Sunday, March 16, 2008

Kamay ni Hesus

Translation: Hands of Jesus
It has been my long-time dream to visit Lucban, Quezon, followed by "Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Lipa, Batangas. I know it was very remote because of financial concern. With the income of English Dept. this year, the dream has become a reality.

March 15, 2008, a week after Ms. de Lachina's retirement : we finally pushed through our trip in spite of the conflict due to the demise of Ms. Aseron's father. It was exciting on my part as the manager; wheter to push through or postponed. Mrs. Honrales advised that we postponed but I did not heed her. So on we go...

What makes the place fascinating especially for Catholics are the more than life size images of saints. Just near the entrance is the mysteries of the holy rosary all four: Joyful, Light, Sorrowful and Glorious. I had my picture taken with the Last Supper and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. I looked like a small kid with the images.

The church is jampacked with the faithful community from all over the Philippines. Reading the names of donors on the cemented pathway, even balikbayans really found the place a must for their itinerary. With the healing power given to Fr. Joey Faller, countless disabled believers in their wheelchairs go home up on their own legs. For those non believers, the 300 steps journey to the giant Risen Christ is a personal victory. It's much stiffer than the steps of the Baguio Lourdes Grotto. For the believers, going up to the more than life images of the the Stations of the Cross becomes a real sacrifice. They could at least feel the suffering of going up to Mt. Calvary, being exposed to the hot sun and later being drenched by rain.
A little bit of my sins being washed away? That was the primary reason for taking the journey.

Praying that with the management of Fr. Joey Faller, the Kamay Ni Hesus will not turn into a Novaliches or Antipolo. AMEN.

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