This is a transcript of the video below. My “thank you” to all of you will never be enough for all that you have given me, supporting me in my social media ministry. Nevertheless, saying it in a video is better than finding something more perfect. At least, it comes straight from me. Maraming salamat po, and let’s face 2021 with hope and an unceasing prayer that this year will be better for us and our country.
Hi everyone! I am sending out all of my love and thank you to everyone who has supported me in my social media ministry this year 2020 by watching my videos, interacting with me and the content I share, and by sharing your questions for me to produce.
2020 has been tough for me personally, professionally and ministerially. I would always remember that incident of a storm ravaging the disciples at boat while Jesus was peacefully napping. While the outside storms like the pandemic that punctured every single calamity and callousness from our leaders, I find myself asking Jesus, “Why are you just sleeping through all these?”
2020 has surfaced a lot of our inner storms, and inner storms are a lot more difficult to manage. But it is your questions that fueled every single post on social like those about mental health and online education. After all, faith life intersects with culture and answers not just our theological questions but even the existential ones.
So my apologies to the many whom I have not ministered too well, to those whom I was not able to respond quickly as expected, and to those I promised something but were all put on hold. I guess I almost drowned from the waves.
I was able to reconnect with my grade school and high school classmates, my church group in Sagrada Familia in Payatas, and I was able to say a regular mass for my family. I have upskilled. I learned Premier Pro for video editing, cooked more Bikol dishes, spent regular times working out and swimming, otherwise difficult prior to the pandemic. I also discovered talents from my workmates and students: they have helped me navigate and animate online formation.
I also learned to trust God more, like every farmer who places in God’s hands the growth of the seed they have planted, as well as the calming of my inner storms, accompanied with a trust and belief in science than the words from the mouths of politicians. I learned how to have a healthy doubt that moves me to verify and to do research than just believing what I see on social media.
I am rethinking my social media ministry for 2021, learning from many creative accounts, both Catholic and non-Catholic. After all, I live for adventure; for experimentation; for trying out possibilities. Jesus did not tell us how to do things in 2021, but He clearly articulated what we’re supposed to do: to proclaim the Good News to everyone.
I am happy that I have to figure out the how.
For all these, I continually hope for a better future for all of us, and yes, a better new year. Once again, thank you and I do hope to interact with you more than our previous engagements. Promising you continuous prayers, have a grace-filled new year!