Category: Inspirational

Beautiful Life

Ladybird, photo by PH Morton

Beautiful Life

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!
~Albert Einstein

Thought of the Day
15 January 2018

This is a rather beautiful quote.

Sometimes we take our family for granted. Perhaps we always think that they are always going to be there so it is allowed to pick them and then drop them anytime. We often forget that our very raison d’etre is our family.

As Einstein said we must rejoice with our family while there is still time. Life is one capricious lady

One Spirit

Thought for the Day

1st January
Everything visible and invisible is the expression of the same Spirit.
– Sri Swami Satchidananda

I think this quote is very apt to start the new year.

If we make resolutions of altering things in ourselves, it must be a change for our inner as well as outer being as they are one and the same.


Thought for the Day: Role Model

Children need models rather than critics.
– Joseph Joubert (1754- 1824)
French Essayist

Thought for the Day: Role Model

I think Monsieur Joubert has a point there.  Children are like sponges, they soak in everything.

Even those who seemed not listening is affected.

If they are forever criticised, these will impinged into their psyche.  They may grow up having low self-esteem and may lack confidence dealing with this mad world.

It is, therefore, more progressive to show these children kindness, respect and good hardworking ethos.  Be a role model to them.

Prepare these children to face the future with self-assurance, hope and conviction.  After all they are the new generation.

Rev Fr Luciano Ariel Felloni of Roman Catholic Diocese of Novaliches

Rev Fr Luciano Ariel Felloni of Roman Catholic Diocese of Novaliches

I came across of this rather remarkable man just a few weeks ago.  A friend shared  Father Luciano Felloni’s  link in Facebook.

I was really pleasantly surprised when I started playing the video.  The Father was talking in fluent Tagalog.  In fact he is so comfortable with the language that I think he talks the mother tongue better than yours truly.  (Before anyone mention about the malansang isda, I do love Tagalog and Ilocano but because I don’t get to speak them everyday for 30-odd years now, my fluency sometimes needs recharging!)  🙂

He said that he is more fluent in Tagalog than in English because he came from a country, where English is not the normal medium of instruction.

This handsome disciple of Jesus, is originally from Argentina, though his ancestors are pure Italians.

Father Felloni engagingly introduced himself as Tubong Argentina(born in Argentina), Dugong Italiano (with Italian {blood} ancestry), Pusong Pinoy (with a heart of a Filipino), Bulsang Ilocano (Ilocano pocket {Ilocanos are noted for being frugal with money}).

He has been in the Philippines for more than 20 years.

He was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 26. He mentioned somewhere that he used to take a bus, public transport, with Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a fellow Argentinian, who of course is now Pope Francis!

Fr Felloni was given his parish church in the Philippines at the age of 29.  The church was in Payatas, located in Quezon City.  Payatas is known for being a landfill, a dumpsite.  A smokey mountain of rubbish and trash, where poverty stricken Filipinos, both young and very old make a living by picking up a bit of plastic, paper, metal, useful woods and the occasional treasures to be had.

Father Luciano worked, supported and prayed with people like these for over 10 years.  He knew their problems, he knew how they live, he knew how they survive. He knew them alright!

He is a true Filipino at heart.

Lately he has been making noises against extensive summary killing of the drug addicted, the pedlars, pushers, etc. borne from Duterte’s  ‘War on Drugs’.

I hope this priest, with his heart in the right place, will not become one of the growing statistics of these summary killings that is still rampantly going on.


Father Felloni has a social media project of turning Christians into cybermissionaries. Every morning, with his Almusalita (this is a coupling of two Tagalog words: almusal meaning ‘breakfast’ and salita means ‘word’), he shares readings from the Holy Bible.

With his beautiful homilies, he wants those who loved the readings to like, share in our ‘wall’ and tag friends with his video in Facebook.  By doing so we can all be cybermissionaries and make the word of the Lord viral.

I have been religiously doing so. 🙂

This is the best sermon ever in Tagalog and this is done by the good Father Felloni.

As Father Felloni would say, if you like this video (blog) please like it, share it in your wall and tag your friends.  Let’s be all cybermissionaries by spreading the Word of God.

Focus On The Main Thing

Focus On The Main Thing

 Thought of the Day: 27 May 2017

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
– Stephen Covey

I should have this quote by Stephen Covey tattooed on me, probably in one of my hands or arms, so that I can remember to focus on the main thing.

I usually try to start something but I often lose interest after a while because I get distracted with something else.  I have piles of embroideries and crochets waiting to be finished.  I have plans and goals waiting to be realised.

I have dreams yet to be made into realities.

I often lack focus!  Not good!

Dreams Down The Drain

Virgin Toilet, iphone photo by PH Morton

Virgin Toilet, iphone photo by PH Morton

Dreams Down The Drain

On our way to Liverpool last Tuesday, Peter spotted this on the toilet at the Virgin overground train travelling from London to Liverpool.

The notice tickled him so much, he said he had to take of photo of it.  Well, he is globalgranary’s very own intrepid man of the lens 🙂

I must admit the notice is witty; appealing to the funny side and forming a bond with users of the toilet bowl.  It is a man of ill-humour who would then flush nappies and hard mashable items on the toilet.

As a quick review of the Virgin train, I have to admit, it was a comfortable travel, left London and arrived at destination right bang on time.

The toilet is clean and refreshments such as juice, coffee, tea are available.  Little cakes and sandwiches as well.

We chosed Coach A because it was supposed to be a quiet zone, and it was.  Coming back to London from Liverpool with the same Virgin train was another story.  Though not really much trouble for us, it was delayed coming back for at least 7 minutes due to signal failure around Watford.  The coach A was packed and people were busy little beavers talking on their mobile phones and not only that, a elderly woman right in front of us started snoring.

I have to say my hope and dreams of a quiet return to London via Virgin train went down the drain.


Marriage & Friendship

Marrying your best friend eliminates the risk of divorce by over 70%, and this marriage is more likely to last a lifetime.

Marriage & Friendship

The above statistic/psychobabble was from Facebook. 🙂

Apparently if you are too scared to get married because you are too afraid to end up in a divorce, messy or otherwise, marrying a best-friend or friend has a guaranteed probability of successful marriage by 70 per cent.

I supposed a friend, is someone who understands and accepts you for who and what you are.  He/she knew your quirks and idiosyncrasies from way back as friends.  Shared secrets, shared hopes and dreams are pretty powerful force that binds you together.  Someone, who would cover your back no matter what is something that you would yearn in times of great need.  Being married to one is being so lucky!

In an interview of Blake Lively, this is what she had to say about her husband, Ryan Reynolds:

He is my friend first.  I think that’s the secret to happiness.

Hand of God

Photo by PH Morton

Hand of God

This beautiful calligraphic sampler has a beautiful inspirational meaning.  Please take time to read it and contemplate its meaning.

If you believe, you have a guiding light all your life.

That belief is a firm companion, you will never be alone.

That belief will give you courage, it is a crutch when you keep stumbling down.

That belief will lead you to where you are going, better than a satnav (satellite navigator).

That belief will comfort you in time of stress and sorrow.

Believing in God is a personal thing.  We tend to have firm beliefs because we have experience something miraculous first hand.

Therefore, don’t let others dissuade you from believing.

Keep the wonder eternal.


Face of Turin’s Jesus

Turin’s Jesus

Face of Turin’s Jesus

We have become used to seeing Jesus in the guise of English actor, Robert Powell, when he brilliantly play the role of Jesus of Nazareth.

But how does Jesus really look like?!!!

I saw a very fascinating documentary about 3-D imaging of face from the famous Shroud of Turin, which is garnering points for authenticity. How the shroud was created is still very much a mystery. Was it really the burial shroud that as the clothed the body of Jesus Christ, as He was interred at the Holy Sepulcher, after His crucifixion at Mount Calvary?

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