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One Vision for Three Companions:

Celebrating Eleven Years of Mary’s Windows On 31 July 2015, the Solemnity of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, the stained glass windows at the University Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the Blesses Virgin Mary at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan will be eleven years old. Better known as “Mary’s Windows,” the stained glass windows are the result of the

collective vision and efforts of three unlikely companions: a Jesuit priest, a budding young artist who was then an undergraduate student, and the grandson of a FilipinoGerman family with over a century of skill and experience in stained glass in the Philippines, sustained by the financial support of many generous benefactors.

Roland Peter Kraut & Fr Antonio Samson with the XUGS chapel stained glass window

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Fr. Antonio Samson, SJ; Roland Peter Kraut and Ryan Aristotle Aragon Carreon.

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THEME: MAGIS... My Own Spirituality The First Year Formation Program initiated a Canvass Making Contest among the selected FFP students with the theme “MAGIS… My Own Spirituality”. This is in celebration of the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. This activity aims to exercise the creativity of the students through visual arts. Adopting the characteristic of Ignatian tradition of commitment to a faith that does justice – awareness of needs of others and readiness to place one’s talents at their service. Illustrating their understanding and appreciation to St Ignatius Loyola that inspired students to find God in all things. The work and legacy of St Ignatius unfold the strong foundation of Jesuit Education to effectively form and train students to be servant leaders in the society.

Seda Centrio has been consistently ranked by travelers as Cagayan de Oro’s top hotel in travel sites Trip. Advisor and Agoda.com. And no wonder. Its seamless fusion of comfort and style set in the heart of Cagayan de Oro’s fastest growing business district;peerless customer service and exceptional value have made it a favorite among business and leisure travelers alike. From the moment a guest arrives, he is transported to a world of technological conveniences, including paperless checkin, complimentary Wi-Fi and an e-lounge with a bank of iMacs at the lobby. Stylish interiors showcase Philippine design pieces combined with state-of-the-art amenities that reflect the pleasures of urban living.  Although replete with modern accoutrements, customer service is as traditional as its philosophy of being the "home of Filipino hospitality." Seda Centrio offers its guests the convenience of paperless check-in and check-out system, like Seda Abreeza in Davao City-- the only hotels in Mindanao to offer such a service and expedites check-in and check-out procedures while enhancing the stay experience of guests in line with its mantra to “delight” and not merely accommodate. The new process allows guests instant access to information related to

Guidelines: 1. The contest is a class requirement. The class will choose 1 or 2 representatives. One (1) entry per class. 2. The painting must capture the following: a. Tracing the legacy of St Ignatius Loyola in a Jesuit institution b. The inspiration of St Ignatius in the formation of the young generation students of Xavier University c. Promotion of Ignatian tradition of commitment to a faith that does justice – awareness of needs of others and readiness to place one’s talents at their service. 3. Specifications a. Canvass Size: 12x18 inches b. Use of latex paint 4. Selected University Admin, Faculty or staff will judge the posters. The three (3) winning paintings will be uploaded in the university’s official web site. 5. Criteria: a. Originality 30% b. Artist’s concept in relation to theme 50% c. Overall visual impact 20% 6. All winners will receive Gift Certificates and tokens from the FFP. All students of the participating section will receive additional points.

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registration and room reservations to be displayed on a digital tablet. Guests sign in with a stylus on the tablet and receive bills electronically at their preferred e-mail address.  In line with all Seda hotels efforts to help sustain the environment, the paperless check-in/check-out system allows the hotel to cut down on paper consumption. In addition, it ensures all Seda hotels uphold the chain’s excellent quality standards while significantly saving on its energy usage and consumption.   And that’s just part of Seda’s continuing thrust to help sustain the planet by searching for ways to minimize its carbon footprint. For instance, it took the unprecedented step of revamping traditional room service with the use of an eco-friendly box and utensils so guests can have the option of dining in the privacy of their room, or easily take it elsewhere, which is especially convenient for travelers onthe-go.This also lessens the need to wash the traditional china and cutlery, cutting water consumption and eliminating the need for detergents which degrade the environment. “We were the first hotel to do this in the Philippines. We keep attuned to the evolving needs of modern travelers,” notes Hotel Manager Noel B. Barrameda,“and we are able to make

fast decisions to implement this kind of innovation.” While Seda hotels spare no effort to delight its guests, it is an equally diligent steward of the environment, as amply demonstrated by its shift to more energy efficient but brighter LED lighting, and the use of environmentally friendly toiletries and packaging. Seda hotels was named the “Philippines’ Leading Hotel Group” in October 2014 by

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Ignatius of Loyola and his Miracle by Fr Luis David SJ

It is significant that the only miracle popularly associated with the name Ignatius Loyola is the miracle best known as the Society of Jesus. It is significant for two reasons. First, it is through this remarkable company of men who have bound themselves to his ideals, to his discipline, and to his inspiration, that he lives 450 years after his death. Second, it is something of a miracle that after the reverses, struggles, and upheavals of four centuries, Ignatius’ spiritual sons continue to do their share propagating and fortifying Christendom, as efficiently and with as much energy as before. These considerations make it obvious that Ignatius was a tremendously gifted man, a man of outstanding natural and supernatural qualities. So we commemorate not only the achievement and the heroic struggle of the Society of Jesus, but also the personal heroism of the man who made the miracle happen. The miracle began in Loyola, in the land of the Basques, at a time when the fortunes of the Church were at a low ebb. Corruption, heresy, and vice were threatening the Church from within and from without; but these did not necessarily concern the young Inigo while he served his apprenticeship in the house hold of the major-domo of Queen Isabela. The chivalry of Spain was then in full flower, and Inigo’s mind must have echoed with tales of adventure and conquest. While in the service of the Duke of Najera a kinsman, he became chief defender of a Spanish citadel in Pamplona when it was besieged by the French. The French overcame the defenders, but not without fierce fighting during which Ignatius’ leg was shattered by a cannon ball. He was returned in a litter to his ancestral home in Loyola, and became grievously ill as a result of his shattered leg. Eventually he began the slow, painful road to recovery. To ease the ache and weariness of convalescence, Ignatius called for books expecting to receive such tales of high romance as were popular in his day. All that was available in the castle, however, were a Life of Christ and Lives of the Saints. Left with no alternative, he read, and read, and slowly

became engrossed by tales of greater deeds of heroism than he had ever known or experienced as a courtier. Gradually the eyes of his understanding were opened. On his sick-bed he acquired a true sense of right and wrong, and an instinct for the real goal to be achieved. The changes that came over Inigo opened the door to all sorts of new adventures, which took him to the Holy land, back to Spain, and then to France, and Italy, and back to the Holy Land. And every step of the way was a movement closer to his goal. The first step was a kind of spiritual self-purification. He sought to move closer to his goal. The first step was a kind of spiritual self-purification. He sought to move closer to God through prayer. He made notes of his attempts and from these notes came what is now called Spiritual Exercises, which as any Jesuit will tell you, is a book not to be read but to be lived, if you are serious about seeking guidance in your relationship with God. The second step was to find a way to be of assistance to the Church in the Holy Land. After a journey that was an ordeal of hardship and suffering, Inigo arrived in Jerusalem, only to be rebuffed by the Franciscan guardians of the holy places and ordered to return to Europe. Seeing that God did not yet want him in the Holy Land, Inigo returned his course and realized that in order for him to of greater service to others, the deficiencies of his education would have to be corrected. He therefore embarked on eleven long years of study which brought him to the Universities of Salamanca, of Alcala, and of Paris. His religious views, his manner of life and his gift of leadership gradually gathered sympathizers who became his followers. As their association grew, it gradually became clear to them that they were to be men of prayer, but their work was to be in the world. They were to be teachers and preachers and trained scholars. They were to exemplify the life of evangelical poverty. They were to renounce all rank, secular or ecclesiastical. And they were

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to accept the intense discipline of obedience and chastity. Inigo’s first intention was to take his little band to the Holy Land where they could do works of charity and convert the infidel. But when all likelihood of working in the Holy Land disappeared, they turned their hopes Romewards, and decided to place themselves at the disposal of the Pope. The Pope made them realize that Protestantism was on the rise, and men and women were being mustered to reserve the integrity and purity of the Church. After much discussion, long scrutiny and bitter opposition, the Society of Jesus was solemnly instituted by Papal act. Thus, Ignatius brought into the Church a new and powerful force that has become famous not only for its spectacular progress and success, but also for the persecution and opposition it has had to endure.

Cast in the mold of their founder, the members of the Society continue to penetrate the corners of the world with the Christian message of love and of salvation. They are to be found everywhere and all levels of society, remaining steadfast witness to the Name they carry. You ask, why a miracle? The answer is obvious because the answer lies in the results. A miracle is, after all, a reminder of God’s loving presence in the world. The story of Ignatius’ life leaves no doubt that God was present in that life, and present to the world in that life. That life has become many lives, all with the same deep motivation to know, to love, and serve God, and all with the same capacity to work miracles, that is to say, to make God’s abiding presence in the world a little better noticed, a little more appreciated, a little better understood.

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On 31 July 2015, the Solemnity of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, the stained glass windows at the University Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the Blesses Virgin Mary at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan will be eleven years old. Better known as “Mary’s Windows,” the stained glass windows are the result of the collective vision and efforts of three unlikely companions:  a Jesuit priest, a budding young artist who was then an undergraduate student, and the grandson of a Filipino-German family with over a century of skill and experience in stained glass in the Philippines, sustained by the financial support of many generous benefactors. Fr. Antonio S. Samson S.J., President of Xavier University from 1993-2005, related how the project started. “I was inspired by the stained glass windows on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in the University Church of Christ the King at Ateneo de Naga University that had just been  built under its President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora S.J.,” he recalls. “The drawings for the s windows were created by a Bikolano artist. “As far as I remember, Fr. Samson first saw our stained glass work during the blessing of the new Ateneo de Naga chapel which windows we worked on with Fr. Joel Tabora,” said Roland Peter Kraut, managing director of Kraut Art Glass which executed the designs for Mary’s Windows.

Beginnings Having decided to enhance the XU Main Chapel with stained glass windows, Fr. Samson sought to find local artists to design them. He even asked the help of a friend in Manila who was knowledgeable in art in evaluating the sample drawings from various artists. The possibility of different artists for different windows was considered. “Fr. Samson looked for some artists who could render paintings for the windows, which we would execute into stained glass,” Roland recalls. “That's when he was struck by this simple "Immaculate Conception of Mary" painting done by a student named Ryan Carreon. After seeing this painting, Fr. Samson was sure that this was the style he wanted for all the windows.” Fr. Samson first saw Carreon’s work in a water color painting of a Filipino Madonna and Child in a Circulo de Arte exhibit at XU in 2002 and told him about his plans for stained glass windows at XU Chapel   The Artist Ryan traces his penchant for religious painting to his early childhood in Malabon where a cousin would bring him to the Sacred Heart Church in Tugatog, where he recalls drawing a figure of the Virgin Mary with a black pencil when he was two or three years old. Before the family moved to Cagayan de Oro City in 1994, Ryan visited Sto. Domingo Church

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in Quezon City where he enjoyed the huge stained glass windows drawn by National Artist, modernist Galo Ocampo. “I was 12 that time, just sitting there, and I said to myself, “One day, gagawa ka ng ganyan Ryan ha?” (Someday you will make something like this). [1] Although he often doodled through the years, it was not until 1994 when Ryan joined a “Munting Daliri” workshop that he began learning how to handle water color, pastel and even oil. Awards soon followed, most notable among which were the JCI World President Thomas Clear Award for the 1996 Motannai Picture Diary Contest awarded during the 1996 JCI World Congress in Pusan, Korea and the Rex Oasis of Arts & Culture Foundation ROAC First National Drawing Competition in 1997 in Quezon City where he was adjudged best artist in the High School level. After he was chosen to paint the drawings for the stained glass windows at the XU Chapel, Fr. Samson brought Carreon to Manila to look at stained glass windows and visit art museums.  “We visited Kraut Art Glass' workshop, museums and the late National Artist Botong Francisco’s house and galleries of Nemiranda and the Blancos in Rizal for inspiration and to see what ideas I could come up with,” Carreon affirms. Fr, Rene Javellana,S.J. and some other Jesuits also brought him to Anggono because he really like Botong Francisco whom he considers his

Holy Family at Nazareth Lk 2: 51-52 Fr. A. Cervini S.J., Rector (1949-1956) built XU Chapel (1954). Fr. Wm. Masterson S.J. founded Agriculture, SEARSOLIN and Manresa farm and campus.

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inspiration for “Mary’s Windows”. [2] Bringing the Vision to Life The XU Chapel (now a church) is dedicated to the Patroness of the University and of the Philippines, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. WINDOWS

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[1] An interesting sidebar about Santo Domingo Church: it was designed by Jose Ma. Zaragosa, who like Ryan, was still a student, (albeit of architecture) when he was commissioned by the Dominicans to design it. Galo Ocampo’s paintings in its stained glass windows were also executed by Kraut Art Glass.    [2] Another interesting sidebar linking the two artists: the nave of the Sto. Domingo church has eight murals by “Botong” Francisco, depicting the life of Santo Domingo de Guzman, the Spaniard who founded the Order of Preachers, now called the Dominicans

(compiled by Mike Baños with the help of Fr. A. Samson, S.J.; Roland Peter Kraut; Ryan Aristotle Aragon Carreo and many other generous souls too many to be named but always remembered. AMDG) [i]

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Fr. Samson provided Carreon with possible ideas for the windows and Scriptural texts. Though Fr. Samson had many discussions with the artist on the designs for the windows, Carreon himself was responsible for the interesting and often intricate designs or paintings. “I gave Ryan topics for the windows at the XU Main Chapel.  In the beginning, I think, he would show me his planned design.  You will notice that faces of XU people, living and dead, were also included in the windows.” “The first window he painted was the main central window of the Immaculate Conception which by itself would have transformed the XU Chapel,” Fr. Samson notes. The front façade has a large center window and six smaller side windows: the large center window is devoted to Mary of the Immaculate Conception, with the six smaller windows featuring key mysteries or events in salvation history : the Annunciation of the Lord, the Adoration of the Magi, the Holy Family at Nazareth, the Crucifixion, the Salubong, and Pentecost. The six smaller windows highlight key moments in the history of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, including the founding of its host city, Cagayan de Oro; the founding of Ateneo de Cagayan by Msgr. J. Hayes S.J. in 1933;  the construction of the XU Chapel under Fr. Andrew Cervini S.J. in 1954; the founding of the College of Agriculture, Manresa campus and SEARSOLIN by Fr. William Masterson S.J. in the early fifties;  the elevation of Ateneo de Cagayan to Xavier University under Fr. Francisco Araneta S.J. in 1958; significant expansion in program offerings of Xavier University under the two immediate past Presidents Fr. Ernesto Javier S.J. and Fr. Bienveniro F. Nebres S.J.; and  major constructions in the nineties under Fr Antonio Samson S.J. Windows were installed by set; the first ones were installed in 2003 at the back of the chapel. The artisans at the Kraut Art Glass workshop (one of whom was an architect named Gerald Paraiso) took 6-7 months to finish each set of windows from the time the paintings were submitted. “We started with the seven big facade windows

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(with the Immaculate Conception in the middle),” Roland relates. “After that the 24 smaller side windows on the sides had the 20 Mysteries as a design. After the success of this project, the XU High School chapel windows were also changed into stained glass, and the last was a completely new structure - the XU Grade School Chapel.”   Divine Providence? As Fr. Samson notes, the building’s layout seemed destined to have been specifically designed to receive Mary’s Windows. [3] “The number of upper windows fitted perfectly with twenty mysteries of the Holy Rosary and six

windows featuring Jesuit saints near the altararea (three at each side)!” “The Main Chapel is also beautifully located for the windows: the front facade faces due west: and are really beautiful when brightly lit by the afternoon sun, as viewed from the main altar.” “I really enjoyed working with Ryan in the stained glass windows project at the main Chapel of Xavier University.  After the main Chapel we also put stained glass windows at chapels of the new High School and Grade School at Pueblo de Oro and also at the Grade School Chapel in Macasandig.”  “When I returned to Ateneo de Davao University in 2005, Ryan also prepared the designs for the stained glass windows at the University Chapel of the Assumption of our Lady, at the High School Chapel of St. John Berchmans and at the newly constructed (already with stained glass windows mind) Grade School Chapel of St. Stanislaus Kostka.” Kraut has similar plaudits for the young artist: “I was lucky to see Ryan's growth as an artist. His first Immaculate Conception painting was beautiful. After seeing his paintings executed in to stained glass, Ryan further improved by combining the striking colors of glass into the details of his paintings. Each artist has his own style, and Ryan's painting has its own distinct character which fascinated and challenged our artists and myself.” Fr. Samson himself had many visits to the workshop of Kraut Art Glass in Pasay City not only to deliver the designs for the windows but also to look at the progress of executing them in truly colorful stained glass. “I really enjoyed the whole process of installing stained glass windows at the XU Chapels.  I thank Ryan, Roland and Kraut Art Glass and the generous friends and donors (mostly from Cagayan de Oro City) for their donations to fund the windows,” Fr. Samson wrote. Fr. Samson found friends and generous donors who funded the stained glass windows, and they are acknowledged in simple plaques in the Chapels and in the brochure on the stained glass windows, “Mary’s Windows, Tota Pulchra  Es Maria”.  

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Dispensing Grace Mr. Ramon E.S. Lerma, then Curator of the Ateneo de Manila Art Gallery, who was invited by Fr. Samson to visit the XU Main Chapel stained glass windows soon after they were completed, wrote in his column at a national newspaper: “What interested me most was the appearance in the windows of eminent figures in the life of the University, together with more simple folk: retired professors, students and, following tradition which goes back to Chartres, the artist himself, a young undergraduate student by the name of Ryan Carreon, who rendered the designs in water color before they were executed by Kraut Art Glass in Pasay City. Beyond their decorative function, and their power to enkindle empathy, I saw these windows as votive mediums seeking to compress so many narratives and desires in a very limited space. To me, they symbolized articles of faith  emanating from a single source;  dispersed, they emerged overhead like tongues of fire, spreading messages at once inscrutable as they were consuming. Ultimately, I saw a beam of light passing through those stained, multi-faceted prisms, dispensing grace, and illuminating my flagging spirit.[4]”     [3] Xavier University’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was constructed in the early fifties by the late Fr. Andrew F. Cervini, S.J., Rector of then Ateneo de Cagayan (1949-1956). The Chapel was formally blessed and inaugurated by the Most Rev. Santiago T.G. Hayes, S.J., founder of Ateneo de Cagayan and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro., on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception during Marian Year 1954 called at the centenary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception   [4] URL: http://www.philstar.com/arts-andculture/256450/reflection-windows

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Sponsors of Mary’s Windows Immaculate Conception : In memory of H. Jackson Goolsby Annunciation of the Lord : Oscar and Marnie Ong Adoration of the Magi : Canoy and Suniel Family Holy Family at Nazareth : In memory of Jose and Paula Goking Crucifixion : In memory of Jose and Telesfora Ong Oh Salubong : In memory of Regino Ch. Santos Pentecost : In memory of Gonzalo and Carmen Abaya Annunciation of the Lord : In Memory of Pablo M. Paras Visitation BVM and Birth of Jesus : Neil Aldrich, Leo Algerico, & Almary Leigh Eufinado Presentation at the Temple : In memory of Emilio G. Geroy, Sr. Finding in the Temple : XU College Faculty and Parents Association Baptism of Jesus : Betty and Howard Dee Wedding at Cana : Angelyn and James Anthony Preaching of the Kingdom : Victoria and Richard Dee Transfiguration : Michelle and Claude Comair Last Supper : Marybeth C. Dee Agony in the Garden : In memory of Fr. Arthur F. Shea Scourging at the Pillar : Joseph Nitton King Crowning with Thorns : Mario and Haydee King Carrying of the Cross : Lily Ngo Chua Crucifixion : XU College Faculty and Parents Association (Commerce) Resurrection, Ascencion, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Assumption BVM and Coronation BVM : In memory of Johnny Chua Bun Bio St. Ignatius of Loyola at Monserrat : In memory of Julie Ricalde St. Ignatius of Loyola at La Storta : In memory of Aquilino and Petra Pimentel Vows at Montmarte : Ricardo and Amelita Guevarra St. Francis Xavier in the Indies : In memory of Bobby Gana Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus : In memory of Barker Hastings & Adelaida Brown The Young Jesuit Saints : In memory of Antonia Pizarro

Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; St. Peter Canisius, Doctor of the Church; St. Edmund Campion, English Martyr; and St. Isaac Jogues, North American Martyr

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Adoration of the Magi Mt 2: 1-12 Msgr. J. Hayes S.J. founded Lourdes Academy for girls and Ateneo de Cagayan for boys. Sponsors: Canoy and Suniel Family

St. Ignatius of Loyola at La Storta Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola, 96 Pope Paul III gave the small church to Santa Maria della Strada as the first church of the Society of Jesus.

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ilinvest is keeping its commitment to deliver One Oasis Cagayan de Oro Building 1 units by the 3rd quarter of 2015. This flagship project of Filinvest in CDO offers its residents a resortstyle living that features resortinspired amenities, lush greens and open spaces and stylish midrise buildings. Unit owners of One Oasis CDO are counting their blessings for choosing wisely even ahead of the first building’s anticipated delivery as its topping off ceremony was attained ahead of schedule. This marks the completion of major structural work of the first of five buildings of One Oasis CDO and signifies the start of the completion of this unique and dynamic condominium development from Filinvest. “With one of the five buildings of our resort-style One Oasis nearing completion, CDO will very soon have an urban escape and a patch of green to boast of and look forward to having all the five buildings completed,” shared Tristan L. Las Marias, FLI First Vice President for Visayas and Mindanao, during the recent topping off ceremony of One Oasis CDO attended by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S.

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Moreno. “Unit owners of One Oasis Building One will soon enjoy endless holidays in the heart of CDO with One Oasis resort-style living,” Las Marias said. He also thanked unit owners for their trust and confidence in One Oasis Cagayan de Oro (OOCDO) and cited that this again demonstrated FLI’s “commitment to deliver quality projects to its buyers and is a testament to the Gotianun tradition of integrity, quality and service.” Surrounded by lush greens, with about 55% of the entire 2.7 has project devoted to resortstyle gardens and amenities, open spaces and wide roads, One Oasis CDO residents will absolutely feel one with nature in this urban getaway, all day, every day. It is our pride to be part of one of the fastest growing economies in the country, with CDO being recognized as the second most competitive city after Makati in 2014, Las Marias added. “We are inspired to continuously evolve our condo developments to serve the growing needs brought about by the changing lifestyles of urbanites,” Las Marias said. “Rest assured that we will remain committed to building the Filipino dream through our signature project in One Oasis.”

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ear the harbor area of Barcelona is an old Gothic church named Nuestra Señora de la Mar: Our Lady of the Sea. Today it is hidden away among the houses and shops of what in an American city would be called a “run-down area.” In former centuries, when Barcelona was a smaller city but already an important harbor, this church must have stood alone, with nothing to block the view; it must have been clearly visible both from the town and from the ships in the harbor. In those days it must have been frequented by sailors, soldiers, merchants, fishermen-in short, by all who derived their livelihood from the sea and the ships. In this lovely church, cool and spacious, there is a monument so unobtrusive that one can easily miss it. It is only a small inscription. By the side entrance, just inside the church, is a stone step where beggars used to sit. On this stone step is a small inscription in Spanish: “Here on this step St. Ignatius Loyola sat as a beggar.” It gives the dates. Above, in a niche, is a statue of the Saint. The background of that inscription is as follows. After the battle of Pamplona of May 1521 in which he was severely injured by a cannon ball, Ignatius (or Iñigo, as he was then called) was carried over the mountain trails from Navarre to Guipuzcoa, to his ancestral home, the castle (casa-torre) of Loyola, situated in the lovely valley of Urola. There he hovered between life and death. When finally out of danger, he submitted to two painful operations (without anesthesia) to reset the bones of the shattered leg. To while away the time during the long convalescence, he asked for books to read. He had previously enjoyed reading books of chivalry, and these were the kind of books he asked for, but in the austere castle of Loyola, there were no such books. There was only a life of Christ and a life of the saints. Having nothing else to read, the wounded knight read these reluctantly at first, then with fascination. The books introduced him to a world very different from that in which he had lived. Its ideals and values

were different. As a knight at court he had valued the things that people think highly of and ordinarily covet: pleasure, fame, honor, riches, power. In that world, it was desirable to have wealth and high-sounding titles; it was important to be treated with respect, with deference, with admiration. But the life of Christ and the lives of the saints were based on different values. The glory of the resurrection was attained through the pain and humiliation of the cross. When he recovered the use of his leg, Iñigo de Loyola left his ancestral home. Dressed as befitted a gentleman of noble birth, with the sword and dagger of the knight, he rode across Spain to the mountain shrine of

Montserrat. There he made his confession to Benedictine monk, taking three days to do so. Then he went into church, took his sword and dagger, and placed them at the foot of the state of the Virgin and Child-the “Black Madonna.” And there he stayed the whole night. In the middle ages, when a squire was to be knighted, he would spend the entire night in a vigil of arms, watching over the armor and sword which he was henceforth to wear as a knight. This was what Iñigo de Loyola now did – except that he was not beginning his life as knight but ending it, and beginning a new life in a new chivalry. The following morning, after mass he left Montserrat, leaving behind his sword and dagger. He gave his nobleman’s clothes to a beggar and put on a robe of sackcloth, caught at the waist with a hempen girdle. His boots and spurs he exchanged for a pair of sandals. Thus clothed, and with a staff, he went forth as a “poor unknown pilgrim” (pobre ignoto peregrin). He first went to Manresa, then to Barcelona, then to the Holy Land. Many years later, after long university studies, he became the founder of the Jesuit Order, the Society of Jesus. It was while he stayed at Barcelona in 1523, waiting for a ship to take him to Italy, that Ignatius sat as a beggar by the side door of Santa Maria de la Mar. There are many monuments to St. Ignatius Loyola, for his impact upon the world has been incalculable. His statue of heroic size is in the main nave of St. Peter’s. In the church of the Gesu in Rome his tomb is enshrined in a splendid altar. A few blocks away is another church named San Ignazio in his honor; it has a famous ceiling which tourists go to see. The rooms in which he lived and died in Rome as superior general of the Jesuits are preserved as sacred places. At Loyola in Spain, the casa-torre where he had lived is now encased in an imposing building. There are universities named “Loyola” in Chicago, in Los Angeles, in New Orleans. There is a Loyola School in New York and a Loyola House of Studies in Metro Manila. But perhaps the most touching monument of all is that unobtrusive inscription on as stone step in church of Sta. Maria de la Mar, where a once proud hidalgo had sat as a beggar in 1523.

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July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015

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XU celebrates feast of St. Ignatius

with “Post Your Inner Iggy” social media campaign

T The custom-made St. Iggy ballers

By Fr. Richard V. Ella, S.J.

he month of July is always special for all Jesuits around the world. This is the month where the Universal church celebrates the feast day of the founder of the Society of Jesus whose spirituality and charism has been handed down not only to the Jesuits but to all those who work as lay partners and those being served by Jesuit institutions. At Xavier University, the Chaplaincy office has started its yearly observance of the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola with its “Post Your Inner Iggy” campaign. Inspired by the “Find Your Inner Iggy” campaign of Loyola Press in the United States, this slightly modified version is intended for Xavier University Employees and Students to share how they are practicing Ignatian Spirituality in their lives. By posting a status or a picture using their Facebook or Instagram accounts via the hashtag #IGGYinME, they can possibly win a specially made Saint Iggy baller. The “Post Your Inner Iggy” campaign ends on July 3, 2015. Saint Ignatius encourages us “to set the world on fire” and practitioners of Ignatian Spirituality are really led to do more for others because by doing so, we are also giving greater glory to our God. Happy Feast Day to all! Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for Us!

Kimnard Joseph Duat - #IGGYinME . I have given of myself to others by being a youth catechist. As a member of A.C.I.L., a religious org in XU whose main apostolate is catechesis, I am able to do magis in being a man for and with others.

Sharon Buijt - Time is the best gift anyone can give We help others by talking to them. Learning about them. Smiling with them. #IGGYinMe XU-NSTP

Don Oliveria - The #IGGYinME BuhaynaBuhay si Ignacio! Iggy exclaimed to him, "Go to where your happiness is. The road may be rough going there but you are not alone. After all, we live for the purpose of loving and we love for the purpose of living. Be a man with and for others." This is the real dream that is meant to fuse happiness and contentment together.

Samuel Macagba - The #IGGYinME reminded me that for me to give my best to others, especially for my students, I need to be rooted to that one great source once again!

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