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Archive for September 7th, 2013


I am reposting some parts of my blog  here for my grandson Nate when he was barely  a month old. I took some shots of him after a three-week hospital stay.

Just as we communicate through handshakes and handholding, babies need loving touches. I can’t resist taking this shot while Nate was holding my hand yesterday. The tender grip of an innocent child – the loving contact of hands that simply say, I love you baby. They say that touch is our first language and babies need to be touched lovingly because they are comforted by it. Just as we long for those hugs and kisses from our loved ones, they also feel secure when you are holding them in your arms.

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I took this shot along with several ones the last time we visited Nate and when I saw it on my camera, I was simply thrilled. It set me thinking, these are Nate’s chubby fingers which one day would reach out and hold our hands too. Then that would be a beginning of another journey for us, speaking a language that  only an innocent child could do.  Though I am nearing  that age which others call “senior years” I still look forward to the time that Nate would enjoy a walk with me  and point out the beauty of the world through  his eyes.  When I turn sixty, I’ll be counting the days when he turns four, that would be a perfect age to show him around and probably teach him photography too. By then, we probably have covered a lot of fairy tale stories and accumulated a lot of children’s books in our hands to tide him over through his young life. Nissa has already started to read to him and he loves those times that he can listen to  her voice, all attentive and smiling.

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Happy Grandparents’ Day! Aren’t you glad to be one?

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(Note: the third picture is not mine, it was just culled from the net.)

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Got this message from WordPress about three hours ago. Three years in a row today, every time I blog about Mama Mary’s birthday, my stats go crazy. Last year, it registered a total page views of 2,724 in one day (my highest stats so far) and most of the visitors clicked my post on Mama Mary’s birthday.The last time I looked about a minute ago, it registered a total of 710 visitors and 1,217 page views. Thank you WordPress. Thank you Mama Mary. What a lovely morning!

Your blog, DREAMS AND ESCAPES, appears to be getting more traffic than usual!

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I need not tell you how important the Blessed Virgin Mary is in my Catholic life. We venerate her and pray that she intercedes for us because she is the one closest to God. We venerate Mary so we could worship God better. Praying the rosary almost every day keeps me at peace and calm before any big storm that comes into my life. Tomorrow, September 8 is her birthday. And this is another tribute to her.

Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O Virgin immaculate, thou who by a singular privilege of grace wast preserved from original sin, look in pity upon our separated brethren, who are nevertheless thy children, and call them back to the center of unity. Not a few of them, although separated from the Church, have kept a certain veneration for thee; and do thou, generous as thou art, reward them for it, by obtaining for them the grace of conversion.

Thou wast conqueror of the infernal serpent from the first instant of thy existence; renew even now, for it is now more necessary than ever before, thine ancient triumphs; glorify thy divine Son, bring back to Him the sheep that have strayed from the one fold and place them once more under the guidance of the universal Shepherd who holds the place of thy Son on earth; let it be thy glory, O Virgin who destroyest all heresies, to restore unity and peace once more to all the Christian people.

And I want to share more quotes on the Blessed Virgin Mary:

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!”
~Pope John Paul II~

“Mary is the lily in God’s garden.”
~ Saint Bridget of Sweden ~

“Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner.”
-Saint Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

“What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?”
– Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

“May the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her Most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing.”
-Saint Padre Pio

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA MARY

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