Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christus Natus est!

~*~*~Gaudate! Hodie Christus natus est!~*~*~



Wishing you all a blessed and very Merry Christmas!!! May the peace, joy, and warmth of Jesus' birth remain with you and your families always!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A quick post...

Today's reading from Maccabees:
"From them came forth a sinful root, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king; he had been a hostage in Rome. He began to reign in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.
In those days lawless men came forth from Israel, and misled many, saying, 'Let us go and make a covenant with the Gentiles round about us, for since we separated from them many evils have come upon us.'
This proposal pleased them,
and some of the people eagerly went to the king. He authorized them to observe the ordinances of the Gentiles.
So they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem, according to Gentile custom,
and removed the marks of circumcision, and abandoned the holy covenant. They joined with the Gentiles and sold themselves to do evil.
Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people,
and that each should give up his customs.
All the Gentiles accepted the command of the king. Many even from Israel gladly adopted his religion; they sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.
Now on the fifteenth day of Chislev, in the one hundred and forty-fifth year, they erected a desolating sacrilege upon the altar of burnt offering. They also built altars in the surrounding cities of Judah,
and burned incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets.
The books of the law which they found they tore to pieces and burned with fire.
Where the book of the covenant was found in the possession of any one, or if any one adhered to the law, the decree of the king condemned him to death.
But many in Israel stood firm and were resolved in their hearts not to eat unclean food.
They chose to die rather than to be defiled by food or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die."

Is it just me, or does it sound scary familiar?
Whatever is to come, let's remain steadfast in faith and love for God...knowing that He will be by our side through it all.
"No storm can shake my inmost calm, for to that Rock I'm clinging. Since Love is Lord of Heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?"


BTW, how are you all doing? :-)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ApologetiX

Thanks to a friend of mine :-)

ApologetiX
A Christian parody band

"Although I went to 12 years of religious school (Grades one through 12) and attended church faithfully, participated in choirs, etc., before I became a born again Christian, I didn't have a clue as to exactly 'why I believed what I believed.' When atheists or agnostics or cultists wanted to debate with me, I'd run away.
"Then I started reading the Bible and really, really researching things, and I discovered that there is a whole lot of evidence to back it up. There's a whole lot more to the story, but the point is that I wanted to be able to help others know 'why they believe what they believe.' So we chose the name ApologetiX, adding the "X" on the end to make it look more modern and to ensure we had a name that nobody else had ever used."
~ Lead singer J. Jackson



This is one of the songs my brother knows, so he was craking up. :D
Life Restored (parody of Last Resort)



p.s.
Really sorry for disappearing again! Can't promise to post more unfortunately, high school and life being demanding at the moment...so there'll be spotty posting...
Hope all is well with all of you and God bless!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beautiful Ending

New song by BarlowGirl! Yay ♫ It's one of my favs now...




Oh, tragedy has taken so many
Love lost 'cause they all forgot who You were
And it scares me to think that I would choose
My life over You
My selfish heart
Divides me from You
It tears us apart

So tell me what is our ending?
Will it be beautiful
So beautiful?

Oh, why do I let myself let go
Of hands that painted the stars and hold tears that fall?
And the pride of my heart makes me forget
It's not me but You
Who makes the heart beat
I'm lost without You
And dying from me

So tell me what is our ending?
Will it be beautiful
So beautiful?
Will my life find me by Your side?
Your love is beautiful
So beautiful

At the end of it all I wanna be in Your arms

So tell me what is our ending?
Will it be beautiful
So beautiful?
Will my life find me by Your side?
Your love is beautiful
So beautiful...



Sometimes at the end of the day, I'd look back at what I'd done. God had given the gift of another day; had it been spent chasing after my own selfish gains that lasted only for only a few hours, or had it been given back to Him and spent well? Had that gift been spent and used into something beautiful...?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bread from Heaven...

Yesterday and today's reading


Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis caelicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
Manducat Dominum.
Pauper, servus et humilis.

The angelic bread
becomes the bread of men;
The heavenly bread
ends all prefigurations:
What wonder!
consumes the Lord
a poor and humble servant.
~Saint Thomas Aquinas~



"...and all ate and were satisfied."

We attended the 6pm Mass last night and the lead soprano just sang it afterwards (it wasn't planned or anything, she wasn't even facing the front). It was so lovely and I couldn't get it out of my head...
...that such a great Happening everyday during Mass occurs in the simplest of appearances, and all becuase of the unfathomable Love God has for we who can barely pay attention sometimes.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Father Jon Cabico's Ordination

"You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek..."

Where on earth has Cy been?!?!

Well, I have been on earth...but last week I wasn't anywhere near the Pacific ocean. CT and I attended the St. Paul Summer Program with the Daughters of St. Paul in Boston!









It wasn't a retreat all the way really, but it was sort of a camp/program/retreat.
There were classes given by the Sisters on their Charism and Founders as well as a writting class, art class, and media class.
It was a retreat in a way that we got to join the Sisters everyday for morning prayers and Mass, and had an hour of Adoration each day. We did have a half day silent retreat on friday.
Basically, we were able to see how the Sisters lived and what their community life was like.






Of course, we had outings to some places of note! We went to Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum, the largest art museum I'd ever been to. Then we went to Louisa May Alcott's house and went on a tour.
CT and I made friends with girls from across the US and sometimes laughed until we doubled over at whatever jokes we had made up during the week with the Sisters. We had a great time - it was the best summer trip we've ever had and we wished it didn't have to end!
But it did, and now we're all back safe and sound and with a memorable experience.



Thank for all your prayers, BTW!

Photos by CT!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul







Pictures from here.

Happy feast day!!
And so ends the Year of Saint Paul...now it's the Year for Priests.





Oh, please keep Jon Cabico in your prayers. He will be ordained a priest today at the Cathedral! Thanks.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Just a reminder...

Picture by Mom



You are what you eat.



"We are the Body of Christ..."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

St. Juan Maria Muzeyi - Happy Feast!

St. Juan was one of the Martyrs of Uganda. He had converted and performed many acts of charity before his death in 1887 at Mengo, Uganda. June third is his feast and the feast of the Martyrs of Uganda.

Click here to read more!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Close ups!

Sorry, didn't have much time to post last time...or enough pictures. Got more this time!
BTW, the exhibit will be at the Cathedral gallery until the end of the month (which means there's one week left). Stop by if you've got time! The gallery is usually open Tuesdays and Fridays after the noon Mass, and after Sunday Masses.

First off, a closer view of Father Damien's nice handwriting on some of the letters he wrote. His walking stick is just behind...







Father Damien wasn't just a caretaker of his flock's spiritual needs, he was also their carpenter, doctor, and friend.





Pipe (The face is a part of the pipe, the part behind is it's case)




Father Damien was already sick by the time Mother Marianne had come to Hawaii, but it's really neat when two saints know each other and are friends.




Best for last! Father Damien's glasses.






I'll try to post more later, but many apologies if it turns out to be much, much later...

Photos by CT

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Items of a soon to be Saint

Sorry for not posting...got used to not using the computer for Lent. :P


Father Damien's feast day was last week and we had an exhibit at the Cathedral! Click to enlarge...


Some letters, birth certificate, bills (all with really, really nice handrwiting!), his walking stick, some tools, and his pipe.



Funeral vestment, chalice, some items for Mass, and a tool for making the hosts for Mass.



...and my little brother's favorite, Father Damien's vestment for Mass. My brother stood in front of it and pretended to wear it! :-)




Pictures by Cy, CT, and younger brother

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!




Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!!! May God bless you in all you do!


A happy Mother's day especially to our Lady, since it's her month! ♫



Ave Maria by de Victoria

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Divine Romance

"...And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God."



"...were not our hearts burning within us?"

Monday, April 13, 2009

Music Meme

Pic from here!

One of my friends calls me mousy :-)



K...I'm half afraid to do this meme!! But since I can't seem to stop singing today anyway...


Ipod Survey
1. Put your iPod on shuffle. (wait, what happens when you don't have an iPod?)
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!



1. IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY?" YOU SAY?
Rosa Aeterna Floret (From the soundtrack of the Nativity Story)
Um...? I like the song though

2. WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
This is Jesus (California Praisins)
Huh? It's a Communion song...

3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Shower of Roses (Soundtrack from Therese)
...

4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Return of the Lion (From Narnia)
...actually, not that heroic. Or...maybe heroic as in washing all the dishes.

5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
In Christ Alone (Unknown Artist)
um..

6. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Raid on the Castle (From Narnia)
what?!?

7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
It was an untitled cheery piece by Mozart :p

8. WHAT DO THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Journey to the How (From Narnia)
Journying? In a way

9. WHAT IS 2+2?
Ave Maria/There is a Heart (Daughters of St. Paul)
Please Mary, help me with this math problem!!!!!

10. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
You Led Me (BarlowGirl)
Wow...that really made sense...finally..

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Sleep Sound in Jesus (Micheal Card)
It's a little children's song to help them sleep. It's really nice! What's it doing in my iPod/music device? Er...well, it was one of my favorites when I was 3..

12. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Salve Regina (Daughters of St. Paul)
...? She is my Confirmation saint...

13. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Scarborough Fair (P. Simon)
Bother...

14. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Ave Verum Corpus (Daughters of St. Paul)

15. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
The Smart Song (Daughters of St. Paul)
Arg...I forgot I had put some songs for the little ones in here!! If you ever listen to this song, it actually has the opposite effect.

16. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major 'Alla Turca' (Mozart
I'm getting dizzy already!

17. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Porcelain Heart (BarlowGirl)
Wow..it's actually a sad song..

18. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
The Kings and Queens of Old (from Narnia)
Definately! History has become one of my favorite subjects

19. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Love Song for a Savior (Jars of Clay)

20. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
The Invitation (Steven Curtis Chapman)
I guess

21. WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
What Her Heart Remembered (Michael Card)
What? A sweet song like that?

22. HOW WILL YOU DIE?
I Can Never Live Without It (MercyMe)
...that's..ironic...

23. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Grace Like Rain (Todd Agnew)
Regret forgetting to ask for graces? Kind of..

24. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
The Voice of the Child (Micheal Card)
Hahahaha!! If it means all the homeschoolers playing a bizarre game of tag, then it sure does!

25. WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Mirror (BarlowGirl)
That's got some truth to it

26. WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Silence (Joy Williams)
Does that mean I don't have to answer?

27. WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
You are a Child of Mine (Mark Schultz)
Hmmm, the first part of the song is pretty scary

28. DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Blue Skies (Point of Grace)

29. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?
For the Beauty of the Earth (John Rutter)
Thanks to the previous song, yes. Oh, if you can find a video of this song on YouTube or somewhere, it's really really pretty!

30. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TODAY?
Thrive (Newsboys)
Sure, I can do that..

31. ARE YOU A GOOD DRIVER?
All I'll Ever Need (Point of Grace)
To be a good driver? Maybe..I'm not really looking forward to driving.

32. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
Who am I? (Point of Grace)
Wonder and think? Sometimes

33. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF FOREVER?
You Were There (Avalon)
Yes, I'm forever thinking about that

34. ARE YOU AN OPEN PERSON?
Here's My Life (BarlowGirl)
Despite the title, the song is bittersweet

35. WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
The Reaching Song (Daughters of St. Paul)
Another of the little ones' songs...and no, I don't spend the time trying to grow taller.

36. HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW?
Lacrymosa (Mozart)
What? How can anyone be sad today?? It's still Easter!

37. HUGS OR KISSES?
Keep Singing (MercyMe)
Neither, I'd be singing instead! :-D

38. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
Another untitled song by Mozart
This one reminds me of sunny days and blue skies!

39. Will YOU GO FAR IN LIFE?
Set the World on Fire (Britt Nicole)
I guess I'll follow St. Paul's advice

40. WILL YOU EVER HAVE CHILDREN?
Rain Down on Me (Point of Grace)
that doesn't make sense...

41. WHAT WAS/IS HIGH SCHOOL LIKE?
Waiting in the Wings (Point of Grace)
Yup...hopeful for the end..

42. WHAT IS SOME GOOD ADVICE?
The Door in the Air (from Narnia)
LOL!! Oh, ok. I know, don't forget to return to your own world after reading a book 'cause you've got your own world to live in.

43.WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU WILL SAY BEFORE YOU DIE?
The Duel (from Narnia)
That's just scary.

44. WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU WILL DO BEFORE YOU DIE?
Silens Nox (from The Nativity Story)


Now tagging anyone who loves music!

Spring Cleaning

I hope everyone had a good Lenten Season!
(Where have you been for the past month??)
Er...yeah, I forgot to say here that I had given up computer for lent..very very sorry!!

So how was everyone's spring cleaning? Well, not the one when you clean the closet out and find some missing items (even I haven't done that yet!)...but the one that we did for Lent.

Like this song by Sanctus Real:



How did you "Let go and let God"?

BTW, now that spring cleaning's done, as CT said, don't let it get dirty now!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ is risen
Alleluia!

A very blessed and happy Easter to you all!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Six things meme

Thank you, Mrs. Cathy!

Here're the rules!
1.) Link to the person who tagged you.
2.) Post the rules on your blog.
3.) Write six random things about yourself and things that make you happy.
4.) Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5.) Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6.) Let the tagger know when your entry is up.


1. I really like music and have an odd habit of memorizing songs. They play over and over in my head and refuse to leave...not that it's much minded. :-)

2. Um...oh, I know! Chocolate chip mint ice cream! We always get a teasing from dad cause it's green. Sometimes, after CT bakes cookies, we crumble the round treats and add it into a bowl of ice cream!

3. Sitting outside in the garden. 'Course, I'm not the perfect big sister, and when the piano's not available to pound, well...

4. Rain..it was raining this morning and now I don't have to water the garden! It doesn't look as nice when it doesn't rain. If we happen to be at a park when it rains, well, we get a free water slide.

5. Fishing..even if all I ever do at the pier is read.

6. Dinner (it's almost dinnertime). 'Course, my cooking skills are composed of: waffles, cheesy scrambled eggs, toast, mashed potatoes, gravy, tacos, cookies, and macaroni. yay :-)


So sorry that took forever!!!
I think everyone's done this one before...
...so if you'd like to be tagged, you're it!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fingerprints of God

Sorry for not posting in a while...

Last week's pro-life march was really successful! Mom and Aunty Esther have pictures...
Every year we make signs and hold them high while marching around the capitol's block. One of the signs Mom writes on her cardboard is:
Psalm 139:13
"I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made"



Fingerprints of God: by Steven Curtis Chapman (it's just the song...not a great video like CT makes!)

video

There are often signs wherever we go that say we must save the endangered species or be wary of the environment. Well and good, after all, we are caretakers of this awesome world...


...but if we were so concerned in caring for the marvelous works here, why would such a horrible thing be done to the greatest of God's creations?
"Choose life, choose love."

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Love Song for a Savior

Last day of Vocation Awarness Week. Sorry, I've been lazy waiting till the last day to post something...:-P
...but if you hadn't yet (ack, why haven't you yet? she has a much better blog!!!) visit CT's blog. She's been posting everyday this week and has great quotes and links! :-D


Love Song for a Savior - by Jars of Clay

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Patron Saints for 2009!















More on their feast days...

Thank you Ms. Sue and Aunty Esther!!
You can find out which saint has chosen to be your patron here:
Patron Saint of the Year Ministry Blog

Or, leave a comment on the page following this link: Click here

Saturday, January 3, 2009

First postings!

Sorry it's taken so long...
New Year's Reminiscence meme!
A meme Otakuboy and Pueo made up! Here we go!!


Rules: none, just share your year's highlights.



1. Taking care of all the baby birds that hatched (my littlest sister would say: Tailz!! My baby bird!!)





2. After being away for a year, our Aunt finally came back







3. Moving again (and going back to daily Mass at the Cathedral!)






4. Ice Skating! (yup, they have a place for ice skating in the middle of the ocean)





5. Camping





6. Joining the choir






7. WYDH :-)






8. Visiting the "secret hiding place" aka, the Blessed Sacrament






9. Gardening (we've never had a real garden before!)






10. Attending all the Pauline Cooperater meetings and Saint Paul courses




Ten makes a "nice round number" :-)
k, I tag everyone who had a good year!!