Archive for June 20th, 2011

This is one of those days that I miss my PC because right now, I am longing to share some shots we did today but for some strange reasons,  this laptop would not read my cam. All my files are in the other computer which is still out-of-order until now. I am using my son’s PC. Anyway, we had all day yesterday doing crafts and my two kids are really getting adept at making bracelets, fashion earrings and other accessories using Swarovski crystals. I made several rosaries and tried my hand at doing a Chaplet of St. Therese. More than the projects which we are so glad to do, the moments spent with them are truly priceless.

I haven’t been to the wet market for almost a month now so I asked my son to drive me there early this morning to buy some supplies, lots of veggies, meat and fish. It’s my son’s 27th birthday tomorrow and my daughter thought of making pasta for him today. It’s a long weekend and what perfect time to have our comfort food than when it is raining. Yes, it’s been raining for several days now because of the typhoon. I made potato salad to go with fried chicken. Yesterday, I had this sudden craving for a burger and son said, it’s not healthy for me but he bought some anyway. Who’s counting, I am getting tired of avoiding food like this. It won’t hurt, once in a while.

Richard Paul Evans, one of my favorite authors posted some notes in his Facebook account and I have this sudden longing to get hold of his books and re-read them all. They are hard to find here and all my hard bound collections were also destroyed by typhoon Ondoy. Anyway, I would just want to share some of my favorite quotes from his books.

“I am not a believer in love at first sight. For love, in its truest form, is not the thing
of starry-eyed or star-crossed lovers, it is far more organic, requiring nurturing and time
to fully bloom, and, as such, seen best not in its callow youth but in its wrinkled maturity.
Like all living things, love, too, struggles against hardship, and in the process sheds
its fatuous skin to expose one composed of more than just a storm of emotion–one of loyalty
and divine friendship. Agape. And though it may be temporarily blinded by adversity,
it never gives in or up, holding tight to lofty ideals that transcend this earth and
time–while its counterfeit simply concludes it was mistaken and quickly runs off to
find the next real thing.” (from his book The Letter)

“Life’s greatest philosophy is not handed down in stoic texts and dusty tomes, but lived, in each breath and act of human compassion. For love has always demanded sacrifice, and no greater love is there than that for which our lives are traded. And in this great cause of spiritual evolution we are all called to be martyrs, to die each of us, in the quest of a higher realm and loftier ideals, that we may know God. And what if there is nothing else? What if all life ends in the silent void of death? Then is it all in vain? I think not, for love, for the sake of love, will always be enough. And if our lives are but a single flash in the dark hollow of eternity, then if, but for the briefest of moments, we shine – then how brilliantly our light has burned. And as starlight knows no boundary of space or time, so too, our illumination will shine forth throughout all eternity, for darkness has no power to quell such light. And this is a lesson we must all learn and take to heart – that all light is eternal and all love is light. And it must forever be so.”

“I have come to believe that we do not walk alone in this life. There are others,
fellow sojourners, whose journeys are interwoven with ours in seemingly random patterns,
yet, in the end, have been carefully placed to reveal a remarkable tapestry. I believe
God is the weaver at that loom.”

“The most important story we’ll ever write in life is our own-not with ink, but with our daily choices.”

One can’t fail to be  touched by all these lovely quotes. It’s why he is one of my favorites. One time, I wrote to him and asked if I could  copy some quotes now and then and publish them here. Gosh, he even thanked me for it. That’s Richard Paul Evans for you.


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