A former street child who died due to his illness was declared as “Servant of God” by the Vatican
A Step Closer
Being an official “Servant of God” is the first step towards being a saint. Before someone is declared as a holy man, it has to go through a long process and not all the candidate successfully received the holy title.
A Wicked Disease
A Filipino street child named Darwin Ramos, who was born in 1994 spent his life being a scavenger just to help his family. At a very young age, he was unfortunately diagnosed to have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare type of disease which makes the muscles becomes weaker.
A group called “Tulay ng Kabataan” lend a hand to Darwin when he was 12 years old. This group is known for helping street children in any way they can. Darwin lived in the group’s shelter and got baptized after a year. He devoted himself to helping other children even though he himself is tied in a wheelchair.
However, as time passes by, his disease becomes severe until his body can no longer bear his illness. The poor young man died at the age of 17 at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City on Sept. 23, 2012.
His Uncomparable Faithfulness
Darwin’s life was never easy. He had gone through a lot of hardship until the day he died. Despite everything, he remained faithful and loving to God. According to Maria Canares, coordinator of Tulay ng Kabataan, they never heard complaints from Darwin when he was still living despite all the battles he has gone through. Instead, his strong faith in God is what he exhibits.
For Darwin’s family, his faithfulness and deep love to our Creator is a miracle.
According to his mother, “Kahit meron na siyang sakit nakayanan niya. Napakasuwerte talaga na nagkaroon ako ng anak na ganu’n kabait,”
“Iba po talaga ‘yung pagkatao ng kuya ko. Halos lahat nasa kaniya na–pagiging mabait, matulungin, masayahin,” his sister added.
Bishop Honesto Ontioco ng Diocese of Cubao said, that the young man’s attitude is an example of holiness. A street child who suffered from myopathy became close to God even after everything.
With the permission of the Vatican, Darwin’s diary and personal things are already in the hands of an Apostolator for them to deeply know Darwin life. Also, interviews with the people who have been part of Darwin’s life will also be done to further studies.