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There Won’t Be Another American Friend of RP, or even an American Jesuit, Like James Reuter PDF Print E-mail
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Columns - Tremendous Trifles
Written by Gov. Ben Sanchez   
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:13

Y es, there will never be another American friend of the Philippines, or even an American Jesuit, like James B. Reuter, SJ.


Fr. Reuter has written his last column on "The Philippine Star" newspaper Sunday, May 24, 2009.  For those who have not seen it, please read on.  He has written such a beautiful prayer in the end.  He is waiting to be called to our Almighty Father’s mansion in the sky that has many rooms. While I am certain that one of the rooms is reserved for Father Reuter, please pray for him. 


Another contributor, Jeejee Loteria-De Lima, a “Reuter Baby,” has written a very-poignant article about Father James. To read it, please click on this link, Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J.: Always a Humble Hero


Here is Father Reuter’s last column:




AT 3 A.M.  (A Column by James B. Reuter, SJ)




I am in Our lady of Peace Hospital, on the Coastal Road, and it is really 3:00 a.m. The planes coming and going from the airport are roaring over my head.


Everything is peaceful and quiet.  Even the roaring planes add to the feeling of peace and quiet.


I am ten days away from my 93rd birthday. God has been kinder to me than I deserve, giving me such a rich life, in such a beautiful country, among such gentle people.  He has blessed me with so many kind, affectionate, generous loving friends.


I found that the best time for me to write was 3:00 a.m.  My mind is clearer, my heart is warmer, and I am overwhelmed with the goodness of the people God sends to me.


In this column I have always tried to be positive - presenting the goodness of people, and the wisdom of God's Providence as I saw it.


I have tried to give . . . to give the only thing I have to give . . . Myself.  I have tried to share my thoughts, my feelings, the wonderful holiness that I see in the simple, gentle people that God sends to me.


Editor’s Note: As a member of the All-Ateneo Alumni Alliance of Southern California, this writer was privileged to serve as one of the members of a committee that hosted Father Reuter’s visit to Los Angeles a few years back. I am looking for an article that I wrote about the said visit. When I find it, we will reprint it in this website.


As soon as I came to the Philippines I realized that the Filipinos were the loveliest people in the world.  It was a gift of God, a special blessing, that He sent me here.


I have been thanked for giving my life to the Philippines . . . But whenever you give, you always get back more than you have given.


Thank you


* For your gift of friendship through these many long years.


* For reading "At 3:00 A.M." from the time I started writing my column.


* For your reactions through letters and phone calls when you liked or did not like what I wrote.


* For sharing your stories which inspired me to write them so they could inspire others


* For your love and concern


* For your prayers which comfort me and which I need.



I have tried to be a priest.  A priest is a bridge ...a bridge between God and man . . . a channel of God's love, peace and joy.


What I have found in the Philippines is union . . . union of hearts and minds . . . It is marked by sharing . . . The simple, gentle Filipino is willing to share all he has, with everyone.


That is holiness . . . That is sanctity . . . That is being like God.


In heaven we will all be one - united in heart and soul . . . Loving each other.

In this column written at 3:00 a.m. that was my only message . . . give . . . give yourself . . .  love.


And when I presented this, I discovered what it meant, myself.


Being strong, sometimes, means being able to let go.  I know that now is the time to "let go".  I have been up at 3:00 a.m. to write my column for many many years.  It is now time for me to stay in bed until the sun comes up and the birds start to sing.


This is not goodbye.  Wherever I am, whatever I do, you are always in my heart and in my prayers.  All of you.


God bless!


The song is ended . . .  but the melody lingers on . . . and on . . . and on.

I love those who have read this column . . . And I hope that they love me.


* * *


For those who are interested, here is my prayer that I would like to share with you.


Lord God,

Look down upon us, this day, this hour.

Regardless of what has gone before,

or what will come after,

give us the grace to consecrate this time entirely to You -

all the actions of our body and soul.

May all the thoughts that come to us be true

May all the things to which our hearts go out

be beautiful, with the beauty of God.

May all the things we want be good.

Give us the light to see Your Will,

the grace to love it

and the courage and strength to do it.

We ask you this through Christ Our Lord.





Editor’s Notes: Governor Sanchez can be reached at He welcomes readers' feedbacks as hearing from them interest him a lot.



Last Updated on Friday, 23 July 2010 16:14
Comments (2)
1 Tuesday, 26 May 2009 11:02
Dear Ben,

I like to believe we are all being called.
But to those he [Fr. Reuter] deeply loves, he whispers.

2 Wednesday, 27 May 2009 19:21
Jeejee De Lima

Subject: FR. REUTER
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 10:26 AM


On May 21st, Fr. James Reuter turned 93 and he celebrated with 40 to 50 people at Our Lady of Peace Hospital.

I have been in close communications with Cherry Aquino, his personal secretary regarding the status of Tatang. He has been at the Our Lady of Peace Hospital and will remain there. This hospital which he founded will not be charging the Jesuits for his stay. That is why in large part, Fr. Magadia allowed Fr. Reuter to stay there instead of sending him to live at Loyola.

Tatang is happy where he is. He is being cared for round-the-clock by three nurses. But the nurses need to be paid and his health maintenance can be costly. Father Reuter's funds are depleting . . .

Editor's Note: If readers want to help Father Reuter in meeting his hospitalization expenses, they may e-mail this editor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , so that they could be provided with instructions on how to remit their help to him.

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