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The primary emphasis in this work is based on evolution distinctively a combination of three persons, one God: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. He is drawn and inspired by The Trinity. The Prayer of St. Augustine … Continue reading

Leave of Absence

Leaving work mid-morning, my commitment was at 11 a.m.  It’s close by to work, walking distance but I haven’t been to this place.  Plenty of time to walk the inside streets, enjoy the beauty of the autumn day and the rain stopped.

This is the west side of Vancouver, a beautiful neighbourhood that takes pride of their surroundings.  The environment is warm and welcoming.  Homes are old, mostly heritage, painted houses in living colours and well-kept.  Luscious garden, recycled items, ornamental trees and chair to sit around.

There’s nobody around and understandably so, it was work week and the children were at school.  I found myself alone in sweet serenity to commune with nature.

I reached my destination.

Heritage Building

St. Augustine Church.  This is the first time for me to visit the church.  As mentioned in my previous post, Candle in Spain,  I say the same prayer when I visit a church the first time hoping my wishes will be granted.  I did not because I was there for my friend to attend a Mass of Christian Burial of her mother.

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Help me to be pure, but not yet…

I have a habit of buying cards when I visit places instead of taking pictures. I keep them for a long time, enjoying it and then I mail them out to friends or families.   
There is a particular card that I kept and I placed it on altar.  When I opened it, I wrote: 
December 6, 1991
Course in Miracle
Westminster Abbey
Mission, BC
 
That is a lifetime ago.  It was the time when I still have a car, when the gas price was only 50 cents to a litre, when I owned a four door sedan, V8.  The car was a guzzler.  But it took me to places where it is unreachable unless one has a private vehicle.  I was thankful for this car. 
Westminster Abbey is a beautiful serene place situated on top of hill. 
I must have taken a retreat at the Abbey but I cannot remember what the course was all about.  As for the miracle, the card is still with me.  The writing is beautiful and I have memorized it by heart.  It was written by St. Augustine. 
 
Who is he? I asked.  I really do not know much about him but he has a famous quote prior to his conversion:  
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. ~ St. Augustine 
I have committed this prayer by heart.  
It is a daily mantra that I say on the way to work or when I go for a walk.  The mantra is very meditative and in the end, it is no longer I that is present but the Spirit of God, in this body.
 
 
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