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The Things I Love About Christmas

Posted on December 28, 2015

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I love Christmas Day. Sadly it’s over and it passed in the blink of an eye.  There are hundreds of things I love during the holiday season and one of them is not hitting the snooze button. I love it when I can enjoy few days of vacation. The anticipation of the big day has always been a race of thought in trying to recall the things I have completed in my to-do list. Yet, in spite of the hustle bustle, I still managed to enjoy the busyness of the Christmas season because after all, it is the most wonderful time of the year. We started the Christmas week with a handful of parties either with friends or at work.  I love it when my close circle of friends spends our annual Christmas group reunion together. As friends, we all agreed that we don’t need expensive gifts for each other. There are financially challenged families who would benefit the extra dollars we would spend for exchange gifts. So, we decided to reduce our price bracket and share the rest to them.  This year, one of our friends gave the idea of adopting a few families in one of the parishes in our diocese to be their secret Santas in the hope of uplifting the spirit of Christmas to those families.

That is not to say we’ll have a boring Christmas party; I love fun and to add excitement in our get-together, the ladies exchanged scarves and socks for the gents. We were able to enjoy the simple gift giving and a buffet brunch before heading to our Christmas caroling later that afternoon. It was a busy but rewarding day. I love it when mindfulness of the season through the gift of sharing has been accomplished.

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Go Warriors!

It was flooding with socks and scarves 🙂

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You can never go wrong with a scarf. I never had any specific Christmas scarf and this one will surely be used for many years to come.

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Scarf, scarf!

Christmas day is for family; hence, the whole world generally celebrates with a big bang declaring it as an official holiday in most places since time immemorial. It is basically a break to spend time with your loved ones. Every year, my sister-in-law would invite my daughters with their cousins to spend a few days with her the day after Christmas. It has been her traditional annual bonding moments with them.

We have an empty nest for at least a couple of days while kids stay with their aunt. Last night, the hubs and I have had the opportunity to stroll in the mall to look for significant sale events. When we got home, I looked around my daughter’s bedroom and found a lonely Pooh bear with his Grinch hat…alone in the middle of the bed.  I wonder how it feels if we truly have an empty nest when kids have gone out to college. It must be really interesting.

Lonely Pooh Bear

Lonely Winnie the Pooh

I seldom go to my girls’ room and it made me smile when I saw this frame on the wall. It’s funny because I just heard this quote from a teen star in the TV show a few days ago, “A girl should be two things: Classy and fabulous” but then I couldn’t recall why it was familiar. Now I know why… Coco Chanel’s famous line is hanging on my daughter’s wall. I remember shopping in one of the thrift stores with my daughter over a year ago when she saw this frame and wouldn’t leave the store until I purchase it for her…and there it is in its glory 🙂

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Classy and Fabulous

In all things Christmas, I get really excited when I receive Christmas cards by mail. I can feel the effort and the love of the person who sent it, I guess because I love doing it too. Every year, I try to send greeting cards to friends and families in time for the holiday, a tradition that I want to pass on to my daughters. I admit for being guilty of procrastination but I love it when my girls gather around the table with me and take responsibility as to who would take care of writing to specific family and friends. It’s not easy to write and think of a holiday cheer, it needs a strategy. However, amid the Christmas music, to-do list that needs to be crossed out, and other things that occupy me, it is often a challenge to cherish the cards I received. I won’t deny that I often skim quickly and look who it’s from and set them aside. But, it’s very important to choose a day to gather them all and read again.

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Christmas Greeting Cards

 

“May the spirit of Christmas guide your heart just as the wise men were guided by the star”

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A Greeting from a friend

I like to re-read them over a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. Tranquility is the key to absorb the words of inspiration and encouragement from these greeting cards when all is calm and silent.  The old fashion hand-writings and smiley faces written on the card make the moment more nostalgic. Such moment is part of the essence of Christmas where love abounds. How do you manage reading your Christmas cards from friends and family?

 

 

 

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A New Beginning

Posted on April 6, 2015


When I was coming of age, I spent most of my days with siblings and close friends. We were very much engaged in our parish youth activities.  I grew up surrounded by people with solid belief and a family whose faith is anchored in Christ. The priest in our parish was instrumental in honing us with the foundation of Church’s teaching. One of the most important lessons I learned is to remember that Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar.  I always thought it was Christmas with all the festivities around both the faithful and secular world. Nevertheless, the given explanation to youngsters with simple minds was easy to comprehend; Christmas is when we celebrate the humanity of our savior, and on Easter, we celebrate…

In the Arena of Apologetics

Posted on August 6, 2011


Here are some interesting videos of non-catholics who entered the church. Hear their confessions on how they perceived and admittedly expressed their ignorance on the catholic faith. Their stories include their prejudice to the catholic teachings and its faithful. Take time to watch and listen as they witness their own experience on how their protestant faith become the trajectory in accepting the fullness of their christian faith. Some of them become the leading apologist and defender of the catholic faith.

I like watching these clips because it is wonderful to see how these scholarly individuals armed with protestant theology were humbled by their own life awakenings. Their social and intellectual status did not prevent them from accepting of what they discovered to be the “truth” according to their own rigid studies and personal experiences. Dr. Peter Kreeft is just one of those who will truly hold your attention. I only embed 1 of 5 videos of this topic. You can find more of these 5 videos thru youtube.

DR. PETER KREEFT Former Calvinist, Professor and Apologist

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His lecture “7 Reasons to be Catholic” focuses on a number of philosophical approaches but primarily centers on reasons why a Protestant Christian might consider fuller communion with the Catholic Church. In Part 4 he concludes his reason about the four “marks” of the Church. He also discusses how the hypocrisy and sins of Catholics convinced him of the Church’s infallible protection. He then explains how the development of the biblical canon within the tradition of the Church over the course of the first few centuries disproved the Reformation doctrine of “sola scriptura”.

DR. DAVID ANDERS protestant convert to the church

He previously want to become a History professor and studied theology in one of the best protestant school of theology. Watch how he was surprised by his own discovery.

FR. JOHN MARKHAM, MD Former Southern Baptist, medical doctor, former “husband”(watch what happened) a humble person and now a catholic priest.

DR. PETER WILLIAMSON Former Presbyterian

Dr. Peter Williamson is a convert to the Catholic Church and now a Scripture scholar who teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit Michigan.

In her own words…

Posted on July 18, 2011


On Poverty….Here’s some of my favorite quotes from the lips of Mother Teresa..

“It is possible that our children, our husband, our wife, do not hunger for bread, do not need clothes, do not lack a house. But are we equally sure that none of them feels alone, abandoned, neglected, needing some affection? That too, is POVERTY.”

“Poverty has not been created by God. We are the ones who have created poverty. Before God, we are all poor”

“Before judging the poor, we have to examine with sincerity our own conscience”

“A Great poverty reigns in a country that allows taking the life of an unborn child__a child created in God’s image, created to live and to love. His or her life is not for destroying but for living, despite the selfishness of those who fear that they lack the means to feed or educate one more child.”

One of the myriad stories and life accounts of great saints and notable personalities I find fascinating is of Mother Teresa’s. She was such an exceptional human being that I’m afraid, only a handful of us can imitate when it comes to loving and serving the impoverished section of society and I mean it literally. Imagine her on her knees in a street corner picking up a dying person and feeding hungry children that she constantly search in the slums of Calcutta. She reminds me of St. Francis of Assisi whose life centered on imitating the life of Christ and equally embraced poverty and charity to the needy. One privilege I am thankful about Mother Teresa is that she lived in my time and was lucky enough to witness a great saint walked in the time period to which I belong. Her legacy will continue to touch the lives of the millions and change the hearts of many. I am most certain, the story of her life will live many centuries from now.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta..Pray for us.

  

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