|photo credit: Syed Alfandi Syed Mansor|
"Do you wish to know the secret of happiness?" Several years ago in the agony column of the London Times this question was asked, and all those who replied received an envelope-containing two verses from Saint Matthew:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
-Andre Maurois' The Art of Happiness
Oh how have you been? I haven't written you for a long while. I hope you still remember me...
|Christmas Party 1983|
I was just seven when we first met and I was thrilled by the thought of seeing you in person.
I wasn't sure what it is that I asked for Christmas the other years... but what I know now is, I shouldn't tremble by the thought of asking you what I truly want on the day Jesus was born.
Oh, you know about the playground I've been proposing to my mom ages ago for the children in our street. I know it would be next to impossible UNLESS one of our rich neighbors offer space where the children could run and play...
Arvy's promised Communion ~ hmmm, I truly need his baptismal certificate. I pray that his mom will find ways to give me this so he could receive Jesus by next year. He's turning thirteen. Imagine all those years he missed!
More kids and an assistant for Catechism. I just raised another plan these coming years ~ I wish I could attend Theology and Human Formation classes again. And I hope they'll open it on weekends too since I have to go to work.
Lectio Divina on Sundays. Hmmm... I hope we could start it with our SAMAKA group...I'd even thank God if five people show interest in sharing God's Word and deepening it with us.
Youth Program. My mom says nobody wants to lead since it entails time and a lot of responsibility. I truly pray to engage the youth in activities that will enhance their relationship with God, themselves and with other people.
Please give this a lot of thought. I've first proposed this with God... I know two heads are better than one. So if more people will pray with me for my wishes, then God will lead me the way.
Hmmm... oh! You wish to know what I would like for myself? Maybe you could listen to the video I prepared for you ... Thanks Santa!
Our wish list changes with the years and our experiences in life...
Santa, where are you going?
Tita... Look !