Tuesday, March 11, 2008

In the Presence of a Saint

We encountered Saint Therese of the Child Jesus last Sunday. We visited her relics at Manila Cathedral. There weren't a lot of people at the time, maybe because there was an ongoing mass and she herself would have wanted the attention to be focused on Jesus rather than on herself.

Upon entering the chapel at the side of the church, I had to quiet down the children. People were sitting, praying, meditating, some lining up to touch the glass that surrounded the miniature structure that housed her relics. We touched the glass, asked Saint Therese to pray for us and I had Joselyn smell the white roses next to her relics, and we moved on as the next person came to venerate the relics.

Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect and even afterwards researched on what "relics of Saints" actually meant. But her presence was undeniable. And even up to now I believe that she has helped us get our faith "back on track" as we near Holy Week.


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