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    Post by kuoipu on Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:22 am

    The Gift

    Somewhere in Milaor, Camarines
    Sur, there lived a fourth grader boy who
    would follow this route
    to school everyday: He has to cross the rugged
    plains and cross the
    dangerous highway where vehicles are recklessly
    driving to and from.

    Once past this highway,
    the boy would take a short cut, passing by the
    Church every morning just
    to say Hi to God, and faithfully say his,
    "Magandang umaga po" in
    Bicol dialect. He was faithfully being watched by
    a Priest who was happy to
    find innocence so uplifting in the morning,

    "Kamusta, Andoy? Papasok ka

    "Opo padre ... "he would flash
    his innocent grin, the priest would be
    touched. He was so concerned
    that one day he talked to Andoy.

    "From school...", he advised
    "Do not cross the highway, you can pass
    through the Church and I can
    accompany you to the other side of the
    road...that way I can see that
    you are home safe...."

    "Thank you father ... "

    "Why don't you go home .... why do
    you stay in this church right after

    "I just want to say ' Hi' to my
    friend, God," and the priest would leave
    the boy to spend time beside the
    altar, talking to himself, but the priest
    was hiding behind the altar to
    listen to what this boy has to say to his
    heavenly FATHER.

    "You know my math exam was pretty
    bad today, but I did not cheat although
    my seatmate is bullying me for
    notes... I ate one cracker and drank my
    water, Itay had a bad season and
    all I can eat is this cracker.

    Thank you for this! I saw a poor
    kitten who was hungry and I know how he
    feels so I gave my last cracker to
    him ... funny but I am not that hungry.
    Look, this is my last pair of
    slippers ...I may have to walk barefoot next
    week, you see this is about to
    be broken... but it is okay....at least I
    am still going to school....
    Some say we will have a hard season this
    month, some of my classmates
    have already stopped going to school ....
    please help them get to school
    again, please God?

    ..Oh, you know, Inay hit me
    again, it is painful, but I know this pain
    will pass away, at least I
    still have a mother.... God, you want to see my
    bruises? I know you can heal
    them.... Here... here and .... oh .... blood
    ... I guess you knew about
    this one huh? Please don't be mad at Inay, she
    is just tired and she
    worries for the food in our table and my schooling
    that is why she hits
    us....Oh, I think I am in love ... there's this
    pretty girl in my
    class, her name is Anita ... do you think she will like
    me? Anyway, at
    least I know you will always like me, I don't have to be
    anybody just to
    please you, you are my very best friend! Hey your birthday
    is two days from
    now!!! Aren't you excited? I am! Wait till you see, I
    have a gift for
    you . but it is a surprise! I hope you will like it!
    Oooops, I have to
    go ..." then he stood up and calls out, "Padre, padre, I
    am finished talking
    to my friend .... you can accompany me to the other
    side of the road

    This routine
    happens everyday. Andoy never fails. Father Agaton shares
    this every
    Sunday to the people in his church because he has not seen a
    very pure
    faith and trust in God, a very positive look at negative


    One Christmas day, Father Agaton was sick so he could not make it in
    Church, he was sent to the hospital. The Church was left to 4 manangs
    would chant the rosary in 1000 miles per hour, would not smile and
    always find fault in what you do, they were also very well versed
    cursing if you irritate them! They were kneeling, saying their
    rosary when Andoy, coming from his Christmas party,playfully dashed in.

    God! I ."

    (a curse) bata ka!! Alam mo nang may nagdadasal!! Alis!!"

    Poor Andoy
    was so terrified, "Where's Father Agaton? He is supposed to
    help me
    cross the street ... and to be able to cross the street I will
    have to
    pass by the back door of this church .not only that, I have to
    Jesus. It is His birthday, I have a gift right here.... " Just as he
    about to get the gift out of his shirt, the manang pulled his shirt
    threw him out of the church. "Susmaryosep! !! (does the sign of the
    cross fervently) Alis kang bata ka,
    kung hindi matatamaan ka!!!

    So the boy had no choice but to cross
    the dangerous side of the road in
    front of the church. He crossed. A fast
    moving bus came in.

    There was a blind curve. The boy was
    protecting his gift inside his shirt,
    so he was not looking. There was so
    little time. Andoy died on the spot. A
    lot of people crowded the poor boy,
    the body of a lifeless young boy ....

    Suddenly, out of nowhere a tall man in
    a pure white shirt and pants, a
    face so mild and gentle, but with eyes
    full of tears... He came and
    carried the boy in His arms. He was
    crying. Curious bystanders nudged the
    man in white, and asked...

    "Excuse me sir, are you related to this

    Do you know this child?"

    The man in white, His face mourning and in
    agony, looked up and

    "He was my best friend . " was all he said. He
    took the badly wrapped gift
    in the bloody chest of the lifeless boy, and
    placed it near His heart.

    He stood up and carried the boy away and they
    both disappeared in sight.

    The crowd was curious.

    On Christmas Eve, Father Agaton learned of the
    shocking news. He visited
    the house, and wanted to verify about the man in
    white. He consulted the
    parents of Andoy.

    "How did you know that your son died?"

    "A man in white brought him here." sobbed the mother.
    "What did he say?"

    The father answered, "He did not say anything. He was
    mourning. We do not
    know him and yet he was very lonely about our son's
    death, as if he knew
    our son very well. But there was something peaceful
    and unexplainable
    about him. He gave me my son, and then he smiled
    peacefully. He brushed my
    son's hair away from his face and kissed him on
    his forehead, then he
    whispered something... "

    "What did he say?"

    "He said to my boy..." the father began, "Thank you
    for the gift... I will
    see you soon ... you will be with me..." and the
    father of the boy
    continued, "and you know for a while, it felt so
    wonderful .. I cried, but
    I do not know why....all I know is I cried tears
    of joy .... I could not
    explain it, Father, but when that man left,
    something peaceful came over
    me, I felt a deep sense of love inside ... I
    could not explain the joy in
    my heart, I knew my boy is in heaven now
    but...tell me, Father, who is
    this man that my son talks to everyday in
    your church, you should know
    because you are always there ... except at
    the time of his death ......
    "Father Agaton suddenly felt the tears
    welling in his eyes, with trembling
    knees, he murmurred, " ... He was
    talking to no one ......but... .


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