Wednesday, December 31, 2008
"All generations will call me blessed": "The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship."513 The Church rightly honors "the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. . . . This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration."514 The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an "epitome of the whole Gospel," express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.515
[From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, par.971 Emphasis supplied]
Monday, December 29, 2008
Let me take you with me into one of the places I visited for this personal pilgrimage - The Caritas Marae Center of the Franciscan friars of Mary Immaculate in San Filipe, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines.
It was December 29, 2008 that I visited this convent. The Friars were busy distributing gifts for the poor. I thought of availing the Sacrament of Penance. However, I thought that no one would be available. But one of the superiors gladly obliged when I requested for a confession. I am happy that in ur Church we have this sacrament that allows us to be reconciled to God and to know that with the authority of the Church as given by Christ we are forgiven and given the chance to be closer to God and mend our relationships.
Let me take you again to one interesting place in Naga City - the Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Caceres: [Photos belong to Dr. Herbert R.]
The Statue of St. John the Evangelist in the Courtyard of the Cathedral. St. John the Evangelist is the Titular of the Cathedral Parish of the Archdiocese of Caceres.
The Door of the Church with the Inscription indicating the Founding of the Diocese of Caceres in 1595. The Image of St. Peter Baptist carved on the Woode Door. St. Peter Baptist is the Principal Patron of the Archdiocese
Courtyard of the Cathedral, seen is the Minor Seminary of the Holy Rosary, Declared by the Philippine Historical Commission as a National Landmark.
Universidad De Santa Isabel. A University founded by the Vincentians, Asia's first Normal School. Orginally established as an all girls school. Dedicated to honor St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
Across the Street from the Catheral is the Archbishop's Palace. Seen Flying from the balcony are the Flags and Embelms of the Holy See, the Philippines and the Archdiocese of Caceres.
“Blessed are you among women and Blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus!”
The Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines
Pavilion in front of the Basilica intended for outdoor Liturgical Celebrations
The Souvenir Shop and Restaurant inside the Basilica Compound offering refreshments for pilgrims
The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Penafrancia. Thousands of Devotees testify to answered prayers, ranging from mending of broken relationships, financial woes, success in education and physical healing of ailments.