Praying for EDSA ’86

The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Friday, 36th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power, 25 February 2022
James 5:9-12   ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'>   Mark 10:1-12   
Photo by Roger Buendia/Presidential Museum and Library via esquiremag.ph.
Forgive me, Lord,
a veteran of EDSA 1986
for having lost these past
years the joy and fervor in
celebrating your miracle at
the world's first 
"People Power Revolution";
I really had no plans of praying today
so as not to remember the 
February Revolution of 1986
because I have always felt 
betrayed by our so-called
"EDSA heroes" who turned out
to be modern Judas Iscariots 
who have used us for
their personal interests and 
prostituted the People Power Revolution.
I have long felt within this pain, this anger,
frustration and disappointment at
how our supposed leaders 
have wasted the victory and 
most importantly, the lessons of 
EDSA '86; oh how my stomach 
burns in acid, making me belch
and throw up whenever I would 
see or remember those traitors, Lord! 
Photo from en.wikipedia.org.
But, as I prayed today and see
our nation's precarious situation,
I felt ashamed, Jesus, at how I have
acted like Judas Iscariot,
not so much in betraying EDSA '86
in some ways too
but in losing hope in you,
the giver of that precious gift of
freedom and democracy
now under threat again from the
same people who enslaved us,
aided by these traitors.

Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged. Indeed, we call blessed those who have persevered… let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,” that you may not incur condemnation.

James 5:9, 11, 12b
Take our hearts so
hardened with bitterness,
frustrations and disappointments;
and yes, also of personal desires
not met after 1986 and give us
natural hearts that beat with
firm faith, fervent hope
and unceasing charity and love
for you and our Motherland.
EDSA is not just a clogged
highway of vehicles;
EDSA was first of all a sea
of humanity who have banded
together to stand for what is true,
for freedom and democracy
all meant to bring back each
person's dignity, created in your
image and likeness.
You are the God of history, Lord,
bring us back to the spirit
 and ideals of EDSA '86
 to claim again its grace
and promise of a matured nation
you have gathered and joined
together to become one
in Jesus your Son with his Blessed
Mother Mary who is our Mother too.
Amen.
From Pinterest.

Learning to pray again in Lent

40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, 25 February 2021
Thursday, Week-I of Lent, 35th Anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25     ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*>     Matthew 7:7-12
From Pinterest.

Late have I realized, God our Father and of history, that our much revered event/experience of the past, the EDSA People Power of 1986, happened during the Season of Lent. Was it because we were sincere in our prayers that the impossible happened on those days from February 22-25, 1986?

I believe so.

And that is why I pray again for our beloved country before EDSA is totally relegated to just dates in our poor memories or worst, as the most notorious symbol of everything wrong in us which is the highway where it all happened 35 years ago today.

In this Season of Lent as we celebrate another EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary, teach us again how to pray.

First, to have that attitude of total surrender to you, O God, like when we faced tanks and soldiers in full battle gear holding flowers and rosary beads and images of Mary and the saints at EDSA.

Like Queen Esther in the first reading today, may we pray in total surrender and dependence on you.

Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the Lord. She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from. morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand.”

Esther 12, 14-15

Most of all, teach us that in order to obtain whatever we may pray from you, let us ask only for what is good for us and for others like during those days at EDSA. So many times you neither hear nor grant our prayers because it is not good enough, for us and for others. Teach us to be good, to desire only what is good, for you are the only Good One.

“Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.”

Matthew 7:9-11

You know very well how most of us, the ordinary people who came there, simply wanted change in our country. You know so well we have neither lands nor money nor names to keep and safeguard. You know so well how most of us simply have you until today.

Photo by author, yellow flowers at the Carmel of the Holy Family Monastery, Guiguinto, Bulacan, 2019.

How sad some persons of power and influence took advantage of that and fooled us into believing they we were one with us in the ideals of EDSA. You also knew so well what were in their hearts then which they still keep to this day — self interests and greed for power, wealth, and fame.

Forgive us, Lord, in allowing them to prostitute EDSA.

Never again should it happen again.

Sayang.

Please show us again the way to regain its glory, its dreams and aspirations especially at this time we are at our lowest point in history as a nation. Send us selfless men and women willing to leave everything behind to you for the good of the nation.

Yes, Lord, “The Filipino is still, and always, worth dying for.” Amen.

Para saan, daan sa kabukiran?

Lawiswis ng Salita ni P. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Ika-28 ng Pebrero 2020

Larawan kuha ng may-akda sa Pulilan, Bulacan, 25 Pebrero 2020.
Sa aming lalawigan 
na tinuturing luntian
maraming halamanan at kabukiran
unti-unti nang napapalitan yaring kalikasan.
Ako'y kinakabahan 
sa darating na kinabukasan
ating mga palabigasan wala nang laman
mga bata'y kumakalam sa gutom kanilang tiyan.
Ang sabi ng karamihan 
ito'y para sa kaunlaran
ngunit kung ating titingnan 
malayo sa katotohanan.
Doon pa rin sa Pulilan, Bulacan, 25 Pebrero 2020.
Kailangan daw ay kongkretong daan
upang mapabilis kalakalan 
nguni't paano naman
kung wala nang aanihan?
Repormang pangsakahan, tinalikuran
mga magsasaka tinatapakan 
lupaing ginawang daanan di binayaran 
presyo ng palay kulang at alangan!
Hindi masama ang kaunlaran
ngunit kung ang maliliit ay kinalilimutan
kapakanan nila ay pinababayaan
wala rin itong patutunguhan.
Doon pa rin sa Pulilan, Bulacan.
Hindi ba natin namamalayan
sa pagkawala ng ating mga kabukiran
kasabay nababaluktot ating katuwiran
pati katinuan at katarungan nasasalansang?
Buksan natin ating isipan
sa sasapiting pagkawasak at kawalan
kapag mga sakahan ating pinabayaan
hindi lamang tiyan mawawalan ng laman.
Sementuhin mo man maraming daan
ngunit sarado naman puso at kalooban
sa higit na malalim na mga katotohan
wala patutunguhan kungdi kapahamakan.
Doon pa rin sa Pulilan, Bulacan.

Trahedya ng EDSA o trahedya sa EDSA

Lawiswis ng Salita ni P. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Ika-24 ng Pebrero 2020
Mula sa Inquirer.net
Tuwing maiisip ko pangalang EDSA
ako ay naluluha at naaalala noong una
ang tuwa ng mapayapang pagbabago
nagmula sa makasaysayang kalsada.
Naluluha pa rin ako ngayon
tuwing masasambit pangalang EDSA
ngunit mayroon na parating sumasagitsit
mula sa langit lungkot at pait sa ating sinapit. 
Masakit para sa amin na noon pa ma'y
tumutol sa mga ulol at hibang na K-B-L
ngunit pagkaraan ng EDSA,
mga halimaw din pala aming nakasama!
Inuna kanilang mga hacienda
makinarya sa pulitika
reporma anila sa ekonomiya
pagkakanya-kanya lang din naman pala.
Ano nga ba talaga nangyari 
noong Pebrero mil-nueve-ochenta'y-sais?
Trahedya ng EDSA o
Trahedya sa EDSA?
Kung maari sana'y pakinggan nating muli
hindi tinig ko o ng kung sinu-sinong 
magkomentaryong pilosopo o lalo naman
pinagsasabi ng sino mang pulitiko at relihiyoso!
Bawat isa sana ay magtika
dahil alin mang trahedya - ng EDSA o sa EDSA -
ay iisa:  Panginoong Diyos na siyang kumilos noon, 
ating tinalikuran at kinalimutan ngayon! 
Mula sa Google.

Lead Us Back to You, O Lord, Like in EDSA 1986

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God was the true spirit of EDSA 1986; may we find our way back to Him again in our modern EDSA.  Photo from Google.

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Monday, 25 February 2019, Week VII, Year I
Sirach 1:1-8///Mark 9:14-29

O God our Father, today I praise and thank you for the 33rd anniversary of the People Power Revolution that happened at EDSA.

I am proud O Lord of that historic moment in our history because I was there with my sister.

But I also feel so sad today, O Lord, because we have wasted your gift at EDSA.  I feel betrayed by many of our leaders there who have left us.  I feel betrayed by many of the other veterans of that bloodless coup who have left our cause.

EDSA 86 was our moment of Exodus from our own Egypt but due to our many idolatrous ways, here we are as a nation still wandering in the wilderness when EDSA has become the symbol of everything wrong in us.

Help us to return to you again as our Lord and only Master.

Let us turn back to you for more wisdom to finally set our course right on track as a nation, giving priority to the value of every person and of human life.

God our Father, sometimes I really can’t figure out anymore what went wrong with EDSA because I know I also have a part in its failure.

I still do believe in the ideals of EDSA and most especially in you, the God of history.

Yes, like that father of an epileptic, “I do believe, help me in my unbelief!” (Mk.9:24)
Amen.  Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

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EDSA today, the image of everything wrong with us.  Photo from Inquirer.net via Google.