Monday, December 24

Swabeng Thoughts: Simbang Gabi and Lesson Learned from It

I never thought I would be able to complete the traditional "Simbang Gabi" (Dawn Mass) until last night. Never in my wildest dreams I would be able to complete but still I did. 

During the course of "Simbang Gabi", I've learned at least 2 lessons aside from the  homilies given by the priests. 

Rather than making excuses on why you can't do it, find ways on how to do it. I was kinda having excuses why I can't attend "Simbang Gabi" Work and conflict of schedules were mostly the culprit but I guess those were valid during those times. As we know,"Simbang Gabi" is usually held at dawn in the old days until the church introduced its anticipated version where people who can't get up early can still go after work or school. For me, I did something that made it possible for me to have it completed. ^_^

Sacrifice. Most people do sacrifice good sleep during the course to make sure to attend "Simbang Gabi". Having a bath is even worse as water is really cold (heaters are a good fix to these). I observed that some people fall asleep during the priests homily which defeats the purpose of "Simbang Gabi". I endured 3-4 hours of sleep plus having a bath on ice-cold water at 3:30am just to make sure I would be able to attend. ^_^

Some people say that if you completed "Simbang Gabi", you can make a wish and it will come true. Is it real, well just make sure to find ways to make it happen. ^_^

And before the clock strikes midnight, I just wanted to greet everyone of you a....

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  1. Congrats on completing the Simbang Gabi, I've completed it only once.

  2. I have only completed a Simbang Gabi only once my entire life. And if you wonder if my wish came true, yes it did. Congratulations on your "achievement" and Merry Christmas!

  3. I never did Simbang Gabi when I was still a Catholic :/

    Anyway, congratulations on completing Simbang Gabi! My brother also completed his. About the wish, I think as long as you have faith, nothing is impossible :)


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