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The Reason

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Most of the time, I think, I have never been grateful enough for the years I was given to live... I always find myself at the 'losing end.' My emotions get worked up easily and I exhaust myself. I am so eager to end things (sooner, and that included relationships). I have prepared everything and even friends for my funeral... I remember my friend and co pilgrim's shocked face when I took her to the colombarium on our first meetup... telling her that this is where she would visit me when I die. My mind was always geared towards my early demise. I almost ended it out of despair while I was being treated for depression. How could I even ask God for death when He has not seen me yet live the life He wanted me to live? ---- I saw a viral Tiktok post on my colleague Russel's timeline and it was enough to reduce me to tears... I remembered all those who reached out and held their hands to me when I almost gave up on life... I might not be aware of it, but I m

Blissful Days part 1: Opening our wounds to Christ

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We learn to appreciate life by living it... I was out for a while... hibernating...this time, with a friend who snatched me away  from my ab'normal' crazy days leaving behind tons of work in my desk and my phone mute (for several days) . I was unmindful of the endless calls and messages at home and in the office.  I have not been my 'usual' self since the pilgrimage I had in 2019. A wall I have carefully built between myself and others was torn down and I felt myself vulnerable once again  in the face of familiar people.  I thought that I have outgrown the hurts that I have in the past but experiencing the Lord in Jerusalem exposed my brokenness ~ I started feeling again. The voices I have learned to drown emerged and the pains were unburied.  I thought tears was a sign of weakness (I have stopped crying for five years) . But I  lost my composure before His tomb... I did not lose my peace... I realized that I never had it in the first place.  A gentle reass

Gift of Realizations

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The day is almost done and I quickly wrote this on my wall: Today, I resolved that I need not be the person everybody wants or wishes me to be. I realized that I am loved for who I am and not for what I do or do not do. I realized that I am blessed no matter what. Everything is grace.  I have passed the long quarantine wait unscathed.  I have come across fire and was not burned.  I have weathered the storms, experiencing deep calm inside. I realized that I have both the good and wicked inside of me  but I am capable of conversion because of God's mercy and grace. I am simply grateful for being alive...  I am blessed... I have family... I have friends...and I believe in love. Grazie a Dio ... grazie di tutto ... Io confido in Te+

The New Normal: Of Masks and Social Distancing

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A co-pilgrim once shared that their government opened up a place for them to jog while on quarantine. He said the ennui was suffocating and it was refreshing to see the sunset and walk by the beachside to breathe clean air. Flashback to the second week of March at work, all of the conferences scheduled this year, including our Annual Convention, were postponed. Our head told us to "chill" for a week while we awaited news.  These two and a half months were far from relaxing. We had to stay home together while the "curve is being flattened," and while a vaccine is being developed against COVID-19.  Work from home was instilled.  At first, I hesitated to stay in the house but then we were forced to. The house which we formerly referred to as a "hotel" was gradually transformed into a real home. I developed a friendship with my older sister. The family started eating together... there was more time for conversations... more caring... more praying t

A Pilgrim's Journey: The Wedding Feast

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23 December 2019 " Together we fall in love with God and together we surrender to God’s purposes." ~Bishop Robert Barron~ -------    On our third day in the Holy Land, I woke up with a very bright smile on my face. It was our flock's turn to animate the liturgy for the couples who will be renewing their marriage vows. We prepared the songs over dinner and I downloaded several others as Mass fillers. The wedding theme thrilled me endlessly [til the end of the day]…  The moment we stepped at Cana, I  was caught by our pilgrim guides' surprise ... a part of the wedding celebration is a reception afterwards at the winery nearby. Kafr Cana  The Shrine of Our Lord's First Miracle at the Wedding in Cana of Galilee We had five couples who renewed their wedding vows. My parents had theirs here in 2017. I felt blessed to visit churches under the custody of the Franciscans. The first ones were the Basilica of the Annunciation and the

A Pilgrim's Journey: The Call to an Adventure

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Listening to God's voice is always an invitation to an adventure ...   ...to move from our own buffered selves [little soul] to an infinitely wider space [great soul]   ...beyond what we can aspire to or imagine ."  ~ Bishop Robert Barron, 8 March 2020 homily ~ Early morning on the 22nd of December 2019, we went out to the Sea of Galilee and sailed on a boat.  I remembered heeding to the same call  of adventure twenty-two years ago... I felt free and unfree at the same time. I celebrated my independence from my family in this pilgrimage and yet was called to join  a bigger family with my co-pilgrims.  It was never a solitary affair ... not an exclusive cruise for me and Jesus but a journey 'to be with' the  people God called together for a purpose... God took my hand and was led to sing, dance, meditate on the Gospel readings that we had.  It was a call   to ' break free ' from what was familiar... the s