SANTO NIÑO SUNDAY:
HAPPY FEAST DAY OF SANTO NIÑO!
I was a grade schooler in San Beda College in Manila and I remember well how each morning, before entering the school gates, I and some companions of the private school van, used to greet Our Lord and Our Lady in the beautiful Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, where one can see the Santo Niño de Praga in the main altar.
When I was around 10 years of age, or perhaps younger, I dreamt about Santo Niño. With the candor of a child, I remember telling my mom about it. My mom asked me if I wanted a Santo Niño for my birthday gift, to which I responded affirmatively with joy. The time came when she brought me to Farmers’ market in Cubao, Quezon City –it was just a 30-second walk from her office− where there was a store selling religious items. There, we found a very beautiful, smiling, beige-gold colored image of Santo Niño which she bought for me without hesitating (Ma, thanks a lot! It was the best birthday gift I had!).
From then on, the image of Santo Niño would occupy a very important and central place in my life as a child, and later on, as a teenager and young adult, until I left my parents’ place to stay in a friend’s house near UP College of Medicine (Taft Ave.) and later on to various centers of Opus Dei. In my parents’ place, I would never leave nor arrive home from school or the university without giving Santo Niño an affectionate kiss, sometimes hurriedly though… At times, when I behaved badly, I would approach Santo Niño and ask pardon (the image represents a child-God who is easily approachable!). I can’t sufficiently thank my mom for this gift for it has shaped my dealings with God since childhood.
HAPPY FEAST DAY OF SANTO NIÑO TO ALL, ESPECIALLY TO MY FELLOW FILIPINOS!
MAY HE BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH ABUNDANCE!
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