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Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Have to hear mass early, the church is about a ten-minute walk from the house. I love the rituals and prayers while they were lighting the Advent Wreath Candle. It was just so solemn and beautiful.

Happy Sunday friends. Wish you well.

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Wow, I am quite sad that a certain follower and who I have followed lately is attacking the Catholic religion. I’ve been blogging for more than ten years now and it is only now that there is this personal attack through his comments on a comment I made earlier. He claims to be a Christian but is full of hate about the Catholic church. He even said that we worship Mary  and the saints which is nowhere said in the Bible. I told him, we venerate Mary, not worship her.

I don’t want to argue when it comes to religion. We stay where we are comfortable and everyone should respect that. Personal attack is a no, no for me. Imagine, he is telling everyone to stay away from the Catholic church, what a shame.

I unfollowed him and removed  him from my list of followers.I blocked him for good. I don’t feel at ease having someone so opinionated like him.

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First time in years that I got to attend Sunday mass in a mall.  I didn’t know that they also hold Sunday masses at  SM East Ortigas mall. I was waiting for the results of my lab test when they started the morning mass. I actually planned of attending one later. Killing two birds with one stone. Ah, it was just by chance.

I didn’t know until this morning that so many shoppers attend the morning mass which ends at 10 am in time for the mall opening. Easy peasy for them. They won’t have to go to church to hear mass.

Thank God for His graces, my urinalysis is now normal. Back to the grind. I will have to go back to the doctor by Tuesday for consultation.

 

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I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear.

 

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Finally I’m done reading the book Pachinko and I am giving it five-stars on Goodreads. Seldom that you find a book this good. It deals with  cultures  between two nations, a  historical family saga of four generations, how they struggled in a foreign land – simply beautiful. A story of “love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty”.  A deeply engrossing novel.

Josef and I did a little gardening  this morning but we haven’t finished trimming the carabao grass. He has to go back to the dentist to have the stitches removed on his gums. He has one of his molars pulled out last week. I wonder when we will be able to finish it  because we are going home to the province this coming weekend to visit Alden.

Thank you for all your prayers. There is nothing like bombarding Heaven with such lovely prayers. I also asked my close friends and my priest friends to pray for Alden. Some offered their masses for his healing. I was able to talk to him this morning and he told me he was able to eat and sleep last night. That’s good news indeed for me. I use unli-calls for Globe lines to reach them in the province. A P20 worth is good for one day unlimited calls to all Globe users.  My youngest brother and I are using Viber calls to talk to each other. It is always nice to have online connections at home, you won’t need to pay the costly overseas calls. Viber is a helpful tool to get in touch abroad. I even use it to call my other friends who also use the Viber app.

I’m the only girl among four siblings so my brothers always consult me  when it comes to major decisions in the family.

Feeling so blessed. It’s been ten years. THANKING GOD for second chances.

 

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I promised myself I won’t start the week in front of my PC and I didn’t. Know what? Our service provider Globe did it for me. We didn’t have internet connection yesterday. It was quiet around the house with only the radio on playing some old songs.

Today is Holy Tuesday. Most shows on television are about the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The best times to watch and reflect. Holy Week is that time of the year where we need more of these – reflections and spiritual readings.

I started on The First Phone Call From Heaven.  I guess this is not one of the best books by Mitch Albom. Except for his two latest books, I read all starting from Tuesdays With Morrie which I like the best. Like the rest of his books, this is an inspirational one. A glimpse of how we perceive what life is like in Heaven.

Gotta start The Seven Storey Mountain in a while, a book by Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk. Accordingly, is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. I encountered his works the first time when I was in college working as a student librarian at  the Humanities Section of the UST Library.  And this book used to be on my wish list but a friend gave me a copy when she went home for vacation a month ago. I completed posting the whole Bible readings for the month of April  at our Catholic page on Facebook.

It’s a nice start for the Holy Week. Holy Thursday and Good Friday are official holidays here.

 

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