Fr. Tito Caluag Launches Prayer Book "Give Thanks And Praise”
Fr. Tito Caluag publishes his very first book with ABS-CBN Books titled “Give Thanks And Praise,” and it's bound to be your new everyday prayer book
A teacher by profession and a priest by vocation, Fr. Tito Caluag has indeed touched many hearts and spirits throughout the years. For 40 years, he worked and stayed in Ateneo as a priest, and has been greatly influenced by Ignatian spirituality.
Many times before, he tried to come up with a book, but for some reason, it never materialized. Finally, after 20 years, it’s here.
Give Thanks and Praise is a prayer book that contains more than 200 Catholic and special prayers. From traditional prayers to prayers for special occasions and intentions, Give Thanks and Praise aims to become the new prayer bible fit into people's daily lives.
“These prayers show us our roots as a community of faith, and unite us across generations, bridge geographic distances, and harmonize our voices amidst diverse languages and cultures. They are our common ground,” says Fr. Tito about the importance of prayer in our lives.
Fr. Tito says that he found the need to compile these prayers so that Filipinos will have easy access to daily intercessions. Apart from the traditional prayers, there are also morning and evening prayers that will help us begin and end the day with gratitude, prayers to the saints for them to intercede for us, Marian prayers, Ecumenical prayers, Scriptural prayers with bible verses, and personal prayers from Fr. Tito himself.
“We hope this book presents prayer as the underlying thread that weaves together the different strands of our daily experiences into a fabric, a work in progress that slowly reveals to us the magnificent tapestry of our life that God invites us to co-create with him,” says Fr. Tito.
An interesting tidbit about the book is an important detail that has been incorporated in the cover: the olive leaves. According to Fr. Tito, the leaves had to be that of the olive tree because it was the tree in the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ prayed before his arrest.
Mass and launch
Give Thanks and Praise was launched last November 12 at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell. The launch followed the Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Fr. Tito for the 14th anniversary of Magna Anima. It was the perfect gift as Fr. Tito just celebrated his 61st birthday.
The Agoncillo family was present at the launch to read some of the prayers from the book. Even Judy Ann and Ryan’s daughter, Luna, participated and opened the event with the “Angel Prayer.”
Also part of the launch were singer Michael Shimamoto and Pinoy Big Brother housemate Rhys Eugenio.
A number of Fr. Tito’s closest friends came to support the launch of the book, including Rockwell Land SVP Malou Pineda, Metro Group Head Christina Lopez, and seasoned writer and editor Erwin Romulo.
Give Thanks and Praise will be available soon on ABS-CBN Books' online stores and major bookstores nationwide for only P225.
Photos by Allan Sancon