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August 23, 2010

Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor

Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

And had breezed through the questions until I read

The last one:

"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

Dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely, " said the professor.. "In your careers,

You will meet many people. All are significant.. They

Deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

Is smile and say "hello.."

I've never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her

Name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American

Woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway

Trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

Broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally

Unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man

Took her to safety, helped her get assistance and

Put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his

Address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

Knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a

Giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A

Special note was attached.

It read:

"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

The other night. The rain drenched not only my

Clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.

Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying

Husbands''s bedside just before he passed away... God

Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving



Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those

Who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

Sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

Front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.

"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and

Studied the coins in it.

"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the

Waitress was growing impatient..

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on

The table and walked away The boy finished the ice

Cream, paid the cashier and left.. When the waitress

Came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the

Table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

Were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had

To have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

Roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if

Anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the

King's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

And simply walked around it.. Many loudly blamed the

King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

Anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

Vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the

Peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

stone to the side of the road. After much pushing

and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

from the King indicating that the gold was for the

person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The

peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a

hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only

chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

miraculously survived the same disease and had

developed the antibodies needed to combat the

illness. The doctor explained the situation to her

little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save

her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his

sister all of his blood in order to save her.

August 17, 2010

Patron saint's relic finds home in Sta. Rita

Patron saint's relic finds home in Sta. Rita

IT'S indeed a historic Sunday for the sleepy Sta. Rita town.

It's a religious celebration, as the relic of Sta. Rita de Cascia comes home to this small municipality in the heart of the province. The religious and devotees of the "Patroness of the Impossible" will sure catch a glimpse of the said relic to be permanently installed in the parish church.

Who is Saint Rita?

St. Rita is a 14th century Roman Catholic saint, also known as Margarita of Cascia and Rita La Abogada de Imposible, and the patron saint of the impossible.

According to Catholic tradition and history, St. Rita was born in the year 1381 in the village of Roccaporena near Cascia, Italy. Her parents, Antonio and Amata Lotti, considered her from birth a very special gift from God, for Rita was born to them as they were already advancing in age.

As a young girl, Rita frequently visited the convent of the Augustinian nuns of Cascia and dreamed of one day joining their community. She lived in the days when Italy was in turmoil from warring families. His husband died in a feud while her sons died of natural causes.

St. Rita's life was marked with hardship and struggles. She entered the Augustinian convent were at the age of 60 she received the stigmata on her forehead.

St. Rita Today

St. Rita's body is on display in a glass case in the Basilica of St. Rita in Cascia, Italy. Her body has been seen in different positions in the glass case in which her remains are displayed and her eyes have opened and closed unaided.

St. Rita is the patron saint of abuse victims, against loneliness, against sterility, bodily ills, desperate causes, difficult marriages, forgotten causes, impossible causes, infertility, lost causes, parenthood, sick people, sickness, sterility, victims of physical spousal abuse, widows and wounds.

The Augustinians brought the belief on Saint Rita in the Philippines consecrating many parishes and barangays after her tutelage. One of which is Sta. Rita town here where the town and the parish have been named after the saint.

The Relic

It took Monsignor Gene Reyes quite sometime before being able to request for the relic. Being a diplomat for 12 years in the Vatican, he knew the Archbishop Ricardo Fontana of Spoleto Norsia in Italy. He wrote to the archbishop for a relic to Santa Rita town here in Pampanga.

The first attempt was unlucky since the nuns who presently oversee the body of the saint would not allow extraction for "first-class relics." A first class relic is a piece of the saint's body either a bone, a hair or lock of hair or a piece of flesh. Saint Rita's relic in question is from her flesh ("ex-carne" in Latin).

But refusing to give up hope, the monsignor urged the archbishop for help. Owing to a little miracle, the archbishop of Spoleto Norsia wrote to the Vatican Vicariate General where it was found out that there are still three remaining "first-class relics." Two of which have been scheduled to be given somewhere in Africa while the third happens to be available.

"And the rest was easy. Fortunately will be the second place in the Philippines to have a relic of the saint," Reyes said. Another relic is said to be in the care of the Augustinian Contemplative Nuns in Cebu.

The (first-class) Relic of Saint Rita de Cascia, Patroness of the Impossible Cases, is arriving in the Parish of Santa Rita de Cascia in Pampanga on 17. The sacred relic will stay and be enshrined in the Parish Church where people may come, visit and venerate it.

"Through her sacred relic - which comes from her incorruptible body - Saint Rita is not only spiritually present, but will also now be physically present in our midst, just as she is in Cascia (Italy) where her intact and incorruptible body is kept," Reyes said.

He added that it is more than a worthy blessing for the town, which has been named after the saint since the Spanish times.

San Fernando Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto will accompany and entrust to us the relic. (IOF)

Source: Sunstar, Pampanga
Date: 17 August 2008

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