Say­ing good­bye to Car­di­nal Vi­dal


His Em­i­nence Cebu Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Ri­cardo Car­di­nal Vi­dal is dead, and he will be missed by the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the Ce­buanos who loved him so much.

Car­di­nal Vi­dal shall be re­mem­bered by the peo­ple as fatherly, kind, gen­er­ous, for­giv­ing, hum­ble and very prayer­ful.

In the few oc­ca­sions that I had the op­por­tu­nity to meet and in­ter­act with Car­di­nal Vi­dal, I found him very hum­ble and ap­proach­able un­like some pri­ests, who are very strict and dif­fi­cult to ap­proach.

In his years of ser­vice as priest, bishop and car­di­nal, Vi­dal be­came so close to the Ce­buano peo­ple. He was not from Cebu, but he fell in love with Cebu that is why he chose to live and even­tu­ally die here in Cebu.

Car­di­nal Vi­dal was loved by the Ce­buanos that he was ac­cepted, as one of us; thus, he be­came him­self a Ce­buano.

I also heard that Car­di­nal Vi­dal would crack jokes sev­eral times, but it was his pen­chant to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple’s re­quests and pleas that en­deared him to the Ce­buanos.

It is un­for­tu­nate that he is now gone, and with his pass­ing, I failed to even visit his wake at the Cebu Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cathe­dral. This is be­cause I have been avoid­ing large crowds be­cause of my health con­di­tion.

I have how­ever in­cluded in my daily prayers — I pray for the eter­nal re­pose of the soul of the good car­di­nal be­cause we, Ce­buanos, owe him a lot.

Tech­nol­ogy and moral dis­or­der are forc­ing mil­len­ni­als to seek ma­te­rial suc­cess at the ex­pense of their spir­i­tual well-be­ing. If they don’t have a firm foun­da­tion they will be sucked in by the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion.

This is the dire set­ting of so­ci­eties around the world but es­pe­cially in de­vel­oped coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to Malaysian busi­ness ty­coon Peter Chang in a talk be­fore some 3,000 del­e­gates at­tend­ing the Divine Mercy Arch­dioce­san Assem­bly and Youth Fo­rum last Satur­day at the IEC Pav­il­ion. Mr. Chang is a con­vert to the Catholic faith ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers of the event led by Fr. Lu­cas Inoc, lo­cal spir­i­tual di­rec­tor of the Divine Mercy and lay co­or­di­na­tor Imma Al­fon.

The in­spi­ra­tion of the Divine Mercy started in the mid-30s by Faustina Kowal­ska, a Pol­ish nun who was can­on­ized in 2000 by then Pope John Paul II, also known as the Mercy Pope now St. John Paul II. Catholic Chris­tians around the world fa­mil­iar with the prayer, “Je­sus, King of Mercy, I trust in You” find the chap­let very sim­ple and easy to fol­low, well­suited for peo­ple who hardly have time to pray. For Fr. Lu­cas Inoc, the de­vo­tion is ac­tu­ally God’s de­vo­tion to his peo­ple and not the other way around. It’s also the de­vo­tion for the end times, ac­cord­ing to Fr. Lu­cas.

I had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the assem­bly to fa­cil­i­tate the open fo­rum af­ter the talk of Mr. Chang. The topic about mil­len­ni­als and the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion had the del­e­gates hang on to ev­ery word he said be­cause many of those who at­tended are baby boomers (peo­ple born af­ter World War II or 1946 un­til late 60s), who of­ten clash with their chil­dren aged 18-34, aka mil­len­ni­als.

The clas­sic “gen­er­a­tion gap” that baby boomers ex­pe­ri­enced with their par­ents be­long­ing to the so-called silent gen­er­a­tion has come full cir­cle in this day and age, but the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion has made the sit­u­a­tion even more com­pli­cated.

Farewell, Your Em­i­nence Ri­cardo Car­di­nal Vi­dal, un­til we meet each other again. May God grant you all the bless­ings, and rest in peace.

*** Last week, I un­der­went an op­er­a­tion in my tummy to in­sert a catheter in prepa­ra­tion for my shift­ing to peri­toneal dial­y­sis. I thank God and Mama Mary that the op­er­a­tion was suc­cess­ful.

I would also ex­press my sin­cer­est grat­i­tude to my sur­geon, Dr. Peter Man­cao; and my anes­the­si­ol­o­gist, Dr. Al­fonso del Prado. I am also sin­cerely grate­ful to those peo­ple, who had fa­cil­i­tated the shift like Dr. Rene Catan of the prov­ince of Cebu; and those who had helped me in one way or the other like my sib­lings: Jackie No­eren­berg, Ching­bee Cuizon, Jun Poca and Tony del Prado. I am also grate­ful to Mike Rama, who made the op­er­a­tion pos­si­ble.

Al­though it has be­come a pri­or­ity pro­gram un­der the present ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cebu Gov. Hi­lario Da­vide III, it is un­for­tu­nate that in our coun­try, es­pe­cially in Cebu, peri­toneal dial­y­sis is still not that pop­u­lar. But as I make the shift, next week — for three days — my part­ner and I would un­dergo train­ing about this kind of treat­ment like how and when to do it and where to do it at the Car­car Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal un­der a trained peri­toneal dial­y­sis (PD) nurse. They are go­ing to re­quire us to do or keep our room clean and san­i­tized in or­der to avoid in­fec­tion.

Peri­toneal dial­y­sis can be done at home or even in the work­place, where one would drain liq­uid from one’s stom­ach and then pour in a so­lu­tion. I have been asked why I shifted to peri­toneal dial­y­sis from hemodial­y­sis. The an­swer is sim­ple — peri­toneal dial­y­sis is af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble. It is also con­ve­nient be­cause it can be done at home and one can live a nor­mal life like one can get to work, can travel and even play golf.

Hemodial­y­sis, on the other hand, is very costly even with the sub­sidy from PhilHealth. It can only be done in a dial­y­sis cen­ter where the pa­tient will have to stay for four hours for the treat­ment.

A PD nurse had al­ready in­formed me through videos on how PD works. Abroad, their pro­gram has al­ways been PD first be­cause it is more prac­ti­cal and cost ef­fi­cient.

By the mid­dle of Novem­ber when my op­er­a­tion would have been com­pletely healed, I would then un­dergo peri­toneal dial­y­sis at home. I have al­ready pre­pared my room like clean­ing and san­i­tiz­ing it al­ready. I have also trained my­self to al­ways wash and san­i­tize my hands, an im­por­tant re­quire­ment, to avoid in­fec­tion, which is a prob­lem in peri­toneal dial­y­sis.

I am grate­ful to God and Mama Mary for peri­toneal dial­y­sis, and I wish and pray that more end stage kid­ney dis­ease pa­tients would shift and avail of this treat­ment.

Win­dow mal­ouguan­zon@ya­

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