Sunday, October 31, 2010

The True Measure Of Wealth

October 31, 2010

Dear Kristina,

Being thankful is powerful. It has explosive power. When you’re thankful,
you unlock your happiness. You unlock your peace. You unlock the storeroom
of my blessings. And you unlock your wealth.


P.S. Kristina, I’ve always told you this but I like repeating myself:
Wealth is not measured by how much money you have. It’s measured by how
thankful you are.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

What Core Gifts Are For

Dear Kristina,

Make your strength — whatever it is — even stronger. Because that's your special gift to the world.

Wow me,

P.S. Develop your core gift, Kristina. By using it, you tell the world how great I am.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Real Success

October 28, 2010

Dear Kristina,

There are two types of successful people in the world. First are those who
are successful in one field only—but are dismal failures in other areas.
Which isn’t really success at all.

The second are those who are successful in all the most important areas of
their lives.

Abundant Blessings,

P.S. I made you to be the second type, Kristina.


I just discovered this website with awesome videos.

A link to my personal favorite ... enjoy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Short Prayer Before I Fall Asleep

Thank you Lord Jesus for a fruitful day. I may be tired but I know that You are with me still. Your miracles keep on coming. Thank you Lord for Your never-ending kindness and Your guidance, wisdom and enlightenment. I am grateful most especially for the gifts that you have given me, especially the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May Your love continue to reign in my heart so that as I surrender myself to You each day, I will see Your constant presence in my life and never again surrender to anyone or anything other than You. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour, my Redeemer, my God. I will praise Your name forever Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Word of the day: Yipee!

October 27, 2010

Dear Kristina,

Do you need a blessing? Close your eyes, send out an order, and be at
peace. Live life to the full as though you already have what you need.
Soon, the blessing that you need will come rolling down at your feet.


P.S. Just a warning: Sometimes, the blessing that will arrive may not be in
the model you ordered for. Rather, it’ll be a newer, upgraded, classier
version. Hope you don’t mind the last minute change, Kristina.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Am Grateful -- Early Christmas Gift!

I got this in my inbox today. Exciting news. Yay! And it goes:

Dear Misty,

As you know there's an upcoming Webinar (online live question and answer) on November 3,2010. Wednesday in the evening. Who can attend? Those who attended the online VA seminar (they did it by downloading the materials) and those who will attend the Oct 29/this friday seminar.

In that webinar our guest is from CEBU, a VA and here's her ENTIRE SUCESS STORY for you to read up and hopefully be inspired to take the steps she took.

See you online or on FRIDAY.

Now live a marvelous life,

Jomar Hilario

Thank You God! :)

I Am Grateful to be one of Your children Lord

Dear Kristina,

I don't exempt my children from making mistakes. If I did, then I'd be exempting them from receiving higher wisdom, profound growth and great success. For all these wonderful gifts come through making mistakes.

Don't stop trying,

P.S. I'll share your victories and I'll share your failures. We're in this together, Kristina.

Thank you, Lord Jesus. I'm ready to make mistakes and fail ... Ready for wisdom, growth and success now too ... as long as You're with me, nothing can beat us. Never mind the growing pains. I can take it cuz I'm a big girl now. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

I Serve Through My Core Gifts (Surprise!)

October 26, 2010

Dear Kristina,

You’re an expert. You just don’t know about it yet.

So I’m telling you,

P.S. Strut your stuff, Kristina. Tell the world how you can serve.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Open The Eyes of My Heart Lord

Dear Kristina,

I love my creation. I get a high just looking at trees and stars and moons and mountains and seas and skies. I hope you do too. Open your eyes to see my wondrous beauty in them.

Master Craftsman,

P.S. You'll meet me there, Kristina.

You be you -- God

October 24, 2010

Dear Kristina,

The world needs someone as awesome and wonderful as you are.  The world hungers for heroes, models, guideposts, signs of hope, beacons of magnanimity. Take your place. Live your life.

You’re brilliant,

P.S. If you won’t be you, no one else will, Kristina.

Wow! The Answer to My Incessant Question -- What Is My Purpose In Life?

October 23, 2010

Dear Kristina,

I’ve called you to serve me with your talent. Be willing to make mistakes.
Be willing to fail. 


P.S. Be willing to be a fool for me, Kristina.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Create A Hunger - Give!

Dear Kristina,

Tithing is a doorway of blessing. Because when you give your money away, you create hunger. It's this hunger that makes people wealthy. People with hunger work harder. People who don't have hunger become complacent.  


P.S. Remain hungry, Kristina. Give your money away.

Alicia Keys - Tell you something - Nana's Reprise

Lord teach me to listen, to read between the lines, to understand, to console, to give more of myself without expecting anything in return. Thank you Jesus for giving me such a loving family. Thank you for giving me time to bond with my Lola. Mama Mary, please tell my Mama and Papa I miss them and love them. May they rest in peace. This I ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

For everyone else, hope you enjoy this video and appreciate your loved ones more. I hope to do the same from now on.

The Reason Why My Heart Still Sings

I love my Lola. And I just realized today how she and my Lolo raised me from infancy to adulthood. I was laughing so hard cuz of her story. When I was just a few months old, she would eat puto while I was sitting on her lap and since I kept begging to be fed, she would give me a bit for two. No wonder I was weaned before I turned one. My Lola is amazing. Such a strong, inspiring woman. Very religious, very kind. I just never realized it til now. I'm just grateful it's not yet too late. I intend to spend as much time as I can with her while she's still with us. Life gets in the way sometimes but now I promise myself I will make time. I love you Lola. I bless you in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Today's Gospel (Blessed Sunday Everyone!)


The only thing we should really take pride in for is our obedience to the will of God — and even this is a gift to us from God, a result of His grace. We should be proud of ourselves when we stand for the truth and cooperate with God’s grace in our lives. We should always resist the thought that we did it under our own strength because this is a lie. True prayer and true humility come only from lives of obedience to God’s will. Let us seek to be an example of this to others.

Luke 18:9-14
9 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. 10 “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ 13 But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

my reflections
t h i n k : True prayer and true humility come only from obedience to God’s will.

Why I Will Always Be Grateful

Dear Kristina,

I have noticed that those who forget where they've come from lose their gratitude quickly. And they complain and become unhappy. Never do that. Always look back and give thanks. Seeing how far you've gone will keep you always grateful.

Awed by what you're becoming,

P.S. Be grateful, Kristina. Your peace depends on it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

For The Sake Of The Call -- My Version

For the first time in weeks I was finally able to chat with my Father for longer than 10 minutes. FYI, calls to cellphones in Italy are sooooo expensive! I was so happy when my Papa said "Pronto?" This will probably be my word of the week, or so I think. I was so excited and nervous that my words kept pouring out like a faucet that was left open until my Papa finally said it was time to say bye bye. I have a feeling he could no longer understand me that well. Whenever I talk too fast, the language barrier steps in and poof! The magic is gone, for the night at least.

The thing is, my heart is kind of heavy right now. I know it's because we're miles apart and I have yet to see my father for the second time. I know, drama. I sooo want to fly to Rome right now and surprise my Papa. But the trepidation creeps back in. Will his family (my family too right?) accept me? Will they welcome me with open arms and warm embrace? In short, will I be accepted or rejected?

Rejection has always been my issue since birth. Actually, the one who pointed that out was one of the leaders at St. Mary's Little Children in Talisay, Cebu. Yes, she hit the mark right on target. And I've been haunted by that word ever since. I've shied away from potential friends, boyfriends, lovers ... you get the picture. I even wanted to join the convent at one point. But then I changed my mind. And I've been asking myself if that was the worst decision I ever made. Until now, I feel like I said "No" to God by saying no to joining the Carmelites. Yes, I was invited, I heard and felt the call, I knew where I was meant to go but still I said "No."

Can you imagine the guilt I've been carrying around since then. I feel like such a selfish, immature, horrible person for rejecting His call. Can you imagine my surprise when a local priest who I confessed this guilt to told me "You're not meant for the convent because you fall in love."

What? I was shocked and amazed at the same time because, embarrassing as it was, the priest hit the mark yet again. Yes, unfortunately, I do fall in love oh so easily. I fall in love (or like) at first sight or I develop feelings for guy friends who I allow to get close enough. And then, when one of them reciprocates, I head for the hills! Hey, if anyone has any advice on how to deal with this problem, please let me know k? lol.

Anyway, my story is filled with so many blessing and so many heartbreaks, but looking back now, I realize that the blessings outweigh the heartbreaks by tons. Immeasurable blessings, rewards probably for those times that I've been good. But wait, God isn't like that. He gives in equal measures and He can never be outgiven. I guess the only prayer that hasn't been answered (aside from seeing my Father again) is having a baby, a baby girl. I've always wanted one and I don't know why I turn away every time God sends someone my way who could potentially help bring that dream alive.

Silly me for wanting a baby that I can't have on my own (the reproduction part). I know there are artificial means but I say "NEVER!" to that. In vitro? No way! (No offense to others out there who want this.) Yes, there's adoption but I want my own baby. Plus, I've always told myself that I don't want my future baby to grow up without a father like me. (Wait, I had my grandpa as my first Papa but you get the drift.) The trauma would be too much for any child and I don't want to inflict that on another human being, especially my own flesh and blood. No, I don't blame my Mama or my Papa for my past, and I certainly don't blame God. I've stopped doing that and I don't wanna go down that road again. Too much poison, too much drama. Too tired for that.

And now Mariah is singing "I Wanna Know What Love Is" so I think it's time to close shop for the night. lol. There you go. Now you know part of my story. It's still TBC (to be continued) so we'll see. I place all my trust in Jesus because I know He will never desert me and He never disappoints. I guess He's saying "Wait!" I don't know what the future holds but I sure hope that someday, somewhere, someone is waiting to love me. And then the baby will follow. This I ask, in Jesus' name. Amen.

How Our Tears Can Heal Us

Use your tears to make you more mature. Stronger. Wiser. Always ask yourself the question, "What is this experience teaching me?" -- Fill Your Life with Miracles -- Bo Sanchez

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

God Made Me (and You) Incredible

Dear Kristina,

I don't know why you don't strut your superpowers more often. Shy? False humility?  Thinking of what others will say? Afraid that you'll lose a few friends because they'll be intimidated? Let them be. Let them think what they want to think. You be you.

The Original Super,
P.S. Just be who you are, (Name). I made you incredible. So shine with the brilliance of a zillion stars.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Because God Wants Me To Share My Success Story

I got this interesting email from Jomar the other week called "Our Success Itemized" and decided to hit reply. After all, what do I have to lose. As I was writing this, I realized how much I've grown as a person and as a Christian. This is awesome!

Here's the deal: We have to share details about our life, who we are, what we do, our past successes and failures, how we got to where we are, our goals ... okay I'm adding some stuff into this. Please bear with me. Anyway, the end result is you discover who you were, who you have become and who you want to be in the future.

This is my story. Hope you enjoy it! :)

I'm a 34 year old writer and I've been writing virtually my whole life. For some reason though, I have this horrible fear of speaking in public and talking in front of a crowd. In College, I conquered my fears of public speaking by joining our university’s oratorical speaking contest where I spoke using my own writing, froze midway and did not place at all.

The next year my teacher convinced me to give it another shot, this time as an extemporaneous speaker (goosebumps now, remembering the trepidation). The question? What's your stand on death penalty? I had just researched and written an article about it for our student paper and felt strongly against it so expressing my opinion backed by data got me first place. That was probably the highlight of my college life (aside from the EIC gig) cuz activist that I am, I didn’t join graduation. So the trophy was smaller than the declamation contest winner but the feeling was both humbling and empowering. Praise God!

I joined our student paper freshman year and became an EIC on my third year in college. Then I became an activist. J

I applied and got a student correspondent gig at a local daily (Sun Star) where I learned from the best in editorial and news writing. Being a student writer rocks! So glad I decided not to ditch our student paper to join the dance troupe. Seriously!

After college I joined an NGO and worked with grassroots women, educating them and doing research at the same time. I miss that experience so much!

After a couple of odd jobs, I joined an American publishing company as a junior editor then took an exam, became a senior editor then became managing editor. That was an awesome learning experience all on its own. Learned much about myself as a person and as a writer-editor.

I applied for another American company, a manufacturing company at MEPZ 2, as a Technical Writer. It was both the best and worst time I’ve ever had. The nerves, the endless round of exams and interviews, it was enough to bring me to tears in our local church. Thankfully, I got called first (I still can’t believe it til now cuz there was a veteran journalist from CDN during the interview) and got in!

I joined countless journalism seminars, educational discussions, leadership trainings, Jomar Hilario's VA seminar and Internet Marketing Workshop – it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! Thank God!

I also joined several online learning groups, most of them run by Bo Sanchez like the Truly Rich Club, and then a few international online trainings like the Challenge, Stephen Pierce and other mentors that offered their services for little or no fee.

I’ve read so many books – those that come to mind are books and eBooks written by Bo Sanchez (in order, from memory: 1. Thank God He’s Boss 2. How to Make Your Life Beautiful 3. Your Past Does Not Define Your Future 4. How to Turn Thoughts Into Things 5. How to Know If Your Dreams Are God’s Dreams, etc.

I also read the Purpose Driven Life, which was both eye opening and mind boggling. Seriously, it helped turn my life around. Now I’m constantly seeking my purpose and each day is a revelation for which I am grateful.

I read the first and last part of the autobiography of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and it was very enlightening. For some reason, I have this tendency to be impatient when reading. I either count pages til I get to the end or scan and choose the best parts. At times I skip to the end just to know how it all wraps up. I know. Cheating! lol. That's what makes reading fun for me. The variety. No one tells me how to read my books and I love that!

I also love fantasy books so I’ve read all of the Chronicles of Narnia books, Harry Potter books (except the last one, for some reason I no longer wanted to). I’m also a fan of Terry Brooks (thanks to a close friend, who got me hooked, in a good way) so I’ve read most of his books. Now I’ve got the Genesis of Shannara series waiting for me to pick them up again. Yes, I was reviewing Armageddon’s Children.

I’ve also read some books from the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series (back when I was in debt after my mama died and money was tight), some books about getting out of credit card debt, etc.

Obviously, I failed at controlling my spending habits which meant at one time I had 5 credit cards all at once (3 from one bank). Kind of traumatic. Thank God for my Lola and Papa who were lifesavers. And having Social Security and PAG-IBIG also helped. Of course, a stable source of income helped too. But without my family, I would've been totally lost. They're a BIG part of my secret to success.

Another failure, I couldn’t settle my Mama’s hospital debt, which meant I had to wait many years before my Papa and Lola could bail me out of that one. I’m talking threats of lawsuits, etc. It was awful!

Minor failure back in college, I wanted to run for Student Council president in my 4th year in college, became the party’s chairperson instead.

Major setback, I turned my back (literally and figuratively) on fulfilling my dreams of becoming a lawyer because I got disillusioned with the justice system, which it seems can be bought. Tsk tsk tsk. I’m not one to judge but being a student activist does have its advantages. It opened my eyes to reality, thank God!

In a way, it was probably God's way of telling me I was never meant to be a lawyer. I love being a writer and I intend to be one all my life. J

I succeeded at being a student leader, journalist, writer, editor, copyeditor, copywriter … been writing since grade school and I so enjoy it!

Thank God I also succeeded at my online writing career. There have been ups and downs, been through a scam (or 2 or 3!) but lesson learned, I’ve moved on and I believe I’m doing what I’m meant to do.

I have a feeling that God is guiding me right where He wants me to be. Writer for life. My life’s dreams, which I am confident are also God’s dreams. I want spiritual maturity first and foremost. That road is kind of hard but I promised myself I would stop complaining and always be grateful no matter what.

I've been praying for financial abundance (and maturity) so that I can share my blessings with my family and loved ones and hopefully my community. Glaucoma is now my number one enemy. Both my father and grandma have it and they need surgery, I guess. This is on my wishlist this year that can't be written on Amazon. I've been praying for a miracle but I guess God has a reason for saying "Wait!"

I want to travel – visit my Papa in Italy and meet our relatives, especially my nephew, who is now 7 years old! I want to pursue and keep writing as my hobby and source of income, which is exactly where I am right now. I also want to learn more new things, visit other places, maybe migrate somewhere (Australia, I hope). J

Right now, I’m happy where I belong. I want to learn more about Internet Marketing and how to earn from it, become better at managing my tasks and others in the future, still to aid my other goals actually.

In one sentence, my personal goal is to find my place in this world, just as God has intended – no doubts, no confusion – servant of God all the way.

My biggest investment? I think my computer. I had to take out two loans just to buy it. Lol. Looking back now, it was foolish at the time but I am grateful cuz today it’s my instrument – both for work and for fun! Writing has become so much fun since I got this mini pc. It’s a bit worn out now but it still lets me do my work so I can’t complain (not all the time). Who knows? Maybe someday I can publish my very own book. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

And yes, I’m still eyeing that iMac. J

Wow! This truly is eye-opening. I learned so much and now my path is clear. I am both a writer and a servant of God. God's writer-servant.

Give til It Hurts ... and Keep on Giving

October 12, 2010

Dear Kristina,

When you give, it must hurt you. When you give, it must shake you up. When
you give, it must disturb your existence. When you give, it must wake you
up from your complacency. When you give, it must rock you so much, it
creates a hunger in you to keep on gaining what you have given so that you
can keep on giving.


P.S. Kristina, that is why this pain heals. This pain gives joy. This pain
blesses you.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Be Motivated By Your Strengths

Dear Kristina,

Be motivated by your strengths, not by your weaknesses. Be motivated by your loves, not by your fears.

Have a blast,

P.S. Kristina, if you're driven by your weaknesses and fears, you can still succeed, but you will end up angry, lonely and fearful at the top of the mountain. That's not you.  Because that's not me, Kristina.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Today's Gospel: Whatever you need to do to grow in faith, start doing it now.

This parable not only challenges us to ensure that we express gratitude for the goodness of God towards us, but it also reminds us that so often in the past, it is foreigners that have shown the way for those who are supposed to be the people of faith. It is shameful that this is the case as it is men and women of faith who ought to be the example for the foreigner — the one who supposedly has no faith. At least he has manners, which is more than can be said for the other nine.

Luke 17:11-19
11 As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him 13 and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” 14 And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; 16 and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? 18 Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” 19 Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

my reflections
t h i n k : Whatever you need to do to grow in faith, start doing it now.

Today's Psalm: God Reveals His Saving Power

Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) 2 The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R)


One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice. – Luke 17:15

Lepers were outcasts. They were treated as foremost sinners, manifestations of which were obvious on their skin. Today’s “spiritual lepers” don’t stand at a distance. They mingle with people and appear normal. Yet inside they’re the ones decaying with compounded sins and feelings of emptiness. The symptoms? Let’s spell out L-E-P-E-R:
L-ust satisfies the cravings of the body, both food and sexual, leading to poor health and at worst depression.
E-nvy desires what others have while ignoring what one has. Shakespeare coined the expression “green-with-envy” because this tarnishes one’s soul with insatiable want. 
P-ride makes people oblivious of others. They deprive themselves of authentic joy earned through service.
E-nticements create the saddest people who can only afford the costly things. Real happiness is both costless and priceless.
R-esentment accounts for the things that hurt and brings on physical maladies. The saying is true: the best cure is forgiveness.
Are you a LEPER? What’s your symptom? Avail of God’s healing mercy and grace. Obet Cabrillas (

What symptoms of sinfulness do I feel right now? It might be time to approach the throne of grace. 

Have mercy on me, O Lord, and deliver me from the roots of decay inside me.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Unsatisfied Desires Can Bring Change

Dear Kristina,

Are you unsatisfied? That's a gift. Because only unsatisfied desires can stir you to change.

Disturbing you,

P.S. Find out why you're unsatisfied. I'm certain it will lead you to me, Kristina.

Things I Didn't Know About Spiritual Hypothermia

October 9, 2010

Dear Kristina,

Some people have spiritual hypothermia. They’ve become so comfortable in
life, they’ve become soft. They’ve become lax.  They’ve become sleepy. And
their life has become meaningless.  They have no more burning dreams in
their lives. And they’ve started to die a slow death.

Not about you,

P.S. Keep awake, Kristina.

You're Always A Winner - Just Face Your Fears

Dear Kristina,

What are you afraid of? Unless you face your fears, you will never defeat the imaginary monsters in your head. So go. Take that step. Push through it. 

I'll never leave you,

P.S. When you face your fears, even if you fail, you've won. Your monsters have been defanged. The road is now clear to try again. In my heart, you're always a winner, Kristina.

Thank You God. Amen.


Jesus always has a surprise coming for those who follow Him. In the Gospel today, they thought they had already grasped fully the person of Jesus by praising the womb that carried Him. But Jesus would always raise it to the highest level. Not that He disregarded the praise given to His mother, but He wanted His disciples to realize that blessedness is not determined by biological relations.

“Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and live it.” In the Beatitudes, Jesus enumerated who are blessed. The common idea of being blessed is to possess riches, power, authority and other things that are treasured in this world. Unfortunate is one who is wanting of those things. But the Lord Jesus corrects that idea. To be blessed is to be a listener and follower of the Word of God. The blessedness is not in one’s status but in how it is lived. If you are poor because of your faithfulness to God (not wanting to acquire riches by stealing, deceiving, or killing), you are blessed. Just the same, if you are rich, happy, free and popular, you can be blessed if you attained your status as a result of living your faith well.

Therefore, we cannot simply be comfortable with the sacraments we receive. Together with those sacraments are the graces that will help us become sanctified — the tasks to live them. One who receives the forgiveness of God in the sacrament of reconciliation must try hard not to sin anymore and prove to God that he is worthy of forgiveness. A participant in the Eucharist must be aware of the presence of Christ in his life when he receives the Lord in communion. The sacrament of marriage makes the couple a witness to the love of Jesus for the Church and vice versa. Depending on the graces of the sacraments, the baptized Christian is expected to live them and not just be contented with having received them, and await them to magically transform him. Let us live up to being called Christians (followers of Christ). Following Him can only happen when we have heard, understood and lived His Word. No matter how difficult it can be at times, our best move is still to follow it. And in doing so, we will be in the best of hands — the hands of God. Fr. Benny Tuazon

Reflection Question:
How much do you trust God especially in difficult situations? Do you rely on His Word? Do you see yourself in His good hands? 

I thank You, Lord, for keeping me in the palm of Your hands. Guide me thay I may be worthy to be called Your follower. Amen.

St. Louis Bertrand, pray for us.

Source: Today's Gospel Reflections c/o KerygmaFamily at

Today's Psalm (My Favorite)


Psalm 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
2 Sing to him, sing his praise, proclaim all his wondrous deeds. 3 Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! (R) 4 Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly. 5 Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought, his portents, and the judgments he has uttered. (R) 6 You descendants of Abraham, his servants, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! 7 He, the LORD, is our God; throughout the earth his judgments prevail. (R)

Today's Gospel & Reflections


This is one of the shortest Gospel readings in the liturgy; you only need to be distracted for a moment and you will miss it. Yet, the message it contains is one of the most important we can hear. It is the centerpiece of the Gospel in fact; it is doing the Word of God, that is  obedience, that counts in the long run. Let us stop for a while today and reflect upon this truth.

Luke 11:27-28
27 While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the  breasts at which you nursed.” 28 He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

my reflections
think: Obedience to the Word of God is what counts in the long run.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Choose Another Path - The Right One!

October 8, 2010

Dear Kristina,

When an obstacle is in front of you, it simply means there are better paths elsewhere. Paths that are a hundred times better, a thousand times better, a million times better!


P.S. So excited for you, Kristina.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why Anger is Harmful

Dear Kristina,

I invented anger to mobilize you to change something that may harm you and your loved ones. Anger is for those times when you need bursts of energy. But never a constant companion!

Your Teacher,
P.S. Anger is acid, Kristina. It cleans dirt. But if it stays too long, it destroys.  Faultfinders, the mistrustful and the irritable don’t know how anger is destroying them little by little. Use anger sparingly, Kristina.

The Law of Giving

October 7, 2010

Dear Kristina,

When you violate the Law of Giving, you curse yourself. What kind of curse?
The curse of small living. When you don’t give, you condemn yourself to a
small life. There are millionaires who seem big on the outside but are
small on the inside—because they don’t give. They’re so selfish, they’re
trapped in their small worlds.

Not my plan,

P.S. You’re not like that, Kristina. You’ve got a BIG heart!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Orphans Need A New Home -- Please Help!

Why You Don’t Get What You Want: You’re Conflicted
Here’s my big message for you: When you send out a wish, you move God’s Universe to action.
What Do You Want?
       Once upon a time, my firstborn son was a 3-month-old baby.
On one particular day I can never forget, at around 3 in the morning, this baby began to cry and he wouldn’t stop.
He was screaming his head off, “Waaaaaaa!”
       Being first-time parents, we were horrified. We didn’t know what to do. We’ve never experienced this before.
       We gave him milk. He still cried, “Waaaaaaa!”
       We tried to make him burp. He still cried, “Waaaaaaa!”
       We rubbed aceite de mansanilla on his tummy. He still cried, “Waaaaaaa!”
       We sang him a lullaby. He still cried, “Waaaaaaa!”
       We cradled him on our arms. He still cried, “Waaaaaaa!”
       After thirty minutes of non-stop crying, I was totally desperate.
       I remember kneeling in front of the . . .
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PS3. Our Orphans Need A New Home. Our present Tahanan ng Pagmamahal orphanage has now too many kids. We need to branch out. We’re looking for a new home for our orphans!
If you have a house you’re not using, or a house we can rent at very friendly prices around Metro Manila, tell us about it!
Here are the facilities we require for the orphanage:
-     Preferably in Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasig, Quezon City, or Sta. Mesa area. (If your house is outside these areas, tell us about it anyway. We’ll consider...)
-     3 Bedrooms, 2 Toilet/Bath
-     Frontyard or Backyard—so kids can play
-     Single detached house (not apartment/townhouse) because neighbors might complain that a noisy orphanage is beside them.
-     Public Elementary School just one jeepney/tricycle ride away
Please email Rey Ortega at or call him up at Tel. 09228597035. Thank you so much!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thank God for Rosary Month

I think the title should say Thank God for the Rosary but I wanted to place emphasis on this month as Rosary month. Wala lang. I just love the thought of going back to our habit of praying the rosary as a family. My lola and I have been praying the Rosary for three straight days now. It's been awesome. It was a bit hard during day 1 but eventually it became easier and the habit is now back so yay!

I so miss praying the Rosary. It makes everything light and shines a bright light on the things and areas in my life that are weighing me down. And you know what I discovered? Pride is the heaviest thing any human being can bear. It's not even worth the mention but I want to emphasize this now. Pride is horrible! It's demeaning. It takes away human dignity, both from the bearer and the people around them. Trust me, I know. It's debilitating and it gives you physical pain! Seriously! Not enough !!! can express how disgusting the effects of pride is. So I will stop here.

One thing I do know is this. I will not end a post in a negative note. Nor anything else I write or say or do for that matter. Tonight I make a pledge with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary that I will strive to avoid everything negative -- habits, thought patterns, and everything else that comes from me. That is my cross and I will bear it willingly. I say no to negativity and yes to Jesus Christ tonight! And I will stand by that promise.

And so as a closing, I will say a little prayer. Lord Jesus, please guide me, protect me from evil in all its forms. I promise to be humbly obedient to your will and I will do everything I can to praise and adore you Lord Jesus. I will glorify your name forever. Mama Mary, I pray that each night as we pray the Rosary, please bring me and my family closer to Jesus each day. This I ask in the might name of Jesus, Amen.


Mama Mary, I love you. Please remind me to pray the Rosary each day so that as you bless me and my family, I may thank you and our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, every single day. Thank you. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen.

Friday, October 1, 2010

God Wants Me to Teach Others About My System of Success

September 30, 2010

Dear Kristina,

Do you think you can teach others about “The Kristina Godinez System of


P.S. Kristina, you’ll help many, many people!

One Word. Amazing!

Wow! Perfect timing! God will not and can never be out-given. Thank you Jesus! More on this tomorrow! TGIF!