A JOURNEY OF GRACE: The Fe Baguio Story
Hello po sa lahat (Hello to everyone). I’m FE BAGUIO and I’m glad to be a member of the Apostles Filipino Catholic Community (AFCC) online. I learned about it through my friend Joan Gumatin. Since our intention is to manifest our faith on how GOD LEADS US INTO his glory, I just want to share my EXPERIENCE OF LIFE.
Since childhood, I have realized that GOD HAS NEVER LEFT ME. Although I have never received the Sacrament of Baptism; as a child, I had a natural inclination to search for GOD. In my search, I joined prayer meetings and spent time in the church. At times when my parents searched for me, they found me inside the church.
I had faith in GOD, but I didn't have much knowledge of Him. As I grow older, I began to experience all kinds of trials. My problems increased to the point that I started blaming GOD. I said, "WHY ME, IF I AM A GOOD DAUGHTER?" I experienced a time of long and painful agony.
THE WORD OF GOD
Then one day, I found a BIBLE that someone had tried to burn and began reading it. The WORD OF GOD made me see my mistakes. I cried and ask forgiveness for blaming GOD. I gave thanks to him for the gift of my life and I said that I wanted to serve HIM using the gifts HE has given. NOT just a listener, but a doer of HIS WORD.
AFTER SOME TIME, I AGAIN GOT INTO SIN AND MISERY BY CONSENTING TO LIVE WITH MY BOYFRIEND WITHOUT THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY. WE HAD CHILDREN, BUT OUR FAMILY GOT INTO ALL KINDS OF DIFFICULTIES.I began to hate those who looked down on me.
THE FIVE IDEALS
When I went to
1. TO READ MEDITATE AND SAVOUR THE HOLY GOSPEL EVERYDAY.
2. TO IMITATE CHRIST.
3. TO LIVE IN POOR MEANS.
4. TO DO PROFOUND AND PROLONGED PRAYER.
5. TO DO APOSTOLATE.
Each ideal had a very good connection with their lives, acting as a bridge to bring them closer to GOD.
FIVE DAYS OF LIGHT
I was invited to receive the “Five Days of Light” seminar. I cried of joy, thanking GOD for calling me again and for the opportunity to change my life, to deepen my faith and to realize HIS unwavering love for me. I was touched by the Gospel verse John 15:16:
"YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, I CHOSE YOU, AND APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND BEAR MUCH FRUIT,THE FRUIT THAT ENDURES.AND SO THE FATHER WILL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU ASK OF HIS NAME."
I believed that this is a call for me to stand firm and a chance to be a good preacher. I have learned to embrace the teachings of JESUS and how to live these teachings by practicing the “five ideals”. These have helped me to be a good christian and grow closer to GOD. He has rearranged my life in a way that I can bear fruit, and someday, be a light to others, even in a simple way.
In 2009, I was invited to attend the adult catechism and I am so blessed to received the Sacrament of Baptism. It was a great joy that there were 4 priests who witnessed and administered my baptism. I really felt and understood the meaning of Baptism. Ang sarap ng feeling talaga (What a wonderful feeling it is!). I cried with joy. And after a couple of weeks. I received my Confirmation. Furthermore, in just 3 weeks thereafter, I received the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Through my prayers and the prayers of my friends and the 3rd category of the “Little Brethren of Mary” whose always there, I feel that GOD IS HELPING ME WALK IN HIS WAY!!!
THANK YOU PO FOR THE