Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Epiphany: On Life and Nature

What is my purpose? 

As I sat and reread this draft the nth time ~ I wished a simple Thanksgiving would suffice. My 'peculiar' silence over the last months has again triggered some friends to write me, wondering if I had gone back to the convent...

I just laughed and wrote back. I needed the 'silence' in order "LISTEN."

You Speak by Audrey Assad
source: YouTube

Last, year, while a few blogger friends focused on the word love, I mused on be-ing and becoming a gift.

2013, brimmed with joys and sorrows, left me in awe of God. 

With the dawning of "springtime" in March, the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and conversion slowly unfolded God's surprises.

The grace of starting anew was coupled with the birth of my niece in April. I saw how God smiled.

Her birth was unplanned but I saw how my two nieces lovingly welcomed her presence. 

She threw me off my schedule as my brother asked me for charity to spend time with her on my weekends. 

*Audrey Louise ~ click here to view images via

Come May, a friend I met wrote me in FB and volunteered to journey with me through Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life. The sessions had several demands on sincerity and coming out fully from my shell. I suffered by struggling against it but I heeded in the end. Unmasked, my friend encouraged me to write those pieces of me which were left hanging in the open [My Life as a Nun and Why I Left]. It was a real test of humility. And just like Jesus who manifested Himself to the Magi, the star led me to this friend who was just starting his journey with Christ. 

That opened the door to love ~ the gift of acquiescence through self-revelation. 
That also opened the door for me to accept other people into my life.

June, I defined where my vocation lies... God refined it... 

*Satur--dates ~ click here to view images via

July, Martha Orlando's super squirrel found its way to Twitterland and brought me closer to a spiritual friend [3rd part of this post]~ a rare gift I asked Jesus earlier while I reviewed my 2012 Vision Board.

Around the same time, the Lord granted my prayers for a community. The Lord led me to 
a strong Catholic community in Twitter [#CatholicFollowChain]. 

A few months later, I developed a strong bond with #Eur2015 family 
*#Eur2015 ~ click here to view images via

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." ~ Mark 11, 24

I have visualized myself in other places but the Lord envisioned me in Japan [paraphrasing Linda Lee, my mentor in VB]

August, the gift of trust was developed side-by-side with our work. 

My brother allowed me to "fly" [to trust him] I didn't know I had wings... 

I had a very 'rare' personal encounter with my bosses ~ later on they entrusted me with additional work. Real educators that they are ~ I felt like a plant growing in their hands...

However, with the gifts came several unexpected blows...
Experiences of 'awakening'

With my recurring theme on life also entered sickness and death...

A few days after receiving this SMS, my boss informed me of Mam Mercy's demise...

To her belong these posts I earlier wrote:
Hidden Life

Sometimes, we're so focused on the stories we've heard of other people. The funny thing is it's the negative that sticks in our mind ~ what if we just allow them to share another side of them ~ their giftedness? their own share of holiness? their journey?
Awakening our Soul is dedicated to Sir Lito Tetangco, Executive Director of GODisable International Foundation, Inc.

By September, October and November, several devastating news rocked our country. The storms within the political arena with the exposure of PDAF controversies simultaneously filled the headlines with the Zamboanga crisis.

Not long after, there was a strong quake in Bohol and Cebu. Then came, the worst typhoon ever ~ Yolanda [Haiyan].

It moved our nation to be one and the world to save lives ~ people prayed and shared their goods. We are deeply blessed despite these tragedies but we continue to pray. 

Facciamo memoria. Let us move forward but let us never forget how these painful events have united us.

In the midst of this turmoil, I realized how fragile my parents were becoming. My mom had several instances of vertigo and my dad had a totally worn out left lung. It limited their travels abroad and 'our' trips here [my dad begged off to drive for long hours].

How short life really is....

Our own bodies could betray us ~ with sickness... 

MidNovember, we received news...

a person whom we love and admire for her passion and dedication for medical service became sick...

I saw in her courage and deep gratitude for life.

All these happened in the great Year of Faith. 

With the 'idea' of becoming a gift... I was led instead by God to a special journey to re-learn things...

~ to love Him in the form of an infant ~ and cater to His needs...


~ to receive gifts humbly from Him ~ to allow myself to be loved by Him 

~ His way...


  1. You used to be a nun? Cool! ❤️

    There sure are lots of challenges in our lives, but we must always trust God. Love you sis! ❤️

    1. Hi sis. Yes I was a nun for ten years. There are many things to be grateful for all those years inside and now outside the walls. The challenges/ crisis are points of growth and change ~ a call for greater trust and faith that the Lord knows what is best for each one of us ;)

      Thanks for the visit ~ lots of love!

  2. Love you so much. Have a blessed life. Lovely post ;).

    1. Shukran jazeelan Izdiher :) Kifhalik?

      Thank you for reading this part of my life ~ it's actually a summary of my 2013.

      Lots of love!

  3. Melissa, this was a lovely post to read. I have so much respect for you and the work that you are doing. What a wonderful journey to be able to re-discover all your gifts and more. Blessings my friend!

    1. Thank you very much Nelieta. We have not been in touch for sometime but the connection remains :) Yes, it has been a wonderful journey and the Lord wishes that I continue walking His path. You are in my thoughts and prayers always dear friend.

      Thank you for your visit and words of encouragement. God bless always!

  4. What a bundle of cuteness that Audrey is!! And the person carrying her LOL

    What a year you had Melissa - with so many insights growth, friendships and developments. I'm so glad to have met you last year - you changed my life and accompanied my journey to someone who is changing my life even more.

    I'm not sure if He brought me to you or you brought me to Him:) Wishing you continued happiness, learning, fellowship and purposeful living in 2014. Keep writing, drawing, teaching, learning, and adoring Audrey!

    1. Oh I know you are an Audrey fan :D I am grateful that the Lord continues to give us time to be together esp. now that she's growing up. She gets to spend her weekends with us.

      I'd also like to thank you for helping me out. I know the Lord has greater and bigger plans that's why He allowed us to journey together with Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life.

      I think when God brings people together, it is for glorifying and loving Him more :D

      Thank you for taking time to visit me here :) Thank you for the wonderful journey towards Christ. I continue to pray for you and I'd also like to ask you to include me in your prayers.

      God bless!

  5. Hi Melissa,

    It's the 6th of the month... :D
    And with "a little break" in my activities I opted to visit your blog and leave my trace to your 2013 Thanksgiving post. Your journey last year had opened you to many new avenues for more adventures in the school of Christ's love and human relationships. I'm sure this year will be as colorful as the last especially Spring is coming very soon. The part where you wrote "with the idea of being a gift", I'm sure the Gift-Giver has more surprises in store for you...just hold-on the adventure begins as soon as you say "YES"! God bless sorella luna. - fratellino

    1. Happy 6th of the month Daniel :)

      You are so right. You have extended your giftedness to me ~ I am so blessed and grateful to the Lord for journeying with you.

      Always take care of yourself. You are very precious! Continue praying for me as I pray for you ~ always ONE in Jesus+