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Originally posted on Our Precious Bundle of Joy:
Yesterday, while Nate and I were playing, he saw the pile of books I purchased at BFL and he said, “bok, bok” while reaching out for a copy and he glanced at the cover then ran his hands on the pages. So I told him, “do you want me to read you astory?”. He smiled so I started , “once upon a time…” he was all ears and when he heard his name, he laughed. That made my day!
I will buy him more children’s books when he learns to read. One more bookworm in the family :)
He picked up the computer mouse thrice, put it in his ear and said “Ninong, ninong”, referring to Josef who was not around when they visited so I told him, “ninong is in the office”.
I told Nissa that we didn’t take pictures like we usually do when they…
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I read about ALS back when I was into research of alternative treatments for cancer when I finished my six cycles of chemotherapy five years ago. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It sounds frightening and they say that there is still no known cure that would put a stop to it. I only heard of it again when I saw some personalities on TV doing the ice bucket challenge. It has become viral on social media. Are they doing it for publicity or are they doing it because they sincerely want to help people with this kind of ailment? I am not here to judge, I just noticed that those who have accepted the challenge, movie and television personalities that you get to watch every day are also urging and challenging some people in the government to do the same. I even heard one this morning commenting that the feeling of tingling sensations while the ice water touches your skin is similar to the pain one feels when he/she has ALS. I am not in a position to say something negative here but do you have to do it so you could help? Wouldn’t it be nicer if you would help even without doing the challenge?
There is this interesting article I read a few minutes ago published by health impact news entitled “Do you Know What You Are Supporting?” such chilling facts that make my skin tingle. I remember the times when I was on chemotherapy, after each every session for two days at most, you can’t even move your body and arms normally because you are so weak, as they say in Tagalog, “parang lantang gulay”. I remember the times I cannot even hold a spoon and fork because the tips of my fingers are so painful like they are being pricked by a needle when they touch something cold or anything metallic. What I know is, everyone who is afflicted with life-threatening ailments needs support group and that is sadly lacking here in our country. When I was under treatment, I longed for some friends to discuss cancer freely with me but only a few dared. Probably they thought that it would be more painful to remind me of it but I tell you , it helps a lot.
The ice bucket challenge has caused general awareness in some of us but how healthy really is an ice bucket poured down your head?In an article published today by Philippine Star, a leading newspaper here in our country, it quoted a well-known cardiologist Dr. Willie Ong who told The STAR that “in some cases the blood pressure may drop suddenly, causing the affected individual to collapse. This could be particularly harmful to the elderly, pregnant women and the ailing”.
Is it a fad, are they just going with the flow? What’s your take on this?
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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.
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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.
The wind bites
And I stay here
Summer is rainy
And I laugh
It is the middle of August.
The rain comes in torrents
but for a while
the sun breaks through
It’s a big, wide world.
And I smile at the thought
of another lovely day.
And I count the days
till Christmas comes.
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.