Between Time and National Geographic, these magazines are constantly in search for Mary featuring the many images of her face. It sells. I must admit I bought the Time special reissue of Life’s Classic edition not that I am searching … Continue reading →
Announcing that a new baby coming is filled with excitement. We cannot wait for the baby to come. Wait we must, with joyful anticipation for the birth of a new child. Same thing with birthdays, we can’t seem to wait to celebrate someone else’s birthday. Wait we must, with gladness.
It’s a waiting game.
I don’t mind waiting. For most of my life, I wait. Life consists mostly of waiting. The question is what do I do while I wait? The in-between-times. how do I respond to this?
This photo is one of the many depictions of the Annunciation displayed in Bethlehem contributed by the Philippines. It’s an image of pure simplicity.
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Meditating on this photo with Mary in mind, she gladly accepted what was unacceptable. She said YES to conceive. What a courageous act. She waited with great understanding, anticipation and longing to fulfill her calling.
As I reflected on this, my breathing slows down absorbing the joyful mystery. A one-minute-meditation, my mind and heart became pregnant with desire to be more intimate with Jesus Christ.
The great classic book The Song of Bernadette was written by Franz Werfel. In his most desperate moment trying to escape from the Germans when he was hiding in Lourdes, he made a vow to write the song of Bernadette … Continue reading →
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 →
Christmas in the Philippines is one thing I miss here in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. It is the happiest and most awaited celebration. The Philippines is so rich with traditions. The Christmas lanterns, caroling, fireworks will start in mid-December. Noche Buena is what we call it meaning Christmas Eve.
As a child, it’s hard to be patient; can’t wait for Christmas and it just doesn’t come fast enough.
The focus is attending midnight mass, a birthday celebration for Baby Jesus. After this, we go home and have a feast. I mean the feast of traditional Filipino food. The gather is circled around my family and anybody who does not have a family to celebrate with. This is the real meaning of Christmas for me.
There is no Christmas tree, and we do not believe in Santa Clause. What we believe is the Three Kings. Three Kings arrive on the first Sunday of January. That’s the time we received gifts in our family. This was fun. What we did at the eve of Three Kings, we lined up our shoes on the stairs, one pair only for each sibling. When we woke up, run down the stairs, our shoes were filed with candies. We really believed that Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar (names of the three Kings) came bearing gifts. Gifts of candies not Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold. This is how we end our Christmas. It’s the longest Christmas celebration ever.
“Was there a special gift or toy you wanted as a child but never received? What was it?”
Being with my family, visiting relatives and god parents to pay respect and ask for their blessings are the best gift I received. I couldn’t ask for more. No toys. Sometimes, I received money but it wasn’t important for me. What was important is we give one another our love and faith-based on the birth of Infant Jesus, Mother Mary and Joseph.