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Monday, December 27, 2004

The Bitter and the Sweet

Four more days before we bid adieu to 2004.

It had been a bittersweet Christmas where I experienced the gamut of emotions and situations where joy and sorrow met, good and bad collide, the heartaches and happiness sat side-by-side. Because of the privileged position of being a priest that has to deal with this series of situations that came arise one after the other, I have been taken in a rollercoaster ride of the ups and downs of life.

Only in this position, can I feel the pain of people in a wake and to be, in the next hour, transported to the heights of festivity in a friend's house celebrating the gathering of family and friends for the Christmas dinner. It was rather surreal that I could be doing a funeral service last Sunday afternoon and then to be followed by celebrating our feast day Mass later in that same evening that ended with a fine time at our feast day dinner at the Qian Xi Restaurant where the food, drinks and the entertainment flowed freely and joyously.

What is the meaning of all this? I don't really know. Perhaps I can only say that life is fragile and to treasure every moment with your love ones and not too take things for granted. Am I any more wiser for all that has happened? No more than the man-on-the-street who usually can say a few more words of life wisdom than all my intellect can string together.

What a week!

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