Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mayr visit to Human Life's Service Miri

Papa and Mayr

Mayr and Aunty Dot (Dorothy Kuek)

Mayr in front of the "FROG" Aquarium at HLS

Gambar nih diambil semasa kami melawat aunty Dot di Human Life's Service Centre (HLS) Miri, sambil tunggu Mama ada Public Exam.

LENT: Ten ways to grow in holiness

Lenten customs are designed to help us enter into this holy season and grow in discipline and service. The word Lent means “springtime,” a time of new life. Here are ten common Lenten practices by which we can draw closer to God, experience interior conversion and renew our spiritual lives.

Ashes — Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance. References to sackcloth and ashes can be found often in the Old Testament. Ashes remind us that we won’t live forever (“remember that you are dust”), prompting us to reflect on our lives and our need for God’s mercy and to ponder what is important in the long run (eternal life with God) and what is only temporary (many of our day-to-day desires and challenges). To prepare well for the day we physically die, we must die now to sin and rise to new life in Christ.

Fasting and Giving Something Up — Often this is our first impression or thought of Lent, and each year we have the big question of what to give up.

Food — All it takes is a quick look at any magazine rack to see that this nation is obsessed with food — with eating more and tastier, and with eating less. Fasting for spiritual reasons is different from dieting for health and weight loss. Most of us should fast from particular food-favorites throughout Lent as well as from meat on Fridays. By eliminating sweets, coffee, soda, alcohol or whatever other food has a grip on us, and by turning to God every time we are tempted by these foods, we can gain a real sense of God’s grace and how close He is to us. Our attachment to food can be complicated. Lent is a great time to begin, with God’s help, to uncomplicate it.

Fasting (eating less food) is one of the most ancient practices of Lent — there is a deep wisdom to fasting that we’ll only understand if we do it just because it will help us draw closer to God. Lenten fasting is a traditional way to seek to imitate Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert.

Changing Behaviors and Attitudes — All of us have things in our lives that come between us and God, and we may or may not realize it. This Lent, if we go somewhere quiet and humbly ask God, “Lord, what do you want me to give up?” He will answer. It may be a food, or a television show, or a friend or an attitude or habit. Giving it up will make a significant and positive difference in our spiritual lives.

Prayer — Give more time to prayer during Lent. Try different things — weekday Mass; spiritual reading from the saints; Lenten prayer Web sites (for example, www/ CollaborativeMinistry/ Lent) or books of prayers; retreats and days of reflection; meditating/pondering the Gospels, especially the Passion; quiet listening and pouring out your heart to God. The rosary or other common prayers may help us reflect or talk with God. A picture of Christ or Mary can help our prayer, as can the Stations of the Cross. Aim for simplicity and love in your Lenten prayer.

Almsgiving — Besides food, money is a big complication for many people. Try giving a specific percentage of your Lenten income this year, or decide now on a specific amount to give, and then choose a charity or your parish as the recipient. As you write the check or hand over the bills, ask God to take and use the money for His will.

Penance — Lent is the primary time for celebrating the sacrament of penance/reconciliation. Lent is a season for renewal, and what better way to begin than to have our sins forgiven! Early Christian teachers are said to have called this sacrament a second-baptism, because it should enable us to start again to live the baptismal life to its fullest. Many parishes provide brochures to help with our examination of conscience, or we can always use the Ten Commandments.

Stations of the Cross — Praying and pondering the Stations of the Cross either privately or publicly can be a way of remembering Jesus’ sufferings and a way to grow in appreciation of his sacrifice. Toward the end of Lent, the liturgical readings also will recall Christ’s Passion. There are many booklets available at parishes and religious bookstores for this devotional practice. Some parish youth and/or adult groups stage live Stations of the Cross. It is a devotion that can help make Jesus’ Passion more “real” for us.

Burying the Alleluia — The word “Alleluia” is heard throughout the Christian world, a Greek and Latin form of the Hebrew word “Hallelujah,” meaning “praise the Lord.” Because this word is particularly associated with Easter, the custom developed to intentionally eliminate it from the liturgies of Lent, “sort of a verbal fast” according to one author. The idea is to create a sense of anticipation and greater joy when this familiar word of praise returns at Easter. At Easter, we give it no rest at all, repeating it again and again in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

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This story was made available to Catholic Online by permission of The Catholic Observer (, official newspaper of the Diocese of Springfield, Mass.

Season of Lent

Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent. The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles. (See The Apostolic Constitutions, Book V, Section III.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Parenting Talks: The Challenges of Newly Married Youth

oh ya...mau mengabarkan...satu talk pasal parenting anjuran FIAT Youth of Bintulu, akan diadakan di Conference Room St. Anthony hari Sabtu ni...Datang..jangan tak datang...FREE Of Charge nih...

Venue: Conference Room St. anthony
Time: 7.30 pm
Date : 16 February 2008
Theme: The Challenges of Newly Married Youth


7.30 pm : Praise & Worship
8.30 pm : Break
8.45 pm : 2nd talk: Parenting (Today's Issues)
8.50 pm : Workshop on Issues new parents face today
How new parent approach them
9.50 pm : Wrap Up
10.00 pm : Home Sweet Home...ta ta..


wow...lama rasanya aku tak blogging maklumlah BZ katakan..he.he.he...well actually banyak jugak benda-benda yang teringin mau di share dalam blog aku ni tapi bila mauk blogging saja gerenti ada task lain yang menyusul....
well now kehidupan family aku macam biasa saja my princess, si Mayr sudah pegi play school and sudah mula suka mau pegi sekolah walaupun sangat susah untuk siGondot aku tu mau bangun pagi-pagi. Kadang-kadang tu sempat bangun , berus gigi and tidor lagi....teringat pulok aku masa aku kecik-kecik dulukan...
haa.....tomorrow Valentine special day bah...aku plan mau keluar sama aku punya 2 orang princesses ni, Mama & Mayr. I love you 2 very-very much....