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By Richelle Verdeprado
After many years of not attending Mass, 26-year-old Peruvian Marisol Rojas Tomasto’s concept of priests and going to church changed when she first met the Columbans ten years ago. Since then, she has admired their sense of closeness with the people and how they break down the walls that separate them from the community. Wanting to do the same, she has now found her second home in the Philippines as a Columban Lay Missionary.
By Peace Flores
Despite suffering from mild cerebral palsy since childhood, the author is a second-year Secondary Education, English Major at the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R), Bacolod City.
By Suzzanne Saniel
Suzzanne is from Consolacion, Dalaguete, Cebu. She graduated as a Bachelor in Secondary Education major in Physics and Chemistry last 2007 and has been teaching in B.R.I.G.H.T. Academy, Banilad, Cebu City for two years. Presently she is a Chemistry teacher.
As a child, I was told to tell the truth always. I remember confessing just before my First Communion that I had lied many times. The value of honesty has always struck me and I have observed how people easily get around it. As I was growing up, I got confused with telling a twisted truth and a lie. I also realized how being frank enough to tell the truth could even lead to persecution. So if being honest at all times is not good, we try to be prudent.
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Photo by Fr Rolly Aniscal SSC
Deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. -- Luke 9:23b
Our cover features the Tinago Falls in Iligan City. It shows a man standing by the falls staring at the flowing water. The falls are comparable to God’s bountiful blessings flowing endlessly. The text from Revelations 21 verse 6, ‘To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life,’ tells of God’s reassuring love. It only takes humility for us to approach Him and drink from His spring.
The author is a contemplative nun who has written for Misyon a number of times before. ‘Flight 306’ isn’t that of any airline company but refers to the code number of ‘A Hidden Pearl’ in her community.
It’s been years that we’ve been sharing life with you through Misyon and we
are grateful for those years. But certain things must come to an end, and this
too must end. This will be the last issue of Misyon in CD version. It is with
positive outlook that better days are ahead of us as Misyon continues to be of
service to the people maximizing the use of internet. The editor of Misyon
expresses more on this in Pulong ng Editor.
By Richelle H. Verdeprado
The author will be starting her fourth year as a Social Work student at the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos (UNO-R) in Bacolod City this June. She has written a number of articles before for Misyon.