The Face Of Mercy

By Sr.Erla Dalen

Wala naman kasi akong memorable sa Jubilee Of Mercy…yung every day lang na Grace ni God. Alam mo kasi yung life ko is ordinary life eh. Kaya yung every day lang  talaga–siguro yung strength lang every day sa pagtuturo, yun lang talaga.

Dati, yung before kasi, bilang katekista kasi’di ba hindi madali. Mahirap yun eh, na para sa mga katekista, marami nga nagsasabi na susurender na–na, ‘Ayaw ko na!’

Kasi talagang nakakapagod, lalo na kapag totoong nagtuturo. Mahirap talaga lalo na sa mga bata na kailangang magiging face ni God. ‘Pag makita ka nila, maknkita na nila yung face ni Kristo sa iyo.

Kaya this Year of Mercy, bawat bata, makikita mo sa mukha nila yung mukha ni Hesus. Parang yun siguro yung pinakagrace ngayon. Yung dati mabigat, mahirap, ngayon napakagaan na.

Pero yun yun eh, wala talagang particular na sobrang extraordinary na pangyayari kundi sa every day life na pagbangon mo sa bawat umaga na pagpasok mo sa school, makikita mo yung mga bata na sobrang makukulit–yun pa lang pagkita mo sa kanila, masaya ka pa rin magturo sa kanila kasi nakikita mo si Christ.

Sr. Erla Dalen with her students
(Photo grab from her FB Account)

[There is nothing really memorable for me that happened in the Jubilee Of Mercy…except the every day Grace I receive from God. You know my life is an ordinary life. That’s why the every day life–the strength every day to teach–that’s it.

Before, as a catechist, it’s not easy. It’s difficult to be a catechist, such that there are those who would like to surrender already, who say, “I give up!”

Well, it’s really tiring, especially for those who really teach. It’s really difficult especially when it comes to the children to whom we should portray the face of God. When they see you, they will see the face of Christ in you.

That’s why in this Year of Mercy, every child, you could see in their faces the face of Jesus. That I believe is the grace of this year. If before it (being a catechist) was heavy, difficult, now it has become very light.

But that’s particularly it. There’s no extraordinary event that happened (to me in this Jubilee of Mercy) but that in every day life, when I wake up every morning to go to school, I would see the children who are very vexing–yet the moment you see them, you remain happy to teach to them because you see Christ.]


srerladalenSr.  May Daras “Erla” Dalen is a native of South Cotabato, Philippines. She is a full-time catechist of the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM) but has long been assigned in the Diocese of Novaliches as a parish-based catechist under the Commission on Faith in Formation’s Catechetical Ministry. She is currently assigned in the Divine Savior Parish in North Fairview, Q.C. after coming from the Sta. Lucia Parish in Bgy. Sta. Lucia, Q.C.


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