September-October 2005

Address Of John Paul II

TO THE ABORIGINES AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

 Alice Springs,   29 November 1986

9 October is Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday in the Philippine Church. 23 October is World Mission Sunday. The late Pope John Paul’s talk to the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia calls us to respect all cultures and languages, including our own. He reminds missionaries that the Gospel speaks all languages, esteems and embraces all cultures. He challenges our lack of respect for God’s creation and how we can learn from those who have lived in harmony with it for millennia, including the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is a great joy for me to be here today in Alice Springs and to meet so many of you, the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia. I want to tell you right away how much the Church esteems and loves you, and how much she wishes to assist you in your spiritual and material needs.

Going out on mission? Why?

By Father Hermes ‘Larry’ Sabud SM

Father Larry Sabud was the first Filipino Marist to be ordained and also the first Filipino Marist novice master.

These were the questions raised by my parents when I told them that I was going to Peru andVenezuela to serve as a Filipino Marist missionary. My father continued to ask me, ‘Why do you have to go there? We have enough missionary work in the Philippines. And besides, there aren’t enough Marist priests in the Marist District in the Philippines. Why go, Larry?’

How would you have answered those simple and profound questions of Pastor and Raquel, my parents? I told them that what pushed me to decide to go on mission was my experience of grace. I joined the Society of Mary in 1985, made my first profession as a Marist in 1989, and was ordained priest in 1993. Despite many struggles and difficulties on my journey, I can say that I’ve received so many blessings from the Lord.

Letter To Camille

By Sister Leticia Bartolome ICM

This is Sister Letty’s reply to a letter from a student who reads Misyon.


Sister Leticia Bartolome

 

Dear Camille Margaret,

Peace and joy to you!

Thank you for your letter of 11 October 2004 which came in time for the celebration of World Mission Sunday. I hope that you prayed for all missionaries that day, not only for priests, brothers and religious sisters but also for lay missionaries.

‘Magellan’ Was A Belgian

By Samuel Goyvaerts 

Samuel Goyvaerts, a Belgian, is a university student. His father, Jan, also has an article in this issue. 

‘Hello! My name is Ferdinand Magellan. I’m the one who tried to sail around the world, the first westerner to set foot in thePhilippines.’ Or at least I played him in the Filipino festival in Vilvoorde, Belgium, in September last year. My real name is Samuel Goyvaerts. I’m 18 and live with my parents and five brothers and sisters near the Carmelite monastery in Vilvoorde.

My siblings and I had to play and dance the Sinulog. Sister Carmela OCD told us the history and taught us the dance. Correction: taught my brothers and sisters. I, as a ‘western intruder’ didn’t have to dance. The eldest of the family, I had to play the role of the conqueror of the Philippines. I had to enter the scene with binoculars, a sword and a possessive look in my eyes. For me that didn’t involve much adaptation. I just had to play an all-knowing westerner bringing ‘civilisation’ to a supposedly uncivilised country. At least that’s what was always taught to us. But watching the play and learning from the Sisters about the Philippines, I realised that we should learn from the Filipino people, too.

Beyond The Borders Of Pagadian To The Peripheries Of Juazeiro

By Sister Cresencia G. Lagunsad CB

Sister Cris, from Kidapawan, Mindanao, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of St Charles Borromeo and is based in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Recently, I made a short visit to the Diocese of Juazeiro, near São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. It was a dream-come-true for one with a long-standing interest in that country, fascinated by its people. There was always that wish that someday, somehow I’d encounter Brazil up close. So when the pilot announced our approach to Salvador from Lisbon, a mixed feeling of joy and anxiety overwhelmed me, normal for a newcomer, I reminded myself.

‘Africa’ In Cubao

By Sr Emma de Guzman ICM

After 30 years in Cameroon, Sister Emma is now working at home in the Philippines.

To the beat of drums, shouts of joy, clapping of hands and swaying dances, we celebrated an African Mass on Sunday, 27 February. Everything was African except the place - Holy Spirit School, Ilang-Ilang Road, Cubao,Quezon City.

Misyon, You’re A Gift

By Margie C. Abulon

Margie is one of our Misyon promoters in Zamboanga Sibugay.  She teaches at Kabasalan National Vocational School.

M – agazine creating awareness among its readers of God’s call to all

– nformative, interesting and enlightening articles touch hearts to share, to love

S – ervice-oriented, giving honor and glory to God in varied lands throughout the world

By Fr Joseph Panabang SVD

NO COFFEE FOR ME

I was in Kukurantumi, one of our SVD parishes in Ghana. I went around the compound and saw their palm and coffee plantation. I commended them for their venture and said, ‘You plant your own coffee; you drink your own coffee. This is what we call self-sufficiency.’ However, one of the SVD priests objected, ‘But I take only tea!’ Oh, I forgot, not everybody drinks coffee.

By Regina Fabularum

Regina Fabularum is a student at St Scholastica's College, Manila.

Searching for a Best Friend

Since I started studying at SSC, I’ve been searching for a ‘best friend,’ meaning … a person who would always be there for me especially when I’d have problems, who would accept me for who I am, who would listen to my stories truthfully, who would make me happy if I was in a bad mood, who would guide and protect me from danger, who would understand my feelings and who would love me. I might have had friends, but not the kind of friend I was looking for.