Posts Tagged ‘reflections’
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, journeys, photography, reflections, silence speaks, tagged Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, journeys, photography, reflections, silence speaks on August 24, 2014 | 4 Comments »
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.
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 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.
Posted in blessings, Faith, health, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, Closer to God, Faith, health, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on July 14, 2014 | 6 Comments »
We are all on the alert. Every time there is a storm signal here in Metro Manila, I feel so insecure. There was a time when I used to appreciate the rain when it gently pours and makes the green countryside even greener and fresher. Our experience with typhoon Ondoy almost five years ago changed all that. Glenda is the seventh storm signal this year. Most of the provinces in Luzon are affected by this latest weather disturbance, we are under storm signal number 2. I am praying it won’t bring so much rain that would cause flash flood in Metro Manila.
There is this quote that I’ve often read and pondered about for a long time now and it was even made into a lot of internet meme. It’s from Vivian Green (sorry, I don’t know much about her except through this quote) and it says:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Yesterday, I celebrated my 5th year in remission. It’s really one good reason to celebrate and to offer it in thanksgiving . I thank God for all the blessings and graces. As I’ve always said in my previous blog posts, this blog exists because I wanted to share my journey as a cancer patient/survivor. The first two years of this blog were almost about my everyday experiences going to and from the hospital, weekly lab tests and the pain and anguish of having to undergo chemotherapy every three weeks. Miracles do happen in our everyday life and it is always a blessing to wake up each morning seeing the sun and the day’s unfolding. We are richly blessed by the love and care of family and friends, just sometimes, we forget to appreciate what we have and take everything for granted. I am always of the thought that life is one lovely journey despite the odds and the pain it brings us now and then. I am looking forward to a new day despite the storm. I love this beautiful quote from the late Maya Angelou.
Posted in journeys, life, ramblings, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on June 2, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Except for the incident of the dogs (a ten-round boxing game), life has been quiet the past week. I am trying to avoid the intense heat of the sun so I only stay in the garden early in the morning before the sun is up. Grass trimming has been postponed again. Come to think of it, I haven’t even taken a single shot with my camera the past days. The weather bureau says we still have at least two more weeks of summer before the rainy season sets in. We have thunderstorms though almost every afternoon.
I still feel a little lethargic at times – those moments when all you want to do is sleep but you can’t, those moments when you want to read but the words dance in your eyes, those times when you want to prepare a good meal but so lazy to stay in front of the hot stove for long. I must really be growing old, feeling the pains of aching joints and such. I hate to think that this is still the effect of the exhaustive chemotherapy sessions I went through almost five years ago. The residue of the toxic chemicals is still in my system and when my immune system is low, I easily get tired. No matter how you try to avoid stress in your life, it is always there.
I have this sudden vision of going far off to a place where I could really, really unwind, without thinking of the daily home rituals that one has to do. Just being in a place where you can still hear crickets and still see fireflies on a dark night must really be heaven. Just being in a place where you can enjoy nature at its best, feel the running water on your feet and eat when you feel like it. Such a charmed life I know but maybe, it is still possible, don’t you think?
Life comes with a lot of baggage sometimes but it is up to us to lighten the load and enjoy the journey with a lot less on our shoulders. Life comes with problems that are sometimes insurmountable you would not even know the beginning and the end. Life comes sometimes with lots of tears and laughter. I’d like to believe though that this is just another chapter in my life, I just have to turn the page to change the scene.
A big congratulations to my son-in-law who has just been newly promoted as Senior Manager two weeks ago. I am so proud of him, he really deserves it.