APRIL 01, 2010
This is the day that the Lord has made!
8:30 a.m. Thursday, we all gathered at my still empty living room caused by Typhoon Ondoy (or Hurricane Ketsana). We prayed a little prayer for our trip to Rodriguez, Rizal. All 11 of us were ready, only Kuya Obing was left behind to look after the house.
8:44 a.m. we were on the road, Abigail driving the Innova with 7 passengers including her, and i drove the car with 4 of us there…
9:47 a.m. we arrived at the gates of COTTOLENGO FILIPINO, where Father Julio was already waiting for us. He was supposed to celebrate mass in Antipolo but since it was a Maundy Thursday, no volunteers showed up so he could not leave the center. He is the person in charge.
The center is on a 3 hectare property in Rodriguez, Rizal, almost near the Wawa river where we used to go for a swim when we were little kids. So, the place is surrounded by the mountains of Montalban.
There are children with stories on how Father Julio got them and adopted them. You see these children are officially adopted by the center. Some were left in bus terminals, like Feb-Terminal, yes, that’s his name, he is a young boy and no speech, that’s why they gave him that name because he did not know it himself. There’s one, Jose, was brought to the Barangay by someone who found him on the streets. The barangay officials not knowing what to do with him, called up Cottolengo if they would like to adopt him. Now, Jose can walk, though limply, and has gained weight as compared to when he first arrived at the center, he is now way much, much better.
MICHAEL: This tiny tot got more than what he can bear, a colostomy bag, a hole in his tummy and a hole on his throat.
The children were brought to the cafeteria for merienda of pancit malabon that we brought for them.
We were glad to be able to spoon feed some of them.
This is a happy and fulfilling morning for me. I am glad that we made it to COTTOLENGO….
I have learned more about the DIVINE PROVIDENCE. Father Julio asked us for prayers, as there are days they run out of funds to care for these children or to pay for their workers (there are workers and volunteers). It is a feat to run a center like this, and to care for these children who are only a fraction of the many others in the streets or abandoned somewhere.
JOHN 15:12-13 & 17 says: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” “This is my command: Love each other.”
Indeed the greatest of all is LOVE. Nothing like this would be possible without LOVING others. We are able to do things with nothing and for nothing through LOVE. Just like our Lord Jesus, who gave up His life, for what? for us, sinners. That’s because He loves us dearly.
NOTE: COTTOLENGO FILIPINO celebrates their 10th year anniversary on MAY 15, 2010.