Holy Week traditions, including self-imposed suffering, have occurred in the Philippines for many years. This begs the question--Why?
How can my family receive God’s blessing?
Jean Santos was deeply religious. She grew up in a family that had strong belief in superstitions, and medallions. Because of her past, she pursued acquiring “power.” Would “power” give her happiness and fulfillment?
Emer used to participate in penitensiya or flagellation during Holy Week, thinking this somehow will absolve his sins. Now, Emer holds on to a better hope.
Nancy Poriol and her family experienced the power and provision of God when their son got sick and her husband lost his job.
In this issue of MOMS, we are going to examine the themes that make up the heart of Filipino Holy Week. Do these traditions help us become the person we want to be?