Posts Tagged ‘life’
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, Holy Week 2014, journeys, photography, tagged Closer to God, Faith, Holy Thursday, Holy Week 2014, life, photography, silence speaks on April 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
We were supposed to make our yearly Visita Iglesia early today but Josef has to do an overtime work till the wee hours so we postponed it for tomorrow and attended the Last Supper mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish near our place. It was a two-hour solemn and meaningful celebration of the mass. It was followed by a short dramatization on how Jesus chose His twelve apostles and the actual commemoration of the last supper. Each apostle was introduced by a short biography culled from the Gospel. For the last four years or so, the Parish distributes crates and baskets of pandesal after the mass. We brought home plenty, good enough for a light breakfast tomorrow since Good Friday is fasting and abstinence.
Early this morning, I was able to clean up my almost three thousand messages at my Yahoo account, some of which I haven’t read in years. Imagine finding yourself reading a birthday greeting that you have missed the last two years. I just have to adjust the setting of my WordPress notifications so I won’t be opening and deleting so many messages on my Yahoo mail. I left the personal e-mails sent by friends and relatives. It is sometimes so engrossing to re-read letters and greetings from close friends.
These are quiet days for me – no TV, no radio, just visits at WordPress to update my blog, a few inspirational read and a visit at Facebook to update our Catholic online page. We will be celebrating our fourth year doing apostolate at FB tomorrow. I wrote a short article on my journey there and how it changed my life for the better.
Have a blessed Holy Thursday to all!
Photo credit goes to my co-admin at AFCC, Paul Cardenas. Thanks Paul :)
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!
How far could you go?
Maybe as far as the eyes can see
Your world can be as big
As your dreams can hold.
Posted in Happiness, journeys, life, photography, poems, ramblings, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged journeys, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on April 6, 2014 | 5 Comments »
You dream of one day having your own place
under the sun,
like a bird that glides its wings and soar
Why should you look for more?
If you could feel the honeyed breath
of the morning on your face
and the softness of wet grass on your toes
wouldn’t that be enough?
But you look for more
because love is never constant
and life is not perfect.
Still, you dream of one day -
finally finding peace at last
finally smiling at yourself
finally knowing that happiness
lies within you.
You cannot conquer the world
but you can dream, still!
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 blessings, Closer to God, Faith, family life, journeys, photography, place of worship, silence speaks, tagged Closer to God, Faith, family life, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, St. Padre Pio, St. Padre Pio in Libis QC on April 5, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Yesterday, my son, her girlfriend Jovy and I visited Padre Pio Chapel in Libis, Quezon City. This is Jovy’s first time to visit the place so we toured her around the gardens after spending some time inside the chapel and at the prayer room of St. Francis of Assisi. I always feel blessed and energized every time I visit this lovely place. Never mind that I am still dragging my left foot while walking. I haven’t been here for a year and I really missed the place. One thing that I enjoy and always look forward to is writing prayer petitions. It was a wondrous communion with God. Despite the knee pain, I found it easier to kneel and the flow of words kept coming. Mere thanksgiving is not enough, asking for more blessings seems a little selfish but that is what I did – praying for the family and for my health.
I took lots of pictures which I will use for my online apostolate. One thing that I found so amazing and so beautiful are the pictures of a dove perched at the statue of an angel in a corner of the garden. It seemed as if it was saying “welcome” to us. Don’t laugh but I said “hello” and it just turned its head the other way, maybe acknowledging our presence there in the heat of the morning sun. Doves have long been depicted as symbols of love, peace and as messengers. White doves are often used during weddings too.
Will post more pictures of Padre Pio chapel in my next blog. Just could not get enough.
Posted in books, family life, guilty pleasures, Happiness, life, tagged a bit of myself, books, coloring books and crayons, family life, guilty pleasures, life, thoughts on April 4, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Four years ago, I blogged about my niece and her fascination for coloring books. Do you know that coloring books and the time you spend making a magical picture out of the pages are stress-busters too? A friend of mine swears that she gets to relax while coloring a picture and being busy with choosing what colors to combine. She suggested that I buy one too but I cannot find something that would suit my desire to color. Either they are too complicated or too simple for my taste which I think are understandable since they are intended for kids, right? There are times though when just like kids, we want to have a stress-free life and going back to old favorites (when you were five or six) help save the day.
This morning, Josef and I spent a few hours just relaxing at Eastwood City after visiting St. Padre Pio Chapel nearby. It would not be complete if we can’t visit a bookstore (that’s a given) so off we went to Books For Less and later at National Book Store. I found another book by Lincoln Child, an author I discovered a year ago. Terminal Freeze deals with climate change. I don’t even have to read the whole cover summary to convince me in buying it. I’ve been reading e-books for the past month and it is a nice change to be able to hold a real one again. The smell of a new book never fails to make me smile.
“I bet, when we reach home, you will start coloring this“, Josef said pointing to the paper bag from National Book Store. I laughed and told him, “You guessed it right”. You see, I was excited to start. I actually took a shot of the three pages that I started coloring. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, they are just simple pictures that probably a seven-year old can color but then it is the thrill of making those pictures more vibrant and lovely that counts. I was even in a quandary whether to use dandelion or apricot for the faces. Back when I was into cross-stitching about a decade ago, I have memorized the chart of colors for the thread that I used. There are as many variations of one color, different shades on the color wheel.
Some relaxing moments – priceless minutes spent coloring. Why don’t you give it a try? Unleash the child in you once in a while.