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Top Ten Blessings in 2021... Plus One

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I thought it's the best time to reflect on God's blessings, big or small, that we have received this past year. As for our family, here are my Top Ten: Our oldest visited us for longer stretches of time thrice this year, and the holidays have not even started! Our youngest in college flew home to surprise us. Our middle child decided to continue to stay with us despite the enticements of being on his own. Hubby retired in January. God ha

More on Birthdays

As a child, I remember there were only two things I looked forward to: my birthday and Jesus's. For sure it was a time to get gifts, to have a feast complete with a birthday cake, and to act entitled was part of the day. As years passed and maturity grew (Thank heavens!), I learned that it was also a time of reflection and of much gratitude. Thanks to Mom, she lived a life of giving thanks especially on her birthday. She made sure she thanked God for the year that passed, for

On CCTV

Our family went on a trip to Singapore years ago. It's well-known that crime is very low in the city, though there were no policemen in sight. Someone said that they had a CCTV everywhere, and that anyone who does something illegal will be identified. Wow! That's one really good way of policing the citizenry. Maybe around a decade ago, the governor of New York was caught living a second life with the ladies of the dark. Unlike in Singapore, his actions were hard to trace.

Live with the End in Mind

Last week, my consciousness awakened to the thought that our life on earth is limited, and that we do not know when our dear Lord will call us. (Yes, I've known this for the longest time, but it just stays as a thought.) Though I try to live life with what I think makes God happy, I realized that there is no urgency in my actions. I act as if I will live a hundred years. In a little over two years I will be 65, and I wondered how I could make the most out of that time. Well,

On the Communion of Saints

As All Saints' Day draws near, I am reminded of the "communion of saints" that is mentioned in the Apostle's Creed. These words bring lightness to my soul, a smile to my face, and joy in my heart. Imagine all the saints* we know who are with us during Mass, and I believe, with us whenever we whisper their names. I once thought of researching foods that are related to saints. I thought that maybe St. Patrick liked Irish soda bread. Julia Greenwood in her blog** mentioned tha

Best Advice

Everyone has been on both ends of an advice. What are some of the best advice you have received? Do you remember some of the best advice you have given? Mom often told me to give thanks to our Lord. Her mother taught her that living a life of thanksgiving is the only way to live. An aunt said that it takes only a few seconds to make a call, so not being in touch with our loved ones is inexcusable. How many times have we said we will call someone and procrastinated? My freshm

Journey or Destination?

Asking which is more important - journey or the destination, is like asking which is paramount: is it nature or nurture? One cannot have the best with just one. The two will need to balance each other to bring out the best. Think about it. A journey without a destination is simply being lost... which may be okay when traveling because at least one can enjoy the sights. Focusing on the destination without enjoying the journey can cause one to miss a lot of precious moments

What's in a Name?

A rose by any other name will smell as sweet. - Romeo and Juliet If you had a choice, would you choose the name you carry now? I know my boys will have second thoughts. Because the ones we gave them all spell and sound close to each other, that even I get confused. (There should be a mini lesson on how to choose the name for your child.) I'm not sure Mom would. She never really used her baptismal name except for legal documents. She preferred her nickname Ningning which meant

October Feast Days

February and October are the busiest birthday months for our family. But October seems to outshine February because of my many devotions to saints who celebrate their feast days in October. Whenever we pray the Apostle's Creed, I love the part that goes, "I believe in the communion of saints..." Being people who lived holy lives for Jesus while on earth, I believe they are enjoying their eternity in Heaven. I also believe that they are given grace to help those on earth... Oc

On Milestone Anniversaries

I thought we'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. Apparently, it will only be our 29th. I was never good at math. God knows best. Hubby is good at it. Our oldest son asked his dad what is the secret to a lasting marriage. (I did not hear the happy part, but I suppose that part was understood. After all, rarely can one last this long at this time and age without being happy.) He said he will ask his dad because I am the vocal one, and I usually provide the answ

On Real Problems

Today is the death anniversary of dear cousin - more specifically, a generous, selfless, magnanimous, kind-hearted, loving, and dear cousin. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 58 and passed away within eight months of diagnosis. A 38-year-old friend with two young sons was diagnosed with breast cancer about six months ago. The previous month, I learned that her cancer has metastasized to the brain. Numerous tumors detected. Surgery was cancelled. Two weeks ago, she

On Gentle Proddings and Mysterious Ways

It's been a while since I went to confession. I have it on my weekly calendar, but it seems something always comes up when the day comes. (Could this be the case with most things that people, subconsciously or otherwise, do not think urgent or important?) One Sunday, our family livestreamed a Mass so that we could join the celebration as we were in different locations. I chose the shortest one at 30 minutes, thinking that the boys will want something short and sweet. (Anythin

Labor Day and Mother Teresa of Calcutta

As we celebrate Labor Day weekend, let us remember Mother Teresa who labored countless hours helping the poorest of the poor. September 5 is her feast day. In a way it is similar to the way the laborers worked 12-14 hours daily seven days a week just to bring the basics to their homes. Their protests gave way to the better work environment enjoyed these days while Mother Teresa's deeds brought the plight of the poor to light. On the occasion of her feast day, let us visit a f

On Connecting

Mom passed away on Aug. 27, 2012. She has made her presence felt at least once every year since she passed away. How could I then think that there is no afterlife? At the hour of her death, I heard her bid me goodbye. On the same day, she made her presence felt by our family. Around her first anniversary, she made her presence felt while on a trip she had wanted our family to take for the longest time. On her second anniversary, she "devised a plan" to have me connect with m

On the Longest Study on Happiness

Millennials were asked what will make them happy. Eighty percent of the surveyed wanted to be rich, fifty percent wanted to be famous. Let's see how they fared. The longest running study by Harvard Adult Development on happiness is now on its 75th year.* And it's still going strong. What have they found out after three generations? Something we probably already know.... that close relationships with family, friends, and community are the most important factor in creating hap

On Olympic and Other Goals

Olympics 2021 ended. It was an awesome display of Japanese cutting edge technology and creativity as well as of global athletic prowess at its best. The few who have garnered their gold, silver, and bronze medals will exuberantly go home to a huge embrace by their homeland (and commercial establishments). Many who have achieved their dreams of joining the games will go home to family and friends carrying in their hearts the precious time they had. For those who have given the

August Reflections

August 1 news augurs gloomy days ahead. A dear aunt texted that her daughter's brain tumor surgery has been cancelled. MRI showed numerous growths, and the situation is beyond surgery. She will be moved to a hospice. Her daughter is only 38 and has two young children. Another family friend contracted Covid and has not been responding to texts and calls. A family friend suddenly passed away August 1 after having sniffles for a week. It was something no one thought, not even

On Time

It seemed only days ago when I blogged that we have already begun the second half of 2021, and it seems that the holidays are just around the corner. And this weekend is a new month! I don't know what's with me and time. It's something that preoccupies my being. "How have I used my day?" "Am I on track with my schedule?" I want to be able to do a lot of things given the time I have. I've wondered why this consumes me a lot. Last Tuesday, one of the ministries at our church

On Requests upon Death

My father unexpectedly passed away on July 25 fifteen years ago from what began as a bleed in the brain, followed by multiple organ failure, and a fatal heart attack. He was physically very strong, and my sister who is a doctor said on his most recent check-up that he was good for another ten years. He passed within a year after being given a good bill of health. I wonder what he would have asked if he knew death was close at hand? I read that one of the mightiest conqueror

Half-full or Half-empty

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? These two descriptions are the same. But how we see them affect how we go through life. How we see things depends on our innate personality, our current situation, and habits. Some people are born with a more optimistic view of things. People who have stability in their lives are more positive. Habits that encourage personal development and growth can create a lot of good. These people are usually those who see the glass as half-full. Wh

 

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