Prayer for Teachers

Note: This is a transcription of a video I published in Youtube, “Prayer for Teachers” to celebrate World Teachers Day. Here’s the link to follow. Dear Lord, We praise you as our greatest teacher. You taught as God’s ways so that we may be able to become as children of God, which we are. AsContinue reading “Prayer for Teachers”

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Bakit Mahalaga Ang Wika sa Panahon ng Pandemiya

Paunang Salita: Ito ang aking Pambungad na Salita sa pagdiriwang ng katapusan ng Buwan ng Wika sa Senior High School ng Ateneo de Davao University. At ito ang link para sa video na ito. Kumusta kayong lahat. Binabati ko kayo sa pagdiriwang ng ating Buwan ng Wika. Ako po si Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ, angContinue reading “Bakit Mahalaga Ang Wika sa Panahon ng Pandemiya”

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Blessing for Students, Teachers, Parents

Note: I was requested by Mr. and Mrs. Louie and Tonette Climaco of the CFC St. Jude Community, Jacksonville, Florida to give some words of wisdom for many of their household members who are about to enter a new school year in the midst of the pandemic. This video was what I sent them. However,Continue reading “Blessing for Students, Teachers, Parents”

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Make Time for Nothing

Note: This is a personal entry. A reflection while staring out of the window during a rainy day. Do you have time to think of nothing? It sounds like a silly question. But I find myself scouring for a time to think about nothing; to find some space between Zoom meetings and monitoring the progressContinue reading “Make Time for Nothing”

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How to Reboot in the Time of the Pandemic

Note: This is a transcription of the vlog entry on my Youtube channel. Get the link here. To find a quiet place in a very noisy world, I oftentimes find myself doing a reboot. I’d visit churches, especially the old traditional churches with high ceiling. I would spend a few days in prayer, away fromContinue reading “How to Reboot in the Time of the Pandemic”

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My Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Note: This is the transcription of this video in my Youtube channel. If you have topics on faith/youth formation that you want me to cover, please do not hesitate to leave a comment here. Thank you for watching. Many people have been asking me about the source of my confidence. But you know what, confidenceContinue reading “My Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

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A Crack at Vlogging

How should a priest vlog? Definitely I do not want a vlog without substance. Or, a vlog that is about life and leisure. What should my vlog look like, without plunging into the borderline scandalous or the realm of the super conservative traditionalist? I’d like to vlog about what I do in forming young people,Continue reading “A Crack at Vlogging”

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I Kissed My Holding Cross Instead

We cling to someone when afraid. In my younger days, I would cling to the arms of my parents when threatened. Or, I would ask permission to sleep with them when I had a bad dream. Somehow, having someone to hold allays my fears.  I began to hold on to anything sacred when I startedContinue reading “I Kissed My Holding Cross Instead”

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19 Years Today

“This morning, about 1 hour and ½ before sunrise, offered to the eye the grandest exhibition of divine power blazing forth from the E. by N. in the inexpressible golden tinge on the sky from N.E. to S.E. The nearer the vast Luminary approached, the more the eastern horizon seemed to dart, or pour forwardContinue reading “19 Years Today”

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Rethinking, again.

4 April 2020. 8:30 PM. So I began vlogging a few days ago on IGTV and got good comments, feedback, and suggestions. And I thought maybe I should push it a little bit further.  I guess the quarantine period has given me time to rethink my so-called life in cyberspace. I have a Youtube channelContinue reading “Rethinking, again.”

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Refresh

I stopped writing. For some reason, sharing my thoughts in a longer version just went hibernating. It did not feel like passionately updating my old blog called, “Faith of A Centurion” in Blogger. So to keep this blog running, I have published my scripts for television. At least, something appeared here every single week. IContinue reading “Refresh”

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Davao Blast: What I saw was our country’s nightmare

At four in the morning on the 31st of August 2016, I flew out of Manila; at a quarter before six, we were hovering over the mountains of Mindanao. When a sliver of morning light illumined the serene landscape of Davao, welcoming me to my new mission, I said to myself, “This is gonna beContinue reading “Davao Blast: What I saw was our country’s nightmare”

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Finding Ourselves

“We travel initially to lose ourselves. We travel, next, to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer It took 31 years for most of us to come home to Legazpi. We graduated in 1985, when our school was still called, “Science Oriented High School” of Aquinas University. We were less than a hundred as a batch; twoContinue reading “Finding Ourselves”

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How I Learned to Focus On Who Mattered the Most

+ In loving memory of my mom, Mrs. Luz O. Marfil-Gonzales, who passed away on 8 November 2014, two days after my birthday. *** Evenings at home ended with the rosary. My mother would gather all of us in front of the family’s altar. Occasionally, she would show her anger to any one who wasContinue reading “How I Learned to Focus On Who Mattered the Most”

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Finding a Solution: Rephrase a Problem

Sometimes just seeing a problem differently can enable you to find new solutions. Try writing out the problem as a simple sentence or phrase and then, rewrite it, substituting one or two keywords with synonyms – use a thesaurus if necessary. If it’s a creative brief you’re working on, try rephrasing the proposition or theContinue reading “Finding a Solution: Rephrase a Problem”

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