Life is a dance. Sometimes, it is a harmonious fluid movement. We are in sync with the music, utterly attuned to the dance steps, well synchronized with the motion – two steps forward, one step back. Others may lead and others may follow. It is a mad dash to a world of perfect twists and turns, but the journey is not one long road to success and happiness. One wrong move, one wrong turn, one missed step would spell disaster.
We are constantly seeking perfection and excellence in everything we do but there is really nothing perfect in this world that we live in. Life is a meaningless pursuit without challenge. They say that the journeys walked in solitude are always the most remembered. There is something we always learn along the uneven pathways and the most profound events in our lives do not end with the six o-clock news and the setting sun.
Sometimes, I am amused by other people’s reaction upon learning that I have colon cancer and their usual question is “Are you really undergoing chemotherapy? You are looking good“. “Thank you“, I say. My big question is, how should one act and how should one look if you are diagnosed with this kind of ailment? True, it is a life-changing situation but I never think of it as a major setback. I believe that God won’t give us problems that we can’t bear. The agonizing moments that I have endured during the last few months have drawn me closer to God. God has been profoundly real to me, opening my eyes to the realization that not everyone is privileged to endure even just a tiny prick from what He suffered on the cross. Martin Luther King aptly put it this way, “beneath and above the shifting sands of time, the uncertainties that darken our days, and the vicissitudes that cloud our nights is a wise and loving God“.
Life is a dance, and when we falter in our steps, God is there to do the rest.
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Four am –
It’s a bit early you think
But the gentle wind
Keeps the curtains dancing
through my open window
Where are you?
Or were you just a dream
I cried myself to sleep last night
Silly, you might say,
But then, crying is one such necessity
That I need to do
Cleansing my soul
You are in my thoughts for now
And I smile despite the tears
Memories are reborn.
Goodbye Dad, I miss you!
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It’s final – Sen. Mar Roxas has accepted the vice-presidential bid under the Liberal Party in a simple ceremony held at Club Filipino a few hours ago. It started with a prayer led by Fr. Tito Caluag of Ateneo. I love the way Noynoy made his introduction of Mar in a precise, clear and sometimes witty speech delivery. He also acknowledged the presence of his sister Viel who was there to give him her moral support and he jokingly said that, “lahat ng mga kapatid ko tahimik maliban lang dun sa bunso, referring of course to his youngest sister Kris Aquino.
Mar Roxas was in yellow T-shirt, the proverbial color of Tita Cory. The crowd were chanting “Noynoy, Mar“ even before Mar started his acceptance speech. “Salamat Noynoy sa tiwalang ipinagkaloob mo sa akin“. What a short but powerful acceptance speech. He said that they are after a government that puts the people’s interest first. And it is about a collective search for change.
“Mga kababayan, taos-puso ko pong tinatanggap ang maging katambal ni Noynoy Aquino”.
“But this fight is not just about Noynoy and me. Tungkol ito sa matuwid laban sa baluktot. Tungkol ito sa tapat laban sa tiwali. Tungkol ito sa tama laban sa mali.”
“We are up against forces who will fight tooth and nail, fair and unfair, legal and illegal, against us. Sa kanila, tuloy ang ligaya; sa atin naman, tuloy ang laban”.
“Kailangan nating isulong ang bandila ni Noy at ng reporma. Mahirap ang laban na ito, pero nasa kamay natin ang ating kapalaran”.
He urged the public not to be complacent since this is a tough battle to face. Noynoy announced his presidential bid last Sept. 09, 2009.
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Sometimes it is hard to be upbeat when you know that you will be facing another challenge in your life. I’ll be having my second session of chemotherapy tomorrow and I am supposed to rest but I feel restless, how’s that? I would not let this feeling affect me. This morning, we went through the usual route going to the New World Diagnostic Center for my required laboratory in preparation for my chemo. The hubby and I were just listening to the good old music of RJ radio while waiting for the long traffic at Ortigas Avenue. Greenhills could really be a pain in the neck during rush hours especially in front of La Salle Greenhills. It’s never even worth to have your blood pressure go up because of it, you just have to wait patiently and do something worthwhile instead. We enjoyed humming along with the 70’s and 80’s music. What a way to start an early morning huh? I heard my stomach growl before we reached New World. There’s a required fasting for my laboratory exams, and we were thinking where to have a good breakfast before we hit the road again for our church visits.
First stop was the Adoration Chapel of the Sto. Domingo Convent then a short visit with Lovell later. Sharing with friends is something I treasure in my life. It is always a bliss to communicate and talk to someone who knows how to listen and who knows how to understand. And I thank God for giving me the gift of friends because their presence in my life is always a constant reminder that there are people who truly care, you never have to weigh your words with them. Lovell lent me the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Got a big lump in my throat when I saw it because I was so touched and even cried when I watched his video more than a year ago. He died at at the age 47 from pancreatic cancer. Got to have a copy of this book soon.
Next stop was the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. I took a few shots of the church and I am posting them here.
It was our first time to visit the place and I was struck by the beauty of it. Spent sometime in prayer before going to the Pink Sisters.
This is the image of Our Lady Of Lourdes. I was using a flash but it still came out this way. The interior of the Church was a little dark, but the image is so beautiful. I was thinking, we must come back here soon.In spite of the rain and cloudy skies I took a few shots of the facade of the Shrine of Our lady of Lourdes, beautiful, isn’t it? We managed to swing by St. Joseph Adoration Chapel (Pink Sisters ) at Hemady St. in New Manila a few minutes after. I used to visit this place when we were still living in Kamuning. Attending their masses is always a beautiful experience.
You can leave petitions there and the Sisters will pray for you.
Our last stop was at Mt. Carmel Church in Broadway. I like visiting here even if there are no masses because the place is very conducive for meditation.
It’s Mama Mary’s birthday today and this is my tribute to her.
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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein, may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
(took this shot a year ago at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite)
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