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Fullness of Life: Remembering Fr. Vic

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Rev.Fr. Vicente Cajilig, O.P., passed away  at the age of 63.

For many of us in Pro-Life Philippines, it is as if we were orphaned. Again. Twice in two years.

September 2012, our charismatic and beloved foundress Sr. Mary Pilar  Verzosa, RGS died unexpectedly. We were all shocked by her passing, perhaps because we were unprepared. We were always confident that what ever happened, Sr. Pilar was always there with us, for us. Sr. Pilar has always been the heart and soul of Pro-Life Philippines. She started this advocacy close to 40 years ago, and in many ways she was a visionary. She saw the culture of death coming to the Philippines back in the 70s when it was almost inconceivable to embrace contraception, abortion, and the homosexual agenda like our country does today. By the time we lost her, Pro-Life Philippines was fully capable of functioning on its own without her intervention, but the sense of loss was still great.

Then came Fr. Vic. Perhaps it was borne out of his sense of duty that he became more active in the advocacy after Sr. Pilar’s death. Maybe he knew that we were like orphans who needed a guiding presence, and that was what Fr. Vic brought to us. He started attending every meeting that he could attend. It didn’t matter where it was. Fr. Vic’s passion for the pro-life cause was evident, and now that we look back on his life, it was perhaps he himself felt a sense of urgency.

Fr. Vic’s ways endeared him to so many of us in the pro-life advocacy. Underneath his gentle, sometimes soft-spoken manner is the fire of an old, wise prophet. His body showed all of his 63 years in this Earth, and sometimes he would tell us that this hurts and that ached, as was expected of an aging priest who has given all his life for God and country. But his heart remained young. His zeal for serving God through Pro-Life was far more than many of us could muster in our lifetime.

He was a Filipino who loved his country and a Dominican who loved the Church. His body may be weak but his mind was sharp; during his last few months he was the presence we needed at Pro-Life and Catholic Philippines, even brokering deals with our clergy for important matters, and his intellect was the source of many of our ideas during board meetings and strategic planning sessions. If he regretted that he can only do so much because of his physical limitations, he did not say so; but the way we sought his wisdom and his time, and the way he always welcomed us, we can definitely say that he gave his life to see that we make a better country for our children, and our children’s children.

What we will miss most about him, though, is his personal touch. He has this way of letting you know that he was happy to see you whenever you met. Often times, after our meeting was over, he would tap someone’s shoulder and greet him: Kumusta ka na? Many times, people say kumusta without really meaning it, like it was just to start a conversation. With Fr. Vic, that is not the case. He was really sincere in knowing how you were, and who you are. The way he endears himself and opens himself to us speaks volumes about the person that Fr. Vic was. No doubt that many people consider him as a second father.

Fr. Vic was busy with a lot of things before he left for eternity. There were classes to be taught, committees he was heading, prepartions for events that he was helping with. Most of all, he stood as our father when we lost Sr. Pilar, who was our mother. We have yet to recover from Sr. Pilar’s passing; we dare not question God nor His ways, but we cannot help but ask: Why?

No one knows. Except perhaps Fr. Vic.

During our last strategic planning, Fr. Vic pointed to us one seemingly insignificant point that we overlooked from the last planning. It was the phrase Fullness of Life. He asked us, what does Fullness of Life mean? There was silence. No one answered probably because we thought that the question was insignificant, and we were all eager to move forward with our planning. He then clarifies that apart from Christ, there is no fullness of life. It was his way of reminding us, albeit for the last time, that the Pro-Life advocacy, with or without him, should be centered in Christ. God saw in this humble soul burning with so much fire for life, that he has achieved fullness of life in this world. It was time to move on.

We have lost a father, a mentor, and a friend, and it hurts us that he has gone ahead of us. This is the great irony of being pro-life; we fight so hard for the preservation of life, from the unborn to the elderly, yet we cannot hold on to our own lives, much less the lives of those who fought for this right to life alongside us. All we can do is to proclaim the great truth – that life is a beautiful gift. No one knows that time when we have to return this great gift to the author of life himself. We just have to be thankful for the times we spent with that person. Fr. Vic, we will always cherish those moments we spent with you. Look down on us from above, and pray for us.

We love you, Fr. Vic, with all our hearts. 

 

PRO-LIFE PHILIPPINES BOARD AND STAFF WITH SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR, REV. FR. VICENTE CAJILIG,OP

 

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Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, Inc is a non-profit, nationwide organization that functions as an Educational body coordinating pro-life groups, providing information on life issues it also functions as a political and legislative lobby group that advances the principles and policies with the pro-life and pro-family cause.

“What  Can One Person Do?

Every Single person, in his own little way, can do alot to save a life”

+Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS

Foundress, Pro-life Phil. Fdn. Inc.

Sept.24, 1944-Sept.9, 2012

 

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  1. fr julio Penacoba says:

    May he rest in peace,,, He might be now celebrating with his Founder Saint…

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