Starting the year with a positive outlook

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A few months ago, I was browsing through one of the accounts I follow in Instagram when one of the posts there caught my attention. I immediately posted a comment and asked what’s the title of the book. I was told that it is “The Daily Book of Positive Quotations” by Linda Picone. Instantly, I became interested and tried to search online where I could possibly buy my own copy. It was only last December that I placed my order via Amazon, and thanks to their prompt delivery, the package arrived before Christmas, just in time for the start of this new year.

Over the past year, I became so consumed with negative vibes around me. I was easily distracted with little things that I tend to lose my patience and hurt someone in the end. It became a habit already that not a day went by that I was not mad against someone or something. Then I realized that I’ve already hurt so much and that I no longer have their respect. What drives them to follow me as a leader was no longer respect but fear. Fear that each time they do not meet my standards or every time they commit a mistake, I would raise my voice and utter some harsh words to them.

But that is not me. I am more than what the eyes can see. I can do better. I can be better. If only I wouldn’t allow myself to be consumed by anger. If only I would allow love, mercy, compassion and kindness prevail in my heart. If only I will learn how to be more humble. If only I would allow myself to recognize the presence of others, that I also need them, and that I can also learn something from them. Perhaps, it’s not yet too late to make a difference.

May this book open my eyes and see the good things around me. May it open my heart to embrace the positive side of life. And may it be a reminder to myself to always be good and do good towards the people around me.

Let’s start this year with a positive outlook. Welcome 2016!

My New Bible Companion

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I have been looking for a new way to read the Holy Bible when I came across this devotional in the ads sent though my email. I got curious and after few minutes of browsing its contents, I immediately said to myself, ‘I got to have this one!’ and here it is, finally.

It is very disheartening sometimes that we, Catholics, are looked down and even worse, ridiculed because we do not know our Bible. A lot of the people I know do not even own one! And this is the crux of the matter. Saint Jerome, perhaps the greatest Bible scholar the Catholic Church ever had, once said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” I think this well-known dictum by this great saint is the most important reason why we should read our Bible for us not to be ignorant about Christ.

Pope Francis even admonished us to “remember that the Bible was not written to be put on a bookshelf. It was written to be held in one’s hands, to be read frequently, every day, either alone or with others.”

This devotional is a must-have for every Catholic who desires to deepen his understanding of the Bible. It is the Word of God. It is God who speaks to us every time we read a passage in the Bible.

So my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage each and everyone of you, including myself, to read our Bible and “let our daily reading of Scripture be for us a foretaste of heaven, our roadmap to heaven, a trustworthy companion along the narrow, rough, and arduous ascent we are making toward heaven.”

God bless us all and Happy New Year!