Hubby and I started the day by attending the 6am mass at our parish, Our Lady of Light! The kids had work so we decided to just have dinner at home, a simple meal of pasta, garlic fried chicken, marble potato salad and shrimps cooked in Sprite. In between though, I was a little busy at Facebook. One of the joys of doing admin work is that you begin to realize that the day will not be complete if you won’t be able to post anything at the site. I love AFCC (short for Apostles Filipino Catholic Community) and I feel that all the members are my “one big happy family”. I am not pretending to be more knowledgeable than the rest on Gospel readings, reflections and meditations but I find that after almost two months of constantly updating the site, sharing my own prayers or quotes or linking sites that would help strengthen one’s faith in God is truly uplifting and gratifying. You couldn’t be more happy being told in simple ways that you are touching lives and giving hope through prayers.
Yes, it was not just another birthday after all. It was a day full of blessings and prayers. Three of my priest friends offered masses for my personal intentions, I could not thank you enough. I love all those wonderful greetings from friends and relatives who remembered me on my birthday. And here are some of the shots we took at dinner.
It’s spending time with the family, the mass offerings and prayers that made it complete and the messages of course, which I received from friends and relatives. I particularly love this from Marisse:
Tita, happy happy happy birthday po! I know God has already blessed you with a lovely and loving family so I’ll just wish for more joyful moments w/ them. Take care po always! Hugggs.
And this one from Father Jhoen:
Happy Birthday po! I will offer my Mass today for your intentions. God bless!
Fr. Ross who is based in Rome, sent this through a private message:
Happy birthday, one mass for your intentions!
And this is even more touching, from a new found friend at AFCC:
Hi, Arlene, dropping by to wish u a grace-filled birthday.. may our Loving Father continuously bless u more… good health, happy life, good friends and everything your heart desires. may u continue to touch and inspire people’s lives sa pamamagitan ng inyong online apostolate (on and off the screen)… thank u for gen…erously sharing with us your time, effort and God-given gifts unconditionally. u will be blessed a thousand times for that…happy, happy birthday!
And it came with this birthday card. Thank you so much Jo.
And the message below came from Jules, another caring friend:
Hello Arlene, you are truly blessed with wonderful, thoughtful and caring friends who only wish you the best of everything in your life. It’s a blessing to have met you and shared the beauty of life…HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARLENE!!!
Another one from Ella, a cousin from Barcelona, Spain:
Happy birthday ate arlene! Know that God loves you so dearly and so do we… God bless u always! Mmmmmmwa!
I like this – from Blooey – one of my book buddies:
Happy birthday! Cheers to more years of reading!
Which reminds me, Nissa and Obet gifted me with a copy of World Without End, the sequel of the book , Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I’ve been looking for it at NBS last Sunday. I have started reading a few chapters and it is just as engrossing as Pillars.
And here’s another birthday greeting from Belle, a treasured friend:
And with it came this message:
Arlene, so many happy returns of the day!
And I found the message from Carol, a high school classmate, so touching:
Happy, happy birthday to you, Arlene! May our Lord pour out His bountiful blessings to you in every detail of your life..health, relationships, wealth, and above all, to know and love Him in a more personal and intimate way..we love you!
And this came from Deacon Rey:
Happy Birthday, Arlene!
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May He look upon you with kindness and give you His peace.
There were so many more birthday greetings from Facebook, personal calls from some relatives, and text messages from friends. Again I say, it was not just another birthday after all!