Sunday, January 18, 2015


Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church visits the Philippines on January 14 to 18, 2015.

The Roman Catholic Church members are excited to welcome the Pope. But not all non-RC are as welcoming. Some did not welcome the Pope's economic impact as private businesses closed including banks, schools and airports. Other non-Christians did not welcome the festivities and dismissed it as religious fanaticism. Some other non-RC did not welcome the Pope who reminded them of the colonization and abuses of Roman Catholics in the past.   Some non-RC Christians still did not welcome the Pope's arrival simply because they hold beliefs different from them.

That night, everybody in the family is in the living room watching the news about the arrival of the Pope. My 5 year-old son noted how everybody is watching the TV intensely.

"What's happening?," he asked.

His sister replied, "the Philippines have a visitor. He is the Pope."

"We should get ready then and welcome him also," my son replied.

"We are not Roman Catholics. Do you know what is a Pope?" her sister answered back.

"I don't know what is a Pope. But if he is a visitor, we should welcome him," my son replied.

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 2015

It's  New Year.

After the holidays and feast, many people are definitely looking at the weighing scales.  The next agenda in line is to hit that ideal body weight and gain that perfect body shape before summer hits in two months time. TWO MONTHS. Gaining weight and unhealthy food intake increases the risk for lifestyle diseases. In fact, worldwide, Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are the top causes of death all because of unhealthy living.

So, how can Christians have healthy living? I have been asked this question time and again. So, from a medical perspective founded on Christian understanding, let share some thoughts. This advise is a brief summary from the e-book I'm writing. Here we go. Living a Christian and Healthy Lifestyle includes:

1. Eating healthy. Choose to eat for nutrition.

2. Exercise and meditate. Move your body and cleanse your mind.

3. Hit the ideal weight. Know your numbers.

4. Stop smoking. You have the right to breath clean air.

5. Stress relief. Cast your burdens and sorrows to God.

6. Make friends. Share God's love.

7. Pray. Pray without ceasing.

Our body is God's temple. Let us take care of it. This New Year, let us resolve to live a Christian and Healthy Lifestyle.