Friday, September 26, 2008

Ateneo vs. La Salle: One Big Victorious Fight!

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The Araneta Coliseum was flooded with colors of blue and green for the finals of UAAP Season 71. The second game, which was held yesterday Sept. 25, 2008, was a choice to either end the fight or continue to the third.

The answer was up to the determination of the two teams: The Ateneo Blue Eagles and The De La Salle Green Arachers.

The team that desires the championship more always wins.

The fight was tight and intense with the Green Archers drawing first blood in the first quarter. But the Eagles were able to catch up. They dominated the scores of the first half. The third quarter marked the start of the real game. And by the fourth quarter, the Eagles grabbed the championship.


Woohoo!


My crush Chris Tiu was so good at the game. He performed well as the Eagles' team captain.


Congratulations to all Ateneans!




No Questions

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Bro. Apolonio then lent me his small book so that I could photocopy a few prayers from it. Then, he asked me to buy a Holy Rosary Handbook as a guide. All of these were weird, but I pursued it.


The following day, even if I had all the needed requirements, I still had conflicts with myself whether I should pray or not. Furthermore, I hate routines. And formula prayers are only meaningful at the first read. When I come to memorize it, I come short to parroting. So, why pray?


But then, I had an answer deep within soul.


I have always known that God does not force us to come and pray to Him. Rather, He invites us to it. As for the formula prayers, it was up to me to add spice in them. I prayed with my own original compositions and added songs in them.


After that, I was at peace with myself. Surprisingly, I ended up going to the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Mass everyday. It was a good thing that Masses in Sto. Rosario Church only lasted for 45 minutes with the priests giving short but very profound homilies.


It turned out well in the end. Change in my usual routine: lunch, play, school, and home was hard at first. However, my life became more meaningful when I added God in my daily activities.


“To pray or not to pray?”


“To pray everyday?”


“There are no questions.”


Monday, September 22, 2008

Bro. Apolonio

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Sto. Rosario Church became a part of my routine before going to school. Until one day, when I was taking off my shoes prior to entering the Adoration Chapel, an old man with white hair and big spectacles handed me my locker number. While doing so, he asked:

“Are you reviewing for the board exam?”

My initial reaction was: “Woah! How did he know that?” But I kept myself calm and answered, “Yes… for Chemistry.”

“Oh. When is it?”, he asked again.

“It will be on September.”

“It’s near. Okay. I’ll include you in my prayers.”

After that, I entered the chapel and prayed with a weird feeling in my heart. Of course, I wondered who that person was and how he found out about me taking the board exam. But anyway, I thanked God for that man and his prayers.

All the while, I thought that our conversation would end that way.

When I came out of the chapel, I directly made my way out to the hallway. But he called me, “Miss, wait a minute! I have something to tell you!”

It was rude for me to reject his call. But then, it seemed like I got myself into a situation that I couldn’t possibly get out. At that moment, I didn’t know what to do or think given those spontaneous events. All I did was follow.

“I am here to help you. As true Christians, we should give our aid to people even if they are not asking for it.”, he said.

He invited me to sit on a stone bench outside the chapel. Next, he gave me letters from other review students who successfully passed licensure examinations of different professions from doctors, nurses, criminologists, and the like. I read all of them and I was amazed at how powerful his prayers are. Those letters revealed to me a lot of things. One doctor tagged him as “Prayer Warrior”.

So that was it! He really prays for those reviewees like me. He didn’t know in advance that I was to take the board exam. I reckon he asks everyone he met.

Then, he introduced me to the prayers that I should pray everyday until the board exam. It was like a long novena but it didn’t last for nine days. He also invited me to attend the Holy Mass and pray the Holy Rosary everyday. Next, he asked me to go on a pilgrimage: visit nine different Churches and have the pinnacle at Mama Mary’s Sanctuary in Simala.

Woah!

Yeah! I know that it was not an easy task, even for me who was not prepared for the licensure exam. I was not religious enough to follow what he said. However, the final choice is mine.

“To pray or not to pray?”

The Sto. Rosario Parish Church

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Passing the Chemist Licensure Examination was a farfetched idea for me. My scores in review classes are low and my friends were doing better. As I compared myself with my classmates, I have found out that they have a specific time table to study every subject. Some even stay late at night and others study up to five in the morning.

I lost meaning in my studies. My passion for science was depleted when I did nothing but study in college. I didn’t have time to go to the movies or go on a vacation. All I did was to get lost in my Chemistry books even on weekends. So when graduation came, I felt like a monkey who just escaped from the zoo. Hoo hoo hoo haa haa haa!

All I did was to go to the mall, chat, play more games, and drink coffee and eat cakes at Starbucks®! Even if I know that I need to study for the exam, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

It is hard to do something that you don’t have interest in.

But all that has changed…

It was around late July when I found out that the jeepney that I was usually riding took on a new route to make way for the Colon Street Bazaar. It was a big hassle for me. That new route didn’t pass by the bus terminal so I have to walk four blocks before I could ride it.

However, after just 3 blocks, my body would surrender from walking and the scorching heat of the sun would further drain me down. See, I went to school during noon time when the sun is at its peak.

But the Lord said, “Come to me all of you who are tired and I will give you rest.”

Hmmm… Didn’t He perfectly put Sto. Rosario Church at the third block?

Sto. Rosario Church has a beautiful Adoration Chapel inside. There were lots of flowers with the Tabernacle at the center. But what I like most about the room is the fact that IT IS AIR-CONDITIONED. Hahahaha!

So, it was a perfect place for me to rest for a while and regain my energy. Not only that, the chapel’s peaceful atmosphere would lead me to prayer. I was relaxing my body and rejuvenating my soul at the same time.

Visiting Sto. Rosario Church gradually became a routine. And in the Adoration Chapel, I always pray before the Tabernacle that I would pass the Board Exam, even if it required a miracle.

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