Angels and Demons

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It was a busy day for me yesterday. It’s not quite a regular off for me, though. I reported to work for our scheduled work on restday. Actually, I really have no plans of rendering WORD yesterday but my mother keeps on bugging me about it so I went to the office. It was just a half day word so, time flew fast that I hadn’t notice that it’s time to go.  Afterwork, I decided to join my friends and colleagues in watching the movie, Angels and Demons. I have seen the Da Vinci Code and I’m curious about the story of this one.

I remember my sister, Patty, telling me one time that she’s really excited about the movie. She read the book and she can’t imagine how they will make the book into a movie. Anyway, we arrived at SM Megamall at around 2PM (I guess :) ). We ate our lunch at Chef Donatello. We enjoyed our pizza at pasta lunch! :)   We headed our way to the movie house and waited til the movie started.

I admit it, at first, I don’t seem to understand the movie! :( I even sent a text message to my sister Patty and told her that I’m watching Angels and Demons already, and I can’t seem to understand it. Well, she replied to my text with a mocking and laughing message :) ! Anyway, I focused and paid full attention to the movie until I slowly getting it gist.

At the end of the story, I sent another text message to my sister again and told her that I understood it. I was getting goosebumps while watching the movie. I even cried at some parts of the movie. I am a Catholic and I will stick to my faith no matter what.

I will not deliberately tell what happened to the movie. There was a lot of information, places and names that I cannot remember. But what is important is that how the movie affected my life and my faith. Well, watching the movie and I guess even reading the novel itself will not shake my faith a bit. Like other religions, Catholic faith is not flawless. Over the years, a lot of non-believers have tried to ruin and run over this faith.

But then, what really matters is that my faith and my love to one true God will not be moved by any movies or stories as such. 

Ciao! :)

Religion at your workplace

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My cousin just got a job in a recruitment agency. She said that she was surprised on how fast she was given the position and was asked to start the following day. She wasn’t sure yet if she really wanted to work in that office, so she requested the manager if she can report for work on Monday (it was Wednesday), to complete her work requirements. The manager allowed her and then she reported the following Monday.

She found out that her boss’s religion is Iglesia ni Kristo. Most of her fellow workers are in the same faith. She got scared a bit for we all know how persistent Iglesia ni Kristo in recruiting “new members”. I have nothing against that religion. I am a  Catholic and I respect everybody’s choice of religion. Though I have heard a lot of “not so good things” that Iglesia ni Kristo is throwing to Catholic faith, I respect that. It is their beliefs.

Catholic is not a perfect religion. There aren’t any, is there? I admit that the faith I am in has its own flaws and a lot of people find other Catholic practices, “unlikely”. I must admit that there are many Catholic believers are not well educated and informed about the religion.

Going back to my cousin’s new workplace, as she expected it, she was invited to attend a “Pamamayag” one Thursday. She didn’t show up. She was then invited to join another one on Saturday, but as much as she wanted to give in to her boss request, she attended something important so she wasn’t able to come also.

The following Monday, her boss was too “hot” on her. She always pick up on her. She was often scolded even if she’s not doing anything wrong. She would like to ask her boss, if it is because she failed to attend th Pamamayag that’s why she’s been so hard on her? Ofcourse she can’t do that! A boss is a boss…

My point here is, I know that not all Iglesia ni Kristo are like that. Even if I am Catholic I have ample of friends who are Iglesia ni Kristo believer. Even honey is Iglesia ni Kristo believer. But, I guess, neither religion teach its followers to have an attitude like that. I mean, everybody has free will. God has blessed man with free will to choose the faith he wanted to be in. I believe, we just need to respect each other’s belief and faith.

Hopefully she’ll be hired by another company she applied in recently. :)

Ciao! :)

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. :)

Hanging on For Life

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My aunt asked me yesterday to search for a picture of Mama Mary holding a fetus that she will use for their badge. On the 30th day of November, Legion of Mary will hold its annual general reunion and usually a badge is made to represent a certain preasidium.

As I do my research I came accross with this picture which really strikes me. I hope that through this picture, a lot of woman will have a second thought of committing abortion. In the first place, though abortion may be legal in some countries, but hey! abortion is not legal and will never be in the laws of God.

I have found this Bible verses on what the Bible says about abortion.

Romans 1:16 (English Standard Version)
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 6:3-4
3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 10:9-10
9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Mark 16:16
16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 17:30
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Acts 2:38
38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16
16And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.

 

Pay a close attention on the encircled portion of the picture. See the little hand of a baby clinging on to the surgeon’s finger. That is baby Samuel Alexander Armas. He was born on December 2, 1999. To this day, he is already 8 years old.

I really having goosebumps while I’m looking at this picture.

Click here to read about the story behind this.

We should always remember that a child is not a choice. And a child or having a baby, is a wonderful gift from God that has to be loved and cared for.

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

1952

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I received this email today. It’s a novena prayer. I don’t think that it’s some sort of chain letters that we usually received. Well, I just posted here though it’s being asked to forward it to 20 persons. I have forwarded it to 7 and I believe that more than 20 more will be able to know about this through here.

You were chosen to receive this novena. The moment you receive it,

Say:

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb Jesus,
Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and
At the hour of our death. Amen

Our Father who arth in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is
In heaven, give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
From evil. Amen.

GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming year. No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed. You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year. For the year 2008, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down.

I knocked at heaven’s door this morning, God asked me… My child! What can I do for you? And I said, ‘Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message… ‘ This is a Novena from Mother Theresa that started in 1952. It has never been broken. Within 48 hours send 20 copies (Or as many as You can – God does know if you don’t have 20 people to send it to. It’s the effort and intent that counts.) to family and friends. This is a Powerful Novena. Couldn’t hurt. Can only help.

Please do not break it…

St. Therese of the Little Flower

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Every October 1, Catholics celebrate the feast of a notable saint, St. Therese of Liseux also known as St. Therese of the Little Flower. This saint didn’t actually die in a hard way. She died at a young age because of her poor health, while she was still a novice in the Carmelite convent.

What is so special about this saint then? Well, everything that she did, even the littlest thing, was done for the glory of God. Well, isn’t that good? In our lives, why not we start doing the same thing.

I have a little prayer that you can utter in favor of St. Therese.

Saint Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, please pick a rose from the heavenly garden, and sent it to me with a message of love.

I beseech you to obtain for me the favors that I seek (here mention your request).

Recommend my request to Mary, Queen of Heaven, so that she may intercede for me, with you, before her Son, Jesus Christ.

If this favor is granted, I will love you more and more, and be better prepared to spend eternal happiness with you in heaven.

Saint Therese of the Little Flower, pray for me.

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.

St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower

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I checked my email this morning and I received, a “chain letter” kind of email about St. Therese. It showed the picture of the young saint, the prayer that you need to utter to obtain the wish you have and ofcourse need to pass it on to 17 more people.

St. Therese of Lisieux  is close to my heart. I have been praying her prayers for petition since I was younger. And believe it or not, I have received God’s grace with St. Therese prayers. I know, that many are not believer of saints. We do not praise saints. We respect and pay tribute to them. They are our role models, in showing great love for God. Their lives are our inspiration to face the battle and challenges of life.

St. Therese of Lisieux is also the little flower. Why? Because, even the littlest thing task, she did it with great love and offered it to God. I’m trying to research for a prayer that I used to cite then, every 11AM. It has a line that goes like, ” St. Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick me a rose from the holy garden and send it to me with love. Please obtain before God this (petition). Tell God that I will love him each day, more and more.” Simple things yet done with great love, this is what this young saint taught us.

“As a Carmelite nun she would never be able to perform great deeds. ” Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” She took every chance to sacrifice, no matter how small it would seem. She smiled at the sisters she didn’t like. She ate everything she was given without complaining — so that she was often given the worst leftovers. One time she was accused of breaking a vase when she was not at fault. Instead of arguing she sank to her knees and begged forgiveness. These little sacrifices cost her more than bigger ones, for these went unrecognized by others. No one told her how wonderful she was for these little secret humiliations and good deeds.” (To know more about St. Therese, click here. For St. Therese’s prayers, go here).

“Therese’s “little way” of trusting in Jesus to make her holy and relying on small daily sacrifices instead of great deeds appealed to the thousands of Catholics and others who were trying to find holiness in ordinary lives.”

When St. Therese’s relics visited the Philippines, about 7 years ago, I, my godmother and godsister went to Antipolo cathedral to visit it. Some people may question that, but the feeling I felt during that time was unexplainable.

It is true that little things, little sacrifices, a little love can go a long long way. .

St. Therese of Lisieux

Here is the email I have received this morning:

Look at the picture; make a wish, then read the prayer.

In case you are not aware, Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways, meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. She is represented by roses. May everyone who receives this message be blessed.

Theresa’s Prayer cannot be deleted. REMEMBER to make a wish before you read the prayer. That’s all you have to do. There is nothing attached. Just share this with people and see what happens on the fourth day. Sorry you have to forward the message, but try not to break this, please. (Well, I didn’t forward the message to only 17 persons. I posted it here on my blog so the whole world would know).

Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. Read the prayer below.

Saint Theresa’s Prayer

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities s that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

What’s in a Totem Pole?

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If you were asked what’s common with Aztec, Cherokee, Inca and the Navajo cultures, what would you say? Alright, they are all relative of my friend Arvie the Indian ?. Kidding aside, those cultures are indeed Indians and they all have a person that takes the role of a religious leader. A spiritual leader utilizes nature in his religious and healing work is called, a Shaman. The animals from which Shamans seek help are called totem or power animals.

Indians believe that these animals are the messengers of the Great Spirit. They treat animals as human guides in their everyday living. They are like angels in other religion. Some tribes used them to symbolize certain traits. For example, Bears are thought to represent power, while the Eagle represents the Divine Spirit. These and other symbolisms should not be taken literally and should be taken with caution.

According to tradition, Totem animals are the one’s to choose and guide you. It is possible that two or more animals would manifest their presence to guide the individual. Anyone can have a Totem animal. To discover it, one must always be aware of any sign that tells a person that he is chosen. For example, you met a tiger in your dreams, and as you read the morning paper, you see a picture of a tiger in one page, then, while you’re on your way to work, you happen to pass by a store with a display of tiger figurines. These encounters may be telling you that the spirit of the tiger has chosen you.

Here is a list of some animals and what do they symbolize:

Bear – power, healing
Beaver – builder, protector
Buffalo – sacredness, life, abundance
Cat – independence
Coyote – the trickster, devilment, reversal of fortune
Crow – law, shape-shifting, change
Dog – noble, loyal, teaching
Dolphin - kindness and play, energy
Eagle – divine Spirit and connection to creator
Elk – strength and agility, friendship
Fox – cunning, agility, quick-witted
Hawk – messenger, intuition, discernment
Lion – Power of feminine energy
Lizard – conservation, caution, regeneration
Mountain Lion – courage, leadership, and foresight
Owl – deception, clairvoyance, insight(the night eagle)
Rabbit – fear, timidity, nervousness, humility
Raven – introspection, courage, self-knowledge
Snake – shrewdness, rebirth
Spider – creativity, balance, interconnectedness, industry
Tiger – caution, appropriate timing, stealth
Turtle – protection, longetivity, healing
Wolf – eliminating weakness, loyalty, teaching skill

Source: Manila Bulletin

                Pets Edition

                June 29, 2002

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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