A Parent's Prayer for Children

>> Monday, December 14, 2009

Here's a prayer for children which I adapted from Catholic Online, for use by the Sto. Nino group. This is a prayer of parents for their children. As parents, it is essential that we teach our children how to pray so that they may grow to have a deep faith in God.

You can also adapt this according to your preference and use your own words. Allow the Holy Spirit to move you and you have a very beautiful and powerful prayer that is coming from the heart.

Prayer for The Children

O Senor Sto. Nino, we commend our children unto thee,
those who are present here before you namely (state name of children)
and those who are in the comfort of their homes.
Grant Senor Sto. Nino, that they may grow
to serve you, love you and know you.
Protect them always from harm, evil and sickness
and watch over them as they grow.
Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world,
to resist all solicitations to evil,
whether from within or without;
and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy.
Pour Thy grace into their hearts,
and confirm and multiply in them
the gifts of Your Holy Spirit,
that they may daily grow in grace
and in the knowledge of You;
and so, faithfully serve You here,
and may they come to rejoice in Your presence hereafter.

O Senor Sto. Nino, who has given unto us these children,
and committed them to our charge to bring them up for Thee,
and to prepare them for eternal life:
help us with Thy heavenly grace, that we, as parents,
may be able to fulfill this most sacred duty and stewardship.
Teach us what to give and what to withhold;
when to reprove and when to forbear;
make us to be gentle, yet firm;
considerate and watchful;
and deliver us equally from the weakness of indulgence,
and the excess of severity;
and grant that, both by word and example,
we may be careful to lead them in the ways of wisdom
and true piety, so that at last we may, with them,
be admitted to the unspeakable joys of our true home in heaven,
in the company of the blessed Angels and Saints.

Source: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=71


God Always Provides

>> Thursday, December 10, 2009

I have experienced, time and again, that God always provides. Even if you don't utter it in your mouth. Even if you just ignore the problem and don't worry yourself too much about it. Even if things seem too impossible. Even if you just whisper it in your heart. At the right moment, at the most unexpected time, the Lord has surprised me, hubby and me, us, with His Saving Grace.

Surely, there is no one as great as Him who always provides and who always knows what we desire. YES, He grants our heart's desires and aids us in our needs in His own way, in His own Time.

Glory and praise be to OUR GOD WHO ALWAYS PROVIDES.


Huwag Kang Mangamba

>> Thursday, December 3, 2009

I was so afraid and worried about Samantha the past six days. She had been sick and I was worried that it might be the dreaded swine-flu. But my heart tells me to have faith and trust in the Lord. In my heart, I know that He won't allow anything to happen to her. And so everyday I pray...

While we were at the hospital, I was given the opportunity to spend the entire three days with my daughter and reading the bible. While at the hospital, I was able to rest my stressed and weary body too. I guess you can call it blessing in disguise. I call it God's plan at work. And I am happy because I was able to learn something from my scripture readings. I read the entire book of Esther and 1st and 2nd Samuel and learned a little bit more about our God Almighty. He is a jealous God and a great God BUT He is faithful to His people. And I know that I should not worry because for as long as I put my trust in Him, all shall be well.

And here's a Jesuit song that has reminded me, time and again, to not be afraid:


The Holy Infant Jesus (Sto. Nino)

>> Monday, November 2, 2009

Sto. Nino

Every Friday, we venerate his name. Why the devotion? Because I too was once a child and now have my own child. I celebrate life, innocence, obedience, dependence, being carefree, youth, faith, hope and love. I believe in the miracles that His image has performed. I believe in the countless lives He has transformed. I believe in the child Jesus who knew at such a young age his fate. Yes, He lived an ordinary and simple life but he performed extraordinary works of kindness and mercy.

May Sto. Nino ever help us.


WFW: Psalm 9:18

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Have A Safe Trip!

>> Saturday, September 19, 2009

Members of our new community here in Germany, the Sto. Nino group will be having their pilgrimage from September 21st to 26th. I pray that God will bless our Nanays, Ate's and Kuya's a safe trip.

The group will be visiting Dresden, Poland and Prague to visit the many religious places like the Black Madonna and the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague. At first we were thinking of joining but since hubby can't take a vacation leave anymore due to workload, we opted not to go. It would be difficult to travel with a toddler by myself. I know that God will understand. We will just send with the group our prayers and petitions and candle offerings so that it would feel like we are still with them.

The first pilgrimage that we joined in was the one in Heroldsbach in Nurnberg. It was in a small town where the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to little children. We arrived just in time for the 10:00AM eucharistic celebration. Then we visited the church and the apparitions of the BVM were recounted to us through the beautiful stained glass windows of the church. It was a beautiful and uplifting experience. And I hope that the Vatican will soon recognize the apparition site as a Holy Place.

The main altar of the church.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I hope that in the coming pilgrimages, it wouldn't be that long and far so that we will be able to join. And so that we may also grow stronger in our faith through the spiritual experience and enlightenment that one who embarks on a pilgrimage usually gets.


Simeon's Canticle

>> Thursday, August 27, 2009

Who is Simeon, you might ask? He is the biblical character mentioned in Luke 2 who met the Virgin Mary, Joseph and Jesus as they entered the temple to fulfill the requirement of Moses' Law on the event of the fourtieth day from Jesus' birth. He is a just and devout man of Jerusalem. He took Jesus in his arms when he saw him and said the prayer Nunc dimitis or Canticle of Simeon. This prayer is usually sung during the Advent season, as we await the birth of Jesus.

Simeon's Canticle
Music by: Manoling Francisco, SJ
Arrangement: Paulo K Tirol
Soloist: Celia Uy
Keyboards: Paulo K Tirol

Lord, let Your servant go in peace
For Your Word has been fulfilled.

A Child shall be born to the Virgin,
And His Name shall be called, "Emmanuel."

My own eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared for all men.

A Light shall reveal to the nations
And the glory of Your people, Israel.


Thanksgiving and Inspirations

>> Monday, August 17, 2009

I would like start the week with thanksgiving for all the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon me and my family.

I thank God for the good health that we enjoy.
I thank God for giving us a home to keep us safe and warm.
I thank God for blessing us with food on our table,
and clothes on our backs.

I thank God for keeping our family together always, despite challenges.
I thank God for protecting us always from harm and evil.
I thank God for the love that He never ceases to give.
I thank God for the many things, wonderful or difficult,
that He sent our way.

I thank God for always hearing our prayers.
I thank God for our lives, for this day, for yesterdays
and for tomorrows.

Thank you Lord for EVERYTHING!

And thanks also to Ate Chris for thinking me Inspirational!
God bless you and your family more!



God Of Silence

>> Sunday, August 16, 2009

This song, beautiful and simple, reminds me of lots of things. My childhood, my awakening as a Christian, my reflections and retreats, my volunteer years and so much more. God may be silent but He works in mysterious ways. In the recesses of our hearts, He is there, waiting... silently waiting for us to call on Him. And although I cannot see my God, I believe, I trust, I love.

Here are the lyrics of the song:
The God of silence beckons me
To journey to my heart
Where He awaits
O Lord, I hear You calling tenderly
To You I come to gaze
At the beauty of Your face I cannot see

To rest in Your embrace I cannot feel
To dwell in Your love hurting but sweet
To be with You; to glimpse eternity

God of night, fount of all my delight.
Show Your light . . . that my heart, like Yours, burn bright.

Be still the torment of the night
Will not encumber you, if you believe
My child this darkness isn't emptiness
For here I mold your heart
Unto My image painfully you long to see

The self you yearn to be, but fear to know
The world from which you flee in Me find home
All these I give you, if you remain in Me

I am ever here
My child, you need not fear
The dark will set you free
And bring your heart to Me

The God of silence beckons me
To journey to my heart
Where He awaits me.


Kreativ Award

>> Saturday, August 15, 2009

I just love receiving awards! And this one from Ate Chris of Inspirational Insights is just inspiring! Thank you for this Kreativ Award Ate!

Rules: To accept this award, do the following:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
  2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
  3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
  4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
  5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers
  6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
  7. Leave a comment on each of the blog letting them know they have been nominated.
I will just be posting 7 things about me but I will have to break rule number 5 again.

7 Things About Me:
  1. I am a hopeless romantic.
  2. I can easily catch the lyrics of a song and sing along in no time.
  3. I love to take photographs of my daughter. I guess any parent would. :D
  4. I have long since wanted to join a Spiritual Exercises retreat but haven't found the time yet
  5. Jesuit music always inspires me.
  6. I always try to have a happy outlook in life. I live by my motto: Always choose to be happy. No matter what the circumstances are, there is something that is worth smiling for.
  7. I feel that I have so many things in so little a time. I guess I need to reorganize and relearn what Time Management is about and prioritize.


WFW: Luke 15:8-9

>> Wednesday, August 5, 2009

May all of us who are LOST, find our way back to our LORD and SAVIOR.
A Blessed Wednesday to all!


Mary Did Not Complain

>> Monday, August 3, 2009

The Pieta at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican, Rome depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus Christ.

She said YES to the call of God despite her fears and gave birth in a manger.
Yet she never complained.
She worried over Jesus and had to give him up for the sake of others who needed him most.
Yet she never complained.
She witnessed the suffering and death of her son during His passion.
Yet she never complained.

I had dishes to do, a baby to attend to, a house to keep, laundry to wash and press, bed to make, blogs to write, budget to manage and all other mundane things that a wife and a mother has to do in this world and I (most of the time) COMPLAIN. And I should be ashamed. Because compared to Mary, all my cares and troubles are miniscule.

Meditating on the life of Mary through the Holy Rosary made me realize how selfless, how loving, how giving she was. She didn't care much for herself and served God with all her heart and with all her soul. May I be able to do all these things and more with love and happiness knowing that I serve my family and the Lord for His greater glory. I admit I am no superhero, but for the sake of my family, may I be the Supermom and Superwife that they deserve.


God's Word Is Forever

>> Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This bible verse from Isaiah 40:8 tells us that even if all things fade from this world, His word remains. It reminds us that all the material things in this world are temporary so that when all else is gone, our loving God remains for us and with us.

Lord, may I never be too occupied of the things of this world that it takes up all of my time. Grant me the grace to seek you in the things that I do and to find the time to pray and read your Holy Bible. Grant me the understanding as I read each word so that I may share your Light to others. Amen.


Love Thy Neighbor

>> Thursday, July 2, 2009

It was a Saturday evening. Hubby went out to go karting, as what he usually does on Saturdays. We didn't go with him though and decided to just stay at home because Sam just recovered from her ear infection.

I looked out our window and noticed that our balcony is wet... and water is trickling down from above. I thought it was raining hard again and so I went out. The odd thing was that only our side of the balcony is wet and the adjacent ones are dry. Hmmm... I thought, "So the neighbors on the floor above decided to clean their balcony, wash off the dirt with water and just allowed the water to trickle... Tsk! Tsk!" Good thing I had no laundry to dry that day, otherwise, they would get soiled and wet.

Then my door bell rang. I looked out the peephole to see who it was. It couldn't be hubby. It is too soon for him to be home. And I wasn't expecting any visitors. Then I saw a woman who looked quite furious and impatient. I nervously opened the door and asked what it was she needed or was looking for. Furiously, she ranted in German about something gone "kaput" and "wasser im balkon!" and "Jetzt!". She must have said a lot of things but I only understood those few words. And I told that I didn't water my plants just now and raised my hand up to indicate that the people from the 5th floor did it. I kept shaking my head saying "Nein, nein..." and when she gave up, figuring out that I couldn't understand her, she gave. Then I said "Enschuldigung..." which meant "I'm sorry..."

I was terrified when I closed the door. The Germans are really a brave lot, at least the person who came to my door was. I know I had every right to be indignant of her accusations but I cannot defend myself using their language. But then again, she was furious too because something was ruined because of the water. I prayed for an understanding heart as I remembered what Jesus said, "Love thy neighbor."


The Windhover

>> Saturday, June 27, 2009

Here is a beautiful poem from Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ. The images presented are powerful and majestic, as a tribute to Christ, the King. For indeed, Jesus is King - great in His love and powerful to resist the temptations of the devil. Mighty is our God who lived among us and saved us all from death.

I caught this morning morning's minion,
kingdom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon,
in his riding of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend; the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart is hiding
Stirred for a bird, - the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

Brute beauty and valour are act, oh, air, pride, plume here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.



>> Thursday, April 2, 2009

I don't know if this is the proper venue to write my thoughts... but lately, I have been forgetful. At first, it was just small things like forgetting to bring my keys, or forgetting to cook rice for dinner or forgetting to bring enough milk and wipes for my baby during a vacation. Then, it became bigger and more serious like forgetting to bring my alien registration card with me each time I go out, forgetting to check out of the hotel and worse, forgetting my wedding and engagement bands at the hotel! Oh yes, I just did the UNFORGIVABLE. It is not the material things that were forgotten that has made it so but the manner with which I seem to take things too easily and matter-of-factly.

I have never been myself lately and I know I have caused too many disappointments and too many heartaches to the people surrounding me. I have been stressed out, too busy to even pray seriously, too proud to bend and give way to the other, too angry and too exhausted to the point that I can no longer do something worthwhile. My mind is a pool of hate-words, doubts and dark thoughts, it became painful to think at all. This just isn't me. And I wish to become the person I was before all the bitterness and remorse - patient, understanding, soft-spoke, humble, submissive, thoughtful, careful, sweet and gentle.

Lord, please help me. I love my family, my husband, my baby and I know that I have hurt them very badly. Please grant me O Lord, a patient heart and a wise mind... that I may never be too quick with words but patient and trusting with your will. Bless me Lord, with your patience and understanding so that I may never be too quick to lash out in anger. Please forgive me and help me to forgive myself so that I may forgive others too.

This is NOT me, Lord. Please , lead me back to the Light so that I may never forget anymore nor take things forgranted.

This is my prayer... and I hope you hear and answer me.


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>> Saturday, March 28, 2009

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