Posted in faimy life, Faith, I love Sundays, journeys, tagged a bit of myself, Faith, family life, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, life, thoughts on March 5, 2017|
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It’s always an early morning mass for us during Sundays. I usually wake up earlier than 5am to prepare for Sunday breakfast before we go the the 6:30 am mass. It s always nice to attend Sunday masses early. The weather is cool and the church is not too full. It was a good homily with Christ’ temptation at the mountain for a start. The good priest even quoted a popular song from long ago. It’s the first Sunday of Lent
It was written in Tagalog, sorry for that. It only mean that a lot of lives were destroyed because of greed and temptation. I like it though, the message is so clear. Keep yourself away from “tukso”.
Kayrami nang winasak na tahanan
Kayrami ng matang pinaluha
Kayrami ng pusong sinugatan
O, tukso, layuan mo ako
We dropped by the grocery store right after the mass then bought a kilo of sweet potato and saging saba at the wet market for snacks. Since Sunday is always a lazy day for us, and it means no preparation of elaborate meals, we also bought dinuguan for lunch from our suki (fave vendor). They sell lechon and paksiw na lechon too. Lechon is a whole roasted pig. They make the best so far.
Sundays are also family days for us. We spend them together at home reading, listening to music or just talking or having conversations and kwentos. We catch up on things that happened during the week whether at work or at home. Sometimes, we also do grocery shopping on Sundays.
One of my nieces is getting married on Tuesday, she’s the youngest of my oldest brother’s kids. They are born-again Christians so they have a different kind of nuptial ceremony from us. We are looking forward though to it.
Do you also spend Sunday like we do? Is it a lazy day for you too?
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Posted in Faith, family life, Goodreads, journeys, life, tagged a blogger's life, blogging, journeys, life, thoughts and ramblings on January 31, 2017|
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Where has January gone? It seemed like it just passed like a cho-cho train long gone. The days have been a little short for me. They were spent with a few close friends, my daughter’s family and most days visits to the hospital and to my doctors. Before we know it, it will be February 1 tomorrow. I know, February may be as fast as January because it is shorter by two or three days. How come the days and moments arrive so soon?
I am getting there…thank God. After several visits to the doctor and laboratory tests, I finally am able to move as normal as I like. There are times though when it feels a little awkward, my grip to certain things is weak. My blood sugar is still a bit high and my doctor is working on it. I have five types of medications at the moment. I am not used to this, But I have to give it a chance.
It’s been a week since I posted here last and it is kind of weird that I haven’t visited for a while. It makes blogging forgotten for a moment, not making comments nor liking posts by my friends. I wish I could turn back the clock and read them all but I don’t want to tax my strength somehow. Maybe, some other days I could pay those blogs a visit.
I am on my 22nd book at Goodreads. It is nice to spend time reading for a while. I’ve been on memoirs and YA books and one or two of novels with love stories for a change. I must say, they are all good. It makes the days pass without being bored. I haven’t finished my gardening yet. I still have to plant some seeds that I bought late December last year. I am really looking forward to seeing Asters and Celosias in our yard.
There is a reunion coming later this month with some of my former office mates at the bank where I worked before. It’s a lunch party. I just wonder if I could attend. Hopefully, I could. I am finding it a little hard to blog, it’s like starting all over again.
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Posted in Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged courage and strength, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on January 7, 2017|
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I had another play with an app on Facebook. Sometimes, they hit the nail on the head, sometimes it is just a play with words. Are they just looking in to a few shout outs I made there?
Here’s what it says:
Not everyone knows the fights you have had to fight in life. Not everyone sees your scars and the things that you had to go through. What they see is a smile on your face and assumes all’s well but only you know how much you are hurting still.
It’s partly true. One has to be strong to face all those early trials in one’s life. One has to have faith in what comes next. One has to believe. Standing strong. Standing still. These are words that always stand out when I think of the past. These are words that make me hope to be better, to dream more and just feel glad I am alive.
The smile would always be there. I believe in greeting each morning with a big smile on my face. I believe that everything would be okay the moment I wake up. I just believe. One could be sensitive and sentimental enough to reminisce a little of what has been, the good times would always be memories to cherish, but sometimes one should be bold enough to accept the truth that things happen (maybe for a reason), that they are not a part of one’s dream. We should not be afraid to see what is at the bend in the road, there is probably something more to discover that makes life more meaningful. When you have faced challenging circumstances in your life and you’re still standing, I call that courage. When you believe that eventually things fall into place, I call that faith.
I love this quote from Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.”
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Posted in book reviews, books, Closer to God, Faith, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, rainy days, reading, thoughts, tagged books, Closer to God, Faith, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, silence speaks, thoughts on August 8, 2016|
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It’s a wet and cold morning and it’s been raining on and off since the start of the weekend. Hanging habagat (southwest monsoon) is definitely here. It was a busy weekend though. It’s a good thing we were able to finish some gardening chores early.
When you are forced to stay at home because of the weather, you either keep busy or you relax to your heart’s content. I did both…haha! Aside from gardening, I was able to find time to read two books over the weekend and to watch two movies on YouTube. Yes, you heard it right. For the first time in so many years, I caught myself finding some inspirational movies that would lift the soul and strengthen faith. The Song of Bernadette did just that. I could not remember the last time I watched this movie. I found a version in Blu-Ray. The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama film that tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a young visionary of Lourdes who later became a saint. From February to July 1858 in Lourdes, France, she reported eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This film is based on the true story of Bernadette Soubirous, and adapted from the book written by Franz Werfel. What a lovely, lovely way to spend two hours straight infront of my computer and see this film.
Lately, I was lucky enough to find more books on faith and redemption and how beautiful life could be despite the treacherous journey and the unfaithfulness of mankind. Alicia Ruggieri is new on my list of authors and I like her writing style. She writes grace-filled and Christ-centered fiction. If you have time, try to read her A Time of Grace trilogy. The first book made me really cry and think of life, it’s beauty and its angst. The Fragrance of Geraniums is such a beautiful book. I am in the middle of reading the second one entitled All Our Empty Places which picks up the story where it left off in the first one. I wonder if I’ll be able to find the third and the concluding book in the trilogy. I am not really into trilogies but this one is worth it. There are those stories that make you feel they’re real and you get into them like you would a story of a friend or yours, you feel the sadness, the triumphs and the pain. You feel that hope is not a dead thing but a journey that makes you look forward to another day.
A friend suggested another writer and poet. The blog is truly inspiring. I searched the link. You may visit it here.
It’s raining still and I am caught with these words, we are all special in God’s eyes. God’s grace overflows.
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Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, photography, reflections, tagged candle light photography, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on July 20, 2016|
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I’ve always been in awe of candle light photography. I remember those photos I took of lighted candles at the St. Padre Pio Chapel near our place.
Watching the flickering flames somehow brings that inner peace in one’s soul, the quiet of the moment, fervent prayers uttered, the beauty of the Now.
A niece who is vacationing in France sent me some photos of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris and these is one of them. She knows that I love subjects like this and she told me, “I took those photos for you auntie”. She hasn’t shared it on other social media sites, she said I could use them any way I want, be it on my blog or as personal collection. Thank you Annabelle.
I am imagining myself right there at this moment, reflecting about life, its beauty and its angst while watching the flames sway and dance.
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Posted in blessings, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, Closer to God, journeys, life, my 7th year, silence speaks on July 14, 2016|
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The day would have been incomplete without this.
Today, I am celebrating my 7th year in remission. THANK YOU LORD for the gift of life. Thank you for all the blessings.Thank you for the gifts of family and friends who were with me throughout this journey.
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