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New or Traditional Rosary

  Recently, I’ve come across a talk that talked about the Rosary. Now, I love praying my Rosary, and I do wish I could be more consistent and not miss any days, but overall, I make a sincere effort. When praying the Rosary, I always thought that we’re 4 mysteries. Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious. But some things seemed “off” to me. Like, during the season of Advent, we focus on the Joyful mysteries. Lent, it’s all about the Sorrowful Mysteries. Finally, Easter (and original time) it’s the Glorious Mysteries. Where and when do we focus on the Luminous? When I was taught to Pray the Rosary Thinking back on this, I always took it for granted. When I learned to pray the Rosary, every book (because I learn by reading), talked about the four mysteries.  This is the order of the Rosary, according to the “New Way” Joyful – Monday Sorrowful – Tuesday Glorious – Wednesday Luminous – Thursday Sorrowful – Friday Joyful – Saturday Glorious – Sunday All the books that I’ve read never addressed this issue that I’ve had.  They never discussed why it seemed to be so disordered after Wednesday.  I honestly just thought that there were Theological reasons why things were done the way that they were.  Since Saturday is for the tradition of devotion of the Blessed Mother, maybe that’s why the Joyful Mysteries were on Saturday.  Thursday, like Holy Thursday was the establishment of the Eucharist, so maybe that’s why the Luminous mysteries were on a Thursday.  However I liked to rationalize it, it didn’t answer my underlying question: Why was the rest of...

Terrorism in Boston

I had a post planned for today, but the events that happened yesterday shook me up pretty badly. If you haven’t heard, at the Boston Marathon yesterday, two bombs went off near the finish line and a third one went off near the JFK Library. I cannot imagine what it felt for the people at the marathon who gathered together for an event that was supposed to be normal. I cannot and will not speak for them and what they are feeling, but my heart and condolences goes out to the families, friends, and loved ones who were at the event and those who were injured. There is no doubt in my mind that their lives has changed forever. Dear Lord, please watch and pray over the victims that were hurt during yesterday’s blast. Please console the families who have lost loved ones (especially the young boy of 8 who passed away). We ask Lord that those behind this heinous act will be caught. Also Lord, please guide and walk with the people of Boston–they could be feeling a wide range of emotions. Please help them get through this....

Ash Wednesday 2013

Ash Wednesday for me was something that I just did because well…I had to.  I went to a Catholic school for all of my elementary and junior high years, so it was something that I just grew up with. While I am still a practicing Catholic, Ash Wednesday has taken on a more significant meaning for me. It is a preparation of the arrival of Easter. It marks the true beginning of Spring — which for me means renewal. It is a way to cleanse the mind, body, and soul. A reminder of our fragility and mortality. The last two parts are the parts that stands out for me and my family the most.  In the Catholic tradition, we usually go without something during the 40 days of lent (excluding Sundays). Traditionally, we give up something that we like, or crave and set aside our desire for it for this time period. We sacrifice. This minor sacrifice is a reminder of the major sacrifice that our Lord has done for us in order to forgive us for our sins. One thing that I have noticed is that when we do give up something, we tend to crave that thing more.  It’s like the withholding is creating the need. But, it’s through this withholding from something that we can truly understand that we, like everyone else crave. Need. Want. We are not always as strong as we want to be, but we are — reluctantly admitting — weak, and fragile. During Lent we are reminded that our time here on earth is short, and we should keep in mind of...

Sunday Prayer: Traditions

  Dear Lord, We would like to thank you for our family traditions. While things can get crazy in this world, it is the traditions of our families that keeps us grounded and connected through the generations. Even if we are missing members in our families, we know that by practicing certain traditions, we will be forever close to them. Thank you Lord for allowing us to be flexible enough to allow new traditions to be created, and a long-standing memory to remember the traditions that have already been created. Thank you Lord for enabling us to carry on these traditions and share with our offspring....

Happy Lunar New Year — Year of the Snake

  I know I am a few days early with this post since the Lunar New Year starts on Feburary 10th. However, knowing that I will be with family on that day and a few days after, I wanted to share a HUGE tradition that is part of my husband’s culture. First I’ll start with the introduction of Mr. C.     Mr. C doesn’t usually make an appearance on this blog, but that will change. The Lunar New Year is the BIGGEST holiday for people of Asian decent–especially my husband’s family, who are Chinese. This year we celebrate the Year of the Snake. The tradition is over 5000 years old, and typically lasts 15 days. Starting with the days before the new year: you are supposed to clean your home–like spotless clean. No dust hiding anywhere. I have to confirm this but it’s to sweep out the bad luck and bad spirits that may have dwelled there during the year. The actual first day of the festival is the day that the firecrackers, lion dances, and families meet, eat and hand out red envelopes. Most of the celebration happens on this day with Lion dances, and fireworks. Many people choose not to eat meat on this day because they believe that it will ensure a long life span for them. The red envelopes are given out by the married couples to the parents, and the unwed children of the family. Once you get married, you have to start handing out the envelopes. The purpose of the envelopes are good luck and a blessing. I remember when we used...

Trying For Normalcy After Sandy

What to do now? It’s the question on everyone’s mind that I know who have been flooded out. What should I do? We all know what has to be done, call insurance companies and pray that everything is on the up and up. But what about everything else? In the case of my grandmother (who decided to stay), my husband and I did out best to make sure she can ride out the rough part of not having any power. We brought her food and everything else that se would need. I’m happy that she now has power, but I know that the next thing to do is restock her fridge. While its a daunting task, I know in that regard my grandmother did better than most in Southern Brooklyn. Some went without food and water. Some didn’t have family to make sure they were going to be well fed and cared for. For others, they didn’t have anywhere to evacuate to. For instance my mother’s neighbor’s daughter didn’t have any back up family members she could ride the storm out with. Everyone she knew was flooded out. She has two kids and one is under one. What is a person in that situation to do? Her family of four sleeps in the car. Everyday I look at the news reports of what is going on. If FEMA is handing out food in my mom’s neighborhood. Do people know where to get it. All these things pass in my mind. In my small one bedroom apartment, we are doing what we can. We opened our door to my family,...
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