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Men must say ‘Thank you,’ too, dear

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RICHARD Cepeda Go and Marina Benipayo

I always tell my friends that I am fortunate and thankful to have found Marina. The blessing that she is to my life becomes part of the conversation whenever I meet up with these friends.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

A year for gratitude


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Every year, at around this time, my word for the following year finds me. For 2010, it was grace, and true enough I found it in abundance that year—in the events that conspired to make things happen, in the people I met, in every little blessing that I was given. For 2011, the word given to me was surrender. All throughout that year, I found myself in situations that helped teach me the very difficult lesson of learning how to let go. Although there continue to be times when I continue to grapple with it, overall, at the close of 2011 there was no longer any fear—that I could let go of whatever it was and God would catch me, or provide for me, each and every time.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A life lived in gratitude leads to sharing

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“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) Today is Gaudete Sunday, one of two Sundays in the liturgical year when the priest wears rose-colored vestments. (The other Sunday is the third Sunday of Lent.)

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Five ways to boost your kindness quotient


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Can you find the happy in the crappy? Life has taught me that yes I can for as long as I draw from the three G’s—God’s grace, gratitude and giving. God’s grace, author Anne Lamott likes to say, meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us. Consistently, I must say, His grace never fails, no matter how often and for as long as it takes.

Posted: November 4th, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Let’s bring back the habit of saying ‘thank you’

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This is probably a very appropriate topic to start this year’s series. Since we have just finished the gift-giving frenzy of the holidays, it is an opportune time to discuss gratitude.

Posted: January 11th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

Grace is given to the humble

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Last Monday, the Gospel reading was about the centurion (Luke 7:1-10) who interceded for his slave. It is interesting to note that this centurion was an outsider among the Jewish community. A perfect candidate to be hated, being the Roman conqueror and an officer at that. As the story unravels, though, he defies all expectations or stereotypes. He is the kindest person you could meet. He helps the Jewish community and goes out of his way to plead for the healing of his slave. Talking about genuine kindness and humility, this centurion is worth emulating.

Posted: September 18th, 2011 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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