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SPARKS OF FAITH February 18, 2010

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Seminary Life, SVD, Vocation Story.
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(THIS IS ONE OF MY BLOG POSTS WHEN I WAS STILL FRIENDSTER-BLOGGING)

I remember Paul. He was my classmate in the Novitiate (stage of priestly formation where we only “pray and work” for one year inside a cloistered compound in Calapan, Mindoro). He usually cracked jokes while chopping logs for the kitchen.

After our Novitiate in May 2004, he stayed in Calapan for six months. After December, he left for Papua New Guinea to continue his studies there.

One day, he woke up and noticed everything was in total darkness. He could no longer see.

He was sent to the Philippines for check-up. One week became one month, one month became three months…three months became six months. It was really a case of hoping against hope…the once cheerful classmate of mine became a groping young man in his isolated room in the Villa Cristo Rey (this is our old priests’ home) in Christ the King, Quezon City. He could no longer see the ice cream na hinahanda ko para sa kanya. He could no longer read the inspiring text messages sent by our common friends. He could no longer see my smile habang nagche-cheer ako sa kanyang pagbe-belly dancing!

Seeing him in that condition worried me a lot. What will happen to him? Will he be returned to his family? Will the SVD take care of him?

P9050010 “Dont worry brother,” he told me. “I will be alright. I can no longer see but still in my heart, I see sparks of faith and that’s more than enough to make me see that God loves me. The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Lord.”

Ah! that was beautiful…!

One day, I visited him in the Villa Cristo Rey. I told him that we will be having the Family Feast (foundation day ito ng SVD) and there are many activities. I cracked a joke that “bunong braso” will be one of the games. His face lighted up. He remembered very well how he won that game when we were novices and now, he wanted to participate in our Family Feast and to volunteer for his team to be their candidate.

He was very excited.

Then, one day, I received a text. He is leaving earlier than expected. 

We had a very painful parting. I helped him pack his things. I could only say, “Paul, i am praying for you…” to assure him that even when we are miles apart, I am one with him in prayers.

“Thank you Brother,” he responded.

That was the last time.  I miss my dear brother.  I remember Paul and his sparks of faith…

God bless him.

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1. Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

nagbibigay ako ng recollection. break time muna. kaya post ko muna ito. babalikan ko mamayang hapon ito para alamin kong sino ang makakafirst base. God bless everyone!

TAG BASE RANKINGS AS OF FEBRUARY 18, 2010

1. Kaye (tag Bongkito) – 2, 200 points
2. Ax (tag Kaye) – 2, 000 points
3. Superlolong Pinoy (tag Teentoinks) – 1, 750 points
4. Tsiremo (tag Ax) – 1, 450 points
5. Taribong (tag Jasonhamster) and Kurog (tag Tsiremo) – 1, 350 points
6. Bongkito (tag Kaye) – 1, 200 points
7. Arsean (tag Glaiza) – 1000 points
8. Jasonhamster (tag Taribong) – 850 points
9. Teentoinks (tag Superlolong Pinoy) – 650 points
10. Chingoy (tag Superlolong Pinoy), Salbehe (tag unknown) and Yin (tag Pink Diaries) – 400 points
11. J. Kulisap (tag Anjo) – 300 points
12. Glaiza – 250 points
13. Muffie Shannen – 200
14. Pink Diaries – 100 points
15. Anjong – 50 points

NEXT POST IS FEBRUARY 23, TUESDAY

LEGEND:
1ST BASE: 1000 POINTS (ang piniling ka-tag may 250 pts)
2ND BASE: 800 POINTS (ang piniling ka-tag may 200 pts)
3RD BASE: 600 POINTS (ang piniling ka-tag may 150 pts)
4TH BASE: 400 POINTS (ang piniling ka-tag may 100 pts)
5TH BASE: 300 POINTS (ang piniling ka-tag may 50 pts)
6TH BASE:200 POINTS

2. kaye - February 18, 2010

base

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

FIRST BASE KA KAYE = 1000 POINTS! AUTOMATIC MAY 250 POINTS SI BONGKITZ.

kaye - February 18, 2010

yipee!

Mr. Nonsense - February 20, 2010

sabi ko na nga ba eh ang bagong rule…. pag first base –> pangit! pero dahil si kaye, ganda sya

3. bong - February 18, 2010

baSE

kaye - February 18, 2010

nyeh. naging bongoloids. si bongkito po ito, fads.

superlolo - February 18, 2010

Naku congrats sa inyong mag-asawa….Bong & Kaye…talagang tunay na team work

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

OMG! ikaw pala si bbb sa gtm? SECOND BASE KA = 800 POINTS!!!

kaye - February 18, 2010

haha!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

ngayon ko lang nalaman na ito palang si bongkitz ang bbb sa gtm. wahahahaha. miss ko na ang mga goodtimers!

kaye - February 18, 2010

miss ko na rin ang manggood time sa gtm kaso madalang magpost si deej. at sobrang busy ng mga tao…

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

totoo yan kaye…kakamiss yung daily kulitan ng mga good timers. hahaha.

4. superlolo - February 18, 2010

beys

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

3RD BASE! = 600 POINTS!!!

5. kaye - February 18, 2010

basa po muna ako fads…

good morning, tay!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

alis muna ako. tapos na ang break time. hehe. busy ang baby priest. hehe.

superlolo - February 18, 2010

Gud Morning Kaye….Yehey!!!

6. superlolo - February 18, 2010

Nakakalungkot po ang story ni Paul. Pero nagbigay po si Paul sa atin ng matibay na pananampalataya sa kabila ng pangyayari.

Katulad po ng sinabi niyang:

“The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Lord.”

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

totoo po yan lolo. inspiring po ang story ni paul sa kabila ng kapansanan niya at nag-ala job pa siya.

7. salbehe - February 18, 2010

base! abot? hehe

kaye - February 18, 2010

weh! wala si fads pero palagay ko abot ka, salbe. 4th base!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

4TH BASE = 400 POINTS!!!
Sino ang ita-tag mo salbehe? para mabigyan natin ng 100 points…

8. aksoriyalmo - February 18, 2010

pasok pa ba?

aksoriyalmo - February 18, 2010

haha, naka cellphone ako tapos chineck ko email ko sa phone.. ayown, meron ng post si Father. inagaw ko yung leptep sa kapatid ko. haha.

kaye - February 18, 2010

ang galing, abot ka din ata. 5th base. hahaha! bakit ako ang tumatao dito? wala si fads eh

aksoriyalmo - February 18, 2010

oo nga po, nabasa ko na wala si Father Fiel. umalis muna at tapos na ang break. Hehe.

ayun po! pasok ako! yehey!

superlolo - February 18, 2010

Haha…yan daw ang assignment Kaye ng first beys kapag wala ang may palaro.

kaye - February 18, 2010

oist! ax! check mo email mo!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

5TH BASE KA AX = 300 POINTS!
Mabibigyan si kaye ng 50 points, aside from the 1, 000 and 200 points niya. hahaha. hakot award.

kaye - February 19, 2010

haha! pagbigyan mo na ang bertdey gel, fads!🙂

kaye - February 18, 2010

hahaha! at talaga namang pinangatawanan ko nga ang pagtao dito at ang bahay ko naman ang iniwan ko. hahaha!

hello, tay!

superlolo - February 18, 2010

O Kaye ikaw na muna bahala sa bahay ni Father…ako babay na muna…as usual oras na ng sundo ko…Congrats ulit sa inyong bak to bak tag team Bong & Kaye Tag Team.

Congrats din sa lahat ng basers!

kaye - February 18, 2010

babalik na lang din ako mamaya, fads. ciao!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

hehe salamat kaye sa pagbabantay sa aking bloghay. hehehe epektib talaga ang training natin sa gtm! kahit sinong blog pwede nating bantayan. hahaha.

kaye - February 19, 2010

pansin ko nga, fads. pati yung bloghay ko minsan may ibang tumatao eh. hahaha!

9. Muffie Shannen - February 18, 2010

pwede rin pong sumali sa base contest?

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

welcome here muffie! 6TH BASE KA!!!

200 points!

10. MinnieMadz - February 18, 2010

I love what he told you. Ganun ata talaga, kung sino pa ang may kapansanan, siya pa ang mas nakakaunawa hindi ba? God is Good!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

hehe that’s the irony siguro no? kung sino pa ung less in our eyes, sila pa ung mas grateful…

11. superlolo - February 18, 2010

Haha Congrats Ax at Salbehe….ayan si Kaye na muna ang moderator sa palaro ni Father…hehe.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

gtm (good times manila) trained yan lolo…kung wala ang may-ari ng blog, nagiging mga co-owners kami. hehehe.

kaye - February 19, 2010

haha! san na si diego jose? dapat dumalaw siya dito para malaman niyang marami tayong natutunan sa site niya. hahaha!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

ewan ko doon, lagi ng busy un….mabisita nga siya ngayon…

aksoriyalmo - February 18, 2010

Salamat po Super Lolo.

Congrats din po sa inyo! Yehey!

12. kaye - February 18, 2010

awww… nakakalungkot…wala na kayong balita sa kanya, fads? sana maayos ang kalagayan niya at kahit na di siya nakakita ay intact pa rin ang kanyang faith…

mtoni - February 18, 2010

sori po father pero para ke ate kaye to…

ate kaye pakitanong ke akismet kung san nya tinago ung kowment ko sa bahay mo?
kahapon at kanina po un…baka sakali lang me natira pa.

kaye - February 18, 2010

heller mtoni!

ayun yung isa di naman ginalaw ni akismet. yung isa lang talaga ang nasala.

nagemail din ako sayo kaso di tinanggap. bumalik sa ken. boohoo. comment ka ulit sa site ko tas try ko ulit magemail sayo.

aksoriyalmo - February 18, 2010

dalawa po email niya. hehe.

mtoni - February 19, 2010

ung mga acct ko minumulto kaya tinamad na ako magcreate ng panibago. halos di abutin ng buwan ay di ko na mabuksan.
neks yer po baka pede kung makakalimutan na nila ako.

tenks te Kaye, leave ako ng msg sa bahay mo pagikot ko.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

nada. wala na rin akong balita sa kanya…ang alam ko lang ay yung nag-aral na siya ng brail (tama ba sfeling nito?) — yung para sa mga blind…

13. melody - February 18, 2010

sorry to hear that!!!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

God bless melody. welcome back..

14. mtoni - February 18, 2010

as usual late

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

hehehe.

15. J.Kulisap - February 18, 2010

Naman, ang buhay ay sadyang ganyan…pang ilan ang pwesto ko?

Base..base..

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

malayo na jk…pang-sampu hehe.

aksoriyalmo - February 18, 2010

ang points mo, J.Kul.

minus 500 points.

congratulations, meron ka nang -500 points. habol pa!

J.Kulisap - February 19, 2010

Anak naman ng tokwang panis, asan na ba itong barkada kong si Anjong, palagay ko nanghuhuli ng mga scorpio sa desyerto eh.

Pwedeng pahiram ng points mo Ax?

Ibabalik ko na lang pag nakahabol na ako.

pwede ba un padz?

kaye - February 19, 2010

ahahaha! di na naman kita kinaya, JKul! ang cool mo talaga!

aksoriyalmo - February 20, 2010

pwede mong hiramin kaso may porsyento ako.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

hehe di pwede. si salbehe ang sabihan mo na itag ka kasi until now wala pa siya tinag. pero nag-update na rin ako kaya kung titingnan mo ung name ni salbehe, blanko pa ang kanyang ka-tag…

16. J.Kulisap - February 18, 2010

Awww…kaibigan, layunin, anong sidhi man…may itinatatak.

level up.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

that’s my boy, jk!

17. teentoinks - February 18, 2010

Base… habol ba? Congrats Lo, congrats din po sa mga basers!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

dahil naka-base si lolo, may tag points ka teentoinks na 150!

18. teentoinks - February 18, 2010

Nakaka inspire ang story ni Paul…

“the Lord gives, the Lord takes away.”
So, wala tayong karapatan na mag tanong sa KANYA na during in our needs and pains, “bakit ako pa?”… kasi minsan nakakalimutan natin na lahat ng meron tayo, HIRAM nga lang pala natin.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

oo nga, minsan marami pa tayong reklamo. in turn, kailangan nating magbilang ng mga blessings sa buhay…

19. pinkdiaries - February 18, 2010

ako hndi nako abot! hehehe.. God Bless po to him!🙂

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

better luck next time miss pinkie…

20. pruelpo - February 18, 2010

good morning pads. salamat po at naalaala n’yo pa rin po ako magka eskuwela pala tayo! kapangalan ko pa pala siya LOL. I am here na your brother Paul…

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

hahahahaha, you make my day today! napangiti ako.

pruelpo - February 22, 2010

Father, ang dami palang ibig sabihin ng name na Paul – sa biblical name ay Saul – si Saint Paul, sa mga Pakistani ang Paul – ibig sabihin nito ay “beautiful flower” sa Arabic ang Paul ay nagiging Baul dahil walang letrang P- ang ibig sabihin nito sa lalake “yong dinadaluyan ng ihi/ihi”. Ang surname ko ay PRUEL – dito ko po babawiin dahil nakasama raw ito sa biblical name at ang ibig sabihin ng PRUEL ay name daw ito ng anghel na itinalaga ng Diyos para mangalaga sa SOUTHWIND.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

wow! i learn something new tonight!

ay, past midnight na pala, umaga na..hehe.

salamat po sa dagdag kaalaman. God bless.

21. Sows - February 18, 2010

mga taran…😆
jowk! makikibasa n nga lng ako! hrap makabase! ang dadaya!

bitter!😉

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

better luck next time sows…

22. taribong - February 18, 2010

Wow! Congrats to all basers… late po ang taribong hehehehe

Wala po balita kay Paul??? God bless him…

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

nada. wala na po akong balita….

23. nhickole - February 18, 2010

“,kakainspire po!! but he is too brave to face that kind of circumstances !!! yung faith nya kay Lord buong-buo!!! I admire him!! prayer na lang po!! because in God all things are possible!!!right?

God bless po!!!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

right nhickole, right…teka, ganyan ba talaga spelling ng name mo?

nhickole - February 20, 2010

nope, hehehe my real name is Nieva Jean G. Castrodes ayan !!! N.J for short hehehe…. eveything happen according to God’s purpose!! lahat ng bagay nangyari ng may dahilan hindi yan nangyari ng WALA LANG sinusubukan lang sya ni Lord kung hanggang saan sya!!!

24. fiel-kun - February 18, 2010

Good evening Father ^_^

very inspiring naman yung story ni Paul

at

late na naman ako sa pagbase lols.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 18, 2010

good evening fiel-kun! maraming salamat sa pagvisit. hehe, better luck next time.

25. Dorm Boy - February 18, 2010

Fr. Base! hehehe!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

hehehe go for the winnnnn (parang olympics)

26. Pinoy Rookie Blogger - February 18, 2010

very inspiring story… ahehehehe sana maka experience din ako ng ganyan… ahehehehe

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

salamat sa pagdaan sa bahay ko baby desert wolf. kaano-ano mo si lyka, ang huling bantay?

27. KINGhardinero - February 18, 2010

Hi padre! Ngayon ulit ako nakavisit sa site mo. Parang reminder na naman sa akin ang nabasa ko. Thanks for sharing!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

wow1 salamat din king! regards sa mga kasama mo diyan…

28. jan geronimo - February 19, 2010

Inspiring story, father. Sabi nga, what is essential is invisible to the eyes. Paul knows that and he uses it well via his heart. Sana maraming Pilipino ang ganyan. Father, do write a sequel to this post when the right time comes. Ang ganda kasi.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

the little prince!

yes po, magsusulat po ako ng sequel pag may news ako tungkol sa kanya…

29. lakwatseraako - February 19, 2010

hello po phads, yan nadin po twag ko sa inyu…

ganda po ng istory mu!🙂

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

hehe at “ph” talaga ha…thanks.

30. Aina ♥ - February 19, 2010

I will be alright. I can no longer see but still in my heart, I see sparks of faith and that’s more than enough to make me see that God loves me.

Wah. That was so… inspiring. A true manifestation of a man of God. *A* Ang gandaaaaaa. I love it Father! Hay. I hope someday ganyan rin po katatag ang faith ko. Hehe.🙂

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

hello aina! salamat naman at nagustuhan mo. hayaan mo pag magkita kami ni paul, ireregards kita…

31. jason - February 20, 2010

wow kahit sa frendster nag boblog na si father wowowow!!!!

base!!!

tsk..

hahahahaa

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

base! at salamat naman at bukas na ulit ang blog mo. yahoo! (tumbling!)

32. Mr. Nonsense - February 20, 2010

me topak na ang friendster…me virus.

anyway, i know that paul sees the beauty that all dont see. the beauty that is within. god bless

J.Kulisap - February 22, 2010

Wow, reason why I love Jess.

His words, his simplicity, his wisdom.

Amazing Aloha.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

count me in, jk!

33. theLastJedi - February 20, 2010

as one quote put it: it is only through the heart that one can see rightly, what’s essential is invisible to the eye..
i always thought it’s only in darkness that we see and enjoy the beauty of light. truly inspiring post father for those of us who have the sight but dont really see.. =)

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

welcome po. nangingig po ako sa pangala nyo pa lang. kayo po ba ay taga star wars?

34. prinsesamusang - February 21, 2010

this is a heartwarming post father. salamat sa inspiration.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

salamat my princess…

35. zani - February 21, 2010

FATHER SOBRANG GANDA PO NG BLOG NYONG ITO. buti naisip nyong i-repost. things like these make me wanna go on. hay, ibang high tlga ang dulot ng inspiration na naka-angkla kay “Bro” ano?! :_)

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

hehehe malapit na ang judgment day nyo dyan ano? novitiate na ha? para sa mga susunod na araw, frater na tawag ko sa u…

36. arlene1027 - February 21, 2010

I cam across your blog while I was looking at Fr. Ross’ site. I’ve been inspired by this story. I myself has undergone a life changing situation just recently and I am sharing my own journey through blogging. My only wish is, if I could inspire even just one reader not to lose faith in times of adversity, then I am happy. Seven months ago, I’ve been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and despite everything, I’ve learned to let go and placed my complete trust in Him.

Arlene (http://arlene1956.wordpress.com)

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

hello po. fr. ross and i are good friends…

37. orville - February 22, 2010

faith is not passive, it is active.. faith can move a mountain, therefore faith can move us into action. faith is something that God is seeking in us. faith extends even on the longest miles. gaya ng prayer mo sa kaibigan mo.. it’s a nice post..
GBU!

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

pag-pray mo rin siya orville ha. Good morning…

orville - February 23, 2010

opo father… pati kayo rin po. pag pray ko..

38. J.Kulisap - February 22, 2010

Hi All.

Yngat.

Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD - February 22, 2010

humanda kayo! nakaabang na si jk sa susunod na post.

39. J.Kulisap - February 22, 2010

Salbe, anong gusto mo kiss? Kiss ng isang kulisap? Itag mo na ako please..yong partner ko, nasa desyerte nag-iihaw ng talangka at scorpions.

40. J.Kulisap - February 22, 2010

Timecheck.

7:50

Ano kayang rason ni Padre para madelayed ang posting?

Awwooooooooo…

41. J.Kulisap - February 22, 2010

Palagay ko, hindi na naman ako makakabase.

Magko-compute ako ng sangkatutak na CWT (Witholding Tax) dedline ko 9:AM.

O simulan ko na..silip silip na lang ako.

42. J.Kulisap - February 23, 2010

Sumilip lang ako..nakita ko sa maliit na butas, tatlong asungot at hadlang sa pagbibase ko..hoy..maligo muna kayo..

sunog na ang itlog at hotdog..nangangamoy na.

kaye - February 23, 2010

wahahahahaha! i have a feeling na malelate ka na naman :p


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