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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Well Spent: The Papal Mass and our Sunday school Lesson

This Sunday is one of the most historical Sundays in the Philippine history as the Roman Catholic church celebrates and worships with Pope Francis at Quirino Grandstand in Manila. There are approximately 6-million devoted catholic members who attended and filled the entire place with people hoping to see the Pope face to face and attend the mass. Of course, the Philippine President Noynoy Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay were there to fellowship with the Pope. I’ve previously said that we’re not Roman Catholic by religion but what I like about this event is the devotion I can see from the Filipinos’ heart. Some people who were interviewed, even little kids, said that they were there since 4 o’clock in the morning. And many were not bothered by the rain and bad weather we had the entire day. We have our full respect to the Roman Catholic members.

Photo source: Rappler

Secondly, there’s something I really like about Pope Francis. To me he’s a man with a with a great heart, I can see how he’s very passionate to his people. I appreciate how the original plan in the map for the Pope mobile to pass before the service wasn’t followed because he chose the way where more people can see him closely – and not only that, he also did it twice, before and after the mass. He would also stop to kiss little children – that made me respect him even more. This 78-year old pope, in his old age, didn’t mind how tiresome it is. His entire day since he arrived was fully-booked and he wanted to make sure he meets and greets every people he possibly can. No wonder why he was named “the People’s Pope” I hope that many Roman Catholic members were encouraged to serve God and have their faith ignited even more because of this event. My prayer is that God – most of all was glorified in this entire Papal visit. 
Photo source: CBC News


On the other hand, we worshiped God in our local church this morning and I also learned a lot through our Sunday school lead by our church Pastor. Today, he talked about the “Three Spiritual Habits” and encouraged us to “take time and the trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit” (1 Timothy 4:7). These spiritual habits are 1. Spending Time with God, 2. Tithing and Giving, and 3. Fellowship or Togetherness. We were encouraged to do our best to be spiritually fit by working on our daily time and devotion with God and (continuing) to give back God’s part on our income. This is an unfinished Sunday school because this is meant to be a series Sunday school lesson. Earlier we were encouraged to do a daily schedule of our personal devotion with God. Daily devotion will make the believers become “like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which brings forth its fruit in its season and its leaf also shall not wither. Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3). I have to admit that I recently haven’t had any personal devotion schedule anymore and I hope I can work on doing it again as soon as I can. 


Champorado for the very cold weather :)

Lastly, Dane and I originally planned to visit Quezon City Memorial Center today for a walk but because of the bad weather, we decided to stay home. It’s just very cold to want to stay outside! I’m even wearing a jacket right now. Brrrrr! Good thing we have ‘malagkit’ and tableya (Tablea is manufactured in rolls which are cut crosswise to make thick coin-like shapes. The pieces are used to make hot chocolate drinks and the Filipino rice porridge champorado) to cook champorado to calm our cold tummies! We spent the afternoon watching the Papal mass and the PBA Finals – Alaska Aces vs. San Miguel Beermen. Looks like PBA Finals is going on Game 7 as Alaska Aces win today – the balloons and the cans of beer are not opening tonight yet as what Mico Halili, one of the announcers said.


I hope you all had an amazing Sunday!


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31 comments:

  1. The outpouring of support for Pope Francis was amazing. That bowl of champorado also looks delicious and perfect for this weather!

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    1. You're correct on both! :D Nakakabilib si Pope Francis, I really like his attitude.

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  2. Sunday well spent! And yeah, go SMB! :)

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  3. I also had a chance to watch his homily on TV and I would say that he really is the best Pope we ever had. ---from www.talesofjanet.com

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    1. Yes, his kindness is seen the entire time. :)

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  4. I just hope, the Pope was able to inspire the politicians in this country to be more Jesus like in their actions and in serving others.

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    1. I may join in your reaction. I think the Papal visit is no importance for the politicians for they're not given importance and even a role to show off. Pope Francis is giving everyone a fair play. He gives more emphasis to the little children just Jesus on his earthly ministry. He doesn't restrict those kids to come over to Him. (2nd comment of 2 - Gil Camporazo)

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    2. You have a point on that one too.

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  5. We watched the Papal Visit while having Champorado for breakfast this Sunday that passed!! The bad/bed weather made me so lazy to go out like we usually do.. Anyway, the champorado and the cuddling was definitely worth it. =)

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    1. Champorado is always the best during rainy seasons! :D

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  6. Well spent day indeed! I'm sure it was all worth it. And the champorado look yummy!

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  7. We didn't go to Luneta because of too much people. But we surely watched and followed the Pope's activities through news channel. Hmm, that champorado is making me hungry tuloy :))

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    1. Yes, there's too many people really. It's quite dangerous to go there with little kids.

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  8. The PH nation is in control of crime, scandal, and in any form of public turmoil for most of the Filipino are preoccupied to monitor the 4-day hectic activities of Pope Francis of the Catholics. That is good precedence, however it is only short lived.

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  9. I watched the news coverage of Pope Visit in the Philippines. It's truly inspiring even though its raining there's still a lot of people show their supports. Sarap naman ng Champorado!
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  10. Pope made a great impact in our country :-) hoping na sana they will continue the discipline that they show during he visit and they strengthen their faith

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    1. I agree. I hope it wont be "ningas kugon"..

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  11. Indeed, a day well spent. I really admire Lolo Kiko even though I am not a Catholic. He is so humble.

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    1. Even though we're non-catholic, we learned a lot of things from this event. :)

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  12. I'm also not a Catholic but learned something from the Pope. Thanks also for sharing the Sunday school lesson, sis. I need that.

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    1. You're welcome! My husband and I needed that wake up call also. :)

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  13. I love the 3 spiritual habits! I agree that all of them are very important and I try to do all of them. However, because of my situation, fellowship is something that's a bit hard for me to do. But thank you for the reminder!

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    1. You're welcome! My husband and I stopped having devotion when the baby came but we're working on having it back. I hope it's for good because parang kulang talaga pag walang devotion.

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  14. The pope's message is universal. You do not have to be Catholic to appreciate the message. Thank you for writing this piece about the pope's visit. And thanks for sharing the three spiritual habits.

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  15. I want some champorado. Perfect for the cold weather.

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  16. Our family needs to work our spiritual relationship with the Lord and these 3 spiritual habits are a good start. Thanks for the reminder.

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  17. Pope Francis had such a huge effect on the Filipino people. I wasn't able to see him upfront, but I followed his activities on tv. He truly has a big heart.

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  18. I was at Luneta to attend Pope Francis mass 2 weeks ago. Last Sunday we were at Tagaytay to have a family staycation. Have a great day mommy!

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