Going Back To My Old Haven
It’s been quite a while since I last visited this very serene place… a place that gave me comfort and strength… a place full of promise and blessings… a place where I felt I am a member of a very big loving and caring family.
I am talking about Tahanang Nasaret in Antipolo. A seminary slash retreat house owned and administered by the Alagad ni Maria Priests and Brothers.
Well, just look at thi picture to feel its serenity 🙂
For some personal reasons (too personal, I guess!), I decided not to visit Tahanang Nasaret eventhough I am expected to be present in several ocassions. I missed this place for almost 5 years.
But last Saturday was a different scenario. I needed to pay the place a visit. I had to bid Father Tomas Naval, one of my respected priest-friends, goodbye as he leaves for California.
I had lots of important memories with this place for it molded me to become what I am today. Well, not the silly-and-naughty-me but the other side of my personality. This place has shaped my faith in God… it helped me discover and know myself well… it enriched me to understand the people and things around me.
Although a lot of people left this place for one reason or another, their memories still linger on. Every single memory comes back to me whenever I sit at the porch simply looking at the grotto in the heart of the garden. Fond memories of good ol’ friends. Sad experiences that made the past more worthwhile to remember. And lots of emotions… outpouring emotions shared to some special persons who once dwelled in this place.
Truly, Tahanang Nasaret is a very special place for me.