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Blessed Are The Pure At Heart: Filipino Style

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. – The Gospel According to St Matthew Chapter 5 There is something humbling about men and women who possess a purity of heart. In my life I have found many such people and many have one thing in common. They get their hands dirty and often toil in the most difficult of conditions. So it was when I experienced a tire blow-out yesterday. Luckily, neither Zabrina or I were hurt and we didn’t hit anything or hurt anyone else. There was an almighty bang then a fearsome noise. The rear nearside tire had shed its tread, striking and cracking the mudflap and creating one awful racket! The bang drew the attention of a nearby construction crew on… Read More

Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas in the Philippines “Maligayang Pasko Sa Inyong Lahat” or Merry Christmas to Everyone! The typical Filipino does not need much of an excuse to celebrate and party. Christmas in the Philippines is no exception. The manifestations of the onset of Christmas start here as early as September. That is when you first notice the street vendors and stalls selling their Christmas lighting and decorations. It is a sight particularly noticeable after dusk when you cannot fail to see the twinkling, flashing lights of reindeers and other Christmas paraphernalia. There is no room here for “bah humbug” type sentiments I used to hear back in the UK – “Oh – I can’t get in the mood for Christmas” type of comment. I suggest if you… Read More

God is Female

I apologize for the original post of ‘God is female’ for not appearing here. It was my fault. I accidentally deleted my WordPress database in my SiteGround web hosting cPanel. Fortunately, through live chat, I was able to restore one of my automatic back-ups. It was today’s version but backed up before I published today’s post 🙁 I will rewrite it and post again soon. Here we go (April 1st) and I will try to reproduce my original post as closely as possible. The original article that prompted this post is reproduced at the end. It comes as no surprise to me that Fr. O’ Neal reported about a ‘Mother God.’ Many people who experienced a Christian upbringing come to think of God as a male, dressed in flowing… Read More

Eternal Truth – Part 1

Eternal truth is something many seek. I venture that eternal truth cannot be found in drugs, alcohol or any other trappings of this world. This is the first part of a series and it is a challenge to myself. At the outset permit me to say that I respect all views. Many of you know me and whether or not you share my Christian beliefs, we respect each other. That’s the way it should be. The purpose of this series is NOT to ram my beliefs down anyone’s throat. I make no apologies for my beliefs nor should I have to apologize. The nearest I will come to an apology is to any of you that are learned theologians. I am not. You may disagree… Read More

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