Thursday, September 23, 2010

Iesus Mulierum Salvator

I took this photo nine months ago, during a visit to our province of Batangas. My grandfather was due to receive an award from the Archdiocese, to be conferred immediately after the second Mass of the day, at 6.30 in the morning. This crucifix, I am told, has quite a bit of history; it was reportedly featured on national television in the Nineties, after some miraculous cures were attributed to it. A remarkable moment of serendipity was when the two women at the foreground entered the scene, just as I was about to take the photograph. The seeming nonchalance of the younger girl in the blue shirt contrasts well with the stoic piety of her grandmother. The church where this was taken, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, was recently declared a pilgrimage site.

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