I’ll Be Seeing You

A tribute to Fr. Hugh Zurat, OFM, by Fr. Antonio Ma. Rosales, OFM

I’LL BE SEEING YOU… IN ALL THE OLD FAMILIAR PLACES … there’s the Parish Center, Fr. Hugh, that you started and finished the construction some 35 years ago… and remember the “Buling-Buling,” the Francisfests, the fun-runs…

THAT THIS HEART OF MINE EMBRACES… ALL DAY THROUGH… there’s your love for the Parish Pastoral Weekend, which you started here in the parish, and was brought to other parts of the country… a testimony to your being a pastor’s pastor;

IN A SMALL CAFE… THE PARK ACROSS THE WAY… THE CHILDREN’S CAROUSEL… Oh yes, there was the Antioch Youth Group that you loved and introduced as well. They are all grown-up — much grown-up, with those who served as their “house guardians” and parishioners who offered their homes where the young could have a weekend of prayer and bonding;

THE CHESTNUT TREE… THE WISHING WELL… Many of the Antiochers have married, have families and settled elsewhere, here or abroad… A few have gone ahead of you, some resting in the niches of Crypt One, which you also built. They are where you are now, and are happy to be with you again…

WE’LL BE SEEING YOU… IN EVER LOVELY SUMMER DAY… Remember when you went with the parishioners, especially with the families and the youth, on trips around the country…

IN EVERYTHING THAT’S BRIGHT AND GAY, WE’LL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU THAT WAY… especially in that old Adoration Chapel, where parishioners crowded everyday, late into the night, to speak with the Lord, to be one with Him in his love and grace…

WE’LL FIND YOU IN THE MORNING SUN… yes, when you used to walk around the village with the Walking Group, a few of them have already gone where you are now, and are happy to be reunited with you…

AND WHEN THE NIGHT IS NEW… and after the 6pm Mass, we would rush to Max’s restaurant in the old Glorietta, and you would eat a whole chicken, sometimes even two, licking their bones dry, like your whole life depended on it…

WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THE MOON… AND WE’LL BE SEEING … YOU.

As published in the October 16 issue of the Parish Bulletin.

Advertisements