Saturday, December 18, 2010

1st Day of Misa de Gallo (Dawn Masses)





Here are some of the pics that I took on the 1st day of Misa de Gallo or Dawn Masses. Misa de Gallo is also known as Simbang Gabi, it is a Philippine traditional 9 day dawn novena masses in preparation for Christmas.





Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Requiem Æternam (For the Souls in Purgatory)

In nómine Patris et Fílii et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Feast of the Archangels


Today is the feast day of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Michael (Daniel 10:13), which means "Who is Like God?";Gabriel (Daniel 8:16), which means "Power of God"; and Raphael (Tobit 7:8), which means "God has healed."

My eldest son was named in honor of St. Raphael, while my youngest was named in honor of St Uriel (one of the 7 archangels)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


'See the beauty of the daughter of Jerusalem, who ascended to heaven like the rising sun at dawn.'

-- Benedictus antiphon from Daily Office


August 15 is the day that Catholics have long celebrated what is called the Dormition (falling asleep) or Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Feast of the Assumption celebrates both the happy departure of Mary from this life by her natural death, and her assumption bodily into heaven.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Our Lady's Fool

Today is the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, one of my favorite modern saints! He is the founder of the Militia of the Immaculata (Army of Mary), and regarded as the patron of journalists, families, prisoners, and pro-life advocates.

He received a vision of the Virgin Mary that changed his life.

I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both. - Saint Maximilian

I never get tired reading the book 'Our Lady's Fool' whenever I read St. Maximilian Kolbe' life story it still makes me cry and it always touches the inner depths of my heart. No wonder he is my favorite modern saint!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Prayer for Healing



This is the prayer that comes with the rosary from the healing session of Father Fernando Suarez.

Lord Look upon me with the eyes of mercy. May your healing Spirit rest upon me. It is through your power that I was created. Since you created me from nothing, you can certainly recreate me. Fill me with the healing power of your spirit. May your lifegiving powers flow into every cell of my body and unto the depths of my soul. Mend what is broken. Cast out anything that should not be within me. Rebuild my brokenness. Restore my strength for service in your Kingdom. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with your wisdom that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need and help me to lead others to You by my example. Most loving heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Amen.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Feast of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help


Devotees (spot me on the picture lol!)


National Shrine of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help


Altar of the National Shrine of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help


For more info kindly visit the official website: www.baclaranovena.org

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trinity Sunday






Watch Fr. Jun Lingad SDB explain the Sunday Readings

DO IT ANYWAY

Alchemy Gothic




People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone
could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway

~ Mother Teresa

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pentecost Sunday


"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

Watch Fr. Jun Lingad SDB explain the Sunday Readings.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Ascension of the Lord


Then He led them out as far as Bethany,raised His hands, and blessed them. As He blessed them He parted from them and was taken up to heaven.

Watch Fr. Jun Lingad SDB explain the Sunday Readings.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Feast of St. Joseph The Worker



Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker today, honoring millions of Filipino workers this Saturday, Labor Day, marking the solemnity of St. Joseph the Worker (San Jose Obrero), the patron saint of laborers, as a tribute to millions of Filipino workers here and abroad.

Prayer: God My Father, the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker was instituted to draw attention to the dignity of labor, and to remind us of the spirituality of our jobs. I give the workers of my family and circle of friends-and their jobs-to Saint Joseph's intercession, and I especially ask for his prayers in the protection and guidance of husbands and fathers. Help us to view these men-and all workers-with the same appreciation as You have, O Lord. Teach us to prioritize our jobs rightly, for the sake of loving our families, and lead the unemployed to work that is right for them. Saint Joseph, pray for us. Amen.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today the Church celebrates : St Mark, Evangelist



St. Mark was converted to the faith by the Prince of the Apostles, whom he afterwards accompanied to Rome, acting there as his secretary or interpreter. When St. Peter was writing his first epistle to the churches of Asia, he affectionately joins with his own salutation that of his faithful companion, whom he calls "my son Mark."

I am the good shepherd


My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Watch Fr. Jun explain the Sunday Readings.

Milagro Eucaristico Buenos Aires Argentina


Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Eucharist!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Do You Love Me?


I love this Japanese-style version of Biblical imagery by ShouYume (DevianArt)

Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?"
He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You."
He said to him, "Feed My lambs."
(John 21:15)

During the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter had denied his Lord three times and then wept bitterly.Jesus asked Peter 3 times if he loves him, so after Peter’s protest about the third asking of the question and after his third affirmation of his love for Jesus, Jesus restores him a third time. Now, Peter’s threefold denial has been cancelled out. He is once again the leader of the disciples.

In the dawn of the resurrection light, there is forgiveness available to all. No matter how grievous our sins, no matter how damaging our betrayals of God’s calling in our lives, Christ comes with the morning light to forgive, heal, and restore.

Credit: Fr.James

Watch Fr. Jun Lingad SDB explain the Sunday Readings.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday


Jesus King Of Mercy I Trust In You!

During the course of Jesus' revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000.

Read on...

Doubting Thomas


"My Lord and My God!"

"Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Watch Fr. Jun explain the Sunday Readings.Click here

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth?


The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because….. ….

The folded napkin meant, ‘I’m coming back!’

credit:Turn back To God (Georgy)

Happy Easter!




Prospera Pascha sit!

Watch Fr. Jun Lingad SDB explain the Sunday Readings

Friday, April 2, 2010

Biyernes Santo(Good Friday)


Santo Entiero


St. John The Beloved



St.Peter



National Shrine Of The Divine Mercy Marilao Bulacan



Sister Faustina Mini Poland - Shrine Of The Divine Mercy Marilao Bulacan)



St.Maximilian Kolbe (Mini Poland - Shrine Of The Divine Mercy Marilao Bulacan)



Replica Of The House of Pope John Paul II (Mini Poland - Shrine Of The Divine Mercy Marilao Bulacan)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Huwebes Santo ( Maundy Thursday)


Altar Of Repose - St.Joseph The Workman Parish


Agony In The Garden - St.Joseph The Workman Parish


Images are wrapped in white or purple cloth


Altar Of Repose - San Bartolome Church,Malabon City

video

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

San Bartolome Church, Malabon City

Here are some photos that I took last Sunday (March 21,2010) at the San Bartolome Church in Malabon City:







Tambobong, the old name of Malabon City, was founded as an "Iglesia (church) of Manila on May 21, 1599. It was then composed of two small islands namely Navotas and Maysilo.

On May 17, 1614, Tambobong was established as an independent parish under the advocation of San Bartolome the Apostle with the Augustinian Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Luiz Gutierrez, O.S.A., as the first Vicar Prior.

Source: Wikimapia

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Some people find pleasure in 'Attacking the Catholic Faith'

Some people can be annoying! They find pleasure in attacking the Catholic faith, they are so self righteous! They are just like the pharisee in the parable 'The Pharisee and the Publican (The Pharisees were self-righteous and viewed others with contempt). This is not a debate forum but one person here doesn't know how to show respect at all,he likes attacking the Catholic faith but the good thing is that Teewee (a Catholic Apologist)showed him that what he is babbling here in cyberspace are all lies! Sa Tagalog 'inalagay sya sa dapat nyang paglagyan' pero he's still trying to save his face.The devil will do anything to destroy the 'TRUE CHURCH' founded by our Lord Jesus Christ 2000 years ago but he will not prevail.

Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves."

I will never get tired of posting this:

Acts 9:31 "Ho men EKKLESIA KATAHOLOS ho Ioudaia kai Galilaia kai Samaeria"

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hapy Feast Day St. Joseph!


A Special Prayer to St. Joseph

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him close in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mother Mary holding John Paul II in Her arms when he was shot


This happened on May 13, 1981. Pope John Paul II was shot as he arrived in St. Peter’s Square to speak to the people who had gathered there. When he was shot, he was holding the rosary, which he always carried. When he fell to the ground, out of nowhere, a woman rushed to his side and embraced him. That pic is shown above. The picture is said to have been taken by one of the gathered people who was busy taking Pope’s pics with his camera. The woman vanished as quickly as she appeared.

The gunman was apprehended in the square and sentenced to life in prison. The pope was critically wounded but survived after surgery and a long recovery. The surprising fact is that all the bullets passed just past his vital internal organs. When he recovered finally, the first thing Pope asked for was his rosary. When he got it in his hands, he said that he felt Mother Mary directing the bullets’ path through him. Sure, John Paul II was always in the habit of praying the rosary regularly. He had once said “The best prayer I like is the Rosary”.

Joaquin Navarro Valls, who is the one spokesman from The Vatican, said that they made a lot of studies for years of this incredible picture and of course about the quality of the developing of the picture because when it was developed nobody could see very well because the image was not clear. Finally, and after so many controls and being looking and checking by all the experts in photography (around the world), they decided that there were no tricks in it and today they give us this beautiful gift from our Mother of God. You can see the Mother of God holding John Paul II in her arms. Beautiful right?

Let this remind us of the awesome power of the intercession of Mother Mary and lead us to take a strong decision to pray the rosary regularly.

source: Turn Back To God

Saved from Hell by the Hail Mary

Consider the following instance of the great mercy of Mary.

In the year 1604, in a city in Belgium, there were two young students who gave themselves up to a life of debauchery instead of following their studies.

One night they were at the house of an evil woman; but one of the two, who was named Richard, stayed only a short time and then returned home. While he was preparing to retire, he remembered that he had not yet said the few Hail Marys that were his daily practice.

He was very tired and half inclined to omit them; nevertheless, he forced himself through the routine, saying the words half asleep and with no particular devotion. Then he lay down and fell asleep.

Suddenly he was wakened by a violent knocking at the door. The door was closed, but the figure of a young man, hideously deformed, passed through it and stood before him.

"Who are you?" Richard cried. "You do not know me?" asked the other. "Ah yes, now I do," said Richard; "but how changed, with all the appearance of a devil!"

"Alas, unhappy creature that I am," said his companion, "I am damned! When I was leaving that house of sin, a devil came and strangled me. My body lies in the street; my soul is in Hell.

"And know this — the same fate awaited you, except that the Blessed Virgin spared you for that little act of homage of the Hail Marys. If you are not a fool, profit by this warning which the Mother of God has sent." He then opened his mantle, showing the flames and serpents by which he was tormented, and disappeared.

Breaking into a flood of sobs and tears, Richard went down on his knees to give thanks to Mary his protectress. Then as he pondered how to change his life he heard the bell of the Franciscan monastery ringing for matins. "It is there," he said, "that God calls me to do penance."

He went immediately to the monastery and begged the Fathers to admit him. Since they knew his wicked life, they were hardly willing to do so. But sobbing bitterly, he told them all that had happened. And when two Fathers had been sent to the street and had found the strangled body, which was charred and blackened, they admitted him.

From that time on he led an exemplary life and at length went to preach the Gospel in India, and thence to Japan. There he had the happiness of giving his life for Jesus Christ, being burnt alive for the faith at Nagasaki on September 10, 1622.

*Taken from The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

St.Joseph Will Help You



"Saint Joseph gave me everything I asked for," said St. Teresa of Avila.

Pray this novena and discover St. Joseph's power to help you in the most desperate causes.

The novena is from March 11-19. Please go to Saint Joseph with invincible childlike confidence like St. Teresa of Avila, who said:

"For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his feast day and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good."

Source:America Needs Fatima

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I'm MAD This Evening!!!


Ok,Ok!! I know this is a Catholic blog but I can't helped being annoyed,I'm only human right??

I'm asking something (it's too embarrassing to mention my request here,it is something from the bathroom) from my husband,I know he's watching TV and he's so focused so probably he didn't catch what I'm saying alright that's fine! After sometime I repeated my request again, still no response;I still kept my cool. Finally after 30 minutes I went downstairs to ask again for my 'request',there I was talking in front of him but still no response! He's still not paying attention,so glued to the tv program that he watches,I feel like I was talking to no one (I feel like I'm not existing at all!!!!).

Finally,I repeated my 'request' this time with a firm voice and finally he came back to his senses. I told my husband that finally after the 'enth time' he finally heard what I'm saying. He gave me my 'request' without any apologies at all but alright I'm used to it!

As for me,no matter how busy I am or even if I'm watching my favorite Korean drama I try to take time to response or to say hello if somebody is talking too me. Every minute is precious,life is too short...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HEALING PRAYER AND REBIRTH


HEALING PRAYER AND REBIRTH

By Sister Raquel Reodica, RVM

Our Father in heaven, Creator of my body,
wherein I (state your name) dwell and through which I live,
make me realize in the name of JESUS
that my present bodily ailment is a result of my own sins,
my wrong doings, my wrong thinking,
my transgressions against Your laws.
I ask forgiveness, Jesus, for these wrong doings,
and promise to change my ways.
Make me realize, in the name of JESUS,
that Your creative power, which fashioned my body,
is still in me, in my consciousness, in my mind,
ready to serve me at any time of need.
Make me realize that I, in my free will,
now have control over this creative power within me
which I can direct to act for my own well being,
but only if my thoughts and feelings are attuned to You.
In full realization of this,
I NOW CALL UPON YOUR CREATIVE POWER within me,
O Lord God, in Jesus’ name,
to correct and eliminate any and all my bodily imperfections
and diseases and discomforts.
I KNOW AND EXPECT THAT MY REBIRTH
IS NOW ACTIVELY TAKING PLACE WITHIN ME
because of Your creative love and mercy,
and Your healing grace in my every cell
and nerve and gland and tissue and fiber and organ,
especially my: (state any or all sicknesses).
In accordance with my vision
and my active FAITH IN YOU, MY ALMIGHTY GOD,
CREATOR AND LORD, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,
THE SON OF MOTHER MARY,
through the intercessions of MOTHER IGNACIA DEL ESPIRITU SANTO
and all Your saints, I am healed. Amen. Amen. Amen

After praying, remain in silence for 15 to 20 minutes in the presence of the Lord, and in meditation of receiving His healing.

Note: Sister Racquel RVM is known as the 'Cancer Healer'in the Philippines,of course she is just an instrument of God, true healing only comes from the Lord.

credit: Sister Racquel Blog

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Maligayang Kapistahan Mahal na Poong San Roque!





The above pictures were taken on August 16th 2009



San Roque Estampita (San Roque Holy Card)

The title of my post in English is 'Happy Feast Day San Roque!' In my hometown in Caloocan City,San Roque Cathedral celebrates the feast day of it's Patron Saint twice, one is the original feast day of San Roque every August 16th and the other one is every 3rd week of February (probably because Caloocan City also celebrates it's foundation day on February 16th).

San Roque Pray For Us!