Bishop amazed by tabernacle’s unexplained protection during ‘Ruby’

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BORONGAN, Jan. 7, 2015 — One month of typhoon Ruby, the unexplainable protection of the tabernacle in the Diocese of Borongan Priests’ Home despite massive flooding in the area is creating a sense of awe and wonder among survivors of the said typhoon, including a bishop.

Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez and Fr. Neil Tenefrancia point to the water level brought by the storm, which reached only the base of tabernacle at the priests' home.

“Sometimes we just ignore and don’t really appreciate the presence of the Holy Sacrament — of the Lord in our very midst. But the incident at the Priests’ Home powerfully points out to us the fact that He is alive, He is here…and that He is the King even over the ?ood,” said Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez during a recent homily, highlighting God’s protection during calamities.

The tabernacle covered with an immaculately white veil was discovered miraculously untouched by super typhoon Ruby on Dec. 6, 2014, even while the rest of the Borongan Priests’ Home in Campesao, Borongan City, E. Samar was marred by mud and dirt from rain and flood.

According to eye witnesses, the tabernacle had no trace of being wet or stained and the vigil candle beside it was miraculously lit even while the storm raged for six hours, leaving the place wet and ruined.

Varquez, together with some priests and seminarians, inspected the storm’s damage, seeing first-hand the water level on the walls, which stopped just below the base of the tabernacle.

“He is with us especially during our times of troubles. And He always reminds us that He is the Master of all creation, He is the Lord of all the earth,” the prelate reminded the faithful. (Vanessa M. Puno/CBCPNews)

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