God's revelation and plan. That virtue made her the greatest Mother we adore.

In the powerful intersession of the Blessed Mary, we visit the National Shrine of Mother of Perpetual Help which attracts several thousands of Devotees and faithful due to so many answered prayers and petitions. It is our deeper faith that our prayers are granted; just like our own dear Mother who grants the wishes of her child.


In our hometown where people and families flock in a peaceful sanctuary in her honor, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Lomboy has blessed many people who call her name in her intersession.

As we celebrate Mama Mary's birthday, we give her thanks and praises for all the answered prayers to God. Blessed Mother of God never fails to a child who kneel and pray. Her Divinity inspired and blesses our heart's intentions and desires.


At this moment, I am blessed for another answered prayer. I am forever grateful for the Divine Mother whom I praise and adore. Our love to our own dear Mother is a manifestation of our love to the Divine Mother, our Mama Mary who loves us and prays for us. 

© 2019 Del Cusay



Sunday, August 18, 2019

Road to Summit: Unloading Our Emotional Baggages


There are times when we feel stucked at some point in our lives. There's heaviness in our hearts causing us to slow down or to quit; to end the game and breathe out the pain.

That heaviness on our being may be a result of past traumas, anxieties, guilt and toxicities from people and the environment. We call it "emotional baggage" which is unwanted and causes us to pay for the price.

Just like in our travels, we never wanted to pay for excess baggage at the airport counter which costs us more. It gives us inconvenience and stress and a bad experience. I remember some time in 2014 when I was at Kathmandu Airport in Nepal going back to New Delhi in India when the airport counter lady charged me more for my excess baggage. Without much cash on my wallet, I leaved for a while to withdraw from the ATM. From that moment I was uneasy, but luckily I was able to get my money to pay for the price of my excess baggage and I felt so bad.

From that horrible experience, I can relate it to the present reality of having to carry for more and paying for the price. Our lower emotions like anger, jealousy, pride and rage takes away the peace in our hearts. That heaviness from inside prevents us from moving fast forward since we are distracted from so many rumbling thoughts and roller coaster of emotions.


Perhaps one of the reasons we are stucked is because of the attachments we have on someone or something from somewhere. Or it could be the other way around when someone is so attached with us that we suddenly become mentally connected.

When this excess emotional baggages affects our wellbeing, there's a way out to escape before we become totally stucked. It is when we recall in details what went wrong that we start to be directed by a compass; the right direction towards the desired destination.

It is when we decide to escape from trouble that we start to experience emotional freedom as we travel on the road to Summit. From there, we take a deep breath, relive the present moment and capture what is pleasant and peaceful. Suddenly without us knowing, we unload the heaviness of emotions that caused us pain and sorrow. That is good for our mental health and overall wellbeing. 

At the summit, we breathe out what is unwanted; something that doesn't contribute much value to our being. And then, when we feel the lightness, we are now ready to take on the next adventure on our road to forever. We are ready to love again for this is the right thing to do and we have made the right choice. To live and laugh again, to love and be whole again.

© 2019 Del Cusay



Monday, August 12, 2019

Eid'l Adha: Its Interfaith Significance

On this day marks the Islamic celebration of the 'Festival of Sacrifice' known as Eid - al Adha. This festival was unknown to me for many years in spite of being declared a holiday and I haven't understood much about its religious significance until recently when I have made an Islamic and cultural immersion at the Manila Golden Mosque in celebration of the end of Ramadan or the  Eid'l Fitr: A Moment of Peace

Community Immersion at Manila Golden Mosque during the celebration of Eid'l Fitr on June 5, 2019

Eid'l Adha is the time when Muslims from around the world commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham to sacrifice his son. What's interesting about this feestival is the similarity of the same story in Christianity found in the book of Genesis in the old testament.


In the Quran, God appeared to Abraham and was told to make a sacrifice of his son, Ishmael. In the Bible, the son of Abraham to be sacrificed was Isaac. Then, just before Abraham would end the life of his son, a lamb was replaced by God instead of his son. That was a test of faith given by God to Abraham and he passed it faithfully.

In a deeper sense and in today's significance, that son of Abraham may not be just a literal person, but would be something in us that is valuable; a part of us that we are most attached. It could be attachment to someone, to a worldly possession or obsolete thoughts.

These attachments take away our precious time with God due to divided attention. When God tested Abraham to sacrifice his son, it's like God's way of telling Abraham to pay attention to Him and obey His will and that Abraham will be able to follow wholeheartedly when his attention is undivided and to God alone.

In our reality today, God may be talking to us and commanding us of what to do, but we choose to ignore Him or simply we don't focus on listening to Him. We are preoccupied with our daily activities, our work or building relationships with our family and the community, but we dont give him much time and attention due to so many physical, mental and emotional distractions.

It's also a reality that God may take away something valuable or someone we love and that we have nothing to oppose, but to accept it  wholeheartedly because that is His will and that is the Divine plan. It is then we realize that God is in total control of everything, even the breath that we take and even our last breath on earth. 

Eid'l Adha is not just significant among our Muslim brother and sisters because all of us regardless of faith may have learned about the sacrifices that we have to take.

Today, we may be making sacrifices to save us and to uplift our soul. We may be sacrificing a relationship with someone, a friend or a group. This is where we let go of things that does not give much value to our being but just give us pain and sorrow.

When we let go of old habits and obsolete beliefs, we then take on a fresh idea, we accept a new relationship and we nurture what is ideal for God's glory and Divine love. That's an interfaith significance we all can learn from our Muslim brothers and sisters.

We do not hate, but we cultivate deeper understanding, acceptance and belonging. We do not fear, but we face the reality stronger and steady. We do not ignore, but we co-celebrate with humility and love to our Humanity. For we live to co-exist and we can live harmoniously, peacefully and happily.

© 2019 Del Cusay




Sunday, August 11, 2019

Year of The Youth 2019: The Pilgrim Youth Cross

The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lomboy, Linambasan, Capiz has been a home to a strong community of Youth Ministry since the time of Reverend Father John Denosta, the first ever designated Parish Priest. Today, it is even stronger and bigger as the Religious Community grows under the Parish Head, Reverend Father Jeffrey Estrella and co-Parish Priest, Reverend Father Chris SeΓ±eres.

Since the early years of the Mission Station; before it was elevated to a Parish status, I have witnessed the Religious presence and dedication of the youth in their Church service. The melodious and angelic voices of the youth choir touches the soul of the people during the regular Sunday mass and special occasions like Christmas. We see a growing Parish Youth Ministry to be the bearer of light and hope not only today, but in the years to come until they fully bloom in their Community and Religious service.



In celebration of Year of the Youth this 2019, The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish welcomed the Pilgrim Youth Cross on August 3, 2019 facilitated by the leaders and members of the OPH Parish Youth Ministry. 

The Youth Cross was transfered by the Youth Ministry of San Vicente Ferrer Parish to be venerated at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish for about a week. The Youth Cross was brought to the neighboring barangay of Lucero and was welcomed by the youth at Lucero National High School. It was then brought to Macario Bermejo National High School in Jaena Norte where hundreds of youth have embraced the religious symbol of Catholic faith.


At the end of a week-long of Pilgrim Youth Cross it was the time to pass on to the the next Parish in the nearby town of Tapaz. On August 10, the Youth Cross together with the Youth Ministry members headed to San Nicolas De Myra Parish and was welcomed by their Youth Ministry.


The National Youth Cross was specially made for the Philippine Catholic Youth Ministry and is being circulated in different Parishes nationwide. It was inspired from the founder St. John Paul ll since it was introduced in 1985 and presented during the celebrations of Word Youth Day where thousands and even Millions of Youth Pilgrims came to celebrate and profess their faith. 



This year 2019 has been a memorable journey for the Pilgrim Youth Cross as it reached the Parish of  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish . May the Youth Cross bring them closer to the Christ as it reminds them of the personal cross that they carry within.

When darkness invades the soul of the young ones, the cross comes to symbolize hope and faith that no matter how challenging life is, still they will come to defeat the darkness and unleash the light from within.

© 2019 Del Cusay