I was browsing through new posts from my Instagram account, and then I saw three consecutive posts from Kristine Hermosa Sotto (@khsotto ). I was inspired, really. So inspired I made this (quoted from her posts). I found out from the photo comments the posts were from All Devotion Bible application. Inspiring message from Psalm 25:5.
Today, I got up a little late for the Sunday mass on TV. Still, I decided to start my day with the mass. I missed about 80% of the mass but really learned something great. There, I found out that today is The Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter.
When I was a still a kid, I remember that my Grandmother (who was then a member of The Catholic Women’s League) would always encourage me and my cousins to come with her to church and attend the mass and even join processions. Now, I have realized that the procession that happens every Sunday after Easter is for the feast of The Divine Mercy.
I have then made a little research about the Divine Mercy Sunday and I am glad I did because today is also a special and blessed day for all the Catholics in the world. Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized today. The canonization of the two former Popes will be presided by Pope Francis during a Mass at the St. Peter’s Square. Huge crowd has poured in Rome as this is yet another global media event to look forward to.
Everything that follows herewith are the information I got from Wiki:
Divine Mercy Sunday is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church.
Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun reported visions and visitations from Jesus and conversations with Him. He asked her to paint the vision of his Merciful Divinity being poured from his sacred heart and specifically asked for a feast of Divine Mercy to be established on the first Sunday after Easter so mankind would take refuge in Him:
“I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (Jesus’ words, Diary 341)
“Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it.” (Diary 742)
The devotion was actively promoted by Pope John Paul II who, On 30 April 2000, canonized Faustina Kowalska, and officially designated the Sunday after Easter as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy in the General Roman Calendar.
A year after establishing Divine Mercy Sunday, on April 22, 2001 Pope John Paul II re-emphasized its message in the resurrection context of Easter:
Jesus said to Sr Faustina one day: “Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy”. Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.
The devotion to Divine Mercy Sunday grew rapidly after its designation by Pope John Paul II and is now widely celebrated by Catholics.
But then, there are moments you realize it on your own (or with a help of a loved one or a friend) that good things always outweigh the bad. That is when we realize that blessings are all over us, in different forms and sizes, senses and uses. And just like cups, we have to let the beauty of these blessings come out. So, we can share and be a blessing to another.
And at the end of the day, everything just proves that GOD is so amazing!
I have recently found a TV show for kids – Sheriff Callie’s Wild West!
The very first episode we have watched (Roey and I) has this song entitled “Saying I’m Sorry!” And it has become part of Roey’s favorite songs list from then on. Both my kids love to sing and that particular song is something any Mom will recommend. It is not just so easy to sing, it is also meaningful. Meaningful in the sense that it teaches the importance of saying “I’m Sorry”. Educating my kids with good manners and values is on top of my parenting priorities. I am not alone in this for sure.
Here’s the lyrics of the song from Sheriff Callie’s Wild West:
Sayin’ you’re sorry isn’t always easy to say. But those two little words can help a lot to save a friendship any day.
Sayin’ you’re sorry isn’t always easy to do. But you’ll feel good when you apologize and your friend will feel better too.
Sometimes we all say some things we wish we could take back. That’s the time to apologize and get your friendship back on track.
Sayin’ I’m sorry isn’t always easy to say. But those two little words could help a lot to save a friendship any day.
Sayin’ you’re sorry isn’t always easy to do. But you’ll feel good when you apologize And your friend will feel better too.
Go ahead and try to search it in YouTube and sing along with your kids. In the end, even if you didn’t have to say you are sorry, you will sure feel good.
No matter how yesterday was, everyday is a blessing!
Since we receive a blessing that moment we open our eyes each morning, it is but right to be thankful. I must admit, I have only fully accepted this fact when I became a Mom. It was a futile realization I must say. So, if stress has made me skip saying a prayer before bedtime, I have to say it upon waking up. The thank you prayer has to include that I was awakened, I was me as I was yesterday and have another chance to make myself better. This time, it is not just for myself but for my family, most importantly.
Last March, our Facebook news feed were flooded with recognition and graduation photos and congratulatory statuses. I am just one of the many proud parents who added new photos. Every time I see a photo of a medal or award/s, I know there is this smile in my face. I can somehow feel the parents’ happiness with the little and big awards our kids achieved. I told K that even if she did not end up in the honor roll, I am so proud of her. Her achievements since Kindergarten surpassed my expectations. When she entered Grade school, I started teaching her to be self-reliant but she still have me around for hand-on reviews. When she reached 3rd grade, we were both heartbroken with the loss of my mom and slacked a little. She went on with her independence during exams while my everyday activities were divided to her toddler (back then) sister, household chores and home-based job. It worsen as bigger challenges were thrown upon us… upon me. I was reminded by K of a promise I made to her, a promise that I have already forgotten. I told her that it will be hard but a promise is a promise. A tight hug after a mother-daughter conversation served as a seal that we were in it together. So, fulfilled promise- K graduated at Marian School of QC. My closest friends and family knows how it was a struggle – physically, emotionally and financially. But as I have mentioned, everyday is a blessing! And, blessings come in different forms, sizes and sometimes in disguise. Sometimes they can move, talk and even dance. Life’s drama has just made my little miss K stronger than she think she is. She has matured and learned how to be happy for the blessings she receives. And to be happy for another person’s happiness and achievements too, especially her closest friends. I sometimes ask her if she gets jealous, and each time, she answers back with a question: “Why would I be?” I always end up smiling.
I am aiming to teach my kids how to see and feel things from the perspective of others. Knowing how to empathize is one of the firsts, in many life skills a person should learn. With Roey, this is still vague and might be a long process. With K, I just have to be here as a constant reminder. My success in this parent challenge will be my future leaders’ success as well. Knowing how it is to have none, to be inferior and to have a sense of contentment with what we have will sure help them be successful leaders. Successful and genuinely happy leaders in whatever field they may take.
My tears flooded after reading K’s letter to me they handed during their graduation ceremonies. As soon as I saw the letter in her hands, tears were ready to flow. Same reason why I had to read it at home when they were all asleep. That same letter is the exact reason why I have confirmed that no matter how yesterday was, everyday is a blessing!
Congratulations again my dear Keanna, my first baby. Please remember that you are the very first reason I believed in love at first sight, I believed in hope and that real beauty shines from within. Never doubt Mommy when I tell you are beautiful, because you really are. You are a blessing and I could not be thankful enough.
You have heard that “Laughter is the best medicine!” but did you ever wonder why?
You must have already found the answer from Google or from a medical book maybe.
Admittingly, since I have had dentures years back, I feel awkward when I smile. So, when I give a polite type of smile, I (most often than not) also let my eyes work – a wink, a smiling eyes or a quick raise of the eyebrows. But sometimes, I feel that I am not really giving it (smile and what it meant in whatever moment there is) 100%. I am haunted by that feeling for sometime, really! Especially when I became a Mom. My daughters would gladly smile at me with zero hesitation, or awkwardness at all. So, I had let go of that in-confidence and share my own different type of smiles. Well, yes, I have read that there were indeed different types of smile. I even found myself in front of the bathroom mirror smiling and counting! Ha! Ha!
You may find a lot more things a smile can do to yourself or to someone else but here is my top 5.
1. A SMILE is contagious.
2. “Every time you smile, it is an act of love – a gift …” ~Mother Teresa
3. We are all rich of smiles, be generous! A warm smile can touch and enrich the ones who receive it and it won’t cost you a thing.
4. A genuine smile is an asset! It attracts attention and promotion. It brings out an aura of confidence and positiveness which people find to be attractive.
5. Smiling is a stress-reliever! You are more relaxed when you smile. And because of its stress-relieving property, your immune system is strengthened and thus, smiling can actually prevent colds and reduce blood pressure.
So turn that frown upside down, Smile! Do something good to yourself and better things will happen to you!
Yesterday, I posted my submitted photo entry for FatMumSlim’s Photo a Day challenge and admitted that I should have updated it. There was something to correct with what I wrote in my to do list. I should only do one. GIVE!
Just before you close your eyes and lay to bed for sleep, GIVE THANKS!
I have been joining FatMumSlim’s Photo a Day Challenge and so far, I have not skipped a day. Yay! If I’d be able to complete the January challenge, I know I can do it for the rest of the remaining months too! As per my daughter K, “Push it Mom!”
Today’s challenge, or theme is actually a “To Do List”. And this is what I have submitted:
I think I came up with this idea from a thought that came into my mind Saturday afternoon as I was walking back home after I bought something from a nearby store… these are better said (or written) in Filipino as it gives depth to its meaning. This is also more of a realization for me.
At the end of the day, it is best if everyone can sleep with a peaceful mind and heart.
Yung tipong hindi mo man na-resolve anumang problema mo sa buhay, may peace kang mararamdaman at nakakabawas ng stress yun. Dapat pala ituro ko sa mga anak ko na at least may 3 bagay tayong dapat na-a-accomplish a day.
a. Gumawa ng (kahit ano) kabutihan.
b. Magkaroon ng bago o magpangiti ng kaibigan.
c. At night, magpasalamat sa makabuluhang araw na nagdaan.
At the end of the day, it is best if everyone can sleep with a peaceful mind and heart.
That even if you were unable to resolve whatever issues or problems you may have, you make it a point to at least feel peace and feel a little stress free too. I should teach my kids that we should accomplish 3 things everyday.
a. Do something good (any kind of good).
b. Make new friends or at least make a friend smile.
c. At night, give thanks for the significance of the day that past.
After several minutes, I had to somehow correct myself, I realized that my list should be updated. I’ll post the better version tomorrow! How about you? What’s you To Do List? Have you joined any photo a day challenge? Don’t say you can’t because I can!
“A friend is someone whole reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.”
I have been inspired to try back my love for photography as soon as I got my Cherry mobile Flare phone. Together with my childhood friends, we visited a resort in Bulacan. The kids had so much fun especially Roey who got to play again with Miggy. Miggy is just almost a year older than her and the two get along pretty well. I hope that their friendship, just like their Moms’ last a lifetime.