From the man behind Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis, a compilation of my favorite quotes.
Read and be inspired…
To love is to be vulnerable.
Miracles are retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
We would mind Humiliation less if we were humbler.
Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work.
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth, they share it.
We are what we believe we are.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Courage, Dear Heart.
Today is one of the most exhausting days of my life. All I do, I offer them to God. He gives me strength to fulfill my duties, my obligations.
I’m sharing this beautiful prayer before sleep.
Prayer before sleep.
Dear God, as I lay me down to sleep, relax the tension of my body.
Calm the restlessness of my mind; still the thoughts which worry and perplex me.
Help me to rest myself and all my problems in your strong & loving arms.
Let your Spirit speak to my mind and heart while I’m asleep, so that when I wake in the morning, I may find that I have received in the nighttime, light for my way, strength for my tasks, peace for my worries, forgiveness for my sins.
Grant me sleep tonight and tomorrow power to live.
The Good Morning God Prayer
Good Morning God!
You are ushering in another day,
untouched and freshly new.
So here I am to ask you, God,
if You’ll renew me too.
Forgive the many errors that I made yesterday
and let me try again dear God
to walk closer in Your way.
But Lord, I am well aware,
I can’t make it on my own.
So take my hand and hold it tight,
for I cannot walk alone.
On our fifth visit to Lourdes France, we were able to participate in the nightly rosary vigil. It starts at 9 pm and lasts for about an hour. Same feeling of peace and hope enveloped me as we sang to the hymns and recitation of the rosary. Chanted with various languages I may not know but still familiar and heartfelt. The procession is more than a ceremony that for devotees like us – is a time of prayer and peace.
I’d like to share the hymn – “Ave Maria de Lourdes” in French. As seen on a short clip I recorded below.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
O Vierge Marie, le peuple Chrétien,
à Lourdes vous prie, chez vous il renvient.
Le fond de la roche s’éclaire à l’instant:
la dame s’approche, fait signe à l’enfant.
“Venez, je vous prie, ici, quinze fois,
avec vos amies entendre ma voix.”
Avec insistance la dame,
trois fois, a dit: “pénitence”
Chrétien, c’est pour toi!
“A cette fontaine venez et buvez;
dans l’eau pure et sainte
allez vous laver.”
“Je veux qu’ici même,
au pied de ces monts,
le peuple que j’aime
vienne en procession.”
As 2016 comes to a close, I take a quick look back on the highlights of this year. The highs and lows, good, bad and the worst times. I’ve had it all this 2016. The most difficult was the sudden passing of my brother. Grief and pain was so acute that I prayed the hardest.
Each time I’m being told that I’m a super woman, no. I’m a woman, not really super, nothing great. But I have One Great God, that is Super. With Him I can be anything. And so with full of hope and faith, I know 2017 will be a much better year for us all. I’m grateful for a January 1 filled with dreams and positive emotions. Cheers to a new and exciting year!
Happy New Year!
Dearest Baby girl,
Today is a very special day not just for you but also for me. On this day, I was blessed with a very beautiful baby. You may sometimes tease me when I get sappy, but what I’m feeling as your mom is best expressed with tears in my eyes for it is the finest feeling in the world. I’m so proud of you, maybe you already know that. And I want to be with you and see you in every milestone, every step, every dream you want to achieve. I will be here no matter what, I will be here as your confidant, as your art-buddy, as your adviser, as your mentor or math tutor, most especially I will be here as your mom – always and forever… I will give you all the love in the world, all the love I can give simply because you deserve it. You are such a wonderful being, a little timid, sensitive, compassionate, smart and an artist by heart. I would do everything I could so you can have a better life, better that what I had. The material is of least importance as we pass unto you the values and tradition we have received from our parents. These will guide you as go through life particularly on tough times. Always remember that God gives favor to those who love Him, believe and ask with your heart, God can hear you… just like when God heard me and gave me you…
I love you,