Last Sunday, Deacon Madz and Tita Odette celebrated their 40th Anniversary.
Wouldn’t have missed that Mass for the world. The homily was so beautiful. The priest (here I go again…) told of the Lims’ background, of how they came from the Pinas, and that after Tito Madz retired, he ‘went back to the classroom’ :) to be ordained a Deacon. He spoke of how Tito Madz and Tita Odette were a contradiction to the world, that their 40 years was a statement so counter-cultural and so needed (so true). This world has cheapened love, twisted its definition, forgotten its true value, and yet, the world still longs from true love, because it is a part of our human nature to long for it… God put it there. He reminded us that Love is a choice, a decision, not merely a feeling, and that Tito Madz and Tita Odette, he was sure, had gone through tough times, but they’d stuck it out and chosen to hold together, and that was what real love was. He addressed their kids and told them that, more than any present they could buy, what their parents wanted most was for them to stay true to their Catholic Faith, because that was what Deacon Madz and Tita Odette had given them.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Cor 13: 4 – 7
And truly, Love conquers all.