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I found this amazing and inspiring video from YouTube. I seldom share videos here but this one is so lovely.

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebur

Staying here and gazing at that serene river gives me a  feeling of peace. No matter how hard life is, there is always something to look  forward to. Life in all its ugly realities,  is a learning curve that teaches us the meaning of joys, happiness and tears.  God always gives us a vista of things that we somehow overlook – a sunrise to greet our mornings, a stunning sunset to calm us after a days’ work, clouds that seem to float like cotton candies in a bright blue sky, green mountains as far as your eyes could see. What more could you ask for?

Lord, thank You for  this lovely morning. Thank  You for Today. Thank You for Life.

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Josef and I had our Visita Iglesia early this morning at our parish, St. Francis of Assisi.  He left the house around 10 am because they have work today although the time was adjusted from 8am to 11am. Watched the Seven Last Words  (Siete Palabras) reflections held at Sto. Domingo Church with seven Dominican priests as speakers and sharers.

Listening to some Catholic songs of praise which we usually sing in Church.  Those touching verses from the Bible and inspirational lyrics always makes me think about life, my Catholic life. I am always in awe every time I hear and listen to these inspiring words. I copied one. from YouTube. (Thank you).

Mercy, peace and love to you all.

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We are in the middle of celebrating Holy Week. Holy Thursday and Good Friday are official holidays here in our country to give  way for our “kababayans” to celebrate the season.

I made this meme a couple of years ago but wasn’t able to post it here.  Remembering the sacrifices God me to redeem us.

That was one of the last Gardenia blooms I had in the garden.  Why is it that you truly and really miss something when it’s gone?

I did a bit of grocery very early this morning.  Most establishments are closed until Saturday.  Even  regular TV programs are not aired until  Sunday. This is also the perfect time to catch up on  watching religious films and programs aside of course from visiting the Church for the Lenten activities this Holy Week. Last night, I  watched Via Crucis  (the Way of the Cross). I loved the reflections, prayers and Gospel readings shared by several priests of the Society of St. Paul.

A blessed Holy Wednesday to all.

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Palm  Sunday.

We just attended an anticipated mass for Palm  Sunday. We normally don’t hear mass on Saturday nights but Palm Sunday  has become  an exception. Churches are usually full during Palm  Sunday. Having a good seat  while listening and participating through a Sunday mass is always a must for me.

 

We bought two bundles of palm fronds for blessing. There was a short procession from the entrance of the church up to the altar while the priest blessed the palms.  Palm  Sunday  is the beginning of Holy  Week  where we celebrate Our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. It ends before Easter Sunday.

I miss Visita Iglesia. We usually visit at least seven churches for the fourteen Stations of the Cross but since Josef  started working at an American bank  where Holy Thursday and Good Friday are not Holy Days of Obligation, we just confine ourselves to our Parish.

I want to share this lovely  Palm Sunday prayer  with you all, (from ibelieve.com).

Dear God,

Thank You for sending Your Son and paving the way for our lives to be set free through Jesus’ death on the cross. Thank You for what this day stands for – the beginning of Holy Week, the start of the journey towards the power of the cross, the victory of the Resurrection, and the rich truth that Jesus truly is our King of Kings.

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord…”

We give You praise and honor for Your ways are righteous and true. We give You worship for You are holy and just. We will declare that Your love stands firm forever. For Your loving kindness endures forever.

Thank You that Your ways are far greater than our ways, Your thoughts far deeper than our thoughts. Thank You that You had a plan to redeem. Thank You that You make all things new. Thank You that Your face is towards the righteous, and You hear our prayers, and know our hearts. Help us to stay strong and true to you. Help us not to follow after the voice of the crowds, but to press in close to You, to hear Your whispers, and seek after You alone.

We praise You, we bless You Lord! Thank You that You reign supreme and we are more than conquerors through the gift of Christ!

In the Mighty Name of Jesus,

Amen.

 

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Finally, finally I’m done with my monthly ritual of trimming the carabao grass.  It’s a good thing that for the past two days,  the afternoons were breezy.  Just right for gardening.

The rocks behind and in front of  this very small Mayana stem used to be a design  of a long  rectangular flat  pot   for my Bonsai Juniper but after only about three years, it died on me.  I don’t know how to take care of Bonsai plants. Even the Bonsai Tamarind which the landscape gardener  put in a corner of the garden died too after one or two fruiting season.  Maybe they really need special care that I don’t know about.

Our compost pit is now ready for use. The lower part is just right to use for planting, the leaves and veggie peelings have turned into a rich soil.  Since I don’t   have extra pots for my remaining  eggplant seedlings, I  made use of two 5 gallon mineral water bottles.

Oh and our two jackfruit trees are bearing fruits again. I counted them, 15 in all in various sizes. Two more months and some would be ready for harvest.

Two days ago, I was surprised for a sudden increase in my stats. The usual 120 to 180 visits turned into 569 in one day. When I took a look at my dashboard, the numbers came mostly from the US. Whoever you are, thank you for visiting my blog and reading my older posts.

May you find moments that make you laugh and sing and dance and smile today. Have a lovely and blessed Wednesday.

 

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I had a grand time reading Christmas greetings from friends, family members who are far from us and those friends who have left the country and got in touch.

I do believe the Christmas season unites friends and families, people you haven’t seen for ages, people who don’t normally get in touch regularly. It makes friends out of enemies too.

Social media is inundated with greetings always with the thought that the celebration of Christmas is a merry one for all of us. First and foremost is to remember what the occasion is for. Parties, exchange  gifts, reunions and greetings are just trimmings to make the occasion truly happy.  Christmas is a celebration of life, God became man.  It also means love, family, laughter, joy. Going to mass together as a family is the ultimate  thing we can sincerely  offer  to God.  Christmas means giving not just material things you can buy from stores but giving your time to other people. Christmas is sharing love. Somehow, others don’t  feel the beauty of the celebration. We can celebrate the occasion even without those trappings that come from commercial establishments.  We can celebrate Christmas quietly in our hearts.

The occasion though would not be the same without food on the table no matter how simple it is. We share, we reminisce too and we make new memories.  I spent the morning looking at pictures of my friends and relatives on Facebook.The happy faces, the festive atmosphere captured in several photographs. The food galore stands out. The surprised look of kids who got what they wished for and those who believed that Santa heard their prayers and read their letters.  My three brothers and I grew up not really believing in Santa Claus. We knew that Mom and Dad bought those gifts  we had before.  I asked Nate if he was aware of Santa and he answered with “ho, ho, ho”, but I don’t have stockings Nonna. I’ll stay awake on Christmas Eve.”   Haha, I wonder if he did.

I set aside reading for a while, well, probably until the  new year. Greeting the new year is always a happy occasion too sans the noise.

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