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”

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”

Getting through life’s disability

Cristeta Estrada, a 53-year-old high school teacher with psoriatic arthritis, cannot help but get frustrated every time she lines up in grocery stores or fast food chains for hours, and notice people ahead of her looking pretty healthy, normal and “stronger than Hercules.”   “I can no longer stand for an hour since my legContinue reading “Getting through life’s disability”

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”

Goodbye, ate Yollie

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is likeContinue reading “Goodbye, ate Yollie”

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”

Abito Series: Road less traveled

His journey to the priesthood took him to many places he’s always dreamed of. Rev. Fr. Marvin P. Borda talks about church heritage, preservation, and why he chose to embrace this vocation   I’ve known him for over 10 years now, growing up in the same town and church community. Looking back, no one expected heContinue reading “Abito Series: Road less traveled”