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.
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.|
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.