by: Br. Jose Eduardo Mayo, OFMCap.
This year’s “Parangal sa mga Yumaong Kapatid” held November 3, 2014 at the Capuchin Cemetery in Lipa City was, it seemed, extra joyful. The Eucharist was presided by Brother Provincial Minister. The sharing from the brothers touched themes of homecoming and gladness; the homily itself, peppered with Br.Ron Artemio Ojeda’s wit and humor, was an ode to the promise and gift of eternity and salvation. Gifted with a good voice, the long-time Novice Director capped his reflection with a soulful rendition of Josh Groban’s “Prayer”.
As is traditional, the timid and cloistered sisters Capuchinas were present (practically the only time during the year one can “expect” them out of their clausura). And yet there seemed to be a renewed sisterly spirit over them which expressed itself in their wide smiles and more familiar demeanor. The liturgy was solemn, undistracted, and deeply reverent despite the light mood. Attended also by relatives, spiritual friends, and benefactors, this year’s Parangal was indeed a celebration of life continued beyond the experience of death, a reaffirmation that it is a coming home to a destiny prepared for us by the Ever-loving Father.
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