Monday, December 8, 2014

Some thoughts on a Holy day


Ever since I can remember, we do not have classes on December 8.  I was not really paying attention of the real essence of this holiday.  All I knew was that the First Holy Communion in our school always falls on this date.  Then as I grew older, I learned that December 8 is a Holy day of obligation.  Honestly, I did not remember attending mass every December 8.  I believe I am not the only one who misses attending mass on this date.  It was only in College days that it sinked-in to my mind that December 8 is Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  And it is a Holy day of obligation.  Though it is so, I still do not attend mass.  

If I am not mistaken, two years ago, the CBCP (Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines) gave instruction that Catholics Schools will have classes on December 8.  This is to make sure that students will be able to attend mass on a Holy day of obligation.  They may have observed that students do not really attend mass on this date.

In my opinion, I think some schools can still practice having no classes on December 8.  These are the schools whose students have great participation on this feast day.  These are the seminaries and theological schools.  I think all the students here will definitely attend mass even though they are not in school.  Besides, there are some who held large events for the feast day.  And it takes a lot of work and having no class for that day could actually benefit them.

Though it is no longer a holiday for Catholics school  on December 8.  Majority of the places in the Philippines have no classes on December 8, 2014.  Not because it is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  But because of the Typhoon Ruby, local authorities executed preventive measures to not repeat what happened during Typhoon Yolanda last year.  Those who are near the water lines were told to evacuate to higher areas.  Classes and offices were suspended to ensure that everyone is safe.  People were advised not to go out and wander unnecessarily.

As we keep ourselves safe, may we continue praying that God will spare us from the devastating outcome that the typhoon might bring.  May those who are not greatly affected by the typhoon will have time to go to mass to thank the Lord for all the graces and continue as for protection for everyone's safety.

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