Almost every Filipino blogger would be writing a blog post about the Papal Visit, well this is not it. Let’s say a strange post about faith for those people that is either an non-believer or still torn to the separation of the organization and faith within Catholics. Do not get me wrong this is not a hate post either. It’s more aligned to the realization after the Papal visit.
In my lifetime he is the Pope that actually went down to see the people, technically he governs, but not. Anyways, at first I did not know that he will actually go to the Visayan region and meet the people that would really need his help now. For the most people that gone there to help, actually the Pope is the only person that sincerely helped them. He just nails it to every hearts of the people there which is very important motivation to the people there that has nothing. Catastrophe after catastrophe, typhoon in, typhoon out these people really experienced everything and I rant and complain that the traffic is heavy in Ortigas, I am so insensitive. What is awesome there? None, but on that very spot the airport is filled with hearts that are pure. Reflect on that.
Why did the Pope say learn how to weep? learn how to cry? He also challenges us to receive. That will be against the immortal saying – It’s better to give than to receive, but he answered that quite vague. I can’t actually quote him but I understand that giving is just the same of receiving, receiving with humility. Today, we wear a lot of mask and maybe we see people give away since it was the spirit of Christmas that drives them but giving away is equally important to be able to receive something from a person that you do not expect or from a complete stranger. Today people refuse to receive gifts that people are too proud to receive something.
He challenge also the crowd to cry, to weep. The point came from a girl that was a street children before now lives in the orphanage. The girl asked why there are a lot of children suffers? And Pope answered her with a hug with a blessing. The girl cried and cried and fill that very stage with her emotion. The Pope challenge everyone to cry and weep, in this age and our lifetime people are afraid to cry. We are distracted with earthly things and activities that diverts our sadness to a temporary happiness but in the end of the day, are you really happy? My interpretation of his challenge was, be with the world and feel your weakness and seek who really loves you most, who really makes you happy?
The strongest motivation that I could say to myself and maybe to share with other people is “What would you do if it is your last?” Whatever last really means to a person it still the motivation that you would think twice or maybe thrice before doing it. I am not trying to send a message or something it’s just, what would you do about it? What would you do if you are put in a situation like that?
What would you do if it is your last? Giving your best shot? Giving all that I have is really not my best motto or maybe not my best attitude. I always fail in the first time, I guess I have no beginners luck, and even luck is not my friend. If it is my last what would I do about it? I just need to make it count. From a hundreds and thousands of ways on how would you spend your last? I would do it just because that’s how I feel about it, that’s how I would do about it. Making it count is not to be recognized as the best answer or one of the beautiful answers. There is no best and beautiful if it’s your last, it’s a really a very sad feeling. How peaceful or meaningful to you your answer is, face it! It’s still sad.
What would I do if it is my last? I really do not know, what will be my condition is on that moment. It could be abrupt, while sleeping or I’m bed ridden. I really do not know. But I have one wish when that happen, I wish that I could hug my family for the last time or just hold the hand of my love ones. The process could be different, like I said it could be fast. Maybe my wish could not be granted after all. I will let God decide on how He will take me to His kingdom.
Day 1 of 2013, the family thank all to our Lord Jesus Christ not allowing bad predictions came to our system. We give thanks to all of our friends and family that never let us down. Thanking all that everyone is safe and alive.
Shaking the “END” out of our thoughts is a bit of a challenge but that day is magnificent and we are all blessed that day came to pass.
Our faith with God and faith to the love of Mary His mother has really taken us to places and experiences that dwelt only in our dreams. Spiritually we are shaken by challenges that as normal people can’t comprehend. The love we shared through challenges has given us hope that every problem has its solution you just have to be strong through the process of it. Even to those problem that we thought has no end, no light. Our capacity as normal people has limitation but we believe that nothing is impossible with God, you just have to trust that being above. God also provide us not just solutions but lessons that after this you will be stronger and braver. We are just believers that there is someone up there that helps us somehow.
We all wish in the family that we became closer to our Creator, with Him nothing is impossible.