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FINDING PATHWAYS THROUGH THE COMMUNITY

A Testimony in Writing on the Authors Encounter with Spirituality and Grace in the Midst of the Difficult Journey in the Once Uncertain Itinerary

2013 Edition

By

N. Madera Aguilar

Copyright, 2013 By N. Madera Aguilar Published by N. Madera Aguilar (Through DIY-POD Self-publishing Option) All Rights Reserved By the Author
Note: This is the authors originally conceived work and his do-it-yourself (DIY) content creation intended for publicationon-demand (POD). Unless otherwise indicated, the Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission. All rights reserved. Quotations lifted from the Holy Bible, King James Version (public domain), are specified by the appended letters KJV. Portions of this book may be reproduced, copied or transformed into whatever form upon permission from the author taking into consideration that this work is protected under Republic Act No. 8293, except brief quotations for reference or citation, in which case no such permission is necessary. Each copy, to be legitimately possessed, must bear the signature of the author and the corresponding number thereof.

To All Brothers and Sisters in Faith

Preface This book is an inspirational work and is actually a presentation of various realities in life which the author had to face as he pursues growth: from the day God gave him life on earth to his current endeavors, particularly in being part of the truth that God reveals to His people. This likewise serves as the authors memoir: a revelation of the significant events in his life interlaced with profiles of his faith as he made efforts to contend with the various challenges that he encountered as part of his struggle to establish a base from where the pursuit of his mission in life will have to be carried out. The author is motivated solely by a desire to provide a sharing with the readers of the benefits he reaped as he adhered to his faith. In the Community where he belongsAng Dios Gugma Catholic Ministries, Inc.he dwells in peace, far from the confusion of the past when too much of irrelevant concerns intruded into his otherwise placid devotional activities. Here in this Community, concerns raised by an individual or a group, be it as to their beliefs or well-being, are appropriately addressed.

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. (Psalm 85:10-13)

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God is Love and the Community

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4: 7-8)

The foregoing words of wisdom from the Holy Bible serve as the inspirational message upon which the foundation of our Community, Ang Dios Gugma (God is Love), is built. In 2001, particularly the eleventh of September that year, everyone was shocked as the horror glaringly dominated the television screens which unraveled the flaming of two towering buildings in the heart of New York City, U.S.A. I could still vividly recall having just arrived from Manila in late afternoon of that day and to nurse the jet lag I was being discomfited with, I reclined on a sofa in the living room of our house facing a TV set. Whats that? Not having warmed by back yet, I blurted out those words and at the same time stood up as a sudden reaction to what I saw was being flashed on the tube. Hearing me, Sister Luz and our children, as well as our two househelpers, joined me in gazing at the intensifying terror on screen that sent us sitting down, wide-eyed in disbelief and frustration, plus the
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fear of something we found too difficult to understand. Oh, my God! I am sure, to this day, these three words had reverberated in stentorian fashion throughout the entire world at that precise moment. The utterance could have its most significant impact on that unforgettable fateful day. As I would write later in one of the e-books I released in some Web outlets: After September 11, 2001, peace lovers all over the world find that their lives may never be the same again. There is a new momentum they have to adapt to as they go about their daily chores and perform their given tasks in order to earn a living and perform their respective functions. Governments of certain nations realize that they may have to upgrade, if not redirect, their efforts to maintain the status quo and ensure that their citizens get the requisite protection from the threat of the unexpected. The Philippines is no exception to this realm of the unknown. Terrorism may be the name of the game for the lawless and the desperate, but the toll it takes on innocent lives is appalling. Although we continue to reminisce the infamous events of 2001, such as the horrifying downfall of the two towering infernos and the resulting agony that those adversely affected by the fallout of the tragedy reaped, we could not discount the fact that still there has to be something positive to be drawn from the negativism that transpired as a consequence. We have to rise up from where we have fallen.
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In the culminating days of 2001, it was not all sense of grief that pervaded. Some found ways to rebuild hope; others acknowledged that life should go on. I would remember years later that, as we prepared ourselves for the celebration of the year that would take over, the beginning of change was being unraveled. What Sister Luz heard by chance one day when she tuned in to the transistor radio was a complete contradiction to what I saw on TV some fortnights before. Whereas mine was a visualization of bad news, hers were audible facets of good news. She invited me to listen with her and we heard a man talking about something which to us seemed truly inspirational, devotional. In the ensuing days, we followed the radio program. Since the host was likewise making an invitation to join his group in prayer meetings being conducted once every week, we found our selves accepting the invitation one Thursday and proceeding to a venue where members of the group were converged. We came face to face with a man who introduced himself to us as Brother Edwin A. Daulo, head servant of Ang Dios Gugma Catholic Ministries, Inc. There was no mistaking about his voice. It was the same voice we listened to in the radio. After the introduction and short pleasantries, we moved our eyes around and saw that we were in a small gathering of individuals attending a prayer meeting being held in a portion of Jaro Plaza, Iloilo City. At noon on Sundays, the same group assembled
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inside the Jaro Cathedral for the healing mass celebrated by the late Father Ramon Sequito who then served as spiritual adviser of the Ministries. As days went by, we saw the number of those in attendance increasing and in the meantime we found solace in the activities being observed in the meetings and likewise in the healing mass. Unexpectedly, as the year that followed had progressed, a life-changing opportunity took over. And as 2002 ended, so did our stint in the City of Iloilo. We found the need for our family to relocate to the town of Kalibo in Aklan province brought about by changes in my place of assignment. The transfer also meant our parting with the activities of the Community which we had been partaking in. The changes we met while adjusting ourselves to the situation in our new residence lured us into giving more emphasis on fun rather than worship, on the material rather than the spiritual. We failed to take note of the lesson we should have learned from the sacred words: And he said to him, If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth. (Exodus 33:15-16) In Kalibo, the tintinnabulations from musical instruments and the sound of drums fascinated us so that as of January, 2003, we found ourselves celebrating with the natives and guests as the Feast of the Santo Nino neared. But there are two aspects of
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AUTHORS WORKS Other works by the author are now ready for purchase either as printed book or as e-book. The latest work of fiction from NRCS Bookshop now available is The Last Traces of Hope, a novel about the Mideast turmoil and how it affected the lives of those who were trapped in the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. A ship manned by Filipino crew members was docked in the international port of Kuwait on August 2, 1990 when the incursion transpired. This book tells what happened when the vessel was about to sail and after it did. Available in print at www.createspace.com/3621484 Available as an E-book at www.smashwords.com Also available in Kindle version at https://kdp.amazon.com

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Other Books by the Author: Fiction * A Man and A Girl - Available at: www.smashwords.com

An Awakening and Losing

- Available at: www.createspace.com/3565490 * Menace on the Face of the Red Moon - Available at: www.createspace.com/3571177 * Harvest of Sand - Available as e-book at the aforementioned ebook outlets ** A Collection of the foregoing is available in one volume Fiction Assemblage - See www.createspace.com/3598890

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Non-fiction o Money Claims and Indebtedness - Available via Centralbooks o Crime, Retribution and Exoneration - Available in print at https://www.createspace.com/3697327 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR The author, 62 years of age, now resides in Iloilo City, Philippines, where he is a member of the Sumakwelan, an organization of vernacular writers from the Western Visayan region and portions of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. His works include several titles in non-fiction and some in fiction and poetry. He has been engaged in vernacular writing in his country since he was a teenager. He is currently working on the translation of his literary works into the English language. He assures his readers, however, of his earnest efforts in seeing to it that nothing is missed in the course of the translation. The author has taught Remedial Law at Aklan College, Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines and has been engaged in the advocacy of law in the Philippines. He may be reached at this e-mail address nrcsbookshop@ymail.com. His availability may be had also through: *www.twitter.com/narmabooks *www.scribd.com/narmabooks

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