I still remember the first day of the mission November
6, 2002. We were in the car on the way
to see the village near Malvar in the Philippines for
the first time and I remember thinking, "Is this for
real? Am I really going to be knocking on
doors of complete strangers and asking them if I could
come in and talk to them for a while about
God?" I really did not think I was the right
person for this.
|Marga Cacho, member of Regnum Christi, brought many souls closer to Christ with her smile, enthusiasm and charity.|
When we got there, each group was
assigned a specific row of houses to cover. And then...
the adventure began. We would go inside a house, read
a bible passage, pray and talk to the people about
their life and concerns they had.
At first some of
the people were a bit apprehensive. They did not understand
exactly why we were really there. But I think after
the first day the news about us spread around the
village. But as time went on many of the families
would invite us into their homes even before we could
The people there were very hospitable and generous. I
remember on my second day I saw this baby goat
on the road and so I started playing with it.
And before I knew it the people were offering it
to me and telling me to take it. Gestures like
these really touched me: knowing that these people really had
nothing much to give, but they would offer the little
I remember in particular the visit we paid to
an old lady. We were talking to her and trying
to invite her for confession that afternoon. She was telling
us that before she was active in Church but she
hadn´t been able to go to Church for quite some
time. The reason was that she had two strokes which
left her more or less paralyzed from the waist down.
We told her that we would try to ask the
priest to see her but we were not really sure
if it was possible. Luckily, the priest was available at
that time and did visit her. I heard after that
he could really see the happiness shining in her eyes.
this experience I´ve realized that the joy of helping other
people is indeed the greatest happiness one can achieve. The
fulfillment I felt cannot be replaced by any material possession
or anything else for that matter. I hope the Movement
can continue to grow even more here in the Philippines
so that future missionaries could experience what I have.