I Want to Become a Saint!

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I heard the holy mass yesterday with mama and Antoinette. Yesterday’s homily is about the call of Jesus to us to be His disciples. The gospel says that we cannot follow Jesus if we would love our parents, children or even ourselves more than Him. In the priest’s homily, he mentioned that we should have a plan in becoming one of Jesus’ disciples.

When we are younger, our parents asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up. Most of the children asked by this question would answer; I want to be a doctor! I believe that when you were a kid you might have answered the same thing. Hehehe!

It is a good thing that even at a young age we have that desire of what we wanted to be. The dream that we holds in our hearts and in our minds is actually the number one step in achieving it. Realizing what we wanted to be is the main factor in the planning that we are going to do to achieve it. :) A good planning and fulfilling what you have planned will definitely bring us to that aim.

As we continue our journey here on earth, have we ever asked ourselves on what we would want to have or what we wanted to be in the end? We wake up everyday and prepare ourselves going to work. We look after our children and keep the house clean and organized. We do our chores one after the other almost the same thing everyday. I believe that we have our dreams and wants on our minds. We work hard to achieve those dreams. :)

Amidst all these, have we ever asked ourselves, whether those dreams we have, will bring us to heaven? I am guilty of this. I have a lot of dreams and wants but I have not evaluated yet if the dreams and wants I have will bring me in the His kingdom. :( At least I have already realized that as early as now and doing the best that I can to attain that purpose.

One of favorite saints is St.Therese of Liseux. She is also known as St. Therese of the Child Jesus. When she was a child, her parents asked her the same question our parents have asked us. She answered the question with conviction; I want to become a saint! And, she did! Well, we knew what she did to become one. :)

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Ciao! :)

Our Lady of Fatima

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I was just talking to Ate Susan about the recent election and I told him that today is Mar Roxas’ birthday. She told me that today we also remember Mary’s apparition in Fatima, Portugal. Today marks the 93rd years of Mama Mary’s apparition in Fatima. Here is a link for a brief history of Fatima.

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There has been a lot of miracles associated in the said apparition but the most famous of all is the miracle of the Dancing Sun.

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The three children of Fatima are Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Jacinta and Francisco passed away at a young age. Jacinta was 10 while Francisco was 11. Lucia died at the age of  98.

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Like many other apparitions, Mama Mary’s constant message to the people is to pray, pray for one another and repent. I know that each one of us has our own personal relationship with the blessed mother. In my own personal relationship with her, I know and I feel her motherly love and care always inspite of all my shortcomings.

Mama Mary pray for us.

Ciao! :)

Happy Resurrection Day

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Today is Easter Wednesday. It has been 3 days since we celebrated the Easter Sunday or better yet, Jesus Resurrection Day. I wasn’t able to update my journal on time for I need to attend to my sick daughter. She was confined in the hospital last Good Friday due to Bronchial Asthma. I’ll tell you more about it my other post! :)

My last post was about Spy or Holy Wednesday. The day preceeding Holy Wednesday is what we call Maundy Thursday. According to online sources, Maundy was derived through an Old French word, mande’ and from the Latin word mandatum. From the statement of Jesus in the Gospel of John (13:34), He told his apotles: “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you”). This statement was uttered when Jesus’ washed the Apostles’ feet. The first Latin word, “Mandatum” in the phrase was then used to call the day as Maundy.

The important thing about Maundy Thursday is that we remember Jesus’ washing the feet of his apostles offering friendship. I remember when I was still in the choir, we used to sing a song about friendship when the priest imitates that scene. Just for you to know, Maundy Thursday is the start of the Triduum Prayer. It’s a 3-day prayer that’s starts on Maundy Thursday and ends on Easter Vigil Mass of Black Saturday. It has been said that if you’ll be able to complete the Triduum Prayer, whatever you wish for will be granted. :)

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After Maundy Thursday, we then remember Good Friday. It is the day when Jesus died on the cross and redeemed us from sins. I couldn’t imagine the pain and hardship that Jesus went through for us. I was talking with my cousin, Joy about Jesus passion. She then asked if there is someone who can go through the same passion and pain that Jesus went through. I believe, there is no one. Because, inspite of His humanity, He is still God.

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Then, Black Saturday came. It isn’t true that on Black Saturday there is no God. In Jesus’ time there wasn’t. But in our time, there is. Jesus will not go through the same passion again. He is alive and He already saved us from sins. It is up to us to repent and go back to Jesus’ loving arms. In the night of Black Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass is held. Those who were able to attend, the church celebration from Maundy Thursday’s last supper and washing of the feet, then Good Friday’s veneration of the cross and Black Saturday’s Easter Vigil Mass, Congratulations! You were able to complete the Triduum prayer. Wherein you participated in remembering Jesus’ passion and His ressurection from the dead.

Last Sunday, we celebrated Easter Sunday. When ney and I heard the mass at Edsa Shrine the priest said that Easter Sunday is better yet to be called the Resurrection Sunday. It is the day that we celebrate and be glad, that we should be thankful for Jesus’ love for us.

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Ciao! :)

Spy Wednesday

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I took advantage of the avail time in the office yesterday and update my journal. So bad I forgot to click on Publish.. :( In any case, yesterday was Holy Wednesday. It has been a tradition in our parish church that every Wednesday, the church hold parade of Saints. I was still sleeping when the procesion passed by our “looban. My family watch the procession and my sister took a video of it. I’ll find time to upload the video. :)

I searched over the net to find something that I can post with regard to Holy Wednesday and I found out that western Christianity referred to it as Spy Wednesday. Spy Wednesday indicating the day that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for thirty silver coins.  

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It is so sad to think that Jesus has been betrayed. If we were born during Jesus’ time, are we going to do what Judas did? In our own time today, let us try not be a traitor like Judas. There are moments that we are tempted to betray a person even someone we care about. But before doing such a thing, try to think about the outcome that it would give.

The 2010 National Election is just a month away. Let us not betray our country and our children’s future with just an amount of money. Let us vote wisely and let us vote for someone who has Integrity. :)

Ciao! :)

Palm Sunday

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It’s around 11:40 in the evening and I am still up. Well, the search for a private pool or a resort isn’t over yet. :( I have called and emailed a number of resorts but so far, we have not been lucky enough yet. I have sent 2 emails today and hopefully I would have good news tomorrow. :)

Anyway, since I was surfing the net up until 5AM this morning, I wasn’t able to hear mass today. :( It is so bad of me. My mother is calling my attention already. I have been able to hear mass for two consecutive Sundays already. Oh.. :( Add to this fact, is that today we Catholics are celebrating the Palm Sunday.

I know that there is no specific date written in the bible when palm Sunday happened. But like many other Catholic feasts and festivities, dates are the most insignificant part of it. The most important thing is that the occasion and the reason why we celebrate and commemorate the events. So, before our sisters and brothers from other sects react on Catholic feasts and celebrations, please try to understand the reason behind each feasts and not just concentrate on the “date matter”.

Alright, as I was saying, today Catholics celebrate Palm Sunday. What is Palm Sunday anyway? Why do we find different palms and fern leaves being sell on the streets during Palm Sunday? Well, as we all know, when it is Palm Sunday already, it means to Catholics that it is the start of the HOly Week. Aside from that, we have Palm Sunday to commemorate Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem days before his passion.

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When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He was greeted by the people by waving palms and laying down their cloaks to carpet his way. In Jewish tradition, waving palm is a symbol of triumph and victory. It is pretty obvious that it was the Jews who met Jesus. :)

Another intriguing fact about Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem was that He was riding on a donkey instead of a horse. If we look at a horse, it is strong, mighty and often use in a war. A donkey is often regarded as a gentle and lowly animal. Jesus is a symbol and a message of peace. He is the epitomy of humility and peace. His entrance to the city riding on a donkey is a symbolic act which tells us that the king brings peace not war.

That is the same message that Jesus wanted to tell us.. :)

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Ciao! :)

A Happy Ending

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It has been a week since Chichi died. My sister is still grieving though. I must admit that I also miss our “tough guy”.

Talking about “ending”, I wasn’t able to share my thoughts about the recently concluded teleserye of Channel 2, “May Bukas Pa”. The said teleserye was based on a Spanish story, Marcelino Pan Y Vino. A day before the said teleserye aired its last episode, I research the story of Marcelino; what’s it about and how it ended. In the story, Marcelino was carried by Jesus on His arms, where He asked him to sleep. It was a scene where Marcelino left the world and joined Jesus in His paradise. Since, May Bukas Pa was patterned with it, I know that Santino will die in the series. I decided not to watch the ending because it will really make me cry. I was telling my sisters that, since ABS-CBN did a lot of changes in May Bukas Pa (far from what Marcelino Pan Y Vino), they should have at least do a little twist on its ending. Well, they actually did! ? Good job!

I was able to watch the scene where Bro (Jesus) took Santino to a place that I want to go to as well. He introduced him to His own mother, Mary and fulfilled Santino’s greatest wish, to see his mother. In spite of all his hardships he was blessed and was given sometime to be with his beloved mother. He was given a chance to be with his father as well.

To top it all, I am glad that Santino didn’t really die at all. He was just in a deep sleep, enjoying the company of Bro and his parents. ?

I know that Santino has been truly love by his foster fathers, the priests, and most especially by his adoptive father, Father Jose. If I am not mistaken, Dominique Ochoa who played Father Jose, gave Zaijan (Santino) an xbox 360 for his birthday. Wow!

May Bukas Pa taught us not to give up and always be faithful. God would have not created tomorrow if He meant today to be perfect. We may face many challenges in our lives, and we just find ourselves crying. It’s okay to cry, what is important is that we never forget to call on to God, who is always loving, forgiving and caring. He will never leave us.

Here are the 2 last scenes of May Bukas Pa..

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This episode is so sweet…

I had goosebumps when I watch this!

Ciao! :)

May your life be a light for the World

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While I am fixing my books on our shelf this morning, I found a pocketbook which I bought about 2 years ago. It is called, the Private Prayers of Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul II was the most beloved Pope in our generations. When he first visits the country February, 1981, my mother was still pregnant me then. She remembered running along the streets of Quezon City circle where the pope mobile carrying him will pass by. She also told me that if I would have been born a boy, she would name me after him.

I personally seen his holiness during the 1995 World Youth Day. It was a different kind of happiness seeing him. That’s why I really felt sad when he died. :(

I went through the pages of book and my attention was caught by a certain topic which is entitled: May your Life be a Light of the World. I hope that this will make a difference to everybody who will be able read it.

The words of Jesus are valid for you in a very special way: “Let your light shine so before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Yes brothers and sisters! the light of your faith shines bright; the light of your chastity joyfully; the light of your poverty generously!

How much the Church and the world need this light, this testimony! How deeply we must commit ourselves, so that its full splendor and its utter eloquence may be realized!

How essential it is that we reproduce in ourselves, mortal beings, the mystery of the Christ’s devotion to the Father for the salvation of the world: the miraculous devotion that began with the presentation in the temple, whose memory the whole Church celebrates today.

How essential it is that we, too, fix our gaze on the soul of Mary, on the soul that, according to the words of Simeon, would be pierced by a sword so the thoughts of many hearts might be revealed. (February 2, 1980).

Ciao! :)

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

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We celebrate the month of holy rosary during the month of October. St. Dominic first used holy rosary. When we speak of the rosary, we also speak of Mama Mary. I remember that every known and verified Marian apparition, the holy mother always asked the people to pray the Rosary.

Two of the most famous Marian apparitions are the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal and in Lourdes, France. When Mama Mary appeared before Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco in Fatima, she always mentions praying the rosary. When she appeared before St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France, praying the rosary was her message, too.

Many people question about praying the rosary. Even ney, doesn’t believe in it. Well, maybe because he believes in other religion, he does not really agree in praying the rosary. It really made me upset that sometimes, he would say that it against God’s law to pray the rosary. Never does he know that the more he scrutinizes he rosary, the more I am drawn closer to it.

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They would say that praying the rosary is a “repetitive kind of prayer”, but every mystery of the rosary is an important chapter in Jesus’ life, while He was still living with us. And, in every chapter, we would find His loving mother behind Him.

On a personal note, praying the Rosary has been always my armor before pain and problems. In my 28 years of existence, I have been through many of life’s difficulties, yet I am still standing. Not because I am a super woman, but because God has always been with me, Mama Mary has always been with me through prayers and praying the Rosary.

Ciao! :)

Legionaries celebrates Praesidium Function

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Last September 8, Catholic believers celebrated Mama Mary’s birthday. I wasn’t able to greet her through this so, this is my chance. :)

”Belated happy birthday Mama Mary!”

September 8 was not really her birthday, we just celebrate it on that day. When is her “exact birth date”? I don’t know. I am not sure if her birthday was mentioned even in the Bible. As we all know, people during her time paid no attention to women. In fact, in population statistics, only men then, are included in the count. So, I am not sure whether or not her birth date was in the Bible. Nevertheless, we love her and respect her as Jesus’ mother and as our own mother, that’s why we remember her birthday. :)

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In line with this, Legionaries of Legion of Mary, held their Praesidium function. In my godmother’s speech during the celebration, she mentioned that the said event should always be called Praesidium function and not September function.

September 8 was a Monday and in the Legion of Mary’s handbook, it stated there that Preasidium function will be observed on a Saturday nearest, and after September 8.

Legionaries of Sto. Rosario de Pasig Parish church, celebrated Praesidium function last September 12. My youngest sister Pau and my aunt Evelyn are Legionaries. Their praesidium will present an interpretative dance.

Since it was my off from work, I volunteered to take charge of the video camera and to bring their snacks. Of course, I would really love to participate in the said event. I was an active Legionary. However, due to work schedules and some personal matters, I have not been able to attend the weekly meeting for couple of years now. :(

As I have mentioned, My sister choreographed the dance. Their members danced in the tune of “Mariang Ina Ko” and Heal the World. It was a very nice presentation. My sister’s concept was good. Though having a little more time of practice would make the presentation better. :) The celebration started with praying the rosary and of course, it ended with a closing prayer.

Attending the Praesidium function was a memorable experience for me. :) I know someday, I will be an active Legionary again. :)

Ciao! :)

Something to Reflect ON..

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When I received this email from my friend earlier, I told myself that it is one of the “chain emails” I usually received. I read the first line and I told myself that I have read that email before. Anyway, I did read the email though. I was right. I have read that email before. But as soon as I read the email, I started getting goosebumps.

DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS?
I SURE DIDN’T TILL NOW..

Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!
Make a personal reflection about Very interesting, read until the end…..

It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):

‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man sow,

that shall he also reap.’

Here are some men and women who mocked God :

John Lennon (Singer):

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:

Christianity will end, it will disappear.

I do not have to argue about

that. I am certain.

Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him’ (1966).

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ):

During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency.

Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.

Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet):

During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ),

while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said:‘God, that’s for you.’

He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.
The man who built the Titanic

After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.

With an ironic tone he said:

‘Not even God can sink it’

The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)

She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:

‘I don’t need your Jesus’.

A week later, she was found dead in her apartment

Bon Scott (Singer)

The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang:

‘Don’t stop me; I’m going down all the way, down the highway to hell’.

On the 19th of February 1980 , Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

Campinas (IN 2005)

In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend…..

The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car:

‘My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.’

She responded: ‘Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here……It’s Already Full ‘

Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died,

the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.

The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer)

said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus.

Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive.

‘Jesus’

‘Lord, I love you and I need you, come into my heart, and bless me, my family, my home, and my friends, in Jesus’ name. Amen.’

And I say, AMEN..

Happy Easter!

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Well, what else can I say but Happy Easter everybody!

Jesus on Easter Sunday

Let us not forget to thank Jesus for everything. :)

The Letter C

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Many people are now obsessed with the letter C..

Cellphone

Credit Card

Car

Chick

Cash

Career..

Today, let us reflect on the real meaning of C — Christ..

CHRIST was CRUCIFIED on the CROSS..

He redeemed us from the CURSE and saved us from hell (Gal. 3:13, 14)

By God’s COVENANT, we became joint-heirs with CHRIST in His kingdom (Ro. 8:17)

In CHRIST name, we can CRUSH the devil and CAST OUT demons! CHRIST is the CENTER of our lives. CALL upon Him!!!

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