“Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exult you” (James 4:10). Humility is the foundation of all virtues for in it other virtues may be attained. Saint Pedro Calungsod clearly showed this for he was just a simple and ordinary boy from an unknown family in the Visayas region and could be described as what Prophet Isaiah said, “ he had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him and nothing in his appearance that we should desire of him”(Is 53:2). On the other hand, his virtues especially of humility and chastity made him like a flower that blossoms in the wilderness. This poor little lad was exalted by God to the heights of Sainthood.
We can say “Can any thing of good come out from the Visayas?” Absolutely, yes! From Lapu-lapu the nation’s first hero down to St. Pedro Calungsod the first canonized Visayan martyr. These two noble men came from the regions of Visayas– the cradle of faith.St. Pedro’s heroic act of faith crowned him the Glory of Visayas for indeed to die for God’s cause is more precious in God’s eyes. “The youth is the hope of the Fatherland” as what our national hero exclaimed and this was true in the life of St. Pedro for he was not only a hope but a “light to the nations” (Is. 49:6) particularly to the young one’s.
May the Blessed Mother help us to humble the more for as what St. Bernard said to Her, “Mary has no humility for She is humility Herself”, moreover, “if you cannot imitate the virginity of the Blessed Virgin imitate Her humility”. The Blessed Mother is the personification of humility. It is only through humility that we can be exalted from the lowly state to the peak of honor. With St. Pedro’s unfailing intercession, the Glory of the Visayas, may we become like him to be “holy and blameless in His sight” (Eph.1:4) and to give glory to the land of our birth most especially to God— the Creator of all. Remember what St. Augustine said, “No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility”.
By Crisanto Ma. Camacho (KNMC)