Humility shines best in silenceA Christian minister once told his audience, “Are you humble? If your answer is yes, then you are not humble.” A truly humble person is seen as someone who is unassuming, who considers himself least of all, and who treats others as superior to himself. For most people, though, humility seems to be an appealing yet elusive trait. Can anyone be truly humble in this ego-driven world?Consider the following habits commonly observed among truly humble people: Listen more to others, talk less about themselves. A humble person thinks he must learn more, so he’d rather listen to knowledgeable others than brag about his own achievements.Interestingly, truly humble persons possess great knowledge but avoid flaunting it. They prefer to be like silent sponges than noisy but shallow brooks. A Bible adage says, “A wise person listens and takes in more instruction.” (Proverbs 1:5) In a large way humility leads to wisdom. Practice limiting … [Read more...] about Humility shines best in silence
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Why this love never failsThe strongest affection that binds humans is believed to be this wondrous thing called love. Yet, countless times love is also known to have brought heartbreaks to many. This seemingly dark side of love has caused some to doubt if it is worth loving at all. Unrequited love is rather common between the sexes. Even long-time lovers can find love slipping through their fingers. Love can wane unexpectedly. Thus, heartbroken lovers grieve over failed relationships, failed romances and failed marriages. To them love is something that, by its fleeting nature, is doomed to fail. It is but a beautiful bubble that could burst anytime.So, when Paul the Christian apostle stated that “Love never fails,” was he exaggerating the power of love, or was he ignorant of the reality of so many broken hearts? Love that never failsInterestingly, the Greeks have defined love in distinct forms. Eros is the attraction between the sexes. Storge is the love among blood … [Read more...] about Why this love never fails
Today I’m still on cloud nine from saying “I do” last Sunday for the fifth time to my favorite person in the world! To those who still don’t know my peculiarity of being a serial bride, I’ve said “I do” to my husband Marvin five times already! And I’ve also made it a part of the renewal tradition to wear my original wedding gown. Today we are on a “quickie honeymoon cum detox” in Tagaytay. Yes, that’s how middle-aged honeymoon can go especially since we declared #HealthyToThirty last year as we prepared for our Pearl Wedding Anniversary. For today’s article I wish to share with you the wonderful homily of my favorite Jesuit, Fr. Johnny Go of the Society of Jesus. He was a long time president of Xavier School where my two sons finished high school. This multi-awarded Jesuit who has authored books, written songs, and educated thousands of students, is now the director of Ateneo SALT Institute. SALT stands for … [Read more...] about The “Gospel” of Three Decades of Happy Marriage
When Jesus tells us today, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you,” I think he wishes us more than just an absence of conflict. Peace here is not just a space of quiet and calm, a break in the fighting, nor a cessation of hostilities. What Jesus wants to bless us with is the Jewish gift of shalom, which we inadequately translate as peace. Shalom is when all our relationships are set aright – our relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves. Shalom is flourishing wholeness and ever-renewing openness; in a word, shalom is fullness. But before we get all dreamy and starry-eyed, here is a cold splash of water to wake us up: This is not the world’s idea of fullness. Remember, Jesus says, “My peace I give to you.” And not as the world gives does he give it to us. What can this mean? What is Jesus’ idea of fullness? In the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, the devil tries to goad him to turn stones into bread. … [Read more...] about What is fullness?
It was arguably the best Premier League season in history. The battle between Liverpool and Manchester City came down to the final Sunday of the campaign and required City to win their final 14 games of the season to hold on to their one-point lead and retain their crown. Liverpool finished second with the third-highest point total in Premier League history, while City held on for dear life and survived with one of the most impressive stretch runs you'll ever see.Jurgen Klopp & Co won't be too heartbroken if they win the Champions League on Jun 1, of course, but let's cheer them and the rest of the league by handing out arbitrary awards. Back in December, I went around the Premier League and gave out superlatives for everything from best substitute to most tired managerial storyline.Let's go back to the well and hand out awards for the full season. I've narrowed down the categories a bit, but with a full season of data to work with, I've expanded the results from … [Read more...] about Winners and losers from the Premier League’s best season