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Ashes and Dust Randomness

February 11, 2016
Ash Wednesday
_Remember, man, you are dust, and to dust you shall return_
Ash Wednesday, though not a day of obligation, marks the start of Lent, and I together with most Filipino Catholics observe this tradition.


Can they really make or break your entire day? Why do we give mornings such big authority? I gave this privilege of deciding my today to the night before. I wrote on my journal and it’s really my kind of prayer and connecting with myself. I told myself our game plan and how we’re going to approach today and the days hereafter. We just stopped talking when we reached March because really, that would be too much future-planning for both of us. Not much of what we plan come into fruition so to avoid too much disappointments and waste of time, we stopped at March.

Is that weird? I live alone with 5 other people in our condo unit so I think it’s natural and expected that I just talk to my self after work. I don’t hear voices. Yet. I’m gonna write about it once I do.

Battling Weight.

So yesternight had a good job of psyching me up for today. I woke up early and rose early. Sometimes, those two are really two different steps. I can just wake up early and spend 3 hours checking my social media accounts looking and finding nothing. Such a waste of life! Such an entertaining way to waste life. So I rose from bed and decided to make my dreams come true. I jogged and walked to a nearby mental hospital where they let outsiders use their premises for jogging or biking. This is my strongest run/jog since last year. I was able to jog 2.5rounds without rest. I weighed myself after and I found out I’m .15kg heavier than the 1st of February. Great! I’m aiming to lose 1kg per month. For January I failed – I have a lot of reasons why, I accept the result and moved on to February. I still have a couple of alibi but today is beautiful. That exercise was good!

Fasting and Abstinence.

Fasting and Abstinence Guide for Catholics.
Fasting and Abstinence Guide for Catholics. (Photo not mine.)

Induction cooker in our condo doesn’t work for some unknown reason. I brought it to the office and had our repair service department do the works. Hopefully it gets fixed so I won’t have to buy a new one. Nevertheless that broken induction cooker helps me with fasting and abstinence today because hey, it’s Ash Wednesday! I’m 27 and is a Catholic all these years but this is the first year that I really got to know what fasting and abstinence means. Abstinence = no pork. Fasting =less than 2 full meals for the entire day (not 3, without snacks). All Fridays during Lent, ages 14-59 have to fast. Fasting and abstinence is required again on Good Friday. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lenten season, by the way.

What fasting reminded me? This part of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.

  1. The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all. If we do not, we burden our consciences with the weight of having denied the existence of others. That is why the New Zealand bishops asked what the commandment “Thou shall not kill” means when “twenty percent of the world’s population consumes resources at a rate that robs the poor nations and future generations of what they need to survive”.

Money, which will be otherwise spent on food and cravings should be given to those who need them more. Why not just eat normally, and by normally it means excessively for some, then give alms? The homily for this Ash Wednesday at Our Lady of Fatima Parish brought up one point. Because by then, you’ll just be giving your excesses. Whereas when we fast, we give up something we really, really, really need (I’m hungry right now) for other people. Isusubo mo na lang, ibibigay mo pa sa iba. It’s a small gesture of self-sacrifice, a tiny imitation of how Jesus showed us that He loves us. “Thou shall not kill” has taken on additional meaning.

Ash Wednesday.

From last Sunday’s homily, Father Chi said that from the readings we can see that the Lord speaks to his people in:

1.) church or temple

2.) on the streets

3.) by the beach!!! (Peter Simon as a fisher of man)

***Like any homily, maybe those are not what were exactly said, but those are what I heard (I just love beaches, the sea and the sand, hmmmmm). To encounter God and to make this Lent meaningful, I think I have to concentrate on number 2. I’m doing number 1 and 3 already. Or am I really?

There’s just too much to be done – with street children, senior citizens, young mothers and their babies, physically handicapped, mentally retarded, etc. It’s true that it’s wrong to put all the responsibilities, hope and blame to the government. We’re all too aware they can’t do it all especially when they’re all busy trying to win the next election.

More Randomness.

I was happy yesterday because I found out Maine Mendoza approved my comment on her VDAY post! Simple joys.

Venice Piazza in McKinley Hills, Bonifacio Global City is now open to the public for picture taking and closed to the public for gondola riding. There were some who are kind of privileged to take the first rides but they are invited guests. The canal is not as long but is wider than the one inside Venetian Hotel in Macau.

Traffic in BGC is horrible!

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