Echoes of the Mission: Philippine Province

Echoes of the Mission: Philippine Province

 

 ” I wish I have a thousand lives.” 

MARIE RIVIER: A Face to discover

A Testimony 

Blessed Mother Marie Rivier was a  woman of  faith, hope, love and compassion. Her grit, her passion and commitment to make Jesus Christ known and loved across the seas were put into fruition through the Congregation of the Presentation of Mary Sisters. Holy Cross of Malalag, my Alma Mater, continues the mission of Christian Education of the youth and that’s what I’m proudest about!

I believed that the way of life “to Christ through Mary” that was instilled in me and my siblings by the PM Sisters, was among those  strong Christian foundations we have prayed for, in the family by our God fearing and loving parents who are now in heaven.

I had a chance to read the book on the life, works and teachings of Blessed Mother Rivier. Sr. Lorna Murillo P.M. former  School Principal Of HCM, had asked me to write a script about the life story of Mother Rivier  for n a theatrical school presentation. As the Alumni President at that time, I cannot say no but just tried my best and did the challenging favor . It was this time that I’ve known Blessed Mother Rivier better than what I’ve  learned during my high school years.

Her life, works and deeds impacted my life from there and onward. She was a strong willed woman of faith as she rise above all situations. At young age, she never cease to call upon Jesus and Mary to heal her. Her request seemed impossible to many because she was physically handicap since still  a baby. But one day God answered her prayer, a miracle happened, and people around saw her walked for the first time. Her faith to Jesus and Mary was rooted to this miracle of God’s grace and mercy. And many more miracles had happened as she endeavored to do great things to established well the congregation. 

The script was successfully presented to honor a great mother. I was so moved and inspired that I was able to compose two songs about her– “Awit ni Marie Rivier” and “Mother Rivier Ikaw ang Idol Ko”. Her life, works and deeds influenced my life as I always asked to pray for me to God that I could be His instrument through the songs I write.

So far, almost all of the songs I composed be it a school or municipal hymn, theme songs of events, Religious celebration, graduation songs etc, I never failed to include the  lines that would remind every ear about God’s love, grace  and mercy and that, Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.

In some religious song writing competitions, I took the  opportunity  to make Jesus known and loved . Humbly, I know I am not perfect but I believed that God blessed me with this talent for a purpose: to Christ through Mary and with the intercession of Blessed Mother Rivier . After all, we are not for the things of this world but for the true richness that Mother Rivier aspired, the real treasures that are stored up in heaven. God bless us all!

by JUANZO CALUMPONG

Alumnus, Holy Cross of Malalag

Composer and a government employee

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