Two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary survive quakeThe people of Bohol and Cebu are suffering. We hear Bohol was hit by another 5.5 magnitude jolt. We don’t know yet about the extent of damage, if any, but we must continue praying for the relief of our suffering countrymen.
Already, some people are saying it’s a miracle that two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bohol have survived the earthquake when all structures around them have collapsed.
Some of us will agree that God is sending us a message that we must be strong amid the calamity and destruction.
Two statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary are still standing — without any blemish — amid the ruins of two churches in Maribojoc and Loon towns following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake.
For many residents, it’s enough to raise their hopes that life will get better.
“It’s a miracle,” says Carol Ann Balansag. She and other residents of Barangay Poblacion were surprised to find the 18th-century statue still standing — without any scratch on the rubble of what used to be the Santa Cruz Parish Church.
The same feeling of amazement was felt by at least 600 people staying in makeshift tents on the church grounds of the Our Lady of Light Parish Church in Barangay Napu in Loon town. They were teary-eyed when they saw the grotto of the Birhen sa Kasilag (Our Lady of Light) intact.
.“The earthquake destroyed the church, but it spared our patron,” says Fr. Tom Balatayo, one of the residents.
Astonishing … what is the Church saying officially…?In Manila, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is reminding Catholics to find “faith in the midst of ruins” as he noted that the historic churches destroyed by the earthquake needed something beyond physical reconstruction.
Source: singpore magazine