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2017 Christmas Letter

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When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

–Henri  Nouwen

 

It was a delightful year of rekindling friendships  for both Matthew and myself.

I was able to attend our 40th high school reunion to celebrate our 40th Ruby Year Anniversary. With lots of laughter and sometimes sentimental moments, I had a great time reminiscing about our wonderful high school years and meeting my high school chums.

When I got home from my short stint in Manila, it was Matthew’s turn to have his own wonderful reunion experience. Sr. Sonia came to the house for a visit. He was overjoyed to meet her, having not seen her for almost 20 years!  Sr. Sonia is Matthew’s  Zen meditation teacher, who played a major and transformative role in his life. Her guidance and encouragement has opened up new vistas, making him realize that there are possibilities in the spiritual life he never dreamed of.

Sometime middle of the year, we met up with Mel and Gie whom we’ve not seen in almost 10 years! We enjoyed catching up with what was happening in our own lives.

Another happy reunion for me was meeting up with Lolit, whom I have not seen in more than 15 years. After spending hours together having dinner and dessert, we both felt that time was not enough. How we both wish we had more time together!

Matthew had a celebration of sorts when he was again able to sit in meditation  with a group of old friends after more than 15 years — something he loved to do. For many years, he was only able to meditate by himself.  Thanks to the encouragement   of endeared friends – Sr. Marijo, Flor, Nena and John, who made all this possible! Looking forward to more “sits in meditation” with you in 2018!

We capped off the year with an 80th-year birthday celebration of our godfather and dearest Tito Peter in a beautiful resort in Asin.  It’s the first time I ever saw Matthew get sun burned 🙂  Needless, to say we enjoyed ourselves and the food was delish!

Of course, we cannot end this letter without mentioning our blog. Now on its ninth year, we have grown to have 333 followers and have reached an exciting  450,800+ hits! We are happy because people are   visiting our blog, liking our posts and our cyber community continues to grow.

May this holiday season sparkle and shine. May all of your wishes and dreams come true. And may you feel God’s presence in your life all year round.

Merry  Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

–Matthew & Jojang

 

 

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Written by MattAndJojang

December 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

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  1. What a lovely Christmas letter! Obviously, this has been a good year for you — I’m so glad! Life here is quite ordinary, composed primarily of work and writing. Being quite a fan of the ordinary, that suits me just fine.

    My best to you in the New Year! I always look forward to your postings, and am especially glad for this one. A blessed Christmas to you!

    shoreacres

    December 11, 2017 at 11:23 am

  2. Hi, Linda!

    I’ve always believed, too, that the ordinary events of our lives are channels of God’s grace. If we can’t find God in the ordinary events and relationships of our lives, we won’t be able to find Him anywhere else. Which reminds me of what St. Teresa of Avila said:

    Don’t think that if you had a great deal of time you would spend more of it in prayer. Get rid of that idea! God gives more in a moment than in a long period of time, for His actions are not measured by time at all. Know that even when you are in the kitchen, Our Lord is moving among the pots and pans.

    This year has been a time for Jojang and I to renew relationships with friends whom we haven’t seen for a long time. Personally, I’m happy to have connected again with Sr. Marie Jose, a missionary who spent most of her life in Africa. She was the one who introduced me to the practice of Zen meditation almost 40 years ago. Also, I was happy to touch base again with Sr. Sonia Punzalan, a religious of the Cenacle Sisters and one of my Zen teachers. It was such a joy to see her again after almost 20 years.

    Jojang and I wish you, too, and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas!

    –Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm


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