Grace in Meekness

Today marks the celebration of the 73rd Foundation Day of my college alma mater – San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Manila. I have been blessed to have finished my studies their way back 2001. Thanks to my hardworking and loving mom and support of siblings and friends and grace of God! But I’m not going to talk much about college life today…Today I am being reminded who I used (and still to this day) admire in terms of humility, loyalty and meekness while serving God, our college’s patron saint, Saint Sebastian. As described in wikipedia and in dailygospel.org San Sebastian is:

“He is patron saint of athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading and defending the Faith. Sebastian is also patron to all soldiers. He entered the Roman army under Emperor Carinus in 283 in order to defend the confessors and martyrs of his day without drawing attention to himself. His efforts kept the faith of Marcus and Marcellian firm during their persecutions, right up to the time of their martyrdom. He was declared patron of plague sufferers of his reported cures of those afflicted with many diseases.”

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(photo from wikipedia)

No wonder we always win most of the Basketball matches for consecutive times in the inter-college competition! hehe..

But more than that I really admire him for his faith in God that no matter what happens, no matter how painful the consequences of his faith in Him, no matter how hard and long the trials would be… he stood faithful, and meek… so silent that all you can hear and see is passion. I’ll always thank the Lord he brought me to see St. Sebastian’s examples so I’ll be reminded every time (just like today on his feast day) that  we ought to stay humble, silent in service and never proud no matter how good or great we are because in the eyes of God we are all the same, we are all soldiers and we are all mere servants of Him in our respective positions / situations in life. And like St. Sebastian, we can only go through life of service joyfully and meekly through God’s grace.. one arrow at a time. ❤

San Sebastian, please pray for us. Amen. 

God bless you a fruitful week! 

 

Miggie

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a series of delays..

Compliments of the New Year to you all!

I know i have been away for too long but then again, this will be very short. I’ll be blogging some insights, reflections and stories I had the past year. it has been a roller coaster ride in 2013 but nonetheless I am back here to share it with you. 🙂

Here’s wishing you another blessed, exciting, full of good surprises and fruitful 2014!!!

God bless you even more! ❤

Miggie

Big Hands

Fr. Kenneth, a priest from Myanmar shared this story to us in his homliy one afternoon at the office hall. It will be one of the simple yet important and meaningful stories I’ll remember and share with everyone!

“I have a little friend, a five-year old girl, in the parish who taught me an important lesson. One day when I brought her to the shop to buy something for the Parish, the lady in the cashier told us that they have a bag full of candies and they were giving it away for free for the little ones! So I told Sarah (not her real name) to get as much candies as she wants. But she said while looking intently at me, “No.”. I tried to encourage her again the second time and again, she said, “No”. So, I eventually gave up thinking maybe she’s too shy or she feels its too much although I can really sense she really wants to get more!

So when we got back to the parish, I had a small chat with her to find out what’s wrong. I said, “You’re stupid! The lady in the cashier was telling you to get as much candies as you want and there’s your chance to have as many!” And I was surprised with her reply, “No! You’re stupid!”. Shocked and curious with her reply, I asked, “Why do you say so? That was YOUR chance!”. She said disappointingly, “You’re stupid! My hands were too small so it means I can only take so little, but your hands are bigger so you can take plenty for me!”

God's hands can definitely get you more than that! <3

God’s hands can definitely get you more than that! ❤

Sometimes we think that we already own the world, but what we don’t realize is that we have a BIG GOD up there who can give us more than the world that we have. So when you feel it’s too big, think again.

Today, maybe God is reminding you: I have a BIG GOD who can grab so much more for me!♥

Have a BIG BLESSED day ahead!♥

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Mother’s Affirmation

I dreamt of Momie today with a music playing in the background. She was advising me not to worry about those people who were not listening to my “singing” (apparently, I was singing in an event – well, what do you know? I’m a singer! Heheh)

She was talking to me as if she was just around, not realizing that she had passed away a year later already. Until I read a paper she was (holding) or was writing (it was like a lyrics of some sort) which read something like, “Remember, I’ll always be with you.” Then I started crying in my dreams, until, I eventually woke up..my throat was painful maybe because I was trying not to cry…

Momieko, thank you for speaking to me in my dream. I love you and I miss you so much. Thank you again for lettihg me know you are with me always, for being my angel. 🙂 Please continue to pray for us. ♡

Thank you Holy Papa!!! <3

I have been sending this message to our community, family and relatives just a few hours ago after hearing the news about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. At first, I felt sad upon hearing this but then after asking God in my heart about what’s happening I just felt and realized 3 things:

1. Peaceful – because this statement from His Holiness only shows how humble and obedient he is. And it gives me an assurance that he doesn’t take this on his own – that he truly is dependent on God’s strength not his.

2. Thankful – realizing the fact that His Holiness has taken not just the joys of shepherding God’s people but also for taking in the challenges that went with it. He truly is a loving Holy Papa! Even with old age, you have served your people well and in very good faith. 🙂

3. Hopeful – that we have a new and exciting years ahead of us with the new Pope who will be elected soon (Conclave). 🙂 And because it is the Year of Faith, with all the fear and trembling and “panic” that eveyone must be feeling (including me at first..hehe), I could sense God telling us, “Relax, my child, it’s just Me!”

Thank you, Dearest Lord, for our Holy Pope Benedict XVI! Bless him for he is a faithful servant. Amen. 🙂 

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Good day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I’m sure most of us have already heard about the news regarding His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. We ask for everyone to stay prayerful and faithful during this time. Let us pray for His Holiness, he gave and have shown much love and care for God’s people through his service as our Pope in the Catholic faith. And pray, too, for all our Cardinals and Bishops for the upcoming Conclave and the next Successor of Saint Peter. And lastly, pray to our loving Mother Mary for intercession for calmness and peace be upon all Catholics and everyone in the whole world as the Cardinals and Bishops pray and discern.

As shocking as this news may be for all of us, may we continue to live out our calling to stay faithful and be fervent in our prayers during this, what some of us might call, “storm” in the Catholic history. Remember, this is the YEAR OF FAITH, our faith is more tested during times like this to make us stronger and closer to God even more!

Let us Obey and be Witnesses!!!

in Christ,

Errol & Miggie Martinez
Missionary Couple
CFC South Africa

Read more: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/Vatican.php?id=6997#ixzz2Kb6r5m1b

Being seen under the Fig Tree

“Nathaniel answered him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” John 1:43-51

saw this yellow bird beside our office window peeping at us.. :) what a great reminder of God's checking out on us.. :)

saw this yellow bird beside our office window peeping at us.. 🙂 what a great reminder of God’s checking out on us.. 🙂

FAITH Defined:

Following Jesus does not pay us a price. HE IS the price.

It is what each of us are called to do. It is what we are meant to do.

And when we do (follow), we always are greatly astounded by His grace, His miracles, and His glory.

Imagine what majesty we will witness and what peace (within) it is when we truly live out His love, His very presence in us….

Let us be seen and witness! And let “greater things” of God roll our eyes and hearts out!

Have A Faith-lived and Blessed New Year full of God’s wonderful surprises!!! 🙂

Straight Path…

I just happened to browse for something to encourage me today and found this one.. (from my mom’s book “Streams in the Desert by L.B.Cowman” that I gave her in 2004 as a birthday present, which I brought with me from home this year after attending her burial so I could have a remembrance of her on my mission in South Africa).

And here’s what I read today, (Thank You, Lord, for reminding me of my yes to You.)

December 5. ‘I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23

“Lead me in a straight path.. always..”- Psalm 27:11 (italized mine)

I said, “Let me walk in the field“;
God said, “No, walk in the town“,
I said, “There are no flowers there“;
He said, “No flowers, but a crown.”

I said, “But the sky is black,
There is nothing but noise and din
“,
But He wept as He sent me back,
There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”

I said, “But the air is thick,
And smog is veiling the sun
“,
He answered, “Yet souls are sick,
And your work is yet undone.”

I said, “I will miss the light,
And friends (and family) will miss me, they say“,
He answered me, “Choose tonight,
If I am to miss you, or they.”

I pleaded for time to be given;
He said, “Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in Heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide.”

I cast one look at the field,
Then set my face to the town;
He said, “My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for the crown?

Then into His hands went mine,
And  into my heart came He;
And I walk in a light Divine,
The path I had feared to see.

-George MacDonald

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and i continue to journey with You by my side.. ❤

God bless you more. 😉

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