Friday, January 6, 2012
First Things First
No, I didn't discard this picture of Sto. Nino de Praga, with a crown and in a garb likened to a well-dressed Bishop or Cardinal or a Pope that commands authority. The calendar pages were gone, except this picture. Yes, I kept it because it has something to do with my religious belief, my faith in Jesus, my brother and Savior. The picture reminds me of how we were once a baby-child, innocent and pure, adorable and lovely. To me, this picture is worth-keeping and displaying in our bedroom. I like it. It's beautiful and inspiring, to me.
Now, let me continue with my blogging. It may seem unconventional or uncool to you, folks, when I say that most of the time every morning I pray the rosary while using the restroom in our (master's) bedroom. That's true. I'm not kidding, really. In 15 minutes, I'm done with my rosary. That is, even with some sound distraction especially when our alarm-clock-radio is on. (It's usually set at 6:00 o'clock AM, on NPR-affiliate radio station in Norfolk, WHRV on 89.5 FM, and continues broadcasting up to 8:00 o'clock AM. Then it automatically turns off.) I know, it may seem so odd, really, where and when I pray. But, that's me. I take time to pray when using the restroom in the morning. I don't know about you but I find it cool and comforting praying and hanging around in the restroom. And if I'm done praying, I still hang in there for a while sitting on the toilet bowl, after flushing out, reading something , a book or an article from a local newspaper or magazine like National Geographic. Call it a habit or a routine for me but it may be. What are restrooms for, anyway?
Alright, I don't know about you but this is my take on praying. It's a personal thing, you know. I pray or meditate wherever I am and whenever I feel like it. There is not absolutely a law in the Constitution or in the Holy Bible specifically designating when and where to pray or talk to our God the Almighty. Plus, there are no such thing as mandated rules or guidelines on how to pray. In her book No Greater Love (1997), Mother Teresa wrote, "prayer is in all things, in all gestures." To her, "praying to Him is loving Him." A whole chapter in her book is devoted to prayer. In my case, as much as possible, I pray everyday wherever I am, and that I go to my member-church on Sundays to be in communion with other brothers and sisters in faith. I try to participate actively in the church offering, singing and praying, listening to our pastor/priest's homily or sermon, and praising and thanking God. And speaking of singing, I tend to believe what I've learned that singing is twice praying because of the efforts you put forth in it. I'm aware that not all of us can sing or are good singers. But we can always try, can't we? Even if we're off-key, we just try to sing with the assembly. I know of two active parishioners in our parish church who do that. You see, they have the audacity and will power to share of themselves to God. On the other hand, if I'm too sickly to go to church, I just pray/meditate in our bedroom and ask forgiveness from our Almighty God. And if a missal book is available, I read it and reflect on the Scripture's passage. I tell you, it makes my day, despite of all what's going on around the world.
Well, that's first things first for me now. I pray (mentally) as soon as I'm awake in the morning. I've got nothing to lose. Instead, I feel good and blessed. I live now, the present moment, you know. What about you, folks, out there? Any interesting routine you have that makes your day complete?
Thank you. And may you have a wonderful weekend!