Kwentong Kengkay

Enero 11, 2008

Kakataba ng Pusong Pinoy

Filed under: Duon sa Amin,Mabuhay ang Pinoy,Magaling ang Pinoy,Pinas,Seryus — kengkay @ 7:31 umaga

Okay, forwarded email to pero dahil nakakataba ng pusong Pinoy; sigurado ko gusto nyo ring basahin. Naligaw na rin ako sa mga bilang na bansa, at naranasan ang ganitong kwento sa mga binisitang simbahan. At dahil, minsan, isa rin ako sa nakikisali sa masayang papuri sa Diyos. Magiging maganda ang araw nyo kapag binasa nyo ito, pramis 😀

Finally, something positive about Filipinos.. Here’s something very positive written by a foreigner named Steve Ray,about Filipinos. Steve Ray authored many best-selling books, among which are, Rock (on the papacy), and just recently John’s Gospel (a comprehensive bible study guide and commentary). Steve is also currently filming a 10-video series entitled, Footprints of God. The first two videos are out: Peter, Keeper of the Keys, and Mary, Mother of God (now available here in the Philippines).

STEVE RAY’S OPEN LETTER TO THE FILIPINO CATHOLICS:

We stepped into the church and it was old and a bit dark. Mass had just begun and we sat toward the front. We didn’t know what to expect here in Istanbul, Turkey. I guess we expected it to be a somber Mass but quiet and somber it was not-I thought I heard angels joyously singing behind me.

The voices were rich, melodic and beautiful. What I discovered as I spun around to look did not surprise me because I had seen and heard the same thing in other churches around the world. It was not a choir of angels with feathered wings and halos but a group of delightful Filipino Catholics with smiles of delight and joy on their faces as they worshiped God and sang His praises. I had seen this many times before in Rome, in Israel,in the United States and other countries.

Filipinos have special traits and they are beautifully expressed as I gazed at the happy throng giving thanks to God. What are the special traits which characterize these happy people? I will share a few that I have noticed-personal observations-as I have traveled around the world, including visits to the Philippines.

FIRST, there is a sense of community, of family. These Filipino Christians did not sit apart from each other in different isles. They sat together, closely. They didn’t just sing quietly, mumbling, or simply mouthing the words. No, they raised their voices in harmony together as though they enjoyed the sense of unity and communion among them. They are family even if they are not related.

SECOND, they have an inner peace and joy which is rare in the world today. When most of the world’s citizens are worried and fretful, I have found Filipinos to have joy and peace-a deep sense of God’s love that over shadows them. They have problems too, and many in the Philippines have less material goods than others in the world, yet there is still a sense of happy trust in God and love of neighbor.

THIRD, there is a love for God and for his Son Jesus that is almost synonymous with the word Filipino. There is also something that Filipinos are famous for around the world – their love for the Blessed Mother.Among the many Filipinos I have met, the affectionate title for Mary I always hear from their lips is “Mama Mary.” For these gentle folks Mary is not just a theological idea, a historical person, or a statue in a church -Mary is the mother of their Lord and their mother as well, their “mama.”

The Philippines is a Catholic nation-the only such nation in Asia-and this wonderful country exports missionaries around the world. They are not hired to be missionaries, not official workers of the church. No, they are workers and educators, doctors, nurses and housekeepers that go to other lands and travel to the far reaches of the earth, and everywhere they go they take the joyous gospel of Jesus with them. They make a somber Mass joyful when they burst into song. They convict the pagan of sin as they always keep the love of Jesus and the Eucharist central in their lives.

My hope and prayer, while I am here in the Philippines sharing my conversion story from Baptist Protestant to Roman Catholic, is that the Filipino people will continue to keep these precious qualities. I pray that they will continue loving their families, loving the Catholic Church, reading the Bible, loving Jesus, His Mother and the Eucharist.

As many other religions and sects try to persuade them to leave the Church, may God give the wisdom to defend the Catholic faith. As the world tempts them to sin and seek only money and fame and power, may God grant them the serenity to always remember that obedience to Christ and love for God is far more important than all the riches the world can offer. May the wonderful Filipino people continue to be a light of the Gospel to the whole world!

Dagdag ni kengkay: Sigurado ko, sa kahit anong simbahan, Katoliko man o hindi; parehong magalak na pinupuri sa Panginoon ang iniaalay ng mga kapatid nating Pinoy 😀 Alam ko yan, kasi madaming simbahan na rin ang napasok ko, Katoliko man o hindi. Ang alam ko, umaangat ang masayang boses ng mga Pinoy, at pati ako napapakanta na rin sa galak.

Be a proud Filipino and forward this to friends!

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14 mga puna »

  1. matagal tagal na akong di dumadalaw syo madam kengkay..eksakto naman good news..
    kengkay: oo nga, ganda ng story di ba?

    Komento ni annie — Enero 11, 2008 @ 7:45 umaga | Sagutin

  2. diba sabi nila ang katoliko daw ang pinaka unang relihiyon sa bansa?
    kengkay: naku, hindi ko alam pero alam ko may mga anito nang sinasamba ang mga native nung dumating ang mga espanyol di ba

    Komento ni Raymond Lee Quijano — Enero 11, 2008 @ 10:13 hapon | Sagutin

  3. nice to learn about this. and you’re right, its not only Filipino Catholics who are like that, most Filipinos are no matter what religion they are from. I’ve seen them too and i guess its really a Filipino trait, to be proud and delightful in praising/worshipping our God.
    kengkay: tumpak ka dyan, kath!

    Komento ni kath — Enero 12, 2008 @ 1:19 umaga | Sagutin

  4. di ako katoliko pero pinoy nmn ako, hapi pa rin ako sa article n ito 😀
    kengkay: oo nga, para sa pinoy ito 😀

    Komento ni koreanmine — Enero 12, 2008 @ 2:32 umaga | Sagutin

  5. Good news…sana darami pa ang mga magsusulat tungkol ng yan sa pinas.
    kengkay: 😀 kakataba talaga ng puso di ba

    Komento ni Maldito — Enero 12, 2008 @ 6:58 umaga | Sagutin

  6. ako man hindi na catholic. dati, kasi NAMANA ko sa mga ninuno ko. wala nga akong relihiyon ngayon e, hehe… faith meron (explain ko sa blog ko nine days from now). 😛
    pero masaya ako at mayroong mga porendyer na tulad ni Steve Ray na mayroong SINSERIDAD at MAGANDANG MOTIBO para magsulat ng ganito para sa mga Pinoy!
    Mabuhay ka Steve Ray! 😀
    kengkay: yun ang tumbok nitong post na ito, ang pagpromote ng isang dayuhan sa kagandahan ng pagiging pinoy!

    Komento ni homebodyhubby — Enero 12, 2008 @ 8:17 umaga | Sagutin

  7. ang ganda at medyo kinilabutan ako sa galak. 😀
    kengkay: kakakilabot sa ganda di ba

    Komento ni glitch — Enero 12, 2008 @ 8:54 umaga | Sagutin

  8. nakakatouch naman na pasungad para sa pagdalaw ko dito after quite sometime. nagpaparamdam ata si Lord, kailangan ko na raw magsimba.

    papuri at galak sa lahat ng pinoy.
    kengkay: naku, tinamaan ka ba 😀 itong mga tsikiting ko kasi gustong gustong mag sign of the cross kaya halos bawat daan namin sa simbahan kasi walang misa, dapat kaming pumasok.

    Komento ni lovelyn — Enero 12, 2008 @ 9:07 umaga | Sagutin

  9. matagal-tagal na rin akong di nagsisimba!

    kahit mahirap ang buhay, masarap pa ring maging pinoy! 🙂
    kengkay: sinabi mo pa, masarap maging pinoy talaga

    Komento ni akil — Enero 12, 2008 @ 10:38 umaga | Sagutin

  10. What a small world! Not sure if he’s talking about Sent Antuan(St Anthony’s) Church in Istanbul.My mom used to be the head of the choir there for almost a decade but she went back to Phil. two years ago.Salamat sa pagshare nito mi kengs! nakakatuwa! ibabalita ko ito sa mga kakilala ko doon sa Istanbul;)
    kengkay: wow, galeng. napansin ko rin yan, sa bawat simbahan sa kung saan mang bansa kami mapunta, ang mga choir parating may pinoy!

    Komento ni cheh — Enero 12, 2008 @ 3:13 hapon | Sagutin

  11. awwww.. sobrang nakakatats na may nag-appreciate sa mga positive traits natin 😀 sana nga patnubayan ni Lord tayo at ang ating bansa lagi 🙂 salamat sa pagshate ate kengkz 😉
    kengkay: touching story di ba

    Komento ni lilmiz — Enero 12, 2008 @ 7:49 hapon | Sagutin

  12. Iba ang mga Filipino talaga, kahit nasaan, angat na angat. Dito sa Saudi, ang mga kristyanong pinoy, mas muslim pa kesa sa mga arabo!
    kengkay: errmm, bakit naman kayo ganun? baka kasi nalimutan na nila ang sarili nilang pananampalataya?

    Komento ni partofyou — Enero 12, 2008 @ 8:08 hapon | Sagutin

  13. grabe nakakataba talaga ng puro iyan… Ang galing ni Steve Ray! Sana mas marami pang mga kagaya niya na hinahangaan ang mga pinoy…
    kengkay: sana mas maraming kwento pang lumabas na kakataba ng pusong pinoy, di ba

    Komento ni angel — Enero 13, 2008 @ 3:51 umaga | Sagutin

  14. masarap ngang malaman ang mga papuring ganito lalo pag hindi natin kalahi ang nagsulat. napapansin tayo. totoo naman religious tayong mga pinoy. ano man ang relihiyon natin. yes roman catholism ang unang inintroduce sa atin ng mga espanol noon. nice post mommy kengks. miss you.
    kengkay: tama ka dyan, ang mga pinoy ay relihiyoso kahit anong relihiyon pa sya. ha miss yu too, ambo! see you soon!

    Komento ni Ambo — Enero 14, 2008 @ 1:40 hapon | Sagutin


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