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Love is proven by sacrifice

March 07, 2016

Read a report and see some images of the Rosa Mystical Medical Mission in the Philippines.

From February 7 to 14, in the Philippines, the annual Rosa Mystica Medical Mission was hosted by a joint effort of the SSPX and the ACIM-Asia on the island of Mindanao. We thank Dr. Thomas Nienaber and Catherine Ross for their report published here below.


Philippines Medical Mission

...It is said that love is proven by sacrifice. After travelling to a poor area of the Philippines and enduring the heat, lack of air conditioning, long days, poverty, working with many sick people, we can say we have a much greater appreciation for all the conveniences (big and little) which we have here in the USA.

The name of the mission comes from the devotion to the Mysteries of the Rosary, which Our Lady gave to St Dominic.

This was the 10th year of the Rosa Mystica Mission, which is organized by the Catholic Association of Doctors and Nurses—Asia. There were volunteers from around the world—France, United States, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, and of course, the Philippines. In total, there were around 150 volunteers. While the focus of the mission was the medical needs of the people in the southern city of General Santos, there were several priests and sisters to teach, answer questions, or help the children color pictures.

An average day consisted of Mass, breakfast, seeing patients, rosary & dinner (usually around 8pm), a quick chat with others and off to bed only to wake up and do it all over again. Each doctor would see somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-50 patients each day, depending on the number of procedures done.

All of the care given is provided for free to the people, and if they need any medical investigations, the hospital fees are also covered by the mission. All the volunteers donate their time, expertise, and invariably equipment and money too.

Past years have involved working in the jungle, being invited by the government to assist with Super Typhoon Yolanda relief and working out of tents. This year, there was actually a building to work out of, but most rooms had no windows or doors.

We never ceased to marvel at the transportation, particularly the motorized tricycles, which can apparently hold up to nine people. Road safety seems to take a very distant back seat to the efficient moving of people.

The poverty of most people is difficult to convey to most Americans. The people live in small (often 1 or 2 room) houses. I don’t mean bedroom, I mean the whole house has 1 or 2 rooms. Construction often consists of bamboo, thatch or corrugated-iron roofs, and cinder-blocks may be used if they can be afforded. “Professional settlers”, in some places also known as “squatters”, are prevalent everywhere. Most people we saw make somewhere in the range of $5-10/day.

Please consider making a donation to the Philippine missions [see the right-hand sidebar]. Select “Asia” as the mission of choice and please make a note that it is for the Philippines. Every little bit helps and the exchange rate from the USA is very favorable ($1 USD is worth about 45 pesos).

If you wish to contribute directly to the medical mission, please contact ACIM-Asia.