“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
Today, as I gaze at the sunrise, I think of a loved one who can no longer marvel at this awesome sight. Nor all other sunrises of mornings ahead.
He had gone to rest forever to bask no more in sunshines nor moonshines, but in the light of God’s eternal light.
We thank the Lord for the blessing of him in our lives. He is a simple and ordinary man. Yet unique, special and funny, even when life slowly slipped away from his frail body, and his memory faded with it.
We thank God for the fine man that he had been, for by him, the standard was raised for his sons and grandsons to follow.
I thank Amang for his sacrifices and hard work in the name of love for family, which never ever diminished his sunny disposition.
For this reason and more, I will remember him with every sunrise, and the happy memory of his smile.
“When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Luke 2:17-19
Today, we usher in 2017. What a better way to begin this new year than to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
The past year has been tough. On top of all other challenges, our family is under attack by dark forces of this world, trying to pull us apart to different directions.
Through it all, I believe she intercedes for us as we struggle daily to carry on. The rosary has such power to obtain graces as we pray everyday.
During times when I almost give up, I think about Mary, and if she was in the same situation, what would she have done. It always gives me the serenity to endure everything, with the realization that she experienced worst.
Yet she never faltered. She is ever a picture of faith and love, despite the pierced heart from her own son, Jesus’ suffering and death.
We look forward to a new year with a new hope for our family. May each of us continue to carry in our hearts the unconditional love of Mary for Jesus everyday. For as long as we do, there’s hope.