It’s my father 30th death anniversary February 14, 1986 when my Papa left this world, he had a colon cancer and survived, but did not make it when he had an heart attack. It’s a real killer. A day would not be enough to write about my father. He was my inspiration. A nationalist, a simple man, a man of honor, with dignity and humility. A man with a big heart, full of love to his family, friends and relatives, a cheerful giver.
Life is short, we don’t know where it ends. If there is some lesson I learned about life (aside from having a healthy living and believing that Health is wealth), it is about opening our hearts to love one another. Fill it with Love and share it to others. It is my prayer that our hearts be healed so we could experience Pure love, along with a forgiving heart and a heart of Jesus. Without Jesus in our hearts, there will always be emptiness. Although we may have all the wealth in life, we cannot truly achieve peace or sign of true happiness. As what my father said, “Always Love your Mom and your siblings.” That is the same message to all. LOVE not only today but everyday! Also, Happy Valentine’s Day! Hugs and kisses to all. I AM VERY BLESSED TO HAVE ALL OF YOU IN MY LIFE. Proud of you Papa. Engineer Wilfrido Sebastian AtilAno.
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As I work among patients it makes me reflect about life. Each one has its own unique personality, mindset, outlook and preferences. Each of them has their own stories. Have you think about the story of your life as it unfolds everyday. Is there any changes, meaning and substance.
Come to think about your life. Was it a choice or was it a circumstance that allowed you to be there, a reason for being. Living a life to the fullest means to be a light to others. To Serve, to love, to share. Coloring your world with a helping hand. In my work I learned to realized that in any minute one life could end and life story ends at the same time. I acknowledge that there is an end to everything but life goes on. might not be there in the end but I know there will be somebody that will continue what you shared in life. A legacy that people will remember. Your smile, your generosity, your love, and the other you. Your being you. Reflecting, Did we do good on our part as a father, a mother, a student a doctor, a priest, a driver, a messenger a neighbor or in any role. then be happy about it. Life is short, make the best of everything. Come to think of this. I am contended with my life I need no millions to be happy. I am happy because I made people happy. Family is our life. We should build it with love. True Family does not only confined in our house it extends to our church, our workplace and community. It’s our foundation. Circumstances brings you to where you are. There is always a reason for everything. It just up to you to give your best to change this reality in life. a better you. A light of the world for others. With Hope, love and peace. It starts with a small step with God as our guide. Without God we are nothing. Let God be our light to be a light for others
For many years, I take time to share my reflection. It is in this reflection that I see my inner me, my thoughts on present realities. But is this the Real me? It take time to build the real you. It’s all in your hand, we are just a clay. we create our life on what we are now. Life is not perfect, it’s full of trials and challenges. It’s full of crack we fall down but need to stand up. Fix ourself and move forward. We can deceive others but cannot deceive yourself. The other side of you. This is a your cross, and the only way to change it is when we allow God to help us in our cross in our struggles and in our sufferings. Look at the mirror. Ask yourself, Is this what the Lord wants me to be? Have I grown to be like Him. Merciful, cheerful Giver, humble, Caring, loving, peace maker, compassionate, grateful. Someday we shall be gone in this world, but honestly, it shall be the relationship that you have with people, your family, friends, your community that shall be your greatest legacy and the best judge is History. Being your true self is when you start to walk your talk. One step at a time and the first step is to find Jesus in our life. Without God we are nothing.
I wrote this note, many years ago and I reposting it to let others know how greatful am I to know God more after our PILGRIMAGE in Holy Land last September this year,
The Lord is alive! we just need to seek Him and make Him part of your life, I am not saying I am perfect follower of the Lord. There are trials in my life and spiritual struggle but I continues hold on to Him and this trials made me more stronger in my faith to Him.
Just last week Father Michael Fernandez told us in reflecting for today’s gospel that we seek him in our hearts, in our own home. We need not have to look for him in a grandeur place.
- It is in our inner self that the Lord will talk to us, ask Him and He will lead you.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s was so much enrage with the Church involvement in politics in the Philippines. It was that time that we are propagating filipinism but as we are doing it slowly I am turning away from my church. It just happened that I was invited to a music fest in Araneta collesium. Never did I realized that it will change my life. Did not know it was a charismatic praised and healing mass. There was a priest who raised the Holy Host and There I saw people being slained by the Holy Spirit. When it was pointed in my direction I felt the Lord touch my heart and changed me. The only thing I said was Lord have mercy …
I was just happy to experience this again. TJhe Lord is just awesome as when I was about to migrate for the US.symbolically he reconcile me with Cardinal Sin
I was elected as a youth Leader in the community way back in the 80’s. One speaker told us to build a legacy, a good name that will make your children be proud of you. As years went by, I became aware of the meaning of my existence. I am here to serve the community and my country. To be an agent of change, be an inspiration of the youth and lastly to work to protect and conserved Nature which became one of my Advocacy. John4Nature. Magkapit Kamay para sa Kalikasan. Let Us Join Our Hands for Nature. Service is a part of my life and been enjoying to be in a community. In 2000 I left the philipines and migrated to the United States. This is a new world for me and there is something I am thankfu for, it gave me more time for my family. Let us all treasure the quality time for the family. Life is different here in America it is a unending work. So greatful that I am part of couples for Christ with my family knowing in any time I will be called by the Lord, there is somebody that they can hold on. The greatest Father in this world. Our Father in heaven, He is the reason for Living. To know Him, Love Him and to serve HIm. salute all father’s they deserved to be honored, it is my prayer may they continue to be the priest of their families.
It amazes me to see families go to confession. There were about 50 because there are parents, siblings and children getting in line. Reflecting on this. Maybe we need to do the same, next time we go together as a family so that each one of us will experience peace and happiness within. It is a good way to receive grace from our Lord. When was the last time you went to confession. It’s about time. It’s hard but fulfilling. Posted a lot of pictures of my past. It’s about helping the youth, doing something about the community and the environment. Life is not just about helping and doing good. We are all called to evangelized. It should start from us. God is alive and he talks us in a lot of ways. A lot of people knows when they listen. It start in our hearts.
My daughter attended a retreat this weekend that made me so happy. This time as one of the servants youth volunteer catechist that helped this year’s confirmation class at St. Catherine. Indeed, my baby has grown up with a life with Jesus in her heart. It humbles me. For me that would be one of an achievement that any parent should have. Bringing their children to God. To know Him, Love Him and to serve Him. Children are such hope and gift to the world.
As she grew up, she always prayed and knowing that, makes me feel so blessed. Believing that in any time She has God to lean on in all her trials, failings, and success. I just wish she would continue to be responsible as she is. She told me last night after the weekly confirmation meeting that when parents go home from work so tire, we rest. In her case, after school, she play her sports, she have this, then still have to do some homework. She was not complaining. Maybe she was just wondering how she has been able to do this all this time. In silence, only with Jesus who comforts her.
She has her own world. I cannot push something that I wanted all the time. She has her ways. Just happy she choose Jesus as one of her priorities.
There are lot of avenue for our children to grow spiritually, Christian Youth Ministry in our parishes, we have Youth for Christ and Kids for Christ Ministry in our Couples for Christ Ministry.
Start them young. This opportunity should open up starting from us.
Parents. Let us give some rest in the arms of Jesus. Our greatest Achievement is living ourselves as a better parent, better husband and wife. We can’t really do this without God in the center of everything.