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“Flash news!  The image of Baby Jesus, Santo Niño of Cebu, appeared at the back shell of a turtle!”

I looked closely at the camera shot, it does look very much like the Sto. Niño posters at the Basilica.  Whether it is a miracle or not, it made me reflect and ponder on God’s ways.  For one, He chose to be born in a manger but that was because no one allowed him in a better place.  And this time, to put his image on the turtle’s back shell? It’s incredible!  Then I saw many people lining up bringing a bottle to get the water where the turtle is placed for healing purposes.

The “miracle” is for “healing” of some kind.  I guess everyone needs healing in one way or another.  Healing from a physical ailment.  Healing from a broken relationship.  Healing from misunderstandings of sorts.  Healing from a spiritual confusion and religious inconsistencies.  Healing from deep hurts as a child.  Healing from disappointments and frustrations due to wrong expectations and/or wrong decisions.  There are more that you can add to these.  I pray for your healing.

Christmas is known to be the “happiest time of the year”.  There are lots of gift-giving, sharing, parties, exchange of happy greetings, gatherings of family and friends.  Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas day!  It’s a reason to rejoice even just to remember that event.  Christ was born to a family and started his life on earth as an infant, like any other mortal.  So Christmas highlights the Family!  Christmas is coming home to where we were coming from! What and who we are today, can better be understood if we know where we were coming from.  Christmas celebrates LIFE!

I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas! To bless you with a joyful and fulfilling life.  To bless you with so many graces to thank for. To bless you with a loving and supportive family.  To bless you with people who love you truly and whom you can depend on.  To bless you with friends who inspire and encourage.  To bless you with opportunities to grow and develop into the person that God plans you to be. To bless you with love, mercy and compassion.  To bless you with inner peace and inner freedom.

Wish you all the blessings of Christmas and a heart full of hope to welcome the New Year 2017 to be a good year for all!

Estrella (Star) Cui del Mar

And CLFC staff:  Grace and Arnie

CLFC, Talamban, Cebu City


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