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My message for you this Christmas 2007

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It’s my third Christmas away from home. Many things have happened, and the most life-changing of all is the departure of our dearest mother Gilda to celebrate Christmas with none other the Celebrant Himself – Jesus, in heaven. This is our first Christmas without her.Probably this is what it really means to celebrate Christmas - when everything else is gone, when material blessings have disappeared; when we start to experience the weariness of a failing health because of aging and sickness; when we start spending Christmas away from home and our loved ones …This might be the real meaning of Christmas, when the Christ had to make the ultimate sacrifice by becoming human and at moment of his birth, was immediately rejected by people, to take refuge in a stable.But inside that stable, fullest and warmest LOVE is felt, one of a purest kind; a LOVE that emanates from the CHRIST CHILD and flowing most immensely to the Blessed Mother who, in awe and wonder, pondered all these in her loving he…

Christmas in Heaven

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Derived from: Gardenweb.com
Photo: Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries


Lovingly dedicated to Nanay

"Christmas in Heaven" I see the countless Christmas trees
around the world below
with tiny lights like heaven's stars
reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away that tear
for I am spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
but the sounds of music can't compare
with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you
of the joy their voices bring
for it is beyond description
to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart
for I am spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
I can't tell you of the splendor
or the peace here in this place
Can you just imagine Christmas
with our Savior face to face?
I'll ask him to lift your spirit
as I tell him of your love
so then pray for one another
as you lift your eyes above.
Please let your h…

The women in my life

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This picture speaks a thousand words. For me, this picture will always serve as inspiration of the different women in my life. Let me introduce the Jopson women in three generations: (starting from the left) my sister Eva who's a pediatrician, my beloved mother Gilda (who recently passed away), mother and daughter team, sister-in-law Daisy who is married to Tony and their daughter Lissa Angelica, who's presently taking up Pre-med in UP Manila, and Ting Panaguiton, our youngest sister who is married to Vit and has 2 children, Mikee and Jayvee.

Thank you all for your most wonderful smiles!

Take a break, listen to the Stylistics

Take a break and listen to the soothing songs of the Stylistics which I recorded at a park in New Jersey last summer of 2007.

How to cope up with the loss of a loved one

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Since the death of our mother, we have been closly checking on each other in the family and see how we're coping up with her loss. We noticed common experiences that we believe are signs of her "presence".

During her ninth day, when we went to the cemetery and prayed the rosary, a beautiful white butterfly came flying by. But instead of passing us, it encircled us, then went to the flowers we placed in her grave. Then it left most peacefully. My sister immediately said, "Nanay, hello ..." We were are thankful for that presence.

Another was when Ate and I were talking on the phone. She was in Chicago and I was in L.A. Then she started to smell sampaguita flowers. She immediately uttered, "Nanay, we love you." I thought, "Why only her? Why not me?" Then I started to breathe deeply, when I smelled what I thought was the sweetest bouquet of roses. That was nanay assuring us that she was simultaneously with us.

Another was nanay'…

Prayer for Gilda

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This is taken from "Prayers: our Lady of Guadalupe" prayer book. It is a timely prayer for Nanay Gilda as it contains many inspiring phrases for commendation, asking for peace, recalling joyful moments with the dearly departed. May we derive consolation in praying this prayer.

Lord,
help us to see death for what it really is,
the end of poverty and the beginning of riches;
the end of frustration and the beginning of fulfillment;
the end of fear and the beginning of tranquility;
the end of pain and the beginning of joy;
the end of weakness and the beginning of strength.

Let not grief overwhelm us,
or a sense of loss embitter us.
But out of our sadness
let there arise a new joy
for so much given to us.

Cast out our fears
and let not our hearts be troubled.
Let your spirit of peace come alive
within our experience and hurt,
our sorrow and isolation,
our sadness today and loneliness tomorrow.

We humbly commend to you Gilda
whom you have called out of this mortal life.
You loved her always with gr…

Nanay, we love you forever!

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This is a short eulogy delivered last June 10, 2007 on the occasion of the interment of my mother, Gilda, at the mass at the our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Project 4. We fondly call her “Nanay”, a colloquial for “mother”. It is not a coincidence that the burial and mass of Nanay was held on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Body and blood of Christ. It was her greatest wish to attend mass at the Church and receive the body of our Lord. And now she has attained her dream to be “home”.We recall seeing her at the back part of the church, quietly hearing mass. When the time came that her body was showing its weakness because of old age, she had to have a companion to take her to the church. Otherwise, we would see both her and Tatay going to church.We recall also the dreadful effects of scoliosis and how it is affecting her posture. But that posture only enhanced the state of her soul – it revealed a posture of bowing down before the Lord and asking for His mercy.The effe…

Welcome to Inspiring Ideas

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This blog merged my inspiring stories and "Dear Father" articles in the website. Later on I will be writing reflections and practical ideas to help us through different aspects of our lives that affect family, work, faith, etc. This shall also serve as my personal journal as i also journey with you. God bless!

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