Daily Reflections

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….

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…

The Sorrows of a Mother

My eldest brother died when he was sixteen years old because of kidney failure. I was four years old then and I remember my mother telling us how painful…

Relieve me Not O Lord

Who would not want an easy and comfortable life? Who would not like to face each day worry-free or hassle-free? Who would not want to live a long and…

Jesus Happened

God is always at work around us. However, we are often unaware of his actions in our lives. In today’s Gospel, Jesus resuscitated the only son of a widow…

Jesus’ Unconditional Love and Compassion

If you had hurt someone, would you go back and beg for his forgiveness? There are times in our lives when we become like the prodigal son. We detach…

A True Christian

The Gospel made me remember some of my experiences before entering the seminary. There were times when insignificant things easily make me very angry. One example of this is…

Beauty Shown in Actions

In the seminary, we maintain a beautiful culture of fraternal correction. Fraternal correction is like a two-edged sword – it benefits the receiver, since he is made aware of…

Extra Special

Birthdays are one of the most awaited celebrations for everyone. Personally, I always get excited whenever the month of May draws near. I cannot help but think of the…

Unsuspected Graces

There are many times in my life when God throws me “unsuspected” graces. I say unsuspected since they come through pain, tears and fears. This makes me realize that…

Thy will be done

During the transition period of the Parish Pastoral Council in our parish, I was appointed as the new parish youth ministry coordinator. At first, I was hesitant to accept…

Life’s True Purpose

Doing acts of kindness and expressing love concretely lead us to a deeper and closer relationship with God. When I was in fourth year high school, I remember excelling…

Follow me

In order to be a follower of Jesus, one must take his cross and follow Him. The Gospel also tells us that we must leave all our earthly possessions,…

Lord of the Sabbath

I wonder why the Pharisees were always looking for reasons to condemn Jesus and his disciples. It seems that they were keeping an eye on Jesus and his disciples…

Joy in His Banquet

When I was in my high school years, I was frequently invited to attend wedding masses as a groom’s man. The ceremony would conclude with a tradition that the…

Going into the Deep

In the seminary, I often hear the word “plunge” from my higher-year brothers. Whenever there are activities that I doubt I could do, this word reminds me to take…

A Call to Serve Inclusively

When I was still in formation under the Camillians—followers of St. Camillus de Lellis, also known as the “Ministers of the Infirm”—we were formed to love the poor and…

The Power of Love

When I was still a kid, I was afraid of urban legends like vampires, ghosts, white ladies, and witches. My parents usually used them to scare us so we…

To Die for the Sake of Truth

I recall an incident that happened during our street evangelization mission back in 2016. I was sharing about my reflection on one of Jesus’ “I Am” statements from the…

Nothing Beats a Humble Heart

“Nothing beats a humble heart.” This was the constant reminder of my father to me, especially when I was still engaged in the world of politics. I often enjoyed…

Sharing the Master’s Joy

We receive different gifts from God, like wealth, skills, talents, family, social positions, education, profession, experiences, and many more. God wants us to nourish and take care of them….

Be Ready!

Am I ready? This was the question that I repeatedly asked myself before finally heeding God’s call. Being the breadwinner of the family, with a plan of working abroad…

EVER READY

When I was a child, my mother would always remind me to keep the house clean. This means doing house chores every day. One time, I asked her why…

“Come and See”

Nathanael was surprised when Philip told him that Jesus of Nazareth was “the one whom Moses wrote about.” Nathanael may already have had some initial and incomplete knowledge about…

The Sin of Hypocrisy

When I was in my first year of college, I had a class on Sunday mornings. Since masses in my parish were all scheduled in the morning, this prevented…

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