Abito Series: It’s never too late to become a priest

Take it from Fr. Eldrick S. Peña, 42 years old, of the Diocese of Antipolo, who revealed that he already felt his ‘calling’ at an early age but tried to dismiss it thinking it would just go away, but it didn’t. They refer to them as ‘late vocation’, but Fr. Eldrick said that’s the widelyContinue reading “Abito Series: It’s never too late to become a priest”

Black Saturday thoughts

I’ve been singing for our church during Holy Week celebrations for nearly 20 years now, but it was only last April 11, 2020 when I felt like it was my first time – first time to sing in a dark and empty church, except for the presence of the three priests who officiated the celebration,Continue reading “Black Saturday thoughts”

QUOTABLE QUOTES: Living Whole Without a Better Half by Wendy Widder

I finished reading this book today. It’s actually my second book out of 40 target books to read this year. I know, I know. I am way behind my schedule. Goodreads already prompted me that I’m nine books behind schedule. Since I have two more weeks of enhanced community quarantine, I wanted to take advantageContinue reading “QUOTABLE QUOTES: Living Whole Without a Better Half by Wendy Widder”

How my devotion to Mama Mary started

I was born and raised as a Catholic. We’re the type of family who’d go to church every Sunday, pray the rosary every day at 6:00 pm, especially during October, the month of the rosary; pray the Angelus, attend Black Rosary crusades in our village, and would complete 9-day novena masses for the Our LadyContinue reading “How my devotion to Mama Mary started”

Abito Series: When God’s plan prevails

The journey to the priesthood of Rev. Fr. Rodrigo “Ric” Eguia For many priests I know, becoming a priest has always been a childhood dream or a vision in their younger years. But not with Rev. Fr. Rodrigo “Ric” Eguia, parish priest of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rodriguez (Montalban),Continue reading “Abito Series: When God’s plan prevails”

My 10 go-to churches for Visita Iglesia

The seven churches visitation has been a tradition of Filipino Catholics during the Lenten season. It is usually done on the evening of Maundy or Holy Thursday, after the last supper mass.  Born and raised as a Catholic, I got used to doing VIsita Iglesia with my parents usually after attending Chrism Mass at theContinue reading “My 10 go-to churches for Visita Iglesia”

Why fasting is good for body, spirit

Every so often, a new diet trend emerges in the market that promises to help people lose weight, stick to their fitness goals, or just be healthier. But never (or rarely) has it been promoted or hyped because of its spiritual benefits. Fasting is defined as “willing abstinence or reduction from some or all drinks,Continue reading “Why fasting is good for body, spirit”

Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God

John Raven Bernarte or “Raven” (as he’s fondly called) always wanted to enter the seminary and become a priest. Born to a family who regularly attends Sunday masses, Raven shared that as a kid, he’s always in awe whenever he saw priests wearing cassock or stole, celebrating mass, proclaiming the Good News, and teaching layContinue reading “Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God”

How do you really cope when someone you love dies?

They say each person has a unique way of dealing with loss and death, especially if that’s someone they love. I’m just person who’s having a hard time dealing with the loss of her niece, what more my sister who lost a child? My sister was 26 years old when Rianna was born. I wasContinue reading “How do you really cope when someone you love dies?”

Lord, help me to dream again

American singer-songwriter, rock musician, and multi-instrumentalist / record producer once said, “Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” I used to dream and daydream a lot when I was a kid. I remember keeping a dream dictionary atContinue reading “Lord, help me to dream again”