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Below is our featured article for this issue. This is the inspiring story of a Filipina Catholic nun whose devotion to Mary sustained her throughout her vocation.
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A Vocation Story: Living at the School of Mary
By Sr. Milagros Gregorio, FMA
I have two vivid remembrances of Mary from my childhood days. The first one was the Wednesday novena prayers at Baclaran with my nanay (mother). The second one was the annual Mayflower offering in St. Joseph Church, Canlubang, Laguna. Little did I know that these events would foreshadow God’s beautiful plan in my life. The title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was a prelude to the title of Help of Christians. The place where I became aware of my vocational call and where it will be realized was Canlubang.
“I have called you by name... I love you, you are Mine!” To be called by name is to have a personal identity. My baptismal name is Milagros, a name inspired by Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, whose feast falls on 27 November, the day following my birthday. As a little girl, I did not give importance to my real name. At home I was nicknamed “Agot”. Then, as an adolescent, I did not even like my baptismal name for it sounded like the name of “manangs” (elderly women). Only much later did I appreciate it when I realized that my name has a particular significance, that I was not called “Milagros” by chance and that it embodies my life project. This realization came about when I was discerning the call to religious life.
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