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Finding peace in solitude

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Years ago, a friend of ours felt very frustrated and unhappy, and moved his family to a remote place near a forest. His wife became the breadwinner, while he stayed home to take care of their only son.

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Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical epic ‘Noah’

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Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic “Noah,” joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet.

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Time to prepare

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Here’s a true story narrated by a good friend of ours: He went on a business trip to India and made many friends. One day, an associate invited him to accompany him to the hospital where his father was rushed. After speaking with the hospital’s medical staff, the former disclosed, “The doctor says that my dad has stage four cancer and will not live long. My mother and brother have agreed not to tell my dad. But, I do not know what to do.”

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Hope springs

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No one is a lost cause. In Vedic literature, the wise sage Rupa Goswami says that hopelessness is detrimental to one’s spiritual life.

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Faultfinding

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Spiritual sages are wonderful to associate with, because they bring light and happiness into our midst. On the other hand, it’s difficult to associate with selfish and materialistic people, because they bring negativity and gloom.

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Special reunion

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Many people celebrate the Christmas season with family reunions and outings. They want to spend time with relatives and friends. Some insights into what a memorable reunion means:

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Essence of gift-giving

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A friend who’s working in a hospital related how its staff exchanged gifts for its Christmas party. The price of the gifts was set at P500 and above. But, the identity of the gift-givers was soon divulged, and the participants began specifying what they preferred to receive—a laptop bag, a gas stove, clothes, shoes, etc.

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Overcoming fear

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A physical therapist recently shared that she began treating a woman suffering from a “frozen” shoulder for five years. It caused a lot of pain and discomfort. What made the woman seek treatment? She admitted, “My husband got angry and forced me to finally see a doctor.”

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Hope springs

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We have hope in our hearts because we’re part and parcel of the Supreme Person. Unfortunately, illusions and material desires bind us to the material sphere. Realizing that this world isn’t our real home will inspire us to seek shelter in Him. Some inspiring words of wisdom to lead us back home: If it were [...]

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Sobering reminders

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The calamity that hit Tacloban and other Visayan provinces has been devastating. A relative shares, “My sister’s daughter is in Tacloban. So far, there’s no news about how she is, and my sister is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”

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Living sparks

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The beginning of November should make us reflect on our existence and direction in life. Some insights for All Saints and All Souls Days:

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Helping others

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Helping others is part of living well—and living right. Not only do we give happiness to others, we also experience joy by helping those who are in need.

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