Category: Spiritual Journey

What I’m Feeling Right Now

This pretty much sum up everything that I am feeling right now. This song lifted me up this very morning. If you are reading this and you are in the midst of unexplainable pain, if you are going through life’s blows and trials, be comforted that we have a God who is a comforter. See Him through the lyrics of this song. Come to Jesus and lay to Him all your pain and your burden. He will lift you up. Cry a river if you must but do not give up. Sing praises to Him as you go through this painful phase in your life. You are not alone.



“Steady My Heart”

Wish it could be easy
Why is life so messy?
Why is pain a part of us?
There are days I feel like
Nothing ever goes right
Sometimes it just hurts so much

But You’re here
You’re real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
‘Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart [x2]

I’m not gonna worry
I know that You’ve got me
Right inside the palm of your hand
Each and every moment
What’s good and what gets broken
Happens just the way You plan

You are here
You’re real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
‘Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart [x2]

And I will run to You
And find refuge in Your arms
And I will sing to You
‘Cause of everything You are

You steady my heart [x2]

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
‘Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart [x2]

I’m not gonna worry
I know that you’ve got me
Right inside the palm of your hand

Breaking Free – Summer Fun For Kids

Hey Moms and Dads out there! Our favorite season especially for the moms is here (**insert my excited face here**) ! yay for summer! that means, longer sleeping hours for us AND more fun activities for the kids! I know a lot of parents are looking for summer activities their kids can do that will not only take away their boredom from staying home that long but at the same time further enrich them as young individuals. How about a week-long activity that would direct them towards a Godly path? Sounds good to me!

If you are a parent of a 4-12 year old kid(s) I am inviting you or should I say highly recommending to you let your kids enjoy a DVBS (Daily Vacation Bible School) activity this summer. The church where my family go to worship is holding a DVBS this year and is themed “NxtGen Summer Fun 2015 – Breaking Free“. It’s going to be a week full of fun (arts, games, bible stories, and enrichment through a small group discussion) and learning.

break free kids summer activity

Before I go further, let me share this video I made (2013 DVBS – Studio Go) where me and my eldest son were volunteers and my youngest as among the 130 kids who joined the fun. This video pretty much sums it all up so I suggest you watch it til the end :).

ccf dvbs 2013
The kids – first day of DVBS 2013

So if you are interested to let your kids join this year’s DVBS – Breaking Free activity, please see details below:

When: April 20-25, 2015 (Mon-Fri) 8:30-11:30 AM
Where: CCF-CDO @ Papa Juanito Square (fronting Mallberry Suites car entrance AND beside Red Tail Restaurant)
How Much: 500 pesos only per child (includes T-shirt, art materials, and snacks for the whole week). There’s an early bird discount of 100 up until Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday).

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help in registering your kids, I’d be glad to help! Actually I will be serving again so I really really hope to see your kids on April 20-25! God bless you awesome Moms and Dads!

Jesus Came For All Sinners

I was reminded last night while I was reading my bible. Jesus Christ came to the world to save all the wretched and sinners. So if you have done something terribly bad and shameful..don’t think for a second that God hates you because He does not and never will. Turn to God instead because He forgives and Jesus heals. #GodIsGood

Indeed! Jesus came for us all sinners. If you have done something terribly bad and shameful..don't think for a secone that God hates you because He does not and never will. Turn to God instead because He forgives and Jesus heals. #GodIsGood

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.

Revelation 3:20
“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.

Families, Outing and More Fun

One of the most amazing blessing I am so thankful to God is my friendship with people who honors and puts Him first before everything else. People who inspire me to continue my walk with God and friends who assures me I have a family in them.

In CCF (the church where our family go to worship), we have this Discipleship Group (D-group) where we meet regularly (well almost regularly) to study the word of God and encourage one another. And I am glad that I found a group where I could fit in. Though I have to admit that we are not as consistent in joining the meetings, I truly appreciate their love and understanding.

Last June, before the school year officially started, we had the opportunity to fellowship and have fun together with the rest of Pastor Allan’s D12 and their respective D-group in Dahilayan Gardens. It was our first time as a family and the kids were just as excited upon knowing that we are going with the rest of the group.

The pictures below should spell all the fun and excitement!


Doc. Allan Melicor’s DGroup – not all of it since there were other groups who were not able to join due to already scheduled commitments.

Here we are! The Young Couples Group after all the games and our ahhhmaazing group cheer! lol! (Oh geez! good thing no video was taken to prove how amazing the cheer was for Team Michael and Friends!) and before we settle to our rooms and spend the rest of the night in this cold and beautiful place. (L-R) Team Tuyan, Team Cortez, Team Galamiton and Team Aquino (we miss you Team Alado, Team Rodano and Team Matulac). By the ages of our kids, you’d know who went ahead first! 😛

So anyway, the Family Day was dubbed as “Rumble and Tumble” and from that we can already tell that it’s going to be an energy buster! And behold! as expected everyone’s energy were all drained at the end of the program as each D-Group prepared a game — games that requires running, jumping, agility and all that can possibly suck ones exuberance.


This is the most relaxed game the group did :). Too bad I didn’t bring any camera so I was not able to capture the rest of the action!


The boys who were exhausted after all the games (Jeedo not in the picture).


My boys relaxing and enjoying Dahilayan Garden’s beautiful view.

We concluded the night with a bonfire. Everyone were just being kids!

Look! Lukee is so serious grilling the mallows? lol! Just cute!

The next day, we explored the place as the kids were excited to try the adventures Dahilayan is instore for them. Since our boys are way older than the rest of the group’s kids, we went ahead to the adventure park so they get to experience some adrenaline rush. I’ll share about their experience in a separate post real soon!

The gathering was truly a blessing. It allowed us to have a little break from the busy lives we have and spend quality time with each of our families. That also reminded us of God’s awesomeness! His creations are truly a gift and we will forever be grateful. I can’t wait for the next Family Day!