Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label religion. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

From My Inbox-Kids Are Honest

This is the second time I am posting something that comes from my inbox, the first was about fighting cancer cells, this one is so cute I could not help myself but to share it to you guys.

I am actually excited to ask my daughter tonight what she would tell or ask Jesus if she were to write Him a question or a letter. An experiment to know what is her idea of our Creator at this tender age. She is yet to attend her catechism class although we have taught her how to pray and told her stories in the bible that we grew up with.

When she was younger, she used to address the Filipino priest at St. Michael's church as Lord. Funny right, but all the time she thought that the priest was God. One time she asked me a question about the priest and she address him as Lord, I hug her for her innocence and we sat down and I explained to her that the priests name is Father Zacky and he is not Lord. She has grown a bit more and she now have better understanding who God is.

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This is the continuation of the story...

Last night at bedtime, I ask my daughter what she will ask Jesus or what she will tell Him if she is to write him a letter? She replied...

"Jesus, salamat po sa food, sa house, at sa family, salamat po sa lahat ng blessings mo, mahal na mahal po kita, mahal na mahal ka po namin, sana po bigyan mo ako ng lahat ng Hanah Montana things."( Jesus thank you for the food, shelter and my family, thank you for all your blessings, I love you so much and we love you, I hope that you will give me all Hanah Montana things)

I am so proud knowing that my daughter learned to thank God for all the blessings she receives and now I have the idea what she wants for Christmas.

Kids are so honest and innocent and can speak their minds. How about you? What would you ask God when you write him a letter or if you were to ask Him a question? Ask your kids too and see what answers you'll get. It's nice to know what your young ones think about sometimes.

So after a long story here is what comes from my inbox...what kids ask Him. There are 12 but I chose 5 of my favorites, which one is your favorite?

Have a lovely day!
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Ash Wednesday

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It is Ash Wednesday on the 17th of February. It is the first day of Lent counting forty six days (40 days not counting the Sundays.)

Ash Wednesday gets it name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as sign of repentance. The ashes used are after the palm crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned. It reminds us that we came from ashes and there we shall return.

For those of you who are in Dubai, below are the mass schedule on Wednesday, 17th of February 2010 if you are planning to attend at St. Mary's Chruch.

Morning services: 5.30 am; 6.15 am; 7.30 am and 9.00 am.

Evening services: 3.00 pm; 4.30 pm; 6.00 pm (followed by holy rosary and novena) and 8.00 pm.

How are you planning to spend your Lent, will you be fasting this time?
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Celebrating Christmas in Dubai

UAE is a Muslim country but then Dubai and the rest of its Emirates are open cities. Almost 60% of its workforce depends on expatriates coming from different countries that have different culture and religion living peacefully and harmoniously in the land of oil and sand. Muslims celebrate Eid, Hindu celebrates Diwali and Christians or Catholic celebrate Christmas freely in their own way and its being respected completely.

To celebrate Christmas in UAE is totally different in celebrating Christmas in the Philippines in the sense that only those Catholic or Christian populations celebrates it and not as whole country.

Dubai is a friendly place to celebrate Christmas and the government of UAE has nothing against it. For the last seven years that I have celebrated it here, it is nothing different in the Philippines.

When we came to Dubai, we carry our culture with us. After
Eid Al Adha celebration of our Muslim brothers, it became a family tradition to decorate our house or our room with Christmas ornaments that we have been keeping from the last nine months. Like in the Philippines, we also observe the longest Christmas preparation and celebration here in Dubai. As the time draws near, we also plan of how we will celebrate it, what food should be on our dinner table on Christmas Eve, of course it will never be complete without all traditional Filipino dishes, what gift to be wrapped in fancy papers for our dear friends and loved ones, buy new clothes to wear on that very special occasion dedicated specially in commemorating the birth of our Savior, and also plan for parties with friends and officemates where some are also having their "monito monita" for fun. Write letters to Santa and complete our wish list.

There are also several Catholic Churches in UAE like Saint Mary's Church and Saint Francis of Asisi in Dubai and Saint Michaels Church in Sharjah where one can attend and complete "Simbang Gabi". Inside the church premises, traditional "puto bumbong" and "bibingka" are also being sold by the Filipino community so one can also enjoy this native sweets after the mass.

On Christmas day, we also visit relatives if there is any and friends for those who are bachelors, this year since Christmas falls on a Friday so it is the best time to visit them since we are off from work.

You see there is not much difference in celebrating Christmas in UAE in my own perspective. Even in a foreign land like this, I can still celebrate it the most traditional Filipino way I know and I am doing it to inculcate it in my daughters mind that we Filipinos have our own way of celebrating Christmas and I want her to know deep in her heart what is the meaning and purpose of all this celebration.We must not forget one thing, that Christmas beyond all the lights and celebration is the time of giving and showing our love for one another. It is the time of forgiving afterall, it is the main reason why Jesus was born.

Home Decor for Christmas

Now, I want you to take a peek in our humble room that me and my family dutifully decorate with Christmas ornaments and a very special tree. This is our Christmas tree. Its the second year we have this. The very first fir tree we had was sent to my mom in the Philippines so she can use it at home. We bought it from Dragon Mart for AED 150. The red and gold ornaments are from Ace Hardware and some are curtesy of Marks and Spencer when my sister is working there here in Dubai.
These are snowflakes made of cutout paper. I made it myself with the help of Lanna then we stick it at the glass door on the way out of our terrace. I just wanted to have a feel of snow at home.

This is the holy leaf that I also made myself. Who says it has to be expensive, one just have to play with the immagination and voila, I have this wonderful ornament for my altar. Isn't it wonderful?

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