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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 prayer for us, anointed us with Holy Oil and we sang with him songs for Mama Mary – memorable moments that made my day complete, and the tears flowed freely while Fr. Cris was praying for me. 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.
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side
near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that
happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play
with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a
long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or
have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you
are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you
get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all,
because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand”.
The morning sun shows its face
through the sheer curtains on my window
creating pockets of light and shadow.
Something I look forward to
a new day dawning
new dreams to uphold.
And my pen waits on these pristine pages,
and I smile as I begin to write.
Chasing thoughts running in my head.
I wish I could blog more often on our precious bundle of joy but it is just a monthly update every time my kids come over for a visit. I wish I could say how much I love discovering something new that Nate has learned in a month – new words, new things that he has recently discovered too, the minute or two we spend on the phone saying hi and hello to each other, seeing him learning how to use a spoon on his own and feeds himself with the Yaya’s help. They are the things that make me smile although sometimes I wonder at the thought that he is really growing up fast. He’ll be turning two in three months. I smiled when Nissa said that we still have our birthdays to celebrate (hers on September and mine on October) before even thinking of celebrating Nate’s birthday. I also smile at the thought that when Nate is old enough to read and see my blog he would appreciate all the pictures and posts that I uploaded about him. He earned four blog followers today, not that it matters much but it makes me proud that some people like what I share with them. I wish I could continue writing about his growing up years.
The BER months are almost here. I can hear Christmas songs playing over the radio. We celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world (I think) that starts at the beginning of September and ends way beyond the celebration of Three Kings. I love Christmas, it is my most blogged about topic every year. I am looking forward to the season because no matter how hard life is and how commercialized it has become, it is still the happiest one we have here. Have I told you that I also collect books with Christmas stories?
How was your Sunday?
Posted in blessings, books, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, more books, silence speaks, tagged books, Feast of Saint Dominic - founder of the Order of Preachers, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, University of Santo Tomas on August 8, 2014 | 7 Comments »
Each day is a stepping stone into future days on the upward path. Enrich each day with gratitude and a time of quiet. – Lillian Marshall
Gosh, you won’t believe this! Yesterday I braved the traffic by taking a commute to visit the book sale at Books for Less in Pasig City. It is right in front of La Consolacion College where my two kids spent their high school so the place is quite familiar. This is the first time that I visited BFL and I was like, “Oh, Oh, I don’t know what books to buy”.
There were so many volumes on so many subjects that I was in a quandary which to choose. Some look practically new with the dust jackets still intact but of course, BFL sells secondhand books. I don’t mind buying secondhand books, I’ve done it for years at Booksale. I only get to buy new ones on the works of authors I am collecting and those lovely editions that one can’t help having on one’s shelf. Sometimes, I just close my eyes and don’t look at the price :) This time though, I enjoyed an hour looking for well-known authors that I like, discovering some fiction books that look interesting. I was able to buy twelve books in all, including a small volume entitled Stepping Stones (meditations in a garden) with lovely flower illustrations on each page. I just love it. I also found another collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors, Rosamunde Pilcher. It was such a joy to see two more volumes of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, classic stories that never grow old with time. I hope I will be able to find the missing three more volumes to complete my collection. There was also a memoir and a children’s book for Nate (which looks new) and the rest are fiction books of authors that I haven’t read yet. Josef told me yesterday to go back there and we would bring the car so I don’t have to commute but he has to buy a replacement for our submersible pump for our small pond. I am comforted by the thought that the sale would end on August 31 so I still have plenty of time to buy books. Did I tell you that I only spent P120 pesos for those twelve books? Each one costs P10 pesos, easier on the pocket, I must say. My book shelves are close to bursting.
Today is the Feast Day of St. Dominic. Happy Feast Day to all of my Dominican friends. Fr. Lovell, O.P. (my adopted son) texted and said that he is praying for and offering his masses for the family. I told him it is a noble gift to be prayed for always. What a blessing! I am sad though to learn that the former Rector of UST, Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P. passed on this morning . He was the first Filipino UST Rector. He was a part of my high school and college life in the 70’s. He died on the feast day of St. Dominic and on his episcopate ordination anniversary, two special events that would make it easy for his friends and family to remember. He would always say “Good morning” every time he meets students at the UST campus. Requiescat in pace. I’ll remember you in prayers.