Nun sang Mary’s song as Fr. Reuter lay dying

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She sang “Mary’s Child Forever” to him as he lay dying.

And Fr. James Reuter, S.J., who had a very deep devotion to Mary, listened as she sang the Marian song during his last moments at the Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Parañaque City on Monday, said Sr. Sarah Manapol, S.P.C.

“I was singing to him when he was dying. Mary’s child forever … forever Mary’s child … He was listening so beautifully,” Manapol said in an interview

The day before, the 96-year-old legendary Jesuit joined in singing with the sisters attending to him at the hospital.

“Do you know that he joined when we thought that he was already unconscious. We became teary-eyed because we never expected that he would be responding,” Manapol said.

“Father James Reuter harnessed the tools of media and communications in promoting the Catholic faith and in the defense of freedom and democracy, especially during the days of martial law and the glorious 1986 Edsa Revolution,” said Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“In life, Father Reuter was a man of faith and a defender of the rights that we hold sacred. In death, he will be remembered as a great Filipino,” he said.

Reuter, 96, passed away on Monday from lung and heart failure at the Parañaque hospital where he had been under the constant watch of private nurses for the past three years.

Manapol said she took the opportunity to thank Reuter not only for “loving the Filipinos” but also for giving her spiritual guidance through all these years. Reuter was her spiritual director.

“I thanked him for loving the Philippines in his big heart and especially for guiding me from the very beginning of my religious life,” Manapol said.

“I was telling him when he was going, ‘thank you for leading me to God and keeping me where I am.’ He always loved everybody,” she added.

 

Wake and interment

Reuter’s remains were brought to St. Paul’s University in Manila, where he had served as a chaplain.

“He is very close to the Sisters of St. Paul. He served here as a chaplain for many years. He has been the spiritual director of many Paulinians. He encouraged many girls to enter our congregation,” Manapol said.

Reuter’s remains will be transferred today to the Church of the Gesu at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, where public viewing will be open until Friday.

He will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Jesuit cemetery at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches, Quezon City, after the 8:30 a.m. funeral Mass at the Gesu.

A big brother

Former Ateneo de Manila University president and prominent Jesuit priest Fr. Bienvenido Nebres said many of his fellow priests considered Reuter, who taught for many years at the Ateneo, as their big brother.

“For myself and Jesuits of my generation, Father Jim was an older brother we looked up to and admired for his deep faith, his love for the Church and the Philippines, for the Society of Jesus and the Ateneo,” Nebres said.

He said Reuter often shared this in his talks and writing.

“I am deeply grateful for the gift of having lived and worked with him as an older brother and friend,” said Nebres.

Mentor

“Running priest” Fr. Robert Reyes took time off from his silence break to honor Reuter, whom he considers his mentor. He offered a prayer run for Reuter on Tuesday.

“Father James insisted that knowing how to use and relate with media is one thing. However, his life was both medium and message as he spoke both in word, action and silence about Jesus, the word made flesh,” said Reyes.

He sent the statement from the Juan de Plasencia Franciscan Novitiate in Liliw, Laguna, where he has been residing since deciding to take a break from public life last year.

Reyes, an activist priest, credited Reuter for helping him understand the culture of the press in the Philippines.

“It will be different now without the voice, the pen, the face of the priest in the white Jesuit cassock. Not really, for this communicator did not die in vain. He has taught hundreds to speak well and effectively about Jesus through the means of social communication. But more than skill and art he passed on a spirituality,” he said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    The nun should have instead sung “Bayan Ko” composed by Freddie Aguilar.

    • pulintang

      While reading history, do a research on the composer of “Bayan Ko” as well.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        I stand corrected.  It could have been written by Apo Hiking Society.  Both Freddie and Apo were activists at that time.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        palusot…

        kya next time mag ingat sa post nyo para kayong mga anti-catholic hindi mahuhuli sa mga propaganda nyong mali…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Hindi na kailangan ng anti-Catholic propaganda.  Matagal nang sira at watak.

      • mabyrik

        Wrong again. Bayan ko was composed by Constancio de Guzman, in 1928 and originally sang by Ruben Tagalog.
        You have been posting errors after error on facts. It’s no wonder, most of your opinions are erroneous and off the loop, too.So how can you convince me and others if your arguments were derived from the ceiling, not from the book?
         

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        And who sang “Bayan Ko” during the Edsa Revolt?

      • julymorning

         ANG KUMANTA AY ANG BADING, ABNOY, AT SUPOT NA SI NOEL!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

        wag nyo nang patulan yang noel na yan…

    • julymorning

       MONGOLOID KA TALGANG ABNOY KANG SUPOT NA BADING, NOEL!!!

  • catalansbarce

    good people are always remembered of their good works like Fr. Reuter. He died in peace at
    napakaganda kinakantahan sya habang sinusundo ang kanyang kaluluwa sa mga Anghel ng
    langit. Fr. Reuter, ipagdasal mo ang bayang Filipinas sa isang mapayapang halalan 2013.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      I don’t think going underground to call on people to oust a duly elected President was good work.

      • pakita_ko_sayo

        Duly elected president? Read history

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        History tells us that Marcos was reelected twice.  In 1986, he won the snap election by about a million votes.  Unfortunately even before the election, people’s minds were already conditioned by his enemies that if he won, he cheated; and if he lost, Cory deserved it.  The 1986 Revolt was a grand conspiracy among several groups:  The Catholic Church led by Cardinal Sin, the Yellow Brigade, the Makati Business Club led by the Concepcions who also headed Namfre, ambitious police and military officials led by Ramos-Almonte gang, leftist groups, giant media networks and of course US-CIA.

      • ben987654321

        so you’re saying ther was re-election , no matter how tainted with cheating is valid? didn;t you see the computer analysts for the comelec walking out due to the massive cheating happenoing then? so might as well install any dictator for lifetime election then cause i can;t see any dicator willing to lose in nay election right? pare you should’ve gone with marcos to hawaii if you’re that rabid

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        It was planned.  The walk out was orchestrated.  It was similar to the prosecutors’ walk out during Erap’s impeachment trial.  Incidentally, the groups that ousted Marcos were the same groups that ousted Erap.  Was it a coincidence?

      • kulittwit

         The 1986 revolt when Fr. Reuter was involved was the result of cheating in the snap presidential elections. Reuter has nothing to do with previous elections of marcos.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        It was the enemies of Marcos who claimed there was cheating.  It was a grand conspiracy.  The post election scenario was orchestrated.

      • Tonypogi

         You mean what the Marcos history tells you, the same as how many medals re received. My history tells me he actually received only one purple heart for being hit in his exposed butt after ducking as soon as the shooting started.  There was no way Sergio Osmena Jr. could counter the massive cheating in the 1969 Presidential election because the Marcos machinery was in place. That is the reason why Namfrel was established. Independent count in the 1986 elections showed he lost the election by as much as 3 million votes. This is clearly demonstrated by the overwhelming number of people in protest against the paid hacks trying to defend him in the gates of Malacanang. It could even be that you were one of them.

    • Don Dee

      This NOEL guy obviously need medication for his mental condition. 

  • jgl41456

    I have immense respect for Fr. James Reuter but contempt for many Bishops in the CBCP why can’t they follow the former?

    • dickenhead

      the former is simple, unpretencious & true to his faith, the latter are simply the opposite

    • Don Dee

      Yeah. Same here. And I am pro RH. But this man commands RESPECT.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      They’re one and the same.  What don’t know everything about the late Fr. Rooter.

      • julymorning

         NOEL, WALA KANG RESPETO SA DAKILANG PARI NA ITO. ABNOY KA TALGANG MONGOLOID KA!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Paano mo naman irerespeto ang mga bulaang propeta?

      • julymorning

        MAS BULAAN KANG BADING NA ABNOY AT SUPOT KANG MONGOLOID KA!!!

  • isprikitoy

    “Bayan Ko” (English: My Country, Spanish: Nuestra Patria) is one of the most recognisable patriotic songs of the Philippines. Written originally in Spanish by Filipino general José Alejandrino, this kundiman is often considered the unofficial second national anthem, and is sometimes assumed to be a folk song because of its popularity. It is also a protest song, often sung during demonstrations, and sometimes by Overseas Filipino groups after “Lupang Hinirang” or by itself.

  • kuz_n_efek

    Fr. Reuter you’re a true missionary of Christ, who always heed His call: “whatever you’ve done to least of my brothers, you’re doing it to me”. Thanks for your incessant guidance & inspiration for us Filipinos who’re living in the midst of all challenges in life. You gave us courage to fight against poverty but not disregarding the poor people in our Society. You opened up our minds to care for the poor while continuing the fight against corruption-the ultimate cause of poverty in PH. You always there to patiently journeying with us Filipinos, especially the poor towards reaching the place where people can experience freedom, prosperity & peace. You’ve walked with us in a long journey while establishing ourselves to be able to stand firmly with our own feet in the struggle to tackling the evil faces of corruptions which have been leading us to poverty. You’ve had a big heart for the poor, but stood still against poverty. You taught us Filipinos the Christ-like attitude of compassion & self-giving love for the marginalized people in the PH. You’ve never judged the poor as they are, but you’ve had accepted them wholeheartedly as source of inner strength to sacrifice even your life in the service of those who’re in most need. Indeed, you gave us a vital hint to distinguish the poor (to be loved) & poverty-needed to be controlled if not eradicated by way of opening our hearts to one another, especially those Filipinos living in poverty. Fr. James, you’ve instilled into our hearts & minds Christ’s message of giving, sharing & generosity of heart to the least of our brethren. Rest in peace, Father.      

  • KpTUL

    Fr Reyes should follow the path of his mentor rather than just running.
    Rest in Peace Fr. Reuter

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Fr. Reyes is an activist priest who’s not afraid to speak his mind and disobey the church’s wrong decisions.

  • dikoy321

    Fr. James Reuter, S.J., is the epitome of Priesthood, his life devoted to SERVICE to Filipinos and the Filipino Nation !

    Unlike the PAJERO Bishops who TOOK ADVANTAGE of their positions for SELF-SERVING intentions !

    HALLELUJA Fr. James Reuter, S.J. !

    You brought PRIDE to a very solemn Vocation !

    The Philippines is TRULY PROUD to have you with us !

    May we have LESS Pajero and BLAH BLAH Bishops, but more of the Fr. James Reuter, S.J. mold !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    96 YEARS OLD SOBRANG TANDA UMABOT KAYA AKO NG GANYANG IDAD IBA TALAGA PAG MAY PERA PAMPADOKTOR PAG MAHIRAP KA DI KA AABUTIN NG GANYANG IDAD DAPAT GAWAN DIN SIYANG REBULTO KATULAD NI PEDRO CALUNGSOD DEKADA NG PATAY GINAWAN PA NG HIMALA ANG MGA NAUUTO NG MGA OBISPO DAHIL D2 SA KANILANG PROPAGANDA ANG PATAY AY PATAY NA DI NA BABALIK PA MALIBAN LANG KUNG GAWAN NG HIMALA!! ANO MASASABI MO NORA AUNOR!! WALANG HIMALA!!

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      youre always bitter on everything. pathetic! magsikap ka at hindi yang nagse-self pity ka at walang magawa kundi punahin ng negatibo pati mga inosenteng tao!

  • Tonypogi

    Paano napasabit ang pangalan ni Binay dito sa report na ito? Mukhang epal para sa asawa at anak niya.

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