Since RB Lodge is just near the cathedral, I had the chance to attend the Sunday mass before I traveled to Iloilo. I didn't know the schedule of the English mass so I watched the TV mass first. I arrived at the cathedral a little before 7am and the mass hasn't started yet, but the commentator was already reading the intentions for the mass... in English. :)
The Gospel at that time was about the wedding feast where many were invited but only a few responded. And among those who responded, still there came one who was not dressed appropriately for the feast. During the homily, the priest said that the Kingdom of God can be likened to the wedding feast. All of us are invited, a few accepts the invitation, but only the chosen ones, those who responded properly and those who came prepared, are worthy to stay.
After the mass, I decided to walk around the cathedral until I found the shrine of the Sto. Nino in Kalibo where the famous image of Ati-Atihan is enthroned. People line up to get to see the Nino up close. Prayers for healing and thanksgiving are posted on the walls of the shrine.
The few minutes that I stayed there were minutes of silence and peace. It calmed my senses and gave comfort amidst all my worries. It was truly a moment of grace.
If you happen to pass by Kalibo on your way to Caticlan or elsewhere, I recommend that you drop by the Kalibo Cathedral. Yes, God is with us anywhere and everywhere, but it's a different experience to feel His presence in a sacred, holy place. :)