Have you been given a chance to make life more fulfilling for others? This life changing agent called HOPE catapults us to move forward and contribute in making the world a better place to live in. We can and we must.
The topics discussed by Fr. Armand will be very useful in our daily lives. Especially when we give directions to our people on how to perform their tasks. Discipline is very important and that is one of the information that I’ve learned in this seminar. I hope i can share the learnings to my colleagues.
Bernardo Robles, Purefoods Hormel Corp.
The seminar was very enlightening and will be a big help in improving my personality and attitude which will be very helpful in dealing with my family, workmates and other people around me. Fr. Armand taught me to be an inspiration to others.
Joel Bondoc, Purefoods Hormel Corp.
We all have our crosses to bear. The situations, sickness or burdens challenge us to be transformed and become the person we are supposed to be. Embracing it will empower us. Sufficient love and grace will see us through and not let it destroy us. Would you throw your cross in the pile and trade it with another one?
Looking back at the cross we had to bear, we learn to appreciate the journey and embrace the cross.
When we were children, we would always compare with our siblings and friends the toys we got during Christmas, the clothes that our aunts and uncles gave us, or anything that we receive. As we grow older, we would compare how we’re treated by our teachers, superiors, and even by our friends. We want to be treated equally and fairly. In the Gospel, the laborers complained that the landowner paid the same wage to all the workers, whether they started at dawn, midmorning, noon, midafternoon, or even late afternoon. Even our sense of justice is troubled by this development. However, the landowner said,
“My friend’, he said to one in reply, ‘I do you no injustice. You agreed on the usual wage, did you not? Take your pay and go home. I intend to give this man who was hired last the same pay as you. I am free to do as I please with my money, am I not?’ Thus the last shall be first and the first shall be last” (Mt. 20: 13-16).
We’re only looking at it from that angle. There is another side to it, however. God’s goodness transcends justice. He reminds us that, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Is. 55: 6-9). We should look at it from the point of view of love and generosity. It should remind us that when we are unfaithful and sinning, He still loves us as much as He loves the Saints and Martyrs who served and suffered much more than us.
It is important then that we should not be envious of others successes, else we become selfish. We become greedy — that feeling that what we have is not enough. We desire for more. We don’t realize that the more we have this attitude, the more we become so materialistic and forget God. As always, our focus should be on God and not on earthly treasures. We should always count our blessings!
Champions believe that everyday is a singular opportunity to create a priceless pearl from the grime. Choice and cross go together. As far as your spirit can carry you, do not run away from pain. It is the only potion of life that can strengthen you for your battles. Welcome it, but don’t ask for it.
In sports and as well as in life, it is not how we start, but how we end. I remember a basketball team in a popular sports league who would always look strong during the pre-season. The team would always seem to start a game strong, and yet, collapse in the end game. If a game were only up to three quarters, the team would have been a champion many times already. However, a game is played not only for three quarters but four. Hence, for the team to win, it should play a consistent game for a full four quarters. Playing it inconsistently would be a disaster and the game would be lost.
The Lord welcomes us all into His banquet. Some of us may heed the call earlier, but some may be able to see the light much later. His love is so great that He invites and accepts sinners “right up to quitting time”. Yet He doesn’t set demands, the only deadline being that we should do it before death claims us. So we shouldn’t wait till that time comes because nobody knows the hour or the day. And that would be too late!
Similarly, the Lord wants us to be consistent. We don’t need to dash to the finish line as we are still a work in progress. We have to be steady, to stay the course. God knows the perfect time for the harvest. He would want us to continue and be patient. Just to trust Him and not be afraid.
A champion is no sore loser. Winning is in his DNA. A champion remains faithful; he focuses on his roots not the fruits. Some things really matter as in really. And the champion allows them to matter indeed. He adheres to his principles, and keeps his passion alive. He could be disconcerting to live with at times because he is so focused in his goals in life. He does not allow himself to be blinded by startling achievements. As Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers once said, “Being in the cover of Fortune magazine doesn’t guarantee you anything,” (Code of Champions).
Let us pray to the Lord that we may persevere in our life journey with gladness and gratitude.
The seminar gave us many things to think about. Fr. Armand was a very effective speaker. Some portions could gave been boring but he manage to kept it lively. With the manner he presented the ideas and concepts especially that he was using real life situations that all of us can relate.
Teresita Usingco, San Miguel Pure Foods Inc.
In our lives, we experience two kinds of people with regards giving: the one who gives to live, and the one who lives to give. The one who gives to live vacillatesevery time he gives; he tries to know how much he will get back in return.His motivation is the reward he gets. On the other hand, the person who lives to give expects neither reward nor recognition and is in fact offended if compensated. This type of individual looks at a situation in terms of “what is needed?” He is the type of person who always asks, “How much more is needed?”
In the Gospel, God the Father “gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die, but may have eternal life. God did not send His Son to condemn the world but that the world may be saved through Him” (Jn. 3: 13 – 17).
The attitude that the Lord wants us to develop is the one of caring for our neighbor and those in need. We should be looking at others more rather than ourselves. It’s about being in an attitude of abundance, knowing that God provides, and He “loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9: 7). Good times should be viewed as opportunities to be thankful and grow in love for God, while when times are hard and difficult it should help us grow in our faith and hope in God to provide us what we truly need. As St. Paul has said, “…I tell you brothers, the time is short …those who weep should live as though they were not weeping and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing… for the world as we know is passing away”(1 Cor. 7: 25-31).
Sharing allows us to focus on the other person, to be “other-ness”. It gives us the attitude of thinking less of ourselves, and more of others. The motivation for living to give is not about recognition. Some of the time there will be recognition for anyone who gives but yet this isn’t the main reason for giving.I have a couple – friend, whose wealth is vast and yet shies away from getting the recognition. I even have to tell that there are times they have to allow that in order to inspire others. When helping, they never turn their heads to see who is looking and never wait to find out what the reward will be. They do most of their sharing in a quiet and personal way.
Jesus himself showed the ultimate example of that attitude of sharing when He emptied himself and took our human form. “He humbled himself even unto death on the cross! Because of this, God highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name above every other name, so that at Jesus name, every knee must bend in the heavens and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father”(Phil. 2: 6-11).
In our lives, we’ll soon realize that we become happiest when we give. Especially when we sacrifice something of ourselves since it tells us that only in doing so that we’ve given enough. It means we’ve passed that point wherein we only think of ourselves — short of selfishness and greed. A smile, a pat on the back, a ray of hope, or a sigh of relief is enough reward. Then we begin to live and become persons for others. The inner joy and peace that we’ve long desired will become finally ours. Because sharing and giving will make us feel really good!
When you give, what is your motivation? Are you a person who gives to live? or, a person who lives to give?