I discovered muzy.com app a few months ago where you could do picture collage, quotes, photo texts and photo quotes quite easily and I’ve been using it since then posting my personal quotes and prayers at our Catholic page in FB. I love it Here are some morning thoughts for you.
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Posted in Christmas 2013, family life, guilty pleasures, season of advent, silence speaks, tagged Apostles Filipino Catholic Community, Christmas 2013, Christmas countdown, Christmas music, family life, guilty pleasures, silence speaks on December 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
We’re into the first week of the Advent season and I’m just like a child waiting for Christmas. And did I say, I have my countdown? It’s Josef’s day off so we had the chance to do some honest to goodness cleaning. I was pleasantly surprised when he showed me his room with a functioning 14-inch color television complete with a DVD player. He brought them down when he cleaned up our upper cabinets. I have completely forgotten about them, they’ve been there since typhoon Ondoy and that was more than four years ago. We sorted out a box full of CDs, DVDs, some favorite movies that Nissa collected and songs of yesteryears which are still so good to hear and listen to.
And it’s time to bring out those treasured Christmas albums and sing along with the likes of The Gunter Kallmann Choir, Jose Mari Chan and the upbeat Tagalog Christmas songs of the Dyna Ensemble. A friend who was a former DJ asked me if I have an album of The Gunter Kallmann Choir. I just learned from him that it is no longer available locally. It’s the best album there is that I have treasured listening to through the years. It makes me feel nostalgic just listening to the music and remembering Christmas past. We have Nate now and it would surely be a happy one for us. It’ll be his second Christmas with us and I am sure he can now appreciate the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree and the sound of Christmas carols that he could dance to.
I was thrilled when I saw the number of likes, comments and shares on this simple message which was culled from one of my previous Christmas blogs here at WordPress. Last Sunday, I posted it at our Catholic site which I help maintain at Facebook. As of today, it earned 34 tags, 1,603 likes, 798 shares and 73 comments. Amazing. Maybe they found the message uplifting. I am sharing it again here:
It’s the Holy Season of Advent and we’re now celebrating the first Sunday. Every year, we look forward to the coming of Jesus and pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting and sing those beautiful songs of hope and promise.
The Advent season is full of God’s blessings for all of us. He makes us realize and remember to look back at the whole year that is about to end and to look forward to a new and hopeful year that is about to begin. Are we ready to take Him into our hearts? Are we ready to accept Him in our lives? True, we always say time is gold and we should not waste it but we also need to take stock of what is more important, a quiet contemplation, a moment of silence, a minute of giving thanks. Let this be a season of joy for all of us, awaiting a most precious event of the season – a baby born in swaddling cloths to save mankind.
Wow, it’s 23 days to go before Christmas!
Posted in Closer to God, Faith, flood, life, reflections, silence speaks, Super typhoon Yolanda, typhoon Haiyan, typhoon Yolanda, typhoons, tagged calamities, Closer to God, devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda, Faith, family life, life, reflections, thoughts and ramblings, typhoon Yolanda on November 22, 2013 | 7 Comments »
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler Ross
I am thinking of a nice title for this blog but all I can remember are the faces of those survivors , fellow Filipinos who were directly affected by typhoon Yolanda. We get to see several countries pitching in, embracing us and helping not just financially but their presence in the devastated areas are like beacons of light and hope for everyone. We get to see that the bayanihan spirit is still alive. We get to see people from all walks of life, from all areas in the Philippines doing their share of helping, making their presence felt, trying to reach out to our unfortunate kababayans. And the silent majority are there quietly doing their share of repacking, donating goods and extending their hands and praying that this tragedy would somehow make us realize that life is short but it is never too late to do our bit of kindness. We are in mourning – mourning for the loss of thousands and thousands of people from the Visayas, we are in mourning seeing the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda, we are mourning for those little children whose lives were suddenly cut short.
Some observers say they admire the resilience of every Filipino, the ability that one could still smile despite everything, the desire to rise again from the rubbles and rebuild one’s life despite all the odds. They admire the way we handle grief, weeping in earnest for what happened but life has to go on and we pick up the pieces slowly but with determination that we could do it.
Earlier on, I was one of those who asked, “but where are the local officials and where is the national government?” I would have ranted like the rest of the netizens in the social media whose way of coping was criticizing every move of our government officials, help is slow in coming and it’s a matter of life and death - save our people from extreme hunger and thirst. The former are doing their best to bring sanity to such chaos but it still seems lacking and they need to move fast. I posted this earlier at Facebook and some of my friends had different reactions to it. Short of cursing the government for their slow move, they won’t take it sitting down. The government must know that they lack the push to do what needs to be done.
Rant all you want, criticize all you want but are you doing something? ARE WE DOING OUR SHARE in helping the government make life easier for the typhoon victims? Sec. Dinky Soliman said that this is a collective effort so let us join hands and be one. It does not help that all we do is post negative comments and act as if we know better.
So I told them: I respect all your opinions here. All of us are affected in one way or another by this massive, destructive, enormous and devastating calamity. All I’m saying is that we must not negatively react “lock, stock and barrel” to all the news we read online. And while we all know that it is the government’s duty and responsibility to help our people, let us do our share. Sometimes, ACTIONS ARE BETTER THAN WORDS.
I was surprised to receive this wonderful letter from my niece who is a student at Oklahoma Christian University. She said and I quote:
Hi Tita Arlene! I just wanted to say a quick hello and see how you guys are doing. I also wanted to let you know that even though I know you guys weren’t affected directly by the typhoon recently, my school has sent a lot of love and prayers to the Philippines this past week and a half. We have a Filipino alumna from here who spoke to us today about it and we also had a special prayer time specifically for the Philippines last Tuesday. So if you know anyone who was directly affected, please let them know we’re thinking about them! I definitely think about you guys a lot because it’s been so many years since I’ve seen all of you. I’m glad that you all are okay, and I hope you’re doing well. Please give Nate a hug for me on his birthday this week. I can’t wait for the day until I finally meet him. I always take joy in seeing the pictures that you and Ate Nissa post of him – he’s definitely growing up fast! Anyway, I miss you all and please send everyone my love. Take care always!
Everyone is praying for the Philippines. Our faith is bigger than any storm that comes into our lives. Bangon Pilipinas!
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY darling baby Nate. Yeay, and you are counting :) How time flies, now you can walk on your own even if they're just baby steps. It's time to see the world from a higher place and discover many, many things dear to your heart.
I can't believe it, was it only a year ago when your Dad and I patiently waited for you to see the world and hear your first cry?
Our little one is turning one in four days and we are looking forward to this momentous event, another stage in his young life. Does that make him a toddler now?
We are all excited to celebrate his first birthday this coming Saturday. Nissa planned and prepared for it for the last two months or so. I love the simple but cute invite for his birthday.
Posted in a simple prayer, Closer to God, Faith, life, silence speaks, tagged a simple prayer, Closer to God, Faith, life, prayers, reflections, silence speaks on November 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Please keep my FAITH STRONGER than any calamity
that may come into my life. Teach me to love my neighbors just as
You love us equally. Teach me to see the beauty of helping those who are in need
and giving moral support to those who are feeling down.
I really admire how the people in all areas of the Philippines are doing their share of fund-raising to help the flood victims in Eastern Visayas, Palawan and Mindoro. Special thanks go to the nations which sent their financial support and personnel (medical teams) to help the people of the Philippines.
Last Sunday, our town mayor initiated a fund-raising drive to help the flood victims and the wholehearted support from Cainta residents is so touching. We’ve been there and we know how it feels to be victims of a calamity. Typhoon Ondoy did that to us but the destruction it caused can never compare to the devastation brought by typhoon Yolanda.This morning, Josef and I went to the municipal hall to give a little cash and a box of used clothing that my daughter left behind when she got married two years ago. So proud to be living in a place where our local government is sensitive to the needs of the people. Hats off to you Mayor Atty.Kit Nieto.
We have reached the end of the 26 letters of the alphabet and now another tropical depression has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Gosh, and it will be taking the same path as typhoon Yolanda. I am really praying this would not make a landfall.
And didn’t I say that a little bit of kindness goes a long, long way? It can inspire, it can lift people up. When you give, give without counting the cost and give freely from the heart. Give cheerfully because the simple act of kindness gives back a wonderful feeling inside.
Posted in silence speaks, the devastation of typhoon Yolanda, typhoon Yolanda, tagged Bangon Pilipinas, devastation of typhoon Yolanda, Faith, life, Philippines, super typhoon Haiyan, typhoon Yolanda on November 11, 2013 | 6 Comments »
“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”― Anne Lamott
This is my first attempt at blogging since typhoon Yolanda struck the country last Friday morning. Seeing all those video footage, updates on local radio and television, I could not begin to fathom the depth of sadness I feel for our “kababayans” affected by the strongest and most destructive typhoon that visited the country. How could one survive such devastation? How could one endure such pain of losing loved ones and seeing your properties destroyed beyond repair? And you wonder, typhoon Yolanda made six landfalls. And there are still more areas not reached by help from our government because communications are down and the roads are impassable. Some remote villages in Leyte are almost wiped out. You can see how desperate the people are , looting business establishments just to survive. The government assured everyone that there is enough food for all the victims but the problem is, it is slow in coming. It was only today that some roads were cleared for help to pass through by land. What was left of Tacloban airport is the runway which is being used now by C130 planes to bring relief goods to the typhoon victims.
One thing good though that you will see everywhere is the desire of everyone to help in any way, financial or otherwise. We will rise again just as we stood on our feet seeing calamities after calamities in our midst.
Typhoon Yolanda brings back sad memories of typhoon Ondoy, another destructive typhoon that devastated Metro Manila four years ago. Our house was almost seven feet under water and most, if not all of our belongings were destroyed by the flood. Lucky for us, we had a house to come back to although we had to do some renovations to make it habitable again. Have you ever imagined that kind of helpless feeling and just cry your heart out in frustration? When all you can do is pray and hold on to each other because you are not sure if you’ll still see each other tomorrow or the following day or the next?
We are having our own fund drive here in our town to help the people in the Visayas and some parts of Luzon. Our mayor is encouraging everyone to help in any way they can. And donations from other countries keep pouring in. Thank you so much. God bless the Philippines.
(photos courtesy of DZMM)