• "Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love—difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs - everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness - Everything is a grace because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events—to the heart that loves, all is well."
  • - St. Therese of Lisieux

Thursday, September 27, 2018

For What Or Whom Do We Toil For?



"Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth. Vanity of vanities, All things are vanity! What profit has man from all labor which he toils at under the sun?" -Eccl. 1:2
 This is a question for all of us.
Do we find ourselves dragging ourselves to work each day? For our family's needs perhaps? To save up for something we ant to buy or to travel? Or maybe to prove ourselves the best in our work or profession? To pay for a huge debt?

Let us reflect on our daily grind.
Do we do all things for the Glory of God? or for our own selfish ambitions?

It has been like this for man since before Jesus' time.

But King David sings in his book of Psalms; "In every age o Lord, you have been our refuge." Because God has revealed to him "The Great Circle of Being", as Theologians say. Everything comes from God, and everything returns to Him.

Let us remember our mortality. Then maybe, 'work' will have a new meaning for us.

All things pass. Even the ones you are striving for: a new car, a house, gadgets, dining at an expensive restaurant, a vacation abroad.

King David continues to pray: "Teach us to remember our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!" Ps. 90:12-13

We then ask the Lord, "Wait! For we have come to love you too late!"

But it is not to late. Even Herod the Tetrarch had the chance of knowing Jesus.  ut the world and all its enticements prevailed because he wanted to know Jesus only out of his worldly ambitions. He tried though, ["Who then is this about whom I hear such things? And he kept trying to see him."]

Let us try harder than Herod. May our intentions be different from his.

In our daily lives, do we seek Jesus as someone who grants our prayers and wishes or material and corruptible things? Or do we seek him in order to have a more intimate relationship with him?

Jesus says,"I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Jn. 14:6

Let's try to live out this reflection for a week. Here are 5 plus one, things we can do each day.

1. Good morning Jesus! Good morning Mama Mary! - say this as you open your eyes each morning. Let the first thought of the day be of Jesus.

2. All for you, Jesus and Mary! - offer your entire day to Jesus. Place everything into our Blessed Mother's loving hands.

3. Do God's will. Doing God's will is not doing great and good things occasionally, rather, it is doing the little things - yes, even the laundry! and doing it for the Glory of God.

4. Do one Random Act of Kindness each day. Even if you're a SAHM Stay At Home Mom, you can do this - think of a loving gesture (aside from keeping your kids alive) to show your child(ren). Plus one for the hubby too, it will do wonders for you marriage. For those who go to work, choose a co-worker who needs love the most. 

5. Practice vocal prayer. 
    a. Morning Prayer
    b, Angelus at 12 NN
    c. Divine Mercy Prayer at 3:00
    d. Evening Prayer

6. Extra Challenge : The Daily Examen.

Let us strive to sanctify our lives! 

I pray that all who read this will come into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
I sure would like to hear from you. Leave a comment if the Lord has touched you through this reflection.

God bless you!





Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Basket Filler Ideas for Toddlers



I'm putting together an Easter Basket for my son is year. And I plan to continue to do so until he asks me to stop. 

So it's my first time. I browsed the web for ideas on Easter basket fillers. There are so many!

Check out my Pinterest board for Easter. You'll find lots pf ideas here.


Here's what I put in his basket this year:





St. Matthew the Evangelist - We named our son after the two evangelists Matthew and Luke


St. Catherine of Siena - Her feast day is our son's birthday.



Books


These are pre-loved books but we got them in very good condition. Most of the titles I want for Teo to read could not be found in bookstores nowadays. Thank God for these small businesses who make an effort to find these hard-to find-books. Check out their shops:




Chocolate

These are supermarket bought. I'm sure you can find these chocolates and candies in the supermarket. And although my son is not a fan of chocolates, I put them in anyway. 


Others

I also put in a shirt from Hongkong Disneyland, a Mikey bowl and a towel which 'Lola' bought for Teo and stacking food containers from Tita Tracy who went to HK Disneyland with Lola and Lolo and Tito Bong. Plus cups and Mike's ears cup covers from the hotel where they stayed. It made the basket look so full! 

I hope you and your family will have a blessed and happy Easter!


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