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Saturday, February 21, 2015

U-turn and Crossroads part 1

I was brought to the crossroads of my life at the beginning of the year and along with them were dreams, visits and challenges...

"When the heart is able to ask itself and weep, then we can understand something." 
~Pope Francis' message, Youth Encounter in UST~





The Year of Conversion


Spring came to my life in 2013 ~ my U-turn to the Lord. 

It was symbolized by the birth of the little sage...

who is now two.



The Year of Love
Out of all the people in the world, he chose me. 
He has a heart like my own. 
Centered in the Lord, two-gether 
apart we promised to live our forever now 
2014 onwards ~ 
by loving and serving the Lord right where we are now.

The Year of Faith
Two breaking news left me at the crossroads this year 2015. 

While friends wrote their lists of resolutions ~ I found myself fully surrendering to the Lord's plans this time. His faithfulness is truly remarkable.

15th of January 2015 ~ our Editorial Board Meeting & Papal Visit 
I always knew that, at one point, we have to turn over the journal where I work. The years flew by quickly and I have to face it now~the end of our five-years commitment. 

While I am very grateful to the people who cradled me after I left the walls, thoughts of uncertainty of the future filled my mind. 

The Pope's visit was a big source of hope and encouragement. All his homilies were striking but it was the Mass in Tacloban and the Youth Encounter in UST that touched my heart deeply.

Love's will was measured when my colleagues and I decided to attend the Pope's last homily in Luneta...


Mom said I was crazy... that was the same thing she said when I left for the convent. It felt like that. As early as 3am, I, together with different groups, braved the road towards Luneta. A large crowd already filled the streets of España. Love does not mind the inconveniences. I thought, I just had to be there with the Pope...and we made it!
Sources:
Pope Francis in the Philippines 15-19 January 2015: Full texts and videos
Encounter with the Youth: 
Testimony of Jun Chara and Glyzelle Palomar
Testimony of Leandro Santos II
Testimony of Rikki Macalor
Papal Visit -Philippines 2015 FB

January 22-February 10, 2015 Visit from friends

"Five years from now... where do you see yourself?"asked a deacon friend 
in his last visit...


A vision discerned in the light of the Holy Spirit's inspiration is "well-grounded" because it is the Lord Who provides...

I repeated that ... the Lord will provide...

Supplement Readings:
 Every Dry Land by Shannan Martin
Abandonment vs. Hypocrisy by Fr. Jacques Philippe [sent to me by my twin heart~ merci beaucoup+]