Daily Reflections

The Good Shepherd

As a youth minister, it deeply hurts me when I see ministry members leaving the church, losing their faith, and getting lost in their lives. During our semestral break,…

Lodging Space of Jesus’ Birth

One of the traditions in our parish every Christmas Eve is the panunuluyan spearheaded annually by our youth ministry. This event is a traditional stage play re-enacting Mary and…

There is joy in being invited and sent!

It is still vivid in my memory how, as the youngest of three siblings in our family, it was inevitable not to be called by name and sent on…

Losing is Gaining

I was an irregular student for three out of four years during college because I was a transferee from another school. As such, I needed to hurdle up to…

Jesus is Our Firm Foundation

It is easy to utter the word “Lord.” Anyone can do it. But to act on the Words of the Lord is something that only a few can accomplish.…

Call to Discipleship

Immediately after I graduated from college, I applied for work at various companies. I did not waste even a moment because I wanted to fulfill my dreams for myself…

Aligning Our Perspective to the Vision of Christ

My encounter with Salesian priests was one of the factors that influenced my decision to enter the priesthood. Their presence, as well as the way they treat others with…

God Loves A Humble Heart

When I had my first-ever recollection in the seminary, the recollection master said we were all wounded and broken. Hence, we need to submit ourselves to the formation process…

Stay Awake

When I was initially discerning whether or not to enter a diocesan seminary, I considered many things and factors. There were times when I did not want to be…

Be vigilant!

“Lord, when will this end?” During the height of the pandemic, this was my daily question to God. I begged and prayed for him to end the pandemic as…

SOMETHING GREATER

In one of our parish anniversary celebrations, I was tasked with overseeing the liturgy and other preparations for the mass to be presided over by our Archbishop. My mindset…

Hashtag: Feeling Blessed

I often see posts on social media of people expressing their gratitude for the blessings they have received, such as a new car, a house, new gadget, an increase…

Move

When I was still discerning whether to apply to a seminary, I searched the web for all I could find about discerning a vocation. One quote from a book…

The Power of Payer

Few years ago, I visited the mother of my fellow altar server in the hospital. While we were exchanging stories, she suddenly said, “You are all altar servers here.…

Stay Connected to Jesus

Our focus is drawn to Mary and Martha’s two activities in the gospel reading for today. While reflecting, I found it hard to choose between the two which I…

Who is my neighbor?

If we would ask a child who his neighbor is, the answer will most probably be literal – he would say that his neighbor is the family living beside…

Holding onto Faith

I am fond of reading the lives of the saints. I find the lives of the saints inspiring and, at the same time, beautiful and captivating. One of my…

A Call to Repentance

The gospel talks about the sentiments of Jesus with the towns Chorazin and Bethsaida. He proclaimed His teachings and did His miracles there and yet people did not repent.…

He Knew It

One of my favorite Tagalog movies is “Tanging Yaman”. One of the scenes that caught my attention is the conversation between the old woman and her granddaughter asking why…

Bearing the Cross of Suffering

It is not easy to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ. It calls for denial of one’s whole self, making sacrifices and enduring sufferings by carrying…

A Humble Servant

Serving God is perhaps one of the most difficult but satisfying tasks among Christians. As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, we are endowed by the…

The Least is the Greatest

Before entering the seminary, we had our mid-year performance evaluation in the company where I used to work. After the evaluation, they offered me a promotion to a supervisory…

God Is in Control

When I was still a student, there was a time when my mother could not send me to college because we were having financial difficulties and she was the…

Knowing Jesus: An Active Witnessing

I have been in seminary formation for about seven to eight years now. Many times, I have been asked, “Who is Jesus to me?” My answer remains the same.…

Who is Jesus?

During difficult moments in life, we can find ourselves asking if God really exists. In the Papal Visit of Pope Francis last 2015, one of the most heart-warming scenes…

Doers of the Word

When I was the coordinator of our Parish Youth Ministry, I often reminded our members that one of our goals was to establish a “One Big Happy PYM Family”.…

Letting Others See the Light

When I discovered the joy of the Gospel, I planned to keep it to myself for I was afraid to be judged by others. I grew up with peers…

Choose God

I used to work as a nurse before entering the seminary. In my first months of formation, I was filled with concern about the Covid-19 problem at my previous…

A RICH SOIL

One afternoon in the seminary, I repotted my succulent plant since it has already outgrown its small pot. I admit that I am not that knowledgeable about replanting and…

The Power of Prayer

Before the pandemic, my mother and her friends would usually meet in our chapel every Tuesday at 3 o’clock in the afternoon to pray the Marian Cenacle. But because…

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