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




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