got to know the gospel life of unity four years ago.
Meeting this way of life has really transformed me.
Through the Focolare, I learned to behave and speak
out of love for the others. It is not always easy but
by trying to be love, I am able to love others.
one unforgettable experience from my college years.
Once, my classmates had noticed that there were a lot
of changes among the school teachers and administrators.
We felt that the quality of the school’s education
was being affected. Realizing that we had to do something,
we considered talking directly to the people involved.
Some of us proposed starting a rally and others simply
wanted to go directly to the school official to air
our criticisms. But after talking it over with a teacher
who practices the life of unity, I realized that ours
was not the best way to go about the problem. We couldn’t
hurry things and ride roughshod over people’s
feelings, even if we were concerned about the betterment
of the school. So I suggested that instead, we go through
the proper channels.
we came face to face with the person concerned, some
classmates, due to their anger, said some hurting remarks
which provoked that person to raise his voice too. I
had to ask the Holy Spirit to help us in that moment,
and to really try to believe that Jesus was in that
person. It was hard because he was our “enemy”
in a sense, but on the other hand, with much care, I
offered him our observations and spoke about the effects
on students and teachers. Fortunately, I saw that he
felt loved, as he simply listened to what I was saying,
and I was truly taken aback, as I had never expected
him to understand our concerns. Later he actually acted
positively upon them.
experience. Having recently obtained my Bachelors in
Education, I am now working as a teacher in the daycare
section of the Focolare Pagasa Social Center in Tagaytay.
As a teacher, I always believe that life’s experience
is the best teacher. A few months ago, my apparently
healthy younger brother died from a sudden illness and
so I asked myself, “What can I learn from this
experience?” I understood that I really had to
say a big “yes” especially during such a
difficult moment, and this meant I had to try to forget
my own sufferings and be of service to others.
the suffering of my bereaved family, I tried to be strong
and to look after my father, mother and sister who were
all suffering so much. Our key to unity, the love for
Jesus Forsaken, helped me a lot to love the others in
such a moment of suffering. I had to be strong for my
family. I drew more strength too from the love and support
that my friends in the life of unity have shown me and
remember the other Gen (the youth of the Focolare) who
came almost every night during the wake, praying the
rosary and singing inspirational and religious songs
with us just to keep up the goods spirits in my family.
With their support, we felt our burden lightened and
my family was able accept of the loss of my brother.
Somehow, we felt totally embraced by a bigger family.
Lubich had said, “Human beings do not grow by
thinking a lot but by loving a lot.” So it was
that way for me during hard moments in life. I am growing
up and have learned so much from life’s lessons
because of the art of loving that I too, try to practice.