The five day tour of the patron saint of the impossible to the parishes of the Diocese of Butuan was a successful one. It was the first time that the relic out from the Chapel of Holy Relics, Tabor Hill, San Jose, Cebu City.
“The arrival of reliquary-image of St. Rita of Cascia in St. Michael Archangel Parish, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte agitated the public.” Msgr. Marcelino Caldoza, PP., Parish Priest, said.
St. Rita of Cascia brings hope to Josefina Janea, 79 years old, a native from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. She is praying to the saint that Edgar Janea, her son, will support her. Edgar is already married and his family lives in Pasig. He is working abroad (OFW). For a long time, Josefina wishes to receive financial support from her son.
While waiting on arrival of St. Rita of Cascia image at the Sto. Nino Shrine in Libertad, Auxiliary Bishop, Most Reverend Zacarias Jimenez, said in an interviewed, “I am happy and this is a timely visit because the relationships between husband and wife, parent and son or daughter are distorted.” Like Narda Mahusay, 50 years old from Inacio, Butuan City asks St. Rita’s intercession that she may find her son and daughters. Ruby Ann, Analyn and Remy Boy, who were gone 12 years ago; Narda is separated from her live-in partner, Junel Infante. She lives alone and being a soap vendor is her way of living. She wishes that one day, similar, to what she has seen in “Wish ko lang,” will find them. For any information, you may contact her number, 0912-963-1913.
Different people are coming to venerate the saint with different testimonies and experiences. Each experience is a thread of emotions that connect all the different parts together in Faith, and form people that would be able to kiss and embrace the cross.
“Miracle does not happen to all,” as emphasized by Fr. Dennis Ruiz, OAD, during the healing mass at the OAD seminary gym, Ampayon. In his homily, he said that God will only have two answers “Yes” or “No.” “Do not lose your hope if God will say no because He might want us to grow in Him. Like Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who teaches us to love until it hurts. “The best miracle that St. Rita teaches us is to embrace our cross and kiss it, might be your cross is your husband, your son or your neighbor.” As Jesus taught us that if we wanted to follow him, we must carry our cross (Luke 9:23). “The pain and hardship are opportunities” for us to inherit the virtues of the saint of the impossible and grow in Christ Jesus.
That is also the messages of His Eminence, Most Reverend Juan De Dios M. Pueblos, D.D., for his Diocese, “Dako nako nga kalipay ang pagbisita ni Santa Rita of Cascia sa St. Joseph Cathedral sa Diocese of Butuan. Akong panghinaot nga makaambit unta kami sa mga hiyas sa patrona ug magpuyo subay sa kabubut-on sa Dios.”
Lastly, the chaplain of this pilgrimage would like to thanks to all the entourages, cordons, accommodating priests and all the people of Butuan City for welcoming and for being hospitable.
For more information on Tabor Hills activities, contact Rev. Fr. Dennis Ruiz, OAD, at 3440992 or (0922) 8419245. /Seminarian Marcelino Rapayla Jr., OAD