Empowered vs Entitled
It was a joy and a blessing to minister to and with the community of Malate Catholic Church. I especially worked with the mothers and children. This was my dream job come true. I love them and I felt so loved by them. MCC has an amazing social service program for families in need. It was not a hand-out kind of thing. They tried it before and it did not work. This time around families have to actively participate: like attending spiritual, ecological and parenting formations, vocational trainings and serving the community. Also, parents have to find means to pay a portion of the tuition of their kids who were part of the parish education assistance program. Today I see these kids who are now adults and I am proud of them. They have finished college; working and in a much better place. I see them still serving the community.
My Life’s Lessons
I IMMERSED MYSELF IN THEIR LIVES. The families I served, they have become my mothers, sisters, children and friends.
I LISTENED TO THEIR STORIES. Some stories were heartbreaking but because of their faith and trust in God; they amazed me by the hope, love, joy and generosity I saw in their hearts.
WE ATE TOGETHER. I enjoyed sharing meals with them. This is when I saw them laugh more; where they shared their hopes and dreams; and how we bonded as friends. I was blessed by this wonderful community.
Make today amazing!