By Leo Magno
TAGAYTAY CITY, CAVITE — In a quiet tract of land in Cavite in Barangay Patutong, Tagaytay City, lies a peaceful convent and chapel that houses The Sacred Crucifix said to have healed a multitude of people. Only two of these crucifixes are known to exist, and one of them was given in Chevremont, Belgium to the Philippine Chapter of the Legion of Little Souls. Thus was the beginning of The Sacred Crucifix’s safekeeping at the convent of the Little Souls Sisters in Tagaytay.
Traveling along Mahogany Drive from the ridges of Tagaytay and distracted by the various establishments the city has to offer, one would hardly notice the small sign pointing to the direction of the Little Souls Chapel. The sign can be seen about a kilometer after passing Mahogany Market, famous for its fresh beef where the cows’ muscles still twitch even after slaughter. Yet turn right down the unpaved road and about 500 meters later you’ll see the chapel entrance to the right.
The chapel sees perennial visits from the faithful and those who petition for prayer requests throughout the week. The place is conducive to meditation, and is reminiscent of the Pink Sisters’ chapels — down to the peach pews and trimmings and the sisters constantly praying at the altar (which is also separated from the pews by white-painted iron railings).
The Order of Little Souls of the Merciful Heart of Jesus was founded by Sister Marguerite, a housewife from Chevremont, Belgium. She is said to have been receiving messages from the Lord, and the order’s mission is to make Jesus better known and loved through a prayerful life in the true spirit of “littleness.”
A little soul is described as: “one with childlike qualities. Such a person could be a child, a grown-up, or any age. A little soul is one who possesses the virtue of littleness.”
It is said that Jesus delivered a message to Sister Marguerite, saying: “My Kingdom is established on earth by the practice of littleness. You will find Me only in My very little ones.”
Sister Marguerite has designated Soeur Marie Rose as Superior of the Tagaytay convent.
The convent has a store where many a faithful seek the Healing Holy Oil, where the Sacred Crucifix is said to have been dipped, endowing it with healing powers. The Holy Oil is not for sale but a donation is requested to defray bottling expenses. The standard donation as of this posting was P100 for the 40ml bottle and P200 for the 80ml bottle of oil. There you could also acquire rosary bracelets made of cultured pearls for P150 (P180 if you get the boxed one). Curiously, the store also sells surprisingly delicious treats such as Oreo- and mango-flavored ice cream cakes (P50 per cup), ice candies (P25 each) and frozen custards (P50 each). All of the treats except for the custards are made at Little Souls.
Let me share with you the Holy Oil Healing Prayer:
Merciful Heart of Jesus, hear my prayer for healing. Amid my mental and physical suffering, may I find consolation with Your healing Presence in Your Holy Oil. May I find lasting health and deliverance.
Merciful Heart of Jesus, I firmly believe that You can heal me. I know that in Your Divine wisdom and love You will arrange everything for the best. Do not withdraw Your hand from me, but protect and bless me forever.
Merciful Heart of Jesus, help me in my needs. Make me truly happy with you in time and in eternity, and I shall thank You forever with all my heart.
During our visit, the Sacred Crucifix unfortunately was not at the convent. We discovered later that it was under the safekeeping of Luis Nepomuceno, the same person who owns a movie production house. Mr. Nepomuceno also maintains a blog for the Little Souls Sisters.
The Little Souls Convent can be found at Little Souls Road, Barangay Patutong Malaki, Mahogany Avenue, 4120 Tagaytay City and may be contacted at +63 (046) 860-1619 or in Manila at (+632) 809-2409. Masses are at 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during weekends, except for special occasions and holidays.
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