Significance of humility

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Friday, December 27, 2013


LIVING a God-centered life does not mean that we are living in vain, but it only means that we are asking God to take over of our lives and to bring us to salvation.

Being God-centered is what makes this person special because it can clearly be seen of how the Lord made her life fruitful and a blessing to her family, friends, and workmates.

Meet Antonia Claveria, Tonette to her friends and co-teachers, a teacher at the Sta. Ana National High School in Davao City.

She received her Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSeD) major in Integrated Science at Ateneo de Davao

University (AdDU) in 1974 and also took her Master of Arts in the same university. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Science in the following year.

She enjoys photography especially processing the photos in the dark room. Through this interest, she was able to discover and witness the different colors of life.

Tonette also received countless recognition in "Investigatory Science" just like how she brought countless students to national science competitions since the 1980's. In the same period, she was also a respected teacher at the Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) where she served for 26 years. In 2003 she entered the public education system as a Chemistry teacher.

She served the Lord as the coordinator of Filipino Missionary Auxiliary Association (FMAA) under the Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP) that supports priests in the city.

She was also made as one of the leaders of the Fatima Parish Church in this city and she is very much active in the programs and activities of the parish.

Just recently, Tonette celebrated her 60th birthday, being grateful with the experiences at work and with the Lord, at the Felis Resort in barangay Matina Aplaya. It was attended by her family, friends, and co-workers.

Despite not being there, her sister, Remy Benfer, who is currently in the United States, also sent his love to her.

Here's the excerpts of our interview with Tonette:

Super Balita (SB): How do we put enthusiasm in our hearts to be able to discover and experience a God-centered life?

Tonette: The moment we are born, there is already this seed of trust and beleif of God that is implanted in us. It will be up to us to nurture and let this seed grow so that this will bear fruits in respecting one another and helping those in need.

SB: What lesson or lessons that was instilled in you through the blessings that you received in life?

Tonette: Humility in all occasions because it is one of the things that adds spice in our life and that is what we need in life to prepare ourselves in meeting the Lord.

SB: Who are your inspirations?

Tonette: My family of course, my children who are always beside me to help and my siblings who are always there for me even though they already have a family of their own.

Through her life, Tonette has shown to us that it is significant to remain humble at all times because it is a crucial ingredient in living a God-centered life in our world.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 28, 2013.

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