Thanksgiving:Death Anniversary of Mother Candida


This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad. We are grateful to the Lord for another opportunity to be together as a family of Mother Candida to celebrate virtually her feast day. We have prepared ourselves for this celebration by way of our common prayers for nine days reflecting on her life, virtues, and charism. During those days of intense prayer, we shared our experiences, insights, and resolutions to live by. Are not our hearts burning each time we come together to reflect on the life of Mother Candida who invites us to follow closely the poor and humble Jesus?

We are glad to have this celebration of the Holy Eucharist this morning that is made possible with the generous yes of our dear friend in the Lord, Fr. Edwin Castillo of the Society of Jesus. Thank you, Fr. Edwin.

I also would like to thank Sr. Leoly Quitorio and the sisters of the Juniorate community for organizing this Eucharistic celebration for the province.

I am happy to see our sisters from the different houses in Bangladesh, Japan, and the Philippines. Thank you, sisters, for your presence.

I also like to thank the presence of the relatives of our sisters, the teachers, staff, and collaborators from the different apostolic centers of the Hijas de Jesus in the Philippines, our alumni, friends, benefactors, and all those who make up the Family of Mother Candida. I also recognize the presence of our brothers and sisters from Angono.

Finally, I like to thank all those who participated in this Holy Mass, the readers, the commentators and the technical team.

Today is our fiesta. We celebrate simply and happily. We celebrate mindful of our brothers and sisters who are poor and who have no means to buy food for the family. Let us be extravagant not in filling up our tables with food but be extravagant in sharing our resources to the poor today. Can we offer something special for the poor and not just our excess?

ECQ na naman. ECQure natin ang ating mga kapatid na nagugutom. ECQure natin ang mga nawalan ng hanapbuhay. ECQure natin ang ating kalusugan. ECQure natin ang ating kaligtasan.

Happy feast day Fr. Edwin, sisters, relatives and friends.