Praying for peace

Br. Heribert Jose Ma. Carbona, MMHC  (Contributed photo)
Br. Heribert Jose Ma. Carbona, MMHC (Contributed photo)

A FEW weeks ago, the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross (MMHC), organized a Rosary Mass Rally at the San Diego Pro Cathedral in Silay City with the theme: "Salamat Maria, Ina ng Kabataan, at Sambayanang Pilipino."

It was attended by several students and teachers from Silay City, as well as donors and friends of the MMHC Community. There were representatives from the city government and the Department of Education.

The first part of the program was the icebreaker, wherein the MMHC fathers and brothers taught the participants popular action songs and the different types of clapping.

The event formally started with a prayer and the playing of the National Anthem. Then, our dearest Blessed Virgin Mary entered the church while we sang the Immaculate Mother and raised our flaglets or handkerchiefs to show our love to Mama Mary.

Br. Heribert Jose Ma. Carbona, MMHC, delivered an inspirational talk. He emphasized the importance of prayer and penance, especially during this season of Lent.

This Lent, we are encouraged to pray more to build a better relationship with God. Praying can be done anytime, anywhere. One doesn’t have to go to a chapel or church to pray. We can talk to the Lord when we wake up each morning and before we go to sleep at night. Reading the daily gospel is a form of prayer. Saying, Lord, I am sorry and thank you for the blessings, is also a prayer.

The penance, on the other hand, is showing that we regret our sins. The Sacrament of Reconciliation or going to confession is urged. As Roman Catholics, we are obliged to confess twice a year, however, going to confession more than twice, is even better.

During confession, we pray, talk to a priest, and share our sins. He then gives us our penance and absolves us (as he acts in the person of Christ) from our sins. They also offer us advice to help us become better Catholics. Rest assured that this act is confidential.

After the talk, everyone prayed the rosary for peace, and then the final activity was the concelebrated mass led by Fr. William Ma. Padios, MMHC Superior General Elect.

Another round of icebreakers was done. Many participants felt joy after the event.

Let’s continue to pray for one another and for peace.*

P.S. Heavenly birthday greetings to my mom, a Marian devotee, who would have been 84 years old last March 20. Hugs to you and Papa. We miss and love you.


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