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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thanks for the prayers

Thank you so much for your prayers. I prayed the novena to St. Philomena and it's truly a miracle.

Papa is coming home today! And what's better, he was on oxygen before. Now, he doesn't even need one anymore!

I really am grateful. This has truly been a miracle in our lives. Thanks so much for your constant prayers and encouragement.

We beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant us the pardon of our sins by the intercession of Saint , virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in Thy sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue. Amen.

Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular
(Here specify your petition).

Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us. Amen.

O God, Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for the graces Thou didst bestow upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, and upon Thy handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession we implore Thy Mercy. Amen.

Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thanks... and please continue to pray

the past 9 days since my dad was confined in the hospital was a grueling experience. i've handled so many blows already, and i couldn't think why this weakened me after all these years. maybe it's because of his physical appearance. he's become so thin that he's literally all bones. his breathing has really changed and he really does not look good.

i couldn't concentrate on anything else too but the pain i was feeling. it was so good that a lot of friends helped me, texted me, asked me how i was, strengthened me and gave me hope during the past 9 days. i asked God for a sign to help me understand what i was going through.

and you know what? God is so good. after trusting in Him completely, i began to see more blessings and more signs that i was blown away. yesterday, the pain i was feeling in my heart seem non-existent anymore, that even if i see papa hurting, i trust in the Lord's will and i'm lifting everything up to Him.

thank you so so much for everything. for praying with me, for me and for my family, for keeping me sane and keeping up with me. i really appreciate all the things you guys have done for me. please keep praying. papa's not entirely well. but i realy hope sunshine will come through after this long and dragging rain.

by the way... am doing st. philomena's novena. she was introduced by a colleague, then another person who does not know my colleague also mentioned her! so i think this is also a sign for me to ask for her intercession and miracle. :)

Monday, December 10, 2007
Please pray for Santiago Thay, my dad

Please pray for my dad. He's in the hospital since monday last week.

His lungs are infected and he's breathing through a ventilator machine. He's so thin and so frail. I can feel his ribs when I touch his chest. :(

I put on a brave face each time I go to the hospital, but I feel like dying inside. Thanks so much. I know God will never leave us... but somehow, I still feel the pain.