Happy New Month. I’d like to bring back the days when blogging was such a joy because every day, there is something you can share even such a simple prayer like this.
Archive for the ‘inspirational’ Category
It’s been too long since I shared a quote from one of my favorite authors, Richard Paul Evans. He is always generous enough to share some lovely lines from his books. He is an online friend and has been on my mailing list for more than ten years. I always dream of owning all his published books (but of course), sadly though, I lost most of them a few years ago. I wonder why it is so hard to find copies of his books here, sometimes it always takes some of my generous friends to buy copies for me. Anyway, I am sharing one more quote from him. I also believe that joy is the result of blessings we receive from above. May you always find joy and happiness in your life.
Posted in a future saint, a tribute, Beatification of JP II, Blessed John Paul II, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, photography, relics of Blessed John Paul II, Spirituality, tagged Closer to God, inspirational, photography, Pope John Paul II, relics and memorabilia of Saint John Paul II, relics of Saint John Paul II, Saint John Paul II, Totus Tuus Tour 2014 on April 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
It was another experience that I will never forget. Jut like the first time that I viewed an exhibit on John Paul II celebrating his feast day almost three years ago, I was given another opportunity to see one, Totus Tuus Tour on the same venue last April 24, 2014.It was held at the activity area of Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City. Totus Tuus was the apostolic motto of Pope John Paul II. It is a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours” and expressed his personal consecration to Mary. I am always awed and inspired every time I have the opportunity to do this. This time, when I saw some of the first class relics displayed there, I cried. The way he touched people, the way he inspired the youth when he was alive and now, he is a saint. What a lovely journey!
Just like his beatification three years ago, he will be canonized on a Divine Mercy Sunday together with another beloved pope, Pope John XXIII. Unlike the later who is not known much to our generation, Pope John Paul II is so much-loved by the youth of today. I treasure the only memento I had of his beatification, a rosary given to me by Fr. Louie, a student priest friend in Rome when JP II was beatified. I took some pictures of the exhibit but I am limiting a few here because I have a separate album posted at my FB timeline.
Totus Tuus Tour
The office of the Vice Postulation for the cause for canonization of Bl. Ivan Merz is blessed to have in their custody various relics of St. John Paul II. From first to second class relics, major to minor kinds, these are offered for the veneration of the faithful. All are authenticated and recognized by the Church Pastors,most especially by the Archbishop of Krakow – the former secretary of Pope John Paul II.
On the occasion of Pope John Paul II’s canonization (April 27, 2014, in the Vatican), the Office of the Vice Postulator of Blessed Ivan Merz has organized the Public Exposition and Veneration of his Relics. From his blood stain and hair strands to his papal zucchetto and part of his cassock (soutane), and other important relics and memorabilia, the faithful will have access in praying before these sacred remains to deepen their love and devotion to our newest Saint.
It was a lovely journey, seeing all these and praying for family and friends.
Posted in a simple prayer, blessings, Closer to God, family, Holy Week 2014, inspirational, photography, tagged Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, photography, silence speaks on April 18, 2014 | 2 Comments »
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 Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on March 12, 2014 | 9 Comments »
My Mokara orchids are blooming nonstop, same with my Hoya. I noticed two more buds while the last bloom is drying up. It’s such a joy to watch them unfold into lovely blooms. When you are lucky to have Nature’s gifts, you can’t help but smile. I am using most of my shots to make quotes for our Catholic page at Facebook. This is one of them.
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, photography, prayers, reflections, thoughts, tagged Closer to God, Faith, life, photography, prayers, reflections, silence speaks, something to think about on March 4, 2014 | 2 Comments »