Stoker of the flame

“no matter how difficult it is to be persistent in the openness to God’s call whenever and however it may be. Because fire is a duality that destroys what is unnecessary and evil, even as it purifies what is good and valuable.”

President’s Corner

MARLINDA ANGBETIC TAN

The Jesuit paleontologist- theologian Pere Pierre Tielhard de Chardin wrote: “Throughout my whole life, during every moment I have lived, the world has gradually been taking on light and fire for me, until it has come to envelop me in one mass of luminosity, glowing from within…The purple flush of matter fading imperceptibly into the gold of spirit, to be lost finally in the incandescence of a personal universe…” ( Le Milieu Divin, p. 13)

When the founder of the Jesuits, Ignacio de Loyola, sent out his follower Francis Xavier into uncharted mission lands, he had but one exhortation: Go and set the world on fire!

For those of us who were there in those beginnings that eventually merged into what is now known as Dilaab, the journey has not been easy. We have gone through a long dark night that tested our faith and persistence; trekking on a circuitous track that was daunting in its seeming indirectness. Oftentimes, we did not know where the next help would come from, in order to meet monthly financial obligations. But help would always be available, by God’s grace! Wonderful persons joined us and later went on their separate ways, leaving us somehow enriched. On the other hand, new young volunteers invigorated the group.

As Dilaab, we had to transfer when our office building was demolished for the construction of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) Pavilion. Soon after, we had to move again. Being homeless, we were led by God to a house in Espina Village and the establishment of the San Jose Training Center for Companions (SJTCC).

Throughout the journey, our “circle of discernment” (very Ignatian!) has kept us on track, focusing on the divine plan in the midst of turmoil and the temptations thwarting us from what we set out to be. It has provided the space where we managed to replenish the faith flame wherever we go, with whomever we find ourselves.

And so we continue to stoke the flame, no matter how difficult it is to be persistent in the openness to God’s call whenever and however it may be. Because fire is a duality that destroys what is unnecessary and evil, even as it purifies what is good and valuable. Like Pere Pierre, we must strive to nurture an inner luminosity in each of us, to bring about an ultimate incandescent Christian universe.

President's Corner


marlinda-tanStoker of the flame
- MARLINDA ANGBETIC TAN

And so we continue to stoke the flame, no matter how difficult it is to be persistent in the openness to God’s call whenever and however it may be. Because fire is a duality that destroys what is unnecessary and evil, even as it purifies what is good and valuable. Read More

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DILAAB FOUNDATION INC.
San Jose Training Center for Companions
27-First St., Espina Village,
B. Rodriguez Street Guadalupe,
6000 Cebu City, Philippines
Email: info@dilaab.org

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