Kargador at Dawn

Kargador at Dawn
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Short Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Readings:  Jeremiah 20: 7-9; Romans 12: 1-2; Matthew 16: 21-27

Gospel Passage: What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? (Matthew 16: 26)

Meditation: The Gospel challenges us to take a second hard look at our values and integrity… our words and life that have become so “flexible” and “ambiguous” these days that everyone seems to have a price tag. We have to say NO to a culture that says that persons are marketable commodities… Cuidate!


Dhikr is an Arabic word which means REMEMBRANCE.
1st step: Write the text in your heart.
2nd step: Let the text remain always in on your lips and mind - RECITING the text silently as often as possible...
3rd step:  Be attentive to the disclosure of the meaning/s of the text in your life.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dhikr for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Readings: Isaiah 22: 15. 19=23; Romans 11: 33-36; Matthew 16: 13-20

Gospel Passage: He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16: 15-16)

Meditation: Today, we, too, are being asked who we say Jesus is to us… It is NOT what others say about Jesus that is important. The heart of the matter is who Jesus is to me, personally! My answer determines the faith and values I stand by…!

Badaliyya is a movement of people willing to stand as RANSOM that others may be free and have life to the full…

Bapa Jun


Dhikr is an Arabic word which means REMEMBRANCE.
1st step: Write the text in your heart.
2nd step: Let the text remain always in on your lips and mind - RECITING the text silently as often as possible...
3rd step:  Be attentive to the disclosure of the meaning/s of the text in your life.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

St. Francis before the Sultan

Badaliyya Lesson on St. Francis of Assisi

Badaliyya Lesson on St. Francis of Assisi

1.     It is enough to utter his name and everyone knows who he is.  St. Francis was a man of God.  And because he was a man of God, he always lived what was essential.  So he was a simple, courteous and gentle to everyone, like God in his mercy.

2.     The Phenomenological Manifestations of our epoch…

·      Emptiness.  It is born of a feeling of impotence.  There is very little we can do to change our life, our community and society. Finally there is really nothing important…

·      Loneliness. It is an experience of lass of contact with nature and others in terms of friendship and gentleness. There is the lack of courage to commit oneself.

·      Fear.  It is the fruit of objective threats to life, to employment, to collective survival of humanity in general.

·      Anxiety. It has its origin in imagined fear, ignorance as to what one ought to do, in whom to trust, and what to expect.  When anxiety grips an entire society it means that the whole society feels threatened and senses its approaching end.

·      Aggressiveness without objectives.  It reveals a rupture with the norms of relationship without which a society cannot be built or defended.  What results is anonymity and the loss of the meaning of the self, that is, the worth and sacredness of human person.

From the above, two consequences ensue: first is Emptiness and second is Loss. It is the loss of language of everyday communication, the loss of meaningful relationship and the lack of vital relationship with nature and habitat.

3.     The New Ethos  It is a new way of life with many and varied relationship to nature, to others, to religion and to God.  In St. Francis, it was through Pathos – Sympathy and Eros – fraternal communication and tenderness.  Manifestations are:
·      His Innocence
·      His enthusiasm for nature
·      His gentleness to all beings
·      His capacity for compassion with the poor and “confraternization” with all elements and even death itself.

4.     To Be Saint … in the case of Francis…
·      To be Saint, it is necessary to be human.
·      To be human, it is necessary to be sensitive and gentle.

“Man knows as much as he does.” Francis’s gentleness was demonstrated, especially in his human relationship.  He broke the rigidity of the feudal hierarchy and called all persons as brothers and sisters.  He himself was called “little brother” (fratello). He wanted to unite great and small, to treat the wise and simple with brotherly affection, to bind with tie of love those who were held at a distance.  He treated everyone with outmost courtesy, even Saracens, Infidels and thieves.

5.     Peace…  One of the global values lived by Francis was Peace.

·      The World is the “regio dissimilitudinis” and behind these dissimilarities are camouflaged injustices and violence.
·      Every time Francis began his preaching, he invoked Peace… saying: “the Lord gives you peace.”  It is Peace and all good.  His group carries out a true mission of peace – “Legatio Pacis”.
·      The peace that is proclaimed in word ought always to be present in the heart.  Let no one be provoked by us to anger or scandal, but rather let all through your gentleness, be led to Peace, Tranquility and agreement.  “BE KINDER WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS.”

6.     The Role of Mediation…  During the Crusades, Francis had a profound impact on the Sultan and owing to his sympathy, tolerance and respect and love foe peace.  Francis gave a vote of confidence to the liberating capacity of kindness, gentleness, patience and understanding.  Peace in his own PERSON manifested in his words, poetry and song. 


Bapa Jun Mercado, OMI

Dhikr for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Dhikr for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Readings: Isaiah 56: 1. 6-7; Romans 11: 13-15. 29-32; Matthew 15: 21-28

 Gospel Passage: She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." (Mt. 15: 27)

 Meditation: The challenge of the gospel is become learners (disciples), again. Jesus himself became a learner. The Canaanite woman taught him how to be persistent in prayers and how to TRUST the Lord that your prayers will be answered.

Bapa Jun

1st step: Write the Dhikr (the Arabic word for REMEMBRANCE) in your heart.
2nd step: Let the Dhikr remain always in on your lips and mind - RECITING the Dhikr silently as often as possible...
3rd step:  Be attentive to the disclosure of the meaning/s of the Dhikr in your life