What are you waiting for?

I used to be a very impatient person. My family and friends could attest to this. But when I reached my 20s, I made a resolve to be patient and participate in God’s mysteries instead of just anticipa...

When sin enters the human soul

My sinful heart was able to survive in the last 2 months without confession; but… This may sound small, but not being able to receive communion and experience the completeness of Mass bothered ...

Want to be free? Do this!

Today, the second batch of Grade 4 students came to the chapel with a list of their sins. After they confess, a basket awaits them. Before they leave, they need to tear up their list into pieces. I w...

When Kids Cry at Confession

Today, I witnessed the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at work in kids. Student 1: Teacher! I am so afraid! Student 2: I feel so scared, too. I then gave a little pep talk about praying to t...

4S’s for a Solid Lent

Just what is it that people do during Lent, aside from watch The Passion on television? Here are some possible practical points for the 4 S’s during Lent: Silence – (1) Set a daily ‘quiet gift space’...

Healing Souls

I just finished hearing confessions of our students in Ateneo de Zamboanga. I am back in my room. Resting. And praying for them. I cannot deny — it’s very tiring to listen to the sins of ...

I got my soul vaccinated

Last night, I was bitchy, cold, and manipulative. I had negative thoughts about myself and about others. I yelled at my sister and we quarrelled a lot. We exchanged hurtful words and I felt like I wa...