An excerpt from the book WINGS AND WANDERLUST – The Art of Discovering Your Inner Self (send the book as a Christmas gift to friends anywhere in the Philippines, Php450 all postal charges included, received via JRS in 2 to 3 days, no credit card needed. Email request to firstname.lastname@example.org).
every path is unique no one can live your life for you gurus can only give tips and guidelines in the end you fly your own aircraft you flap your own wings you watch your own sunset you find your own path in your own way in your own style when you enter the dark forest good and bad things lurk to make and break your soul take the chance, you will not regret it darkness and light will encompass you make the Lord your beacon for He is the Light in your darkness gather strength in His grace and everything will fall into place beyond your imagination eastwind
On my second day in Athens, I wandered into Syntagma Square in the center of the city.
GREEK WAITER (dressed in all-white) – Hey you, Filipino! ME – Hello. GREEK WAITER – You Filipinos are the craziest people I have met ever. ME – Really now. How come?
There were about ten waiters dressing up with white linen a long table about a third of a kilometer long across the entire square. It practically ended at the horizon.
GREEK WAITER – (Moving his finger 360 degrees.) You see this table, 300 meters long all around? This table is for big shots like the mayor of the city or an important businessman. This table is expensive. Only rich people have their parties here. ME – What does that have to do with crazy Filipinos? GREEK WAITER – (Pointing to one giving instructions to other waiters.) You see that crazy Filipino over there? ME – That’s the crazy Filipino? Looks normal to me. GREEK WAITER – You don’t understand. He is a humble second officer in a Panamanian ship that just landed in Piraeus yesterday. He can’t possibly afford to hire this long table. ME – If he is a Filipino seaman, he can. GREEK WAITER – That’s what I mean. You guys are crazy. He saves his salary for five years and spends it all in one birthday bash. He is inviting all Filipinos in the entire city of Athens, I mean all. Now, tell me, what is the logic in all that? ME – I don’t think you would understand even if I explained it to you. GREEK WAITER – Try me. ME – Well, okay. Filipinos have a different way of looking at things. Money is not everything. You work your ass off, that’s okay. But for a Filipino seaman, you earn money to spend it. GREEK WAITER – I give up. You’re just as crazy. I wouldn’t kill myself for five years inside the belly of a lousy ship just for a birthday party. He’s crazy. ME – I agree. He’s crazy alright. But in a commendable way. He likes a birthday bash. What can you say? I must meet him and get invited.
I walked over to him and he smiled upon seeing me, speaking in our native language,
MONCHING (Filipino merchant marine) – Name’s Monching. What ship are you from? ME – Name’s Bernie. No ship. I’m not a seaman. That waiter says you are crazy for having an expensive party. MONCHING – (Laughing.) You only live once. You’re invited anyway to my birthday tomorrow night. All Filipinos are invited, no matter who they are, what they are, nurses, musicians, bar girls, whoever. Tell all Filipinos you know. Listen, I’m busy. You go talk to my friend Kardo over there.
I went over to Kardo. He had a huge duffel bag with him.
KARDO – What ship? ME – No ship. KARDO – I am the US Navy. Big warship. What are you doing here? ME – Not much. Just passing through? KARDO – And you’re not a seaman? ME – Nope. KARDO – That’s strange. You must be a tourist. Filipino seamen were not aware of Filipino drifters, hitchhikers, which were rare at that time. I did not bother to explain.
KARDO – (Whispering furtively, to make sure no one else hears.) Listen, man, I need help. ME – Yes? KARDO – You see this?
He opens the huge duffel bag. I peered in and saw a ton of blue seal Salem and Winston cigarettes, green and red like Christmas decor.
KARDO – You help me. We sell this in the night bars. You get free drinks. ME – You’ve got about $2,000 worth in there, right? KARDO – Shhh. Shut up. Five thousand. That’s just for this week. If I am not tired, next week again. Unlimited supply. ME – I bet. You have a friend in the commissary. KARDO – Yes, Filipino also, my best friend. He gets 20%. Okay, okay, I’ll give you a commission. ME – I’m not interested in a commission. I’d like the drink though. KARDO – You’re on. Let’s go. ME – You navy men are crazy. KARDO – Of course, only way to be. This is nothing. I smuggled Harley Davidsons in Corsica and Smith and Wesson in Rotterdam. I’m a businessman, sailor on the side. ME – You got anything in mind aside from making money on the side? KARDO – Of course. Women. You want a woman tonight? On me.
I did not reply. And so we left Monching, fixing up his birthday party, and went around the bars. I was amazed the bartenders knew him. He must have been smuggling cigarettes regularly for years. We had one or two free drinks in every bar. After about ten bars, we were dead drunk. The duffel bag was now almost empty. Kardo treated me to American steak somewhere. I could hardly walk. I couldn’t go home, so Kardo dragged me to his three-star hotel. Pretty good. I ended up with a hangover and missed Monching’s party. I could have met the entire Filipino community of Athens but I had a splitting headache from retsina, the Greek wine which smelled and tasted like aviation gas to a Filipino. email@example.com
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TO JOIN, SEND EMAIL TO email@example.com *********************** PRAYER REQUESTS *********************** 01 Our dearest prayer warriors and Sr. Raquel, I am a mother of two very young boys, ages 5 and 11. Last night I was on a desperate call begging our Lord in my prayers, to instantly take this illness away … wash and cleanse me off of these cancer cells by the most precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ because I BELIEVE that God can also take this sickness away as suddenly as it came. I have been so grateful in my prayers for my husband who has been very sick much longer than I have been. He has a tumor in the brain that caused him to have a mild stroke in December of 2009. I also have my father who has been suffering for 3 years now from a chronic illness that has incapacitated him for a long time. Please pray for all of us. I realized when I was diagnosed for breast cancer stage 2, maybe God wants me to stop and think for a while and start caring for myself somehow. Thank you Lord for the blessings you shower us with everyday. Mother Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, help us and keep us from all the wicked enemies. JENNY I SHORTENED YOUR PRAYER REQUEST SUBSTANTIALLY. PLEASE SHORTEN YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS. 02 Hello sister Raquel, please pray for my family our problems, thank you so much. RENE 03 Dearest Sister Raquel, Bernie, all prayer warriors, Could you please keep praying for all my health issues. I am still very much burdened. And healing of partner and relationship. I pray that i may fully recover in Jesus name. I keep praying for you all! Your prayer warrior MARY 04 Hi Sr. Raquel, Kindly pray for my parents, PACIANO and TERESA A., both 83 years young. They both got weak at the same time. My mom is bed ridden, the same with my dad. I pray that they both regain their strength and their minds, plus the good memories, until the last days of their lives. Thank you very much. God bless and more power. VKI 05 Please Pray with all your faith that GOD will Bless me (Phil C.) with my Soul Mate as soon as it is possible with GOD. I’ve never had a girlfriend and been Praying and hoping for one for at least 18 years, I’m 41 years old now. Please Pray GOD Blesses me financially so i am able to bUy food and pay bills…Please also Pray GOD will put it in the hearts of multitudes upon multitudes of people to pray for my prayer requests … Thank You.… PHIL 06 PLEASE PLEAD WITH GOD TO DELIVER ME AND HEAL ME COMPLETELY FROM BIPOLAR 2. I HAVE STRUGGLED FOR 40 YEARS. ALSO TO BIND UP ALL MY WOUNDS CAUSED BY MEN. ALSO, DELIVERANCE FOR THOMAS, CHRISTOPHER, MICHELE, LISA AND ALISA. HEALING FOR KELLANY AND HANNAH. THANK YOU! BARBARA 07 Peace! I would like to ask for your prayers that i may be able to heal my relationship with my fiance before he leaves for abroad. May the good Lord give us the chance to patch things up, to have a better communication, to have a personal heart-to-heart talk and to grow together in our relationship. I believe that nothing is impossible to Him. Thank you in advance Sr. Raquel for the help. God bless! MAY 08 Dear sister in Christ, My name is siju i am from india i am working in saudi arabia since 11 years, since 4 years i got pain on my lower back and it started spreading to my hands and legs ,when this pain starts i become weak physically i am just like a paralysed person,weight loss, i am so much afraid sister, i read in internet that some lower back pain is due to kidney ,i am at crying sister for healing ,please pray for me sister for my healing and let me go back to my country and live there forever, please pray for me sister, I am 33 years old i am a bachelor ,please pray for my future and i can start a business in india and i am started doing excercise please pray for me that i may get good health an i can gain weight . please pray for me sister ,god has given you blessings , heal me sister with your prayers. God Bless You SIJU 09 Good day po sister and sa lahat po, pls pray over me po dahil masama po ang katawan ko nahihirapan po akong huminga at nahihilo po ako thx po.masakit po ang shouldr ko at minsan sumasakit ang likod ko. salamat po.. JAMESON 11 Please pray for Nadia, 30 years old, who tried to commit suicide today. Her brother found her in time and now she is at the hospital being treated. BETTY 2 For: Owen, we prayed for this young boy a couple of times in the past. Owen is going out of the province and having a fistula repair in his bowel. During his last transplant his stomach wall fell apart and then this happened. Please also pray that his post op will be successful. His Mom has had many crosses to carry for her young son since the day he was born; therefore she is in need of Mother Mary’s assistance and strength. Blessed Mother, as a mother yourself, please look down on Lisa and ask Your Son Jesus to fill her peace and hope. For Pauline who is going tomorrow to get the results of her lung scan. Jesus in Your mercy, please be merciful to Pauline. For Erika ( 21 years old) who had a mammogram done on Monday and now has to have an emergency cat scan done this Friday. For a very, very special intention. I beg you Jesus to take everything from this individual that is not of You and please wash, cover, soak and completely cleanse his body. Jesus we place all our trust in You. Always remember no matter what goes on in our lives ” NEVER LET GO OF GOD’S HAND” God Bless all MARIE 12 Dear Sr. Raquel and Prayer warriors First I would like to thank God I can always send message to ask for all your prayers even thru email. I thank God for all His Blessings and am also asking for His forgiveness. Please Sr. Raquel include the ff Prayer.Request. 1. Please pray to God to heal my left ear its been almost 2 weeks now my left ear felt congested and can hear well after my colds. 2. Also pls. Im asking God’s guidance for the.work He is giving to me in the province of Samar. That I maybe safe there also specially that it is located in mountainous area and i will be far from my family. 3. Please include also my broken relationship with my australian Boyfriend Lance J. We broke up and I dont know the will of God he is the man meant.for.me hope he will understand and still communicate with me soon as still love him. 4. Please pray also peace and safety of our family my brothers, sisters and their families. 5. Please.pray to.God.that.there will be cure and.treatment of HIV/AIDs. This I Pray in Jesus name. Amen. Thank you for all the Prayers. God bless, ASE 13 Hello, Please pray for the healing of Ruby C. who’s in comatose at a hospital in Connecticut, USA. This is her 2nd stroke. Thank you and may our good Lord bless you all always. ROSEMARIE 14 Dear Sr. Raquel, May I request for your healing oil, I want to apply them to my sick friends who cannot go To the healing center in Novaliches. Thank you very much. FE HEALING OIL DISTRIBUTION HAS BEEN SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY DUE TO LACK OF TIME AND MONEY. PLEASE GO TO THE HEALING CENTER TO GET SOME. YOU ARE IN THE HEALING OIL REQUEST LIST IN CASE THE SERVICE IS REVIVED. THE PRAYER WARRIORS ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND SICK FRIENDS. 15 Sis raquel can i request for a healing oil for my husband who was diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer and he is bow having ascites or fluid in the abdomen..pls help us… YSIGH PLEASE SEE NOTE IN NO. 14 ABOVE. 16 Please help me pray that all those people who envy us that they should change especially that they are our family. Enlighten my husband to broad his mind and not to put more anger in his heart but to enjoy life which the Lord has given us. I lift up to you my cousin who has been in trouble with my husband, hope he should change his bad behavior towards our family. Bless my mom and my whole family. Bless us Lord AMEN! COCO 17 Dear sister, Please pray for my son and me so that: we recover our hair, get rid of social phobia, that my son gets an education and a job, that he finds good friends, a good saint wife. Please pray that I stop thinking about the past, about how bold people have been to me, in the name of Jesus Christ. Thanks. ADELAIDE 18 I’m asking for healing of body & spirit for my friend who had a truck accident. His name is Javier Jose Cs. Thank you very much.. God bless us all! EMMA 19 Prayer request for: Atty. Pio F. in an ICU unit with cancer VSC 20 Please pray for the restoration of a special friendship. She is like a daughter to me and means so much as i have no children of my own. I want to teach her to pray the Rosary and bring her to Mass someday. I know that God sent her to me. Thank you. ELENA ************* APPENDIX 1 ************* PRAYER REQUEST PROTOCOL. 1 Make your request short and do not post repeatedly as it results in confusion and double entries we cannot monitor. 2 English is better so non-Filipinos prayer warriors can understand your prayer requests. 3 Put a subject title “prayer request” to avoid being identified as a spam. ‘No subject’ are sometimes not read but deleted. 4 We protect the privacy of requesters. Email addresses and last names are not published. This does not change the efficacy of the prayers. 5 The ministry mainly accepts prayer requests from individuals. We cannot accept a large stream of requests from a single source which has its own prayer grouping and forwards requests to us one by one. We cannot handle this kind of volume. We prefer the requests to first be consolidated into one document and sent to us a single request. THE ESSENCE OF PRAYER AND PAIN The Lord sanctifies all who reads this bulletin, prayer requesters, prayer warriors, and readers. When you read this bulletin, you will realize that perhaps your pain is nothing compared to those of others. Pain is an act of prayer if offered to the Lord. Pain sanctifies and may often be the Lord’s instrument to bring us closer to Him. PREDOMINANT PRAYER REQUESTS Physical healing– cancer and other terminal diseases. Spiritual healing– depression, confusion, loss of faith. Relationship healing – friends and family quarrels, separations, conflicts. Financial rescue– unemployment, exams, businesses, medical expenses. For the sick, request for healing oil for free by postal mail. Just give your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org. But first read about its history, healing oil that appeared miraculously a day before Ondoy- http://www.sisterraquel.com/2010/02/announcement3-–blogsite-library-links/
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************* APPENDIX 2 ************* a. PRAYER FOR HEALING I surrender myself to you totally, Lord. Whatever is Your will I accept. I offer myself to You for healing. You said, ask and it shall be given to you. I am asking and praying hard right now, Lord, with all my heart and with all my soul. Heal me if it is Your will, as I prostrate myself here before You. Through the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary, St Joseph and Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo Amen. People have been healed in the Youtube by saying a healing prayer with Sister Raquel – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAZcwNimBSg with Father Suarez – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UP3LHBgtIc b. PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE We may be at the brink of a global war or a mega-disaster. Please pray for peace and against disasters by saying 3 Hail Marys to Our Lady of Fatima everyday as soon as you wake up. Make it a habit. In a month, your 90 Hail Marys goes a long way for world peace.
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