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Ash Wednesday

17036693_10210133822355057_1056430999_oThis Wednesday marks the first day of March and the first day of Lent. Since Lent represents the time that Jesus spent wandering in the wilderness, it’s an understandably solemn time. While worshippers are encouraged to reflect upon their commitment to their faith and the community throughout the season, Ash Wednesday services place a special emphasis on mortality and sinfulness. That’s where the actual ashes come in.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Usually, the minister recite these words while administering the ashes. Depending on the Mass, ministers will either sprinkle ashes over worshippers’ heads or use a blend of ash and holy water to rub the sign of the cross into their foreheads.

The ashes themselves come from the palm leaves that were blessed during Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) of the previous year.

Tradition holds that Christians wear ashes on the first day of Lent in order to mourn and acknowledge the suffering that Jesus endured. As a gesture, it represents a willingness to repent for your sins and purify your soul in preparation for his resurrection.

Worshippers may wash off their ashes right after services or leave them on for the rest of the day. Traditionally, it’s frowned upon to go out in public with your ashes on display, but nowadays it’s pretty common to do so.

Have a blessed Ash Wednesday everyone !

I’m 6 !

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I’m 6 ! It’s my (another) Birthday !

Dear God,

Thank You for waking me up early today so that I could spend more time with You!

It’s been 6 years after you wake me up for my second life! (That was February 19, 2011. . . I’m a Survivor 🙂 ) And Thank You God for my second life.

Thank You for all the graces and blessings, for good health, protection, contentment, wisdom and joy.

Thank You for all the times to rest and rejuvenate

Thank You for teaching me that You are good in all circumstances, both the good times and sad times.

Thank You for holding my son MJ in heaven. Pain is still here in my heart.

Thank You for lifting me up when I am down.

Thank You for teaching me to always trust in you.

Thank You for giving me and all the times I get to spend with my family, relatives and friends.

Thank You for the people you have placed in my life.

Thank You for the joy you bring into my life through my family, relatives and friends.

Thank You for teaching me to be flexible.

Thank You for the clearing of my uneasy emotions.

Thank You for sustaining me at all times, even when I am unaware.

Thank You for giving me motivation.

Thank You for loving me unconditionally.

Thank You for giving me a passion for posting online to be with all ! 🙂

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Count Your Blessings

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We are blessed with so many things. We really count them all, but it doesn’t matter whether it may be small or big. With our lives, with the air that we do use in breathing to this world and with many things that we have have. We are blessed for the food that we eat everyday, for the water we drink.

We are blessed with our families who loves us so much and with the people who cares for us. Just be grateful for all of them.

Thank you God for many blessings and graces. Thank you for the gifts, for the family , friends, and many blessed people around me.

Thank you for all I have, and for all I am.

Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

Feelings vs Facts

Our emotions have the potential to dictate reality to us. We can assume that something is either true or false based on the way we feel toward it. People allow their emotions to dictate reality to them in the crucial area of their salvation.

The Bible never tells us that we are saved according to our feelings. But we are told over and over that oursalvation is based on our faith in certain facts.

“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” –  (Romans 6:11 NKJV)

In the verse above, the apostle Paul tells us to “reckon” ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. This word “reckon” is critical. It does not refer to a feeling or an emotional sensation. It is a mathematical term that means to count upon something as being factual. We reckon that 2 + 2 = 4 because we know that this is factually true. If you’re a Christian, you should place your faith in the absolute fact that you are dead to sin and alive to God.

There may be times when we don’t feel this, but, again, feelings don’t determine reality. You are not saved on feelings; you’re saved based on absolute facts.

#GodSpeaks

What is maturity?

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1. Maturity is responsibility.

2. Maturity is when you are content and satisfied with your life and yet aspiring to be better every day.

3. Maturity is when you stop trying to change others …instead focus on changing yourself.

4. Maturity is when you learn to “let go”.

5. Maturity is when you are able to drop “expectations” from a relationship and give for the sake of giving.

6. Maturity is when you understand whatever you do, you do for your own peace.

7. Maturity is when you stop proving to the world, how intelligent you are.

8. Maturity is when you understand that you cannot and shouldn’t always do/get what you want.

9. You gain Maturity when you stop attaching “happiness” to material things.

10. . Maturity is when you understand that your ideas are not always the best.

11. Maturity is when you accept and enjoy other people as they are, at their level of understanding.

12. Maturity is appropriating that your opinion in any matter isn’t always required.

13. Maturity is when you don’t seek approval from others.

14. Maturity is when you stop comparing with others.

15. Maturity is when you are at peace with yourself.

– Anonymous –

Prayer for All Souls Day

All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead. The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few other denominations of Christianity. The Anglican church is the largest protestant church to celebrate the holy day. Most protestant denominations do not recognize the holiday and disagree with the theology behind it.

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For all our departed love ones:

Lord God,
you are the glory of believers
and the life of the just.
Your son redeemed us
by dying and rising to life again.
Since our departed brothers and sisters
believed in the mystery of our resurrection,
let them share the joys and blessings
of the life to come.

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Merciful Father,
hear our prayer
and console us.
As we renew
our faith in Your Son,
whom You raised from the dead,
strengthen our hope
that all our departed brothers and sisters
will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen

Today is All Saints Day, the day commemorating every saint, known and unknown, as per the Catholic tradition.

Even many of the known saints have their own feast day during the year, on November 1 the Church remembers them all through the Solemnity of All Saints. For the saints that we do not have as much information about, or for those whose feats are still relatively unsung, the day offers an opportunity to commemorate their accomplishments and to pray to them, asking for their intercession.

According to Catholic doctrine, all the world’s saints are forever spiritually connected with the world and can intercede on people’s behalf because of a shared communion with Jesus Christ. The Catholic Catechism also believes us all to be connected with each other through this shared communion with Christ. A good many saints, from the thousands who have been officially canonized, have been instated as protectors over different aspects of life, such as St. Patrick for the Irish or St. Vitus who acts as the patron saint against oversleeping.

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A Catholic Prayer in Praise of the Saints

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world’s power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.

Unknown author, 10th century