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Nanding B. was making good as a high-ranking executive of a giant beverage company in Makati. After many years of service, his friends and office mates were dumbfounded when he quit his high-paying job to work fulltime in the charismatic renewal apostolate.

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Several years ago a popular bumper sticker read, “Stop the world; I want to get off.” The slogan was in protest to all the violence and insanity going on in the world.

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In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor Frankl wrote about his three years in Nazi concentration camps. Even in that extreme situation where prisoners survive on meager ration, Frankl recalled, there were “men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.

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This Sunday is the feast of the Holy Spirit or PENTECOST. It commemorates that momentous event when the Holy Spirit descended on the timid apostles at the Upper Room.

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He is referring to the Lord’s invisible presence in our midst – his sacramental presence in the Mass as opposed to the visible presence limited by space and time when he was still in the world.

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Once a Jew was arguing with a Christian. “Your whole religion is based on ours,” the Jew said. “Why, you even took the 10 Commandments from us.”

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