In commemoration of his first death anniversary, Horacio “Atio” Castillo was remembered in a Mass led by Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus M. Miranda, O.P., PhD, last September 17, 2018, at the Santísimo Rosario Parish.
In his homily, Fr. Miranda said “we may have to go back to who we really are, checking again the moral of our being as true Thomasians and people who adhere to Catholic teachings.” The Secretary-General said “it is time to heal wounds that have been inflicted on people.”
“A deeper and painful wound was inflicted on the family of Atio and I don’t think it is his family only that was hurt but I think even the university [especially the Faculty of Civil Law],” Miranda said. “This time, the wound will be healed through prayers and can be healed if justice is served to those responsible for such indominable incident that happened a year ago.”
“Up to now, we feel the loss as I consider Atio a son because he was a former student of our faculty,” said Faculty of Civil Law dean Nilo Divina. “I consider it as a loss also on my part. The wheels of justice are taking its course.”
Act like a Shepherd
Fr. Miranda highlighted that tendering students in the institution is important be inspired by the Word of God in scriptures and act like Jesus as a shepherd willing to resist life and led to leave the 99 other sheep in order to search and save even the lonely one that was lost.”
“Let’s show that we care for one another. And show what we are really made of as followers of Jesus and as students of this Catholic university. Let us show that we are good shepherds among ourselves that we take good care of one another,” Fr. Miranda added.
“For Atio’s family, I continue to pray for discernment, for peace, and for healing and that we hope and pray we can leave this behind us and emerge as a better institution, a better faculty of Civil Law with love, affection and care for one another,” Divina said.