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Why simplify?

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IF more and more people are impatient and pleasure-seeking, do you blame it partly on the influence of advertisements or on adults who spoil the young ones? We hardly see commercials that tell people to simplify or to sacrifice for a while. Many advertisers tell people to buy more, indulge more, and get things quick.

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THE Philippines’ tourism industry has long suffered in comparison with those of some of our Asian neighbors, notably Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. The problem is not so much negative perception of the country as zero perception, according to the people behind the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign.

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Martha and Mary

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Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.

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When I express the hurt I’m feeling, he becomes defensive and he accuses me of mothering him. How can I communicate my hurt and anger without becoming more hurt and angry? And what can I do to get him to listen to me?

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BJMP

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THE all-out war against illegal drugs has gained headway with the public disclosure of President Rodrigo Duterte of five – active and retired – police generals. This sets the tone for being hopeful, the next batch of presidential exposes be high profile public officials. Whether users, protectors, or drug investors? Do we expect mayors?

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Seasons of Bong

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AT the requiem mass that Fr. Fidel officiated for his cousin Bong, the priest retold the story of a man who asked his four sons to describe the pear tree in their garden, one for each of the four seasons. Not surprisingly, the words they painted produced different pictures of the same tree. Nevertheless, the father told his sons they were all correct. It is our tendency to judge by the season.

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