Sunday, January 09, 2005

The Black Nazarene 2

Dear mouse,

In my previous blog, my mom believed that her prayers were answered on that Christmas day. So people said it was her strong faith.

What about a miracle for a non-believer?

After my father died, my mom decided to bring the family back to our province. She was a young widow then and she was afraid of raising the brood in a big City. But my brother had a freak accident that crippled him from waist down. Not even the well-known "manghihilots ng pilay" in Magarao, can make him walk again.

Like a mother-hen, she brought us all to the City in her efffort to seek medication for my brother.

The cost of the surgery at the Orthopedic was beyond our reach. The prognosis was a misalignment of the hipbone due to his fall. Worse was, flesh had already covered the affected part. The flesh had to be removed before the bones would be brought back to their original positions.

My mom knocked at every doorstep of some relatives who were beneficiaries of my generous grandmother's charitable acts.

One wanted our jeepney, a source of our income.Talking about "ginigipit para kumapit sa patalim.".

In her desperation, she asked my brother who was a non-believer, to go to Quiapo and pray.

With the assistance from other siblings, he did what he considered hopeless but,there was no harm in trying.

So he did pray.

He went home.

The next day, he got up from bed. He walked. He forgot that he was cripple for months.

My mom sighed a prayer of thanks. She promised she would go to Quiapo every first Friday of January. She did not care if she went home late in the night after the procession.

The Ca t

10 Comments:

At 11:20 AM, Blogger celia kusinera said...

CaT, namamangha ako sa mga miracles sa pamilya mo. Nakakagulat talaga.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Cerridwen said...

I have my own personal opinion on this matter and it is not meant to offend anyone, I would just like to practice free speech here knowing this is one of those few blogs I can do that without being cursed.

Those who wanted a miracle and had abundance of faith & never got one always has wondered why not them, why were they not one of those who got lucky or blessed to be given a miracle. Is there a pre-requisite or requirements. I am happy for those who receives miracles but as one of those who begged, pleaded, prayed and bled for one, we lost belief in it along with the questioning of the existence of where it comes from when we never got a simple request & have always been good to be happy with what we have, never asking or praying for more. The only time we requested for a miracle....and we were given more reasons to sto believing....

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Abe said...

Napadaan lang at mag solicit ng comment dito sa ipa-publish na article about PinoyBlog sa Ateneo Newspaper: http://pinknpurple.blogspot.com

Thanks,
Yuga

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

cath...
i went to Quiapo yesterday. it was the feast of the black nazarene. the believers are so big in numbers. i am not asking for a miracle. i am asking that the pain of my brother who is now in stage four of his cancer be eased and his pain be easier for him to bear. what happens now to my kid brother are all part of a plan. and i have no intention of messing or ruining the plans at hand.

good to hear that your brother is another Lazarus, hope his miracle will be an example to all---- that there is always room for prayers and miracles.!!!

 
At 2:24 AM, Blogger kiwipinay said...

ang nanay ko naman, hirap na talagang maglakad dahil na-stroke na nung araw. pero sinisikap nyang magsimba sa quiapo sa mahal na nazareno kahit na nahihirapan syang sumakay ng jeep. ipinagsisimba raw ako gawa nga rin ng mga milagrong nangyari sa buhay ko bago ako nakarating dito sa nz. after the mass, nagkakaramdam daw sya ng ginhawa sa paglalakad. may experience rin ako ng pinakitaan ng mahal na nazareno noong nag-aaral pa ako. nakapag-gamot rin ako ng ilang mga kaibigan nung araw. ehehehe... (parang di bagay nga lang sa akin)pero naniniwala ako talaga sa mga milagro sa buhay ng tao.

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

frat,
my mom who has a strong faith in God died of cancer too.
Except for Jerusalem, she was able to go to Lourdes, France, Portugal and even visited the Queen in London, places which she had never dreamed of going when she was left with eight kids to raise at a very young age.
Every time I pray for her cure, I dreamed that she was wearing pink and was happy in a procession that is going to a place, I know she would be happy.

My consolation when she died was, there will be additionl favorite people in heaven and a spirit guide for all of us. She really did not die. She is still with us, joining our pain, warning us of danger and sickness and giving us company when we are lonely.

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

Cerridwen,
I know how you feel. My mom experienced tht too.
My brother who recovered from his disability lost his
faith too, several years after.

But then as they say God works in mysterious ways.
Miracles could come from people whom He uses as instrument. Miracles come not during the time you expect it to happen because His time is eternal and our time is Seiko time. (ooops...force of habit, talaga lang kenkay).

I know what you are demanding from God, para bang
ang sabi mo ay minsan lang akong humingi di mo pa pinagbigyan. Tsee. (biro lang).

At sabi siguro niya, Tsee ka rin. (biro rin).

Baka naman, He thinks that it is not yet time, or it won't do good for you.

A friend of mine said that when she lost her passport, travel documents and plane ticket on the eve of her departure for Dubai, she swore that she would never pray again. She was not able to leave.

Instead, a consul of the US helped her looked for a job here in the States where she met her husband. A former
domestic helper, she now owned a house and has two beautiful kids.

It is like saying, God may decline your prayers, but He would give you a better deal.

Think about it. I welcome ideas opposed to mine.

Binugbog ko lang yong kumakalaban sa akin. (hehehe).

 
At 7:57 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

k,
si Nora Aunor lang ang nagsasabi ng walang himala dahil narape siya.

naniniwala ako saiyo sa healing power. Minsan dahil wala tayong balak gamitin yan sa pagkakuwartahan ay hindi natin ginagamit.

Sa akin din minsan kinikilabutan ako pag nagpapahawak sa akin dahil masakit daw ang kanilang likod. Sabi ko rayuma lang yon, uminom ng tylenol, huwag alleve.

Minsan may isang poregner na asawa ng aking kaibigan na gustong magtayo ng healing center kung saan ako raw ang magmamasahe, siya ang bahala sa business side.
Ang lintek gagawin pa akong masahista. Sinumpa ko nga siya.Ayun naging unggoy. Uunggoy ng mga taong inosente.
Sana pala ginawa kong isda,sana ay lalangoy-langoy lang siya. Sandali ano ba ang pinagsasabi ko.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

celia,
marahil inaapreciate lang namin kahit maliliit na milagro sa buhay, kaya sabi siguro sabi sa itaas, ipakita na rin yong malalaki at hindi na kami masashock.

May mga tao kasi na nakakita lang ng milagro sa buhay nila, akala nila Anointed na sila para magtayo ng relihiyon. Kung totoo yan, di dapat, magtayo na rin ako ng kulto.Gagawin kong disipulo yong mga nasa Bperks namin. hehehe Natanggap mo na ba ang imbitasyon?

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

YUGA,
NASAGOT KO NA. PROMISE HUWAG KANG MAGWAWALA.

 

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