Sunday, October 31, 2021

Dania Soriano, loving wife and mother, model clergy spouse


Dania Soriano (1951-2021)

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are ever before me." (Isaiah 49:15-16)

Mom died early this morning while in hospital. 

She has been confined for almost three weeks now. Her immunocompromised state did not help in her condition. 

I am not able to go home because of this pandemic. The family is also in quarantine. We will not be able to have a wake for her. Thanks to technology, we can have virtual memorial services nightly.

Mama Dania is a loving wife and mother. Many remember her as a missionary, lay pastor, teacher and community worker. Her friends remember her kindness. Young women look up to her as a model clergy wife and mentored them on how to be partner to their spouses. She loves children. She loves plants and flowers too. 

We will plant a tree in her honor. We encourage people to do the same.

She will be missed. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

May 2021

 Lunar Eclipse.

There are many amazing things in the heavens and in the sky. This reminds me of the Bible Story in Psalms about awe one gets when one looks at the wonderful creation of God in the heavens, the moon and the stars. How God can make great things yet give more concern to a less than amazing being. But when you look at little children, your own kids, you understand. A parent will do anything to make their children happy. No wonder, parents can give up everything important just to make it on the special day of their child. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

April 2021

 Covid reinfection is real. 

The story of the blind man Jesus healed in the Pool of Siloam is a too often narrative of victim blaming. The disciples asked who sinned, the blind man or his parents. Even Jesus was accused of being unlawful when what he did was to heal the sick. The constant narrative in the interventions about Covid infection is lack of discipline (in observing safety protocols of wearing mask, shield and social distancing). With this narrative, the solution is discipline - strict implimentation of the law, by law enforcers. To be sure, discipline is necessary. But public health emergencies need public health interventions too. Otherwise, those infected are stigmatized as undisciplined unlawful people. What a pity to the many health workers who sacrificed their own health, safety and their lives yet still gets the blame when they get infected. 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

March 2021

Hope comes from God. Hope means the impossible can happen if it's God's plan. The story of Saul shows us that we might have plans that is different from God. Saul has other plans different from God but it is God's plan that happens. Everything happens according to God's plan. The news of the vaccine coming to the country through the generous donations of other countries wasn't even possible last week. Now, in just a matter of days we were told to implement the national Vaccination Plan. Well, it is always better to have an implementation than a plan remain a plan. The hope of eliminating Covid-19.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February 2021

 It is not difficult to find stories in the Bible experienced in real life. The wedding in Cana was a memorable story about God's bounty and Joy. But people forget that Cana could just be but a symbolic place. We would have celebrated our anniversary abroad renewing our vows in symbolic and historic churches. But the quarantine only allowed us to stay within the city. We planned of celebrating in the chapel in Callao Cave but it was close to the public. We ended up renewing our vows in a very symbolic location - under the heavens and with God as our witness. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

January 2021

Counting change as the year 2021 ushers in. Samson had his hair cut by Delilah. Samson was a Nazirite - set apart. People forget that Samson and Delilah is a story from the Bible. And people forget it is not a love story but about God enabling us to fulfill the work God called us to do.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Barya sa Panahon ng Pandemya

Ang halaga mo ba ay ganito lamang?
Barya-barya lang ang turing ng lipunan?
Sana maalala hindi 'sang araw lang
Ng taumbaya't kabataang pinaglaban

Sa panahon ng pandemya tulad ngayon
Isa kang frontliner, sigurado na yun
Dahil dugong bayani, buhay mo'y ihahain
Yan ang halimbawa mo na dapat gayahin

Paano nga kaya masusukat sa ngayon
Ang iyong halaga sa ganitong panahon
Kanser ng lipunan, ngayon pandemya'ng kalaban
Ang halaga mo'y barya sa gutom na taumbayan