Eucharistic Adoration

May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection, at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world, even until the end of time.

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Starting the year with a positive outlook

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A few months ago, I was browsing through one of the accounts I follow in Instagram when one of the posts there caught my attention. I immediately posted a comment and asked what’s the title of the book. I was told that it is “The Daily Book of Positive Quotations” by Linda Picone. Instantly, I became interested and tried to search online where I could possibly buy my own copy. It was only last December that I placed my order via Amazon, and thanks to their prompt delivery, the package arrived before Christmas, just in time for the start of this new year.

Over the past year, I became so consumed with negative vibes around me. I was easily distracted with little things that I tend to lose my patience and hurt someone in the end. It became a habit already that not a day went by that I was not mad against someone or something. Then I realized that I’ve already hurt so much and that I no longer have their respect. What drives them to follow me as a leader was no longer respect but fear. Fear that each time they do not meet my standards or every time they commit a mistake, I would raise my voice and utter some harsh words to them.

But that is not me. I am more than what the eyes can see. I can do better. I can be better. If only I wouldn’t allow myself to be consumed by anger. If only I would allow love, mercy, compassion and kindness prevail in my heart. If only I will learn how to be more humble. If only I would allow myself to recognize the presence of others, that I also need them, and that I can also learn something from them. Perhaps, it’s not yet too late to make a difference.

May this book open my eyes and see the good things around me. May it open my heart to embrace the positive side of life. And may it be a reminder to myself to always be good and do good towards the people around me.

Let’s start this year with a positive outlook. Welcome 2016!

The start of a new journey

It has been more than three years now since the last time I visited my other blog (from the other blog site), or even write something in it. The last time I logged into my blog, I felt like a total stranger. Maybe because some of the blogs that are in my reading list are no longer updated, or maybe the bloggers that I used to follow had not been active as well. Either way, I felt so lost in my own abode.

Hard as it may be, I decided to get over with my old blog and make a new one. This means that I have to let go of the friends that I had made in my few years of blogging, and to forego the blogs that I used to follow and read. It also means that I have to start all over again.

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Starting a new blog in a whole new environment somehow challenges me because I have to go back to the basics. But don’t get me wrong about this. One of the things that I learned in life is to never stop learning. I do not know where this will lead me but I am actually excited to explore and be able to learn and discover something new out of this experience.

I will be blogging mostly about photography, books, movies, music and everything in between. From time to time, I will also share my experiences about being in a different world, a world where I have learned to embrace as my home away from home. On the sidelines, I will also be posting photos of my pets. And lastly, the main reason why I created this blog, I will be writing about Jesus, my faith and on being a Catholic, and why His Divine Mercy is the last strand of hope in the darkest moments of my life. Without Christ, I Am Nothing!

So there you go, hello world!

My New Bible Companion

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I have been looking for a new way to read the Holy Bible when I came across this devotional in the ads sent though my email. I got curious and after few minutes of browsing its contents, I immediately said to myself, ‘I got to have this one!’ and here it is, finally.

It is very disheartening sometimes that we, Catholics, are looked down and even worse, ridiculed because we do not know our Bible. A lot of the people I know do not even own one! And this is the crux of the matter. Saint Jerome, perhaps the greatest Bible scholar the Catholic Church ever had, once said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” I think this well-known dictum by this great saint is the most important reason why we should read our Bible for us not to be ignorant about Christ.

Pope Francis even admonished us to “remember that the Bible was not written to be put on a bookshelf. It was written to be held in one’s hands, to be read frequently, every day, either alone or with others.”

This devotional is a must-have for every Catholic who desires to deepen his understanding of the Bible. It is the Word of God. It is God who speaks to us every time we read a passage in the Bible.

So my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage each and everyone of you, including myself, to read our Bible and “let our daily reading of Scripture be for us a foretaste of heaven, our roadmap to heaven, a trustworthy companion along the narrow, rough, and arduous ascent we are making toward heaven.”

God bless us all and Happy New Year!