Saturday, February 26, 2011

My eyes got upon this POST by The Catholic Shield. Shoutout to Br. Joseph Bulay-og for this one! This is for further reference, anyway....

The Sign of the Cross (Signum Crucis)

In the Name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In nomine Patris

et Filii
et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

Our Father (Lord's Prayer, Pater Noster)

Our Father
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Pater Noster
qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos
dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.

The Hail Mary (Ave Maria)

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed
is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death

Ave Maria gratia plena,
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus
fructus ventris tui, Iesus
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae

The Glory Be (Gloria Patri)

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning
is now
and ever shall be
world without end. Amen.

Gloria Patri
et filii
et spiritui sancto.
Sicut erat in principio
et nunc
et semper
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

The Apostles Creed (Symbolum Apostolorum)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord. 
He was conceived
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
and born of the Virgin Mary, 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried; 
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
he will come again
to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic church, 
the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen

Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem;
Creatorem caeli et terrae.

Et in Jesum Christum,
Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum;
qui conceptus est
de Spiritu Sancto,
natus ex Maria virgine;
passus sub Pontio Pilato,
crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus;
descendit ad inferos;
tertia die resurrexit a mortuis;
ascendit ad caelos;
sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis;
inde venturus est
iudicare vivos et mortuos.

Credo in Spiritum Sanctum;
sanctam ecclesiam catholicam;
sanctorum communionem;
remissionem peccatorum;
carnis resurrectionem;
vitam aeternam. Amen.

Act of Contrition

O, my God,
I am heartily sorry
for having offended you.
I detest all my sins
because of your just punishment,
but most of all
because they offend you,
my God, who are all-good
and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve,
with the help of Your grace,
to sin no more
and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

Deus meus,
ex toto corde paenitet me
omnium meorum peccatorum,
eaque detestor, quia peccando,
non solum poenas a Te iuste
statutas promeritus sum,
sed praesertim quia offendi Te,
summum bonum,
ac dignum qui super omnia diligaris.
Ideo firmiter propono,
adiuvante gratia Tua,
de cetero me non peccaturum peccandique
occasiones proximas fugiturum. Amen.


O most gracious Virgin Mary, 
that never was it known 
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, 
or sought thine intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee, 
O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, 
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, 
despise not my petitions, 
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

O piissima Virgo Maria,
non esse auditum a saeculo, 
quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia,
tua implorantem auxilia, 
tua petentem suffragia, 
esse derelictum.

Ego tali animatus confidentia, 
ad te, 
Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro,
ad te venio, 
coram te gemens peccator assisto.
Noli, Mater Verbi, 
verba mea despicere; 
sed audi propitia et exaudi. Amen.

Act of Hope

O my God,
relying on Your almighty power
and infinite mercy and promises,
I hope to obtain
pardon for my sins,
the help of Your grace,
and life everlasting,
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Deus meus,
cum sis omnipotens,
infinite misericors et fidelis,
spero Te mihi daturum,
ob merita Iesu Christi,
vitam aeternam et gratias
necessarias ad eam consequendam,
quam Tu promisisti iis qui bona opera facient,
quemadmodum, Te adiuvante, facere constituo.

Act of Love

O Lord God, 
I love you above all things
and I love my neighbor for your sake
because you are the highest,
infinite and perfect
good, worthy of all my love.
In this love 
I intend to live and die.

Domine Deus,
amo te super omnia
et proximum meum propter te,
quia tu es summum, infinitum,
et perfectissimum bonum,
omni dilectione dignum.
In hac caritate
vivere et mori statuo.

Queen of Heaven (Regina Caeli)

Queen of Heaven rejoice, Alleluia;
The Son whom you merited to bear, Alleluia,
has risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia,
For the Lord is truly Risen, Alleluia.

Regina caeli laetare, Alleluia;
Quia quem meruisti portare, Alleluia;
Resurrexit sicut dixit, Allelluia;
Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.
Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia,
Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray.
And do thou,
O prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God
cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in proelio,
contra nequitiam
et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus,
supplices deprecamur:
Princeps militiae caelestis,
Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum
pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute,
in infernum detrude. Amen.

Angel of God (Guardian Angel Prayer)

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.

Angele Dei,
qui custos es mei,
me, tibi commissum pietate superna,
illumina, custodi,
rege et gubérna.

Blessing Before Meals

Bless us O Lord,
and these Thy gifts
which we are about to receive from Thy bounty.
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Benedic Domine,
nos et haec tua dona
quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi
per Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen.

Blessing After Meals

We give Thee thanks
for all Thy benefits,
O Almighty God,
Who livest and reignest forever.
And may the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.

Agimus tibi gratias,
omnipotens Deus,
pro universis beneficiis tuis,
qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum.
Fidelium animae,
per misericordiam Dei,
requiescant in pace. Amen.

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man
Blessed be the Name of Jesus
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood
Blessed be Jesus
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
Blessed be the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete
Blessed be the great Mother of Christ, Mary most Holy
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints

Benedictus Deus. Benedictum Nomen Sanctum eius
Benedictus Iesus Christus, verus Deus et verus homo
Benedictum Nomen Iesu
Benedictum Cor eius sacratissimum
Benedictus Sanguis eius pretiosissimus
Benedictus Iesus
in sanctissimo altaris Sacramento
Benedictus Sanctus Spiritus, Paraclitus
Benedicta excelsa Mater Christi, Maria sanctissima
Benedicta sancta eius et immaculata Conceptio
Benedicta eius gloriosa Assumptio
Benedictum nomen Mariae, Virginis et Matris
Benedictus sanctus Ioseph, eius castissimus Sponsus
Benedictus Deus in Angelis suis, et in Sanctis suis 

And let me add... 

The Nicene Creed 


We believe in one God, 
the Father the Almighty, 
maker of heaven and earth, 
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, 
the only Son of God, 
eternally begotten of the Father, 
God from God, 
Light from Light, 
true God from true God, 
begotten, not made, 
of one Being with the Father. 
Through him all things were made. 
For us men and for our salvation 
he came down from heaven: 
by the power of the Holy Spirit 
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, 
and was made man. 
For our sake 
he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; 
he suffered death and was buried. 
On the third day 
he rose again 
in accordance with the Scriptures; 
he ascended into heaven 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
He will come again in glory 
to judge the living and the dead, 
and their kingdom has no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the Lord, the giver of life, 
who proceeds from the Father and the Son. 
With the Father and the Son 
He is worshiped and glorified. 
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. 
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 
We look for the resurrection of the dead, 
and the life of the world to come. 


Credo in unum Deum, 
Patrem omnipotentem, 
factorem caeli et terrae, 
visibilium omnium et invisibilium.

Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum, 
Filium Dei unigenitum, 
et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. 
Deum de Deo, 
Lumen de Lumine, 
Deum Verum de Deo Vero, 
genitum, non factum, 
consubstantialem Patri, 
per quem omnia facta sunt. 
Qui propter nos homines 
et propter nostram salutem 
descendit de caelis. 
Et incarnatus est 
de Spiritu Sancto 
ex Maria Virgine, 
et homo factus est. 
Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato; 
passus et sepultus est, 
et resurrexit tertia die 
secundum Scripturas, 
et ascendit in caelum, 
sedet ad dexteram Patris. 
Et iterum venturus est 
cum gloria iudicare vivos et mortuos, 
cuius regni non erit finis.

Et in Spiritum Sanctum, 
Dominum et vivificantem: 
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. 
Qui cum Patre et Filio 
simul adoratur et conglorificatur: 
qui locutus est per prophetas.

Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. 
Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. 
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum et vitam venturi saeculi. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Saga of the Right to Life Against the Culture of Death

Maybe only a handful knew about the March for Life that happened Valentine's Eve, due to the absence of the major media networks in the country; in fact, the only prominent one present was Radyo Veritas, which is the sole Catholic radio station in the Metropolis. In my personal opinion, this is a problem to the prominent profession which we seek, and because of this ignorance, I was disappointed to the very institutions I look up to. 

But all that happened there is just the tip of the iceberg. Because when you dive down deeper, you would realize that there is a continuing saga of life versus death. 

Yes, reader. I'm talking about the most talked-about moral issue to date: the Reproductive Health Bill; and I would give my best common-sense comments on this. 

It started in the last days of the Arroyo administration, but was aggravated at the beginning of Benigno Aquino III's presidency when Albay Representative Edcel Lagman filed House Bill 96 in the Lower House of Congress. With its responsibility as Mater et Magistra, obviously the Catholic Church is the first to react and challenge the said legal action. Their conflict even got worse when Carlos Celdran got into the picture and rubbed to the Bishops' faces that the Church should not meddle in political affairs while raising high the placard which wrote "DAMASO"; but the Bishops didn't interfere in politics, they just reacted as it is natural for all men to react in a peculiar issue. It is the Church who spearheaded the campaign against the RH Bill, but it does not mean that they were the only ones fighting. There were also pockets of resistance that came from several pastors, imams, and even secular groups. Their support was physically shown in the March for Life and virtually shown through social networking. And everything between it is history. 

Now, I name the game. It cannot be morality because it is more religious. It cannot be the freedom of choice because it's vague. It cannot also be Church vs. State because being a Theist cannot be separated from being a Filipino. Maybe the name of the game is social responsibility. 

Why such? 

Everyone, I presume, is familiar with the Basic Human Rights: in this case, the right to life. Maybe the Bill could promote life, but what makes it wrong is simple: the intention is good yet some provisions are shown promoting artificial family planning (e.g. contraceptives), which is something not yet 100% proven effective. In short, the intentions may be good, but the means are doubtful: thus, a doubtful legal action that must be scrutinized. 

Moreover, to make things simple, imagine this: you were born even if you are uncertain of your future and no matter how and why; and after all your prayers and endeavors, you succeeded in the things you look  forward to achieve (who doesn't want to, anyway?). Will you be that generous to share your experiences to your future children for their future reference; or will you be that selfish to keep all your grudges to yourself, given that you were told that you were a mistake? 

Okay. Enough of the analogies. The reason why we see this as a taboo in society is because of three things: 

1. Filipinos value life even outside religion and law. We are known for our acceptance for children, regardless of color, physique, or even gender; 

2. Filipinos try hard to be careful of their bringing, especially in their sexual aspect; and 

3. Filipinos do not want to shame the ones they cherish the most, especially one's family and community. 

It is not wrong to make love in bed, as long as it is according to one's social norm and as long as the participants are responsible enough to face the potential consequences. We must remember that no matter what happens, deprivation is not an answer to something that is rendered as sacred. 

And the saga goes on.... 


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