Triduum of Holy Hour in Commemoration of the 267th Death Anniversary of Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo
Introduction: (September 7, 2015)
As we adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, let us thank Him for loving us and helping us to love Him in return. May our vigil at this moment be our expression of our gratitude and joy and our desire to be in communion with God and all creation as we commemorate the Year of Consecrated Life, the Year of the Poor and in preparation for the 267th Death Anniversary of our dear Foundress, Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo and the birthday of our Mother Mary, the Blessed Mother of God and our Mother tomorrow.
Taking as our theme “Celebrating the Gift of Consecrated Life with gratitude, hope, joy and passion in communion with God and the whole creation,” we begin our three-day of Holy Hour gratefully remembering the past. As we begin, let us look at what is happening to our world today and what is God telling us to be and to do.
Day 2 Reflection(September 8, 2015)
The Scripture passage today reveals the reality of our journey as children of God. Thus, at the end of all the trials, the conflicts, the persecutions, the sorrows, joys recorded in the BOOK OF PSALMS, the Psalmist gives utterance on the feelings of joy, triumph, transport, rejoicing; and thus at the end of all- when the affairs of this world shall be closed- when the Church shall have passed through all its trials, shall have borne all its persecutions, shall have suffered all that it is appointed to suffer – when the work of redemption shall be complete and all the ransomed of the Lord shall have been recovered from sin, and shall be saved – the Church, the whole universe shall break forth into one loud, long, triumphant Hallelujah!
This song of praise to God echoes in the life of Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, who lived her life of praise from the moment she was born until the day she was called by God to be with Him forever.
Yesterday, Day 1 of the Triduum, we have reflected our past with gratitude because of the faithfulness of God, who journeyed with us in our trials, difficulties and successes in life, the God who creatively transformed our life and ministries.
As we joined the Church in the celebration of the year of Consecrated people, we praise God for the gift of our Mother Foundress, Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, who is INSPIRED BY GOD TO REMAIN IN THE SERVICE OF HIS DIVINE MAJESTY AND RESOLVED TO LIVE BY THE SWEAT OF HER FACE, thus, the beginning of living her life with passion.
As members of the IGNACIAN FAMILY, we are called to respond to the call of the Church to live the present with passion, as Mother Ignacia did in her lifetime.
Day 3 Reflection(September 9, 2015)
The hidden hope of the beatitudes was also greatly manifested in the life of Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo. The issue of Uliran vol. XXII, treated it with the following headline “Hope Brightens the Life of Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo.” It elaborated that “as attested to by the Congress of theologians in Rome who investigated the Positio on Venerable Ignacia’s life, they declared that “the Servant of God had great hope…” Another theologian said: ‘That decision to dedicate herself to God in 1684 was fruit of an act of hope. By the Spiritual Exercises and spiritual direction she underwent a serious discernment, abandoning herself to the bounty of God. Having arrived at her decision, she pursued this up to the end.’… the same theologian continues: ‘Her firm hope in God urged her to labor with great insistence that was sustained in the face of the difficulties before her. With the above reflection, one can see the hope that brightens the life of Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo. May this hope be assimilated in the hearts of her followers and her devotees.”
Let us examine ourselves today, how do we live the virtue of hope in our individual and communal lives?