January 28, 2018

Response of Bobby Cabrera, BCBP Chapter head, Cagayan de Oro, to my Jan 28, 2018 Blog:

“BCBP: What it is all about” ( See edonghouses Blog, Word Press)

Cabrera: Quite heavy Ed . Most BCBP members struggle to live the BCBP way of life as best as they could, balancing it with the realities of this world which is not easy .

As a chapter head, I am privy to the individual tithes of each member , how much they give and how often , and in this I can more or less gauge their attitude towards the community and God .

We emphasize always what Pres. Joey Avellana told us which is “STAR”, an acronym for Serve , Tithe , Attend , Recruit .

Not all do these . Most do just part of it . But then we really have to accept that not everyone is the same .

What is important is we planted the seeds when they joined us and in God’s time they will be productive servants in the community .

God bless you !

Canlas: Good morning, Bob. I must call you “Morning Bob,” because I can see you early online usually. Blessings to you too.

Because you are a chapter head I realize that with the group’s issues and concerns, comes the special grace and wisdom gifted those who are given authority over God’s people.

While we have our close-in friends from within, having more in common with them than the others, we also must appreciate and be devoted and be respectful of the “designs of God” upon each member, because God in His providential plan for each is doing invisible work to build His Kingdom ( of which BCBP is part) and we must be so respectful, sensitive and devoted to this Plan of God, as to always be ready to subsume our own limited plans into His hands.

“Faithful submission to God’s secret working in the world will fill our love with piety, that is to say, with supernatural awe and respect.”

But to get more to the point(s) I raised, well, I cannot say that I have “full appreciation” of the truths that Merton raises, poetically, like the

“little point of nothingness… a point of pure truth… a point or spark which belongs entirely to God…never at our disposal… inaccessible to the fantasies of our mind… the little point of nothingness…(which) is the pure glory of God in us.”

Except that I can imagine that this is what folks mean, when they speak of “God in us,” where, in some real sense, the spark of divinity dwells deep within.

We Pilipinos, drawing on cultural wisdom would, or actually do call this spark (assuming one is a Tagalog) as a “kagandahang loob.”

Which , obviously has a contrary counterpart, a “masamang loob” which instinct say are what criminals have, or others in loftier positions, as in head(s)of state?, who may truly have a “masamang loob” in their heart, but who may be admired and regarded as a messianic figure among his people, including our own members. We are speaking here of attributes of the heart: we are not talking politics.

To have“kagandahang loob,” means I am able to genuinely love my brother because interiorly disposed as I am, I am readily empowered by the Spirit to see God in my brother.

Merton says” If I am to love my brother, I must somehow enter deep into the mystery of God’s love for him (or her)

…but it must not be philosophical or abstract. It must be at the same time supernatural & concrete.”

.”..the truth I must love in my brother is God Himself, living in him/her.”

“I must seek the life of the Spirit of God breathing in him…and I can only discern and follow that mysterious life by the action of the same Holy Spirit living and acting in the depths of my own heart ”

Moreover, …”the truth I must love in my brother is God Himself, living in him. I must seek the life of the Spirit of God breathing in him.

And I can only discern and follow that mysterious life by the action of the same Holy Spirit living and acting in the depths of my own heart.”

So, this is the equation now:

God lives and acts inside my own heart.

But God lives there like “a little point of nothingness”🌑 (Emoji. Mine)

In short, “gnit-gnit”ba, as in Visayan, or “sa loob ng dilim” as in Tagalog.

So, to love my brother/sister I must somehow enter into the mystery of God’s love for my brother or sister in the BCBP ( which seems more of 🌑🌑🌑 or “dilim” or darkness? …So, what to do?

I must and need to live a “life in the Holy Spirit” 😊

Now, here is the good part:

We in the BCBP are all Baptized in the Holy Spirit. 😇🙏 Ergo,

The Holy Spirit must be ‘living and acting in our own hearts ”

May God bless you Bobby in your prayer life, in your married and family life and in your BCBP leader’s life.

Warmest to Ella and your family and to the BCBP family 🙏🙏😇😊