The Code of a Champion Educator

Become the inspiring person you are! Father Armand D. Robleza, SDB, author of Code of Champions will share the six secrets of living a life with no regrets.

In Celebration of St. John Bosco’s Bicentennary, the Office of the Ministry for Young Adults will give a FREE SEMINAR on the Code of Champions for educators on September 5, 2015, Saturday, 9AM to 5PM. Only 30 participants. At the CYM Training Room, 3rd Floor St. John Bosco Parish, Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City.

Please make your reservations until August 17, 2015 through telephone 8469865 / 0917 3125221; Email –, please look for Madz.

We will consider you confirmed for the seminar upon receipt of your deposit to account name: Fr. Armand D. Robleza; account number: BPI current account 0320 0007 26 in the amount of Five Hundred pesos only. Your deposit will serve as a guarantee for the slot. You will get a full refund if you show up for the seminar. Absence will mean forfeiture of your deposit.

See you for an inspiring day!



Persons with a clear sense of purpose embrace their lives enthusiastically. Tasks are not merely inescapable actions to be done. Their resources are generously offered and sacrifices gallantly taken. When the meaning is clear. The path is never tiring. This is the path of champions.


“The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat to a deserted place.” (Mk. 6: 30-32)

This Gospel reminds us of the need to rest and for quiet time and reflection. Jesus knew the great benefits of rest, such that every now and then, He himself took the time to go to the mountain to pray, to commune with the Heavenly Father. Thus, He asked the Apostles to rest, and then took over and resumed their work. He continues to do this even up to today. Whenever we are heavily weighed down by life’s challenges, we should allow Jesus to take over our lives while we take a rest.

Quiet moments are needed, especially when one’s world is in a state of frenzy. The mind and body seek rest and so we have to give it the chance to be quiescent, otherwise, when pushed to the limit, the body will strongly demand it without our agreement. Sometimes, we just get sick whether we like it or not. In times when we need to, we just need to trust that everything will be alright. One of my closest friends once told me to “take a pause” whenever he saw me stressed way back then. His words always ring in my mind whenever I feel the need to take a rest. This friend is also the one who told me that the secret of his success as a businessman is that by taking an active role in his renewal community’s ministry, he actually spends more time in Church activities than ever before. Despite that, his business is doing so very well. He believes that by doing God’s work here on earth, he doesn’t need to worry about his and his family’s own earthly needs. The Lord will also take care of his own business and concerns, just like the way He did with His Apostles. I have always a high regard for this friend and I know that in doing business God’s way, we allow the awesome power of the Lord to work wonders in our earthly concerns. This is a compelling way of making a living here on earth!

Today, let us take on the promise of Jesus. It is a good time to rest and refresh. To take a break, a pause, or a slow down. To re-charge, to re-boot and to re-energize. He will accomplish what we need to do while He refreshes us. Today, let us allow the Lord to take over our work and businesses while we enjoy our quiet moments.

Valiant and Faithful

One of the best examples of living the core purpose is the case of Merck & Company, one of the seven largest pharmaceutical companies in the world today, employing about 76,000 worldwide. In the late 1970’s Merck research scientists discovered a potential cure for a severely debilitating human disease known as river blindness. The parasite, which carries the disease through the bite of black flies that breed on the rivers of Africa and Latin America, causes severe itching, disfiguring skin infections, and, finally, total and permanent blindness. As in the protocols for medicine development, in order to demonstrate that it was safe and effective, the drug needed to undergo expensive clinical trials. Executives were concerned because they knew that those who would benefit from using it could not afford to pay for the drug, even if it was sold at cost. However, Merck research scientists argued that the drug was far too promising from a medical standpoint to abandon. Executives relented and a seven-year clinical trial proved the drug both efficacious and safe. A single annual dose of Mectizan, the name Merck gave to the drug, kills the parasites inside the body as well as the flies that carry the parasite.
Despite having no funding support from the U.S. Government, Merck executives decided to manufacture and distribute the drug for free. Since 1987, Merck has manufactured and distributed over 700 million tablets of Mectizan at no charge. Truly inspiring and awesome considering the staggering costs involved! The company’s decision to give the drugs for free? Well, it was grounded in its core values, which are “driven by a desire to improve life, achieve scientific excellence, operate with the highest standards of integrity, expand access to our products and employ a diverse workforce that values collaboration.”
George W. Merck, the company’s president from 1925 to 1950, summarized these values when he wrote, “medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear. The better we have remembered that, the larger they have been.” At the time of that critical decision, Merck was focused on its core purpose of “alleviating human suffering”, no matter the cost. (Ateneo Graduate School Case Study)
This Sunday’s Gospel tells of Jesus sending the Apostles to mission, two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts. (Mk. 6: 7-8) Here we can see Jesus equipping His disciples with power and authority in order to give them confidence. However, he also reminded them to bring only the essentials to the mission. No extra baggage. Non-essentials won’t affect the mission work, thus, Jesus didn’t prescribe bringing those. He also gave instructions on specific situations so that the Apostles won’t find it difficult. Just like the Apostles, while earthly provisions aren’t part of the tools to bring, Jesus equips us with more than enough stuff to deal with challenges in the spiritual warfare being waged. We only have to trust completely and believe in His promises.

When we know our purpose, our lives become more meaningful. We become relentless, we become unstoppable in pursuing it. Just like the fine examples showed earlier, with passion for our mission, we become valiant and faithful.


Searching for what is positive and good takes a lot more effort than noticing the evil around us. We always have a tendency to dwell on what is not good. We all need words of appreciation. If we are to bloom, we need assurance that we are not alone and that we are valued .

Enduring Rejection and Failures

Last week was one of the most grueling experience that the special mission team had in recent memory. They stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, even smiling and laughing even with sleeplessness and inconvenience. As each day of that week is done, most opted not to go home but stayed in the Board Room to sleep the night, away from family and comfort. Throughout the week, they were determined, focused, and true to what they were created for. With their efforts, the entire organization became victorious and is determined to continue with the same relentless spirit that drove everyone to excel. The journey isn’t over yet, it is just beginning to unfold.

When I was a young engineer based in Mandaue, the Plant Manager at that time requested that my next essay on the company newsletter be about “Going the Extra Mile”. As I proceeded with the task, I learned then that in life, when we become committed and passionate about what we are doing, we stop counting the hours, and are willing “to go the extra mile”. Whether this is for work, family, and friends.

There are times though, that going the extra mile isn’t as easy as it seems. An example is the case of Jesus in the Gospel, when, after being successful in preaching the Good News to other towns and villages, He went to His native place and began to teach in the synagogue. However, the people took offense at Him, since Jesus is someone they know, and he’s just “a carpenter”. Instead of welcoming Him, they didn’t believe in what He was saying. This hindered Jesus’ capacity to perform miracles for His townspeople.

Just like Jesus, we will be faced with rejection even from family and friends. We realize that the most difficult to bring to the faith are those very close to us. The Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of highly successful Internet-based businesses; once said, “When selling to close friends and family, no matter how much you’re selling to them, they will always feel you’re earning their money, no matter how cheap you sell to them, they still wouldn’t appreciate it. There will always be people who do not care about your costs, time, effort, they’d rather let other people cheat them, allowing others to earn, than supporting someone they know. Because in their heart, they will always be thinking, ‘How much did he earn from me?’ instead of “How much did he save/make for me?”

When faced with this attitude, we have to go the extra mile to bring our message across. We have to find our way and not allow indifference to win. We have to explore other means. We can’t allow the enemy to defeat us just like that. At the end of the day, we take comfort in the thought that even our Lord and Savior Jesus had failures and rejections. What made it more painful is the fact that these rejections came from His own people, His fellow Israelites, the religious and elite classes of society, and even some of His disciples.

As we go on our mission, let us pray that the Holy Spirit remind us, that even with difficulties and challenges, we remain awake and humble to the fact, that our faith is both a gift and a responsibility.

The Champ

The Code of Champions seminar is very enlightening and refreshing.   Though we have received several formation in the past, this seminar gave me a new look on how we should see ourselves, not as winners nor losers but as CHAMPIONS.

Melanie Rivera

Stella Maris College, Quezon City

The GOD of Life

This Sunday’s readings speak about the God of life, who didn’t make death. He wants all people to experience fullness of life and emphasizes that He didn’t create death, but that the devil brought death to the world. The root of all fear is death. Every anxiety, worry, indecisiveness is anchored on fear. This instinct for fear though has an upside to it; it gives us the ability to avoid untimely death. However, it can also lead us to greed and afraid to share resources to a neighbor in need. We are fearful because we think death is the end. However, death is not the finish line, it is just the beginning of eternity.

Whatever endangers life doesn’t come from Him but from people’s sin and wrongdoing.

In the Gospel, Jesus affirms He is the God of life. He healed a woman afflicted with hemorrhage for twelve years. While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.

All of us are still a work in progress. God intends us to live and fulfill our mission and purpose. Meaning: God will heal our diseases and ailments, and prevent untimely death to claim its victim. Just like the woman with affliction and the dead daughter of Jairus. Every time we encounter difficulties, we shouldn’t feel so bad and give up. The Master Potter is still at work, ensuring that we become stronger and sustain our life, so that we may also give life to others. Let us ask Jesus to give us the strength to approach difficulties with the joy of a saint, always looking at the future side of things: winning the ultimate pearl of great price.