May 29, 2024

Let’s start with a prayer for healing: “Father God, many of us need healing. I need healing for past hurts, random physical pains that I allow to waylay my days and Spiritual healing for various reasons. I reach up to You to receive this healing so that I may be whole and that I may be able to then minister to others in a way that brings You fullness of glory. How wonderful to be able to worship You without stain or blemish and to be totally healed. Show others Your healing power so that they may also be healed and walk in wholeness. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.”

Here’s “Baguio Poem” by Gabriel Baban Keith: “The slimy silky feel of pine needles/ Caresses the soles of your feet/ I watch you there gamboling at the/ John Hay tree park/ Lost in thought and cares/ Alone amidst curious stares/ Daughter of a southern island/ For a fleeting moment/ Lost in ecstasy/ Pine cones scattered by your/ playful presence/ I too am caught up in the magic of/ Your delight/ The whirlwind picks us up and/ Spits us out again/ We are two halves of a pine cone/ United together/ Again” (for Sarah)

The Covid-19 pandemic has hugged the headlines for the past months and most probably in the near future unless a vaccine is finally created most probably by China. Let’s not forget, however, that there are other issues that also need attention like human rights, for example.
The Commission on Human Rights defines human rights as the supreme, inherent, and inalienable rights to life, dignity, and self-development. It is the essence of these rights that makes men and women human. It covers civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and people’s rights.
The CHR-CAR office under Atty. Romel Daguimol recently conducted a continuing capacity building on human rights at Hotel Supreme for the city’s Human Rights Action Team chaired by Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña.
It aimed to revitalize and strengthen the team for a continued partnership in mainstreaming human rights, rule of law, and access to justice in local governance; ensure the accountability of local authorities in the promotion, protection, and full realization of all human rights; and instill public awareness on human rights.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.