Happy Birthday, Mother. Thank you for having us. From all of your 14 children And all the people that You loved and helped Unconditionally. Focus for Today April 22, 2018 Give without conditions. Donner sans réclamer de retour. Dare senza richiedere. … Continue reading →
“The poor man! He doesn’t know anything about pigeons! And as for the gentle dove, what a myth that is! They’re very cruel. I had some here and they pecked a poor little pigeon to death because they didn’t like … Continue reading →
Today, I received this in my email. Focus for today April 15, 2018 Forgive the hurts you have received. Pardonner les offenses reçues. Perdonare le offese ricevute. “We often pray, ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against … Continue reading →
Just before I woke up from a deep sleep, I dreamt of a single red rose. I can’t remember what the dream was, but the rose stayed with me. The night before, I watched a video of Aokigahara Documentary.The narrator has the … Continue reading →
Maud the dog. Pud the ginger cat. Maud worships Pud. They are BFF for life. They have a strong bonding relationship. Maud: Pud are you awake Pud: no response Maud: Do you love me? Pud: no response Maud: I love you! … Continue reading →
You like me. You really like me. Gosh, someone or something is making a move on me. More on stalking. Creepy. The main reason I configured my blog to hide the gravatar of the blogger that pressed the like … Continue reading →
I would like to stay longer and soak up the three world’s religion: Islāmic, Judaism, and Christianity. I want to be with the Muslims, Jews, and Christians: and have interfaith dialogue.At the hotel in Jordan, waiting to leave for Canada, I retreated to the balcony to find some peace and quiet, drinking tea and having a smoke. I was facing a beautiful garden and overlooking the Dead Sea. I could see Israel from the balcony. On a bright day, the walls of old Jerusalem is visible. I can imagine the location of Bethlehem, Nazareth and other geographical areas of where ancient time began based on the First and Old Testament. I have covered the places of the Testaments. The Bible will become genuinely alive. The readings during the mass will be more meaningful for my mind can conjure the places where I have visited. This will be my last trip. I am filled with gratitude to my God for making it possible for me to experience the trip of a lifetime. It’s dark. Only a silhouette of the mountain is visible. The lights were flickering across the waters. It’s good to be here, Lord. I started speaking in my mind. Whispering softly, I raised my right arm, waved goodbye.Goodbye, Jerusalem Goodbye, Bethlehem Goodbye, NazarethOh, what is that? A star? A bright shining star that appeared so close and yet so far. Is it a plane? No, it’s not moving. Mapping the silhouette of the mountain, naming the places, Jerusalem is to my left, that’s Bethlehem, over there is Nazareth. The star is situated above Bethlehem. This must be the star that the Magi saw. Imagine that, and it’s not even Christmas yet. The star is real.
Jordan November 2011
Excitement came rushing out of my body. I must take a picture. Made a quick dash inside the room, grabbed my camera and another pilgrim, Neli, to show her what I see. This scene must have taken at least 15 to 25 seconds. When I went out, the STAR is gone. I was so disappointed and sad that I have no picture to show off. Checked the horizon if anything is floating in the sky. None, it’s pitched dark. Neli gave me “the look” and walked away.At Frankfurt airport, I pulled Father Priest on the side and told him about my experience. He quietly said in his infinite wisdom that the STAR is meant only for my eyes to see. No camera can ever capture it. I was so moved by his explanation and tears of joy came out.Imprinted In the heart of my heart is the image of the star. This memory will live forever. I praise you, O Lord, for your works are wonderful. Blessed be God forever.