“And I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom, For One More Day
Last February 21, for the very first time, we had our recollection. The recollection, called Mother and Child Bukas Palad Recollection aims to let us students get to know our own mothers better as well as for us to be aware of the condition of the less fortunate mothers of the society and how they are connected to Mother Mary’s great and unconditional love for her son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I honestly felt nervous when I heard that we were going to have a service interaction with the mothers at Doctor Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital because I did not know how I would strike and carry a conversation with my mother-partner. The closer we got there, the more I felt butterflies in my stomach. As I met my mother-partner and finally talked with her, my feeling of anxiousness disappeared. As a matter of fact, I was wrong. There was nothing to fear about the mother patients in the hospital. They were very kind and pretty hospitable. Talking with my mother-partner made me realize things and at the same time, deepen what I know. I won’t forget this interaction. What a way to start our recollection!
Upon arriving at our school, we had our lectures about the different Mysteries of the Rosary. We also had several fun activities such as the group sharing and the ‘classic’ icebreaker “Do You Love Me?”
The sun had set, and it was almost time for one of the highlights of our recollection, the mother and child dinner date. It was delightful seeing my fellow schoolmates in such formal attires. I felt like I was attending my first prom but instead of having a beautiful girl as a date, my own beautiful mom was to be my partner.
After having fetched our mothers, we headed straight to our school’s Multi-purpose Center. We all had to serve our mothers. Fortunately, as far as I know, nobody complained. Having the PSP or Puso sa Puso talk with my mom made my heart melt. It was very different from the conversations I did with her before. This time, it was much more vocal. We had dinner, the part wherein we are to serenade our mothers, and of course, who wouldn’t bother to share their sweet moments with their queens in the dance floor. Indeed, it was a night to remember!
Morning came. To start our day, we had our morning prayer in the Oratory of St. Francis Xavier. Mr. Frederick Perez told us the story “Love You Forever” as the form of prayer. The story moved me in such a way. It actually made me and a lot of other students cry. We then continued our discussions on the Mysteries of the Rosary. Our last activity for the recollection was the Frame-Making. We created picture frames for our photo booth picture with our moms during the dinner. We also wrote a letter to go with our creations. However, all good things must come to an end. To end our Bukas Palad recollection, we had our mass with our mothers, and it was presided by Fr. Art Borja, S.J.
This recollection is memorable not only because it is a first for the Xavier School Nuvali high school students, but it also taught me a lot of things and made me realize more of mothers’ great and unconditional love for their children just like the universal role model for all mothers and mother-figures, Mama Mary.