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~ Charmed By My Sweet Beloved ~

I love the Flower early on with a sense of glee
The time to care for It at times escapes me.
Water scanty; drive to pour it almost empty.
The soil and dirt clods unbroken, the will so shaken
Weeds unpulled and the Flower unprunned
Still I wonder why the Flower has not fully bloomed.

Glory and praise seldom raised
Exalting and applauding often delayed
Thinking the grandest blessings deserved all thanksgiving
The littlest ones often set aside, claimed less fulfilling.

You called me
You yelled out for me
You shed tears for me
You pierced through my deafness
And put a halt to my blindness,
In Your hope to witness
A transformation from precipitousness to gentleness.

Your face shed its light upon me
Shining brightly, You ordered fear within me to flee,
You cast out doubt to fade away.
Your closeness has blown me away and inspired me never to go astray.

You looked kindly upon my weakness
And with a stroke of Your hand, the weariness vanishes.
You calmly brought forth and sprout a seed of newness
and hastened to my aid and assured me never to be afraid.

I had a taste of Your sweet love,
And now I desire and yearn for You, my Beloved!
I long for Your sweet embrace, that can get me hyped up, crazed and dazed,
Like a wildfire on a surface
Ablaze with love just the thought of seeing Your face.

~tm~

~ Keep Em Comin’, God ~

Today is such a wonderful day. Went for an early mass at the convent for my beloved Tata whose birthday is today. On my way there, I thanked God for St. Peter, St. Paul, the rest of the apostles and all the early Christians —the people who dedicated their lives for JESUS to make known and proclaim the Good News to the whole world; the same folks who were persecuted, threatened, tortured and martyred —all for the sake of JESUS… so that the people of today, like you and I may know, love and serve Him. I am thankful. Though these folks with apostolic zeal suffered a great deal while ministering on earth, they now delight greatly in the company of Christ as GOD promised. It brings me great joy that we too can hope and desire for celestial harvest.

And here’s the best part. The Gospel for today May 17th is John 21:15-19 (I didn’t know this beforehand); it is the gospel about Jesus asking PETER three times if he loves Him. The priest in his homily, talked about Peter, how he suffered, how he died, and is now in heaven! Oh wow!—I couldn’t help it but tears started streaming down my cheeks for the gratitude and grace of this spontaneous experience of God’s love, and for the few minutes to enjoy it …

BTW, my dad’s name is PEDRO aka PETER! God is so awesome!

Here is a video clip of the gospel –John 21:15-19. Fast forward to 1:09:47.
Super love the scene when JESUS asks Peter three times if he loves Him.

Peter appeared nonchalant about it the first time he was asked but he sensed how important this to JESUS that our Lord had to ask him three times just to make sure Peter “gets” it; a scene so powerful as JESUS was preparing Peter to take care of His Church.

~ For The Undeserving Soul ~

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When I look at the Cross
I see a life that was lost.
A future paid for at a high cost
By a Creature, beaten, wounded and tossed.
Was left with nothing more to exhaust
In exchange for eternal gain for the human soul.
A gesture so great
A noble act to be the bait,
The human heart cannot fathom
Only the Divine can ransom.

When I look at the Cross
I see an act of self-giving,
Immeasurable, worthy of thanksgiving.
Full of hope for the wounded world,
Dearly loved by our Lord
Who never hesitated to surrender
To the will of the Father
For the sake of a brother.

When I look at the Cross
I see excruciating pain, the deepest wounds, spiritual agony
That proved to be the testimony for so many
Paved the way to the promised glory
By the Father, who is The One and Most Holy
Through the death of His Son, His One and Only.
All for the sake of His people destined for glory.

When I look at the Cross
I see the triumph of good and downfall of evil;
The beginning of a journey to follow ahead
Or fall astray and go the other way instead.

When I look at the Cross
I see, above all,
The ultimate gift of life immortal
By a desiring Supreme Being who gave His all
For the unworthy and undeserving soul.

So when we are all bottled up inside with tribulations
And feel that we can hardly breathe with our earthly situations,
Look at the Crucifix closely and see beyond His suffering, His torture and humiliation.
There you’ll find our Lord leaning forward
***With His head bending down, He wants to give you a kiss
With both arms open wide, He wants to give you an embrace***

With His heart pierced through, He’s ready to take you in,
And utter the words “I Thirst” because He thought of us first.
He chose you and me to share in His pain for eternal bliss.
It is as if I can hear Him say, “You did not choose me but I chose you.”
Oh what a joy to be kissed by The One…
And I struggle to grasp that He actually delights in me and you, His daughter and son.

***An excerpt from 33 Days to Morning Glory***

~ God Wills It ~

Let me start by saying that “God is good all the time; all the time God is good.” I am in awe of how God declares His greatness and magnificence. There is not a single event in our lives that does not come under His watchful eye. Nothing escapes, nothing and no one. Whatever He wills is going to happen, and nothing can stand in its way. All will transpire exactly as God has planned and calculated.

Barely a week ago, I received a call from Josie, a fellow Lay Missionaries of Charity who recently visited one of the houses of Blessed Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in the Philippines. The scarcity of resources and supplies to care for the elderly and the dying is very evident but does not in any way cause a twinge of discouragement or give rise to dismay and anxiety, nor does it diminish the nuns’ desire and put their mission to a halt but rather transform and inspire those who witness their love for Jesus in the distressing guise of the poor with a smile and a joyful heart.

Substantially struggling with wound care supplies, Josie was moved to tears as she recalls her private encounter with the nuns as they wash and clean the wounds of the dying with utmost care, compassion and gentleness.

Mother Teresa quotes:

“No one should die alone … each human should die with the sight of a loving face.”

Inspired by the nuns’ love for Jesus to serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor, and determined to show God’s mercy to His people, I was compelled to take action to help. On the same day, I asked for donations on behalf of the dying that the nuns care for, and in a matter of hours, donations were pouring in. People were so enthusiastic to give and willing to help. Someone even offered to cover the cost of the box shipment which is quite expensive to ship internationally.

By the grace of GOD, in less than a week, FIVE huge boxes full of wound care supplies and miscellaneous items will be shipped off to the Philippines this week! Wow! Isn’t GOD just awesome? He is truly in our midst…. and definitely showing off! I am overwhelmed and humbled by the kindness and generosity of God’s humble servants to help those in the Philippines who care for the dying.

Blessed Mother Teresa gently prods us to love as Jesus did as she said:

“Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society — completely forgotten, completely left alone.”

To God be the glory!

~ Gratitude In Motion ~

I praise and thank God for my family, my friends, my Catholic faith, and for the many opportunities to serve Him.

Let us thank God right out loud when we are moved to do so. Happy Thanksgiving!

~ My God Is A Show-Off… Dare To Meet Him ~

A God Of Surprises by Teresa Magat

Do we realize that God always comes to the rescue through the hard times? Do we fail to give hats off to God when we know for a fact that He did bail us out from unfortunate circumstances, mishaps and adversities that we find non co-existent with our “comfortable lifestyle?” Do we also find it quite unusual to be trapped in a predicament and then our loving God just bases the showers of His blessings with abundance and overflowing fullness as if pouring out a blessing so great that we won’t have enough room to take it in? That’s my God! An awesome God who is full of surprises and who never ceases to amaze me…a friend who shows-off at the right time, playful, quirky, my mojo kind of a cool guy that infuses my life with meaning, tenderness and love. I’d like to share a not so recent example with you…


Two years ago, a few months before my father’s passing, I had this strange dream that included me, my two sisters, and a strikingly odd and unusual character in it who I thought at the time was the most incredible man I have ever had the pleasure to set eyes on, with the most unbelievable blue eyes I’ve ever seen! He had a deep, solemn voice…this guy was so beautiful that he shines through in his deeds and his words. Well, as you can imagine, three sisters were trying their best to grab this guy’s sole attention. Either because I took ownership of this dream or was simply pure luck, I managed to draw the guy’s interest in an instance. While having a one on one interaction with this mysterious man, he made me feel how special I was as if I was the most important person in the entire universe; he looked at me with so much gentleness and utmost respect as if I were the most beautiful woman in the whole wide world, and above all, he made me feel how loved I was. As I was at the peak of these emotions, and excited to “boast” such an encounter with my now “jealous” sisters, I cut short my time with the guy and slipped out of the conversation, only to find my sisters having had the same powerful moment with the mysterious guy at the same time. This guy made us all feel special imparting that no one is better than another.

I woke up with tears streaming down my cheeks for the gratitude and grace of this spontaneous experience of God’s love, and for the few minutes to enjoy it even if it was only a dream; a dream that was so vivid that I remember instantly without a shadow of a doubt that the guy who I thought was so perfect in all aspects was Jesus Himself, who loves me and my sisters all the same. Every now and then, I do something brilliant in a sense that I beg our Lord to visit me in my dreams. This night was one of those times that I literally made a true-hearted invocation, to let me know that I am not forsaken and that none of us really have to ride the train alone.

Then a few months later, my dad passed away. It was one of the saddest days of my life, but it was also the most uplifting moment because I have never felt so loved by God in my entire life. It took me a few seconds to realize the meaning of my dream a few months back. Yes, I understand that not everyone will regard this as a manifestation of divine intervention. But that is the beauty of journeying with our Lord; the relationship is uniquely personal with His trademark that is usually recognizable. Suddenly, I felt cherished and soothed, even though I still felt sad. Jesus felt so close. I felt as though I had just experienced a divine kiss—like the kisses from the Groom to His bride. I am amazed of His love for me with such breathless joy and struggle to grasp that He actually delights in me. I felt as though I was entering a door opened up just for me… that’s how special I am to my Beloved, and so are you! His presence gave me the confidence to face another day.

~ I Wish, I Hope & I Long ~

I particularly love this powerful image of our Lord as He wraps His loving arms around His child with overflowing fullness of joy, awe and anticipation. It depicts the beauty of God’s promise to us to someday be perfectly united with Him in eternity as we await, desire and long for these words: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

On a similar note, this quote inspires and motivates me as well:
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.’ ” AWESOME… just spellbound with this priceless divine influence!

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~ Striving To Emulate HIS Ways ~

When weaknesses of the flesh start to rear its ugly head, and our interest in the worldly allurements begins to consume us, let us be reminded of this revealing quote by our dearest Mother Teresa, and be compelled to pursue and accept God’s invitation to be fully united with Him with irresistible hunger and awe; we must not allow our infrequent terrestrial longings and inclinations cloud our desire for celestial harvest:

“In each of our lives Jesus comes as the Bread of Life – to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the Bread of our life; our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta ~

We find completion, maturity and wholeness taking precedence over quantity, thus, we gain understanding that our service of God is measured NOT by quantity, but by how close it comes to perfection (with unrestricted endearment, love and affection ALWAYS attached to it).

~ The Shadow In The Light ~

Such beauty, grace and splendor inherent
Inspiring to most and intrigued by some in torment
Driven by love and dedication to the Son
Her mission at hand remains hopeful, powerful and divine.

Eager and obedient with absolute trust
A portrait of credence and certitude, and not even a twinge of disgust
Unmitigated by her youth
but motivated by the Father’s Divine Truth
She said yes to the call
to be the vessel for the Lord
Who would be the Savior of all.

Such display of humility so fearless and bold
By the archangel the birth of the Messiah foretold
Paved the way to God’s grace in delivering us from bondage to sin
To set us free from condemnation
And simultaneously escape eternal damnation.

O Mary, my Queen, my Patroness, my Intercessor
You are the moon that claims not to be the source of light
But the shadow that reflects the light of the Divine Son,
The One True Light of the world.

~ To The Moon And Back ~

What a lovely day! It’s Mother’s Day for the awesome moms, and First Communion for the children. What a special day, indeed. A regular Sunday at Church turns into a double celebration! Congratulations to all the children who received the Eucharist for the first time… the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To my dearest Ima, the most special woman in my life…I’m afraid I’ll do a lousy job describing what I appreciate most about you. For everything you’ve done for me, I’m thankful and appreciative; for the woman I am, I am indebted.

I love you all the way right up to the moon and back! I miss you, Ima!