The ultimate purpose of my life is to become the person God intended me to be.

Each new year is a fresh beginning, another opportunity for us to become better than the last, a process of becoming what our Lord Jesus commanded us in Matthew, chapter 5, vrs. 48: “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

As we strive for this ideal, we realize that God, the Great Giver, has equipped us with many faculties that we can develop and use for that purpose: an inquisitive mind; a mouth for blessing and communicating; eyes and ears for reading and hearing His Word; a pair of helping hands, as well as nimble feet for chasing opportunities and avoiding mischief; and a forgiving, loving, seeking heart. And yet we find that all these are still inadequate. In His divine providence, God has also given us the gifts of His Holy Spirit, so that our human faculties may be fortified, inspired and guided.

I believe the Holy Spirit has been guiding me for many years to a deeper understanding of His Word. Ever since my wife and I joined a community of Christ-centered individuals, the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP), we have been encouraged to meditate on the Word of God daily, and to communicate with God in prayer and in His sacraments. God has blessed our family through loving brothers and sisters and in fulfilling missions that I prayed for something more meaningful that I could do this year (2004) to reciprocate His love more fully. The Lord answered this special prayer before the year 2003 ended. The Missionaries of Charity invited us one day to help distribute foodstuffs to the poorest families in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte. The sight of malnourished children pierced our hearts. When I got back home, I told my wife Ollie that I wanted to raise money to put up day-care centers for malnourished children in Samal. And the way to do it is to write a book on the Word of God — reflections from the Holy Spirit, which has been a preoccupation for years — for the year 2005. All the proceeds of the books sold will go to the day-care center(s). I told her I was confident that so many brothers and sisters in many renewal communities would be willing to join on this mission of love by buying and reading about God’s Word. In the service of His Word and in the pursuit of His love, we are confident ‘all things will work out’ (Rom. 8:28) because the Holy Spirit empowered us to succeed. (Phil. 4:13)

Eduardo “Momong” Robillo
Davao City, Philippines