March-April 2009

Pulong ng Editor

GOOD FRIDAY: STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The Stations of the Cross are a traditional Lenten prayer. The Presbyterian scripture scholar, Rev. William Barclay, helped me with the Stations. On TV he said, ‘We Protestants tend to pass over the Roman Catholic usage of Veronica and the three falls on the way to Calvary, because they are not in the Bible. But these scenes come from an ancient tradition, so let us treat them as we treat Bible scenes; namely, we ask ourselves: ‘What message does this scene have for me today?'


THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Mrs Jackie Parkes shares with us here how she has gone through depression and come through it. It was the very illness that brought her into agony that paved the way for a spiritual communion with God that made her feel the ecstasy and the glimpse of the promised heaven.

 


A Daughter’s View On Manic Depression

Elizabeth Parkes, then 11 and now 14, the daughter of Jackie Parkes, wrote on how she helps her mom cope with manic depression.



Where The Poor Get More Than Enough

This is an interview with a social work student about the founder of the Daughters of St Augustine, putting emphasis on Fatima Center which she founded and that serves as a concrete example of fulfilling their mission.

 



THE LITTLE WAY

The article tells what Mary Doohan went through that led her to founding The Little Way Association and how her contribution to the Catholic Church in the name of mission has touched the lives of many.

 



WHAT'S ON THEIR MIND

The realities of mental health, specifically in Peru, is presented here. More than that is the effort and commitment of religious and lay groups to provide treatment and increase awareness about the importance of good mental health.



WHO WILL CONSOLE CONSUELO?


Sister Angela, engaged in prison ministry tells us of an experience during one of her visits to a Chilean jail. She shares an encounter with Consuelo, a woman prisoner, who challenged her by venting all her anger towards God for the bitter life she had lived, leaving Sister Angela with the question: ‘who will console Consuelo? This presentation on the other hand also features a letter sent by Carlos who is grateful for the support given to the prisoners by Sister Angela that gives them hope for a brighter future.