Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nothing major, major.

The -ber months have started and it's a whole new season for all of us.

I have decided to work around a bit again on this blog and finally get things up and running.

A whole new season.

A lot of things have kept me preoccupied for the past months and I am only able to do very little for this blog and looking back on my notes, I realize some vital aspects I have left out and those are what I will be working on in the next few days, or weeks. Don't worry, it's not some major, major, revamp that's going to happen....

It's just a going back to the original:

A blog that features original compositions I have compiled over the years of my midnights as a writer, and random musings and posts about faith and life in general, all blurted over like a splatter of paint or some spilled ink, that they fly free as fireflies and come alive in forms that allude to the masters of literature and criticism.
  • One that reverberates in the strings of the heart of Tagore, touched by the metaphysical and one with nature, while reflecting on the ruminations of Einstein on the invisible lines that link true faith and religiosity over the philosophical and scientific evidences of the mystical wonders of life and those of Derrida on the thought of Deconstruction
  • One that is imbibed with echoes of the soul of the Roman Catholic Christian, writing daily aiming at perfection, despite of knowing that all is temporal, and that perfection comes only by the grace of God, the Editor-in-Chief of every human life.
  • One which continually explores and experiments on the various literary styles and techniques, crossing over the genres and transcending beyond the barriers of language, defining the undefined, in an attempt to capture the graces of the moment. English will remain the primary language, however, as I continue to study my native tongue to a deeper and more literary level, this blog will be my online keeper of any poem written in the Bicol language, should I be able to produce such.
It is good to remember who you are
in order to know where you are heading to.

Thus, once again, the midnight writer reaffirms its commitment 
to write according to the purpose and the plan, 
and what you just read is otherwise called, 

"The Midnight Agenda"

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Fluid emotions swimming through a wild current of ideas

We all love to know. We love to know that the ones we love are just close by. We love to know what plans our loved ones are getting perky about. We love to know how things are going on for the people we care about. It is for this reason we love to communicate, whether with just a touch or by an exchange of words.

But there are moments in our lives when we are simply void of understanding. We are bereft of any information about the going-ons in the lives of the people we care for. And though we could think about the possibilities, our visions become myopic.

At these moments, a firm grip or a warm embrace may fill in for the gaps and bridge through the silences....to make up for the unknowing....but just then, during these moments, it's as if you can't get through to them...try as you might, it is like there rises walls that come dividing or pitfalls that keep you separated...

But for whatever reason or cause is the struggle, it's losing control of things that makes many of us weak until our senses fail down to the base and loose the ability to use common sense. 

Remember how you have to keep your hands open to contain dry sand? The world has never changed in the way it works: To love is still to lose control.

    *When You Can't Trace His Hand,
              When You Don't See His Plan,
       When You Don't Understand,    
                   Trust His Heart....*

It is in this same image that our relationship with God is forged in spirit and fire. Many times in our lives, we think God has forgotten about us and is not willing to help us get what we want the most.

We seek him but then he is just right with us...and even when we could not marvel at what his plans are, if we only put our trust in him, we can be sure that things will fall into their proper places.
Picture Credit: G. Longoria
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*From the lyrics of a Babbie Mason song, "Trust His Heart"

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


Everywhere it reverberates in some short lines, quick shoutouts, pictures, posts, tags: "I am going to Madrid!"

I go looking around Facebook, checking out what's the news about fellows I met along the way during the NYD 2010 Pilgrimage in Dagupan as well as those I met on the first pilgrimage I joined in Iloilo back in 2008 and the desire only grows stronger.

Even more at seeing Nica and her fellows in their community have "A Taste of Spain" on their walls:

I want to go too! "I am going to Madrid!"

But who among us would not want to? Given the opportunity, it is a welcome experience.

However, we need to act and do something. It is given that going to Madrid means making sacrifices. There will be expenses that need to be covered, and there will also be costs which will have to be incurred.

For an ordinary employee such as me, it means finding ways and means to raise funds (which can be by working extra, selling stuff, doing fund raisers, and/or seeking out gifts or donations from willing sponsors), and needing to be away on those days will also mean sacrificing income for about a week for not working through on those days while out on pilgrimage.

Well, I've tried it before for the NYD 2010 Pilgrimage, and it wasn't at all easy. But on the top and bottom and even on the insides and out of it, it was by the grace of God that I was really able to get there.

~I am crazy for even worrying.

My mind is blank, to begin with. I am literally still clueless as to how exactly will I manage to raise funds because if I will only rely on what I could think of, I don't see myself flying off for any WYD at all in the next 2 meetings. Anyhow, I do hope that our community here in Legazpi will also come up with something that can help us pull things together.

So moving on, what else is there for me to do, but lift it up to Him.
I pray. And so I write.

WYD Madrid 2011

All over the world, Christian communities have begun preparing for the upcoming 2011 World Youth Day meeting.

The WYD cross and icon are now in Tui-Vigo, Spain and are just right there waiting for the commencement of the ceremonies which is to take place primarily in Madrid.

The event is set to take center stage once again from the 16th to the 21st of August in 2011, and is to be participated by youth from various countries, ethnicity, and ecumenical communities.

The occasion's theme is inspired by Saint Paul's exhortations about living firm in the faith, planted and built up in Jesus Christ. Preparatorial catechesis are being administered to local parish youths in an invitation to participate and be one in the said occasion.

Registrations to the event officially begun on July 1 and on the onset of the registrations, the WYD Madrid 2011 official site notes that approximately 600,00 youth have already expressed intentions to register for the meeting, and as in the previous world meetings, group registration for an average of 15 to 20 participants is the most common option.

The recently concluded NYD 2010 Pilgrimages was also a good preparation for many of those who will be participating in the world youth meeting.

In our community, a regional youth meeting is set sometime in the middle of this month and we could not be any less excited about it and we all look forward to yet another inspring da with our catechists and fellow youth in the community.

Hopefully, we would be able to raise sufficient funds to attend the event in Madrid!

........i'm just another writer still trapped within my truth........

i have forgotten about what it is to write...
to catch that in-between the silence and the heart’s beating…
and go about that divide which separates shadow from the ground…
Writing, my first love!
and so, i write. répondez s’il vous plaît.

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naling'wan ko na kun pa'no an mag surat...
kun pa'no mahagilap an uya sa tahao kan kasilenciohan asin pag-ibot kan puso...
buda malakop iyan na nagbabanga sa anino asin daga...

An Pagsurat, sakuyang enot na pagkamoot!
biyo logod, ako minasurat. magsimbag ka.

"Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith."

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