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Thirsty Thursday: Forever Faithful 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/06/2015 at 07:55

♪I’m forever yours … Faithfully.♪ ~ Journey♫ 

Every single 🌅day, I pray🙏🏽

But what’s the purpose?


Rather than focusing our energies on 🌎worldly🌏 wants, we have a greater power💥 that transcends our own lives!  

At Mass💒 (in memory of my friends’ family’s loved 👼🏽one on his one-year anniverary) last weekend, the priest who delivered the homily🎤 pointed out two types of hunger:

  • Physical 💪🏽
  • Spiritual ✌🏽️


Lately, I’ve sought GOD’s guidance on how to glorify Him as I pursue my own personal and professional goals to draw me closer to Heaven ~ not necessarily bring me the ☝🏽️success that I initially desired💝 on this 🌍Earth.

~ Psalm 37:4 

Rosary Mysteries (4th decades) to meditate on this week:

First 3 photos taken at the University during recent fun run

Thirsty Thursday: Moving Music

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/05/2015 at 08:00

Happy 105th ☼Birthday☼, ♥LOLA ROSA♥!

Faith * Hope * Love

☝️Blessed🙏 💝Gifts🎁 from Edwin & Evie: beautiful ❄️scarf⛄️ & spectacular 💍bracelet✌️ ~ FAITH

As I have †Holy Hour† for my maternal grandmother at ♥Adoration♥ today and meet Bishop Mike at lunch time, I reflect on †spiritual† ♫music♪ that has ✌refreshed✌ my ♥heart♥ and ☼soul☼.

Faith * Hope * Love

☝️Blessed🙏 💝Gifts🎁 from Edwin & Evie: beautiful ❄️scarf⛄️ & spectacular 💍bracelet✌️ ~ HOPE

Enjoy listening to and singing along with some of my favorites:

 

Faith * Hope * Love

☝️Blessed🙏 💝Gifts🎁 from Edwin & Evie: beautiful ❄️scarf⛄️ & spectacular 💍bracelet✌️ ~ LOVE

 

St. Mary's

Made it 🚙safe🚘 to SA ⚡️yesterday☔️! 🙏 Passing🚗 St. Mary’s💒 on my way to 🎓Our Lady of the Lake🏤

OLL Convent

🙏Congregation of Divine Providence☝️

Little Flower

🙏St. Theresa ~ The Little Flower💐

Conventual Chapel

🙏Sacred Heart💝 Conventual Chapel💒

Sacred Heart OLLUSA

Panoramic View ~ where I did the Stations of the Cross

OLG OLLUSA

🙏Our Lady of Guadalupe at Our Lady of the Lake💒

GOoD Friday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/18/2014 at 04:45

♪†JESUS, remember me, when you come into your Kingdom…♫

That message stays with me as I reflect on Christ on the cross. On this Good Friday, I encourage you to read along with me the Passion of the Lord, according to John ~ from the Book of John, Chapters 18-19 (John 18:1-19:42) and open up your mind, heart and soul. If tears stream down your face, like I’ve experienced, it shows your overflowing cup of faith in Him, that you too yearn to be His humble servant, and to know Him is to love Him. ♥

Here are the Stations of the Cross that I provided for my family last year. I included pictures that I took at Our Lady of San Juan del Valle and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, my first home in the Rio Grande Valley.

Way of the Cross

Happy Easter☼

Thirsty Thursday: Listen to the LORD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/10/2014 at 07:45

Burdens = BLESSINGS

How could that be? you may ask. It’s all about how you approach it. Everything happens for a reason, and what matters is how we handle it. Turn to GOD because He takes care of us!

Wipe away Worry with WORSHIP

At first, I anticipated this week of preparation as overwhelming: getting ready for Holy Week • practicing my readings ~ including narrating the long Gospel ~ for Palm Sunday Mass at Church this weekend • revising my PowerPoint as my proposal defense is the next step in my dissertation • training for my new job. Rather than referring to these priorities as problems, I must remain undaunted by praising the LORD at all times for leading me to this point and seeking the HOLY SPIRIT for guidance to persevere.

Fade away Fear for FAITH

No negativity or fear are allowed here ~ just a positive perspective with the following Ls:

LORD * LOVE * LIVE * LIFE * LEAD * LISTEN

Sometimes, silence is of the essence, so our Heavenly Shepherd deserves our time when we open our eyes, ears, minds, hearts and souls to Him, ready to receive His presence … and His message. Let’s build our relationship with the most important One of all: the LORD JESUS CHRIST, by communicating with Him through prayer. Our prayers aren’t simply to tell and ask Him about our wants and needs; they’re to seek and find out about His will and way for us.

Amend Anxiety, Anguish & Anger into ANSWERS that come only from GOD & be content even when not certain

More Reflections from Rediscovering Catholicism

Now I realize why I may not have turned on my music every time I drive, shower or study lately: I need #silence to #communicate w/ #GOD in order to #listen to Him #speak! ~ #sign from Chapter 13: #Daily #Prayer 🙏👂☝️

Chapter 14 about The #Mass provides me with a #greater #appreciation for all parts of the #Liturgy & the #Eucharist, including my #ministry & #service, my next one being this weekend for #PalmSunday #readings & #Gospel. 💒💖👏

Which do we live by: His #Word or the #world? I encourage you to check out these first two pages of Chapter 15: #TheBible & to make the #Bible your life’s practice for #happiness #comfort #strength! 📖🙏☝️✌️💪😍

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Palm Sunday 2014 Readings

† Matthew 21:1-11
† Isaiah 50:4-7
† Philippians 2:6-11
† Matthew 26:14-27:66

Completely confide in CHRIST!!! 🙏☝️👏✌️💒

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Draw the #LORD into your #heart & your #soul –> the #true #key to #happiness … Even in times of #uncertainty, #GOD will take #care of #everything! 🙏☝️✌️👏💖💒🔑😍

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[from Our Lady of the Lake University‘s Providential Findings ~ Catholic school where I pursue my PhD]

Thirsty Thursday: JESUS Juice

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/03/2014 at 05:00

CHEERS to Thirsty Thursday Here’s my recipe for this wine that simply stands the test of time and is prime for the holy grail as the top drink to hail from the high Heavens!

JESUS Juice (not the beverage that MJ supposedly served his Never Neverland Ranch visitors):
* unlimited shots of light from the best spirit ever: the Holy Spirit because the best shot is lit-up
* splashes of kindness, mercy patience, forgiveness and understanding
* doses of compassion and suffering, as you toast humbly to others
* overflowing cup of hope, faith and more parts LOVE
* garnish with the gifts with which GOD has given us to bless the world

This is best served…
* shaken, not stirred ~ because during the process, my faith remains never wavered
* warmed, not chilled ~ because the LORD for whom this drink is named embraces those who drink His blood

If you wish to add other flavor to the mix, my favorites include:
* Matthew 6:33
* Philippians 4:13
* John 3:16

DON’T worry about drunkenness or stumbling and staggering because these ingredients are intended to strengthen and sober you up for the LORD, JESUS CHRIST, to lead you to His way, even in times of darkness. Turn to Him during your troubles, instead of to the bottle of temptation.

#PTL (according to Father Bush of my Parish) means:
* Praise the Lord
* Pray through LENT
~*~ AMEN ~*~

More Discoveries from Rediscovering Catholicism

Chapter 7, entitled “The #Path Is Well #Trodden, clarifies that #Catholics don’t #worship the #saints; we #follow in their #example of #holy #humans & #imitate the #likeness of #GOD … First #discipline through this #practice –> #genius! 🙏📖💒💖

Interesting timing: I read 3 different pieces that referred to a #blind man today:
1. #John9 (#Jesus #heals) in today’s #Gospel at #Mass
2. Chapter 8 called “Even a #BlindMan Knows …” (about our #Church’s #heroes) in #RediscoverCatholicism
3. “Savoring the #Sweetness of #Life” (loss of sight but not of might)
in #ChickenSoupForTheSoul #ThinkPositive
I see this to mean that I received a #sign from #GOD: even without #sight, follow the #HolySpirit’s #light! There is #beauty in #everything. ⏰🙏📖💒👓➕🔆💐

Chapter 9, “What Sets Them Apart,” reinforces that the keys to being #extraordinary are to have a singleness of #purpose & to #habits that will #achieve that #goal. Being #central to #holiness means to #trust in #GOD + to render #tender #love to Him & His #creations. #Light the #candle & take a #humble #walk w/the #LORD! Now I know that I’m doing #right & #just things when I #choose Him & #activities that support my #goals over meaningless things that deter me away! 🙏🔆👣☝️

Chapter 10, “Their #Attraction and #Influence,” refers to #true #friends as those who #challenge • #inspire • #encourage • #LiveLifeToTheFullest make us want to be #better ~ which are among the #leadership #measures of the #ExemplaryLeadership #practices from the #LeadershipPractices #Inventory that I’m using for my #doctoral #dissertation (#ChallengeTheProcess • #InspireASharedVision #EncourageTheHeart • #ModelTheWay • #EnableOthersToAct) ~ so a #friend indeed can #lead if we #strive for #greatness from their #example • #energy • #invigoration! #LeadMeLord! 🙏👏👆

Chapter 11, “Who Will Be Next?” conveys to me that #martyrs didn’t just #die for they #faith, they did #live for what they did #believe in. We’re not born as #saints, but we can #strive for #holiness so the #Church can #thrive. #Leaders are most #influential • #inspirational • #persuasive through #storytelling, so let’s be #champions of #change by sharing w/ future #generations about our #history’s #heroes to #empower us as #GOD’s #people w/ a #purpose according to His #plan. 👆✌️👊👏🙏💖💒

What do #MichaelJordan & #TigerWoods have in common w/ #Catholicism & #Christianity? These #athletes addressed their #weaknesses to #transform their into #strengths, which we can do for our #faith! I practiced this today by identifying what I can improve on at work: angled shots in my #photography)! ~ from Chapter 12, called #Confession 🙏📖💒🏀⛳️🏆📷👶💪

Thirsty Thursday: The TRUTH

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 03/27/2014 at 18:10

My ultimate goal: to be closer to GOD each & everyday!

Will y’all also join me on my journey and invite GOD into your heart, soul and every aspect of your lives?

Last weekend, I truly felt GOD speaking through me as His instrument as I proclaimed His Word at Mass:
† Exodus 17:3-7
† Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
† Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

Then our Deacon read the Gospel from John 4:5-42, followed by our Priest’s Homily, during which he asked if we were thirsty. I was, both figuratively and literally, because the first reading introduced Moses’ followers as thirsty for water, and I too, was thirsty after speaking at the altar, and also because

I long to be closer to GOD, as I belong to Him.

When folks have asked me what I’m giving up for Lent or tell me what they’re giving up during this Lenten season, the past few years, I’d say that I don’t “give up” ~ but rather:

I give my time to enrich and strengthen my relationship with GOD.

After Easter, I don’t just resume my regular life; instead I lead a richer life because of GOD‘s strength and guidance, as well as His patience and mercy, which He instilled in me. This year, my companion through this time is a book provided by my Church, called Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly*.

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One decade ago, upon my visit to my Motherland, the Philippines, my cousin’s wife gave me pasalubong (gift), which I read during Lent and still cherish to this day: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. If you’re seeking a sense of direction, I recommend both of these readings, as you go on your own walk with GOD.

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Nothing matters more than He does because nothing is possible without Him.

*Reflections of Celebration …

#GOD led me to read this after I wrapped up the day on my #dissertation, & this very much has to do w/my #study as well as my #spirituality & #life: “The very #best #coaches will tell you that #teams that #win #championships are those that #focus on the #basics and #master them #together.” ~ Matthew Kelly

Chapter 1 on #Universal #Hunger reminds me of the song lyrics in #ThereIsALonging (in our #Hearts) because we #thirst for the #Truth = #GOD ❤

Chapter 2 on The #Prevailing #Philosophy prompts me to point out that we’re not here to serve ourselves & seek fast results, but rather to serve #GOD & seek His #purpose while remaining #patient & without questioning His will be done. #TrustInHim

Chapter 3 entitled Is #JESUS Still #Relevant? shows me that #InstantGratification won’t bring us closer to #Heaven, #GreatLOVE will. #LiveLikeJESUS! #Disciple = #Discipline

Chapter 4 on #Searching for #Identity inspires me to #maximize my #potential to #love & #serve #GOD & His #people ~ that is the #heart & #soul of my #person. ♥♥♥ #LoveGOD = #LovePeople ❤ ❤ ❤

Chapter 5 about what we #Celebrate brought to mind this song http://youtu.be/04y_KfO7GzI ~ so let’s #approach #life w/ the #LORD of #love taking the #lead on our #way according to His #will! #GOD = #GOoD 🙏👏✌️☝️💒💖

*… Leading into Authenticity

Chapter 6 called “What Is the #Authentic #Life?” does #guide me toward the #spiritual #secret: to be #holy in #everything that I do. For me, this is through #service to my #Church & #community + #work on my #dissertation & #career + #relationships w/ my #family & #friends ~ ALL to #lead w/ #great #LOVE for #GOD & His #creation! 💖👏🙏✌️☝️📖💒

1:11 ~ make a wish … Or actually, say a prayer!!!