Anonymous, Little Whispers


First Reading
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4

How long, O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.
Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash one has no integrity;
but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Second Reading
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14

I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me,
in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit
that dwells within us.

Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied,
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded,
say, ‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'”


“The Lord replied, ‘If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you'” (Luke 17:6)

Back when I was a kid, I loved playing with my PSP. You would never see me go out of the house without my PSP with me. I would always play with my PSP every chance I get, after school hours, after homework, even after taking a bath at night, I would sneak in a few extra minutes of games before I would actually go to sleep!

My parents, realizing my addiction to my PSP, decided to limit me and set two-and-a-half hours of PSP a day. At first, they strictly monitored me. But as days went by, they gradually trusted me to still follow the two-and-a-half hour rule, and I really did follow them! I would always look at the clock before I play and check the clock again after I play and deduct the total minutes I played to the remaining minutes I had for the day! My parents saw how I was really following their rules, and I was often rewarded an extra hour at night to keep on playing!

Our God, since the beginning of time, instituted rules for us to follow. These rules were not put up to limit us, instead they were put up out of love. God wants us to trust in Him, in the commandments He has given us.

Imagine, my parents gave me a reward for something as simple and childish as that two-and-a-half hour rule, wouldn’t God do the same for us when we follow the greatest commandment of all, to love?

Father God, instill in me the courage to do what is good even in the face of evil. May I not be swayed by my family, peers or anyone to do what is not of You. May You always be at my side. Amen.



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Anonymous, Little Whispers

Light Is Coming

First Reading
1 JN 2:3-11

The way we may be sure that we know Jesus
is to keep his commandments.
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:
whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.

Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you
but an old commandment that you had from the beginning.
The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
And yet I do write a new commandment to you,
which holds true in him and among you,
for the darkness is passing away,
and the true light is already shining.
Whoever says he is in the light,
yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light,
and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness;
he walks in darkness
and does not know where he is going
because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 96:1-2A, 2B-3, 5B-6
R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
The LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty go before him;
praise and grandeur are in his sanctuary.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

LK 2:22-35

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Lord, now let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce)
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”


“For the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” (1 John 2:8 )

How was your 2015? Was it great or not all that good? Each of us has her own way of interpreting her year. For me, however, I felt that darkness was upon me this year.

All my fears that I could think of happened: rejections, disappointments, and worries. To be honest, at one point, I felt depressed. Nobody knew what I was going through because I continued to show that I was happy–that nothing bothered me at all.

Then one day, a ray of light dawned on me.  At the peak of my darkest moments, a priest affirmed me that I was a blessing, and that the people around me were lucky to have me. After that, unexpectedly, people were starting to affirm me. Every affirmation I receive not only released me from the burdens in my heart but continued to gave new light in my life.

Suddenly, I remembered St. Theresa of Avila’s saying, “Shine your light and be a blessing”. I realized that I had the light all along but I let the darkness consumed me. If it weren’t for the priest, I wouldn’t rekindle the light and love that God has been giving me all this time.

My dear readers, now that another year is coming, do not be afraid to go out of the darkness and find the light of Christ. For the light of Christ conquers the dark, and leads us to a life full of happiness and love.


Reflection Song

Brighter By Hillsong Y & F

Anonymous, Little Whispers

An Open Letter To Baby Jesus

Hello Baby Jesus!

In two days, we’ll be celebrating Your birthday. I am so excited. I am so excited to see my family laughing over good food, opening presents and having fun. I am excited to taste the food my lola has prepared for me. I am so excited to see my crush in church, nakakakilig talaga kapag nakikita ko siya. I am excited to go on a road trip with my friends; exploring the beaches, trekking mountains and relaxing under the sun!

But most of all, beyond these Christmas traditions, I am excited for You to come into my life again. Baby Jesus, I am so tired. This year has been full of boring, useless and dull stuff that took me away from You. I pray, that with Your angelic cry this Christmas, I may be taken away from my everyday life, and live in Your reality. A reality full of joy, hope and peace. A reality that was born on two thousand years ago.

Baby Jesus, I love you.  You are born into this Earth destined to die a lowly death, fit for the poor, the slaves and the prisoners, but Baby Jesus, I pray that You sleep peacefully; You do not have to do anything for me, all I want is the sound of Your quiet giggle and the sight of Your peaceful smile as You lay silently in Your manger.

Baby Jesus, bring joy to the world, to my world. As I await Your birthday, Jesus, remind me that Christmas is beyond the jingling bells, the cookies and milk beside the fireplace, and the red-and-green gift wrappers littered under the tree. Remind me that Christmas is all about peace, hope and love born in a lowly manger in a lowly town in a lowly country, all because of me.

Yours truly,

A confused human being

Anonymous, Little Whispers

Big Word

First Reading
DN 7:2-14

In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night,
the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea,
from which emerged four immense beasts,
each different from the others.
The first was like a lion, but with eagle’s wings.
While I watched, the wings were plucked;
it was raised from the ground to stand on two feet
like a man, and given a human mind.
The second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side,
and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks.
It was given the order, “Up, devour much flesh.”
After this I looked and saw another beast, like a leopard;
on its back were four wings like those of a bird,
and it had four heads.
To this beast dominion was given.
After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast,
different from all the others,
terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength;
it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed,
and what was left it trampled with its feet.
I was considering the ten horns it had,
when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst,
and three of the previous horns were torn away to make room for it.
This horn had eyes like a man,
and a mouth that spoke arrogantly.
As I watched,

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was snow bright,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words
which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain
and its body thrown into the fire to be burnt up.
The other beasts, which also lost their dominion,
were granted a prolongation of life for a time and a season.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm
DN 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!

“Mountains and hills, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“You springs, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“Seas and rivers, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“All you birds of the air, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!

LK 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”



Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Lk 21: 33

You have just woken up, and you see 57 missed calls, you make a call and say “I’m on my way, promise!”

Our training for basketball is at 5 am and during that time,we had to prepare for a crucial game. Being the team captain, I told my teammates the importance of sacrifice and told them that no one should be late during training. Unfortunately, I was the only one not there.

My coach talked to me and said “Next time, wag ka na mag promise.”

I was so ashamed of what happened and I apologized to my teammates.

I have broken a lot of promises in the past and I always think to myself that promises are meant to be broken, but in the gospel it is telling us that the word of God will remain strong and shall never be broken. It is telling us that storms and trials will come to our lives and the only way that we could get out if it is if we hold on to God’s words that he will save us, because God will never break his promise. All we have to do is trust in Him and He will do the rest.


Lord, I pray that you give me the strength to hold on to your promise and to trust in your holy word. I pray that you strengthen my faith so that I can face all of the storms and trials that would come to my life because I know that you make all things good. In your mighty name we trust. Amen.


Do I find it hard to trust the word of God?

Anonymous, Little Whispers

Second Chance

First Reading
Rom 8:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has freed you from the law of sin and death.
For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do,
this God has done:
by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.
For those who live according to the flesh
are concerned with the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the spirit
with the things of the spirit.
The concern of the flesh is death,
but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.
For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God;
it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it;
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 24:1B-2, 3-4AB, 5-6
R. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Lk 13:1-9

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply,
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed
when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
do you think they were more guilty
than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable:
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.’”


“Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.” -Lk 13: 8-9

I believe in second chances. Why? Because God gave us the chance to change our ways and follow him and do good. He did not abandon us but instead died on the cross for our sins.

Just yesterday, I had an exam in a company that I was praying for. I was afraid of failing because I was late and the time given was short. At first, I didn’t pass because I had a hard time studying the product. But the proctor gave us the chance to study again and answer another exam. While studying I also remembered that I should pray and thank God for another try and guess what, I PASSED!!

My point is that when you feel like giving up on something/someone, don’t. You might think that God is not answering you, but you have to push, listen and pray harder to realize that what he’s giving you is the BEST. Our GOD wants the BEST for his children and have faith.
Wait and see, you will bear a fruitful life while acknowledging Him.


Almighty Father, I pray that you give me strength and courage to face my trials in life. Give me a second chance to follow you again. Amen.

Reflection Question

Why do I give up?

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Anonymous, Little Whispers

Happy Obedience

First Reading
Jl 4:12-21

Thus says the LORD:
Let the nations bestir themselves and come up
to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there will I sit in judgment
upon all the neighboring nations.

Apply the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe;
Come and tread,
for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow,
for great is their malice.
Crowd upon crowd
in the valley of decision;
For near is the day of the LORD
in the valley of decision.
Sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars withhold their brightness.
The LORD roars from Zion,
and from Jerusalem raises his voice;
The heavens and the earth quake,
but the LORD is a refuge to his people,
a stronghold to the children of Israel.

Then shall you know that I, the LORD, am your God,
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain;
Jerusalem shall be holy,
and strangers shall pass through her no more.
And then, on that day,
the mountains shall drip new wine,
and the hills shall flow with milk;
And the channels of Judah
shall flow with water:
A fountain shall issue from the house of the LORD,
to water the Valley of Shittim.
Egypt shall be a waste,
and Edom a desert waste,
Because of violence done to the people of Judah,
because they shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall abide forever,
and Jerusalem for all generations.
I will avenge their blood,
and not leave it unpunished.
The LORD dwells in Zion.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
R. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Lk 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”



“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Lk 11:28

A simple, time-tested formula to a fruitful, awesome life:

God’s Will + Obedience = Blessings!

How do we know God’s will? Through His Word. And how do we obey? Simply trust. How do we trust? By letting go of ourselves: more of Him, and less of us. We give God space for Him to do His work. And when God works, it is always, always for the better

The woman in today’s Gospel (if she was in Mother Mary’s shoes) might have been one proud mama if Jesus was her son. She said to Jesus: “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed” (Lk 11:27). In reply, Jesus said to the woman: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” (Lk 11:28). Jesus simply mirrored in a very loving way Mother Mary’s annunciation response: “May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). It is simply blessed to obey.

Most of the time we complicate matters: too much thinking, too much worrying. Obedience, especially obedience to God’s Word, frees us from all useless anxieties. Freedom from all anxieties is truly one big blessing!

Always remember: listen to His Word, obey His Word and be blessed!


Jesus, I’ve been thinking too much. I place my worries into Your hands. I trust in You. Bless me Oh Lord! Amen.

Reflection Question

Think of the times when you were stubborn. Did disobedience in any way benefit you?

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Anonymous, Little Whispers


First Reading
Col 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one Body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 150:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. (6) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD! Alleluia.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Lk 6:27-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well,
and from the person who takes your cloak,
do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”



“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” -Colossians 3:12-14

In community, there was this person whom I considered my little sister. We shared kilig stories and even problems. It was a relationship I was very much grateful to God. But because we didn’t get to see each other regularly, we’ve grown apart. At some point, she started calling me names, and mocking me. It hurt but I never said anything, never tried to make a revenge.

Then came a time when a friend asked for help and it meant working with this person. I wanted to decline. Even if I stopped hearing things from her, I am scared of what she can do to me. I accepted it and started working with her. Even if we work close together, you’ll know that our hearts were withdrawn from each other. Reaching out was so difficult. But because I wanted to affirm her for a job well done, I found myself approaching her with a big smile and said “Can I give you a hug?” Without any hesitation, she nodded her head and we hugged each other tight with tears in our eyes. This made me realize that my love for this person is much stronger than the pain she had caused me.

God’s love is like that. He loves us unconditionally. Even if we’ve hurt him many times knowingly and unknowingly, He is still there ready to forgive us. And that is the challenge is for us to show the same love, Jesus has shown us.

Love the unlovable… Because we can also be unlovable too at times.


Lord, thank you for your unconditional love even if we dont deserve it. Teach us to show the same love You have shown me that they may experience Your love through me. Amen.

Reflection Question

Have I hurt anybody? Am I a forgiving person?

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