So many untoward events for January 2020! From natural disasters to pandemic health issues, we have experienced a crisis; a threat to our health and wellbeing. This however continues and within our control.
The start of the year may not be good, but it gives us tough lessons to ponder about our strengths and weaknesses — our vulnerabilities as human beings.
We can not be certain about what is next, but one thing that can help us to survive is to have faith in things beyond our control. That there is a higher and Supreme being that is in charge.
We feel mighty at times; feeling powerful. However, there are moments when we are crushed in spirit.
When we are weak and feeling helpless and powerless, our Divine master is there to rescue us. And when the road is rough and the surrounding is dark, we seek for the Divine light.
When we feel blessed and grateful, we always see the guiding light. And so in bad times and good times, we need the Divine light. We never stop to follow and seek the truth and life.
Today, the 2nd of February is the Feast day of Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria or the Our Lady of the Candles. Known as the Patroness of entire Western Visayas, Philippines.
The Holy image canonically crowned in 1981 by now St. John Paul II, brought miracles, healings, and blessings to the people in the Region and the entire country when flocks of the faithful from every place visit the blessed Marian image and pray to God for Her intercession.
The devotion started not just in recent years, but in the late 90s when our dear mother brought us to celebrate the feast day mass. And years after I have known its miracles, I visit to offer a prayer and thanksgiving. That is faith. To continue the devotion for years and for a lifetime.
The Our Lady of the Candles is just one of the many Marian titles given to the Mother of Christ. We always pray for her intercession for all our wishes and whatever our heart desires.
And for the happenings in the world today, we go beyond our personal intentions and petitions. We pray for our people, our country, and the world. That healings will take place and peace will reign in the world and in our hearts forever.
© 2020 Del Cusay