Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
It is true, the freedom of my will is a great thing. But this freedom is not absolute self-sufficiency. If the essence of freedom were merely the act of choice, then the mere fact of making choices would perfect our freedom. But there are two difficulties here. First of all, our choices must really be free- that is to say they must perfect us in our own being. They must perfect us in our relation to other free beings. We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. From this flows the second difficulty: we too easily assume that we are our real selves, and that our choices are really the ones we want to make when, in fact, our acts of free choice are (though morally imputable, no doubt) largely dictated by psychological compulsions, flowing from our inordinate ideas of our own importance. Our choices are too often dictated by our false selves.
Hence I do not find in myself the power to be happy merely by doing what I like. On the contrary, if I do nothing except what pleases my own fancy I will be miserable almost all the time. This would never be so if my will had not been created to use its own freedom in the love of others.
My free will consolidates and perfects its own autonomy by freely co-ordinating its action with the will of another. There is something in the very nature of my freedom that inclines me to love, to do good, to dedicate myself to others. I have an instinct that tells me that I am less free when I am living for myself alone. The reason for this is that I cannot be completely independent. Since I am not self-sufficient I depend on someone else for my fulfillment. My freedom is not fully free when left to itself. It becomes so when it is brought into the right relation with the freedom of another.
---Thomas Merton "No Man Is an Island"
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We slept late and it was still pouring- which is very good! We had dinner on Christmas day at Lu&Blaine’s new house together with his parents & sister and had the traditional turkey. It was really good and the company is great! Just hang around at the family room and talked a lot:)
Merry Christmas and a Joyful New 2009 to all of us! Life is great! :)
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Last Christmas party, I felt so bad coz I was all so clueless on what to do for the party. I remembered seeing my husband so busy preparing the table and making some salad. I just cooked the main dish which was the “Beef Stroganoff”- a recipe I’ve never heard before. This year though, I put some effort on buying things, decorating the house and trying to make it work great.
Anyway, last night the party turned out to be excellent and fun! My husband was so grateful that I did a great job and for being such a great host:) The best part though was the game. He prepared gifts for everybody which sort of test each other’s personality. I was # 4 and I got a bottle full of quarters of which nobody wants coz they were thinking it was all rocks inside. B (who is #5) stole mine and so I ended up with a big, light-weight box.
Yeeyyy, I got three, stupid-looking stuff toys but they’re caroling though, (lol) and a dollar taped on it. Okay, that’s fine.
C felt so bad coz she got a box full of rocks and pennies, haha! Lu got dimes and A got the nickels. I felt so bad for C coz she has been talking about it all year long. I think she got funny stuff last year and some nickels while M got the brick of gold. Anyway, it was all so fun especially when I opened the bottom part of the box of my stupid-looking toys and found 3 Hundred- dollar bills! Yeyyyy! I was the winner, hahaha!
Merry Christmas to all of us!
Friday, December 19, 2008
I was baby sitting my younger brother and visited my cousin’s house. I saw a sock on their wall. And so I told her that Santa gave me candies last night. I hanged it near the door just so Santa can see it and when we arrived from the midnight mass, it had some candies & coins in it. I argued really hard with her that Santa is real! She was all so laughing at me and thought I was so stupid. And that it was just my Mom who put all those candies and coins. I was even more pissed because she’s not that smart. How could she be right? She can’t even read and now she’s telling me- I was wrong?! Gezzz, I thought I was so clever, LOL! I went home and told my Mom what happened and she was just laughing at me too.
Well, I’m glad I’m done with my Christmas tree and decorations inside the house. My theme for this year is gold:) It's been a blessed year for us! We decided to just put the tree in the family room as the living room is so crowded now with some furnitures.
You know, it’s been so chilly this week and oh, I missed the rain too. I can see the snowy mountains from our terrace and the snowy memories keep coming back :) Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
You might be thinking as to why did I mention that I always miss her at these holidays? It’s because she always wake us up (grandkids) to go to church for the Misa de Gallo or the 4AM mass (I’ve mentioned from my previous post). She can’t see the streets in the dark and our roads had plenty of holes- some concrete, some not. In the Philippines, December is a rainy season, it’s muddy and chilly. We always have to remind her to wake us up for the mass but sometimes we’re so lazy to get up and she will just go to mass by herself. My parents can’t go because nobody takes care of my younger siblings. Oh, I feel bad everytime I remember that. I’m wishing sometimes that she’s still alive. She never had a good life like we had experienced now. But I’m pretty sure, she’s very happy for all of us:)
Well, I just want to share with you my favorite Christmas song by Jose Mari Chan.
The sound of bells at early dawn
Like music from afar
Soft gentle breeze, the world at peace
A solitary star
Those joyful hymns and warm hellos
The candy canes and colored bows
All these and love are memories of
My Christmas past
Those wondrous toys of girls and boys
The cheer that Santa brings
That glorious tale of sheperd boys
Of angels and of kings
A Christmas tree with lights aglow
Some cotton snow and mistletoe
All these and love are memories of
My Christmas past
Silver and gold, red and green
Colors of a wonderful scene
Memories they keep returning
And I'm like a child again
If there's a place in time and space
Where Christmas past has gone
I'll surely try if I could fly
To see that early dawn
And share again that Christmas past
With all those who have gone
But those memories will forever live within my heart.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I had never driven such a weather condition before. It seemed so rare here in California to see some flooded areas. I can’t even see 3 cars ahead of me. I stopped at the bank and Post Office and my jacket was all so wet when I arrived at the office.
Well, it’s 16th in the Philippines already and the custom “Misa de Gallo” had just started. Traditionally, Christmas Day in the Philippines is ushered in by the nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16. Known as the Misa de Gallo (Rooster's Mass) in the traditional Spanish and in Filipino as Simbang Gabi, or "Night Mass", this novena of Masses is the most important Filipino Christmas tradition.
These nine dawn Masses are also considered as a Novena by the Catholic faithful. This refers to the Roman Catholic and Aglipayan practice of performing nine days of private or public devotion to obtain special graces.
In some parishes, the Simbang Gabi begins as early as four o'clock in the morning. Going to mass this early for nine consecutive days is meant to show the churchgoer's devotion and faith as well as to heighten anticipation for the Nativity of Jesus. In traditional Filipino belief, however, completing the novena is also supposed to mean that God would grant the devotee's special wish or favour.
After hearing Mass, Filipino families partake of traditional Philippine Christmastime delicacies, either during breakfast at home or immediately outside the church, where they are sold. Vendors offer a wealth of native delicacies, including bibingka (rice flour and egg based cake, cooked using coals on top of and under the pastry), puto bumbong (a purple sticky rice delicacy which is steamed in bamboo tubes, with brown sugar and shredded dried coconut meat served as condiments), salabat (hot ginger tea) and tsokolate (thick Spanish cocoa). In some Aglipayan churches, after the mass everybody is invited to partake the "painit" (after mass snacks of delicacies with hot coffee or tsokolate) at the house of the sponsor of the mass.
For Filipinos, Christmas Eve ("Bisperas ng Pasko") on December 24th has the much-anticipated Noche Buena – the traditional Christmas Eve feast after the midnight mass. Family members dine together around 12 midnight on traditional Noche Buena fare, which includes: queso de bola (Spanish: "ball of cheese"; this is actually edam cheese), "Tsokolate" (a hot chocolate drink) and jamon (Christmas ham), and some would open presents at this time. – Information from Wikipedia
By the way, I have been busy buying and putting some decorations at home last weekend. I finally finished the table with my centerpiece art, hahaha! We both loved it. The party will be this weekend and another one for the New Year’s Eve. Hopefully, the fresh Christmas tree will up by Friday just so Rosa can clean the mess. Oh, I’m just glad I’m done with my holiday shopping:) There's just a lot of sale everywhere, very nice!