Sub-title: The Happy Solo Goes to the Holy Land IN DENIAL “But he denied it in the sight of them all, saying, ‘I do not know what you are saying.’” – Matthew 26:70 Imagine someone who has been with you for years denying he knows you. Imagine how much more painful that would be if he was your closest friend, someone you have entrusted your life’s work to. Imagine him denying you not once but three times at the lowest point in your life. That was what Peter did to Jesus. We were reminded of this great . . . . . .
Sub-title: The Happy Solo Goes to the Holy Land GLORIOUS BIRTHDAY “Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory” – Psalm 63:3 It was a dream within a dream, a blessing within a blessing. My dream was to travel to the Holy Land AND to spend my birthday in Petra. November 12, 2017, will be marked in my calendar as my most glorious birthday so far! That it’s also a Sunday, the day dedicated to the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, is so fitting for the treat I got. Let me . . . . . .
Sub-title: The Happy Solo Goes to the Holy Land A JOURNEY TO JORDAN “Then Jesus came from Galilee, to John at the Jordan, in order to be baptized by him.” – Matthew 3:13 The dirt trail wound through bushes that looked as parched as we were and through ruins of ancient churches. The 15-minute walk brought us to the Jordan River to the spot where John baptized Jesus. Earlier that day, we had crossed the border to Jordan. Our Jordanian guide told us there’s a debate about the exact location of the baptism. Both Israel & . . . . . .
Sub-title: The Happy Solo Goes to the Holy Land SHE SAID “YES” “Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” – Luke 1:38 Can you imagine what mankind’s state would be like if God did not send Jesus to save us? How much darkness and hopelessness would there be? Thank God, He did! But God “needed” an instrument to make that happen. Thank Mary she said, “Yes.” At the Church of the Annunciation, Bro Arun brought home . . . . . .
Sub-title: The Happy Solo Goes to the Holy Land The Rock “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:18 The nun was hugging the rock like her whole life depended on it. While everyone else merely touched the rock in prayer, she was lying on it for a deeper embrace. It was the most touching image of faith that I witnessed on the first day of our pilgrimage. The rock was the one where the resurrected Jesus built a . . . . . .
Sub-title: The Happy Solo Goes to the Holy Land “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” – Luke 15:4 NAWAWALA SERYE in Istanbul & Tel Aviv It was one stressful way to start our pilgrimage – imagine members of your group getting lost in a foreign land not just once but 3 TIMES! My cousin Belle, our tour organizer, & I literally got a headache from the first 2 misadventures because they . . . . . .
Sub-title: The Happy Solo Goes to the Holy Land “If it expresses any delay, wait for it. For it is arriving and it will arrive, and it will not be hindered.” – Habakkuk 2:3 DEPARTURE Who says dreams don’t come true? Who says prayers don’t get answered? It may take many years, but wait for it…they do. To travel to my dream destinations with family & friends. That’s dream number 6 in my Novena to God’s Love. For maaannyy years all I could afford on my solo mom finances were out of town trips with my children. I . . . . . .
For solo parents, managing TES must be one of the most important skills we must learn. Having to double duty as mom and dad, we should handle TES properly. No, TES is not your headache-inducing househelp nor the babysitter you need to track on your CCTV. TES is Time, Expectations and Stress. Writing a blog on this topic was not what I had planned. I have 2 others that have been gathering molds from sitting unwritten for weeks. But something happened recently that gave me this insight I feel would help many solo parents. To me, the incident was a . . . . . .
A tweet alerted me to the issue. Something like, “How can he say that when his daughter is a single mom?” Upon searching, I found out it was Sen. Tito Sotto’s insensitive remark to DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo about her being a single mom. Turning the Secretary’s status into a joke was not only ungentlemanly and unstatesman-like, it was downright inhumane. But what grated the most was the note on the side – *room laughs*. He was not alone. There were other people in the hallowed halls of the Senate who think the situation that led to someone being a . . . . . .
“The next day an evilspirit from God came forcefully on Saul…Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.” – 1 Samuel:10-11 Solo Sister No. 1 is a petite woman with gentle eyes matched with a shy demeanor. What might catch your attention about her is that she has a few teeth missing. When I heard her story from other solo sisters, I was appalled. Her husband had hit her and misaligned her jaw to the extent dentures could not be fitted into her mouth. That wasn’t all. She . . . . . .