“Lord Jesus, give me a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, and a great love of you. Take from me all lukewarmness in the meditation of your word, and dullness in prayer. Give me fervor and delight in thinking of you and your grace, and fill me with compassion for others, especially those in need, that I may respond with generosity.” The PLM Campus Ministry team in action.

I learned a new song today during the Ash Wednesday mass at PLM Chapel. Sis. Afra, a missionary nun from Indonesia and one of the Campus Ministers in the university shared this beautiful masterpiece from Bukas Palad:

“Sanlibo man aking buhay,
bawat isa’y iaalay
sa Diyos at bayan kong mahal,
‘sasanggalang inyong dangal.
Isugo Mo kahit saan,
hamakin man ako’t saktan.
Dalangin ko’y maging tapat.
Pag-ibig Mo ay sasapat.

Sanlibo man aking buhay,
sanlibo ring iaalay.
Sanlibo kong kamatayan,
sa palad Mo ilalaan.”

The song was inspired by the witnessing faith of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint.

As described by the Bukas Palad team – with his body broken by torture, there was no reason that Saint Lorenzo Ruiz could have spoken those words: “If I had a thousand lives, I would give them all for Christ.” And yet, moved by a strength and love beyond our reckoning, he did so, and Filipinos were given their first saint. By the miracle of his extraordinary faith, may we all be moved to speak those same words and make that same holy offering.

Our life is for God. May this season of Lent bring us more closer to Him!

Be blessed always!

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