2017 December One More Thing

A Christmas Wish

Ikaw at ako ngayong Pasko

Tila ang kulay ng dusa,
lungkot at pagdaralita
naglalahong bigla.

Init ng pusong umiibig
Aking gabay sa hanging kay lamig
Damdamin na hatid: tuwa na kay tamis, mundo na kay rikit.

Aking buhay na may pait
Pagsubok at lumbay
Aking dinadalit.

Diwang puno ng pag-asa,
Mundong pumapayapa, ang siyang pumapalit
Damdamin na hatid: kaligtasan at awit sa mundo na kay lamig.

Ikaw at ako magkapiling sa Pasko
Ikaw at ako katuwang bawat pusong umaasa
Sa kaligtasang hatid ng sanggol sa sabsaban
Ikaw at ako nagdiriwang ng Pasko.

Joel Gabriel
"Fray Joel" entered the Dominican formation in 1990 straight out of high school. In 1993 he received the habit of the Order of Preachers while being admitted to the novitiate. He obtained his A.B. Philosophy degree in 1996 at the same time that he decided to take a leave from seminary life. In the secular world, he trained as a mainframe programmer with Citibank which started his career in Information Technology, and the rest as they say is history. Joel has been an IT practitioner all his professional life gaining experience and expertise with global companies such as Citibank Asia-Pacific, RCG-IT, IBM Solutions, Accenture and James-Martin/Headstrong. Based in the New York metro area since 2012, Joel is currently an IT Support Operations Manager with Genpact possessing over 15 years of success leading diverse technology projects within the Capital Markets and Financial Services industry and domain. Joel is happily married to Nancy Aquino-Gabriel.

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