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Waiting For The Messiah

It's Advent again.

Waiting for parousia.

Waiting for the Savior, the anointed One.

A Savior came

Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ

2016 years ago

And left us a way of love

A way of life.

He said Love one another

He said our holiness must go

beyond that of the priests and Pharisees

He said not everyone who calls

God Lord is worthy of the Kingdom

He said Love one another.

Still we miss the point

Lost in… Continue

Added by Erlinda C. Perlado Mertens MAPS on December 11, 2016 at 4:08am — No Comments

The Cross: The School of Life


upon a dead tapioca cross

grew 7 green buds
what sign is this?
let me see...
Triumph of the Cross
the CROSS! 
beam, thorns, nails
crushed, pain, torment
Mother, can it be more sorrowful?
-- Go, follow him!
for a good while you abandoned me
for a long moment you hid your face from me
the shame of my youth…

Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on September 15, 2016 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Reclaiming My Babaylan Roots in Spirituality

I am a woman in search of my roots

Finding my ground in the call for integration of my mind body and spirit

I left the comfortable confines of Christian structures and churches

I ventured far out of the institution

I was called by Christ--- "duc in altum"

Go out into the deep.

Spirit is urging me to be

I am Asian with many bloods from east and west

Flowing in my veins

And I am Tagalog

I feel the Spirit's call rooting me in a tradition of… Continue

Added by Erlinda C. Perlado Mertens MAPS on May 11, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

THE WOMAN SUFFERING A HEMORRHAGE FOR 12 YEARS (Mark 5:21-43) A reflection by Erlincpm

Celebrating the International Women's Day with women from St. Louis, I wrote the following reflection.

“She said to herself, ‘If I only I could touch his cloak, I will be made well.’ [Mt 9:21, Mk 5:28] In the Gospel of Mark the voice of the woman is passive--- expressing a deep desire “if only.” The Gospel of Luke takes away the woman’s line, but the voice of the woman is a powerful tradition in Mark and Matthew, even if it is spoken only to herself. We hear her. The woman’s words… Continue

Added by Erlinda C. Perlado Mertens MAPS on March 17, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments




Was it not 

when the reputation of the honourable Joseph 

was most vulnerable

that his response to God was most just?


Was it not

when Mary's virginity 

was evidently questionable

that she was most true?


Was it not 

when the Holy Family had left home, 

found no place for birthing, 

turned refugees, 

that they could home…


Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on January 5, 2014 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Shifting Negative Paradigm


This is a true  story  of the women  who, with the help of Action  for Nurturing Children  and  Environment, Inc (ANCE) and its partner, SVD Austria,  formed   Basic Ecclesial Communities ( BEC)   in the sitios of  Malinao and Negative now known as Bagong Buhay.

Carreta is one of the 48 barangays  in Cebu City  with poor supply of potable water,  pitiable sanitation,  houses  made  from  very light  materials and as small as…


Added by suzette nellas on August 29, 2013 at 12:10pm — No Comments

What God is this?

What God is this?

Fed by a woman's blood

Cradled in her placenta
Struggled out of her womb
insignificantly among the lowly
just like any baby
Fed thousands by Providence
Cared for by women friends
Struggled in the milieu of humanity
despicable among the condemned
just like any dissident
Fed his friends his flesh and blood

Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on August 18, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Mary, Mother of God

Has God-consciousness been born yet?

How can it be I am a virgin?
How can it be I am an atheist, agnostic, humanistic, a sinner?
How can it be without evidence, without prove?
How can it be that my new born son would bring me hurt like a stabbed…

Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on January 1, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments



Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on December 25, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Christmas in Sabah 2012

Flowering junior sisters in Sabah

More fascinating than the Rafflesia is
Wisdom travelling from the rising East-within is
Star dust taking time to fashion...
Since novitiate, they have grown from
'What should I say?' to 'This is what I am saying.'
Faint belief now centring inward towards the core secure
Wrappings opening
Styrofoam protect discarding
Fragrance of the fruits of grace…

Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on December 25, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

An Eagle's Call For Freedom



this poem was written by me when I was only 15 yrs…


Added by Nameeta R on October 13, 2012 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Hello, London! It's me again!

I still cannot believe that I'll be visiting the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London soon. 

 It is my dream destination ever since I attended the lecture of its luminous Dean, Dr. Stephen Chan
who is considered as one of the best…

Added by JEANE PERACULLO on July 11, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Happy Feast of God's Great Love

Wishing you peace and joy for 2012 with this sight:

Around the crib nudge the donkey, the lamb, the goat
"What is this unusual feed?"
Around the crib nudge the shamed, the rejected, the blamed
"Who is this amazing grace?"
Around the abandoned disgrace
the crib fed us with the dignity of God's precious child
Around our shame, our sufferings, our fears
cradles LOVE
"Be sure not to wonder…

Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on December 26, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments



Just returned from Myanmar
a changing Myanmar
with higher traffic volume
with longer queues at the immigration
People wait and see
while more are eating out
cars are selling like hot cakes
property has increased 5 times
on a stronger Myanmar chad
than the US dollar
Yangon celebrated her 100 year old Cathedral
the one just next to the…

Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on December 12, 2011 at 11:31am — No Comments

Report of EWA 5


By Ms. Virginia Saldanha

Asian women’s feminist perspectives on “Wired Asia - Towards an Asian Feminist Theology of Human Connectivity” had academic audiences in the West for the first time at a theological conference in Asia. One session of the 5th biennial conference of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA) was hooked up to locations half a world away where three papers by…


Added by Ecclesia of Women WebCoordinator on November 19, 2011 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Virtual Birdging of Wired Asia - Towards an Asian Feminist Theology of Human Connectivity”

                                         Virtual Bridging of “Wired Asia:

Towards an Asian Feminist Theology of Human Connectivity”


On November 6-9, 2011, the Ecclesia of Women in Asia will hold its 5th biennial conference  on feminist ethical, theological and pastoral challenges in the use of computer-mediated information technologies in Asia. In…


Added by Ecclesia of Women WebCoordinator on September 22, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Seeing Christmas






Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on December 24, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments


December 2010


About 2000 years ago, there was born in Palestine, a Jew who changed profoundly the course of human evolution. So great was his impact on his contemporaries that the gospels of Matthew and Luke employ the birth oracle, a popular OT form used for announcing the birth of a savior, to describe the…


Added by Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala on December 15, 2010 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Statement from a Consultation on Gender Relations in the Church - Call to Integrity & Justice.



Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Integrity and Justice.

Pune, 15th August, 2010.

1. Introduction:

1.1 On the 15th August, 2010, feast of the Assumption of Mary and the anniversary of India’s Independence, we, 24 women and men responded to the call of Streevani, Pune, to ‘ponder’ like Mary and discern the liberating voice of God’s Spirit in recent events that have challenged the Catholic Church.

1.2… Continue

Added by Virginia Saldanha on September 6, 2010 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Vatican's New Norms on Women's Ordination

Dear Friends,

The Vatican's declaration that the attempts to ordain women and those associated with such ordinations will now be considered a grave crime on par with that of paedophilia by clerics in the Church is one of the biggest insults to women - further degrading women's dignity in the Church.

We do not need to discuss here about why we are convinced that women can be priests.

Women around the world are appalled and shocked that the Vatican could do this to… Continue

Added by Ecclesia of Women WebCoordinator on July 19, 2010 at 6:42pm — No Comments

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