Just for Today

I decided to be a tourist!

I decided that I will walk miles and miles as if it is my first time in London.

I decided I will take photos at every corner and every iconic places.

I decided I will eat ice cream and pose and smile and be carefree.

Until I realized, I should take this opportunity in visiting what will be the most crowded and well-covered places in a week’s time – the venues for the Royal Wedding! Aha!

First stop: The Westminster Abbey!

There were reporters who have started covering their stories.

There’s a huge platform made for Press people and they have started setting up their gadgets /cameras.

I tried to practice how to view what’s going on inside from the rails…

But I was told that in order for me to get near the rails by Friday, I should be ready to camp out and stay there as early as Thursday. So, I tried to practice a bit if I can sleep outside…

but nahhh… I’ll leave Westminster Abbey alone and just try my

Second Stop: Buckingham Palace!

Looks like all systems Go.

Journalists are now busy preparing from their custom-built deck.

I again tried to practice how to get a better view from the barriers but aaaarrrgghhhh, the gate was too high for me!

Never mind, just remember that the balcony behind me is where Prince William and his bride will make their first public appearance as husband and wife…

Last stop: a peak of the Clarence House where Princes William and Harry live…

It’s getting dark and getting cold…

just like some tourists who are not prepared, I had to buy something to keep me warm. With all the shops closed because it is Easter Sunday, I have to do it the proper tourist way – go to a souvenir shop!

Voila!

Time to eat!

Oh, and I should not forget – a photo with a William and Kate souvenir!

Happy Easter

My last blog was titled Triduum, but, I didn’t get to mention at all, the third and final piece that makes up the Triduum – the Resurrection! Maybe because when I wrote it, I was still journeying with the Passion and Death of Christ and have not fully disposed myself yet to His Resurrection.

A friend who has read my blog sent me Easter greetings and said that the Triduum is also a period of discovery. I couldn’t agree more.  If we only let the Spirit to work, we will understand things more, we will understand love more, we will understand life more.  He also made a comment about Easter and how people equate it with easter eggs, bunny and spring – when nature rises from the darkness of winter and forget about the Christian meaning of it.

Another friend sent me easter egg chocolates. He sent me two boxes – yummy ones.

So I thought, to make it more meaningful, after tonight’s Easter Vigil, which will probably end at midnight, I will celebrate Easter as if it is New Year! As I eat these chocolates, I will think of graces I want to say thank you for and graces I want to ask God for this Easter. It is another year where our friendship with Christ matures in love and fidelity.

Christ is Risen. Let us rejoice. Be grateful and joyful.

May our Risen Lord bless us all!

Triduum

The latest SWS survey showed that most Filipinos consider Christmas more important than Easter.

Last January, a week after the Feast of the Nazareno, my brother, a friend and I went to Quiapo at 3am for mass and we each have a statue of the Nazareno blessed. Few days after, I told another friend about it and said that I will bring the statue with me to London. He said that he’s not particularly keen on having an image of the Nazareno because of the cross, the passion and all the sufferings of Christ that the Nazareno depicts.

That friend of mine is probably one of the respondents in the SWS survey. 🙂

I love the Triduum. I love it more than Christmas. I know Christmas is a joyous occasion, but the Triduum is more profound.

Just like today, Maundy Thursday, during mass, we commemorated the Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet. We then extended our meditation during the vigil by reflecting on the Agony in the Garden and Jesus’ Arrest.

I love the Triduum because it brings me to the edges of human emotions.

Try being a part of the Last Supper and be among the disciples, sharing bread and wine with a dear friend, with a mentor, who tells you He will be gone soon. Doesn’t it teach us how one should really cherish the times spent with one another?

Feel the pain of Jesus when Peter repeatedly affirmed his love for Him but then denied his friend at the end. How about the betrayal of Judas? How many times did we feel betrayed in our lives? Do we also acknowledge the Judas in us?

Be there at the scene of the washing of the feet, and see the real meaning of humility and how one must endeavor to serve and not be served. But more than anything, realize what it truly means to be in friendship with God.

Walk with Jesus at the garden, and feel the agony when one is tempted. How it truly means to pray the words, ‘Thy will be done!”

And when He was arrested, feel the calmness and the courage in His heart.  Every scene is full of meaning and inspiration.

Tomorrow is Good Friday. Let’s stand beside Jesus as He is presented to Pontius Pilate. Feel the pain, the anxiety, the love, the surrender.  Let us walk with Him to the Calvary. Meet Mary Magdalene, Simon and be ready to fall on the ground few times. Allow yourself to accompany Mary and find strength from Our Lady.

On his homily last Sunday, Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite of the Society of St. Paul said, “…one must look at the cross and contemplate on these words ‘Pag-ibig, masdan ang ginawa mo!’” We all get bruised because of love. Jesus did not only get bruised, He died!

I love the Triduum. Have a meaningful one.

Plan. Execute. Control. Deliver.

I have attended a number of courses and trainings where ‘Managing’ and ‘Management’ were always part of the discussion. Everytime the instructor or the speaker will ask ‘What is your understanding of management?’, I always have a ready answer. PLOC! It is the process of planning, leading, organizing and controlling!  Over the past couple of decades, Project Management became more popular and it became a staple methodology used by businesses today.

Regardless which method or discipline you will subscribe to, Project Management’s common processes can be summed up into four: Plan, Execute, Control, Deliver – almost similar to that of management but it has a defined deliverable at the end.

There are aspects in our lives where the principles of management or project management cannot be applied. Just like bowling, we can plan, we then execute, but the moment we released the ball from our hands, we can just simply wait in anticipation and surrender our fate. At times, we will miss our target and we will be on our knees. But at the end, we must always stand up again, feel good about ourselves, smile and start all over again!