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The author is currently a fourth year student at St Scholastica's College, Manila.  She shares what lessons she had gleaned from an article we featured in our January - February 2007 issue.  We welcome our readers' comments, reflections and realizations on the stories we feature.

 

Dear Father Seán Coyle,


PAX!

 


I want to share my thoughts on one of the articles in the January-February 2007 issue of Misyon, New Year in February.

The authors have since graduated from high school.  They mention an article in the July-August 2003 issue, written by Joy Ampiloquio. You may visit www.institucionteresiana.org/asp_en/index.asp for the English-language home page of the website of the Teresian Association, to which Joy Ampiloquio belongs. We are working to have all our back issues available online.

Dear Ate Joy,

May the blessings of the Almighty God give you comfort and happiness with all the smiles in your heart. I really like your article, ‘A Late Life’, in the July-August 2003 issue of Misyon. I’m truly inspired because at an early age you already became a member of an international Catholic lay association. Upon reading your article, I realized that being a missionary is not easy. I learned many things in your article. It’s true that we must give, not ask, and we are to take advantage of every opportunity, every fitting moment, as what you wrote in your article.

The author has since graduated from high school. She mentioned an article in the November-December 2002 issue. We are working to have all our back issues, from the first in September-October 1988, available online.

The main website of Couples for Christ is www.cfcglobal.org.ph/ . On the ‘Home Page’ under ‘CFC’s Seven Pillars’ click on ‘Family Ministries’ and you’ll find the link to the Youth for Christ page.

Janet wrote this letter during her third year in high school

in St Catherine’s College, Carcar, Cebu.

 

Dear Father Seán,

Greetings in Jesus, Mary and Joseph! First, I would like to introduce myself. I’m Janet Escoba, a third year student of St Catherine’s College in Carcar, Cebu, Philippines. I have two volumes of your Misyonmagazine. Whenever I receive your magazine I am amazed by the articles especially the youth page, ‘Our Hideaway.’ This page reflects me. I too had many problems even in my younger years. One was when I had an accident when I was in Grade 5.

Dear Father Sean,

After all the periodicals we had in school, I managed to read the Misyon Magazines that the school is providing. Reading them was not a mere obligation or a responsibility for me but a mission personally. An article from the youth’s page entitled “Searching for a Best Friend”, completely brought me to a halt and pause for a while. The writer found her best friends and it was none other than Jesus. “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

It often occurred to me the feeling of being left out and neglected. Maybe it’s because of me being too possessive of my friends. I have a lot of friends in school or simply I know a lot of people. I allow myself to make friends with other people and learn how to deal with them. But I never had the usual relationship with a best friend. It’s not in my social life to have one. But if time tells me I won’t miss the chance.

Another reader from St Scholastica's College, Manila, sent a letter to your editor expressing her gratitude for the lessons she learned from our stories in Misyon.

I thought Misyon was just another magazine to be kept in the school bag for the rest of the school year. But after scanning its pages, I found the articles, the layout and the letters from the readers very inviting. I knew I should read the magazine to find out what is in it that could be more fulfilling than the cool pictures and colorful backgrounds.

Dearest Father Seán,

Pax! Greetings to you and the wonderful staff of Misyon! You are really successful in inspiring a lot of people and I am one of them.

For the past few months I have been receiving the magazine and I am very glad to get it. Something struck me when I first read Misyon. My perspective changed a lot. Now, I am reading your magazine more for leisure rather than as a requirement. I found out that it is far better than reading secular magazines.

A Young Reader Of Misyon Shares With Us A Simple Yet Profound Reflection After Reading And Being Inspired By Our Magazine.

By Sabrina Gloria

Dear Father Seán,

Reading Misyon I’m touched by some of the articles. Because of this I would like to share my insights about a simple gesture which has left a special dent in my heart. I hope you’ll appreciate it.

In the September-October 2005 issue we published a letter from a student to Sister Grace Dorothy Lim about her article Strange Encounter. Here below is another letter to Sister Dorothy by a high school student from St Scholastica’s College, Manila.

Dear Sr Grace Dorothy Lim,

I am Bernadette Cortes, a third year high school student in Scholastica’s College Manila. My professor in Christian Living Education as

In the September-October 2005 issue we published a letter from a student to Sister Grace Dorothy Lim about her article Strange Encounter. Here below is another letter to Sister Dorothy by a high school student from St Scholastica’s College, Manila.

Dear Sr Grace Dorothy Lim,

I am Bernadette Cortes, a third year high school student in Scholastica’s College Manila. My professor in Christian Living Education asked us to comment on any article we read in Misyon. The minute after I have read your article I knew I had to write to you. I really am not sure what the main reason was but I guess because of the title of your article. It attracted me in a way that I really wanted to read it, maybe because like you I myself had a strange encounter that changed my life. Although my experience will be nothing compared to yours I still would like to share it to you.

A student from St Scholastica shares how a short item from Peace by Peace inspired and encouraged her in her own involvement in their school’s outreach program.

Dear Father Seán,

You really have a lot of engaging and inspiring articles in your magazine. One short item that struck me was a quote by Blessed Mother Teresa in your Peace by Peace section, July-August 2005 issue. It said:

If you really belong to the work that has been entrusted to you, then you must do it with your whole heart and you can bring salvation only by being honest and by really working with God. It is not how much we are doing but how much love, how much honesty, how much faith is put into doing it. It makes no difference what we are doing. What you are doing, I cannot do, and what I am doing, you cannot do. Only sometimes we forget and spend more time looking at somebody else and wishing we were doing something else. We waste our time thinking of tomorrow and today we let the day pass and yesterday is gone.

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