Name

Many people are asking where did I get my name Ramed.

Catchy.

Unique.

Easy to recall.

My parents were part of the last batch of hippies in the 70s.

They loved to experience new things and trailblaze into so many ventures.

They thought combining their names were very cool for their eldest child.

RAM from Ramon (my father) and MED from Medy (nickname of my mother, her full name is Nicomedesa).

As a young child, it was easy for me to remember my name and writing exercises at school was a breeze.

In William Shakespeare’s 1594 play, Juliet mused “What’s in a name?” But in Shakespeare’s personal reflection on the subject, he said, “He who steals my purse, steals trash, but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which enriches him not, and makes me poor indeed.”

Your Name communicates so much more than simply a tag or label of what to call you. Your name becomes the representation of who you are; who you are to your family, to your boss, to your friends, to your children, to the businessman in the office or the waitress at your table. Your name establishes the beginning of a reputation, and the whole of that reputation is recalled by the thought or speaking of your name.

Nine days after the Nativity of Christ, Catholics commemorate the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, in honor of the name “Jesus,” which means “God saves.”

Today, on the third day of 2018 (first Wednesday), my wife and I attended an early morning thanksgiving mass at Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish in Tagaytay.

The priest highlighted on his homily the importance of the holy name of Jesus. He lauded the efforts of US President Donald Trump to use the name of Jesus on his speech during the lighting of the National Christmas tree. It was a ‘big’ thing in America where they want to remove the name of Christ in Merry Christmas and just use Happy Holidays instead. It was like attending a party without mentioning the name of the celebrant at all.

Here are some excerpts from his inspiring speech:

For Christians, this is a Holy season – the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.

Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There’s hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world.

Each and every year at Christmas time we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it’s about who we are – each one of us is a child of God.

That is the true source of joy this time of the year.

That is what makes every Christmas ‘merry.’

And that is what we remember at today’s beautiful ceremony, that we are called to serve one another, to love one another, and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world.

And so tonight, I thank the millions of Americans who light our lives and brighten our wonderful communities. I thank those who are serving the needy during the season and throughout the year. I thank our military men and women who are stationed around the world keeping us safe.

I thank our law enforcement officers who protect our streets and secure our homeland. I thank America’s teachers, pastors, and all those religious, and those people that have taught us so much, for their leadership in our communities and our society.

And, especially tonight, I thank America’s families. At Christmas, we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life.

And so, this Christmas we ask for God’s blessings for our family, for our nation. And we pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blest with faith.

Your name says it all.

In Jesus mighty name, we claim abundant blessings! I pray that the Lord will bless your family and keep you away from any sickness and harm.

God loves you so much!

Name

Nissin Ramed or Nissin Ramen? My name vs the famous brand names of noodles.

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