Champspeak

The seminar was very relevant and can be applied in our dealings with  the people around us. Fr. Armand was very encouraging and made me feel inspired and  revived. He is the only priest that made me feel that way.

 

Roma Asesor, San Miguel Pure Foods Corp.

Obedience

It is said that one of the greatest sins that we can ever commit is the failure to become who God intended us to become. Adam and Eve committed this and what used to be a beautiful life in perfect relationship between God and man became imperfect. A life of enchantment became a life full of darkness and evil. Weeds replaced beautiful flowers as sin marked itself on humanity.

One of the stories I love to hear is about this young farm boy whose father raised chickens up in the mountains near the Davao-Bukidnon border. One time his adventure took him high up in the forest where he scrambled upon an eagle’s nest. Out of curiosity he took one egg, run home and placed it in one of the hen’s nest. The hen didn’t know the difference; to her it is just another egg. What she just knew is just to sit on her nest until the eggs hatch. One day a little eaglet came out and with the other chicks lived a “chicken’s life”. The eaglet became content thinking he was just “one of them” and didn’t know he was different.

When we haven’t discovered yet who we are, we stay with the crowd and remain obscure. If you surround yourself with negative people, you become negative yourself. You live the life of a gossiper, a loser, a hater; in other words, you live a “life with the chickens”.

As the young eaglet grew, he felt something different within him. He thought, “I’m different, there’s more to me than being a chicken”. Confused, he just went about life until one day he saw an eagle up in the sky and he remarked, “I’m like that!” The eagle felt the urge to stretch his wings and thought, “this chicken yard is too small for me. I want to soar up high and see the sky, the mountains and valleys beyond!” He has never tried flying but the instinct to do it grew within him. He felt the power in his wings and flew into the top of the hill and then on into the blue sky, where he landed into the tallest tree up high on a tall mountain. He could fly!

One of the most beautiful days of your life is when you realize God’s purpose for you, which is the day you discovered your potential. You are special and you are created differently from all the others. You are not a number, you are not a statistic. You are special in God’s eyes!

The past two weeks saw us commemorate two important events of the Church: the Solemnity of the Assumption into Heaven, and the week after, the Queenship of Mary. Why this is relevant is the fact that Mary is the perfect model of obedience to the Father and to her Son Jesus, our Lord and Savior. She said “yes” to the Father, even though at that time it may be vague to her what the mission will eventually be. She was even “deeply troubled by the angel’s words” and wondered what it means. In her simplicity and humility, she submitted her future to the will of the Father. She believed and never doubted God. She said “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say” (Lk. 1: 38). After that, she visited her cousin Elizabeth, and responded to her greeting,

“My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit finds joy in God my savior,

For He has looked upon His servant in her lowliness;

all ages to come shall call me blessed.

God who is mighty has done great things for me,

holy is His name…” (Lk. 1: 46-49)

Just like the Blessed Mother, we too can become who God intended us to be, if we just obey Him. Believe, have faith. We don’t need a compelling miracle to shake us from our disbelief. What we think we can is enough proof of our potential. Obey His calling. There’s no better way to become our potential than to follow our generous and loving God.

Our challenge is to ask God to forgive us for failing to be at our best. Then listen to His leading and we can fulfill His purpose for us.

A Battle Cry For Success

Hard work. Honesty. Humility: The 3Hs for success. A champion never gives up on his goals no matter how hard the road is towards achieving it, remains truthful to himself and others even if it may cause his reputation, and most importantly stays grounded and keeps feet on the floor with the achievements attained. Remember that self-image is valued than public image and have that inner peace when you remain truthful to yourself and your principles.

Faith and Patience

Among faith’s many elements, patience must be the most important and the most demanding. This Sunday’s Gospel talks about a very different Jesus that we know, who ignored a Canaanite woman who begged for healing: “Lord, Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is terribly troubled by a demon.” Even his disciples asked Him to send her away. Jesus said “My mission is only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The woman persisted, and Jesus further rejected, “It is not right to take the food of the sons and daughters and throw it to the dogs.” Her great faith however showed when she said, “even dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table”. Then the Lord that we know came and answered her, “O woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass. That very moment her daughter got better.” (Mt. 15: 21–28).

The woman’s persistent faith bore fruit. When our Lord seems to ignore our prayers or even adds to our frustrations, these are moments of grace for us to be more patient, more persevering. This is a time for our faith to be built and strengthened some more. In this story, Jesus’ response is still fast and instantaneous. However, there are times that God will answer much later as in the case of Abraham. It took many years before God gave him a son in his old age. While Abraham’s case was completely hopeless, he believed that God would fulfill His promises. If we hold on to God’s promises, we will receive our reward just as the Canaanite woman did, just as Abraham did.

These are inspiring and encouraging stories to those of us who have to endure long periods of waiting before we experience the fulfillment of our prayers.

Today, if you are not feeling hopeful that God’s promises will come to realization, hold on to your faith. Rely on His words “Do not then surrender your confidence; it will have great reward. You need patience to do God’s will and receive what He has promised” (Heb. 10:35 – 36).

So let us therefore come repeatedly to the Lord’s Table and pray for more patience and strength as we wait for the best to come. Not only will we be rewarded, but God will be glorified through us. Let us lift our hands and offer thanksgiving and praise to the Lord, who always keeps His promises.