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Keeping the spirit of optimism in suffering

A typhoon is just a common phenomenon in The Philippines. Somehow, Filipinos are used to it. We are no longer surprised by all the devastating natural and human-made calamities, tragedies and damage they cause every time.

Typhoons happen one after another. They bring heavy rain, strong winds and landslides. They ruin homes, lives, crops, livestock, roads and infrastructure alike. Even fallen trees and logs simply float away.

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Hear the cry of children

Children complete a family, while family composes a society. A family with children is a blessing from God.

There are many problems and threats a family is facing. Apart from broken homes and families, children and young adults have changed a lot. This selfish and materialistic world has influenced the upbringing of many of our children. They become lazy and disrespectful to their elders.

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Are you going to vote in the election?

No I am not going to vote this coming election because I am not on the certified list of overseas voters from the Comelec. Nevertheless, I always pray to our Almighty God that those candidates in this coming election will be better than the previous ones. May the voters be guided by the Holy Spirit to choose the right candidates that will truly serve the country unselfishly.


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God is no statistician

In contempory society, people are normally judged by numbers, such as how much money they grossed last year or how many new clients they brought in.

Given the world’s view of success, it is easy to assume that God thinks the same way. Some people tend to focus on Church attendance, number of volunteer activities or the amount of money they put into the offering.

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I am proud of you!

to my former students who graduated in 1985

I always miss my students who graduated in 1985. Their young faces and behaviour are always in my mind. I love them so much for they are such a special class that I can never forget.

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Do you support the K-12 education system?

Yes, I am in favour of K-12 system (Kindergarten to Year 12), because it will further develop my child’s ability and help them prepare for a better future. This programme gives them choices on what to do and who to be after the programme or before they reach university. Just like in other countries with this programme, jobs and chances of working are better after high school due to skills and subjects that have been taught during their K-12 years.

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A faith enriching encounter

The Hong Kong Filipino Catholic Biblical Pastoral Ministry organised a Bible Awareness Programme at Holy Family parish, Choi Hung, on February 28. The afternoon event ran under the theme, The Word of God in the life and mission of the Church.

Joyful songs, as well as praise and worship were followed by the bible enthronement to kick off the afternoon activity. Father James Areechira, the spiritual director of the group, gave the welcoming address.

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A letter to heaven— to the late Father Stephen Tam-kwan

Dear Father Stephen

This Easter is so different as we are without you now and ever. You left us on December 8 last year after serving us for over 40 years. We miss your smile, your voice, your face and your footsteps. You spoke a little, but you did so much for us.

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How does prayer change a situation?

I  believe that prayer can change situations. I encountered so many trials and challenges. But through prayer I overcame the hardship and difficulties in life. Prayer can change situations in so many ways. When I feel that I am lost, sad and nothing, I just pray and ask for God’s guidance. Even if we have nothing to ask for ourselves we still continue to pray for others too. We pray for our loved ones and we pray for others whether we know them or not. We pray for world peace and that all may be one and united.

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Concern for a dying world

El Niño, or drought, is extremely felt and experienced in The Philippines. It is a serious and alarming truth. There are many cities and provinces that have been severely hit by this dry spell or long period of time without having rain.

Agriculture has been destroyed and crops are lost. It was reported that even wild animals and snakes have come out of their habitats because it is too hot and the lands get dry.