December 8, 2023

Let’s start with a prayer for healing and strength lifted from the Internet: “Father, thank you that you sent your Son to bring me life. Life in the fullness. Life for eternity. Thank you that I share in Christ’s resurrection. That Christ is alive in me and His Spirit dwells deeply in my being. Right now I receive your healing. I receive the same power that raised Christ from the grave. I receive Your life. I receive Your strength. Thank you that all things are possible for those who believe.Thank you that you are moving in me right now. May I continue to receive from you this hour and every hour. Amen.”

This near-sighted Ibaloy writer agrees with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque when he stressed in one of the press briefings that whether we are in enhanced community quarantine or general community quarantine, we are still in quarantine, which means that certain protocols are in place and must be adhered to like the wearing of masks in public and observing physical distancing. Unfortunately, up to this writing, no vaccine for the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) has yet been created by health experts, with some even saying that it may take until next year. Let’s pray that a vaccine will be found sooner rather than later. Until then, let us follow all the health regulations that are being enforced for our benefit and that of others.
It’s great to learn that our hardworking members of the city council led by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan passed separate ordinances mandating the wearing of masks and physical distancing within the jurisdiction of the Summer Capital. Penalties will be levied on violators. Hooray!
Both approved measures cited the purpose for their enactment is to safeguard public health and safety from threats of the virus and to prevent its transmission among residents, medical personnel, frontliners, and all persons in the City of Pines. Let us do our part by obeying these measures. In this life or death situation we are in right now, it is not the time to be pasaway. Please lang.

Here’s “The Infinite” by Giacomo Leopardi: “This solitary hill has always been dear to me/ And this hedge, which prevents me from seeing most of/ The endless horizon./ But when I sit and gaze, I imagine, in my thoughts/ Endless spaces beyond the hedge,/ An all encompassing silence and a deeply profound quiet,/ To the point that my heart is almost overwhelmed./ And when I hear the wind rustling through the trees/ I compare its voice to the infinite silence./ And eternity occurs to me, and all the ages past,/ And the present time, and its sound./ Amidst this immensity my thought drowns:/ And to founder in this sea is sweet to me.”
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.