That moment you wake up, open a window and faintly you hear Pinoy Christmas songs playing in some neighbor’s house….priceless. You get a little nostalgic thinking of Christmas past when celebrations were more focused on attending Simbang Gabi, nine days of novena masses until Christmas eve. Yes,today is the beginning of our traditional Simbang Gabi. It started last night in our village chapel but it was raining hard because of the typhoon so I was not able to attend. I have clogged nose the past days and it is hard to breathe especially at night.
It pains me to see those places affected by the typhoon, people who lost their homes, damaged roads, uprooted trees and it has not left the country yet. Our weather bureau says that there is another one coming. Typhoons that visit us late in the year are usually strong and destructive. I hope next week would not be a rainy one for us.
My PC is weird. Is that even the right term for it? Yesterday, I woke up earlier than 3am, a perfect opportunity to check my blogs and update our daily Gospel readings at our Catholic page on Facebook. You see, for the last five years I help manage a page with a priest friend and another friend who is a lay minister in their parish. I was able to post Gospel readings until the end of the year then my PC practically crashed on me. Gosh, perfect timing but you can’t quarrel with an almost ten-year old PC nor get mad at it. You just shake your head in frustration while taking another sip of a tepid cup of coffee by your side. Like right now it is running well and I am listening to Christmas carols while I blog (keeping my fingers crossed).
I found a wonderful book on Padre Pio but I don’t want to read it in just one go, a chapter or two every day until I finish it. I also bought a copy of the Daily Gospel 2016, a collection of all the readings for the coming year, a helpful guide for my online apostolate. Speaking of books, a friend who is coming home for a short break bought me two lovely volumes of Richard Paul Evans books, one was just published last month while the other one is the 5th and final installment of The Walk series. Wonderful gifts from a wonderful friend.
Did I say it’s nine days to go before Christmas? This might appear on my wall dated December 15 but it is December 16 now and it’s 5 am. The cold winds bite but the rain has stopped. May I share another inspiring Christmas quote?
It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand. – Mother Teresa