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Thirsty Thursday: Birthday Blessings

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 08/21/2014 at 21:31

Happy Birthday to Yours Truly!!! 

What better way to ring in my special day☼ than to celebrate at Church†? I began my birthday at the Chapel for my Adoration hour. Then Father Bob blessed♣ me and my gifts from my special friends, Evie, Maggie and Joe.♥ ♪They even sang Happy Birthday♫

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PTL for Praise The LORD * People that LOVE * Pretty Tough Lady 

Thirsty Thursday: Southmost Valley Church and Catholic School

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/31/2014 at 14:20

🙏Pray with Praise & Thanks + for Peace✌️

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After school business, I visited more beautiful Churches.

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St. Joseph’s (San Benito)

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Following my meeting yesterday, with a principal of the Catholic school where my Ph.D. professor served as CEO/President, I went to this Cathedral close to the border.

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville)

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Due to over a year worth of renovations, it will be closed until September 15, 2014.

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Luckily, the gift shop was open for pasalubong!

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Oblates of Mary Immaculate is my dear friend and Valley native, Bishop Mike’s religious order!

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☝️God’s Blessings👏

Thirsty Thursday: Personal & Professional Prayer Petitions

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/03/2014 at 12:00

During my Adoration Hours yesterday and today, I’ve been going through prayers from this book that I borrowed from my Filipino friend, written by a Pinoy priest.

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I lifted my intentions up to the LORD and His Blessed Sacrament. Some of these prayers also glorify in GOD’s gifts, so they’re worthy of praying when I’m doing life’s work, according to His will.

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… As a journalist and a photographer

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… As a professor

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… As a Ph.D. Candidate and for the students who I serve

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… As a runner/exercise enthusiast and for the athletes who I study …

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Also, I remind myself to listen to and trust in GOD.

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Now that I’m single, I also seek guidance toward a long-lasting relationship with someone special who also loves the LORD with all of his heart and his soul.

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*GOD Bless America this 4th of July and all the time*

Thirsty Thursday: Celebrate CHRIST

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/19/2014 at 19:00

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Enjoy these photos taken on the Church tour during my business trip last week!

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Thank GOD for another day.

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That’s what my parents’ Church’s visiting priest asked us to pray as we greet each day.

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Glory be…

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That’s what this priest asked us to pray at the end of our day.

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This past weekend, I attended the Most Holy Trinity Mass with my family, we celebrated:

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* The Father
* The Son
* The Holy Spirit

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Catholics believe in all three forms. Whether you believe in all three or at least one form of GOD, your life is fulfilled when you surround yourself with fellow believers.

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The more, the merrier!

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When we warmly welcome others into our Church, we bring ourselves closer to Heaven.

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DON’T force our beliefs down people’s throats. Teach by example.

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When I discussed GOD’s calling for me to open a Catholic school to another Ph.D. yesterday, that was one of his many pieces of advice.

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Yesterday, I enjoyed wholesome meals and the pleasant company of wonderful friends who support His plan to establish a school. We also remember to turn to Him, to praise Him during our joys, and to seek guidance during our sorrows.

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The LORD leads us to special someones along a path that He paves toward Heaven, so I’m grateful to GOD for showing His will and way today, everyday and always.

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And I’m not just mentioning people, but ALL of the LORD’s creations as well…

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Including creatures who are drawn to the Church…

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Like this Cat at St. Stephen’s!

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I call her/him Cat Stephens!

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GOD bless y’all!

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Thirsty Thursday: Glorify GOD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 06/12/2014 at 13:00

Ever since I started my ministry service at Church, I’ve prayed

Come, Holy Spirit…

And He has guided me through the readings and commentaries at Mass.

This past Pentecost, I especially felt the LORD lead me with strength, as I was moved by the Holy Spirit, during the prayers and hymns that I spoke and sang with our congregation as commentator and cantor.

However, I was told to back off from the mic a bit after. Despite that remark, I received positive reception from other parishioners, who were grateful to hear my clear voice. My dad’s friend and fellow veteran-turned barber, even said my voice was like a bird’s!

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So, I’ll keep using my voice as a gift from GOD, to glorify His name. He is worthy of praise.

Happy Father’s Day, especially to the LORD GOD Almighty!

Thirsty Thursday: Livin’ on a Prayer

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 05/29/2014 at 05:55

♪We got to †pray† just to make it ☼today☼.♫

Bon Jovi sings, and MC Hammer raps The TRUTH! And I, for one, indeed live every single day by this: no day is complete without prayer.

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Way to get through the day, all day everyday: PRAY!

This Thirsty Thursday quench unravels the H and 5 W questions of prayer.

How

Growing up, many of us were taught certain ways to pray, such as:

  • kneeling and bowing down while folding our hands
  • genuflecting and doing the Sign-of-the-Cross for those of us who are Catholic
First Communion

Throwback Thursday: My First Communion

However, we may not always engage in formal rituals when we pray, depending on our activities during the day.

Why

Some may pray for their wants and needs, but the essence of prayer is

to be closer to †GOD† and listen to His plan.

Therefore, we pray for His will and His way to guide us to His calling. Also

we praise and glorify Him; hence give Him THANKS.

When

The times of day when we pray don’t have to be limited. We can be in constant communication with the LORD. Here are a few of mine:

Where

Anywhere on GOD’s green Earth is the perfect place to pray. Church is an obvious spot where we worship together. This morning, I have my Adoration hour at the Chapel, and one of my prayers at the Blessed Sacrament actually mentions that while we pray there, we also must pray where prayer is scarce.

What

While there are prescribed prayers, the fact that we’re living and breathing GOD’s Word is most important. There’s so much scripture for us to incorporate in our prayer, so it is a manner of really letting those verses from the Bible soak in. If we absorb these passages instead of simply going with the motions by just saying those words, then we’ll capture what prayer is all about:

letting †GOD† into our ♥heart♥.

My Catholic onfirmation

Throwback Thursday: My Confirmation

Who

To whom do we pray? To GOD, of course, or the higher power in whom you believe. Those of us who are Catholic also may have special prayers for the patron saints, who led their lives serving the LORD and set examples to strive for holiness.

5:55 ~ make a †prayer†!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Communicate with CHRIST

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/15/2014 at 19:30

Happy Birthday to Evie today & Early Birthday to Nanay!

Evie & Me

Evie the Princess draped the robe on the Queen Mother after Sacred Heart‘s Corpus Christi Procession!

GOD works in miraculous and mysterious ways, giving us unasked-for prayers and blessings-in-disguise. When we reach a birthday or a milestone, He deserves our praise for getting us through our highway to Heaven…

At Mass last weekend, Father Bob said during his homily that the majority of our communication with the LORD is through listening to Him. This reminds me of the communication models that I studied and taught in college. Our interaction is not simply one-way ~ it is dynamic and involves all parties in the process. When we pray, we don’t simply tell GOD what is going on or ask Him to grant our wishes. During our days, He speaks to us in different ways, so we must use all of our senses to find out what He says… through

  • other people
  • circumstances
  • our dreams

As we help those who are in need, whether it is clothing the naked, donating to the poor, feeding to the hungry, hugging the abandoned, teaching the ignorant, visiting the imprisoned, we are doing as JESUS did… But think about it in these terms: we could be doing these things to JESUS! He could be living on in areas where we least expect it, and we could be looking at His face! We could live in His image, yet to take this a step further, we could treat others as we would treat Him: with kindness and mercy.

PTL

ALLELUIA!

GOD Bless Y’all!!!