Earthquakes and Tsunamis – Are We Prepared?

I learned from a friend in Japan that they were rock once again by a strong 7.1 magnitude aftershock and that there was a tsunami threat last April 7. The said tsunami was supposed to hit Sendai, the same province that was hit by the devastating tsunami last March 11. Thank God it was just a false alarm. I feel sorry for the people of Sendai because they are on their way to reconstruction and recovery yet aftershocks keep on hitting them. The said aftershock thrown the areas that made some gains back into disarray again. Because of that, fears are being rekindled.

May God forbid but what if the same calamity happens in our country? Are we prepared? Do we have well trained rescuers and ample emergency assistance? I am not underestimating our government. It is just that what happened to Japan last March 11 showed what can happen even how well prepared the government is. Japan is known for having the state-of-the-art earthquake and tsunami detection systems yet it is not spared from the said calamities, much more a country like ours that is being left behind when it comes to detection systems.

I know we are not prepared enough to withstand devastating calamities so let us just pray and hope that no such calamity would hit our country ever.

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I am Lost

This seems the most difficult Girls Talk topic this month. Spirituality or religion is a sensitive topic. All of us have different views, opinions and beliefs when it comes to religion and spirituality and I respect that. No offense to the Catholics because I am a Catholic since birth and a believer. I was a  choir member, a Catechist and was very much active in church when I was in high school. This post is based on my experience and I am not generalizing the Catholic church.

Well, there are no doubts that my husband and I are true believers. We have the great belief of the Lord. But now we are lost, not spiritually but in church issues. I almost cannot remember the last time we go to church. Two years ago? Three years ago? I cannot remember exactly.

It started with the fund raising project in our parish. The car for the first prize is parked at the altar. My daughter was the first one to notice it. She asked why there is a car in front. I was shocked when I saw the car there on the altar. Yes the parish needs fund to support its projects but perhaps not right to put the car on the altar. Not to add the so many collections during mass. There is the first collection and the second collection that I do not know what for. I know that it is our obligation to give tithes but it should be put in place. So to sum it all, these incidents gave us doubts about our church. We are also particularly disgusted when priests are very much involved in political issues. Yes, they are also humans and entitled to their own opinions but sometimes they are going too far.

Am I spiritual? Yes, I am. I am a follower and a true believer. I may be lost when it comes to religion or church but I am not lost spiritually. I may not be obeying or following the religious traditions that I have gotten used to but I have this strong faith in GOD. HE is the center of our home and I put HIM on top of everything I do.

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