There are two ways that we can know God—through consolation and through suffering. Which one do we always choose? Humanly speaking, we don’t want suffering. We all have the natural tendency to shun life’s sufferings and embrace only life’s consolation. We don’t want to suffer. We will do everything to avoid it. But the Lord is telling us that to know Him better, we need to accept that His true identity is always connected with His suffering. What does this mean?
It means that we can know God through His suffering love. And this God’s suffering love is the wounds, the thorns, the nailed hands and feet, and the pierced heart of God. Embracing all these pains seemed not enough to show His love for us. It is a kind of love which seeks to suffer for the sake of the beloved . . . a love which is willing to sacrifice everything, without complaint, without weary, without doubt. What really matters to God is not the pain but the beauty of the beloved and how to win the beloved’s love. It is like the story of young woman told by a storyteller.
The beautiful patroness who won the hearts of every Pacitan, is the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. The image of the Lady, which was enhanced through the efforts of Rev. Msgr. Ramoncito Carillo, was perpetually enshrined originally at the side veneration area and was re-enthroned at the center of the church’s magnificent retablo.
On one of the meetings of the first Pastoral Council of the Laity headed by Bro. Pedro Guillen, one of the agenda was to choose a patron saint for the growing parish. And since a plan has been drafted already for the construction of the church, it is a much necessity. Many saints were mentioned and debated, until two remained as “contending” for the title of “Patron ng Pacita”, one of which is the Lady of Rosary. Much discerning was needed before making the choice, and literally the members of the executive board did ask for a sign from God.