Lord, you are near to those
who are rejected and brokenhearted.
Give me the grace not to give up
when others insult me and tear me down.
Remind me I am loved and that
I always have a home with you in my heart.
Lord, you are near to those
Although my mother uttered her first words in the Philippine Ilocano language, we are a Chinese family and along with my brothers and sisters, I was born in Hong Kong.
Jesus my Lord, let me strengthen my courage
by taking on the courage of all those people
who have been centurions for me.
Many have faced disasters
and hard times with great constancy.
The upper hand of evil never turned them against you.
They kept going.
Let me be like them, Lord.
No matter what the cross,
let me never stop declaring you
We praise you, O God,
for your redemption of the world through your Son.
He entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph
and was proclaimed Messiah and king
by those who spread garments and branches along his way.
Just as we carry these branches,
may we follow Christ in the way of the cross that,
O God, Who founded Your Church
upon the most firm foundation of an apostolic rock
in order to deliver her from the dreadful powers of hell,
give her, we beseech You,
that through the intercession of the blessed Martin,
Your Martyr and Sovereign Pontiff,
she may produce at all times in Your truth
so as to enjoy always a secure defense.
O Most Loving Jesus,
Who by Your ineffable virtues
and by the example of Your domestic life
consecrated the family You choose on earth;
in Your clemency look down upon this household
humbly prostrate before You
and imploring Your mercy.
Remember that this family belongs to You,
for to You we have in a special way
O God, for Whose honor the glorious bishop Stanislaus
fell under the swords of the wicked;
grant, we beseech You, that all who implore his aid,
may obtain an answer to their prayers.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
world without end.
Enlighten, O Lord Jesus, many generous souls
with the fiery glow of the Holy Spirit,
who is substantial and eternal love,
and by the powerful intercession of Your most dear Mother Mary,
stir up and preserve in them the fire of Your love,
unto the glory of the Father
and the same Holy Spirit,
who together with You live and reign forever and ever.
Almighty and eternal God.
May your grace enkindle in all of us
a love for the many unfortunate people
whom poverty and misery
reduce to a condition of life
unworthy of human beings.
Arouse in the hearts of those who call you Father
a hunger and thirst for social justice
and for fraternal charity
in deeds and in truth.
The Higher Education Center [HEC] is for poor but bright young women and men who cannot afford further education after high school. In the beginning, over nine years ago now, we took 30 young people for the three year course to train them as teachers and development workers.