Mommy Mely on the site of the Crucifixion of Jesus
DAY 28 - REPENTANCE
When my mom, older brother, and I went on a Holy Land Pilgrimage with Bro. Bo Sanchez, Fr. Michael La Guardia, and other pilgrims last February 2018, we woke up before dawn to do the Way of the Cross via Dolorosa. I worried about my 80 year old mom and my brother who has Parkinson's disease due to the long walk, uneven and sometimes slippery steps brought about by the rain. As we prayed, reflected, and repented in every station, there was lightness in our feet. We felt the miracle of healing as we finished the stations of the cross.
During the Holy Week, it is part of our Filipino Catholic tradition to attend different church activities like the Washing of the Disciples Feet, the Passion of Christ, and the Veneration of the Cross. However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, these have been put on hold for the past 2 years. What can you do instead?
This is the time to reflect on your mistakes and on your sins of omission. Confess your sins and do penance for them. Go on a silent retreat. Transform yourself in the comfort of your home. Reframe your mind. Rebuild your strength. Refresh your soul. Once you repent and cleansed yourself, you will obtain the healing that you desire. Start with a clean slate. Be an empty canvas so that you can create a new image that is fitting in the eyes of the Lord.
From Isaiah 1:20, "Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord. Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool."
Dear Lord, I adore You and I praise You. By Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world. I am truly sorry for having offended You. Please forgive all my sins and heal my disease. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
On a piece of paper and a pencil, write the traits that you think separate you from the love of God then erase them one by one.
Mommy Mely and Kuya Vigil via Dolorosa
Mommy Mely, Kuya Vigil and other pilgrims in front of Station VI