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Feast of All Saints *Holy Day of Obligation*

Background:
All Saints’ Day is a feast celebrated on November 1 in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.
In terms of Roman Catholic theology, the feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven, while the next day, All Souls’ Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.

First Reading
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Then I saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea,
“Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the Israelites:
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”
All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God,
and exclaimed: “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Responsorial Psalm:
Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
A psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S and all it holds, the world and those who live there.
For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers.
Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place?
“The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols, who have not sworn falsely.
They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God.
Such are the people that love the LORD, that seek the face of the God of Jacob.” Selah

Second Reading:

First John 3:1-3
See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.

Gospel:
Matthew 5:1-12
When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

October 31, 2008 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

A Disaster Movie

After having a hearty meal with my buddy and after he went home, I head to my favourite hideout – cinema. If it was few years ago, I would rather sleep at home then to go there alone. Just recently I make it as my prefect hideout – from the hustle bustle of life and to get out from the noise of the city.

To your disappointment, I guess, the movie I’m after was – Disaster Movie.

Umm, as the name indicated, the movie is a real disaster. A type of movie which you start with a blank mind and end with a blank mind too. However it got the quality I’m after – fun and funny. It’s consist of silly and sometimes sick jokes which being lined up to make a no-head-no-tail story. Almost all super heroes in recent movies were inside. Btw the Chipmunks are rather spooky here – they turn out to be man eating bastards.

What’s next? I may say its Madagascar 2. See you in cinema!

October 31, 2008 at 8:02 am 2 comments

Night

If the Stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Its another peaceful and beautiful night. Sweet oldies make the night stays completely still – the earth stopped spinning and time stays still.

Ah, a perfect night. No more worry, no more burden. Yes, this the night when I’m reluctance to sleep. Or rather I must say its my soul whom are too delighted and overjoyed.

My fragile body though, hinted that its time to enjoy the comfort of the bed.

Good night, world.

October 30, 2008 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

Doctors vs Gun Owners

Doctors
(A)  The number of physicians in the United States is 700,000.
(B)   Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000.
(C)   Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.

Now think about this:

Guns

(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (80 million)
(B)  The number of accidental gun deaths per year, in all age groups is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner  is  .000188.

Statistics courtesy of FBI

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So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, ‘Guns don’t kill people, doctors do.’

FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat!!  We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!

Just a joke. No hard feeling please, doctors 😛

October 29, 2008 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Olympic commentators – oops I said that?

I had to share this which is making the rounds on the blogs and email.   Here are the top nine comments made by NBC sports commentators so far during the Summer Olympics that they would like to take back:

1. Weightlifting commentator: ‘This is Gregorieva from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing.’


2. Dressage commentator: ‘This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother.’


3. Paul Hamm, gymnast: ‘I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.’


4. Boxing analyst: ‘Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.’


5. Softball announcer: ‘If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.’


6. Basketball analyst: ‘He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn’t like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.’


7. At the rowing medal ceremony: ‘Ah, isn’t that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew.’


8. Soccer commentator: ‘Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.’


9. Tennis commentator: ‘One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is that, before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them… Oh my God, what have I just said?’

October 28, 2008 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

The Power of Your Love

Been looking for thing song for such a longggggggggggg time. Finally found another almost near to similar version of it in one of a cute shop in Saberkas, Kuching. Glad I got it now.

Hmm, thats the song makes my tear rolling when being sung in a chapel church in Tuaran, KK, about five years ago. I was in university then, living in an outside campus, the furtest campus actually. The campus was on a hill top, called Kurnia Perdana, and down the hill there was a a row of shops and a considerably big chapel which can be called a church. Forgot the name of the chapel church but this song keep echo in my mind. What a memory.

Still in my memory was there used to be a Malay shop which serve real hot and spicy Tom Yam. Hey, they really boil the chilly almost half an hour before serve it to you. So you got to wait for half an hour before your tear steaming Tom Yam is ready. On the first row of shop house was a cyber cafe. Hehe, my first gaming cyber was there. A housemate who looking like One Piece (Tall and skinny, except he didnt wear a hat, hometown in Sandakan) brought us all to play CS and Command and Comquer Yuri there.

Ah, what a memory. I was in my first year then, yet its the most enjoyable time. Got damn lots of friends I made in Kurnia Perdana. Wonder how they’re doing right now. Sure someone is watching them all from above everyday. so no worry.

Ah, my sweet song…

Lord I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace
That I’ve found in You
Lord I’ve come to know
The weakenesses I see in me
Will be stripped away
By the power of Your love

~ chorus ~
Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
In the power of Your love

Lord unveil my eyes
Let me see You face to face
The knowledge of Your love
As You live in me
Lord renew my mind
As Your will unfolds in my life
In living every day
By the power of Your love

(repeat chorus twice)

And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
In the power of Your love
(repeat

October 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm 2 comments

High School Musical 3

It was a wonderful night out with an old friend. Let me recall…  I met her in my upper six… ummm… it had been 7 years we knew each other. How fast time flows!

As skinny as before, though she described herself as ‘normal size’, something which made me wanna burst my stomach. She’s one of those whom I consider sincere, honest and probably reliable friend. I think God do give us a special gift- a sense to know if a friend is a sincere and honest friend. Haha, that’s a brief intro bout her.

Kicked the night start with a good meal of steamboat followed by a vocal cum mosquito infested session of movie- High School Musical 3. Well, the name is good enough to remind me back of my school days, leave alone the content of the movie.

This’ one of those nice moment I’m going to treasure. A friend’s companion and couples of laughter shared.Gonna to miss it.

My body had started to sing the battle song. I guess its the eve of the battle. The abnormal tingling sensation is back. If you ask me, I fear of nothing except hell. Pain comes in the second place. Being a Christian, there’s nothing to lose. Either we live or die, its both to our advantage. Just hope its swift. Can’t imagine if things drag and keep on dragging, with prolonged suffering.

Oh, before the night ends, gonna to play one of my fav game. Good night to my friends and cats.

October 28, 2008 at 6:38 am 2 comments

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