IT’s Holy Wednesday—midway between the beginning of Holy Week on Palm Sunday and the end of the Holy Week and the Lenten season on Easter Sunday. To be a Christian who lives his faith authentically—and not just enjoying day in and day out the comfort of belonging to our Church—one must take seriously the Lord’s admonition to the disciples to “Take up your cross and follow me.” So now on Holy Wednesday, isn’t it a good time to ask ourselves: How do we carry our cross?” A book of daily meditations that millions of Christians all over the world use is Fr. Francis Fernandez “In Conversation with God.” It has reflections for mental prayer based on the Mass of the day throughout the year. Let’s go through the meditation he offers for Holy Wednesday. The over-all title of today’s meditation is “The Way to Calvary.” It has three sections. The first is titled “Jesus with the Cross on his shoulders … [Read more...] about How do you carry your cross?
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Mindanao has been regarded as the “Land of Promise” because of its vast fertile land and rich natural resources. This promise is largely unrealized as many areas remain poor, with over half of the population living below poverty line, a good percentage of which are in the Autonomous Regions in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The island group has also been through decades of armed conflict, which has claimed countless lives and displaced some 30,000 to 50,000 persons annually. Children and adolescents are among those who have suffered the most, caught in the midst of violence, displacement, poverty, and the loss of loved ones. It is for this reason that civil society groups have taken initiatives in introducing the culture of peace among the children in Mindanao’s conflict-affected communities through the promotion of their own traditional, cultural, and artistic abilities. One of these groups is the 13-year-old Kalimudan Culture and Arts Center, a non-profit … [Read more...] about How do you teach peace in a time of war?
Going through the list of names who volunteered to share their thoughts for the Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Book reminds me of the diligence of people who worked to gather them. At first glance, you will be amazed at the celebrity power the list conjures. Yet, flipping through the pages and reading the reflections convinced me that the book’s selling point goes beyond that “list of who’s who.” The childlike wonder, the playfulness, the love and sincerity of the messages provide the soul of the book with the weight of the names who shared them just serving as extra “gravy” to the great value of their insights and musings. Making one’s mother proud is not exclusive to anyone. As Bemz Benedito, MYNP Foundation, Inc. managing director, puts it, “We honor our mothers based on love.” Content is king, and as far this collection of anecdotes, poems, doodles, songs, drawings is concerned, all of the entrants equally share the credit and … [Read more...] about How do you make your nanay proud?
You really know where to start Fixing a broken heart You really know what to do Your emotional tools can cure any fool Whose dreams have fallen apart Fixing a broken heart — from Fixing a Broken Heart by AZN Dreamers * * * And how can you mend a broken heart? How can you stop the rain from falling down? How can you stop the sun from shining? What makes the world go round? How can you mend a broken man? How can a loser ever win? Please help me mend a broken heart And let me live again. — from How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by the Bee Gees These songs about mending broken hearts come to mind as you read the synopsis of Viva Films’ Camp Sawi (opening nationwide next Wednesday, Aug. 24, directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal) which is about five young women “struggling to mend their broken hearts inside a camp that helps them recover their awful experiences in love,” starring Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Arci Muñoz, Yassi Pressman and … [Read more...] about How do you mend a broken heart?
How many of us wished that we work because we want to - not because we have to? The reality is that for most of us, our day jobs are just a way for us to earn a living. Discontentment starts setting in when there is a marked difference between what we're currently doing in life and what we would like to be doing instead. If you've been thinking of pursuing your passion, here's our advice: Go for it! Take note of these basics to prepare yourself for the journey ahead: It doesn't always have to be your job versus your passion; think of your professional life as a collaboration between the two. While your passion project feeds your soul, your full-time job gives you the financial stability you need. Treat your full-time job as an opportunity to learn. There are so many important skills you could pick up from your job, and these could come in especially handy if you're looking at starting up your own business through your passion project. Making your passion known to everyone is an … [Read more...] about How Do You Work On Passion Projects Without Compromising Your Job? Here Are 7 Tips
Pokémon GO is FINALLY here! Although the augmented reality game has only been out for a few days, Malaysians are already doing what they can to be the very best. Aside from Malaysia, the game is also now available in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Pala In the game, trainers who've reached Level 5 will have the opportunity to challenge rival Gyms or train at one of your team's Gyms Gyms are in-game locations that are typically tied to major real-world areas where you can battle other trainers. If a Gym is held by your faction, you can select a single Pokémon and train with other members of your team, raising the amount of prestige points associated with the Gym.The higher the Prestige, the more Pokémons can be stationed at the gym, which in turn grants higher daily bonuses of stardust and Pokécoins that can be earned.If you and your … [Read more...] about How Do You Become A Gym Leader In Pokémon GO?
Malaysians were all abuzz when Jackie Chan was awarded a Datukship 3 days ago. A lot were amused and supportive but most were puzzled about his contributions to the country. In 2008, the Malacca state government conferred Shah Rukh Khan the Datuk honour for boosting the state's tourism after he shot 'One 2 Ka 4' in Alor Gajah 2008 - @iamsrk Honured with #Datuk Honour from Malacca state (Malaysia) Governor Mohammad Khalil Yaakob in Malacca. pic.twitter.com/ZeEX5lNxY7 Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the decision to confer the title on the actor was based on a suggestion by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin to Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob recently as a means to further promote Malacca owing to the fact that the actor had shot a movie scene here several years ago. He said the movie One 2 ka 4 was shot at the A Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah in 2001. “This resulted in many people visiting Malacca since then. The award is given in recognition of … [Read more...] about [SHARE] What Is A Datuk And How Do You Even Become One?
In an interview that aired Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama discussed his record and his coming State of the Union address with NBC’s “Today” show. At one point, host Matt Lauer asked Obama whether he felt responsible at all for the “hunger” for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s message. Obama suggested he did not. “The message that Donald Trump’s putting out has had adherence a lot of times during the course of our history,” Obama replied. “Talk to me if he wins,” he added. “Then we’ll have a conversation about how responsible I feel about it.” The president then predicted that the American public would ultimately reject Trump. “But I’m pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears, that does work together and doesn’t try to divide us, that … [Read more...] about NBC’s Matt Lauer to Obama: Do you feel ‘responsible’ for Donald Trump?
Sometime in 1907, while working on a new city plan for Chicago, esteemed architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham articulated a mantra that would influence generations of ambitious city-builders. “Make no little plans,” he said. “They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” More than 100 years later, Burnham’s reach-for-the-stars philosophy lives on, but what it takes to implement a transformative idea continues to evolve. The urban renewal that re-created North American cities such as New York, Halifax and Toronto in the 1950s and 1960s was very much a top-down endeavour, for better or worse. While paternalistic planning helped give us subways, highways and water systems, it also ran freeways through neighbourhoods and shuffled low-income residents into isolated highrises. “They would just go, hell or high water. If you were in the way, they’d steamroll you out of the way,” said Matti … [Read more...] about Big Ideas: How do you fix a city in the 21st century?
I teach a course at McGill and at the University of Calgary called “Making the future.” I ask students, “You have 60-plus years of your life ahead of you, 40-plus years of work life, how do you want to spend them? In what kind of Canada do you want to live?” I remind them, “It’s your life. Imagine you are not just a passenger to it but one of its drivers. Where do you want to go? And how would you get there?” When the Star asked if I would like to be guest editor for its Canada Day edition, I suggested asking these same questions to the newspaper’s editors and journalists, for them to ask a wish-list of Canadians of their own, and for all of us to ask you. Then to hear the answers. To think of Canada Day not only as a commemoration of what we are, but as an expression of what we can be. In turn, the Star’s editors asked if I would create a wish-list of my own, of people I admire from different fields who, in what they do, … [Read more...] about In what kind of Canada do you want to live? Ken Dryden