The New Pope and the Old Catholic Church

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Photo: www.yahoo.com

I have just seen a video of Pope Francis on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila and I was touched deep in my heart. The visit is indeed a very significant event for all of us. It is a symbol of hope and celebration of Filipino resilience. The act also emphasizes the Pope’s mission to bring the Church closer to the people by understanding our deepest needs and our responsibilities towards each other. Continue reading

Something Terrible Could Have Happened Today (Notes from my Diary)

Mindanao AdviceToday, I was reminded about the value of being firm with a decision. It is not a matter of being in the right or wrong situation. It is a matter of deciding what will be the best for the project and the persons involved. A wrong decision can easily destroy a good possibility, so we have to be very careful. One of my clients helped me generate this insight by seeing him very unsteady upon listening to different opinions without the ability to proceed with his mission; to land a deal successfully, and instead got angry because of misunderstanding and fear. Continue reading

Working Abroad? Be Prepared for “Blood, Sweat and Tears”

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Photo: www.focusonpoverty.org

One of the most difficult decisions in life is leaving your family behind in search for work abroad. It is a decision that should be thought of carefully since this could escalate to a very bad experience. A return to unemployment and poverty makes many swallow terrible conditions in “the promised land” of their choice. It is hard to lose face, so low paid slave work and bad living conditions often appear as better solutions. Continue reading