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”

Life without Rianna Jewelle

The hardest part wasn’t losing Rianna Jewelle, it was learning to live without her. As of this writing, it’s been three weeks since she left us. It was hard. I’m sure some of you who experienced losing someone due to death and sickness can relate to this feeling of missing her every day, struggling toContinue reading “Life without Rianna Jewelle”

5 important lessons on strength in difficult times

It’s been nearly two years, but I can still feel the pain, anguish, and trauma brought about by Rianna’s sickness that almost cost her life. Rianna is my nine-year-old niece who suffered from mycoplasma encephalitis. She was hospitalized last October 17, 2015. Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. The majority of cases are causedContinue reading “5 important lessons on strength in difficult times”

Help Yollie fight bone cancer

  “Sometimes we’re so busy trying to make everyone in our lives happy, we don’t realize that maybe it’s enough to make one person happy.” – Regina Brett I first met 58-year-old Yolanda “Yollie” Santos in 2009 when I was the chairman of the Lectors and Commentators’ Ministry in our parish. Back then, she was theContinue reading “Help Yollie fight bone cancer”

What I learned about serving God

It’s been 19 years since I started serving in our parish. I almost gave up a lot of times because of unanswered prayers, frustrations, heartaches, and failures, but whenever God gives me unexpected and overwhelming blessings, I felt ashamed that I even entertained that thought. Sundays are sacred  When I was younger, my mom wouldContinue reading “What I learned about serving God”