Part of the WHY

Part of the WHY

I’m not quite sure how it came into my mind that I wanted to start climbing, but it just happened randomly. I needed to move my body more. Not just through the usual yoga flow (which is pretty intense, by the way!), but in different ways. A few weeks after Thanksgiving break, I started asking around, and boom! Next thing you know, I found myself at our local climbing gym, and I haven’t been able to get enough. It looks…

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Rejoice and be glad

Rejoice and be glad

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5 I hand over my ID to the officer, get my badge and walk right in. I walk past the waiting room filled with family members and friends of inmates, waiting to connect with their loved ones who are incarcerated. I walk through the door – oops, wrong one. The door reads, “Minimum Area” – nope, that’s not where I’m going. I spot the door on the other…

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Sunshine and Light

Sunshine and Light

My weekend was beautiful! God has been working in my life in truly amazing ways, and not to sound cliche, but truly, He has been so good. It was a pretty rough Fall season, and each day, I yearned for renewal and healing and a new season of life, and I am slowly seeing light and sunshine and what it looks like to be joyful with each new day. Having a faith-filled community and friends that I can call upon…

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You Matter

You Matter

“Brother, you’re someone to somebody. You matter.” When I asked if there was a need in any of the other dorms for a chaplain, I didn’t think that it would lead me to a new chapter in my ministry – this time, in the men’s jail. I had a few unfortunate experiences in the men’s jail when I was back in Baguio City, and it left me feeling uncomfortable and uneasy. Luckily, we caught it with enough time when I…

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Rise!

Rise!

I don’t know what it is, but there is something so powerful about hearing the prayers of the women who are currently incarcerated at the local correctional facility. Their faith strengthens mine, and their reflections enlighten me. Today we shared our thoughts about Lazarus. Today’s Gospel read: “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you…

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