A Promise to God

– – – I walked down to the statue of St. Michael holding a baby*. Feeling emotionally exhausted after an hour of pure crying, the setting sunlight that never fails to trigger the familiar depressive emotions had no effect on me. Something inside the chapel extinguished the fires of emotions burning inside my heart. After…

St. Michael the Archangel

He’s got a big open chest, and giant wings. He’s got a lance ready to pierce in his hand while his foot is trampling over Satan’s head. He’s got power to kill the evil and to protect justice. He is not afraid. Instead, he is on the front line as a warrior, going wherever those…

White Rose

An arrangement of white roses drew my attention. I got sucked into the world of the white rose. Its symbols and meanings came alive and started speaking to my heart. The white rose said, “Your sins are forgiven. You are as white as a white rose, the queen of the flowers. White lilies have nothing…

Get Up

Many were already up and back on their seats. Not many were waiting in kneeling. I usually do. On some sundays, I end up being the only one kneeling in my row until my time is up. But on this day, I was sitting next to a lady who stayed knelt until the very last…

Holy, My God, Hold me, Your Child

If you refuse medical treatment like me, then the best cure for panic attack is crying and sleeping. You literally cry and sleep your way out of the acute pain in your heart, the tightness around your chest, and the heaviness of your brain. Crying is a biological response to the need for chemical release….

Maintaining Peace

No one, and nothing can invade your inner space. Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing shatter your peace. Learn to maintain the peace you have. It’s as easy as breathing. If you can maintain your breath, you can maintain your peace. If God who gives life gives you breath, then He who gives peace will…

An Evening Prayer for Rescue

* * * Is there anything more sentimental than the late afternoon sun? The lonesome glow, lingering yet ever so slowly leaving, it does something to my heart. Tears gather for no reason, or for so many reasons, and I don’t know which is true. I can name a few that make me grieve, but…

In Times of Birth Pangs

  Birth pangs are being felt everywhere. Battles are being fought, and lives are vanishing. The darkest hour has come, and yet, so many are still too blind to recognize the darkness. They cannot tell light from dark. Their days are about to get darker, but having no clue, they run to the darkness. They…

Romance

  The girl with short hair leans her head on her husband’s shoulder. They are a married couple in their early thirties, probably around my age. When standing up, her height only reaches somewhere around her husband’s upper arm. I see his one arm so easily wrapped around his small wife’s shoulder. The girl is…

On Being Happy

~ ~ ~ We glorify the Lord by choosing to accept and endure the suffering in His name. In imitating Jesus, we offer up our pain and humility in suffering as He has done on the cross. But we also glorify the Lord by enjoying and thriving in the happiness that He gives. Just as…