Some hundred years ago, in a very
far-off village, there lived a poor couple
whose names were Jose and Petra. They
were so poor there were days when they
simply had nothi to eat. At times Jose
and Pedtra envied the fowls of the air and
the wild animals of the forest for they
could easily find food and never need to
suffer from hunger. Yet in spite of all the
hardships they faced, they never lost their
faith in God. Every day they pray together so
that God will continue to bless them.
One evening, while Jose was reciting his
prayers fervently, an angel of the Lord appeared
before him and instructed him to go up to the
third mountain the next morning to look for
a native plant. He was cautioned to dig up
the plant, take good care of it and never
destroy any of its roots for there were
gold pieces underneath that would make him
and his wife wealthy.
The following morning, Jose did as the
angel instructed him. When he returned,
his wife was surprised to see the vast wealth
he had brought down from the mountain. Jose
excitedly revealed to his wife all the
wonderful things that happened and led to
his discovery of the wealth.
From that time on, the couple lived in
comfort and luxury, However, Jose thought
that all these wonderful things would end
up when he dies. So he did not wish to die.
Jose told his wife that it would be better
to look for a new place where they would
live forever, where death is unknown. At
first, Petra was reluctant and she told Jose
that everything in this world ends and it's
only God who had the control of their life.
Jose in turn was disappointed so he left
alone. He traveled for two months.
Indeed, he was able to find a place where
death is unknown so he fetched his wife and
they decided to live in that place. Years
passed the couple still lived a luxurious
One cold evening, Jose heard a mysterious
voice calling his wife. He told his wife
to stop responding to the voice. Petra
decided to open the door and to Jose's dismay,
Petra jumped out the window. Jose hurriedly
looked for Petra, but he couldn't find her.
From then on Jose became lonely for he lost
his wife. No matter how rich he was, he could
not enjoy it anymore. Many years had passed
and Jose was an old man.
One day Jose had a haircut. The barber noticed
that Jose was not answering his questions. He
was shocked to see that Jose was talking to
himself, his image in the mirror. Jose
suddenly grabbed the scissors and ran away.
The barber ran after him and to his surprise
Jose jumped into the cliff.
Feeling sorry for Jose, the barber told what
he witnessed to the townsfolk. Looking down
from the cliff, the people found many graves
below. The people concluded that all the
people who were buried were called by the
mysterious voice. Even more surprising, they
found white crosses on top of the graves.