February 4 1997 –  Bishop Benjamin de Jesus OMI, Vicar Apostolic of Jolo, was assassinated. “He lived his motto: ‘To love is to serve,’ for he loved and served everybody, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, but he had a special love for children and the aged, the poor and the marginalized, and the least of the least, the Badjaos. “Love is repaid with love.” Everybody loved him, but those whom he loved and cared for so tenderly took him into their heart and reciprocated in full the love he lavished upon them.… His constant admonition was: Live your life as simply, as joyfully, as faithfully, as if each day were your last”. He taught us the secret of living life to the full.”

(The introduction to his funeral Mass) OMIapp

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