Archive for February, 2012

Perhaps one of the most vivid pictures that have been imprinted in my mind when I was a child was the image of a marine soldier standing guard at the Rizal monument.

It was a such a wonder for me to think of how they stay motionless… rain or shine..never a blink of an eye..never minding the itch… not a flicker of motion.

           Don’t they just grow tired?

           Soldiers… I just thought… that’s what they made of… always on the ready. Men who don’t have 8.5 work days, men who go on seemingly endless marches, men who fight for the last drop of their blood.

            But what if the soldiers go tired? Their iron wills would turn rusty? Their uniforms fade from wear and tear? Do they grow weary? What if their loneliness burns them in their foxhole of solitude? What if the harshness of the reality seems not to equate with the ideals of their profession?

            True, there will always come a time when they seem grow tired of their uniform, when the pace just seems to be too fast and they want to surrender. Sometime they just figure out that this is not exactly what they signed up for. This is not just kind of life worth fighting for. And quietly, they seem to sink in their own disillusions.

               So much is expected of a soldier. And fairly, it should always be.

              A soldier is the warrior citizen in a country, where everyone just seems to grow tired of everything. It is the soldier who must always remain standing. For how could nation a free nation exist if its own soldiers just grown tired and desert their posts? How could we know of true freedom, if everyone else is just doing what each wants to do? And no one does anything to stop those who already stepping upon the freedom and liberties of their fellowmen? How can we preserve order and the whole of civilization if all the soldiers just grow tired of their discipline?

                So much of the burden of soldiery. Every time a soldier bear his arms; he bear the sacred duty to be a pillar for his fellowmen. He must always remember the creed of a warrior, that is, the strong will protect the weak. And he must always remain strong, even when everyone else has become weak. In fact, he must remain strong for the weedy so that the feeble may draw strength from him.

                 How noble it seems but we must realize that soldiers are also human. They feel what others feel… hunger, thirst, pain, weariness, loneliness. They’re not exempted from those. Of course, soldiers would need rest. But to rest is to keep going. Gen Douglas Mc Arthur’s words gave more power meaning to this notion. ” Old soldiers never die, they just fade away,” that even on death soldiers don’t rest for the sake of rest. They respite only to keep moving. They may die today, but when they do, they still live only to enlist in the army that is in the afterlife.

                So again, they find themselves in this tiresome situation. Sometimes we feel that they have had enough and they want to put down whatever they have. But it is not for them to grow weary; it is not for them to look tired and be pessimistic. They must still look strong though they are weak.

                 One of the greatest fears a soldier may have is that they will grow tired of the harsh realities that plague their profession and their society. When the ideas that have been motive upon them seem to blurry to realize; when to break up and just”go with the tide,” when they get tired of the ideas that shape them, it is then that they must never let go of their ideas. They must hold for this are the ideas that make them who they are.

            Rest, and rest with optimism and prayer. Keep in mind that their work is not nearly in the battle field. Their greatest battles are in the fields of their conscience. And it is their victory in these battles. That makes them men… that which makes them soldiers….

                  “Even soldiers need to rest….”

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At the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed during Mass, after the homily. The blessed ashes are then “imposed” on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality. The ashes are blessed at least during the first Mass of the day, but they may also be imposed during all the Masses of the day, after the homily, and even outside the time of Mass to meet the needs of the faithful. Priests or deacons normally impart this sacramental, but instituted acolytes, other extraordinary ministers or designated lay people may be delegated to impart ashes, if the bishop judges that this is necessary. The ashes are made from the palms used at the previous Passion Sunday ceremonies. — Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year, Msgr. Peter J. Elliott

The act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent. — Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

From the very early times the commemoration of the approach of Christ’s passion and death was observed by a period of self-denial. St. Athanasius in the year 339 enjoined upon the people of Alexandria the 40 days’ fast he saw practiced in Rome and elsewhere, “to the end that while all the world is fasting, we who are in Egypt should not become a laughing stock as the only people who do not fast but take our pleasure in those days.” On Ash Wednesday in the early days, the Pope went barefoot to St. Sabina’s in Rome “to begin with holy fasts the exercises of Christian warfare, that as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial.”

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Cuyo Fort in Cuyo, Palawan

During the early Spanish period, purposely to protect the Cuyonon from sporadic Moro attack, Fort of Cuyo was constructed and finished in 1680. The original complex of stone and mortar was a square with four bastions. The present complex, which occupies at all. Another fort was started at lucbuan seven kilometres away on the east side of Cuyo Island, but it was never finished. In 1873, the capital of Paragua (present day Palawan) was transferred to Cuyo from taytay.

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Cuyo, Island

An hour and 30 minutes by air and 24 hours by sea from Manila, Cuyo is a municipality composed of 17 barangays. With a population of 18,257 people (2000 census). it is one of the unexploited island in the country. Home to a fort, which shelters a church and a convent in its high stone walls, constructed during the Spanish period to protect its population from Moro pirates, Cuyo has one of the most ancient forts in the Philippines. Incidentally, Cuyo become the second capital of Palawan from 1873 to 1903. Access to Cuyo Island : Planes from Manila Airport (Terminal two) toPuerto Princesa or Iloilo. Boat service several times a week from Puerto Princesa and Iloilo to Cuyo Island and back. There are also weekly boat services from Manila to Cuyo Island

for more info. of history of Cuyo Island browse my post here about Cuyo Island Palawan Philippines

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