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What is life to you?

24 Apr

Life has several meanings to everyone.  Its meanings vary from one person to another. The lives of the newly born baby and the old-age grandmother are quite different from the lives of active and functional people.  Life is too short for persons who loved by their fellowmen. Life is too long for persons who were hated by their countrymen.  Life is beautiful for people who are experiencing prosperity, good health, massive wealth, unlimited power and influence. But to people with sickness and who are experiencing poverty, discrimination, inequality and unfair practices, life is miserable.

Life does not exist without the essentials elements that can sustain it.  The existence of life is the primary subject of human study of all time. Life creates a purpose.  This purpose serves as the framework of any living organism. Life has a beginning and an end.  The quality of life depends on its purpose.  Success in life does not rely on its length but rather on the quality of time and means on how they spend it.

Life is significantly meaningful if the person knows how to value it. People should know how to understand what life is. They should also know its origin and whom they owe it. They can reflect its possible positive or negative consequences in the near future.  Thus, whatever it is, what is really life to you?

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Salve

21 May

Salve

(Zambal prayer recited by my 92-year old mother, Teofila Mas Meron)

Salve, Santa Marian ari

Ina a mapaengangaro

Sicay cabiayan tan casamitan

Sicay mampasimalaan mi

Salve, hicay mancatanawon mi

Pinalakwan tawon anak ni Eva

Hicay mampanginawawon mi

Malawig catatangis iti sa luta sankaluluan

Hicay mampatrunan mi

ilinga mo sa comi

silay luway mata mo

nin maipangangaro

ta baling mayari ana

pamanlakwan mo sa comi

ipakit sa comi

hilay luway mata mo maipangangaro

ta baling mayari ana iti

pamalakwan mo sa comi

ipakit mo sa comi

a anak mo si Hesus

O marunong, maipangangaro

Masamit lawas Birhen Maria

Ipasisingaro mo kami

Ha masantan ina nan Dios

Pigaw kami comana, makinabang

Ha mablin taw tipan ni Jesukristo. Amen