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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Friday, September 22, 2017


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Dear Albert Casuga :
How we feel about God can actually impact our mental and physical health, and Christian psychiatrist Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., explains it all in his groundbreaking book, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life.
In easy-to-understand language, Dr. Jennings explains the connection between theology and brain science, and provides a methodology for overcoming unhealthy perceptions of God.
Simply contact me for a complimentary review copy of this thought-provoking book or to schedule an interview with Dr. Jennings, who makes a very compelling guest. I can also send you JPEGs of Jennings and the book cover to accompany this story. Thank you.
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The God-Shaped Brain — A Positive View Of God Can Lead To A Healthier Life
Chattanooga, TN, September 20, 2017 ― Religious beliefs can affect more than spiritual health. In fact, different views about God can actually lead to mental and physical changes. And when God concepts are distorted in some way, the changes can be profoundly negative.
Psychiatrist, international speaker and author Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., has treated thousands of patients struggling with fear, insecurity and unsatisfying relationships. Many of his patients, he found, had as a contributing factor — if not a primary cause — a distorted God construct.
In his enlightening book, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life, Dr. Jennings synthesizes theology with brain science to reveal a wealth of facts, including:
• Beliefs and choices actually change brain circuitry and alter gene expression.
• Unhealthy God concepts (such as worshipping a punitive or authoritative God) activate inflammatory pathways and contribute to physical and mental illness.
• Even if unhealthy concepts of God are practiced only in the imagination, it has damaging effects on the brain.
• Changing an unhealthy God concept to a healthy one can positively impact the mind, body and relationships.
Jennings also introduces his Integrated-Evidenced Based Approach to studying God, which intertwines and harmonizes scripture; God's laws in science and nature; and personal experiences. Jennings uses compelling, real-life stories of healing and transformation to demonstrate how a God concept of love can bring about positive changes, and he provides a methodology for separating healthy beliefs from unhealthy.
The brain is an organ that is constantly developing, and in the book, Jennings illustrates in easy-to-follow language how the brain adapts based on the choices a person makes, the beliefs that are held and the God that is worshipped.
Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified Christian psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, international speaker, author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Life-Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association.
He obtained his M.D. degree in 1990 from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his psychiatric residency at D.D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and has served as the Division Psychiatrist for the 3rd Infantry Division. He is married and lives in Chattanooga where he is in private practice. Jennings is also the President and Founder of Come and Reason Ministries and has served as President of the Southern Psychiatric Association and Tennessee Psychiatric Association.
His other books include Could It Be This Simple? A Biblical Model for Healing the Mind, The Journal of the Watcher, The Remedy New Testament Expanded Paraphrase and the upcoming The God-Shaped Heart: How Correctly Understanding God's Love Transforms Us, due September 2017.

For more information about Dr. Jennings and to hear his lectures, please visit the website:

The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
InterVarsity Press
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Q & As available on request.
Curt Thompson, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Anatomy of the Soul: "… he takes the reader past the trite, superficial motifs of easy spirituality that clutter our emotional landscapes and grounds you first in the nature of the God of Scripture. He then further explores that in which God grounded the first humans — the body, and namely, the brain. With compelling stories of challenge and transformation, Dr. Jennings deftly weaves together a deeply thoughtful theology of the living Word with the complex nature of the organ that our heart calls home. Read this book to know God more fully. Read this book to know your brain more fully. And see how knowing God will change your brain — and your life — in ways you never thought possible.”
Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., C.E.D.S., and founder, The Center, Inc.: "With amazing clarity, Dr. Jennings cuts through the many divergent God constructs to expose the powerful impact these differing views have upon our brains and bodies. Not everything taught about God is healthy — read this book and learn how your belief about God is changing you.”
Brad Cole, M.D., director of neuroscience education, Loma Linda University School of Medicine: "What makes this book truly remarkable is the artful way Dr. Jennings combines the latest understanding in brain physiology with practical and compelling real-life stories. Although this book is easy to understand for the layperson, the implications Dr. Jennings makes about the design of the human brain, how it can be damaged and how it can be healed are profound. I don't know of another book that so beautifully describes how our minds can be restored back to the way God originally designed them to be.”
Kay Kuzma, Ed.D., president of Family Matters Ministry: "Dr. Tim Jennings has asked the troublesome questions about God's character and answered them in a simple and compelling way that clears away the lies about him so that you find yourself falling deeper in love with him. It's a must-read for every inquiring mind. Once you understand the physiology of the brain and how it responds to love versus selfishness, as explained by Dr. Jennings, you will realize that the choice for love is the only one that will renew the mind and result in good mental health.”
Michael Lyles, M.D., Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting: "It has been said that our thoughts reflect who we are (Proverbs 23:7). Dr. Jennings challenges us with a synthesis of neurobiology and theology that elaborates on this concept.”
Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors: "If you are ready to take your relationship with God to the next level, if you are ready to move closer to the source of all truth, if you are ready for an evidence-based approach to knowing God, this book is for you. Dr. Jennings' patient cases and illustrations make complex ideas simple and easy to understand as he powerfully documents, through brain science, how our beliefs about God change us.”

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Saturday, September 9, 2017


"El Senor te bendiga y te guarde;
el Senor te mire con agrado y te extienda su amor;
el Senor te muestre su favor y te conceda la paz."
 (Numeros 6:24-26)

On Friday, August 25, 2017 7:20 AM, Francisco Albano <> wrote:

KKK Gospel Reflection September10, 2017
23rd Sunday OT Mt 18:20-25 (RSV)
15. "If another member of the church {Gk [If your brother]} sins against you, {Other ancient authorities lack [against you]} go and point out the fault   16. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."
               There is an essential requirement needed for Christian discipleship in the community called Church -- needed for members to be unto the image of Christ’s Church that is salt of the earth for preservation and enjoyment of goodness in the world, leaven for the rise of justice, peace, and care for the earth, and light to ascertain the way to the Kingdom of God. Discipleship requires fraternal / sisterly correction of faults, forgiveness for wrong-doers, encouragement to a firm purpose of amendment, rehabilitation of heart, mind, and spirit, and renewed sociological service to neighbor in Jesus’ name. Discipleship requires that one who is hurt be humble and approachable for one who desires to come and ask for forgiveness and shows willingness to compensate for his/her mistake/s and shortcomings.
            To improve the quality of discipleship there is the sacrament of penance that some ecclesial denominations avail of, but common to all is the sacrament of criticism and self-criticism, of fraternal/sisterly correction in private in one-on-one fashion, in family, group or community assessments and evaluation, and in formal ecclesiastical hearings, depending. Fraternal / sisterly correction should in spirit of Jesus’ command that we forgive not just three times, not seven times but seventy seven times those who hurt us; in the spirit of Jesus’ prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
               Jesus tells us that forgiveness in heaven depends on forgiveness on earth: “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  We can forgive one another. We have been given the power to do so. The question is: Do we use this power? Are we willing to do so? Do we choose to forgive some hurts but not all hurts? Do we wait for the wrong-doer to first approach and beg for forgiveness? Or can he/she be forgiven even he/she does not ask? How conditional is our granting of forgiveness?
            Evangelical forgiveness of faults does not depend on the demands of commutative justice. The thief is forgiven and loved but he/she must return the goods. The murderer is forgiven and loved even before he/she is convicted and jailed. Do we forgive politicians of graft and corruption, or members of the Commission on Appointments who rejected Ms. Gina Lopez and Dr. Judy Taguilwalo? Do we forgive them but demand their resignation? Do we forgive the misguided members of ISIS and the Maute rebels who refuse negotiations? Do we forgive leaders of big business, big government, big military who program their institutions to exploit and oppress the people? Do we forgive priests and ministers for their indiscretions, whatever. Do we forgive activists for their political and organizational mistakes, and bad styles of work; and do they correct and forgive one another?
            What is to be done to those with hearts of stone? “If the offender refuses to listen even to the Church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”  This means that he/she must not be ostracized and remain unforgiven. He/she must be given patient “special treatment.”  Conditions may be created so the offender may be helped to recognize his/her fault. How did Jesus treat the public sinners and tax collectors?  We are to hate the sin and love the sinner.
            And so are Church disciples called to forgiveness of sins.  It is hoped that they, we, can on this matter be exemplars of the Gospel paradigm, that non-believers might consider imitating the Lord who calls all to a life of grace. We begin as Christians forgiving and loving one another, remembering that the sun shines and the rain falls on the just and unjust alike and that God’s love embraces all. ###
-- Rev. Francisco R. Albano
    Diocese of Ilagan

"El Senor te bendiga y te guarde;
el Senor te mire con agrado y te extienda su amor;
el Senor te muestre su favor y te conceda la paz."
 (Numeros 6:24-26)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Blood in the Desert