Archive for September, 2010

Some songs just makes you feel happy, some songs just make you feel grateful that everything is good in your world, some songs just make you feel  nostalgic.  I felt the  urge to listen to Dan Fogelberg today and I am sharing one of his songs with you.


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Finally found time to take a few shots of our  half-breed Rottweiler pup and Soo Kee, our old dog.  It’s always a joy to play with them – romping in the garden, resting in the hammock  and just following you around wherever you go.  And this quote best describe how a dog loves us:

I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands.  When he looks at me attentively, and gently licks my hands;

then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat.

For the good Lord knows i can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that…W. Dayton Wedgefarth

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I decided to change my theme again and have gone back to Misty look by Sadish, only this  time I changed the header and uploaded a picture I took of  Pundaquit beach in San Antonio, Zambales.  I called this shot Infinity, more fitting I think to the title of my blog.

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It’s the last two days of September  and October is fast approaching!  I love the somewhat cooler days of October more so because it’s my birth  month.  For  almost a month  now, I’ve been the admin of the Apostles Filipino Catholic Community at Facebook.  Fr. Louie, who is the creator and moderator of the site asked me to help.  As I’ve said before, it’s an eye-opener for me and I am just glad that even in my own small way, I am touching lives of other people who are mostly OFWs from all parts of the globe.  I post my own prayers and reflections sometimes aside from the regular  Gospel readings and inspirational quotes.  I would just like to summarize  everything here so I won’t forget – it is easy to share when you are inspired  by their comments.  I will just have to post them by dates I guess since I started last September 4, 2010.

Sept. 06, 2010

Traveling the road of life may not be as smooth as we want it to be, the path may be treacherous and thorny but what matters is we get there and experience the thrill of a new dawn.

Sept. 09, 2010

Let’s all learn to dance in the rain, there is always something positive about turning problems into opportunities – to grow, to appreciate life and to be closer to God.

Sept. 14, 2010

THANK YOU Lord for a bright new day, thank you for the gift of new friends, thank you for the gift of family, thank you for everyday blessings!

Sept. 15, 2010

LORD, please give us the courage to face the day with joy in our hearts and lightness in our steps.  In You O Lord, we find our strength.

Lord, let me be worthy to follow You!

Sept. 16, 2010

Just keep hoping and believing, it’s in the ordinariness of things that sometimes we discover hidden treasures.  In moments of pain, it’s only faith that can comfort and sustain.

Sept. 20, 2010

LORD, grant me the gift of understanding others without being judgmental.  Grant me the capacity to understand all Your plans for me.  And may today be a gift for other people too, that I may also touch their lives in my simple way.

Sept. 21, 2010

BELIEVE…you are loved and you are important in God’s eyes.

Sept. 26, 2010

Good morning everyone, it’s a nice Sunday morning.  May God’s light and love shine upon you and may you feel the warmth of His embrace.

Sept. 27, 2010

Sometimes, God allows us to experience storms so we could learn to appreciate the sunshines.

Sept. 28, 2010

THANK YOU Lord for the sheer joy of seeing another sunny morning.  Thank you for a peaceful night of sleep.  Thank you for all the blessings and most of all, thank you for the small miracles you bestow on us everyday.

Sept. 29, 2010

LORD, thank you for the gift of seeing things like this everyday – Your grand design and an affirmation of Your love.

Took this shot a few weeks ago and experimented with putting some quotes in it.  and here are more quotes I made and posted at my wall on Facebook.

-Giving up is never an option.  when you had the chance to face your own mortality, you learn to appreciate more what life has in store, and you are just grateful that you are alive and kicking.

-Criticisms are welcome, but when they are delivered in a hateful manner, the essence of subtlety and the purpose for which they are given are lost, and they become just an extension of one’s disgruntled self.

-Finding  faults in other people without first looking into your own faults is one way of showing that you think you are perfect  but nobody is perfect in this world – if it comes to that, what a dull existence you have.

-How wonderful to begin your day in prayer and end it with a song.  How wonderful to know that  Someone keeps His ever-watchful eyes on you, guiding your way with His ever-loving hands.

Gosh, I can’t believe I posted all these just at Facebook.

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It was a touching scene and I could never forget the moment I was face to face with the image of Mama Mary.  I was invited by Lovell, a close friend, to pray the rosary with them ( the Dominican community) last Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at Sto. Domingo Church  when Our Lady was  transferred  from her pedestal to a  special room in preparation for her enthronement this coming September 30 and in celebration of her Feast Day  on October 10, 2010.  Last year, hubby and I were supposed to go there but the wrath of typhoon Ondoy  and the heavy rains prevented us from attending.  Up close,  she is truly awesome.

I found this special prayer that I wish to share with all of you.

La Naval de Manila, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines, Mirror of Justice, help us to pray for the greatest victory, the victory of  Your  Son’s Peace in the Philippines and the entire world.  We ask you  to help us remember that one of your most blessed titles is Queen of Peace.

The main altar where she will be enthroned.

The green and relaxing garden of Sto. Domingo Church

I wish I could have focused my camera right in front of the church…

St. Domingo Church is the National Shrine of Our Lady of The Holy Rosary.

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I’m serious!  I’ve got lots of materials that I can use but I don’t know how to string them together to make a video.  Anyway,  I am having fun  with my Canon Ixus….

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Today is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio  of Pietrelcina.  Hubby and I attended the 5pm mass at St. Pio Chapel in Libis, Quezon City.  The mass was presided by Fr. Ignacio from San Carlos Seminary.  We visited the prayer room after the mass and lighted candles for our intentions.  If I could I would like to hear mass here every Sunday, the service is always very solemn.

Here’s one of the most popular prayers by Padre Pio which  the officiating priest also shared in his homily:

Stay with me, Lord
Prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina after Holy Communion
Stay with me, LordStay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have
You present so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak
and I need Your strength,
that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life,
and without You, I am without fervor.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light,
and without You, I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice
and follow You.

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You
very much, and always be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is,
I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes;
death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength,
so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You.
It is getting late and death approaches,
I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.
O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all it’s dangers. I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread,
so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness,
the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You,
if not by communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it,
but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart,
Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth
and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.    Amen

source: http://padrepiodevotions.org/pioprayers

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I don’t know, I have this sudden longing to read any book by Nicholas Evans when I received an update from him regarding his new novel, The Brave.  I subscribed to his mailing list years ago and I appreciate  the fact that authors like him actually send letters to their readers to keep them updated.  Here’s part of the e-mail he sent last week:

Hello at last!

I’m acutely aware of how long it’s been since my last newsletter – and, more to the point, since my last novel. Some of you will probably know the reason. Almost exactly two years ago on a visit to Scotland, I ate some poisonous wild mushrooms that had been wrongly identified. It was a close call for the four of us who ate them. We thought we were eating ceps, but they were in fact Cortinarius Speciosissimus which are supposed to be deadly poisonous. The toxin in this mushroom attacks the kidneys and unless you get promptly diagnosed and treated, you’re dead. Thanks to some brilliant doctors and nurses in Aberdeen, we got the finest treatment available – all courtesy of the much maligned but absolutely wonderful British National Health Service. We owe it our lives.

All of this had a pretty drastic effect on the progress of my new novel, The Brave. The manuscript lay untouched for many months while I got used to life on dialysis. Having no kidney function, I have to be hitched to a blood cleaning machine for five hours, every other day. For a while I found even the idea of working too tiring. But at last I managed to get down to it and finished the book. It’s being published this autumn, first in the UK in September, then a month later in the US, Italy and Holland. Other countries will follow next year when translations are finished.

I hope by now, he has fully recovered from his dialysis treatment.  Three years ago, my dad underwent the same procedure for six grueling months due to end stage renal disease and his body just gave up.

My first encounter with Nicholas Evans was through his book,  The Horse Whisperer followed by The Divide, The Loop and The Smoke Jumper. I love the way he writes, a sensitive soul reaching out to his readers.  I hope I could get hold of a copy of The Brave when it releases next month.   I found an introduction on his new book.

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It was just a simple bloom

And it made me think –

There is beauty

In everything I see

And I see You in the vast blue sky

I see You in the soft petals of a flower

And I bow my head in wonder

You are an awesome God!

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