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Davao City's San Pedro Cathedral Incident

This picture has been going viral today and the uploader’s description on his Facebook account:

FILTHY HYPOCRITES. As I was shooting in Davao City’s San Pedro Cathedral during the observance of Good Friday, I noticed a Tagalog speaking man instructing this security guard to throw out a half-naked man who is silently kneeling and praying inside the church, saying that the churches in Manila prohibit persons with mental disabilities and vagrants to enter its premises. The security guard then assaulted the poor man without any warning poking him in the ribs several times using a “ratan” truncheon…I immediately took several burst shots of the detestable incident. Suddenly, an old man with a Bible in his hand tapped me on my shoulder and told me that it is improper to take photos of the incident and that it is also improper to take photos inside their heavenly church. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? Tama si Dong Abay. Banal na aso, santong kabayo. (Copyright: Karlos Manlupig)

NOTE: I opted to post this blurry picture to preserve the identity of the victim.

When I first saw the picture, I was in deep awe! Judging from the shot and the description, it could have been a legitimate incident where the guard dispelled the beggar away from the church. But realizing what may have happened, the beggar has mental disabilities, he might have been disturbing the devotees while they were praying. But then, again, it is hard to judge from one single shot. If this was taken with multiple shots or better a video clip, we can verify its genuineness.

Nevertheless, based on experience when I was attending some baptismal service at Our Lady of Abandoned Parish in San Roque, Marikina, there was an instance when the guard asked the beggar to leave the church premises because she was asking for alms. This is a different scenario because she was asking for money, on the contrary, from the earlier example, that the male beggar was praying silently.

As far as I know, there is no bible passage in the New Testament that Jesus gave money to the beggar. Please help me on this, I have not read the whole holy book nor I have been an avid fan reading the scriptures. This is from what I remember when I was still in a Christian high school. And please do not think I am writing this post because I have decided not to believe in religion. Me, being an aetheist, I still believe there is one supreme God.

So what do you think?

Jesus vs Lucifer

The Champion

While I was just listening to my iPod, I just had a glimpse of an imagery of what my classroom looked like when I was in Grade 5. Then came across this memory that we won first place in a speech choir held locally in our city.

In the vast expanse of a timeless place,
Where silence ruled the outer space,
Ominously, towering it stood,
The symbol of a spirit war
Between the one name Lucifer,
And the Morning Star, The ultimate of good.

Enveloped by a trillion planets,
Clean as lightning and hard as granite,
A cosmic coliseum would host the end
Of the war between the lord of sin and death,
And the Omnipotent Creator of man’s first breath,
Who will decide who forever will be the Champion.

The audience for the ‘Fight of the Ages’ was assembled and in place.
The angels came in splendor from a star.
The saints that had gone before were there: Jeremiah, Enoch, Job.
They were singing the “Song of Zion” on David’s harp.

The demons arrived, offensive and vile, cursing and blaspheming God.
Followed by their ‘trophies’ dead and gone.
Hitler, Napoleon, Pharaoh, Capone,
Tormented and vexed and grieved.
Waiting for their judgment From the Throne.

Then a chill swept through the mammoth crowd and the demons squealed with glee,
as a sordid, vulgar, repulsive essence was felt.
Arrogantly prancing, hands held high, draped in a sparkling shroud
Trolled by demons, Satan ascended from Hell.

Then Satan cringed, the sinners groaned!
The demons reeled in pain as a swell of power like silent thunder rolled
With a surge of light beyond intense, illuminating the universe,
In resplendent glory appeared the Son of God.

Then a Persona, yes, Extraordinaire appeared in center ring.
God the Father will oversee the duel.
Opening the Book of Life, each grandstand hushed in awe as
majestically He said,
“Now here’s the rules. He’ll be wounded for their transgressions,
bruised for iniquities”
When He said, “By His stripes they’re healed,” the devil shook!
He screamed, “Sickness is my specialty. I hate that healing junk!”
God said, “You shut your face, I wrote the book!”
Then the Father looked at His only Son and said,
“You know the rules.
Your blood will cleanse their sins and calm their fears.”
Then He pointed His finger at Satan and said,
“And I know you know the rules.
You’ve been twisting them to deceive My people for years.”
Satan screamed, “I’ll kill you Christ! You’ll never win this fight!”
The demons wheezed, “That’s right, there ain’t no way.”
Satan jeered, “You’re dead meat, Jesus, I’m gonna bust you UP tonight!”
Jesus said, “Go ahead, make my day!”
The bell rang, the crowd cheered, the fight was on,
And the devil leaped in fury.
With all his evil tricks he came undone.
He threw his jabs of hate and lust.
A stab of pride and envy but the hand that knew no sin blocked every one.

Forty days and nights they fought, and Satan couldn’t touch Him.
Now the final blow saved for the final round.
Prophetically Christ’s hands came down
And Satan struck in vengeance!
The blow of death felled Jesus to the ground.

The devils roared in victory!
The saints shocked and perplexed as wounds appeared upon His hands and feet.
Then Satan kicked Him in His side, and blood and water flowed.
And they waited for the 10 count of defeat.

God the Father turned His head,
His tears announcing Christ was dead!
The 10 count would proclaim the battle’s end.
Then Satan trembled through his sweat in unexpected horror, yet…
As God started to count by saying,
“…10…”
“Hey wait a minute, God…” “…9…” “Stop! You’re counting wrong…”
“…8…”
His eyes are moving…
“…7…”
His fingers are twitching…
“…6…”
“Where’s all this Light coming from?”
“…5…”
“He’s alive!”
“…4…”
“Oh – nooooo!”
“…3…”
“And yet,”
“…2…”
“Oh…Yessssss!
“…1…”
He has won!
He has won!
He’s alive forevermore!
He is risen, He is Lord,
He has won!
He has won!
He’s alive forevermore,
He is risen!
He is Lord!

Proclaim the news in every tongue,
Through endless ages and beyond
Let it be voiced from mountains loud and strong
Captivity has been set free, salvation bought for you and me
‘Cause Satan is defeated,
And Jesus is The Champion

Nazareth

Its been a while since I last visited my former highschool.
I dropped by Nazareth Christian School to empathize with my former classmate. His eldest brother died recently because of colon cancer.

I had fun when I was in highschool.
I missed spiritual retreats and worshipping and glorifying God.
I have no time to devote or at least attend mass even once a week on His day.
Work… to busy.