Category Archives: Christian Life

Of Fake News and Posts

Of Fake News and Posts
by Danny Tariman

“See that you not be deceived…” (Luke 21:8a)

Every now and then, I would see in our chat group posts that are of questionable source and questionable truth.

When this happens, I usually search the Internet to check on the validity of the post. Most often, or even as always, the questionable post is indeed fake!

As a reply to a fake news, I had once posted an article that verified the fake news, and the poster remarked in arrogance.

Truly saddening!

I tried to correct the misconception on item in the fake news, and I got a negative remark.

The Bible is very clear in John 8:32 “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.

In this age of social media, we should be cautious in posting or re-posting items of questionable source or doubtful integrity. As Christians, we should uphold the truth, and stop the spread of lies and fake news.

Reflection: Did you help in the spread of lies by re-posting fake news?

Prayer: Father, grant me the grace to be discerning before posting or re-posting items of questionable integrity. Amen.

Blessings of a Son


Blessings of a Son
by Danny Tariman

“Those who fear the Lord honor their father, and serve their parents as masters. In word and deed honor your father, that all blessings may come to you.” (Sirach 3:7-8)

It was a 2-week absence for my wife.

After a family travel overseas, she stayed for a couple of weeks with our daughter who is working abroad.

Back in Manila, it was only me and my son at home. We haven’t really been “alone” this long.

I was not at the peak of my strength: both my hands are in pain due to trigger finger. I can’t do the usual chores I do at home. My son would assist me even a simple task of opening a bottled water.

A few days later, I had my left-hand trigger finger surgically released. At this point, the more I wasn’t able to perform much activity with my right hand only, which was also in pain.

At home, I had been almost always together with my wife. And I haven’t really seen both my children do ALL household activities.

But during these times, I am so touched that my son will prepare for me all that I will need for the day until he comes back from work: my breakfast, my lunch, my snacks, and others. He wouldn’t even allow me to menial tasks while my wound was still fresh.

He had shown to be a truly responsible son: taking care of his father, and ensuring that household chores are done. He would wake up early to prepare the food, and upon arrival from office, he would do the unfinished chores, staying late at night.

Thank you, son, you are indeed a blessing! May God’s abundant blessings be upon you.

On Marriage and Parenting

On Marriage and Parenting
by Danny Tariman

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.” (Colossians 1:25)

We were meeting in the Vicariate Commission on the Family when a parish leader asked me, “Can we invite you to give a talk in our Festival of Families?” I was pleasantly surprised with the opportunity to share the Word of God.

I prayed that the Lord would speak through me in my talk. I prepared a good deal: pondered on Bible verses on marriage and parenting, and read Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis. I lifted up prayers for a Spirit-filled sharing of the Word of God.

On the appointed day, my wife and I drove to the parish. When we were ushered into the church, I was beaming with happiness deep inside of me because the attendance was excellent: a complete mix of fathers, mothers, and children. This is exactly the audience that my talk was focused on!

As I delivered the Word of God on marriage and parenting, the audience listened attentively, even reading with me the biblical verses flashed on screen. After the talk, the attendees were asked to reflect. I was glad to hear that the Word sank deep into their hearts. I praised the Lord for allowing me to present His Word in its fullness!

Reflection:
“Do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 13:11)

Prayer:
Dear Lord, continue to use me as Your mouthpiece of love. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache — both hardcopy and online — on July 21, 2019]

Faith in Action

Faith in Action
by Danny Tariman

“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:15-17)

In a gathering of fellow Christians, I noticed a little girl singing in front of the karaoke. I was told by my wife that this girl is an adopted daughter of the host.

The party host told me later that they found this girl sleeping in makeshift cart, malnourished. Touched by the situation, her family took care of the little girl, clothed her, feed her and treated her as their own.

She further told me that they have another adopted child who is now studying in college. A victim of a broken family, this student had no home nor a family to go to and had to stop schooling. The host’s daughter asked her if they can “adopt” her. And the family did.

This wonderful story amazes me so much, as I see this as faith in action. This host family is simply living out their Christian faith, practicing what the Bible teaches.

I know in my heart that this family will be greatly blessed. As the word of God says “…sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house… Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: ‘Here I am!'” (Isaiah 58:7,9)

Reflection: Would you lift your finger to help a needy person? Or will you just pray for him?

Prayer: Dear Lord, pls forgive me for not helping the needy as you would. Grant me the grace to be a channel of Your love, and a channel of Your blessing. Amen.

Smiling, Thanking

Smiling, Thanking
by Danny Tariman

“Let the peace of Christ control your hearts… and be thankful” (Col 3:15)

I was navigating through the early morning traffic going to my work. At an intersection, a motorcycle was about to cross my way. The rider looked into my eyes with a cheerful smile and gestured to cross.

I stopped and gave him back a good smile. And as he crossed, I can read his lips saying, “Thank you”, while still wearing that joyful smile.

I am blessed with his very simple act: a smile and a thank-you.

In today’s traffic chaos, with car drivers and motorcycle riders trying to out-do each other, it was the least that I expect from a fellow road user. Almost every day, it pisses me off that motorcycle riders will just cut across my path as if they are alone on the road: crisscrossing (changing lanes like passing through a zigzag), overtaking at the wrong side, not yielding to traffic lights. It is indeed messy on the road, driving along with motorcycle riders.

But not this morning. And I thank the LORD for people who has the courtesy, and a grateful heart.

Thank you, dear Jesus, for this motorcycle rider who crossed my way early this morning. May many more follow his example.

Reflection: Do you have the road courtesy to yield to other drivers and to traffic signals? Are you grateful to the drivers who let you pass?

Prayer: Dear LORD, grant me the grace to drive carefully and defensively, and to yield to others when necessary. Amen.

Working Full Time

Working Full Time
by Danny Tariman

“Obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22)

It was a usual morning: routine 1-minute chat with staff as I go around the office, getting status of tasks assigned.

I noticed that one staff suddenly closed his mobile phone. From a distance, I can see him viewing the Facebook. His direct supervisor who was seated behind him, was not around. He quickly put his hands on his computer keyboard, sensing that I was about to go near to him.

Days before this moment, his supervisor reported to me that this staff does not work “full time”. He frequently checks his mobile device, usually doing something on Facebook. This has resulted to delays in completion of his tasks.

This reminds me of the Word of God: that as workers, we are supposed to “do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best.” (Col 3:22 MSG)

We need to give our best! This means ensuring that we give the best quality output or result, finished on schedule if not earlier. Let us make our customers — both internal and external customers — happy!

Let us glorify the Lord through our work, by working full-time in our given tasks, and by giving our best!

Reflection: Do you give all your time and effort to the task assigned to you? Even when your boss is not around?

Prayer: Forgive me Lord for not giving my best in my work. Grant me the grace I need to glorify You in my workplace. Amen!

God Provides

God Provides
by Danny Tariman
“He said to [his] disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food'” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

My wife had a 2-day holiday with friends in an exclusive resort. Because we want her to just enjoy her moments, we told her not to bother preparing our food packs, which she usually does every day.

She left home early in the morning. My family had a quick breakfast without her and drove-off for our day in the office.

I did not have the usual food pack that I bring for the day.

To my surprise, a few minutes upon my arrival at the office, two of my staff gave me something I really do not expect: one gave me a cup of bean jelly/curd (taho, in Tagalog), and another gave me an apple! I have now food for my snacks!

Just before twelve noon, as I was about to go to the canteen, my staff told me that a member of my office team will be bringing in food for our lunch. Another surprise!

I was so touched at how the LORD provides. As I had asked my wife not to prepare food so she can enjoy her day with friends, the LORD touched somebody else — these three guys — to give me food!

Truly amazing! His Word is indeed real: “God will provide” (Genesis 22:8)

Reflection: Do you worry about your provisions? Trust the LORD; He provides!

Prayer: Am sorry LORD for the times that I have not fully trusted in You by worrying. Grant me the grace to live a life fully trusting in You! Amen.