Hail Mary, full of grace….
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Posted in Closer to God, Faith, Happy Birthday Mama Mary, inspirational, Mama Mary, Mama Mary's birthday, tagged Closer to God, Faith, Happy Birthday Mama Mary, Mama Mary on September 7, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Posted in Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, blessings, Closer to God, Faith, food, friends, friendship, journeys, tagged Closer to God, Faith, food, friends, friendship, journeys, life on August 25, 2014 | 8 Comments »
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen
Henri Nouwen, another favorite writer has exactly describe what a real friendship is – those moments when just being there for a friend would be enough, those moments when just holding their hands is a comfort in itself.
I meet lots of people at the Catholic page I manage with a priest friend and a lay minister, most of them OFW workers from different parts of the globe. Through the years that I help manage the site (it’s been four years now), I have met a few who have become close to me where we manage to see each other once in a while. When we do, the day is not enough to catch on with each other’s news. We share on how life has been but often we talk about our beliefs and our joy in our journey with God. Last Saturday is one such day I will treasure in my heart. Visiting Padre Pio Chapel always gives me a wonderful feeling of peace and happiness and it was even more magnified spending it with a few close friends that I treasure. They call me Ate, Tita, Mommy and Ms. A. I don’t mind really because they are affectionate ways of telling me I am loved. It’s more of sharing and laughter, sometimes we cry at those moments of weakness remembering what we’ve been through, sometimes we laugh our hearts out telling simple stories. We cry, we laugh and embrace each other in a show of faith and love.
Pho Hoa is a Vietnamese restaurant that serves authentic Vietnamese food. We tried their Pomelo Shrimp Salad (the best there is) with a simple dressing, fresh spring rolls, grilled chicken and grilled pork with fried spring rolls, noodles, mango crepe with ice cream, buko pandan salad. I love the banana fritters with caramel. As if the fulfilling lunch was not enough, we had a quick snack at Yellow Cab Pizza. We laughed at some remembered moments during our first two gatherings at Sto. Domingo Church, we talked of catechism 101 (seriously).
Moments of bliss. And when friends meet, hearts warm.
BTW, this is my 1490th blog per WordPress count. Happy Tuesday to all :)
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, journeys, photography, reflections, silence speaks, tagged Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, journeys, photography, reflections, silence speaks on August 24, 2014 | 4 Comments »
You speak of sunshine and blue sky
You speak of blue waters dancing on a fountain
You speak of innocence, of gentleness and peace
While you watch the doves dip their noses and wings
in the blue water.
What a lovely moment to feel serenity within.
Posted in a simple prayer, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, place of worship, prayers, reflections, silence speaks, tagged Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, journeys, reflections, silence speaks, St. Padre Pio, St. Padre Pio Chapel in Libis QC on August 24, 2014 | 8 Comments »
I have often raised my hand in the silence of the night and in my solitary cell, blessing you all and presenting you to Jesus and to our seraphic father, St. Francis of Assisi. – St. Pio of Pietrelcina
I have often said in my previous blogs that when you are touched by God’s graces more than you ever expect, your heart sings with joy and gratitude.
Yesterday, I was so blessed to be able to visit St. Padre Pio Chapel again after more than three months. This time, I was with some friends and a healing priest. Fr. Cris Bautista, MS belongs to the congregation of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette. I was there earlier than the appointed time because I want to pray the rosary inside the chapel and write my petitions at the prayer room of St. Francis of Assisi. I am always touched by the silence and beauty of the place. I saw some visitors too wearing head gears, hats and caps with matching face masks. Deep in my heart I know that some of them are cancer patients or maybe cancer survivors like I am. Until now, I still wear face masks too when I am in the middle of a crowd and when I am traveling in a public conveyance. There was even a patient in a wheelchair being fed via an intravenous tube attached to his body.
The silent moments, the peace within, the joy of visiting a sacred place to pray. I always feel so blessed every time I have the opportunity to come here. This time though, I call it a truly blessed Saturday for me and my friends. Fr. Cris prayed with us, anointed us with Holy Oil and we sang with him songs for Mama Mary (Salve Regina) , we prayed in thanksgiving for our health and healing – memorable moments that made my day complete, and the tears flowed freely while Fr. Cris was praying with us. What a beautiful message faith brings, trusting in the Lord’s goodness, secure in His love.
I posted this simple prayer at our online page this morning.
I choose to be brave
I choose to be strong
I choose to have an unshakable faith despite the raging storms in my life.
St. Padre Pio, please pray for me.
Mama Mary, thank you.
Lord Jesus, bless me.
Fr. Cris gave us rosaries and prayer pamphlets of Padre Pio. September 23 is a special day for Padre Pio devotees. It is his feast day. I’ve long wanted to buy a biography of Padre Pio. One of these days, I will visit St. Paul’s publication to find one.
There were moments when I doubted You Lord. There were times when I thought You don’t really answer prayers. There were times when my faith wavered and I was lost. Please keep my faith alive and never doubt Your loving heart ever again. I humbly beg for Your understanding, I long for Your love. Keep me in Your loving embrace always.
That sudden burst of sunshine
After a long night of rain
Turning everything into gold
And the curtains danced in delight
Such an amazing grace!
I remember this while on my way home from church this morning and took it to heart. It’s a lesson learned from the Gospel today. My life sometimes seems like a roller coaster ride but my Faith sustains.