Sunday, May 29, 2011

Monasteryo de Tarlac

“You are not here by coincident. You are here because you are called by God.” – Officiating Priest in the Mass


Our plan is just to go and eat lunch at Isdaan in Gerona, Tarlac. But while talking about the plan with tatay, ate, and Jan Ray, they suggested that we also go to a monastery where the relic of the True Cross of Jesus is kept.  And since Monasteryo de Tarlac is just near it, we opted to visit the place first and attend the mass then go to Isdaan afterwards...

The monastery is located at the top of the mountain in Mt. Resurrection Eco Park in Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac. From Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija, it’s just a 2-hour travel by land.
The view on the way up to the mountain is beautiful, lots of greens, trees, and fresh air. While looking at the sight, we had a thought on why people keep on living in a polluted and populated cities when there are places that are clean, beautiful, and peaceful like this. Oh well, that’s their choice. We, too, live in a city. Hehe.
Okay, let’s get back to the topic...
So, we arrived at the Monastery at 10:30am, just in time for the mass, but too late to have a decent chair so we can sit and not have our legs get tired of standing for more than 2 hours. Yes, the mass took more than an hour and the queue of people who wanted to see and touch the relic is too long that it will take you another hour to be given a chance to touch it.
This is not the church where the mass is held.
On its side, obviously, is where the mass is being held.
Ooopss... better hurry or we’ll be late.
After the mass, everyone is given a chance to touch the relic of the cross. It is believed to do miracles and heal burdens no wonder why there are so many people are coming here.
This is were the relic of the True Cross of Jesus is kept.
After all of us had our turn, with beliefs that our hopes and wishes will be granted, we then had what else? The eco park is so inviting that you wouldn’t want to miss taking picturesssssssssss. 

So if it is not by coincident, what is the reason why we were called by Him last Sunday? Maybe, it is to heal us? To bond us? To give strength and health? To bring forgiveness and happiness in our hearts? Or He called us to be closer to Him? I think all of those.
By the way, we think this is also a great place to go biking. We met lots of bikers on our way going up to the mountain.
Until then!
 

9 comments:

  1. Nice one. Never been in Tarlac before but I have relatives there. In fact, my family is planning to visit there this year. I hope I could visit the monastery and that particular place. Oh, and I am a biker too. The place is pretty interesting.

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  2. That's interesting to know! I'm sure you and your family will like the place when you visit there. :)

    Oh really? Let's go biking! We hope to bike the road going there. But it is pretty steep so we need to exercise our muscles to be prepared for it. And we think we need a lot of that. haha!

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  3. Another way to enjoy is by means of visiting holy places like this.

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  4. Wow! What an interesting place is this? I had never been seen yet this place and hopefully I will visit Tarlac City. I know that I am enjoying travel there someday.

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  5. Great place. I hope you enjoyed there with your family and had a great time out there. Traveling holy places gives an amazing feel of deep peace and satisfaction. I would love to be there with my family. :)
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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  6. Nice share! Hope you had a great time over there. I loved the pictures.

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  7. Great! Thank you for sharing. I'm planning to go here next week with my family, how to go to Isdaan? how far is it from Monasterio de Tarlac? Thanks in advance :)

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