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Offering of Symbols _ March 15 Mass

Offering of Symbols

 

1.    Internationality (Gemma & Yolly)

 

Globalization is not new to the Congregation. Mary Euphrasia thought and opened the congregation to globalization even before 1835 so the rest of the world can and may experience the Good Shepherd compassion and mercy. May this internationality of the congregation bring us all to a globalized compassion and a globalized justice where everyone enjoys the comprehensive security of God’s care.

 

2.    Mindanao (Diana, Dale and Pina)

 

Creator God, you have lavishly bestowed Mindanao a rich cultural heritage, magnificent natural resources and diverse ethnic groups. But greed and discontent has led to the destruction of Your creation and the displacement of Indigenous Peoples communities. Abuse of power and materialism has caused your people particularly women and children to be exploited for money and has left families to be disintegrated as they seek greener pastures abroad for financial stability. Renew and transform us Cosmic Shepherd God. Heal broken lives, reunite families, restore the beauty of Your creation, that we may all enjoy fullness of life.

 

3.    Visayas (Edna & Elen Jalop)

 

And the child grew in wisdom, age and grace to become our Good Shepherd.

May he gives us all the courage that we need to go the way he shepherds us.

That when he calls, we may go unfrightened.

If he bids us come to him across the waters, that unfrightened we may go.

And if he bids us climb the hill, may we not notice that it is a hill, mindful only of the happiness of his company.

He made us for himself, that we should travel with him and see him at the last in his unveiled beauty in the abiding city where he is light and happiness and endless home. Amen.

 

4.    CALABARZON (Zeny, Carme, Flor)

 

Symbol: Buko at Sumang Kakanin

 

Accepts our thanksgiving, O generous and loving God, for the rich resources of mountains, valleys and seaside, teeming with life.

 

Bless our rice growers, with land and with good weather, in the miracle of producing our staple food: rice and the delightful kakanin of suman, biko, bibingka from this lowly grass family.

 

Bless our coconut farmers with a fair share of their labor to raise and educate their children. Extend the help during times of disaster, drought and other calamities.

 

Build the solidarity of the conscientized to protect and defend our mountain, seas and rivers from the destructive forces of mining, quarry and greed of local and foreign.

 

Help us appreciate, nurture and care for the beautiful and resource rich world you have given us.

 

Remind us to respond to the challenges of the poor and value the innate goodness of hospitality, welcome and gratitude that they teach us in your ministries herd sisters.

 

Like the Son of God who became human, let us become food for one another. Come people at our table, of how families, friends and guests become one in the partaking of the same food.

 

Like the Son of God who became human, let us become food for one another.

 

 

 

 

5.    Bicol (Elen Belardo & Lea Comia)

 

Our loving Shepherd, with these “pili nuts” and “abaca”, choice products of the Bicol Regions, are our dreams and wishes during our Philippine Province’s 2nd Open Chapter.

 

These “pili nuts” growing abundantly in all the provinces of Bicol, are our source of nourishment and a means of livelihood for our people.

 

As we enter into a new phase in our history, may we as Eucharistc people filled with the Spirit of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, be food for the people we serve.

 

May we be life-giving in our words and service as we accompany God’s Anawim thru peril and pasture towards a more vibrant “sambayanan” economically self-sufficient, justly empower, spiritually whole and rejuvenated.

 

This “abaca”, top product of Albay is known for its durability. May we together as a Province join hands and hearts and Spirit that our “lakas ng loob” our “inherent inner strength” in venturing to the unknown (new paths) for the sake of Mission may gather momentum as we strive for greater “unity within ourself, unity with other, unity with nature and the cosmos” even as we maintain our intimate union with God.

 

Touched by our Shepherd God, may our unity be a manifestation of the Presence of God in our midst, in our world.

 

May Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, guide us in love.

 

6.    Northern Luzon (Ana & Joh)

 

O gracious God, we offered these grains of corn and weaved clothe a symbol that unites us with the hopes and aspirations of the most people of Northern Luzon:

 

-          The farmers, who for generations, have been tilling the lands to contribute to the food security of the country;

Who continue to struggle to own even a small piece of land through a genuine agrarian reform.

-          The indigenous peoples who are being driven away from their ancestral lands to give way to large-scale mining, dams and other projects that lead to land conversion of mostly agricultural lands.

 

 

Northern Luzon:       The most vulnerable people of Northern Luzon: the farmers and the indigenous peoples whose love for life, land and culture has made them victims of harassments and militarization. May God listen to their pleas, simple hopes and dreams as they draw their strengths and courage from His ever faithful and compassionate Heart. We pray…

 

 

 

 

7.    National Capital Region (Loreen & Badette)

 

Symbol: “Earthen Pot and Barbecue Sticks in which various events and issues get       

interconnected.”

 

Prayer:         The NCR – Metro Manila symbol, a “melting pot”, symbolizes the destiny of people from different classes, groups, places, cultures and walks of life who gathered together to form a new level of consciousness and awareness. It is their dream to have a bright and comfortable life.

 

Like the earthen pot, the human person may break and shatter. The person’s fragility is just a reflection of the many problems that people from various sectors in our society are facing in their day to day living; issues like widespread violence and stealing, abuses against children and women, corruption, exploitation, destruction of the environment, garbage, lack of employment, low and inadequate salary, expensive electricity, demolition, broken families, abject poverty, too much luxury for the body, and wealth only for the few.

 

Amidst all of this, the Metro Manila remains the “green pasture” for it continues to give birth to different forms of resistance and struggle for fullness of life for all. It is for this that we are in solidarity with one another to work for change towards a peaceful and just society which springs from the mercy/compassion of Jesus for people and the world.