CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 16 December 2017

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How can we live as a new creation in Christ every day?

As a member of the Apostleship of Prayer, God gave me an opportunity to follow Jesus to share his life and love. It is not easy to cope with a lot of challenges, trials, hardship and pain. But if we lift up and surrender everything to God, we realise and experience his presence. He gives us strength to keep going.

When I joined the community, I became active in charitable works. Even in a small simple way I can share the light and love of Christ with others and it brings me real joy and happiness as a servant of God. We can change the world and people’s lives if we focus our hearts on Christ, because God’s words remain forever.

 — Flora Diolazo

 

I suffered depression years ago and doubted God’s existence. I doubted if he really loved me and questioned why I needed to carry tons of burdens. My life was a mess and I almost gave up. But the Holy Spirit worked on me. Little by little I overcame depression. It was then I decided to work abroad and make a new start.

God led me to St. Alfred Church and I found a parish that can help me nourish my faith. I got myself involved in Church activities. Being a servant of God gives me an awesome feeling. I truly feel God’s presence in my everyday life now. I started to forgive those who hurt me. Sometimes I experience failure and trials, but it doesn’t stop me from believing that by God’s mercy everything will be alright. I can confidently say now my faith has saved me.

 — Jenen Lahaylahay

 

I felt that I was living in the dark when I lived with a broken heart after my husband left me with my four sons. Those days God sent me people to give me strength. They let me open the bible. In Revelation 21:4, it says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old things have passed away.”

From then on I read the bible, meditated and savoured its message. The wisdom of God is my daily guide. The Sunday homily nourishes my faith little by little. God dwells in my heart and I have learned to forgive those people who hurt me most. I pray with a humble heart to Our Lord.

 — Racquel Salagunting

 

Living in accordance to the teachings of the Lord and obeying his will in my life has helped in my renewal. By God’s mercy I was able to survive the many trials I encountered. Serving the Lord in the Church and praying together with my group became a part of my life. I am grateful to God for this renewed relationship with him. My life may not be perfect, but God has given meaning to it.

 — Marlene Flores

 

Being a child of Christ, I continue living with full of forgiveness even if the wrongdoings done to me can be unbearable. I have also learned to ask for forgiveness with humility.

We can live as a new creation of Christ every day by following what Christ preached and helping fellow people in simple ways, regardless of their religion or culture.

 — Agnes Arceo

 

Transforming from a self-centred to being a Christ-centred person is truly challenging and can be a life’s journey. Old habits just keep coming back. It is good that I have a community where I can praise and worship God, and reflect on the bible every week, on top of the Sunday Mass obligation. These activities keep me grounded in Christ and encourage me to keep running the race and keeping the faith.

I also make it a habit to start my day with prayer, reading the bible and listening to gospel music… to start the day with positive thoughts. And most importantly, I rely on the Holy Spirit for strength and guidance. If he is on your side, who can be against you?

 — Susan Cheung

 

This is one of the most difficult things to understand, as well as one of the most difficult things to do as being a Christian. For me, being a new creation in Christ means being able to live out Jesus’ teaching in my day-to-day life.

This is not easy especially if you move in a situation where other people take the values of Christ as a sign of weakness and use them against you. For example, when you try to be loving and forgiving, other people take it as a sign that they can take advantage of you. They will try to cheat you, knowing that they may be able to get away with it because of your forgiving nature.

The challenge for me is to be able to practice love and forgiveness anyway, even though it can be difficult. This is where I pray to God for the strength to be able to do this and usually he answers my prayer.

 — Bayani Cruz