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Chasing mangroves in Palawan: Why we have to conserve and protect mangrove forests.

I began falling in love with mangroves when I visited the mangrove forests being protected in the island of Culion, Palawan. It was holy week and we were at the end of the Good Friday procession which culminated at the Jesuit Retreat House chapel on a hill. Overlooking Culion’s coasts, I could see the patch of green trees from the chapel. I guess I was looking for a refreshing view after a long Via Crucis. Since then, I started to research on mangroves.

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A study on the Mesoamerican reef, for example, showed that there are as many as 25 times more fish of some species on reefs close to mangrove areas than in areas where mangroves have been cut down. This makes mangrove forests vitally important to coral reefs and commercial fisheries as well.

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Why do I advocate for the protection of mangrove forests?

 

  1. Mangrove forests protect the land from the sea.

With rising sea levels due to climate change, mangroves function as a buffer zone, a natural shield against ecological disasters (eg. erosion) and storm surges (eg. Yolanda), therefore protecting the shoreline and coastal areas and those living there (eg. fishing communities).

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  1. Mangrove forests are very important for estuarine and marine life.

It is the breeding ground and nursery for a variety of marine animals such as fish, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. When I explore mangroves, I check on fish, shrimps and crabs, the main sources of income for shoreline communities like fishing villages. It has been proven that those with a large population of mangroves also have a large population of fishes and an increase in marine diversity.

 

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  1. Many of us do not know that mangroves are also good for timber, fuel and fodder.

Mangroves are used to build houses, furniture, or even electrical posts. And because of the density of the wood, they are also excellent as firewood. In some countries where pastures are nearly scarce, mangroves are used to feed cattle.

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  1. The barks of many species of mangroves produce tannin.

Many fishermen use bark extracts to make their fishing nets durable. In one of my skin diving experiences, snorkelers and divers who use the flower of the mangroves to clean goggles fascinated me.

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  1. Like many trees and plants, mangroves help purify the air and water.

Mangroves absorb pollutants and heavy metals in the water and in the air. Thus, you can be assured that you are breathing fresh air if you are in a mangrove forest.

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What can we do?

 

  • Plant mangroves.

Know what species of mangroves in the area. Those are the types of mangrove trees that you should plant. The introduction of a new specie will affect the ecosystem. Remember that mangrove forests have many species of mangrove trees and plants. For example, some areas have nipa palms; some do not.

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  • Organize groups to protect it.

I would highly encourage church groups to participate in government efforts as part of their living out Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.

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  • Be vigilant.

Report to authorities destruction of these forests. Some local governments have mangrove and reef conservation efforts and programs. It is good to participate in their efforts to protect these crucial ecosystems.

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  • Create appreciation and awareness.

Since we are all on social media, we might want to post photos and articles about mangroves and reef conservation efforts, such as clean up drives, mangrove planting, etc. At the very least, post photos of mangroves when you find yourself in an island or in a place with mangrove forests. Photos of these forests posted on Instagram or Facebook make people appreciate its beauty and its importance.

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The Islands of Gigantes Live Up To Its Name

It was a trip devoid of a single regret.

I heard about the group of islands across the town of Estancia in Iloilo from Bok Pioquid, a faculty member of the Ateneo High School’s Christian Service Involvement Program. He and his wife would go on a “couple” backpacking tour every now and then. Until today, their unwavering passion is exploring the Philippines. They have gone to many places, and they travel on the cheap — and this is what I love about their stories. You can go on an adventure without breaking the bank.

I told Bok about Fr. Ruben Orbeta SJ’s invitation for me to help out at Sta. Maria Parish in Iloilo City for the Holy Week. I would fly in on Palm Sunday and fly out on Easter Sunday. My work was to give a recollection talk for an hour each day of the Triduum and hear confessions on Good Friday. So I had three days free: Holy Monday to Wednesday. Bok suggested the Gigantes trip because I was already there. He gave me the number of Ms. Rolin Barba (0929-3949708) of Paon Beach Club Inc,*** and off I went.

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I woke up early the next morning for the boat ride to Gigantes Islands. It was a 2-hour trip to the islands. I learned that Gigantes did not belong to the Municipality of Estancia, but the town of Carles. So if you prefer to take off from Carles, it would be an hour to the islands.

Rey Ambito, our guide,** said that the group of islands was named after an ancient skeleton, discovered in one of the isles. The height of the human bones was taller than many natives, hence, a higante, a giant. I also heard you could go caving if you preferred that adventure, but the caves were in Gigantes del Norte. Unfortunately, I explored only Gigantes del Sur where many islands with white sand beaches were, and whose views were “Instagramable” and picturesque.

Below are great reasons why you should visit the islands. Believe me, I was in awe all the time I was there! It was indeed a gigantic experience!

  1. Cabugao Gamay Island

From a vantage point is the iconic view of the whole island. The famous photos of Gigantes are taken from here (see featured photo above). Below is the eastern side of the island. The sun was rising when I took this photo.

 

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    1. Bantigue Island’s white sand bar.

It is a long island, but the tip of the island is perfect for a photo shoot. From a certain point, you have many islands as your backdrop. But do take a dip. The water is pure and perfect as you can see.

 

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    1. Antonia Island’s beach.

This is the usual stop-over for lunch. Fishermen would sell scallops and wasay-wasay shellfish. You can’t imagine how cheap the scallops are: Php 1.00/per piece. When I was there, Rey and I feasted on a hundred pieces with spiced native vinegar and lots of rice. Rolin made sure that I would bring more than enough cooked rice, water and vinegar. I was so grateful for her thoughtfulness.

 

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    1. Cabugao Dako Island’s rock formation.

The rock formation is like the backdrop from the movie, “The Lord of the Rings.” Simply, the rocks are surreal. Let the photos speak for the islands.

 

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    1. Tangke Island’s Lagoon.

The boats will dock at a certain opening between towering rocks. These high-rise rocks protect a beautiful sanctuary of a white sand lagoon where you can swim. But be sure to be there before 2 PM: the water begins to drain during low tide.

 

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    1. Cheap seafood.

In Punot Restaurant and Grill in Estancia, I ordered a bowl of Imbao (shellfish) Sinigang (sour soup) and grilled squid. I loved imbao; the flavor just bursted in my mouth. I thought the servings were just enough for me. I was surprised that the servings were good for four. Each order was just Php 100.00. (Shout out to Engr. Carlito Centeno for my dinners!)

 

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  1. Estancia’s Dried Fish.

The town of Estancia is famous for its dried fishes. I tell you, your trip will never be complete without a sampling of their dried fish especially for breakfast. Paon serves them.

 

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You might wonder why I write about these trips. Going out from my usual work in school enriches me. The world is far greater and bigger than Ateneo. And this is what I like to do: go and explore the richness of the very home God has given me.

When you get to see how beautiful this world is, this home of ours, then you will do everything to protect it. You will become a real steward of creation, just as God has appointed us to become. This is the premise of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. The encyclical’s dream is for every single human person to be at home in the very planet we live in.

In a few months, I will bring my students to Iloilo. Last November 2015, I explored Iloilo accompanied by Bok and some parents. We saw what this province could offer us: a pilgrimage of churches, a food trip, an ecological adventure and a cultural experience.

We hope that our students will truly love our country because they have seen how beautiful the Philippines is. We also have a greater hope: that they would be angry enough to act when unscrupulous people would dare corrupt its beauty.

Just like falling in love, you will always protect that which matters to you — or whom you deeply care about.

 

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Some notes:

*We call these visits to Jesuit schools, “Eco-Spiritual Pilgrimages” instead of the usual “field trips” because there is a spiritual angle to the tour. We do an “ecological examen” and end our day with a mass. And as part of Ignatian prayer, we ask God the specific grace to “Find Him In All Things” — in creation, in the people we encounter, in the experience. This program is part of the Jesuit Youth Ministry of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus.

It also includes an interaction with students from the place where we visit. This August 2016, the Iloilo Pilgrimage will include an interaction between students, parents and faculty of Ateneo de Iloilo to share our common experiences of being in a Jesuit school. In other words, the program is always in partnership with other Jesuit schools, and one of our goals is the appreciation of our common Ignatian spirituality.

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** To the left of this photo is Rey Ambito, waiter and tour guide of Paon Beach Club. He accompanied me on the boat to the islands. I highly recommend him because he is both knowledgeable and trustworthy. You can call or text him at 0930-5859104. If you can’t reach him, Rolin can help you find your guides.

 

*** Call Paon Beach Club Inc. at (033) 397-0444 or 0929-394-9708. And oh, you can also enjoy this sunset from Estancia.

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Why is a Discerned Vote Important?

This is a transcript of the video below:

Bakit mahalaga ang mapanuring pagboto? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Dahil papalapit na ang eleksiyon, lumalabis na ang ads, surveys at balita ukol sa pulitika at namumulitika, kahit nasa gitna ng pandemiya. Marami ang nagsasabing, “Wala namang magbabago, bakit ako buboto?” o kaya nagdadalawang-isip magparehistro. Nguni’t kung totoong mahalaga sa atin ang ating bansa at ang ating kinabukasan, kailangan nating bigyang halaga ang pagiging mapanuri sa pagboboto.

Bakit? Lantad na ang dayaan. Ginawang normal na ang dating kinamumuhian tulad ng extrajudicial killings, pagpapalaganap ng fake news, pagpapabaya sa pandemiya. Nguni’t tanungin natin ang isa’t isa: Ok lang bang magsinungaling ang ating mga niluklok na sumusweldo galing sa buwis, na ating pinagpawisan? Kaya sa halip na tanungin kung sino ang gusto mong maging pinuno, mas kilatisin muna kung ano ang ating batayan para sa pangangasiwa.

Alam nating mapupunta tayo sa kangkungan kung hindi magbabago ang ating kalagayan. Kaya kailangan nating hilingin ang katapatan at integridad sa ating mga pinuno.

May pagkakaisa ba ang kanilang sinasabi at ginagawa? Kailangang itaas ang antas ng pinagbabatayan natin para sa pagboto sa ating mga mamumuno. Samakatuwid, kung gusto mo ang pangangasiwa na may integridad, huwag magtiwala sa sinungaling. Maaari nating baguhin ang ating buhay sa pagboboto.

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, liwanagan mo kami upang ihalal natin ang pinunong may labis na pagmamahal sa iyo at sa iyong bayan. Amen.


Why should we discern whom to vote? For a fruitful life, join me for another episode of Kape’t Pandasal.

As the election season draws near, we might be overwhelmed by ads, surveys and news about politics and politicians even during the pandemic. We hear people excuse themselves: “Voting is useless because nothing changes.” Some even hesitate to register in order to vote. But if we are concerned about our country and our future, we must pay attention to the election and use our votes wisely.

Why? Cheating is already being done in broad daylight. Disvalues have been normalized, like extrajudicial killings, the spread of disinformation, or the failure to manage the pandemic. But let’s ask each other: Is lying ok for politicians whose salaries come from the taxes we have worked hard for?

So the pressing question is not who is going to lead us, but more important is what are our standards for being led?

We know that we’re headed towards disaster if our situation won’t change. That is why we must demand honesty and integrity from our leaders—and rewarding their integrity with our votes. Is there a consistency between what they say and what they do? We need to raise our standards for electoral candidates. If we want leadership with integrity, then we have to stop trusting people who lie. We can change our lives by our votes.

Let us pray: Lord, enlighten us so that the people we vote for are those who love You and our country. Amen.

Fundador and Regnum Dei

Fundador or Marcha de San Ignacio is the anthem usually used by Jesuits on the feast of one of its founders, St. Ignatius of Loyola, on a day as today, 31 July.

Here’s my take on this anthem, spoken in my local language, Bikol. Ateneo de Naga University requested this, so I justaposed my reflection with AdNU’s anthem, Regnum Dei.

If there’s anything personally interesting, it is hearing myself speaking in my local language. The dialect I speak is Albayano, specifically, Camalignon. My brother, Jayson, knows Naga Bikol than I do. I am as always indebted to him. Enjoy! 

Below is a Youtube video of the song, Fundador, by the Ateneo Chamber Singers.

Here’s Ateneo de Naga University’s Regnum Dei.

What I like about St. Ignatius of Loyola

This is a social media post on Instagram and Facebook. But I’d like to post this here too under my Journal, because it is this image that inspires me.

This is my favourite image of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which I chanced upon in Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. I was in LMU in 2011. The artist, Bill McElcheran, titled it, “Ignatius Loyola Pilgrim.”

However, what struck me most is his stance at another angle: Ignatius leans forward, bravely facing the wind, while holding fast to the Spiritual Exercises. It illustrates his spirit: the courage to face challenges, to be counter-cultural to anything against God, humanity and creation, as well as, to be forward-looking.

It struck me as a rationale for being adventurous, creative, experimental and at home with life’s tensions.

But what he holds also tells me what is unchanging: the Spiritual Exericses at best anchors me in a personal, riveting and deep encounter with Jesus. It tells me what a Jesuit should be—what I should be—and that it is a personal imperative and great desire: It is what I really want to be and become but rooted in the here and now. Happy Feastday to all! Keep inspiring, St. Ignatius, my fav saint!

I always ask: What more can we do for Christ? 

How to develop a stronger resilience?

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Paano natin patatatagin ang mahinang kalooban? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Paliko-liko ang ating buhay. Minsan dumadaan ang mga araw nang walang nangyayari, ngunit may mga araw naman na ginugulat tayo ng trahedya na panghabambuhay ang epekto nito sa atin tulad ng kamatayan, aksidente o kaya malubhang sakit. Sa lahat ng ito, kailangan ng katatagan upang malampasan natin ang mga bagyong ito. Subalit ayon sa mga pagaaral sa sikolohiya, nakakatulong sa personal na buhay ang mga paghihirap na ito. Hindi malaya sa pagdurusa at pagkabalisa ang sinumang matatag ang kalooban.

Tulad ng pagpapalaki ng ating mga katawan, kailangang tutukan at bigyan ito ng oras.

Unang-una, mahalagang kasama natin ang kapamilya’t kaibigan na nakakaunawa, nagbibigay-halaga at nakikinig sa atin. Pinapaalala ng mga pinagkakatiwalaan natin na hindi tayo nag-iisa. Nakakatulong din ang mga gawaing espirituwal, tulad ng pagdarasal, pagbabalik-tanaw, pagsusulat ng mga nangyayari sa kasuluk-sulukan ng ating puso’t isipan. Nakakatulong balikan ang mga magagandang alaala at pinagpapasalamatan upang lumago ang pag-asa.

Tumulong sa iba upang mahanap natin ang kahulugan at layunin ng ating buhay. Minsan nakakagaan sa kalooban ang makatulong kahit kailangan din natin ng tulong. Higit sa lahat, tumatatag ang ating kalooban kung natatanggap natin ang mga pagbabago sa buhay. May mga pangarap o layunin na kailangang isantabi.

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, nawa’y patatagin at maibaling nawa namin ang aming kalooban sa mga bagay na maaari pang baguhin. Amen.


How to develop stronger resilience? For a fruitful life, join me in another episode of Coffee and Prayer. Kape’t Pandasal [Coffee and Prayer]

Life has its twists and turns. Sometimes days are eventless, however there are times when we experience traumatic events with more lasting impact, like a sudden death of a beloved, a life-altering accident, or a serious illness. Therefore, we need to strengthen our resiliency in order to overcome life’s storms. Psychologists say that difficult experiences also involve profound personal growth.

Being resilient doesn’t mean that a person won’t experience difficulty or distress.

Like body building, increasing your resilience takes time and intentionality. First it is important to connect with family and friends who empathize, understand, listen and validate our feelings. The people we trust remind us that we’re not alone. Spiritual practices help like praying, reflecting or mindful journaling. Ruminate on positive memories and gratitude for hope to flourish.

Help others to find meaning and purpose. Helping unburdens us, even if we too need help. Furthermore, we become resilient if we accept that change is a part of life. Certain goals or ideals may no longer be attainable as a result of adversity.

Let us pray: We pray, O Lord, for strength and focus on the circumstances that can still be repaired. Amen.

How can we become a prophet today?

This is a transcript (Filipino and English) of the video below. Now up on my Youtube channel.

Paano ba maging propeta sa panahon ngayon? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Bata pa nang tinawag ni Yahweh si Jeremias upang maging propeta sa mga Israelita bago ang pagkawasak ng Jerusalem at pagpapatapon nila sa Babylon. Nakatutok ang interes ng mga pinuno, pari, at tao sa pulitika. At dahil kailangan nilang magbigay ng buwis dahil nasasakupan sila ng Babylon, nais nilang magrebelde dito sa tulong ng mga taga-Ehipto. Sa gitna ng ganitong gulo, nakalimutan nila ang Diyos. Kaya nagbabala si Jeremias na kung ipagpapatuloy nila ang paglimot sa Diyos, isang malaking delubyo ang darating. At tama siya: naging sanhi ito ng pagkawasak ng Jerusalem at ang pagpapatapon nila sa Babylon.

Mulat na mulat ang isang propeta sa kasalukuyang mga pangyayari, nguni’t nakikita rin niya na hindi nagtatapos ang lahat sa karumaldumal. Nakikita niya na maaaring meron tayong magagawa kung makikilahok tayo sa Diyos tungo sa isang mapagmahal at maayos na komunidad. Isa na rito kung boboto tayo sa darating na eleksiyon. Wika ni Walter Brueggemann,

[Being a prophet] “means to identify with some clarity and boldness the kinds of political economic practices that contradict the purposes of God, and if they contradict God’s purpose, they will come to no good end.”

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Nababakasan ng isang propeta ang kapahamakan kung hindi natin aalagaan ang ating kapaligiran, ang buhay at kapakanan ng lahat ng tao at hindi ang iilan lang. At dahil dito, makikita natin kay Jeremias ang tapang na kinakailangan upang masabi ito sa lahat, kahit maraming sasalungat sa kanya. Higit sa lahat, tinitiyak sa atin ng isang propeta na totoong gumagalaw ang Diyos sa gitna ng kadiliman sa buhay natin ngayon. Kaya ba natin maging propeta kahit sa social media man lang? Sana oo!

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, bigyan mo kami ng lakas ng loob magsalita sa anumang salungat sa iyong hangarin para sa aming lahat. Amen.


How can we become today’s prophet? For a fruitful life, join me for another episode of “Coffee and Prayer.”   Kape’t Pandasal [Coffee and Prayer]

At a young age, Yahweh called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the Israelites before the Fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile. The leaders, priests and people were more interested in politics. Since they need to pay the temple tax since they were under Babylon, they were contemplating on rebelling with the Egyptians. In the middle of this chaos, they forgot Yahweh. Jeremiah warned them that if there were to continue forgetting God, a great disaster will occur. And he was right: it resulted to the Destruction of Jerusalem and their exile to Babylon.

A prophet is very much aware of the current situation, however, he also knows that it should not end in disaster. He sees that we can change it if we are to participate with God towards a loving and orderly community. We can, for example, vote in the coming elections. Walter Brueggemann said, that

[Being a prophet] “means to identify with some clarity and boldness the kinds of political economic practices that contradict the purposes of God, and if they contradict God’s purpose, they will come to no good end.”

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The prophet can see disaster if we do not care for the environment, for the preservation of the life of all, and not just of some. Like Jeremiah, we need to take up courage to speak out to everyone, even if it will result in disagreement. Moreover, the prophet assures us that God is working in the midst of the darkness in our lives today. Can we be a prophet even in social media? I hope so!

Let us pray: O Lord, grant us the courage to speak out against anything contrary to your purposes for us all. Amen.

Is it good to have high expectations?

This is a transcript (Filipino and English) of the video below. Now up on my Youtube channel. Subscribe.

Mainam bang bumaling sa matatayog na pangarap? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Bumabagsak ba ang kalooban mo kung hindi mo maabot ang inaasahan mo sa iyong sarili o sa ibang tao? Hindi mo nakuha ang award na pinagsisikapan mo. Hindi umabot ang grades ng anak mo sa gusto mong marating. O, petiks petiks lang ang mga kasamahan mo sa trabaho.

Masama ba ang “high expectations” kung hindi naman ito naaabot?

Nguni’t ayon sa pananaliksik ukol sa resiliency o ang abilidad na umahon sa lahat ng bagyo sa buhay, nakakatulong ang bumaling sa matatayog na pangarap upang maging mas matatag tayo na harapin ang anumang problemang dumating.

Ano nga ba ang “high expectations”? Hindi “high expectations” ang walang puwang sa pagkakamali. O, walang binigay na isa pang pagkakataon. O, mabilisang trabaho at ginagawa. Kapag ganito ang ating panananaw sa matayog na pangarap, lagi tayong mabibigo at mawawalan ng pag-asa. Sa kabila ng tagumpay ang sangkatutak na pagkakamali, ang ilang ulit na pagkakataong ayusin ang ginagawa. Higit sa lahat, ang mabagal at masakit na pag-akyat tungo sa katuparan ng pangarap.

Samakatuwid, dapat ang “high expectations” ay ukol sa paggawa ng mga bagay na hindi ka sanay, o sa pagharap sa nanghahamon sa iyong galing. Ito din ang paulit-ulit mong sinusubukang gawin hanggang sa maging dalubhasa ka na nito. Sabi ni Thomas Edison, ang manlilikha ng light bulb, microphone, movie camera, at iba pa,

“Hindi ako nabigo. Nadiskubre ko lang ang isang libong paraan na hindi matagumpay.” Kasama rito ang pagbabanat ng buto at kung hindi na kaya, ang paghingi ng tulong sa iba.

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Wika ni San Pablo, “Hindi ko sinasabi na nakamtan ko na, ngunit ito ang aking ginagawa: pinagsisikapan ko ang mga hinaharap.”

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, bigyan mo kami ng gana upang ang aming pagsisikap maging tulad Mo ay maganap na. Amen.


Is it good to have high expectations? For a fruitful life, join me for another episode of “Coffee and Prayer.”    Kape’t Pandasal [Coffee and Prayer]

Do you get frustrated if you are not able to attain what you have set for yourself or others? You did not get the award you worked for. Your child did not achieve the grades you want them to attain. Your co-workers’ output is mediocre.

Is it bad to have high expectations when you cannot achieve them?

But research prove that high resiliency or the ability to be able to weather storms in life is due to high expectations. We become stronger in facing any problems we encounter.

What does it really mean to have “high expectations”? High expectations should not be no mistakes, or no second chances, or moving fast at work. If we understand it as these three, then we are bound to be frustrated or hopeless. We know that behind our success are many mistakes, numerous chances to reorder our lives. Most of all, it includes the long and arduous work towards the fulfillment of our dreams.

Therefore, high expectations should be doing things that you’ve never tried before or those that challenges our abilities. It is about the repeated trial-and-error until you’ve done it right. Thomas Edison, the great inventor of the light bulb, microphone, movie camera, etc, once said,

“I did not fail. I discovered ten thousand ways that did not work.”

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High expectations are about working hard and asking for help. St. Paul said, “I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: reaching forward to what lies ahead.”

Let us pray:  Lord, grant us the zeal to carry on with our quest for perfection as our Father is. Amen.

Do you want to be better steadily?

This is a transcript of the video below, both in Filipino and English (subtitles). This video is published on my Youtube channel. Please subscribe.

Gusto mo bang maging magaling na tao? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Dahil online na ang lahat, malaki ang hamon ng pagbabago sa ating sarili, sa ating pamumuhay at sa ating mga kanya-kaniyang trabaho. Nguni’t marami pa rin ang hindi umuunlad dahil nilalabanan ang hamon na matuto. Narinig niyo ba ito, “Hindi kasi ako techie,” “Hindi kasi ako sanay,” “Ang hirap naman niyan!” Ibig sabihin, tumigil na siyang sumulong tungo sa mas epektibong paraang gampanan ang trabaho online. Kailangang buksan natin ang ating mga puso upang matuto at masanay sa mga pagbabago.

Unang-una, tandaan na hindi hantungan ang ating mga layunin. Our goals are not our destinations. Kapag naabot na natin ang ating layunin, panibagong pangarap naman ang dapat isulong.

Tumutubo ka kung berde ka, nguni’t kung hinog ka na, mabubulok ka na.

Huwag magbabad sa tagumpay. Kung ang tingin mo malaki ang nagawa mo kahapon, wala ka masyadong nagagawa sa ngayon. Itapon din sa basurahan ang anumang kayabangan. Kung gusto nating matuto, kailangan nating tanggapin na marami tayong hindi alam.

Tingnan natin kung paano natin hinaharap o tinatalikuran ang ating mga pagkakamali. Kung lagi tayong defensive, o hindi natin matanggap ang negative feedback, alam na this: sarado kang matuto muli. Try something new that would challenge your thoughts, emotions and work. Marahil, panibagong kinagigiliwang libangan? Matuto sa larangan ng iyong interes. Natuto po akong mag-edit ng video na ito gamit lamang ang Youtube.

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, nawa’y hindi kami magsawang umunlad hangga’t hindi namin makamtan ang kaganapan ng buhay bilang iyong mga anak. Amen.


Do you want to be better steadily? For a fruitful life, join me in another episode of “Coffee and Prayer.”    Kape’t Pandasal [Coffee and Prayer].

Because everything is online, there is a great challenge to change ourselves, our lifestyle, and each of our works. However, there are still others who are not improving because they resist the challenge to learn. Have you heard these comments? “I am not a techie.” “I am not used to it.” “That is so difficult!” In other words, they have ceased to move towards the most effective way to do their responsibilities online. We need to open our hearts to learn and to be at home with change.

First, remember that goals are not destinations… Once we have achieved them, we should pursue another dream.

When you’re green, you’re still growing; but when you’re ripe, you begin rotting.

Beat your success. If you think that your past success has been big, you’re not doing great today. Trash your pride. If you need to learn, you need to accept that there are things we don’t know.

Let’s observe how we face or deny our mistakes. If you are always defensive, or you cannot receive negative feedback, then you know that you are closed from learning again. Try something new that would challenge your thoughts, emotions and your work. Perhaps, a new hobby? Expand your interest. I learned how to edit videos from Youtube.

Let us pray: O Lord, may we never cease to become better until we become who you desire us to be as your children. Amen.

How do you find meaning in your life?

This is a transcription of the video below:

Paano ba natin mahahanap ang kahulugan sa buhay? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Pakiramdam mo ba na nawawalan ka na ng direksiyon sa buhay? O nagkakalat ka na? O hindi ka na masaya sa mga nangyayari sa iyong buhay? Kung gayon, kailangan nating pagmuni-munihan ang pinahahalagahan o core values sa ating buhay. Ang ating “core values” ang nagbibigay ng motibasyon at guia sa ating mga desisyon. Ang pamumuhay na may kahulugan at layunin sa buhay ay tinatawag na “living intentionally.”

Kapag tumutugma ang ating ugali at pinahahalagahan, malamang magiging kuntento tayo sa ating buhay. Magkakaiba ang antas ng ating pinahahalagahan, dahil impluwensiya ito ng ating mga karanasan. Halimbawa, ano ang mas importente sa iyo: pamilya, kaibigan, personal development, career, lovelife, o pananampalataya? Mahalagang ibuod ito sa isang “mission statement.”

Noong 2014, sa ika-limang SONA ng dati nating pangulong si Noynoy Aquino, binanggit niya ang tatlong “mission statements” na mahalaga sa kanya bilang pangulo. Wika niya,

“Hangga’t nagsisilbi tayong lakas sa isa’t isa, patuloy nating mapapatunayan na, “the Filipino is worth dying for,’ ‘the Filipino is worth living for,’ at ‘the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for.’”

President benigno aquino III

Itong mga salitang ito ang isinabuhay ng kanyang ama, ina, at pinakahuli, isinabuhay niya bilang Presidente ng Pilipinas. Kayo po, paano niyo gustong maalala ng mga tao? Nawa’y ang alaala na iyon ay alaala ng iyong pinakamahalagang values ng iyong buhay.

Manalangin tayo: “O Panginoon, tulutan mo kaming itugma ang aming ugali’t pinahahalagahan sa buhay. Amen.


How do you find meaning in your life? For a fruitful life, join me for another episode of “Coffee and Prayer” (Kape’t Pandasal).

Do you feel lost or directionless? Or scatterbrained? Or unhappy with how your life is playing out? Let’s start thinking about your core values. Your core values motivate you and guide your decisions. To live a life full of meaning and purpose is referred to as “living intentionally.” 

When the way you behave matches your values, you’re likely to feel satisfied with life. Your values are unique to you, because they are influenced by your life experiences. For example, what matters to you the most: family, friends, personal development, career, love-life, or faith? It is important to summarize one’s life with a “mission statement.”

In 2014, the 5th State of the Nation Address of our former president, Noynoy Aquino III, he mentioned three mission statements that were important to him as our president. He said:

“Until we serve as each other’s strengths, we will prove that “the Filipino is worth dying for,’ ‘the Filipino is worth living for,’ at ‘the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for.’”

President benigno aquino III

These words were lived by his father (Senator Ninoy Aquino), his mother (Pres. Cory Aquino), and him as President of the Philippines. How about you? How do you people to remember you by? We hope that those memories reflect the values that characterized your life.

Let us pray: “O Lord, grant that our behavior and values align in our lives. Amen.”

How do we embody values?

This is a transcription of the video below: both in Filipino and English.

Pangatawanan ang pinahahalagahan. Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Kamakailan lamang sumikat ang BTS meals ng McDonald’s. Akala ko may “added value” ito: hindi lang McNuggets ang kasama sa order ko, kundi mapupunta ang kikitain sa isang beneficiary na mismong pinili ng sikat na Kpop band na BTS. Ngunit ayon sa McDonald’s, isa itong marketing strategy. Binibenta nila ang tunay na inoorder ng mga celebrity tulad nina Travis Scott, J. Balvin, Michael Jordan (maalala mo ba ang McJordan burger?), atpb. Dahil ang McDo ang binibili ng mga sikat, pinapatunayan nito na pinangangatawanan nila ang pinahahalagahan ng kumpanya: ang kalidad ng produkto.

Pinangangatawanan ba natin ang ating pananampalataya sa ating pinipili araw-araw? Sa pagpapalago ng halaga o values development, nagsisimula ito sa isang abot-tanaw. Nakikita natin sa ating mga magulang, kaibigan, lipunan o kultura ang pinahahalagahan nila kaya naitatanim ito sa ating isip. Kapag dumarating tayo sa oras ng pagpipili kung ano ang masama at mabuti, pinapaloob na natin ang puso sa abot-dama. Kapag may alitan, halimbawa, umiiral sa dapat nating gawin ang ating isip at nararamdaman, dahil nakasalalay dito ang ating mahalagang ugnayan tulad ng pagkakapamilya’t pagkakaibigan.

Bilang abot-kaya, pinangangatawanan na natin ang halagang ito sa isip, puso at gawa. Pinangangatawan mo na ang iyong laging pinipili. Maririnig mo ito bilang pantukoy sa iyo, “Mabait talaga iyan. Tutulungan ka niyan sa abot ng kanyang makakaya.” Nagiging huwaran ka ng halagang iyong sinasabuhay. Wika ni Hesus, “Kinukuha ba ang ilaw upang ilagay sa ilalim ng higaan; hindi baga upang ilagay sa ilawan?” Tulad ng BTS meal sa kumpanya ng McDo, maituturo ka ba bilang huwaran at ilaw sa kahalagahan ng pananampalataya?

Manalangin tayo: Bilang ilaw ng aming buhay, O Diyos, liwanagan mo ang aming buhay upang maliwanagan rin namin ang buhay ng iba. Amen.


Embody your values. For a fruitful life, join me for another episode of “Coffee and Prayer.”

A few weeks ago, McDonald’s BTS meals have been popular. I thought the product has an “added value.” Not only will I get McNuggets, but I thought that the proceeds will go to a beneficiary personally chosen by the Kpop band, BTS. According to McDonald’s however, it is a marketing strategy. They are selling celebrity orders such as those of Travis Scott, J. Balvin and Michael Jordan. Do you remember the McJordan burger of yore? As their go-to-food of choice, they prove to us that McDonald lives up to its promise to us: the quality of their products.

Do we also embody our faith in the daily choices that we make? Values development starts with inculcation. Through the example of their lives, parents, friends, society, and culture instill values on children. As they grow, children begin to choose right from wrong. Choosing now involves their heart. In misunderstandings, for example, their response will involve their thoughts and feelings, because their choice of action determines the state of their important relationships such as those of their families and friends.

Constant choosing the value further helps us embody them. You will know this because others will describe you as “a kind and helpful person.” You become the value you embody. Jesus said, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?” Like the BTS meal of McDonald’s, can people refer to you as the example of faith-life?

Let us pray: As the Light of the world, O Lord, light our way so that we may enlighten others. Amen.

Why It’s Not All About Us; it’s also God’s

This is a transcript of the video below.

Naging plantito o plantita ka ba ngayong pandemiya? Merong tinuturo ang Diyos sa atin. Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Merong nagbigay sa akin ng pothos mga ilang buwan na ang nakalipas. Alam niyo bang dinidiligan ko ito ng tirang kape o diluted coffee. Nakakatulong ang nitrogen sa mga tanim, lalo na sa paglago ng mga dahon at pampatibay ng mga tangkay. Bagaman nabibigyan ko ito ng sapat na atensiyon, tama ang sinabi ng Panginoong Hesus ukol sa magsasaka:

“Matulog man siya kung gabi o magbantay kung araw, ang binhi ay sumisibol at lumalaki nang di niya nalalaman kung paano. Sa ganang kanya ang lupa ay talagang nagbubunga.”

Mark 4: 27-28

Ganito ang ating buhay. May mga bagay na wala sa ating kamay. Kahit meron tayong naaambag, tulad ng paghahasik ng butil, hindi maaaring madaliin ng magsasaka ang pagtubo ng kaniyang ipinunla. Hindi maaaring bilisan ang paglaki ng ating mga anak, madaliin ang pag-aaral, o tuparin ang ating pangarap. Nakakatulong ang pasensiya, paghihintay at pagrespeto sa proseso ng buhay. Itong natural na proseso ang karanasan natin ng paglikha ng Diyos araw-araw.

Walang makakapigil sa Diyos!

Tulad ng aking pothos, patuloy ang paglago nito habang ako’y nahihimbing. Sa aking pagising, namamangha na lamang ako sa bagong usbong nito. Hindi natin namamalayan ang ginagawa ng Diyos sa atin, nguni’t matiyaga Siyang gumagalaw sa ating buhay. Kaya kahit napakadilim ng ating sitwasyon, magandang isipin na may katapusan rin ito. Basta tuloy ang ating pakikibaka para sa kabutihan, ang Diyos ang siguradong matatagpuan. Kahit gaano katigas ang kalsada, mabibitak pa rin ito ng anumang lumalaking ugat. Huwag sanang mawalan tayo ng pag-asa.

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, liwanagan mo po kami sa itinuturo ng kalikasan sa amin ukol sa Iyo at sa aming buhay. Amen.


Have you been a plant parent in this pandemic? God has something to teach us. For a fruitful life, join me for “Coffee and Prayer.”

I received a pothos as a gift a few months ago. I religiously water it with leftover diluted coffee. Nitrogen in coffee speeds leaf growth and strengthens branches. Though I gave it proper attention, what Jesus said about the farmer is true:

“As I sleep and rise, the seed would sprout and grow, [I] know not how. Of its own accord, the land yields fruit.”

Mark 4: 27-28

Such is our life. There are things that is not within our control. Though we can contribute to nature, such as sowing seeds, the farmer cannot speed up the growth of his plants. Likewise, we cannot accelerate the growth of children, finish our studies quickly, or hasten the fulfillment of our dreams. Patience, waiting, respect for life processes help us. These natural processes are our experiences of God who is continually creating and working in us daily.

Nothing can stop God! Like my pothos, God’s work is constant even if I sleep. When I rise in the morning, it is awesome to see new growth. God’s work is imperceptible. We do not notice God continually laboring in our lives. That is why in our darkest hours, it is reasonable to believe that there is an end to our suffering. As we struggle for what is good, we are assured to meet God at the end of the road. Growing tree roots can always break a concrete road. We should not lose hope.

Let us pray. O Lord, enlighten us through nature’s lessons. May we know more about You and the truth of lives. Amen.

How To Teach Your Heart for Authentic Service

This is a transcription of the video below. Head to my Youtube channel!

Paano turuan ang puso ng tunay na paglilingkod? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Nandito po ako ngayon sa Malita, Davao Occidental kung saan nakatira ang mga Tagakulo, isa sa mga katutubong naninirahan sa Mindanao.

Itinayo namin dito ang isang internet facility via satellite upang hindi sila pagsasamantalahan ng mga malalaking kumpanya. Sa pamamagitan nitong gamit, matutulungan ang mga estudyante sa kanilang pag-aaral, ang mga guro sa pagpapabuti ng kanilang indigenous curriculum, at ang buong komunidad sa ano pa mang nangangailangan ng internet.

Nagsisimula ito sa isang social preparation. Pinakikinggan namin ang mga pangangailangan ng mga Tagakulo upang makita kung makakatulong ang aming gagawin. Pinaguusapan ang magiging epekto nito sa buong komunidad. / Madalas ang iniisip nating tulong ang hindi nila kailangan. Hindi natin dapat igiit ang ating kultura sa kanilang buhay. /

Kaakibat sa pagtulong ang abala, at sa iba, panganib. Maglalaan ka ng oras at pera. Magsisikap ka at maghihirap. Dahil kakaulan pa lamang, kailangan naming tawirin ang umaapaw na ilog para makarating dito. At higit sa lahat, gawin mo ang iyong pinangakong tulong. Sabi nga ng Nike: “Just do it.”

Interview: Helbert Pama: “Technology will greatly help us in our teaching. We will no longer find it difficult to develop learning modules for our students, because we now have internet access. We can also share our culture to others. We should not be ashamed of our culture. Rather, we should celebrate it. Culture is God’s gift.”

Nangagaling sa puso ang tunay na paglilingkod. Hindi mo kailangang kumbinsihin o pilitin. Meron kang pagkukusa. A great leader sees the need, seizes the opportunity, and serves without expecting anything in return.

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, turuan mo kaming maging bukaspalad sa kapwa naming nangangailangan. Amen.

English Translation:

How to teach your heart for authentic service? For a fruitful life, join me for “Coffee and Prayer.”

I am now in Malita, Davao Occidental where the Tagakaulo tribe lives. The Tagakaulo is one of the many indigenous peoples of Mindanao. We have established an internet facility via satellite so that major telcos will not take advantage of them. The internet facility will aid the Tagakulo pupils in their studies, the teachers in developing their indigenous curriculum, and the whole community’s connectivity needs.

Helping them begins with a social preparation. We listen to their needs so that we would know whether we can help them or not. We talk about the effect of the facility on the community’s life. Sometimes the help that we extend to them is not what they actually need. We should not impose our culture on theirs.

Risks and inconvenience are part of service. It will require your time and money. It will demand effort and sacrifice. For example, due to heavy rains, we need to cross an overflowing river to reach this place. Finally, service is the fulfillment of our promise assistance. Nike says, “Just do it.”

True service comes from the heart. It will not require convincing or coercion. It is wrought by one’s initiative. A great leader sees the need, seizes the opportunity, and serves without expecting anything in return.

Let us pray: O Lord, teach us to be generous to people who need our help. Amen.

How do you live out your lifelong commitments?

This is a transcript of the video below that has English subtitles already. Check it out on my Youtube channel.

Paano mo isinasabuhay ang iyong panghabambuhay na pangako? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Mula noong May 31, 1991, labing-tatlong taon na ang nakalipas nang nanumpa ako sa Diyos at sa Kapisanan ni Hesus ng panghabambuhay pagkatapos ng dalawang taon sa Sacred Heart Novitiate. Sandali lang ang mga salita ng panunumpa, nguni’t panghabambuhay naman itong isinasagawa. Wika ni Arthur Gordon,

“Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day-by-day.”

Arthur Gordon

Sa iba’t ibang paraan tayo nangangako. Nanunumpa ang mga doktor, abogado, guro, relihiyoso atpb. May sumpaan sa isa’t isa ang magsing-irog. At para sa mga ikinakasal ang sumpaan ay magpakailanman. May Panatang Makabayan naman para sa ating mamamayan. Nguni’t mahirap ang pagsasabuhay nito araw-araw. Bakit? Dahil tutuparin natin ang mga salitang ito sa gitna ng maraming kokontra, hirap at harang sa pagpapatupad nito. Wika ni David McNally,

“Commitment is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.”

David Mcnally

Ibig sabihin, itutuloy ng doktor ang panggagamot kahit pagod na siya. Isasantabi ng isang nanay ang kanyang pansariling hangarin, para ipaubaya sa hangad ng kanyang anak.

Upang makita natin kung gaano ba tayo ka-committed, tingnan natin ang isang buwan sa ating buhay. Commitment is tested by action. Sa anong bagay mo madalas iginagastos ang iyong pera at pinaglalaanan ng panahon? O kaya, pagnilayan natin ito: Anong hindi makakapigil sa iyong gawin na paulit-ulit, ano pa man ang kahihinatnan nito?

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, biyayan mo kami ng lakas upang matupad namin ang pangakong sundin ka araw-araw. Amen.

What are your life’s abrupt turns?

Taking the cue from St. Ignatius’ experience of being hit by a cannonball on May 20, 1521 that changed his life forever, we also reflect on our own “cannonball experiences” that changed our life for good. Celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion, this video is set along the theme “all things new in Christ” for the Ignatian Year. Thank you for watching. 

Ano ang iyong mga biglang-liko sa buhay? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Pagnilayan natin ang ating mga nagpabago sa ating buhay. Noong Mayo 1985, hawak-hawak ko ang mga liham ng pagtanggap sa iba’t ibang kolehiyo, nguni’t nasa aking mga kamay din ang liham na tanggap rin ako sa seminaryo ng mga Heswita. Kung susundin kong mag-aral sa isang kilalang universidad, hindi ko matutupad ang pangarap kong maging isang pari. Nguni’t kung tatanggapin ko naman ang paanyayang maging isang paring Heswita, hindi ko matutupad ang pangarap kong maging isang tanyag na duktor.

Sa nagsasangang-daan, tinanong ko ang isang Heswita kung pwedeng kumuha ng kursong Biology bilang pre-med at hasain nang sabay ang aking musika. Sagot niya sa akin: “Oo naman! Bakit hindi? Why not?” Dahil sa kanya, pinili kong pumasok sa seminaryo at nagbago ang takbo ng aking buhay.

May mga biglang-liko tayo sa ating buhay: mga karanasan ng pagkamulat, minsan, pagkagulat; mga pangyayaring masakit, minsan, trahedya; o mga salitang nagpapaliwanag, minsan, nakakayanig sa ating kalooban. Nguni’t ito rin ang sanhi ng pagbabagong-buhay.

Ganito rin ang nangyari kay San Ignacio de Loyola. Nasabugan siya ng isang kanyon sa isang digmaang laban sa Pranses noong ika-dalawampu ng Mayo, 1521 sa Pamplona, Espana. Dahil dito, nagwakas ang kanyang pangarap bilang isang sundalo ng hari, nguni’t nagsimula naman ang isang bagong-buhay bilang sundalo ni Kristo.

A sudden end can be a new beginning.

Upang makita natin nang maliwanag ang kamay ng Diyos sa mga biglang-liko sa ating buhay, balikan natin ang ating mga nagsangang-daan at ang mga desisyon ng pagpipili. Alin sa mga karanasan at desisyon na iyon ang nagpabago sa iyong buhay? Tinatawag naming “cannonball experience” ang nagpabago kay San Ignacio, ano naman ang “cannonball experience” po ninyo sa inyong buhay?

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos sa pagdiriwang namin ng Ignatian Year, nawa’y magbago ang mga pananaw, kalooban at pagkilos namin sa aming buhay. Amen.  

How will you form young people at home?

This is a transcript of the video below:

Paano mo huhubugin ang kabataan sa bahay? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Maraming mga kabataan ang tinawag ng Diyos upang maging daan para sa kanyang mga dakilang plano sa sangkatauhan. Kinse anyos pa lamang si Haring David nang pinili siya bilang Hari ng Israel. Labing-pito lamang si Jose o Joseph na anak ni Jacob nang nagparamdam na ang Diyos sa kanyang mga panaginip. Labing-apat lamang si Esther nang naging Reyna ng Persia at ginamit niya ang kanyang posisyon upang iligtas ang bayang Israel.

Nagpakita ang anghel Gabriel kay Maria noong siya’y labing-dalawa o mahigit, upang maging ina ng Panginoong Hesus. Si San Timoteo naman ay dalawampu’t isa nang sumama siya kay San Pablo upang ipalaganap ang Mabuting Balita sa buong Asya, at naging isang lider sa mga pinaka-unang mga Kristiyano. Upang hindi maging sagabal ang kanyang edad, isinulat ito ni San Pablo. Wika niya,

“Huwag hamakin nino man ang iyong kabataan, sa halip, ikaw ay maging uliran sa mga may pananampalataya.”

1 Timothy 4:12

Dahil dito, huwag nating hahamakin ang pagiging bata ng ating mga anak. Marami silang magagawa at maitutulong. Magtiwala sa kanilang kakayahan. Buhayin ang kanilang loob kapag nawawalan sila ng gana. Bigyan sila ng nararapat na responsibilidad sa bahay, tulad ng paglilinis ng kanilang kuwarto o paghuhugas ng pinggan.

Kapag nagampanan nila ang kanilang tungkulin, tama ang kanilang mga desisyon, mahusay ang kanilang gawain, purihin sila nang taos-puso. Magpasalamat sa kanila kapag nakikita natin ang kanilang pagbabago sa kanilang mga pag-uugali.

Higit sa lahat, nakakatulong ang maglagay ng iba’t ibang larawan na nagpapaalala ng mga taong minamahal sa buhay. Isama na rito ang mga kasabihang nakaka-enganyo at nagsisilbing inspirasyon at paalala.

Manalangin tayo: O Diyos, pagsikapan nawa naming maging uliran ng mga kabataan upang maging tunay na pag-asa sila ng aming kinabukasan. Amen.

How Can We Remain in God’s Love?

This is the transcript of the video below:

Paano ba tayo mananatili sa pag-ibig ng Diyos? Para sa mabungang-buhay, tayo na po’t magkape’t pandasal.

Madaling simulan at wakasan ang isang pagmamahalan. Ngunit ang pinakamahirap gawin ay ang manatili sa ugnayan na iyon. Wika ni Hesus,

“Katulad ng pag-ibig ng aking Ama sa akin, iniibig ko kayo. Manatili kayo sa aking pag-ibig.”

John 15:9-10

Paano ba natin pananatilihing matatag, malalim at walang maliw ang nagbubuklod sa ating mga pamilya lalung-lalo na sa panahon ng pandemiya? Laging alalahanin na ang unang karanasan natin ng Diyos ay nagsisimula sa pagmamahal sa pamilya.

Mahalaga ang presensiya o presence. Tugunan natin ang kanilang pangangailangang pang-emosyonal dala ng pagkaburyong. Mahirap matugunan sa lockdown ang pangangailangan ng kabataan na makapiling ang kanilang mga kaibigan.

Maging kalma lang tayo lalung-lalo na kapag matindi ang kanilang galit o malubha ang kanilang mga emosyon. Kailangang pawiin ng tubig ang nangangalit na apoy. Makinig ng taimtim sa kanila, bago magbigay ng payo. Madalas na iniisip na natin ang ating sasabihin, bago pa matapos ipahiwatig nila ang kanilang saloobin. Sa halip, marapat na lagumin natin ang kanilang sinasabi upang maramdaman nila ang kanilang halaga.

Kapag laging magkasama, malamang magkakasakitan ang bawat isa. Mahalagang maging ehemplo ng pakikipagkasundo, pasensya at kapatawaran. Inuutos ng Diyos na maging mapagpatawad dahil alam Niya na magkakaroon ng alitan at away habang sinusubukan nating panatilihin ang pagmamahalan natin sa isa’t isa.

Higit sa lahat, mahalagang ipakita natin ang ating pag-ibig sa ating mga anak sa iba’t ibang paraan, tulad ng pagsasalu-salo nang sabay-sabay; pagdarasal nang sabay-sabay; pag-eexercise nang sabay-sabay. Ang ritwal ng pagkakaisa ang nakapagpapatibay sa anumang pagmamahalan.

Manalangin tayo:

O Diyos, laging inaalala namin ang aming mga pamilya’t kaibigan sa panahon ng pandemiya. Marami kaming takot ukol sa kinabukasan nila, lalung-lalo na sa kawalan ng hanapbuhay. Huwag mo kaming pababayaan sa dinadaanan naming hirap. Amen.

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