All Roads Lead to Caysasay
The entire Religious Family of the Incarnate Word – the Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and some Third Order members made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay, the “Queen of the Archdiocese of Lipa” in Taal, Batangas. The statue of Our Lady of Caysasay, is believed to be one of the oldest in the Philippines found in 1603 by a fisherman and many miracles have been attributed to her.
The pilgrimage was made on foot and had a threefold purpose. The first – to seek the maternal aid and protection of the Blessed Virgin for our beloved Religious family, so, that its members may always be faithful to the charism entrusted to the founder by the Holy Spirit and in thanksgiving for the manifold blessings and protection that the Institutes have received through her untiring intercession since its establishment. Second – to seek the grace of perseverance in our vocations and in holiness. Third – to seek her maternal intercession for an increase in priestly and religious vocations to our Institute.
Some pilgrims drove from their respective houses, some from Lipa, and others from our Parish in Caloocan, Manila to the Church of Invencion de la Cruz in Alitagtag getting up as early as 4 am to make the trip. Once they reached Alitagtag, they started their journey on foot which comprised of approximately 10 kilometers. We began at 6 am at de la Cruz church and reached the shrine of Caysasay at 8 am. Others, started their journey from San Jose, which is 23 kilometers away from the shrine and had to rise at 2am to make the pilgrimage. Neither the early hour, the aching feet nor the extra miles deterred them from making this pilgrimage for their Queen, to whom they are consecrated as slaves.
Upon arriving at the church, the priests celebrated the Holy Mass wherein we renewed our filiation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, a reminder of our consecration and total dedication to the Mother of God. After the Holy Mass, the entire religious family sang the Salve Regina in thanksgiving for the pilgrimage.
We commend our pilgrimage and our intentions to Mary Most Holy, requesting her to always ‘do whatever He tells us’.