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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


As one gets another year older, there are a few ways to acknowledge this celebration of aging they call birthday:
a. celebrate as if there is no tomorrow
b. drown your sorrows with several bottles of Erdinger because you have just moved one year closer towards the natural end of your life
c. pretend that nothing has happened and ignore the occasion of your birth
d. remain sleeping in bed till the following day arrives and your birthday ends
e. -- fill in your own suggestions here --

I did none of those today, as I arose this morning at 5.00 a.m. for my Morning Office and then prepared for Mass later at 6.45 a.m. One of the intention mentioned at Mass was for the occasion of my birthday. It is the usual practice here to pray for those celebrating their birthdays or ordination anniversaries. Then for the rest of the day it was business as usual with classes, lessons, the travelling to and fro the university.

By the time I got back, it was already dark and time for dinner. A group of us headed down to the basement and we cooked ourselves a gastronomic meal that ought to outshine any usual offerings the College's kitchen can muster! :-D Amidst our eating and drinking and the camaderie that went round the table, we swop/shared stories from our priestly ministries that gave fascinating insights of how God continues to use our limited and sometimes frail capacities as humans to work and bring about miraculous outcomes. You may want to call this 'holy gossip' ;-)

In short, I allowed my occasion of my birthday to be inserted into the ordinariness of the day which acknowledges that the Father has always been the principle reason of all that has transpired. It is a waking contemplation of the Divine Love in the very heart of humanity's existence.

To those who have sent in their greetings and best wishes, a grateful thanks to all! It certainly made my 43 years of living a little less tiresome... :-)


Petey said...

There's no excuse for not wishing you on your birthday, although I can think of a few! *LOL*

Happy Belated Birthday, Father. Stay safe and continue to enjoy your time in Italia!

Terence said...

Dear Fr,

Just want to wish you a Blessed and Happy Birthday. It's still before midnight here. Hope you enjoyed your day. We are waiting for you to come back and join us.

God Bless,

Anonymous said...

Dear Father,

The following birthday is late - apologies but here's wishing you:
Selamat Hari Jadi!

May our Lord continue to shower his blessings and guidance upon you and wish you good health and enjoy yr time as a student!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Aloy, here's wishing you happy birthday and also long time no hear nor see.

I pray that life is treating you well and that you are enjoying yourself in Rome studying.

Time has indeed passed fast and it's certainly nice of you to drop by the Wellsprings' blog. Primitive and no contents!

Take care.

peace, peter/wellsprings.

Elaine said...

Haha!!! FATHER ALOY!! Happy happy birthday!!! I'm so sorry for not wishing you earlier on the day itself! But you won't mind right? ;)

Peace b w u Father!!
And may bountiful blessings of our Papa shower upon u grow one year older and richer in His Love!!! =D


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