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2016 Christmas Letter

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I have only one desire, and that is the desire for solitude—to disappear into God, to be submerged in His peace, to be lost in the secret of His Face.

— Thomas Merton

“Matthew, can I visit you?” Sr. Marijo was on the other end of the line.

“Sure, Sister! I would love that.”

A flood of wonderful memories crossed through Matthew’s mind as he told me that we were going to have a visitor. He remembered this quote from Thomas Merton, who has largely influenced his life:

I have only one desire, and that is the desire for solitude—to disappear into God, to be submerged in His peace, to be lost in the secret of His Face.

Sr. Marijo introduced Zen to Matthew almost 40 years ago. With a small group of friends, they would regularly visit her and sit in meditation together. Needless to say, it was a life changing experience for them. Since then, Matthew shares to me how Zen has helped him deepen his Christian faith and how it has helped him cope with the challenges of life. (see this blog post: A Touch of Enlightenment: A Christian’s Encounter with Zen).

I really enjoyed listening to their animated conversation and as Matthew describes it, “It’s as if the conversation just stopped for a while and we took off from where we left off.”  I guess these are just the stuff that real friendships are made of.

This year, Matthew and I were quite busy.  We became godparents to the highly energetic and lovable  son of Alex and Robe Ann.  We were also able to attend the 50th Golden Anniversary of our godparents, Tito Peter and Tita Dory. It was so much fun to meet and catch up with many people we’ve not seen in a long time.

Also, this year, our endeared godparent Tito Tony passed away. We are saddened by the loss of one of the most generous persons that we have ever known. Thank you, Tito Tony for everything.

Of course, we cannot end this letter without mentioning our blog. Now on its eighth year, we have grown to have 319 followers and have reached a whooping 404,265+ hits! We are happy because people are  visiting our blog, liking our posts and our cyber community continues to grow.

May the blessings of Christmas be with you. May the Christ Child light your way. May God’s holy angels guide you, and keep you safe each day.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Matthew and Jojang

Written by MattAndJojang

December 1, 2016 at 9:40 pm

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  1. HI Matthew and Jojang—its so nice to see both of you grow as a couple through the pictures and interactions you’ve had with friends and relatives. Merry Christimas – and wishing you more blessings for the coming years!

    tina aquino

    December 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm

  2. Thank you, Tina. God is good to have given us friends like you. Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the family! 🙂


    December 2, 2016 at 9:00 am

  3. thank you matt and jang for reaching out and sharing your thoughts and reflections through this wonderful letter. i admire your strong bond and deep commitment not just to each other but to our Catholic Faith. i am deeply grateful for the grace of your friendship…my refuge in a very tumultous year that has pitted my idea of what it means to be a true CHRISTian among fellow Christians 😉
    i am reminded of one of my own favorite quotes…’I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.’
    Anne Lamott
    Merry Christmas!
    ❤️ binks

    binky abesamis

    December 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

  4. What a beautiful quote, Binks. Indeed, grace is a mystery… and God’s gift to us. I treasure our friendship and am grateful that you accept me for what I am, inspite of. Praying for you and your loved ones always.

    May you have a blessed Christmas and a grace-filled year ahead.

    Love, Jojang


    December 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  5. A happy Christmas to you both. And may 2017 be a blessing to you both as you are to all of us who love to read your words.

    God bless you loads

    Senan of Somerset

    Senan of Somerset

    December 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

  6. Hi, Senan!

    Thank you for the well-wishes. I hope you’re doing well.

    Wishing you, too, a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled 2017!


    Matt and Jojang


    December 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

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