That's thousand miles away from the Philippines, my home country and home to millions of the Catholic faithful. I may not be able to visit Brazil and see the famous statue, but in my hometown, we have a similar statue known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The uphill road going to the summit may be rough, but it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Roxas City in Western Visayas region. On the top of the mountain is the 132 ft statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was constructed on the beginning of the decade 2010 and was finished in 2015.
Since then the statue that is visible on the lowland highway of the newly constructed business district became a famous pilgrimage site and considered as the tallest statue of the Christ in the Philippines.
I haven't been on the summit to see the statue for quite a long time since it was opened to the public and we just have a glimpse of it from afar whenever we pass by the vicinity. But on my heart I would love to see it closer and appreciate the holiness of the place on top of the mountain.
At last! I was able to see it on the beginning of the decade 2020 in January, and for the second time I was able to bring my parents back to the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on this month of February. That was a soulful journey on the summit and the best way to celebrate the month of love.
The physical structure or the statue symbolizes our deepest faith to the Christ who watches over us and protects us. At times when we feel abandoned and uncared, there is one powerful Divine being who embraces and loves us for who we are.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us of the holiness of our heart no matter how unlawful and wicked we may have become. We are born to be good in nature and our own sacred heart is our guide to touch the lives of others as inspired by the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the way, the truth and the life.
© 2020 Del Cusay