A MARIAN JOURNEY WITH ST. LOUIS-MARIE DE MONTFORT : BURNING LOVE FOR GOD ALONE
The first day was the feast of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort held at Santa Teresita Parish. It started with a procession, followed by a holy mass celebrated by Most Rev. Ernesto Salgado, DD. At around 7 p.m., there was a barrio fiesta and a cultural night held at West Rembo covered court. There were games prepared for everybody and cultural presentations. The presentation prepared by the students of the Daughters of Wisdom touched my heart in a particular way. In spite of their disabilities, they had done their best, and came up with a simple, yet heart-warming number.
The second day was a Marian Conference held at the University of Makati Main Theater. The resource speaker was Rev. Fr. Mario Belotti, SMM. Bro. Arul Soosaiah was also asked to express his thoughts about the topic of the conference. Both speakers talked about the burning passion of Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort to serve Jesus-Christ, in union with Mary. I realized how passionate Montfort was, despite the hardships he had to endure. And I, though a layman, may become like Mary, like Christ, and like the Apostles, if I consecrate myself to Jesus-Christ, even starting in a very simple way.
The third day was a Marian Pilgrimage where we visited different churches. The five churches were Our Lady of the Holy Rosary La Naval de Manila, the National Shrine of Lourdes, the Minor Basilica-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Senora de Guia, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help National Shrine. I had an opportunity to know the history of those shrines and I could see the devotion of Filipino people to our Savior, Jesus-Christ.
The three days were a journey, an experience that was worth going through with our Founder, Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort. It taught me a lot of lessons. I realized that I am blessed by God, despite my failures and sins, and that God has been there all throughout my journey in life. Seeing the students of the Daughters of Wisdom inspired me to do my best when it comes to teaching and when it comes to my ability to accept my students’ imperfections. Getting to know more about our Founder and being in a pilgrimage strengthened my faith in Christ and my love for Him. And being with other people who came from different places enhanced my spiritual growth as an individual.
Miss. Monica R. Andrade/Teacher/Montfort Technical Institute/New Washington /Philippines.