What we truly celebrate on the first of January.

Philippines
January 1, 2017 4:43am CST
For our 2017 New Year’s Mass, we trooped to the Shrine of the Divine Word. As blessed as I felt, thankful enough for being in the company of my daughters this New Year’s Day, I did receive a most wondrous of homilies from a missionary priest. He said that there was a common factor among the Archbishops of New York, Archbishop of Chicago, and Archbishop of Los Angeles, they all in agreement that the Filipino is the new chosen people set to bring our faith into the corners of the world. Why? Because the Filipino fill the churches come Mass time. Once, when this same priest was studying French, he was summoned by his teacher who resided on the third floor of a building. He was made to witness an empty promenade, vacant for many decades, until the Filipino set foot in France, and filled the cobblestones with devotees wanting to hear Mass. Yes, the faith of the Filipino is formidable as a rock. Sent on a diaspora to many corners of the world, the Filipino, specifically the Filipino mothers, or the women who worked, initially as domestic helps and caregivers, nurses or entertainers, artists, etcetera, when faced with hardship and trouble, turn to faith and cling to that hope, that God will ease the difficulties that beset their situations. Thus, the churches filled with black-haired Filipinos. Further, what is most unusual in the Filipino is their utmost devotion to the Blessed Mother. How the Filipino pay Her with most high regard, calling Her Mama Mary, like She is their very own Mother. Yes, the Filipino is a chosen race, chosen to bring to the world the love of family, the devotion to mother, and the deep faith that transcends trials. Then the missionary priest asked us to kneel, to give honor to that Mother called Mary and Her Child Jesus, with Joseph by Their side, because They set the example of FAMILY, that which binds the Filipino, that which the Filipino lives for. The missionary priest said that after the Mass, he would have to make his own journey home, because his own mother makes a head count, and the priest is always late, for her Mano Po, Inay blessing. That is what we celebrate today, the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Of course, this blog is a short summation of that doctrinal homily, I just hope that we know why we celebrate today. For my own Mommy, I miss you.
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@cherigucchi (4034)
• Philippines
1 Jan 17
We attended the mass last night but we were not able to hear it today.Thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
2 Jan 17
The anticipated Mass. I have reservations about such practice, I don't like going to Mass at my convenience, But then, that is better than not attending Mass at all. The lesser of two evils. You chose well,
@averygirl72 (15462)
• Philippines
1 Jan 17
Filipinos should continue to be devoted to their faith and serve God actively
• Philippines
2 Jan 17
The Filipinos are a faithful people. Their devotion is sincere and true. Their gratitude to the Supreme Being is genuine. I feel blessed just by being born Filipino.
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@MALUSE (33761)
• Denmark
1 Jan 17
Reading about a 'chosen people' gives me the creeps. So all others are not chosen, i.e., condemned to eternal hell fire?
• Philippines
2 Jan 17
But it is true all throughout history, ain't it, there always is a chosen pack to lead or to go on a mission. My people happened to have been deprived, thus we went on a diaspora. Now, even parent acknowledge the good our people have done in the rearing of their children. Even at the sacrifice of our own families,