“So you shall do and observe all they say: but do not do as they do, for they do not do as they say.”
A parent of my grade one mentee before shared one time that everyday she would know what happened in school without even asking her daughter because as soon as she comes home, she would go up to her room and pretend to be her teachers. She would imitate how her teachers talk, from the tone of their voices to their gestures. She would even reenact scenes of what happened that day with her dolls. As teachers, the burden of showing good example to kids falls heavily on our shoulders. Everyday we are like movie stars minus the glamour. Our actions and words are always scrutinized. When kids go home, they “gossip” about us to their parents and regale them with stories of what we did, how we acted, and what we said in class. In some cases, they would even go as far as acting and speaking the way we do. Teachers do play an important role. It is the only profession so far that can make a big influence or can effect significant change in a person instantly. So let us pray for all teachers, so that they will always practice what they preach and walk their talk. Let us pray for them so that they will always teach in the light of grace and of wisdom that come from that Holy Spirit.
“Give and it will be given to you, and you will receive in your sack good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back.”
I can still remember clearly the day the doctor called me to his office to break the news that Bianca’s lump was positive for malignancy. I was in daze the whole day. Later that night I found myself crying to the Lord not because I was scared that Bianca might die of cancer (because I know she will not) but because I was so scared that I wouldn’t be able raise the money needed to put her in surgery asap as what the doctor advised. Our health insurance didn’t cover the cost of all the medical tests she had to do prior to surgery and this has left me financially drained. But of course the Lord, amazing that He is, responded instantly by sending forth His band of mighty angels in the form of friends and relatives to help me make sure Bianca receives the best medical care. In a span of five days I was able to raise more than enough money to cover not just the surgery but the radioactive treatment and all the others tests that folllowed as well. Relatives, close friends, and people I’ve met during the course of my work as a teacher in Woodrose generously offered their support and expert services. Though I know that God clearly had a hand in all this, I would still like to think that these people readily extended their help because at some point I have given them something of myself too, probably my time, attention, affection, or service and that they are simply returning back kindness for kindness. And as a recipient of such abundant generosity and blessings, this time around I will have to pay it forward too by doing the same good deeds to others so the cycle will continue.
“Jesus took with him, Peter, James and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. Jesus’ appearance was changed before them: his face shown like the sun, and his clothes became white as snow.”
Have you ever wondered why a beautiful sunrise or sunset captivates us? Or why the sight of a beautiful scenery leaves us breathless? Well because we don’t see them often. These are things we purposely seek. Same thing with God, we would not see His beauty trapped in the mundane concerns of life. In order for us to see Him, to really see Him, we have to detach ourselves from the trappings of the ordinary and make a mighty effort to climb our own mountain of prayer. And from there, we have to purposely train our eyes to see where we can have a good and clear sight of Him. Do we see Him in our work, in our home, or in our current situation right now? If He’s not in any of these, we have to, with all our heart, seek Him until we find exactly where He is in our life. For it is only in finding Him that we can truly experience great joy.
I was going through my pictures when I chanced on these few taken last January. It was during the time when my daughter, Bianca, was confined in the isolation unit at St.Luke’s in Global City after receiving the radioactive pill. My good friend who happens to be Bianca’s godparent also brought me to this quaint place off Burgos Circle for a breather and late lunch.
Super love the place for it’s homey ambiance, bright and cheery atmosphere, and cute little details. I remember feeling oh so good when we were there.
They served the best comfort food too. Tasty and flavorful. I can’t wait to bring my Bianca here one day.
Gospel Reflection:”Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you will find; knock,and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds: and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
When I became a widow, my greatest fear was how I will be able to raise Bianca singlehandedly and provide for all her needs. For months, I was at a complete loss but then eventually you get tired of being scared all the time and you start looking for someone or something to anchor yourself on. In my case, I turned to my faith. I turned to God. I just simply sought Him and asked for His help, and there was never a prayer that was left unanswered after that. Everything I ask for was given to me, sometimes with added bonuses and perks. I am truly beyond grateful. But then, though the Lord continue to bless me even up to this day, I am still far from living the charmed life that most of us likes to imagine having. It is because for every answered prayer comes with it a responsibility too. The Lord will not hand everything to us in a silver platter just because we ask, somehow we have to work at making sure all His blessings will not go to waste too. He will not also give us everything we ask, only the ones that will be good for us, what will bring us closer to Him. And the way the cycle of answered prayers go is this: first stage is when you pray, ask, and believe…second stage is when you trust, claim, and receive…third stage is when you value, nurture, and care for His gift. For the cycle to continue, we have to stay anchor to Him.
“The woman saw that the fruit was good to eat, and pleasant to the eyes,and ideal for gaining knowledge. She took it’s fruit and ate it and gave some to her husband who was with her. He ate it.”
How clever and cunning is the devil, he knew exactly the influence Eve has over Adam so he got to her first. This only goes to show the important role that the wife or mother plays in the spiritual formation of the family. Let us pray everyday for emotional resiliency and spiritual tenacity so that we, women, can perform our responsibilty of bringing our family closer to the Lord well. May we continue to grow into mighty women of faith with the grace and love of Our Father so that we can overcome temptation and bring our family to heaven with our loving words and actions.
Gospel Reflection: “If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me.”
Reading the gospel today reminds me of the late Fr. Lisa, Paref Woodrose’s chaplain of many years. He used to say, “With joy, not a single day without cross.” St. Josemaria Escriva explained as, a day without a cross is a day without God. Our own cross that we bear everyday with so much strength, grace, and dignity is what will keep us close to the Father. And as we carry our cross well and as we offer it up to the Him, you will be surprised at just how easily His own cross takes it all. You will be amazed at such healing and abundant blessings that He will give us for it in return. So lets take up our cross without thinking and without complaints, and bear its burden so that others who will see and know about it will learn about God’s love and mercy as well.
Peter spoke up and said, “We have given up everything to follow you.”
I understand why a lot of people choose not to follow the Lord. It is because the path that leads to Him in heaven is not always easy to take. We take different paths to get to the Lord, some will have it easy at the beginning while some will have it hard. Either way it will definitely take a lot from us. We often talk about finding our purpose in life, well for me it is actually this, to follow where the Lord will lead us, which is in all cases, to heaven. In the course of following the Lord, He will ask us to use or give up what we are, where we are, who we are, what we have, who we have in order bring ourselves closer to Him in heaven. So, being God’s follower is not for the soft hearted, faint hearted, or weak hearted, it is only for the faith-hearted. If there’s one thing we should work on, it is to develop a heart filled with faith so that following Him will eventually be less of a struggle but more of a joy.
“For human beings it is imposible, but not for God; all things are possible with God.”
This passage reminds me of the letter I received from my student on my last birthday last year which reads: Dear Mrs. Dela Cruz, Happy Birthday! I remember when I was Grade 2, I saw you in your Grade 3 classroom. You were teaching so when I went home I prayed and wished that you be my S.S. Teacher and now I remembered you said, Impossible will be possible if you pray. Then my wish came true. Wow! You are a teacher who has faith. Love, Bianca Lazaro. Though the probability that I will be her teacher this year was quite high at the time she saw me teaching, the fact that she attributed it as a work of God and some sort of a miracle made this letter so endearing. And it is true, I experienced and witnessed it a dozen times, how deep faith can turn things around, how things you can’t even imagine happening even in your wildest dreams happen all because you pray for it, believe that the Lord will give it, and you ready your heart to receive it. Miracles, though products of the Divine are also consequences of our willpower to hope, believe, and trust in the power of the Almighty.
I was at The Proactiv Kiosk at Glorietta 2 last weekend to personally consult with a Proactiv Skin Care Advisor. I heard that Proactiv recently launched a Skin Care Advisorship program whose main objective is to provide customers with the best information on acne care. Skin Care Advisors are technically sales representatives who have undergone training using the module created by Proactiv founders themselves, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. Unlike ordinary sales personnel or promodisers, Skin Care Advisors are trained to offer free acne care advice and after-sales support. They are all knowledgeable and well informed about Acne and Proactiv.
The Skin Care Advisor I consulted with gave me one on one guidance on how to best use the Proactiv products that I already have aside from the three step combination therapy. The Skin Care Advisor explained to me how the Daily Oil Control, Moisturizer, and Refining Mask work to target my acne problem with proper use. Turned out I am not using them well to my advantage. She also gave me tips on how to prevent my pores from clogging so I wouldn’t have to deal with zits as much. I am happy to note that it sure was a pleasurable experience consulting with the Proactiv Skin Care Advisor.
If I were you, I wouldn’t miss this chance. The Skin Care Advisors are deployed at selected Watson Stores and Proactiv Mall Kiosk im Trinoma, Glorietta 2 and Marquee Mall. Come visit them soon, they will be happy to assist you.