Monday, April 23, 2018

On Truth and Love

Only truth can make us truly free. And if we say “Love will set you free,” then that love cannot be but anchored in truth or else it’s no love at all. Love never lies, it always “rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6.

What is your truth? “Speak the truth in love.” Ephesians 4:15

by aats


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Actuations

There are situations when it is best not to fight. Actuations will tell us if the other wants to be fought for. Leave it to the heavens who alone knows the lot of men.

There are reasons that are worthy of response but there are shallow excuses that are not worth it, even a word. Excuses are lies mask in reason but fortunately conscience will tell us which one is true. We never gain in lies; we grow in truth.

We can never judge the motives of the heart, only the bearer knows. The challenge is to be truthful, because it will set us free.

by aats

Friday, April 20, 2018

You Don’t Have to Ask

Talking about conversations, you don’t have to ask if someone wants to talk or not, the manner of responses alone will tell. They don’t want to be bothered for whatever reasons.

For now what you have is “maybe”. Maybe the other is going through some tough times, or maybe just busy, or maybe you’ve done or said something wrong or maybe the other doesn’t really want to talk to you anymore. All is “maybe” what is certain is they don’t want to be bothered. Trying to converse will just exacerbate the situation.

What should you do? You actually don’t have options, other than respect, pray, love and wait.

1. Respect the other rather than being bothersome. You don’t want to be annoying.

2. Pray, Saint Padre Pio once said, “Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

3. Continue loving. Love doesn’t need conversation, the heart knows beyond what the hands can write and the lips can utter.

4. Wait in silence for God, “He makes all things beautiful in His time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11.

Remember, it’s not just about what’s good for you but more importantly what is good for the other.

by aats

Thursday, April 5, 2018

You Are There

Life can be difficult at times. While others can be on the winning end, we can be on the losing end. At some point we felt hurt, misunderstood and betrayed.  

Sometimes I encounter situation that challenges me, bring me to my limits and make me hold on to that last thread of hope. When everything seems gone, suddenly, something happens, an answer, a miracle! 

It is in the realization that I am in need of miracle that makes me grounded. Believing in miracle is believing in the source of it.

You are there Lord, may I recognize Your miracles, big or small. Amen.

by aats

Monday, April 2, 2018

On Generosity

There’s this pious tradition in our Catholic faith included in the 6th station of the cross about Saint Veronica wiping Jesus face. This is for me one of the most moving scenes in the whole drama of Calvary. Imagine a man walking down the road carrying a heavy load, visibly suffering and in pain, feeling humiliated and disowned and then suddenly comes someone along, no words spoken, just a simple gesture of wiping the tired face of the man. What a moving sight to behold!

Veronica showed that generosity doesn’t have to be just giving material things. It is presence and simple gestures of compassion.

In my own reflection, there is another side of the story. It was not just her act that highlights generosity. Jesus allowed Veronica to wipe his face. He allowed himself to be comforted. Jesus knew that wiping his face will not lessen the pain but nevertheless, it can bring him comfort and embrace in a very difficult circumstance. That’s what makes it beautiful! There was an acceptance of a generous gesture and it gives Jesus a little push to go on and finish what He has promised.

Generosity accepted in humility bears good fruits.

There is God in receiving as much as in giving! Generosity finds its fulfillment in acceptance.

Can we be generous receiver?

by aats