Posted on March 12, 2017
In the olden times fasting, wearing sackcloth, smearing ashes on the head and other forms of sacrifices were regarded as contrite acts, with the purpose of gaining mercy and compassion from the Lord. Sacrifice was directed to self-sanctification to merit indulgence, self-discipline and as an act of penance. I was strongly drawn by the first reading of the Mass on Friday after Ash Wednesday which specifically asserted the type of fasting that is pleasing and acceptable in the eyes of the Lord: 6 “The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. 7 Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives. (Isaiah 58:6-7 GNT)
Posted on January 11, 2017
[caption id="attachment_5725" align="alignleft" width="300"] (from left to right: Robi, Yong, myself, Christian, Vivoree, Kisses, May May and Edward)[/caption] We were all once children, and still have that child dwelling within us. As God’s children, we are blessed to be in His care. He is a Father that knows what is best for us. Now that we’re about to celebrate the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ, I bet we’re all excited no matter how old we are! What makes Jesus’ birthday day celebration so unique? It is because He is the GIVER of gifts and we are His beloved RECEIVER. [caption id="attachment_5724" align="alignleft" width="300"] (the scene were PBB stars came to our house and surprised us.)[/caption] Let me share with you my own “Jesus Experience”.
Posted on September 26, 2016
So blessed God blessed me so much with a God fearing Husband and six wonderful children, a Doctor, an Architect, a Law student, a graduating engineer, a student pilot and an intelligent only daughter. Being achievers you can imagine our joy collecting medals, diplomas and licenses. As expected we have a very busy life. Needless to say it’s not easy to manage our financial needs. Our kids promised us the “luxuries” of life that we missed because of our sacrifices. Stress is part of our daily life but God always provides. In return we serve our church mostly through CFC but I thought family is my major purpose in life. THE TRIAL Last June I was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. Hysteroscopy indicated cancer cell was high grade and “genetic” (two of my sisters were also diagnosed with cancer within a span of one month) so surgery was urgent. We missed the college graduation of one of our sons but surgery was a success which coincidentally fell on our 28th wedding anniversary. Miraculously through prayers of my family, relatives, friends, colleagues, and CFC family, biopsy result came out as low grade so no need for any kind of therapy although I am now under rigorous cancer screening regime. In the midst of my confusion, I asked God whatever happened to my life’s purpose? I don’t mind the luxurious life but what about my family if I die? Interestingly, a CFC brother came to our house unannounced two weeks’ prior discovery of my cancer. Mother Mary asked him to pray for a certain abdominal condition and that was the sign of His great mercy for me. GOD’S ANSWER In the midst of the confusion, I cried and begged God for an answer. Then He spoke to me: “You shall be clothed with power from on high when the holy Spirit comes to you, and you will be my witnesses throughout the ends of the earth.” It dawned on me I have a higher calling besides caring for my family. My family basically glorifies only me so this cannot be my main purpose. I must follow God’s plan, not what I think is best for me. I shouldn’t worry about life’s struggles because He already strengthened me through sacrifices for my family and He is always with me. I’m ready for my mission. “Lead me Lord and I will follow you.” By Marilyn Carlos, CFC Dubai
Posted on April 11, 2016
October 30, 2015 was just like any other ordinary Friday that started with our Area ANCOP Global Walk in Al Ghusais, Dubai. The next day, however, I suffered from severe headache, sought consultation and was diagnosed with a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm that needed urgent intervention. All this happened so fast. Every minute mattered in this battle between life and death. On my second day at the hospital, my left eyelid would not open due to a lack of blood supply. But God is so good, that He did not allow my vision to be affected. He provided everything that I needed through the people He used. My husband was able to arrive promptly in Dubai, in time for my cerebral angiogram, with his visa issued less than 24 hours. God gave me the best doctor and a community who bombarded heaven with prayers. The CFC members from UAE and Cavite, my HOLD Dubai family, my family and friends, my Extraordinary Eucharistic ministry group at St. Mary's, my colleagues – they all prayed for me. I had my operations at Al Zahra Hospital in Barsha on the third day. Before the procedure, every doctor who visited me at the ICU said that I was “a very lucky woman” because, unknown to me, my condition was very critical. I would just respond with a smile and thought that indeed I was lucky, because I have a great God. Except for my left eye, I was conscious throughout my stay with no numbness on any part of my body. I praise and thank God for allowing me to experience the pain that Jesus suffered – though nothing can compare to His suffering. While I was in pain, I could not do anything but thank God, trusting and believing that if He willed it, I would be healed. God listens closely to our heartbeats and calms our fears with His comforting words. When I was transferred to Al Zahra, I felt so nervous while the nurses were changing my IV and setting up the equipment in the ICU room. Then, out of nowhere, a Lebanese lady walked into my room, welcomed me and said these exact words: Josephine, don't worry. Jesus will take care of you. I believe Jesus sent her that moment to calm my fears. God showed me so many signs of how great His love is.