Is Sto. Niño a saint, too?

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The follow up question there was, “Is Jesus a saint, too?” :) Those were the questions that Nonet asked me as we watch the parade last January 15 (2012) to commemorate the Feast of Sto. Niño. In the Catholic calendar the feast of the Sto. Niño is celebrated every third Sunday of January.

In our parish, the parade was held after the 6:30AM high mass. I used to participate in this feast when I was younger. Well, I don’t remember anymore the last time I joined the said feast. It was either when I was still in high school or a freshman college student. When my sisters and I were younger, our mother used to take us to the altar of Sto. Niño in the Immaculate Conception church in Pasig during our birthday. We lit candles and pray before little Jesus. We also whisper our wishes to him. :) Happy memories of childhood. :)

Since, we’re not able to participate in the parade; we just brought with us our little Sto. Niño. As we wait for parade to pass by our “looban”, Nonet asked if Sto. Niño is a saint too. I said no. I told her that Sto. Niño is Jesus in a child form. I guess, she still didn’t quite get it, so she asked again; “Is Jesus a saint, too?” I told her that Jesus is God. Since He is a god, He is holy even when He is a child. I told her that in Spanish, a little boy is called a niño and since he is holy, we call Him in our native language as Santo. Thus, Sto. Niño means holy child. I bet she understood my explanation, because she asked me how a little girl in Spanish is called. I told her, it was niña. She smiled to me and said; “I am Niña Nonet.” :)

As the parade passed us, we enjoyed music from the marching bands. Nonet loves watching the kids play the drums for the parade. She also wanted to have a kids drum set. Well, maybe soon. Hehehe! :) We danced our own Niño as we watched other statues of Niño danced and dressed in different costumes. :)

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The feast of the Sto. Niño is celebrated in different parts of the country. The two famous celebrations of Sto. Niño are Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Dinagyang Festival in Ilo-Ilo City. There are lots of street dancing, music, food and colorful costumes. People from all over the Philippines and even from other parts of the world flock to these cities to join the festival. I have not been to any but I hope one day, I would. :)

I don’t see anything wrong in celebrating feast and festivals like this. For me it is a celebration of faith, of what we believe in. But, I just hope that above the beauty and fun that these festivals brought us, we shouldn’t forget the reason behind these celebrations.

In this feast and festival, we remember Jesus as a child. It may be said easier than done, but the feast reminds us to imitate the characteristics of Jesus, when He was still a child and as He became a man and redeemed the world from sin. It is okay to be a devotee of Sto. Niño, but we shouldn’t forget that Sto. Niño and Jesus is one. And that He is part of the Holy Trinity of a one and only God. :)

God bless us all!

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..

Homosexual: Cannot be Priest?

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I watched the Probe the other night and one of their topics was about the new circular sent by Pope Benedict XVI about guys who are homosexual and has homosexual tendencies, are not allowed to enter the seminary. They have interviewed representatives of the church and the homosexual group. I understand each other’s side.

Due to the increasing scandals associated with Priests the Pope has this memo that a male who would enter the seminary needs to undergo different test and if results shows that he is homosexual or has a homosexual tendency, then he will be declined in entering the priesthood.

I was listening very carefully to each others views. Being a Catholic, I know that I am affected and should be aware about this. I understand what the homosexual group’s point. They said that the new policy is an act of discrimination. Going into seminary usually starts after a boy graduates from elementary. He will study highschool in the seminary and eventually study Theology.  The homosexual group said, why then the seminary will not allow a man who has the purest intention to serve the Lord, to enter the priesthood only because he has homosexual tendency? What does the seminary will accept? A man who is attracted to a woman who has a tendency to leave the seminary and get married?

Homo said that homosexual is not bad. But if you homosexual acts, then that’s the sin. What if a certain homo has a calling of being a priests? Then he will be rejected?

Statistics shows that currently, the ratio of a priest to Catholic believers is 1:15000. That is one priest to 15,000 believers. Wherein, a priest should only be charged in handling 5000 followers. Pope Benedict XVI said, he doesn’t need many priests he needs good priests.

My mom’s cousin used to be a seminarian. But due to family obligations he needs to leave the seminary. Eventually he got married and he has now a daughter. Priesthood/Sisterhood is a vocation given for the “chosen one.”

Remember a passage in the Bible saying, “Many are called but only few are chosen.”

When I was younger, I really wanted to be a nun. I have attended different seminars and fellowships that really triggered that kind of vocation in me. When I was in highschool, I already signed up for a week stay long in Our Lady of Charter’s Convent in Antipolo City. But due to some reasons (which I don’t remember anymore), I wasn’t able to go there. I signed up again to visit another convent but wasn’t able to stay there either. Then I realized that being a nun isn’t really my calling. My vocation is to be a mother to a very smart girl. :)

I believe, that no matter how long you stay in a seminary if the vocation is really not for you then it will never be. Even if you are eager to follow the vows of chastity and celivacy for diocesan preists and plus poverty for religious priests. Well, vow of obedience is a vow that every mankind should fulfill. :)

Remembering the Departed Love Ones

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November 1 is a day we celebrate All Saints Day. This is a national holiday wherein people are given a chance to visit the resting place of their departed love ones. November 1 is actually the day for remembering the Saints, known and unknown. And, November 2 is set to celebrate All Souls Day. But we usually visit the tomb of our departed love ones on November 1.

All Saints Day is also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas. Hallows “Hallows” meaning saint,” and “mas” meaning “mass”; the preceding evening, Halloween, is the Vigil or Eve of All Hallows. On this day, Catholics remember the saints. But then as wikipedia mentioned, saints are not limited to Christianity. Other world’s religions have saints also, “or people who have  who have been recognised as having fulfilled the highest aspirations of religious teaching and have realised God’s will in their actions”.

During All Saints Day or Undas (which we referred to it in the Philippines), we went to cemeteries where our departed relatives are laid. Though, we celebrate All Souls Day on November 2, we get accustomed in going to cemeteries on November 1. On this day,  we light candles and offer prayers for the departed people. The light of the candle would guide them to the path where they should go. A light especially for those lost souls who are still wandering around and trying to find their way back to their Creator. Ney and I often have an argument about the departed people. He is an Iglesia ni Kristo believer. He often tells me that when someone dies, his soul dies with him. So, whatever prayers and holy masses being offered to these departed will really not make any sense at all. He doesn’t even believe in saints either.  Well, we really have different beliefs as per religion is concern. Though sometimes I really get irritated about him bragging me about different things, and frankly telling me that I will not be saved unless I will be baptized in the religion he believes in, I just kept my irritations aside and respect whatever his faith is. Though, he himself doesn’t respect my own religion and keep on mocking me about my faith. Nevertheless, I have my own faith and I know that God loves me so much inspite of my shortcomings and wrong decisions in life.

Going back to the celebration of the All Saints Day, when I was younger I used to go to cemetery to accompany a friend. For my departed relatives are interned in the province cemetery. But then after my father died, last January 2007, me and my family have visited the cemetery on November 1twice already. My father died of Lymphoma. Though doctors said that it is curable, we learned about his sickness, too late. And he really suffered because of it.

He was laid to a public cemetary in Pasig City. We went there in the afternoon for my mother waited for me to arrive from work. We got there at around 3:30 PM and there were a lot of people visiting the burial place of their relatives. Papa’s is in a “apartment” type place. The cemetery that day was really different from its usual days. There was like a “fiesta in the barrio”. There were many food stalls. Of course flowers and candles vendors around. People made their departed relatives’ grave a “picnic area”. Other people also celebrates All Saints Day like family reunion.

We bought a malaysian mums and roses for papa. Red was his favorite color so, I bought red candles for him. :)   We just stayed there for about 2 hours and then went home. But before going home, we still prayed before his grave. Papa is not a perfect father. But inspite of his incompleteness, I love him so much and if I will be born again and will be given a chance to choose a father, it will still be papa, whom I will choose.

 

Arranging the candles. I look so “dugyot”.. hehehe!

Nonet striked a pose beside papa’s grave. See the monkey stuff toy that clings on her neck? We bought it for her when we visited Manila Zoo last week. She said she will bring it to the cemetery and will show it to papa. :)

This is my youngest sister, Pauline. 

Nonet and her ta Ti chatting. Hmmm.. I wonder what they’re talking about..

Mama and Nonet.

These are my cousins, Joy and April. They accompanied us to the cemetery. Their mother and my father are siblings. April is supposed to spend her holiday in the province but due to work related matters,  she has to stay in Manila and joined us in visiting Papa’s grave.

I cannot think of the right word to say to describe that day. But it was fulfilling. Though papa is no longer physically with us, I know and I believe that he found his way home to God and that he’s is watching over us from above.

As for us, the living people, we really don’t what’s going to happen after we die, what is important is that we live a good life. For one thing is for sure, that if we will live a good life and follow God’s will then rewards will be ours in the end! :)

Angels by Our Side

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When we heard of the word angel, we always think of a super natural being or spirits. We often depicted angels as beings with wings and halo. It could be someone who is usually in a form of light. But little did we know that angels are not only those spiritual beings that we have grown up with.

When we were younger, I’m sure that most of us have learned the prayer to our guardian angels. Do you recall that prayer? Well for your recollection that prayer goes like this, “Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side to light and guide, to rule and guard. Amen.” This is actually the first prayer that I have taught my little girl.

Up until today, every morning when I leave the house for work or if I go somewhere, I always utter this prayer. And I personally had my own encounter with my dear angel. It’s like the wind. We can’t see them but we know they’re with us.

But as I was saying, angels are not only those spiritual beings and forms that we usually think of. In our everyday life, we find an angel from our friends, family and colleagues. In times of trouble, they are there to catch us and help us. These are people who play the role of an angel in our lives. They may not know that once or twice they’d been an angel to us and could still be playing an angel role in our lives.

Well, angels are around us. God did not only send us angels in spirit forms but also angels in people around us who love and care for us. Whoever that angel is in your life, a little thank you and appreciation will surely make his/her day! :)

Happy Birthday Mama Mary!

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Today, September 8, Catholics celebrate the birthday of Mama Mary. A lot of people don’t know her and don’t acknowledge her. Others may even question Catholic’s devotion on her. We don’t praise her. We venerate her as the mother of Jesus. We look up to her as a good example of great trust and faith in God.

If you can recall, Mama Mary said yes to God’s will. She didn’t even think twice when Archangel Gabriel revealed to her that she will bear a child through the Holy Spirit. At the young age of 15, she didn’t even question God. She didn’t think of the consequences if people find out that she’s pregnant and yet she’s not even married.

During her time, woman who found pregnant will be stoned to death. But she didn’t worry about it. She put her trust and faith to God. So, Jesus was born and we’re all saved from our sins.

Happy birthday Mama Mary and I love you.

THE eight BEATITUDES of JESUS

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

As we walk in His Light He gives us more Light

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Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19,20 NASB

It’s Sunday let’s to go to the church and satiate the hunger in our soul! J

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God’s Love will carry you through in everyday’s life..

No one is more SECURED than those who are in

God’s HANDS

May your life be as beautiful as your HEART!

It’s Sunday let’s to go to the church and satiate the hunger in our soul! :)

The Legionary in Me

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I have told Essa and Jayson that I have tried blogging about Hollywood for the sake of traffic but it’s really not me. I don’t know, but I’m more on my personal experiences. Things I have learned as my journey in my life continues.

Just the other day, when I was going to Alfonso Supermart , I met Ate Tess. She told me to go back to Legion of Mary, where I have been a member for about 20 years, I believe.

Yes, you read it right. I was a Legionary. I believe that once a Legionary always a legionary. I have not attended the weekly meetings of Legions for about 3 years now, due to some work related and personal reasons. I may have been physically away from Legion of Mary, but the legionary in me will never be gone.

I used to be a president of one Presidium, Our Lady of Mercy in our church. How I miss attending seminars, outdoor functions and being with our junior members. I miss going to Orphanage and reach out to the abandoned children and make them feel that they are special and God loves them so much.

I know in my heart that sooner or later I will be going back to Legion. I know at some point in my life I have disappointed God and Mama Mary. Yet, their love for me is still unconditional. I know that I still have the same place I have in Mama Mary’s heart and in God’s heart. I may have sailed away but the love and care, they have for me as a daughter will never vanish.

These are the things I miss..

This is what we call the Tessera. It contains the Legionary prayers. It is being said during the weekly meetings. The word Tessera means tally or token.

This is the vexillium, I hope I spelled it correctly. We used this during the annual Acies. It is when we pledge our loyalty to Mama Mary being her soldiers. This can be seen in other Legion functions as well. 

This is Frank Duff. He is the founder of Legion of Mary. He founded Legion of Mary in Dublin, Ireland on Sept. 7, 1921.

To know more about Legion of Mary just click here.

Sunday: Archangel Michael (Prince of the Heavenly Host)

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I wasn’t able to continue writing about our dear Archangels. I started out with Archangel Raphael which I have posted in last Tuesday. Archangel Raphael is the angel assigned to look over people who were born on Tuesday. There are 6 more Archangels more the other days of the week. I know that not all of us the day when we were born. Of course we know the date of our birthday, but we don’t exactly know what day of the week it is. I’m still researching for the Perpetual Calendar wherein you may be able to know the day of the week that you were born by simply typing your birth date.

Since today is Sunday, I have here Archangel Michael (Prince of the Heavenly Host).

St. Michael, The Archangel, is the Commander-In-Chief of all the hierarchies of the Heavenly Hosts. He is usually known as the angel who defeated Lucifer and his followers in the first rebellion of creatures against God. He is the first defender of Jesus in His sacred humanity and of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Mystery of the Incarnation. He is usually associated with the miracles manifesting the almighty power of God with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

PRAYER: O Mighty Prince of Heavenly Hosts, St. Michael, we beg you to protect and defend us in all our struggles against everyday temptations in this world. Help us to overcome all evils and strengthen us, that we may declare our faith in and loyalty to the Most High so that together with all the angels and saints in heaven we may glorify the Lord. St. Michael please intercede for us together with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and obtain for us the following requests… Present to God, the Father of all petitions through Jesus Christ, our Lord together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever, Amen.

God’s Love

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About 4 days ago my mother and I were worried because we don’t have any food left in our fridge. There’s just around 2-3 cans of corned beef. No more eggs, no more rice. And worst, the money I have is just enough for my everyday “baon” until the next payday.

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But then again, and as always, God is in the rescue. Last Wednesday night, I received a text message from my good friend Julius that we can get our special gift from HR. That’s actually a GC that our company gives for tenured employees.

I was expecting to receive that GC at around Aug. 18. But, it was really a blessing and just came in time.  I remember a quote about prayers. That when God answers our prayers it is YES, NO and NOT YET. YES and you’ll receive what you asked for. NO because He has prepared something better. NOT YET, for it’s not the time to receive whatever you asked for.

Well, I know  that God’s love for me is unconditionally inspite of shortcomings. We just need to have faith and trust in Him. For He will never fail us.

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