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"But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:30)

Depression is a friend.

Many regard depression as a disease, if not an outright attack from the evil enemy, and statements like my opening preamble can be seen as coming from a clinical case, or someone possessed or in the clutches of some evil whatever. Years coming and going has demonstrated to me that it is much easier to forget the presence of God in good times. There is euphoria in praising and thanksgiving as an initial response to a blessing but it is so easy to drift away relishing the good and not God (...or, in christianese: the gift not the giver...).

Bad times and bad moods forces me into this constant conversation (albeit grumpy and complaining) with Jesus. Not exactly the pleasant mood or attitude to be in while talking to God but--hey!--it is still talking to God.

Is not that what prayer is essentially?


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Agua Santa is an old resort in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines before contemporary and trendy spas became chic.  Los Baños is located south of Metro Manila, the economic and political center of the Philippines.   It was discovered by a Spanish Franciscan Missionary Pedro Bautista in early 1590 and he found that the place had hot springs and understood that the water was medicinal.  Los Baños sits in the foothills of Mt. Makiling, a scenic and dormant volcano in Laguna.

Bath houses and the main pool now empty.

In 1603, the Franciscans built a Nipa Hut that served as a hospital dedicated to the Immaculate Concepcion with the name Nuestra Señora de Agua Santa.  Eventually, Pedro Bautista was sent to Japan as Ambassador of the King of Spain in 1597 and was martyred along with his companions for their faith in Nagasaki, Japan.  They were canonized as saints on June 8, 1862.

The main pool now decrepit and deteriorating in the elements.