AS AN intern, it was the first time that I have appreciated the short vacation. After some couple of weeks attending press conferences, hearing new issues and writing articles about it, finally it's time for a break.
At first, I was excited of the thought that I could finally relax and go home, spend some quality time with my family and enjoy the vacation but then, another insight came out to my mind: "Should I really enjoy these couple of days, knowing that these are the days that I should be reminded of how Christ the Son of our Lord sacrificed Himself just to save humanity from sins?"
The thought did hold me back because as a Christian, it's my obligation to participate in commemorating to Jesus' sacrifices and so, when I got home, I and my family have already set the day to join the procession or Way of the Cross. Ever since I was a child our practice of joining the Way of the Cross were not changed and yearly we attend to this activity every afternoon of Good Friday. In the procession we would usually walk together while each of us is holding a candle and rosary as we go along with the litany. I admit that there are times that I feel tired and just wanted to quit, but my mind changes everytime I look around and see that there are so many people with me, very devoted in participating to the procession. I also, get reminded of the sufferings and struggles of Christ and this always pushes me to continue and never give up.
It’s always an amazing feeling whenever we finish the procession because I feel so relieved. It's just like being successful in a hard task. Even if I get tired, gave my effort realizing that I won't have anything in return, still I’m overjoyed by just that simple sacrifice I did and offered whole heartedly, I know I have accomplished something.
Joining the procession did not only strengthen my faith, it also tightened the bond with my family. We may consider this as a simple family gathering activity but we are thankful enough that through this activity, our family has a good relationship. I'm overwhelmed of the feeling that we are together and united whenever we join the procession and attend the Holy Eucharist. I look forward to the fact that we are doing this yearly and every Sunday, and that I'm always eager in attending the church's activities with them. Shiela Michelle Napal
On-the-Job are articles written by interns of Sun.Star Davao. Shiela Michelle is a student of the University of the Immaculate Conception.
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