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I attended mass at our church, St. Francis of Assisi at 7am today. I didn’t understand much the mass because the sound and singing seemed too loud in my ears. As always, the feedback is so poor because of my defective sense of hearing when I am in a group. I will have to attend another online mass later. The best part was the renewal of baptismal vows.

A blessed and joyful Easter to all of you.

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We are celebrating Good Friday today. Josef has work (from home) so we were not able to do the Fourteen Stations of the Cross. I watched the Lenten Parade though in our town online. Later it will be the Seven Last Words to be broadcast by several Catholic Churches here. I always watch the reflections of several priests around 3 pm.

It isbthe best time to reflect about life. Past experiences taught us several lessons to reflect.

A blessed Good Friday to you all.

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 “Do you understand what I have done? You call me your teacher and Lord, and you should, because that is who I am. And if your Lord and teacher has washed your feet, you should do the same for each other. I have set the example, and you should do for each other exactly what I have done for you..”John 13:12-15

For the past several years or so, we started our tradition of Visita Iglesia every Holy Thursday and I always look forward to it every year. It’s one way of celebrating Holy Week by visiting old churches and praying the fourteen stations of the Cross.

Holy Thursday marks the end of the forty days of Lent. Holy Thursday is the day that we Catholics commemorate the institution of three pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the priesthood, and the Mass. During the Last Supper, Christ blessed the bread and wine with the very words that Catholic and Orthodox priests use today to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass and the Divine Liturgy. In telling His disciples to “Do this in remembrance of Me,” He instituted the Mass and made them the first priests. And it’s the beginning of the three-day celebration of Easter. We call it the Maundy Thursday. Maundy is a Latin word “mandatum” which means a commandment. It was during the Last Supper that Jesus commanded:

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.‘ John 13:34

The washing of the feet represents  the service and charity of Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve.” It reminds us of  the tradition  of spring cleaning, that we have to be clean, both in body and mind to welcome the glorious celebration of Easter.

Here’s wishing you all a Holy and Blessed Maundy Thursday!

(A repost from 2012)

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I have these one Catholic page and two Catholic groups at Facebook of which I am an admin. Yesterday one of my co-admins featured me at Sambuhay Interaktib, a Society of St. Paul offshoot from their program every week.

Here’s what she posted at our site.

One of my grade schoool classmates who is a doctor disagreed with the word remission. According to her “remission of cancer means reduction of the signs and symptoms of cancer. Arlene is cancer free for many years now. Not on remission because cancer no longer exists within her. God is so great”.

All these years I also thought that once you have cancer and you get well, you are in remission. Now I learned another medical word with its true meaning.

I do enjoy being an admin of Sambuhay Interaktib. I get to meet SSP (Society of St. Paul) priests and brothers along the way and some members who work mostly outside the country.

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Wrote this blog back in 2011. Around that time, there were no options of likes and comments. It’s a gloomy Sunday but I am happy because Advent season is here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR. New Year in the Catholic calendar begins each year with the season of Advent.

It’s the Holy Season of Advent and we’re now celebrating the first Sunday. Every year, we look forward to the coming  of Jesus and pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting and sing those beautiful songs of hope and promise.

The Advent season is full of God’s blessings for all of us. He makes  us realize and remember to look back at the whole year that is about to end and to look forward to a new and hopeful  year that is about to begin.  Are we ready to take Him into our hearts? Are we ready to accept Him in our lives?  True, we always say time is gold and we should not waste it but we also need to take stock of what is more important, a quiet contemplation, a moment of silence, a minute of giving thanks.  Let this be a season of joy for all of us, awaiting a most precious event of the season – a baby born in swaddling cloths to save  mankind.

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The Philippines has been a nation known for its devotion to Mama Mary

Pueble Amante de Maria. People in love with Mary. It is an endearment we use for Mama Mary. Roughly translated in Tagalog, it’s bayang sumisinta kay Maria.

Tomorrow is Mama Mary’s birthday. I was always in awe of the stats I gathered on my previous posts about her birthday. I garnered the highest stats in one day in one of my birthday posts about her. If I remember, got a total of 4,843 visits. Amazing.

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Finally, I could relax. We were done trimming the carabao grass yesterday afternoon. Gardening is hard of course but it is a fulfilling job. So lovely to see a clean garden from weeds and unwanted growth of grass. Now I can concentrate on replanting and sowing some seeds I bought earlier.

It seems I’ll be able to finish my Goodreads’ reading challenge for this year afterall. I was not able to read when we had Covid last May. It was almost two months before I started again. I’ve said before that I committed myself to read a hundred books this year. I am on my 86th book now. I found this lovely book online entitled No Promises In The Wind by Irene Hunt.

Here’s a brief summary of the book culled from Goodreads:

It’s a tale of a brave young man’s struggle to find his own strength during the Clutch Plague. In 1932, American’s dreams were simple: a job, food to eat, a place to sleep, and shoes without holes. But for millions of people these simple needs were nothing more than dreams. When he was just fifteen years old, Josh had to make his own way through a country of angry and frightened people. This is the story of his struggle to find a life for himself during those turbulent times.

It is actually a short novel which you could probably finish in one day. I slept late last night just to finish half of it. I am beginning to discover some unknown authors whose works are equally absorbing.

Today is the Feast Day of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of Catholic priests. St. John Mary Vianney, pray for us as we continue to beg God for more priests who shine with holy and human virtues. HAPPY FEAST DAY👏🙏⛪

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Rejoice and be glad. He has risen.

Quite busy answering phone calls and messages. Will get back later.

A blessed and happy Easter to you all.

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Most Catholics here in our country waited last night with so much anticipation on the start of our celebration of Simbang Gabi (mass at night) and Misa de Gallo  (dawn or rooster mass) early this morning. Simbang Gabi as we usually call it is a nine-day novena before Christmas.  It is a lovely tradition we observe every year. I miss going out at night to attend it this time of pandemic.  Almost every church go online though. Attendance is still limited when you attend personally at the church, receive communion and participate in the prayers and participate in the singing. That is the limitation of attending masses online but you can choose which church and service you want to listen to.

I think, those in-charge of  tracking this Covid pandemic only allows 30% capacity of these celebrations in churches. There is even a directive now starting today that wearing face shields and face masks are mandatory. It used to be where face shields are only seen in malls because they are required by the establishments when you enter. Now, once you leave your house and go to a public place, you have to wear face shields as well with the face masks.

My goodness gracious, they are blind to the fact that most people wear both when they go out. And we’ve been doing it for almost ten months now. Some government officials break their own rules. The present chief of the Phil. National Police even had his mañanita birthday celebration at the height of ECQ some months ago. Are they doing anything? I bet…waiting for available vaccine which is even reported to have been purchased from china.

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We used to have just this group chat. Funny, but in all the months since Interaktib started, we have somehow formed a community of fellow Catholics from all over the country. Some are staying abroad, some are active in their respective parishes. We chat, post some feed backs on the twice-a-week program of Sambuhay Interaktib. Actually, we’re like one big family.

Yesterday, my friend Min formed a page for all of us including the priests and seminarians involved in the production of the program. Min is the one I have written about in my post Solitude. It is a private group and I am helping her with another member as admins.

I have been an admin at our Catholic page The Filipino Catholic for more than ten years now since its inception so it is a little easier to navigate our new page. We are actually growing as one family, sharing the same faith. I am glad I am gaining new friends in the process.

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