On the 326th year since the foundation of the Congregation 1684 – 2010
March 4, 2010
PRENOTE ON THE LANDMARKS
The road from Beaterio to Congregation which this book traces is 326 years old, and began on this very spot we are standing on this afternoon. From within the security of the walls of colonial Manila, ruins of which are still visible to us here today, it crossed the seas, into the wilderness of Tamontaca, the Jesuit mission parishes in Mindanao, across the Central Plains of Luzon, trudging courageously with the retreating forces of the first Philippine Republic; venturing into the parochial school system under the American regime; across oceans and deserts beyond the borders of our homeland. Landmarks are road signs, indicating whence have passed hundreds of beatas and RVM Sisters in the footsteps of Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, our Mother. The one non-negotiable constant that marked the journey was the “service of the Divine Majesty.”
Typhoon “Ondoy” surprised the Philippines like a thief in the night, robbing thousands of victims of their shelters, possessions and food, and leaving them distraught and traumatized.
More surprising than the damage itself brought by this typhoon was the overwhelming response of the people both in the country as well as those outside Philippine shores.
September 10, 2009 Mass Introduction (S. Maria Rita Ferraris, RVM)
“…the Servant of God, Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is found to possess to a heroic degree the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity toward God and neighbor, as well as the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude.” (Papal Decree, 6 July, 2007)
The theological virtues are God-centered, with God as origin, motive and object. They are free gifts from God, but become habits of doing good by our use of them, that we may direct our whole life to Him.