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Date:2015-06-03 02:00
Subject:Facebook has killed all my friends ... (lol!)
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Mood: amused

It has come to my attention that NOBODY can see my facebook posts - even though you are my friend, and even though I have labelled the post as "friends". And I have done NOTHING to the settings (in fact, I dont even know where the settings are .. loll)

For some, when they click on my fb profile they will see "no posts for 2015" or something like that - it is as if I deleted all my 2015 posts and have not been posting ANYTHING up - although my 'output' is still the same .. hahaha

Oddly, there are many who are able to see some posts and comment. So it is really very strange.

I just want to say (at least I have a record of me saying here - since it is POINTLESS for me to say it on FB coz those to whom I would want to say this, cant see it in the first place ! hahaha) is that I HAVE NOT DELETED MY FB and I HAVE NOT UN-FRIENDED you and I HAVE NOT started posting in some ULTRA SECRET or EXCLUSIVE group ...

LOL

Anyways - I guess it is most probably an FB glitch as many friends were commenting and reading my posts even in early May - this thing just happened lately.

So since I am here .. I might as well update seaweeds ...

I kinda miss seaweeds ... like I shared earlier - Felix Edmund Kong is a bit monsterish .. "Kong Hon Sen Felix" (my account for my immediate family and cousins etc - which account I tag in my Edmund posts if I want to cross share with that group) is quite ok .. nice and quiet .. "Felixrehabhosp" is growing to be quite a monster .. but it is well controlled .. hahhaa .. that account is quite fun - with my hosp colleagues, the volunteers, patients and friends.

Seaweeds on the other hand is really very peaceful .. I feel my BP drop whenever I come here .. hahha

My BP has been erratic lately .. worrisome perhaps - but I think oh well ... I will try my best to be as healthy as I can.

I got myself a nice new car - which I really do enjoy driving. I like the gadgets and the driving experience is nice - a bit low though ... I am not used to driving a 'sitting on the floor' sedan .. I think my next car will need to be a higher type .. as in a mini SUV .. perhaps the Mazda CX3. I quite like the Mazda ... come to think of it .. one of the first cars I ever drove in my life was a mazda - a mazda Astina 323 - the one with the pizza headlamps which flip up and down ever so grandly .. hahaha

Hospital work is good - I am slowly disengaging myself from it as I need to put more effort into my Paediatric Psychology Masters. However, lately I have been busy at another hospital - the primary care hospital called "HUKM" which is quite a busy place. I have two patients there in psychiatry - and since their clinical psychology is a bit over worked, they have allowed me to continue psychology treatment care for these two patients in tandem with psychiatry since they were referred to psychiatry by me. So yeah - the 'hospital pictures' on face book (if they can be seen ...) are a bit different from the main hospital where I work in. It is near my house though - so is not so bad.

The new university is a bit BLAH .. but anyways - I am there to get my paediatric credentialing .. so I need to be focused on my aim.

Looking at things, I may just abandon thoughts of a PhD. I think i need a real rest from all these academics - seriously - I hate the stats so much. really really hate it so much. And it does not help that my current lecturers are PhD quantitative stats type of people - you know the type - those with ZERO clinical exposure and experience. So frankly - I feel they really should not be teaching a clinical course.

I have lodged a complaint with the Dean, it is ridiculous to run a clinical course without clinicians teaching! - hopefully there will be some change next semester when we move towards clinical training.

ANyways - I will just grin and bear it ... the lecturers are really nice people - and they too understand my frustration. But there is little that they can do. They do recognise their limitations and they too feel at odds teaching a clinical course - they are trying very hard. So it is difficult for me sometimes. On the one hand they have become my friends and I want to support them, but on the other hand - the annoyance in class tends to boil over - and I am very tired of asking "and so what are the clinical implications of this ?" over and over ...

So ya ... there you go ... facebook has killed all my friends .. hahaha



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Date:2014-12-13 01:53
Subject:its the end ... but also a beginning ...
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Tomorrow the university will be releasing my final transcript and 'certificate of completion' for my degree. Convocation is dunno when ... lol

However, pre- Board Registration and Licensing intensive training goes on until March 2015.

Is like nervous much ... lol! but wah ... Thanks be to God I managed to complete it in the minimum time permitted.

I am very grateful to all of you for your moral support throughout this academic journey. I pray that I will have the energy to push forward to the next level - I seem to be losing steam in that regard ... argggg ...

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Date:2014-10-21 03:15
Subject:The end of the year is truly arriving ..
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For me at least, one knows the end of the year and the whole "Christmas thing" is coming soon - anecdotally, I construct this belief from the following:

(a) We reach the "30th Week In Ordinary Time" - and we kinda know that Advent is arriving soon ...

(b) Clients begin the "luncheons" and "lunch meetings" and "informal gatherings" (ie: lunch), as these are thinly veiled (but very fun) planning meetings for the coming year - some of these lunches are more fun coz they are hosted by warring factions in an organization and when one gets invited to more than one warring faction luncheon - u have to thread.very.carefully. LOL!

(c) The extended family starts the vicious cycle of 'home visits' to 'catch up with each other' which is an out and out totally UNVEILED comparison session of 'who bot the bigger car/house this year and whose child/grandchild was the most successful competition. Corporations at least have the decency to veil their 'corporate lunches' with some semblance of functionality - these category (c) end of the year events are down right vicious.

LOL!

Category (a) and (b) events are fine with me - I enjoy them very much.

Category (c) - I dread.

And it was with DREAD that I saw the group email issued by my own brother who is grasping the nettle this year and instituted the whole "dear aunts and uncles & cousins .. let us gather this yeart ... bla bla bla"

Euphues, in 1578 said:

"True it is Philautus that he which toucheth ye nettle tenderly, is soonest stoung."

Aaron Hill circa 1750, wrote of the bravery needed to grasp nettles:

"Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you, for your pains: Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains."

Although hardly a point of bravery, but rather a keen engagement into the entire hoopla of comparison competitiveness, that aforementioned sibling of mine has drawn the entire (comparison averse) immediate family into this herbal hotbed ...

Of course speaking psychologically and sociologically (and I dare say, philosophically), it will be an interesting opportunity for observation for me - I may also stand aloof and look upon the ensuing tableau of social behaviour from my self imagined heights of academic condescension - but that would be unfriendly would it not?

So - The first weekend of December it shall be for this familial live diorama - I am still undecided about my personal role to take on - but my negativity towards it is telling. What is it that I find so unpalatable about all this. I do not know - but perhaps I do know, but do not wish to face. hmmm ..


kirkegaard
Isn't this library at the University of Copenhagen amazing? It would be lovely to be able to live in copenhagen ... would it not? mmmm


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Anyways - on a lighter note - a "category (b)" event happened today and off I went.

It was fun as the company car drove me to the lunch place and I felt very grand and everything.

What came out from the lunch was an interesting 5 year plan for the company and myself - and my law and clinical practice nicely encapsulated in one single plan.

No, I won't be leaving private legal practice, but it will be indeed an interesting interplay between my two professions.

We shall see how it goes - and I am leaving it into God's hands.

For now - Christmas and that awful family gathering ... urghh .... that too I shalt leaveth in God's hands ... wateverthfhhh ... (or maybe I will just go away somewhere for a holiday .. hahhaa)


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Date:2012-03-14 01:31
Subject:omg .. I am so blown away by this !
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absolutely brillianttt !!!!



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Date:2012-02-21 03:05
Subject:The Season of Lent 2012
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Mood: contemplative

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Lent begins on wednesday 22.02.2012 - and it is a time where Catholics and many other Christians settle down for the liturgical year and reflect on the eternal questions: "Who are we?" and "What are we here on earth for?"

These existential questions are difficult to answer - and certainly, 40 days are hardly sufficient for the depths of introspection which one needs to undergo to even begin asking these questions let alone answer them.

But this is what Lent asks us to do: To ponder, to contemplate and to review - year after year - it is not the same process being repeated - but rather a growth process which occurs (not re- occurs) every year. Each year is different, as we are each one individually a different person as the years pass by and add on to our life experience.

Some of us may have had a radical life review since Lent 2011, or perhaps, since then, we may have lapsed or regressed ... All these issues are to be taken stock of and we are asked to "return to the basics" - to come back home.

Lent is different from Advent. The Season of Advent in preparation for Christmas is an exciting time - it is an expectant waiting for the coming of Christ - the incarnation. So during Advent, we review our lives in the quest for progress and onward momentum. Wewant to progress, we want to refresh and add energy to our efforts already in place- we want to actualize and achieve. We are spurred onwards so as to welcome the incarnation of God in Christ - much like the rush to look for new clothes and buy presents in anticipation of Christmas - we want to respond to the Grace of God and bear fruits of spiritual gifts of faith, hope and love through our labour and work so as to offer them as gifts to new born Christ on Christmas day.

Lent, on the other hand - is a review of this Advent growth, a re-consideration of this progress and energy and efforts. Growth is only possible if one MANAGES and REVIEWS that growth and permit God's grace to continue working in us through the promptings of the Holy Spirit - sometimes,due to a disordered view or refusal to listen to the Holy Spirit, we may have given way to unruly growth which may even need pruning - and some malignant growth may even need uprooting.

eg: Have my increased and intensified prayer and liturgical life taken a toll on my family life? as in - have my good intentions to give praise and glory to God in the liturgical practices which I have chosen to do perhaps caused me to FAIL to love my family, friends and the needy. Have I chosen to hide from service to Christ in HIS PEOPLE whilst pretending to serve Christ in liturgical prayer? - These are the difficult questions which I will be confronting myself with this season of Lent.

So this is what Lent is about. It is about "coming back to basics". Was the Advent growth profitable, has it grown stagnant, has that "growth" turned ugly, malignant and not entirely positive in meaning; Has that growth brought about MORE love, or have we instead, failed to love?

So whilst Catholics and many other Christians will have a "programme" to follow - daily reflections which challenge our lives, our beliefs, attitudes, relationships etc, I would invite everyone - regardless of religion and belief or non belief - to join us in these 40 days of journeying "back to basics".

Identify and confront:

WHAT is it that we believe.
WHY do we believe those beliefs.
WHY do we DONT believe in other beliefs.
WHO is it that we are.
WHY do we do the things we do.
Why do we DONT do the things we DONT do.

40 days will never be enough. But choose one area of your life which is troubling you and which you would like to see some change, then ponder upon it over the next 40 days, seek help and guidance if you like - and grow.

Seen in this way, the season of Lent is hardly a burden - it is instead a wonderful gift of the Church in its "formation through liturgy"; and one which is as beautiful as it is historical.

May we all have a fruitful season of introspection for the season of Lent 2012.


Various Resources (catholic and others) for lent 2012:

http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/2012/02/lent-2012.html

http://www.textweek.com/lent.htm

http://www.osv.com/YourGuideToACatholicLent/tabid/8267/Default.aspx

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/ - Daily Prayers for Lent 2012 for the entire season.

http://www.aboutcatholics.com/worship/lent_catholic_church/ - A basic history of the Lenten season.

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Date:2011-04-18 16:40
Subject:Monday in Holy Week
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Monday in Holy Week Year I

A READING FROM THE MIRROR OF CHARITY BY ST AELRED OF RIEVAULX

We can find no greater inspiration to love even our enemies as brothers - as we must if our love is to be perfect - than grateful remembrance of Christ’s wonderful patience. He who was the fairest of the children of men offered his beautiful face to be spat upon by sinners; he allowed those eyes whose glance rules the universe to be blindfolded by wicked men; he bared his back to the scourges; he submitted that head which strikes terror into principalities and powers to the sharpness of thorns; he gave himself up to be mocked and reviled, and at the end endured the Cross, the nails, the lance, the gall, the vinegar, while remaining always gentle, kindly, and serene. In short, he was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before the shearers he was silent, not opening his mouth.

Who could listen to that wonderful prayer, so full of affection, love and imperturbable calm - Father, forgive them - and not at once embrace his enemies with all his love? Father, he says, forgive them. Could any prayer be more full of gentleness and love?

Yet he added something more. It was not enough to pray for them: he wished also to excuse them. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. They are great sinners, yes, but they have little understanding. Therefore, Father, forgive them. They are nailing me to the Cross, but they do not know who it is they are nailing to the Cross. If they had known, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory. Therefore, Father, forgive them. They think it is a lawbreaker, an impostor claiming to be God, a seducer of the people. I have hidden my face from them, and they do not recognize my glory.

Therefore, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

If we wish to experience fully the joy of loving our brothers, we must embrace with real love even our enemies. To prevent this fire of divine love from being cooled by the injuries we receive, let us keep the eyes of our soul always fixed on the serene patience of our beloved Lord and Saviour.




St Aelred of Rievaulx, The Mirror of Charity 3.5: (PL 195:582); from Word in Season II, 1st ed. (Second Reading from the Office of Readings)






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Date:2011-04-12 09:58
Subject:quite a nice story ...
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Got this in an email and I tot of sharing - it matters not if it is true or an urban myth - what matters is the teaching behind the story. Even in my own life, I have come to realise that ALL things happen for a reason - and sometimes the confusing and apparently pointless difficulties in my life turn out rather wonderfully. Man does indeed propose, it it is indeed God who disposes. As I look back on the various events of my life through the eyes of faith - I do realise that not only do all things happen for a reason, they happened for a good reason.

So I have stopped questioning many things - especially things (and people) which I cant seem to avoid .. hahaha .. but of course, over the years, wisdom does play its part - ie: if I were to be mountain climbing, i WOULD carry spare contact lenses ! lollll .. oh how silly of brenda ! God gave u a BRAIN .. do use it ! hahahaa


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Date:2011-03-19 10:21
Subject:hmmmm ...
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Mood: contemplative

At lauds this morning before Mass in honour of St Joseph, one of the prayers was this:

Joseph took the child Jesus into his care, loving and accepting him as his own Son: may we accept all that God gives us, and care for those entrusted to us.




In our lives many come and go - and everyone touches our lives (and we theirs).

I firmly believe that regardless of who we meet - even random people - that there is a reason for that "colliding" of our personal universes - and we are all called to find and live out that reason.

So each person one encounters in life is a "project" - some of these projects are transient, some mid term, some more long term and some totally permanent. But each coming and going with a reason. Each one we meet in life is someone entrusted to us.

Sometimes, we hurt individuals and these individuals hurt us in return, or sometimes for NO reason at all, these individuals hurt us and for equally NO reason, we hurt others. But nevertheless, we are all called to LIVE our lives regardless and to care for those entrusted to us.

It is important to remember and to accept that just as individuals come into one's lives, that when it is time, we have to allow them to go from our lives. Sometimes they return to us, sometimes they don't. It should not matter. What matters is rather : How we cared for these people entrusted to us. Especially whilst they were with us.

It is difficult to care for people at the best of times, and especially when they have caused deep hurts to us. But nevertheless, we need to rise up against our human nature to "get even" and to break vicious cycles and stop their perpetuation.

Often times, the STOP, has to START from us.


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Date:2011-02-02 10:09
Subject:40 days after Christmas ...
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The introduction to the Ceremony of Candles before mass this morning on this Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord goes like this:


The Lord will come with mighty power - and give light to the eyes of all who serve him. Alleluia

Forty days ago, we celebrated the joyful feast of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, we recall the holy day on which he was presented in the temple, fulfilling the law of Moses and at the same time going to meet his faithful people. Led by the Spirit, Simeon and Anna came to the temple, recognised Christ as their Lord, and proclaimed him with joy.


This is why this feast is also called: Candlemas - it also marks the beginning of spring. In the colder countries - candlemas bells or "snowdrops" will start to peek out from the snow around this season ... mmmm



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Date:2011-01-11 01:23
Subject:now it is myyy turnnn ... lolll
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Mood: amused

Xiaogou says (1:20 AM):
yah it's spelt croupier
u mean the casino dealer?

Kit says (1:20 AM):
oo
ya
those stand at the tables one

Xiaogou says (1:21 AM):
yup c

Kit says (1:21 AM):
ooo
ok
so groupier is the fish then
AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

Xiaogou says (1:21 AM):
that's grouper!
lol

Kit says (1:21 AM):
omg
ahAHHAHAHHAH
ok my turn to post this up
lol

Xiaogou says (1:21 AM):
lol!

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Date:2011-01-11 01:02
Subject:*sniggertzzz ...
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Mood: amused

The Rooster

The Rooster is always popular, extravagant and creative. They can be brutally honest and generally like being showered with attention. They are wonderfully loyal friends and also give advice freely – whether they are asked for it or not! Family means the world to the Rooster and they are one of the most loyal signs in the Chinese zodiac.

Forecast for 2011 The Year of the Rabbit will be a much quieter year than 2010 for the Rooster. However, the Rooster will have to curb his natural exuberance and enthusiasm just a bit in 2011 and practice some patience and common sense. On the work front, it will be vital for the Rooster to work closely with his colleagues and practice his networking skills. This will stand to him during the months of March, April, November and December when unexpected developments happen . All the work he does now on the career front will pay dividends in 2012, the Chinese Year of the Dragon. The Rooster should also consider any opportunities he may have to study or for training. This would go extremely well for him and again benefit him greatly later on in the year. On the social and romantic side of life, this will be a much more settled and quiet year, which will be to many a Rooster’s liking. March, July and August look to be the most active on the social scene. A word of warning though – the Rooster must take care to temper his words with friends and not be too harsh. A quarrel or end of a close relationship could result. Financially, the Rooster may have a few home-related expenses this year with repairs, decorating and renovations. It would be wise to manage any project sensibly and shop around for the best deal; Chinese Rabbit years can be expensive for all signs. On the whole, 2011 looks like being a pleasurable and encouraging year for all Roosters.



ok fineeeee ~~~~~ ... loll




The Rat

Rats are charming, elegant and clever. They can be a bit gossipy and prone to being distracted. They’re also thrifty and very good with handling money. Family and close friends are exceptionally important to them. The Rat is charming beyond words and throughout his undoubtedly long life he will always be popular and will have many friends.

Forecast for 2011 The Rat will feel glad in a lot of ways to see the end of the Year of the Tiger! There were a lot of changes and the pace was fast - not something the Rat is entirely comfortable with. The Chinese Year of the Rabbit is the opposite – its tempo will be slow and steady and the Rat must try to be patient and remain content with steady progress throughout 2011. Work will again be highlighted but this time the Rat’s experience and knowledge will be called upon, helping him to advance quite nicely in his career. April, October and November are well-starred for this. On the love and romance side of life, there could be cause for celebration during the year in the form of an engagement, wedding or birth. July, August and December and January will be particularly special months. An important aspect of 2011 for the Rat is time for personal growth, hobbies and developing skills that bring happiness. For any Rats that like to write, this year will see their creativity heightened and whether for pleasure or profit, writing is highlighted in a most positive way. Health wise, the Rat will have felt burnt out sometimes during 2010 and in 2011 his vitality will be improved. He will feel stronger and will also be taking better care of himself, maintaining a good diet and steady exercise routine.



*muffled sniggertzzzz*


nah !

http://www.moonslipper.com/chinese.html




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Date:2010-12-26 20:27
Subject:Hari Peng-kotak-kan
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Tuan tuan dan puan puan - Siaran tradisi mengenai asal-usul Hari Peng-kotak-kan tidak akan disiarkan pada tahun ini atas sebab masalah-masalah yang tidak dapat dielakkan. Harap tuan tuan dan puan puan dapat merujuk kepada isu yang disiarkan pada tahun 2007 sepertimana yang boleh didapatkan di sini: http://seaweeds.livejournal.com/196459.html.

Segala kesulitan adalah amat dikesali dan kerjasama dan kesefahaman tuan tuan dan puan puan disusuli dengan ribuan terima kasih.

Harap Maklum.

Emel untuk pertanyaan: Pertanyaan@rumpair.com

Visual test-card:

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Date:2010-12-24 23:01
Subject:I lovee this song .. loll
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Mood: bouncy



venommmm venommmmm ... lolll


I am not the kind of girl
Who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion
But you are not the kind of boy
Who should be marrying the wrong girl

I sneak in and see your friends, and her snotty little family
All dressed in pastel
And she is yelling at a bridesmaid, somewhere back inside a room
Wearing a gown shaped like a pastry

This is surely not what you thought it would be
I lose myself in a daydream where I stand and say

Don’t say yes, run away now
I’ll meet you when you’re out of the church at the backdoor
Don’t wait or say a single vow
You need to hear me out and they said speak now

Fond gestures are exchanged
And the organ starts to play a song that sounds like a death march
And I am hiding in the curtains
It seems that I was uninvited by your lovely bride-to-be

She floats down the aisle like a pageant queen
But I know you wish it was me, you wish it was me
Don’t you?

Don’t say yes, run away now
I’ll meet you when you’re out of the church at the backdoor
Don’t wait or say a single vow
You need to hear me out and they said speak now

So don’t say yes, run away now
I’ll meet you when you’re out of the church at the backdoor
Don’t wait or say a single vow
Your time is running out and they said speak now

I hear the preacher say speak now or forever hold your peace
There’s the silence, there’s my last chance
I stand up with shaky hands, all eyes on me
Horrified looks from everyone in the room
But I’m only looking at you

I am not the kind of girl
Who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion
But you are not the kind of boy
Who should be marrying the wrong girl

Don’t say yes, run away now
I’ll meet you when you’re out of the church at the backdoor
Don’t wait or say a single vow
You need to hear me out and they said speak now

And you say lets run away now
I’ll meet when I’m out of my tux at the backdoor
Baby I didn’t say my vows, so glad you were around
When they said ‘Speak now’




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Date:2010-12-24 02:08
Subject:Advent is OVER ! - O Emmanuel ...
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With the celebration of Mass earlier in the evening and the chanting of final vespers for Advent - we had the last of the special magnificat antiphones - and rightly we call upon "O Emmanuel" "God is with us".



VII – December 23

O EMMANUEL, rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium et salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Dominus Deus noster.

O Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14), our king and lawgiver (Isaiah 33:22), hope and salvation of the peoples (Genesis 49:10; John 4:42):
come to save us, O Lord our God (Isaiah 37:20).

And with that - we technically "close" the season of Advent - (although there is one more morning mass tomorrow - 24th Dec - there will be no more advent vespers as vespers of 24th Dec will be first vespers of Christmastide).

I am very grateful that I was able to attend mass every day and frequent confession during this entire season of Advent. It is really a most precious gift from God to me - I doubt if I will ever be thankful enough for this. I just hope that I will have the grace to continue like this for the rest of my time here on earth. I also hope that many of you will join me - either in praying the liturgy of the hours, the rosary or even attending masses with me.

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Adopting the wonderful tradition of my Muslim friends, I ask forgiveness from all to whom I have caused offence in any way throughout the past year, whether expressly, or inwardly in my thoughts: Maaf Zahir Batin.


I leave you all with the gorgeous singing of the Angelus - sent to me by schaeffer. Take time to listen as it is absolutely gorgeous. It embodies the entire message of Christmas - God is with us - God is made Man - through the "yes" of Mary.




The angel declared unto Mary (Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae)
And she conceived without sin (Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto)

Hail mary, (Ave Maria)
full of grace, (gratia plena)
the Lord is with you, (Dominus tecum)
blessed are you amongst women, (benedicta tu in mulieribus)
and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus, (et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, (sancta Maria, Mater Dei)
pray for us sinners now, (Ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc,)
and at the hour of our death. (et in hora mortis nostrae)

[Mary said] Behold the handmaid of the lord (Maria dixit: ecce ancilla domini)
be it done unto to me according to your word (fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum)
Hail Mary, full of grace .... (Ave Maria, gracia plena ...)

[they left out one more verse - the most important one ! tskk]

And the word was made flesh (Et Verbum caro factum est)
and dwelt among us (Et habitavit in nobis)

Hail Mary, full of grace ... (Ave Maria, gracia plena ...)

Amen.


A blessed blessed Christmas to all and may your New Year be so filled with co-operative graces so that you may respond more fully and completely to the blessings of God.


God has created you to do him some definite service, He has committed some work to you which he has not committed to another.

Blessed John Henry Newman


so say "YES" ! or if u like the latin: fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum and allow God to work marvels through you like he did through humble Mary.




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Date:2010-12-21 23:48
Subject:mmmmm .... (misc thoughts)
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Once in a while - actually once a week - I try to visit the church of St Francis Xavier in PJ - http://www.sfx.com.my/ -

Being usually involved in the "production" of the weekend Masses at my own parish ( http://www.shckl.org/) - things get rather distracting so it is nice to go to place where nobody knows you and you can fully participate in a contemplative Mass to "re-charge" for the week ahead so to speak .. so it is really nice .. and i look forward to my Sunday 5.30pm "private" masses @ SFX week after week.

but as with most RC churches nowadays, once Mass ends, the church turns into a veritable FISH market - everybody chatting and laughing and kids running around amok - this has its good and bad - it is wonderful to have people being so "full of life" and joyful in church - it makes for a nice convival spirit and feel of community which is a wonderful thing. But all this activity, is not conducive for quiet contemplation and post communion reflection.

So the the SFX parish built an absolutely gorgeous adoration chapel within the church complex where reverential silence is to be upheld at all times. And it is such a gorgeous place indeed!



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of course it is all plaster and the columns and vaulted ceilings are all ermm .. fake .. hahaha .. but it does "work" its magic in calming the soul and mind as one contemplates the actual presence of Christ in the blessed sacrament in the tabernacle in the middle of the altar frontpiece (that white round thing in the middle just below the crucifix) - and the aircon temp is justt nice! gegege.

Is a really lovely place - and I am glad that SFX had it built.




they should pipe this in to the chapel .. mmmm

V – December 21

O ORIENS, splendor lucis aeternae et sol iustitiae: veni et illumina sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis.

O Star who rises (Zechariah 3:8; Jeremiah 23:5), splendour of the eternal light (Wisdom 7:26) and sun of justice (Malachi 3:20): come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death (Isaiah 9:1; Luke 1:79).



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on another point ...

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*sighh*
I dun have time for all this time,
so much time and so little time,
time is running out for all this time,
I am bereft of time in the face of all this time,
time after time, who has so much time?

(any more ? lollll)






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Date:2010-12-21 02:50
Subject:mmmmmm ...
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IV – December 20

O CLAVIS David et sceptrum domus Israel, qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis.

O Key of David (Isaiah 22:23), scepter of the house of Israel (Genesis 49:10), who opens and no one may shut; who shuts and no one may open: come, free from prison captive man, who sits in darkness and the shadow of death (Psalm 107: 10, 14).





From the Sermons of St Bernard - On the "Missus Est"



Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise, and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident. This is no time for virginal simplicity to forget prudence. In this matter alone, O prudent Virgin, do not fear to be presumptuous. Though modest silence is pleasing, dutiful speech is now more necessary.

Open your heart to faith, O blessed Virgin, your lips to praise, your womb to the Creator. See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves. Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord, she says, be it done to me according to your word



*full text of Sermons of St Bernard*


This is why I continue to speak up - regardless of who is listening - or not; regardless of who likes it - or not.


My Christmas wish? - that YOU get baptised .. and YOU get confirmed!





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Date:2010-12-20 01:06
Subject:Mid Winter Festival 2010
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With deference to a tradition much more ancient than Christmas and I dare say, more widely practiced around the world - and in affirmation of the hallowed traditions of my ethnicity - I always celebrate Christmas only AFTER I have marked and meditated on The Chinese Mid Winter Festival.



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year after year, totoro2006 will make and deliver to me a bowl of red and white glutinous dumplings in sweet ginger broth - and we will have a good laugh about the good and bad things which happened through-out the year - and this year is no different.

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Tasted one red and one white before keeping the rest for tomorrow - they are gorgeous!
The red and white symbolise the happy and sad dichotomy which is what life is all about -
I cannot help but remember: Job 2: 10
"But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips."



But this message of receiving both blessings and adversities from the hand of God is too difficult for many. For many - God is about blessings and prosperity - Period. I guess pain, suffering and challenges are outsourced to others or perhaps - one shot "cleared up" by Jesus dying on the cross. *oh well* - I call this the Non-Christ Delusion . As true Christians - we are called to live transfigured lives and to transfigure sorrow, pain, suffering, adversity we encounter here on earth into blessings - just as pure gold is tested by fire and not by soft falling rain.

But this philosophy is an uncomfortable one - it is irksome and killjoy - especially when one wants to go shopping this season and buy all five colours of that designer polo-T and be thankful to God for being able to do so - and here's the funny thing - one wants to feel "so good" for having such gratitude to God, that one expects God go "bless" one even more - so that one can then go buy those other designer shirts and pants (yes, in all five colours) come Chinese New Year.


*A Reading from A Sermon of St Maximus of Turin*Collapse )


I am now READY for Christmas!


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Date:2010-12-19 01:59
Subject:final count down to Christmas ..
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In my last post I spoke about the 7 "O" Antiphons which accompany Vespers for this final count down to Christmas. The above is the latin plainsong chant to the first - O Sapientia (O Wisdom).

Through the blessing of God this Advent has been a particularly fruitful one for me; with certain spiritual issues cleared up and priorities re-arranged. I do believe I have much to look forward to in 2011 and for that I am extremely grateful.

Whilst I do believe my calling is perhaps not of the Sacramental Priesthood - I do sincerely believe that, as with all baptised, I am called to continue being the "salt and light of the earth" but in perhaps a more radical way.

Whilst for those early in spiritual development and perhaps the unbaptised, God's continuing challenge would be "Have you fed the hungry? Have you been good to the poor? Have you clothed the naked? Have you comforted the lonely?".

But for those baptised and seeking to co-operate with God in his salvific mission through his church - the challenge from God is an additional one. I believe that we need to go beyond these "lateral" and "vertical" relationships as we are called to mission. We are called to evangelization of the unbaptised and more importantly - re-evangelization of the baptised but lukewarm or even cold.

For those of us who respond - God's challenge is that of his question to Cain in the book of Genesis: When we meet God face to face, he will simply ask us: "Where is your brother?"

To which our answer cannot be Cain's: "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" but I believe, the only answer acceptable to God for my brothers' and sisters' absence would be: "I called and I called and I called - but if it is your will, I will continue to call again."

So let us not waste time feeling all good and holy singing "O come O Come Emmanuel" as really, we have HECK of a lot of work to do. When I meet God face to face in heaven - I want to be able to confidently say:

"I called and I called and I called - if it is your will, I will continue to call again."


If you are baptised, God is not going to ask you if you believe as that is a "given". So - do ponder how you are going to answer when He asks: "Welcome home my dear son/daughter - but - where are your brothers and sisters?"





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Date:2010-12-18 17:47
Subject:Season within a season ..
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Really great article about the 7 Antiphons which we pray as a lovely frame for the Magnificat at Vespers during this intense "season within a season" of Dec 17-23.

*link to article*

I have condensed the article into a semi booklet and put it into my liturgy of the hours (see pic above)- so I will remember them each Advent. I used to gloss over these lovely antiphons - but now they are so alive for me! Those of you who pray the liturgy of the hours - do feel free to do the same - or just cut, paste and print accordingly.



III – December 19

O RADIX Iesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare.

O Root of Jesse, who stand as a sign for the peoples (Isaiah 11:10), the kings of the earth are silent before you (Isaiah 52:15) and the nations invoke you: come to free us, do not delay (Habakkuk 2:3).

IV – December 20

O CLAVIS David et sceptrum domus Israel, qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis.

O Key of David (Isaiah 22:23), scepter of the house of Israel (Genesis 49:10), who open and no one may shut; who shut and no one may open: come, free from prison captive man, who lies in darkness and the shadow of death (Psalm 107: 10, 14).

They're sung one per day, at the Magnificat during vespers. They are very ancient, and extraordinarily rich in references to the prophecies of the Messiah. Their initials form an acrostic. Here they are in transcription, with a guide to interpretation

The antiphons are very old, going back to the time of Pope Gregory the Great, around the year 600. They are in Latin, and are inspired by the texts of the Old Testament proclaiming the Messiah. At the beginning of each antiphon, in order, Jesus is invoked as Wisdom, Lord, Root, Key, Star, King, Emmanuel. In Latin: Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, Emmanuel.

Read starting from the last, the Latin initials of these words form an acrostic: "Ero cras," meaning: "I will be [there] tomorrow." It is the proclamation of the Lord who comes. The last antiphon, which completes the acrostic, is sung on December 23, and the following day, with first vespers, the feast of the Nativity begins.

I – December 17

O SAPIENTIA, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom, who come from the mouth of the Most High (Sirach 24:5), you extend to the ends of the earth, and order all things with power and sweetness (Wisdom 8:1): come and teach us the way of wisdom (Proverbs 9:6).

II – December 18

O ADONAI, dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extenso.

O Lord (Exodus 6:2, Vulgate), leader of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush (Exodus 3:2) and on Mount Sinai gave him the law (Exodus 20): come and free us with your powerful arm (Exodus 15:12-13).

 V – December 21

O ORIENS, splendor lucis aeternae et sol iustitiae: veni et illumina sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis.

O Star who rises (Zechariah 3:8; Jeremiah 23:5), splendor of the eternal light(Wisdom 7:26) and sun of justice (Malachi 3:20): come and enlighten those who lie in darkness and the shadow of death (Isaiah 9:1; Luke 1:79).

VI – December 22

O REX gentium et desideratus earum, lapis angularis qui facis utraque unum: veni et salva hominem quel de limo formasti.

O King of the nations (Jeremiah 10:7) and their desire (Haggai 2:7), cornerstone (Isaiah 28:16), who reunite Jews and pagans into one (Ephesians 2:14): come and save the man whom you formed from the earth (Genesis 2:7).

VII – December 23

O EMMANUEL, rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium et salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Dominus Deus noster.

O Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14), our king and lawgiver (Isaiah 33:22), hope and salvation of the peoples (Genesis 49:10; John 4:42): come to save us, O Lord our God (Isaiah 37:20).

 

 






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Date:2010-12-07 04:17
Subject:St Ambrose - 4th Century bishop of Milan
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Today, 07.12.2010 - we celebrate the feast of the great 4th Century bishop of Milan - St Ambrose. A extremely wise and learned man.

ReadingA letter of St Ambrose
You win the people over with the grace of your words
He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others. So Scripture says: If the clouds are full, they will pour rain upon the earth. Therefore, let your words be rivers, clean and limpid, so that in your exhortations you may charm the ears of your people. And by the grace of your words win them over to follow your leadership. Let your sermons be full of understanding. Solomon says: The weapons of the understanding are the lips of the wise; and in another place he says: Let your lips be bound with wisdom. That is, let the meaning of your words shine forth, let understanding blaze out. See that your addresses and expositions do not need to invoke the authority of others, but let your words be their own defence. Let no word escape your lips in vain or be uttered without depth of meaning.



from office of readings (office of matins) for 07.12.2010 (Year 1)

http://www.universalis.com/cgi-bin/display/800/readings.html


lesson: read more, study more, get more things done, talk less, complain even more less.


a little Ambrosian trivia:

Ambrose displayed a kind of liturgical flexibility that kept in mind that liturgy was a tool to serve people in worshiping God, and ought not to become a rigid entity that is invariable from place to place. His advice to Augustine of Hippo on this point was to follow local liturgical custom. "When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday; when I am at Milan, I do not. Follow the custom of the church where you are." Thus Ambrose refused to be drawn into a false conflict over which particular local church had the "right" liturgical form where there was no substantial problem. His advice has remained in the English language as the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."


*life of St Ambrose as per Wiki*



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