To Dream Is to Dare

 

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Have you ever dare asked yourself, “How far can I go?”. Do you believe in the famous saying, “Nothing is Impossible”?

 According to a textbook, “Our visions light our paths in moments of darkness and sustain us in the huge arena of struggle that is the outside world”. We are born in this world to live and to dream, and to achieve is the most precious incentive that we may get. When we’re a bit younger, we used to say, “I want to be a doctor”, and then tomorrow, “I want to be a teacher”, and on the next day, “What else do I want to be?”. It is not bad to dream, especially for youngsters who often change dreams almost everyday. It is just so good to imagine that while young at heart, we’re mature in mind. Dreaming is a proof that we have a vision of our lives in the future. And while growing up, we are getting to realize the importance of exerting effort together with the talents and skills we have developed on achieving what do we really want to be.

Although there are obstacles in our way, we can overcome it as long as we stick to our faith and the eagerness to pursue our dreams is alive. But despite of this, we also have to lend an ear to others. Meaning, we must listen to what they want to advice or remind us in accordance with their experiences, and use this as an armor when we get there on the battlefield.

 Dare yourself to dream. We may lie in wait for the result to come but if we will work hard and wise and if we will believe, the aftermath is success.

*Originally written on July 12, 2007, 11:41 am

 

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The Lenten Spirit

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A Palm that symbolizes the Lenten Season

Today is Sunday and it is indeed a scorchingly hot summer Sunday. And it always make me wonder why on every Lenten Season here in the Philippines, it feels like we’re toasted by the hot temperature.

Yes, this April 2014 we are celebrating (or should I say, reliving) the Lent or “Mahal na Araw” in Filipino. It is actually considered as one of the most important occassions of the Catholic religion because it was the time when Our Lord Jesus Christ died and suffered His life from the cross to save the mankind from its sin thus made Him The Savior of The World. And the Palm Sunday is the signal of the beginning of the Lent.

As my family went to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy this morning to celebrate the Palm Sunday (Linggo ng Palaspas), I was enlighted by the Priest’s homily. He said that the good thing about Filipino culture is that we pay high respect to the meaning of the occassion. He said that the palm was used by the followers of Jesus as they welcome Him and celebrated Him as their King. Traditionally, Palms were brought to the church to be blessed through sprinkling of the Holy Water, and we Filipinos put our blessed palms into our homes specifically at the front door, the windows or at the altar. The priest said that those traditions were indications that we always welcome the Lord with strong faith and glory. He told us that may the blessed palms make us remember and realize the sufferings of Jesus Christ who died at the cross to save us from our sins.

As we relive the Lent, may we always find a space in our hearts to repent our sins and ask for The Lord’s  Mercy and forgiveness. May we always be thankful for the life and blessings that He gives us everyday and be grateful to Our Savior Jesus Christ for His undying love on us.

Have a blessed week ahead!

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