by Maria Belen P. Malapitan
I would consider February 25, 2018 as one of my most special and memorable days. On this date, I, together with my 23 fellow People's Eucharistic League (PEL) members, namely, Evangeline M. Abellar, Adelina M . Allam, Yolanda B. Bacani, Nancy O. Badong, Ma. Myriam L. Bernardo, Delia D. Calero, Susan M. Catolico, Lucita T. Crispino, Raul M. Dayandante, Erlinda D. Dorado, Lilybeth U. Evangelista, Rubylin B. Gonzales, Susan G. Iloy, Jose A. Lazaro, Myla H. Lazaro, Zenaida N. Macaranas, Criscella L. Malicdem, Nestor G. Mendoza, Silvina B. Mendoza, Angelina D. Mondoñedo, Maria Corazon L. Oroceo, Bartolome U. Santiago and Lourdes S. Santos pronounced our promise of belonging in the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament (ABS).
For nine months, we were given formation about the Eucharist by the Assistant Director of the ABS, Rev. Fr. Jon Sison, SSS. Once a month, Fr. Jon would explain to us the importance of all the parts of the Eucharist tracing their roots from the Sacred Scriptures and Tradition. I thought I knew the Eucharist already. But through our formation, I learned a lot especially the significance of every part of it.
I too am blessed to be accepted. I consider it as "levelling up" or a progress to be with the Eucharistic Lord. And this is another opportunity to give Him more of my time. The Rite of Acceptance was held during the Holy Mass celebrated at the Chapel of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, Zabarte Subdivision, Novaliches, Quezon City. Our promise was accepted by the Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Rev. Fr. Joseph Matitu, SSS and the Provincial Superior of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, Sr. Maria Fe F. Magbanua, SSS, and witnessed by our PEL Spiritual Directress, Sr. Carmelita J. Arceo, SSS.
I know that there will be more responsibilities being now one of the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Though there is this kind of fear; "I am not deserving," but for sure God will always be there for me. And I know He will provide me with the needed grace to persevere. God bless us all!