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Finding the path to redemption

Finding the path to redemption

DEAR KABAYAN,
Here I am again with a letter and a poem. I am dedicating this poem to Romer, a fellow Filipino who is currently serving time at a Taipei prison.
To you Romer, thank you for the kind words. (In his letter to Kabayan, Romer lauded Ellen's poetry-writing prowess. -- Ed.) I pray that you would be freed soon, and that you would be reunited with your loved ones as soon as possible. Alam mo, may mga kaibigan din ako na nasa bilangguan sa Pilipinas. Doon din sila hinipo ng Panginoon tungo sa pagbabagong buhay, at ang ilan sa kanila ay magtatapos na ng pag-aaral sa kursong theology. (I have some friends who are also serving time in a Philippine penitentiary. Just like you, they also found God in their prison cells. Some of them even took a theology course in jail. They pledged to spend the rest of their days serving God.) Romer, I believe God has bigger plans for you. It just so happened that the Lord touches our hearts and our lives in different ways. You had to see the darkness to see the light.
May our almighty Father bless you Romer.
ELLEN PANALIGAN
OFW Family Club
Taiwan Chapter

Isinulat Ko Ito...
By Ellen Panaligan

Respetuhin ninyo ang nakatatanda sa inyo
Huwag ninyong kunin, ang bagay na di sa 'yo
Magsikap at mamuhay sa tama at diretso
"Ang payo ng iyong ama, na umukit sa puso mo."

Sa ibayong dagat, ikaw ay napadpad
Sa simula'y maganda, landas na tinatahak
Ngunit sa isang iglap, binago mo ang lahat
Ika'y naging makasarili, nalunod ka sa lusak.

Ikaw ay nalulong, sa mali at likong aral
Ang pananalig sa Panginoon, iyong tinalikdan
Ikaw ay nadarang, sa tukso ng sanlibutan
Pananampalataya'y urong-sulong, sa Dakilang Maylalang.

Ilang dagok sa buhay, ang sa 'yo dumatal
Kapatid na mapagmahal, binawian na ng buhay
Si amang nagbigay, ng lakas at pangaral
Sa karamdaman nalugmok, kinuha na ng Maykapal.

Ikaw ay may katanungang, nabuo sa isipan
Ang malayo sa tukso, ang lugar ba ay saan?
Saan ba malalayo, sa mga taong nagbibigay
Ng sakit sa 'yong ulo, problemang walang humpay?

Sa isang biglang pangyayari, dahil sa iyong kahinaan
Sinisisi ang sarili, sa landas mong nilakbay
Gulong-gulo ang isipan, katawan ay lupaypay
Sino ang tutulong, sino ang daramay?

Bilangguan ang naging daan sa puso mong nahimlay
Dito ka nagsisi, sa mali mong pamumuhay
Dito ka binago, pinalaya sa kasalanan
Hinango at nilinis ng Diyos na mapagmahal.

Buhay kang patotoo, sa bawat nilalang
Isa kang paalala, sa mga naliligaw
Bilangguan man ang iyong hantungan
Ito'y itinadhana, ng Dakilang Maykapal.

"Isinulat ko ito..." dahil nais kong iparating
Ang isang talata, na inspirasyon sa akin
Nais kong ibahagi, at sa 'yo ay sabihin
Sa Panaghoy (3:37-38) ng Bibliya, ito ang itinuturing:

"Walang anumang bagay na mangyayari,
Nang hindi sa kapahintulutan ni Yahweh
Nasa kapangyarihan ng kataas-taasang Diyos,
ang masama at mabuti."
Let's help UGNAYAN
DEAR READERS,
UGNAYAN, as everyone knows, is a facility developed, used and maintained by foreign workers. It is housed in a six-story building, and has a Catholic chapel, an interfaith hall, a library, classrooms, kitchen, and a social hall. This year, UGNAYAN will be holding Mother's Day and Papa of the Year celebrations, livelihood and skills training programs, and a lecture series. The center also has several ministries including Singles for Christ and Handmaids of the Lord, Liturgy and Music, Charismatic Community, Couples For Christ, El Shaddai Community and the UGNAYAN Family Outreach to the new immigrants and their families. The center welcomes people from all walks of life.
If you want to be an UGNAYAN donor, just mail your contribution to: Dather Joy c/o UGNAYAN, No. 390, Chung Shan Road, Section 2, Tantzu Xiang, Taichung County. For inquiries, please ring Father Joy at 0930-446-060. You may also mail your contribution to Kabayan. Please send it by registered mail.
Letters and subscriptions
DEAR READERS,
If you want to subscribe to Kabayan (NT$100 for eight issues), please send your subscription form to Mr. Su of our circulation and advertising department by registered mail. (Cut out our subscription box on page 14.) Please do not mail your subscription forms to Kabayan. Mr. Su and I belong to separate departments.
If you want to write Kabayan, mail your letters directly to me. Do not mix it up with your subscription forms to avoid any confusion. Marami po kasing sulat na nagkakawalaan. Sometimes, it takes me three days before opening my mail.
Announcements
The Cordillera Overseas Filipino Workers Association in Taichung will be holding its general assembly meeting on February 11 at 1 p.m. at Taichung Park. All Cordillerans and interested individuals are invited to join this gathering. For inquiries, call 0936-946-998 or 0910-962-650.

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Updated : 2021-10-20 05:00 GMT+08:00