God Works in Mysterious Ways (Evangeline Entera Stark)
I don’t think I will ever find enough words to thank Fr. Al. I will be forever grateful, not to mention the best education he provided, not only to me but also to the rest of the kids all over the world…most of all he put forth the love of Christ through his examples and sacrifices for us his children.
About twenty years ago, I was this little girl wandering aimlessly without a future due to poverty and isolation. I have suffered from severe eczema from the day I was born until I was thirteen. Though the condition was excruciating, for my part there was no resentment, did I never loose hope and had no doubts in my mind that God would make a way to ease my pain. It was a lot harder to see how my parents cope with every challenge they had to face trying to help me and my siblings. It was tough but prayers had helped us get through the dark tunnel of life. One day the light we’ve been waiting for had finally showed up. It was the day I got accepted and took a first step of a once-in-a-lifetime experience inside this prestigious institution called The Sisters of Mary. My mom was with me during the interview and it was totally unexpected and unprepared for, wearing my flip flops that I had worn for so many years and my grade school uniform that had so many patches. We were both blinded to the fact that it was going to be the last of so many days and nights that we could spend time together. I went inside and Sr. Teresita Prudente gave me the tour of the compound. I was ecstatic and amazed about the details around the area, it was beyond my expectations. It was like heaven on earth. God indeed works in mysterious ways.
As the days, weeks, months, years went by, I learned that there was one person who made it all possible for the poorest of the poor, his name was Fr. Aloysius Schwartz. What struck me the most, as I grew in my faith in Christ through his teachings, I found out that Fr. Al had lived a life that no one would ever imagine, living like a saint. Realization came unto me and I wanted to live like him with so much humility and compassion for every human being. At first I thought becoming a nun would be a perfect vocation since a lot of them had inspired me throughout the years, like Sr. Zeny and Sr. Elizabeth. Obviously I didn’t become one, but without any doubt I knew God had a better plan. Father Al had taught me the most important thing in this world, not the best education, nor the clothing or the shoes you wear everyday but the love you give to every person you encounter. “Love Christ through your neighbor”, it was one of
Fr. Al’s great imparting words to all of us who had the opportunity to live inside his humble abode, The Sisters of Mary School. From all walks of life, whether you’re a nun or a priest, a doctor or even a carpenter, you are always capable of loving your neighbor as Christ loves you.
I don’t think I will ever find enough words to thank Fr. Al. I will be forever grateful, not to mention the best education he provided, not only to me but also to the rest of the kids all over the world…most of all he put forth the love of Christ through his examples and sacrifices for us his children. I’m a stay-at-home mom and have been married for almost nine years now with a wonderful husband and with three beautiful kids, I can honestly say that raising them, has been very rewarding. I have told my seven year old daughter about Father Al, and I am very certain that he just doesn’t watch over me but I think he watches over my kids, too. I will continue to be his witness with the best of my ability and I pray that someday I will see him again in Heaven.
EVANGELINE ENTERA STARK
Batch 1991 | Sta. Mesa, Manila