Bulacan City for having many beautiful Churches like what I visited months ago in
San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Last month, my boyfriend’s family invited me to
join them as they visit the Divine Mercy Church in Marilao, Bulacan and I didn’t
hesitate to go. I love going out to places that’s new for me with the people
close to my heart. And since they’re like my second family and they made me
feel the same, I feel so comfortable being with them. It’s actually my first
time to be in that church and you may ask why since I’m already becoming 20.
It’s because I live with a family that’d rather stay at home or go to near
places on family days than go out experience traveling. But it’s definitely
okay. At least now, I can wander the world and see it in a wider view.
We went to
Marilao early in the Morning and attended the mass at the back of the Church. I
mean, there’s this big dome outside for a bigger number of people attending the
mass. And it’s such a blissful moment. After it, Pat’s mother toured me around
the Church. We went to a cave called Lourdes Cave and I saw crutches hanging
aside. Its owners experienced miracles which made them walk again and they left
their crutch inside the cave. Each of it had names.
together and touched the Holy water. I felt like I was uplifted. Patrick and I
thanked God for all the blessings we have received, for guiding us in all of
our decisions. His Mother kept on telling me how she loves to take them there
when they were kids. And when they grew up, she still visit the Church whenever
she had time. Before leaving the Church we bought some souvenir. Pat bought a
prayer book, his sister and I bought something for our friends.
lunch at SM Marilao and Pat treated the whole gang. Haha. We still stayed at
the mall walking and talking while eating ice cream. We went home by afternoon
and we all fell asleep in tiredness. It really was happy day! :’)
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
St. Thomas’s Anglican Church is a parish of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was one of the earliest Anglo-Catholic congregations in Canada. It was established in 1874, moving twice before settling into its present building, in the Annex on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus.
As I have been frequenting Toronto, Ontario over the past several months I attended mass here this past Sunday.
O GOD, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord. Amen.
The first Battle of Islam; The Battle of Badr. 313 Believers came to the battlefield and found before them 1000 Mushriks, unbelievers. And on that day that Allah swt is calling Yaumul Furqan in the Holy Quran, the Day of Separation. Allah swt, granted victory to the Believers.
On that day, the help of the Heavens came to the Earth. Allah swt is reminding us in the Holy Quran saying, ‘Remember when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you saying, ‘I will help you with a thousand Angels, each behind the other, in succession.’ And the Kufar who were being captured were saying, ‘they are not man fighting in this battlefield but Angels.’ Those believers who came to the battle without swords or weapons but only two horses, when the kufar, when the Mushriks, they had one hundred, they were being helped by the Heavens. And the reasons for that help coming down from the Heavens, is that they completely sacrifice everything that they had for the sake of Allah and their Prophet.
In that battle, they were tested. They gave up their wealth. They left their families behind. And they were putting up their necks for the sake of the Holy Prophet (asws). They are the ones that are being described in the Holy Quran, ‘amongst the Believers, are men who had been true to their promise with Allah.’ May Allah describe us like that as well. And those Believers, they made their promise to be true to Allah, by keeping their promise to the Holy Prophet.
All those Sahabi e-Kiram, they had made beyat to the Holy Prophet. And on that day, their beyat, their promise, it was tested. On that day, the day of Furqan, the day of separation, the true Believers were separated from the munafiqs. On that day, the true Jama’at of the Believers, they were granted, Divine help. If we want the help of Allah then we must keep the promise that we have made. Who have we made a promise to? Who have we made a beyat to? To those who have made beyat to SahibulSaif Sheykh Abd Kerim al-Kibrisi al-Rabbani, they should remember that their beyat is to have submission, to have obedience and to have Muhabbat. That beyat, it does not end with his veiling from this world. It continues.
If we want to become strong instead of being weak, if we want to be honoured instead of being humiliated, the first step that we must take is to keep the promise that we have made. Do not look at the size of the group. Don’t look at the numbers. Remember that on the day of Badr, there was 313 Sahabis against more than one thousand of the unbelievers. But the help of Allah was on the side of those who believe and Allah is saying in the Holy Quran, ‘how often has a small group a mighty enemy by Allah’s permission.’ And Allah is with the patience. So we must be patient. We must keep our promise and we must beg our Lord, Allah swt for His help.
I normally don’t weigh in on things like this, but it’s actually something that’s very close to my heart. The US supreme court have legalised homosexual marriage in all 50 states this week. As someone who is straight, but struggles with the reality of homosexual attractions and feelings, I just don’t feel like I can be quiet anymore.
Just because the “laws of the land” decide to make something legal or “okay” doesn’t justify it, or make it right - it just makes it popular. I believe the Word of God and I know that homosexuality is not natural and it’s not something that we need to glorify.
My struggle is not something that I’m ashamed of, however I am not gay, nor am I calling myself that. It’s a struggle that I have. And we all battle something, addictions to porn, eating disorders, drugs, gossiping uncontrollably, jealousy, lying, greed etc.
I’m speaking out because I know the reality of the struggle. I know so many young people, often creatives, like myself who struggle with this. Enough is enough, it’s time to take off the shame and help our brothers and sisters.
To struggle is human nature. What we DO with that struggle is our character. It’s up to us. Believe me, I have trusted people around me who I am journeying this with and I fully believe in restoration and healing from this, but until that happens - even if it doesn’t, I choose to praise God. I choose to walk in faith and do my absolute best to live in righteousness, integrity and purity.
True freedom isn’t making something legal. True freedom is knowing the One who made the rules and trusting His leading and walking your journey with Him, laying down the struggle at the foot of the cross every day and choosing not to succumb to it. It’s hard, believe me - this post is made through tears - but I hope you see my heart and I pray that you’re encouraged to pursue true freedom in Christ - whatever your struggle may be.
The most beloved salah after the Fardh prayers is Tahajjud, where a believer leaves his bed and wakes up while the world is sleeping, just to glorify his Lord in the darkness of the night. Is there anything more beautiful than this?
The Prophet SWS said,
“You should pray qiyaam al-layl, for it is the custom of the righteous who came before you and it brings you closer to your Lord, and expiates sins and prevents misdeeds.” (Tirmidhi)
The next time you are going to pray, pay some attention to the quality of your salah and spend a considerate amount of time in perfecting your actions. Don’t be like Mr. Speedy Gonzales who prays as if he’s on the run from the police and he must get these two nawafil in before getting caught. Praying 2 rakahs with complete attention and perfect actions is better than praying 4 super quick ones. Brothers and sisters, numbers don’t mean anything.
Give Him your time, after all He is the Owner of time. Remember, whatever it is that you are rushing for, He owns it. Everything else can wait. Pray every salah as if it is your last. Put your heart into it and taste the sweetness of Imaan.
Successful indeed are the believers.
Those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness. (Quran 23:1-2)
Aboriginal Creation myths tell of the legendary totemic beings who had wandered over the continent in the Dreamtime, singing out the name of everything that crossed their path—birds, animals, plants, rocks, waterholes—and so singing the world into existence….
Each totemic ancestor, while travelling through the country, was thought to have scattered a trail of words and musical notes along the line of his footprints … these Dreaming-tracks lay over the land as ‘ways’ of communication between the most far-flung tribes….
In theory, at least, the whole of Australia could be read as a musical score.