Last night I had the chance to join a personal discussion with a priest, we asked him several rhetorical questions like the story ofย how he entered the priesthood, his view of the third gender, sins, and absolution.

Then someone asked him, “If you knew that you will commit a sin – but will do it anyway then ask for repentance, will you be forgiven?”

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Anatomy of a Great Service


There’s a mountaineering sign of compassion where you greet all fellow hikers along the way with “Magandang Umaga po! or Ingat!”. These brief greetings are creating a sense of belongingness – as if we need each other’s encouragement to reach the summit. My last hike was two years ago in Mt. Pulag glared over the sea of clouds from 2,922 above sea level. It was beyond surreal.

Every Saturday afternoon, we also have our own greeting of compassion. We pat each other’s shoulders and say “Great service!”. But what makes a worship service great? Continue reading