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…

Feast of the Miraculous Medal (Nov 27)

November 27 marks the feast of the Miraculous Medal (MM). I started wearing my first MM in May 2015 after my first Marian consecration and it has accompanied me throughout my stay in the U.S. where I received the biggest miracle of my Life -> 👧🏻. I was diagnosed with hormonal imbalance when I was 14…

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving this year coincided with our fourth wedding anniversary, which made it even more meaningful. Ideally, we would attend Thanksgiving mass and receive a blessing from Father. In reality, the husband had a deadline to meet, and lunchtime mass overlapped with baby’s nap time. I managed, however, to invite a non-Catholic friend to join baby…

Discernment to be a priest

Takeaways from a farewell dinner with a dear friend who is completing his Ph.D. and embarking on priesthood: (1) the importance of a Marian devotion as a way to Jesus; (2) when you ask God for direction, He’ll give you clear signals but you must exercise fortitude to follow His will; (3) fast when discerning…

My second woman’s silent retreat

1. Service I have always been rather entitled, so I found our chaplain’s personal sharing that he spends all his time in adoration offering up his students to God, very inspiring to say the least. His actual point was that it is unhealthy to do so as God loves him too, so he needs to…

Finding my true self

Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me? Why is my reflection someone I don’t know? When will my reflection show, who I am, inside? ~ Reflection, in Mulan Watched a Youtube video of a 4-year-old belting out this song and I was reminded of it in prayer because I have been…

Healing: Crystalina Evert’s Testimony

It has been two months since I was prompted by God to be a Catholic writer. Since then, however, it has been an endless struggle of ‘what ifs’. During prayer time, I sensed God telling me that the first step in this process… is to heal. I am inspired by Crystalina Evert who openly shares about…

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…

Why I decided to be a Catholic writer

I toyed with the idea of becoming a Catholic writer two months back. Long story short, I was miraculously healed from a debilitating illness. Prior to my illness, I was a Sunday Catholic who received the sacraments but did not allow God into every area of my life. I led a sheltered and healthy life…