Divine Mercy Sunday: Help My Unbelief

The only time I feel respite from Life’s stressors is when I step into a church. . Immediate peace. . Immense gratitude. . Divine inspiration. . Healing tears. The only person I confide in is the One up above. . He understands. . He listens. . He cares. . He heals. . He empowers. ….

Good Friday 2019

My husband and I are grateful for our chaplain who avails himself for hours every day this week hearing confession, which made it possible for us to undertake our eleventh-hour confession. We made it despite the flash flood warning! . It was a stressful afternoon persuading our toddler to eat dinner and dress quickly. I drove…

Departing from self-love, growing in charity

The gospel reading today (4th Sunday of Lent) is about the parable of the prodigal son. Our chaplain preached a homily about how we should move away from self-love, towards charity. The younger son who squandered everything did not return to his father’s because he was contrite, but because he was hungry and lusting after…

It is who we are, and not what we do, that matters to God

2019 feels overwhelming. My plans include delivering our second child, conducting a cross-continental move, renovating our house, and readjusting to life with a toddler and infant. * Our chaplain’s homily today — on the Baptism of the Lord (January 12) — is very timely. He shared that it is not what we do that matters…

Lent and Holy Week 2018

I experienced many firsts this Lent. First Lenten bible study (Above All devotional by the Take Up and Read community), first time to a Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter church, and first adoration at the Altar of Repose from Maundy Thursday mass till midnight. Other notable highlights include my second talk on the signs and…

What is the purpose of suffering?

2017 ended on a high. We attended Christmas Eve mass with friends (our first family mass where children enacted the Nativity scene). On Christmas day, we partied with close friends. Soon after, my sister and niece visited and it is always a blessing to have family over :’). On New Year’s Eve, my friends threw…

How to make an effective Lenten resolution

Our chaplain shared today that Lent is about giving up ONE THING that impedes our spiritual growth. Instead, we should target something that is currently stopping us from growing in holiness. He advocates daily adoration, even if it is only for a minute; or a daily rosary.

The best form of evangelization

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a…