Archive for April 5th, 2010

I’ve longed to blog about the past few days but things got a bit hectic and I was literally busy thinking of and doing my own reflections that I simply abandoned the idea, well, until probably after Easter.

But here I am again, with the hubby in tow, about to attend a Holy Recollection at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish.   The recollection master is Rev. Fr. Rex Vidal, SVD. I’ve always looked forward to things like this, somehow, it would be a nice addition to my  Holy week celebration.

We started the week with a beautiful celebration of Palm Sunday.  I really intend to start  it with a good and clean heart to embrace everything that the season of Lent stands for – Jesus’ sufferings on the cross and His incomparable sacrifice to show His encompassing love for all of us because I believe that there is one particular message that stands out – the message of  LOVE.

My six-year-old niece is vacationing with us and the whole week spending time with her is such a joy and a blissful reminder how it is to be a child – the trust, the innocent questions that need honest to goodness answers, the endless recount of school days, songs and nursery rhymes that have no ending,  cartoon channel, massage (yes, she is really good with her hands ), laughter, children’s books, you name it, I think we have touched on anything that interest her, for the moment.  Children have that blessed gift and ability to really make us feel young again.

Last Tuesday, I had a surprise visit from Edna and Carol, two high school classmates whom I haven’t seen for a while.  And I was so happy receiving three books,  two from our neighbor  entitled Oh My Gulay by Arthur  Yap and a small recipe book called O! May Gulay. Carol gave me  The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (The Story of a Soul).  I took a glimpse of the recipe book and I was a bit intrigued.  It contains such recipes like Veggie Waffle, Potato Turnip Embutido, Pancit Butong, Jewel Siomai, Hawaiian Vegetaballs and more recipes using of course, various vegetables which abound in our market at this time of the year.   The Autobiography of St. Therese is a very much welcome gift from Carol.  I have a growing stash of TBR books, slowly replacing the hundreds of volumes we lost last year.

I spent Wednesday doing  the grocery and a bit of gardening.  Nothing much to do really, except read a few pages from the Bible, chat with some friends from FB and update my Multiply site.  I was just excited thinking of our  Visita Iglesia in Laguna on Holy Thursday.

Holy Thursday – ah , the day I’ve been waiting for.  We have this family tradition to do our Visita Iglesia  in different churches closer to home.  Last year, we did the rounds of the Rizal towns, from Cainta to Morong and the year before that,  we visited several churches in the Marikina-Quezon city area.  I’ve wanted to visit Laguna for  quite sometime because they boast of several old and quaint  Catholic churches, rich in history and big in Holy week celebration.   Passing through the scenic route  of Manila East Road was an added bonus.  We reached Mabitac after more than two hours of traveling, marveling at the zigzag highway that reminds me so much of  Baguio.  With a road map in tow, we highlighted the towns we were going to visit and Mabitac was the first town on our list.  The 126-steps going up the church greeted me and my initial reaction was “how am I going to climb those stairs” only to find out that there is another way to reach  it.  The wonderful view is a feast for the eyes.  Next was St. Peter and Paul Parish in Siniloan then to  San Sebastian Church in Famy.  I finally found one of my friends’ hometown in Balian, Pangil, Laguna – after all these years.  St. Peter of Alcantara  Church in Pakil took my breath away,  a perfect place, quaint but beautiful and it was where I took a series of shots  of their lovely images .   The church was originally built of nipa and bamboo in 1676 and was reconstructed of stone in 1732.  In 1788, the  miraculous image of Our Lady of Turumba was enthroned.  Last stop was St. James the Apostle Parish in Paete, Laguna.  Had it not been  Holy Thursday, we could have explored the place.   We returned home with an hour to spare for the 5pm mass at St. Jude  Thaddeus parish near our place.   I am looking forward to celebrating Good Friday by watching the Seven Last Words  on  tv  which will  be held at  Sto.Domingo Church.  Much as I want to go there personally, I am still afraid of mingling with a big crowd.  I feel I am not yet that well enough to do so.  By Saturday, hubby and I will attend a Holy Recollection.

I always equate Easter Sunday with New Life, New Hope and New Beginning!  Happy Easter everyone.


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