Presentation Associate, Lucy Muleta reflects on the RUAH Retreat programmeBack
In February 2015 I was invited to attend the RUAH programme with Mrs. Aurora Pinero and Sr. Elizabeth Tronsal.
At that time my father’s health was deteriorating so I asked the intercession of Venerable Nano to help and guide me in my decision. I placed my trust in God through Nano for my father to wait for me. True enough he went to his creator a week after I returned.
There were 49 participants from different countries on the programme. We were divided into tribes of Galway; I belonged to the Deanne tribe, with eight members from Kenya, Ghana, USA, Ireland, England & the Philippines. Our group work, facilitated by Ms Margaret Silf was very enriching, as was our pilgrimage to one of the Aran Islands.
The visit to the place of Blessed Edmund Rice in Mount Sion taught us much about his life and the charism and spirituality of the Christian Brothers. He was greatly inspired and influenced by Venerable Nano’s life and deeds during hard times in Ireland.
My most memorable experience was in Ballygriffin. It was wonderful to visit Nano’s birthplace. I went with Anne Onggo from Kenya to Nano’s statue for a photograph before doing the Cosmic Walk. She laughed as I embraced Nano and whispered in our dialect “sa katapusan may picture na ko holding hands with Nano” (At last I have a picture holding hands with Nano).
I was struck by Nano’s courage to leave a luxurious life and chose the opposite way of living, her great love for God and his people and her passion to help and uplift the living conditions of the poor, the needy and the oppressed.
I had the opportunity to visit Presentation Sisters in different convents and was especially delighted to meet Sisters who had been in the Philippines, some of whom were my teachers and co-workers. I greatly admire those who came to plant the seed of Presentation life in a strange country called the Philippines in the early 1960s.
My experiences, learning and insights of my Ireland trip for the RUAH program deepened my commitment to the Parolitas (Associates) and to Presentation Sisters’ way of life. Moreover, it adds more meaning and direction in my little way of following Nano’s footsteps, together with my fellow Parolitas.
God Bless the Philippines and Ireland and to God be the Glory!
Lucy T. Muleta