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In the Parish Bulletin, this week…

What Gives You Hope? 🤍

By Various Parishioners

Easter is truly a day of hope and renewal, as it celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time when we can all can reflect on the possibility of new beginnings. Read below the beautiful reflections of our parishioners on what gives them Hope!

Faith gives me hope. When times are hard and uncertain, when I am afraid, when there are no immediate answers to seemingly unsolvable
situations, I pray. It consoles me and calms me. In my mind and in my heart, I am confident that the Lord will answer my prayers. It may not be the answer I want, but again, Hope leads me to trust that things will turn out for the best.

– Joy Concepcion

For me, Hope is consciously realizing what a miraculous gift LIFE is and to celebrate every moment. Everything is God’s gift: from waking up in the morning and feeling grateful for being able to experience another wonderful day, to sharing a meal with family or friends, reflecting on God’s Word , or even sitting quietly with a favorite book.

The pandemic has taken me through a life review that was the first of many very profound parts of this hope-filled journey for me. Jesus said that the world would know His disciples by their love for one another, and I’ve witnessed this in practice when fellow Faith in Action members tried to help secure a hospital room for a COVID patient during the pandemic. The way people in the SSAP community joined together to help each other, the outpouring of aid and the entire SSAP community coming together in prayer and solidarity.

– Toni Gabison

I believe that hope is a form of belief that our future can be better than our past, and that we are given a role in making that future a reality.
My hope for our future is for it to be filled with more love and kindness. That our hope for the future will encourage all generations, especially the new ones, to look out and care for each other. Despite the uncertainty that life may bring us, God has helped me look forward and be hopeful to the future.

– Nikos Alcazaren

What gives me Hope as cliché as it may sound is my Faith. In the most difficult circumstances or whatever hardship I may face, my Faith is what keeps me afloat. With the many fears I have, to me, the most important thing I can turn to for Hope is my faith. My relationship with God may not be as smooth-sailing or perfect, but it definitely is something I turn to. That to me is what gives me Hope.

– Antonio Sison

Valor and Resurrection: Finding Inspiration in Araw ng Kagitingan

By Sandi Suplido-Adalem

Araw ng Kagitingan, also knownas the Day of Valor, is a nationalholiday in the Philippines that commemorates the bravery and sacrifices of Filipino and American soldiers during World War II. On April 9, 1942, Filipino and American soldiers fought together in the Battle of Bataan against the Japanese Imperial Army. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers showed immense courage and resilience in defending their country.

As we celebrate the Day of Valor, we are reminded of the sacrifices that our heroes made for our freedom and independence. Their courage and determination serve as an inspiration for us to continue fighting for what we believe in, even in the face of adversity.
As Catholics, we are also reminded of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. He willingly laid down His life so that we may have eternal life. Just like the soldiers in Bataan, Jesus showed us what it means to be brave and selfless. But the story of Jesus does not end at the cross. Three days later, He rose from the dead, proving that death has no power over Him. This is a message of hope and inspiration for all of us. No matter how difficult our circumstances may be, we can have faith that there is always a way out.

The Resurrection of Jesus is a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles. He is with us every step of the way, guiding us and giving us the strength to overcome our challenges. We can take comfort in the fact that no matter how dark the situation may seem, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Just like the soldiers in Bataan, we too can be heroes in our own right. We can show courage in the face of adversity, compassion towards those who are suffering, and resilience amid trials. These virtues are not just reserved for soldiers and saints, but for all of us who seek to live a life of purpose and meaning.

As we celebrate the Day of Valor as well as Easter Sunday on the same day this year, let us remember the sacrifices that our heroes made for our country. But let us also remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of humanity. May His Resurrection inspire us to live a life of hope and courage — knowing that no matter what challenges we may face — we have the strength and guidance of Jesus to lead us through. May His Resurrection give us hope and inspiration to face our own battles with courage and faith. Let us honor the memory of our heroes by living a life that is worthy of their sacrifice, and let us always keep our faith in Jesus, who rose from the dead to give us eternal life.

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from this week’s issue of the Parish Bulletin.