It’s All About Christ

Today is the day where all Catholics in the Philippines celebrate Pope Francis as he grace the country with his presence. I am not a Catholic myself but I respect and understand the overwhelming love and admiration the Pope is receiving from Filipinos. I understand why they feel what they feel and I believe that we all have our ways of letting Christ into our lives and I have nothing but respect. After all we are called to love one another and I’d like to spread just that.

I truly hope and pray though that those who have taken this route to have a glimpse at the Pope no matter what will look past the Pope and will see Jesus Christ in him, not just see Christ but they will also let Christ into their hearts and allow Him to dwell in it from this day forward.

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“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Pope Francis

I watched and listened to him as he delivered his homily during his mass in the Manila Cathedral and truly hoped and prayed that his message will not be overpowered by his presence. May everyone who have been waiting for the Pope’s visit got this message from his homily and have this message in each of their hearts for as long as they live. Remember, the Pope is here to spread the gospel and remind us to remain in Christ or come to Christ if you have not come to that decision yet.

“Reject worldly perspectives and see all thing anew in the light of Christ. It means be the first to examine our conscience, to acknowledge our failures and sins and to embrace the path of constant conversion, everyday conversion.How can we proclaim the newness and liberating power of the Cross to others, if we ourselves refuse to allow the word of God to shake our complacency, our fear of change, our petty compromises with the ways of this world, our “spiritual worldliness””

” Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will we be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters. We will see things in a new light and thus respond with honesty and integrity to the challenge of proclaiming the radicalism of the Gospel in a society which has grown comfortable with social exclusion, polarization and scandalous inequality”

“Share the joy and enthusiasm of your love for Christ. Be present to those burdened by poverty and corruption and are broken in spirit – tempted to give up, to leave school and to live on the streets. Proclaim the beauty and truth and beauty of the Christian message to a society which is tainted by confusing presentations of sexuality, marriage and the family. As you know these realities are increasingly under attack from the powerful force which threaten to disfavor God’s plan for creation and to betray the very values which have inspired and shaped all that is best in your culture.”

“The Gospel calls individual Christian to live a life of Honesty, Integrity and consent for the common good.”

“Christ died for ALL so that having died in Him we might live not longer for our self but for Him.” (2 Cor 5:15)

Though this message is addressed to the bishops, priests and seminarians present in the mass, this also is applicable to all of us who calls ourselves Christians. May God bless us all!

Here’s the entire transcript of Pope Francis’ Homily courtesy of the Vatican Radio:

Francis-2Do you love me? Thank you.

“Do you love me?… Tend my sheep” (Jn 21:15-17). Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel are the first words I speak to you, dear brother bishops and priests, men and women religious, and young seminarians. These words remind us of something essential. All pastoral ministry is born of love. All consecrated life is a sign of Christ’s reconciling love. Like Saint Therese, in the variety of our vocations, each of us is called, in some way, to be love in the heart of the Church.

I greet all of you with great affection. And I ask you to bring my affection to all your elderly and infirm brothers and sisters, and to all those who cannot join us today. As the Church in the Philippines looks to the fifth centenary of its evangelization, we feel gratitude for the legacy left by so many bishops, priests and religious of past generations. They labored not only to preach the Gospel and build up the Church in this country, but also to forge a society inspired by the Gospel message of charity, forgiveness and solidarity in the service of the common good. Today you carry on that work of love. Like them, you are called to build bridges, to pasture Christ’s flock, and to prepare fresh paths for the Gospel in Asia at the dawn of a new age.

“The love of Christ impels us” (2 Cor 5:14). In today’s first reading Saint Paul tells us that the love we are called to proclaim is a reconciling love, flowing from the heart of the crucified Savior. We are called to be “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). Ours is a ministry of reconciliation. We proclaim the Good News of God’s infinite love, mercy and compassion. We proclaim the joy of the Gospel. For the Gospel is the promise of God’s grace, which alone can bring wholeness and healing to our broken world. It can inspire the building of a truly just and redeemed social order.

To be an ambassador for Christ means above all to invite everyone to a renewed personal encounter with the Lord Jesus (Evangelii Gaudium, 3). This invitation must be at the core of your commemoration of the evangelization of the Philippines. But the Gospel is also a summons to conversion, to an examination of our consciences, as individuals and as a people. As the Bishops of the Philippines have rightly taught, the Church in the Philippines is called to acknowledge and combat the causes of the deeply rooted inequality and injustice which mar the face of Filipino society, plainly contradicting the teaching of Christ. The Gospel calls individual Christians to live lives of honesty, integrity and concern for the common good. But it also calls Christian communities to create “circles of integrity”, networks of solidarity which can expand to embrace and transform society by their prophetic witness.

As ambassadors for Christ, we, bishops, priests and religious, ought to be the first to welcome his reconciling grace into our hearts. Saint Paul makes clear what this means. It means rejecting worldly perspectives and seeing all things anew in the light of Christ. It means being the first to examine our consciences, to acknowledge our failings and sins, and to embrace the path of constant conversion. How can we proclaim the newness and liberating power of the Cross to others, if we ourselves refuse to allow the word of God to shake our complacency, our fear of change, our petty compromises with the ways of this world, our “spiritual worldliness” (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 93)?

For us priests and consecrated persons, conversion to the newness of the Gospel entails a daily encounter with the Lord in prayer. The saints teach us that this is the source of all apostolic zeal! For religious, living the newness of the Gospel also means finding ever anew in community life and community apostolates the incentive for an ever closer union with the Lord in perfect charity. For all of us, it means living lives that reflect the poverty of Christ, whose entire life was focused on doing the will of the Father and serving others. The great danger to this, of course, is a certain materialism which can creep into our lives and compromise the witness we offer. Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will we be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters. We will see things in a new light and thus respond with honesty and integrity to the challenge of proclaiming the radicalism of the Gospel in a society which has grown comfortable with social exclusion, polarization and scandalous inequality.

Here I would like to address a special word to the young priests, religious and seminarians among us. I ask you to share the joy and enthusiasm of your love for Christ and the Church with everyone, but especially with your peers. Be present to young people who may be confused and despondent, yet continue to see the Church as their friend on the journey and a source of hope. Be present to those who, living in the midst of a society burdened by poverty and corruption, are broken in spirit, tempted to give up, to leave school and to live on the streets. Proclaim the beauty and truth of the Christian message to a society which is tempted by confusing presentations of sexuality, marriage and the family. As you know, these realities are increasingly under attack from powerful forces which threaten to disfigure God’s plan for creation and betray the very values which have inspired and shaped all that is best in your culture.

Filipino culture has, in fact, been shaped by the imagination of faith. Filipinos everywhere are known for their love of God, their fervent piety and their warm devotion to Our Lady and her rosary. This great heritage contains a powerful missionary potential. It is the way in which your people has inculturated the Gospel and continues to embrace its message (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 122). In your efforts to prepare for the fifth centenary, build on this solid foundation.

Christ died for all so that, having died in him, we might live no longer for ourselves but for him (cf. 2 Cor 5:15). Dear brother bishops, priests and religious: I ask Mary, Mother of the Church, to obtain for all of you an outpouring of zeal, so that you may spend yourselves in selfless service to our brothers and sisters. In this way, may the reconciling love of Christ penetrate ever more fully into the fabric of Filipino society and, through you, to the farthest reaches of the world.

Back To Besigan: CDOBloggers Reaches Out

It was December of 2011 before typhoon Sendong hit Cagayan de Oro when the blogging community/organization where I am a part of made an almost 3-hour arduous journey to  Sitio 14 Besigan – Cadayunan Elementarty School for an Outreach Program.

READ ABOUT CDOBLOGGERS BESIGAN OUTREACH 2011 HERE

Besigan is Cagayan de Oro’s farthest Barangay and it can be reached via dump truck, motorcycle or habal-habal (the teachers said they go there via motorcycle) and probably rides that can endure a very rough and uphill trail for almost three hours. Though the journey was not the easiest, it was all worth it. Our hearts melted when we saw the kids of two classrooms excitedly welcome our group and eagerly opened the presents we have brought for them (books, bags etc.). The little snacks we prepared for them (Spaghetti, Fried Chicken, Bread and Juice), definitely brought joy to the kids. It was truly the most rewarding Outreach program that I have been to. Because we saw that these kids need more help, we vowed to come back before Christmas but the typhoon’s aftermath didn’t allow us to do that.

cdobloggers besigan outreach]This year however, after series of communication to one of the teachers from Cadayunan Elementary School, we are finally going back to Besigan! Oh yes and I am so excited to take that journey (3 hrs long rough ride via a dumptruck) again!

cadayunan-outreach-4During our first visit. We are excited to see them again

CDOBloggers have been so blessed this year and we are paying it forward by helping the pupils from Cadayunan Elementary School with their immediate needs. This will be our early Christmas present to them and we are inviting you to be a part of this outreach again by supporting us financially or in kind. In case you are interested to be a blessing to these children (80), here are their needs according to the teacher.

  • School supplies (pencils, papers, notebooks, pens, crayons etc.)
  • Slippers


This was during our visit way back 2011 – it’s pouring outside!

To support CDOBloggers, you may visit this LINK to know how you can best help. As for me and the rest of the organization’s members, we are doing everything we can to give the kids and their families the best Christmas gifts ever!

Social Media and Blog Workshop Invitation

I have been blogging for seven years now but it was only two years ago that I decided to “engage”. By saying engage, I meant blogging regularly and creating Social Media accounts for the blogs that I owned and really get into it. I am a Work at Home Mom or WAHM as we commonly term it and I have been asked by a lot, and I mean a LOT of people how I did it, what I do, where to apply and all those sort of questions. Frankly speaking, sometimes it frustrates me because I felt like my answer is confusing them some more. And quite often, when they find out that I am a blogger, they’d automatically assume that it is my job, leading to more questions about it. Well, I am a blogger but it is not one of my job description — that is in the current job that I am holding.

BUT! This, I have to tell you dear friends and readers, being a blogger opened me to a lot of opportunities and knowledge. I have nothing but great benefits from it. I have learned a lot from it, from the technical side of it (WordPress, setup etc) to the marketing part — I am not the guru, but I have to say that the things I learned from being a blogger gained me more confidence in seeking for opportunities to work online. So if you’re going to ask me if Blogging is worth your time, or if it will help you land a job online, I’d say YES! definitely! With that said, I am encouraging you to join a blogging workshop if you want to start a journey in blogging and who knows, this might open opportunities for you online too!

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Thanks to CDOBloggers for ensuring that they share their knowledge to those who want to learn. If you’re looking into having the basic knowledge on Blogging and how to maximize it with Social Media, do join the workshop (see poster above) as it is open to everyone. So whether you’re a stay at home Mom, working mom, a student or a business owner, I encourage you to join! The Blog and Social Media workshop will be held at Jia Cha Cafe located inside the Divisoria Arcade on November 29 (Saturday) from 2PM-5PM. If interested, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER as soon as you read this because slots is limited. P200 will be collected at the venue to cover the snacks and certificate. I really really hope to see you there!

I Got Lucky With Globe

One thing why I never regret sticking to Globe as my phoneline and Internet provider is their appreciation to the people who helped them to be on top of their game.

Yesterday, Globe made their media friends from both prints and blogging community feel so special and appreciated through the Media Appreciation Party at one of CDO’s prime hotels – Seda Hotel at Centrio. It’s an annual thing that they do for their media partners (except for last year because of much bigger social responsibility – reaching out to the victims/survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda).The party was short but sweet! Full of fun because everyone from all media outfit where super game!

 

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It was definitely good to see familiar faces from other media outfits and of course my beloved cdobloggers family. Everyone were pretty excited especially when the good looking host announced that there will be minor and major raffle prizes to be drawn in the course of the short program. Excited probably is an understatement to how we all feel and with so much anticipation. Imagine Samsung Galaxy S5 as a major prize!

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Prepaid cards, pretty cdoblogger mommies who also won the minor raffle and the Samsung Duos2 Phone!

One of the group games (per table) was to collate all the items on the list given to each team. Because our group were quite “resourceful” we won! Big thanks to Mr. Google! We each got 3-100 globe prepaid cards each and some sweet chocolates.

I was also lucky to be among the 10 winners of the minor prizes, where we get to pick a gift. Who wouldn’t go for big gifts?! lucky me there’s still one big gift left when my name was called. Though I was excited, I didn’t open the “mysterious gift” until this morning and because my youngest son was more excited that I was, I let him open it. And guess what? It’s a Kyowa Coffee Maker! I was delightfully surprised as I didn’t expected it. I have been planning to buy one and I couldn’t thank God enough for using Globe in granting this mommy’s little wish.

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Then came the major raffle where everyone was hoping their names will be called. I was particularly eyeing on the iPad mini but didn’t really put my hopes high because I am not the luckiest person with raffle draws  – and besides I already won some minor prizes so I am settled. But then the saying “When it rains it pours” proved to be true for me that time because my name was called for the third minor prize! So I got myself not an iPad mini but a new Samsung Galaxy S Dous 2. My son will have his early Christmas present! Thank you Globe! Another CDOBlogger and sister in Christ got the iPad Mini. Congratulations Mommy Karen!

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No one left the party empty-handed because Globe made sure we have these goodies after the party. It was truly a blessed and fun day! Thank you so much Globe for your never-failing appreciation and for always taking good care of your media friends. Until the next party!

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Oven Grilled Chix

Well it’s wednesday and I’m feeling a bit under the weather (still!) But a bit better compared to the past 4 days. Thankfully I just work from home so I don’t stress myself out in going to an office somewhere to work! My boss is such a blessing!

So okay, it’s a usual day for me plus the not so good health. Since I have no househelp (my choice), I have to do things by myself. I can get away with the dishes and the rice cooking since my boys can already do them but the dish for every meal is on me! Well occasionally the husband volunteers to cook. I prepared my simple oven toaster grilled chicken since it’s pretty much easy to prepare, just perfect to prepare by someone who doesn’t have much energy to move around.

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Grilled Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:
2 pieces chicken thigh

Marinade:
2 tsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. Brown sugar
2 tsp. Soy sauce
1/4 cup pineapple syrup (optional)
Black pepper
1 medium sized Red onion
2 cloves garlic

Procedure:

1. Mix marinade ingredients altogether.
2. Dip chicken and marinade for at least 30-minutes to an hour.
3. When chicken is ready, grease baking pan with a little olive oil and place the chicken. Drizzle chicken with a teaspoon of olive oil. Pour some of the marinade to the baking pan.
4. Set oven to 240 degrees and cook for 45 minutes.
5. Serve hot!

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