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Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, Holy Week 2014, journeys, photography, tagged Closer to God, Faith, Holy Thursday, Holy Week 2014, life, photography, silence speaks on April 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
We were supposed to make our yearly Visita Iglesia early today but Josef has to do an overtime work till the wee hours so we postponed it for tomorrow and attended the Last Supper mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish near our place. It was a two-hour solemn and meaningful celebration of the mass. It was followed by a short dramatization on how Jesus chose His twelve apostles and the actual commemoration of the last supper. Each apostle was introduced by a short biography culled from the Gospel. For the last four years or so, the Parish distributes crates and baskets of pandesal after the mass. We brought home plenty, good enough for a light breakfast tomorrow since Good Friday is fasting and abstinence.
Early this morning, I was able to clean up my almost three thousand messages at my Yahoo account, some of which I haven’t read in years. Imagine finding yourself reading a birthday greeting that you have missed the last two years. I just have to adjust the setting of my WordPress notifications so I won’t be opening and deleting so many messages on my Yahoo mail. I left the personal e-mails sent by friends and relatives. It is sometimes so engrossing to re-read letters and greetings from close friends.
These are quiet days for me – no TV, no radio, just visits at WordPress to update my blog, a few inspirational read and a visit at Facebook to update our Catholic online page. We will be celebrating our fourth year doing apostolate at FB tomorrow. I wrote a short article on my journey there and how it changed my life for the better.
Have a blessed Holy Thursday to all!
Photo credit goes to my co-admin at AFCC, Paul Cardenas. Thanks Paul :)
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardens, guilty pleasures, home garden, nature, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardening, guilty pleasures, nature, photography on April 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I was watering the plants early this morning when I noticed this single lovely bloom of our gardenia shrub. Pleasant surprises await when you least expect them. It’s only the middle of April and gardenias usually give that lovely scent during the months of May to June. I remember three years ago when this same gardenia shrub surprised us with a bird’s nest with three eggs right in the middle of Holy Week. It’s really amazing when you find something like this. I took a photo to remind me yet again the wonder of nature and the gifts it brings.
Gardenia is one of my favorite flowers. As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, it reminds me of the times when we used to grow them in our old house in the province. We had so many shrubs in front of the house so you can just imagine the intoxicating scents they have when they are in bloom. It also reminds me of the times that mom used to grow flowers in pots in every window of our old house. We used to have this what we call barandillas and they were full of flowering things like Hoya orchids, hydrangea, different colors of Bougainvillea and every flowering plant that I could think of. Summer brings back those memories. I love summer and the different colors it brings to my small garden. Here are a few shots I took this morning.
Posted in Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, journeys, photography, tagged Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, Padre Pio, photography, St. Padre Pio Chapel in Libis QC on April 14, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Woke up at an ungodly hour of 3:30am. Son has to leave the house at 5:00am so for three days each week, it’s a struggle to open my eyes and try to ignore the alarms from my two cellphones on my night table. This morning, I felt as though I haven’t slept for over six hours so I went back to bed and woke up at 7:30am. So much for dreaming of catching at least 3 more hours of rest.
Our two dogs are at the door waiting for breakfast and my plants are waiting for that much-needed morning shower. It is definitely summer here and it’s hot. The previous week has been a busy one so far and it’s now Holy Monday. Holy Week began yesterday with the blessing of the palms. I was at the church early because yesterday, one of our new junior admins at our Catholic page visited me. Ninia and I had a good laugh exchanging news and some tidbits of her life in Hongkong away from her family. Sharing with friends is such a joy, never mind that sometimes, the topic was serious and painful enough and the tears fall, unheeded. Doing an online apostolate is definitely fulfilling. As you journey through, you also grow in faith and yes, in your own little way, you get to inspire others. We will be celebrating our fourth year of being online this coming Friday. When I think of the times when we were just making our presence felt with a little more than a thousand members, I am grateful that so many people from all walks of life found our page. We now have almost 66,000 members who visit the page each day and share our posts.
I would love to go back to St. Padre Pio Chapel this Holy Week, they have several things lined up for the celebration. My only problem is I am afraid to mingle with a big crowd because I have to wear face mask and I can’t stay under the heat of the sun for long. We are planning to have Visita Iglesia on Holy Thursday maybe in some churches in Manila if we have the time.
Some people say that the facade of the chapel is an exact replica of the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. Last week I watched a feature on Mang Ramon Rodriguez, founder and president of the Philippine Center for St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Inc. He is a devotee of Saint Padre Pio and was cured of partial blindness years ago . It’s the reason why he put up a small chapel which is now a house of prayer visited by thousands of pilgrims all year-long.
Have a blessed Holy Week!
They speak of love and faith -
A love that endures
A faith that sustains
They speak of a loving God
whose open arms
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, family life, journeys, photography, place of worship, silence speaks, tagged Closer to God, Faith, family life, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, St. Padre Pio, St. Padre Pio in Libis QC on April 5, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Yesterday, my son, her girlfriend Jovy and I visited Padre Pio Chapel in Libis, Quezon City. This is Jovy’s first time to visit the place so we toured her around the gardens after spending some time inside the chapel and at the prayer room of St. Francis of Assisi. I always feel blessed and energized every time I visit this lovely place. Never mind that I am still dragging my left foot while walking. I haven’t been here for a year and I really missed the place. One thing that I enjoy and always look forward to is writing prayer petitions. It was a wondrous communion with God. Despite the knee pain, I found it easier to kneel and the flow of words kept coming. Mere thanksgiving is not enough, asking for more blessings seems a little selfish but that is what I did – praying for the family and for my health.
I took lots of pictures which I will use for my online apostolate. One thing that I found so amazing and so beautiful are the pictures of a dove perched at the statue of an angel in a corner of the garden. It seemed as if it was saying “welcome” to us. Don’t laugh but I said “hello” and it just turned its head the other way, maybe acknowledging our presence there in the heat of the morning sun. Doves have long been depicted as symbols of love, peace and as messengers. White doves are often used during weddings too.
Will post more pictures of Padre Pio chapel in my next blog. Just could not get enough.
It’s supposed to be the start of summer in a few days but it rained the whole day yesterday and when I woke up this morning, there was a drizzle that made the morning a little cold, perfect time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee. I welcome the rain at this time of the year but I pray that the low pressure area would leave the country soon.
Welcome summer! I’d like to feel the sun on my face again. Here’s a prayer I have for you today: May you be filled with God’s blessings.
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, journeys, Philippines, photography, road trips, silence speaks, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, guilty pleasures, nature, photography on March 24, 2014 | 9 Comments »
I know, I know, this comes a bit late again but I just have to post these two pictures that I took of one of the lovely places I went to with the whole family. The Farm at San Benito is located in Lipa, Batangas, a three-hour drive from our place in Rizal. One thing I do remember so well is the night swimming at their Secret Pool with the lush green all around. It was so relaxing and it makes me smile thinking about my reaction to the place when I first saw it, the “oohs and aahs” and the excited anticipation of exploring it.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I wish you these old but familiar Irish Blessings.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Posted in Closer to God, Faith, photography, place of worship, Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside, tagged Closer to God, photography, Weekly Photo Challenge -Wordpress, Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside on March 17, 2014 | 4 Comments »
It’s been a while since I last posted something here for the Weekly Photo Challenge. Sometimes, I just forget, at other times, I don’t have the resource photo to upload here. I have several shots on this subject but I’d like to zero in on this particular shot since it makes me remember those days that we used to visit several Catholic churches for our Visita Iglesia during the season of Lent.