Friday, April 8, 2016

My Latest Poem: That life may abound

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The night is still, and soon the brightness of a new day will peek through. The silence connects me with our divine Maker and I am reminded of my latest poem. I'm delighted to share it with you. I hope you experience God's beauty through its words, direction, and inner calling. Before I take you there, know that you are loved by the One whom the Maker has sent for you and me---that the ever-newness and ever-freshness of his presence may fill us more and more. Having been filled with so much grace and life of God's being, we now have become so privileged to share with whom and where blessings God desires to be abundant. Let us continue to listen, to look, and to encounter Him in the most seemed-to-be odd places. Enjoy your Easter season!

That life may abound
By Easter Almuena

It is nearly impossible to miss you when you break
The silence of the night, lighting my path with
The brightness of a new day, springing forth
For me your newness and ever freshness of the day

How can I miss the vibrancy of your colors in the petals
You brushed with your fingertips with purple, gold, orange
Capping the wideness of greens just to make me look 
A second time to realize it is you there waiting, gazing

Read more here: Hawaii Catholic Herald

I leave you with God's peace, love, and his boundless joy!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Advent and Snowflake

Photo by Cyrene Trexler
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Snowflake dances to the gentle force of gravity
Its little glitters speak a joyful melody
Cascading down it goes, taking its time,
Lost in the merriment of soft jingle bells

I pause to see it chime its own tune,
Unmindful of my presence, I couldn’t care less
My eyes refuse to blink for its beauty so encompassing
In my heart are many tiny voices of cheer

Please, oh please, keep dancing!
Your gentleness is soothing, your gracefulness caresses
The bubbles brewing within me have dissipated
I am enthralled; thoughts of my lover and friend come

I fold my hands to thank my Companion
And smile over His gentle touch on my soul
Renewed I have become, blessed, and taken
Goodbye, Snowflake. I know I shall see you again.

Copyright © 2015 Easter Almuena

May the rest of Advent days be a time of longing for our Lord as we await his second coming. May our celebration of his birth be a renewal of our mind and body as we continue to journey in this life towards the next. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

At Advent

What a beautiful time of the calendar year this is -- Advent!  One good priest I know says that Advent should end with u-r-e. Adventure! Advent sure is an adventure!

The trail that leads to a birth is filled with hope and expectation. Like a woman who has conceived and now awaits the coming of her child, she is filled with joy. What is my child going to be? A boy or a girl? Yet, we don't have to experience being pregnant to enjoy the journey. Advent gives us a glimpse of what it might be like.

If you are indeed pregnant, you know that the journey may not be all so glorious. One has to be careful about what to eat, take those not-so-great-tasting vitamins, or may experience some unpleasant bouts of nausea. They come with the territory, unfortunately.

Advent can be very unpleasant if we don't look at it as a gift of waiting. For, "they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31). In the journey we might find some unpleasant discoveries about ourselves. It's alright. We face them with the joy of knowing that we journey with a God who gives us the strength, and One who leads us to a richer and fuller us.

How? 1. Enter into the Advent Season with the hope of discovery; 2. Immerse the mind and heart in the Word of God; and, 3) Simply act upon the Word.

May your Advent be a joyful one!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Prayer: Lord, teach me

photo by Easter Okalani

A prayer...

Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of life, in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of those I trusted,  in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied.

Let me put myself aside, to think of the happiness of others, to hide my little pains and heartaches, so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.

Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may make me patient, not irritable. That it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow, haughty and overbearing.

May no one be less good for having come within my influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow traveler in our journey toward Eternal Life.

As I go my rounds from one distraction to another, let me whisper from time to time, a word of love to Thee.

May my life be lived in the life of God, filled with his wisdom and strength for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity.

(Edited version, Author Unknown)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Song: I Will Follow Him with Andre Rieug

There is something very unique about this music. If you look deeper -- it probably shouldn't take long for you to notice it -- there are many performers and viewers to make this music an absolute success in many levels. First, the conductor is naturally good; second, music itself catches the ear, making it respond to a need to continue listening; third, the presence of people tell us that sometimes for music to reach a good level of success, it takes many people creating it and setting it out there for countless number of people to enjoy. The last one is the one I like the most. The more people, the merrier it can be. The more people come together to produce a creative collaborative piece, the better it is for the community to grow. I am sure many of them had to make sacrifices to get to the point but, truly, it is something that was communally created and it brought joy to so many -- including me.

Have the pleasure of being a part of this music, even with just the use of sense of hearing.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Keeping it Pauline: Dr. Matthews and Blessed Giaccardo

A humble doctor and dedicated to his profession, Jeff Matthews, M.D., is also a man of God. What inspires me is that he acknowledges his need for God. You might think that a man of his education and intelligence would not reach out to God, or even think of Him when he can really just depend on himself and the expertise he has built over the years. Yet, he chooses to make God guide him in his decision making, to trust God who is bigger and powerful than he is.

Have you heard of Blessed Timothy Giaccardo? You'd be amazed at what God had done through Blessed Giaccardo, as Dr. Jeff Mathews searched for a way to help another doctor save the life of a dying man. Prayer works! God is beyond any hope that we can have in our hearts!

I invite you to read the story about how life is restored in God through his Saints in Heaven and those saints who are here on earth. God, through our intercessions to the Saints (including Blesseds!) in Heaven, equips us in our ministry---for the building of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).

Enjoy reading this article!: Friends in High Places.

You may read more articles relating to Pauline way of life at Association of Pauline Cooperators.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ginger Flowers!

I come home and there they are! White and yellow gingers, with their pretty white petals and yellow orange centers, and antennas. I pick them and smell their fragrance. It's enough to make one smile, for one can almost smell the fragrance of its creator.

Beauty and vibrancy
Meaning and truth

Causing me to come
To the bosom of my Love

In safe embrace
With deepest joy

With much tenderness
I utter praise

I sing to you
I rest in you

Oh, those gingers!
They are only flowers

Yet they make me think 
Of the One I love most!