An Encounter with Maryan

Or: A Little Act of Kindness Goes a Long Way I was picking up some food orders from this carry out restaurant (Kabayan) and as I was preparing to take them to my car, I took one of the trays and meant to go back for the other one in order not to risk one falling from my hands if I carried them both at once. A Filipino woman who was there to order food saw me and asked: "Would you like me to carry the other tray for you to your car?" My car was just in front of the restaurant and so it was not really a big deal making a second trip. I said: "You are so kind." Thinking that she might be a fellow parishioner, I asked her: "Do you know me?" She replied: "No, but I am used to doing similar thin

"He Isn't Heavy . . ."

Passing by Boys' Town in Washington, D.C. one day brought back memories of my five-year teaching stint at the Ateneo Grade School in Quezon City, Philippines many years ago where I taught 5th and 6th grades. The Ateneo Grade School is an exclusive boys school whose mission is to form future leaders who are steeped in Catholic values. Religion was the first subject of the day and all the subjects and textbooks especially English Literature were imbued with the values of love of neighbor and service to others. The Ateneo takes pride in describing its products as "men for others." The only story that I remember in the textbook "These Are Our People" is the story about the founding of Boys' Town

The Way, The Truth and The Life

Writing about Jesus, and lifting my heart in prayer before His image that has been with me for the past 50 years, the Cursillo Christ. (I took the Cursillo in 1967.) At the end of the day, in the quiet of the night . . . In the midst of all the turmoils and divisions and disbelief in this world, there is only one Person we can turn to. Only He has the fullness of truth we can believe in with confidence. Only He can show us the way to where our hearts long for us to go. Only He can give us life, the life of eternal peace and happiness. It is not surprising, for He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we believe and have c

"Come to Me!"

A Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A Today, in this Church, at this Mass, you have come. For whatever reason you have come, the important thing is that you are here. Whether it is just to fulfill your Sunday obligation, or whether you really want to be here to meet the Lord in the most holy sacrifice of His Body and Blood on the cross, or whether you have come to present to him all the cares and worries that burden you, or to thank Him for all of the joys and blessings that you have received this week or in the past, the important thing is that you have come, and we can be assured Our Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is pleased and welcomes you with open arms, and wants

Mr. Dinn and His Awards

Last Sunday, January 25th, our family attended the piano recital of our grandchildren Joey and Leila and the awarding of trophies and honors to the piano students of Mr.Gary Ginn at the University of Maryland School of Music Clarise Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland. Thirteen students of Mr. Dinn of different grade levels played their pieces before a group of parents, grandparents and friends. After the recital, Mr. Dinn presented the 2017 Awards and Honors for outstanding music achievement in music theory examinations, musicianshiip, etc. issued by the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and himself. One could see the joy and excitement of his students as they we