A day after the Homestead 2 pilgrimage at Regina Rosarii/Visita Iglesia last Saturday, March 25, Wing Aguila facilitated a Lenten Recollection for the Lower Bicutan Prayer Group in the afternoon of Sunday. The Prayer Group, whose members are the parents of our ELP/SOH students, is under the Stewardship of Homestead 2 Shepherds, Ato and Belle Asilo. Among those presents were Rudy and Teody Siggaoat (the latter handled the ministering of the kids in a separate venue), Zeny Borela and Nato and MarideLimlengco.
Holding the Recollection is a meaningful way of putting to heart and living the message of the pilgrimage. In the homily of Fr. Boy during the Eucharistic Celebration, which happened to be on the feast of the Annunciation, he exhorted everyone to be reborn and let others see the image of Christ in us through our love, mercy and compassion. Meanwhile, in the talk of Sis. Eppie, Foundress of Regina Rosarii, she said that life is too precious and short (just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away – James 4:14) to be wasted on indulging in self-pity, recrimination and seeking worldly possession. What better way to spend life to the fullest than by being other-centered and “going out into the world tending to the needy in the peripheries.” She confided that she got a rare illness that is supposed to be incurable. In 10 months time, however, she miraculously got healed completely. She said this could be because, God still has a plan for her to help others and foster the piety of the faithful through Mama Mary or Regina Rosarii.
In the Lenten Recollection, Wing turned our outreach members upside down in the manner they perceive life, their relationship with people around them and how they regard God. In a very dramatic way, he proved to everyone their false notion of God. He offered the challenge that if anyone could answer his question, he would treat him at Spiral, a very expensive restaurant at Sofitel where dinner costs about P3,000 per plate. He first asked the question if God loves and cares for everyone. Everyone said yes. For the clincher, he then queried if anyone ever blamed the devil for his miseries and misfortune. Nobody did. Thus, no one was able to answer the question correctly since our troubles and affliction are often times blamed on God when these are usually the consequence of our sins or when we capitulate with the blandishment of the devil. He added, God loves and has the good intention for all of us, but does not interfere with our own choice by virtue of our gift of free will. Thus, by the natural law and as written in the Scripture, “what we sow, we reap” — our problems and hardships are ultimately our own undoing.
Wing remarked that our health problem or illness can be caused by unforgiveness. For example, a strain or pain at the back is normally because of unforgiveness. He then asked if any one of the participants had this problem. Somebody raised her hand and Wing requested her stand up so he could pray over her. He simply prayed, “Lord, our sister has pain on her back, please make it disappear.” He then, asked the woman if the pain was still there and she responded, apparently very pleased, that it was gone. This moment, while very brief is memorable. It was a high stake situation as the credibility of Wing could crumble if the woman replied that the pain was still there. At the same time, Wing at that moment demonstrated his supreme faith in God, like the Roman Centurion, that she will be healed.
For the culmination, Wing prayed over the participants and they were slain by the HOLY SPIRIT and received the gift of tears. It is to be noted in this regard that under our normal rules, the members of the Prayer Group will not qualify for the LSS as many of them are just living-in and cannot meet the documentary requirements such as the baptismal and confirmation certificates. However, as exhorted by Pope Francis, “Yes we need organization and rules, but do not lose the grace of letting God be God! Do not cage the Holy Spirit.”
To GOD BE THE GLORY & HONOR!