Daily Reflections

Fiat

Priesthood is one vocation I had never pictured myself in. Standing in front of the crowd to preside over a Mass or deliver a homily was the least expected…

Rooted in Christ

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” This is a striking statement in today’s Gospel. There were many organizations created…

Teach and Learn

When I was in elementary, my family would often go to Hagonoy, Bulacan to visit my grandmother. Whenever we were there, the very first thing that I would do…

The Two-Way Route of Forgiveness

Our celebration of Christmas five years ago was one of the most memorable for me, but for a different reason. It was not as joyous as the previous ones….

God’s Call for Repentance

In the Gospel, Jesus uses the word “repentance” twice to highlight its importance. I used to think that repentance is only about changing one’s behavior by knowing the rules,…

A Father’s Love

My life has been an open book to many, and the story of my father is one that I would share often. He met my mother, who came from…

Bayanihan Rekindled

When I was in elementary, I learned that the early Filipinos lived in portable nipa huts so that they can easily move their houses from one place to another…

Love Stands Firm

Having graduated from high school then, my foster parents brought me to the university to look for a college course. Standing there in front of the posters that advertised…

Seeking, Knocking, Asking and Believing

I often hear today’s Gospel reading every time I pray the novena to Padre Pio. This is part of the “Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart” and since the…

The Greatest Sign

In the Gospel for today, Jesus speaks of a sign. There are many stories of signs narrated in the Bible. But two of my most favorite sign-stories in the…

A Divine Invitation

To become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) was my greatest dream since I was in my elementary. In 2016, I took the courage to follow that dream. I juggled…

Yes to Jesus

Everyone has plans for their future. Prior to entering the seminary, I wanted to become a computer programmer, have a house of my own, have a family, be a…

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

My family usually observes fasting and abstinence during the Lenten season. To our family, Lent is a season for our traditional pabasa, Stations of the Cross, processions and pilgrimages….

Courage to Surrender

How eager are we to give up our lives for the sake of eternal life in God’s kingdom? It is easy to follow Christ, to commit our lives to…

Abandonment

Since the Vatican opened the canonization process of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, I started to study the life of this soon-to-be-saint. He was a French aristocrat and religious figure…

Be Good First To Be Good

I remember the moments in my life when I was preoccupied with my own righteousness, as if I was the standard of goodness. I tended to notice quickly the…

Childlike Faith

Few years ago, my older sister asked me to accompany her eldest daughter to her first day of school. On our way there, I noticed a group of children…

Jesus, our Hope

Sometimes, it seems difficult to trust God, especially when there are circumstances that seem impossible to bear. We then ask ourselves, “Why do I have to experience this?” When…

A so Good A God

Whenever I give a seminar for parents and godparents before the conferment of the sacrament of baptism in our parish, I would start the talk with an explanation of…

Be on Guard

It is the start of the election campaign for those candidates running for the national posts. The entire nation will choose once again a new set of leaders who…

Countless Signs of God’s Love

“Be alert to the signs. Always wait for my signal.” These were the words of our basketball coach in my early adulthood days. With these were unique signs for…

Reliving The Beatitudes

I could imagine from the Gospel where Jesus gave the Beatitudes. He was on level ground and “levels” himself to His thousands of listeners who had assembled just to…

Generosity in Giving and Loving

The Gospel today which is about the feeding of the four thousand is a story of giving and receiving. Many are able to receive because there is someone who…

Healing Through Faith

Last 2013, I was afflicted with dengue fever that almost took my life. I needed to undergo blood transfusion since my platelet count was at an alarming level. I…

Humiliated but Redeemed

We all have a share of humiliating experiences. When I was 16 years old, I experienced the biggest humiliation in my life. I was working back then when I…

Patience is a Virtue

One time on my way to Quezon, I was caught in a heavy traffic in Laguna. I felt helpless because there was no other way to go to Quezon…

The Most Important Word

Our Filipino culture is greatly influenced by different cultures of various races, such as Malaysian, Chinese, Spanish, American, Japanese, and several others. It is no surprise that many of…

God’s Unending Grace

My home parish in Bulacan is dedicated to St. John of God and St. Raphael the Archangel. These two saints are connected to God’s healing power. St. Raphael the…

Fishers of Men

I am amazed by how Jesus performed a miracle for the fishermen to demonstrate His power and strengthen their relationship. He did not invite them immediately to follow Him…

A Call to Rest

Before entering seminary, I used to assume that working hard was a sign of being close to success because I was the family’s breadwinner. Concerning my “workaholic” approach towards…

Words are Powerful

The impact of words one says maybe likened to feathers thrown in the air. Once you have thrown them, it is hard to get them back. We cannot undo…

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