foodforthesoul – your prayer and meditation companion, a portable e-book

foodforthesoul is a collection of inspirational prayer-poems that you can download into your cellphone, ipad, or laptop, so you can pray and talk to the Lord anywhere anytime, especially if you are asking a special favor, such a loved one who is seriously sick.

PRAYER GUIDE

Begin by putting yourself in the presence of the Lord, and stating the favor you ask, if any. Read only 1 t0 3 prayer-poems at random every day. You cannot read this book fast like a novel. You have to INTERNALIZE. Let it sink in. Pause and meditate after every prayer poem.

By reading, you are already praying. Then, talk to Jesus and Mary and pour your heart out to them. Bring your portable foodforthesoul to your ‘prayer garden’, which is anywhere – a crowded jeepney, a quiet balcony, at coffee break at work, an empty church. Say your sunrise or sunset prayers using foodforthesoul.

eastwind journals

December 26, 2022 (archives – foodforthesoul manuscript)
By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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INTRODUCTORY PRAYER POEMS

leave the chaos
of the rapidly changing world
enter your personal “garden”
of peace and spiritual calm
bring this book to your “garden”
where no one can enter
except the Lord
where He can give you
strength, wisdom and healing
leave the material world behind
gather spiritual strength
nourish your soul with this
foodforthesoul
only then will you discover
what is within
you all this while
gems you have shelved
and forgotten
in the frenzy of your life

*****

now that You have healed me Lord
i find a change in me
i have grown quieter in spirit
i find myself smiling at obnoxious people
singing during heavy traffic
less agitated by inane blunders
no longer riled by rowdy kids
i have built a soft fence
against the frenzied world
i now find time for myself
quiet moments of prayer with You
i have become at home with myself
and at home with You
You have healed my troubled spirit

*****

all that begin must end
death follows birth
dusk follows dawn
darkness follows light
only one thing is endless
your immortal soul
image of the Alpha and Omega
Who has no beginning and no end
in Him lies your eternity

*****

Jesus is the alpha and the omega
the beginning and the end
the center of everything that is
He is before birth and after death
He gives and takes away
He permeates our lives
without Him we are nothing
without Him we cannot cope
He is within us always

*****

I am the ocean you are the river
flow into Me as I into you
I am the vine you are the branches
abide in Me as I in you

foodforthesoul prayer poems

Numbered for easy reference.

001
My ways are harsh and soothing
My yoke is bitter and sweet
My paths are winding and straight
My Words are of anger and of love

I bring drought before the deluge
pain before deliverance
sickness before healing
hunger before nourishment

it is in thirsting that you seek My water
it is in grieving that your soul is cleansed
it is in pain that I draw you close to Me
it is in loneliness that you seek to love

tell others of My cruelty and kindness
My storms that soothe, My hell and paradise
it is in suffering that My kingdom is in you
stay close and let Me be your shield

002
He brings you strength in your weariness
He heals you in your infirmities
He is the deluge after your drought
you hear His whispers amid the roar of thunder
so silently He is in you amidst your storms

003
discernment is seeing in total darkness
or in blinding light
it is knowing a person without speaking to him

discernment is understanding the essential
without knowing the peripheral
it is knowing without being taught

discernment is having the answer
before the question is asked
it is giving without any suspicion

discernment is believing without seeing
loving without asking why
trusting complete strangers

discernment is wisdom in the Lord
understanding and believing His divine will
knowing His love and mercy by intuition

004
forget about your eyes
see with your heart
forget about your ears
listen with your soul

only then can you discern
what you have known all the while
which wise men cannot comprehend
but children can see so plainly

005 See introductory prayer poems

006
Lord You are the oil in my evening lamp
the sun on my morning bed

You are the wind against my windless sail
the lull against the vicious storm

You are the song in my lips
the rain on my parched face
the oasis in the vast desert
the flower in my parched garden

uplift my soul o Lord
stay close to me as the storm rages

007
rooms of the soul

there is a large room in your soul
where anyone is welcome
strangers and new acquaintances

there is a smaller room in your soul
where only friends are welcome
people you like and can talk to

there is an even smaller room
where only loved ones
and special friends can enter

people who can understand
your innermost longings
to whom you can bare deep secrets

there is the smallest room of all
that extends to the horizon
and the outer rim of the gal­axy

in this vast tiny room
where there are no secrets
there is only you, God and destiny

008
many roam vast deserts
in search of My kingdom
trekking to distant places
groping in darkened forests

yet My kingdom is in you
and in others around you
it is in all of you together
praising My name

009
it is in looking outward that you see inward
it is in looking inward that you see nothing
if you look for yourself you see total darkness
if look for the other you see blinding light

love is the essence of all being
without which there is nothing
discover yourself by discovering the other
reach out in order to reach in

love of other builds you
love of self breaks you
inside you you see nothing
inside the other you see everything

the mysteries of the vast universe
beyond your wildest dreams
you are a mirror of the other
and the other a mirror of you

010
neither seek happiness which is elusive
nor flee from pain which is inevitable

rather seek love which brings happiness
without wishing for it and pain which is bearable

happiness and pain are mere fruits of love
pain goes with love but there is no regret

011
Lord teach me Your ways
turn my hatred into forgiveness
my anger into patience
my indifference into sensitivity
my sensuality into denial
my selfishness into generosity
my arrogance into lowliness
Lord give me Your light
let me not grope in darkness

012
A TRUE STORY

when the first nuclear bomb of history fell on hiroshima
everything was razed to the ground for miles around
except for a tiny jesuit home a hundred meters from ground zero
where people were praying the rosary when the blast occurred
as reported by the jesuits to their superiors

013
the way you look at things makes your destiny
which is in your hands
the world does not form you
you form yourself in the world
through your perspective, the window of your soul

your perspective is your power
borrow the eyes of the Lord
when you look at the world
see what He sees
a world fraught with peace and kindness

014
GROSS DOMESTIC HAPPINESS (GDH)

in bhutan the president has declared
that life is to be measured
not in gross domestic product
but in gross domestic happiness
a return to the spirit in a world of matter

015
true courage is
in defying your superiors
if you are right
true humility is
in conceding to subjects
if you are wrong

016
a flower is the symbol of the temporal
it blooms to herald its beauty
then withers and vanishes

a flower is the symbol of the eternal
before it withers, it makes new seeds
it is reborn and never dies

our soul is like a flower
born beautiful in time and space
eternal in rebirth in the Lord

017
the greatest virtues are also the greatest vices
wealth and power

wealth sanctifies if shared
and depraves if ill-gotten

power emancipates if used for common good
and enslaves if used for self gain

they spell success in life and destiny after life
they are the Lord’s tools for salvation and damnation

018
YOUR WAYS ARE NOT MY WAYS

Lord teach me Your ways
so i do not insist on mine
often i want to be in charge
plan everything to the least detail
sorry that often i forget to give You space

all i really have to do is give You the helm
You do everything for me so well
down to the smallest detail beyond my expectations
so simple and strange are Your ways Lord
all i need is prayer faith and very little effort

total surrender to Your will o Lord
Your ways are effortless yet taxing
obvious yet mysterious, simple yet complex
Lord teach me Your ways
so i do not insist on mine

019
GO FOR THE COFFEE

when coffee was served
everyone chose the more expensive cups

life is the cup, the quality of life the coffee
the cup is salary and career and comfort
all the material needs to live by
the coffee is spiritual fulfillment
good family, good relationships
all the spiritual needs to live by

go for the coffee not the cup
your cup can be made of paper
but your coffee can be the best brew

anonymous from the Internet

020
EVERYTHING IS NOTHING

if you have everything anything else is nothing
if you have nothing anything is everything

yet to attain everything
you have to seek nothing
and renounce everything

in seeking everything
nothing is achieved
for everything is really nothing

life is a dream and means nothing
life is for real and means everything

021
with Jesus
nothing is impossible
everything is possible

022
LIFE IS LIKE A PIANO

life is like a piano
the white keys are happiness
the black sadness
but in life’s long journey
they create music together

a text message

023
start each day with the thought
that it is the first day of your life
begin with a clean sheet
forget the dirt and pain of the past

start each day with the thought
that it is the last day of your life
end with a bang
make up for lost time and lost love

024
AN ANECDOTE

there was a huge traffic jam
a sixteen wheeler was stuck
beneath the low overpass
a dozen men and the police were talking
but no one could find a way
to remove the truck from under the overpass

they tried everything
crane, grease, sledge hammer
but the truck would not budge
joseph was tugging at his dad’s arm
his dad ignored him
trying to help in the crisis

an hour passed by
the traffic extended for ten kilometers
the men were desperate and nervous
finally his dad could not stand his repeated nagging
he faced joseph squarely
and asked what it was he wanted

joseph said it was so simple
all they had to do
was take out the air from the tires
everyone looked at joseph with amazement
his dad was embarrassed
instantly the truck was out of the overpass

a child’s heart sees ways
based on instant intuition
that adult minds are blind to
intricate logic cannot see
what simple insight can discern clearly
extracting the essential from the peripheral

unless you become little children
you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven
or move a truck out of an overpass

025
HERE AND NOW AND FOREVER

there is a place called
here and now and forever
where there is no time
where people with eternal bonds meet

this place transcends time and space
no geography no physical presence
we are all here only if we want to
we commune only if want to

people stay and come and go
they always return but they never really left
this strange remote place called
here and now and forever

026
what makes water gold is the sun
water by itself is clear and colorless
the water is your soul
the sun is the light of the Lord in you

027
in the autumn of your life
when your body grows weak and fragile
make the spirit strong and tough
gather strength in the Lord
toil in service to Him
creator of all seasons

028
A TRUE STORY

in a remote village in mindoro
jobless mang inciong
sits by the sari-sari store every morning
talking to himself

he is the object of ridicule
by everyone who comes to the store
women tease him, children throw stones at him
everyone has a great time making fun of him

but he is forever meek
taking all the hurt in silence
by mid-afternoon he begins to drink
a bottle of gin without chaser

once he is drunk
it is his turn to get even
everyone who ridiculed him scurries way
as he shouts invectives and insults

he is not a fool
he knows the secret sins of the people who ridicule him
the walls have ears
it is his turn to shame and ridicule them

he casually relates a ‘secret’ love affair of married woman
a father who raped his own daughter
a closet queen who is no longer so closeted
he shames all who had shamed him

everyone is gone when he starts shouting
but mang inciong knows they are all listening
to the gossips he says about others
he has become the village voice of their sins

he is a mouthpiece of lust hypocrisy
adultery perversity greed
he who maligns
is maligned a hundred fold

029
LOVE THEM ANYWAY

people are often unreasonable
illogical and self centered
love them anyway
if you are kind people may accuse you
of having selfish or ulterior motives
be kind anyway

if you are successful you will win
false friends and true enemies
succeed anyway
if you are honest and frank
people may cheat you
be honest and frank anyway

what you spend years building
someone could destroy overnight
build anyway
if you find serenity and happiness
some may be jealous
be happy anyway

the good you do today
people will often forget tomorrow
do good anyway
give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough
give the world the best you’ve got anyway

in the final analysis
it is between you and God
it has never between you and them anyway

mother teresa

030
I make lame men walk
as easily as I forgive their sins

031
we are in a hurry but we are going nowhere
we communicate to many but we have no message
many communicate to us but we do not listen
we are busy yet bored
we regress in our progress

place the spiritual beside the technological
balance an hour of internet with a minute of prayer
seek harmony when conflicts intensify
achieve patience when tempers flare
render to caesar and render to the Lord

032
THERE IS AN ANGEL IN THE WILIEST DEMON

not knowing the price of the doll
the young girl smiled at the victimizing vendor
plunged into her purse
and offered an open hand with all her money
coins fell all over and the vendor picked them up
placed them back on the open hand
and gave the doll away for nothing

there is an angel in the wilest demon
when you open a door wide
you take a risk but most often
demons turn into angels before they enter
if you want trust you must give it first
if you want love you must give it first

033
do not let your left hand know
what your right hand gives away
giving in secret is its own reward
giving for the camera is its own folly

034
A TRUE STORY

jason is the only son of jessica
a filipino woman dentist in new jersey
fatherless but rich
jason was spoiled by her mom

she could not even ask him
to mow the lawn
he was so bored with life
he looked far away for hours
to the horizon lost in thought

jessica decided to send him
to guatemala as a peace corps volunteer
there for the first time
he knew the meaning of poverty and pain
forgetting the luxury of home
beyond the discomfort of mosquito bites
his heart opened up for the first time
he realized how much power he had
to change things and people

coming home to new jersey
the first thing jason asked her mom
was if she wanted him to mow the lawn
jessica fell into tears
things were never the same
jason was no longer a child
it took the awareness of suffering
to awaken his restless soul

dunk your children in the mud
so they can grow strong and learn to love
extricate them from the turmoil
of comfort and apparent peace

035
the only pain of one who loves
is when the person one loves is in pain
all other pain is nothing

036
damien did not see a leper
he saw only a radiant soul
how many lepers
have we missed in our lives?
find yourself one fast
there is very little time

037
an expensive pilgrimage
to Our Lady of Medjugorje
is the same as a cheap one
to Our Lady of Manaoag
she is the same Lady

it is our faith that heals us
not our pockets

pray at Antipolo or Baclaran
instead of at Lourdes or the Vatican
and give the rest of the money
you would have spent to the poor
and believe me
you will receive a hundred fold

sister raquel reodica, RVM

038
DISCERNING THE RAINBOW

where others see mist, discern rainbow
where others see gray, discern colors
where others see the surface, discern what is beneath
where others see the horizon, discern what is beyond

where others see complexity, discern simplicity
where others see vengeance, discern forgiveness
where others see conflict, discern harmony
where other see hate, discern love

039
nothing can separate us from You Jesus
not anguish persecution nor famine
not hunger peril nor sword
not life nor death, present nor future
in all these things we conquer
through You who love us

St. Paul to the Romans

040
like a sword that must first be born in fire
to be the hardest of steel
we must first be born of the Holy Spirit
to become the best of His warriors
enkindle in us Lord the fire of Your love

041
FORGIVENESS HEALS

anger consumes, forgiveness heals
anger weakens, forgiveness strengthens

042
i have encountered many
who have been healed of terminal diseases
like cancer by simply forgiving
un-forgiveness can cause cancer

hatred and anger consume
your body not just your soul
cancer can have spiritual causes
forgiveness heals and renews

sr raquel, RVM

043
the bigger the wound the harder to forgive
the greater the effort the greater the virtue
be with us Lord of forgiveness
in our relationships and conflicts
heal our wounds that we may heal others

044
if Jesus Lord of the universe
was mocked and ridiculed
why is it hard for you
a mere creature to take the same
when it is but a shade
of His pain and humiliation

sr raquel, RVM

045
A RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART

we have molded powerful tools
internet, satellites, robotics
yet we grope in the blinding light
we are smart but not wise

in our rapid development
in our frenzied milestones
we have sharpened our minds
but numbed our hearts

in our haste to progress and enrich physically
we have regressed and impoverished spiritually
we need a renaissance of the heart
a paradigm shift towards the spirit

we are going nowhere too fast
we are communicating to all everywhere
but we have no message
we are regressing in our progress

balance digital with analog
keyboard with blue skies
victories with sharing
fear of hurt with risk of loving

we lose because
we want so much to win
we have done nothing
in our desire to do everything

046
hope for a flower lies in the butterfly
hope for a sailboat lies in the wind
hope for a wandering soul lies in prayer
to Him who is Life and foodforthesoul

047
Lord give me the strength
and grace and courage
to be your warrior
for i am weak and frail
it is You who make me strong
You sustain and nourish me
for the final battle

sr raquel, RVM

048
LORD, BE THE MIRROR

Lord, be the Mirror
that we may see ourselves in You
and You in ourselves

be the Window
that we may look out of ourselves
and see the beauty in others

be the Music
we hear in our time of darkness
that soothes our souls

be the Wind
on our sail as we head for home
into the warmth of Your wings

be the Fire
that moves our spirits
and kindles our energies

isabuhay (surf reyes) –eastwind

049
the lost message of the butterfly

a multitude of caterpillars
crawled to gather in awe
of a butterfly who said –

I come to show what you can do
for what I am all of you will be

there was the roaring whisper of disbelief
hushed as he said continuing –
you must die that you may fly

then he flew ascending to the heavens –
He is the only one on high
the leaders declared to their lowly herd –
you are all unworthy of the sky

And they made a God of him to worship
as they remained crawling in their gardens

isabuhay (surf reyes)

050
as i decrease You increase
as my body ages
my spirit grows strong
as i diminish You flourish

051
You are the Lord our God there is no other
the God of Abraham and Moses
You give and You take away
life and death, light and darkness
joy and misery, benediction and destruction
you are the God of mercy and wrath
Your will be done Lord
we surrender our spirits to You

sr raquel reodica, RVM

052
if your heart is kind
you can see forever

sister raquel reodica, RVM

053
seeing the old man grieving
because he recently lost his wife
the boy climbed up to his lap
and just sat there

asked later what
he said to the old man
he answered
nothing i just helped him cry

leo buscaglia

054
BE MORE GENTLE TO YOURSELF

attitudes can bring sickness
deep hatred can consume physically
doctors now say beyond chemical poisons
are psychological poisons
related to ailments like cancer

the secret to life is in you
your relationships your family your work
be happy in treating people with gentleness
then you will feel peace in your soul

the medicine for spiritual turmoil is spiritual
relax and change your lifestyle
forgive, smile, sing, be patient
these are spiritual vitamins, a secret youth serum
you will realize that by being more gentle to others
you are more gentle to yourself

learn to love deeply
then you can see yourself and forever

sister raquel, RVM

055
the barest whisper is a roar
if it speaks the truth
amidst deceit and hypocrisy
amidst repression and censorship

056
if you want to learn to love better
start with a friend whom you hate

nikka, age 6

057
A TRUE STORY

vicky has advanced-stage diabetes
her immunity system has so degenerated
that a small wound on her foot
becomes gangrene beyond medication
the doctors say they have to amputate

four hours after being prayed over
by sister raquel reodica, RVM
vicky’s gangrene dries up completely
the pus vanishes into thin air
like darkness vanishes into dawn

the next day the doctors check on vicky
and are shocked to see that
even the inside of her wound are dry
when no medicine was administered

after interviewing vicky and her doctors
a team of doctors from the vatican
who visit to look into the beatification
of mother ignacia, founder of the RVM
declare that this is a ‘first class miracle’
attributed to mother ignacia
whom sister raquel invokes in healing prayers

the Lord loves vicky as He loves each of us
we who ask Him for help in the darkness of our lives
shall receive His bounty, so to Him be glory and honor
Who heals not so much our bodies but more our spirits
for our bodies are but dust but our spirits are forever

058
LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL

love is not reciprocal
it is unconditional
no expectation only oblation

love is blind to the peripheral
it sees only the essential
it is beyond time and space

love is immune to pain
it never thinks of gain
it has no expectations

love is its own reward

ang nagmamahal walang hinihinging kabalikan
walang rekisito walang kabayaran
sarili niyang gantimpala ang magmahal
wala siyang takot tinatawanan ang dusa at kirot
mahal lamang ang nasa isip
ibigay nang lubos ang sarili
nang ang sarili maging lubos

hangingsilangan (eastwind)

059
all that begin must end
death follows birth
dusk follows dawn
darkness follows light
only one thing is endless
your immortal soul
image of the Alpha and Omega
Who has no beginning and no end
in Him lies your eternity

Jesus is the alpha and the omega
the beginning and the end
the center of everything that is
He is before birth and after death
He gives and takes away
He permeates our lives
without Him we are nothing
without Him we cannot cope
He is within us always

060
WE ARE BUSY YET BORED

the essential is hidden and forgotten
the peripheral is bared and extolled
there is obsession for recreation
there is indifference for meditation

we fulfill earthly tasks yet are spiritually wanting
we are marthas not marys
busy yet bored, successful yet unfulfilled
we embrace absurdity and abandon meaning

until we realize all is not forever
the opulence will fade and vanish
why do we learn only on our deathbed
the meaning of life

061
A TRUE STORY

roger was an ambitious cardiologist
a go-getter brimming with energy
at age of 35 he was the youngest medical consultant
of a prestigious hospital
with the highest income among his peers
he achieved so much in such a short time
being on top, supervising so many
being the ubiquitous trouble shooter
needed and approached by everyone
he was envied and idolized

one day at the age of 45, while playing golf
roger suddenly collapsed
he died instantly on the green without warning
of a massive heart attack, his first
which came like a thief in the night
he was asymptomatic
he never showed any symptoms
that his heart was already clogged up
it was ironic that he was a cardiologist
in his youth he achieved all
and in his youth he suddenly lost all

we begin to ask some questions
what does it profit a man if he achieves so much
but suddenly dies because of his very achievements?
would it not have been better
if he was a ‘failure’ but still lived?
or that his achievements were something else?
why build an empire if it will kill you?
are there lesser empires that would bring
bounty and fulfillment without ending in perdition?

what is the goal and meaning of life?
is it to achieve and be successful
or is there something more to life
something deeper and more important
than career or success or fame?
only you can answer that
which reflects what and who you are
your deepest yearnings your deepest secrets

beware as you never know
the day nor the hour, says the Lord
that is the first lesson
beware also to put in your heart
things that really matter most in life
before all others that also matter
that is the second lesson
remain in the Lord always
in success or failure, joy or pain
He is the Light in your darkness
that is the third lesson

there are more lessons
but only your heart can discern them all

062
THINK ONE DAY AT A TIME

think one day at a time
today is your entire life
live it with full intent
every morsel you eat
every person you meet
every prayer you whisper
live it for the Lord
leave tomorrow to tomorrow
so you will be fulfilled today

063
THE CHILD IN YOU

the adult in you puts up defenses
the child in you bares all
the adult in you pretends to be brave
the child in you is brave

the adult in you wants to talk
and be in charge
the child in you wants to listen
and be in tune

the adult in you breaks down in crisis
the child in you laughs at crisis
the adult in you is logical
the child in you is intuitive

the adult in you keeps ideas
the child in you shares ideas
the adult in you studies people
the child in you likes people

the adult in you relies on caution
the child in you throws it to the wind
unless you become a child
you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven

064
A TRUE STORY

josephine works at the department of energy
as a member of the council
that evaluates public bids for big energy projects
which run into millions of dollars

a japanese executive from a big multinational
came up to her and gave her a thick envelope
and told her to open it later when she was alone

when she got home she opened the envelope
and immediately tears flowed
for she found one hundred thousand pesos
money she needed so desperately
for her daughter’s college tuition
she asked for strength from the Lord
the whole night she was in agony not knowing what to do
until she fell asleep, her tears un-dried in her cheeks

in the morning her daughter woke her up
and asked what was the matter
josephine looked hard at her
the youth and beauty of her only child
and embraced her tighter than ever before

she left immediately
hurrying to return the envelope
to the secretary of the japanese
before she changed her mind
going back to work she felt a sense of peace
she had never felt before
a sense of well being very rare
in her life of tension and endless tasks
it was a gift from the Lord

after a week, the Japanese
suddenly appeared in her office
he smiled and gave a very low curtsy
all the way to the waist
in japanese culture the lower the bow
the greater the respect
it was a bow for an empress, a bow of deep respect
no word was spoken and the two smiled at each other
the japanese left and it is almost the end of the story

two months later out of the blue
the money josephine wanted so desperately
fell on her lap almost like an accident
but she knew it was not an accident
it was not a hundred thousand, much smaller
but it was enough and her daughter went to college
it was a gift from the Lord

she asked only for a little strength
and the Lord made her invincible
in her moment of despair
a tiny streak of light smashed the darkness
blinding a japanese in awe
He also gave her peace and well being
nothing the hundred thousand could buy

in our darkest moments He is there
if only we grope for Him
in our despair and want He is there
if only we want Him to be
in our illness He heals
if only we ask Him

HOW CAN YOU GET LOST
WHEN ALL ROADS LEAD TO HIM
WHO IS EVERYWHERE FOR EVERYONE

065
your tears are My tears
your laughter My laughter
abide in Me for I turn tears into laughter

066
THE GOD OF FIRE

when i touch people
i sometimes feel a spark in my hand
and jerk it in reflex
normally a sign of healing

there was a time
electric bulbs in the entire house
blinked until the fuse broke
plunging us into darkness

i often wonder what it takes
to be a bridge to the power
of the God of fire
Who is out to cleanse not just your body

but more important your soul

sr raquel reodica, RVM

067
intelligence wins wars
wisdom avoids wars
intelligence maximizes profit
wisdom shares profit
intelligence wants victory
wisdom wants peace

udyok ng katalinuhan ay manakop
asam ng dunong at diwa’y iwasan
udyok ng katalinuhan’ kasagarang ani
asam ng dunong at diwa’y ipamahagi
udyok ng katalinuhan ang maghari
asam ng dunong at diwa’y kapayapaan

ernesto gabriel t. santa cruz ( bebot )
august 13,2004

068
God made the poor to test the rich
God made the rich to rescue to the poor

sister raquel reodica, RVM

069
the mind grows by taking in
the heart grows by giving out

perla

070
your eyes, ears, and voice
are the windows of your soul
if you become a deaf-mute-blind
your soul will invent new windows

like touch and smell windows
and if these vanish
your soul will employ its pure psyche
to communicate with the outside world

for a window-less soul
will wither and die quickly
the energy of your soul
is limitless and irrepressible

your soul is in itself one big window
to the universe it perceives
and becomes one with
in total darkness it will emit its own light

if all the windows are closed
your soul will explode into a nova
that will light the entire galaxy
a light so contagious and mesmerizing

if only you know the power of your soul
and how to harness its awesome energy
you can be anywhere instantly
at just the thought of it

you will transcend
the limits of your body
if you discover the inner secrets
of your immortal soul

071
THE HIGHEST FORM OF PRAYER

the highest form of prayer
is an intimate talk with the Lord
worded or formulated prayers
are for communal purposes

try conversing with Him
like you do with a close friend
you will grow to like Him more
you will begin to enjoy praying

joke and laugh with Him
a few moments of intimacy
can be a good substitute
to a lengthy rosary

prayer is a relationship with God
not a formula of words
it is the easiest thing to do
if you have faith and an open heart

sister raquel

072
idolized by millions
who bow in awe
the great healer said

i am nothing
He who is in me is great
i am the cup, He is the wine
i merely let men drink the wine
without wine the cup is useless

073
you will discover
that you have two hands
one is for helping yourself
the other for helping others

audrey hepburn

074
all things are vanity
the loftiest endeavour
the most ingenious milestone
if not done in His name

vanity of vanities
all things are vanity
the loftiest endeavour is vanity
if not done in His name

if you build an empire in your lifetime
without His blessing
your empire is to naught
your fortunes will not save you

if you offer all to Him in your need
your poverty will save you
if a storm wipes out your harvest
sow your seeds once more

the Lord restores the ravaged fields
of those who labor in His name
sanctify your every breath in the Lord
lest they become vanity

ecclesiastes 1:1-8, 14-18, excerpts

075
LETTER TO SR RAQUEL

dear sister raquel

thanks for your return mail
to my inquiry and especially
for the attached prayers

i started to feel no pain
even from my distance
your prayer helped me so much
i am sending you my sincere thanks
my kidney pain stopped
this pain made me really feel so bad

from the computer tumography
stones were seen in both of my kidney
the left kindey is suspected of tuberculosis

on march 27 is my flight to manila
and on the first wednesday of april
i would like to be a part of the healing of sr raquel
kindly include my sister linda in your prayers

thank you very much and God bless

manny m

076
in Him you will discover
silence amid noise
serenity amid conflict
love amid hatred

your inner peace is within you
you can defy the turmoil around you
by sheer power of your will
you are calm or agitated only by free will

077
GOD’S WILL AND FREE WILL

the Lord is always on your side
but you have to will it

He will not come if you will not let Him
God’s will waits for your free will
to make the first move
to pray and listen to Him
before He makes things beautiful for you

that is the dialogue and relationship
between God’s will and your free will

total surrender to His will
whether you are in joy or pain
light or darkness, illness or well being
the merging of God’s will and free will
is the perfect teamwork

sr raquel reodica RVM

078
at the core of the galaxy
is a super-black hole smaller than earth
yet it controls billions of stars in the galaxy
every tiny moon is in its grasp
a teaspoon of matter in the black hole weighs
a thousand times that of our solar system
yet it is a mere shadow
of the Lord’s power majesty and Light

079
A TRUE STORY

it took chinese businessman gerry a lifetime
to build his economic empire
the fruit of daily painstaking work

now he basks in comfort
on his throne in his ripe age
viewing the panorama of his wealth

it took cancer to suddenly awaken him
that his empire could vanish so easily
in the blink of an eye

so he knelt and prayed for the first time
to thank the Lord
for giving him a chance to change

his children were angry
when he gave half his empire away
to him it was worthless now

giving was now his new-found wealth
he wanted to build a new empire
that could last forever

not of fortune that will fade away
not of palaces that will crumble
but of love that will endure

it was taking so much that brought cancer
it was giving it away that healed cancer
today he basks in the glory of the Lord

poorer but happier
no longer excited by corporate frenzy
looking forward to morning meditations

080
we are going nowhere too fast
we send dozens of emails
but we really have no message
we are regressing in our progress

balance digital with analog
keyboard with blue skies
victories for self with sharing with others
fear of hurt with risk of loving

we lose easily because
we want so much to win
in our desire to do everything
we have done nothing

what we can really do
are simple yet all-encompassing
what we can really give
are small yet it can change people

081
remember that you are dust
and you will return to dust
death is the absolute equalizer

of wealth beauty fame and intelligence
all these possessions shall pass away
as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow

it is in the realization of death tomorrow
that we can mould our lives today
in prayer and in the Lord

082
like salt in sea water
let your free will merge with God’s will
live a life of total surrender in the Lord

sr raquel reodica, rvm

083
ON RELATIONSHIPS
where there are wounds seek healing
where there is hurt seek forgiveness
where there is injustice seek atonement

ON WARS
where there is conflict seek harmony
where there is misunderstanding seek openness
where there is hate seek love

ON WEARINESS
where there is despair seek hope in Him
where there is darkness seek His light
where there is pain seek His strength

ON ABUNDANCE
where there is want seek sharing
where there is material gain seek spiritual recompense
where there is wealth seek frugality

ON DISCERNMENT
where there is confusion seek discernment thru prayer
where there is ignorance seek the wisdom of children
where there is absurdity seek meaning in Him

084
the mind can never understand
what the heart knows full well

isabuhay (surf reyes)

085
no matter where or when
I will seek you and find you
even if it takes forever
even if you run away and hide
no matter how grave your faults
I will hound you
to the ends of the earth
to offer you eternal life

086
there are only two things in life
that are central to our existence
that neutralize all, temporal or eternal
that lends meaning and absurdity
in the end only these matter
LOVE and DEATH

087
with just a whispered prayer
we can turn the Lord’s wrath into mercy
with even just hesitant remorse
we can avert cataclysms and calamities
for the Lord of punishment
is the Lord of forgiveness
His mercy overflows as rivers in a deluge

sister raquel reodica, rvm

088
if the Lord Creator of the universe
could bear insult and ridicule
why not you His mere creation

sister raquel reodica, rvm

089
the Lord Creator of the universe
was born in a sheep shed
placed on a feed box
honored by monarchs and peasants

so that He may bring salvation
to generation to generation
from east to west and north to south
past to future across eons

He is the shimmering Light in our darkness
the drizzle in our drought
the ship in our deluge
the solace in our pains

090
LESSONS FROM MARTHA AND MARY

balance the things of earth
with the things of heaven
timeliness with timelessness
scheduled tasks with unscheduled prayers
the now with the forever

when mary ate the sandwich martha prepared
she did not even notice it had no mayonnaise
because she was totally mesmerized
by the Lord’s precious insights
let the mary in you dominate your life

the human and divine in you
must be partners
efficiency and spirituality
computers and the bible
must work in tandem

091
the other is the mirror of the self
how you perceive people is what you are
what do you see, beauty or treachery?

092
EMAIL TO EASTWIND

dear eastwind

last summer my family
went to prague, czech republic
at the church of the Infant Jesus of Prague
i was filled with gratitude kneeling before His altar
now, reading His miracles and holy interventions
through sister raquel
i remember my spiritual moment there
my tears were “liquid prayers”
as i could not talk or pray
i was “speechless” before His Image
now, knowing and feeling His Power
i am humbled, very humbled
naiiyak pa din ako sa tuwa
give my greetings to sister raquel
pls. prayer for my husband’s
needs at this very moment
thank you! thank you!

rainbow

093
the largest body
of fresh water on earth
is found underneath the sahara
the largest desert

beneath the largest emptiness
is the largest fullness
the same with your heart
in its moments of despair

just an inch beneath
your total darkness
is the blinding Light of the Lord
but only if you turn to Him

094
i am the cup You are the wine
fill me to the brim
that others may drink
Lord Your will be done

095
i asked for rain You sent a deluge
i asked for a breeze You sent a storm
i asked for forgiveness
You healed my ailment
Who are You really
that You can do these things?

096
without trust relationships are fear-based
you sign a contract
there is an accounting quid pro quo
you are paid what is owed with interest

with trust relationships are love-based
there is no contract
there is no accounting only sharing
you are paid a hundred fold

relationships based on spirit
are free and flawless
relationships based on law
are fraught with dangers
conversations with odette, surf, fr kaloy

097
EMAIL TO EASTWIND

Hi, good morning. I have been your subscriber
for quite sometime now. I am here in Saudi
Arabia with my husband and two kids (ages 5 & 4).
I would like to ask your help on how I would teach
catechism to my children while we are here.
As you see it is not allowed to practice the faith here.
That is the reason why I appreciate your emails.
To tell you the truth I don’t even have a bible here.
A friend tried to send me one thru mail but it did not reach me
and maybe it is the reason why my mails then were opened.
My only consolation is having my rosary in my bag everyday.
I do get asked by my son sometimes “Mama, bakit c Jesus
nasa kuarto lang?”. He is referring to crucifix given to us
by a friend who went home for good.
We get to pray together as a family every night
before we sleep. Would appreciate any suggestion.

Many thanks, D

EASTWIND REPLY

dear D

rejoice in the thought
that you are an oasis in the desert
your faith is your strength
the Lord is with you and your family
wherever you are wherever you go
nothing else matters

098
it is so hard to forget
the sins of others against us
it is so easy to forget
our sins against others

forgiveness refreshes the spirit
like dew on desert flower
forgiveness awakens the soul
like first light in morning darkness

099
He brings you strength in your weariness
He heals you in your infirmities
He is the deluge in your drought
you hear His whispers amid the roar of thunder
so silently He is in you amidst your storms

100
careers and fortunes are small victories
big battles are with people and relationships
a humble home of harmony
is better than a palace of discord

101
the experience of God
is hard to explain
to know God is different
from the experience of God

sister raquel

102
the Word of the Lord
falls on rich or rocky ground
on green gardens or dried deserts
some are angered and tremble with hate
others are awed and tremble with joy

103
it is easy to be blind to evil than to fight it
your voice must echo across the valleys
to proclaim truth and justice
even if you suffer or die for it
your silence is its own evil

104
when you begin to pray
for evil people
instead of hating them
then you are beginning
to really love
not in word but in action

sr raquel

105
if you think you will not be healed
you will not be healed
for healing is in your faith

spiritual or physical healing
is in your heart as seen by the Lord
not in the healer nor the holy water

the ultimate prerequisites for healing
are faith, love and forgiveness
nothing more

106
there are spiritual portals
like sister raquel
through which love
floods humankind

isabuhay (surf reyes)

107
Lord i have sinned
a thousand fold
but you have forgiven me
seven thousand fold
long before i committed them

108
we must do good now
there is no time
life is too short and fragile

109
do not look for God in churches
they are in people all around you

isabuhay (surf reyes)

110
the wine flowed at the wedding
only because a Son
could not say no to His Mother

111
IN MEMORIAM – RIO DIAZ

the cancer in my body i did not choose
but in God’s sovereignty
He allowed this affliction in my life
but i ask you what is the cancer in your life

is it the cancer of unforgiveness
jealousy lust anger or bitterness
that you are holding on to?
what are the wrong choices
you continue to make?
because they give you temporary pleasure
but can permanently destroy your family
your husband or your wife
or your children or your circle of influence?

if you are going through a time
of terrifying darkness and despair
or are plagued by doubts
that are slowly eroding your hope
that things can get better
i urge you to surrender it all to God
give Him full control of your life
it is the only way to live

Lord, forgive me for all my sins
Jesus, come into my heart
be my Lord and my Savior
in Jesus’ name, i pray. amen

rio diaz cojuangco

112
surrender all to the Lord
pains and joys and triumphs and failures
sanctify them in His name
let go of the cancer of unforgiveness
desires that destroy our loved ones
He gives ailments to draw us closer to Him
He sends storms to calm our spirit
Lord forgive our human weaknesses

113
visionary maria esperanza had a dream
our Lady told her that she would be
the courier of many Marian messages
she waited and waited but there was none
after seventeen years when she had forgotten about it
when she was old and her children were grown up
the messages finally came not in trickles but in a flood
Lord Your ways are not our ways

gerry worked hard to produced a video documentary
about the Lord’s healing cancer patients
so the world would know of His mercy
but no one would air it
he failed and felt miserable
he thought it was a waste of time
two years later without him asking
at the blink of an eye
someone aired it seven times
Lord Your ways are not our ways

114
LETTER TO A FRIEND
WHO THINKS HE IS AN ATHEIST

you think you are an atheist
or do you not really know if you are one
yet you he tell everyone you are and are proud of it

nobody can prove God exists
because God is of the heart
not of the mind and ‘proof’ is of the mind

the experience of God, being of the heart
is beyond intellectualization
beyond logic and the mind
the experience of God requires a ‘leap’
from the intellectual to the spiritual

that is why God’s existence
can never be proven to intellectuals
He can only be ‘felt’ through the heart

you can go through the labyrinth of logic
to the most intricate reasoning
but He will always be elusive to the mind
you may feel that you can lord it over the earth
with your neat logic and argumentation
that – ah He does not exist
because no one can prove it
or ‘belief is not reality but imagination’
but i am sorry belief is so real to me

the bible scholar knows biblical history
to the last grain of data, the year, the writer,
the evolution of writings, the era, the upheavals
he can argue well, articulate well
this is all vanity, intellectual vanity
‘vanity of vanities all things are vanity’
the scholar still needs to make a leap
to really ‘know’ God because
TO KNOW GOD MEANS
TO HEEL HIM IN YOUR HEART
NOT STUDY HIM IN YOUR MIND

that is why
TRUE WISDOM IS OF THE HEART
NOT OF THE MIND

once you find Him
throw your intellectual caution to the wind
because you have reached the eye of the storm
another dimension beyond the mind
beyond your imagination

in the experience of God
you will begin to understand
how He is invisibly hovering above you
as you wander through the vast desert

in your thirst
he will invisibly give you
safe passage to an oasis
you need no effort no maps
He will veer your tracks
because you are with Him
i know it is hard for you to understand this

it is my faith that forms my destiny
my destiny with Him and in Him

the most astute biblical scholar
he thinks with his mind
and has forgotten how the heart
can think better, farther, deeper

THE MIND COMES TO ITS REAL SENSES
WHEN IT LISTENS TO THE HEART

i feel your realm is cold and arid
but i am only guessing
i may be wrong
i really do not know
perhaps you have your brand of warmth
against the winter that descends upon us all
i too have my cold arid days
but the Lord is my warmth
against the severest blizzard

it is hard to reach out to you
because you have made up your mind
but not your heart
and i do believe you are missing so much
about life in your intellectual cycles

i write not to sway you to my perspective
rather i merely point out
the chasm that separates us
a chasm that only
a simple effortless ‘leap’ of the heart
can bridge

your friend, eastwind

115
dearest Lord
teach me to be generous
teach me to serve You as You deserve
to teach and not to count the cost
to fight and not to heed the wounds
to toil and not to seek for rest
to labor and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing
i am doing Your holy will

ignatian prayer

116
mark Me in your heart
for love is as stern as death
as relentless as hell
as fiery as its fury
deep waters and floods
cannot quench love
yet if one were to give
all possessions to gain love
one would be scorned and mocked

song of songs 8:6-7

117
return to Me all you who have left Me
in stealth and silence
you are My prodigal sons
in the farthest nooks where you go
I am there seeking you still
in the longest time you are gone
I wait for your return with eagerness

you cannot escape My mercy

118 – see introductory prayer poems
119 – see introductory prayer poems

120
we are going nowhere too fast
we are communicating to all everywhere
but we have no message
we are regressing in our progress

balance digital with analog
keyboard with blue skies
victories with sharing
fear of hurt with risk of loving

we lose because
we want so much to win
we have done nothing
in our desire to do everything

121
perspective is power
the way you look at life
is what you are

see with your heart than your mind
and see beauty unseen by others
beyond the physical and the here-and-now
you see light where others see darkness
rainbow where others see grey
you see beneath where others see the surface
you see beyond where others see the horizon
you see yourself in others, your mirror

your perspective transcends time and space
only if you look with your soul
can you see forever

122
perspective is power
vision is virtuosity
elevation is enlightenment

123
on a clear day
rise and look around you
and you’ll see who you are
on a clear day
how it will astound you
that the glow of your being
outshines every star
you’ll be part of
every mountain sea and shore
you can see from far and near
a world you’ve never seen before
on that clear day
and on that clear day
you can see forever and ever more

excerpts from a song

124
there is a thin line
between love and hate
and a vast grey area
called indifference

125
in bhutan the president has declared
that life is to be measured
not in gross domestic product
but in gross domestic happiness
a return to the spirit in a world of matter

126
wealth and power
the two greatest virtues
are also the greatest vices
wealth sanctifies if shared
and depraves if ill-gotten
power emancipates if used for common good
and enslaves if used for self gain
they spell true success in life
and destiny after life
they are the Lord’s tools
for salvation and damnation

127
HERE AND NOW AND FOREVER

there is a place called
here and now and forever
where there is no time
where people with eternal bonds meet

this place transcends time and space
no geography no physical presence

we are all here only if we want to
we commune only if want to
people stay and come and go
they always return but they never really left

this strange remote place called
here and now and forever

128
what makes water gold is the sun
water by itself is clear and colorless
the water is your soul
the sun is the light of the Lord in you

129
I make lame men walk
as easily as I forgive their sins

130
we are in a hurry but we are going nowhere
we communicate to many but we have no message
many communicate to us but we do not hear
we are busy yet bored
we regress in our progress

place the spiritual beside the technological
balance an hour of internet with a minute of prayer
seek harmony when conflicts intensify
achieve patience when tempers flare
render to caesar and render to the Lord

131
THERE IS AN ANGEL IN THE SHREWDEST DEMON

not knowing the price of the doll
the young girl smiled at the victimizing vendor
offering an open hand with all her money
coins fell all over and the vendor picked them up
placed them back on the open hand
and gave the doll away

there is an angel in the wilest demon
when you open a window wide
you take a risk but most often
demons turn into angels before they enter
if you want trust you must give it first
if you want love you must give it first

132
do not let your left hand know
what your right hand gives away
giving in secret is its own reward
giving in the open is its own folly

133
the only pain of one who loves
is when the person one loves is in pain
all other pain is nothing

134
OF LEPERS AND RADIANT SOULS

damien did not see a leper
he saw only a radiant soul
how many lepers
have we missed in our lives?
find yourself one fast
there is very little time

135
an expensive pilgrimage to Medjugorje
is the same as a cheap one to Manaoag
she is the same Mother Mary

it is our faith that heals us not our pockets
pray at Antipolo or Baclaran
instead of at Lourdes or the Vatican

give the rest of the money
you would have spent to the poor
and you will receive a hundred fold

SR RAQUEL REODICA, RVM

136
DISCERNING THE RAINBOW

where others see the mist, discern the rainbow
where others see gray, discern colors
where others see the surface, discern what is beneath
where others see the horizon, discern what is beyond

where others see complexity, discern simplicity
where others see vengeance, discern forgiveness
where others see conflict, discern harmony
where other see hate, discern love

137
FORGIVENESS HEALS

anger consumes, forgiveness heals
anger weakens, forgiveness strengthens

138
i have encountered many who have been healed
of terminal diseases like cancer by simply forgiving

un-forgiveness can cause cancer
hatred and anger consumes
your body not just your soul
cancer can have spiritual causes

SR RAQUEL REODICA, RVM

139
the bigger the wound the harder to forgive
the greater the effort the greater the virtue
be with us Lord of forgiveness
in our relationships and conflicts
heal our wounds that we may heal others

140
if Jesus Lord of the universe
was mocked and ridiculed
why is it hard for you
a mere creature to take the same
when it is but a shade
of His pain and humility

SR RAQUEL REODICA, RVM

141
A RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART

we have molded powerful tools
internet, satellites, robotics
yet we grope in the blinding light
we are wise yet unwise

in our rapid development
in our frenzied milestones
we have sharpened our minds
but numbed our hearts

in our haste to progress and enrich
we have regressed and impoverished
let us return to the forest
to fill the vacuum of cyberspace

we need a renaissance of the heart

isabuhay (surf reyes) and eastwind

142
hope for a flower lies in the butterfly
hope for a sailboat lies in the wind
hope for a wandering soul lies in prayer
to Him who is Life

143
Lord give me the strength
and grace and courage
to be your warrior
for i am weak and frail
it is You who make me strong
You sustain and nourish me
in the final battle

SR RAQUEL REODICA, RVM

144
if you hold a hammer
you see people as nails
if you hold nothing
you see people as they are

be a blank page
let people write on you
then read what they write
and see yourself for yourself

145
Lord, be the Mirror
that we may see ourselves in You
and You in ourselves

be the Window
that we may look out of ourselves
and see the beauty in others

be the Music
we hear in our time of darkness
that soothes our souls

be the Wind
on our sail as we head for home
into the warmth of Your wings

be the Fire
that moves our spirits
and kindles our energies

146
as i decrease You increase
as my body ages
my spirit grows strong
as i diminish You flourish

147
i asked for strength You gave me crisis
i asked for wisdom You gave me problems
i asked for courage You gave me foes
i asked for love You gave me the needy
i received nothing i asked for
but got everything i needed

ASIA PACIFIC COLLEGE CAMPUS MINISTRY

148
You are the Lord our God there is no other
the God of Abraham and Moses
You give and You take away
life and death, light and darkness
joy and misery, benediction and destruction
you are the God of mercy and wrath
Your will be done Lord
we surrender our spirits to You

SR RAQUEL REODICA

149
if your heart is kind
you can see forever

SR RAQUEL REODICA, RVM

150
life patterns and attitudes
can predispose us to sickness
deep gnawing hatred
can consume us physically
doctors now look beyond chemical poisons
and begin to study psychological poisons
and correlate them to terminal diseases
like cancer and heart or kidney ailment

the secret to life is in you
not in a doctor or pharmacist
long life and well being are based on relationships
with family and office and the world
resolve that from now on
you will deal with people with gentleness
you will neutralize work pressures somehow
by sheer strength of your will and spirit

the medicine for spiritual turmoil is also spiritual
relax and change your lifestyle
forgiveness makes you healthy
smiles, songs, patience, poetry
are spiritual vitamins, a secret youth serum
be more gentle to yourself and to others
learn to love deeply
then you can see yourself and forever

SR RAQUEL REODICA, RVM

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Appendix 1. Dedication.

This book is dedicated to – First, the Holy Spirit, the greatest Author, who used my pen to write this book.

Second, Sister Raquel Reodica, RVM, cancer-healer of Jesus, who is a major source of inspiration. She is now too old to heal and sends a message to all those who are desperate for the Lord’s healing, “I am just a bridge to the Lord. You do not need me to get healed. Go direct to Jesus and ask Him for healing with all your heart. Your faith and prayers will heal you because nothing is impossible for Him.

Third, to my family, my wife Nene, children Julius, Dee, and Rochie, who are a source of strength and also inspiration.

Appendix 2. About the Author

Before embarking on a career in journalism, Bernardo V. Lopez, or Bernie to friends, pen-named eastwind, drifted through Europe and North Africa for 18 months, hitch-hiking 25,000 kilometers through 18 countries in the mid-70s. This opened his eyes and prepared him for a career in writing. He is proud to have a ‘doctorate in adventure’ even before his masters in Communication Arts at the New York University, 1983. He has a bachelor of arts degree in Mathematics from the Ateneo de Manila University, 1966.

As a career journalist, he was a columnist at the defunct Manila Chronicle for four years. As of this writing, and for the last five years, he is a columnist at Business World. He writes freelance for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star.

Bernie has published the book Prayer Posters You Can Frame (2003), a collection of prayers set in dramatic photographs. He has another book to be published soon, Wings and Wanderlust, the Secret in Discovering Yourself, based on his adventures in Europe. He has two Hollywood screenplays looking for a producer presently, Ananaki, the Tenth Planet, a science fiction involving alien encounters of the Bagobos of Mt. Apo, and Touch of Lightning, about a Badjao (sea gypsy) princess who saves her tribe from pirates.

Bernie is a professor and training consultant. He taught at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and the Asian Institute of Journalism. He has given many training seminar-workshops to corporations and government agencies. He is a communications consultant for World Bank, USAID, ADB-funded development projects.

Finally, he is a freelance director-producer-scriptwriter of television documentaries – for Inside Story of ABS-CBN under Loren Legarda, and for Probe Team of GMA7 under Luchie Cruz Valdez. He produced documentaries for Japanese television in partnership with Japanese independent film makers. He specializes in coverage of Filipino tribal minorities and anthropological documentaries, of which he has an intense obsession.

Introduction. Appendix 3.

We are in a unique age in the history of mankind. Time has shrunk and we have no more time for ourselves. We are busy yet bored, unfulfilled spiritually. We are in an era of rapid technological change. It is harder and harder to cope with these changes. So we are stressed. The number of types of shampoo have increased to hundreds, we do not know which one to choose. It is the same with television sets, cars, and cellphones. We are consistently immersed in a materialistic world which becomes part of the problem. There is information overload in the Internet, and we cannot find what we are looking. Computers and software we use are changing so fast, we are forced to learn new things we really do not need. By the time we learns them, they are replaced and are obsolete. There is a storm brewing inside us because the world is getting to be a whirlwind.

The only way to fight this situation is to return to spiritual basics, to refresh our lives with prayer and meditation in the small minutes that we can gather in our busy day, to go into our small garden where we can momentarily shut the chaos of the world, the crowds, the material devices. Here in our spiritual corner, there is only peace and calm and meditation and prayer. Here we are our true selves. We do not need to put up fronts with employers or acquaintances.

This book was written for these people in the calm of their small gardens. It is foodforthesoul to nourish us, revive us, strengthen us against the powerful forces of an every changing world, an ever shrinking planet. Finding spiritual strength and renewl is the only way to cope.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (amdg) / for the greater glory of God

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2) Sr. Raquel Reodica, RVM – www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAZcwNimBSg

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Author’s Credentials. Blogger – ex-Columnist (Inquirer) – Healing Ministry – ex-Professor (Ateneo University) – Documentary Producer-Director (freelance, ex-ABS-CBN, ex-TVS Tokyo) – ex-Broadcaster (Radio Veritas) – Facebook “Bernie V. Lopez Eastwind” / Pages “Eastwind Journeys and Journals” and “Mary Queen of Peace”. amdg

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