Columban Lay Missionary
May 17, 2014
Today, I will be sent off to mission by the Columbans. I will be one of the Columban Lay Missionaries. My heart is filled with thanksgiving, peace and joy for it has found her rest.
I went to church every Saturday afternoon when my household chores were finished just to read lives of saints and Sunday to attend mass celebration alone. Once, I heard my father say “Magmadre man siguro ni akong anak.“ I only smiled at him after being permitted to go. I talked to our God since my parents though provided almost everything I needed had no time for me and talk about my problems. Silently sitting on the bench and just gazing at the cross gave me comfort, strength and peace. I owed this to our Catechist who prepared us for our first confession and communion, invited us to go to church for Sunday mass and attend Flores de Mayo. My parents were not church-goers. My father graduated his high school from a Catholic school but he disliked going to church. I hoped that one day my family will together worship our loving God. I longed for my parents’ love, a peaceful and happy family. I was comforted by our God and our Mother of Perpetual Help whenever I visited the church. There, when I gazed at the cross, I silently told the crucified Jesus, “When I grow up, I will help you carry your cross. I will serve you.” My relationship with my God had grown that whenever I made decisions, I consulted Him even if I couldn’t hear His voice but I had known that God had been with me in my journey. I was and am never alone in my journey. This I realized when I was a child.
|With other Columban Missionaries|
|With classmates at the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies|
God continued to answer my prayers. Months after my graduation, I was right away offered a job as a teacher in a Kindergarten and in a Manobo Literacy Program. I worked for a year while preparing for my Licensure Examination for Teachers. Praise God, I passed the exam. I was asked by my mother to apply at the Department of Education (DepEd) in Bukidnon. I listened to her advice and was hired after my 2 days application. I was happy because I made my mother happy too. Everything seemed to move very fast. More blessings came into my life. My mother as well as my eldest brother became active in our church. We went to church together although not too often. All these I considered answered prayers. Four years after working as a teacher at DepEd with a permanent status, I resigned. I couldn’t understand and I cannot work with the immoral practices within the bureaucracy. Some friends and administrators did not understand my decision. I was grateful that my family respected my decision.
|Olongapo, August 2013: Visit to the Ministry of Sun Hee Kim, Columban Lay Missionary from Korea|
|Parish Mission Sending of Luda Egbalic at San Isidro Cathedral Parish, April 26, 2014. With her are Malaybalay Bishop Jose Araneta, D.D., San Isidro Parish Priest Fr. Noel Suarez, and other priests who came to show their support to Luda.|
|Luda with team mate Jenanydel Nola|