Ruiz de Manila
...because I am a Christian
I shall die for God, and had I many thousands of
lives I shall offer them for him. And so, do as
you like with me."
- San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila
Prayer to San Lorenzo Ruiz
Beloved Lorenzo Ruiz, confronted with death, you
proclaimed your readiness to die a thousand times
for your Christian faith. Today the whole world admires
your courage. We your Filipino countrymen and women
feel particularly proud of you as our countryman and
And we pray: You, a family man, protect our families.
Keep them united in love. You, who bore your sufferings
with patience and resignation, intercede for the sick
of mind and body and help them to receive the grace
of God's miraculous healing.
You, who died in a foreign country, take care of
Filipinos living and working abroad. You, an example
of Christian fortitude, sustain our faith and make
it spread and grow strong all around us.
You, the Philippines' first Saint, be the country's
special protector. Make us one people, help us to
work in harmony for development and progress, and
give us peace. Amen.
from the Filipino Mass in honor
of San Lorenzo Ruiz
September 26, 1999, St. Patrick's Cathedral
For our holy father, Pope John Paul II, our archbishop,
John Cardinal O'Connor, and all the bishops and the
clergy. May the Church, under their guidance, enter
into the Jubilee filled with joy and hope.
Para sa buong sambayanan ng Diyos. Harinawa ang awa
ng Diyos ay maging ating gabay ng buhay na maguudyok
sa atin na ipamalas ang ganoon ding awa sa mga taong
nangangailangan ng kagalingan. (For the entire church.
May the mercy of God be the standard in our lives,
inspiring us to show that same mercy to a world in
need of healing.)
For the intentions of all who provide support for
the pastoral needs of immigrants, especially the 'Tree
of Life' Donors of the Philippine Pastoral Center,
that their generous example will inspire others to
help meet the needs of immigrant Filipino families.
Para sa mamamayang Pilipino, higit sa lahat iyong
mga nag-ibang bansa, sana ay sundin natin ang makabayang
pamumuhay ni San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, sa pamamahayag
ng mabuting balita sa gitna ng kahirapan. (For the
Filipino people, especially those who are immigrants,
that we may follow the courageous witness of San Lorenzo
Ruiz in preaching the Good News in the midst of oppression.)
For those struggling with addiction, for all who
are ill and in pain, for the hungry, the lonely and
the abandoned. May they experience God's consolation
and our solidarity.
For those who perished in the earthquake in Taiwan,
and for all our departed brothers and sisters, marked
with sign of faith. May they know the fullness of
his mercy and the glory of the resurrected Christ.