The Marist value of being a Marian may be described as a strong devotion to our Mother Mary. This unfathomable trust in Mary’s intercession was proven by St. Marcellin when he was trapped in a blizzard with a Marist Brother. While aiding Brother Stanislaus, the saint prayed the Memorare, which exhibits our patron’s trust in Our Ordinary Resource. This wonderful relationship with Mary portrayed by our founder is enough proof of her saving grace for all devotees. With St. Marcellin as our sublime Marian role model, what more for us who carry her name as an entire institute?
The pandemic devastated millions of Filipinos, dividing tightly-knit families, separating close friends from each other, and cutting down local businesses. But truth be told, we must keep our faith strong. When problems arise, all the more we need to pray for one another as one Marist Family. The school has fostered its students in spirit and in charity, which is why we have all developed ways to experience God and to heighten our relationship with Mary amidst the pandemic. Patrick Tongson, a Grade 9 student, said “The spiritual habitats that I do every day include praying every time before I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I also pray every night before sleeping. We often pray the rosary in class and in doing so; we pray for one another.” It is living proof that even though the pandemic has physically separated us, we are never spiritually apart even as the way we deepen our faith evolves. Nevertheless, the most important part of devotion is how it leads you to a more intimate relationship with Christ.
It is encouraging to see all of us pray for the safety of all of our families and friends. In these struggles brought about by the pandemic, we cannot say that we have stayed strong through the whole course — some of us even questioned God. “It tested us [Maristas] if we would give up and lose our faith in God. During the pandemic, we are all like Abraham, being tested by God if we are really loyal and really faithful,” said Gabriel Enorme, a Grade 9 student.
It is true that all of us are struggling thanks to the pandemic. We miss our friends and family along with the happy memories we’ve shared but amidst these dire situations, we should remain hopeful. Vaccines were already made with the guidance of God, just like what we prayed for in the ‘Oratio Imperata’. We may not be able to manufacture vaccines but as students, all we need to do is pray. We must pray that we survive the ongoing pandemic, that our families stay safe, and that we may see each other face to face again in the future. Haniel Robin Pinlac // File Photo by Miguel Sumalinog