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The Philippine Visits of the Pilgrim Relics of St. Therese

FIRST VISIT - THE GREAT JUBILEE YEAR 2000 Among the many grace-filled events of cures, graces and gifts of vocation, most touching and memorable was the Pilgrim Relics' visit to the Death Row" of the National Penitentiary. As the entrance to the high security building was too narrow for the Pilgrim Reliquary to enter, the Death Row inmates, in three's come out, knelt and venerated the St. Therese. They offered very silent prayers, but one may easily guess what these men, awaiting execution, were asking Therese. And truly, St. Therese interceded for their case; later in the year, President Estrada ordered a moratorium on the execution during the Jubilee Year. The next president totally abolished dealth penalty in the Philippines.

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SECOND VISIT - YEAR OF ST. PAUL The second visit was a short 2-month pilgrimage; the warmth, inspiration and miracles were not wanting. Among these was the memorable first visit to Tagbilaran. People still talk about, how when the Pilgrim Relics arrived, there was so much catch of fish, these were sent to neighboring towns to avoid spoilage. In previous days, there was no fish catch at all. And as if to crown the event, as the Pilgrim Relics were leaving the City aboard a small boat, accompanied by many decorated boats in an evening fluvial parade, a swordfish, two times jumped into St. Therese' boat, witnessed by the Bishops Leonardo Medroso and Leopoldo Tumulak.

 

THIRD VISIT - YEAR OF FAITHTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the CCC, Pope Benedict XVI announced the celebration of the Year of Faith. Who better to inspire us in this Year of Faith, than the youngest Doctor of the Church?

 

FOURTH VISIT - YEAR OF THE CLERGY AND CONSECRATED LIFEMemorable was the Pilgrim Relics' visit to St. Therese Parish in Tupi (Diocese of Marbel) South Cotabato: for several weeks, all barrios were given Theresian formation preparing them spiritually, liturgically, socially and more. When St. Therese arrived, the parish was dancing and singing even from the national highway. Veneration was orderly,a s no one has seen in any place. And everybody partook of the free food usually fresh fruits brought by the different barrios themselves. Truly, the spirit of St. Therese was in each of them.

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