Daily Reflections

God Has More to Give

In his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says, “the joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of…

Safe and Sound

For the past months, the seminary has experienced a turn of events. The COVID-19 virus hit us like a fire. We were all caught unawares by this virus slipping…

Choose to Be Kind

Since my elementary days, I have been trained in mathematics well. I used to join several competitions and quiz bees. The subject became my passion which led me to…

Persistence in Prayer

As we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, today’s Gospel reiterates the teaching of Jesus about the importance of prayer. It is through persistence in…

A Life of Being with God and Others

The Lord’s Prayer is a very common prayer. I have been uttering this prayer since I was a kid. I would spontaneously pray it without reflecting on its deeper…

The Better Part

When I was still working overseas, it was very hard for me to find time to attend the Holy Mass every Sunday. I admit that I would rather stay…

A Christian’s True Identity

Just recently, I tested positive for COVID-19. Aside from having contracted the virus, the idea of being isolated made the situation harder. Furthermore, since my mother died of the…

The Eternal Covenant

When I was still outside the seminary, I found it very hard to enter into a romantic relationship. I took time to discern whether or not to court someone….

Greatness in Littleness

The image of a child can be a model to explain the real meaning of greatness. In the Gospel, Jesus challenges His disciples to humble themselves like a child….

A Call to Repentance

When I was still a young servant in the parish, I had encountered a dilemma about the sacrament of confession, primarily because of my fear of being judged. Initially,…

Sent-off by Christ

As a Christian, it is my duty to bring the good news of Christ to everyone I meet. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do…

On Top of the Least

When I was in high school, I was very competitive. As an achiever, I always strive to be the greatest in terms of academics and extra-curricular activities. One subject…

Obedience to the Will of God

I once visited an old parish in Cebu as part of our vocation campaign. When I arrived at the parish convent at around dusk, the parish priest introduced me…

Real Presence

I once read about a man who was asked if he really believed in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The man said he did. His friend…

Knowing more, Loving more.

“And he kept trying to see him…” In the Gospel today, Herod expressed his willingness to know more about Jesus because of what he has heard about Him. He…

God’s Providence

Years ago, my friends and I went on a climbing adventure, and to make it more meaningful, we agreed to pack food, clothing, medicines, lamps, and other things that…

The Joy of Responding

In today’s Gospel, we are given the story of how Jesus called Matthew while he was at his post doing his job. This led me to remember my own…

The Light of Faith

Today’s Gospel reading reminded me of my vacation six years ago. My sister went to Vietnam for a business trip and she decided to bring me along. I was…

The Center Seat

In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus asking His disciples what they were quarreling about as they traveled to Capernaum. During the journey, Jesus told them of the things which…

Sow The Good News

Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si’, says “When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs…

Love and Forgiveness

It has been months since our batch finished the 30-day Ignatian retreat, and yet even now, I can still recognize many blessings and graces of the retreat happening in…

A Perfect Love

When I was in high school, I was too shy and quiet. It was primarily because I was a victim of bullying due to my physical appearance. It was…

The Cross is God’s Love

Today, the Church commemorates the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena. In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of being lifted up for the world to believe through the…

A sinner called by God

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” We always hear this being said…

Friendship with Jesus

During my younger years, I used to dream and plan for my future. Together with my siblings, we dreamt of reconstructing our bungalow house into an apartment. I imagined…

A Good Fruit

When I entered the seminary, I thought I was well-equipped with the knowledge and experiences from my work and parish involvement. As days passed by, however, I realized that…

New Lens

When I was in college, I thought I had already learned a lot. I felt I was wise enough. This led me to discriminate other people. I was busy…

Unconditional Love

Before I entered the seminary, my intention to pursue a vocation to the priesthood had gained support from many, but it was also questioned by a few. Hearing their…

Bearer of Christ

Today, as we celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Gospel invites me to reflect on Mary as the bearer of Christ. Mary played…

Pray Unceasingly

The Gospel for today once more reminds us of the importance of connecting with the Father through our prayer, especially when we make important decisions in life. Many believers…

“Yes, I hear You, Lord”

Whenever a fellow servant in my community before would ask me if I was open to the possibility of entering the seminary, I would always reply “I can still…

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