This is really how it is

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I was looking what to post yesterday that is more palatable to readers when it comes to spirituality for Sunday Snippet.  I am very much aware when it comes to the topic of religion, it’s hardly entertained.  Using Parabola is … Continue reading

Possibility of amusing juxtaposition

Charles Dickens uses the technique of juxtaposition in the opening line of his novel “A Tales of Two Cities”:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”

Unlike Charles, I will be using mostly humans to compare them with something and this brain will see the far side of life.

The Egyptians had grandiose idea of building spectacular pyramids.  I envisioned that they are gigantic in order to create such monumental edifice.
Pyramid Stone

Have bag will travel the Camino Way.  This lady definitely will fit into this bag.
camino back pack

There was the bear necessities exposition in France below the Eiffel Tower.  These are Canadian Bears.  Can you tell which the live one is?
the bears

Blue Moon and the Rising Sun.  Partial eclipse.
sun and moon

Dying, dying, dead trees at the Dead Sea.  I get it, nothing grows here.
Dead sea

Just for fun, I am throwing in the jester position.
jester

My heart skipped a beat – A Referrer

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Do you ever read the “referrers” in your Stat section?  I do. Do you click on the link should you see an unfamiliar link? I do. When I did visit the link of the referrers, my heart skipped a beat … Continue reading

On pasture land

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The Pyrenees of France.  What a spectacular view. The walk started from this mountain region going downhill.  Downhill?   We skipped the hard part which is the “slight incline”, now we have to do the “slight decline”.  Besides we are not real troopers … Continue reading

Walk, walk, walk

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Where am I?  According to the itinerary, we would have walked the foothills of the Pyrenees near the French border. This is the Camino’s traditional start to the “French Route” where medieval pilgrims arrived into Spain from France after an … Continue reading

Eiffel Tower – The Tower of Love

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There goes Uncle C (UC) gathering his harem to take to the Tower of Love.   Watching UC with all these single women in the pilgrimage was so much fun.  I’m so glad he is enjoying himself.  There are a few … Continue reading

I love Paris

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There is so much to see other than coming here on a spiritual journey following the footsteps of ordinary folks who became a legend because of their simple devotion and being of service.  We visited Notre Dame Cathedral the second … Continue reading

Canadians in Paris (23)

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Well, okay, it’s a melting pot.  American, Brazilians, Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos; just a sea of people from all over the world.   Eiffel Tower is only two blocks from the hotel which we stayed at for three nights. The lights were dancing as … Continue reading

Plant a Seed in My Heart (28)

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This room is so inviting.  Not a soul, lucky me.  As I walk along the hallway, the altar is simply plain and a symbol of Christianity hangs on the wall.  Crucified Jesus Christ.  Standing in front of the altar, on my … Continue reading

Listen with our heart (29)

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Back to Espace Bernadette.  Once we settled, Good Sister escorted us to Bernadette’s bedroom.  You know the room that I requested that I did not get.  The room is now converted into a chapel.  Subsequently, we followed the footsteps of Bernadette … Continue reading

Friday Meditation (31)

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Please relax as I guide you to a relaxing virtual tour of  Espace Bernadette.  Enjoy.  “Listen with your ears, more importantly listen with your Heart” –  Good Sister at Espace Bernadette.    “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; … Continue reading

Never Nevers Land (33)

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On the road again; our destination Espace Bernadette in Nevers, France.  Espace Bernadette is the place where the good priest Father Dominique sent Bernadette to protect her from the maddening crowd.  She remained here for the rest of her life. … Continue reading

Category: Adult Fiction (36)

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All DVDs of the Song of Bernadette were on loan at the library.  That’s interesting, most of the time they are sitting on the shelf.  It must be due to the season of Lent.  That’s good then that people are … Continue reading

DP: Study Abroad – School of Life

“If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose and why?”
A year?  That’s too long to study for my feeble mind.  And who’s going to take care of my lovely furry companion?  Go away and miss Christmas with my family and friends?  I have to think long and hard about this.  The longest time I was away from my sanctuary was six months when I was searching for myself. 
After so many years of studying in colleges and universities, I don’t know if I can handle the stress of burning candles at both ends.  I don’t know if I would be able to ace those final exams.  As far as I can remember, those study days were brutal. 
To stay in the spirit of prompting, I will focus on the word “abroad”.  In my lingo, that means travelling. I can incorporate the studying with travelling as a pilgrim on earth, a school of life.  Now that sounds more palatable. 
I would like to study and learn how to paint an Icon.  Icons are depicting of religious images.  In my faith, it’s a spiritual work of art.  Should I become so enamored with this subject, I want to become an Iconographer. 
As to where I can go abroad to take this course, Google is the best search engine for the Iconofile Resource Guide.  There are two places that I am interested at: Versailles and Amsterdam.  I think I will skip Amsterdam for I must keep my body, mind and spirit pure (meaning stay away from the red light district and smoking a joint or two).  Versailles is a better choice for I was just there in October 2012 pilgrimage.  And then I can learn how to speak French.  Oui?  As for Christmas, I can always stay at Espace Bernadette  for a retreat, a silent retreat to be still and listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirits. 
Holy AngelsLiseux, France

Holy Angels
Liseux, France

Here is an Icon that I took a picture of at Lisieux, France.  I could just lovingly gaze for an extended period at this Icon and be transported as if I were invited to sit with these Angels.  I am always curious about what they are discussing.  What do you think they are talking about? 

 A Prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear
To whom God’s love commits me here
Ever this day, be at my side
To light and guard, to rule and guide
Amen.