Remembered

Concepcion was born into this world to a weathy family. She was the youngest and the prettiest. She was very soft-spoken. She always had the ready angelic smile on her face when she met people. Her parents would have wanted her to grow a family of her own among the wealthiest. But Concepcion had other plans for her life. She wanted to join the monastery. Her piety and her love for Jesus led her to the doors of the monastery. Unfortunately, she was denied her entrance to monastic life because of her health condition. She was very frail and weak.

But Concepcion was not to be let down in her love for Jesus. She made her own monastery. She bought a big ancestral house from her family. She lived alone. She confined herself within the four walls of that big ancestral house. She would only go out for church services.

Concepcion inherited vast properties from her parents. Among the siblings, Concepcion was the wealthiest because she had no expenditures except for her simple meals of porridge, oatmeal, crackers, and medicines.

Everyday the tenants of Concepcion would line up in the gardens of her home waiting for their turn to speak to her of many things: financial, emotional, spiritual, or legal matters. Concepcion would humbly receive all of them in her humble home; big structure without furnitures except wooden benches for the people who wish to see her.

People would borrow money from her without interests without terms. Her tenants would ask for cash advances and she would freely give without questions or conditions. Trusting them was her way of gaining their respect and giving them dignity of work. People would cry to her for their personal or family problems and she would comfort them and pray with them. She would give generously to the church and other charities. She freely gave and never asked for something in return.

Wealthy yet simple, Concepcion was kind enough to purchase a big generator for the town. At that time, there was no electricity in that small town. Ironically, Concepcion, the owner of the electric company, had no lights in her home. She preferred to live with candles.

God has His ways all the time. Concepcion may not be able to walk to the ends of the earth because of her poor health condition, but God brought all those people to the doorsteps of Concepcion’s humble abode. It was there where she shared God’s loving message. In her own soft spoken words, Concepcion was able to participate in God’s mission to man: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19 KJV).

Concepcion lived through her long life in modesty, simplicity, in prayer. She must have pleased God so much because of her love for Jesus. The Holy Spirit that gave her the most serene face must have dwelt peacefully in her soul.

Past her age of 80, Concepcion joined her Almighty King. Her last will was very simple: “Whoever finds me, please wrap me in a mat and bury me without fanfare. I am most happy to meet my Saviour, my King.”

Surely, Concepcion met her King long before she left this world. She was well prepared for their meeting even before the date set for the Heavenly Encounter.

You may wonder what happened to her wealth? Concepcion was very organized and systematic. The Holy Spirit may have prodded her to do just that. All her properties were distributed to those who have helped her through life. Documents were in order. Everyone had their share; whether blood-relatives, friends, god-children, and others. Everyone had their share. Everyone.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)