Let me start this post by being completely honest with you: Before news of this miraculous event broke out, I had no idea who Saint Januarius (or San Gennaro / Saint Gennaro, as he is also known) was. Apparently, this particular saint, who was a bishop and martyr, “supposedly protected Naples from a threatened eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius” (source).

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Source: CatholicCulture.org

Furthermore, one of the ongoing miracles of the Catholic Church — a “blood miracle” — is attributed to Saint Januarius. Here’s a brief description of the miracle from CatholicCulture.com:

“At least three times a year—on his feast day, December 16 and the first Sunday of May—the sealed vial with congealed blood of the saint liquifies, froths and bubbles up. This miraculous event has occurred every year, with rare exceptions.”

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Source: Wikipedia

Well, the blood miracle of Saint Januarius happened again just recently, when Pope Francis visited Naples (Saint Januarius  / Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples)! I saw Catholic friends posting about it on Facebook and found this video on YouTube, from Rome Reports. I got goosebumps while watching it, and kept exclaiming, “Wow! Wow! WOW! Ang galing! (Loosely translated: That is awesome!)”

The kids were so surprised by my reaction to the video and wanted to know what was going on, so I tried to explain the miraculous event to them in simple terms. It’s so wonderful that I/we get to share exciting news like this to them, and learn more about our Faith with them, too! :) Oh, the joys of parenting!

How do you feel about this awesome miracle? Feel free to share about it to your family members and friends!

Saint Januarius, pray for us!

 

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 23, 2015 · 0 comments · Catholic

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It’s the weekend, friends! :) For the parents out there, don’t forget to spend some time building beautiful memories with your kiddos (yes, even if sometimes you—like my husband and I—would rather spend it lazing about with your own individual interests)! I know many of you are celebrating your kids’ special milestones this weekend, too, like moving up and graduation. If that is the case, congratulations to you and your kids! :)

I attended Catholic Filipino Academy or CFA’s Graduation and Moving Up Day yesterday and was once again inspired by Bro./Kuya Bo Sanchez‘s short message to the parents (one of the “perks” of my work as editor of CFA’s e-newsletter and blog is that I get to hear Bro.Bo speak a lot ;) ). He told the parents present to help their children grow in confidence, to believe that they were born to do great things for God, but not to pressure them to be someone they’re not. He said (and I’m paraphrasing here),

“Tell your child, ‘You’re amazing,’ but add these three important words: ‘as you are.’ “

Sometimes we parents forget this (especially yours truly), so it’s always good to be reminded — each child is special in God’s eyes, and has unique talents, gifts and skills that God can use to bless the world. Part of being truly rich and blessed is learning to see the treasure we have in our own homes.

So go ahead — “spoil” your awesome kids today with LOVE. Tell your child/ren: “You are amazing, just the way you are.”

P.S.

If you’re looking for a fun family movie to watch with your kids, one that highlights their uniqueness in God’s eyes, here’s one from Veggie Tales (our kids love this!):

 

 

(Image credits: Photo in image by David Castillo Dominici |FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Family, Parenting

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From the Collect for today’s Mass:

“Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph’s intercession your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

Source: CatholicCulture.org

For ideas for celebrating the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, please refer to my latest article on CatholicMom.com.

Oh, and if you’re looking for wonderful music to listen to on this special feast day, here’s a great playlist I found on YouTube:

Saint Joseph, pray for us! :)

Image credits: Photo of Sleeping Saint Joseph was taken from the Sleeping St Joseph Facebook page. Used with permission.

 

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Catholic, Family, Homeschooling, Living the Liturgical Year

I can’t believe it’s been exactly 1 month since my last post here — Lent had just begun then, and now Holy Week and Easter are less than 2 weeks away!

Lest you think that I had taken to going offline as a form of Lenten sacrifice, please allow me to be completely honest with y’all: I have actually been super active online; just not here. ;) (Sorry, folks! And yes, sorry to myself, too, coz’, you know, blog stats and all that!) Please indulge me as I update you on what’s been going on lately.

Ever since Lent began, I’ve been busy helping promote the Catholic Conference 4 Moms (use my exclusive discount code “Rich” to get $10 off the conference package!), blogging for Philstar.com, researching for and writing articles for Smart Parenting, and working on Mustard and Catholic Filipino Academy or CFA’s blog and e-newsletter.

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So blessed and honored to be one of the presenters for this online conference! :)

On top of all that, I’ve been working on PR and social media-related projects for another business/brand, plus catching up on my contributor posts for Make It Blissful and Catholic Mom! And trying to keep the conversations flowing on our online group for Catholic homeschoolers (mostly Filipinos)! (Hurray for building communities!)

By God’s grace, I also managed to squeeze in attending a private Positive Discipline workshop by my friends from The Learning Basket, meetings, family gatherings, and gown fittings for a dear friend’s upcoming wedding, at which I’ll be one of the secondary sponsors. Not to mention homeschooling, chores, mommy and wifey duties, of course! Plus corresponding online with potential blog partners and meeting up with good friends whom we hadn’t seen in a long time! Whew!

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Some of our read-alouds on the anniversary of the EDSA Revolution

My dear husband and I were also proud “stage parents” to our son, who participated in CFA’s first Talents Day (yes, even if he’s not enrolled in CFA — he’s part of their Friday Clubs, and is a member of the Beginner Orchestra Club).

Meanwhile, our daughter’s Kindermusik and Little Ballet classes have also been keeping me/us busy! (And recently, she’s announced that she wants to take up gymnastics along with ballet — heeeellppp!)

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They both have another art exhibit coming up soon, too, as part of Likhang Bata Online Gallery’s Art Festival on March 28 (please do come and join us!). Plus, they recently started a “s’mores business,” so they could earn money to buy a book that I would not buy with my own money (it cost 529 pesos!). That sort of kept us occupied too. (Oh, plus me and the kids getting sick! Thankfully, nothing serious!)

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So yes, while I haven’t been that “visible” here, I have been occupied with oh so many wonderful blessings! Of course, in the spirit of keeping it real, I must admit that there have been times when I would complain or feel so tired or be snappish with the kids (and Anthony!). Please forgive me, Lord!

I must say, though, that trying to attend The Feast regularly again, though adding to the “busy-ness” of our weekends, has been so refreshing and inspiring! We were able to finish the Cool Catholics series, and started the Rock Bottom series as well.

I was again reminded of what really matters most in life, despite how busy we can get.

Yes, the ultimate purpose of life is to love God and love His people. Which brings me to the whole point of this (long-winded) post:

God has a purpose for everything.

He has a purpose for my life and yours, too. Sometimes, it may not be so clear to us, but He finds ways to show it to us. Which brings me to announce some very exciting news:

Because of God’s leading, and, I believe, Our Blessed Mother’s intercession too, THIS happened:

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I’m going to have my own online show! :)

“The Truly Rich Mom Show” will be airing soon via Bukal.TV, which is a project of Areopagus Social Media for Asia! Each episode will be only 4 to 7 minutes long, and is aimed at providing short, simple and sweet bursts of inspiration and encouragement especially for (but not limited to) Catholic moms/parents. You can read more about the concept behind the show (and why I made a NEW Facebook page for it and this blog) here.

So, there, what God can do in a month! Amazing, right?

He can do the same for you, friend.

All you need to do is open your life to Him. Let Him into your heart.

As we approach Holy Week and Easter, let’s not be discouraged if we haven’t been living our Lent. Instead, let’s focus on His amazing grace, His unconditional love, His beautiful plan.

I’m so excited to see the miracles that He has in store for you and for me. Thank you for allowing me to journey with you! Remember, ultimately, it’s all about seeking Him first.

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What’s been keeping you busy this past month? Let’s chat in the comments!

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 18, 2015 · 3 comments · Advocacies, Catholic, Family

Lent has officially begun for Christians everywhere, and what better way to focus on the Reason for the season than to live it in love.

So I thought I’d try to round up some Lenten resources for you, similar to what fellow Catholic mom, blogger and CatholicConference4Moms presenter Leila has done (you should totally read her post, by the way!). Some of these links go to articles/posts that I’ve written in recent years, others go to my “go-to” sites for anything and everything Catholic:

On Catholic Culture:

Learn all about Lent and everything related to it via Catholic Culture’s Lenten Workshop.

On Catholic Icing:

Lacy Rabideau of CatholicIcing.com has TONS of Lenten resources — start with this one for a list of 40 simple no-fuss traditions.

On CatholicMom.com:

You’re probably familiar with decorating for occasions like Christmas and Easter but have you ever tried decorating for Lent? Try it — read this for a few ideas. You can also check out this extensive list of Lenten activities for children for ideas that you can incorporate into your family routines this Lent. Or read everything Lent-related on the site, if you have the time. ;)

On philstar.com:

How you and your family can have a joyful, meaningful Lent

On family traditions this Lent

On Lent and Life

On Smart Parenting: 

9 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Lent (they’ve edited it though)

Be a Better You This Lent: 5 Things You Can Do (I don’t know why my byline isn’t there, but I definitely wrote this!)

Ways to Teach Your Kids About Holy Week

Lenten Activities for Preschoolers

On The Learning Basket:

Here is a great list of Lenten books for preschoolers — I wish we had these easily available locally!

Lenten resources for families with teens:

Ideas from LifeTeen.com

Lenten resources for teens from the Diocese of Little Rock

Celebrate your crosses — An Ash Wednesday reflection on YouthPinoy.com

2015 Lenten Calendars:

From Loyola Press: Good for parents and older kids

From CalendaronPics: Great for families to reflect on the deeper meaning of Lent

From Morning Star Family Holy Hour: I personally love this one! (Check it out below.)

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Of course, we can’t go through this season without remembering to keep love in Lent, so I also invite you to check out past posts about how a bunch of us bloggers do this here and here.

Here’s to a meaningful and blessed Lent for us all!

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on February 18, 2015 · 1 comment · Catholic, Family, Living the Liturgical Year