A child needs a mother

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I just finished reading news about a 13-year old who hanged himself because he felt neglected and unloved by his own mother. This incident is just one of the many suicidal incidents we heard over the news or read on news paper. It is very alarming. :(

I become a mother at the age of 24. I am already working and people would think that I am at the peak of my career when I got pregnant. I got pregnant out of wedlock. I knew then that many people would criticize me, will question about my pregnancy and all. But I didn’t think about them. What I thought of was the interest of my baby to be. I thought about the baby’s future and how I would be able to give birth safely. I was lucky that Tata didn’t leave me. He supported me all the way and he was there when I gave birth. :)

I did not come from wealthy family. But God blessed me with a good job that I was able to support and provide enough for my daughter. Her father provide something for her, too especially when he has extra money. When Nonet is sick, I often get absent from work. Although she has my mother, mama still wanted me around when Nonet is sick. I remember one time, when I decided to go to work instead of staying at home, my mother and my sister rushed her to the hospital during the wee hours of the morning. Due to high fever and asthma, my daughter’s toes are turning violet already. My mother was so nervous, then. Since then, as much as possible, she wanted me to be around when our baby is sick.
I have been absent for two days now because Nonet has high fever. Gladly, she is not having any asthma attack. Otherwise, she would be confined at the hospital by now.

Since, I wanted to provide Nonet the best that I can give her, I have considered of working overseas. I believe that I would be able to earn thrice or even four times what I am getting now. But for some reasons, I am not able to own a passport. It’s not that my name is blacklisted or something, but every time I attempt to get a passport, something would happen which prevents me from getting one. Maybe, when my purpose of getting a passport is for travel and leisure only; maybe then I would be able to get one. :)

The news about the 13-year old boy hanging himself to death caught me because I am a mother. In the reports, the boy felt unloved and was longing so much for his mother. He needed maternal care and attention. He needed the love of his mother. He needed his mother.

His mother was away because she needs to work for her family. The child was a product of a broken family. If he had a father to take care of them and to provide for them, his mother wouldn’t need to work and be away from her children. But the mother didn’t have any choice. :(

I realized that in spite of the material things that a child receives from his or her parents; the most important gift that a child receives from his parents are still love and care.

Today, many parents are working and children are left under the care of their grandparents or nannies. I do not deny the fact that my daughter is also left under the care of my mother because I need to go to work to provide for her. Yet, I see to it that at least once or twice a month or whenever our budget allows, Nonet and I go on a date. I make a point to spend quality time with her at the mall. We eat at her favorite fast food. We play at amusement park. We go a little shopping. I buy her a toy, a book or new clothes. Sometimes, she requests for a movie disc. :)

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At home, when I am reading book, she also grabs her own book and she reads beside me. When she is tired of reading, she would ask me to read a story from her Children’s Bible. She loves that book so much. :) If I am being lazy reading or telling her story, I will just ask her to draw something. Sometimes, we play chess. You bet, she knows how to play chess. She even enjoys playing chess in computer. I don’t know how to play chess. She just teaches me how to move the pins. :P These are just few of the many things, that parents can do to spend quality time with their children. Things which will make their children feel loved and cared for.

I am aware that many parents need to do a lot of sacrifices leaving their children behind to work far away to provide for them, too. But the point is, our children needs love, care and attention above all material things.

Holy Family, bless the Filipino Families and all the families in the world! Amen.

Ciao! :)

The Salubong

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I didn’t participate in the Salubong because, I wanted to bring Antoinette in the Easter mass with me. My mother and my sister Patricia, participated in our parish’s Salubong. Mama Mary’s image and the risen Christ’s image met in the church, and an angel took Mary’s veil to see that her Son has risen. :)

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(The image of the risen Christ is set ready by one of our neighbors as it waits for the dawn procession for the Salubong).

Since, my daughter got sick yesterday, I decided not to bring her to church anymore. We just prepared Easter eggs for her to find around our house. :)

My sister Pauline and I heard the 8PM mass. In the mass we renewed our baptism vows. :)

I am really happy and I can truly say that my lent has been meaningful. But, being a Christian didn’t stop at Easter Sunday. We are called to exercise our faith everyday of our life. :)

Happy Easter!

Ciao! :)

The Parade of Saints

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I was able to reach home in time for the parade of saints. Every year, our parish (and I believe different parishes in the Philippines) hold the parade of saints. The images of the different saints present in our parish’s parade of saints were; St. John the Evangelist, St. Maria Magdalene, St. Maria Jacobe, The Samaritan Woman, St. Peter of Aramatea, St. Peter, St. Martha and the grieving image of Mama Mary.

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St. Mary Magdalene

The said saints played important role in Jesus’ passion. As I watched the procession passes by, I thanked the Lord, for I didn’t live during His time. I don’t know whether I would be one of the people who mocked Him or would I be one of those women who cried for Him.

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St. John the Evangelist

I guess we are all lucky to be born today. As the image of the holy Mother passed by, I silently prayed and thanked Mama Mary for her courage and obedience. What if she has not said yes to God’s call? What if Mama Mary had not been an obedient lady? What if her heart was filled with fear and didn’t trust the Lord? Then, we wouldn’t have Christmas, we wouldn’t have Jesus and we wouldn’t be here today.

Catholics honor and respect Mama Mary for being Jesus’ mother. She is a role model of obedience and humility. She was there to witness her Son’s passion. She was hurt. Yet her faith was unshaken. Mama Mary is not a god. But her faith elevated her to a level above anyone of us, and she wanted us to be in the same position. She continues to pray for us to her Son. :)

Ciao! :)

One down, few to go.. :)

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Just finished looking at the pictures of Nonet wearing her graduation dress and other dresses I bought for her. Graduating kindergarten students in their school won’t be wearing any toga at the ceremony. The parents were asked by the school administrator to buy sky blue dress and a pair of white shoes or sandals for kinder girls. It took as a while to find a sky blue dress at the mall. I really prayed that we’ll be able to find a dress that would fit her and would hide her skinny figure. :) Thank God we’re able to find one. It is not exactly sky blue but would pass for a “Mama Mary blue.” :)

They had their picture taking last Friday, but the graduation and recognition day is on March 23. I am happy. I am so proud but I am scared, too. I am happy and proud because Nonet will be finishing Kindergarten. I thank the Lord for giving me a good job that I am able to send her to a good school, and thanks to my very kind and loving mother, who never gets tired of taking care of my daughter.

Finishing kindergarden may not be a big deal to many, but for me and for Nonet it is. It is a milestone in her life. Well, one step down and few to go. :)

Nonet is smart and free spirited and I believe that she’ll go along way. :) I feel scared because I am afraid that I may not be able to support her studies until she finishes college. But, I am not losing any hope. I believe that God will bless me a good job and a good health so I can provide for Nonet. I know that she has a long way to go but with God’s help and with my family around, I know that Nonet will have a better life.

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Baby, mommy loves you very much and mommy is so proud of you. Congrats anak!

Ciao! :)

Happy Birthday Ina!

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When I was younger I remember being told that we have three mothers; mother Earth, our biological mother and Mama Mary. :) Yesterday, Catholics remember Mama Mary’s birthday. I have this big love for Mama Mary eversince I’d became a Legionary. Too bad of me, I fell asleep yesterday and wasn’t able to hear mass. :(

I believe that inspite of me being a sinner, she continue to love me and pray for me. I know that a lot of people misinterpret the love Catholics have for her. For the nth time, Catholics do not praise Mama Mary. She is being venerated because she is the mother of Jesus; the mother of God. As His mother, we learn to love and respect her.

Besides, who will be the quickest to get closer to a Son? It’s through His mother, right? :)

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Love you Mama Mary and belated happy birthday! Thank you for all the love and prayers.

Ciao! :)

and say Hello 2009!

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I need to finish a review today. Though I am still lazy to tell how my family and I welcomed the new year, I need to do it now.

It was raining when we welcome year 2009. My sisters and I wish to rain on new year’s eve came true this year. Well, we’re all afraid of fire crackers and I really hate people who are fond of lighting fire crackers. It’s a good thing, it rained on new year’s eve. So, there’s not much fire crackers.

My family and I blowed trumpets and shaked our coin banks and ofcourse we yelled Happy New Year at the top of our voice! We also watched fireworks display and Nonet really enjoyed it.

Afterwards, we ate our media noche. Mama prepared Relyenong bangus, embotido, menudo and pansit. My sister made coffee jelly while I prepared Buko pandan for our dessert. At around 1AM of January 1, 2009, they started getting ready for bed. But I decided to stay up and watch Charmed. I really love it! I just bought a complete season of it and I decided to spend sometime infront of the television. I slept around 5AM and woke up 12:30PM. After lunch, I went to bed again. I was really sleepy. 

My mother woke me up at around 4PM for we will attend the 5PM mass. January 1 is not only a celebration of new year. But for Catholic believers, we also celebrate January 1 as the Feast of Mama Mary being the Mother of God. January 1 is actually a week after we celebrate Christmas Day. Christmas is the day when Mama Mary gave birth to the Son of God, Jesus.

Well, I am looking forward to a brand new year. A new hope, new beginning and abundant blessings for me, myu family and for everybody!

Happy new Year!!!!

Celebrating the Month of the Holy Rosary

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It’s October once again. The month of October is known to the yuppies as the month of festivities with beer. Of course, we all know about “October Fest,” where a beer cost cheaper than usual. There are many street parties, which happen to different part of the world in the whole world.

Yet, aside from partying all night, October, for Catholics and Marian devotees, is a month of the Holy Rosary.

The holy rosary is the most popular devotion to Catholic. Its formal name is the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast of the Rosary is celebrated every October 7. It is the date in 1571, when Christian forces defeated the Turkish (Moslem) fleet in a sea battle at Lepanto. It is located at the western coast of Greece. St. Pope Pius V had asked all Christians to pray the Rosary for victory.

The word rosary means crown of roses. If you own a Rosary, you will notice that the beads of it are usually in a form of a rose. But then the beads of the Rosary now varies. It goes with the current trends and designs which are attractive and eye-catching especially to the youth.

The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Back in the old days, there were only 15 mysteries. But then Pope John Paul II added another 5 which were called the Mysteries of Light. I was able to research about the 20 mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary through Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila website.

The Joyful Mysteries

The first five decades, the “Joyful Mysteries”, are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation. To meditate upon the “Joyful” mysteries, then, is to enter into the ultimate causes and the deepest meaning of Christian joy. It is to focus on the realism of the mystery of the Incarnation and on the foreshadowing of the mystery of the saving passion. Mary leads us to discover the secret of Christian joy, reminding us that Christianity is, first and foremost, evangelion, “good news”, which has as its heart and its whole content the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the one savior of the world.

1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Nativity
4. The Presentation
5. The Lost and Finding at the Temple

The Mysteries of Light

Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “Mysteries of Light.” Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (John 8:12).

1. The Baptism at Jordan
2. The Marriage at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Gospels give great prominence to the Sorrowful Mysteries of Christ. The Rosary selects certain moments from the Passion, inviting the faithful to contemplate them in their hearts and to relive them. The Sorrowful Mysteries help the believer to relive the death of Jesus, to stand at the foot of the cross beside Mary, to enter with her into the depths of God’s love for man and to experience all its life-giving power.

1. The Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. The Crowning with Thorns
4. The Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries

The contemplation of Christ’s face cannot stop at the image of the Crucified one. He is the Risen One! Contemplating the Risen One, Christians rediscover the reasons for their own faith and relive the joy not only of those to whom Christ appeared – but also the joy of Mary who must have had an equally intense experience of the new life of her glorified Son…the Glorious Mysteries lead the faithful to greater hoe for the eschatological goal towards which the journey a members of the pilgrim People of God in history. This can only impel them to bear courageous witness that “good news” which gives meaning to their entire existence.

1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Fifteen Promises of the Holy Rosary

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Holy Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Whoever recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion to recite the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the church.
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
  12. I shall aid all those who propagate the Holy Rosary in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination

Feast of the Holy Rosary

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Last Tuesday, October 7 our barangay celebrated our 45th feast day as a parish. But according to our parish priest the devotion of Barangay Rosario’s residents to the Holy Rosary may have been there long time ago. It maybe around 100 years or more.

We heard mass at 6PM and then participated in the procession. It was a day of thanksgiving to God and to our patroness, our dear mother, Mary, for a year that passed and the year to come. :)

Our patroness during the Annual procession.

Nonet and I joined the procession from the church up to our house only.

Missing the Choir

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As part of the preparation for the coming Barangay fiesta, our church had a program last night dedicated for Mama Mary. Our fiesta falls on October 7, celebrating the feast of the Holy Rosary. The program was then called “Harana kay Maria” (harana is serenade), then this year the organizers changed it to “Parangal kay Maria”. It was a night of prayers in the form of songs and dance. A couple of years ago I used to participate in activities such as this, being part of the church choir. How I miss singing in the choir. Then, one performer will do an Interpretative dance in the tune of the song of The Prayer by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church. Technical problems occured when their CD will not play well. My dear friend Kiko who happened to be my pianist during my choir years, came to the rescue. He just played the piano and the song was sang by my kuya Ritchie and Ate Amor. They sang the song beautifully. I remember the days when I used to that, singing impromptu during a church activities. Well, the performers danced beautifully. During that time, God has worked in a way that His gifts were used during that moment.

Well, how I really miss singing in the choir. I’ll be singing with them again soon..

This was taken during the night of “Parangal kay Maria”

The Prayer

I pray you’ll be our eyes,
and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise,
in times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer,
when we lose our way
Lead us to the place,
guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.
La luce che tu dai
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore resterà
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’è
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe
Sognamo un mondo senza più violenza
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternità

La forza che ci dia
We ask that life be kind
È il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amor
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a sè
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Need to find a place,
guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi

A Rosary from the Sea

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My Social Security ID is missing so I have to clean up and fix my closet. Doing so, I found the rosary that was given to me by ney when he visited Boracay about 3 years ago. The rosary is like a finger rosary that has a cross and 10 beads. Antoinette saw it and asked who gave that to me. I told her that daddy gave the rosary to me as present. She asked why, I answered her, because daddy loves mommy.

About 10 years ago, when Ney and I became boyfriend and girlfriend, I gave him a rosary. Then the things that caused me a deep pain happened. I remember I went to my godmother Lina and I was crying hard as I told her what had happened. I also told her that I have given ney a rosary, she said that I shouldn’t give a rosary to someone for that means he/she will undergo a certain hardships and undertakings.

And so ney, gave me a rosary 3 years ago. As I looked back, I sure did undergo so many challenges that really tested my faith. I must say that a rosary is not really a sign of hardship or what we call “cross” in our lives. It’s a symbol of hope. That amidst all of life’s challenges and ordeals, God will always be there for us. And He will never leave us no matter what. Problems come to us to strengthen us and intensify our faith.

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.

Queenship of Mary

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A week after the Catholic believers celebrated Mary’s glorious Assumption, today, August 22, we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. Mary was given a title Queen of Heaven by Catholic and Orthodox faith. Mary as we believed has been assumed to heaven, body and soul, after completing her earthly life. She is also referred to as the Immaculate Mother of God, ever virgin. There certain art works that depicted the coronation of Mary as queen.

The celebration of Queenship of Mary is stated in Pope Pius XII encyclical about Queen of Heaven. A portion of this encyclical states that ”

35. But the Blessed Virgin Mary should be called Queen, not only because of her Divine Motherhood, but also because God has willed her to have an exceptional role in the work of our eternal salvation. “What more joyful, what sweeter thought can we have” — as Our Predecessor of happy memory, Pius XI wrote — “than that Christ is our King not only by natural right, but also by an acquired right: that which He won by the redemption? Would that all men, now forgetful of how much we cost Our Savior, might recall to mind the words, ‘You were redeemed, not with gold or silver which perishes, . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb spotless and undefiled.[43] We belong not to ourselves now, since Christ has bought us ‘at a great price’.”[44], [45]

Pope Benedict XVI noted that Mary is queen of heaven because of her humble and unconditional acceptance in the divine will.  ”God exalted her over all other creatures, and Christ crowned her Queen of heaven and earth.”

Mama Mary is queen who doesn’t wear luxurious gowns and a golden crown that is showered with diamonds. Her heart that is so pure and clean is a jewel which is incomparable to any amout of gold and diamond the world has to offer. Her gentleness, her humility and a passionate and loving heart are the ones that gives her a brilliant aura which made her a stand out to any royalty on earth.

I know, a lot of people do not recognize her and even question Catholics about her. Well, Mama Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. She is being venerated and  should be respected.

Painter Peter Paul Rubens‘ Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.

Coronation of Mary as interpreted by Fra Angelico

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