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Last Sunday, December 27, 2020, Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, 6 juveniles consecrated themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Rev. Hector Cruz, S.M. Pastor of OLPH began his homily by saying, “It takes a village to raise a child; that is a subtle and unspoken assumption in Luke’s accounts the first time Jesus entered the Temple.”
How right he was to say this! Seeing our youth assuming such an important commitment as this one reminds us how Jesus is introduced to the temple by his parents, welcomed by Simeon, proclaimed as Savior of the world by Anna a pious woman.
We have seen our youth grow up in our parish, receiving the sacraments, becoming altar servers, readers, collaborating in the different ministries, and developing our parish. The Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary of these juveniles is also the result of the pastoral work of our Pastor, other pastoral associates, and many parishioners, who have supported these efforts in various ways including prayers for the healthy emotional, physical, and spiritual development of our children and youth.
We all could envision the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary upon evil, when these juveniles consecrated themselves to Mary with these words: “… I freely consecrate to your Immaculate Heart. From now on, I want to be your son for you to teach me to live God’s commandments, which are the way to holiness. I give you my body, my soul, my spirit, so that in the future I will not depart from God. Take me, Most Holy Virgin, from now on, to make me an apostle of your Immaculate Heart.”
Let us continue to pray for these juveniles and for many more who will follow their example, that “the Lord who started the good work may be faithful in completing it” Philippians 1:6.