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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.








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Your Album

 

Father Paulo Ceruti blessing the palms at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, Tai Po, on March 20.








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How does the suffering of Jesus inspire you in your trials?

I trust in Jesus when I have the trials. I overcome them with the gift of patience and understanding. Like Jesus, I don’t give up, but I keep my faith to solve all my problems especially with my family. I talk to them in a nice and calm way, even if I am away from them. There is no problem that cannot be solved, as long as we trust and have faith in God. I believe no matter how difficult my suffering or how heavy my burdens are, everything will go smoothly through prayer. I know that he will not give me a burden that I cannot carry.








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Be grateful for every new day

When your clock goes off in the morning, the alarm to wake you up, what is the first thing that you do? Do you find yourself grumpy about getting up for work, check your cell phone, or worry about your problems? If so, you’re greeting the brand new day, on the wrong way.








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To be a current of grace

I felt so blissful meeting Michelle Moran, the president of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, during her visit here in Hong Kong at the Caritas Community Hall on February 21.

Before the general assembly of the Charismatic communities in Hong Kong, Moran spoke to around 60 leaders representing different groups. She told them how the Charismatic movement has progressed since its foundation in 1967.








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Is it difficult to earn your employer’s trust?

 

 

I was surprised that one set of house keys was given to me by my employer on my first day of my work. I am grateful for their immediate trust in me. That is why in return I work hard and pray that I will always do my job properly and that I won’t be a disappointment to them. I have been working for the same employer since 2003.

 








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Children can make a family strong

There is no place like home.” This saying never grows old. Wherever we go on earth, home is always where the heart belongs. Being with our families and loved ones gives us an inexplicable joy and happiness and sense of security and peace.

After 14 long years working in a foreign country, I was given this precious chance to be with my family, strengthening the space of distance, especially with my siblings.








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To my lovely friend Sanna

Rainbow in the rain.

Dawn in the dark.

Sun in the clouds.

Sunlight in summer.

Flowers in spring.

Moon in autumn.

Snow in winter.

All are wonderful.

All are beautiful.