My New Recording of Golden Moment from the Broadway Play: “Hot September”. Then I Also Wrote And Recorded A Tagalog Version.

Golden Moment

A song originally recorded by Frank Sinatra. The song was taken from the Broadway Play:”Hot September”. I chose the song because of its poignant lyrics and an excellent orchestration, so much so that I wrote and also recorded a Tagalog (Philippine language) version of it. I’m including the lyrics for both versions, so you can follow the recording with the lyrics. Hope you enjoy them.

Here they are below:

Golden Moment Lyrics

You’re young for a golden moment; You  sigh   &  it   flies   away;

 and then in the silent September; you dream of the music of May;

 You’re young for a shining hour; But soon it’s remember when;

Take hold of that golden moment; For once it’s gone, it never comes back again.


Take hold of that golden moment; For once it’s gone, it never comes back, You try, still it won’t come back, It’s gone and never comes back again.

Gintong Sandali

Lyrics written by: Manny Crisol

Ang buhay ————ay maikli; Tulad sa Isang sandali;

Ang bawat nating panaginip; Inasam sa nag-da-ang saglit;

Bawat nating gintong aral; Huwag sanang kaligtaan;

Gamitin gintong pangarap; pag-nagdaan,  di na mag-ba-balik muli;


Gamitin gintong pangarap; Huwag sayangin – ang gintong aral;

Ating mga panaginip; atin ang mga gintong sandali.

Reasons For Sharing Particular Songs I’ve Recorded

Certain Songs I’ve Recorded Here

Particularly, these two(2) recent songs originally sang by Sinatra: 1.)Everything Happens To Me. and 2.) London By Night; I recorded because of the poetical nature of the lyrics and the extra-ordinary musicality of the composition. Plus the fact that these songs stand out from the mundane music that are heard from our airwaves. Hope you enjoy them too as I do. This time, I am including the lyrics, so you can follow along.

Everything Happens To Me

I never found the rainbow;

Never saw a pot of gold;

I lost at dice in Vegas every single time that I roll;

I’ve stamped my daydreams: “cancelled”;

and the winter’s gettin’ cold

Everything happens to me

I’ve known a lot of ladies

but there’s something that I lack;

Each time that there’s a break-up;

I’m the one who holds the sack;

And when I give my heart away, I always get it back;

Everything happens to me.

At first my heart thought you could break this jinx for me;

that love would turn the trick to end despair;

But now I just can’t fool this head that thinks for me;

and I’ve mortgaged all my castles in the air.

Now in the school of life, well I was lucky just to pass;

and now I’m chasin’ rainbows with the losers in the class;

but how you don’t find rainbows in the bottom of a glass;

Everything happens to me.

Telegraphed and phoned; I sent an “airmail” special too;

your answer was: “goodbye” and there was even postage due;

I fell in love just once and then it had to be with you;

Everything happens to me

London By Night

London by night is a wonderful sight

There is magic abroad in the air

I’m often told that the streets turn to gold

When the moon shines on Circus and Square

Deep in the dark that envelops the park

There´s romance in each cigarette’s glow

Down by the Thames, lights that sparkle like gems

Seem to wink at each girl and her beau

Up comes the moon when the city’s asleep

He´s not alone, for it seems

Somewhere up there stands an angel to keep her watch

While each Londoner dreams

My love and I saw the sun leave the sky

Then we kissed in the fast-fading light

Most people say they love London by day

But lovers love London by night (REPEAT SECTION IN RED, TO END)


Truth And Its Proper Dissemination

All Of Us, Especially In This Age Of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Etc. Have BeenTarget Objects of “Fake News”

Today, however, it was a terrific morning for me after watching Gen, John Kelly, White House, Chief Of Staff, clarifying reports that he was quitting his job or being fired  by the president from his post; one of the most recent attempts at trying to show President Trump’s administration in disarray. Wonderful guy. Judge for yourself.


Next Set Of Songs I’ve Recorded: 1) Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars, 2. Meditation, 3. Triste, 4. Girl From Ipanema, 5. New York, New York

1. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars

2. Meditation

3. Triste

4. The Girl From Ipanema

5. New York, New York

Songs I’ve Recorded

Here are the songs, I recently recorded:

1. The Impossible Dream

2. Little Things Mean A Lot

3. How Do You Keep The Music Playing

4. God’s Way

5. At Long Last Love

“Non Coronabitur Nisi Legitime Certaverit”- (Without a legitimate battle there is no victory)

The Melk Abbey Church in Melk, Austria.

During Our Scandinavian Cruise Some Years Back, We Visited Melk Abbey Church in Melk, Austria. The amazing thing about this church is not it’s beauty or grandeur, but the inscription on its high altar:  “Non Coronabitur Nisi Legitime Certaverit”(Without a legitimate battle there is no victory)

Melk, Austria

I could not forget that inscription, because in very legitimate terms it explains in a very short phrase the value of our faith and more importantly, the real meaning of God’s promise: HEAVEN! The attainment of our end-goal becomes real only with a genuine fight for its true value. What is involved? Prayer, Eucharist, toil and work.

Novena Prayer To St. Philomena

O FAITHFUL VIRGIN and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing,

SAINTPHILOMENA, Powerful with God,
Pray for us!

have pity on me. Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity, O great Saint! Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee…(Here specify your petition) I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the Passion and the Death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His Saints. Amen.

                                      Imprimatur:        Carolus Hubertus Le Blond

                                                                       Episcopus Sancti Josephi

                                                                       January, 1952

Who Is St. Philomena? (This story will be followed by prayer and Novena devotion to the Saint)

The Story Of St. Philomena


      On May 25,1802, excavators in the ancient Catacombs of St. Priscilla in Rome came upon a well-preserved shelf tomb sealed with terra-cotta slabs in the manner usually reserved for nobility or great martyrs. The tomb was marked with three tiles, inscribed with the following confusing words: LUMENA /PAXTE / CUMFI. However, if one places the first tile last and separates the words properly, the very intelligible sentence emerges: Pax tecum, Filumena, which is, “Peace be with you, Philomena”. Also inscribed in the tiles were symbols: a lily, arrows, an anchor and a lance, which would appear to indicate virginity and martyrdomInside the coffin there were discovered the remains of a girl of about twelve or thirteen years of age, along with a vial or ampulla of her dried blood.

Transferred to the Treasury of the Rare Collection of Christian Antiquity in the Vatican, the remains were soon forgotten by the public, especially since no record existed of a virgin martyr named Philomena. But in 1805, a Neapolitan priest, Don Francesco di Lucia, traveling to Rome with his newly appointed bishop, requested and, after a brief delay, received the relics of this martyr “Philomena” to enshrine in his village church at Mugnano, near Naples.

     Immediately upon the official donation of St. Philomena’s sacred remains, signal favors began to be granted through her intercession and unusual events to occur. The favors, graces and even miracles started to increase, even before her enshrinement at Mugnano and steadily grew in number thereafter —- such that this virgin martyr soon earned the title: “Philomena, Powerful with God.” In 1837, only 35 years after her exhumation, Pope Gregory XVI elevated this “Wonder-Worker of the Nineteenth Century” to sainthood. In an act unprecedented in the history of Catholicism, she became the only person recognized by the Church as a Saint solely on the basis of her powerful intercession, since nothing historical was known of her except her name and the evidence of her martyrdom.

St. Philomena has been successfully invoked by her supplicants in every sort of need, such that she has become another patron of “hopeless” and “impossible” cases, like St. Jude or St. Rita, but she is known to be especially powerful in cases involving conversion of sinnersreturn to the Sacraments, expectant mothers, destitute mothers, problems with children, unhappiness in the home, sterility,  priests and their work, help for the sick, the missions, real estate, money problems, food for the poor, and mental illness. but truly as her devotees have discovered, no case of whatever matter, is too trivial or too unimportant to concern her.

Among her most devoted clients was St. John Vianney (the Curé of Ars), whose childlike devotion to this virgin Saint played an intimate part in his daily life. Other Saints who were always devoted to her, prayed to her and sang her praises were St. Peter Julian Eymard, St. Peter Chanel, St. Anthony Mary Claret, St Madeleine SoÞhie Barat, St. Euphrasia Pelletier, St, Frances Xavier Cabrini,  St. John Nepomucene Neumann, Blessed Ana Maria Taigi and Ven. Pauline Jaricot.

A number of Popes have also shown remarkable devotion to St. Philomena as well: Pope Leo XII (1823-1829) expressed the greatest admiration for this unknown child-saint and gladly gave his permission for the erection of altars and churches in her honor. Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846), who authorized her public veneration showed his esteem and devotion to the Saint by giving her the title of “Patroness of the Living Rosary”.  A mass and proper Office in her honor were approved by him in 1834 or 1835. This is an extraordinary privilege granted to comparatively few Saints. Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) proclaimed her “Patroness of the Children of Mary”.  Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) made two pilgrimages to her shrine before his election to the papacy. After he had become the Vicar of Christ, he gave a valuable cross to the sanctuary. He approved the Confraternity of St. Philomena and later raised it to an Arch-Confraternity (which is still headquartered at her shrine at Mugnano, Italy)  Pope St. Pius X (1903-1914) spoke warmly of her and manifested his devotion to her in various ways. Costly gifts were given by him to her shrine.

Earlier Life of St. Philomena (as described by Sister Maria Luisa di Gesu (1799-1875), A Dominican Tertiary from Naples, Italy)

On December 21, 1833, the Holy Office declared that there was nothing contrary to the Catholic faith in the revelations that Sister Maria Luisa di Gesù (1799–1875), a Dominican tertiary from Naples, claimed to have received from the Saint herself.

According to Sister Maria Luisa di Gesù, Saint Philomena told her she was the daughter of a king in Greece who, with his wife, had converted to Christianity. At the age of about 13, she took a vow of consecrated virginity. When the Emperor Diocletian threatened to make war on her father, her father went with his family to Rome to ask for peace. The Emperor “fell in love” with the young St. Philomena and, when she refused to be his wife, subjected her to a series of torments: scourging, from whose effects two angels cured her; drowning with an anchor attached to her (two angels cut the rope and raised her to the river bank); being shot with arrows, (on the first occasion her wounds were healed; on the second, the arrows turned aside; and on the third, they returned and killed six of the archers, after which, several of the others became Christians). Finally the Emperor had her decapitated. The story goes that the decapitation occurred on a Friday at three in the afternoon, as with the death of Jesus. The two anchors, three arrows, the palm and the ivy leaf on the tiles found in the tomb were interpreted as symbols of her martyrdom.[6]

In the Neapolitan nun’s account, Saint Philomena also revealed that her birthday was January 10,[6] that her martyrdom occurred on August 10 (the date also of the arrival of her relics in Mugnano del Cardinale),[4] and that her name “Filumena” meant “daughter of light”. (It is usually taken to be derived from a Greek word meaning “beloved”.)[4]

Publication of this account gave rise to critical study both of the account itself and of the archaeological finds, leading to uncertainty that the tomb was in fact that of a martyr.[6]

Remember MY Post On “Useful Idiots”?

Useful Idiots Are The Results Of Communism’s Educational Indoctrination Of America’s Universities.


Part III, chapter 6 of Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan To Save America  by David Horowitz talks about strategy of “Ending Leftist Indoctrination in Our Schools.

Listen to that chapter by clicking link:

Is Pope Francis Views On Socialism/Capitalism At Odds With The Previous 10 Popes ?

As we look at the ideology of Socialism and look at the writings and teachings of the popes for several decades, we see the contrast of Pope Francis views with many Catholic Papal pronouncements from the past.

All the same, it is not out of place to review the condemnation of Socialism by the popes starting with Pope Pius IX and ending with Pope Benedict XVI. But why is it that the current Pope Francis views on Socialism and Capitalism seems to be at odds with the views of his last 10 predecessors?

This glaring contrast is a very dangerous indication of the state of our Catholic faith, so we must pray for Pope Francis everyday.

Gustavo Solimeo on April 8, 2010, in their website: published “What the Popes Really Say About Socialism.”

Let’s look at what they say:

  1. Pope PIUS IX (1846-1878)      

The Overthrow of Order

“You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism, by confusing them with perverted teachings.”

(Encyclical Nostis et Nobiscum, December 8,1849)

2.    Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903)

Overthrow is Deliberately Planned

“…For, the fear of God and reverence for divine laws being taken away, the authority of rulers despised, sedition permitted and approved, and the popular passions urged on to lawlessness, with no restraint save that of punishment, a change and overthrow of all things will necessarily follow. Yea, this change and overthrow is deliberately planned and put forward by many associations of communists and socialists.”
(Encyclical Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884, n. 27)

2 a.    Pope Leo XIII (1878 – 1903)

Debasing the Natural Union of Man and Woman

“They [socialists, communists, or nihilists] debase the natural union of man and woman, which is held sacred even among barbarous peoples; and its bond, by which the family is chiefly held together, they weaken, or even deliver up to lust.
(Encyclical Quod Apostolici Muneris, December 28,1878, n. 1)

2 b.    Pope Leo XIII (1878 – 1903)

The Harvest of Misery

“…there is need for a union of brave minds with all the resources they can command. The harvest of misery is before our eyes, and the dreadful projects of the most disastrous national upheavals are threatening us from the growing power of the socialistic movement.”
(Encyclical Graves de Communi Re, January 18, 1901, n. 21)

3.    Pope St. Pius X (1903 – 1914)

The Dream of Re-Shaping Society will Bring Socialism

“But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, ‘the reign of love and justice’ … What are they going to produce? … A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train.”
(Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique [“Our Apostolic Mandate”] to the French Bishops, August 15, 1910, condemning the movement Le Sillon)

4.  Pope Benedict XV  (1914 – 1922)

Never Forget the Condemnation of Socialism

“It is not our intention here to repeat the arguments which clearly expose the errors of Socialism and of similar doctrines. Our predecessor, Leo XIII, most wisely did so in truly memorable Encyclicals; and you, Venerable Brethren, will take the greatest care that those grave precepts are never forgotten, but that whenever circumstances call for it, they should be clearly expounded and inculcated in Catholic associations and congresses, in sermons and in the Catholic press.”
(Encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum,     November 1, 1914, n. 13)

5.   Pope Pius XI (1922 – 1939)

Socialism Cannot Be Reconciled with Catholic Doctrine

“We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.”(Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, May 15, 1931, n. 117)

6.  Pope Pius XII (1939 – 1958)

The Church Will Fight Socialism to  the End

“[The Church undertook] the protection of the individual and the family against a current threatening to bring about a total socialization which in the end would make the specter of the ‘Leviathan’ become a shocking reality. The Church will fight this battle to the end, for it is a question of supreme values: the dignity of man and the salvation of souls.” (“Radio message to the Katholikentag of Vienna,” September 14, 1952 in Discorsi e Radiomessaggi, vol. XIV, p. 314)

6 a.   Pope Pius XII (1939 – 1958)

The All-Powerful State Harms True Prosperity

“To consider the State as something ultimate to which everything else should be subordinated and directed, cannot fail to harm the true and lasting prosperity of nations.” (Encyclical Summi Pontificatus, October 20, 1939, n. 60)

7.    Pope St. John XXIII (1958 – 1963)

No Catholic could subscribe even to moderate socialism

“Pope Pius XI further emphasized the fundamental opposition between Communism and Christianity, and made it clear that no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate Socialism. The reason is that Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which is bounded by time and takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being. Since, therefore, it proposes a form of social organization which aims solely at production; it places too severe a restraint on human liberty, at the same time flouting the true notion of social authority.” (Encyclical Mater et Magistra, May 15, 1961, n. 34)

8.   Pope Paul VI  (1963 -1978)

Christians Tend to Idealize Socialism

“Too often Christians attracted by socialism tend to idealize it in terms which, apart from anything else, are very general: a will for justice, solidarity and equality. They refuse to recognize the limitations of the historical socialist movements, which remain conditioned by the ideologies from which they originated.” (Apostolic Letter Octogesima Adveniens, May 14, 1971, n. 31)

9.   Pope St. John Paul II (1978-2005)

Socialism: Danger of a “simple and radical solution”

“It may seem surprising that ‘socialism’ appeared at the beginning of the Pope’s critique of solutions to the ‘question of the working class’ at a time when ‘socialism’ was not yet in the form of a strong and powerful State, with all the resources which that implies, as was later to happen. However, he correctly judged the danger posed to the masses by the attractive presentation of this simple and radical solution to the ‘question of the working class.’” (Encyclical Centesimus Annus – On the 100th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, May 1, 1991, n. 12)

10.   Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013)

We do not Need a State which Controls Everything

“The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person -every person – needs: namely, loving personal concern. We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need. … In the end, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks a materialist conception of man: the mistaken notion that man can live ‘by bread alone’ (Mt 4:4; cf. Dt 8:3) – a conviction that demeans man and ultimately disregards all that is specifically human.” (Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, December 25, 2005, n. 28)