“How do we love God, an invisible God if we do not love our brothers and sisters?”
This is one of the question posed to us during the ‘Way of Life’ (WOL) Weekend I had an opportunity to attend just this Saturday, thank God! (Many thanks to kapatid Paulo Quiogue for the picture below.)
The WOL Weekend is Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon (ALNP)-Makati’s way of introducing our ‘way of life’ to our newly committed members. This is also our way of ‘passing on the tradition’ of this gift that we have received and how the Lord thru the Holy Spirit encouraged our community to expand and grow since 1984 until today. The topics covered are:
1) Honor and Respect
2) Upbuilding Speech and Encouragement
3) Financial Stewardship
As a three-year member of the single young professional Christian community ALNP, the Lord have called me and be in the witness of how brothers and sisters serve one another. And sadly to tell you the truth, it is much easier to show love to my brothers and sisters in the ALNP community than my own family =(
Do you remember this scene?
Just like in the film of Lilo and Stitch, there are times in the family where there are differences of each individual that one cannot do anything but just respect what they want and just utter a silent prayer. I have just experienced that and my heart is crying…
I realized that my job as a disciple of Christ was not to undertake grandiose projects but just to take the next step as faithfully as I could, being open to God’s presence in the next person or the next situation.
– Abbot Jerome Kodell
(or my family…)
I recall this reminder from Blessed Pope John Paul II on His Apostolic Exhortation on the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World:
In all these different situations let prayer, the source of light and strength and the nourishment of Christian hope, never be neglected (Familiaris Consortio, Art. 77)
Let me lend the prayer shared by my sister in Christ April Gamil:
My Neighbor, My Self
Today, Lord, my life will be touching other lives, and
my prayer is that no one I meet today will be damaged by
No one, because of me, will have more despair and less hope.
No one, because of me, will have more sadness and less joy.
No one, because of me, will have more sickness and less health.
No one, because of me, will have more doubt and less faith.
No one, because of me, will feel more of life’s chill and
less of life’s warmth.
There are only a few lives so close to mine that I have the
power to make a lot of difference, but there are many lives in
which I can make a little difference, and part of my service to
You is to pay enough attention to even the day’s briefest and
most casual encounters so that life will seem a bit better and
brighter to all whose paths intersect with mine.
May they see in me goodwill and kindness.
May they see in me humor when humor is fitting.
May they see in me honesty.
May they see in me a respect for them.
Without saying a word about faith, my manner can make
its witness to the faith I hold. And should the witness of my
words be called for, help me to speak with clarity and grace
about the faith that is in me. Amen.
Have we realized that we are given the capacity to love through our own bodies? After uttering a silent prayer to the Lord to unite our family (and also all families in the world), I have kissed my father and mother hoping that in that kiss all pains and words hurt are washed away…
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).