Our Purpose

    Do you ever wonder what you’re here for? Why you are here on Earth? Why do you exist? What’s our purpose? Before answering those questions, let’s find out what purpose actually means.

    Purpose is the aim or goal of something. It is the reason why something is done.

    Now that we’ve got that sorted, let’s get our heads focused on this topic. Many people have already found their purpose, but many are still struggling to find their calling. I am one of those and if you are too, you are definitely not alone. I’ve met quite a lot of people who have their whole life planned out. They know what college they would like to go to, what course they’re going to take, and what job they want to have in the future. As for me, I have absolutely no idea.

    There have been plenty of times where I question my existence. I would wonder if I was made to do great things or to just be in the sidelines. It was only recently where I genuinely felt like my life won’t go anywhere, but God spoke to me. He gave me an answer through a Christian Living lesson. He told me everyone is created for a reason.

    God gave us special skills and abilities and we should never hide them. We must use them to bring Him glory. Now, this is what struck me the most. We are not called to succeed all the time. We may fail, but we shouldn’t lose hope. Being a golfer who started quite late, I tend to rush things.  I want to be like those golfers you see on TV and on magazines, but I know it won’t happen immediately. The reason why this hit me is because I tend to make so many mistakes on the golf course and get upset about it. I have to keep reminding myself that to get to the top, I have to endure obstacles first. I will fail, but I won’t give up. I will fall, but I will thank God for each trial. Once I finally have a victory, I will praise Him. Through everything, He’s been by my side no matter what.

    We may not realize what life has in store for us now, but we shouldn’t worry! God has a plan for each of us and we shouldn’t lose faith.

Our Lolo Kiko

    Throughout this whole post, I’m going to tell you about someone who has made others smile, laugh, and even cry. No, he’s not a celebrity or even a band member. Makes you think, right? The person I’m going to talk about is none other than Pope Francis, one who has given hope to many people.

    Did you know his name is actually Jorge Mario Bergoglio? He is more commonly known as Francis or Pope Francis nowadays. He was born in Argentina on December 17, 1936 and if I did the maths correctly, he is 78 or 79 years old. You might think that he served the church ever since he was a child, but believe it or not, he worked as a bouncer for a night club. Pretty different to what he’s doing now, right? Aside from that, he even had a childhood sweetheart. He wrote her a letter once saying that he would like to marry her and if she didn’t say yes, he would become a priest! Well, I think we all know how that turned out.

    He’s now a pope. With him being the head of the Catholic church, he has quite a lot of quotable quotes. In my opinion, quotes inspire me because they show how words can be powerful and how they can motivate you to do something great. On that note, I’ve decided to collect three of Pope Francis’s sayings that I am fond of:

1) Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things! 

2) To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us. 

3) If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?

    To me, these quotes are what I think we should all remember.

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Trust In Him

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3: 5-6

 

I’ve been reading the Bible lately and I’ve finally declared that Proverbs 3: 5-6 are added to the list of my favorite verses. If I start feeling lost, I would go back to this verse and read it again. I feel like this would definitely put me at ease!

We’ve been reading that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. In other words, He is all-knowing, all powerful, and all present.

Whenever we have problems, we can always turn to Him. God is protecting us 24/7 and is watching over us all the time. He is everywhere! He is in the smallest crack and in the biggest expanse. In this century, quite a lot of people tend to stray away from their faith. We forget that God is with us and is available whenever we need Him, but He’s always here!

One more thing…everyone has their own sets of problems, right? God consistently guides us through them. There are 7 billion people in the world and He still manages to help us with the smallest problem we have. His love for us is beyond words and His greatness is beyond our thoughts. If you feel down, remember that He is there for you. He knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. Keep that in mind!

I’ve been asked to write my own version of Proverbs 3: 5-6. Here it is!

Trust in the Lord and not in your own thoughts. God is always there to guide us if we stray away. He will make us a better person.

We Are One

  As most of you know, Pope Benedict XVI has resigned from his position as pope of the Catholic Church. Was it the right decision? What are the Catholics doing about it? What’s going to happen next? Well, I’m guessing Pope Benedict resigned because of his health. I don’t really know if it was the right decision or not, but I’m pretty sure he’s doing what God asked him to do.

   I was watching news yesterday and I saw that millions of people went to hear Pope Benedict’s last Mass. As in millions! I was pretty shocked. I thought that the Catholics were going to “hate” Pope Benedict, but no. It was the opposite. We all the more joined together as one community to pray for him. Pope Benedict also said that he isn’t leaving his faith which is good. He resigned mainly because of his health and not because of us Catholics.

   A few days ago, I was reading my Christian Living lesson and it was about how the Church is a community. I can really relate this to the pope’s resignation because we still act as one community by  supporting Pope Benedict. As Catholics, even though we don’t have a pope, we still have to contribute in fulfilling our Christ-given mission. We have to spread the Gospel, live out the Gospel, and serve the community. We must always do acts of service to the sick, poor, lonely, and other suffering people. The pope himself served us. We serve others back. We must be good examples to others, so they can be good examples to others, too. I’m going to end this post with an all-time favorite verse of mine and a prayer for Pope Benedict. 
 Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. 

Dear Lord, 
Thank you for giving us a pope who cares for us and serves us just like you did.
Now that we know he has resigned, please take care of him. Please take care of us Catholics. 
Please give us a new pope just as good as Pope Benedict. 
Amen.