MARIAN devotees were urged to respond to the mission of service to the Lord, as well as value God’s presence, on the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Mother.

Fr. Roland Mactal, O.P., former prior of the Santo Domingo Convent and current College of Tourism and Hospitality Management regent, said people must cherish God’s presence to deepen their faith.

“[Serving the Lord] is something we do out of joy. It is something that is given to us by the grace of God. And no matter what circumstances you are in, you will always pursue your mission in life,” Mactal said during the Marian vigil at the Santisimo Rosario Parish last Sept. 7.

Mactal also said the faithful have a decision to make, and every choice involves a mission. Accomplishing the God-given mission will lead to authentic happiness and peace in life, he said.

Richard Pazcoguin, director of the UST Center for Campus Ministry, emphasized that part of serving the Lord is having gratitude for all blessings given.

“We will appreciate more of ourselves if we are in the service of others. [W]e need to keep in touch with our Creator. When we start answering that, our life becomes meaningful,” Pazcoguin said.

Pazcoguin said Mary’s bravery came from the honor of being God’s servant, her gratefulness for God’s presence, and unceasing blessings.

Sr. Shirley Milla of the Religious of Mary Immaculate pointed out that God’s presence restores strength, and prayer brings about peace.

“Silence is the fruit of prayer. Prayer is the fruit of faith. Faith is the fruit of love. Love is the fruit of service. Service is the fruit of peace,” Milla said.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe visited the parish during the vigil.

In 1935, Pope Pius XI declared Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Philippines.


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