As we commemorate All Saints’ Day it is supremely fitting to remember, honor and cherish the memory of the saints in heaven.

How did they make it to heaven?  The answer to that seems simple.  Saints are very good and holy persons.  After all, the word “saint” comes from a Latin word sanctus which means “holy.”  But it is not as simple as that.  By no means every saint was perfect.  However, some did things they became very ashamed of; things that were cruel or selfish.   So, as some people have asked, are saints simply sinners who kept on trying; trying to be good, trying to do what they believed God wanted them to do?

 

Walang tutulad sa mga Pilipino na may pinakamahabang pagdiriwang ng Pasko sa buong mundo.  Nagsisimula ito mula Setyembre hanggang Enero.  Pagpasok pa lamang ng Setyembre ang mga mall ay puno na ng makukulay na dekorasyon.  Maririnig na rin ang masasayang tugtuging Pamasko na sumasagisag na ang Pasko ay naririto na.  Sa radio, telebisyon, opisina at tahanan ay nagsimula nang mag “countdown”.  Sabik nang naghihintay ang mga empleyado sa kanilang “Christmas bonus” upang makapamili na ng mga regalo at gamit na pamasko.

I made an experiment. It is embarrassing just how some of my thoughts come about but I needed to find out. Has “IT” just become a habit?

Has the Holy Hour been just a schedule just as the Sunday’s Eucharist been just an obligation? I am still thinking about skipping the first of October’s. Anyway it is ‘just’ Taize Prayer as announced. What boredom is in there where songs sang were mere repetitions of words. Had a pendant or necklace be in front of me, I could have easily fallen to the spell and be hypnotized by an unknown spirit.

October is dedicated for a month-long praying of the Holy Rosary among Catholics.  The name “Rosary” from the Latin word rosarium, “rose garden” comes from the notion of offering a bouquet of prayers to our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary.

According to pious tradition, Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic, a holy and zealous Spanish priest who religiously prayed for those who had fallen into error and gave up their Catholic faith.  He preached and labored for those unfortunate people for years even so often he was ridiculed.

 

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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