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Remembering Dad

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Paul Aguas, Matt's Dad, bowing before Mother Teresa of Calcutta while she holds his hands.

“… but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.”  ~ Luke 21:4

Paul Aguas was a man who loved God.

When he was young, he was a man of the world. He married young and had a family. He earned his first million at the age of 23. He was successful in his endeavors and enjoyed life to the hilt.

In 1972, he was invited to attend a prayer meeting. Along with his family, the Lord touched them and changed their life forever. Since then, Paul Aguas and his family, chose to live an austere life similar to that of  St. Francis of Assisi. He gave up his material wealth, and spent the rest of his life preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Last 1993, Paul Aguas passed away.

But unto this day, the lives he has changed, the  lives he has enriched, the people he has touched continue to tell us that he was a man who gave up everything for the sake of the Kingdom of God. He lived a life well lived.

Just like the widow in the gospel… who gave everything she had as an offering to God.

~ Jojang

Note: Paul Aguas is Matt’s Dad. Already a successful businessman in his early 20s, he found that being successful and having all the material things wasn’t enough to make him happy. In his early 30s, he had a conversion experience while attending a prayer meeting. He then decided to give up his material wealth and live a simple life. He spent his life as a lay missionary sharing the Good News not only in our country but also in other countries up to his untimely death, at the age of 53, last December 1993. Today is his birthday. 

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Written by MattAndJojang

April 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

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  1. This is a lovely tribute, Jojang. He sounds like a wonderful man.
    Red.

    Red

    April 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  2. Yes, he was, Red. Although I only met him once, because he passed away before Matt & I got married. But I’ve heard so many good things about him from a lot of people, especially from Matt. How I wish I knew him more in a personal way.

    Jojang

    MattAndJojang

    April 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  3. Thank you, Mama, for honoring Dad by writing this beautiful tribute. I really appreciate it.

    ~ Papa

    MattAndJojang

    April 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

  4. Amazing article thanks for sharing.

    I am sure you had a loving Father

    http://loveinvestigator.wordpress.com/

    loveinvestigator

    April 2, 2012 at 1:38 am

  5. Yes, he was a loving father and a wonderful person. A man for others, he spent his life helping other people. He didn’t leave us with a lot of material things, but he left us with something much more important: his values, which we cherish and also try to live out in our lives.

    Thank you, loveinvestigator, for visiting our blog…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    April 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

  6. This is such a lovely tribute, and how sad that he had to leave you at such a young age. Still, the number of years we live don’t determine the value of our legacy, and his wonderful legacy surely is being passed on by both of you – and many others, I’m sure.

    Thank you so much for sharing this – I’ve read so much about Mother Teresa, but never known anyone who met her. Where was the photograph taken? Was she visiting your country, or had Mr. Aguas traveled?

    shoreacres

    April 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

  7. Thank you, Linda, for the kind words.

    My Mom says that my Dad was always in a hurry. He married early (at the age of 17, my mom was 16). At the age of 22 he started his own business. After his conversion experience, he became a man with a mission, travelling not only in our country but in other countries to share the Good News. He was also in the habit of helping people whom he just met while travelling, and letting them live in our house.

    I remember, one day when he went home, after one of his trips outside the country, bringing a woman who was a victim of one of the mail-order-bride syndicates (which, sad to say, still victimizes a lot of women in our country) from Germany. She stayed for a while in our house until she recovered from the trauma she suffered. Indeed, he lived life to the full in spite of the fact that he was taken away from us at such an early age, and the legacy that he left is something that we cherish and strive also to pass on to other people.

    This photo was taken at the Vatican, Linda. I’m not sure of the exact date, but it was sometime in the early 80s, when my Dad held office at Rome because he was a church leader (to be exact, Asia’s representative in the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office). It was indeed a great privilege for him to meet Mother Teresa personally. Needless to say, this photo is priceless for us…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    April 3, 2012 at 10:46 am


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