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Valentine’s Day and the Ash Wednesday holiday marking the start of Lent fall on the same day for the first time since World War Two. The last time this convergence of holidays happened was in 1945.

Given the differing traditions of the two occasions, being that Ash Wednesday requires fasting and Valentine’s Day usually involves some sort of festive meal or chocolates. I think the only abstinence required every lent, is refraining from eating meat.

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, sweets, chocolates, red roses, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.

Ash Wednesday’s penance, reflection and mourning, marking the start of Lent’s 40 days, which mirror the 40 days Jesus spent fasting.

The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made from the burning of palms from Palm Sunday the year before.

“Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return,” priests tell parishioners.

The Lenten season to me is like a renewal of love, Jesus Christ dying for us for Love.

The ultimate theme of Valentine’s Day is romance. In its ideal form, Love

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Faith 

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(Hillsong)

I’m reaching for the prize, I’m giving everything
I give my life for this it’s what I live for
Nothing will keep me from, all that You have for me
You hold my head up high, I live for You

Greater is He, that’s living in me
Than he that is in the world

Faith, I can move the mountain
I can do all things through Christ, I know
Faith, standing and believing
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

I’m reaching for the prize, I’m giving everything
I give my life for this it’s what I live for
Nothing will keep me from, all that You have for me
You hold my head up high, I live for You

Greater is He, that’s living in me
Than he that is in the world

Faith, I can move the mountain
I can do all things through Christ, I know
Faith, standing and believing
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Faith, I can move the mountain
I can do all things through Christ, I know
Faith, standing and believing
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Greater is He, that’s living in me
Than he that is in the world

Faith, I can move the mountain
I can do all things through Christ, I know
Faith, standing and believing
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Faith, I can move the mountain
I can do all things through Christ, I know
Faith, standing and believing
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

 

 

 

 

Songwriters: CINDY MORGAN

Faith lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

Thank You God

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Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain.

Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed. They have kept my heart soft and mold-able.

Thank You, God, for the times I haven’t been able to control my circumstances. They have reminded me that You are sovereign and on the throne.

Thank You, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.  

allsaintsdayAll Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls’ Day, which is observed on November 2 and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven.

soulsAlthough millions, or perhaps even billions, of people, may already be saints, All Saints’ Day observances tend to focus on known saints –that is those recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church.

Generally, All Saints ’ Day is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation, meaning all Catholics are required to attend Mass on that day, unless they have an excellent excuse, such as serious illness.

Celebrations and customs vary around the world. In the United States, children go out trick-or-treating for candy the night before, while Catholics attend the Mass the following day. In Spain, Mexico and Portugal, offerings are often left for the dead. Across Western Europe, people visit graves and leave offerings of flowers, and in Eastern Europe, they light candles on the graves at night. In the Philippines, families paint and repair graves of their loved ones.

These celebrations often blur the distinction between All Saints’ Day, which is dedicated to those who are in heaven, and All Souls’ Day, which is dedicated for all those who have died.

Walk by Faith 

Walk by Faith

By: Jeremy Camp

Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day

 

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see it
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

 

Help me to win my endless fears
You’ve been so faithful for all my years
With the one breath You make me
Your grace covers all I do

 

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see it
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

 

Well I’m broken, but I still see Your face
Well You’ve

Pray

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In solidarity with Pope Francis’ announcement of the first-ever World Day of the Poor in November, Caritas Manila launched on Tuesday the “75 Days of Charity”.
Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual urged the public to show their love for the poor not only in words but through deeds by being part of the 75 Days of Charity.
“I hope that individuals, companies, homeowners and condominium associations, schools, parishes, and other socio-civic and religious organizations show their love for the poor, not just in words, but also in deeds. Let us all help the poor help themselves through the 75 Days of Charity,” he said.
Pascual suggested different ways on how the public can help the poor such as by filling cans of charities.
The “75 Days of Charity” will run from September 5, 2017, the International Day of Charity, up to the World Day of the Poor, on November 19, 2017.
He said under this program, giving and helping the poor is made easier through the deployment of drop cans (alkansyas) to offices and /or to public places like in the canteen, cashier or lobby where people can drop bills or coins to share with those in need.
Pascual said one can also support the Segunda Mana donations-in-kind program wherein pre-loved items such as apparel, footwear, bags, accessories, furniture, and appliances that take up spaces at home will be sold at Segunda Mana charity outlets.
According to the priest, proceeds of Segunda Mana help sustain the Caritas Manila flagship Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP), which focuses on education for the underprivileged youth, supporting 5,000 scholars nationwide.
Another way of helping, Pascual said, is by helping poor but deserving youth get a college or vocational-technical education by donating P25,000 per year to Caritas Manila’s YSLEP.
Pope Francis, in his message for the first World Day of the Poor said, throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need.
Caritas Manila is the social services and services ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila.