MARIBOJOC (Bohol Province, Phils.) -- Two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary stand-without any blemish-amid the ruins of two churches in Maribojoc and Loon towns following Tuesday's devastating earthquake. It was enough for residents to raise their hopes that life will get better.
"It was a miracle," Carol Ann Balansag said after residents of Barangay (village) Poblacion were surprised to find the 18th-century statue standing askew but without any scratch on the rubble of what used to be the Santa Cruz Parish Church.
The same feeling of amazement was felt by at least 600 people staying in makeshift tents on the church grounds of the Our Lady of Light Parish Church in Barangay Napu in Loon town. They were teary-eyed when they saw the grotto of the Birhen sa Kasilag (Our Lady of Light).
"The earthquake destroyed the church, but it spared our patron," said Fr. Tom Balatayo, one of the residents.
In Manila, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded Catholics to find "faith in the midst of ruins" as he noted that the historic churches destroyed by the earthquake needed something beyond physical reconstruction.
"Looking at the images of the churches crumbling, I could almost hear God's message to Saint Francis of Assisi: 'Build my Church, rebuild my church,'" Tagle said in his homily during Mass on the first day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) in Manila on Wednesday,
Thousands from across the country and Asia attended the PCNE being held at the University of Santo Tomas. Tagle said the event provided an avenue to rejuvenate the ideals of Catholicism in the midst of secularist and modernist influences buffeting its state.More >
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