Priest explains why prayer is ‘not enough’
During the feast of St. Lucy, Msgr. Vicente Amado B. Manlapig, a retired priest of the Diocese of Malolos and National Shrine, explained how the young saint should be revered not just for being the patroness of healing blindness but also for loving God’s will, Dec. 13, 2018. ATTY. ENCEBRIN JAVIER – INANURAN
By Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban
Jan. 2, 2019
While prayer is definitely central to the Christian life, a priest explained that it should move one to do something more: to follow God’s will.
Reflecting on the witness of St. Lucy, Msgr. Vicente Amado B. Manlapig, a retired priest of the Diocese of Malolos and National Shrine, said: “If we simply pray and be devoted yet are not willing to do change and to live out one’s faith through acts of charity and care and concern for others, we do not follow Santa Lucia’s example.”
Concelebrating the Mass with Parish of St. Anne attached priest Fr. Jose Arturo Batac, the priest said St. Lucy died because of obedience to God’s will.
“It is that obedience and humility to do the will of the Father that allowed her to recognize the love of God. So it is the same for us,” stressed Manlapig.
He then called on the saint’s devotees to approach her intercession with a deeper sense of what she represents.
“St. Lucy is after all the patroness against blindness. Yet for a woman of faith like her, we are also called to see more than this. There must be more more to it: the gift of the Holy Spirit to see and perceive through our eyes of faith the wonderful works of God (Mirabilia Dei), his creation, the work of salvation through the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity,” explained Manlapig.
Qualities of St. Lucy
The Hagonoeño priest reflected on the qualities that made Sta. Lucia (St. Lucy in Filipino) one of the town’s most revered saints. “Sta. Lucia was a woman of faith for she not only kept the will of God in her heart. She also acted it out. She lived what God wanted for her to be. She lived as a witness to God’s love.”
The sub-parish of St. Monica of Tagaste, in Sta. Monica, Hagonoy, Bulacan under the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne celebrated the feast of St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr on Dec. 13, 2018.
Devotion to St. Lucy, considered the secondary patroness of the barrio community prospered through a prayer group formed by locals, particularly by the Manlapig family. The Eucharistic celebration was held in the centuries-old chapel at 9:00 a.m.