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Thanksgiving

By Sr. Fe Mendoza RGS

 

Sr. Fe
And from us, Sr. Marcia’s religious family, the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd throughout the world –

 

  •           * We thank her family who gave us Sr. Mary Estelle, Sr. Mary Tomasita, Sr. Mary Immaculata and Sr. Marcia; and her relatives on whom she could always count for their moral, spiritual, medical and material support;

 

          * We thank her benefactors, near and far, who enabled her to make her dreams for the children come true;

 

          *We thank the children who gave her joy, and only sometimes sorrow to test the constancy of her love for them; we thank especially those children who were her consolation as she grew older because they went on to become successful women;

 

*       We thank her lay partners in mission in the centers and in the wider community; and our workers here in Banawa who responded whenever she called on them for assistance;

 

*       We thank Sr. Marcia.  Among so many of her gifts, one is outstanding.  Sr. Marcia loved life!  She enjoyed life at its widest range, from the simplest to the most sophisticated. She enjoyed the company of street children and leaders of government and business.  One of her most recent loves was listening to the University of the Visayas Chorale singing Visayan love songs in concert.  She was proud of the Laray children’s rondalla.  When December comes, we shall be continuing a tradition that Sr. Marcia started for the children on our hillsides who come at 4:30 every single morning of the Misa de Aguinaldo, nine days before Christmas.  She, the staff and the girls at Maria Droste down the road would get up early to prepare something for the children, and some adults too, to eat and drink. The first day’s menu is always tsokolate and puto maya.  Sr. Marcia, this was your little way of telling us Jesus meant it when he said: “I have come that they may have life, life to the full.” John 10:10

 

Finally, we give thanks to God for giving us Sr. Marcia and we ask Jesus for the grace to learn from her what she learned from him.