By Br. Francis Borre, OP
Two years ago, I decided to collect videos from different people all around the world regarding their greetings for the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady La Naval de Manila 2016. The said videos were shown during the Enthronement Rites. One of these videos was made by my college classmate from Canada. She was reluctant at first when I asked her to send me a video greeting for La Naval devotees. She did not feel like doing it because she was shy. But after a little insistence from me, she gave in with one condition: to pray for her intention. So, I asked her what she wanted me to pray for her. She’ll be able to petition her son so that they can live together in Canada. I immediately gave her assurance of my prayers. When the La Naval celebration were over, I kept my promise, and up to now, I still pray for her intention.
I remember when I was still a novice, I always got assurance by praying the Memorare of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It says, “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.” My confidence to say yes to my friend came from this. I do not know when it will happen but I am sure that God hears our prayers. Just like the disciples in today’s Gospel, they too seek assurance from Jesus for their longing to sit beside Him in the Kingdom of God. They may not have necessarily understood what they were asking, but Jesus knew what was best for them, and He will give them their place they deserved. God answers prayers. Sometimes, He answers in so many ways.
As I am preparing for this year’s promotional video of La Naval de Manila 2018, a message came in my messenger. It was my classmate who was inviting me for lunch. This time, she wanted to say thank you and bid goodbye. She would go back to Canada with her son for good. I was very happy! Yet it was, in fact, very ordinary. It was not a surprising event for me to hear that her prayers were answered through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All the more I would consider it as a surprising event, if she’ll not be able to bring her son in Canada.
God hears our prayers. He answers our prayers in very ordinary ways. Look around. Everything might be the things that we have been praying for so long now.