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By Gloria Greganda
The author, from Calamba, Laguna, returned home this year after having worked for 25 years in Hong Kong. This article first appeared in the Mabuhay section of Sunday Examiner, the English-language weekly of the Diocese of Hong Kong.
I am always struck by the thought of what Mary, the mother of Jesus, experienced as she watched her Son being crucified. I always imagine her pain. Her anguish over her Son’s suffering must be really incomparable.
This reminds me of when my daughter gave birth. As I watched her suffer the labor pains, I wanted to take away her pain and bear it myself, so she would not suffer—how much more Mary, whose Son died before her very eyes. Truly, a mother’s endurance is worth admiring.
In the world we live in, many stories have come and gone, stories about mother and child, some very touching and moving, some painful and some inspiring.
As migrant mothers, we too have our share of ups and downs whether in work or in personal life.
By Lu Mahino
Our letter sender, Lu Mahino, is from Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte and is presently based in Hong Kong. She is an active parishioner in Rosary Church parish, serving as lector and youth coordinator.
By Sister Leticia Bartolome ICM
This is Sister Letty’s reply to a letter from a student who reads Misyon.
Dear Camille Margaret,
Peace and joy to you!
Thank you for your letter of
By Sr. Leticia Bartolome icm
They have been hailed as “new economic heroes” of the Philippines. The estimated 6.5 million Filipino workers in 180 countries endure enormous sacrifices to be able to send home their earnings. Other than working with the special people, Sr. Leticia Bartolome is also involved with these modern day missionaries in Hong Kong.
By Sr. Josefina Santos SPC
By: Sr. Tammy Saberon
Sr. Tammy Saberon, (author) a Columban Missionary in Hong Kong for 81/2 years. Sr. Tammy now the Mission/ Vocation Animator of the Columban Sister in the Visayas and Mindanao.
One of the strange things that a Missionary experiences is to long for something she used to do or used to have at home but at the same time to discover something beautiful in her new land, something beautiful in her new land, something which compensates.
By: Isabel Taylor Escoda
I went to jail last Sunday. An Englishwoman I know sent me there. Hong Kong’s Victoria Prison is not far from my small flat, u p a hill in the colony’s Central District. Around the prison block are art galleries, antique and furniture shops and on the same street as the jail entrance, down the hill a bit, is a cozy French restaurant.
I stood in line outside the prison gate, with a group of Chinese waiting to visit the inmates. Once inside the prison I handed my ID card and told the officer I wanted to see Clara Cruz (not the real name). I was told to go back the next room where a young stern-faced woman officer asked if I made an appointment. I asked no but that my friend Ann Smyth had told me I could go any time. I’m sorry,” the officer said flatly. “You cannot see her.” “Oh please,” I begged (Ann had told me to act object-“kiss their boots, if need be, they enjoy that”). “I’m going to Manila tomorrow and I want to tell her mother I’ve seen her.” I was lying, of course.
By Meriam R. Jordan
The parish priest had asked her to follow up those taken both the Basic Bible Seminar (BBS) and the Bible Facilitators Seminar (BFS). Not knowing anything about the apostolate then, she was not keen on taking it. “I was hesitant because I did not know what this was all,” she recalled. But having seen the interest of the parishioners, and how alive the word of God was for them, affecting their lives, she agreed.