Saturday, 23 January 2010

Cerge Remonde's last prayer

Cardinal Vidal says Remonde ‘at peace with God and himself’

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde “was at peace with God and himself” when he died Tuesday of cardiac arrest.

Cebu’s Ricardo Cardinal Vidal made the observation in a homily at the requiem mass for the late Cabinet secretary held at Heroes’ Hall in Malacañang on Thursday night.

The night before he died, Remonde composed a prayer and posted it on his Facebook account – a prayer that shows, the prelate said, “the mind of a man who has learned the value of each day.”

Vidal quoted the prayer as follows:

Lord, thank you for the infinite love that meets our every need and provides all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in life. Release our hearts and minds from fear and worry. Fill us with Your peace as we learn to fully trust in Your providence. Help us to do all that we are capable of and the rest we entrust unto You. Amen.

The Cardinal said the prayer is an expression of Remonde’s gratitude not for God’s power, generosity nor providence, but for God’s “infinite love.”

“In his professional life, Cerge spoke on behalf of the President. Now on the last day of his life, he spoke for himself, sharing with us his faith in God and hope in His love. For this last pronouncement, may we listen to and learn from him, for these are words that ring from a heart that has found its rest in God,” the Cardinal said.

Among those who attended the mass and condoled with Remonde’s wife, Marit, were Vice President Noli de Castro, Cabinet members and other government officials led by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, colleagues in media, relatives, friends, Malacañang employees, and members of the Malacañang Press Corps. (PND)

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