I thought that my willingness and enthusiasm brought me to The Feast. But then, I realized that god brought me to The Feast because He knew that I need direction.

Yeah, that’s how busy I was. Busy with my career and with my boyfriend. I didn’t notice that I was lost!

FINALLY, I AM HOME

I was a nominal Catholic. I attended mass, participated in religious activities like processions, read the Bible when comfortable, and proclaimed myself that I did good, that I love God. But I was also prone to judging  the actions of other people.

My actions and thoughts didn’t align. The day came when I decided to stop my two-faced faith and be busy with my own life.

It was Sunday, I attended an event at the Philippine International Convention Center and discovered The Feast. It may look like an accident for some. But for me, it was destiny!

I decided to join The Feast.

“Finally, I found a home,” I said to myself. But not for long. Because of a busy schedule and more trials, my attendance was not consistent.

ROCK BOTTOM

This year, my longtime boyfriend and I broke up. We have been together for eleven years but our relationship didn’t survive.

My world collapsed.

It looks like overreacting, but this can happen. Especially if your world revolves around one person. Unfortunately, mine did!

I felt the pain every single day. That was my rock bottom.

STANDING UP

But when you are down, there’s no way but up, and start over again. So, I stood up. Yes, I I went back to The Feast – the home I had neglected for sometime. But even if I had been away, The Feastwelcomed me – with open arms. It became my sanctuary of hope and love.

And The Feast helped me to stand up, and start over again.

The Feast brought me to the woman I am dreaming of becoming – as a strong, passionate, and happy woman. To tell you honestly, The Feast brought me to what I actually really need – self-love.

Right now, I am still moving on. I still cry and feel sad about my failed relationship. But I see blessings this time around. Because I know God will turn my weaknesses and failures into beautiful blessings.

BLESSINGS AFTER HEARTBREAKS

Before, pride took over me when dealing with problems. Now, I am learning how to trust other people and share my burdens with a group of friends called Light Group. I became closer to my family because I started open up myself to them, too. I learned that God is the best planner of all. God knows what is best for me.

Most of all, my spiritual life continues to grow — from shallow feelings to genuine worship and prayer. And from a deceptive life to a meaningful one!

I know I am not perfect, and will never be perfect. But I have My Redeemer, always. Now that I am redirected, I will double my effort so that I can serve God more and heal others through the lessons of my brokenness.

– Fame Umali

#YouAreLoved at #TheFeast

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  • Sunday, 20 September 2020 : Book of Isaiah 55:6-9.
    Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near. Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked man his thoughts; Let him turn to the LORD for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, […]
  • Sunday, 20 September 2020 : Psalms 145(144):2-3.8-9.17-18.
    Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. And I will praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD and highly to be praised; His greatness is unsearchable. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is gracious and […]
  • Sunday, 20 September 2020 : Letter to the Philippians 1:20c-24.27a.
    My eager expectation and hope is that I shall not be put to shame in any way, but that with all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living in the […]
  • Sunday, 20 September 2020 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 20:1-16a.
    Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he […]
  • Sunday, 20 September 2020 : Commentary Saint John Chrysostom
    It is very obvious that this parable is considering people's conversion to God: some from their youth, others a little later and, finally, some only in old age. Christ rebukes the pride of the first to be called to stop them criticizing those called at the eleventh hour by showing them that payment is the […]
  • Saturday, 19 September 2020 : First Letter to the Corinthians 15:35-37.42-49.
    Brothers and sisters : Someone may say, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?" You fool! What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of […]
  • Saturday, 19 September 2020 : Psalms 56(55):10c-11.12-13.
    Now I know that God is with me. Then do my enemies turn back, when I call upon you. Now I know that God is with me. My foes turn back when I call on you. This I know: God is on my side. In God, in whose promise I glory, in God I trust […]
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  • Saturday, 19 September 2020 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 8:4-15.
    When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable. A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky […]
  • Saturday, 19 September 2020 : Commentary Saint Basil
    You have been made a servant of the good God ; an administrator for your fellow servant. Do not imagine that all these fruits were prepared for your own stomach (…) Imitate the earth, O Man, and let you also bear fruit, as it does, so that you may not be lower than the senseless […]