Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Magic Lives...

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Enchanted Kingdom! Wheee~ It's been so long since I visited this happy place! I think I was in High School when I first came here and conquered the Swan Lake and Jungle Log Jam. Hahaha~ I came here last week with my colleagues at work! What I love about my job is bonding time with people. Movies, parties, and now... a visit to a theme park!  (^_^)

Welcome to EK!

Of course, we all have that friend who likes to take it to the extreme! EK has four extreme rides, uhm, I hoped I could survive the day. Hahaha! But anyway, as a warm up, we first rode bumper cars. It was good old fun!


Me and the team in bumper cars. Photo by my colleague, Geniel
Beside the bumper cars is the EKstreme Tower. Yep, you guessed it! Extreme rides here we go! Hey, I got a really nice photo before the take off...


Getting ready for take off...
But ugh... I looked quite the opposite after the ride. Why? Well, just see for yourself...



Woah~ That was extreme, isn't it? Oh no~ Nothing could prepare me for the next. Anchors Away seemed like nice and it wasn't even tagged as an 'extreme ride'. At first, I didn't believe my friend who said that it wouldn't be a smooth ride. But I do now. Waaaaa~ My insides felt like it was going out or something. I couldn't control my legs from trembling. Half way through, I wanted to quit, but the pirate ship just kept on moving. Noooooo! 



After that traumatic and unforgettable extreme Anchors Away, my friends and I decided to stop by for lunch. However, I was in an adrenaline rush and I didn't feel any hunger at all. So I decided for a light snack, instead. The food in LaunchTime restaurant tastes great! 


My pasta for lunch. Yummy!
So after those extreme rides, we decided the next to be a bit more chill. Ferris Wheel it is! Yay! The wind on your face plus a nice view of the sunset equals the "wow" factor. Two thumbs up!


The Ferris Wheel is EK's highest point.

My gorgeous view at the top
After chilling for a few minutes, we took another extreme ride. I mean double extreme! We queued up for EK's famous attraction, the Space Shuttle. Hesitation took over me when I saw how scary it was. But then again, my good friends just wouldn't let me leave. Huhuhu~

The Space Shuttle proved that I could conquer my fears. I could feel the wind on my face and the twists and turns. It took me to an extreme experience like never before! I'm happy that my colleagues pushed me to do it. To be honest, Anchors Away was a scarier ride. Hehehe~ (^_^)v


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Okay, but after Space Shuttle, I didn't want anymore extreme rides. Hahaha~ While some of us queued for the Disk-O-Magic, I went for the classic no hassle, no scare ride in the Carousel. Happy times!


The Carousel in EK
Then, we stopped by and watched the parade! Here is the cute EK mascot dancing! 





With a splash of colors the fireworks gave on the night sky, we ended the day with a bang! It was a very ecstatic day for us. The rides, extreme or chill, gave us memories to laugh and to cherish. Enchanted Kingdom sure is a happy place and the magic stays with you, forever.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Mass of the Saints

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The saints. This is a topic that has always mesmerized me. It's so amazing how these people can love God so much that they're willing to abandon everything -all worldly riches- just for Him, just like true love. 

Having learned from a Catholic school, I know a lot of saints. One common thing about them is their love for the Holy Mass. The saints never forget to reiterate to their subordinates to always attend the Eucharist and visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. St. Mary Mazzarello, St. John Bosco, St. Dominic Savio, Blessed Laura Vicuna, St. Francis de Sales, St. Francis of Assisi, and all the saints... they spent most of their time in contemplative prayer and in the Holy Mass whenever possible.

The most familiar story to me was about St. Mary Mazzarello. At a young age, she already exhibited outstanding love for God. She lived in a Mornese, a town in Italy. She was a pious woman and she always attended the Holy Mass. It would take about an hour's walk to get to the nearest church. It was a hard terrain to trek. Even in the biting cold of winter, St. Mary remained headstrong in her quest to go to the morning Mass. Nothing could stop her! And if she arrived early and the church door was closed, St. Mary would kneel down by the door and pray, whether the ground be covered in mud or ice. She was very determined.

St. Mary Mazzarello and St. John Bosco, the saints most familiar to me

When I was in school, I wondered why the saints like to attend the Holy Mass. They were even excited to go. For me, at that time, the Holy Mass was something done out of responsibility because I am Catholic. I had faith, yes. But I expected something more than what it offered... to see more, to understand more, to feel more.

As I grew up in life, I noticed how it became rare to find a Holy Mass that is 'holy' in all sense of the word. There were more drama, clapping, and 'announcements'. Really, I hate those 'announcements'. I started to get discouraged in attending the Mass. But I still went because it's my responsibility. The saints were zealous. Now, why wasn't I like that? Maybe they had that kind of determination to go to church because there were born to be a saint, I thought.

Then I found myself praying to God to grant me a Holy Mass where the ritual is really about Him, about prayer, and where the priest is good in giving homilies. I explored churches to find the best priests who can perform the best ritual. I found okay ones where you can say "this will do"

But I didn't find the best of the best at will. It just came to me, like an answered prayer. God gave me the Tridentine Mass, the best and the most beautiful!

The Tridentine Mass, the best and the most beautiful!
After attending TLM consecutively, I find myself slowly getting excited in going to the church. It feels weird, you know. I never felt this before. I mean, me looking forward for Sunday? Other than it's my day-off, it didn't happen... until TLM.




 

This is the Mass of the saints. I wonder how the Latin Mass looked like back then. How the saints saw it... where the Tabernacle was at the center, where the vestments were all well-made, where the altar emanates a prayerful atmosphere. How lucky the saints were! No wonder they looked forward to go to the church, that no muddy or snowy terrain can hamper! Their Holy Mass was such a beauty to behold!

The Holy Mass of the Saints. Photo source



Now,  I understand why the saints were zealous and determined. They saw beauty in the Lord. They wanted more of the Holy Eucharist because it was the source of their strength to continue their mission. It deepened their love for Jesus Christ. They weren't just born to be a saint, they had help from the Lord.

When you know the Tridentine Mass, you will come to understand the fervor of the saints. So much so that you feel it yourself. Will you be a saint, too?

 

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